It is 2024 and Time to Get to Work!

We have less than 4 months until the critical election on November 5, 2024 . Between now and then Team Gold will be busy doing everything we are able to help defeat Trump and his MAGA allies, re-elect President Joe Biden and Senator Tammy Baldwin, and elect Democratic and progressive candidates down ballot. Rather than viewing this as a choice between President Biden and Trump, we view this election as a choice between stability and democracy vs. chaos and authoritarianism.

As the conservative former Federal Judge and constitutional scholar Judge Luttig said, this election is a referendum on democracy. Vote Yes! by voting blue.

We’ve already hosted phone banks and canvasses and are continuing this effort through the summer. We are engaging with new volunteers as well as voters. We need to ensure that voters understand the importance of this election and why defeating Trump and his MAGA allies by re-electing President Biden and Senator Baldwin is crucial. The closer we get to November, the more there will be for each of us to do. Here’s what’s coming up next.

Keep Your Sanity: Watch Trump Accept his Party’s Nomination and have Fun with Other Team Gold Volunteers

On the evening of July 18th, Trump will be speaking live from Milwaukee, a city he called “horrible”, to accept the nomination of his party — the Trump Party. Team Gold is hosting a gathering that evening to enable you to watch this spectacle in the company of kind, sane and rational friends. You will learn more about why this is such a critical election while having fun as we play Trump Trivia and Buzz Word Bingo, with fabulous prizes for the winners. Fun will start at 7:30; party held at 1826 Breezy Trail.

REGISTER TO ATTEND TRUMP WATCH PARTY ON JULY 18TH

Dems Meet up after Pod Save America Podcast Session on July 19th

If you are going to the Pod Save America livve show at the Orpheum Theater downtown Madison the evening of July 19th, meet up with other Dems afterwards. More info and registration here.

Team Gold is canvassing in July

Team Gold is continuing to talk with our neighbors to learn what issues matter most to them, to identify Democratic voters and sign up new volunteers. These canvasses are critical to our get out the vote efforts later in the election cycle.

We are hosting a late afternoon canvass on Tuesday July 23rd, starting at 5pm. Barbara Arnold is hosting at 1826 Breezy Trail.

REGISTER TO CANVASS ON JULY 23RD

Team Gold is canvassing the weekend of July 27-28. We will have two shifts on Saturday, at 10 am and 1pm, and one shift on Sunday at Noon. Barbara is hosting.

REGISTER TO CANVASS ON JULY 27TH AND 28th

August Canvassing Schedule

As we continue our efforts in August, we will have a number of opportunities for volunteers to canvass with us. Sign up for one, sign up for all!

Tuesdays for Democracy

Can’t make our weekend canvasses? Want to do more? We will have three Tuesdays in August with canvasses starting at 5pm, August 6, 20 and 27. Barbara is hosting on the 6th. Claudia Pogreba is hosting on the 20th and 27th at 8527 Elderberry Road.

REGISTER FOR AUGUST 6

REGISTER FOR AUGUST 20

REGISTER FOR AUGUST 27

August Weekends of Action, August 10-11 and 24-25

As we continue talking with voters about what issues matter most to them and identify more Democratic voters and volunteers, we will have two Weekends of Action with 3 shifts. On the Saturdays we will start at 10:00 and 1:00; on Sundays we will start at Noon. Join us and make a difference! Pam Woodruff is hosting August 10-11 at 7825 W. Oakbrook Circle. Claudia is hosting August 24-25.

REGISTER FOR AUGUST 10-11

REGISTER FOR AUGUST 24-25

Team Gold is Calling Voters Living in Inaccessible Apartments

Increasing numbers of voters living on the far west side of Madison reside in apartment buildings that, for security reasons, are inaccessible to non-residents. These voters are just as important as those whose doors we can knock easily. To reach them, we will be phone banking over the Summer and into the Fall. Our July 23rd phone bank kick off is a Zoom meeting to tell you about how we will be doing this to make it flexible for your schedule yet getting the job done. Register for the one hour informational session to be held on Tuesday July 23rd at 7:00 CT.

REGISTER FOR PHONE BANK INFORMATIONAL MEETING JULY 23rd

Other Ways to Help

Want to help Team Gold and the other Dane County teams another way? The teams around Dane County are planning to open offices around Dane County in time for the Fall canvassing push. This will enable us to more easily host canvasses, distribute yard signs, recruit new volunteers and more. Dane Dems is raising the funds, which will be made available to teams across the county. You can help by donating through this link which is dedicated for this purpose:

Donate to Dane Dems to Support the County Teams

You can also support the County Teams by becoming a member of Dane Dems. Here’s a link to do that.

Join Dane Dems

Fall of 2023

Last Fall, we knocked on doors to talk with voters. Wisconsin Secretary of State Sarah Godlewski joined us on November 4th to kick off one of our shifts. As usual, Sarah inspired all of us. Canvassers left feeling energized and hopeful. We look forward to seeing more of Sarah this year.

Join Us!

If you want to know more about Team Gold but can’t make our informational event, you can reach out to us through our email at teamgoldwi.volunteers.@gmail.com. We would love to talk with you about what we do and why we do it. We need volunteers 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.

WE DID IT! WITH YOUR HELP WE FLIPPED THE STATE SUPREME COURT

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.

THANK YOU!

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 teamgoldwi@gmail.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.

VOLUNTEER INTEREST FORM

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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR MAY 21ST

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.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO PHONE BANK ON MAY 21ST AND 22ND

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.

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/04/03/wisconsin-democrats-ben-wikler-00022556

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.

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