Wisconsin Citizen Action has 70,000
individual members. They come from all over
Wisconsin, from each of our ninety-nine state assembly districts, and from all walks of
life. They are rural and urban, young and
old, lower, middle and upper income, male and female, multi-racial, and of different
faiths and political persuasions. 45% are Democrats, 34% Republicans and 17% independents.
Our members listen to us. We regularly communicate
with our members, including quarterly newsletters, quarterly phone calls, monthly email
alerts to 4,300 activists in our electronic network, periodic issue action alerts and
regular voter guides and voting records around elections. According to a November
2000 poll conducted by Lake, Snell, Perry and Associates for us, WCAs
electoral communications program was highly successful, reaching AFL-CIO levels of recall,
penetration and impact in the 2000 local and national elections. Even
after controlling for partisanship and a host of other demographic variables, we can say
that more frequent WCA contact led to a greater likelihood of voting for [our endorsed]
candidates in the legislative elections.
Our members are activists. Last year, Wisconsin Citizen Action collected and
sent nearly 8,000 separate letters, postcards and telewires on our issues from our members
to their elected officials. 38% of our
members say they have written letters to public officials, 27% contributed money to
candidates, 21% wrote a letter to the editor, and 14% have volunteered for a political
campaign according to a Talmey-Drake poll from August 1996.
Wisconsin Citizen Action unites 200
dues-paying affiliates in the fight for a common agenda of social, economic and
environmental justice. Our affiliates include
the states leading labor, senior citizen, environmental, community, religious,
family farm, teacher, people of color, and Native American groups, including:
AARP-Wisconsin, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, Wisconsin Education Association Council,
Wisconsins Environmental Decade, Coalition of WI Aging Groups, Wisconsin Council of
Senior Citizens, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, WI Farmers Union, Milwaukee
NAACP, and the Menominee Indian Tribe of WI. Wisconsin
Citizen Action brings the full weight of our collective memberships to bear on the public
Citizen Action - What We Do
Grassroots Organizing - Wisconsin Citizen Action
mobilizes individuals around issues and wins social change. In 2001, we mobilized over 9,000 individuals to
take action, from writing letters, to participating in rallies, press conferences,
training sessions, and public meetings. Our
recent victories have included:
our 18-month battle to pass a real prescription drug benefits bill in Wisconsin. SeniorCare is the second most generous prescription
drug benefits measure in the nation!
passage of the only campaign finance reform measure in the last seven years
(Citizens Right to Know) and building significant support for full public funding of
state Supreme Court elections (Impartial Justice).
win the Mining Moratorium, which protects our northwoods from environmental destruction
caused by unsafe mining.
Participation and Winning Elections - Wisconsin Citizen Action works to elect
leaders at all levels of local, state and federal office who agree with our values and
support our issues. In 2000, Citizen Action
ran the 4th largest direct voter contact operation for progressives in the state, raising
and spending $139,336, sending out 188,879 pieces of mail in 10 separate races (and 30
separate pieces), delivering anywhere from a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 11 mail, phone
and door contacts to 41,093 targeted Citizen Action-member households.
the Public -
a field and phone canvass, we talk to over 150,000 Wisconsin households every year about
issues. In 2001, we generated 2,438 postcards, 1,690 letters and 3,843
telewires (personalized telegram-like letters to legislators) fromconcerned
Earning Media on our
Issues - In
2001, we generated 26 Op-Ed pieces and 78 media stories with 201 placements on our issues,
raising the profile of social change statewide.