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Wisconsin Citizen Action is the state’s largest public interest organization.  We currently have over 76,000 individual members and 207 organizational members.  Our individual members come from all over Wisconsin, from each of our ninety-nine state assembly districts, and from all walks of life.  Our affiliate organizations include labor, senior citizen, environmental, women’s, church, farm, civil rights, and community organizations and Native American tribes.

 2002:             Helped to win $1.8 million in new funding for 18 Community Learning Centers in central Milwaukee. Community Learning Centers are safe-havens and educational and recreational resource centers for school children and their families.

 2001:             Helping to pass Wisconsin Senior Care program providing prescription medication benefits for low-income seniors.

 2000:          Won victory in persuading Milwaukee Common Council to file precedent-setting lawsuit against lead paint industry. 

 2000:           Won the biggest bipartisan votes on any campaign finance reform legislation in the state legislature, passing our Impartial Justice bill through a senate committee, joint finance and finally on the Senate floor by a 30–3 vote. 

 2000:              Helped win passage of state legislation (SB 232) providing for abatement of lead-poisoned homes and immunity for responsible landlords whose clean-up efforts are certified.  We were specifically brought into changing this legislation by the legislative sponsors, the apartment owners association, the realtors and the Milwaukee Health Department.

 1999:          Won passage of the landmark “Community Lead Safe Zones” ordinance that alleviates Milwaukee’s severe lead-poisoning problem among thousands of young children in the central city.

 1999:             Helped to secure a five-fold increase in funding of SAGE program to reduce class-room size, increasing the number of Milwaukee schools participating from 19 to 67.

  2003 Wisconsin Citizen Action