THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF PROGRESS NORTH
We’ve been busy this winter working across Northwest Wisconsin for equity, people-centered democracy, and the common good!
In November, we launched our first membership drive and received an incredible response. Thank you for joining us in making an incredibly important investment in our home region. Together, we can build a multiracial, multigenerational, gender diverse independent political presence in Northwest Wisconsin that challenges corporate power, structural racism & gender oppression. Our goal is to work with people and partner organizations to generate a new politics to win and wield the power to govern – a politics that is people-centered, agenda-driven, focused on changing structural inequity and working toward a world where we can all not only survive but thrive.
December brought reflection and strategic planning before we closed the offices for winter break – but January was upon us in the blink of an eye. From Fair Maps litigation to federal accountability, we’ve been working with partner organizations across the country to keep the pressure on. We are happy to celebrate the victories for progress in the last year, but we are not letting up – there is so much more to do! So, as President Biden delivered his State of the Union remarks, we prepared for his visit to Superior, where Progress North was both inside to meet him and hear his address and outside to stand in support and solidarity of our communities who continue to call for the changes we need and deserve.
And that, friends, was the perfect way to close out the winter season and plan for a big, busy rest of our year!
Executive Director Shawnu Ksicinski and President Biden in Superior following his remarks around the infrastructure bill and its benefits to the region.
Lead Organizer Cheyenne Otto Defoe and a community member greet President Biden with a reminder of what’s at stake regionally.
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IN YOUR WORDS
“It has been 3 years since I have needed daycare, but I can still remember the struggles of balancing part-time work and daycare costs. Though my family was receiving help from the state, childcare costs took 2/3 of my part-time paycheck.
I can appreciate that childcare workers have a tough and important job, and they deserve good pay, but even with help from the state daycare was unaffordable for us.
When we decided to have a second child, we had to go back over our financial plan, which was already stressed by daycare and the cost to live. Luckily, I had the ability to make the decision to be a stay-at-home-mom and my partner took on financially supporting our growing family. I was glad to have time to spend with my children, but it was a bummer that I couldn’t work. My partner works full time to cover our bills and we receive Food Share but we aren’t left with much wiggle room. When our youngest is old enough to go to school, I would like to get back into the workforce during school hours.
Until then we have learned to live with what we have, but our lives could feel more stable and fulfilling if families were given more support for childcare. Childcare needs to be more affordable for Northern Wisconsin families and childcare workers deserve a wage that supports them while they support working families.”