Open Community Radio Now!

Are you sick of hearing the same talk radio blowhards and cookie-cutter music on the radio in Janesville?

By passing one bill, we can open the radio dial to thousands of stations with fresh new voices and alternative music, ending decades of radio domination by Big Media and their mouthpieces.

The Local Community Radio Act of 2009 (H.R. 1147) was just introduced in the House. The Act nearly passed in the last Congress with the support of more than 100 members.

With just a little urging from you, Rep. Ryan could be the deciding vote in this Congress and help usher in a new era of better radio:

Tell Congress to Open Up the Radio Dial

This Act would open up the airwaves to more Low Power FM (LPFM) radio stations, creating a megaphone for new bands, fostering more local and independent news and giving people across the country a chance to break into radio. This is how we inject new blood into a radio system that could be better serving all of us.

Please get Rep. Ryan on board by clicking here and signing the letter.

The Local Community Radio Act would open urban areas to local radio, too. A few companies have dominated the radio dial for too long, muting the voices of so many others. Make sure that Rep. Ryan makes better radio a reality now.

Candace Clement
Campaign Coordinator
Free Press
Reform Media, Transform Democracy

Support The Employee Free Choice Act

Today, we took an important step toward fixing our economy and leveling the playing field for working Americans – the Employee Free Choice Act was introduced in the House of Representatives and in the Senate.

Now the hard work begins. Corporate special interests are twisting arms, spending millions on misleading ads, and spreading lies and propaganda to block the bill. We must ensure Congress passes the Employee Free Choice Act.

Ask your members of Congress to support the Employee Free Choice!

It's been two years since corporate lobbyists blocked this bill. They were backed by the same greedy CEOs who ran this economy into the ground – and they will stop at nothing to keep workers from getting a fair shake.

But with the most pro-worker Congress in years, and President Obama committed to the cause, this is our best chance yet to pass the Employee Free Choice Act. The stakes couldn't be higher – giving more workers a fair chance to negotiate for better pay, benefits, and job security will help restore the struggling middle class and make the economy work for everyone.

There's not a moment to lose—let your members of Congress know that we need their support!

UFCW members have joined with organizations across the country in rallying legions of activists around this crucial piece of legislation. Together, we collected over 1.5 million signatures supporting the Employee Free Choice Act—including signatures from 250,000 UFCW members!

Now that the bill has been introduced, it's time for your representative to hear directly from you.

We also need you to spread the word – every voice makes a difference. Tell friends and family to write their members of Congress too.

Together, we can make it happen!

UFCW Employee Free Choice

Join Healthcare For All Rally


Paulette Garin, 2008 Democratic Congressional Candidate in Wisconsin’s 1st District and State Coordinator for PDA – Progressive Democrats of America will be featured as the Single Payer Speaker at a rally and action event which will be held Saturday, July 25, on the steps of the Capitol in Madison. Garin will be speaking on behalf of the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care – The National Single Payer Alliance which is one of the sponsors for the event. PDA is one of four lead organizations in the Alliance.

Congresswoman, Tammy Baldwin, who co-sponsored HR 676 – Single Payer legislation, will be the guest of honor.

Other sponsors and speakers for the rally include: ABC for Health, AIDS Network, AFSCME Wisconsin, Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Community Action Coalition for South Central WI, Inc., The Coalition for Wisconsin Health, Disability Rights WI, The Dane County Grassroots Network, Healthcare for America Now!, The League of Women Voters Dane County, Madison-area Urban Ministry, NAMI Dane County, Organizing for America, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, SEIU Wisconsin, Wisconsin AFL-CIO, Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health, Wisconsin Farmers Union, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice.

Marchers will gather at the Library Mall at 2:30 p.m. for a walk up State Street, with the rally starting at 3:00 p.m.

Garin said, “I am humbled and honored to speak on behalf of all the Single Payer supporters. Single Payer really is the gold standard of what we should ask for in regards to healthcare reform. It is 100% guaranteed coverage for all Americans regardless of job transfer or pre-existing condition. Single Payer fulfills President Obama’s 3 principles of cost effectiveness, access, and choice unlike any other proposal.”

The event is being hosted by the Dane County Grassroots Network.

ALSO HAPPENING IN Racine - Community Conversation on Health Care Reform: Expo and Forum

Sunday, July 26
1-4 p.m.
Racine Masonic Center
1012 Main Street
Racine, WI
Sponsored by Community for Change

Rock County Rx Round-Up


Saturday August 29th

TIME: 9am-1pm.


Janesville Water Utility
123 Delavan Drive, Janesville, WI 53547

Beloit Department of Public Works
2351 Springbrook Court, Beloit, WI 53511

old pills, vet/pet drugs, medical patches, creams

sharps/needles, chemo/radioactive drugs, other non-Rx waste

Open to all households in Rock County (businesses excluded).

Service is free of charge, no pre-registration needed, keep pills in original containers, drive-thru drop off, strictly confidential.

For more info. contact the Rock County Health Dept. at 757-5441

Bulletin submitted by L.R.

Attend a Health Care Reform Event in Your Area!!!


Sign up to host or attend a Health Care Organizing event through by clicking HERE.

Paulette Garin will be guest speaker at two events this weekend.

Saturday, June 6, Racine Community for Change at 10 a.m.
Downtown Racine at the Kurt Sports Complex (Former YWCA)

Saturday, June 6, Walworth County Democratic Party Office at 4 p.m.
15 S. Walworth Street, Elkhorn, WI

Also, Wednesday, June 10, The Home of Florence Hammelev at 6:30 p.m.
3018 86th Street, Unit 203, Kenosha, WI

In Support of Single Payer Health Care by Paulette Garin

Single Payer Health Care is a plan that would provide every American quality, comprehensive health care regardless of pre-existing condition. It is called single payer because all expenses would be paid through one publicly administered pool. Single Payer combines the best ideas of the left and the right - publicly funded, but privately driven by the consumer (patient) and their doctor.

As Congress addresses the health care crisis in this country, please take the time to contact them and tell them you support House Resolution (HR) 676 - legislation that will create a universal, single payer system to guarantee health care for all Americans.

HR 676 will provide:

Automatic coverage for life for everyone, even if you lose your job or move. Your health care is no longer tied to your employment.
Comprehensive medical services including prescription drugs, dental, vision, mental health, and long term care. No co-pays, no deductibles.
Assures your choice of doctor and hospital.
Eliminates the administrative waste of private insurance companies who spend 30 cents of every health care dollar for CEO salaries, profits, and paper work, mostly to deny you needed care.
Puts you and your doctor - not insurance companies - in control of your health care.

HR 676 and health care reform is the only real economic stimulus we have. The number one factor affecting an American company's ability to meet their bottom line and remain competitive in the global economy is the outrageous health insurance premiums they pay for their employees.

HR 676 would be funded through a 6.6% payroll tax. Currently, it costs an individual $8,000 annually to buy private health insurance with a $2,000 deductible - no dental, vision, or prescription coverage. Under HR 676, only individuals making well over $100,000 a year would even get close to paying $8,000 and it would be for far better coverage.

As more and more companies drop their employer provided plans and more retiree's benefit packages fail, the 6.6% payroll tax becomes an attractive bargain.
President Barack Obama said if he were building the health care system from scratch, a single payer system would be the best approach. Senator Russ Feingold said he'd support a single payer system over our current system, which he called a "mess."

HOWEVER, both President Obama and Senator Feingold recognize that our nation has a long tradition of health care through private insurance companies and that trying to eliminate their influence is an almost insurmountable task.

This is why it is imperative for each of us to contact our President, Senators, Congresspersons and all other elected officials stating our support for a single payer system. They need our help to overcome the powerful well funded lobbyists working against Single Payer.

Health Care Reform is the Civil Rights Movement of our time; it will require all of us who believe in a National Single Payer system to stand up and ask those who are opposed to kindly step aside.

Show Your Support for Single Payer Health Care
Call our Wisconsin congressional delegation and our President. Ask them to support Single Payer Health Care.

President Barack Obama 202-456-1111
Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) 202-224-565
Sen. Russell D. Feingold (D- WI) 202-224-5323
Rep. Paul Ryan (R - 01) 202-225-3031
Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D - 02) 202-225-2906
Rep. Ron Kind (D - 03) 202-225-5506
Rep. Gwen Moore (D - 04) 202-225-4572
Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R - 05) 202-225-5101
Rep. Thomas E. Petri (R - 06) 202-225-2476
Rep. David R. Obey (D - 07) 202-225-3365
Rep. Steve Kagen (D - 08) 202-225-5665

Time is of the essence. The President and Congress have claimed they want health care reform legislation written and voted on BEFORE the summer recess at the end of July. We must move now!

Paulette Garin

Paulette Garin, 2008 Democratic Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District. Garin campaigned on a platform strongly in favor of HR 676 - The United States National Health Care Act. Two members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation, Tammy Baldwin and Gwen Moore, are co-sponsors of HR 676. Paulette currently serves as the Wisconsin Coordinator for the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care which supports HR 676 nationwide.

Paulette also serves as State Coordinator for Progresssive Democrats of America (PDA).

Visit Paulette's Blog for more information about the growing momentum in this country supporting Universal Single Payer Health Care.

Become one of Paulette's Facebook friends HERE.