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.

Membership Meeting February 17th.

FEBRUARY MEETING
Wednesday, February 17th
7:00 pm

Join on Zoom with this link:
https://zoom.us/j/6228488386

Meeting ID: 622 848 8386
By Phone
Dial  312 626 6799

Speakers will be Lee Snodgrass and Karl Jaeger.  Lee is the  2nd Vice Chair for the Wisconsin Democratic Party and 57th Assembly Representative. She will be giving us updates on what is happening in Madison.  Karl is running for the open 89th Assembly District seat.
Election Day is Tuesday, February 16th
Jill Underly is endorsed by the Wisconsin Education Association Council.  Shelia Briggs is the current Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Listen to the Candidate Forum for the Court of Appeals 3rd District
between Attorney Rick Cveykus and Judge Gregory Gill, Jr.

February 18th @ 5:00 pm
RSVP at:  www.wisjustice.org/forum2021

Shawano Dems January/February Newsletter

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SPRING ELECTIONS
It seems like yesterday that we elected Joe Biden President and Kamala Harris Vice-President. Now it’s time to take our enthusiasm for change into 2021.

The only state election is for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  There are seven candidates who will be on the ballot in the February 16th primary.  Two of them have been invited to come to our January 20th Zoom meeting which will be held at 6:00 pm since the candidates will be involved in a Forum from 6:30-8:00 pm.  Shelia Briggs is presently the Assistant State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Jill Underly is the Superintendent of Schools for the Pecatonica Area.  Also reaching out for support from the Shawano Dems was Dr. Shandowlyon Hendricks who is an author and consultant in Milwaukee.

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals for District 3 has three candidates.  Antigo attorney Aaron Loudenslager and Wausau attorney Rick Cveykus have both wanted help from the party.
Website information about all the candidates can be found on our website.

Those living in the School District of Shawano have an opportunity to vote for Robin Raber Bergeron for the Shawano School Board in the at-large member position.  Robin works as a clinical social worker and substance abuse counselor In her private practice in Shawano .  She is active in her daughter’s school’s PTA and PTO.

Also, in the primary will be candidates for Shawano Alderperson for District One.  Maureen (Muffy) Culhane and Daniel Poels will be on the ballot with two others.  Muffy is a pharmacist at ThedaCare and board president for SAM25.  She is also on the board for Red River Riders.  Dan is an insurance agent for Humana with 12 years of experience in the Medicare industry.  He has done volunteer work for Shawano Pathways and is a volunteer driver with SHHS to bring people to their doctor’s visits.

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Shawano Democrats January Zoom Meeting Reminder

January 20th
6:00 pm

Meet candidates for WI Superintendent of Public Instruction Shelia Briggs and Jill Underly.

Click on the link below or dial the phone number to be admitted to the meeting.  You will need to download Zoom.com if you have never used Zoom.  Please be ready to start the meeting promptly at 6:00 pm.  Let us know if you are having trouble getting on.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/97768620489?pwd=MVJpWWptNHJXRnFGMUl2ajZFa25TZz09

Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Primary Elections Are Coming Soon

Before you know it we will be involved in another campaign season.  There will be primaries on February 16th for State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the District 3 Wisconsin Court of Appeals.  Even though these are nonpartisan positions, it is important that we have the right people elected.

At our January 20th Zoom meeting we will have two of the seven candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Jill Underly is a member of the Iowa County Democratic Party.  Her website is www.underlyforwi.com.

Shelia Briggs website is https://www.briggsforkids.com/.  She is the current Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Go to their websites to learn about them and download their nomination papers.   Each of them would like help in getting signatures.  You can only sign one of the candidate’s nomination papers.  Signing does not commit you to vote for them.

Aaron Loudenslager, an Attorney from Antigo, is one of three candidates for the Court of Appeals.  His website is https://loudenslagerforwisconsincourtofappeals.com/. If you want to learn about his views you can read this:  recent press release.  You can sign his nomination papers by clicking here: LoudenslagerNominationPaper.pdf.

In the spring elections we will also elect local municipal representatives including school board members.  If you are interested in running for office, you need to contact the Shawano County Clerk or go on-line and get nomination papers.  Contact your school district’s main office for school board positions.  Filing deadline is January 5th.

Let me know if you have any questions.  There are excellent no-cost on-line trainings that you are welcome to attend.

Have a very Merry Christmas.
Jan Koch, Chair
Democratic Party of Shawano County
715-296-6726 (cell)

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

Shawano County Democrat News Update

OCTOBER 21st MEETING

Our speaker will be Matt Rothschild, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.  His topic will be “How to Talk to Our Fellow Citizens.”  He will speak about the political race as he sees it, voter suppression and the need to root our racism.

The 7:00 pm meeting is on Zoom.  Use this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/6228488386

If you haven’t used it before, go to http://www.zoom.com to register. The link will be sent out again on Wednesday.

WAYS TO VOTE

Early voting starts on Tuesday, October 20th and ends Friday October 30th.  If you have requested an absentee ballot, you can mail it in or you can take it to your municipal clerk until 8:00 pm on November 3rd. The City of Shawano and the Town of Wescott have the only drop boxes which accept ballots in Shawano County.

CITY OF SHAWANO EARLY VOTING ADDRESS
127 South Sawyer St.
CITY OF SHAWANO, WI

Click for DIRECTIONS

SCHEDULE
10/20-10/30 M, T, W, Th, F from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

SCHEDULE EXCEPTIONS
Extended hours: Sat. Oct. 24, 9 am – noon

SHAWANO DEMS’ OUTSIDE MEETING – August 19, 2020

Our August 19th meeting will be held at 7:00 pm outside the office at 1404 E. Green Bay St.  Enter the driveway across from Perkins and angle park on the side of the building.  Bring a lawn chair and face-mask.  Signs will be available for pick up.  If it rains, you will be sent a Zoom link.

Speakers include Steve Menard, who will talk about voting security, and Independent District Attorney candidate Aaron Damrau.

SIGN PAINTING FOR STUCK AND SARNWICK

The Shawano Dems will be painting signs on Wednesday, August 12th at Koch residence on the west shore of Shawano Lake.  We will be painting the base coat from 10:00-12:00 am.  Richard Sarnwick and Amanda Stuck will be there to help.

Around 2:00 pm we will be spray painting the lettering which should take a few hours. 

If you can help out, send Jan Koch an email or call/text at 715-296-6726 telling what time you can come.   She will respond with her address.

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