Reaping the whirlwind

Another U.S. representative has been shot. (Note to right-wing haters: Gabby Gifford, a Democrat, was the first.)

Don’t expect this to be the last time. We have to recognize that people who buy guns are going to use them. And we have to expect that the mounting frustration of American voters is going to find expression in gun violence.

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June 25, Friends of the Monarch Trail Planting Party!

The Friends of the Monarch Trail will be hosting a "Planting Party” to continue to restore the habitat for Monarch butterflies on the County Grounds.

Join us for a couple of hours on Sunday, June 25th from noon to 3 pm to help us plant another section with milkweeds and nectar plants.  Bring friends, family, a trowel and gloves.  This is a way to help the monarch population and a chance to spend time at the Monarch Trail which is being restored by a growing community of individuals invested in protecting and restoring this unique site.

Please park on Discovery Parkway as we will be meeting by the kiosk on the corner of Discovery Parkway and Eschweiler Drive. Please look for feather banners. 

For more information about the Friends of the Monarch Trail, please visit


Election fraud: It’s the machines, stupid!

While the GOP has been shedding crocodile tears about election fraud — a demonstrably vain concern — others have for years* been warning about the dangers of electronic, web-enabled, non-auditable (or unaudited) voting machines.

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REMINDER: Sunday "Gathering on the Grounds"

HOLD THE DATE!!! — 2pm Sunday, June 18 — MARK YOUR CALENDAR!!!

Join us in a celebration of the progress we've made with music and refreshments, and hear a brief update on what we still need to do. Then take a tour of Sanctuary Woods and County Grounds Park led by experts, including Dr. Michael McBride.

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Five-minute state action on health care

Call our state legislators to tell them you're in favor of the Health Care Consumer Protection Package, which would prohibit lifetime limits and prevent discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, among other things.

Call your state assembly rep (Dale Kooyenga, 608-266-9180, or Rob Hutton, 608-267-9836), and your state senator (Leah Vukmir, 608-266-2512).

The Health Care Protection Package includes:

  • LRB 1882/LRB 1151: Prohibiting lifetime and annual limits under health insurance policies and plans.
  • LRB 1881/LRB 1150: Prohibiting preexisting condition exclusion and rate setting based on preexisting conditions.
  • LRB 1884/LRB 1199: Requiring coverage and prohibiting cost sharing for preventive services under health insurance policies and plans
  • LRB 3444/LRB 2107: Coverage of certain essential health benefits
  • LRB 2988/LRB 3484: Maintaining access to reimbursements to family planning providers in the Medical Assistance Program

Learn more and find a script.

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County Board needs to hear from you by Thursday 5/25

Chair, County Grounds Coalition
Member, Grassroots Tosa Steering Committee

Here's the good news: the Milwaukee County Board is responding to our letters, emails, phone calls and vocal presence and is ready to act! So we need you to show up at Room 200 of the County Courthouse this Thursday at 11 a.m., when the County Board will consider the following motion: 

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County Grounds Coalition scores another victory with County Board committee action

chair, County Grounds Coalition
member, Grassroots Tosa steering committee

Responding to our popular outpouring, the County Board Parks, Energy and Environment Committee voted May 16 to take all of the county-owned land in the Northeast Quadrant, including County Grounds Park and the Sanctuary Woods area, off the table for future development, at least for now, by deferring the issue to the discretion of the committee chair.

The entire committee appeared to be on our side — all of them, without dissent — and expressed a desire to preserve “what little land we have left.”

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May 16, County Grounds Coalition to take it to the County Board

By Peter Abbott, chair, County Grounds Coalition
member, Grassroots Tosa Steering Committee

The victory for the Save the County Grounds campaign at last Tuesday night’s Common Council Community Affairs Committee meeting was an important step. But it was just that — a step — on that proverbial journey of a thousand miles.

We have to remember that the parkland developers want to carve out of County Grounds Park is still owned by Milwaukee County, so we still have to mobilize to keep the county from caving into the developers’ plans.


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City Council committee takes Sanctuary Woods 'Off the Table'

A report from Peter Abbott

No two ways about it, the results of tonight's Community Affairs Committee meeting were a major milestone towards ultimate victory: saving the County Grounds. The committee voted unanimously not to proceed with discussions of the Life Sciences District Master Plan (LSDMP) unless the Sanctuary Woods area, the County Grounds Park, and the Department of Natural Resources' forest northwest of Swan Blvd. were "taken off the table" for future development by "whatever it takes" to do that, in the words of 8th District Ald. Jason Wilke.

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May 13, Mother's Day March Against Trumpcare

Saturday, March 13, at Noon

Water Tower Park
(Across from St. Mary's)

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