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The  “LETTER WRITING” Group
meets every Wednesday in Nov. and Dec.
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LAST MINUTE ALERT: 
Tonight is fun Souper Science event in Mt. Horeb


TONIGHT:  Friday, Nov. 17 , 6 p.m. (Mt. Horeb)  S0UPER   SCIENCE EVENT  Join others who want to know how to talk with skeptics about climate change..  Get answers to the following questions: 

•    What is the greenhouse effect? 
•    How do you explain the basic science behind it? 
•    What is most important for people to know about global warming and climate change?
•    Do scientists really agree that global warming and climate change are happening?  What's the evidence?
Also enjoy some SUPER SOUP made from local veggies.  This is a fun, interactive event.   LOCATION:  Mount Horeb Community Center, 107 N. Grove   For more info and to RSVP for Souper Science Friday please  see mounthorebccl.info

BECOME AN ENGLISH-LANGUAGE VOLUNTEER TUTOR  You can help counteract today’s ugly rhetoric about immigration  by becoming an English as a Second Language (ESL) volunteer tutor in Iowa, Lafayette, Grant or Richland Counties.   You do not need a foreign language to become an ESL tutor.   Tutor training will teach you to overcome a language barrier while you are making new friends.  Our local Southwest Wisconsin economy depends on new immigrant workers.   They enrich our communities with cultural diversity.   Contact Luz Nereida Burkard of the MultiCultural Oureach Program at 608-642-1753 for more information about the next tutor training sessions.  Check out our website at www.mcopwi.org for other ways you can help.

LETTER WRITERS TO MEET EVERY WEDNESDAY at 9:30 a.m. in Nov. and Dec.  Join this dedicated group of letter writers who take their task seriously – keeping state and national legislators informed about their opinions.  The group will meet every Wednesday in November and December at the following locations.
 
•    Wed., Nov. 22 ,  Cobblestone Coffee House, 329 N. Iowa Street, Dodgeville
•    Wed., Nov. 29,  Gray Dog Deli, 215 High Street, Mineral Point
•    Wed., Dec. 6, Cook’s Room, 138 N. Iowa Street, Dodgeville
•    Wed., Dec. 13 at Café 43, 43 High Street, Mineral Point
•    Wed., Dec. 20 at the Cobblestone, 329 N. Iowa St., Dodgeville
•    Wed., Dec. 27 at Gray Dog Deli, 215 High Street, Mineral Point
For more info, contact Laura Cisler, Action Iowa County at
[email protected] or Kathie Swanson at [email protected]

OUR GRASSROOTS CITIZENS SUSTAIN IOWA COUNTY group works at the local, state and national levels on climate change and environment issues. To get involved, contact Chuck Tennessen at [email protected].

Saturday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. (Dodgeville) – MONTHLY SUSTAIN IOWA COUNTY/CLIMATE CHANGE LOBBY meeting is at Dodgeville’s County Kitchen, 1202 Johns Street.   This active local group is engaged globally with the huge climate change issues and also acts locally to make changes right here at home. For more info, contact Chuck Tennessen at [email protected] 

OUR GRASSROOTS CITIZENS FOR PEACE organizes forums and cultural events to encourage dialogue about critical peace and justice issues.
For more info, contact Bryan Walton at [email protected]

know peace through justice Friday, November 3rd, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. (Dodgeville)  MONTHLY MEETING OF GRASSROOTS CITIZENS FOR PEACE & JUSTICE will be held at the home of Judy James, 3455 Rowe Road, Dodgeville (north, off of Hwy. 23)   Join the Peace Group for a lively discussion on:

  • What should be our emphasis amid all the violence in the world today?
  • Can societal fears be addressed by studying the success of nonviolent campaigns?
  • What about gun violence?
  • What about the bulging military budget?
  • What about the nuclear threat that hangs over us like the Sword of Damocles?
  • How can we be a more visible presence in our area? 

For more info contact Jane H. Kavaloski at [email protected].

OUR GRASSROOTS CITIZENS Immigration team is working to educate and achieve a better understanding of immigration issues in our area. To get involved, contact Shirley Barnes at [email protected]

Multicultural outreach programBECOME A VOLUNTEER FOR THE MULTI CULTURAL OUTREACH PROGRAM (MCOP)  The MultiCultural Outreach Program needs volunteers to welcome our immigrant neighbors in various ways – from teaching English as a Second Language (free training offered) to supplying much needed transportation for immigrant workers and their families who are not permitted to have drivers licenses.   Here’s how you can help address the immigration issue right here at home – by welcoming those who are hard-working employees on our dairy farms, cheese factories and small businesses.  Contact Nereida Burkard at 608-642-1753 or [email protected] for more information as to how you can help.

BECOME AN ENGLISH-LANGUAGE VOLUNTEER TUTOR 
You can help counteract today’s ugly rhetoric about immigration  by becoming an English as a Second Language (ESL) volunteer tutor in Iowa, Lafayette, Grant or Richland Counties.   You do not need a foreign language to become an ESL tutor.   Tutor training will teach you to overcome a language barrier while you are making new friends.  Our local Southwest Wisconsin economy depends on new immigrant workers.   They enrich our communities with cultural diversity.   Contact Luz Nereida Burkard of the MultiCultural Oureach Program at 608-642-1753 for more information about the next tutor training sessions.  Check out our website at www.mcopwi.org for other ways you can help.

OUR GRASSROOTS Health Care Task Force has been working since 2008 to insure everyone receives quality, affordable health care. To get involved, contact Earl Barnes at [email protected]

ACANov. 1 until Dec. 15  --  LOCAL HELP IS AVAILABLE TO SIGN UP FOR OBAMACARE.  Misinformation and fear about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) abound.  The fact is anyone is guaranteed 2018 coverage if they sign up for or renew ACA coverage from now until Dec. 15.     The big problem is that reports of rising premiums totally ignore the fact that ACA subsidies are rising as well.   As a result, ACA coverage is still the best alternative for many families. 

Local insurance agents with ACA experience can help sift through the alternatives  – at no cost to the policy holder.   Pat Weier and Jeff Walker of the Walker and Weier Insurance agency in Mineral Point have helped Grassroots volunteers assist with ACA sign ups for the last 3 or 4 years.  They know the ACA positives and the pitfalls.  Contact your insurance agents or call Pat or Jeff t at 608-987-3255.  Their office is at 2500 Business Park Road, Mineral Point.   An appointment is necessary.   Their service is FREE TO YOU.  In other words, buying ACA insurance through an insurance agent will cost you exactly the same as struggling to find the best plan online.  Much has changed this year.  For more info, contact our Grassroots Health Care Task Force at [email protected]


ARE YOU HOOKED ON 5 CALLS YET?  Political news can be disheartening but we have to keep up the pressure in Washington and Madison.  Here’s the easiest way to be effective.   Click on https://5calls.org/ .  Once you’ve added your zip code, you’ll get complete instructions on exactly who to call, the important facts about the most pressing issues for the coming week and what you can do about them.  Give it a try now.  You may not think one call makes a difference – particularly if you only get a voice mail – but hundreds of thousands of calls do – SO BE ONE OF THEM.  Pass this tip on to your friends.
 
THE NEW GREEN COUNTY INDIVISIBLE GROUP is making plans to co-host a bipartisan Listening Session where all national and state representatives from the area will be invited to share the microphone with their constituents.  The event is scheduled for late August (during a Congressional recess.)   If you are interested in being a part of the planning group, contact Bob Nelson at [email protected]

Other Community Events

INTERESTED IN MAKING DODGEVILLE MORE BIKE FRIENDLY?   Dave Oesper says “I think the first step is for those of us who are interested to meet and discuss. I'd be happy to take the lead but would appreciate having others to work with who share a passion for this important health and safety issue. “   Contact Dave at [email protected] or 608- 930-2120

Tues., October 17th, 7 p.m. (Dodgeville) IOWA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETS in regular session at the Health and Human Services Building, 303 W. Chapel Street. When it becomes available, the agenda will be posted at http://www.iowacounty.org/countyboard/committees/countyboard.shtml

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THE GRASSROOTS GAZETTE (produced by the Grassroots Citizens of Wisconsin) is the email communications tool that links emerging political action groups throughout Southwest Wisconsin – including Action Iowa County, SWWAP of Mt. Horeb, River Valley DAWN group, Richland County DAWN group, Green County Indivisible, Sustain Iowa County and Iowa County Citizens for Peace & Justice.  Other groups interested in joining can contact [email protected].

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