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Mineral Point, Dodgeville, Richland Center, Platteville and
Spring Green events
Need folks to write letters to the editor

sen ron johnsonNEED YOUR HELP ON LETTERS TO THE EDITOR With the health care bill stalled in the Senate, now is the time to write letters to the editor in our local and state newspapers.  Also keep calling Sen. Johnson, Baldwin and Rep. Pocan.   CONSTITUENT PRESSURE HAS WORKED SO FAR -- let’s keep it going.  Need help with editing a letter to the editor?   Contact Earl Barnes at wearlbarnes@gmail.com.    Your own personal story is always the best.  Everyone will be affected by this bill, including our own Upland Hills Hospital in Dodgeville – a critical access hospital.   CLICK HERE  for newspaper email addresses and tips on writing a letter.  The weekly deadline for submitting a letter to the editor for local newspapers is Mondays at noon. 
To contact:
Sen. Johnson, call 202-224-5323 (Washington, D.C.) or 414-276-7282 (Milwaukee);   Sen Baldwin – 202-224-5653 (Washington, D.C.) or 608-264-5338 (Madison) and
Rep. Pocan -- 202-225-2906 (Washington, D.C.) or 608-258-9800 (Madison).

Want your voice to be heard in Washington, D.C. and Madison?  Join the group of Post Card writers who meet weekly on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. – either at a Mineral Point or Dodgeville café,    On July 5, they will meet at the Cobblestone Coffee House, 239 N Iowa St. in Dodgeville; on July 12 at the Gray Dog Deli, 215 High St. in Mineral Point; on July 19, at the Cook’s Room, 138 N. Iowa St., Dodgeville and July 26 at Café 43, 43 High Street in Mineral Point. For info, contact Susan Van Sicklen at svans5@icloud.com or Laura Cisler at glcisler@yahoo.com.  Enjoy a cup of coffee and lively conversation.  Bring friends.  Pens and postcards will be provided.

Sat, July 1, 2 to 4 p.m. (Platteville)  BE PART OF OUR NEXT ENGLISH CORNER   Enjoy informal cross cultural conversations at Tres Marias Ice Cream Shop on Main Street in Platteville (next to Los Amigos restaurant).   Our English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors, students, their families and community members are invited to be part of this fun exchange when everyone is practicing their English in a relaxed setting.  For more info, contact Karen Rundell at rrundell@centurytel.net

Sat., July 1, 4 p.m. (Richland Center) Join the Richland County Community Cook-out celebrating diversity and committed to working together for positive change.   Location:  State Hwy 80 North (Krouskop Park) in Richland Center.   For more info, contact Kathy Fry at www.gracie82159@gmail.com    

Tues., July 11, 6:30 p.m. (Spring Green) DAWN group to meet at the General Store   Find out what the Driftless Area Women’s Network is up to.  This growing, committed group is working hard to bring a positive face to the local political scene.  Join them.   For info contact:  Grace Timmerman at contactdawnwi@gmail.com

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.

Save money on local solar by becoming part of a buyers’ pool.  Learn details at the Solar Iowa County presentations, Thurs., July 13, either 2 or 5:30p.m. at the Health & Human Service Bldg., 303 W. Chapel, Dodgeville.  For more info, check out http://www.growsolar.org/solar-iowa-county-wi/#breadcrumbs.   

The monthly Sustain Iowa County/Citizens Climate Lobby gathering, Sat., July 8th at 11am, back at our regular location, the Dodgeville Country Kitchen. It is a great opportunity to meet others who share your concerns and are doing something about them.  Contact Chuck Tennessen at twotens@yousq.net. 

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

Friday, July 7, 2:00 PM at the home of Fanou and Bryan Walton, 6615 Clyde Rd in Spring Green.  We will be preparing for the annual Lantern event on August 6th with lantern-making and potluck. For more info, contact Bryan Walton at bryanwalton2007@gmail.com

Sun., August 6 (Dodgeville)  LANTERNS FOR PEACE (a memorable summer event for all ages)  This moving annual event, on the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing,  starts at 6:30 p.m. at Twin Valley Lake in Gov. Dodge State Park – with children and adults making lanterns, enjoying music together and sharing reflections.   Bring snacks to pass.  At dusk the long string of illuminated lanterns will trail behind a lone canoe as it moves silently through the water.   Not to be missed!   Sponsored by the Grassroots Citizens for Peace.   For more info, contact Jane Kavaloski at jhkavaloski@gmail.com

IF YOU CARE ABOUT PUBLIC EDUCATION, YOU HAVE TIME TO ACT NOW ON THE STALLED WISCONSIN EDUCATION BUDGET.  The Republican-controlled state legislature is wrangling over a critically needed increase to the per-pupil school funding, after years of slashing funds.  Should the increase be $200 or a meager $150?   Howard Marklein and Todd Novak have not made a commitment.    Our Action Iowa County public education team urges you to call Howard Marklein and Todd Novak (or your own state representatives) to let them know you believe a $200 per student increase is the minimum!  Rep.Novak@legis.wisconsin.gov, 608-266-7502 and Sen.Marklein@legis.wisconsin.gov, 608-266-0703.  For further info, contact Jessie Wieczorek at jawieczorek24@gmail.com or Christie Johnston at christie.m.johnston@gmail.com

YOU ARE NEEDED ON OUR HEATH CARE RAPID RESPONSE TEAM    Health care legislation is the hottest topic in Washington, D.C. right now.  The results for the nation will no doubt be severe.  We urge you to let us know by RETURN EMAIL that you are willing to be part of our Health Care Rapid Response Team.  That means you will call, email or write Sen. Johnson, Sen. Baldwin and Rep. Marc Pocan as the details of the bill are revealed. 

ARE YOU HOOKED ON 5 CALLS YET?  Political news can be disheartening but we have to keep up the pressure in Washington and Madison.  Here’s the easiest way to be effective.   Click on https://5calls.org/ .  Once you’ve added your zip code, you’ll get complete instructions on exactly who to call, the important facts about the most pressing issues for the coming week and what you can do about them.  Give it a try now.  You may not think one call makes a difference – particularly if you only get a voice mail – but hundreds of thousands of calls do – SO BE ONE OF THEM.  Pass this tip on to your friends.
THE NEW GREEN COUNTY INDIVISIBLE GROUP is making plans to co-host a bipartisan Listening Session where all national and state representatives from the area will be invited to share the microphone with their constituents.  The event is scheduled for late August (during a Congressional recess.)   If you are interested in being a part of the planning group, contact Bob Nelson at bobnelson051@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., July 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

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