The Shawano Dems will have their August meeting in western Shawano County at the historic Train Depot in Eland.  Beginning with a Pot Luck at 6:15 pm, the speakers and meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.  Tony Gonzalez will tell about what has driven him to become an advocate for diversity, inclusion and assimilation for the Hispanic Community in the Wausau area.  He has been actively involved in re-establishing a dialogue between the community and legislators.  He will be accompanied by Jeffrey Todd, a Certified Medical Practice Executive who now volunteers in social justice mission work.  Text or call Dan Weidner if you wish to carpool from the Shawano Civic Center leaving at 5:45 pm.


On Friday, August 23rd Amanda Struck, candidate for the 8th Congressional District will hold a town hall meeting at the Shawano Civic Center from 5:00-6:00 pm. She currently represents the 57th Assembly District in the Appleton area.  She will be running against Republican Mike Gallagher.  Amanda will also be in Shawano to greet voters who visit the Shawano Dems’ booth at the Shawano County Fair on Sunday, September 1st from 2-4 pm.  Another chance to talk with her is at the October 5th fall dinner where she will be speaking.

This year’s fair will run from August 28th to September 2nd.  The Shawano Dems will have a booth in the Commercial Building.  Those stopping by will be able to participate in a Democratic presidential straw poll.  Signs for nonpartisan grassroots causes will also be available.  The sign entitled ”This Time Wisconsin Deserves Fair Maps” gives the message that after the 2020 census results have been tabulated,  the legislature needs to redraw district maps in a nonpartisan manner.  “Big Money Out of Politics” signs show the need to have a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Citizen’s United Supreme Court ruling which allows spending of unlimited amounts of money on candidates’ campaigns.

With students soon returning to the classroom, this month’s topic is education.

Increased funding for education was one of Governor Evers major budget initiatives.  Although the final budget doesn’t restore funding to the levels he would have liked, it is a step forward. It is important that all children have a quality education and public schools are the path forward for the majority of Wisconsin’s students.

Aug. 21: 6:15 pm pot luck at the Eland Depot followed by the Shawano Dems’ Meeting at 7:00 pm. Speakers Tony Gonzalez and Jeffrey Todd. 
Aug. 23:  Amanda Struck Town Hall Meeting at the Civic Center 5-6 pm.
Aug. 28-Sept. 2:  Visit our booth at the Shawano County Fair.
Sept. 4:  Executive Committee Meeting 6:00 pm
Shawano Civic Center
Oct. 5:  Fall Dinner at Shawano Lake Golf Course.  Speakers include 8th CD candidate Amanda Struck and Allie Tempus from The Progressive magazine.

Chair’s Comments

Progressive Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates 0.Jill Karofsky and Ed Fallone were present at the July 5th Shawano Dems’ picnic.  Both were impressive and will be on the ballot in the February primary election.

Volunteers are needed for setting up the Shawano County Fair and working a 2-3 hours shift.  You will get a free pass to the fair which includes parking. Also, we are still in need of poll workers to help with the elections for the next two years.  Donation items are needed for raffle items at the fall dinner.  Items can be left off at our meetings or at the fair.  If you can help with any of these requests, please contact Jan Koch.

If you are cleaning out your garage, save your campaign sign wires, especially those which are shaped like an H for corrugated signs.  We can use them for the signs in the fair booth and in future elections.

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