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Progressive women, gender nonbinary folks & male allies fighting #TheResistance in Dane County and Madison, WI, through activism, advocacy and volunteering.

Hello, you zealous, insuppressible zebras!

After a week off to give thanks, welcome back!  We hope you are still riding high on a cranberry sauce buzz. There's a lot to care about this week.  Let's get to it.


Local issue

Tell our state senators and state reps to fight against limiting gubernatorial power. It is undemocratic and tyrannical.

National issue

Fires have been raging in California. Consider lending support to the victims.


xoxo,
Team 19 crew

Local Action
 
Studies have shown that, while calling is more effective, emailing still has a big influence on representatives. Call OR email, as time or preference allows!
TOPIC

Tell our state representatives to respect the office fo the Governor

Immediately following the midterm election, Wisconsin Republican lawmakers privately discussed ways they could limit the incoming Democratic governor before he takes office in a desperate attempt to cling to power. 

What's the deal?
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald have reportedly discussed ways to limit governor-elect Tony Evers' power before he takes office in January. Scott Walker has also been quoted as being open to the idea

This hypocritical change of heart comes after 8 years of republican rule; Along with trying to gut Evers' authority over state laws, Republicans plan to make it more difficult to confirm heads of state agencies and want to reduce the number of appointments a governor can make. 

What should we do? 
We agree with Evers when he called on Republicans in the legislature to “stop any and all attempts to play politics and weaken the powers of the governor’s office,” saying such a move would be a “complete violation of the separation of powers in our system.”

Tell our state senate and assembly leaders that we expect governor-elect Tony Evers to have the same executive powers as the previous governor.  

CONTACTS

To find your state senators and state representative:

  1. Go to http://maps.legis.wisconsin.govselect “Senate Districts” and / or "Assembly Districts" and zoom in on Dane County. 
  2. Click the district that overlaps your residence, and you’ll see contact information for both your Senator and Representative, including an email address and phone number.

    We recommend saving this in your phone and email contacts for easy lookup next time.
📞 PHONE TEMPLATE

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [ADDRESS].

I’m calling about recent threats by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majoritey Leader Scott Fitzgerald to take away some governor-elect Evers' authority before he even takes office this January. 

I want to urge my representatives to oppose this irresponsible proposal. Efforts to degrade the office of the governor will only serve to damage American democracy.  Just because the GOP may have the power to make such changes, doesn't mean that they should do it. 


Ultimately, I believe:

  • Governor-elect Evers should have the same opportunities and powers to lead as previous governors.  He was elected by a majority of Wisconsin voters who desire the changes he ran on.  
  • Making last minute changes to gubernatorial powers sets a dangerous precedent that could haunt both parties long into the future. It doesn't matter which party is in power.
[PERSONAL NOTE]

Will Senator [NAME] commit to helping bring this important bill to a vote in the Senate, and then vote for it?


[WAIT FOR THEM TO SAY YES OR NO; IF THEY SAY THEY'LL CHECK, ASK THEM TO KEEP YOU UPDATED.]

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

✉️ EMAIL TEMPLATE
It's important, as with the phone call, to personalize this template. Studies have shown that people are likely to disregard form emails, believing they were sent without the sender's knowledge or consent.

Hi, my name is [FULL NAME] and I'm a constituent from [ADDRESS].
 

I’m writing about recent threats by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majoritey Leader Scott Fitzgerald to take away some governor-elect Evers' authority before he even takes office this January.  

I want to urge my representatives to oppose this irresponsible proposal. Efforts to degrade the office of the governor will only serve to damage American democracy.  Just because the GOP may have the power to make such changes, doesn't mean that they should do it. 


Ultimately, I believe:

  • Governor-elect Evers should have the same opportunities and powers to lead as previous governors.  He was elected by a majority of Wisconsin voters who desire the changes he ran on.  
  • Making last minute changes to gubernatorial powers sets a dangerous precedent that could haunt both parties long into the future. It doesn't matter which party is in power.

[PERSONAL NOTE]

Thank you for your hard work answering emails.

Sincerely, 
[YOUR FULL NAME]
[YOUR FULL ADDRESS]


National Action
Studies have shown that, while calling is more effective, emailing still has a big influence on representatives. Call OR email, as time or preference allows!
TOPIC

Despite Trump's claims that 'forest raking' could have prevented the unprecedented wildfires in California, there is good evidence that climate change is partly to blame and is certainly worsening the situation in California. People are suffering.

There are a handful of ways you can help victims of the recent fires. Most urgently, funds are needed to support those who have been evacuated or have lost their homes. 

For the Camp Fire in Butte County

  • The North Valley Community Foundation is a trusted local philanthropy that funds local nonprofit organizations and has expertise in knowing where the greatest need is and who can address it in the community.

  • The Wildcats Rise Recovery Fund was created for the California State University at Chico community, where many students and others in the community are now homeless. We were alerted to the fund by CSU scientists who recommended it as an effective and reputable local organization helping the campus community and beyond.

For the Southern California Fires

  • The Ventura County Community Fund is a well-regarded fund for services in much of the area that was hardest hit by the Woolsey and Hill fires, as well as the Thousand Oaks shooting.

  • The California Community Foundations Wildfire Relief Fund opened in 2003 and has raised more than $5 million for relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the wildfires. The organization helps those who have lost their homes to wildfires to rebuild, while providing financial, medical, and mental health assistance.

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