UWL Progressives

The Progressives bring together progressive thinking individuals to encourage democracy, ecological wisdom, social justice, non-violence, global awareness, post patriarchal values, respect for diversity and personal as well as social responsibility. The group focuses on actions to promote and raise awareness of these issues.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Sept. 27th Meeting and events

Camp Wellstone
Camp Wellstone will be taking place October 14-15. Camp Wellstone is a very well-known activist training. See http://www.wellstone.org/ for more information. Sign up sheet was passed around at the meeting, if you were unable to make the meeting and are interested in signing up still, contact Ryan Schryver at schryver.ryan@students.uwlax.edu There is a $10 registration fee that also needs to be paid to Ryan by next Tuesday's meeting at the very latest. Checks can be made payable to the La Crosse Peace and Justice Coalition.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
RFK Jr. is an environmental lawyer and has worked on many environmental campaigns through out the Americas. This is a big event, 2000+ people and guaranteed to motivate the hell out of you. CAB still would like our help in publicizing this event as well as set up for this event. It will be taking place November 2 at 7pm in the REC. If you are interested in helping with this event there is an informational meeting October 5th at 9pm, location TBA. If you volunteer for 3 hours the cost of your ticket will be free. So if you are interested in helping and going to this event for free come to the informational meeting or contact Kristen Pitts at pitts.kris@students.uwlax.edu

Troop Withdrawl from Iraq
Canvasing help is needed! Signatures to get troop withdrawl put onto the April referendum are being collected. 2500 signatures are required from La Crosse residents in order to get this on the referendum. If you are interested in helping canvas for this cause there will be a gathering Saturday October 7th at the Maple Leaf Parade for Oktoberfest. The meeting place will be outside of Jules Coffee shop on Pearl street at 11am. If you are interested in helping to collect signatures, but cant make Saturday...see Ryan Schryver for he has petition packets that you can take to collect signatures. More information on this issue: http://www.wisconsingreenparty.org/iraqreferendum/

We need to know numbers of how many people are interested in attending this years School of the Americas aka School of the Assassins Protest at Fort Benning, GA November 18-21. School of the Americas is government-run program where the U.S. military teaches Central American armies torture tactics, counterinsurgency techniques, sniper training, commando and psychological warfare, military intelligence and interrogation tactics and forced oppressions to keep citizens from uprising against the government. Our tax dollars pay for this school. If you are interested and did not sign up at the meeting, please contact Andrew Gilbert gilbert.andr@students.uwlax.edu also contact Andrew if you have any questions regarding the protest and what goes on there or why it goes on. Andrew attended last year and is a good resource for those of you who have questions! For more info: http://www.soaw.org/new/

Upcoming Announcements
If anyone has anything they would like to bring up at future Progressives meetings there will be a new format. If you could arrive 15 minutes before the meeting starts (6:45 for those of you who are mathematically challenged) Contact either Jeremy Jansen, Jackie Jarvis or Erin Lavoie We are hoping to bring a little bit more organization to the meetings. As always if you think of something during the meeting there will be time to make announcements at the end.

Birth Control
As you all should be aware...there is a bill right now talking about prohibiting the distribution, prescribing and advertising of hormonal medications on UW system campuses. This is totally NOT ACCEPTABLE! Jill and Erin are leading the way in taking action on this issue on our campus. We need to focus on contacting Dan Kapanke and letting him know how we feel about this issue, this bill simply can not be passed! Letter writing campaigns, phone calls, petitions, etc...anything we can do to not have this bill passed! The sub committee for working on this issue will be having a ameeting this Thursday (sept 30) if you have any questions contact either Jill hayes.jill@students.uwlax.edu or Erin erin_lavoie@hotmail.com

Students for Choice
This Madison organization is going to be speaking and lobbying at the capitol regarding this birth control issue..if anyone from Lax is interested in attending Thursday October 27th please contact Erin erin_lavoie@hotmail.com asap so we can see if a bus is needed or we can just carpool

Endangered Species Act
VOTE NO! Bill HR 3824 Please contact Ron Kind asap at 220-225-5506 about this act. It is going to be taking away from critical habitat that is currently being protected by the endangered species act...if this new act is enacted it will no longer be protected which will lead to endangered species becoming extinct! Questions on this can be directed to miss Kristen Pitts pitts.kris@students.uwlax.edu

Bluff Clean Up
Trekker Club is having a bluff clean up this Sunday sometime in the afternoon. A sign up sheet was passed around, but if you missed it contact the trekker club for more info and for a time.

Women's Leadership Conference
If you are not attending SOA, i highly reccomend you attend this conference in Eau Claire as it is the same weekend and you can not attend both. If you would like to sign up there is a sign up sheet in the Student Association office on the second floor of CC or contact Liz Peyer peyer.eliz@students.uwlax.edu

Progressive Movie Night
The second half of the Corporation will be shown TONIGHT in the ward room, cc at 7pm.

Did you know that La Crosse has no racism? If you buy this...well you shouldn't be getting this e-mail...if not we are planning on attending the next anti-racism taskforce meeting. If you are interested contact Carrie Olson


Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Sept. 20th Meeting

Robert F Kennedy Jr.
Robert F Kennedy Jr. is an environmental lawyer coming to La Crosse to speak. This is an even that CAB has asked the Progressives to co-sponsor. They want our help with publicity and help with set-up. We are trying to get a set of chairs in the front to be reserved for us for helping out. This even will be at the Eagle REC center on November 2 at 7pm. This is a great place to recycle those old November 2nd t-shirt in the back of your closets!

Camp Wellstone
Camp Wellstone is a politcal action committee that is holding a workshop in La Crosse the weekend of October 14-15. This organization trains people all over the country on how to take action on many social issues. The La Crosse workshop will primarily focus on environmental activism. We are thinking that there will be room for approximately 75 students to take advantage of this amazing opportunity for a registration fee of only $10. This is an opportunity that we are fortunate to have here in La Crosse, so definitely take advantage of this! Sign Up sheets will be coming around soon....

Peace Rally
Saturday September 24th 5-8pm Cameron Park (King and 5th)
5pm - Open Mic for Peace (audience invited to speak out for peace)
6pm - Invited Speakers
7pm - Candlelight Peace March
8pm - Candlelight Vigil and Peace Sing
This is a sister rally for the one that is taking place on Saturday in Washington DC to bring home our troops. If you can't make it to the DC rally...come to this one! For questions, more information, or if you are willing to help...contact Carrie Olson at olson.caro@students.uwlax.edu

Keep your eyes open for more information to come on SOA. We, along with Viterbo, are organizing another trip down to Fort Benning in Georgia Nover 18-20 to protest the School of the Americas. Fundraising is going to be huge for this event...start brainstorming ideas! For more information on the SOA contact anyone who went last year, or visit www.soaw.org

Progressive Movie Night
TONIGHT! Sept 21 at 7pm in Port O Call we will be showing the Corporation. We will only be showing the first half of the movie, since it is long and a lot to take in during one sitting. So if you can't make it tonight, come next wednesday at 7pm to the Ward Room to see the second half.

Teach for America, Americorps, and Peace Corps volunteers will be on campus next Tuesday, Sept 27th at 5pm in room 332 CC. If you are interested in any of these great programs, stop by to hear what people who have experienced them have to say!

Coalition for Acceptance and Understanding
New diversity org on campus started by Carrie Olson. An exec team has now been elected and meetings will be held on Mondays at 7pm in room 259 CC

Environmental Council
Meetings will be held on Thursdays at 4pm in Room 259 CC. This organization has worked on the green bike program, and is currently working on a campus compost program. If you are interested check out the meeting next monday!

Moustaches/Pig Tails for Peace
Ryan is looking to help you build your resume! All you have to do is grow a moustache and you can be co-founder of this international peace movement. Talk to Ryan for more details or just stop shaving that hair on your upper lip. To go along with this movement, Jill and Erin have started a national movement, pig tails for peace...with their catchy theme song this movement is really picking up fast. For more information on these movements stop by their table at this Saturday's Peace Rally at Cameron Park.

Critical Mass
This September 30 (the last friday of the month) Critical Mass will be taking off in La Crosse. They will be meeting at the large eagle statue at Riverside Park at 5:30pm. Look for flyers for more information or visit their website. http://www.geocities.com/criticalmasslax

LIFE (La Crosse International Frienship Exchange)
LIFE will be holding their kick off even this Saturday at Pettibone Park from 1-4pm. Come and hang out and play some volleyball or frisbee and enjoy the company of our international students. They will be meeting in front of Baird Hall at 1:00pm Anyone who is able to drive, please contact them at life@uwlax.edu Anyone who is interested in biking to the event can join Justing (VP). For more information check out their website: http://www.uwlax.edu/oie/SA/LIFE.htm


Monday, September 19, 2005

Film tomorrow night

(A documentary film from KUED, Salt Lake City)

WHERE: La Crosse Public Library Auditorium
COST: Free and Open to ALL

A discussion of the issues will follow.
Open Eye
Documentary and Independent Film Society
La Crosse, WI.


10 days ago the Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted to approve the plan for Private Fuel Storage (of La Crosse, WI!!) to ship about 80 million pounds of high level radioactive spent fuel rods to a Native American Indian Reservation in Utah. Dairyland Power and Xcel Energy are two of the utilities--a totally private venture---who will be responsible for the shipment, placement, and upkeep of that nuclear fuel. This will mean more than 10,000 shipments of such fuel across nearly every major city in the United States on its way to a site managed by a "limited liability corporation".

Learn about our community, learn about why you have heard nothing about this in La Crosse even though its headquarters and chief operating officer is from La Crosse. Learn why Tribes across the country are opposed to such a movement of waste...and why one Native Community---in spite of a contested election (as of yet, unresolved and in the courts) is willing to accept the waste.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Pigtails for Peace and more...

After a confusion over the starting time for the meeting, our meeting began with a duet of two curly haired, pig-tailed women singing about their love for peace. Although the international movement, Mustaches For Peace, started by our very own Ryan Schryver, has taken off with a ba-boom, Jill and Erin felt a little left out by their lack of hair on their upper lip. So they've started a new movement, it's currently a national movement, but will soon catch like wildfire and pigtails, mustaches and any other body hair one can muster up will be the way to peace. The power of hair is a beautiful thing.
So anyway, here is what was talked about this evening at our meeting...
By the way, the next Progressives meeting will be:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th at 7:00 p.m.
(not 7:30 p.m.)
Friday, Sept. 16th...2:30 p.m. at the clocktower, meet and post fliers for meetings, bike movement, movie night, etc...the more people the easier this will be!
Monday, Sept. 19th...7:00 p.m. in 257 Cartwright...Anti-isms support group. A new anti-hate support group. Come, share, learn and become more aware. Contact Carrie for more info. olson.caro@students.uwlax.edu
Tuesday, Sept. 20th...10-3:00p.m in Valhalla, Cartwright...Come and spread the progressive word at this all-student organization gathering for students. Contact Jackie to sign up for a time slot to sit at our table and chat with people about what progressives do, etc. jarvis.jacq@students.uwlax.edu
Wednesday, Sept. 21st...7:00 p.m. in Port O'Call, Cartwright...Movie night...tonights documentary is The Corporation. http://www.thecorporation.com/ Don't miss this!
5th District County Board Seat...is open. This district includes campus and some apartments around campus. We really need a strong progressive voice to represent us. If you live in this area and are interested, contact Ryan at schryver.ryan@students.uwlax.edu
Critical Mass...www.geocities.com/criticalmasslax
Chris wants to start a critical mass group here in La Crosse. Critical Mass is a worldwide movement, where basically groups of local bikers go out on the last Friday of every month and bike down the streets to promote bicycling. 'It is, more than anything else, a reclamation of space, a demonstration to show that the city belongs to people and not machines.' Email criticalmasslax@yahoo.com for more information
Saturday, Sept. 24th...5-9:00 p.m....La Crosse peace rally at Cameron Park (5th and King). Contact Carrie for more information. olson.caro@students.uwlax.edu
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 14th & 15th...Camp Wellstone...http://www.wellstone.org/camp/ Organize for Progressive Change...more to come on this event.
Blue Bikes...The new green bike...Blue bikes are basically rental bikes available at the outdoor connection by a collaboration between Environmental Council and the Outdoor Connection. The bikes are 'rented' out long-term with a deposit of $20 and when you return your bike, you get your deposit back. There is currently a waiting list of 30-50 people and we need help getting these bikes fixed up. Bike work days are Tuedays from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Connection.
WSSA (Women Studies Student Association) meets on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. and is going to a conference Sept. 29th-30th...Contact Emily Salava salava.emil@students.uwlax.edu
Possible Thank you to our generous donors coming up...possibly yard work?
Check out Hispanic Heritage events this month...info at Multicultural students office in Graff
We have a new secretary...Stacy Sumwalt!
Happy 21st bday Jackie Jarvis!
Congratulations on the new Peace Movement Erin and Jill!
I think it's going to be a good year.
lubdub - Pitts

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

First Prog meeting of the year...

Upcoming events: NEXT MEETING WEDNESDAY, SEPT 14th 7:00 p.m. (259

Sept. 8th: Peace Rally Banners (Student activities room, 2nd floor Cartwright)
6:00 p.m. - Help make banners for the Peace Rally on Sept. 24th

Sept. 10th: Fighting Bob Fest (Baraboo, WI)
Bus leaves at 7:00 a.m. from Valley View Mall and returns at 7:00 p.m.
contact scryver.ryan@students.uwlax.edu for more info and to reserve a seat

Sept. 13th: La Crosse Greens Meeting (South Community Library, La Crosse)
6:30 p.m. - Come and help with the Bring Home the Troops campaign
contact thill.jess@uwlax.edu for more information

Sept 13th: Wheels of Justice (UWL Campus)
noon - 4:00 p.m. - Peace bus/classroom tours (Wimberly parking lot)
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Presentation (140 Cowley Hall)
Wheels of Justice is a group of veterans and peace activists
advocating justice and civil rights

Sept. 13th: Anti-racism Support Group Organizational Meeting (UWL Campus)
8:00 p.m. - Come and help this new organization create goals, objectives, meeting
times and discussion topics. Topics may go beyond anti-racism issues.
(257 Cartwright Center)
contact olson.caro@students.uwlax.edu for more information

Sept. 24th: Peace Rally (Cameron Park, La Crosse)
5:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Open mic, speakers, candlelight peace march, vigil and song
Speakers include Bethany Jacobson, John Medinger, Rev. Daniel
Bruch and Senator Russ Feingold
contact olson.caro@students.uwlax.edu to volunteer and more information

Other upcoming activities and contacts:

Movie Nights - contact gilbert.andr@students.uwlax.edu

Second Supper articles and ideas - contact dreaab@yahoo.com