Willful Blindness

The focus of this week's newsletter is, of course, the January 6 Select Committee hearings. If you missed the opening hearing last Thursday evening, you can see it on PBS's website (beginning at 1:06) or see key bits and a written account in the New York Times. The second hearing, on Monday, June 13, is available online starting at about 19:30, in case you missed that one.

The first hearing provided an overview of the whole case and included a 7-point plan the former guy used to try to steal power. You can read a synopsis of it on Talking Points Memo. The second hearing focused on the number of times the cast of White House and campaign officials repeatedly told the ex-president that the election was not stolen, there was no widespread voter fraud, and the voting machinery did not "flip" votes from him to President Biden. Former US District Attorney Joyce Vance, commenting on MSNBC, noted that the lies tRump kept issuing and still issues will not provide an adequate defense in a criminal court because he exhibits what is known as "willful blindness." You can read a slightly different version of the same idea in an op-ed piece by Jennifer Rubin, a former Republican, in the Washington Post this morning.

The schedule and guide to how to watch is available with the caveat that the hearing originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, has been postponed for technical reasons and has not, as of this writing, been rescheduled.

And in case you missed the big local news last week, a judge finds Michael Gableman's office in contempt during tense court appearance in which the former justice refused to respond to questions."

On Sunday, June 5, Grassroots North Shore sponsored a forum with the four top candidates for the Democratic nomination for US Senate. Watch it on YouTube.



Tuesday, June 14

Protest for Sensible Gun Regulations, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Senator Johnson's office, 517 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee

Join the Milwaukee Social Work Association as we demand sensible gun legislation and "chalk the walk."

George Christenson Fundraiser, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Enlightened Brewing Company, 2020 S. Allis St, Milwaukee

George Christenson will hold a fundraiser for his reelection as Milwaukee County Clerk of Court. Levels of support: $1,000, $500, $250, $100. All Contributions are gratefully accepted. RSVP.

Drinking Liberally MKE, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Estabrook Beer Garden, 4600 Estabrook Drive, Milwaukee

Drinking Liberally MKE will be outdoors! More information.

350 Milwaukee Meeting, 7:00 – 8:30pm

The Milwaukee chapter of 350.org is part of an international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all. Virtual meetings take place on the second Tuesday of the month. More information.

Wednesday, June 15

Water Law Issues Program, 12:15 – 1:15pm
Eckstein Hall, 1215 W Michigan St, Milwaukee and virtual

Explore top-priority issues of environmental policy with experts: PFAS regulation and management, climate change and the Great Lakes, water infrastructure needs and budgeting, federal and state environmental justice efforts, the EPA—DNR working relationship, and more. This program is free and open to the public, and a light lunch is available. The program will also be live-streamed. More information and registration.

Drinking Liberally Tosa, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Camp Bar Tosa, 6600 W North Ave, Wauwatosa

Drinking Liberally Tosa is returning in person. Meet old friends. Make new ones!

Democratic Party of Ozaukee County, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Virtual or Ozaukee Democrats Office, 1930 Wisconsin Avenue, Grafton

We will meet in person at our Grafton office space. If you wish to attend virtually, look for the Zoom link in our weekly newsletter and/or Facebook .

Friday, June 17

A Happy Hour Benefitting Attorney General Josh Kaul, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Whitefish Bay

Address in Whitefish Bay provided with RSVP confirmation. RSVP.

Saturday, June 18

Stand for Peace, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Brady Street & Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee

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

Sunday, June 19

Juneteenth MKE event with Governor Tony Evers, 9:00 - 11:00am
N Doctor M.L.K. Dive

Walk with Gov. Evers and the Wisdems staff in the Milwaukee Juneteenth Parade.

Milwaukee Juneteenth, 11am - 5pm
2460 N 6th St, Milwaukee

Juneteenth has been celebrated across Wisconsin for decades. Many different orgs put on different celebrations. The date signifies the true end of chattel enslavement for Black and African Americans in the United States. The day continues to be a day of celebration and remembrance for Black Wisconsinites, and is a day when people convene together--and celebrate the freedom of African Americans but also recognize the changes that still need to be made. Join us in Milwaukee, WI to help celebrate this year! Sign up.

Juneteenth Celebration at ABHM, 10:00am – 5:00pm
America's Black Holocaust Museum, 401 W. North Ave., Milwaukee

Join in a day of celebration, family activities, entertaining, and more, in celebration of ABHM's 34th anniversary, Juneteenth, and Father's Day! Free admission for fathers and father figures all day long!

Tuesday, June 21

League of Women Voters: Lunch and Learn, 12:00 – 1:00pm

Each month, LWVMC hosts a virtual Lunch & Learn session via Zoom featuring prominent, impactful, insightful, and motivating Black and/or Brown women. Join us to learn, grow, and connect using the Zoom link below (this is the same link that will be used for all Lunch & Learn meetings). Information on this month's speaker can be found on our Home Page. Zoom meeting.

George Wallace in Wisconsin: Author Event, 6:30 – 7:30pm
Boswell Books, 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee

Ben Hubing, author of George Wallace in Wisconsin: The Divisive Campaigns That Shaped a Civil Rights Legacy, will discuss his book about Wallace's presidential campaigns in Wisconsin in the 1960's and 70's. Wallace's positions on issues like school segregation and taxation became seriously controversial here. More information and registration.

Wednesday, June 22

Community Justice Council, 9:30 – 11:00am

Milwaukee Community Justice Council Meeting of the Whole will have an Online/Virtual meeting. More information.

Tom Palzewicz Fundraiser, 5:00 – 6:30pm
Camp Bar Third Ward, 525 E Menomonee St, Milwaukee

Tom Palzewicz, candidate for State Senate, will have a fundraiser at Camp Bar Third Ward. Contributions of any size are gratefully accepted. RSVP and contribution levels.

Reception for Sarah Godlewski, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Urban Law, 147 N Broadway, Milwaukee

Please join hosts Jay Urban & Ann Jordan, Jackie Boynton,Sharon & Richard Canter, Linda & Eli Frank, Ann Jacobs for a reception in support of Sarah Godlewski, Democrat for U.S. Senate and Wisconsin State Treasurer featuring special guest, Emily Cain, Executive Director, Emily’s List. RSVP.

Saturday, June 25

Democratic Party of Wisconsin State Convention, 8:00am - 9:00pm
The La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, WI 54601

The LIVE and VIRTUAL state convention information can be found here.

Stand for Peace, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Port Washington Avenue & Silver Spring Drive, Glendale

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

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