Mandela Barnes Joined Team Gold to Kick Off the Fall Campaign

On August 13th, Team Gold kicked off the Fall campaign with a bang! Mandela Barnes spoke to our volunteers about why this Fall’s campaign is so important for Wisconsin and our Democracy. Thank you Mandela for joining us and inspiring our volunteers!

Now, we head into the heavy lifting of the campaign cycle. Our upcoming events are listed below.

Canvass with Team Gold on August 27th and 28th

As we head into the Fall, we will continue to talk with our neighbors to ensure that every Democratic voter in our area votes in this critical election. On Saturday the 27th, we are canvassing at 9:00 and Noon. On Sunday the 28th, we are canvassing at Noon and 3:00. We will train new volunteers or those who would like a refresh. We can also send you out with a more experienced canvasser. Just let us know if you would like to do that.

REGISTER HERE for Saturday, August 27

REGISTER HERE for Sunday, August 28

What to Learn More About Canvassing Before Signing Up? Come to our training on September 11th

Team Gold is hosting an in depth canvas training on Sunday, September 11th, from 1:30 – 2:30. We will be walking through canvassing best practices, why we canvass, and give folks opportunities to practice.

REGISTER HERE to learn about canvassing.

Canvassing on September 17-18

Join us on September 17th or 18th as we talk to infrequent democratic voters in our neighborhood about why it’s important to support Governor Evers and Mandela Barnes for Senate! We will have two shifts each day. On Saturday the 17th, join us at 9:00 or Noon. On Sunday the 18th, join us at Noon or 3:00. As always, we will provide training before each shift if you are new to canvassing or need a refresher. If you want to canvass with an experienced canvasser, let us know. We can also make that happen.

REGISTER HERE for canvassing September 17-18.

Prefer to Phone Bank?

Join WisDems in talking with voters in Dane, Rock and Jefferson Counties over the weekend of August 27-28. There are shifts all day, each day.

REGISTER HERE to phone bank.

Help Us Recruit Volunteers

We are holding an in-person phone bank to recruit volunteers to talk with our neighbors on August 27-28. It starts at 5:30 on August 17. If you prefer to make calls from your home, we can also make that work for you.

Register for August 17

Do you want to know more about Team Gold?

Want to know about other ways to volunteer with Team Gold?

In addition to canvassing, there are other ways to get involved with Team Gold. Complete our short volunteer interest form and we will be in contact to find the right opportunity for you.


Meet-and-Greet U.S. Senate Candidate Mandela Barnes, Wednesday July 6th, 5:00 – 6:30

Team Gold’s Meet-and-Greet with Mandela Barnes will provide voters on Madison’s far west wide an opportunity to learn more about US Senate candidate Mandela Barnes. Wisconsin is a pivotal state if Democrats are going to increase their majority in the Senate. This event will help us be better informed before the August primary. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. (Note: this is neither an endorsement nor a fundraiser.)


Celebrate President Biden’s First Year Successes

When we are in the thick of things, it can sometimes be difficult to remember all of the good that has happened since Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were elected President and Vice President. Take two minutes to look back at a very successful first year by watching this video narrated by Tom Hanks. Then think about how much more we can do with more Democrats in the House and, especially, in the Senate and join us to help make that happen.

Here’s the link to the video: https://youtu.be/hZyaREUfnh0



On Friday, January 21, at Noon, Fair Courts End Gerrymandering rallies will be held at over 15 locations around Wisconsin. The goal is to let the Courts know that we, the people of Wisconsin, are watching and we expect them to act in a nonpartisan manner, in the best interest of the people, not politicians.

The Madison rally will be at Noon starting at the
bottom stairs of the State Street entrance to the Capitol.

Beginning at Noon come to the steps leading to the State Street entrance to the Capitol, near the Forward statue. Sign in. You can pick up a sign at the sign-in table or come with your own. Respectfully walk along the public sidewalk surrounding the square holding your sign.

At 12:25 begin congregating near the State Street entrance steps. At 12:30 a short program will be held. Speakers include Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, Executive Director of Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, and Carlene Bechen, Organizing Director, Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition.

If you make your own sign, keep it positive with a focus on doing the right thing. We want to show the respect a fair and non-partisan court deserves.

Even though the rally will be outdoors we ask that you wear a mask. Stay safe while shining a light on the Court and championing Fair Maps.

Sign Up HERE

Learn more: fairmapswi.com/JanRally

George Jesien is the press contact for the Madison rally.
Mobile: (301) 509-2397; email: geojesien@gmail.com


Why the 2022 Elections Matter

Team Gold will be working hard in 2022 to re-elect Governor Evers, Attorney General Kaul and other Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. We will also be working hard to defeat Senator Johnson. Why? What is at stake?

One answer can be found by reading Laura Thornton’s recent column in The Washington Post.

Ms. Thorton is the director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. In her column she lays out what American authoritarianism looks like and shows that it is already here. Focusing on Wisconsin, she deplores the statements of Senator Ron Johnson and Republican lawmakers who are openly demanding control over election management in the state.

“I spent more than two decades living and working overseas to advance democracy and credible elections—giving me plenty of opportunity to see the lengths to which autocrats will go to gain power,” Thornton writes. “Even so, the proposed Wisconsin power grab is shocking in its brazenness. If this occurred in any of the countries where the United States provides aid, it would immediately be called out as a threat to democracy. U.S. diplomats would be writing furious cables, and decision makers would be threatening to cut off the flow of assistance.”

Democracy matters first and foremost if we are to tackle that long list of other critically important issues: racism, women’s reproductive health, social justice inequities, climate change, poverty, gun violence, medicaid expansion — and on and on. If you believe in any of those issues and the need for change, then first you need to join the fight to save our democracy. There is only one party who wants to do that, the Democrats. Join us and join the Democratic Party of Wisconsin in this effort. This is the fight of our time and every volunteer is critical.

Come back in January as we lay out our next steps. No matter which holidays you observe at this time of year, may they be happy and safe. See you in 2022!

Hear Ben Wikler on how you can be a part of a winning team this November!

Ben Wikler, Chair of WisDems, will join Team Gold on Monday, June 6th, from 5:30 – 7:30 at Vintage Brewing Company, 674 Whitney Way. Ben will talk about how WisDems plans to build a winning team for the critical November 2022 election so that we are able to:

  • Re-elect Governor Tony Evers
  • Re-elect Attorney General Josh Kaul
  • Defeat Senator Ron Johnson
  • Elect Sheriff Kalvin Barrett
  • Re-elect Representative Mark Pocan
  • Re-elect Assembly Representative Lisa Subeck
  • Elect Democratic candidates up and down the ballot

If you sometimes wonder how we will be able to accomplish all of these critical goals, come and hear Ben. He has a plan and, with your help, we can do this!

While registration isn’t required, if you plan to attend please consider registering so we have an idea of the headcount. There will be a no host bar and an available taco buffet for $20.


May 21st: We are knocking on doors to meet our new neighbors

Join us on Saturday, May 21st. We will be knocking on area doors to meet our neighbors and find out what issues matter most to them. This is important work as we prepare for the Fall 2022 campaign to re-elect Governor Evers, Attorney General Josh Kaul, Representative Mark Pocan and elect Democrats up and down the ballot.

We have shifts starting at 9:00 and Noon. Sign up by registering below:


If you prefer to phone bank, you have choices to do that. WisDems is calling voters in Dane and Rock Counties for the same purpose as the canvass. The shifts on Saturday start at 9:00 and Noon and the Sunday shifts start at Noon and 3:00. Sign up by registering below.


Every day there seems to be more news that underscores why we must elect more Democrats in 2022. There is so much at stake! By joining us, you will make a difference.

Here’s how we make a difference

Ben Wikler, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, has turned WisDems into a very effective state political party. Between raising money and supporting neighborhood teams, such as Team Gold, WisDems under Ben’s leadership is making a difference. Politico, an online magazine covering politics, lays it all out. Join Team Gold or your neighborhood team and help us make a difference and protect our democracy. Click below and learn more.


Make a Difference — April 2 – 5: GOTV for the Spring Election

For Getting Out The Vote for the April 5th election, we are asking Team Gold volunteers to support progressive candidates for office in Dane County who face conservative opponents.

CLICK HERE to register to canvass for Michele Doolan, a progressive from Cross Plains who is running for re-election to the Dane County Board. The canvass is on Saturday, April 2nd, starting at 10:00 am at the Vessel Cafe, 1820 Main Street, Cross Plains.

Want to learn more about Michele before volunteering? CLICK HERE to register for a virtual meet and greet with Michele on TUESDAY, MARCH 29TH AT 6:30.

Prefer to phone bank in support of progressive candidates in Dane County? No problem. WisDems is hosting virtual phone banks with times throughout the four days of GOTV. CLICK HERE to register to make calls.

Join us on February 12th and Take Action!

At Noon on February 12th Team Gold will be calling voters who reside on the west side of Madison, encouraging them to request an absentee ballot and to vote in the Spring elections. This is a important building block to having a successful November election, re-electing Governor Evers and defeating Ron Johnson. Both of those races, as well as electing other Democrats statewide and locally, are vitally important to the future of democracy in Wisconsin and nationally. Join us and make a difference.

CLICK HERE to register and receive the Zoom link for the phone bank.

Prefer to text bank your friends and family in support of voting by absentee ballot?

CLICK HERE to register to do relational texting on February 12th starting at 10:00 am.

If February 12th doesn’t work for you, we are phone banking in March. Join us then!

CLICK HERE to register and receive the Zoom link to phone bank starting at Noon on Saturday March 19.

CLICK HERE to register and receive the Zoom link to phone bank starting at Noon on Saturday March 26.