Wisconsin Republicans Attack Democracy and Children


Republican legislators, using the rhetoric of “accountability,” are aiming for the jugular of public education. A fast-track bill going before the Wisconsin Senate calls for the wholesale privatization of public schools in the state, in particular Milwaukee.

The bill’s consequences are obfuscated by bureaucratic double-speak, arcane details and complicated loopholes. Fundamentally, however, the bill is a frontal attack on public schools, on democracy, and on poor children. It undermines the Wisconsin constitution’s guarantee of a free and public education to all children. 

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What Is at Stake for Women's Health Care in Wisconsin

ppawi_campaign.jpgOn January 30, 2014, Molly Swank, Legislative & Advocacy Coordinator for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, presented a webinar in our ongoing series Information for Activation. You can view her slides here and you can hear the complete presentation, including the question and answer period, on the AnyMeeting site.


Information for Activation is a weekly program that provides Wisconsin activists important information about key issues. You can see the upcoming topics and speakers on our calendar, where you can also register for these free information sessions.

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The Collision between the War on Poverty and Recent Tax Policy Choices

wisconsinBudgetProject_sm.gifIn the third webinar in our Information for Activation Series, Jon Peacock, Project Director of the Wisconsin Budget Project, presented "The Collision between the War on Poverty and Recent Tax Policy Choices." You can view his powerpoint presentation below:

You can also listen to and watch the recorded presentation. You may want to fast forward through the first 1.5 minutes because there was some lag while Jon waited for participants to complete the log in process.

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Information For Activation: Citizens' Voices Matter for Environmental Protection

In the second of our series of webinars, Kim Wright, Executive Director of Midwest Environmental Advocates, Inc., presented "Citizen Voices Matter for Environmental Protection." Here is her powerpoint presentation:

You can also see a part of the presentation with Kim's commentary. We managed to capture the presentation and the question and answer period that followed starting on about slide 16, or about 2/3 of the entire program. (You will need the Flash player to view it.)


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Know Your Obamacare!

In the first of our series of webinars, Grassroots North Shore co-sponsored a presentation on the positive changes the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) has begun to deliver to the American people. Below, you will find Kevin Kane's powerpoint slides from that presentation. Reviewing the talk will provide you with the information you'll need to be an effective advocate for the new healthcare law and to be an effective activist for progressive policies and candidates.

More webinars on subjects vital to progressives everywhere are scheduled for Thursday evenings, from 7-7:30, on January 16, 23, and 30 plus February 13 and 20. Watch this space for links to sign up for the upcoming programs. Each presentation will last about 15 minutes with another 15 minutes for audience questions and answers.

Tune in!

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Information for Activation

Thoughts lead to action, but effective action needs well-informed activists.

That's the purpose behind the Grassroots North Shore Information for Activation series of webinars. Through these weekly sessions, you will learn to be a more effective advocate for good, solid, progressive policies that will benefit all of us.

And now’s the time to get going in earnest: in case you hadn't noticed, 2014 is an election year and the future of Wisconsin is at stake. Because "knowledge is power," you can empower yourself and others by participating in these 30-minute webinars. The information you will hear will help you persuade others to support progressive policies and to vote for progressive candidates in the fall.

Please join us for our next two presentations and mark your calendar for our future ones!


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Follow The Money -- In Reverse

Thanks to Chris Larson's request to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau  we can now see how much money the Walker administration returned to the Federal Government --- $904,484,196.  This does not even include the money rejected for Medicaid expansion or $75,000,000 paid to the Wisconsin Hospital Association to cover more nonpaying low-income patients who will end up going to emergency rooms when they become ill.

In addition to funds to implement the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, Wisconsin turned back $637,114 in a Consumer Assistance Grant to provide information and answer questions regarding health care and health insurance, $795,000,000 that would have brought High-Speed Rail to the State, and $22,978,367 to improve internet access to unserved and underserved areas including schools and libraries.

Jobs?  The Bureau estimates that Wisconsin lost 276 jobs in IT alone.  Add the thousands of jobs that building High-Speed rail would have created and Walker would have come a lot closer to the 250,000 jobs he promised to bring to the state.

Read the full report. . . 

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