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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 [email protected]


NOW IS THE TIME
TO STEP UP!

THE MIDTERM ELECTION IS SIX WEEKS AWAY. 
HOW CAN YOU HELP?   
You’ll feel much better on Nov. 7 if you get involved now.  
Here’s how.  Pick one or more:

  • Attend a fundraising event
  • Go door-to-door for your favorite candidates
  • Write a letter to the editor
  • Put up a yard sign
  • Help out in a campaign office
  • Make a financial donation

UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS
Fri and Sat. nights, Sept. 21 and 22, 7 TO 10:30 P.M.   A CELEBRATION OF DRIFTLESS MUSIC AND FUNDRAISER FOR KRISS MARION at Mineral Point Opera House.  Admission is free but donations welcome.

Fri., Sept 28, 5:30 to 7 p.m.  (rural Dodgeville) TONY EVERS FUNDRAISER at home of Michael and Susan Van Sicklen, 3862 Evans Quarry Road, Dodgeville.   Suggested donation: $50.   Tony Evers and Mandela Barnes, candidate for Lt. Governor, will be there.

Sat., Sept. 29, 3 to 5 p.m. (Spring Green) FUNDRAISER FOR KRISS MARION and JEFF WRIGHT at Dick and Kim Cates family farm, 5992 County Rd. T.  Suggested donation:  $50.

Wed., Oct. 10, 4:30 to 6;30 p.m. (rural Dodgeville)   MEET AND GREET FUNDRAISER FOR KRISS MARION AND JEFF WRIGHT at home of Mike and Susan Van Sicklen, 3862 Evans Quarry Road, RSVP to [email protected]

GO DOOR TO DOOR
Sat., Sept. 22, 10 to 2 p.m. in Dodgeville.  Meet at the Democratic Headquarters, 102 Iowa Street to join the group that will be canvassing in Dodgeville.

Sat., Sept. 29 in Spring Green.  Contact Anna Landmark at [email protected] for details or check out ‘Kriss Marion for Wisconsin State Senate’ Facebook page.

FOR OTHER DOOR-TO-DOOR OPPORTUNITIES WHICH ARE AVAILABLE DAILY, contact Sue Gereau at [email protected] or drop in at the Kriss Marion headquarters, 306 Main Street in Blanchardville.

HELP OUT IN THE CAMPAIGN OFFICE

In Dodgeville help is needed in the Iowa County Democratic office, 102 Iowa Street (corner of Division) on Saturdays from 10 to 1 p.m. or 1 to 4 p.m. or on Thursdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m.  Or any other time you are available.  Contact Sue Gereau at [email protected] or call 608-341-9191 or 608-583-2121.

In Blanchardville, contact Anna Landmark at [email protected] to volunteer or visit the office at 306 Main Street.

PUT UP A YARD SIGN
You can pick up yard signs at the Iowa County Democratic Office, corner of Iowa and Division Streets.  The office is open most days from 3 to 6 p.m.    If you can’t get to the office, call or email Sue Gereau at [email protected] or call 608-341-9191 or 608-583-2121.  For other locations contact Kriss Marion at her Facebook page -- Kriss Marion for Wisconsin State Senate or contact Anna Landmark at [email protected]

MAKE A FINANCIAL DONATION
Check out your favorite candidate’s website or Facebook page to make a donation – or add to the one you’ve already made. You can find websites on our Elections page.

WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Don’t know how to do it?  Contact [email protected] to help you get started or check out our Letters to the Editor page.

Wed. Sep. 26, 9:30 a.m. at Cobblestone Coffee House (239 N Iowa St, Dodgeville) 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].   Future Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. schedule include: Oct. 3rd, Gray Dog Deli (215 High Street, Mineral Point); Oct. 10th, Cook's Room (138 North Iowa Street, Dodgeville); Oct. 17th, Pointer Cafe (809 Ridge St., Mineral Point); Oct. 24th, Cobblestone Coffee House (239 N Iowa St, Dodgeville).

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:  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, Oct. 13, 11:00 AM (Mineral Point) MONTHLY MEETING OF CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY. Sustain Iowa County & Citizens' Climate Lobby monthly meeting will be at the Gray Dog Deli, 215 High St., Mineral Point. Bring a jacket or wrap! We'll be on the patio as the room inside has already been booked. Want to know more?   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., October 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

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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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