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“Dark Money” Film Showing

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Date: 
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

Dark Money Poster - Theatrical Release (WikiMedia)Much of the shape of our government is affected by special interest groups’ efforts to influence politicians. Too often there is little transparency about the sources of the money behind these efforts.

This film is a profound documentary about how American elections are bought and sold. The influence of dark money in Wisconsin plays a significant “co-starring role” in this Sundance-featured film.

The movie will be followed by a conversation about bringing ACTION to this issue, right here in the Fox Valley! Having just returned from the “Unrig The System” Summit in Nashville, Dr. Noel Marshall and Bob Warner will share the current resources available, the victories that have already occurred and the actions we can all take to bring democracy To, By and For The People. George Penn of Wisconsin United to Amend will discuss on-the-ground action opportunities here in Wisconsin.

Watch the movie trailer here.

Everyone is welcome. There is no cost.

Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants

Date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:00am
Location: 
State Capitol, Madison

We’re pleased to pass on this information from Voces de la Frontera about the May 1 day of action in Madison

The May 1st Day without Latinxs & Immigrants to restore driver licenses and state IDs for all in Wisconsin is next Wednesday, May 1!

On Wednesday we'll rally at the Capitol in Madison at 11am, gathering at the State Street entrance. Are you coming from outside of Madison? We have buses coming from 19 cities across the state. Click here to reserve your spot on a bus! 

May 1st will be a Day without Latinxs and Immigrants. This means no work, no school, and no buying. This is a day to show the power of the contributions that immigrants and Latinx people make to Wisconsin. And it's a day for people of all backgrounds to stand in solidarity for civil rights and against discrimination. 

Click here to reserve your spot on a bus to Madison for May Day!

Under the Trump Administration, ICE has targeted people stopped for driving without a license for deportation and separation from their families. Restoring driver licenses for all will improve our state's economy, make our roads safer, and keep families together. 

Governor Evers has included restoring driver licenses and state ID cards for immigrants in his state budget proposal, but we still need to convince the Republicans in the state legislature to support it. That’s why we all need to show up in force—immigrants, families, and allies—on May 1st. Click here to reserve a spot on a bus.

Click here to share the May Day Facebook event.

Click here to find employer letters, student permission slips, flyers, and all the tools you need to help organize for May Day.

May 1st Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants—Driver Licenses for All!

No Work | No School | No Buying

Wednesday, May 1, 11am

State Capitol in Madison
414-643-1620

Statewide bus information here

Statewide Budget Listening Tour - Governor Evers/Lt. Governor Barnes

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Date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
Oshkosh Seniors Center, 200 N. Campbell Rd., Oshkosh

Governor Tony Evers is bringing his Statewide Budget Listening Tour to Northeast Wisconsin. Residents are invited to share their thoughts on Evers’ proposed state budget in Oshkosh on Tuesday, April 23. The listening session will be held at the Oshkosh Seniors Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with doors opening at 4:45 p.m.

Those interested in attending can register online.

Madison Action Day 2019 Exceeds Expectations!

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Crowd on the Capitol StepsAbout 750 WISDOM members from all parts of Wisconsin, including 70 from the Fox Cities, made a big impact in Madison on Tuesday, March 26. It was an amazing display of unity, shared purpose and of the power of organized people. In the morning, we heard from African-American, Latina, Native and Caucasian leaders from WISDOM and its affiliates from around the state challenging us to work towards the Beloved Community. After lunch, a 14-foot Jingle Dancer Puppet, brought by Native people of northwestern Wisconsin, led us in a blocks-long procession to the Capitol steps for a rally. With calls for racial equity echoing in our ears and pledges to keep lifting our voices surging in our hearts, we finished by visiting the offices of nearly every member of the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate. Read the WPR story about MAD2019 here.

Joint Finance Committee Public Hearing - Northeast

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Date: 
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: 
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University Union Phoenix Rooms, 2430 Campus Ct, Green Bay

Joint Finance Committee Green Bay Hearing Poster

Do you want to speak to members of Joint Finance committee about what you feel needs to be included in the state budget concerning criminal justice reform, transportation, or drivers’ licenses for all?

ESTHER is organizing a delegation from the Fox Cities to attend the hearing at UW-Green Bay on April 24 from 10 am to 5 pm. If you’d like to attend or participate, please sign up here, and someone will contact you to follow up.

If you can't make it in person, you can still let your voice be heard. Submit a video or written testimony and email to: BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov. Use subject heading TESTIMONY FOR 2019-2021 BUDGET.

Joint Finance Committee Public Hearing - Northwest

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Date: 
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: 
University of Wisconsin River Falls, University Center Riverview Ballroom, River Falls

Joint Finance Committee Hearing in the Northwest Region on the biennial State Budget.

Joint Finance Committee Public Hearing - Southeast

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Date: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: 
Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S Howell Ave, Oak Creek

Joint Finance Committee Hearing in the Southeast Region on the biennial State Budget.

Joint Finance Committee Public Hearing

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Date: 
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: 
Pontiac Convention Center, 2809 N Pontiac Drive, Janesville

Joint Finance Committee Hearing in the Southwest Region on the biennial State Budget.

Madison Action Day Sponsorships Needed

Wisconsin Capitol DomeCan’t Go to Madison Action Day on March 26?

Your sponsorship can help someone else attend!

If you would like to go to WISDOM’s Madison Action Day 2019 but are unable to attend, would you consider donating $40 (registration, lunch, and transportation) so that others who cannot afford to attend are able to go? We do not want the cost of attendance to deter anyone who would like to participate, and we believe it is important for a variety of voices to be represented as we learn and advocate together.

You can contribute to a sponsorship by clicking on the button below or sending your check to ESTHER, P.O, Box 784, Neenah, WI 54957.

I want to help!

Learn more about WISDOM’s 2019 Madison Action Day here.

Budget Action Workshop

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Date: 
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: 
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 400 Hall, 2700 Northridge Dr, Kaukauna

tell your story. connect with others.
make an impact
on the 2019-2021 budget … and beyond.

BUDGET ACTION WORKSHOP detailsThis workshop offers changemaker training for all who want to be a voice for a budget our communities deserve.

Your voice is needed! The legislators and the new governor will take up the single most important piece of legislation this year: the biennial state budget. Our job is to make sure that the budget meets the needs of our children, our communities, and the efforts we support, including education, good roads, clean air & water, justice reform, healthcare and more.

If you can't make it to Kaukauka on March 2, additional training opportunities are being offered at:

  • Middleton, March 3
  • Eau Claire, March 9
  • Milwaukee, March 10


Register Now!

be the voice!

Help spread the word; download and share the attached flyer!

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