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Women for Women Wausau

Women for Women Wausau Thursday, June 2 at 6 PM Zoom link at the bottom and also find us on Facebook! Sara Finger from the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health A message from our Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health Founder & Executive Director, Sara Finger: Now what? The draft opinion from the US Supreme Court has been leaked and we have all been awakened to how serious and real the threat to abortion access in the United States is. For those of us working daily to advocate for women's health and wellbeing, the news of a Supreme Court's draft decision to overturn Roe sadly does come as a surprise. We knew this action was ...

Union Busting is Disgusting

Union busting is not only disgusting, but also illegal. You have the right to organize in your workplace. Today several of us from the Marathon County Central Labor Council found ourselves at Starbucks in Plover. What brought us there was the illegal dismissal of a 21-year-old employee, Kolton. The reason for his termination was that he’d broken company rules by being in the back of the store while he was off the clock and being present in April after the store closed when he was off the clock. Kolton admits to this but also states the store policies are selectively enforced. Kolton and many other employees feel the dismissal was 100% fueled ...

Today I March

Today I march. I march for the women who blazed the trail before me, giving me the rights, I have. Thank you, you sacrificed so much. I am so grateful. Most of all, I march for my daughter and the girls of her generation and future generations. I march for all women, so you have the CHOICE. I march because we cannot go back. I was pleased today to see the mix of young and older alike. I was pleased to see men who support women. Citizens who understand we are living in a country that has one of the highest maternal mortality rates, no paid parental leave, and no universal, subsidized childcare. Citizens who understand that someday, someone they ...

Sunsetting Social Security

The Republican Party is running on an agenda, proposed by the National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair Senator Rick Scott, which would sunset all federal legislation in five years. This means that the Republican Party is pushing an agenda that would sunset Medicare and Social Security. Shame on them! It is hard to believe Rick Scott comes from Florida where the largest population are seniors. I cannot even begin to tell you how much of a disaster this would be for American families.  Our very own Senator Ron Johnson has praised this agenda and said that it would be a good thing for our state. Does Senator Johnson really believe that sunsetting ...

Election Folly

The Republican Party of Marathon County made a request to the County Clerks office seeking information on how Wausau handled the April 5 Spring Election. They wanted to clear up any questions regarding the integrity of the Wausau election. The Marathon County GOP went as far as asking for the names of those who served as election observers, names of people submitting election results and even the internet provider. This is of course their right to ask but I believe they do this to sow seeds of distrust. This request has since been dropped. What I aim to do is to dispel election fraud myths that seem to be running rampant. I had the honor of ...

In Our Own Back Yard Series

In Our Own Back Yard Series Tuesday, May 10 at 6 PM Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/92559912550 Join Zoom to Dial by your location: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) Meeting ID: 925 5991 2550   The topic of metallic mining has once again surfaced in Wisconsin. Congressman Tom Tiffany (7th congressional district) has been making many stops lately promoting sulfide mines in Wisconsin. Two places that are being considered for exploration are the reef deposit near the Dells of Eau Claire and the Bend deposit in Taylor County. It has become increasing difficult to oppose sulfide mining due to Tom Tiffany’s passage of Act 134 legislation in ...

Another Ten Years?

Today was the day we were waiting for, but definitely not the outcome we had worked so hard toward. I can remember a few short years back traveling to Marshfield with a friend for our initial meeting of FAIR MAPS. The turnout was huge from all corners of the state. We were organized, we planned, we were hopeful. Meeting after meeting, we diligently worked, and now this, the outcome. It’s dirty politics at its finest. The Wisconsin Supreme Court adopted the GOP maps for the state legislature. “In March, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) sent back the state senate and assembly maps selected by the Wisconsin Supreme Court asking that they, ...

The Hmong Story: The History and Challenges of Resettlement

On April 6, the Hmong American Center, Inc. hosted The Hmong Story: The History and Challenges of Resettlement April is Hmong Heritage Month in Wisconsin. Since the arrival of the first Hmong family in 1976, the Hmong people have lived and worked in Wisconsin for over 45 years, and have greatly contributed to the state's rich history, culture, economy, and public service. Wisconsin is made stronger by the Hmong people who have found a home here. The Guest Speaker for this event was Lee Pao Xiong, who is currently the founding Director of the Center for Hmong and East Asian Studies at Concordia University, St. Paul, and an Assistant ...

Women for Women Wausau: The Impact of Dark Money

Women for Women Wausau Thursday, May 5 at 6 PM The Impact of Dark Money on Our Elections Millions of dollars are being spent in our elections since Citizens United came about. That is there is no longer the requirement to publicly disclose donors. We believe corporations are not people and money does not make free speech. Yet all too often we see the corruptive influence of money in our elections. Dave Svetlik, who is also one of the great contributors to Middle Wisconsin, will be presenting the lasting effects of dark money on our elections. The buying of elections will range from local school board elections to state and national. There will ...

In Our Own Back Yard

Tuesday, April 12, a group of us here in Wausau, known to most as Women for Women, hosted Esteban Chiriboga, in our series “In Your Own Back Yard.” Recently, we have found ourselves deep in environmental issues, namely water. Here is a little recap of this month’s presentation. Water is Life. Our topic this month was Enbridge Line 5. To give you a little background, the original pipeline was constructed in 1953. It extends 645 miles between Superior Wi and Sarnia, Ontario. Line 5 has 287 stream crossings in Ceded Territories. It leaves 82% of inland lakes at risk, 52% of river miles at risk and 70% of wetland acres at risk. Lake ...