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TUES., AUGUST 14, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  HELP PICK THE BEST CANDIDATE TO RUN AGAINST GOV. WALKER IN NOVEMBER – will it be Evers, Vinehout, McCabe, Soglin, Mitchell, Royce, Pade or Flynn?   We are offering no endorsements of primary candidates for Governor.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides an informative voter guide.  For down-the-ballot candidates, the League of Conservation Voters has endorsed the following:

  • Mandela Barnes for Lieutenant Gov. because of his voting on safe drinking water, breathable air, and preserving our natural resources for future generations. He also just won the statewide straw vote.   The Cap Times, which rarely endorses primary candidates, also endorsed Barnes.
  • Josh Kaul for Attorney General because he believes an attorney general should be serious about even-handedly enforcing our environmental laws   He also received the WEAC endorsement.
  • Sarah Godlewski for Treasurer because she led the fight to preserve the State Treasurer’s office. She believes the office is a crucial check on the Governor’s power over Wisconsin’s public lands.   She also received the WEAC endorsement
  • No recommendation for Secretary of State   Candidates are 78 year old Doug La Follette who has held the office since 1983; and Arvina Martin who is 38, a member of the Ho Chunk Nation and a graduate of Dartmouth.

Wed. Aug. 15, 9:30 a.m. (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].   You find them on:  Wed., August 8, 2018 at Gray Dog Deli (215 High Street, Mineral Point); Wed.
August 15
, 2018 at Cook's Room (138 North Iowa Street, Dodgeville); Wed. August 22, 2018 at Pointer Cafe (809 Ridge St. Mineral Point); Wed., August 29, 2018 at 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]

Heard a good story lately?  FREE event featuring Joseph Bruchac. Storyteller. Come to the Mineral Point Opera House Saturday September 8th at 1:00pm. A FREE event featuring Joseph Bruchac. Storyteller, Joseph is a poet, musician, and author of the Keepers of the Earth series, Native American stories and environmental activities for children, best sellers that reflect his Native American heritage and traditions. His stories are TOLD – not read or memorized – co-created with and for you! They are powerful messages for peace, justice, and the environment. This event is sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church as part of their Wild & Scenic Film Festival weekend. Appropriate for all ages. A community reception for Joseph immediately follows the storytelling in the library. The reception is hosted by The Mineral Point Public Library, The Mineral Point Historical Society, and Trinity Episcopal Church. Come and Enjoy!

Sat., Sept. 8th 7PM (Mineral Point) Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival at the Mineral Point Opera House. The films are meant to inform and inspire. Topics include oceans, food, wildlife, water/river issues, land preservation, energy resources, and indigenous perspectives. Joseph Bruchac, fabled storyteller, will be a special guest. $10. Tickets available at the door, at Berget Jewelers, or at brownpapertickets.com  Hosted by Trinity Church Mineral Point.

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, Sep. 8th, 11 a.m.  (Mineral Point) THE MONTHLY CLIMATE CHANGE LOBBY/SUSTAIN IOWA COUNTY group will meet at an ALTERNATE LOCATION - Gray Dog Deli - 215 High St. Mineral Point.  Join this committed group who work hard to address environmental concerns.  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., August 21st, 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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