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The Grassroots Gazette fosters community dialogue and participation throughout Southwest Wisconsin.  To subscribe to the email version of the Grassroots Gazette, click here or email grassroots@merr.com


WHEN ARE YOU VOTING TODAY?
(Tues., Feb. 21)

FUTURE OF WISCONSIN’S
PUBLIC EDUCATON IS AT STAKE
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 21, (throughout the state) VOTE FOR STATE SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT The current state Superintendent, Tony Evers, has been a strong advocate for our public schools.  He has promoted a fairer way to fund the schools (the Walker administration has refused to consider it) and he has fought against voucher school expansion (supported by the Walker administration), which uses taxpayer dollars to fund private school tuition at the direct expense of local public schools.  Evers will be on the ballot with Lowell Holtz and John Humphries, both pro-voucher candidates.   Rick Melcher, a write-in candidate, also a conservative, will not appear on the ballot.  Check out the following Beloit News article to learn more about the differences between the candidates. Evers’s two major opponents are on record praising new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and voucher schools.  Click here to read the latest Wisconsin State Journal article about the race. 
                             DON’T FORGET TO VOTE – Feb 21 (primary)

Gray Dog DeliWed.,Feb. 22, 9:15 a.m. (Mineral Point)  YOU ARE INVITED TO A POSTCARD PARTY at the GREY DOG DELI in MINERAL POINT, 214 High Street.  Postcards, pens and other supplies will be provided.  Great time to meet new people and let your Representatives know what you think about the current political situation.  Join the action. For more info, contact svans5@icloud.com.

Senator Ron JohnspnWed., Feb. 22, 6 to 8:30 p.m. (Madison) SEN. RON JOHNSON TOWN HALL MEETING  Will he show up? This event to be held at the Middleton Public Library, 7425 Hubbard Avenue in Middleton is sponsored by his constituents.  Johnson has been invited, but will he show up?  That’s a big question but it’s critical that lots of people come to let him know how they feel about his voting record.  (Johnson’s office can’t recall when his last town hall was.)

Spring Green General StoreWed., March 8, 6:30 p.m. (Spring Green)  Driftless Area Women’s Network (DAWN) meeting  This new group of action-oriented women will meet at the Spring Green General Store, 137 South Albany Street in Spring Green.   Lots of energy here.  DAWN is committed to encouraging and equipping women throughout Wisconsin’s Driftless Area to embrace political leadership roles at the local, state, and national level; to engage in public service and promote fundamental principles of equality and justice through education and outreach; and to empower and support women through direct action and advocacy on policies and issues that have the greatest impact on women’s lives.  For more info, go to the DAWN Facebook page.

Public EducationLOCAL TEAMS CONCERNED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR RURAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE NOW STARTING TO FORM. 
  Let us know by return email if you would like to become involved grassroots@merr.com

The Grassroots Gazette has been working hard to find the best ways to exercise political muscle every day.    Instead of ranting about the latest headlines, take action.   Below you’ll find one of the best methods we’ve found so far.   Let us know by return email if it works for you – or if you have a better idea.  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR www.5calls.org  to get weekly alerts to the 5 or 10 most pressing national issues.  The site offers background info on each of these issues and phone numbers for the legislators you need to call daily. (They are tallying the responses.)  IT TAKES ONLY 5 MINUTES A DAY.   If you get no answer in their Washington office, call their local office.  U.S. Senator Ron Johnson in Washington, D.C. (202-224-5323); Milwaukee (414-276-7282); Oshkosh (920-230-7250).   US Senator Tammy Baldwin in Washington D.C. (202-224-5653); Madison (608-264-5338); Milwaukee (404-297-4451); U.S. Rep. Marc Pocan in Washington (202-225-2906); Madison (608-258-9800).  POST THESE NUMBERS ON YOUR COMPUTER.

You can also use the Grassroots Wisconsin Legislative contact list and tips for calling your representatives.  If they still don’t answer, keep a stack of stamped, addressed post cards on your desk to fire off to the no-answer legislators.   Don’t be afraid to call daily.  They are tallying the number of calls they get – not who calls.
               PRINT OUT THIS CONTACT LIST TO POST BY YOUR PHONE

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 twotens@yousq.net.

Sat., Mar. 11, 11 a.m. (Dodgeville) MONTHLY SUSTAIN IOWA COUNTY/CITIZENS’ CLIMATE LOBBY MEETING These local citizens are deeply concerned about the environment and climate change – and they take action!   Learn more about their agenda by joining them at the Dodgeville Country Kitchen, 1202 N. Johns Street.  You’ll make plenty of new friends. For more information contact Chuck Tennessen at twotens@yousq.net.

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 bryanwalton2007@gmail.com

Friday, Mar. 3, 1 p.m. (Highland) CITIZENS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE MEETING will meet at the Sts. Anthony and Philip Catholic Church (723 Main St.) in Highland to view “Thirteen,” the movie about the 13th Amendment which brings up the notions of race and our prison system.  For more information contact Jane Kavaloski at jhkavaloski@gmail.com

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 grassroots@merr.com

OUR ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) PROGRAM CONTINUES TO EXPAND To encourage self-sufficiency and confidence among recent Hispanic immigrants to our area, our English as a Second Language (ESL) volunteer tutoring program has recently expanded into Lafayette and Grant Counties -- building on our existing Iowa County program.. Our trained volunteer tutors work one-on-one or in small groups. The program not only addresses the isolation many of our students feel, it enriches the tutors’ lives through cultural exchanges and friendships. To learn more about becoming a volunteer ESL tutor, please contact:

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 grassroots@merr.com

Other Community Events

Tues., March 21st, 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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