We meet once per quarter to strategize.
Quite a bit has changed since we last met, and people have been busy working on various projects. Let’s see how things are going and how to get new members involved.
Monday, June 17, 7-8:30
Rochambo cafe 1317 E Brady St
To start, a few minutes for updates. What has everyone (Al) been up to?
Items for open discussion; based on this, we will design printed materials for Juneteenth tabling:
- M4A has massive popular support. 70% of Americans support, and nearly all Democrats. Since Milwaukee is so heavily Democratic, it seems unlikely we will make much of in impact telling people in Milwaukee about M4A. Should we declare victory on persuading people on the wisdom of M4A and move on to something else:
- Education on attempts to co-opt M4A like a public option
- This already has a great slogan: A public option is not an option
- Getting M4A a House floor vote: Gwen Moore is on the Ways and Means Committee. In order for M4A to receive a floor vote, it has to pass through W&M. We could lead a pressure campaign to get her to vote it out of W&M
- If she did, we could claim a victory since nobody else is really doing this
- If actually given a floor vote, Democrats will be forced to choose a side
- Ron Kind, who represents most of western Wisconsin, including La Crosse, is also on W&M. We could help Coulee DSA pressure him
- Both this and public option would fold in well with letter writing campaign, with few edits
- As you know, un- and underinsurance is endemic in Milwaukee…
- We could pressure a state representative to propose B4A for WI
- This is probably better taken on by Madison since they don’t have anyone on W&M
- We and other Midwest chapters have not had luck with canvassing–we have conversations that seem to be impactful, but they do not recruit people to join the next canvass. Some other ideas of asks when canvassing:
- Write a letter–there have been some letters written so this is off the ground
- We’ve done a town hall, but we could do a town hall around A public option is not an option. This will be something new so we won’t be repeating ourselves.
- We can do both–eg, canvass to get people to call/write letters to Moore about W&M issue, invite to town hall.
- We need to grow the movement for this to succeed–we will keep trying new things until we find something that works.