Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris accord is irresponsible and immoral

By Fr. Seán McDonagh SSC

Through-out his campaign for the US Presidency, Donald Trump constantly called global warning a hoax which was invented by the Chinese government to weaken US manufacturing. Given the fact that climate change is accepted by almost all scientists and countries and that its negative effects in terms of droughts, severe weather and rising ocean are well-known, the decision of President Trump to leave the Paris accord on climate change which was signed by 197 nations is both irresponsibility and immoral. Trump’s spurious claim that other nations are being given an unfair advantage over the U.S. is totally untrue. In fact the opposite is the case as we will see later.

In the last 20 years, the US has experienced extreme weather associated with climate change. In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city of New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Alabama. Almost one- and-a half million people were displaced and 1,800 people lost their lives. Apart from the human misery caused by Hurricane Katrina, the clean-up bill came to over a $100 billion.

But climate change is causing severe weather right around world which is leading to drought and famine in many areas. In early 2017, climate change and the El Nino effect in the Pacific Ocean, have caused drought and starvation in many parts of east Africa. Aid agencies such as Concern are well aware of the hunger which climate change in causing in so many communities.

Clack here for the full article as well as more articles
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Sweet Water Solutionary Conversations

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East Coast Great Lakes Heartland Mighty Collaboration Experiments

Director of the Sweet Water Foundation, Emmanuel Pratt, with Harvard Graduate School of Design engaged professor Stephen Ervin, during Pratt’s tenure as a Leob Fellow 2016/17.

Stephen is Assistant Dean for Information Technology , pioneering digital computing in landscape architecture, planning and design. Ervin was especially impressed with Emmanuel’s energy, word play, maker and connecting skills.

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Stephen Ervin of Harvard Graduate School of Design, with black beret and big white beard, at the Think Do House II, next to Master Restorationist Micheal Reynolds.

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Sweet Water Meets Laudato Si Draft Writer, Fr. Sean McDonagh and Visits Aquaponics Experiment at Dublin’s Belvedere College

In August, 2016, a Sweet Water Foundation team had the amazing good forture to participate in an eco/art exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art last Februrary. While there we were were given a tour by the creators of a rooftop garden(including aquaponics) at the Jesuit H.S. Belvedere College; and we also were blessed with Fr. McDonagh’s presence at one of our presentations(with our director Emmanuel Pratt’s arm around him front and center).

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Seed Milwaukee Map — 2017 Programming and Partners

UW Extension SEED Program Year One Report

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzQgN2ezcWYPLXdtRHJYWEs4aE56aHg5X0g5UjFDbXpOYS1Z/view

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Milwaukee Green World Fairs and Bridge Walls In Museums Alive!

Imagine MSOE engineering classes teamed up with MIAD design classes and UWM Urban History, etc. to create a Wall of Bridges, with, say 20 Projects Working Well, displayed via digital portals that share but also create the cells of collaborating distributed networks. Why not? Here is the image that inspired the vision of the Green World Bridge Walls.

Toward A Digitally Enhanced Art and Science Museum Exhibition: Milwaukee’s IBM Smart City and UN Global Compact City Visioning Retrospective

Here is my opening list of Milwaukee green world designers, makers, and growers worthy of inclusion in the Bridge Wall “totems” in Green World Fairs, in our museums eager to partner with green world creation experiments. I am sorry to have omitted some people and projects most appropriately celebrated. Please help me right the wrong with your additions to godsil.james@gmail.com.

Here is a place to share images that inspired the vision of the Green World Bridge Walls.

Here are some of the Milwaukee teams that played a part in winning the UN Global Compact City and the IBM Smart City honor.

  • Cooperative Institute for Urban Agriculture and Nutrition(in anticipation)
  • MMSD
  • Milwaukee ECO(in anticipation)
  • Colectivo
  • Outpost Natural Foods
  • Rishi Tea
  • Kubala Washatko
  • Urban Ecology Center
  • MSOE Honors Engineering Program(in anticipation)
  • MPS STEM Projects(in anticipation)
  • MIAD
  • UWM SARUP
  • Milwaukee Public House Coop(in anticipation)
  • ReciproCity(in anticipation)
  • UW Cooperative Extension SEED Initiative
  • Zilber Foundation
  • MATC
  • MU
  • Alverno
  • ReFlo(in anticipation)
  • Growing Power
  • Walnut Way
  • Alice’s Garden
  • Nuwaukee(in anticipation)
  • MUG
  • VGI(in anticipation)
  • Groundworks(in anticipation)
  • Martha’s Mighty Fine Foods(in anticipation)
  • Purple Cow Organics(in anticipation)
  • Sheoherd Express
  • Top 10 Chefs
  • Top 10 CSAs
  • Terry McCormick Gallery(in anticipation)
  • Riverwest Currents
  • Riverworks(in anticipation)
  • Lakefront Brewery
  • Embedded Reporter
  • UWM Lake Effect
  • Cream City Farms(in anticipation)
  • Sweet Water Foundation
  • UN Global Compact Cities(in anticipation)
  • Midwest Renewable Energy Ass.
  • Mitchell Park Conservatory
  • Journey House
  • Water Council
  • School of Fresh Water Sciences(in anticipation)
  • Home Gr/OWN(in anticipation)
  • Port Fish(in anticipation)
  • Wormfarm Institute
  • Wellspring
  • Zoological Society Congo Bonobo Biodiversity Program
  • Riverwest Food Coop
  • Amaranth Bakery and Urban Sanctuary
  • Muneer’s Peace Post Project(in anticipation)
  • Grandmothers Without Borders(in anticipation)
  • Riverwest Currents
  • 16th St. Community Health Center
  • Core el Centro
  • Soldiers Home(in anticipation)
  • Center for Veterans Issues(in anticipation)
  • Milwaukee Preservation Alliance
  • Milwaukee Artists Resource Network

Driving 325 Dreams
Image By Zephyris at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6285050

Proposed DNA For Backsteeet Harvards New Schools

Loeb Network disrupts HGSD with Backstreet Harvard

Got to have front street schools as well.
And both make fine things.

Can we democratize Super(New) Schools?

Can we sculpt and perform backstreet Harvard New Schools
Everywhere?

Why not?

Metis Coming Out Of The Closet

Metis, the glory of Greek mythology
Ready to be re-born…

Coming Out of the Closet

Squat in a clammy closet,
Stacking eggshells upon eggshells,

Humming versus of the Ave Maria,
So the bald old man prowling the halls

In tennis shoes and a black robe

Knows I’m doing my duty.

Exultant in an open field,

Sky blue, bursting billowing clouds,
Brilliant sun, throwing a thick stick
For my prize puppy.

Farther and farther I throw it,
Faster and faster she takes it,
We are both heated and sweating.

My Mother calls.

“What are you doing outside?
Why are you not stacking?

How will you win your prize
So indulged?”

Back to the closet,
But only for a time.
A new day was brewing.
I heard a different song.

The escape was not easy.
“You wished it stranger”
You left the path on your own,
“You are lost if you believe in danger.”

Forty years later,
Not in closets, nor even lush fields.

But in ineffably resonant worlds
Of sweet ones, where utopian visions
Are pursued amidst gales of laughter.

Olde

First Big Snow
Milwaukee the Mecca
Of the Sweet Water Seas

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Merlin Donald-JamesCScott-FrSeanMcDonagh

Merlin’s matrix brick alive and growing.
And too Scott’s and Father Sean’s.

Professors Donald and Scott, and Fr. Sean McDonagh, are right up there with Grace Lee Boggs, Charlene Spretnak, Mary Jane Jacobs, Steven Ervin, Jeannie Gang, and my favorite ever Mother Son deep theory practice collaboration of Victoria and Emmanuel Pratt. I intend to introduce each of these thought leaders to my “cognitive community” of origin, i.e. Baptized Roman Catholics and Jesuit School alums.

Wisconsin Idea And Health Insurance Premium Reduction

The SEED Initiative has developed 8 community gardens/ outdoor classrooms/ popup agora markets in 8 different neighborhoods mostly considered to be “food deserts” in Milwaukee County. These 8 Seed Gardens are resourced within the 100 year plus famed University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension, birthed in Wisconsin Progressive’s “Wisconsin Idea,” bringing a staff of 35, a yearly budget of $2,500,000, land, building, and equipment resources over $10,000,000 valuation, 535 Milwaukee Waukesha County Master Gardeners providing 32,152 volunteer hours of community education, youth mentoring, and Extension support, 100 acres of rich soil in prime city locations, 1,000 gardeners, and a central, foundational, critical role in Milwaukee’s world renowned urban agriculture movement, emerging as a vital 21st century industry transitioning Milwaukee from an industrial to a leading ecoLogical city.

The SEED Garden Initiative 2016 pilot year merited the status of a MANDI Awards finalist for the Journey House/ SEED Community Garden for the Brewers Foundation Public Space Award.

Seed Garden Express Yourself Equinox Drum Bus Parties & Markets for Sherman Park Transcendance
I would like to imagine your building as an incubator for training Life Coaches and creators of STE+A+M Homes and Gardens.

Sites for growing our souls, the beloved Community, and neighborhood level commerce.

Sites for growing food wise, exercise wise, street, commerce, and garden wise citizens.

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Wisconsin Idea In 1911 Milwaukee City Plan

1911 “Milwaukee City Planning” Document

  • 10,000 acres food production

  • agriculture school

  • urban homesteading

[From a Carriere manuscript]

Googling “1911 Milwaukee Planning Document” will take you to digital link.

Infrastructure not just brick and morter.

There’s a metabolic rift to fix.

Got to heal the people, heal the planet.

Bring urban and rural into natural and cultural balance.

Student intern apprentices flow within Detroit Chicago Milwaukee Wisconsin

Design middle ways and bridges to public private partnerships for people planet and profit

Milwaukee is a city with a hybrid economic history, ie The Progressives The Sewer Socalists And Entrepreneurial Capitalists

The Wisconsin Idea In A City Planning Document

Charles Whitnall’s Vision Embodied In Milwaukee County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy

It was all a part of Charles Whitnall’s vision for how planning should develop in Milwaukee. His thoughts on this informed the creation of the Milwaukee County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy, which opened in 1912….

Milwaukee Chicago Detroit Conversations: New Work for STEA+M Homes In Beloved Communities

Yes! embrace, as Boggs solutionaries have advanced…

  • new work

  • community production

  • grow our souls

  • create caring, beloved, healthy communities as increasingly autonomous zones

NEW WORK OPTIMIZING FLOW!

Social Capital
Cultural Capital
Natural Capital
Soul or Spiritual Capital

Green dollar capital as necessary and appropriate

The vector sum of these 5 capital I have been thinking of

calling

Flow!

New work creating Flow!

Outside, increasingly, the job economy.]

Out Forward Our Agenda

STEA+M Homes and Hamlets In Rainbow Commons

To science, technology, engineering, and math add

Art
Agriculture
Artisanship
Architecture
Alliance Design

Course Credit and Doctoral Dissertations Transforming Foreclosed Homes and “Blighted” Nbds Into STEA+M Homes of Beloved Communities

Marry blue collar skill building with art, design, and agriculture projects in our high schools, community colleges, and universities. Course credit for transforming foreclosed homes and empty lots into micro farms, workshops, and homes/gardens as art. 21st Century Milwaukee Chicago as city of homes as STEA+M skill incubators, adding art, agriculture, artisanship, architecture, and alliance building to STEM hands on pedagogy.

ORGANIZING RESISTENCE STRATEGIES

Emmanuel Pratt and I have shared to 10,000 youngs and olds our debt to the Boggs Center, source of our syntax and grammer. We are astonished by how far ahead of history’s curve are our brothers and sisters of Detroit in theory its dialectical and chaordic weaving in with practice.

A series of simple email exchanges that aim to sum up our discoveries and provide a preliminary sense of what is to be tried my vote for next step.

Hoping Emmanuel will share “Designing for People, Planet, and Profit” with us. And Jia Loc Pratt “The New Normal.”

Hallelujah grateful,

Godsil

An Appeal To All Baptized Catholics and Friends of Nature To Support The Jesuit Pope

I hope anyone baptized Catholic or friends of baptized Catholics will reache out to their high school classmates and inspire them to discover and harvest the Spirit Force that is embodied in the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si, which marries ecological with social justice. Here is one of my appeals to my fellow alums.

Dear All,

The fact that we are baptized Catholics with Jesuit educations and on line connectivity makes us a potential resource for many good causes congruent with our foundational values.

Baptized Jesuit Trained Catholics

An ecumenical group of many “persuasions,”
but inescapably possessed with a foundational identity, I would say, an indelible mark, as a

Baptized Jesuit Trained Catholic

There are several million baptized Jesuit trained Catholics in the world…an inspiring, potential spirit force for the greater glory of God, healing the people and the planet, as we become increasingly digitally and actually connected.

A cause I hope a few of the SLUH Class of 63 will consider supporting is to enlist the support of Jesuit trained Americans in D.C. leadership positions, to assist the ecumenical Synodal Process to share the inclusive theology of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical.

Here is the essence of this vision, shared by Fr. Sean McDonagh:

https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/eco-catholic/eco-theologian-fr-sean-mcdonagh-don-t-let-laudato-si-moment-pass

Entire appeal here:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/GodsilsSweetWaterStories/JesuitIvyEcopreneurChallenge

NegotiatingUrbanism

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DeStigmatizing Mental Health Challenges At Year Round Garden Places

With mindful mental health professionals

With artists capable of Rainbow Contemporary Iconic supports(this one good for Catholic EAs of a certain kind)

At SEED Gardens growing Health.

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/SeedGardens/HomePage

Why not?

Godsil

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Native Wellness Garden Renaissance Moment

One Of 8 Seed Gardens!


Dennis Lukaszewski, Unsung Hero of Milwaukee Renaissance

Dennis Lukaszewski and Ryan Schone are unsung heroes of Milwaukee’s renaissance via our inspiring food and beverage industry, organizing Seed Garden access to 1,000 growers in 50 acres of rich county soil.

Images from Native Wellness Garden at 3675 S. 6th St include inspired visitor Anne J Koller, now living in Oakland, and garden workers who worked hours in yesterday’s rain with Ryan and Dennis.

Other SEED Initiative sights include Kohl Farm, 8300 W. County Line Road; Timmerman Seed Garden, 93rd and Appleton; Sherman Park, 4175 W. Burleigh; Moody Park, 2320 W. Burleigh; Clarke Square, 2125 W. Scott St.; Cupertino Park, E. Ontario and S. Shore Dr.(Jason Haas and Marina Dimitrijevic key to these and entire SEED County funded project); and Forest Hill, 2000 E. Forest Hill Ave.).

Seed Gardens have offered free horticulture and nutrition classes, harvest celebrations with music and feasting, and will be adding new feature, God willing, every year.

Dennis and Ryan have been greatly supported in the Seed Garden project by Director Eloisa Gomez. It is my honor and delight to begin sharing this story at the MilwaukeeRenaissance wiki magazine over the years.

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Dear Tim and Mikal,

With drum beats as background…Story sharing and growing…

Food garden playgrounds as art

Tim A Food Garden Mon w Ties to Mayor

Mikal An Artist Mon w Ties to Art Community and Ivy Networks

Fermentation Fest Flow—drum bus party expressed(Jahmes)

With Sara Daleiden of GMC Placemaking and Neuwirth Salinas of Wormfarm Institute

Offering each of you a bus ride Oct 9, 8 am to 8 pm, a lunch, a Fermentation Fest Tour, and a $20 stipend to brainstorm marriage of Agriculture and Art, in city country Flow! experiments.

You would be among 8 other story sharers
To be named as they commit.

Muneer Bahauddeen
Adam Carr
Ryan Schone
Francis Graf
Cleo Pruitt
Mark and Linda Keane

Are most probably among the

10 Story Circles
Of the Fermentation Fest DTour Flow!

Bus, lunch, tour, and $200 bricolage resourced Oct 9, 2016

A Milwaukee Chicago Reedsburg Cirque de Soleil Imaginal

You would be among the original charter story performers

Deserving as much!

Godsil

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Become Empowered To Register Voters In Milwaukee!

It’s easy, and will make a difference, becoming a Special Registration Deputy(SRD) for the presidential election. SRD training by City of Milwaukee Election Commission staff will occur Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 6pm, at our NAACP office! We are in the BMO Bank building, 2745 North MLK Drive. Here’s a note on this from Cleo Pruitt.

Dear Members and Friends,

Our Milwaukee Branch is participating in a National NAACP led civic engagement campaign focused on connecting non registered voters to their fully voting citizen selves. You are needed to help us reach our goal to register up to 1800 new voters by taking part in our GOTV efforts now through an October 19 special registration deadline and later assisting voters to the polls November 8.

Even though your engagement is needed for several important tasks, none proved as vital in ’08 and ‘12 to increasing branch registration outcomes, as having Special Registration Deputies (SRDs) enlist people where they grocery shop, have their hair cut, in their neighborhoods and through the places that they worship.
Yes, we encourage you to devote some of your time to help out. If you want to have a high impact join us for the training that affords an ability to register others on the spot!

Fortunately, we are hosting a SRD training conducted by City of Milwaukee Election Commission staff Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 6pm, at our NAACP office! We are in the BMO Bank building, 2745 North MLK Drive, Milwaukee. Join us and become reacquainted with grass roots civic engagement that could help to make a difference in someone’s voting for life! We will serve light refreshments!

Let us know that you are coming! Please reach Cleo Pruitt at cleopruitt@yahoo.com or at 414.759.8084.

Sharing Fine Meal With Olympian Mensch

Spending an evening with Ryan Schone and Christopher Cox is one of the reasons the spirit of the Forest Gump awakens in me, shifting the place of my thought from my mind to my heart. In the way that I pray, I pray I am blessed with 29 more years as witness to and supporter of their respective hero quests, which make Joseph Campbell and Grace Lee Boggs howl with delight. They may be key reasons for Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy City of the Sweet Water Seas, celebrating the Milwaukee Chicago Nobel Prize for the beloved communities most highly expressing the manifesto of the 21st century, Pope Francis’ Laudato Si.

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Laudato Si Half Earth Sweet Water Fair Land Commons

That is why the actress Alison Sudol, an I.U.C.N. good-will ambassador, opened the plenary by observing that our planet is now “under attack” — by us.

“Our vast oceans, full of mysteries and wonders, are thick with plastic and mercury,” she noted. “Rain forests — abundant sources of oxygen and medicine; land of ancient lore and tradition; home to thousands of species of wildlife, many as yet unknown to us — are being plowed down before we have a chance to properly discover what it is we are losing.

“These are lungs of the earth, the oceans and the forests, and we are destroying them. Deeply, desperately, we are hoping someone will do something before it is too late. That someone we are hoping for is you.”

So do we have a plan? Wilson has one — a big, audacious plan. It’s the title of his latest book, “Half-Earth,” a call to action to commit half of the planet’s surface — land and oceans — to protected zones.

Right now, the I.U.C.N. says, close to 15 percent of the earth’s land and 10 percent of its territorial waters are covered by national parks and protected areas. If we protect half the global surface, Wilson argues, the fraction of species protected will be about 85 percent, which would keep life on earth, including the human species, in a safe zone.

Naïve, you say? Not so. Naïve is thinking we humans will survive without the healthy natural systems that got us here. Naïveté is the new realism — or else we, the human species, will become just another bad biological experiment.

Thomas Friedman, NYT, 9/7/16

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Food Garden Playgrounds

As place of the art of life and fun!

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Sweet Water Foundation Meets With Pope’s Eco Advisor and Laudato Si Writer, Father Sean McDonagh

Emmanuel Pratt and his South Side Chicago Sweet Water Collective made a deep mark at the Irish Museum of Modern Art Grizedale Arts A Fair Land Exhibition. He also inspired Father Sean McDonagh, who Naomi Klein celebrated as the Irish missionary priest who wrote the basic draft of the Encyclical, “Laudato Si” with a vision of advancing a Black Baptist Eco Catholic 10 year conversation.

“Francis is not the first Pope to express deep environmental concern—John Paul II and Benedict XVI did as well. But those Popes didn’t tend to call the earth our “sister, mother” or assert that chipmunks and trout are our siblings.” Naomi Klein

Nice Irish radio show featuring Pratt

And text summary

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Sweet Water Foundation at Irish Museum of Modern Art and Grizedale Arts ‘A Fair Land” Exhibition

James Godsil and Emmanuel Pratt with Andrew Douglas of the Urban Farm Project.

Emmanuel Pratt and James Godsil in phone and email conversation with Fr. Sean McDonagh

SWF Director Emmanuel Pratt in phone conversation from Irish Museum of Modern Art with eco theologian Fr. Sean McDonagh, Pope Francis’ environmental advisor and key draft writer of Laudato Si. Planning live meeting at A Fair Land Exhibition this Saturday!

http://www.imma.ie/en/page_237103.htm

This “Catholic Reporter” interview with Fr McDonagh inspires visions of a catholic “black” baptist conversation about marriage of ecological and social justice.

https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/eco-catholic/eco-theologian-fr-sean-mcdonagh-don-t-let-laudato-si-moment-pass

Kilmainham Gaol,where leaders of Irish Easter Uprising, key to Irish Independence movement, were executed.

Sarah Glennie, direct of the Irish Museum of Modern Art(IMMA), with Emmanuel Pratt, director of the Sweet Water Foundation.

Sweet Water Foundation South Side Chicago team with IMMA and Grizedale Arts artists in pottery workshop: Tamiko Winn, Derek Ware, Micheal Reynolds, Denise Patrick, Niamh Riordan, Francesca Ulivi, Janice Haugh, Emmanuel Pratt, and Adam Sutherland.

Emmanuel Pratt with Tanad Williams.

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Global Ignatian Community Laudato Si Conversations 2016

Dear Father McDonagh,

I am as delighted to be writing you as you were after your first hour with Father Thomas Berry! In the way that I pray, I pray for the blessing of your awareness of the work of Great Lakes Heartland “Ignatians” committed to sharing the new theology of Laudato Si. When I read your review in the Catholic Reporter calling for a 3 year ecumenical synodal process “aimed at taking the new teaching, ‘a new spirituality’ that Francis offers in Laudato Si’ and finding ways to put it into practice of the faith”— my heart leapt! Joining in this process would be a most appropriate “Ignatian Response to the Ferguson Tragedy” I and a number of my classmates from St. Louis U. High, class of ‘63 have committed to.

I hope you might be able to join in for a spell with a team of young and old South Side Chicago “apprentice ecopreneurs” who will be participating in an Irish Museum of Modern Art and Grizedale Arts project next week called ‘A Fair Land’ …in essence the plan is to build a model village - starting with a glut garden built on the straw bale system with 300 gourd plants…plan to develop the food processing, industry, economy, education and housing - in roughly that order at this site. Adam Sutherland, Director, Grizedale Arts is our contact person.

Click here for the full article
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Roofer Jim On Donald Trump

I remember the Republicans giving a national platform to Joe the Plumber back in 2008. I hope to provide a platform for white working class men to diminish the appeal of Trump now and forever.

Milwaukee Now Must Share Its Nobel Prize

Milwaukee needs Chicago
Its more brawny sister city to the South,
If ever to win its Nobel Prize.

As this is written, a world leading
Deconstructionist is meeting with
A world leading artist florist ecopreneur
Beneath the Learning Tree,
At the Perry Farm.

They are designing with Pratt
A process to deconstruct a storied barn
And reconstruct it at park and farm,
As part of a culinary institite…
Bout 10 minutes from the future site of
The Obama Presidential Library,
Michelle Obama South Side Renaissance Wing.

‘You can’t make this s… up.”

The film of this and other Milwaukee Chicago
Northside Southside renaissance projects,
With Sweet Water’s and Mycelia Network’s
Visionary Go Do Mon, Emmanuel Pratt
Harvesting his Harvard Loeb Fellowship Network…

This film will, God willing, serve as a proof point
That the vision of a Milwaukee Chicago
Nobel winning collaboration experiment…

Is a pragmatic utopian one,
Quite possibly to be eclipsed
By the wonders forthcoming.

Metis G

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3 + 2 = 5 At 325

Aquaponics Mind Jazz

Aquaponic’s Vector Sums: Calculating Over The Years

The outputs of Aquaponics Systems(APS) inputs

Fish and plants are NOT at this moment the key output of our proposed Aquaponics Vector Sums(AVS).

Knowledge, skill development, “integral thinking,” social intelligence, emotional intelligence,
a kind of spiritual and “ecoLogical” refinement and “beloved community building” are the most important “things” that grow here. And don’t forget STEAM aptitudes!

And I think we have settled in on the notion of a protracted, multi-generational,
multi-disciplinary, and multi-national experimental process with many dimensions,
many unknowns, many skills and many technologies to develop and explore, with

A focus on schools and innovation centers

In hybrid networks of “free professionals.”

I seek 10 fundamental talking points for this thought experiment I am housing at
Aquaponics Vector Sums.

50th Anniversary of SCLC Chicago Open Housing Marches Coming Up

August 5, 2016, will be the 50th anniversary of the stoning of Dr. Martin Luther King, in Marquette Park, Chicago, about a 20 minute drive from where the Sweet Water Foundation’s regenerative placemaking experiment at the Perry Ave District is taking place. Below is an image of myself directly behind Dr. King at the moment of the assault, there so close as a “field marshall” and temporary bodyguard not long after my 21st birthday. I was also a teacher in a SCLC Freedom School in a storefront on Roosevelt Ave. that summer. http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/CulturalProjects/JamesDonnellyGodsilStories

James Godsil As Momentary Body Guard For Dr. King

Here is where picture came from

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U0x6xI7wAE

And here I am 50 years later at the commemoration march. Jesse Jackson is in the background of this picture, to the right of my image. When he asked the people at the assembled gathering who was there in 1966, only about 5 people stood up.

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Sweet Water Community Guild Host Mandela Foundation Future African Leaders at 325 E. Euclid Heart Haus And More

Best “Texts” Of Sweet Water Foundation Scaling Up Aquaponics/Urban Ag As Community Development Resource On Chicago’s South Side

Co-Founders Sweet Water Foundation Emmanuel Pratt and James Godsil

https://iq.intel.com/sweet-water-foundation-transforms-chicagos-south-side/

https://vimeo.com/157244573/b2d4ea1d85

http://s3.amazonaws.com/architecture-org/files/objects/pdf/sweet-water-foundation-21.pdf

Nesbitt Note

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Sweet Water Foundation Workshop at Pratt’s and team’s School of the Art Institute show

James Godsil, Jesse Blom, Ben Koller, and Emmanuel Pratt at Sweet Water Foundation Workshop at Pratt’s and team’s School of the Art Institute show, “Outside Design” Aquaponocs Workshop.

http://chicagoevents.us/aquaponics-workshop-with-emmanuel-pratt/34699

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Sweet Water Foundation At Heart Haus May Day Celebration: Todd Leach, Emmanuel Pratt, Jesse Blom, and James Godsil

Derek Ware, James Godsil, Amanda Williams, and Emmanuel Pratt at Sweet Water Foundation Hyde Park Art Center.
Godsil and Pratt co-founded the Sweet Water Foundation, with Josh Fraundorf and Howard Hinterthuer providing foundational support.

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The Joseph and Mary Godsil Guild House

In honor of my Father, Jeseph, a tool and die maker, and my Mother, Mary, a wife, rooming house keeper, and child care provider. Neither Mary nor Joe went to high school, but both were what I and Gramsci would call “organic intellectuals.” My father often said back in the 1950s what our most enlightened public minded intellectuals and leaders are saying todsay, “We must not assume everyone is meant for white collar professions requiring college degrees. There is great dignity in “manual work” pursued as a sacred craft. That is what the I hope this vision of a “Guild House” advances.

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Conversations Of Blacks and Irish, ie Blirish, Baptists and Catholics, For Laudato Si Projects

There is a chance we can team up with Father Sean McDonagh in a 3 year “Laudato synodal process” in Catholic parishes across the world​​. This note is about Father McDonagh and the process he will be helping advance, followed by an invitation to him and the Columban Missionary order to meet with Emmanuel Pratt and some South Side Chicago teams headed to Dublin, Ireland this August, hopefully to meet with the good Father.​

​B​elow are excerpts from an interview with the key drafter of Laudato Si, Fr. Sean McDonagh, a Columban missionary recently awarded the Annual Justice Award of the Partnership for Global Justice.

Catholic Reporter. You were involved in the development of this encyclical. What was that process like? Were you focused on a specific aspect of the text?

Well, I was asked by Cardinal Peter Turkson in November 2013 to write a document for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and I wrote it up, like 30,000 words … now eventually, in 2014, that kind of morphed into the beginning of the encyclical itself. So that whole section, basically, on what’s happening in our world, those were issues I developed.

http://ncronline.org/blogs/eco-catholic/eco-theologian-fr-sean-mcdonagh-don-t-let-laudato-si-moment-pass

I hope you can read the interview and/or my exerpts and let me know if you are up for advancing vision of partnering across nation’s Ignatian community to support the 3 year synodal process to harvest Laudato Si for the good cause.

Central to that, the Irish priest said, is a three-year synodal process aimed at taking the new teaching, “a new spirituality” that Francis offers in Laudato Si’ and finding ways to put it into practice of the faith.

“It’s new for a lot of us. Most of the people who go to seminaries and into theology didn’t actually deal with any of these issues, so there’s a difficulty,” McDonagh said, pointing in particular to Francis’ quoting of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in his frequent discussion of sins against creation, be it human-caused climate change or the loss of biodiversity due to pollution and deforestation.

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®Evolutionary Collaboration Experimental Fields: Cuba Detroit Chicago Milwaukee UN Global Water Centric Network

With

*Urban Agriculture

*Skilled Trades

*Buddha Mind In The Space of Art

*Digital and Robotics Technologies

*Beloved Community Through Good Food, Beauty, Integral Urban Homes, and Faith!

*Global Water Centric Network Co-Creations

Why not?

My distillation of brilliance of conversations about Mother Grace and Mother Nature, with Emmanuel Pratt, Jesse Blom, Ben Koller, and Rick Feldman. With link to Grace Lee’s film on Grace.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWsXasK4Gn0

May Day Muneer Peace Post Installation ceremony / Heart Haus Two Year Anniversary

Sunday May 1st, 2016 at 1P will mark the Two Year Anniversary of the Heart Haus, our Collaborative Urban Homesteading Project. Over the past 730 days the HH has interacted with thousands of visitors from every part of the City & World, taught hundreds of Students & Teachers and hosted International Guests from multiple countries through our Urban Farm, Makerspace, Aquaponics Living Laboratory & Airbnb “Haustel”.

May 1st is also International Workers Day, a time to remember the lives lost in the Chicago/Bayview worker strikes. To commemorate both of these significant events, a Peace Post was co-created by Elder Artist Muneer Bahauddeen and a diverse set of Milwaukeeans who attended our One Year Anniversary Block Party last summer.


The Peace Post Installation Ceremony was envisioned by Ben Koller & James Godsil to be not only an opportunity to share a moment of Peace on a day of remembrance, but also to create a connection node between Milwaukee’s Northside 15th District (Ben’s childhood neighborhood and location of Muneer’s studio) and the Southside 14th district of Bayview.


​Our hope is that you all would help us celebrate this important moment by attending our event to commemorate such a simple yet creative way of bring people together for Peace within our City, Communities and Individual Lives.


May 1st will be a day for us all to In-Joy the Peace of the Present, release the growing pains of the past and set intentions for our Future Endeavors. The Haus will be open for tours after the ceremony as we showcase our latest improvements while you enjoy soup cooked over our firepit.

Please feel free to contact me for further details. We are very excited to share this great opportunity with our amazing city. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Much Gratitude!

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Today is Day #5 in the Final Countdown to Stop the AHCA and its Cuts to Medicaid.

The U.S. Senate is set to take a vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) before July 4. The AHCA contains a devastating 25% cut to Medicaid and eliminates key health care protections for children and adults with disabilities. Cuts to Medicaid mean cuts to 20 Wisconsin programs like Family Care, IRIS, the Children’s waiver, BadgerCare, mental health programs, Katie Beckett, autism services, personal care, and important therapies like speech, OT and PT.

Time is running out to stop these harmful cuts!

Call Senator Ron Johnson every day for the next 5 business days and tell him the fact of the day about why the AHCA is bad for adults and children with disabilities and older adults.

Our countdown continues today with fact #5. Call Senator Johnson and tell him you are concerned about the AHCA because:

It was drafted behind closed doors and there have been no public hearings on the bill. Senator Johnson is right, this bill is moving too fast and the public should have the chance to weigh in. Medicaid cuts and caps will hurt people with disabilities and older adults and need to be removed from the bill.

Call Senator Johnson’s three offices:

  • DC office: 202–224–5323
  • Oshkosh office: 920–230–7250
  • Milwaukee office: 414–276–7282

WATCH BPDD Board Member Delores Demonstrate How To Make A Call Over at the BPDD Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/231731545443/videos/10158940501890444/

If you would like more information about this fact, you can use these resources:

The Hill: Senator Johnson: I ‘can’t imagine’ voting yes on health bill in a week.

Wisconsin State Journal Editorial: Slow down and get health care bill right. “The public deserves details and plenty of time for input, too.”

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DSA-MKE Statement on Sylville Smith verdict

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Final Countdown to Stop the AHCA: Day #6 Devastating cuts to Medicaid mean cuts to Wisconsin programs that children and adults with disabilities need.

The U.S. Senate is set to take a vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) before July 4. The AHCA contains a devastating 25% cut to Medicaid and eliminates key health care protections for children and adults with disabilities. Cuts to Medicaid mean cuts to 20 Wisconsin programs like Family Care, IRIS, the Children’s waiver, BadgerCare, mental health programs, Katie Beckett, autism services, personal care, and important therapies like speech, OT and PT.

Time is running out to stop these harmful cuts!

Call Senator Ron Johnson every day for the next 6 business days and tell him a new fact about why the AHCA is bad for adults and children with disabilities and older adults.

Our countdown continues today with fact #6. Call Senator Johnson and tell him you are concerned about the AHCA because:

Devastating cuts to Medicaid will mean cuts to Wisconsin programs that children and adults with disabilities need.

Call Senator Johnson’s three offices:

  • DC office: 202–224–5323
  • Oshkosh office: 920–230–7250
  • Milwaukee office: 414–276–7282

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YOU HIDE WHeN YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE

By William Rivers Pitt, Columnist and Editor: truthout

Very slowly, very quietly, the Trump administration has been barricading itself behind ever-growing walls of secrecy and deceit. Trump himself has not given a real press conference since February, the State Department has dramatically slashed its press availability, and Press Secretary Sean Spicer spent eight straight days refusing to let reporters record his press statements via audio or video. When administration strategist Steve Bannon was pressed on why this was happening, he replied, “Sean got fatter.” No other explanations were forthcoming.

Axiom: You only hide when you have something to hide. Maybe it’s the Russia investigations, maybe it’s this nefariously nebulous GOP health care bill being brewed in the Senate, or maybe it’s an administration-wide realization that Trump cannot be turned loose without defenestrating the nation’s reputation and standing. Whatever the reason, these people are in full duck-and-cover mode, and this level of secrecy is battery acid to any functioning democracy. It must not be allowed to stand.

Russia is only an accent in the symphony of bedlam this administration has unleashed. Health care, taxes, the budget, climate change, police violence, mass incarceration, Syria, Yemen, North Korea … our house is on fire, and the people charged with dousing the flames are hiding under the hoses.

They will not hide from us; we won’t let them. We will run these stories to ground no matter where they take us. But we need your help to make it happen.

PeaceOfMind urges you to:

Demand in writing and phone calls that your legislators Come out of the closet with healthcare intentions, revelations about ties to Russia, voter suppression — everything they seem to push that obstructs American Democracy, you, me, all of us who don’t have a bank account capable of withstanding one or more catastrophic events.

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Senator Ron Johnson : I ‘can’t imagine’ voting yes on health bill in a week | TheHill

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update –

See below for new coverage regarding the American Health Care Act, including quotes from Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson expressing concerns about voting yes for the health bill (American Health Care Act) next week.

Please contact Senator Johnson to share your concerns about the secretive process and the major cuts to Medicaid. See below for contact information for Senator Johnson and a link to the new coverage.

Contact Senator Johnson at the following numbers:

  • DC office: 202–224–5323
  • Oshkosh office: 920–230–7250
  • Milwaukee office: 414–276–7282

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Community Coalition 4 Quality Policing & NAACP Present: How Do We Address the Rising Violence in Milwaukee

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Democracy Crumbles Before Our Eyes: Vote!

Tues. 6/29/17: Hate wins again: Greg Palast: Jim Crow Scam Threatens to Tip Georgia’s Ossoff-Handel Race

Fri. 6/16/17: Rev. William Barber: Voter Suppression Hacked Our Democracy

Mon. 6/12/17: Opinion: The Senate’s three tools on health care: Sabotage, speed and secrecy

Wed. 6/7/17: Stop a second ‘great recession’! protest this bill:

Wed. 5/31/7: Think of the lives and money MKE would save if police mindset was changed by anti-violence workshops to Serve and Protect rather than be: “MPD The Force”:

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Children’s Long Term Support Waiver Program: Elimination of the Disability Determination Requirement

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Some good news from Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Effective July 1, DHS will no longer require that children applying for the Children Long Term Support (CLTS) Waiver Program have a Disability Determination. Since many lower income families access Medicaid through BadgerCare, they may have not had a need to obtain a disability determination for their child. The requirement for a disability determination discouraged some lower income families from pursuing eligibility for the CLTS waiver, and caused delays in determining eligibility and access to waiver services for children and their families. See below for a link to the DHS memo regarding this positive policy change.

By way of background, note that this requirement was already waived since 2010 for counties that chose to participate in the Compass Wisconsin: Threshold unified intake project, which includes most large counties. Threshold provides a unified point for intake, application and eligibility determination for children’s long-term support (CLTS) services for families in the following counties: Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Jackson, Jefferson, Kenosha, LaCrosse, Lafayette, Marquette, Monroe, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties. Families can apply for Katie Beckett Medicaid, Children’s Long-Term Support Waiver and the Children’s Community Options Program through CompassWisconsin: Threshold.

Milwaukee County and others that have not participated in Compass Wisconsin: Threshold continued to have the requirement for a disability determination which could delay access to waiver services for children and their families. By eliminating the disability determination requirement, there will be a consistent policy in all Wisconsin counties.

DHS info about Children’s Long Term Support waiver: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/clts/index.htm
Milwaukee County Children’s Long Term Support Program: http://county.milwaukee.gov/DSD/Children-Services/Childrens-Long-Term-Services.htm
Compass Threshold Wisconsin: http://www.compasswisconsin.org/

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New resource: Impact of the administration’s proposed budget on people with disabilities

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

See the attached new resource from Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations, which looks at the impact of the president’s proposed budget on people with disabilities. The budget includes extreme cuts to health care, benefits, legal services, housing, education, and many other vital services, which have the potential to put the health, safety, and lives of Americans with disabilities at risk.

This is a good reminder of the importance of turning out later today for Congresswoman Moore’s town hall on the federal budget, and submitting a question regarding funding for programs that are important to children and adults with disabilities.

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EXPO Events

One of the most exciting, powerful developments in WISDOM has been the emergence of EXPO, EX-Prisoners Organizing. Our formerly-incarcerated brothers and sisters are committed to changing the way we see and talk about people with conviction histories, and they are leading the charge to transform our terribly flawed criminal justice system. EXPO has given a tremendous boost of energy, passion and insight to WISDOM.

Yesterday, EXPO leaders Mark Rice and Carl Fields did a great job on the Kathleen Dunn show on Wisconsin Public Radio. You can access the interview HERE.

We have some opportunities in the near future to support EXPO and the serious agenda they have helped lead us to:

Close the MSDF Campaign Launch
Thursday, June 29: 5 - 7pm
MATC Room M605, 700 W. State Street, Milwaukee
Download a flyer HERE.
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EXPO Banquet
Friday, June 30: 5:30 - 8pm
Ascension Lutheran Church, 1236 S. Layton Blvd, Milwaukee
Download a flyer HERE.
Click HERE for more info.
If you’d like to support EXPO or any of the work of WISDOM, you can make a donation HERE.

THANKS
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#EngageMKE

Friend,
This morning I announced the launch of my new “Engage Milwaukee” initiative, a hands-on, first-of-its-kind community outreach and education campaign throughout the entire County designed to give the public more opportunities to make their voices heard on important issues.

Milwaukee County has everything it takes to be the best-run government in the country, but we can only get there if we constantly aim to improve in all that we do. A more interactive model of civic engagement and public input greatly increases our chance of success.

This year, we’re using a new software platform, A Balancing Act, which allows County residents to design and share their own budget for Milwaukee County. This tool will help the public more easily visualize and understand the difficulties in balancing the needs of competing priorities with finite resources. The Balancing Act software uses clear and transparent language to describe the County’s revenues and expenses, and then lets users determine their funding priorities – the only catch is, they have to balance revenue and spending, just like elected officials do.

You can check A Balancing Act out for yourself here: http://milwaukeecounty.abalancingact.com/

I feel strongly that the community should be heard as we make important decisions about where and how to invest our resources into programs and services that empower more people. We’ve made a lot of progress over the past six years but Milwaukee County is at a real crossroads. With an expected $40 million deficit in the upcoming budget, sustained progress will be difficult, but it’s not impossible.

Engaged, informed citizens like you are essential to ensuring that our shared responsibilities — caring for our most vulnerable citizens, protecting our natural resources, fostering economic growth, and improving quality of life for everyone – are fully funded now and in the future. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out A Balancing Act and submit your own budget for Milwaukee County, and to continue the conversation on social media using the hashtag #EngageMKE.

The budget you submit is anonymous and will be received by our budget office, which will compile all the feedback we receive over the summer and share with the community in the fall. Thanks for taking the time to learn more about the budget in Milwaukee County.

Sincerely,
Chris Abele

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Transportation Budget Call to Action

The Joint Finance Committee is still working on the new Transportation Budget. We want to make sure that the new budget works for everyone!
Please contact the following state legislators and your own legislators. Be sure to include your address: we want them to know of the support of people all around the state. Please re-send your message regularly until the budget is finalized. Thanks.

Message:
Take action to create a transportation system that works for everyone in Wisconsin:

  • more money for Public Transit

  • more money for Specialty Transit for seniors and people with disabilities

  • more money for local roads

  • fund these important priorities by scaling back the huge highway projects that are not necessary

  • resist any attempts to remove public transit from the Transportation Fund.

Key Transportation Legislators:
Joint Committee on Finance
Sen. Alberta Darling____________________Co-Chair: (608) 266–5830 Sen.Darling@legis.wisconsin.gov
Rep. John Nygren______________________Co-Chair: (608) 266–2343 Rep.Nygren@legis.wisconsin.gov
Rep. Dale Kooyenga___________________Vice-Chair: (608) 266–9180 Rep.Kooyenga@legis.wisconsin.gov
Sen. Luther S. Olsen___________________Vice-Chair: (608) 266–0751 Sen.Olsen@legis.wisconsin.gov
Sen. Leah Vukmir_______________________Member: (414) 453–0024 Sen.Vukmir@legis.wi.gov
Joe Malkasian____________________________Clerk: joe.malkasian@legis.wisconsin.gov

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Short Fiction: THIRTY FEET BELOW

By RL McNeely PhD; JD

Thirty feet below me lay Russell. I viewed the crumpled, lifeless form of what only vaguely resembled a human being. All at once I realized the stupidity to which we had fallen prey. How foolish we had been! Now I had to risk my life for one who might already be dead.

I began to think about the kind of person Russell was. He was a person who would risk everything he owned, including his life, for a friend. Then I thought about my own feelings. I thought about my wife, I thought about my children, I thought about the bad things I had done during my life, I thought about many things — I, I was scared. Then something peculiar happened. It was like being a different person. I was seeing myself as Russell would see me; I felt like throwing up.

All of this had occurred during only a few moments. After I had regained my composure I realized that it would be better to risk my life than to let Russell lay there dying. I would be condemning myself to a living death if I didn’t go down to help him.

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Join the June 15 Wisconsin Call-in Day to Protect Medicaid

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Members of the U.S. Senate are working behind closed doors on their own version of American Health Care Act (AHCA). The U.S. Senate is preparing to vote on the AHCA within the next two weeks. There is a lot at stake for Wisconsin in this vote. The AHCA cuts federal Medicaid funding by 25% over 10 years and eliminates key health care protections for children and adults with disabilities, including those with mental health needs. Estimates indicate Wisconsin could lose $1 billion in funding and put many essential programs and supports for children/adults with disabilities and seniors at risk.

Join the June 15th Wisconsin Call-in Day to Protect Medicaid. Share your concerns about the proposed cuts to Medicaid and loss of important health care protections. Today’s 3 PM meeting of the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force will also include an update on the AHCA and on the June 15th Call In Day to Protect Medicaid.

For information on what Medicaid means to Wisconsin children and adults with disabilities, check out this link : http://www.survivalcoalitionwi.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Medicaid-stories-ALL_final.pdf

More than 1500 people responded to Survival Coalition’s survey asking how Wisconsin’s disability community uses our state’s more than 20 Medicaid programs, and how their lives would be impacted if Medicaid changes. Here is a sampling of those statewide results, organized by Congressional district, Please share these stories widely with your local media and state and federal legislators.

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Highlights from 2016 so far: The Good News and Pivotal Facts

Mon. 6/12/17: And so begins democracy at home:

Thurs. 5/11/17: Federal Ethics Office Wants To Know If Trump Appointees Are Keeping Their Promises

3/24/17: What a day! Physical and mental health care insurance continue because legislators want votes in 2018! If you haven’t yet, add your voice in calls and letters to your legislators:

Thurs. 2/3/17: Advocacy Works:

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Legislative Update from Senator Lena Taylor

Supporting the Mental Health of Our Students

As a part of our budget deliberations on education, it is refreshing to see a measure that has been introduced by the Walker administration to address the mental health needs of Wisconsin students. Specifically, there is $2,500,000 in Mental Health Collaboration Grants intended to allow for the establishment of a program that would screen children for early signs of mental health issues or concerns. According to research from the US Department of Health and Human services, for adolescents, ages 13 to 18, the lifetime prevalence of mental disorders severe enough to cause significant impairment in daily functioning is approximately 20%. Poor mental or emotional health can impact a student’s school attendance, perceived competence, concentration, academic achievement and graduation.

The grant is based on similar legislation passed by the Minnesota legislature nearly ten years ago. The irony is that even 10 years ago, Minnesota passed their legislation with twice the amount of funding currently being proposed in our current budget. Once again, Wisconsin is playing catch up. It is time to lead and set examples of our own by improving our mental health care initiatives and outcomes. Therefore, I am introducing budget motions to adequately fund this grant. We must ensure that our children don’t receive Band-Aids but a get a cure.

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Call Your Senators RE: AHCA/ACA Repeal!

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Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force – June 13th meeting

Please join us for the June 13th meeting of the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force: Your input and participation are needed and valued.

Meeting Details:
Tuesday June 13th, 3 – 5 PM
IndependenceFirst, 540 S. 1st st. – note we are in rooms B and C, not the usual room “A”

Our agenda will include the following:

  • Mental Health Task Force Steering committee opening for a provider. Thank you to each of the talented individuals who were nominated – we hope each of you will become involved with the Task Force. The Steering Committee has advanced the names of two nominees who meet the position critieria. Nominees will speak to the task force, and members who attend regularly will complete ballots.

Note: If you are a regular participant in the Task Force and cannot attend Tuesday, you may email me to request a ballot and a packet with information about the nominees. Please contact email barbara.beckert@drwi.org by end of business Monday.

  • ”Something to think about” segment, provided by Terri Elzey, as part of an ongoing series to support our work to advance inclusion.

  • “Race: the Power of an Illusion” DVD and discussion facilitated by Dr. Patricia McManus

  • Policy updates: County, state, and federal including Save Medicaid Day, Barbara Beckert

  • Patricia Obletz, a member of the CC4QP, community coalition 4 quality policing, will share with us the work of this new Coalition, including some upcoming opportunities to hear from author Michael Scott about moving from community policing per MPD to problem solving policing.

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NAMI Monthly Educational Meeting June 2017

For this month will be discussing PTSD with guest speaker Mark Flower. Thank for all that you do.

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Whoa! Even Gov. Walker agrees…

Last week, hundreds of WAVE activists and our allies came to the Capitol and spoke or registered in opposition to a dangerous NRA bill. One after another — and for nearly ten hours — we urged lawmakers to oppose the bill, which would allow just about anyone to carry a hidden, loaded gun in public with:

  • No Permit.
  • No Background Check.
  • And No Training.

Now, here’s where the story has a twist and gets really interesting! Less than 24 hours after the hearings ended, Governor Scott Walker said he AGREES with us! That’s right, he expressed his preference to keep the law’s safeguards intact, as well.

It’s critical that we let the governor know that Wisconsinites approve of his stance. Click here to let Governor Walker know you expect him to stand by his word and keep training requirements, background checks and permits in place for concealed carry.
“I think the law we have right now is a good law,” Governor Walker said, adding that he’s heard from constituents, who “are happy with the law as it is.”

When it comes to the gun issue, we don’t often see eye-to-eye with Governor Walker. But on this, we are in agreement — people who want to carry loaded weapons in public should have background checks and and training.

Click here to tell Governor Walker he’s right: Eliminating Wisconsin’s permitting process is too dangerous.

Governor Walker joins the 91 percent of Wisconsinites (including 86 percent of gun owners) who agree we should keep the current requirements for training and background checks. Let’s thank him and let him know that we’re glad, this time, he’s on the side of common sense and safety.

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CALL TOMORROW: Important New Info on Forced Drug Testing & ACA Repeal Fight

Friends, you are receiving this email because of your support on our efforts to stop Walker’s forced drug testing of many BadgerCare recipients. As you know, his targeting of the poor and medically addicted will NOT help the public or stop the opioid crisis in our state. Well today we have important news of progress in stopping it, and we want to hold a last minute supporter conference call TOMORROW, Thursday June 8th, to explain more and what comes next.

Last month, our members and allies across the state collected over 1,000 official public comments opposed to these forced roadblocks to coverage. Health consumers, medical professionals and advocates all calling for changes to a bad policy. TODAY the Walker Administration announced in light of the “over 1,000 comments”, they have rolled back some of the worst ideas. But there is more to do, this isn’t victory yet!

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Did you miss the June 6 Day of Action to Protect Medicaid? It’s not too late!

Make It Work Milwaukee/ Mental Health Task Force Update

Call Capitol Line: 202–224–3121

On June 6th thousands of people across the U.S. are taking action to protect Medicaid. Please join us and stand up for people with disabilities, including people with mental health needs. Help us stop the Medicaid caps and cuts and save the services that allow children and adults with disabilities to live and participate in their community. Join us in saying ‘no’ to over $800 billion in cuts that will leave 10 million people with disabilities at risk of losing the services they depend on.

Call the Capitol Line and share your support for the important services provided by Medicaid.

The Senate may by sending a draft bill to Congressional Budget Office for scoring by Friday. That makes the national #SaveMedicaid Day of Action tomorrow even more important. Call in to members of Congress (especially our 2 U.S. Senators) and say why Medicaid is so important to you and what $839 billion in federal cuts would mean to you and your family. https://medicaid.publicrep.org/feature/june-6th-actions/

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The Fight to Protect Public Transit Funding

President Trump’s budget blueprint, released in mid-March, presented a devastating vision for the future of American public transportation. In response, our community sprang into action, flooding Congress with more than 21,000 messages to date about the need to protect public transit funding.

Your quick response was vitally important, and now our challenge is to keep the momentum going over what looks like it’s going to be a long, tough fight to keep federal public transportation funding viable. Visit our Action Center to send a letter to your members of Congress.

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Public Transit Cuts By the Numbers

For a deeper look at the fight so far and what it’s all about, read and share “The Latest” from Voices for Public Transit…

Youth Summit Information

June 10th Alcohol and Drug Prevention Youth Summit

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Reminder that Mental Health Board Finance Committee hears Public Comment on BHD budget tomorrow

Mental Health Task Force Update – Public Comment on 2018 Behavioral Health Division Budget

See the reminder below regarding the June 7th Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Finance Committee Public Hearing - this is an important opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed BHD budget.

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Quick Updates & Invitations! Transit, Community Conversations, Game Changer Grants

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Updates

Thanks to UEDA for sharing their newsletter which has information about a number of events that you may want to attend or share with others. To highlight a couple of events of interest occurring this week:

  • The public is invited to attend one of two upcoming design kick-off meetings to preview proposed design plans for the East-West Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project and provide input! Meetings are this week – see below for details

  • The Fair Housing Council is convening a forum on June 8th (8am-Noon) at Independence First (540 S 1st St, Milwaukee, WI 53204) to talk about hate crimes and harassment in communities, particularly related to housing. More detail below-

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“Wisconsin economy tanks; Walker blames workers” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

We dig into the dismal economic report showing Wisconsin’s job growth last year was the worst since 2010 and that we are continuing to hemorrhaging manufacturing jobs. What does the new data say about Scott Walker’s economic performance? Jorna educates us on a new GOP bill to restrict free speech at the UW System. We look at the NRA’s dangerous effort to allow people to carry open guns without permits, concealed weapons without training, and guns onto school grounds. We discuss the Joint Finance Committee’s vote to allow state park fees to increase 62%. Robert updates us on the latest U.S. Senate health care repeal and replace news and a new legislative effort by state Democrats to protect critical health care protections in the ACA. We close the show with a discussion of Trump’s dangerous decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreements and its impact on the U.S. economy and the future of the species.

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Advocates: Proposed Medicaid cuts would have ‘devastating impact’

Mental Health Task Force Update

Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force Co-chair Mary Neubauer and I had a chance to join other Medicaid advocates on a press call yesterday to share concerns about Medicaid cuts – our thanks to Community Advocates for organizing this opportunity.

Mary’s comments were very compelling and were featured in a story Wisconsin Public Radio, as well – thank you Mary for your strong advocacy!

Wisconsin Health News participated in the call and posted this story. Although WHN is for subscribers only, they have graciously provided us with the link to the story which I have shared below – click to see the story.

Advocates: Proposed Medicaid cuts would have ‘devastating impact’

https://wisconsinhealthnews.com/2017/06/02/advocates-proposed-medicaid-cuts-devastating-impact/

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MHB Finance Committee Meeting June 7, 2017 - includes public comment

Mental Health Task Force Update

The Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Finance Committee is meeting Wednesday June 7th at 4:30 PM at Hillside Terrace Resource Center. The primary agenda item for the meeting is an overview of the 2018 preliminary BHD budget, and the agenda includes time for public comment on the preliminary budget. All comments are limited to three minutes.

This is an important opportunity to provide your perspective on the proposed preliminary budget and share your ideas and priorities:

  • Here is a link to view the agenda and meeting packet. http://county.milwaukee.gov/BehavioralHealthDivi7762/Mental-Health-Board/2017-MHB-Meeting-Info—Documents.htm

  • We encourage peers, advocates, providers, family members, and other community stakeholders to get involved – review the proposed budget, attend the meeting, and register to speak and to share your perspective on the preliminary budget.

  • Comments can also be emailed to the Mental Health Board members at mhb@milwaukeecountywi.gov

  • If you have questions about providing testimony or need assistance, feel free to email and someone from the Steering Committee will provide assistance.

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This Thursday! - Stop Insurance Company Discrimination

I’m Justin Bielinski, health care organizer with Citizen Action of Wisconsin. I know it’s rather short notice, but I’m writing to invite you to an action this Thursday afternoon in Milwaukee to protect health care for all Wisconsinites.

The Republican plan to repeal Obamacare, currently making its way through the U.S. Senate, would cause 23 million Americans to lose their health coverage, decimate Badgercare in Wisconsin, and according to some analysts even lead to the end of individual health plan markets in several states, making it impossible to get health insurance at any cost.

Recently, State Representative Daniel Riemer (D-Milwaukee) and democratic colleagues in the Assembly put forth a package of bills to protect Wisconsin residents from these changes, including preserving protections for pre-existing conditions. We’d love for you to join us this Thursday, June 1st at 2:50pm outside of the Assurant building at 501 W Michigan St. as Rep. Riemer introduces his bills, and we hear personal stories from citizens who stand to be hurt most if Republican attacks on healthcare move forward. Immediately after the event, we’ll head over to Ron Johnson’s office to pressure him to support pre-existing condition protections for all Americans!

For more information, and to RSVP, please visit the event page HERE. I hope to see you there!

What: Action - Stop Insurance Company Discrimination!
When: Thursday, June 1st 2:50pm
Where: Outside of Assurant - 501 W. Michigan St in Downtown Milwaukee

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State budget vote on Medicaid budget provisions

Mental Health Task Force / Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Last Thursday, the Joint Finance Committee considered Medicaid programs in the state budget. The Republican members of the Committee approved a wide-ranging omnibus motion Thursday night that, among other things, inserts legislative oversight over Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to impose work requirements for Medicaid, nearly doubles payments to hospitals that serve a large share of low-income individuals and expands Family Care Partnership statewide.

Note: Many proposals that our coalitions supported were approved, including a 2% increase in the person care rate, funding to eliminate waiting lists for the Childrens Long Term Support Medicaid waiver, expand the Child Psychiatry Consultation Program, and expand the dementia care specialists program. This is a good time to say thank you to legislators on the Joint Finance committee.

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ACTION ALERT! Oppose AB 90 and AB 87

On Tuesday, May 30th The Wisconsin Assembly, Committee on Corrections will take a vote on two harmful bills that decrease public safety, put young people in danger and increase costs to taxpayers. You can make a difference that will protect children and increase safety. Please call/email your representatives and let them know that incarcerating more youth will not make our state any safer and will waste your money. VOTE “NO” to AB 90 and AB 87.

AB 90 will increase the number of youth who enter youth prison and increase costs to taxpayers. Placing one youth at Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake for one year costs over $100,000 with terrible results. By expanding the number of offenses that would allow more youth to enter prison, Wisconsin would increase the costs to taxpayers when those dollars should be invested to prevent crime and support community solutions that work.

AB 87 will increase the amount of time youth stay in prison and increase costs to taxpayers. Keeping youth locked up longer does not increase their chances of successful rehabilitation and may even increase the chance of that youth committing another crime once released because of the lack of support received while incarcerated.

CALL OR EMAIL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES BELOW AND TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON AB 90 & AB 87 because:

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HEARING NOTICE: The worst gun bill we’ve ever seen

Unbelievable! With absolutely no regard for the safety of our children or our communities, Wisconsin senators have scheduled a hearing and are plowing ahead with the reckless, dangerous, NRA-backed “permitless gun carry” bill. With so much on the line, we don’t have a choice. We’ve got to stop this bill!

That’s why we’re going to be at the hearing to look our lawmakers in the eye while they try to justify eliminating permits, training, and background checks for people who carry hidden, loaded guns in public. Will you attend this critical hearing with me?

>>>RSVP by clicking here to let me know that you’ll join the WAVE team at the State Capitol in Madison on Wednesday, May 31 to speak out against the “permitless gun carry” bill.

WAVE is working at our “highest alert level” because this extreme proposal to allow just about anyone to carry hidden guns in public, no questions asked, is, frankly, one of the biggest challenges we’ve ever faced in our efforts to protect Wisconsin families from gun violence.

We know the facts and common sense are on our side. That’s why seven other states, including Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana, have already rejected similar bills this legislative session. But the NRA wants a “win,” and they would like nothing more than to get it here.
Sign up now to attend the hearing in Madison. We’ll get you everything you need so you’ll be fully prepared to speak out against this dangerous bill.

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Our comments on Trump budget, & Community Catalyst resources re CBO score

Here’s a new WI Budget Project blog post re the MA and CHIP cuts in the Trump budget, including some brief comments about their effects on the state budget:
http://www.wisconsinbudgetproject.org/trump-budget-demonstrates-the-perils-of-changing-medicaid

Also the following message from Community Catalyst has some useful resources relating to the CBO score.

CBO Score Is Out - Resources To Respond

Today’s release of the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) score of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) further confirms what we already know: the AHCA is a terrible bill for consumers, especially kids, older adults, people with disabilities and low- and middle-income families. According to the CBO’s analysis, 23 million people would lose their health care coverage by 2026, all to finance tax cuts for the wealthy.

The CBO score comes at a crucial moment – not only are senators working behind closed doors on legislation, but members of Congress will head back home for the Memorial Day recess. To support you in responding to the CBO’s analysis, we have compiled the following resources:

Community Catalyst’s press statement
Talking Points on the AHCA’s impact and Senate negotiations
Social Media Graphics
Memorial Day Recess Toolkit

Finally, be sure to check out ResistanceNearMe.org, a partnership between MoveOn, the Center for American Progress and the Town Hall Project. ResistanceNearMe.org lists events and actions happening across the country including: congressional town halls, listening sessions, constituent/adopt-a-district town halls, and broader resistance rallies and protests.

Thank you for your continued advocacy

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ACTION ALERT: Fight for Fair Maps

In January, Wisconsin was ordered by federal courts to redraw our unconstitutional election maps by November 2017. Less than two days ago, Wisconsin Attorney General Schimel filed a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the lower court’s order until a ruling is made by the Supreme Court.

In the brief, Schimel claims that drawing fair maps for voters in Wisconsin would result in “wasting substantial sovereign resources.” The claim is false and misleading. While the state unnecessarily spent more than $2 million of our tax dollars on high-priced law firms and precision technology to gerrymander Wisconsin’s election maps in 2011, state employees could redraw the lines fairly for a fraction of that cost. And it is Schimel’s own appeal that is costing taxpayers every day. If Attorney General Schimel is concerned about saving taxpayer money, he should be supporting nonpartisan election maps, not fighting to save the gerrymandered maps we now have.

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URGENT ALERT: Guns anywhere…with no permit, no training

We must act quickly! State lawmakers may hold a public hearing as early as next Wednesday on the dangerous bill that would allow just about anyone—even those ages 18, 19, and 20—to carry a hidden, loaded gun with:

  • No Permit.
  • No Background Check.
  • No Training.

This “permitless gun carry” would be allowed even in sensitive places like schools, police stations and mental health facilities.

Next week, we’re going to need you to show up at the hearing. (We’ll be sending you the details, as soon as we have them.) But we also need your voice right now!

Send a message TODAY to your state legislators and legislative leaders to demand they reject this bill.

Tell your representatives that pandering to the corporate gun lobby does not protect public safety. Tell them you expect them to stand with the 91% of Wisconsinites who support the current requirements for training and background checks.

It’s critical your legislators hear from you today. Tell them to shut this dangerous bill down IMMEDIATELY.

We’ve stopped other gun-lobby-priority bills thanks to the quick actions of determined people like you. Now, we have to step up and do it again.

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We’re so close! Push Rezoning County Grounds as Parkland!

Dear Friends,
It is SUPER important that a record number of people contact Milw. County Executive Chris Abele, ALL the County Supervisors (Parks Committee members and the additional members on the resource list from the link below). We have made it super simple by just clicking the link and copying and pasting all the emails into one email. You can write one email and send to ALL the County Board members & Abele in ONE email!

If you are NOT a Milwaukee County resident but still come to the County Grounds and/or the Monarch Trail, please let them know this. When people come from out of the community, they also enjoy the beauty of this precious land and might even enjoy a meal or coffee at a local Tosa business. It’s a win-win for nature, tourism income, Monarch migration, etc.

We have a REAL chance at winning this. Even if you cannot attend the meeting, they are tabulating the number of letters, emails and phone calls they are receiving. They MEET THIS THURSDAY!! Please try to make a little time to ensure this land is rezoned to parkland. There is already plenty of development going on.

EMAIL, WRITE, CALL------for the sake of you, me, and the creatures that need this land. It is a unique and precious place. We NEED to protect it!

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Ex-Prisoners Organizing (EXPO) panel to discuss closing MSDF at June 8 RID program

Members of EXPO (Ex-prisoners Organizing) will present a free panel discussion sponsored by Rid Racism Milwaukee on Thursday, June 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, 2819 W. Highland Boulevard. EXPO is a project of WISDOM, a statewide organization that links faith communities to work for justice. Due to limited space, registration is required and can be processed by clicking here.

The EXPO panelists, who have all been incarcerated at Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF) and are now important community leaders, will speak about what MSDF is and why it should be closed. Topics of discussion will include the inhumane conditions in MSDF, racial disparities in incarceration at this facility, and alternatives to incarcerating people at MSDF. EXPO of Wisconsin Assistant State Director Mark Rice will do the introduction for the event. EXPO of Milwaukee Leaders Ventae Parrow, Yolanda Perkins, Alan Schultz, and Shirley Moffett will be on the panel.

The state of Wisconsin built MSDF in 2001 to house people who have allegedly violated rules of probation, parole, or extended supervision. Wisconsin continues to use this facility to unnecessarily incarcerate thousands of people who have not been convicted of crimes in inhumane conditions.

James Wilborn, who was an EXPO leader, died in MSDF in 2015. The extreme heat at this facility was a factor in his death, as was his inability to obtain medications that he needed there. Several other people have died in MSDF because their psychiatric or medical conditions were improperly monitored or left untreated. Problems facing people at this facility include being locked down 21 hours a day, extreme heat, poor ventilation, no in-person visits, no access to sunlight, no outdoor recreation, and other abuses.

EXPO emerged in 2014 when formerly incarcerated people from around Wisconsin began to gather to discuss what it would look like to have our own statewide organization. Previously imprisoned women and men lead EXPO. Our members provide support to each other and organize to transform Wisconsin’s unjust penal system. We receive support from family members of currently and formerly incarcerated people and allies who have not experienced incarceration. EXPO has active chapters in Milwaukee, Madison, Eau Claire, Green Bay, the Fox Cities, and Superior and we are developing chapters in Racine, Kenosha, Beloit, Waukesha County, and Wausau.

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Trump to propose big cuts to safety-net in new budget, slashing Medicaid and opening door to other limits

By Damian Paletta

Business
May 21 at 4:36 PM

President Trump’s first major budget proposal on Tuesday will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefits, people familiar with the planning said, despite growing unease in Congress about cutting the safety net.

For Medicaid, the state-federal program that provides health care to low-income Americans, Trump’s budget plan would follow through on a bill passed by House Republicans to cut more than $800 billion over 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that this could cut off Medicaid benefits for about 10 million people over the next decade.

The White House also will call for giving states more flexibility to impose work requirements for people in different kinds of anti-poverty programs, people familiar with the budget plan said, potentially leading to a flood of changes in states led by conservative governors. Many anti-poverty programs have elements that are run by both the states and federal government, and a federal order allowing states to stiffen work requirements could have a broad impact in terms of limiting who can access anti-poverty payments — and for how long.

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Tim Burns Runs for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Why should you vote for Attorney Tim Burns? #1: Don’t forget Act 10. #2. Don’t forget who won the presidential 2016 election. #3. Don’t forget WI was turned into a “Right to Work” state by the current governor now running for a third term in 2018.

Background: Tim is an accomplished attorney with Perkins Coie, LLP in Madison. Licensed in Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri, Tim’s national practice focuses on making insurance companies live up to their obligations to their policyholders. Because his practice is national, Tim was able to choose where to live. Not long after Tim and his wife Pam adopted their three wonderful children from China, they chose Wisconsin as their home.

Growing up in a family of eight, with parents who were too poor to finish high school, Tim’s family relied on the great pillars of our democracy — public roads, public parks, public libraries, and public schools — to propel them forward.

Tim is running because he’s a strong progressive: he believes in democracy. Our country works best when everyone has a voice in governing, not just special interests. Our democracy affirms the dignity and value of each person. The strength of our economy is inextricably tied to the strength of our democracy. When our democracy is strong, our economy is strong. Our courts used to be the great equalizer, they made sure that everybody got a fair shot. Now our courts have become the tools of special interests and their efforts to obtain opportunities for themselves. Those special interests are now getting a free ride, and they are weakening our democracy to make sure their free ride continues. That has to stop. Tim has made a career of standing up against insurance companies for individual consumers, small businesses, and large businesses. He knows how to take on giant corporations and win, because he knows how they work.

Just last month, Justice Gableman and four other conservative justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court refused a proposal requiring judges to recuse themselves from cases involving their big campaign donors. The Court’s decision violates citizens’ rights to a fair and impartial court. Justice Gableman previously refused to recuse himself from the John Doe investigation case even though it involved the activities of a Koch Brothers group and Wisconsin Manufactures and Commerce, which combined spent over 2.2 million to put him on the court. The current conservative majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is part of a conservative legal movement that has declared war on working people and the protections that our democracy previously provided to them. Justice Gableman in particular authored the opinion upholding Act 10 —a law that had several aims, weakening workers’ rights, weakening our democracy, and weakening political opposition to special interests. We can no longer afford to select judges whose judicial philosophies allow our democracy to fail.

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5/21 Milwaukee DSA Meeting Reminder

Quick reminder of our next General Meeting this Sunday, 1:30–3:30pm at 1535 W Mitchell St. We will be spending some time planning the Sewer Socialism event on 6/10. If you have ideas on how we should approach the topic, we want to hear them, or if you have some sources you want to share please bring that information. Milwaukee DSA presents: A discussion on Sewer Socialism

We are currently reaching out to speakers, but if we cannot secure one, we will still hold a conversation on the topic and what that means for socialism in Milwaukee today. We will also need help with planning the logistics of the event.

If you’re interested in learning more about socialism in city government before our event, the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion is hosting an event on Milwaukee’s last (TBD) socialist mayor Frank Zeidler on Tuesday 5/23. Local historian John Gurda will be giving a talk on Zeidler’s life and impact on Milwaukee history. You can find more details here.

Prior to our meeting on Sunday, our Healthcare Subcommittee will also be holding a meeting at the General Meeting location starting at 12:30pm to discuss short- and long-term goals and actions for the chapter.

You can find the preliminary agenda for Sunday’s General Meeting here. We’re asking any members interested in presenting new business or announcements at the meeting to please bring a paper copy to help us better maintain a record.

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Battleground Wisconsin Podcast: Your Chauffeur is Waiting

This week the panel digs into the latest scathing audit of WEDC, Governor Walker’s failed jobs agency. The audit finds that WEDC cannot even track the number of jobs it allegedly created, has over $11 million in delinquent loans, and to top it all off spent over $41,000 on chauffeurs. The panel also discussed the new GOP anti-riot bill, the apparent appointment of extreme right-wing Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clark to the Department of Homeland Security, and the shocking bad week for Trump. Finally, the panel discusses the state of the health care debate, including Walker’s waiver which would impose forced drug testing for BadgerCare, and the U.S. Senate health care repeal process where Sen. Ron Johnson has joined the working group.
LISTEN NOW - EPISODE #294
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The Battleground Wisconsin also appears Sunday at 3pm on News/Talk 1510 AM in Milwaukee: http://newstalk1510am.com/

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Requiem Concert

The show is a movement installation in a gallery setting.
May 20th, 2017
Act 1 is at 7 pm
Act 2 is at 9 pm

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Important Health Events Coming Up

We have a number of important events coming up in Southeastern Wisconsin to protect our health. Today and tomorrow Citizen Action co-op members in Wausau, Eau Claire and Madison are taking actions to confront Walker’s sabotage of BadgerCare, but after that please consider joining us…

Sunday: Meet Sen Johnson in Franklin, Save Our Care!

Senator Johnson is attending an event in Franklin Sunday May 21st. Sen Johnson has recently said he favors allowing states to seek waivers to bring back preexisting condition discrimination by insurance companies. Join us and we’ll share with you ways you can take coordinated action immediately to protect our health and our state! We will rally to oppose how Johnson is not listening to us and how he won’t hold a public town hall!
May 21, 2017 at 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Root river center, 7220 W Rawson Franklin , WI 53132
http://www.citizenactionwi.org/meet_sen_johnson_in_franklin_save_our_care

Then, once you’ve joined us to see Ron Johnson, join us next week for two “Meet & Greets” to meet three new Citizen Action organizers. Including our new “Healthcare for All” co-op organizer Katie Dunn and our new substance use prevention/anti-opioid/health reform organizer Justin Bielinski!

Monday: Meet and Greet New Citizen Action Organizers - Milwaukee
Monday, May 22, 2017 at 05:30 PM, City on a Hill in Milwaukee, WI

Thursday: Meet and Greet New Citizen Action Organizers - West Allis
Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 06:00 PM, Wisconsin Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals in West Allis, WI

Lastly, SAVE THE DATE! Saturday afternoon May 27th, Citizen Action’s Radio-Active campaign will host a joint radio town hall with host Earl Ingram from 1510am radio on the healthcare fight. Join the live radio broadcast of a town hall with speakers like Dr Robert Kraig on what is happening at that moment in healthcare in the country and how we can fight back! Details TBA

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5/25 program- American Health Care Act - Opportunity or Debacle

Mental Health Task Force / Make It Work Milwaukee Update

May 25 forum: The American Health Care Act: Opportunity or Debacle?

Reminder - Join us at IndependenceFirst on May 25th from 2 – 4 PM for a briefing on how the American Health Care Act will impact people with disabilities, and how to share your concerns with policymakers. See attached and below for more detail and hope to see you there.

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Latest Updates on Medicaid from DC: Next Steps in Your Advocacy

On Tuesday, April 25 The Arc Wisconsin hosted an on-line conversation with The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations and the Wisconsin Long-Term Care Coalition to update Wisconsin residents on the latest threats to Medicaid. This training featured the latest information direct from The Arc US lobbyists who have been spending time on Capitol Hill.

Congress is considering proposals that are estimated to cut federal Medicaid funding by 25%. Wisconsin currently operates more than 20 Medicaid programs; one in five people use some form of Medicaid which can include Birth to 3 services, Family Care, IRIS, school therapies, Katie Beckett, autism supports, personal care, mental health supports and more…

You can listen to a recording of the training by going to this link.

See the presentation slides: http://www.survivalcoalitionwi.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Next-Steps-for-Advocates-Protecting-Medicaid-4-25-17.pdf

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Public Transit Funding Cuts by the Numbers

VOICES FOR PUBLIC TRANSIT

You only need to know five numbers to understand the severity of President Trump’s proposed cuts to public transportation.
[Read Our “Public Transit Funding Cuts by the Numbers” Blog
President Trump’s proposed budget cuts would devastate American public transit for years to come. We’ll know more soon, as we anticipate President Trump could release his full budget proposal as early as next week.
Learn more, and stay tuned for more actions you can take to ensure our message about the vital role of public transportation stays at the forefront of budget and infrastructure investment debates on Capitol Hill.

Thank you for keeping up the fight!
Mantill Williams
Voices for Public Transit Community Coordinator

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Important Changes to the MCTS’ GO Pass Program

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Some major changes are coming to the GO Pass Program. We are sharing this email from Milwaukee County which provides an update on the changes and timeline – please see below for more details and pass on this information to community members who may be impacted, as well as providers.

Note that Passholders who did not receive a letter from MCTS, have questions about their eligibility, or would like to meet with a Milwaukee County benefit specialist to discuss applying for the programs that would make them eligible for a GO pass, can call the Milwaukee County Aging and Disability Resource Centers at 414–289–5800.

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Three Legislative Requests

As the state budget process moves forward, leaders of various WISDOM Task Forces and Workgroups are asking everyone to please contact your State Assembly Representative and State Senator. To find out who your legislators are, or to get their contact information, click HERE.

We are asking you to share three simple messages in your own words. If you do not feel comfortable with all three, you can contact them about one or two of the items.


1. The Legislature has rejected Governor Walker’s plan for Transportation, and have said they will make a completely new budget plan. There are many things they are debating. In the midst of all their debates, though, please ask legislators to include more money for PublicTransit, for Specialty Transit for seniors and people with disabilities, and for local roads. They can fund these important priorities by scaling back the huge highway projects that are not necessary.

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Spanish Hopeline - Please Share!!

The Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition is excited to announce the Spanish Hopeline- “TEXTO ESPERANZA”. Help spread the word by sharing this flyer with your Spanish speaking clients. Please leave them out in your waiting areas and take with you on home visits.

The Milwaukee Latino Health Coalition is addressing the need for emotional support and suicide prevention with teens and adults through a program that is a SMS text message-based service. The resource is called TEXTO ESPERANZA and it is the Spanish- Emotional Support Text Line for the State of Wisconsin. The HOPELINE is a “text” in for help and hope service. The person in need is answered via any type of device that has internet access, computer, laptop, IPAD or tablet. The person is able to text in their need and receives support, confidentially, all via text mode. The Spanish Hopeline is HIPPA compliant and is a state-wide service. Hours of operation: 2-shifts Monday-Thursday (Noon-4pm and 6pm-10pm).

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Bradley Foundation exports Blue Lakes, Red States model to America

We welcome the Center for Media and Democracy’s Deputy Director, Mary Bottari to discuss their extensive investigation into the Bradley Foundation’s “weaponized philanthropy.” New recently released information reveals in tremendous detail how the Bradley Foundation has spent hundreds of millions in tax deductible money to build a huge partisan apparatus across the country molded on what they have already done to Wisconsin. We also review Walker’s insulting exchange with Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson over Walker’s statement that he would consider seeking a waiver to re-legalize preexisting condition discrimination. In the second half of the podcast, we present an in-depth interview with Robert Hickey, co-director of Campaign for America’s Future and one of the top strategists on the left, about the political moment and how to turn the resistance movement into political power.

Bradley Foundation exports Blue Lakes, Red States model to America by Battleground Wisconsin Podcast

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Mother’s Day March Against AHCA on Saturday May 13th

Come to the Mother’s Day March against Trumpcare!

Saturday, May 13 at noon
Water Tower Park at North and Lake Drive

TELL CONGRESS — REPLACE THEIR HEALTH CARE PLAN THAT:

  • Removes Guaranteed Maternity Care

  • Hikes the Cost of Coverage for Pre-existing Conditions

  • Defunds Planned Parenthood

  • Cuts Medicaid for Seniors, People with Disabilities and Low-income Persons

Co-Sponsors:
Citizen Action of Wisconsin
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin
SEIU Healthcare WI,
Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Healthcare Professionals (WFNHP,)
Women Lead,
Working Family Party

For More Information: Call 414 426 - 4473

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May 25 Forum: The American Health Care Act Opportunity or Debacle?

Mental Health Task Force / Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Thanks to IndependenceFirst for sharing this invitation to a May 25 forum: The American Health Care Act: Opportunity or Debacle?

Join us at IndependenceFirst on May 25th from 2 – 4 PM for a briefing on how the American Health Care Act will impact people with disabilities, and how to share your concerns with policymakers.

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Mental Health Month- Healing Voices Documentary

SAVE the DATE…

MHA, NAMI of Greater Milwaukee and the MATC Multicultural & Men of Color Initiative are hosting a viewing of the documentary ‘HEALING VOICES’ on Thursday May 25th at MATC-Downtown Campus 6pm-8:30pm. A detailed flyer outlining the panel speakers will follow later this week. Please plan to join us for a Goundbreaking Social Action Documentary. For more details, visit: www.healingvoicesmovie.com

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14th Annual Walk for Quality Health

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NAMI’s monthly educational opportunity for May 2017

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Update: Walker reverses course on pre-ex!

Friends, I just wanted to send a quick email from my phone. In case you hadn’t heard yet, Governor Walker is now reversing course from when he said Wisconsin would consider applying for a waiver to allow health insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions! Great news!

I commend everyone who called his office, emailed, signed our petition and those showed up at one of the five rallies we had last week in Eau Claire, Wausau, Appleton, Racine and Milwaukee to protest pre-existing condition discrimination. But here’s the thing, I don’t know about you but I don’t believe him. I and the over a million Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions will only feel safe when it is written in state law (and protected at the national level) that insurance companies can never discriminate against you because of your health history!

So please, if you haven’t added your name to our petition calling for permanent protections for people pre-existing conditions, please do. We are calling on the State to put in Wisconsin law an outlaw to this discrimination! And if you have already added your name, please consider copying and pasting this link into Facebook or Twitter, etc

http://www.citizenactionwi.org/tell_walker_no_pre_ex2017

You can also click here to share this as a post on Facebook!
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155231543074631&substory_index=0&id=86649244630

Ok, one more thing you can do right now. This is not the only way Gov Walker has threatened to sabotage healthcare. He is right now proposing to sabotage BadgerCare by drug testing recipients, increasing monthly premiums and co-pays for those under the poverty line AND kicking people off after a certain period of time, leaving them with basically NOWHERE to go! If you think this is bad news, you’re not alone. Wisconsin is accepting public comments RIGHT NOW and I think you should tell them how you feel. They are required to address EVERY issue we raise, so submit now!

http://www.citizenactionwi.org/opposedrugtestingrd

Thanks for your actions to protect our health!

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Additional coverage regarding passage of American Health Care Act

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Here are links to some additional coverage regarding the passage of the American Health Care Act:

Scott Walker would consider seeking waiver to let health insurers raise premiums in Wisconsin
http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/scott-walker-would-consider-seeking-waiver-to-let-health-insurers/article_7bcca7b1-a23e-56ef-95bb-1d043cdff30d.html

A huge section of the GOP bill undoing Obamacare isn’t actually about Obamacare (re the sweeping “reform” of Medicaid in the bill which has received too little scrutiny)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/05/05/a-huge-section-of-the-gop-bill-undoing-obamacare-isnt-actually-about-obamacare/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_wb-medicaid-354pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.41cc2fce2402

House Passes Health Care Bill Alarming Disability Advocates
https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2017/05/04/house-health-alarming-advocates/23666/

The American Health Care Act: the Obamacare repeal bill the House just passed, explained: How the health care bill could change the health care system.
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/3/15531494/american-health-care-act-explained

GOP Health Bill Jeopardizes Out-of-Pocket Caps in Employer Plans: Last-minute amendment would allow states to obtain waivers from certain Affordable Care Act requirements
https://www.wsj.com/articles/little-noted-provision-of-gop-health-bill-could-alter-employer-plans-1493890203?mod=trending_now_2

$8 Billion Comes Nowhere Close to Meeting Republican Commitments to People with Pre-Existing Conditions
http://www.cbpp.org/research/health/8-billion-comes-nowhere-close-to-meeting-republican-commitments-to-people-with-pre

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Voices for Public Transit Members Rock!

President Trump released his budget preview earlier this spring and the potential impact to public transit was clear and devastating.

The Voices for Public Transit community sprang into action to tell Congress we will not support gutting federal public transportation funding.
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Our numbers were impressive. Thanks for responding so enthusiastically when we asked you to jump into the debate. Read more on our blog to see how Voices for Public Transit advocates showed up for public transportation.
Best,

Mantill Williams
Voices for Public Transit Community Coordinator

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American Health Care Act Threatens Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force has grave concerns about the impact of the American Health Care Act approved today by the US House of Representatives. Children and adults with behavioral health needs rely on Medicaid or private insurance for essential therapies, prescription drugs, home and community based services, inpatient care, and other treatment services, and provisions in the AHCA may put them at risk.

The impact of the $839 billion dollar cut to Medicaid will be especially significant as so many people with mental illness and substance abuse disorders rely on Medicaid for treatment and supportive services. “The cuts to Medicaid are unprecedented and put at risk the 1.2 million Wisconsinites who rely on Medicaid for access to health care, including mental health and substance abuse services, said Mary Neubauer, Co-chair of the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force.

The AHCA would allow states to roll back protections for people with pre-existing conditions, such as a mental health diagnosis, including making essential benefits optional. “Without the ACA protections, people with a mental illness or substance abuse disorder could be denied coverage, charged unaffordable prices for insurance, and have lifetime limits for insurance coverage, “ said Mental Health Task Force Co-chair, Kelly Davis, PhD. If essential benefits are not required, insurance plans will not be required to cover vital services such as prescription drugs, hospitalization, outpatient services, mental health services, substance abuse disorder treatment, and much more.

Passage of the AHCA without the benefit of analysis from the Congressional Budget Office is fiscally irresponsible. The previous CBO score indicated that an earlier version of the bill would cause 24 million people to lose health care coverage. The health and lives of our community members who rely on these services and may lose access to health care is at great risk.

The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force asks the US Senate to reject the American Health Care Act, and to work with stakeholders to sustain Medicaid and maintain protections in insurance for those with pre-existing conditions, including coverage for Essential Health Benefits.

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Join us May 9th - Mental Health Task Force Meeting Agenda

Please join us for the May meeting of the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force: Your input and participation are needed and valued.

Meeting Details:
Tuesday May 9th 3 – 5 PM
IndependenceFirst, 540 S. 1st st.

Our agenda will include the following:

  • Presentation from County Executive Abele’s office on the “Balancing Act”, a new tool for public input on the budget, Claire Zautke and budget staff

  • GO Pass Implementation Update, Claire Zautke

  • “Something to Think About” segment and update on next steps with MHTF Diversity Imitative, Brenda Wesley and Martina Gollin-Graves

  • Milwaukee County Jail and Inquest findings, Pete Koneazny Legal Aid Society

  • Welcome bag project

  • Mental Health Board update including 2018 BHD County Budget, Mary Neubauer – Co-chair and Mental Health Board member

  • Other policy updates including American Health Care Act, BadgerCare Childless Adult Waiver Amendment, State Budget, Barbara Beckert Disability Rights Wisconsin

  • Peer Specialist Training opportunities in Milwaukee

We hope to see you Tuesday!

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Days of “Action” on Fair Voter Maps and Ending Partisan Gerrymandering in Wisconsin!

Common Cause in Wisconsin (CC/WI) is joining many other organizations in Wisconsin in urging our members and supporters take action the rest of this week – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 3rd, 4th & 5th to elevate and advance fair voter maps and an end to partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin. We ask that you do as many of the actions listed below as you can and that you do them either all at once, in one day, or spread your activity out over Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.

The sustained activity by thousands of Wisconsinites is making a big difference.

The visibility of the issue of redistricting reform is as high, or higher, as it has ever been – certainly since the late Summer of 2013 when more than 10 daily newspapers in Wisconsin simultaneously published editorials in support of the “Iowa Model” for Wisconsin as the process to adopt for redrawing state legislative and congressional district lines after every decennial census. Reformers and pro-reform state legislators continue to be united in support of the “Iowa Model” legislation, which this year has bipartisan support as Senate Bill 13 and Assembly Bill 44.

The Wisconsin court case, Whitford v. Gill – now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court – gives new and significant urgency to our efforts to adopt a new system for drawing voter maps, as a federal court panel ruled last November that the 2011 hyper-partisan Republican gerrymander of Wisconsin’s state legislative districts is unconstitutional and new districts must be redrawn before November 1, 2017. This excellent New York Times article of April 21st provides great information and background about what is at stake.

Here is what everyone can do this week to advance fair voting maps and redistricting reform and oppose hyper-partisan gerrymandering of state legislative districts:

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Update on the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA) Bill - action requested

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

New Developments with “American Health Care Act” – Action Needed
There is RENEWED MOMENTUM for a vote on the American Health Care Care (AHCA) because of a new amendment, called the Upton-Long amendment. A vote could occur on Friday and Congressional leaders are asking members to stay in town for that vote.

The AHCA would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and cut $839 billion from Medicaid.

  • Wisconsin has 1.2 million people in Medicaid who could be hurt by these cuts.

The AHCA would allow states to roll back protections for people with pre-existing conditions, including making essential benefits optional.

  • 2.5 million Wisconsinites have a pre-existing condition.
  • Without the ACA protections, they could be denied coverage, charged unaffordable prices for insurance, or have lifetime limits for insurance coverage.
  • If essential benefits are not required, insurance plans will not be required to cover vital services such as prescription drugs, hospitalization, outpatient services, mental health services, substance abuse disorder treatment, and much more.

The potential Upton-Long amendment would add $8 billion for high risk pools, but DOES NOT fix the $839 billion in cuts …to Medicaid. The pools themselves will provide little protection for people with pre-existing conditions.

  • High Risk Insurance Pools have been tested in Wisconsin and failed to provide affordable, comprehensive insurance coverage for many people with disabilities and people with chronic medical or pre-existing conditions.

Suggested Action:
The two Congressional representatives in Wisconsin who have not publicly indicated where they stand are Representatives Duffy and Gallagher.

Call THEM today and ask them to vote NO on the American Health Care Act because it will cut over $800 billion from Medicaid services that are essential to people with disabilities and many others, and allow states to eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions.

  • Rep. Sean Duffy Phone: (202) 225–3365 or (855) 585–4251(toll-free)
  • Rep. Mike Gallagher: Phone: 202–225–5665

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BadgerCare Waiver public hearing Monday in Milwaukee - time to speak out

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

This is a reminder that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is holding a public hearing in Milwaukee on Monday, May 1st at 4 PM at Milwaukee Center for Independence – see attached flyer for details. This is an important opportunity to turn out and share your perspective on changes to the BadgerCare waiver that have the potential to affect thousands of low income childless adults who rely on BadgerCare for access to health care. You are encouraged to attend the Monday hearing in Milwaukee and share your perspective. Written comments will be accepted through May 19th and may be sent to the Wisconsin Division of Medicaid Services at Wisconsin1115CLAWaiver@dhs.wisconsin.gov

You can read about the waiver provisions and view the waiver document on the DHS web site at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/badgercareplus/waivers-cla.htm

DHS is seeking federal approval of waivers (exceptions to federal laws) in order to significantly change BadgerCare for childless adults by:

  • Charging monthly premiums for almost all childless adults below the poverty level;
  • Charging higher monthly premiums for those engaged in “risky behavior” as indicated through a Health Risk Assessment;
  • Imposing work or work training requirements;
  • Imposing a 48-month eligibility limit;
  • Requiring drug screenings as a condition of eligibility; and
  • Making referrals to treatment programs for those who test positive for drug use.

Note that the proposal includes exemptions for work or work training requirement for the following:

  • The member is diagnosed with a mental illness;
  • The member receives Social Security Disability (SSDI);
  • The member is a primary caregiver for a person who cannot care for himself or herself;
  • The member is physically or mentally unable to work;
  • The member is receiving or has applied for unemployment insurance;
  • The member is taking part in an alcohol or other drug abuse (AODA) treatment program;
  • The member is enrolled in an institution of higher learning at least half-time; or,
  • The member is a high school student age 19 or older, attending high school at least half-time

The waiver also includes a provision that the Mental Health Task Force supports that would allow Medicaid to pay for inpatient substance use disorder treatment up to 90 days by waiving the IMD exclusion that currently prohibits funding these services for Medicaid beneficiaries ages 21–64 years old if provided in an Institute for Mental Disease (more than 16 beds).

Advocacy groups that we collaborate with such as the Wisconsin’s Council on Children and Families have analyzed the waiver proposal and are concerned that the waiver provisions would adversely affect thousands of childless adults who have incomes below the poverty level and who rely on BadgerCare for their health care. The Mental Health Task Force shares that concern. We encourage you to look at the waiver document and have shared some links to perspectives that share concerns about the waivers.

Links to analysis and commentary
WCCF: http://www.wccf.org/dhs-proposes-new-impediments-badgercare-participation/
Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51262/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=21875
http://www.wawhbudgetproject.org/badgercare.html

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Alert: House Could Vote on Health Care This Friday

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Efforts are continuing in Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act and make radical changes to Medicaid, including major cuts in Medicaid funding. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and other sources are reporting that the House may vote on a modified health care bill as early as Friday. The conservative Freedom Caucus has announced their support for the amended bill – see the update below which includes details about the MacArthur amendment which would:

  • Roll back key pre-existing conditions protections: just like before the ACA, discrimination based on pre-existing conditions would be allowed except in states that chose to prohibit it.

  • Roll back nationwide standards that require plans to cover services like mental health and substance use treatment and maternity care, and that prohibit lifetime and annual limits.

Please read below for additional detail on the proposal and suggestions for taking action now to share your concerns with policy makers.

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The State Transportation Budget

Last month over 800 WISDOM members gathered in Madison to advocate for the things we care about, including public transit.

Since then, the Joint Finance Committee has scrapped the Governor’s proposed transportation budget and is starting from scratch to craft a new one.

Your voice is more important now than ever! Our partners in the Coalition for a More Responsible Budget have created a fun, interactive tool inviting you to put together your ideal transportation budget. It then reveals the budget from 2015 so you can compare it to the current budget.


Click here to take this survey and share your vision for our transportation system.

And, if you haven’t already signed the petition calling for a more responsible transportation budget, you can still do so: click here.

Public transportation is crucial to the quality of life for many people with disabilities, senior citizens, people with low incomes, and others. A community that values all its residents must have a robust transit system!

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Act Now to Save Medicaid –

forwarded from Survival Coalitions of Wisconsin Disability Groups

Congress plans to revive and vote on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid by 25% next week. Cuts to Medicaid are cuts to Wisconsin programs like Family Care, IRIS, BadgerCare, Katie Beckett, Birth-to-3, school therapies, ADRCs and many more!

1. Call your Congressional Representative and Ask them to vote NO on proposed cuts to Medicaid in the health care reform bill: (202)225–3121

2. Call your local radio/TV stations and ask to be interviewed about proposed cuts to Medicaid in the health care reform bill proposed by Congress.

3. Post to your Congressional Representative’s social media (Twitter, Facebook) and ask them to vote NO on harmful cuts to Medicaid in the health care reform bill.

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Let’s chat/ Share input on BHD budget priorities - May 4th

Mental Health Task Force / Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Register now to participate in this May 4th Community Conversation – an important opportunity to provide input on priorities for the 2018 Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division budget. It’s vital to have strong participation from peers, advocates, families, providers and others who have insights to share regarding priorities for mental health services and supports. See below for details and to RSVP.

The Milwaukee County Mental Health Board is partnering with the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion to facilitate a guided community conversation to gain additional insight on community priorities for the 2018 budget.

May 4, 2017
5:45 p.m. registration and networking
6 p.m. START to 7:30 p.m.
Hillside Terrace Family Resource Center 1452 N 7th Street, Milwaukee

BHD staff will give a brief presentation on mental health services; Zeidler Center facilitators will guide participants in listening circles. This small-group format gives participants an opportunity to share personal experiences, ask questions, and provide in-depth community input that will help to shape BHD’s budget.

RSVP Download Flyer for sharing

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Ryan: GOP putting ‘finishing touches’ on healthcare bill

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

We wanted to share these updates indicating that a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and radically change and reduce funding for Medicaid is moving forward and may come for a vote in the House of Representatives as soon as next Wednesday. Now is the time to call your Congressional Representative and ask for a time to meet and share your concerns.

Here is an update from The Hill about the healthcare bill:

Ryan: GOP putting ‘finishing touches’ on healthcare bill
http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/329580-ryan-gop-putting-finishing-touches-on-healthcare-bill

See below for an additional update from VoxCare.

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EXPO Is Making a Difference

EXPO and WISDOM leaders were shocked recently to learn that the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) was using a training presentation that compared people on supervision to animals. Our organizing efforts led the DOC to remove the offensive images from their PowerPoint presentations. Thank you to all of you who contacted your legislators and local DOC officials and posted on social media regarding this matter. Click here to read an article about this.

  • The 2017 EXPO of Milwaukee Community Forum will be on Saturday, April 29 from 11:30 am to 3 pm at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society (2620 W. Center St., Milwaukee, WI 53206). Topics will include the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility, crimeless revocations, and community-based alternatives to incarceration. Click here to RSVP and to read the bios of the panelists and presenters.

  • Here is the link to EXPO Radio: http://www. riverwestradio.com/show/expo- ex-prisoners-organizing/

  • Please consider making a financial contribution to EXPO. Your support will help EXPO advance our mission of ending mass incarceration, eliminating structural discrimination against formerly incarcerated people, and restoring formerly incarcerated people to full participation in the life of our communities. Click here to learn more about our work.

  • For information on how to become a Sustaining Member of EXPO, contact us at expogroupwi@gmail.com. To make a one-time contribution, click here.

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Invite: Town Hall for Fair Election Maps - May 3rd

Do you trust that your vote counts in Wisconsin? The truth is, it might not.

Wisconsin’s voting maps are so skewed to benefit one political party that a federal court ordered lawmakers to redraw the maps. But instead of complying, certain lawmakers are spending TAXPAYER MONEY—with NO cap on expenditures—to defend the unconstitutional maps.

Now is our chance to demand Fair Election Maps for Wisconsin! Join us…

Town Hall for Fair Election Maps
Wednesday, May 3rd, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Doors open at 5:45pm
Wauwatosa Public Library
7635 W North Ave, Wauwatosa
CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Here’s a link to the event on the Citizen Action website. Feel free to invite all of your friends!

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We need you at the Capitol!

For too long, public safety in Wisconsin has been put at risk by extreme legislators, who refuse to listen to facts, refuse to listen to victims’ families and refuse to listen to the majority of their constituents.

No more. On Monday April 24, the Madison WAVE Action-Team is joining with a coalition of organizations and elected officials at the State Capitol to demand action on gun violence.

But this won’t work without you . We need to have as many WAVE supporters as possible at the Capitol, to create a powerful and visible show of support.

At the press conference, gun violence prevention champions in the legislature will announce a new effort to pass background checks on all gun sales.

You and I know that closing the loopholes in our background check system is one of the most important things we can do prevent gun violence and saves lives. But, year after year, extremist legislators have chosen to side with the NRA over the people of Wisconsin. That needs to stop.

Click here to say you will join us and take a stand for a safer Wisconsin.

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Update on the Kenosha Immigration March

President Trump and Governor Walker (please excuse the typo in the first post) have changed the time of their visit to Snap-On Tools in Kenosha. We will meet at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday for the March.

Tuesday, April 18
12:00 Noon.
St. Mary’s Lutheran Church, 2001 80th Street, Kenosha
The march will proceed West toward Snap-on where President Trump and Governor Walker are planning to visit.


As people of faith, our vision is to build community in which everyone is treated equally. We lift up our undocumented neighbors who are struggling to build a better life for themselves and their families, many of whom are escaping unspeakable conditions in their countries of origin. We believe all children, including children of undocumented parents, deserve to feel safe.

CUSH, RIC, MICAH, SOPHIA and other WISDOM chapters continue to advocate for reforms that reflect our values, and treat all immigrants and their families with compassion and respect.

Participants are encouraged to bring patriotic flags, signs that speak to our faith values, and your WISDOM t-shirt if you have one.

For more information, contact Sandy Milligan, 262–564–8223.

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For-Profit Drug Tests & Healthcare Coverage Gaps?

Today the Walker Administration released details about how they want spend millions to force adults on BadgerCare to undergo invasive and questionably effective drug testing as well as limit how long they can even be on BadgerCare! Help us submit a public comment in opposition to kicking people off coverage!

Citizen Action was prepared, and we immediately mobilized substance use disorder specialists and Medicaid experts to show that this proposal will cost far too much, be of little help and serve only to demonize the impoverish and medically addicted! We showed how this program was ineffective, and how the goal was actually to force people off of BadgerCare. In Walker’s proposal are actually FOUR new ways for people to be kicked off of BadgerCare, and these people will be in a “coverage gap”, as they’ll also be barred from using Healthcare.gov. All while for-profit drug-testing corporations get more taxpayer dollars funneled their way.

This is a terrible proposal, and it is just one more example of the Conservative efforts to sabotage people’s healthcare because of their failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act and destroy Medicaid as we know it. But there’s something we can do right now: submit a public comment before the May 19th deadline.

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The Truth About Time

By Stacy Lee Ollmann

stacy.ollmann@gmail.com www.stacyleeollmann.com

Time is slippery. I spent many years of my life sliding through marriage, parenthood, jobs and responsibilities in the uneasy awareness that I possessed an artist’s eye, an artist’s aptitude, and the skill I need to actually produce art—someday, when I have time. Occasionally I would paint or sculpt and complete enough pieces to show in an art fair or post online and try to validate myself as an artist. Then I would slip through weeks or months without ever clearing off the dining room table and pulling out my paints or my clay. But life’s highway, slippery though it may be, has episodes. Sometimes the brakes lock up, everything spins out of control, and you wind up facing in an entirely different direction.

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Make It Personal for Your Legislator

President Trump’s budget preview—aka the “skinny budget”—forecasts deep cuts to federal public
transportation funding. The proposal is potentially devastating to public transportation networks throughout the country.

Your member of Congress can stop the devastation—if they know you want them to push back against President Trump’s recommendations.

Legislators are back home for spring recess, and we want to bring our message about the importance of public transportation right to their local offices. Please follow the instructions below to mail or personally deliver a letter and fact sheet (“The Benefits of U.S. Public Transportation”) to each of your members of Congress:

Download the “Protect Public Transportation Funding Toolkit,” which includes a letter and fact sheet.
Print three copies each of the letter and fact sheet, one for each of your legislators.

Locate the closest office of each of your legislators by following this link.
U.S. Senator Ronald Johnson
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin
U.S. Representative Gwendolynne Moore

Hand-deliver or Mail the letter and fact sheet to each of your legislators. Physical letters — especially when they’re hand-delivered — stand out for legislators and their staff. Our message will make a stronger impact when you show that you’re dedicated enough to deliver or mail materials right to their offices.

Thank you very much for taking this important action right now. Even though we’re only at the beginning of the newest debate over public transit funding, making our voices heard early in the process can have a dramatic impact.

Voices for Public Transit will be engaged throughout budget negotiations to ensure that Congress doesn’t abandon its commitment to fund public transportation.

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April Meeting of the Whole Notice

The Milwaukee Community Justice Council invites you to attend the next Meeting of the Whole on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017, from 9:30am-11:00am at the Clinton Rose Senior Center (located at 3045 N Dr. MLK Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53212). All community members and stakeholders are welcome to attend.

This month’s meeting will feature a presentation by Marquette University Law School Professor, Michael O’Hear. Professor O’Hear will be discussing his recently published book, “Wisconsin Sentencing in the Tough-on-Crime Era,” which examines the rise in Wisconsin’s prison population since the 1970′s.

Please share this announcement with others who may be interested in learning more about the CJC and this topic. Meetings of the Whole are held on a bi-monthly basis. If you are unable to attend this month, please mark your calendar for our upcoming meetings on

June 28th (Topic: Reentry)
August 23rd (TBD)
October 25th (TBD)

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Plans to Change and Cut Medicaid continue, constituent voices critical

Congress has not abandoned its bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that would change Medicaid as we know it and repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare). The AHCA would:

  • Impose a 25% (or almost $900 billion) cut to Medicaid

  • Impose per capita caps and block grants to Medicaid, which force states to make decisions on who should be covered under state Medicaid programs, whether people have to wait for services, and what services and supports are included (more information on impacts for people with disabilities)

  • Repeal many provisions of the Affordable Care Act that are critical to people with disabilities

Congress continues to negotiate changes to the bill behind the scenes in an effort to pass it this spring; many of the additional changes being discussed would be detrimental to people with disabilities. Changes to the bill reported being considered include:

  • Allowing states to stop covering essential health benefits, which include prescription drugs, mental health services, and rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices.

  • Removing protections for people with pre-existing conditions,

  • Adding provisions that treat high-cost individuals differently from other consumers considered more “insurable”

The bill still includes the large cuts to Medicaid spending, switch to per capita caps/block granting, and other changes to the ACA.

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Coasters For A Cause

Help support MICAH and the 53206 youth and young adult program, Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT), through the Coasters For A Cause event through Six Flags Great America.

Details

May 13 or 14

$33 per person - a portion of tickets sold will be given to MICAH to help aid the grassroots organizing efforts of Leaders Igniting Transformation!

To order tickets go to https://www.sixflags.com/greatamerica

In the top right hand corner in yellow you will see ‘Enter Promo Code’ - click that and enter MICAH to ensure your discount and donation!

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Madison Action Day pictures, and more next steps!

It has been a week since Madison Action Day 2017. Click HERE to see some pictures from the day. If you were there, you might see yourself! And, if you weren’t, you can see what you missed.

It was one of the largest and best such events we have ever had. We are still working through the evaluations and the reports from the scores of legislative visits that were made. It is already clear that the day made an impact. While we don’t know the final outcome of any of the issues we presented, we do know that our concerns were heard and, apparently, taken seriously by some. More striking is that participants obviously found great value in interacting with other WISDOM members, and feeling the power of belonging to such a large and diverse network of people of faith and good will.

Since Madison Action Day, more than 20 WISDOM members have offered testimony before the Joint Finance Committee in Platteville and West Allis regarding issues that are addressed in the budget. There are still four more opportunities to make your voice heard by those who are working on the state budget for the next two years. The remaining budget hearings are:

  • Friday, April 7 – Berlin High School (Berlin is sort of near Ripon)

  • Tuesday, April 18 – Spooner High School (Spooner is between Eau Claire and Superior)

  • Wednesday, April 19 – Ellsworth High School (Ellsworth is in far west central Wisconsin)

  • Friday, April 21 – Marinette High School (northwest of Green Bay)

The hearings all start at 10 am. If you want to coordinate with other WISDOM people who might be going to the same hearing, call the WISDOM office at 414–831–2070 and we’ll help you connect.

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ACA/Medicaid NOT safe, Call THIS WEEK!

Supporters of Healthcare of All - this is just in but it looks like the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid are NOT safe after all.

We’re hearing today that Trump and the Republicans are closer to an agreement and that Republican leaders are contemplating the vote in the House this week, (likely this THURSDAY!) before the Congressional recess begins next week. That’s a very tight timeline for them and for us. That’s why we need you to call your Member of Congress TODAY!

The negotiations between the GOP and Trump would make changes to the AHCA some of which we learned about in the days leading up to the last near-vote. These changes include:

  • allowing states to waive a number of provisions of the Affordable Care Act including essential health benefits, 10 categories of services like maternity and prenatal coverage, mental health care, etc. that insurance policies are required to include under ACA.

  • allowing states to opt out of “community rating” provisions that require insurers to charge consumers the same no matter what pre-existing condition they may have, what gender they are, etc.

This is somehow even worse than their last version of Trump/RyanCare, and we urge you to call TODAY and certainly before Thursday

We will do our best to get you more information as it comes up, as always. Click here to get the call number to call your Member of Congress as well as some talking points on what to say. Let us know if you can help call AND if you can get the word out to more people. This lightning fast vote requires lightning fast opposition by concerned citizens! (You’ll also get the chance to learn more after about our budding “Healthcare-for-All” campaign)

Click Here for More On How To Tell Your Member Of Congress To Oppose Trump/RyanCare!

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Joint Finance Committee Hearing

Wednesday April 5th at State Fair—Exposition Center
10:00am—5:00pm

We need to show a strong present at the hearing. We ask that you wear your MICAH or WISDOM t-shirts. If you need one we have plenty.

Please contact MICAH’s Executive Director / Lead Organizer Catoya Roberts if you have any questions at Catoya@micahmke.org.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Tuesday, April 4th Vote Tony Evers for DPI Superintendent

Tony Evers’ eight years experience as Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction demonstrates that he can be counted on to prioritize improving our public schools and working collaboratively with parents and educators to create a successful 21st Century public education system for all Wisconsin kids, not just the well connected.

Tony Evers understands that education is the driving engine of our economy. Education gives kids an opportunity to realize their dreams. He believes every child, not just some in private schools, deserve resources and that Wisconsin should invest in them.

Unfortunately, Tony Evers’ opponent wants to expand unaccountable, private voucher schools. That is why Citizen Action is recommending Tony Evers.

On Tuesday, APRIL 4th Vote Tony Evers for DPI Superintendent

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Great Madison Action Day! We’re not done though!!!

800 WISDOM members gathered in Madison on March 30. We were inspired; we learned a lot; we strengthened our diverse community of faithful people seeking justice; we shared our message with our elected officials. From Dr. Alex Gee’s powerful keynote address to Revs. Boyle, Brisco and Mattern’s inspirational send-off, the day was packed with quality workshops, legislative visits, and amazing, powerful testimonies from our leaders.

There will be more to report from Madison Action Day in future communications. But, today we need to focus on some follow-up steps that are coming up very soon!

  • The WISDOM Immigration Task Force, which was buoyed by tremendous enthusiasm from so many people from around the state looking to protect, educate and act on behalf of embattled immigrants, will have a conference call this MONDAY, April 3, at 7:30 pm. The number to call is 712–432–1601, passcode 423950# This is a great moment to get involved!

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Balanced Budget resolution threat in WI this week - TAKE ACTION - Our Biggest Budget Threat Yet!

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

We are sharing with you the alert below from the Wisconsin Survival Coalition of Disability Organizations. Wisconsin lawmakers have joined a massive effort underway across the country that could devastate federally-funded programs by changing the U.S. Constitution. Resolutions SJR 18 and AJR21, are asking Congress to assemble a convention to consider amendments to the U.S. Constitution related to federal spending.

This has the potential to have a devastating impact on funding for services and programs that are vital to people with disabilities and older adults. Please see below for more information and how to take action.

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New materials to defend Medicaid & the Affordable Care Act

NHeLP Paper on Access to Medicaid Services

Studies Counter HHS Head Tom Price’s Claims on Quality of Care

The administration and congressional Republicans are signaling they are still committed to finding ways to repeal the Affordable Care Act and undermine Medicaid.

Medicaid has served as a lifeline for more than 50 years for low-income and vulnerable populations. To counter Republican efforts to dismantle the program, NHeLP is providing valuable resources and information highlighting the effectiveness of Medicaid and its importance to the individuals and families it serves.

In a new paper in our “What Makes Medicaid, Medicaid?” series, Senior Attorneys Abbi Coursolle and Wayne Turner and Senior Policy Analyst, write, “Medicaid is designed to include many protections that ensure beneficiaries get more than a coverage card. Medicaid ensures that beneficiaries have access to a range of services specifically designed for their needs.” Read their paper, “What Makes Medicaid, Medicaid? - Access,” and please share with your networks and via social media.

Jordan Weissmann for Slate reports on a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) that contradicts HHS Secretary Tom Price’s oft-repeated claims that the ACA has provided more coverage to people, but is not providing them access to care. According to the study, Weissmann writes that the ACA has “increased both coverage and care, which in a more rational world would force Price to find a new spiel.” See NBER’s study here.

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ALERT: Public hearings to be held this month!

Do you have something to say about Governor Walker’s budget? Are you concerned about Medicaid expansion, highway projects in your community, or lead in your water? Now’s your chance to say something! Join me and my colleagues on the Joint Finance committee at one of six public hearings this month.

  • Monday, April 3rd – UW Platteville, Platteville
  • Wednesday, April 5th – State Fair Park, Milwaukee
  • Friday, April 7th – Berlin High School, Berlin
  • Tuesday, April 18th – Spooner High School, Spooner
  • Wednesday, April 19th – Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth
  • Friday, April 21st – Marinette High School, Marinette

I’ve spent all week in agency briefings for the Governor’s budget. We’ve talked about lead, our broken transportation funding, the state of our corrections system, and so much more. Now it’s your chance to ask the questions!

If you’re not at the table, chances are you’re on the menu. I urge you to use your voice to stand up and fight back! If you have any other questions, feel free to contact my office at 608–266–5810 by email at sen.taylor@legis.wisconsin.gov. As always I am here to serve you, and I look forward to these conversations!

Here to serve,
Sen. Lena Taylor
4th District

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March for Trump’s Taxes

We deserve to know — what’s hiding in President Trump’s tax returns?
The American people deserve answers about President Trump’s business dealings and assets. If we let him keep hiding his tax returns, it’ll leave critical questions about his potential conflicts of interest and ties — or whether he paid taxes at all.

That’s why on April 15th, Tax Day, thousands of Americans will take part in over 100 rallies nationwide to demand that the President come clean with the American people — including one near you. Can you join us? RSVP on Facebook today.

Milwaukee Tax March
Milwaukee County Courthouse
901 N 9th St
April 15th, 11:00 AM
RSVP TODAY!

The need for transparency and accountability from our elected officials isn’t a left or right issue — which is why ethics experts and advocates from across the political spectrum have called on President Trump to follow decades of precedent and release his returns.

But he’s still hiding them — insisting time and time again that the American people don’t care what’s in them. This April 15th, we need to show him that this issue won’t go away until we get the answers we deserve.

I hope you’ll join us on April 15th — together, we can make Donald Trump release his tax returns.

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2017 Joint Finance Committee Hearing in Milwaukee April 5th

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Next week is an important opportunity to share your priorities for the Wisconsin Biennial Budget with key state legislators. The legislature’s budget committee, the Joint Committee on Finance, will hold a public hearing on the budget in Milwaukee on April 5th at State Fair Park - Exposition Center 8200 West Greenfield Avenue.

We encourage you to testify about priorities in the state budget for children and adults with disabilities. The attached paper from the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Groups gives a great overview of key issues in the budget that you can use as you develop you testimony. A few things to remember:

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Remember to Vote April 4th

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Remember to vote this coming Tuesday, April 4th. The ballot will include one contested statewide race, Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction. This position plays an important role in setting policy that impacts students with disabilities including mental health needs.

Other local races are on the ballot, including contested races for municipal judge and circuit court judge. See below and attached for additional information.

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We must defend our Constitution against an Article V Convention. Please call your state lawmakers today!

An effort by well-funded special interests to throw the constitution into chaos is happening right here in Wisconsin.

Legislators in Madison are considering a measure that could put the entire U.S. Constitution and your rights up for grabs. We must speak out NOW to stop a dangerous call for an Article V constitutional convention.

Tell your state lawmakers to say no to gambling away your constitutional rights!

The people behind this idea want to convene a convention where delegates will have almost unlimited legal authority to rewrite our federal Constitution. It is no surprise that one of the chief supporters of the convention is the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate lobbying group disguised as a tax-exempt charity.

ALEC and its allies claim to be just five states away from reaching their goal of calling a dangerous convention. We can’t let them add Wisconsin to their list. The consequences of a constitutional convention are too dire to leave to chance.

Call your state lawmakers and tell them to not gamble with your rights.

There are no rules or guides in the U.S. Constitution for an Article V convention. This means that our entire constitution – everything from our freedom of speech to the right to vote – could be up for grabs.

If the Wisconsin legislature calls for a convention, ALEC and its allies will be dangerously close to re-writing our Constitution, threatening our constitutional rights and civil liberties.

Call your state lawmakers and tell them to protect your rights. Tell them to OPPOSE any call for an Article V convention.

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Legislation Posing a Threat to the U.S. Constitution Gets a Public Hearing in the Capitol Today

Today in the Capitol, there will be a joint State Senate - Assembly Committee Hearing for several misguided resolutions calling for what is called an “Article V Convention of the States” for the stated purpose of adding a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

A convention like this has never been called and assembled before in our nation’s history and it could be a very destructive and dangerous event. A convention of this type could go well beyond a balanced budget measure and go on to alter or eliminate citizen rights currently protected by the Constitution. Voting rights, civil rights, women’s rights. The possibilities are endless.

Wisconsin could become the 29th or 30th out of 34 states needed to call for a convention if these measures clear the Legislature.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published this excellent editorial Saturday denouncing this dangerous proposal. The Journal Sentinel also published this informative guest editorial written by national Common Cause President, Karen Hobert Flynn.

Common Cause in Wisconsin’s testimony against this proposal is here.

What citizens can and must do: Contact both your State Senator and your State Representative and tell them to oppose the call for a dangerous, Article V Constitutional Convention! If you are not sure who your state legislators are, go here.

Never surrender. Never give in. Forward!

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URGENT: Guns anywhere…with no permit, no training

News just broke that state lawmakers have launched an effort to rush through a dangerous new “guns everywhere” bill that would allow just about anyone to carry a gun with:

*No Permit.
*No Background Check.
*No Training.

And, as if that isn’t terrible enough, lawmakers tacked on provisions to weaken rules prohibiting guns in schools, police stations, and mental health facilities.

I’m appalled, and I will fight tirelessly, relentlessly and fiercely to stop this bill for one reason: It puts our children and communities at risk.

Send a message to your state legislators NOW to demand they reject this bill.

This is a shameful display of lawmakers pandering to the corporate gun lobby and abandoning their duty to protect public safety.

That’s disgusting. And we can’t let them get away with it.

It’s critical your legislators hear from you today. Tell them to shut this dangerous bill down IMMEDIATELY.

We’ve sparked enormous public backlashes that stopped other gun-lobby-priority bills. Now, we have to step up and do it again.

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Table of the Saints Annual Open House and Appreciation Lunch for our Partners Donors and Monthly Sustainers

Thursday, April 20, 2017

House Tours at Family House 2917–19 N. Booth Street 9:00 – 10:45 am and 1:15 – 3:00 pm

Lunch and Program at Milwaukee Enterprise Building
2821 N. 4th Street Suite 312 Conference Room 11:00 am – 1: 00 pm
RSVP by April 15th
414–374–8029 ext. 307 or tableofhtesaints2009@gmail.com

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Hey, wouldn’t it be cool to have a constitutional convention? Oh, hell no

URGENT ACTION: The Wisconsin Legislature is holding a hearing on March 28th at 10 a.m. for the purpose of calling a Constitutional Convention. Rewriting the U.S. Constitution is a catastrophically bad idea, and we’re only a handful of states away from making it happen. To quote the ACLU: “Once the delegates are in a room, they can rewrite whatever they want—eliminating the First Amendment, banning abortion, outlawing marriage for same-sex couples, restricting voting rights, and more. … Now is NOT the time to take a red pen to the Constitution and strike out the parts we don’t like, or potentially write in restrictions to civil liberties and civil rights.”

Please call your state senator and representative about this ASAP. Find their contact info here (I’ll post Tosa contacts in the comments): http://legis.wisconsin.gov

More on what this could mean: http://www.salon.com/2017/03/12/hey-wouldnt-it-be-cool-to-have-a-constitutional-convention-oh-hell-no/

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2018 BHD budget priorities

Mental Health Task Force Update

Last Thursday, the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board held a Public Hearing to invite input on priorities for the 2018 Behavioral Health Division Budget. The Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force shared our priorities for the 2018 budget. Thanks to Susan Sigl for presenting the MHTF testimony and Todd Scharrer who provided informative and enthusiastic testimony in support of Peer Run Respite, as co-chair of the Mental Health Task Force Peer Run Respite Advisory Council.

If you did not have an opportunity to attend the hearing, you can still share your priorities. Click on this link to access the page with the survey to share your priorities for the 2018 BHD budget: http://county.milwaukee.gov/ BehavioralHealthDivi7762/ Mental-Health-Board/2018- Mental-Health-Board-Budget.htm

Don’t miss this opportunity to share your priorities. Be sure to check out the attached Mental Health Task Force testimony to learn about our priorities for the 2018 budget and consider adding your support for these important programs and services, when you complete the survey.

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Invitation to Milwaukee African American Parents of a child with special needs

Dear friends and community partners,

Disability Rights Wisconsin is recruiting Milwaukee African-American Parents or Grandparents of a child or teen with special needs for the agency’s new Parent Advisory Group.

Please help us spread the word to Milwaukee parents and share this invitation for our April 1 gathering at COA. Thank you for your help!

Parents – join us for Coffee and Convo Saturday Morning April 1! Enjoy meeting other parents and learning about services that may benefit your family and many others.

DATE: SATURDAY APRIL 1, 2017
TIME: 10:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
LOCATION: COA YOUTH AND FAMILY CENTER- FAMILY RESOURCE ROOM 2320 W. BURLEIGH ST. MILWAUKEE, WI 53206
RSVP BY THUR. 3/30/17: CALL LAKESHA AT 414.737.4810

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URGE YOUR U.S. SENATORS TO OPPOSE THE NOMINATION OF JUDGE NEIL GORSUCH TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

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Still Time to Register for Madison Action Day, and EXPO Radio

March 30 is coming soon! If you are not already signed up to be one of the 800 WISDOM leaders at the State Capitol next Thursday, now is the time to do it! You can click HERE to register, or you can contact any local WISDOM organization. Or, you can call the WISDOM office at 414–831–2070. Download a flyer HERE.

You can register right up until March 30, but if you are signed up before March 24, we can be certain that there will be a lunch for you, and a seat on the bus from whatever community you are coming from.

Madison Action Day is the one day every two years when people of faith gather from every corner of the state to learn, to be inspired and to act. We will pray together; we will learn about state budget issues that matter; and we will be sure that our elected representatives know clearly WISDOM’s values and priorities are. You don’t want to miss it!

Tonight will be the first installment of EXPO Radio! EXPO (EX-Prisoners Organizing - a growing part of WISDOM). EXPO Radio will be on the air every Wednesday evening from 8:30 to 9:00 pm, starting tonight! The best way to listen is online at riverwestradio.com. This will be a unique program: of, by and for formerly-incarcerated people. Tune us in! And, pass the word to others. If you miss it live, you can come back later to hear it from the archive.

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GOP Legislative Leaders Spending Taxpayer Funds for Unconstitutional, Rigged Voter Maps in Secret?

Last month, State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), authorized – without public input, or even a vote in the Legislature – the expenditure of hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer funds to defend the 2011 state legislative district maps drawn in secret. Those maps were struck down by a federal court three-judge panel in November and in January, the same court ordered that the current maps must be redrawn, according to criteria stipulated by the court, before November 1, 2017.

To date, Fitzgerald and Vos have not begun taking action (that the public has been informed about) to comply with that court order. There have been no announcements about when the redrawing of the state legislative district lines will begin, what process will be utilized to do so, when public hearings will be held, and if the public will be “allowed” to play a role in the process.

The GOP leaders have also not revealed how they are spending taxpayer dollars and to whom those funds are being paid, in the defense of the unconstitutional, rigged 2011 voter maps.

Also late last month, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel formally appealed the November federal court decision to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). Schimel, and his cohort of state Justice Department lawyers, are paid with taxpayer dollars – so the lawyers Fitzgerald and Vos have hired amount to a double hit on the wallets of Wisconsin taxpayers to defend unconstitutional, hyper-partisan voter maps.

At the very least they owe us a public accounting of how our money is being spent. But thus far? Nothing. No timetable for redrawing the voter maps and no disclosure of how taxpayer dollars are being (or will be) spent.

In the meantime, citizens have been very active contacting state legislators in support of redistricting reform legislation (Senate Bill 13 / Assembly Bill 44) and in demanding that taxpayer dollars not be utilized to defend the 2011 maps. Further, in just the last several weeks, more than 700 new Wisconsinites have signed our online petition in support of redistricting reform, boosting our total to over 3,400! Our goal is lofty, but doable – 5,000. If you haven’t signed it yet, please do so. If you have, urge others to do so.

Citizens ask us all the time what they can do to advance the adoption of fair voter maps and end partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin. The answer is that there is plenty that citizens can do. Start with these five things. Then, educate others about the need for redistricting reform and write letters to newspapers like this excellent one from a Wausau resident. Further educate yourself on this issue. Read this excellent, recent op-ed written by CC/WI State Governing Board member Tom Frazier on this issue and consider writing one yourself.

Even if you have contacted your own State Senator and State Representative already, do so again! They need to be reminded. Continually. And if you haven’t contacted Fitzgerald and Vos about scheduling a public hearing for Senate Bill 13 and Assembly Bill 44 (they have the power to order public hearings, or to block one from being scheduled), or to tell them you resent and oppose the use of your tax dollars to defend the unconstitutional, rigged legislative district maps that they hold so dear, contact them now! Here’s how to reach those two:

Sen.Fitzgerald@legis.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266–5660

Rep.Vos@legis.Wisconsin.gov
(608)266–3387

We must keep the pressure on. And we must – and will – never give up. On Wisconsin!

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Mayor’s rally against federal budget cuts - Sunday at Noon

Good afternoon all,

The Mayor is hosting a rally this coming Sunday in opposition of the federal budget cuts. We need as many people there as possible. Please forward to your staff that would be interested in attending. As you know, in the President’s “skinny budget”, he is proposing to eliminate CDBG and HOME funds.

When: Sunday, March 19th
Time: 12:00 PM
Where: Westlawn Housing Authority - 64th and Sheridan (Silver Spring Drive)

I hope you can make it!

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A Message from National Low Income Housing Coalition, on the Budget Request

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

The President’s budget request which was released today includes cuts that would impact housing for low income people including people with disabilities.

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Dates for Joint Finance Committee Hearings on State Budget and Agency Briefings

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee

On Thursday, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), the Co-Chairs of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, released the timeline for statewide public hearings on the 2017–19 State Budget, as listed below. Note that the Milwaukee hearing is April 5th at State Fair Park.

JFC Hearing Dates

  • Monday, April 3 - UW-Platteville, Platteville
  • Wednesday, April 5 - State Fair Park, Milwaukee
  • Friday, April 7 - Berlin High School, Berlin
  • Tuesday, April 18 - Spooner High School, Spooner
  • Wednesday, April 19 - Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth
  • Friday, April 21 - Marinette High School, Marinette

We will share more detail as it becomes available. Usually testimony is limited to three minutes and you must arrive early in the day to register. Stay tuned for more information including tips on testifying and key topics in the budget for the disability community.

The Finance Committee Co-chairs also announced a series of agency briefings involving the 2017–19 State Budget:

Tuesday, March 28th 9:00am
Department of Administration
-Budget Overview
-DOA Budget Provisions (including Building Commission and Budget Management and Compensation Reserves)
Department of Employee Trust Funds (including self-insured group health plans)
Elections Commission
Supreme Court (including the Circuit Courts, Court of Appeals, Judicial Council, and Judicial Commission)
Department of Corrections
Department of Safety and Professional Services

Wednesday, March 29th 9:00am
Department of Veteran Affairs
Department of Health Services
Department of Children and Families
Department of Revenue (including Shared Revenue and Property Tax Relief and Lottery)
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Department of Transportation
Department of Justice

Thursday, March 30th 9 AM:
Public Service Commission

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The Goyke Report - Listening Session Invite

Friends and Neighbors,

I hope this invite finds you and your family well.

As you know, Governor Walker has introduced his budget to the State Legislature for consideration. The budget bill is in its beginning stages of analysis and debate.

I am writing to invite you to a community listening session on the state budget that I am co-hosting this Monday, March 20th, at the Washington Park Senior Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. I highly encourage you to attend to register your thoughts on the budget proposal or voice your opinions on provisions that you may agree or disagree with. This is an opportunity to learn about the state budget and for your voice to be heard! I will be there and hope to see you there as well. I am confident that together we can create a budget that has a positive impact for all Wisconsin citizens.

As always, I welcome any feedback or ideas you may have. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you.

Evan Goyke, State Representative: 18th Assembly District

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Act Now: House Bill would cut Medicaid and replace the ACA

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

The US House of Representatives is expected to vote next week on the American Health Care Act which would replace the Affordable Health Care Act and cut funding for Medicaid. The plan is moving very fast, so it is important to share your perspective NOW with your Congressional Representative and other elected officials now. Here are some resources to help you:

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AFS Family Counseling Clinic

Mental Health Task Force Update

Thanks to Kevin O’Brien for sharing this information regarding AFS Family Counseling Clinic.

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NAMI Monthly Educational Meeting Update

To the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force:

Please see attached for information on an upcoming educational presentation on March 27th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

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2018 Mental Health Board/ BHD budget priorities survey and listening session - share your priorities for the 2018 budget

Mental Health Task Force Update

As shared in previous emails, members of the public are encouraged to attend the March 23 Mental Health Board Meeting which includes a public hearing on priorities for the 2018 Behavioral Health Division Budget. The hearing is on Thursday March 23 at 4:30 pm at Washington Park Senior Center 4420 W Vilet St. Milwaukee, WI 53208. This is an important opportunity to share your priorities for the 2018 budget. Speakers are limited to three minutes.

BHD is also providing an option for members of the public to complete a survey to share their budget priorities. A link to the survey and other information about the budget process and the public hearing is at this link: http://county.milwaukee.gov/BehavioralHealthDivi7762/Mental-Health-Board/2018-Mental-Health-Board-Budget.htm

We encourage to go to the link, and complete the survey and share your priorities.

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Mental Health Board Agenda and Meeting Packet - Public Comment on the Budget

Mental Health Task Force Update

Turnout on Thursday March 23rd at 4:30 at Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet St., for the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board meeting, including public comment on priorities for the 2018 Behavioral Health Division Budget.

This is a great opportunity to share your perspective on priorities for the 2018 budget such as community services, peer run respite, crisis services, and more. See the link below to the agenda for more detail about the meeting. Speakers are limited to three minutes.

Click on the link below to view the March 23, 2017, Mental Health Board Agenda and Meeting Packet:
http://county.milwaukee.gov/ BehavioralHealthDivi7762/ Mental-Health-Board/2017-MHB- Meeting-Info—Documents.htm

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State budget schedule update

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Some updates on the state budget scheduled as reported in the Wispolitics Budget Blog today. Note that there will be a Joint Committee on Finance budget hearing in Milwaukee on April 5th:

JFC eyes April 3 for first public hearing, May 2 to start voting on budget

Joint Finance tentatively plans to kick off its public hearings on the budget April 3 in Platteville with the first executive session possible May 2, according to a tentative overview sent to members and shared with WisPolitics.com.

The offices of Co-chairs Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, and John Nygren, R-Marinette, emphasized the outline is not finalized. The document also stresses the timeline is subject to change.

Still, the overview from Darling’s office has the committee doing four days of agency briefings March 27–30 before the first public hearing in Platteville.

From there, the committee would hit: the Milwaukee area April 5; Marinette April 7; Spooner April 18; Ellsworth April 19; and east-central Wisconsin April 21.

The document suggests State Fair Park and the Italian Community Center as possible sites for the Milwaukee hearing. Meanwhile, possible locations for the April 21 hearing include Waupaca, Ripon and Fond du Lac.

Under the tentative plan, JFC would meet each Tuesday and Thursday starting the first week of May to vote on the budget with sessions continuing “until done.”

Zach Bemis, Nygren’s chief of staff, said the co-chairs were still discussing final details.

“I suspect it will be something very similar to what they laid out with May and June where the action takes place,” Bemis said.

Two years ago, the committee did four public hearings, which kicked off March 18 in Brillion before JFC hit Milwaukee, Rice Lake and Reedsburg. The committee then met for the first time in executive session April 15, but did not wrap up its work until the first week of July as GOP lawmakers were locked in a stalemate with the guv over transportation funding.

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March 30 MADISON ACTION DAY

WISDOM’s MADISON ACTION DAY 2017: THURSDAY, MARCH 30

Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, WI

  • 8:00 Breakfast and Networking at the Church

  • 9:00 Welcome, Prayer, Plenary, Workshops, Strategy Session

  • 12:00 Lunch, Visits with legislators about proposed state budget issues

  • 4:00 Closing event at the Capitol.

$25 includes breakfast, lunch and materials (reduced fee is available for people for whom $25 would be a hardship). Buses leaving from Milwaukee available for extra $10

Register by March 24
Registration form to register and secure a bus seat from Milwaukee
Or register online click here and go to RSVP
Get flyer about event and bus schedule

Plenary speakers:
Rev. Alex Gee: Rev. Gee is the pastor of Fountain of Life Covenant Church in Madison. He is the founder and CEO of the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership. Rev. Gee is also the founder and visionary behind Madison’s “Justified Anger” movement.

Ms. Lisa Graves: Ms. Graves is the Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), and the publisher of PRVwatch.org, ALECexposed.org, SourceWatch.org and other investigative sites. CMD is a national watchdog group, investigating and exposing the undue influence of corporations in public policy, Ms Graves and CMD had a key role in the Netflix Documentary “13th”.
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There will be Breakout Groups dealing in-depth with 11 different issues at the WISDOM Madison Action Day on March 30. They are:

Treatment Alternatives and Diversions (TAD) - seeking more resources for alternatives to incarceration.
The Second Chance Act - which would move most 17 year-olds back to the juvenile justice system (currently, Wisconsin is one of a few states that treats all 17 year-olds as adults).
Solitary Confinement - pushing for continued reduction of the use of solitary confinement, and investment in mental health programs in prisons as alternatives to it.
Crimeless Revocations - calling on the state to stop sending people on Supervision back to prison for mere rule violations if they have not committed a new crime.
Parole and Compassionate Release - rather than end the parole board, restore real opportunities for the many parole-eligible people in prison to earn their release.
Transitional Jobs - calling for greater investment in a very successful program that provides jobs for people who have been unemployed for a long time.
Transit - working to increase the resources dedicated to public transportation, to invest equitably in people who do not drive cars.
Immigration reform - standing in solidarity with immigrants in this very difficult time
Back Forty Mine - standing with the Menominee people to oppose a sulfide mine on their ancestral lands (which include burial mounds) which also poses a threat to our rivers and Lake Michigan.
Health Care As a Human Right - working to ensure that health care coverage is not lost for people in Wisconsin, but rather that it is expanded.
Education - this workshop will be led by students, dealing with their needs and hopes.

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Support Public Transit at Madison Action Day

Support Public Transit by Signing Our Petition

One of the issues that we will be addressing at Madison Action Day on March 30 is Public Transit.

Creating a transportation system that works for everyone in Wisconsin and uses our tax dollars responsibly starts by getting our spending priorities straight. We have to spend less on costly highway expansion programs and more on urgent needs, like maintaining existing roads and connecting people to jobs and opportunities through more cost-effective public transportation.

Urge Governor Walker and Wisconsin Legislators to cut spending on highway mega-projects and invest instead in local needs - like repairing existing roads and funding public transit that connects workers to jobs and a growing number of seniors and people with disabilities to services and opportunities.

Sign our petition for a more responsible transportation budget: click here. WISDOM leaders will take your name along to Madison Action Day on March 30 to show support for a Responsible Transportation Budget!

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Meet The Candidates: Milwaukee Board of School Directors

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The theme for WISDOM’s March 30, 2017 Madison Action Day will be “Our State, Our Budget, Our Voice.”

We are very pleased to announce that we will have two keynote speakers this year. They are:

  • Rev. Alex Gee: Rev. Gee is the pastor of Fountain of Life Covenant Church in Madison. He is the founder and CEO of the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership. Rev. Gee is also the founder and visionary behind Madison’s “Justified Anger” movement.

  • Ms. Lisa Graves: Ms. Graves is the Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), and the publisher of PRVwatch.org, ALECexposed.org, SourceWatch.org and other investigative sites. CMD is a national watchdog group, investigating and exposing the undue influence of corporations in public policy, Ms Graves and CMD had a key role in the Netflix Documentary “13th”.

To sign up for Madison Action Day, click HERE , or register with any local WISDOM organization. A flyer with details is HERE.

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JOIN US for the next steps in the MKE Elevate Process!

Mental Health Task Force/ Make it Work Milwaukee Update

The next meeting in the planning series will take place on Tuesday, March 7. NOTE: The venue has changed! Due to the extraordinary number of Action Team Members, the venue has been moved to the Martin Luther King Jr., Community Center in order to provide a more comfortable space for conversation.

You may RSVP for the meeting here or contact mkeelevate@milwaukee.gov with questions.

The Kick-Off Meeting had over 100 community members in attendance — all invested in and working to elevate the health and well-being of Milwaukee residents. It was a great success. Kick-Off Meeting materials and Action Team resources are now available online and the meeting evaluation link is still open to provide your feedback.

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A Screening of The Movie MILWAUKEE 53206

March 16, 2017, 6pm to 8pm
Incarnation Lutheran Church, 3509 N 15TH St, Milwaukee, WI 53206

A YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT PANEL FEATURING MEMBERS OF LEADERS IGNITING TRANSFORMATION ( LIT) WILL FOLLOW AFTERWARDS ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES IN 53206 AND HOPE MOVING FORWARD

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE

SPONSORED BY MIC H, LEADERS IGNITING TRANSFORMATION, INCA R NATION LUTHER N CHURCH, BAYSHORE LUTHERAN CHURCH, ELCA CHURCHWIDE OFFICE, AND STATE REP. DAVID BOWEN

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Day of Empathy Comes to Wisconsin

#CUT50, a bipartisan national organization, founded by Van Jones and endorsed by Newt Gingrich and others, has called for Wednesday, March 1, 2017 to be a “Day of Empathy” across the country. #CUT50, which is calling for a 50% reduction in the incarcerated population in the US, is sponsoring events in all 50 state capitols.

WISDOM and EXPO will be joining with Matt Haney, national leader of CUT50 on Wednesday, March 1. Members of EXPO will be sharing their experiences of incarceration and of return from incarceration. Legislators and staff have been invited to share in the 1-hour event.

Wednesday, March 1
1:00 pm
State Capitol, room 412E

EXPO members from around the state will be meeting at 11 am on March 1 to strategize, prepare and connect with #CUT50 organizers. For more information, or to learn about transportation plans from different parts of the state, contact Jerome Dillard at 608–320–0188, or David Liners at 414–736–2099.

Please join us!

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A statement from the Community Coalition for Quality Policing on recent events

The alleged discriminatory practices at the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) brought forth this week by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin as well as the very public response by leadership at the Milwaukee Police Department only further underscores the need to immediately begin the process of rebuilding trust between all community stakeholders including the residents of Milwaukee, its police department and the individual police officers.

For this reason, CC4QP will be making two formal requests. The first is for the U.S. Department of Justice to release to the public, a report first shared with the Milwaukee Police Department last year as well as all subsequent revisions of that report detailing their findings after a thorough review of department practices. In addition, CC4QP will be inviting representatives of the police officers’ union as well as police department leadership to begin the process of creating timeline, by which all parties will work together to begin the collaborative process of implementing problem-oriented policing department wide.

As serious crime continues to occur, as police officers upholding their sworn duty to provide equal protection to all continue to put themselves at risk, efforts to rebuild the trust lost between all stakeholders cannot begin soon enough. CC4QP looks forward to working in good faith with the police officers’ union and the Milwaukee Police Department with the ultimate goal of reducing crime, and improving the quality of life for all members of our one community, residents and police officers alike.

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ACLU Challenges Milwaukee Police Department’s Unconstitutional Stop-and-Frisk Program Conducted Without Reasonable Suspicion and Based on Racial Profiling

For the Last Eight Years, the Milwaukee Police Department Has Subjected Tens of Thousands of Innocent People to Unconstitutional Stops and Frisks, Disrupting Their Daily Lives Because They Are Black or Latino

MILWAUKEE — The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Wisconsin, and the law firm of Covington & Burling filed a class-action lawsuit today against the city of Milwaukee over its police department’s vast stop-and-frisk program.

The department targets tens of thousands of people without reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, the legal requirement for a police stop, making the program unconstitutional, the lawsuit says. The department’s repeated violations of Milwaukeeans’ constitutional rights are driven by racial profiling, with preliminary data showing significant disparities between police stop rates for white people and for Black and Latino people.

“For the last decade, the Milwaukee Police Department has pursued an aggressive and unconstitutional policing strategy that treats people of color as suspects for no good reason, stopping innocent men, women, and children as they try to go about their daily lives,” said Jason Williamson, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project. “This approach forces tens of thousands to live under suspicion every time they step outside.”

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Spread the Word to Make Public Transit a Priority

VOICES FOR PUBLIC TRANSIT


We need to come together and urge the new Congress and administration to make sure public transportation remains a priority in Washington and is part of any infrastructure legislation.

Spread the word to make certain public transportation remains a key focus of infrastructure legislation. Tell your friends, family members, colleagues, and network to remind legislators now working in Washington that public transportation matters to our communities and drives our nation forward.

It’s easy to let others know about our cause:

  • Go to the “tell-a-friend” tool on the Voices for Public Transit website
  • Invite friends, co-workers, or family members to join Voices for Public Transit

We won’t communicate with or send unsolicited emails to your friends until they join Voices for Public Transit themselves.
Help us raise our voices and strengthen our message to Washington that public transportation is important and valuable to our nation.

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Trump

by Jennifer Vulpas

My picture of The Donald took me time to figure out. Finally I figured that I had to make the painting about orange and yellow. His head is rhomboid shaped and the title was a no-brainer: “SAD” I have my fingers crossed for our planet.

I took my sign to the Woman’s March in Chicago on January 21 and I was happy to march with my three daughters on a spectacular day!

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Are you Ready to Vote in Tuesday’s Primary Election?

Polls Open Tomorrow from 7am to 8pm

According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, in the last 20 years there have been three primary races (in 2001, 2005, and 2009) for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, with the average turnout in those primaries at just 5.9% of the state’s voting-age population.

We NEED to do better than this for Wisconsin’s kids. If you haven’t already cast an early ballot, make a plan now to vote in tomorrow’s primary.

If you already have a Wisconsin driver license or one of the other acceptable forms of ID for voting, then you’re “ID ready.” Just remember to bring it with you when you head to your polling place!

What if you don’t have an acceptable ID for voting?

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We Need Your Help! Senate to Vote on Overturning Important Protections for Students with Disabilities

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

We are passing on this advocacy opportunity from the Bazelon Center to ask US senators to support critical protections for students with disabilities. See below for details.

Here is contact information for Wisconsin US Senators:

Johnson, Ron - (R - WI)
328 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224–5323
Contact: www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/ public/index.cfm/email-the- sena…

Baldwin, Tammy - (D - WI)
717 Hart Washington DC 20510
(202) 224–5653
Contact: www.baldwin.senate.gov/ feedback

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Tell Rep. Duffy: You owe us an apology

Let’s start with some actual facts:

The real threats we face, day-in and day-out, come from right here at home — the lone gunmen, the angry, armed ex-employee, the estranged husband, the hate-filled white supremacist, and the list goes on. Yet, Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy just joined the Trump team in using “alternative facts” to justify dangerous policies rooted in racism and bigotry.

During an interview with CNN, Rep. Duffy dutifully followed the Trump script, suggesting that the seven-country travel ban was necessary to keep Americans safe. And, when the reporter pointed out that white supremacists and homegrown extremists are a threat to our safety, he belligerently challenged her and acted like these type of attacks just don’t happen.

WHAT? We sure remember when — right here in Wisconsin — a violent white supremacist shot and killed six members of a Sikh temple. Doesn’t he?

Click here to automatically add your signature to our message, demanding that Rep. Duffy commit to supporting efforts to combat ALL threats of violence and terrorism.

Rep. Duffy — and the entire Trump team — need to know that ignoring mass shootings and acts of terrorism performed by white supremacists and homegrown extremists will put us in more danger. And we need to send that message right now!

Just last week, the Trump administration said they want to change the U.S. government counter-terrorism program, named “Countering Violent Extremism” to “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” which means they will no longer focus on white supremacy and other violent ideologies. That defies common sense, and it ignores the real threats we face all too often.

Let’s remind Rep. Duffy that Wisconsin has already felt the horrible impact of white extremism, and we expect our government to address all forms of violence.

When it comes to preventing violence and keeping our communities safe, Congressman Duffy must reject dangerous, partisan-driven agendas and, instead, embrace honesty, common sense and real facts. We deserve no less from our elected representatives.

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Join Us 2/14 for Mental Health Task Force – and bring donations for Sox Rox!

Please join us for the February meeting of the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force:

Tuesday, 2/14 from 3 – 5 Pm at IndependenceFirst, 540 S. 1st St.

Our agenda will include the following:

  • SOX Rox collection
  • CIT Advisory Committee proposal, Peter Hoeffel
  • Plans for MHTF Listening Session at Black Health Coalition, Dr. Pat McManus and Pete Koneazny
  • Diversity Committee – plan to explore future direction, Terri Ellzey
  • State budget and other policy updates, spring elections – Barbara Beckert
  • Special guest presentation on Milwaukee school, home, and community collaboration to improve youth mental health, Leah Jepson, Project Director
  • Peer Run Respite Update, Todd Scharrer
  • Mental Health Board Update

2/27 Listening Session
Please help spread the word about our 2/27 listening session at the Black Health Coalition to hear from community members living with mental illness and their families who have experienced abuse or neglect at the Milwaukee County Jail. The purpose of the listening session is to help inform our efforts to improve safety and treatment at the jail.

Donate to Sox Rox at our 2/14 Meeting

Sox Rox collects new socks for men, women, and children who are homeless. Here is the link to the Sox Rox Wish List on Amazon. If you order from this list, the items go directly to Jan Wilberg. Otherwise, bringing socks to the MHTF meeting next week would be wonderful as well.

Thanks for your generosity. With all that is going on in the world, socks don’t seem like a very important thing. But they’re really meaningful to the person who needs some.

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