01/01/19 – Happy New Year! Our Wisconsin Revolution was born a little more than a year and a half ago. We came together at our Founding Convention to lay down the groundwork for a progressive, grassroots organization unlike any other in Wisconsin. Since then, we have moved forward shaping our state to be more representative of the people that live here. During this past year, we have amassed a list of accomplishments we so proud of and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our supporters and members.
As the first day of the new year comes to a close, let’s stock of this past year. Here are some highlights for 2018:
Spring Elections: We endorsed over 30 candidates running from office from school board to State Supreme Court. During the spring election, we helped save the office of State Treasurer, supported Rebecca Dallet in her State Supreme Court victory and see over 50% of our endorsed candidates elected to office!
Wisconsin’s Choice Campaign: Our Wisconsin Revolution chapters hosted Governor Candidates Forums and members from around the state hosted “House Parties” to get more familiar with the candidates for Governor.
2nd Annual Convention: We hosted our 2nd Annual Convention in Kenosha, WI at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. While we did conduct some business and host a number of breakout sessions and workshops, we also took some time to celebrate our official 1st birthday!
Foxconn Ground-breaking and Protest: We partnered with 30 other progressive organizations to rally and protest against the Foxconn ground-breaking in Mount Pleasant, WI. Our Wisconsin Revolution will continue to stand with homeowners, protect the environment and fight for workers right.
Special Election in SD1 and AD42: OWR members worked hard canvassing for both Caleb Frostman in Senate District 1 and Ann Groves Lloyd in Assembly District 42. On June 12th Caleb Frostmen was elected, while Ann Groves Lloyd was not.
Wisconsin’s Choice Final Four: The Final Four Candidates in the Wisconsin’s Choice Campaign were selected. The final forum is hosted in Madison, WI, live streamed and viewed by 25,000 people!
Fighting Bob Fest: Again we partnered with The Progressive Magazine to bring the Fighting Bob Fest Roadshow to La Crosse, WI for a day of invigorating speakers and walking tacos. Later in the week, the FBF roadshow brought us to Milwaukee, WI for a one-of-a-kind show written and performed by Josh Fox.
Mid-term Elections: As we geared up for what was certainly one of the most important midterms of our lifetime, Our Wisconsin Revolution made some of our biggest endorsements to date. These endorsements came with the action of our members. In the months leading up to November 6th, we put forth a robust outreach and GOTV plan that included texting, phone-banking, canvassing and postcarding. We reached out to over 270,000 voters in the state of Wisconsin.
Lame Duck Session Action: After the Mid-term Elections, Republicans in the legislature drafted and passed bills that took power from the incoming Governor and Attorney General while also silencing the voices of Wisconsin voters. This act was a direct attack on Wisconsin democracy. At the suggestion of a chapter leader in Rock County, we put together a petition and hand delivered it to the offices of Representative Robin Vos and Senator Scott Fitzgerald. While at the capital, many of our members sat in front of the joint finance committee to testify against these bills. We also partnered with local groups to coordinate a rally to Respect Out Votes at the steps of the capital.
One of the many perks of being an Our Wisconsin Revolution member includes free trainings. Our Revolution National is giving OWR membership access to over 2 hours of The Action Network training. The Action Network is an online email platform that offers a multitude of tools toensuree the success of progressive organizations and campaigns.
These trainings span from beginner to advanced – check the trainings out here!
Our structure consists of these committees: Bylaws, Communications, Chapter Development, Elections & Advocacy, Events (Ad Hoc), Executive, Membership & Fundraising, Platform & Policy, Popular Education.
Joining a committee is a great way to stay up to date on issues that you value and meet members from around the state. These committees that would flourish with more member involvement. Please fill out this google form and join a committee!
CHEERS! We look forward to an amazing 2019!
Is YOUR chapter doing anything we should know about? Send along news, events, and photos to Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org so it can be included in the next newsletter.