Family & Community


NORTHWOODS PROGRESSIVES~Bigger than Roe Minocqua 2024

The Northwoods Progressives met on a bitterly cold Saturday on January 20 to show support for Women's RIGHTS!   Bigger than Roe Minocqua 2024 Our resolve is unyieldingSaturday, January 20 at 1:00 pm We will gather at Veterans Park in Minocqua then march to the railing across from Save More where we will wave signs and show that Our Resolve is Unyielding Everyone with an interest in Women's rights is welcome to attend.  Bring a friend and bring a sign with your message. Hosts: Northwoods Progressives, Democratic Party of Vilas County, ...

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Bill Franks’ Take on Martin Luther King, Jr. – MLK Day

When my now adult son was in Middle School in Waunakee Wisconsin,(where we live) I gave talks at the School on the significance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. The Waunakee Community is, like most communities in Wisconsin, an extremely melanin deficient community for Black Kids to receive education. It also is one of the highest rated School Districts in the State when it comes to the quality of its educational instruction, the quality of its Educational Professionals (including Teachers) and the intelligence and Curricular Policies of its School Board. A ...

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Ruminations On A Happy New Year

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” Tom Bodett, author and NPR personality. “Christmas is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate a religious holiday than with a month of frenzied consumerism.” Calvin, a cartoon character from Calvin and Hobbs “Happy New Year” is one of the meaningless Hallmark platitudes of the season. You hear the greeting from friends and strangers. It is in the shopping mall Christmas music tape loop. The cards you ...

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2023 Year in Review

Another Year of Historic Citizen-Driven Action and Research. Riverside Park Finally Remediated 17 Years After First Dioxin Soil Samples in 2006. 2023 was a special year. It not only marked the 5-year anniversary of Citizens for a Clean Wausau’s founding in 2018, but also encompassed major community progress on multiple critical local environmental fronts. A list of CCW’s 2023 news and research posts can be found on this page below our highlight commentary. Citizens for a Clean Wausau dedicates its work this year to Teresa Mills of CHEJ, in order to honor our ...

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WUUSAN ~ December ALL MEMBER MEETING

WUUSAN's ALL MEMBER meeting for December will feature Anahkwet (Guy Reiter), executive director of the Menominee community organization Menīkānaehkem Community Rebuilders  and Director of Rights of Nature Wisconsin.    Date: December 13, 2023 Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM Location: On line. All are welcome!   All Member meetings are available to anyone on the mailing list and invited guests.  Please register to receive the Zoom link: TWwIoIoR40-WcJB69Wgoew2

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Women for Women December

Women for Women Thursday, December 7 at 6 PM   Women for Women’s goal is to help citizens better understand the issues impacting our communities and to help voters make the best decisions when going to the polls next spring. Our presenter for the Women for Women event on Thursday, December 7 will be Tara Glodowski, Executive Director of The Community Partners Program. We all have so much to learn about the offerings of the new Community Partners Campus:  the many programs it supports, the people it serves, the needs and the funding issues for all the ...

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Crandon Mine Purchase Anniversary Celebration Held Last Saturday

By Tina L. Van Zile, Environmental Director   Last Saturday was the 20th Anniversary Celebration for the historic Crandon Mine Purchase. Events were held at the Mole Lake Casino and Lodge Conference Center and the Forest County Potawatomi Community Center. We started the day off with an opening drum song from the Sokaogon Singers, and their second song brought in the Sokaogon Chippewa Veterans Color Guard. Chairman Robert Van Zile, Jr. and Chairman James A. Crawford each welcomed everyone to the glorious day. Then Chairman Van Zile offered a prayer for ...

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DON’T DEFUND THE MARATHON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

On Wednesday, November 8, at 6 PM, the Wausau UU Social Justice will be having Beth Rosenberg Martin speak about the current state of things at the Marathon County Public Library and what we can do to become involved. We need full funding and common-sense people on our County Board to deliver this for starters. The public is welcome. Please visit the Facebook page Don’t Defund the Marathon County Public Library and sign the petition also.

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Funding Public Libraries Crucial to Diverse, Free Society

I am writing this letter in support of, not only maintaining, but increasing, the 2024 budget for the Marathon County Public Library. It seems strange that the budget of such a valued community resource should be threatened. We live in a complicated age where diversity of people and ideas should be celebrated, not condemned. The public library system makes all kinds of books and ideas available to everyone. Public libraries are one of the safe places where people of all backgrounds, economic class, race, gender and ideology can gather and quietly go about their ...

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Memories and Condolences for Theresa Miles

It is with sad hearts we bid farewell to Theresa ("Myrt") R. Miles, who passed away on Monday, August 1, 2023, after a courageous nine-year battle with cancer.  At a time when public education has been under siege, Theresa stood out historically as a champion of public education from the start of her career.  She began her career in Wausau in 1973, teaching at GD Jones before moving to Rib Mountain Elementary. At Rib, she taught first grade for 30 years.  She also became the "literacy coordinator" in the WSD, coaching other teachers in the district. Numerous students ...

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