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As there is every week, there's plenty of national, state, and local news to cover. This week, though, I'd like to focus on some of the people who are the heart of Grassroots North Shore. Every year people we cherish — people who have volunteered and worked with Grassroots North Shore for many years — pass away. We wish to honor their passing. By the same token, we are blessed to have activists who achieve recognitions from other organizations. And we wish to honor their good work as well.

Jack Keyes

Jack Keyes, a long time member of Grassroots North Shore, died on July 3, 2021. Jack attended Grassroots North Shore programs for many years with his wife, Audrey, a member of our steering committee. He was a lawyer who volunteered as an election observer, provided counsel to the Indian Community School and supported the American Indian Movement after they occupied the Milwaukee Coast Guard Station in 1971. Jack was a life long progressive. He will be deeply missed. Correspondence regarding Jack Keyes can be sent to Jack’s son, Bruce Keyes at 3534 N. Hackett Ave., Shorewood, WI 53211. His obituary suggests that contributions in his memory may be sent to Congregation Emanu-el B'ne Jeshurun, Urban Ecology Center, World Wildlife Fund, or Black Leaders Organizing for Communities.

Athan Theoharis

Athan Theoharis, a renowned American historian and professor at Marquette University, also died on July 3, 2021, in Syracuse, NY, where he was living with one of his children. The author of many books, he was best known for chronicling FBI's abuses of Americans' civil liberties. As his obituary in the New York Times put it, he was "a pre-eminent historian of the F.B.I. whose indefatigable research into the agency’s formerly unobtainable files produced revelations about decades of civil liberties abuses under the leadership of J. Edgar Hoover...." He volunteered with Grassroots North Shore for more than a decade: canvassing for candidate and then President Barack Obama and joining us for many events and other actions over the years. He moved to Syracuse four years ago and has been sorely missed. Please send condolences to his daughter Jeannie Theoharis, [email protected].

Kathy Kean

Grassroots North Shore also acknowledges an outstanding award from the Milwaukee County Historical Society. The Frederick I Olson Preservation Award recognizes the efforts of individuals and organizations to preserve and protect historic architecture in Milwaukee. This year the award was presented to Kathy Kean, one of our own great activists and volunteers. So congratulations to Kathy.

My Co-Chair Norma Gilson and I thought this fall would be a pretty quiet affair. Boy were we wrong! Here's what we've been up to since mid-summer: POSTCARDS, LIT DROPS, and PHONE CALLS! Grassroots North Shore volunteers have been furiously writing postcards

  • to reach people in WI and PA who voted for the first time in November 2020;
  • to promote Fair Maps and a nonpartisan redistricting process;
  • to help foil a far right-wing attempt to recall four members of the Mequon-Thiensville School Board;
  • to participate in a research project about effective messaging run by the group Activate America.

In addition we've done a lit drop in Glendale and Brown Deer promoting Fair Maps. And we 're participating in a phone bank organized by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin to contact people who have been purged from the Wisconsin voter rolls to help them re-register.

We'd love to have your help with funding these activities. Our chief need is for postage. As you know, the US Postal Service is now charging more and doing less than ever for its customers. To keep pace with the upcoming elections in 2022, we will need thousands of stamps so that we can communicate with supporters, making people aware of election and candidate information for all four elections: February 15, April 5, August 9, and November 8. Please give as generously as you can.

Finally, I'd like to alert you to an upcoming Grassroots North Shore event featuring Dr. Ian Gilson. Last December, Dr. Gilson helped us understand what was known and unknown about the coronavirus pandemic. That was before vaccines were available. Now the question on the minds of many people includes so-called booster shots: what kind, when, and who is eligible, among other questions. We'll be holding this event on Zoom on October 25 at 7pm. You can sign up here.

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Wed Oct 6, 2021

Climate Policy Forum, 8:15am - 7pm

The LaFollette Forum daylong conference will feature policymakers, practitioners, community leaders, and researchers engaged in conversation about innovative solutions for addressing climate issues and improving the lives of people in Wisconsin. More information and registration.

Cavalier Johnson Mayoral Kick-off, 5:30pm - 7pm
Company Brewing, 735 E. Center St., Milwaukee

Council President Cavalier Johnson will start his campaign for Mayor of Milwaukee at this fundraising reception. RSVP.

Mandela Barnes Fundraiser, 5:30pm - 7pm
Address provided upon RSVP

Milwaukee fundraising event in support of Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes' campaign for U.S. Senate, with special guest Congresswoman Gwen Moore! RSVP.

Drinking Liberally Waukesha, 6:30pm - 6:30pm
Tap Yard, 1150 W Sunset Dr, Waukesha

The venue is located in the Shoppes at Fox River shopping center on Sunset. This meeting will be in person, outdoors. More information.

Thu Oct 7, 2021

Ranked Choice Voting for Wis?, 8am - 9am

A panel of experts will review lessons learned elsewhere to help inform policymakers and the public about how ranked-choice voting would change elections in the Badger State. More information and registration.

WisDems: North Shore Weekly Phone Bank, 5pm - 7pm

Join the Wisconsin Democrats in North Milwaukee as we make calls to recruit volunteers for One Year to Win, community, and listening sessions. Sign up.

Book Discussion: "Strange Fruit", 6pm - 7pm
America's Black Holocaust Museum Book Club will discuss the book Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Biography of a Song by David Margolick. The song "Strange Fruit" was inspired by a photograph of the lynching (thankfully unsuccessful) of Dr. James Cameron, the founder of the museum. The meeting is free and open to all. RSVP.

Sierra Club: Environmental Justice Event Series, 6:30pm - 8pm

Thru-hiking the Ice Age Trail: Emily Ford on race and outdoor recreation. RSVP.

Sat Oct 9, 2021

UN Association of MKE, 10am - 12pm

For more information check.

Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm
Kinnikinnick Avenue & Lincoln Avenue, Milwaukee

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

Mon Oct 11, 2021

North Shore Fair Maps, 7pm - 8:30pm

Tue Oct 12, 2021

Become a Poll Worker-Training, 5:30pm - 6pm

Support your community and become a Poll Worker in 2022! Working the polls and helping your neighbors cast their ballots is the most direct way you can support voting rights in your community. Join our 30-minute Info Session to learn more about being a Poll Worker and how you can get involved for 2022! You must be a Wisconsin resident to be a poll worker and you only need to attend one Info Session. REGISTER HERE.

Earnell Lucas, Campaign Kick-off, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N Water St, Milwaukee

We have a lot of work to accomplish together, and I am looking forward to listening to you and your ideas as to how to move our community forward. Since taking office as Milwaukee County Sheriff, I have been leading the effort to reform an office that had been badly neglected and misused. Together, as a community, we have restored hope and faith in the office and in this noble profession. Additional information about the event will be forthcoming. More information.

North Milwaukee REACH training, 6pm - 7pm

Join the Wisconsin Democrats in North Milwaukee as we get trained on REACH to further our relational organizing skills ahead of our October friendbank! Dates: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, and 10/26. Sign up.

Drinking Liberally Grafton/Mequon, 6:30pm - 8pm
Water Street Brewery, 1251 Gateway Dr., Grafton


Drinking Liberally MKE, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Estabrook Beer Garden, 4600 Estabrook Drive, Milwaukee

Drinking Liberally MKE will now be getting together in person on the second Tuesday of the month. (It will move to a virtual meeting if the temperature is forecast to be below 50 degrees or heavy rain is in the forecast.) To get to the Estabrook Beer Garden parking lot, enter from the north, on Hampton Ave. More information.

350 Milwaukee Virtual Meeting, 7pm - 8:30pm

350 Milwaukee is part of the global organization building a grassroots movement in 188 countries to address global warming and solve the climate crisis. 350 Milwaukee usually meets every month on the second Tuesday. Check the following link for information on whether a meeting will occur. More information.

North Milwaukee Friendbanks, 7pm - 8pm

Join the Wisconsin Democrats in North Milwaukee as we reach out to family, friends and neighbors to get them involved in the political process. Dates: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, and 10/26. Sign up.

Wed Oct 13, 2021

Grass Roots South Shore Virtual Meeting, 7pm - 9pm

Check the link to see if Grass Roots South Shore will have a virtual meeting. More information or call Jim Balk, 414-218-5944.

Thu Oct 14, 2021

WisDems: North Shore Weekly Phone Bank, 5pm - 7pm

Join the Wisconsin Democrats in North Milwaukee as we make calls to recruit volunteers for One Year to Win, community, and listening sessions. Sign up.

Suspended: Drinking Liberally West Allis, 6:30pm - 9pm

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

Sat Oct 16, 2021

Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm

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

Mon Oct 18, 2021

Milwaukee Dems Meeting, 6pm - 8pm
Teamsters Hall, 10020 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis

Milwaukee County Democrats meet monthly to discuss party business, hear speakers on current topics, pass resolutions, and network with other progressives. All interested Democrats are invited. Information about how to access the meeting will be sent after RSVP.


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