Dear fellow Wisconsin Democrats and friends,
This week, I spoke to the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans luncheon in Milwaukee. This group, created by our close partners in the labor movement, fights for policies that support a just and dignified retirement for all Wisconsin retirees.
Many of the women and men in the room had been in the fight for decades. Through dark times and glorious victories. Through progress—and backlash. And here they were, midday on a Monday, honoring folks who had carried the torch.
Meanwhile, young people in Wisconsin are leading the way—striking to fight climate change, marching for their lives, and raising their voices for inclusion and respect for all.
We’re the party that believes in intergenerational partnership. In family. In values that transcend age. And we win when everyone is honored and all voices are heard.
Proud to be in this fight with you.
FIGHT on the Issues:
Our Next President
This past Tuesday, Ben traveled to Westerville, Ohio, for the fourth Democratic presidential debate. One thing was clear: any one of the 12 candidates on stage would be a better president than the current occupant of the White House.
The debate showed us that there are a host of issues affecting our communities from health care costs to college affordability, and that we need someone who is serious about getting the job done. Perhaps more important, we need someone who cares about someone other than themselves, unlike Donald Trump.
After the debate, Ben spoke with reporters, including MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, about the significance of our state in next year’s election—and the extraordinary grassroots energy in our county parties and neighborhood teams that will power us to victory next year.
Trump’s Trade War Devastating Local Economies
As Donald Trump continues his erratic trade policies and hardworking Wisconsinites face uncertainty in the market, Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels toured one of the Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry’s (WAF) plants and met with CEO Sachin Shivaram, as well as USW Local 125 Vice President Marcos Alfaro, to discuss the impact of the current trade climate on the local economy in a press event arranged by DPW.
Here are some excerpts from the event:
Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels: A lot of our businesses in Manitowoc are supplying to Caterpillar, John Deere, GM — so its their products that have seen the effects of the trade war…There’s quite a few companies in town where the tariffs are hurting them directly because our trade partner is China…When businesses are talking about expanding or growing, if who they’re selling to is having problems with tariffs they may think twice about expanding in Manitowoc — that’s probably the largest issue.
USW Local 125 Vice-President Marcos Alfaro: “When you affect the American people — the working everyday people — then the whole nation is going to struggle...The fact is that we’re in the second month of layoffs. You know so when you talk about the economy and how great it’s been, but we’re not talking about the effects of the tariffs…the fact is we got guys who are on layoff…The people on the ground, everyday people — ‘who’s next’ — that’s what the guys are wondering…My message to them [people in office] is to do what they were elected to do which is represent the people.”
INCLUDE & RESPECT
Winning in Rural Wisconsin
Last Thursday, Senator Patty Schachtner convened a special meeting of county party activists and Democratic leaders in her Senate District, SD-10, and invited Ben to speak. When Patty won her Senate special election in January 2018, the whole county took notice. Less than two years before, Trump had carried her Northwestern district by 17 percentage points! It was won of the strongest pre-tremors of the blue wave that swept the GOP out of power.
In 2020, the GOP is going after Senator Schachter with everything they’ve got—and we have her back. Winning her re-election will cut off the GOP’s path to a supermajority in the Senate. The activists in Patty’s district asked great questions, shared great ideas, and demonstrated through their presence and energy that they’re fired up and ready to go.
On Sunday, Ben went to a Farmers Union benefit in Brooklyn, Wisconsin. As in Northern Wisconsin, farmers in Southern Wisconsin are feeling the pinch of Trump’s disastrous agricultural policy. In 2020, Democrats are working to earn the votes of agricultural communities—and it starts by showing up!
Urban League of Greater Madison
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin bought two tables at the Urban League of Greater Madison’s Urban Cabaret last Monday, and Ben and Vice Chair Felesia Martin, 4th CD Chair Terrell Martin, Training and Development Director Arkesia Jackson, and a group of fellow Democrats joined in the celebration of Wisconsin leaders and heroes. Congratulations to all the award winners!
Organizing in the Suburbs:
Ozaukee and Washington
The Ozaukee County Democrats—a red county for most of the last century, but increasingly purple thanks to the tireless efforts of local Democrats and the repellant nature of our president—hosted its fall fundraising dinner on Thursday. Ben spoke to 140 fired-up Ozaukee County Democrats in this Milwaukee suburb who are ready to propel the Democratic nominee to victory next year!
Meanwhile, last Sunday, DPW Vice Chair Felesia Martin spoke to the Washington County Democratic Party spaghetti dinner—bringing the party’s message to another critical Milwaukee suburb.
EMPOWER the Grassroots
In just three short weeks, we’ll be one year away from the 2020 general election. That may seem like a long time, but if we’ve learned anything from the past, we know that we can’t take anything or anyone for granted.
That’s why we’re announcing something unprecedented for an off-year: we are going to knock on 50,000 doors in one weekend — a number that’s twice Trump’s 2016 margin of victory in Wisconsin.
In order to achieve this goal, we need your help talking to voters. You can find an event near you and sign up for a canvassing shift here!
We’re also excited to announce that we’re looking to hire field organizers for the 2020 election! If you or someone you know are interested in building the local infrastructure necessary for success in the 2020 Elections and beyond, make sure to send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Field Organizer” as the email’s subject line.
Other Ways to Get Involved
Democrats win through people power, so we wanted to update you on a few exciting opportunities to get involved:
If you’re interested in running for local office, you can fill out this Google form and someone from our team will be in touch.
If you’re interested in being a poll worker in the upcoming 2020 elections, please express your interest here.
If you’re interested in having early access to our exciting new texting tool, express your interest here.
And finally, a(nother) reminder to sign up for a canvass for #1Year2Win.
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