and we're off and running!

Hallelujah! We finally have a special election for Assembly District 24 scheduled for July 18. Nomination papers began circulating on Friday, May 5. You can get Bob Tatterson's here.They must be filed in Madison by 5pm on May 23. If a primary is needed, it will be held on June 20. Bob Tatterson ran for this seat in the November 2022 elections but he was running against a long time incumbent. It's now an open seat, meaning there is no longer an incumbent. And having just run, Bob is prepared to give it his all. This is a huge opportunity to flip an Assembly seat from red to blue! Help him out by going to his website to volunteer or to donate.

Not everyone can vote in this important election. But everyone can do something to help the cause. Anyone can circulate nomination forms but only residents of the district can sign as nominators. So if you know voters in AD 24, you can ask them to sign the form. If you are a resident of the district, you can both circulate the form AND sign as a nominator. Be sure to follow the directions exactly! Assembly District 24 includes the following locations:

  • In Ozaukee County: Town of Grafton (wards 1-6); Village of Grafton (wards 1-14); and City of Mequon (wards 1-4, 6, 10, 12).

  • In Washington County: Town of Germantown; Village of Grafton (wards 1-14).

  • In Waukesha County: Village of Menomonee Falls (wards 1-7, 9, 11).

Grassroots North Shore is even now preparing postcards to be sent as soon as the candidates have qualified by turning in enough valid signatures on nomination forms. Norma Gilson will be recruiting people to write postcards. Nancy Kaplan will be recruiting people to follow up the postcards with phone calls. Additional actions will take place as we get closer to election day. Make a promise to yourself that you will help in some way. We're already collecting names and contact information for people who are willing to act as drivers for people who are canvassing. Send email to Nancy Kaplan if you are willing to be a driver.

Once upon a time, people in Wisconsin were blessed with one of the easiest systems for voting in the country. Now Wisconsin is one of the hardest states for voters to cast a ballot. Since 2010, when Republicans gained control of the legislature and the governor's office, rules for voting have become more restrictive. In a May 4 article in the Wisconsin State Journal, Matt Mencarini details how "Voting has gotten harder in Wisconsin. Organizers have found ways to help." In the section of the article called "How it’s gotten more difficult to vote in Wisconsin," Mencarnini provides the narrative. As I pointed out in an earlier email, Republicans are at least entertaining making it even more difficult for college students to access the ballot. Today's New York Times leads with the article "Under the Radar, Right-Wing Push to Tighten Voting Laws Persists." This link to it will get you past the paywall.

In June 2022, Attorney General Josh Kaul initiated a legal challenge to the 1849 law that prohibits abortion in Wisconsin. On Thursday, May 4, Dane County Circuit Judge Diane Schlipper convened a hearing on the defendants' motion to dismiss the case. In the course of the hearing, Judge Schlipper suggested that the 1849 law proscribes feticide and may not apply to abortions at all. (See 1849 feticide bill may not apply to abortions, Dane County judge suggests.) But not all media outlets covering the hearing even seemed to notice this striking part of the argument. Wisconsin Public Radio's piece, for example, doesn't even mention the feticide issue. The judge intends to rule on the motion to dismiss the case at a later date.

Almost every outcome for any political issue in our state results from voting maps that are so skewed that MAGA Republicans are almost guaranteed to retain the majority in both the Senate and the Assembly for the remainder of the decade. And by any political issue, I mean control of women's bodies, the epidemic of gun violence, the future of our climate, funding and supporting education from pre-school through graduate school, local control of key issues, revenue sharing, and even the right to propose non-binding advisory referendums. We know from surveys and past advisory referendums that large majorities of Wisconsin voters want to see changes in these areas. But we can't have nice things, it seems, until the voting maps construct fair districts. To learn more about how dark money has led to the landscape we now inhabit — and to get a legislative update from Representative Deb Andraca — join the North Shore Fair Maps Zoom meeting featuring Matt Rothschild discussing Money, Money, Money in our elections. The meeting begins at 7:00pm on Monday, May 8. You can sign up here.

Looking ahead, Law Forward is planning to "challenge the state’s voting maps based on the assertion that partisan gerrymandering violates the Wisconsin Constitution," according to The Cap Times. The plan is to file the suit soon after Janet Protasiewicz takes her seat on the Supreme Court of Wisconsin on August 1. Stay tuned.

And finally, a little schadenfreude: your gift article from the Washington Post — Even Tucker Carlson knew Tucker Carlson was out of control. Erik Wemple notes that the last straw seems to have been a texted conversation with one of his producers. "Carlson appears to believe that 'white men' somehow stick to principles of fairness and chivalry when fighting in the streets — whereas men of color presumably hew to a less honorable code of engagement. Racist trash, all of it." Wemple nails the wonderment many of us feel about why this particular message sealed Tucker's fate when his whole show revealed who he truly is.

But if the board was genuinely concerned, perhaps it should have paid attention to Carlson’s nightly output over the past six years. There was plenty of racism on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” as when the host said that immigrants made the country “dirtier” or when he repeatedly espoused the “great replacement theory” or when he said that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who fled civil war in Somalia, is a “living fire alarm” for the U.S. immigration system.



Tuesday, May 09

Bay Bridge Restorative Justice Series, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Untied Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, 819 E Silver Spring Dr, WFB

Healing the Survivor and Community with Janine Geske, Director of the Andrew Center of Restorative Justice and Distinguished Professor of Law at Marquette University of Law School. She will discuss how restorative justice can bring healing to victims and survivors and repair relationships and communities impacted by crime. Sponsored by: Bay Bridge Wisconsin; United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay; MICAH; WISDOM; EXPO; The Community; From the Same Dust, a Baha'i Group, Bay Shore Lutheran Church, Christ Church Episcopal, Congregation Sinai, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Interfaith Restorative Practices Coalition. LIVESTREAM will be available.

Wednesday, May 10

Help Move Ozaukee Dems, 3:00 - 5:00pm
1930 Wisconsin Ave, Grafton

All hands on deck! The Oz Dems are moving our offices "back home" after getting flooded out this winter by a water leak. We need able-bodied helpers to assist with moving all of our equipment and furniture downstairs to our remodeled offices. Many hands make light work! So just show up.

Oz Dems Community Outreach Committee, 6:30 - 8:00pm
1930 Wisconsin Ave, Grafton

Join us at our next Community Outreach Committee Meeting to talk about parades, the fair, community volunteer opportunities and our quarterly donations to groups and organizations that make Ozaukee a great place to live and work!

Saturday, May 13

Grassroots Glendale Food and Necessity Drive, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Metro Market, 6969 N Port Washington Rd, Glendale

Join the Grassroots Glendale Neighborhood Team at the former Pick 'N Save, now the Metro Market, to collect donations for Milwaukeeans facing food insecurity. We will be set up outside of the Metro Market from 11am-1pm with a list of items folks can pick up to donate while they do their grocery shopping. We will also be collecting hygiene items like body wash, lotion, shaving cream and large clean towels, so please bring any extra you may have. Let's show up for our community and pay it forward to those among us who are struggling right now. More information.

Stand for Peace, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Wisconsin and Prospect (by orange sunburst), Milwaukee

Stand for Peace demonstrates for peace at a different intersection in Milwaukee County every Saturday. This week we will focus on Palestinian rights Join us.

5th CD Dems Convention, 1:00pm
Jackson Area Community Center, N165 W20330 Hickory Lane, Jackson

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin 5th Congressional District is holding its annual convention on Saturday. Registration opens at 1pm. The Convention convenes at 2pm. Please RSVP by ordering your tickets ($20 each). Questions? Please email [email protected] or call 414-491-4544.

Monday, May 15

DPMC Monthly Membership Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30pm
734 N. 26th Street, Milwaukee

The Democratic Party of Milwaukee County is focused on empowering citizens with the tools they need to improve our communities. We must join our friends and neighbors in electing leaders that we believe in. We’re ready to win, but we need your help to do it. Let’s get to work! Join us for our fifth membership meeting of 2023!

Wednesday, May 17

Drinking Liberally Tosa, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Camp Bar Tosa, 6600 W North Ave, Wauwatosa

Need to vent, share ideas, or just enjoy the company of, and conversation with, fellow progressives in Wauwatosa? Meet old friends and make new ones. Join us!

Thursday, May 18

MICAH Annual Gala, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Mt Zion Lutheran Church, 12012 North Ave, Wauwatosa

MICAH is celebratiTakeaways from Assembly Speaker Vos on Gableman, abortion, Donald Trumpng 35 years of laughter, love and justice. Unsung Hero Award Recipient: Mr. David Liners, Executive Director of WISOM. Featuring Milwaukee's Own Ms. Chastity Washington, Comedian. Doors open at 5:30pm. Reception 6:00 - 7:00pm. Program begins at 7:15. Tickets $75 for adults; $40 for children under 12. To register and pay by check, please contact the office at 414-264-0805 or by email. Mailing address: MICHAH Office, 2821 Vel R Phillips Ave Suite 213, Milwaukee, WI 53212. Purchase tickets and register online here.

Saturday, May 20

Oz Dems Volunteer Workday with OWLT!, 9:00am - 12:00pm
Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, 4970 Country Club Rd, Port Washington

In participation of the DPW week of service, the Ozaukee Dems will be volunteering at the Ozaukee-Washington Land Trust to work on the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve! RSVP to attend the event.

Stand for Peace, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Burleigh and 92nd Street, Milwaukee

Stand for Peace demonstrates for peace at a different intersection in Milwaukee County every Saturday. This week we will focus on Palestinian rights Join us.


Thursday, May 25

Emergency Gun Violence Summit, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, 333 W Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee

The tentative schedule includes

  • 9:00 - 9:50am
    Welcome (General Session): Gun Violence by the Numbers & Root Causes
  • 10:00 - 10:50am
    Breakout 1: Faith & Firearms, A Call to Action
    Breakout 2: Keeping Our Children Safe in Schools
  • 1:00 - 11:50am
    Breakout 3: Domestic Abuse & Gun Violence
    Breakout 4: Generation Lockdown, A Students Perspective on Gun Violence
  • 12:00 - 2:00pm Lunch with Speakers
    Mental Health Challenges & Resources
    Public Opinion on Gun Reform
  • 2:00 - 2:50
    Breakout 5: Advocacy Strategies Moving Forward
    Breakout 6: Community Violence Intervention Strategies
  • 3:00 - 3:50pm
    Closing & Call to Action

The program is hosted by The 80% Coalition and Forward Latino.

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