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, January 25, 2006

Chancellor Doug Hastad and Campus Climate Coordinator Beth Hartung would like to invite you to log onto


and pledge your name in support of U W – L’s commitment to diversity. A copy of the commitment and the names of those who pledge will be proudly displayed March 1st in the Office of Campus Climate.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

New Semester, New Ideas

Progressives Meeting: January 24, 2006

***events, opportunities, meetings, impor tant dates, etc. are now underlined and italicized for easy identification

Alternative Spring Break
An alternative spring break to help with Hurricane Katrina clean-up is being planned. Anyone who is interested in going should attend an informational meeting on Monday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Valhalla, Cartwright Center. Applications are available in 212 Cartwright Center, OMSS (243 Graff Main Hall), or the Office of Residence Life (213 Wilder). Costs will be $180 (includes bus fare, meals, and lodging on-site [tents/sleeping bags] ) + spending money for food during travel. You would leave Friday, March 10 and return Friday, March 17.

The Progressives Bus
The dream of a Progressives’ Bus is starting to take shape. Owning a bus would greatly decrease the cost of attending events such as SOA and Fighting Bob Fest. The possibilities are endless! There will be a lot of work that needs to go into making this dream a reality, and anyone who wants to be a part of helping should contact Ryan Schryver. One of the major init ial discussions will be fundraising. This Friday at Concordia Ballroom (La Crosse St.) the Progressives in the La Crosse area will be having a State of the Union P-A-R-T-Y! We will have a Progressives’ table there to help raise money for the bus so if you are available that night around 5:30 to help staff a table…show up! J

State of the Union P-A-R-T-Y!!!

Friday, January 27
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1129 La Crosse St. (across from Little Caesars ® )

This Friday the Coulee Region Progressives will be hosting a State of the Union party! There will be music, food, speakers, and reflection s on what we have accomplished and what we have to work on in 2006. The night kicks off at 5:30 with a Progressives’ Fair where you can learn about progressive causes, candidates, and organizations. A pot luck buffet style dinner to follow and at 7:00 they will be starting the program. Festivities following the program will go until 11:00. Bring a non-perishable food donation for WAFER food pantry.

Earth Day

Earth Day Meeting!!! Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. in 257 CC. We will be breaking down into committees so if you want to be a part of the Earth Day Celebration planning this is the meeting to make it to! If you want to be a part of it but for some reason can’t make it on Thursday, please let Kristen Pitts know. pitts.kris@students.uwlax.edu

Idealist Conference

The Idealist Conference in Nashville, TN will be held March 3rd through the 5th. The C.O.O.L. Idealist National Conference is the largest convening in the country of students involved in service, activism, politics, and socially responsible work.

A group of UWL students are planning on attending and if you'd like to join them there's an informational meeting, January 31st at 6pm, Room 342 Cartwright

For more information on the conference you can visit the website: www.idealist.org/conference2006 or contact
Chelsea O’Neil. E-mail: oneil.chel@students.uwlax.edu or Phone: 608.445.6516


It is now the beginning of a new semester and everyone is back, refreshed, and ready to begin another semester of working on Progressive issues. We have brainstormed a number of really great issues that we might want to tackle this semester. We have come up with a lot of great issues, but it’s going to take a lot of you energetic and inspired individuals to accomplish our goals. A number of the issues that we will be working on could use a second, third, or tenth person to jump in and help. If any of the issues that we discuss in the meetings or that you see in the e-mails interest you please e-mail Jackie Jarvis at jarvis.jacq@students.uwlax.edu. Some of the issues that we discussed were:
Earth Day
Peace Week
Green Bags
Getting Progressives T-shirts
Working on the April Elections
Progressives’ Bus
Fighting Bob Fest Food Booth
Boxes and Walls
Movie Nights
Weekly Dinners

If you have any questions about any of these issues or if you are interested in helping…please e-mail Jackie.

Knitting Club

The first meeting of the Knitting Club will Thursday at 8:30 at a table by the Cyber Café in CC. If interested in more details please e-mail Bjorn or Jill at bergman.bjor@students.uwlax.edu or hayes.jill@students.uwlax.edu

It’s Sexy To Be Green Calendars

100 more calendars are expected to come in tomorrow! Progressives and Environmental Council have raised approximately $600 each with the calendar sales. If you want a calendar please e-mail Kristen Pitts at pitts.kris@students.uwlaxe.edu Congratulations and great work to Kristen Pitts and everyone who participated in making the calendar a huge success!
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Amnesty International
Amnesty International is expected to start back up on campus every other Thursday (the Thursdays opposite Environmental Council). Watch for more details about the revival or this great organization.

Environmental Council
First environmental council meeting of 2006 will be next week Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00 in CC.

In typical Progressives’ tradition, we will be having a social gathering to kick off the semester on February 3rd at 1104 State Street (Ryan’s house). This will be a theme party…the theme being The Beatles. Come dressed as your favorite song or something out of your favorite Beatles song. You have two weeks to create a costume. If you need help with any clever ideas, Ryan has come up with a list of ideas and would be willing to help you out if you e-mail him. This should be a fun one!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

C.O.O.L. Idealist National Conference

Vanderbilt University
March 3-5
Nashville, TN

The C.O.O.L. Idealist National Conference is the largest convening in the country of campus community members involved in service, activism, politics, and socially responsible work. For 21 years, this conference has brought together student leaders and activists, campus administrators, and nonprofit professionals for three days of networking, storytelling, and learning.

In organizing this conference, as in all our work, we are committed to fostering an environment which reflects, supports, and celebrates our collective diversity including age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, class, sexual orientation, ability, spirituality, life experience, and point of view.

Highlights of the conference include:

1,500 participants -- college students and professionals from across the country who are actively and creatively engaged in service, activism, and civic life on their campuses and in their communities.
150 workshops on everything from leadership skills, to international human rights, to career development, to activism through art.
60+ local, national, and international nonprofit organizations offering volunteer opportunities, jobs, internships, year-of-service programs, and more for students and administrators of all levels.
The power and inspiration of a national campus-based movement!

If you're interested...please check out the website!


Dates to be aware of (check website for more info):
If you'd like to present a workshop you must apply by January 23rd
If you would like to be a keynote speaker you must apply by January 20th
If you'd like to nominate someone for an award you must do so by January 20th

If you would like to learn more about the conference or would like to reserve your spot please contact me , Chelsea, at oneil.chel@students.uwlax.edu ASAP! I'm the official ambassador for our campus so I'll be the contact person for organizing meetings and fundraising, etc

peace for now,