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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend, and are ready to tackle the week ahead.

Last week was a long and busy week in the Capitol as it was likely the last week the Assembly would be in session. We covered a range of bills from UW Missing in Action Recovery Identification Project to recommendations from the Water Quality Task Force.  We also passed the Holocaust Education which holds special significance to me. Read on for more information on the Holocaust Education bill, the Special Session on Education, and more.

If you have any questions or need assistance with any matter, please feel free to contact my office.

Lisa Subeck
State Representative
78th Assembly District

In This Weeks Update:

Last Week in Review

Holocaust Education Requirement Passes Assembly

Special Session on Education

Help Improve Habitat
for Wildlife

AARP Community Challenge Grant Submissions Wanted

Wisconsin Black History Fact

Whats Happening?

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michael-9wXvgLMDetA-unsplash.jpgLast Week in Review

Last Wednesday, Senate Republicans approved legislation that would allow certain health care providers the ability to deny patients care based on the  individual’s gender, or sexual orientation. Democratic  members vehemently opposed the bill, which would put an enormous number of Wisconsinites in danger of being denied access to quality care. The bill had originally included comprehensive anti-discrimination protections, but the legislature unanimously signed off on an amendment to gut this provision. Democrats stand united with Wisconsin families and oppose discrimination. 

In both the Assembly and Senate last week, Republicans refused to take action on Governor Evers’s special session that invests millions in public schools, mental health services and special education. More on details on events from the Assembly's two days in session, including Special Session can be found below.

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Holocaust Education Requirement Passes Assembly

Last week, the State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 816 (AB 816) which requires instruction on the Holocaust and other genocides to be incorporated into the social studies curriculum at least once in grades 5 to 8 and at least once in grades 9 to 12 by public school districts, independent charter schools, and private schools participating in a parental choice program.

As a teenager I had the opportunity to meet Holocaust survivors and interview them as part of a Jewish youth group project. They shared survival stories that were nothing short of heroic but also filled with tragedy and loss. As the number of Holocaust survivors shrinks, it is incumbent upon us to ensure their plight is never forgotten and the unforgivable events of the past never happen again.

In a recent poll, 22% of millennials said they had never heard of the Holocaust, double the percentage of American adults who said the same. Additionally, two-thirds of American millennials surveyed in 2018 could not identify the historical significance of Auschwitz.

A 2019 audit by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation revealed a staggering 329% increase Anti-Semitic incidents in Wisconsin since 2015. More than a quarter of all recorded anti-Semitic incidents in Wisconsin during this timeframe took place among students or on campus.

In this era of growing divisiveness and increasing anti-Semitic activity, I felt it was time to add Wisconsin to the growing list of states requiring Holocaust education. Knowing and understanding the history of the Holocaust and other genocides is vital to ensuring we never repeat these atrocities.

The Wisconsin-based Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center (HERC) has made a commitment to the state to provide materials and support at no additional cost to schools. Members and supporters of HERC attended a hearing in large numbers the previous week to show their support of the bill.

I want to thank the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center for their commitment to ensuring the Holocaust is never forgotten and never repeated. I am hopeful the Senate will quickly follow suit by passing AB 816 and sending it to Governor Evers’s desk for his signature.

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Support Public Education.pngSpecial Session on Education

After rejecting Governor Evers’s proposal to invest in our budget surplus into our public schools while simultaneously cutting property taxes for Wisconsin families by $130 million, Assembly Republicans passed Senate Bill 821 (SB 821) last Thursday. SB 821 was fast tracked legislation that broke a series of Republican promises for investment in our public schools.

Governor Evers’s special session proposal reflected many of the recommendations that came out of the speaker’s own blue ribbon commission on K-12 public education The misplaced priorities from Republicans for our projected budget surplus are depriving Wisconsin students of investment in their futures while also missing an opportunity for property tax relief.

Since 2011, nearly one million Wisconsinites have voted to raise their own taxes to support their local schools. AB 821 does nothing to help school districts get out of the cycle of relying on referendum and taxpayers to fund local schools. Last year, Republicans promised to return Wisconsin to its 2/3 funding promise for our public schools. They also promised to reach a 30% reimbursement rate for special education, and to address mental health care issues in our schools.

Our schools, students, and teachers have been disregarded by Republicans for far too long. The governor’s proposal could go a long way to ensure students with disabilities receive the services and support they need to be successful, and that mental health services are available for students who need them. It is time for Republicans to start working with Democrats to find solutions that really work for Wisconsin.

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Help Improve Habitat for Wildlife

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is looking to partner with landowners for the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) designed for healthy deer and habitat.

DMAP is a cooperative effort between the Department of Natural Resources, landowners, and hunters to provide habitat and deer herd management assistance to those interested in managing their property for wildlife. Wildlife and forestry professionals assist landowners with management practices that consider the ecological and social impacts white-tailed deer have on the landscape.

In return, DMAP participants can choose to share habitat information, collect biological data and participate in DMAP workshops. This one-on-one relationship, stressing communication and cooperation, makes DMAP a flexible and effective deer management program for private and public lands alike.

Although DMAP enrollment is open year-round, landowners, hunters and land managers with properties that are 160 acres or more are encouraged to enroll before March 1 to be eligible for a site visit with a DNR biologist and forester in 2020. Landowners who enroll by March 1 will also receive a management plan with recommendations to assist with reaching the goals for the property.

DMAP provides informational resources and professional assistance regarding wildlife habitat management for properties of any size to help participants improve habitat for wildlife. DMAP participants are invited to professional workshops on a variety of topics such as:

  • Financial assistance programs;
  • Natural forage for deer, deer ecology and management;
  • Chronic wasting disease (CWD); and
  • Deer research and predator effects on the deer herd.

DMAP participants receive regular updates on items of interest to land stewards and opportunities to participate in citizen science programs. Neighboring landowners with properties within one-half mile are encouraged to enroll as a DMAP cooperative.

Landowners who enroll in a DMAP cooperative with a combined acreage of 160 acres or more are eligible to receive a site visit and management plan. DMAP cooperatives also provide an opportunity to monitor local wildlife populations and share costs and equipment on habitat projects to benefit deer and other wildlife over a greater area.

To receive DMAP email updates and other information, subscribe here. Follow the prompts and select the "Deer Management Assistance Program" option, found under Wildlife Management. Article via DNR


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AARP Community Challenge Grant Submissions Wanted

AARP invites you to submit applications for quick-action projects that can help your community become more livable. Applications are now being accepted for small grants to improve housing, transportation, public space, smart cities, civic engagement and more. Since 2017, over $3 Million in grants have been distributed nationwide with over $100,000+ in Wisconsin alone.  Projects have included public space beautification and accessibility, transportation pilots, and health and wellbeing projects to name just a few.  For more information and to submit an application, please click on the link: www.aarp.org/communitychallenge Applications are due by April 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET. All projects must be completed by November 9, 2020.

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Wisconsin Black History Fact

Lloyd Augustus Barbee was an attorney, a Wisconsin legislator, and one of the most prominent leaders of Wisconsin's civil rights movement who fought for school integration in Milwaukee.

He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on August 17, 1925, and joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) when he was just 12 years old. Barbee served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.

In 1949, he graduated from the all-black LeMoyne-Owen College with a B.A. in economics. Later that year, Barbee moved to Madison to attend the University of Wisconsin Law School, but dropped out after his first year because of the racism he encountered among his peers and professors. He eventually returned to the university, however, and received his law degree in 1956.

Fighting Segregation in Milwaukee Schools

Barbee had already become involved with the NAACP and various political causes by the time he came to Milwaukee in 1962. In 1964, Barbee organized and led an alliance of civil rights activists dedicated to ending de facto segregation in Milwaukee called the Milwaukee United School Integration Committee (MUSIC). This group became the primary vehicle for his desegregation efforts and a class-action lawsuit against the city's school board.

In 1963 Barbee led the NAACP's challenge to the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), demanding that school officials make stronger efforts to integrate schools. When MPS refused to modify its school policy, the NAACP organized boycotts of MPS schools and operated "freedom schools" in their place. When that failed, Barbee decided to file a lawsuit to make the courts do what the school board would not.

On June 17, 1965, Barbee filed a federal lawsuit, "Amos et al. v. Board of School Directors of the City of Milwaukee" charging the Milwaukee School Board with unconstitutionally maintaining racial segregation in its schools. From 1965 to 1976 Barbee spent thousands of hours on the case, often working alone against a battery of Milwaukee Public School lawyers.

Finally, in January of 1976, Federal Judge John Reynolds ruled that Milwaukee Public Schools were indeed segregated unlawfully, prompting the Wisconsin Legislature to enact a school integration program. Although Barbee won the case in 1976, he spent the next several years dealing with appeals, new trials, and work to enact a viable plan to desegregate the school system. Though not perfect, the court decision began to address schooling issues in Milwaukee.

In 1992, the Wisconsin Advisory Committee issued a report on the effects of the desegregation program implemented after Barbee's victory and its impact on the quality of education received by students in Milwaukee. 

Work in the Wisconsin State Assembly

In 1964, Barbee was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly where he served until 1977. He introduced legislation concerning open housing (State Fair Housing bill) and fair employment practices, as well as introducing legislation promoting gay rights, women's rights, prison reform, the legalization of drugs and prostitution, disarming police officers and taxation of churches. In later years, Barbee continued to work as a Milwaukee lawyer, and remained dedicated in his commitment to promoting human rights and positive social change. Barbee continued to fight segregation and inequality in Milwaukee until his death on December 29, 2002, at the age of 77.
Article and images via Wisconsin Historical Society

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Things happening in the district & around Madison:

2020 Census Applicant Days

Monday, February 24, 2020

10 AM - 2 PM
Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Rd., Madison

April 1, 2020 is Census Day and only 6 weeks from now! The Census Bureau needs to hire a lot of Madison residents to ensure a complete count of everyone who lives here - especially people who will not initially participate by phone, mail, or website. Recruiters from the U.S. Census will be spreading awareness and helping people apply on the spot with Applicant Days. Following up with every missed individual requires the work of many Census Takers. It's a great part-time job that will pay $17-$23 an hour in Dane County. (ages 18 and up)


Open Studio with Bubbler Artist-in-Residence Alanna Stapleton
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

5 PM - 7 PM
Central Library
201 W Mifflin St, Madison

Stop by the Bubbler Room to meet the current artist-in-residence, Alanna! You can come for 5 minutes or stay the whole evening. Make a how-to comic, respond to a drawing prompt, or add on to an ongoing collaborative project in the space.

Legal Clinic Grand Opening at Madison College - South Campus
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (with lunch to follow)
Madison College - South Campus
2429 Perry St., Madison

Celebrate the success of the Legal Clinic at Madison College and why the Clinic is so important. Honorable Brian Blanchard will be moderating a panel discussion on how legal services can be used to remove barriers to education and employment. Special Guest: John G. Levi, Legal Services Corporation Board Chair

Partners of the Free Clinic at Madison College: Madison College · Ascendium Education Group · UW-Madison Law School · Community Justice, Inc. · Legal Action of Wisconsin · City of Madison Department of Civil Rights · Community Immigration Law Clinic · Schuster Family Law Sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin Pro Bono Program

Wisconsin Women's Hive - Bee Mine Happy Hour!
Thursday, February 27, 2020
6 PM - 8 PM

Vintage Brewing Co. Madison West
674 S. Whitney Way, Madison

The Wisconsin Women's Hive invites you to join us for drinks at Vintage Brewing Co. Madison West! We will have information about the Hive, our 2020 initiatives, and upcoming craft nights!

Madison Writing Assistance - General and Job Related Writing Help
Friday, February 28, 2020

3 PM - 6 PM
Sequoya Library - Study Room 103
4340 Tokay Blvd., Madison

Free one-on-one coaching sessions for writing projects of any kind, including resumes and cover letters, school assignments, personal letters, applications, forms, newsletters, articles, memoirs, poems or any other kind of writing. Basic computer help, such as setting up email accounts, searching for jobs online, or filling out online job applications, is also available. Call or visit the library to sign up for a 45 minute appointment.


Friday Night Features: JOKER (R)


Friday, February 28, 2020
6 PM - 8 PM
Alicia Ashman Library
733 N. High Point., Madison

In Gotham City, mentally troupbled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him fact-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert DeNiro & Zazie Beetz. Award winning, popular films adults will enjoy. [R, 2hr 2min, Crime|Drama|Thriller, 2019]



International Polar Bear Day
Saturday, February 29, 2020

11 AM - 3 PM
Henry Vilas Zoo
702 S. Randall Ave., Madison

Join the zoo's polar bears, Nuniq and Beret, and learn about ways you can take action to protect their habitat in the wild. Take a thumb print pledge in the Glacier Grille, or head on over to the Discovery Center to ride the MGE Pedal Power Bike!

International Festival 2020
Saturday, February 29, 2020

10 AM - 5 PM
Overture Center for the Arts
201 State St., Madison

YOUR PASSPORT TO THE ARTS Celebrate the rich cultural heritage within our community and enjoy more than 30 FREE performances throughout the Overture Center by artists who call Dane County home. Indulge in cuisines from around the world, browse stunning arts and crafts available for purchase and learn about the many local businesses with global connections. Find more information at overture.org/events/international-festival

This project is supported by Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, the Arts Access Fund, a component of the Madison Community Foundation, and Dane Arts.

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