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in Mineral Point, Spring Green, Dodgeville, Ridgeway
and Platteville

phoneKEEP THE PRESSURE ON YOUR LEGISLATORS.  Keep the pressure on the no-show Senator Ron Johnson even though his Washington phone line is always FULL.   Call his Milwaukee office at 414-276-7282 or Oshkosh at 920-230-7250 as well as your other representatives in Washington and Madison. 

Phone calls are definitely the recommended way to be effective, a
ccording to the Chief of Staff of a U.S. Senator. (This tip just in from one of our Grassroots Gazette readers.)  We welcome other suggestions for inclusion in the Gazette.  Just let us know by return email to grassroots@merr.com)

white houseMon., March 6 (in Mineral Point) and Fri., March 10 (in Dodgeville) HELP SHOWER THE WHITE HOUSE WITH POSTCARDS
The action will take place in Mineral Point at the Grey Dog Deli, 215 High Street, on Mon., March 6 at 9:30 a.m. and Friday in Dodgeville, at the Cobblestone Restaurant, 229 N. Iowa Street, also at 9:30 a.m.   Join Susan Van Sicklen and her hard-working letter writing crew who are part of the nationwide effort to send 1 million postcards (representing “pink slips”) to Pres. Trump at the White House on March 15.  Bring a friend.  Pink postcards, stamps and pens will be provided.  Contact Susan Van Sicklen at
svans5@icloud.com for more info about this national effort go to https://www.theidesoftrump.com/#theidesoftrump

Spring Green General StoreWed., March 8, 6:30 p.m. (Spring Green)  DAWN group meets at Spring Green General Store  Join the new, high energy DAWN (Driftless Area Women’s Network) group which is committed to encouraging and equipping women throughout Wisconsin’s Driftless Area to embrace political leadership roles at the local, state, and national level; to engage in public service and promote fundamental principles of equality and justice through education and outreach; and to empower and support women through direct action and advocacy on policies and issues that have the greatest impact on women’s lives.  For more info, go to the DAWN Facebook page or contact Theresa Richards at theview36k@gmail.com

ESLThurs., March 9, 5 to 8 p.m. (Platteville)   WELCOME OUR LOCAL IMMIGRANT FAMILIES BY BECOMING an English as a Second Language (ESL) VOLUNTEER TUTOR Teaching English to adults eager to learn our language is a richly rewarding multicultural experience.  Register now for the next tutor training session, which is sponsored by the MultiCultural Outreach Program (MCOP).  Grassroots was one of the major founders of MCOP, which works with our immigrant neighbors in a variety of ways in Iowa, Grant, Lafayette and Richland Counties.  The ESL Tutor Training Classes, which are FREE (Thurs., March 9, 5 to 8 p.m.,) will be held at the SWTC Outreach Center, 110 West Adams St. in Platteville,  Entry door is at the corner of Lewis and Court Streets.  To register for the training or for info contact, Karen Rundell at rrundell@centurytel.net or call 348-5583

Have you tried 5 Calls yet?  We think you’ll like it at   https://www.5calls.org/  This FREE, easy-to-use site alerts you weekly to the 5 or 10 most pressing national issues – including the background and phone numbers for the legislators you need to call.  Be sure to type in your zip code.   DOWN LOAD THE 5 CALLS APP.

Gerrymandering is one of the most egregious efforts to subvert election fairness in Wisconsin.   Call out the state legislators who want to use tax payer money to pay for lawyers to defend the Wisconsin gerrymandering law before the U.S. Supreme Court.  CALL BRAD SCHIMERL at 607-266-1221, SCOTT FITGERALD AT 608-266-5660 AND Robin Voss at 608-266-9171.   Also call our local representatives 51st assemblyman Todd Novak at 608-266-7502 and 80th district Senator Howard Marklein at 608-266-0703.  For more info about this critical issue check out www.commoncausewisconsin.org

Want to know more about the activities of the Action Iowa County group?  
Let us know by return email to grassroots@merr.com

DAWN member Michelle Thomas is running for Spring Green Township Supervisor. Interested in helping her on her campaign?  How about considering running yourself?  Contact us by return email for more information about running for local office at grassroots@merr.com.

Public EducationLOCAL TEAMS CONCERNED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR RURAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE NOW STARTING TO FORM.   Let us know by return email if you would like to become involved grassroots@merr.com

You can also use the Grassroots Wisconsin Legislative contact list and tips for calling your representatives.  If they still don’t answer, keep a stack of stamped, addressed post cards on your desk to fire off to the no-answer legislators.   Don’t be afraid to call daily.  They are tallying the number of calls they get – not who calls.

Election News

Tues., April 4, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (statewide) STATE SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT TONY EVERS ON THE BALLOT in general election.  Mark your calendar now for the April 4 general election.  Will you be in town?  If not, be sure to get an absentee ballot.   Registered voters should submit their request to receive an absentee ballot by mail by March 30 to https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/VoteAbsentee  OR you can vote absentee in person at your Municipal Clerk’s office starting March 20.  Find your clerk’s location here:  https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/MyMunicipalClerk

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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.

Fri., March 17, 6 p.m. (Ridgeway)   New date for monthly meeting of CITIZENS CLIENT LOBBY AND SUSTAIN IOWA COUNTY GROUPS   Doug and Denise Thornton are hosting this pot luck dinner gathering, at their home, 2487 Ct. Rd. H in Ridgeway.  To find out more about the mission of these groups, click here.  For further info 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

Fri., March 3, 1 p.m. (Highland) CITIZENS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE TO VIEW FILM “THIRTEEN”, a Netflix original.  Oprah Winfrey talks about the 13th amendment, the historical cycles of oppression in this country and our broken prison system.   The viewing will be at the Sts. Anthony and Philip Catholic church, 723 Main Street in Highland.  Everyone is welcome.  For info contact Jane Kavaloski at jhkavaloski@gmail.com

Fri., March 20 to Friday, April 21   THE GREAT DECISIONS SERIES IS PRESENTED IN DODGEVILLE Jointly sponsored by the Dodgeville Public Library and the Grassroots Citizens for Peace and Justice, this international Great Decisions discussion series will address the topics below.  All discussions are on Fridays, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Dodgeville Public Library, 139 South Iowa Street.   Everyone is welcome.   Learn more by clicking here. 

  • March 10 - The Future of Europe, discussion to be led by UW-Platteville Professor of German
  • March 24 - Trade and Politics, discussion to be led by John Simonson
  • April 7 - U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum, discussion to be led by Chuck Tennessen
  • April 21 - Nuclear Security, discussion to be led by Cathy Palzkill or Vincent Kavaloski

For more information contact Jane Kavaloski at jhkavaloski@gmail.com

MAYDAY PRESSCONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLKS AT MAYDAY PRESS IN MINERAL POINT.  They put together a huge postcard party.  Over 25 volunteers showed up to sign and mail 1,700 postcards to U. S. Senators throughout the country to let them know what they thought about the current political situation.   A follow up party will be planned in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned for information.  May Sorum and Alyx Hanson were the organizers of the efforts, according to co-owner Maggie Tucker.

Christine TsubokuraSPRING CLEANING? Help out long-time Grassroots member Christine Tsubokura who is collecting children’s books for the Community Connections Free Clinic library – so that children and their parents can take books home at no charge.  Call Christine at 608-234-1414

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

Other Community Events

Tues., March 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

John nicholsSat., March 25, 9 to 4:45 p.m. (Mazomanie)  WISCONSIN GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL – John Nichols is a headline speaker  “Stand up for Democracy’ is this year’s theme for the 9th annual Grassroots Festival which will be held at Wisconsin Heights High School, 10173 U.S. Highway 14 in Mazomanie.  Among the speakers will be The Nation correspondent John Nichols. State Senator Kathleen Vinehout (she ran for Governor in the Recall election), Rep. Marc Pocan and a lineup of others.  The most exciting part of the day will be the 21 break-out sessions where political veterans will share their ideas on “Strategizing to Win,” “Fighting for Public Education”, “Grassroots Organizing”, “Money in Politics” and much more.  Suggested donation -- $20 (lunch included.)   For more info, go to www.wisconsingrassroots.net/festival or call Nate Timm at 608-220-0139 or nptimm571@gmail.com

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