Shawano County Dems – May, 2021 Newsletter

UNITED STATES SENATE CANDIDATES
So far there are four candidates vying for the chance to defeat Ron Johnson in the November, 2022 election.

Sarah Godlewski will be speaking at our May 19th meeting.  She is a small business woman and our State Treasurer.  She is running to fix Ron Johnson’s mess and get Washington laser-focused on the kitchen table issues facing Wisconsin families.   www.sarahforwisconsin.com.

Tom Nelson has been the Outagamie County Executive since 2011. He previously spent six years in the Wisconsin Assembly. He believes we need real leaders in Washington who will take COVID seriously.  www.nelsonforwi.com

Alex Lasry is a businessman and co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.  He served in the Obama White House.  Alex is running to bring a new way of thinking to Washington and deliver real results for Wisconsinites.  www.alexlasry.com

Gillian Battino is a radiologist from Wausau.  She spent more than 20 years in medicine and public service.  She wants to use her empathy to build a brighter future for all of Wisconsin.  www.battinoforsenate.us
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ACTION NEEDED

Right now, the Wisconsin Senate and the Assembly are rushing a raft of anti-voter bills through the Legislature.

Yesterday, the Senate voted to pass three proposals (Senate Bills 207, 210 and 213) that were passed out of committee just the day before.

Today, both Senate and Assembly committees take up more anti-voter bills in public hearings: AB194 companion to SB213 and SB204, 205, 211.

We need you to contact your legislators – today or by the end of the week! – to voice your strong opposition and protect the freedom to vote.

To contact your legislators, call the toll-free legislative hotline at 1-800-362-9472 during normal business hours. Or send them an email:
          E-mail directory for Senatorsclick here.
          E-mail directory for Assembly membersclick here.
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JILL UNDERLY SIGN SITES

Let’s get those signs out there!

City of Shawano:  Dan Poels
134 Lafayette St.
920-562-5607

Gresham:  Kate Dillenberg
700 Industrial St.
715-853-2526

Wittenberg:  Bill Switalla
508 S. Webb St.
715-253-2052

Marion:  Dan Mantsch
613 N. Marion St.
715-326-124

Bonduel:  Dan Weidner
112 S. Elm St.
715-250-1212

PHONE BANKING

We can’t knock doors in Shawano County but we can make some phone calls and talk to neighbors about the importance of this election.  All we ask is for an hour and a half of your time during the next two weeks.

Sign up by clicking on the link below and organizer Nick Morgan will reach out with Zoom links for a half hour of training before you begin calling.   You can email him at nickm@wisdems.org with any questions.

Saturday, 3/27: https://secure.ngpvan.com/gZaPBB2_BkKtR_IXCWFy5w2
Sunday, 3/28: https://secure.ngpvan.com/B8p5fLhmyUyxnHUkjkiYlQ2
Saturday, 4/3: https://secure.ngpvan.com/LANLguSLh0CxhwGT0-DypA2
Sunday, 4/4: https://secure.ngpvan.com/Th8oFqrKJUaHCikPl2LdBw2
Monday, 4/5: https://secure.ngpvan.com/evSxKqRJlUOL7lMU-QwEuA2
Tuesday, 4/6: https://secure.ngpvan.com/sKXk0-pzo0GNnfzgEqDmfQ2

VIRTUAL LISTENING SESSIONS

You can attend Governor Evers’ listening session by clicking on the links below:

Badger Bounceback Live Session on Accessible & Affordable Healthcare
Thurs., March 25, 2021 at 6 p.m.  Register to attend here.  

Badger Bounceback Live Session on Transportation & Infrastructure
Tues., March 30, 2021, at 6 p.m.  Register to attend here.

Badger Bounceback Live Session on What’s Best for Our Kids
Thurs., April 8, 2021, at 6 p.m.  Register to attend here.

Badger Bounceback Live Session on Justice Reform & Marijuana Legalization
Wed., April 14, 2021, at 6 p.m.  Register to attend here.

Badger Bounceback Live Session on Climate Change & Our Environment
Wed., April 21, 2021, at  6 p.m.  Register to attend here

GET YOUR SIGNS

Yard signs for Jill Underly for Superintendint of Public Instruction and Rick Cveykus for the Wisonsin Court of Appeals for District 3 are now available.  If you have a good location or know someone who does, get your sign this weekend at one of these locations:
City of Shawano: Dan Poels Call or text 920-562-5607
Bonduel:  Dan Weidner Text 715-250-1212
Gresham:  Kate Dillenburg Text or call 715-853-2526
Wittenberg: Bill Switalla Call or text 715-253-2052
Marian:  Dan Mantsch Call 715-326-1245Spread the word by putting up a sign.

Shawano Dems News Update

March Meeting Reminder

Wed., March 17th
7:00 pm

Zoom link below

Jay Heck, Executive Director of Common Cause

Jay will speak about the voter suppression measures being introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature and about the fair maps redistricting process.

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For Our Future is a grassroots group calling voters across the state, reminding them about the election on April 6th.

Throughout the month, they are spending every Tuesday night hosting a fun virtual phone bank to educate voters about the candidates for the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) race and encourage them to request their absentee ballot ahead of the April 6th election.

Sign up for our next phonebank- March 16th @ 5:15pm- now!  They will also be texting on March 23rd  and 30th.

This year, we have a chance to elect Jill Underly, a state superintendent of schools who cares about all students and teachers, and who will take the necessary steps towards getting them back in the classroom safely and effectively.

Letter to the Editor

Below is a letter that was on the online Shawano Leader.

Can White people claim they’re not racist?

Published by andynewsengin on Thu, 03/11/2021 – 11:16am

To the editor:

Based on certain events of the past year including the infamous George Floyd affair, it has become increasingly embarrassing for me to be a White man in America. I have put a considerable effort into learning more about how deeply racism is ingrained in our society. I have come to agree that racism is systemic and that each White American bears a portion of the collective responsibility.

Let me give a personal example. If I see a White person walking on the street in front of my house, unless that person trespasses onto my property, I don’t give the matter a thought. If that same incident involved a Black person, I would have the reflexive reaction of “What is he or she doing in my neighborhood?” Another example, have you ever had the automatic verbal or internal response of “Gee, he sure does not sound Black”? I’m not proud of my reactions but they are real.

It is absolutely true that no white person can experience the daily profiling that occurs. No matter how successful in life, every Black dad or mom has to have the “talk” of how to act around a White police officer. Every Black person regardless of how successful has in effect had to start 20 yards behind a similarly qualified white person in life’s 100-yard race. Most white people’s ancestors came here by choice in search of a better life. Black people starting in the early 17th century came here as property.

Here is food for thought:

  • Consider the reaction of government to the events of Black Lives Matter protests compared to the insurrection of Jan. 6 largely put on by White people.
  • Consider that Wisconsin still does not formally acknowledge Black History Month. Politicians like Robin Vos and Jim Steineke let the matter slide and when asked why offer no response.
  • Consider the actions of Republicans to suppress the scope of absentee voting and voting by mail for the implicit purpose of impairing the process for people of color — a modern day version of Jim Crow.

I have submitted this piece as a form of personal and public shaming. I need to take ownership. Though not a traditional Christian, I do believe that Jesus came not only to comfort the afflicted but to afflict the comfortable. Think about it.

Ken Kroenke, Shawano

Mark Your Calendar!

UPCOMING EVENTS
March 11 and April 8t:  Listen to WTCH’s Breakfast Club from 8:30-9:00 am on 960 AM & 96.1 FM.

March 17:  7:00 pm  Dems’ meeting on Zoom with Jay Heck

April 6:  Primary Election Day  7am-8pm.  VOTE!!!

April 21:  7:00 pm  Dems’ meeting on Zoom with Katrina Shankland

May 2:  12:30 pm 8th Congressional District Meeting on Zoom.

ZOOM MEETINGS

We will continue with our Zoom meetings for two more months.
On March 17th at 7:00 pm Jay Heck, Executive Director of Common Cause, will be speaking about the voter suppression measures being introduced in Wisconsin and how the redistricting process could be better than in 2011.

On April 21st we hope to have Assemblywoman Katrina Shankland tell us about cannabis reform and marijuana legislation at our 7:00 pm meeting.

Chair’s Comments

It is uplifting to have both a governor and now a president who have our best interests in mind.
COVID relief is a prime example of what our Democratic leaders can do to help people.  The passage of President Biden’s Build Back Better legislation is such a contrast to the state Republicans who did nothing for 288 days in 2020 to help Wisconsinites.  Evers’ 2021-2023 budget has provisions for further relief.

Even though it has been proven the 2020 election results were accurate, the “Big Lie” continues to be a talking point among some Republicans, including our own senator, Ron Johnson. They are using this lie as a reason for passing more voter suppression legislation in states across the country including Wisconsin.  We need to continue to be vigilant and let our representatives know that we wanted it easier for citizens to vote, not harder.

The Senate will soon be taking up the For the People Act (H.R 1) which has already been passed by the House of representatives.  It would expand voting rights, get money out of politics, and limit partisan gerrymandering.  We need to keep the pressure on our state and federal representatives to support these ideas.

The spring primary is an opportunity for you to show your support for public education.  A vote for Jill Underly will allow Governor Evers to implement his vision for a return to a strong public education system in Wisconsin.  You can request an absentee ballot at www.myvote.wi.gov.  Ballots will be sent out by March 16th.  Early in-person voting will begin on March 23rd.  Exercise your right!

Don’t’ hesitate to contact us with your ideas or concerns.

Jan Koch, Chair  (March 2021)

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Beginning this month, we will not be writing monthly op-eds in the Shawano Leader.  It appears they just don’t have the staff to vet controversial statements made by both political parties.  However, we will continue to educate the public about current issues in monthly Letters to the Editor.
March’s letter is about the Wisconsin Idea: the job of government is to serve the people’s best interests.  Governor Evers’ budget does just that but will it pass?  In April the letter will be about citizens’ responsibility in a democratic form of government.