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Local events honoring Martin Luther King are planned for Dodgeville and Spring Green
The “Letter Writing” Group
meets Wednesdays in January and February
Local people concerned about environmental issues
to meet in Dodgeville

Monday, January 15, 11:45 to 1 p.m. (Dodgeville)  “MARTIN LUTHER KING’S GLOBAL VISION:  The World House.”  The Kiwanis Club of Dodgeville has invited Edgewood College Philosophy Professor Vince Kavaloski to share his thoughts on Martin Luther King’s vision of a “World House” – a global view that is sorely needed in these nationalistic times.   The public is invited for an optional buffet lunch which will be served at 11:45 a.m. ($9). Kavaloski’s presentation will begin at approximately 12:05 and end at 1 p.m LOCATION:  Dodger Bowl, 318 King Street in Dodgeville.  The event is free.

Saturday, January 20, 1 p.m. (Spring Green)  THE ANNUAL RIVER VALLEY CELEBRATION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING’S BIRTHDAY  The centerpiece of this annual event will be Dr. King’s memorable 40-minute speech about nonviolence and racial justice recorded in 1958.  The speech will be followed by a discussion of Dr. King’s hopeful and peaceful comments that apply directly to today’s political climate.   The event will take place at the River Valley Elementary School library, 830 W. Daley Street in Spring Green.  Beverages and birthday cake honoring Dr. King will be served.  The event is free and open to the public.   This annual River Valley observance honors the legacy of the late African American civil rights leader, clergyman, and activist who was murdered by an assassin in 1968.

Wednesdays, Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, at 9:30 a.m. (Dodgeville and Mineral Point)  POSTCARD GROUP CONTINUES TO MEET REGULARLY EVERY WEDNESDAY  Join this lively bunch as they continue to take seriously their responsibilities of keeping our elected officials informed about their views.   Everyone is invited!  Pens and paper will be provided.   Here’s their January schedule.   January 10, they’ll be at the Pointer Café, 809 Ridge Street in Mineral Point.  On January 17, they’ll meet at Dodgeville’s Cobblestone Coffee House, 237 N. Iowa Street.  On January 24, they will meet at the Episcopal Church Rectory, as guests of Marilee Backstrand, 409 High Street in Mineral Point, and on Janaury 31, they will be back in Dodgeville at the Cook’s Room.  Here’s a preview of their February line up --  February 7 (Pointer Café in Mineral Point); February 14 (Dodgeville’s Cobblestone Coffee House); February 21 (Gray Dog Deli, 215 High Street in Mineral Point); February 28 (Dodgeville’s Cooks Room).   If the weather is bad – snow, ice – check with Caron Swindell at [email protected] to be sure they are meeting that day.

BECOME AN ENGLISH-LANGUAGE VOLUNTEER TUTOR  You can help counteract today’s ugly rhetoric about immigration  by becoming an English as a Second Language (ESL) volunteer tutor in Iowa, Lafayette, Grant or Richland Counties.   You do not need a foreign language to become an ESL tutor.   Tutor training will teach you to overcome a language barrier while you are making new friends.  Our local Southwest Wisconsin economy depends on new immigrant workers, and they enrich our communities with cultural diversity.   Contact Luz Nereida Burkard of the MultiCultural Oureach Program at 608-642-1753 for more information about the next tutor training sessions.  Check out our website at www.mcopwi.org for other ways you can help.

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, January 13, 11 a.m. (Dodgeville) MONTHLY CLIMATE CHANGE LOBBY/SUSTAIN IOWA COUNTY MEETING  Reports are in that 2017 will be one of the hottest years globally on record -- so don’t be fooled our recent record cold spell.   This dedicated group of environmentally concerned people knows that every action we take is a blessing to all.  Find out what they are up to at this month’s CCL/Sustain County monthly meeting to be held at the Dodgeville Country Kitchen, 1202 N. Johns Street.  For more information, contact 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]

know peace through justice Friday, February 2nd, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. (Dodgeville)  MONTHLY MEETING OF GRASSROOTS CITIZENS FOR PEACE & JUSTICE will be held at the home of Judy James, 3455 Rowe Road, Dodgeville (north, off of Hwy. 23)   Join the Peace Group for a lively discussion on:

  • What should be our emphasis amid all the violence in the world today?
  • Can societal fears be addressed by studying the success of nonviolent campaigns?
  • What about gun violence?
  • What about the bulging military budget?
  • What about the nuclear threat that hangs over us like the Sword of Damocles?
  • How can we be a more visible presence in our area? 

For more info contact Jane H. Kavaloski 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]

ACANov. 1 until Dec. 15  --  LOCAL HELP IS AVAILABLE TO SIGN UP FOR OBAMACARE.  Misinformation and fear about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) abound.  The fact is anyone is guaranteed 2018 coverage if they sign up for or renew ACA coverage from now until Dec. 15.     The big problem is that reports of rising premiums totally ignore the fact that ACA subsidies are rising as well.   As a result, ACA coverage is still the best alternative for many families. 

Local insurance agents with ACA experience can help sift through the alternatives  – at no cost to the policy holder.   Pat Weier and Jeff Walker of the Walker and Weier Insurance agency in Mineral Point have helped Grassroots volunteers assist with ACA sign ups for the last 3 or 4 years.  They know the ACA positives and the pitfalls.  Contact your insurance agents or call Pat or Jeff t at 608-987-3255.  Their office is at 2500 Business Park Road, Mineral Point.   An appointment is necessary.   Their service is FREE TO YOU.  In other words, buying ACA insurance through an insurance agent will cost you exactly the same as struggling to find the best plan online.  Much has changed this year.  For more info, contact our Grassroots Health Care Task Force at [email protected]

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 [email protected]

Other Community Events

Tues., January 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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