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.

Contact us for Log In information.

TEXT

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

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CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS

Read this from Muffy and Kevin Culhane:

“Please see Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article below about ending mask mandate then please call Rep. (of 6th) Gary Tauchen at 608-266-3097 (Rep. of 36th Jeffrey Mursau 608-266-3780; Rep. of 35th Calvin Callahan 608-266-7694) and Senator (of 2nd) Robert Cowles at 800-334-1465 (Senator of 12th Mary Felzkowski 608-266-2509) to voice your opposition to ending the WI mask mandate (ie you support the mask mandate!!).  Masking, physical distancing and avoiding large groups are the public health measures the CDC recommend to stop the spread of coronavirus.  Even after both doses of vaccine we will still need to wear masks.  Please contact our state representatives to voice your opposition to ending the mask mandate (support continuing the mask mandate) in WI.  We need to continue to wear masks to get this pandemic under control.”Check out this article from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2021/01/22/gop-lawmakers-seek-end-mask-mandate-public-health-emergency/6669151002/
 

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Democratic Party of Shawano County Election of Officers Results

Shawano County Democrats held their Election of Officers recently. Newly elected officer results include Patty Luff filling the Second Vice Chair (and membership) position and Carrie Pitt replacing longtime Treasurer Bob Koch. We wish to welcome them as well as wish them well on their new positions.

We would also like to thank Denise Riley and Bob Koch who previously served in those positions. Kudos also goes to Kathy Nodolf who recently stepped down as our Facebook administrator.

Election of Officers Results

Jan Koch, Chair

Dan Weidner, 1st Vice Chair

Patty Luff, 2nd Vice Chair (Membership)

Jan Schreiber, Secretary

Carrie Pitt, Treasurer

WISCONSIN RECOUNT

There is a possiblity that there will be a ballot recount.   If it happens, it will start as early as Saturday, November 21st and run to December 3rd (we expect all counties to adjourn for Thanksgiving Day). The recount occurs simultaneously in 72 counties, so we need a lot of help to support this effort. We know if they count all the votes again, our win will be reaffirmed.

The Wisconsin Coordinated Campaign is offering several online training opportunities over the next few days to give interested folks an understanding of the commitment and how we can safely help observe the recount. You can sign up here to join.

After this first training, anyone who is still interested in helping will fill out an interest form to learn more about the next steps.  While a recount may or may not happen, we won this election by a clear and decisive margin, and a recount will only reaffirm this victory. 
If you know of someone else who might be interested, please let them know.  PPE masks, shields and hand sanitizer will be available and social distancing will be observed.

Shawano Dems Zoom Meeting November 18, 2020

Mark Your Calendar

The next (virtual) Shawano Dems meeting will be on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 pm on Zoom.  We will not have a speaker but we will be celebrating our victory,  Everyone will have an opportunity to say what is on their mind with the election results and what lies ahead.  We won’t have refreshments, but we can all have our beverage of choice at hand.

This will be our Annual Meeting so we will have the election of officers for January, 2021 through December, 2022. 
Here is the Zoom link.  I will be sending out the Zoom link again next week

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/6228488386