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Resist and Defend: Links and other resources for activists

Guides

> Indivisible Guide for effectively lobbying lawmakers — at the congressional level and the local level.

News

> Democracy Now independent global news.

National groups

> American Civil Liberties Union.

> Planned Parenthood national.

> Council on American Islamic Relations.

> Indivisible Front Range Resistance.

> Human Rights Campaign.

> End Citizens United, fighting for reform.

> American Federation of Teachers.

> NextGen Climate.

> MoveOn.org.

> StudentDebtCrisis.org.

> Win Without War.

> Media Matters for America.

> NAACP.

> United We Dream.

> AFL-CIO.

> Organic Consumers Association.

> 350.org.

> Sierra Club.

> National Audubon Society.

Wisconsin

> ACLU of Wisconsin.

> Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

> Voces de la Frontera.

> Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

> Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.

> Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice.

Campaigns, movement work

> State Sen. Chris Larson’s ResistHateWi.com petition.

> Women’s March on Washington.

> Movement to Oppose Trump Mailing List.

> United State of Women.

Blogs

> Robert Reich blog posts.

Other resources

> Countable, your government made simple.

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United Resistance: Progressive groups launch protest as confirmation hearings take place

More than 50 progressive organizations sent a message of united resistance to Donald Trump’s administration as the U.S. Senate began confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill.

Movement leaders, including NAACP president Cornell Brooks, Greenpeace USA executive director Annie Leonard and SEIU International president Mary Kay Henry pledged to defend against threats to civil rights, immigrant rights, women’s reproductive rights, social equality, action on climate change, public health and safety, public dissent and access to information.

In the United Resistance campaign, groups are pledging to work together across issues. More than 50 organizations have signed onto the pledge.

United Resistance campaigners

Advancement Project (National), Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Brave New Films, Center for Biological Diversity, Climate Justice Alliance, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, Color Of Change, Common Cause, Communications Workers of America, Daily Kos, Democracy Initiative, Demos, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Every Voice, Food & Water Action Fund, Forward Together, Free Press, Friends of the Earth, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Green For All, Greenpeace, Inc, Indigenous Environmental Network, Jewish Voice for Peace, Jobs With Justice, Labor Network for Sustainability, MoveOn.org, NAACP, NARAL, National Domestic Workers Alliance, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund, National Network for Arab American Communities, Oakland Institute, Oil Change International, OneAmerica, One Billion Rising, Our Revolution, People’s Action, People For the American Way, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Public Citizen, Rainforest Action Network, Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, RootsAction.org, Sierra Club, The Story of Stuff Project, United We Dream, Working Families Party, World Beyond War, V-Day, 350.org.

For the record

With just over a week before Inauguration Day and the Senate hearings underway on Donald Trump’s choices for top posts, leaders of progressive organizers are speaking out on threats posed by the incoming administration and vowing resistance.

“Trump is not on the side of the American people. After promises of “draining the swamp, his cabinet is now full of more billionaire lobbyists and executives than any administration in history. This president will never know what it feels like to worry about the water his family is drinking, to wonder if his house will survive the next superstorm, or if his child will face hateful bullying at school. It is up to each one of us to protect each other, to fight for each other, and to resist the ways in which Donald Trump threatens America.” — Greenpeace USA executive director Annie Leonard

 

“Our movement to advance the fundamental values of justice and democracy, for the empowerment of immigrant and refugee communities, for Muslims and other religious minorities in the United States is ready to protect our families, to assert our presence, and to challenge our nation to live up to its values as a nation built by immigration.  I’m heartened by the energy to resist in our own communities, and by the broad coalition of movements coming together to stand and defend each other, whatever the Trump Administration throws at us.  At stake is a vision for our nation and world grounded in racial and social justice, committed to improving the lives of every American, and realizing a healthy and diverse future where everyone can thrive.  We stand with our sisters and brothers in the intersections of racial, economic and climate justice.” — Rich Stolz, executive director, OneAmerica

 

“Solidarity forever must include solidarity now — intensive, sustained and determined to defend past gains as well as make future ones possible. Everything that we hold dear is at stake.” — Norman Solomon, coordinator, RootsAction.org

 

“Green For All stands against Trump’s effort to auction off our air, water and climate to the highest bidder. We resist efforts to prioritize profit over human life and stand with frontline communities, those in small towns and urban areas who face the brunt of pollution, to fight for climate solutions that put them first. We will fight alongside the underdogs, those most ignored, to ensure that their voices are heard because we all deserve clean air, clean water and a healthy environment to raise our kids.” — Vien Truong, director of Green For All 

 

“The corporate cartel that works to wage wars, pollute the planet, concentrate the wealth, and restrict the rights of dissenters finds a way to all work together. Those of us seeking a better world — a sustainable world at all — must work together to resist the path the U.S. government is on and to project and push forward a better one. Our collective numbers give us power, and our interlocking issues give us a persuasive alternative. Shifting military spending to human and environmental needs makes a world beyond our dreams perfectly achievable.”  — David Swanson, director of World Beyond War

 

“The Sierra Club’s mission is to protect both the natural and the human environment. That is why we stand in solidarity with organizations fighting for a fair and safe America that protects everyone. We stand with workers and working families, for women’s rights and LGBTQ rights, with people of all faiths and backgrounds, for public health and economic fairness, and on the side of racial justice and immigrant families. To change everything it takes everyone, and that’s exactly why we’re going to stand up together over the next four years and fight to protect the people and places that we love.” — Michael Brune, Sierra Club executive director 

 

“Trump’s presidency represents an existential threat to an open internet and an adversarial press. Based on its appointments and actions so far, the Trump administration appears committed to undermining everyone’s rights to connect and communicate. We’re dedicated to fighting Trump’s agenda on media and technology while supporting the resistance efforts of groups doing important work elsewhere. Trump has named numerous people to his administration and transition team with long histories of support for dangerous and often racist policies and actions. Many others have openly campaigned to gut essential public safeguards in every area from worker safety to the environment to telecommunications. All must be resisted from day one.” — Free Press CEO and president Craig Aaron

 

“The Trump administration promises to roll back our environmental laws, gut civil rights protections, and enrich the pockets of Wall Street at the expense of everyone else. We can’t let this happen—and together, we can resist the worst effects of his presidency. We’ll keep the pressure on our elected officials to represent the majority of Americans that want safe food, clean water, a stable climate, and a democracy that works for all of us.” — Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Action Fund

 

“As the chief law enforcement officer, the attorney generally has far-reaching decision making power over issues that impact every person in the U.S. If appointed, Jeff Sessions will be the final decision maker on if the FBI can profile Muslim members of our community, whether or not to sanction stop and frisk policies, oversight of our prisons, the Department of Justice and drug enforcement. He has a track record of disregarding civil rights, denying racism, and promoting a radical agenda that would undo many of the laws that have given voice to communities of color historically shut out of our democracy. His values don’t reflect an America where all people can thrive and we are united in opposition to his nomination.” —  Kalpana Krishnamurthy, policy Director at Forward Together, a national advocacy organization.

“The blueprint for failure is division and ambivalence in the wake of a united conservative agenda that is intentionally undermining our democracy and threatening our communities. Our power to resist and reclaim our democracy is rooted in our shared commitment to dismantling interwoven systems of oppression. We are putting the new administration on notice: every day of the next four years, be prepared to confront powerful organized communities who refuse to be silenced.” — Judith Browne Dianis, executive director of Advancement Project’s national office

“At Rainforest Action Network, we stand for people and planet. But today, we need to stand firmly in opposition to a systemic assault on our values from the incoming administration. We are pledging to oppose those who would deny science and deny climate change. We are pledging to oppose those who would gut environmental protections in the name of corporate profits. We are pledging to stand for civil rights, to stand for human and labor rights, and to stand with those directly impacted by global forest destruction and climate change.” — Lindsey Allen, executive director, Rainforest Action Network

 

“We have witnessed one of the most contentious and emotional political races in our country’s history. What we have learned is that, now, more than ever, we need to come together to uphold our shared values of freedom and equality for all. Arab and Muslim Americans have long dealt with xenophobia, Islamophobia, racism and bigotry. Throughout the presidential election, we were faced with many unprecedented obstacles, and yet we persevered and remained committed to improving and empowering our communities. We know we must maintain our spirit of advocacy and become stronger leaders for a more hopeful future.” — Nadia El-Zein Tonova, director of the National Network for Arab American Communities 

 

“America is great when it becomes more inclusive, more democratic and more just. The Trump administration threatens these values, and democracy itself. Against this threat, We the People will protect our democracy and the values we most cherish by exercising our democratic rights. We will stand together to reject efforts to denigrate, injure or exclude Muslim Americans, immigrants or any other targeted community. We will reject Trumpism and assert the central importance of love and solidarity, kindness and decency to who we are a country and a people.” — Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen

 

“Donald Trump is a dangerous narcissist. We need to block his agenda of greed and division, and and we need to stand together to do it. That’s the only hope for building a nation that works for all of us.” — Dan Cantor, national director, Working Families Party:

 

“Trump’s presidency threatens immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, workers, women, children, the elderly, the disabled, LGBTQ people, and many others. Indeed, it threatens all that holds us together as a society. We the people — society — need to defend ourselves against this threat and bring it to an end. Resisters to repressive regimes elsewhere have called such resistance to tyranny “Social Self-Defense.” The struggle to protect our people and planet against the Trump agenda requires such a strategy. Therefore we are proud to join the United Resistance Campaign as a form of Social Self Defense.” — Michael Leon Guerrero, Labor Network for Sustainability 

 

“If Trump thinks this wave of opposition and resistance will burn out quickly and die, he’s dead wrong. We’ll be there every day, every week and every year to oppose every policy that hurts wildlife; poisons our air or water; destroys the climate; promotes racism, misogyny or homophobia; and marginalizes entire segments of our society.” — Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity

 

“We live in a global world where our lives are intertwined. An act of hate against one is an act of hate against all. So we stand here united with all voices of peace, tolerance, racial equity, and justice. We gain our unity from the diversity of our religions, of our sexual preferences, women’s rights, and of our racial diversity. We allege to speak for all who are voiceless, marginalized, and criminalized. We are one force, united together for the betterment of humanity.” — Anuradha Mittal, Oakland Institute executive director 

 

“It’s time to get back to the basics: everyday people with a plan, through everyday acts of courage, will eventually make history.” — Ai-jen Poo, director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

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Community bulletin board: Energy fair, art grants, awards and more

Energized for sustainable future: The annual Energy Fair promoting sustainable and renewable energy takes place June 17–19 in Custer. The fair, presented by Midwest Renewable Energy Association, is in its 27th year, making it the nation’s longest-running energy education event of its kind. Attendees can expect more than 250 workshops, as well as entertainment and exhibit booths and food and beverage vendors. For more, go to theenergyfair.org.

For the arts: The Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission awarded 47 grants totaling $98,494 for community arts, cultural and history programs. The county dollars were combined with funds from the Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation, the Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. For more, go to danearts.com.

Rummaging for improvements: The Milwaukee NARI Foundation Inc., the educational and charitable arm of the Milwaukee NARI Home Improvement Council, raised about $8,500 in May with the 11th annual Home Improvement Rummage Sale. NARI provides financial and educational support to students pursuing careers in home improvement and remodeling, while helping to reduce the amount of construction and demolition materials in landfills. For more, go to milwaukeenari.org.

PPAWI’s praise: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin is honoring state Sen. Fred Risser’s contributions to women’s health with a lifetime achievement award. Riser is the longest serving state senator in the United States and has been at the forefront of championing policies that women, men and families benefit from today, PPAWI said.

“From the repeal of Wisconsin’s Comstock Laws in 1976 that made birth control and information about contraception available to all Wisconsin women, regardless of their marital status, to enhancing rape victims’ access to birth control to prevent pregnancy and comprehensive sex education for youth in our schools, Sen. Risser has lead the way,” read a statement from the organization. For more, go to ppawi.org.

Wright way to summer: Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin presents in June a tour of 10 architecturally significant buildings in the Racine area, including several Wright-designed structures and seven sites inspired by Wright’s vision. For more, go to wrightinwisconsin.org.

Get to the Big Gig: Pre-Fare digital ticket service is a simpler, cheaper way for Summerfest celebrants to get to the festival grounds this year. Plus, until June 24, people who purchase a Pre-Fare ticket can get a free weekday ticket to Summerfest. For more, go to ridemcts.com.

ART GUIDE: The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is offering a training course for docents on Tuesdays, Sept. 20–Dec. 13, at the museum. MMoCA docents conduct tours of the museum’s exhibitions to groups that range from school-age children to older adults. They also involve museum visitors in discussions that encourage them to look closely at and interpret works of art. For a position description and application, visit mmoca.org and click Support/Docent Program, or contact Sheri Castelnuovo at 608.257.0158 or sheri@mmoca.org. The application deadline is Sept. 9.

WIND ENERGY: Wisconsin Public Power Inc. plans to invest in wind power for its next electric generation need, according to a news release from Clean Wisconsin praising the development. WPPI recently issued a request for proposals for 100 MW of wind power, which is enough electric generation to power approximately 30,000 homes. WPPI is one of several utilities that met the state’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, which requires that 10 percent of electricity come from renewable sources, several years ahead of the 2015 deadline.

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Democrats open Milwaukee field office, other community news

HEY NEIGHBORS The Democratic Party of Wisconsin opened a field office in Milwaukee at 2701 N. Martin Luther King Drive and issued a call for summer interns and volunteers. Phone banks are being staffed Tuesday and Thursday evenings. For more, go to milwaukeedems.org.

RAINBOW REAL ESTATE The Jay Schmidt Group of Keller Williams Reality recently contributed $11,000 to the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center. The group created The Rainbow House Project and pledged the commission from the sale of two homes per year. For more information about the project, call 414-517-7716.

CYCLING INTO SUMMER The 35th anniversary UPAF Ride for the Arts is June 5 , starting at the Summerfest Grounds. Cyclists will ride 10, 25, 45 or 70 miles. To register to ride or volunteer to help, go online to www.UPAFRide.org.

TRIBES AND TOURISM The Native American Tourism of Wisconsin Conference takes place June 7 in Wabeno. Speakers include Forest County Potawatomi Chairman Gus Frank, Ed Hall of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and Paige Williams of Chickasaw Country Tourism. For more, go to natow.org/conference.

MILWAUKEE IN THE MOONLIGHT Milwaukee Riverkeeper and River Alliance of Wisconsin co-host the 11th annual Milky Moonlight Paddle down the Milwaukee River to Lake Michigan and then back. The event is July 18. For more, go to milwaukeeriverkeeper.org.

NEW DEAL DESIGNATION Wisconsin state Rep. Mandela Barnes, D-Milwaukee, was selected as one of 12 people to join NewDEAL/Developing Exceptional American Leaders, a national network committed to highlighting innovative ideas from state and local elected leaders who are “pro-growth progressives.” For more, go to newdealleaders.org.

DIGGS TO CHAIR AIDS WALK: Taye Diggs will serve as the honorary chair of the AIDS Walk on Oct. 1, which kicks off at the Summerfest Grounds in Milwaukee. For more, go to aidswalkwis.org. — Photo: Courtesy
DIGGS TO CHAIR AIDS WALK: Taye Diggs will serve as the honorary chair of the AIDS Walk on Oct. 1, which kicks off at the Summerfest Grounds in Milwaukee. For more, go to aidswalkwis.org. — Photo: Courtesy

Community bulletin board: Fill your plate, take a hike

Fill your plate: Clean Wisconsin, the state’s oldest environmental organization, is selling seats at the table for its gala fundraiser, Epicurean Evening Milwaukee.

Celebrated Cream City chefs will prepare a multi-course meal for supporters June 16 at Discovery World.

“We are extremely excited to bring this event to the shores of Lake Michigan,” said Clean Wisconsin CEO Mark Redsten. “These chefs care deeply for Wisconsin and our environment and we are fortunate to bring them together for a night of great food to bring awareness to Clean Wisconsin’s work in Milwaukee and across the state.”

Participating chefs include Adam Siegel of Lake Park Bistro, Cole Ersel of Wolf Peach and Justin Carlisle of Ardent.

“As a chef who takes care and pride in the state and region where I have grown up and will raise my family, I care deeply about a clean Wisconsin,” said Carlisle. For more, go to wisconsinepicureanevening.org.

Party time: The Democratic Party of Wisconsin holds its statewide convention June 3–4 in Green Bay. The party plans to host candidates on the 2016 ballot, caucus meetings, socials and convention reports. The national convention is in late July in Philadelphia. For more, go to milwaukeedems.org.

Something to chalk about: Artists are needed for the Great Lakes Chalk Art Competition June 11–12 in downtown Racine. The event is in conjunction with the Monument Square Art Festival. At least 24 artists will work on panels on Fifth Street and finished work will be displayed at the Racine Arts Council Artspace Gallery. For more, go to www.monumentsquareartfest.com.

Sustainability summer: The Point Back to the Land in Stevens Point offers weekend itineraries for summer travelers looking to learn about sustainable living in Wisconsin. Getaways focus on renewable farming, sustainable homes, plants for the people, container gardening and more. For more, go to pointbacktotheland.com.

Annual meetup: The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin holds its annual meeting June 3–5 at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor. The agenda includes discussions on Wisconsin water quality, engaging the emerging electorate and building membership. For more, go to www.lwvwi.org.

Solstice celebration: The River Revitalization Foundation holds a summer solstice walk June 20 in Milwaukee, beginning at the RRF office, 2134 N. Riverboat Road. For more, email vbushell@gmail.com.

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Photo: Pixabay Something to chalk about: Artists are needed for the Great Lakes Chalk Art Competition June 11-12 in downtown Racine. The event is in conjunction with the Monument Square Art Festival. At least 24 artists will work on panels on Fifth Street and finished work will be displayed at the Racine Arts Council Artspace Gallery. For more, go to www.monumentsquareartfest.com.
Something to chalk about: Artists are needed for the Great Lakes Chalk Art Competition June 11-12 in downtown Racine. The event is in conjunction with the Monument Square Art Festival. At least 24 artists will work on panels on Fifth Street and finished work will be displayed at the Racine Arts Council Artspace Gallery. For more, go to www.monumentsquareartfest.com.

 

On the bulletin board: Events, initiatives, campaigns, tours

Touring for Taliesin: Taliesin Preservation unveils a new tour, inviting bicyclists to explore a broad swath of Frank Lloyd Wright territory in Wisconsin, starting and ending at his 800-acre Wisconsin River estate. Tour du Taliesin, set for May 22, features two ticketing levels and two route distances. Plus, there’s an after-party at Tan-y-Deri Hill. For more, go to taliesinpreservation.org.

Climate cinema: A new film based on Naomi Klein’s book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, will be screened at the Barrymore Theatre in Madison at 7 p.m. May 25. The 350 Madison Climate Action Team hosts the event with co-sponsors Madison Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, the Madison Institute, Sierra Club, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Wisconsin Environmental Health Network, 350 UW and Clean Wisconsin. For more, go to 350madison.org.

H20 happening: Milwaukee Water Commons hosts the Confluence Gathering at 5 p.m. May 12 at Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery, 901 E. Juneau Ave. The forum provides an opportunity to announce a series of water initiatives, including:

  • Increasing green infrastructure.
  • Expanding water recreation.
  • Restoring Milwaukee’s three rivers.

For more, go to milwaukeewatercommons.org.

Chamber accolades: The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce holds an expo and awards celebration May 18 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Milwaukee. The expo is 5-7 p.m. and the awards presentation is at 6:30 p.m. For more, go to wislgbtchamber.com.

Opportunity knocks: U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., recently introduced the Investing in Opportunity Act, which would unlock inactive capital to invest in entrepreneurs in distressed communities by creating “opportunity funds.”

Madison reading material: The 2016-17 “Go Big Read” common reading project for the University of Wisconsin-Madison will focus on Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate Matthew Desmond. The book tells the story of eight Milwaukee families faced with losing their homes and explores how evictions in the U.S. went from rare to frequent occurrences. For more, go to gobigread.wisc.edu.

Step forward: The 2016 Southern Wisconsin MG Walk benefiting the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America takes place at 10 a.m. May 7 in Greenfield Park in West Allis. For more, go to myasthenia.org.

Brewing trees: A partnership between Milwaukee County Parks Department, the Brewers Foundation and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources involves planting 70 trees this spring. Seven species will be planted — catalpa, sugar maple, swamp white oak, Kentucky coffee tree, hackberry, Japanese tree lilac and honeylocust. For more, go to milwaukeecountywi.gov.

Labor conference: The 35th annual conference of the Wisconsin Labor History Society takes place May 21 at UAW Local 72 Hall, 3615 Washington Road, Kenosha. The theme is “A Historical Look at Immigration and Unions: Lessons for Today.” For more, go to wisconsinlaborhistory.org.

Black Lens boost: Milwaukee Film received a $10,000 grant to support its Black Lens Program from the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Sixteen FilmWatch grants were issued for 2016-17. Black Lens programming is a selection of films by African-American filmmakers. For more, go to mkefilm.org.

Growing Pride: Milwaukee Pride is seeking candidates for its expanded board of directors. Applications should be sent by May 10 to info@milwaukeepride.org.

KP duty: Eleven Milwaukee chefs will host a benefit dinner May 23, offering dishes inspired by the Waffle House menu, to raise money for the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative. “Milwaukee Chefs for Homeless Vets: Waffle House Re-Imagined” is 6:30-10 p.m. at Merriment Social, 240 E. Pittsburgh Ave., Milwaukee. The vets initiative provides a range of services to military veterans and families in crisis. For more, go to mkehomelessvets.org.

Gem time: The Wisconsin Geological Society holds its annual rock and gem show May 14-15 at Hart Park’s Mueller Building in Wauwatosa. The event features about 20 vendors and raises money for college scholarships. For more, go to wisgeologicalsociety.com.

Community bulletins: White House LGBT appointment

White House appointment

President Barack Obama in mid-March appointed Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as the White House’s primary LGBT liaison. She’s the first transgender person to hold the post. She became the first openly transgender staffer in the White House when she was hired in 2015. The first LGBT liaison at the White House, Marsha Scott, served in Bill Clinton’s administration.

white house lgbt liaison
White House appointment: President Barack Obama in mid-March appointed Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as the White House’s primary LGBT liaison. She’s the first transgender person to hold the post. She became the first openly transgender staffer in the White House when she was hired in 2015. The first LGBT liaison at the White House, Marsha Scott, served in Bill Clinton’s administration.

Eyes and ears

The League of Women Voters Wisconsin seeks volunteers to help monitor polling during the spring election and presidential primary, which is April 5. Volunteers are needed in Dane, Milwaukee, Racine, La Crosse and Rock counties. For more, go online to lwvwi.org.

Call to convention

The Dodge County Democratic Party and chair James Zahn hosts the 5th Congressional District Democratic Party of Wisconsin Convention at 9:30 a.m. April 10. The event is at the Juneau Community Center in Juneau. For more, email cassif@wisdems.org.

Cream at the top

Milwaukee’s Cream City Foundation is among the top funders nationwide for LGBT communities and causes. The nonprofit received the recognition from Funders for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Issues, a nationwide network of foundations and corporations. For more, go to creamcityfoundation.org.

‘Dream’ event

Milwaukee-based Diverse & Resilient hosts the fourth annual Reviving the Dream Celebration at the Marriott Downtown on April 7. The evening celebrates leadership in the LGBT community and honors Bayard Rustin, a civil rights icon. For more, go to diverseandresilient.org.

Reels for Riverkeeper

Save the date of May 21 for the 11th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival at Clear Water Outdoor, 250 N. Water St., Milwaukee. The festival features more than 20 films and benefits the Milwaukee Riverkeeper. For more, go to www.clearwateroutdoor.com.

Freewheelin’ ride

The world’s largest fat bike race, the Fat Bike Birkie, took place in Cable earlier this year and drew a record number of riders. The first place finisher in the 47K race was Will Ross of Anchorage, Alaska. For more, go to birkie.com.

Conversation and culture

The University of Wisconsin-Madison — the first U.S. university to offer Yiddish language instruction — is celebrating “A Century of Yiddish at UW-Madison.” Among the events: a symposium at the Mayrent Institute of Yiddish Culture set for April 14-15 and a lecture on Yiddish music May 2. For more, go to mayrentinstitute.wisc.edu.

ROUGH run

Madison-based Rough Sportswear presents a 5K walk and run April 10 to benefit the Porchlight Homeless Shelter. Runners can register at roughsportswear.com. Rough is matching donations to the Rough Foundation to support Porchlight.

Performing for planet

This year marks the 29th continuous year for Earth Poets and Musicians — Milwaukee celebrations for Earth Day occurring April 8 at Coffee House, 1905 W. Wisconsin, and April 22 at Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Place. “Our incredible planet exists, with its ecological balance and sun-struck beauty,” said Earth Poet Suzanne Rosenblatt. “Yet infinitesimal specks on that planet, who call themselves humans, are able to change everything, to take away the balance, the beauty, the life. This conundrum haunts the Earth Poets and Musicians. We puzzle over Earth with love and awe, humor and horror, and wisps of wisdom.” For more, go to milwaukeerenaissance.com.

Growing groceries

Milwaukee Public Library’s Bay View Branch hosts a workshop on how to “grow your own groceries.” The date with Groundwork Milwaukee is May 14. For more, call 414-431-0931 or go online to www.groundworkmke.org.

Support shorelines

Leaders with Adopt-a-Beach offer online training for those interested in joining the effort to support Wisconsin’s shorelines. For more, go to greatlakesadopt.org.

Wisconsin Gazette welcomes community announcements. Please email Lisa Neff at lmneff@wisconsingazette.com.

 

On the community bulletin board …

STRONG PERFORMANCE

The United Performing Arts Fund announced a record 2016 campaign goal of $12,260,000 at a celebration at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. The goal was announced at the conclusion of a program featuring a tribute to Yip Harburg with an appearance by Aaron Harburg, the lyricist’s great-grandson, and performances by Present Music, Skylight Music Theatre, Danceworks, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and First Stage. For more, go to www.upaf.org.

The 14th annual Local Farmer Open House takes place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 12 at the Urban Ecology Center in Riverside Park.
The 14th annual Local Farmer Open House takes place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 12 at the Urban Ecology Center in Riverside Park.

LEFT ON THE DIAL

The Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative recently launched a campaign called Radio-Active to “break the right-wing media monopoly in Milwaukee.” Organizers plan house parties and other events to build support and raise money to monitor right-wing radio programs and explore the goal of operating a progressive talk radio station. For more, go to Radio-Active on Facebook.

DRIVING TO THE DMV

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and community leaders in Dane County announced a new vehicle to help people obtain the photo ID cards needed to vote in Wisconsin elections. The vehicle is a ride service bringing people to the Department of Motor Vehicles throughout March. Volunteers also will be connecting with people at various venues to offer information about ID requirements and voter registration. For more, go to voteridwisconsin.org.

150 FILMS, 8 DAYS, 30,000 PEOPLE

The Wisconsin Film Festival — presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute in association with the school’s Department of Communication Arts — takes place April 14-21. The largest university-managed film fest in the nation is known for its diverse offerings, including independent, international, documentary, experimental, avant-garde, classic and children’s film, as well as the Wisconsin’s Own Competition. For more, go to 2016.wifilmfest.org.

PARTY FAVORITE

The Democratic Party of Milwaukee County is honoring the Wisconsin chapter of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce with its “Organization of the Year” award. The celebration, with other awards presentations, is set for 5:30 p.m. March 13 at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee. Special guests include U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore. For more, email awards_dinner@milwaukeedems.org.

SEA TO SEA

A section of the 1.25-mile-long rainbow Pride flag unfurled on Key West’s Duval Street in 2003 was featured March 5 in Australia’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Sydney held one of the earlier LGBT Pride events on the 2016 calendar. Wisconsin’s Pride celebrations take place in the summer, beginning with Milwaukee PrideFest June 10-12.

A section of the 1.25-mile-long rainbow Pride flag unfurled on Key West’s Duval Street in 2003 was featured March 5 in Australia’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.
A section of the 1.25-mile-long rainbow Pride flag unfurled on Key West’s Duval Street in 2003 was featured March 5 in Australia’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

Big Share campaign to benefit 70 nonprofits in Wisconsin

Today is a super Tuesday in Wisconsin. Community Shares of Wisconsin is hosting the  2016 Big Share on March 1 to benefit 70 local nonprofits “that are building a fair, just community and protecting our environment.”

The Big Share is a 24-hour online fundraising event in support of Community Shares’ nonprofit groups.

Now in its second year,  The Big Share is an easy way to donate to and learn more about community groups. From one page, donors can direct their gifts to the causes they care most about.

Community Shares launched The Big Share in 2015,  raising more than $232,000 from 1,750 donors.  An announcement said, “CSW member nonprofits raised much-needed funds to support their missions, while also increasing their skills and knowledge of online fundraising and social media outreach.”

To advance the campaign, organizers partnered this year with businesses offering incentive prizes or hosting special events throughout the day, including Mini of Madison, ZenDesk, Home Savings Bank, Delta Properties, National Guardian Life, MG&E, Sprinkman Real Estate, Madison Community Foundation, Supranet, Plan B, Java Cat, Yelp and others.

“The results of the 2015 Big Share show that donations of any size can have a collective impact,” CSW executive director Crystel Anders said. “Beyond the funds raised, The Big Share engaged new individuals in the work of our members. Participating organizations  were able to connect with new supporters and reconnect with past donors—all thanks to the viral nature of this online giving day.”

The Madison Community Foundation again will serve as partnering sponsor of The Big Share.

“In its inaugural year the Big Share raised significantly more than planned,” stated Bob Sorge, Madison Community Foundation president. “That’s a great testament to all the partners who participated in the day – and particularly to Community Shares. We have March 1 highlighted on the calendar. We will participate. We will give. And we invite the community to join us.”

A key reason for the success of  The Big Share is the training and technical assistance offered by CSW to its member nonprofits in the areas of online fundraising and social media campaigns. CSW can provide this because of sponsorship from MG&E and a grant from The Evjue Foundation, which supports CSW’s long-standing partnership with the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Student interns from that department, as well as UW staff, provide additional expertise and support to CSW and its members. Furthermore, UW-Madison students receive real-world experience in strategic communications and project evaluation.

To find out more about The Big Share, visit www.thebigshare.org.

 

On the WiG community bulletin board …

Planning Pride

PrideFest Milwaukee is selling tickets for the June 10-–12 LGBT Pride festival taking place at Henry Maier Festival Park on the lakefront. Single-day tickets purchased before May 10 cost $13. At the gate, tickets cost $17. For more info, go to pridefest.com.

Drag for Pride

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee presents the UWM Drag Show Feb. 27 at the Milwaukee Theatre. Performer tips at the performance — billed as the largest drag show in the Midwest — benefit Project Q, the youth program at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, and also Pathfinders Milwaukee. The event is free but the UW-M LGBT Resource Center will accept donations at the door, which opens at 6 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. show. For more, email Milwaukee Pride at info@muilwaukeepride.org.

For Feingold

The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and the Sierra Club endorsed Russ Feingold for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin. In a joint announcement, the groups cited Feingold’s commitment to combating climate change, support for clean energy investment and record as an environmentalist. The Democrat is running to unseat Republican Ron Johnson. “Russ Feingold is the Sierra Club’s choice for Senate because we know he will work to protect our environment for Wisconsin families,” said Bill Davis, director of the Sierra Club/John Muir chapter. For more, go to lcv.org.

Lunch reservations

Women’s Leadership luncheons presented by the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce take place March 22 in Madison and March 23 in Milwaukee. Tonya Atkinson, vice president for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and a volunteer for many LGBT efforts, is the keynote speaker at both events. For more, go to www.wislgbtchamber.com.

Running into 20

Front Runners Milwaukee, an affiliate of Frontrunners International, is celebrating 20 years. Since 1996, runners have met at the east end of North Avenue for Saturday morning runs and walks, followed by breakfast. For more information about the primarily LGBT group, go to www.frontrunnersmke.com.

Death scene protocol

Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore of Milwaukee — working with leaders at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, Safe States Alliance, the Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin and other groups — drafted a bill to create national guidelines for investigations and autopsies after the death of an infant or child, or a stillbirth. “I find it shameful that America’s infant mortality rate rivals that of many developing countries,” Moore said. For more about the proposed Reducing Unexpected Deaths in Infant and Children Act, go to gwenmoore.house.gov.

College costs conversation

Milwaukee Area Technical College president Vicki Martin talks about a plan to offer free college educations to eligible students. She’ll present the plan at 12:15 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Marquette’s Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee.

Arriving author

On March 1, Boswell Book Company welcomes Loung Ung, author of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, as part of a highly anticipated program at the University School of Milwaukee’s Virginia Henes Young Theatre. Ung is the spokeswoman for Campaign for a Landmine-Free World. Angelina Jolie recently went to Cambodia to begin work on a film adaptation of Ung’s memoir. For more on author events, go to boswellbooks.com.

Banking for Bernie

Volunteers are gathering to staff phone banks for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. One phone bank will be 6–9 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the DPMC office, 900 S. Fifth St., Milwaukee. 

Networking and nourishment

North Shore Presbyterian Church, 4048 N. Bartlett Ave., Shorewood, is the site of the annual Grassroots North Shore Winter Chili Warmup that takes place at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 28. Attendees can expect to hear from political candidates and vote for GNS leadership. For more, go to grassrootsnorthshore.com.

Economic uncertainty

John Nichols speaks about “Automation, Globalization and a Jobless Future?” at the Siena Retreat Center, 5635 Erie St., Racine, at 6:30 p.m. March 1. For more, go to milwaukeedems.org.

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