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Mon. May 8, 2 p.m. (Darlington)  MARC POCAN TO HOLD TOWN HALL
  Let Rep. Marc Pocan know what you think about what’s going on in Washington.   Join him at the Darlington Court house at 2 p.m.

Tues., May 16, 6 p.m. (Dodgeville) Iowa County Board to consider resolution to OPPOSE the Cardinal-Hickory Creek high voltage power line Plan to attend this vital meeting at Dodgeville’s Health and Human Services Center, 303 W. Chapel Street to show your support for the local Driftless Defenders group (www.driftlessdefenders.com) which is leading the fight against these massive, proposed lines through Iowa County.  If you cannot attend, call or write YOUR County Supervisor.  You will find his/her contact info at http://iowacounty.org/countyboard/members.shtml  The arguments against:  These massive transmission towers and 345 kv lines are not needed for energy.  They will ruin our unique and scenic landscape, disrupt important conservation areas, negatively impact our tourism economy, reduce property values, and cost utility customers millions of dollars while investors in the for-profit American Transmission Company will make a profit of 10.2 percent per year.  Our County’s future should not be determined by big business.

Tues., May 9, 6:30 p.m. (Spring Green) The River Valley Chapter of DAWN will meet at the General Store.  According to the DAWN team, “Some of our members have been very busy getting involved with the community, so definitely try to make the meeting to hear their reports.”  All are welcome.   For info contact:  Grace Timmerman at contactdawnwi@gmail.com

Wed., May 10, 9:30 a.m. (Dodgeville) and Wed., May 17, 9:30 a.m. (Mineral Point) WEEKLY POSTCARD WRITING and coffee with a dedicated group of Action Iowa County folks.  Join them to let your voice be heard in Washington and Madison.  On May 10 it will be at Dodgeville’s Cobblestone café, 239 N. Iowa Street and on May 17 it will be at Mineral Point’s Grey Dog Deli, 215 N. High Street.  Postcards and pens will be supplied.  For more info, contact Susan VanSicklen at svans5@icloud.com or Laura Cisler at glcisler@yahoo.com
Are you interested in starting an evening postcard writing group?  Susan and Laura are happy to help you set it up.

ACTION IOWA COUNTY interest groups to meet as follow up to the “Big Huddle

huddleWed., May 17, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (Dodgeville)  THE ENVIRONMENTAL group encourages others to join them for a one-hour focused discussion of its goals at the Country Kitchen, 1202 North Johns Street in Dodgeville.  Food can be ordered.  For more info, contact Mike VanSicklen at mikevansicklen@gmail.com  or Chuck Tennessen at twotens@yousq.net

Mon., May 15, 6:30 p.m. (Dodgeville) THE PUBLIC EDUCATION group will meet at the Cobblestone Coffeehouse, 233 North Iowa Street in Dodgeville to strategize how they can protect public education.  For more info, contact Jessie Wieczorek at jawieczorek24@gmail.com or Christie Johnston at christie.m.johnston@gmail.com

Tues., May 16, 6 p.m. (Mineral Point) THE NATIONAL POLITICAL ACTION group meets at Tequila Point, 43 High Street, Mineral Point.  For more info, contact Susan VanSicklen at svans5@icloud.com or Laura Cisler at glcisler@yahoo.com

Wed., May 17, 6 p.m. (Mineral Point) THE LOCAL ELECTIONS group, which is encouraging people to run for local elections, meets at Tequila Point, 43 High Street.   Contact Parrish Johnston at crazyparrish@yahoo.com  or Sue Gereau at sjgereau@hughes.net

TIME AND DATE NOW CONFIRMED FOR IMPORTANT HEALTH CARE MEETING.   Mon., May 22, 7 p.m. at Café 43, 43 High Street in Mineral Point.  As we all know, the AHCA passed the House with new amendments that basically give states more flexibility to ignore previous ACA requirements.  The current strategy is to stop the AHCA in the Senate. We must contact Sen. Johnson and Sen. Baldwin incessantly until the AHCA is scrapped in the Senate, then press for a new Senate bill that improves the current ACA or makes changes that move us closer to affordable health care for all.  A great summary of what happened and what to expect next can be found here: 
http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/blog/2017/apr/amendment-aca-repeal-and-replace-bill.   Here is the link to contact Sen. Johnson’s office:  https://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/ This fight is real and will affect millions of lives!  It’s up to us!  For information, contact Aaron Dunn at aaron.dunn@deancare.com

Tues., May 23, 7 p.m. (New Glarus) NEW INDIVISIBLE GROUP for New Glarus/Green County to meet again.  “Our first meeting brought together people from all sides of the traditional political divide who are motivated to work together to take the responsibility of citizenship seriously at a time when our core American values are under attack,” said facilitator Fil Sanna. Please join them at the follow up meeting when they’ll be setting specific goals for action.  For the New Glarus location, contact Fil Sanna at filsanna@yahoo.com or 608-636-6222    

Sun., May 21, 2 to 4 p.m. (Reedsburg) ‘WHAT CAN I DO?”: A CITIZENS’ WORKSHOP will be held at the Reedsburg Recreation Center, 134 Locust Street (across from Public Library).  Concerned about the future of our communities, state and country?  You’ll be able to pick your topic and together develop an action plan for addressing health care, living wage, public schools, running for office, immigration, election/voting issues, and more.  The event is sponsored by the Reedsburg Area Concerned Citizens.  For more info, contact Judy Brey at reedsburgacc@gmail.com

Sat., May 13, starts at 11 a.m. (Darlington) CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVAL This free, family-fun event showcases the cultures of our Latino friends and neighbors who live and work in SW Wisconsin.  Stop by the booth sponsored by our Grassroots partner group, the MultiCultural Outreach Program (MCOP), to find out how you can be part of the effort to enhance the cultural diversity in our communities.   The festival site is at the south end of Main Street (Hwy. 23) in Darlington – at the bridge.

KEEP THE PRESSURE ON YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES by signing up for 5 calls at https://www.5calls.org/  This easy to use site sends you weekly emails highlighting the 5 or 10 most pressing issues and includes the necessary background on each issue  -- plus phone numbers for the legislators you need to call (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 a.m. (Dodgeville) LOCAL CITIZENS’ CLIMATE LOBBY to meet at the Country Kitchen, 1202 N. Johns Street in Dodgeville.   Although Trump’s EPA has erased the mention of climate change from its website, these dedicated folks are fighting hard to keep people informed about its consequences.  Each month they enjoy a conference call from a climate change expert and shape their plans for the future. For more info, contact Chuck Tennessen at twotens@yousq.net.

CONSIDERING A SOLAR INSTALLATION IN IOWA COUNTY?   Save money now by becoming part of the limited time “buyers-club” sponsored by our Grassroots’ sister group -- Sustain Iowa County/Citizens Climate in cooperation with UW Extension and the Driftless Area Land Conservancy   Discounts on each solar installation will depend on how many people sign up.  Contact Chuck Tennessen at twotens@yousq.net about informational sessions coming up. The more folks join, the greater the discount for all.

THE REPORT FROM THE 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

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


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

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

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., May 16th, 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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