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New Glarus, Platteville


Results from last week’s DNR Conservation Congresses

Wed., April 19, 9:30 a.m.  (Mineral Point).  THE WEEKLY POST CARD WRITING ACTION   This week the post card team meets at Grey Dog Deli in Mineral Point.   Keep up the pressure on our representatives in Washington and Madison.  Postcards and pens will be supplied.  This event is sponsored by the Action Iowa County group.  Contact Laura Cisler at glcisler@yahoo.com

ACALET PAUL RYAN KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT    Help one of our sister groups --  the Oregon Area Progressives – get the message directly to Paul Ryan in his home district.   The OAP health care community engagement group is purchasing billboards and newspaper ads in the Janesville area – the place Ryan calls home.  The aim is to undermine his support for the ACA among his own constituents.  YOU CAN HELP.  To contribute to the effort go to www.gofundme.com/retireandreplace    The goal is to collect $8,000.   For more info contact Beth Cox at coxlaw2@frontier.com

Sun., May 7, 2 to 4:30 p.m. (Platteville) “Walking in our Shoes” Immigration Simulation event What is it like to live as a Latino in our communities in the midst of today’s hostile immigration environment?  The First Congregational United Church of Christ, 80 Market St., in Platteville is hosting an Immigration Simulation, the object of which is to focus and sensitize participants to the realities faced by our Latino friends and neighbors.  The event is free but space is limited.  REGISTER EARLY.  Call 608-348-6578.

SAT., April 22 (Earth Day) – JOIN A MARCH FOR SCIENCE to celebrate EARTH DAY – locally or in Madison.  Action Iowa County member Dave Oesper is hoping to organize a local march.  Contact him at 608-930-2120 or daveoesper@mac.com.  Or join the Madison march 2 to 5 p.m.  For info go to:  https://sciencemarchmadison.github.io/

huddleMon., April 24, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Mineral Point) JOIN THE “BIG HUDDLE”    ACTION IOWA COUNTY invites you to “DO SOMETHING” about the direction our country, state and communities are headed.  At this event you’ll choose your passion:  national politics, public education, healthcare solutions, local elections or environmental concerns.   Each break-out group will wrestle with what they can do together to effect change – and decide on next steps.    Meet and greet at 6:30 p.m.  Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.  The program begins promptly at 7 p.m.    LOCATION:  Tequila Point, 43 High St. in Mineral Point   For more info, contact Christie Johnston at christie.m.johnston@gmail.com

Wed., April 26  (Dodgeville, Monroe)  STATE REP. TODD NOVAK TO HOLD LISTENING SESSIONS  He’ll be at the City Hall in Dodgeville from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and at the Public Library in Monroe from 5 to 6:30 p.m.    Arrive early to get a seat and have your questions ready to submit.

Thurs., May 4, 7:30 to 9 p.m. (New Glarus) NEW GLARUS INDIVISIBLE GROUP TO MEET. The first gathering of the new Indivisible group in New Glarus will be at the home of Filip Sanna.  Contact her at filsanna@yahool.com for specific location. 

Tues., April 25, 6 to 9 p.m. (Richland Center) EMERGE AND WISCONSIN PROGRESS to talk about empowering progressive women – including political strategies for running for office, supporting candidates and engaging with elected officials.  Location:  Richland Center Community & Senior Center, 1050 N. Orange St in Richland Center.  Come for pizza at 6 p.m. and enjoy lively conversation.  This event is sponsored by DAWN (Driftless Area Women’s Network).  For more info, contact Kathy Fry at gracie82159@gmail.com  

THE REPORT FROM LAST WEEK’S STATEWIDE CONSERVATION CONGRESS SESSIONS Wisconsin people care about the environment!  The hundreds who attended a Conservation Congress which was held last week in every county sent this clear message to our elected officials.  They voted overwhelmingly:
1)    For a moratorium on permits for frac sand mining and processing.
2)    To properly fund our state parks.
3)    To restore DNR compliance with the Clean Water Act in the state.
4)    To give DNR authority to suspend permit applications for CAFOs when pollution is a concern.
5)    To require a public notice to residents within 2 miles of a high capacity well
And much more.  For complete results go to  https://sierraclub.org/wisconsin/blog/2017/04/conservation-congress-results-are

STILL WONDERING WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT NATIONAL POLITICS?  Check out 5 Calls by going to https://www.5calls.org/   This easy-to-use site sends you an email every week focusing on the 5 or 10 most pressing national issues.  It gives you the background you need and phone numbers for the legislators to call.  Be sure to type in your zip code.   DOWN LOAD THE 5 CALLS APP for 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., May 13, 11:00 a.m. (Dodgeville) MONTHLY SUSTAIN IOWA COUNTY-CITIZENS’ CLIMATE LOBBY meeting is at the Dodgeville's Country Kitchen. Join this active local group where you will learn about the growing bi-partisan Climate Solutions Caucus and its work to address climate change at the national level.  Find out how you can be part of the effort to build a sustainable world locally and beyond.  To learn more about the group go to the Grassroots Sustain webpage, click here for more.  For further info contact Chuck Tennessen at twotens@yousq.net.

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF HAVING A SOLAR INSTALLATION AT YOUR HOME?   If so, now is the time to act.  The Sustain Iowa County/Citizens Climate Change group in cooperation with UW Extension and the Driftless Area Land Conservancy are offering a greater Iowa County “Solar Group Buy” opportunity.   Already 50 people want to know more about this limited time “buyers-club”.    Discounts on each solar installation will depend on how many people sign up, says Chuck Tennessen.   A Request for Proposals will go out to potential installers next week.  Information sessions will be held in May-June.  To get on the info-mailing list, contact Chuck Tennessen at twotens@yousq.net now.   The more folks join, the greater the discount for all.

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

Fri., March 20 to Friday, April 21   THE GREAT DECISIONS SERIES IS PRESENTED IN DODGEVILLE Jointly sponsored by the Dodgeville Public Library and the Grassroots Citizens for Peace and Justice, this international Great Decisions discussion series will address the topics below.  All discussions are on Fridays, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Dodgeville Public Library, 139 South Iowa Street.   Everyone is welcome.   Learn more by clicking here. 

  • March 10 - The Future of Europe, discussion to be led by UW-Platteville Professor of German
  • March 24 - Trade and Politics, discussion to be led by John Simonson
  • April 7 - U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum, discussion to be led by Chuck Tennessen
  • April 21 - Nuclear Security, discussion to be led by Cathy Palzkill or Vincent Kavaloski

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

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 daveoesper@mac.com or 608- 930-2120

Tues., April 18th, 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

SPRING CLEANING? Help out long-time Grassroots member Christine Tsubokura who is collecting children’s books for the Community Connections Free Clinic library – so that children and their parents can take books home at no charge.  Call Christine at 608-234-1414  

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