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CanvassingFri., May 18 and Sat., May 19 (Dodgeville, Mineral Point) JOIN THE ‘BRIDGE BUILDING’ DOOR TO DOOR CANVASSING TEAM.   “It’s been great building bridges with people,” says Janet Peder, one of the committed volunteers who are now going door-to-door to find out what local people are thinking about today’s political scene.   “The people I’ve talked to appreciate that their opinions are valued.”  TO BECOME PART OF THIS DOOR-TO-DOOR EFFORT, meet at the newly opened Dem. Party Hdqs., 102 North Iowa Street in Dodgeville on Fri, May 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. or on Sat., May 19, from 10 a.m. to noon.  Training will be provided.   Contact Christine Tsubokura at [email protected] to let her know you’ll be there – or just drop in.    Let's get this BLUE WAVE🌊🌊🌊🌊 started!

Canvassers are also needed on Sat., May 26 from 10 a.m. to noon and Thurs., May 31st, from 4 to 6 p.m.  
Call Christine or come to the Dems. Headquarters.  To canvass in Ridgeway, contact Janet Pedder at [email protected], 608-924-2113 or in Arena, contact Kris Porter at 608-753-2169.   

Wed., May 16, 9:30 a.m. (Mineral Point) IT’S GROWING!   Members of the weekly post card group write, laugh, rail about what’s going on in Washington D.C. and Madison – and take action!    The group is GROWING.  They meet every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.   Come and see what’s going on!  Turns out there are thousands of groups like them throughout the country trying to make a difference.   For more info, contact Laura Cisler at [email protected], Susan Van Sicklen at [email protected] or Caron Swindal at [email protected].   You find them on:  Wed., May 16, 9:30 a.m., at the Gray Dog Deli, 215 High Street, Mineral Point, 987-4000; on Wed., May 23, 9:30 a.m., at the Cook’s Room, 138 N Iowa Street, Dodgeville, 935-5282 and on Wed., May 30, 9:30 a.m., at the Pointer Café, 809 Ridge Street, Mineral Point, 987-3733.

at the Lind Pavilion, 411 Commerce Street in Mineral Point.  Everyone is welcome.   You can expect refreshments, friends, fun and enthusiasm for these two great candidates.  Bring friends and family. RSVP to [email protected].
Read more about Jeff at www.wrightforwisconsin.com and Kriss at www.KrissforWisconsin.com

Fri., June 8, 7 p.m.  (Dodgeville)  HEAR ABOUT THE LATEST ROUND IN THE BATTLE AGAINST THE GIANT ATC POWER LINES WHICH COULD DISSECT IOWA COUNTY – and what you can do!   At the Dodger Bowl, 321 King Street in Dodgeville, Attorney Howard Learner will present the latest news about what’s happening at the Wisconsin Public Service Commission and Rural Utilities Service – and the action local people can take to oppose having the power lines slice through Iowa County.  Find more information at www.driftlessdefenders.com.

Help make people aware that the historic Military Ridge State Trail is threatened by ATC’s proposed transmission lines.   To join the ride/walk/run, start at Verona or Dodgeville (and points in between).  The ending location will be the lawn of the GrandStay Hotel in Mount Horeb for a Big Rally (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), featuring fun family activities, a folk band, brief speeches and food and drink.  Sign up now at CelebrateDriftless.org so the planners (Driftless Defenders and the Western Dane Preservation Campaign) can plan for the food.  And you can buy tee shirts.

FIND KRISS MARION!  She seems to be everywhere.  On Sat., May 19 she’ll help open the Dem Office in Mauston, 215 E. State Street from 9 to 11 a.m.; the same night (5/19) she’ll take part in the Pub Trivia contest from 11 to 2 p.m. at 522 Gateway Ave., in Mauston; on Sun., May 20 she’s at the Muscoda Morel Mushroom Fest Parade, lineup at 1 p.m. and later on May 20 at a Meet and Greet at Badger Park in Shullsburg.   Sat., May 26, she’ll be launching her campaign in Richland County from 4 to 6 p.m. at the 1912 Building behind the A.D. German Warehouse.  Find out how you can get involved at https://www.facebook.com/events/1502715166522053/

SPECIAL FEATURE:   Today it’s easy to forget that our country has been through other troubled times.  In his International Book Award-winner Spoke: A Mother, a Son, Civil Rights, Vietnam, Coleman, a Grassroots founding member from Mineral Point, details what courage looked like in the 1960s.  For those of you who missed his story, click here to listen to Coleman's moving interview with Jim Fleming on To the Best of Our Knowledge on National Public Radio.  A playwright, Coleman is currently adapting for the stage Sagashus Levingston’s remarkable book called Infamous Mothers, to premiere in Madison in October, 2018.  For more information about Coleman and his projects, go to http://www.spokesinthewheel.com/

NEW IOWA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS GETS TO WORK   Thanks to the hard-working Action Iowa County team who encouraged people to run for the Iowa County Board, a full board is now in place.   As they get to work, residents are encouraged to contact their own board representative to voice their opinion about 1) their hopes for County Government in the coming years and 2) their top concerns for the county both immediate and long-term.  Click here to find out who your County Board representative is.

NEW:  NEW ACTION GROUP TAKING SHAPE IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY   Our Lafayette County neighbors liked what they saw at recent gatherings of the Action Iowa County team so are now launching their own group called Informed Lafayette Action (ILA).  For more information about the group call Ray Spellman at 608-776-2832 or email him 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]


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, May 12, 11 a.m.  (Dodgeville) THE MONTHLY CLIMATE CHANGE LOBBY/SUSTAIN IOWA COUNTY group will meet at the Country Kitchen, 1202 North John Street in Dodgeville.  Join this committed group who work hard to address environmental concerns.  For more info, contact Chuck Tennessen 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.

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]

Other Community Events

Tues., April 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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