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Local Action Opportunities

Save the Driftless TOMORROW NIGHT:  Tues., October 15, 7 to 9 p.m.  (Dodgeville):  CRITICAL APPEAL MOTION BEFORE IOWA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:   BE READY TO STAND AND BE COUNTED   Your assignment is simple – but all important. Everyone against the Cardinal Hickory Creek transmission lines threatening Iowa County is urged to attend.  Iowa Board will decide whether or not to join the appeal against this multi-million dollar project.  Knowledgeable speakers will make the key points.  Everyone else is urged to stand when prompted with, "Please stand if you are here to encourage the board to appeal the PSC decision concerning CHC."   The meeting will be long and this item is late on the agenda – so bring your staying power!    No need to speak because others will be making the case.  LOCATION: HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES BUILDING, COMMUNITY ROOM, 303 WEST CHAPEL STREET IN DODGEVILLE. 

Wed., October 16, 5:30 to 8 p.m.  (Dodgeville) DRIFTLESS AREA DRINKING LIBERALLY chapter meets.   Drop in at Duke’s Brew Pub, 105 Chapel Street in Dodgeville anytime between 5:30 and 8 p.m. to join the Drinking Liberally group.  Part of a national movement, it’s a political and social organization where self-identified liberals and progressives gather in local hot spots to socialize, talk politics and drink responsibly!   For  information contact Jubie Simonson at [email protected] or Michelle Godez at [email protected]

Fri, October 18, 11:15 a.m.  (Mineral Point) CAFÉ CON AMIGOS to get together   This friendly group meets most weeks at Café 43, 43 High Street in Mineral Point to enjoy a cup of coffee, practice their Spanish language and encourage multicultural activities in the heart of the Driftless area.  Time of the week will no doubt be changing in November, so watch the Gazette for a new time   You are invited to join in whether you’re fluent, just learning or wanting to learn.   Check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cafeconamigos/ or contact Lisa Hay at [email protected]

Saturdays -- OCT 19 and 26; NOV. 2, 9 and 16 - 10 a.m. to noon (Dodgeville) FAMILIES FORMING FRIENDSHIPS meet weekly to build cultural bridges.   Individuals and families of all ages are invited to join in this fun time every Saturday morning to learn together, share experiences and make new friends.   Expect games for the children, language learning opportunities for adults, snacks and sharing.   Interested in becoming an English tutor?  Here’s your chance.   Want your children to meet families from other cultures?   Great opportunity.   This FFF program is a partnership between the MultiCultural Outreach Program (MCOP) and Grace Lutheran Church, which provides the space.  LOCATION:  Grace Lutheran Church, 1105 N Bequette Street, Dodgeville.  Enter on north side of church (directly across from McDonald’s).  For more information and to volunteer to help, contact Audrey Marchesini at [email protected] or Hannah Puralewski at [email protected]

Sun, October 20, 12 noon to 2 p.m.  (Spring Green) NEW WISCONSIN HERITAGE GROUP TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE   Learn more about Wisconsin Heritage, Inc., a new group headed by Anna Landmark, Kris Marion’s 2018 campaign manager.  She and her team are leading efforts to increase the number of volunteers, amplify progressive voices in rural media and support community organizing around Driftless area issues.  On Sunday, Oct. 20, between noon and 1 p.m., Anna and her team invite you to stop by their table at Arcadia Bookstore, 102 E Jefferson, Spring Green, to find out how you can plug into this exciting new project.  They’ll be kicking off a series of potlucks, coffees and events.   Sign up for their newsletter here: https://wisconsinheritage.nationbuilder.com/newsletter.

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]

Citizen Climate LobbySAT., NOV. 16, 5:30 p.m. (Dodgeville) LOCAL CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY to meet for dinner and conversation.  The CCL group is committed to encouraging passage of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act and to promoting awareness and local action on critical environmental issues.    It meets monthly, usually on the second Saturday, but plans are different for November.  Interested folks are invited to a potluck dinner at the home of Chuck and Karen Tennessen, 3893 Mill Creek Road in rural Dodgeville.   Burritos are the main course but everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to pass.  Email Chuck Tennessen at [email protected] or call 987-3835 for more info.

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]

Sat. and Sun., Nov 2 and 3, 9 a.m. to noon (Mt Horeb) MT. HOREB PROGRESSIVE TROLLS kicking off 2020 election season.  They’ll be canvassing door to door. Talking one-on-one, neighbor to neighbor, is the most effective way to make a difference in an election.  They’ll be talking about issues, not who to vote for, recruiting additional volunteers and having fun together.  Their mantra:  Doing something makes you feel better than seething at the latest tweet.  Sign up to help by contacting Jennifer Gottwald (608 437-1974), [email protected]) or Carol Larsen (608 437-3966), [email protected]).    To learn how to canvass by phone rather than clipboards and lists (optional), join the training at the State Bank of Cross Plains in Mt. Horeb on Wed., Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. Sign up here: https://secure.ngpvan.com/LM2iQseop0u5N8vKyTSUzw2

POSTCARD GROUPS ARE GETTING TOGETHER THROUGHOUT SW WISCONSIN to let their voices be heard.   Stay involved by joining the group nearest to you – for conversation, fun, friendship and political action.
In Dodgeville/Mineral Point, the group meets every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in various coffee shops in Dodgeville and Mineral Point.  For the current schedule, contact Judy Stieber at [email protected]
In Mazomanie, the group called the “Mazo Muddlers” meets Mondays at 10 a.m. at Base Camp Café, 18 Brodhead in Mazomanie.  For further info contact [email protected]  In Darlington.  Contact Kate Bausch at [email protected], 608 726-0286 for details of time and place. In Platteville, the contact is [email protected], 608 330-3027 for details.  Do you know of others in other towns?   Let us know by return email so more people can join the effort.

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 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., Oct. 15th, 7-9 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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