January/February 2017 Newsletter


January 18th:  Environmental concerns are abundant both locally and nationally.  We will be having Native American speakers address the following topics at 7:00 pm at the Shawano Civic Center (225 S. Main St.)

  •    The Menominee Nation is concerned about the ground water issues that could affect Wisconsin if gold and other metals are allowed to be extracted in open pit and shaft mines.
  •    Many of the local Native Americans have visited Standing Rock in North Dakota and we will hear about their experiences.

Come and learn more about these topics.
February 15th:  The movie “Requiem for the American Dream” will be shown to the public at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.  Naom Chomsky, one of America’s most important thinkers, narrates the ten principles that have brought our county to its present state.  It traces the origins of our democracy and how it has evolved through history.
Following the showing there will be a discussion of the ideas in the film and their importance for future Democratic goals.

Nomination papers have been filed for those who are running for non-partisan offices.  The Democratic Party of Shawano County would like to help progressive candidates to get elected.

If you know of any individuals who would be willing to get guidance in volunteer recruitment, fundraising plans, Letter to the Editor writing, etc. from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, please let us know.  There will be local election training sessions in nearby cities throughout January.

We’d also like to know of any candidates for office that you know of that should be defeated so we can alert progressive voters to oppose them.

One important candidate that will be up for re-election is Superintendent of Schools, Tony Evers.  He has fought for fair funding for our schools since 2009.  He is an educator who wants to keep fighting to keep public education a priority and ensure that every kid has the opportunity to excel.


Jan. 12:  
Listen to the Shawano Dems on the WTCH Breakfast Club from 8:00-9:00 am at 960 am.

Jan 18:  Native Americans will speak on mining concerns and the situation at Standing Rock at 7:00 pm. at the Civic Center.  Shawano Dems’ meeting to follow.  Doors open at 6:30 pm for refreshments.

Feb. 1:  Executive Committee Meeting at 6:00 pm.  Open to all SCDP members.

Feb. 9:  Listen to the Shawano Dems on the WTCH Breakfast Club from 8:00-9:00 am at 960 am.

Feb. 15:  Movie “Requiem for the American Dream” at 7:00 pm. at the Civic Center.  Refreshments provided.  Discussion of the film to follow.

Chair’s Comments
This is a time in history that we need to resist and change the course of the future.  None of us are happy about the November election results so let’s do something about it.
We would love to keep on talking about what Democrats value and hope that our message is heard.  We want a clean climate, economic justice and health care for all but talking about those things hasn’t convinced people to vote for our candidates.
Our strategy needs to shift and become more pro-active.  After the election, a group of analysts put together a practical guide entitled “Indivisible” (see attachment).  It outlines how to fight back against Trump and the Republicans in Congress.  One of the suggestions is to call our representatives and tell them how unhappy we are with their views.  Dismantling Medicare is on the docket and your displeasure with this idea would be a phone call that you could make to Congressman Gallagher and Senator Johnson.

Jan Koch, Chair   715-526-2955
Dan Weidner, 1st Vice Chair  715-250-1212
William Switalla, 2nd Vice Chair  715-253-2052

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