March 11 – Annual Meeting of GROW (Grass Roots Organization of Waunakee


Climate Change in Wisconsin and its Implications

Climate Change in Wisconsin and its Implications
w/ Prof. Michael Notaro, UW-M Institute for Climatic Research

Thursday, November 16 at 7 pm Waunakee Library
Free and open to the public

Dr. Michael Notaro, the Associate Director and Senior Scientist of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research, will be presenting the topic of “Observed and Projected Climate Change in Wisconsin and its Implications.” Dr. Notaro received a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences at the State University of New York at Albany in 2002. His expertise include climate change and its ecological impacts, global and regional climate modeling, and lake-effect snow.

Hosted by Waunakee Public Library, 710 South Water Street, Waunakee, WI 53697

To register, visit

Refreshments will be provided by GROW

Annual Potluck – Sunday, May 7th

Community rights speaker – DeForest – Monday evening

Paul Cienfuegos, a Portland, OR, based workshop leader, lecturer, and writer will be giving an introduction to the activist strategy of community rights on Monday,  Feb. 27 at the Jefferson Square Clubhouse, 717 DeForest St, DeForest, WI 53532.

Community Rights is a national movement of local level cultural and legal strategy for communities, both conservative and progressive. Its purpose is to rein in corporate power and return political power to the people and their communities.

The program will begin at 6 PM and will be preceded by a potluck supper at 5:30. If you come to the potluck, please bring a dish to pass. Utensils and beverages will be provided.

The DeForest Grassroots group will be accepting donations to defer their cost of bringing Paul to our area.

Sunday night movie in Waunakee – The Big Short

13620925_1149724038432018_360814828633018999_nSunday, July 24, 6:30 PM: Watch ‘The Big Short’ and discuss the movie afterwards with a former Wall Street consultant, Megan McDermott, who now teaches bankruptcy law at the UW Law School. Thanks to Tim Kiefer for arranging the speaker!

This Academy Award-winning film is the “movie the enemies of financial regulation really, really don’t want you to see,” according to New York Times’ Paul Krugman. Former Wall Street consultant.

Free, Waunakee EMS community room, 201 North Klein Drive.

Sunday night movie in Waunakee – Money in Congress

GROW’s monthy movie night is Sunday, June 26. This month’s movie is The Best Government Money Can Buy? by veteran documentary film-maker, British-born Francis Megahy. He travels to Capitol Hill in Washington, making a journey of discovery as he tries to answer some questions which puzzle him: who provides the money? What effect does it have? How is it connected to the financing of political campaigns?  And most crucial, is it in the public interest?

THE BEST GOVERNMENT MONEY CAN BUY? explores the issue through interviews with real Washington beltway insiders, key participants in the process – who often speak with surprising candor.
Sunday night, June 28, 201 North Klein St., Waunakee, in the EMS Community Room.

MAY DAY event – Labor history speaker & Solidarity Sing-along

Join us for our annual May Day labor celebration. Spring Greeney (UW History) will speak on “From the Playboy Mansion to the College Football Fields: Lessons from the Unexpected Sites of Organizing in American Labor History”Greeney headshot web

PLUS – The Solidarity Singers!

Lucky’s Bar & Grille
1008 Quinn Dr, Waunakee
Food and drink from the menu

Sponsored in coordination with the Kiefer Law Office.

GROW Annual Open House & Party

Jeff SmithThe annual social event for Waunakee-area progressives! This year, we’ll enjoy the delicious barbecue menu at Blowin’ Smoke BBQ, for a fixed per-person cost of only $15, not including alcohol. Jeff Smith, former Eau Claire Assembly Representative, will speak about grassroots organizing in Wisconsin. His positive, can-do attitude is always energizing. Come and bring your friends!
It’s not a fund-raiser this year–just a PARTY!

Please do let us know if you’re coming–we need to give Blowin’ Smoke a rough head count by April 7.

Award winning documentary: Gerrymandering – Sunday Nov 22nd

Sunday night, 6PM–The Grassroots Organization of Waunakee is hosting a free showing of the award-winning documentary, Gerrymandering. We’ve got a serious fight coming to get redistricting reform in Wisconsin before 2020–a critical step in restoring our right to self-government. The information in this movie will provide us with good understanding and arguments for our letters to the editor, candidate’s forum questions, etc.

Please join us for this important movie and lively discussion on Sunday, November 22, 6PM, at the EMS Community Room at 201 North Klein in Waunakee.


GROW statement at Waunakee School District Annual Meeting

Waunakee Community School District Annual Meeting
October 19, 2015

The Grassroots Organization of Waunakee would like to ask everyone present to take a moment to appreciate the significance of what we—the community, the teachers, the parents, the school board members and staff—are doing here.
Try to think of something we do as a friends and neighbors in a community that comes close to the value and significance of public education. We cannot.
Even setting aside the obvious value to each child as he or she learns academic and social skills and about the world around them, the value of what we do through our public schools is incalculable. 
Public schools serve as the beating heart of each neighborhood, bringing many families together in common cause. They provide a meeting place for all in the community, regardless of income, ethnicity, political leanings, religious affiliation, or disability. No institution other than the public school performs that critical function of growing a cohesive community from our diversity. Public schools provide benefits to people without children, as they raise the overall level of skills, competence, and cohesiveness in a community.
While public education provides shared benefits, it also represents a shared responsibility. Public education means that local teachers, locally elected school boards and local citizens who participate in school operation and governance direct, oversee and uphold the academic standards, the values and methods of operation employed in our local schools.
And, of course, public education represents a shared investment. We willingly and wisely pay significant taxes to ensure our community is well-educated. But we know that this stream of revenue continuously exerts a powerful attraction for wealth-driven interests. We know there are many who want to privatize schools so they can reroute our tax dollars to private profits instead of using them exclusively for public good.
We stand behind public education, paid for by the people of this community, governed by people of this community, delivered by people of this community, and for the benefit of this community. We thank the school board, the teachers, the staff, and all the involved parents. We will always stand with you in the interests of public education.