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Puerto Rico Disaster Relief In Milwaukee PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lena Taylor, State Senator, 4th District   
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 13:58

puerto rico flagCommunity is coming together to host the United Latino Fundraiser at St. Anthony’s High School, 4807 S. 2nd Street, on Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

MILWAUKEE - More than three weeks ago, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Officials say nearly 84% of the island is still without electricity, 64% of people are without drinking water and thousands are waiting in lines at gas stations and under-supplied grocery stores.

puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-aftermathDespite Puerto Rico being a territory of the US, the administration, sadly, has not given the support it gave Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey or Florida after Hurricane Irma. A recent poll showed that 54% of Americans are unaware that Puerto Rico-born individuals are United State citizens and would be 2 times more likely to help if they knew they were supporting fellow citizens. It didn't help that the administration tweeted out that our efforts cannot stay in Puerto Rico 'forever'.

lena-taylor.In order to help in the efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico, the Latino community is coming together to host the United Latino Fundraiser hosted at St. Anthony’s High School (4807 S. 2nd Street, Milwaukee) on Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. My colleague, Representative JoCasta Zamarripa, is collecting items to aid in the effort and will take these donations to the event on behalf of those who drop off items to her office. Items that will be accepted include: clothes, shoes, batteries, blankets, non-perishable foods and hygiene products. It is our responsibility as a community to help our neighbors recover from any disaster, especially one as devastating as Hurricane Maria. We must show support for our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico.

Wisconsin 2018 Health Insurance Rate Spike Can Be Avoided PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 13:28

affordable care actBadgerCare Public Option could protect Wisconsinites from Trump’s health care sabotage, premiums and deductibles would decrease 24% statewide.

Sportsmen and Elected Leaders Speak Out Against Sulfide Mining Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League of Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Saturday, 14 October 2017 12:51

metallic-sulfide-mining-runoffLegislation would repeal Wisconsin’s gold standard Prove It First mining law, a proven protector of the state’s natural resources from the harmful effects of sulfide mining.

Respect Wisconsin Women PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Saturday, 14 October 2017 12:34

women_healthDemocrats introduce bill to strengthen health care for women.

MADISON, WI – After legislative Democrats introduced the Respect Women Act to improve access to safe health care, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:

jennifer-shilling“We need to end the unprecedented Republican interference between a patient and their physician. Women make hundreds of decisions every day, and it is time that we empower them to make the most personal decisions about their health without meddling by Republican politicians. Wisconsin Democrats want to respect a woman’s ability to make her own health care decisions free from harassment, intimidations and false information.”

The Respect Women Act includes three separate bills designed to:

  • Keep politicians out of the exam room by repealing unnecessary abortion restrictions that are not grounded in medical science or widely accepted medical best practices.
  • Ensure all patients receive honest, medically accurate information when seeking health care by preventing politicians from dictating what doctors say to their patients.
  • Improve law enforcement training to better address harassment, intimidation and violence that is sometimes directed towards patients and providers at reproductive health care facilities.
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