How can I help?
You can start by joining and investing in our work. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see the latest on what we are up to. You should definitely find your local chapter and get involved with it. If there is not one in your area, you can start one. If you can’t find someone else local, or a fit for your skills, or have any questions, just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How is OWR funded? What does the money go for?
The goal is to be funded largely by regular contributions from our members. But we also welcome support from organizations such as grants from charitable foundations. The money we raise is used to meet basic operational costs like phones, printing, computers and Internet access, office supplies, travel and staff expenses, which are substantial even in an overwhelmingly volunteer operation. Information on the organization’s finances is reported regularly to a board of directors elected by members.
What’s your platform?
Our full platform is here for all to see. It is very detailed, but is basically organized around four big wants and needs for Wisconsin:
A Real Democracy: Democracy’s been trashed in Wisconsin, and we’ve got to get it back. That means again drawing fair election districts, making voting secure and convenient for all, getting big money out of politics, improving government transparency, restoring home rule, free association and the right to organize, standards on public performance and honesty, ending corrupt privatization, and extinguishing racism and sexism and respecting human rights.
An Economy that Works For All: This means raising income and living standards and reducing inequality. Instead of treating people like road kill and the earth like a sewer, and democratic government as something to mock and starve and corrupt, we’d like to invest in people. Our platform has lots of details on how we’d do that, but it all comes down to pursuing the goal of economic democracy—an economy that is of, by and for the people.
Quality Public Goods and Services: Wisconsin is not the richest state, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have the best quality life. We just need to work together and pool our individual resources to serve the common good, inspired by a shared commitment to great public schools, a clean environment, safe and healthy communities, and world-class health care, transportation, energy and communication systems.
Fair Taxes: We can afford these needed public investments if everybody pays their fair share in taxes. This means restoring the principle of taxation based on the ability to pay. Taxes are the price we pay for civilization. We all pay them, based on our ability, or say goodbye to civilization. It’s really as simple as that.
Where did your name come from?
Our Wisconsin Revolution is a homegrown movement started here in our state by people living here. OWR’s formation was inspired by Bernie Sanders’ run for president in 2016 and his call for a political revolution, and is part of a national movement. Our name connects us to that national movement of people all over the country supporting a new generation of progressive leaders and empowering millions to fight for progressive change and transforming our political and economic systems to once again be responsive to the needs of working families.
What’s OWR about? What’s the goal?
Our Wisconsin Revolution is about countering money power with people power. It’s about revolutionizing our politics by mobilizing the power of organized people against the reckless abuse of power by rich elites. We’re sick of what’s happening in this country and this state, where public life has been coarsened and corrupted by a swarm of greedy, rules-rigging, billionaire takers. We believe our state and nation can be set right by organized citizen action.
Our goal is to do everything we can to make Wisconsin a democracy—with a government and an economy that are of, by, and for the people.