Weekly Update October 11th, 2015

SW Dems Newsletter Issue #30 for 2015
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The Southwest Region Democrats will be holding our monthly meeting at the Greenfield Public Library. Please join us and Citizen Coalition for the film Ethos-A Time For Change, featuring Noam Chomsky, Chalmers Johnson, Michael Moore, Howard Zinn and more... 

Region 5 covers Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Milwaukee (Southwest), West Allis, West Milwaukee. For more information contact Rob Hansen, chair, robpdamilwaukee@gmail.com.

October 14, 2015 at 6pm - 8pm
Greenfield Public Library
5310 W Layton Ave
Greenfield, WI 53220

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Communities, social media celebrate National Coming Out Day
By Amanda Jackson

Sunday is National Coming Out Day, a day of celebration for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people and their allies. 

Social media were buzzing with posts and videos in honor of the occasion. 

The Rhodes brothers emotionally came out to their dad in a video posted to YouTube. "I just don't want you to, like, not love us anymore or anything like that," said Austin Rhodes, who was fighting back tears. 

His dad responded, "You know I love you both. That'll never change."

Austin Rhodes' concerns are not necessarily unfounded. Coming out -- announcing their sexual orientation or gender identity to families and friends -- can be a challenging moment for LGBTQ people. 

Even in an era when LGBTQ people are more accepted in society, a point driven home by the Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage earlier this year, some still find discriminationor bigotry because of who they are. 

National Coming Out Day was first celebrated in 1988, when tens of thousands of LGBTQ people and their allies converged on Washington for the first National March for Lesbian and Gay Rights. The event, routinely held October 11, is now marked with many different celebrations nationwide, including rallies and parades, often coinciding with Gay Pride festivals.

Read more at CNN.

On Tuesday, there are 7 public hearings at the Capitol including
* elimination of our current campaign finance law
* elimination of the Government Accountability Board and
* elimination of Civil Service system

Joint Elections Committees will "hear" public testimony on the GAB deform bill, campaign finance overhaul, and electronic voter registration.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
9:00 AM - Rm 412 East

Join us for a press conference. "MoneyOut,VotersIn-Wisconsin" and Wisconsin United to Amend will take part:

Gutting the GAB& Deregulation of Campaign Finance
Press Conference
Hosted by OurDemocracy2020 and Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Capitol at 415 NW at 8:30 am on Tuesday, October 13th

Please contact your representatives in the state assembly and senate to share your opinions. We do not need more money flowing in drowning out our voices. We need more transparency. We need accountability, not more coordination between politicians and groups that are able to hide the source of their cash.

For those interested in knowing when hearings are happening, bookmark this page, http://committeeschedule.legis.wisconsin.gov/?viewType=List&committeeID=-1&filter=Day&targetDate=10-13-2015

Campaign Watchdog GAB Threatened

In Wisconsin the agency that oversees election, lobbying, campaign, and ethics laws is the Government Accountability Board. Its six members are all retired judges who have been appointed by the governor and approved by the state senate -- in a process that ensures the board is insulated from partisan political pressures. Because the GAB took actions the Republicans who control our state government did not like, GOP legislators and Governor Walker intend to replace the current GAB with a partisan board, possibly modeled on the Federal Election Commission.

FEC members are divided between three Republicans and three Democrats. The result is complete gridlock: the FEC has been unable to enforce even such weak campaign laws as we have at the national level. THIS is what the GOP wants for Wisconsin.


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Founded in 1952, The Southwest Regional Democratic Organization is the official Democratic Party of Milwaukee County regional unit for the following areas: Zip Codes 53129, 53130, 53132, 53214, 53219, 53220, 53227, 53228, the part of the City of Greenfield in 53221 and the entire Village of West Milwaukee.

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