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JUST IN
GERRYMANDERING RESOLUTION
to be presented
TONIGHT (Tues., April 16)
to Iowa County Board of Supervisors

Be there to show your support
and call your Supervisor today
to express your opinion

Tonight, April 16, 7 to 9 p.m. (Dodgeville)  IOWA COUNTY BOARD TO VOTE ON GERRYMANDERING RESOLUTION   Anyone against gerrymandering should plan to be at the Iowa County Board meeting tonight in the HHS Building, 303 W. Chapel, to show support for a resolution to vote in favor of Creating a Nonpartisan Procedure for the Preparation of Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Plans.   Better yet – call your supervisor to urge them to vote for the resolution.  Find out who your supervisor is my clicking here:   https://www.iowacounty.org/departments/countyboard/county-board-members  Contact Myra Enloe at [email protected] for the key points in favor of the resolution.

VoteSat., April 20, noon to 3 p.m. (Dodgeville)  WELCOME IMMIGRANTS:  BECOME A VOLUNTEER ENGLISH-AS-A-SECOND- LANGUAGE (ESL) TUTOR   The next Free Tutor Training for learning how to become an ESL volunteer tutor will be Saturday, April 20, noon to 3 p.m. at Grace Space Hall, Grace Lutheran Church, 1105 N. Bequette (upper level) in Dodgeville.  As our ESL volunteers will tell you, helping local immigrant adults learn our language is a wonderful way to counter what is happening at our southern border.   You do not need to speak a second language to become a tutor.   For more information or to sign up, contact Luz N. Burkard at [email protected] or call her at 608-642-1753.  This program is sponsored by the MultiCultural Outreach Program (MCOP), a program of SWCAP.

NEXT GATHERING SOON: Wed., April 17, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (DDodgeville) JOINTHE monthly DRINKING LIBERALLY
group “Swing by and say hello”, says Michelle Godez, one of the organizers of the local DRINKING LIBERALLY chapter.   Enjoy socializing, talking politics and drinking responsibly at Dukes’ Brew Pub, 105 Chapel Street in Dodgeville.   Drop by anytime between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.   The group meets monthly at Duke’s on the third Wednesday.   For updates, “like” the Drinking Liberally Dodgeville Facebook page.  For more information contact Jubie Simonson at [email protected] or Michelle Godez at [email protected].

CCFC Spring AuctionThis weekend: Sat., April 13, 5 to 9 p.m. (Spring Green) COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS FREE CLINIC SPRING AUCTION  This fun event, to be held at the Wisconsin Riverside Resort in Spring Green, provides vital support to the Free Clinic which provides health care for the uninsured and underinsured in our area. Register now to help planners prepare at http://ccfcwi.org/2019-auction-items/  or phone 608-930-2232.

Reminder: Sun., April 14  DEADLINE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT   The Wisconsin Public Service Commission and Department of Natural Resources have released their draft Environmental Impact Statement, based on comments received from many of you at hearings regarding the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line.   You are invited to express your comments and concerns about the draft by April 14 at  http://bit.ly/CHCeSCOPE (preferred) or by mail at Wisconsin Public Service Commission, Attention:  Akanksha Craft, Docket 5-CE 146, 4822 Madison Yards Way, Madison, WI  53705.  To view the draft EIS, visit DriftlessDefenders.com and click on PSC Updates page.

Because were all forever earthboundHOT OFF THE PRESS! Thur., April 25 and Sun., April 28 (Dodgeville and Spring Green).  ENVIRONMENTAL EXPERT CHUCK TENNESSEN TO INTRODUCE HIS NEW BOOK “BECAUSE WE’RE ALL FOREVER EARTHBOUND” Chuck Tennessen will be at the Dodgeville Public Library on Thurs., April 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and at Arcadia Books in Spring Green, Sun, April 28 at 2 p.m. to introduce his new book, Because We’re All Forever Earthbound.   A compilation of Tennessen’s weekly environmental commentaries for the Dodgeville Chronicle, his new book “includes snippets of wisdom…designed to invoke thought about this good earth and what is happening to it,” according to noted author Jerry Apps.   The book retails for $12. 95 ($10 at the two events listed above) and can be purchased after April 15 at Little Creek Press bookstore  http://littlecreekpress.com/bookstore/because-we-are-all-forever-earthbound/  and on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1942586582/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=chuck+tennessen&qid=1553704830&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spell

Representative Marc Pocan



Thurs., April 25, Noon (Mineral Point) U.S REPRESENTATIVE MARK POCAN to hold Town Hall meeting at Mineral Point City Hall, 1237 High Street, Suite 1 in Mineral Point.

 

Write your representative
Wednesdays, April 17 and 24, 9:30 a.m.   (Dodgeville and Mineral Point) IOWA COUNTY POSTCARD WRITERS  
meet at 9:30 a.m. on April 17, Gray Dog Deli, 215 High Street, Mineral Point; April 24, the Cook’s Room, 138 N. Iowa St, Dodgeville; May 1, Pointer Café, 809 Ridge Street, Mineral Point.   Join them! 
For information contact Christine Tsubokura at [email protected].  

Base Camp Cafe
Monday mornings at 10 a.m.  MAZO MUDDLERS MEET
at Base Camp Café at 18 Brodhead in Mazomanie.   They write postcards and participate in other political action.
For further info contact [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, Apr. 13, 11 a.m.  (Dodgeville) MONTHLY MEETING OF SUSTAIN IOWA COUNTY AND CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY    If you are deeply concerned about climate change and sustainability issues, please consider checking this group out at their next meeting – to be held Sat., Apr. 13th at 11 a.m. at the Country Kitchen, 1202 N. Johns Street in Dodgeville.  They are making things happen on the local, state and national levels. For more info, email Chuck Tennessen 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]

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 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., Apr. 16th, 6-8 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 on the "Meetings" calendar at http://www.iowacounty.org/

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