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neighbors and being involved in our community is of the utmost
importance. Some community events that might be of interest to you and
your family are listed below.
Next Friday, November 11 is Veterans Day, also known as Armistice Day or
Remembrance Day. This federal holiday honoring military veterans is
celebrated every year on the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice
that ended World War I. Join in honoring the brave men and women that
fought for our country to preserve our nation's freedom.
There are several community events taking place during the weekend and
next week to honor our neighbors who served. You can find the
information for these events listed below.
City of Oak Creek Veterans Day Celebration
Date: Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Location: Oak Creek
Remember those that served by stopping by Oak Creek Fire Station #3 this
Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Oak Creek Fire Station
7000 S 6th St, Oak
Creek, WI 53154
Veterans Day Parade
Date: Saturday, November 5 at 11 a.m.
the 53rd annual Veterans Day Parade and Day of Honor this Saturday in
Downtown Milwaukee. The parade kicks-off off at 11a.m. from 4th and
Kilbourn and heads east to the War Memorial via Wells Street. There will
be a memorial service at the War Memorial immediately following the
For more information, please CLICK HERE.
War Memorial Center
750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Veterans Day in St. Francis
Date: Saturday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m.
Location: St. Francis
seniors at the Howard Village Retirement Community in honoring the armed
forces and our community's veterans with a Veterans Day Ceremony this
Saturday. This heartfelt program is sure to inspire as area
veterans and special guests come together to celebrate, honor, and
remember. The community is welcome.
Please RSVP by
calling (414) 489-1400.
Howard Village Retirement Community
2500 E. Howard Avenue
St. Francis, WI 53235
School's Annual Veterans Day Assembly
Date: Friday, November 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Details: This event has been described as "one of the best in
Southeastern Wisconsin." The assembly will take place on Friday,
November 11 at 1:30 p.m. in the school's field house. A moving, dramatic
reading of the Cudahy Gold Star List -- the names of all the community's
men who gave their lives in service to our country during World War I,
World War II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam, and Iraqi Freedom will be
featured. Many of the names on the list are former Cudahy High School
students. The reading is enhanced with photos of those on the Gold Star
List being projected on a giant ten-foot screen. Members of the
community are invited to attend.
Cudahy High School
4950 S. Lake Drive
Cudahy, WI 53110
Dear Wisconsin Neighbor,
Election Day -- Tuesday, November 8 -- is just around the corner! I hope
you will join me in having your voice heard in our democracy. Voting is
not only a constitutional right, it's important and easy to do!
As you know, my colleagues and I have been harsh critics of the
Wisconsin law, passed in 2011, which requires photo identification (ID)
for voting. However, if you are equipped with the right tools and
information, you will be ready prepared at the polls!
That said, this week's report will provide some "fast facts" about
voting. We will also provide a brief update on some of the latest court
rulings that have been issued regarding our state's voter suppression
Don't forget to go to
myvote.wi.gov to find your polling location and other important
State Senator, District 7
Our most fundamental freedom --
voting -- continues to be in jeopardy. Recent reports show that voters
are not receiving accurate information about their voting rights.
We have a duty to our citizens to make every attempt in providing
timely, accurate voting information. Since the passage of Wisconsin's
strict voter suppression law in 2011, Wisconsinites have been met with
confusion and legal ambiguity. We'll discuss the recent court decisions
below. First, let's recap the voting law and what is needed to cast your
On Election Day you WILL NEED to present an acceptable photo ID
before you are able to cast your vote at the polls. A valid ID
includes a Wisconsin driver license, U.S. passport, military ID a free
Wisconsin state ID card,
or any other ID shown below (also available by clicking this link).
click here for more information and to verify you have the right
type of photo ID for voting.
If you have
an acceptable photo ID and are registered at your polling location, you
should be set for Election Day!
However, here are some additional voting "fast facts" to keep in mind:
photo ID DOES NOT need to have your current address, and the
name on your ID does not have to exactly match the name on the poll
list (for example, "Christopher" with an ID for "Chris" is O.K.).
- If you are
unable to access an acceptable photo ID to use on Election Day, or
if a poll worker says your ID is not acceptable, you CAN STILL
CAST a provisional ballot at the poll. This ballot will only be
counted if you bring an acceptable ID to your clerk's office
before 4 p.m. Friday, November 11.
- If you do
not have an acceptable ID that can be used for voting, you can also
visit the nearest Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to go
through the ID Petition Process (IDPP). Through the IDPP, you
will be provided with a document with your photo that you can use
Click here for more information about the IDPP process.
- There are
also limited exceptions to the photo ID requirement.
Read about them here.
If you are not registered
to vote at your current polling location, you CAN register at the
polls. You will need to bring proof of residence. Please note,
you must be a resident of your current ward for 10 days in order to
For a list of acceptable proof of residence documents, click here.
Finally, please remember that if you are in line before your
polling location closes at 8 p.m. you WILL be permitted to
Wisconsin, including in the courtroom, people are realizing that
GOP lip service is not enough. As we see with Republican Attorney
General Brad Schimel's office promising that all workers at the Division
of Motor Vehicles (DMV) have been trained to tell people they will get
credentials for voting within six days, even if they don't have birth
certificate, this has become yet another broken promise. In fact, it has
even led to DMV workers being ill-prepared to help eligible voters, and
in some cases even misguiding potential voters.
The group VoteRiders recorded various interactions with DMV employees
across the state of Wisconsin during which applicants were given
incorrect information on how to obtain proper identification for voting.
According to a shocking Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, a DMV
worker in Hudson, WI even told a woman, "You're not guaranteed to get an
ID card. Nothing's guaranteed." Eligible voters should be encouraged to
participate, not mislead by failed Republican policies.
Click here to read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article.
These appalling revelations came after
a July ruling by U.S. District Judge James Peterson that struck down
several voter disenfranchisement provisions passed by the GOP-controlled
Legislature since 2011. For instance, Judge Peterson struck down limits
to in-person absentee voting and increased residency requirements. In
his ruling, Peterson stated, "The Wisconsin experience demonstrates
that a preoccupation with mostly phantom election fraud leads to real
incidents of disenfranchisement, which undermine rather than enhance
confidence in elections, particularly in minority communities... To put
it bluntly, Wisconsin's strict version of voter ID law is a cure worse
than the disease."
To review all of the provisions that Judge Peterson struck down in
his ruling, click here for a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
In order to ensure some form of
protection for voters, Judge Peterson changed how the voter suppression
law is implemented in Wisconsin. Specifically, the ruling addressed the
haphazard system created by Wisconsin Republicans for those being
disenfranchised due to having an incorrect birth certificate or other
issue preventing them from getting a government-issued photo ID. Judge
Peterson referred to this system, known as the ID petition process (IDPP),
as a "wretched failure" and noted that the overwhelming majority of
individuals facing barriers to getting a photo ID are African American
October, after the discoveries made by VoteRiders, Judge Peterson again
demanded that Wisconsin leaders make adequate attempts to reach out to
voters struggling to meet the strict requirements under the photo ID
law. This ruling mandated that the state develop a "palm card" informing
potential voters of the IDPP process, which allows for a temporary
receipt that they can use at the polls. Judge Peterson also ordered the
DMV to distribute this information to members of the media, and other
organizations, to share with Wisconsinites.
Instead of promoting the fundamental right to participate in our
democracy, Wisconsin Republicans have made it harder and harder for some
to cast their ballots. While I am glad that Judge Peterson has done what
he can to limit the amount of damage to our democracy and citizens by
the harmful voter suppression law, it is clear we must do more to
protect and enhance our neighbors' right to having a voice at the polls.
In early October, some of my Democratic colleagues -- who serve on the
Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules -- sent a letter to
Senate and Assembly leadership urging them to call for an extraordinary
session to immediately overturn the voter suppression law. While this
request was unsurprisingly not granted by the Republican-controlled
Legislature, it is imperative that Wisconsin leaders take this matter as
the serious infringement on our citizens' rights that it is and
prioritize repealing this unnecessary law immediately. It's past time
for those in control of the Legislature to stop pushing out-of-touch
policies that betray our shared values and instead pursue responsible
public policies that enhance the rights of our neighbors.
For instance, other state's across the country are taking a different
approach than Wisconsin by making a commitment to increasing voter
access. Some of the things these state's have implemented include
promoting more early voting options and automatically registering voters
over the age of 18, increasing voter access.
Our elections should be free, fair, and accessible to all eligible
voters and I look forward to advancing legislation that will protect and
enhance voter participation in Wisconsin when session resumes in
week, the Larson Report strives to provide up-to-date, in-depth
information to its readers. Between editions, a lot happens in Madison
and in our Wisconsin communities. I want to make sure you know the most
pressing issues facing our neighborhoods across the state. Below are
some of the top stories from the past couple of weeks:
- 2015 marked the first year
that renewable energy surpassed coal as the largest source of global
electricity. This is exciting and positive news about the
progress we are making across the world in protecting our shared,
Read more about this great news, here.
- Recently released state
numbers show our neighborhood schools continue to struggle with
crippling budget shortfalls and a lack of adequate investment for
educating our children, as more and more public school dollars are
being pocketed by unaccountable voucher schools.
See this Facebook post for more information.
- U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom
Perez was in Madison recently to highlight a $1.5 million investment
in Wisconsin to expand apprenticeship programs in high-demand
fields. This investment will help connect our neighbors with
vital job training and provide our local businesses with long-term
qualified, skilled applicants. Walker's Wisconsin continues to lag
behind the nation in family-supporting jobs. This announcement will
help our neighbors access jobs that pay fair wages.
Read this post to learn more.
- Over the past year, there has
been an alarming escalation in violence and hate speech aimed at
people based on their ethnic, racial, and/or religious backgrounds.
The Arab and Muslim communities, and those perceived as Muslims,
have unfairly received the brunt of these acts of violence and
hate-speech. The Islamophobia, abuse, and discrimination experienced
by members of these communities conflicts with our nationís history
as a land of immigrants founded on the principle of religious
freedom. Acts of violence and hate truly hinders our state from
truly moving 'Forward.' That's why Representative Jonathan
Brostoff and I have circulated a memo to our colleagues letting them
know of our intent to introduce a Joint Resolution when session
resumes in January to denounce anti-Muslim hate and bigotry.
Click here to read the Joint Resolution.