We held our last canvasses of the year the weekend of November 4th and 5th. That is just one year from the all-important November 2024 election, when we will help re-elect President Joe Biden and Senator Tammy Baldwin, and elect Democratic and progressive candidates up and down the ballot.
Team Gold members had great conversations with voters to learn what issues matter most to them. Our voters understand the importance of this election and why re-electing President Biden and Senator Baldwis is crucial.
As a bonus, Wisconsin Secretary of State Sarah Godlewski joined us on the 4th to kick off one of our canvass shifts. As usual, Sarah inspired all of us. Canvassers left feeling energized and hopeful.
We will be back at it in early 2024. Come back to this space for more as we plan our schedule of phone banking and door knocking over the first half of the year. We are also hopeful of having some fun along the way.
If you want to know more about Team Gold, you can reach out to us through our email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to talk with you about what we do and why we do it. We need folks to make calls and knock on doors. But, we also need folks to help support those efforts. Reach out and let us know what you are interested in doing.
Why we do this work
For a good explanation of the importance of turning out the vote in Madison and Dane County, here is a great article from Politico. While the story focuses on a number of college towns, the work being done by Dane County volunteers such as those from Team Gold is the lead story.
On Tuesday, April 4th, Wisconsin voters overwhelmingly chose Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Janet Protasiewicz as the next justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. When she takes the bench on August 1st, the court, which currently has 4 conservative members and 3 progressive members, will have 4 progressive members and 3 conservatives. With this change, we have the opportunity to get a fair hearing on important issues, such as gerrymandering and the 1849 abortion ban. It could also have a critical impact on voting rights and the selection of electors in the 2024 presidential election.
Why we do this work
In honor of Memorial Day 2023, Heather Cox Richardson wrote a sobering column about fascism. She focuses on the importance of recognizing it as a threat and the need to do everything possible to preserve our democracy as our best defense. That is what we did on April 4th and what Team Gold is dedicated to doing as we contemplate 2024. HERE is a link to her column. Steven Beschloss also has an excellent column on what the GOP is promoting — basically a dictatorship. The work continues.
A big shout out to our amazing canvassers and support teams who made it possible for us to turn out the vote so effectively for Governor Evers, Attorney General Kaul, Assembly candidates Alex Joers and Lisa Subeck, State Senate Candidate Dianne Hesselbein, and Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett.
We are disappointed that we were unable to elect Mandela Barnes and defeat the worst sitting US Senator. Given the overtly racist ads run against Mandela and his late start on being able to respond effectively, we are proud at how close he came. However, the work continues. Moral victories, such as Mandela’s, simply aren’t enough.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving and year end holidays, whatever you may celebrate. It is time to relax and enjoy family and friends.
We will be back at it early next year as we work to elect a progressive candidate to the open Wisconsin Supreme Court seat. The primary is February 21st and the General Election is April 4th. Control of the court by either conservative justices or progressive justices will be on the ballot. This is likely to be the most expensive Supreme Court race in Wisconsin’s history.
If you are interested in learning more about Team Gold over the holidays, please let us know. You can reach out to us at email@example.com. We will explore with you what you would like to do so we can collaboratively determine how we can best put your talents and time to work.
You can also complete our short volunteer interest form and we will be in contact to find the right opportunity for you.
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.
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.
Details: 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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 HEREto register to make calls.
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.