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Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

I hope you had a safe – and spooky – Halloween! In the month of October, the senate and assembly Democrats introduced their fall legislative priorities, the Black and Latino Caucus held a roundtable discussion, and Governor Evers called for a special session on gun safety. All of this and more is covered in this month's edition of the Community Connections newsletter! 

As always, please let my office know what state and community issues are important to you! 


Sincerely, 

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LaTonya Johnson
State Senator

 

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Winter Preparedness 


November 4-8 is winter preparedness week in Wisconsin. With snow hitting the ground in many areas of the state last week, now is the perfect time to make sure you have an emergency kit, have your furnace serviced, and get your vehicle checked out.

Winter emergency kits should include items such as food, water, a flashlight and batteries, and blankets. In your vehicle, include a snow shovel, extra gloves and hats, and cat litter or sand to help give your wheels traction on icy roads in case you get stuck.


Click here for more winter safety tips.

 

Legislative Democrats
Unveil Fall Priorities
 

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Wisconsin Legislative Democrats recently unveiled their “Forward Together” agenda at press conferences across the state. Focused on affordable health care, quality schools, clean water, financial security, hometown success, justice reform, safe communities, and democracy for all, my colleagues and I are committed to improving the lives of families, workers, and communities. These are topics and concepts that don’t come as a surprise to most, as they are the shared values of many of our Wisconsin families and neighbors. 

It is time to finally enact the long-awaited changes that Wisconsinites have been advocating for and in order to do so, it is imperative that elected officials promote issues that the public has been constantly voicing their concerns about, such as access to quality and affordable health care.

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There is a need for intentional policies -- like raising the minimum wage, addressing childcare affordability -- that will contribute to increased economic security and opportunity for all Wisconsinites.

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Earlier this year, Governor Evers introduced a bold budget that addressed many of the major issues that Wisconsinites have been voicing concerns about. Unfortunately, many of those common-sense solutions were pulled out of the budget bill by Republicans. We owe it to the next generation and ourselves results to prioritize people over partisan politics so that we can all move forward together.

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In the District

I frequently attend and host events in the 6th Senate District, tour local facilities, and visit schools in our neighborhood. Updates on what's happening locally in our community can be found in this section. I'll also include updates on listening sessions and EMPOWER-MKE events in this section in future editions. 

 

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Volunteering with the Hunger Task Force 
My staff and I, along with many other amazing volunteers, helped put together over 880 Stockboxes at Hunger Task Force during our volunteer day recently! 

Hunger Task Force administers the Commodity Supplemental Food Program–known locally as Stockbox. A Stockbox is a free box of healthy food for people age 60+ who have a monthly income of $1,354 or less per month ($1,832 for a two-person household).

All Stockboxes include cereal, milk, canned veggies and fruits, pasta or rice, protein, fruit juice, canned meats and 2 pounds of fresh Wisconsin cheese.

To apply for Stockbox, call Rick Lewandowski at 414-777-0483 or call IMPACT at 2-1-1 to apply. 2-1-1 can also connect callers to the nearest Stockbox site.

On the Table MKE 
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s On the Table MKE is a regionwide forum for stakeholders to engage in meaningful conversations about how we can work together to improve the quality of life for all in our community. On one day each year, more than 5,000 residents throughout greater Milwaukee gather in small groups to share a meal and discuss the opportunities and challenges we face. It was a privilege to participate in this year's conversation, which was focused on homelessness and housing.

 

Multicultural Maternal Mental Health Awareness Conference 
The Multicultural Maternal Mental Health Awareness Conference was a unique event that focused on the importance of cultural competence in maternal mental health care and advocacy and I was honored to be a speaker at this event in early October.

  

Martin Drive Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting 
Thank you to the Martin Drive Neighborhood Association for inviting me to your annual meeting and harvest lunch. It was great to engage in an open dialogue about criminal justice, the budget, as well as the upcoming census. It is always a pleasure to be invited to local neighborhood association meetings! 


Visiting Churches Around the District
This past month, I was honored to visit several churches around the community. I want to thank the community and leaders at
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and Mother of Good Counsel Parish for allowing me to worship with you. I look forward to seeing many more of you at your places of worship throughout the coming weeks. 

 

In the News

I'm working hard for Wisconsinites and am fighting to make our communities a better, safer place to live and raise a family. This section of 'Community Connections' will keep you up-to-date on hot topics happening locally, statewide, and nationally. Additionally, I frequently talk to residents of our community, and share your voice and values when talking to members of the media. That said, I'll share articles that I am quoted in, too. 

 

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Black and Latino Caucus Roundtable  
On October 3, we held our second annual State of Wisconsin Black and Latino Roundtable. Thank you to everyone who came to listen and participate in the thoughtful discussions that took place. I was encouraged to see the amount of people who are willing to work towards positive change for African American and Latinx Wisconsinites. If you weren't able to join the discussion in Madison or at one of the Milwaukee-based satellite locations, you can view roundtable on Wisconsin Eye


Republicans Fail to Prioritize the Safety of Wisconsinites
This week, legislative Republicans refused to bring up for a vote legislation to address gun violence, as called for by Gov. Evers’ special session on gun safety.

In October, Governor Tony Evers called for a special session to address gun violence by strengthening background checks and enacting Extreme Risk Protection Orders in Wisconsin. As the lead Senate author of a similar proposal introduced earlier this session, I know that criminal background checks are the foundation of any effort to reduce gun violence. The public also knows this to be true, with over 80% of Wisconsinites supporting closing the background check loophole. Yet, despite overwhelming public support, Republicans are refusing to take any action.

Our children and their families should have the opportunity to go to school, places of worship, or simply play on their sidewalks in their community knowing that it’s a safe place, free from the threat of deadly weapons and dangerous people. It’s time for Republicans to prioritize the safety of Wisconsinites.

'Fight Human Trafficking - Trucker Education' Bill Passes State Legislature
There are many community members and advocates that have worked–and continue to work–tirelessly to draw attention to the issue of human trafficking in Wisconsin. I am proud to provide an update on this issue: earlier this month legislation to increase the role truckers play in combating human trafficking by ensuring they are aware of the signs of trafficking passed unanimously in the Senate. The bill now heads to Governor Evers to be signed into law!

Governor Evers Declares Monday, October 14 as Indigenous Peoples' Day
I applaud Governor Evers' decision to declare a day where we can acknowledge the history and celebrate the accomplishments of members of the different Native Nations and tribal communities that exist throughout Wisconsin.

 

Wisconsin Democrats:
Under the Dome Update

Senate and Assembly Democrats provide a weekly update to help keep Wisconsin citizens informed about activity happening at the State Capitol and stay updated on how your elected officials are voting on important issues in Madison. Click on the links below to view recent editions of 'Under the Dome.'

 

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Useful Phone Numbers

There are many levels of state and local government that can help answer questions and get you connected with resources you may need. I have listed some useful phone numbers below. You can also see a comprehensive list of numbers by clicking the link below. If you see a change needed or an important number that should be added, please let me know! 

Congresswoman Gwen Moore.............................414-297-1140
Governor Evers.....................................................608-266-1212
Milwaukee Common Council...............................414-286-2221
Milwaukee County Board....................................414-278-4222
Milwaukee Police Department.............................414-933-4444
Poison Control......................................................800-222-1222
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program..............800-815-0015

Medigap Helpline.................................................800-242-1060
Consumer Protection Hotline..............................800-422-7128
Department of Health Services............................608-266-1865
Workforce Development......................................608-266-3131
Public Service Commission..................................800-225-7729
SeniorCare Wisconsin.........................................800-657-2038
WI Commissioner of Insurance Complaints.......800-236-8517


For other useful phone numbers, click here!