Our Congressional Reps Misbehave, again

he New York Times, The Independent, Vanity Fair, Esquire, CNN, and ABC News for just a few of the ridiculous things he has opined in the last week or so. But Glenn Grothman is bidding to compete. His latest? Statehood for DC isn't warranted because D.C. doesn't have any mining! And lately he's been an active and vocal antagonist of the Black Lives Matter movement. They're such embarrassments to our state. We have a great opportunity to get rid of both of them in 2022. Let's go get 'em.

The Minocqua Brewing Company has already made a good start, developing messaging and putting up three digital billboards on Highway 29 and Business 51 in Central Wisconsin. And it has begun an UpNorth podcast. The second episode — "Squeaky Cheese and Smoking Meat" — is now available. About a month ago, Kirk Bangstad, the Minocqua Brewery owner, decided to "celebrate the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris with some 'Biden Beer' and ', la'" (ie., comma-la). The beers were, briefly, available in Milwaukee but quickly sold out. Bangstad's efforts came from frustration with what he perceives as slanted news coverage in the area. As he wrote in an email, "For too long, the Northwoods has been plagued by newspapers that have long-since dispensed with the notion of "balance" and instead regurgitate the misinformation of the alt-right to our communities. I saw this when I ran for State Assembly and wanted to do something about it." He's an inspiration to us all!

There are a couple of important online events coming up this week and beyond that deserve your attention.
  1. The Gun Violence Prevention Team meeting will take place on Wed. March 24th at 7 pm. On the agenda: discuss and develop a strategy for advocating for more resources for violence prevention as part of the state budget. The team especially needs folks in Sen. Duey Stroebel's district to join. But given the events in Atlanta and in Denver, nothing could be more pressing. Please RSVP and join the team.

  2. Wisconsin Budget Listening Sessions:

Right now, Grassroots North Shore is sending postcards and making phone calls in support of Dr. Jill Underly, candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Katie Kegel, candidate for Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Branch 3. And we need some help. These activities require volunteers, of course, but they also require funding we need to raise to continue getting turnout in our BLUE 'burbs to be as high as we can make it. If you want to volunteer for this effort, email me[email protected]. To help us pay for election activities, DONATE through ActBlue or send a check to Grassroots North Shore, 5600 W. Brown Deer Road, Brown Deer WI 53223. Please put "elections" on the memo line. And don't neglect to vote. You can still request an absentee ballot — the safest way to vote — and return it to your community's drop box.

Finally, a heads up: Save the Date for the Grassroots North Shore event on ending gerrymandering through laws, the courts, and most importantly the court of public opinion. Sunday, May 2, 7pm, on Zoom. Speakers will include Carlene Bechen from the Fair Maps Coalition; Deb Andraca, Assembly Representative (23rd district); Mel Barnes of the law firm Law Forward; and Chris Ford, chair of the People's Map Commission. Further details will be announced soon.


Tue Mar 23, 2021

Virtual Drinking Liberally MKE, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Drinking Liberally MKE will get together on Zoom. More information.

Wed Mar 24, 2021

Info: Drinking Liberally Glendale, 6:30pm - 9pm

For information on whether the event will take place, check here.

Politics & Policy: Democracy in the Digital Age with Katie Harbath, 7pm

As social media companies face growing scrutiny among lawmakers and the general public, the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW–Madison welcomes Katie Harbath, a former global public policy director at Facebook for the past 10 years, for a livestreamed public presentation. Harbath’s presentation will focus on her experiences and thoughts on the future of social media, especially how tech companies are addressing civic integrity issues such as speech, misinformation and political advertising. She also will answer audience questions. The event is free, but registration is required for access. Sponsored by the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Deconstructing White Supremacy: The intersection of racism and antisemitism in the movement7pm - 8:30pm

Guest speaker Eric Ward, Executive Director of the Western States Center and a leading expert in the connections between antisemitism and white nationalism, will examine this critical issue, accompanied by a conversation with Rabbi Dena Feingold of Beth Hillel Temple in Kenosha. RSVP. This virtual event is part of a series called "Breaking Down Antisemitism."

Thu Mar 25, 2021

Badger Bounceback: Accessible & Affordable Healthcare, 6pm - 6pm
Zoom / YouTube

Badger Bounceback will be a series of online programs for Wisconsinites to discuss and provide feedback on Gov. Evers' agenda with the goal of working together to help pass a bold, bipartisan budget that will help our state bounce back from COVID-19 to better than we were before this pandemic hit. This second session will examine Accessible & Affordable Healthcare. More information and Registration. Schedule for the series.

Vaccine Info Phone Bank, 6pm - 6pm
Phone from home

Milwaukeeans, help us ensure all residents and employers over the age of 65 get vaccinated ASAP by signing up for a vaccine informational phone bank session with us every Thursday at 6pm for the month of March! If you know someone who does not have an email address, does not have internet access, or needs assistance with scheduling an appointment, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at (414) 286-6800 or email [email protected]. Sign up to help!

ACLU Action: Postal Banking, 7pm - 7pm

The ACLU recently launched its Systemic Equality agenda, a multi-year racial justice agenda seeking to address America's legacy of racism and systemic discrimination. This session of the Systemic Equality Action Series will discuss expanding the Post Office's low-cost, financial services. RSVP. More information.

Sat Mar 27, 2021

Virtual Community Brainstorming, 9:30am - 11am

Community Brainstorming Conference will be a virtual forum on Healthcare and Education in our African American Community and the Covid-19 Pandemic. Presenters:Geoffrey Swain, MD, MPH; Wisconsin Public Health Association Kimberly Ramsey, M.Ed, Dean of Student Affairs; Central City Cyber Sc. Dr. P. McManus, President/CEO; Black Health Coalition of WI Dr. Annette Stokes, MD; Innovative Healthcare, S.C.TBA; Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA) Moderator: Wayne Ashley. Chair: Hon. Russell Stamper, Sr. Zoom link. Meeting ID: 884 5570 7880 Passcode: 113338+One tap mobille +13126266799,,88455707880#,,,,*113338# US (Chicago).

4th CD Annual Convention, 12pm - 3pm

Members with a current paid membership with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and who are registered with their county party can be a delegate to the 4th Congressional District Convention and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin State Convention. You can pay your membership fees and join the Democratic Party of Wisconsin at www.wisdems.org prior to the start of the convention. Contact The 4th CD at [email protected] or call 414-758-1261 and ask to be placed on the official delegate list by March 25, 2021. Registration.

Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm
Cesar Chavez Drive (16th) & Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee

Stand for Peace is resuming in-person events with masks and social distancing. Check for more information. Organized by Peace Action Wisconsin.

Mon Mar 29, 2021

"How Black Women Broke Barriers", 7pm - 8pm

Martha S Jones will speak about her new book that documents the epic history of African American women's pursuit of political power, and how it transformed America: Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All. Cohosted by Boswell Book Co. and America's Black Holocaust Museum. More information and registration.

Riverwest Votes, a virtual candidate forum for Milwaukee’s 5th School Board District, 7pm - 8:30pm

For more information see Riverwest Votes Facebook page or call 414-467-7503. Thank you,

Sat Apr 3, 2021

Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm

Stand for Peace is resuming in-person events with masks and social distancing. Check for more information. Organized by Peace Action Wisconsin.

Mon Apr 5, 2021

Virtual Drinking Liberally Waukesha, 6:30pm - 6:30pm

Drinking Liberally Waukesha may be held virtually with Zoom. Check for updates.

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