SEVENTH ANNUAL WISCONSIN
PROGRESSIVE GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL
Defending Our Democracy – Next Steps
Saturday March 28, 2015
Wisconsin Heights High School, 10173 State Hwy 14, Mazomanie WI 53560
$20 Suggested Donation Includes Lunch
Registration 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
The Crisis of Our Age: A Scientific & Political Perspective
10:45am to 11:45am Section One: DPW Chair Candidate Forum: Jeff Smith, Joe Wineke, Stephen Smith /How to Protect the Vote Counting Process: Karen McKim / Income inequality, Why We Should Care:Charles Uphoff, Prof. Stephen Durlauf, David Newby / Building a Safer Community: Dave Mahoney / Global Ecological Collapse Happening Now and the Way Forward: Michael Ippolito / Will You Have Water to Drink? / Pipeline 61: Bill Hayes, Karen Edson
LUNCH 11:45 to 1:15
Solidarity Sing Along
Lunch Speaker: Congressman Mark Pocan, & TBA
1:15pm to 2:15pm Section Two: Planning a Campaign – Things to think about: Douglas Kane & Sen. Kathleen Vinehout / Facing the Crisis of Our Age!..Our Future/Our Choice!..A New People Emerge!: Dawn Shegonee, Art Shegonee, Michael Ippolito, Jay McDonough, Anna Caballero-Mengibar / Advancing the Movement: Mike McCabe / The Power of Music: Tom Kastle & Jonathan Rosenblum / Authentic Framing for the Future: Scott Wittkopf / Vouchers, Charters, Common Core; Your Changing Schools: Sondy Pope / Using Community Action to Bypass the Corruption: Move to Amend: Timm Sager, Paul Lindquist, Jen Miller, Bill Waser / Winning Through Community Connections: Nate Timm, Sheila Danielson, Adam Grabski
2:15 to 2:30 Passing
2:30pm to 3:30 pm Section Three: Winning Through State and Regional Organizing: Kathleen Vinehout,Ernie Wittwer, Nate Timm / Getting the Message Out Through Letters to the Editors: Bill Dagnon / The Power of Social Media: Sean Bodie, Beverly Wickstrom, Dana Wachs / Authentic Framing for the Future:Scott Wittkopf / Feedback From Candidates In Red Districts: George Ferriter / The Power of Grassroots Organizing: Marcia Riquelme, Doug Machon, Judy Brey / How to Protect the Vote Counting Process: Karen McKim
3:30 to 3:45 Passing
Moving Forward an Update from Senator Kathleen Vinehout
Dinner At the Feed Mill
Social Hour: 5:00 to 6:00
Dinner: 6:00 to 7:00 $20
A Conversation About Healthy People & a Healthy Planet
Dinner Speakers: Kevin Kane & Michael Ippolito
Wisconsin to Host Huge Grassroots Political Gathering This Weekend
Tim Morrissey, Public News Service – WI
We just finished putting together a comprehensive list of damaging items in Gov. Walker’s 2013-2015 Budget. Somehow, we managed to squeeze all the drastic cuts, shameful corporate givebacks and baffling non-fiscal policy items on only eight pages.
Both the state Assembly and state Senate passed the budget last week. Gov. Walker has stated he will sign the budget this Sunday, June 30, at the establishment of a generous campaign donor.
Due to one of the most powerful veto pens in the country, Gov. Walker has complete power over the final wording of the budget. Walker has the ability to line-item veto individual letters, words, full sentences or complete chunks of the budget. Wisconsin is one of the only states in the nation in which the Governor has so much control over the final budget. With this kind of leverage, Gov. Walker can play creative scrabble and doctor the budget to his liking. However, his veto pen can also be used for good. There is still time to raise your voice and urge Gov. Walker to make a bad budget somewhat better.
Contact Gov. Walker’s office at (608) 266-1212 or firstname.lastname@example.org and urge him to use his veto power to make the budget better. Here is a list of some of the items we think should come out of the budget: the refusal to expand Medicaid, the creation of a bail bondsmen system, changes to unemployment insurance, and the expansion of school vouchers. Check out our 2013-2015 Budget Overview and contact Gov. Walker with the changes you’d like to see.
Phil Neuenfeldt, President
Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer