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Faith Leaders Show Solidarity with Pope on Climate Change PDF Print E-mail
Written by Care of Creation, Kermit Hovey   
Thursday, 17 September 2015 15:39

globeLocal Madison Events will “Light the Way,” Appeal for Moral Awakening to Climate Justice.

MADISON - As Pope Francis makes historic speeches to Congress and the United Nations on September 24 and 25, Madison-area faith leaders and concerned community members will gather to amplify the Pope’s call to reverse course on climate change. The first “Light the Way: Faiths for Climate Justice,” event  begins at 6:00 p.m. in James Madison Park on Thursday, September 24. The second event convenes at 6:30 am  Friday, September 25 at Monona Terrace Convention Center and is followed at 8 am with a gathering at First United Methodist Church downtown to view the Pope’s United Nations address.

The interfaith gathering Thursday evening will include music and statements by leaders representing various faith traditions. The faith leaders will describe how the Pope’s message in his recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, resonates with their traditions and has universal meaning for all those concerned about the future of the planet. Following the statements, the faith leaders and attendees will walk by candlelight to the State Capitol for a closing prayer and call to action.

The morning events will start with a silent gathering for contemplation during sunrise, starting at 6:30 a.m. at the entrance to Monona Terrace at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Next people will convene at 8:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave., for a video presentation, followed by a livestreaming of the Pope’s address to the U.N. at 9:00 a.m.

“The excitement surrounding Pope Francis’s visit to the U.S. is not just about his presence in our country. People everywhere truly feel that Francis has taken concern for the future of our common home, Earth, from a political issue to a moral imperative,” said Trudi Jenny, a local Catholic and one of the event organizers. “Local faith leaders here want to echo that protecting creation is linked to care for the poor and that climate justice is the moral issue of our time.”

Pope Francis released the encyclical Laudato Si’ in June. Typically, encyclicals are letters on Roman Catholic doctrine sent by the Pope to other bishops. Laudato Si’ is part of Catholic social teaching; however, it is unique because the Pope’s letter is addressed to all of humanity. In the encyclical, Pope Francis calls on the “whole human family” to seek a future that is sustainable and just for all.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2015 15:51
Protect Medicare and Medicaid PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melissa Baldauff   
Friday, 31 July 2015 13:57

medicareMADISON - For the past 50 years, Medicare and Medicaid have lifted countless Americans out of poverty and given millions of seniors and families the peace of mind that comes with affordable health coverage. The Affordable Care Act built on this legacy by strengthening the Medicare trust fund, keeping it solvent until 2030.

If we want Medicare and Medicaid to be around for another 50 years, we need to protect these programs from GOP presidential candidates who want to destroy them. Here’s where they stand:

  • Jeb Bush said he wanted to “phase out” the Medicare program.
  • Chris Christie supported the Ryan Budget which would turn Medicare into a voucher system, a move that would have cost seniors an average of $6,000 in extra out-of-pocket costs every year.
  • Marco Rubio endorsed a voucher system, called for raising the retirement age, and said that earned benefit programs that provide Americans with financial security have “weakened us as a people.”
  • Ted Cruz supports the Ryan plan that would turn Medicare into a voucher system.
  • Scott Walker refused to expand Medicaid, a decision that could cost his state $400 million and result in 84,700 fewer Wisconsinites being covered.
  • Rand Paul proposed raising the retirement age for Medicare coverage and means-testing the program.
  • Rick Perry said that the Ryan plan for Medicare was “a good idea.”

“Medicare and Medicaid help thousands of Wisconsinites afford the healthcare they need to stay healthy. That is why it’s so critical that we protect and preserve these programs, not just for our current seniors and families but for future generations as well. It’s shameful that Republicans like Scott Walker and Paul Ryan want to end the promise of Medicare and use healthcare for our seniors and families as a political bargaining chip.” – Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning said Thursday.

LWV Leader Virginia McCullough Has New Book PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 10:24

jack-heart-bookGREEN BAY - Virginia McCullough, a local leader of the League of Women Voters (LWV), has a new book for sale called The Jacks of Her Heart, Book 1 in the Capehart Bay series, available today on at

Lorna and Jack just got married in the tropics, and their grown up kids don’t like it!

Now the newlyweds feel like a couple of fools. Surely ending their impulsive “cruise ship” marriage is best solution. Lorna’s two kids and Jack’s daughter are all for that, but their meddling prompts Jack and Lorna to rethink their plan.

A professional organizer, maybe Lorna is a little too proud of her spotless home. She fell in love with Jack’s generous heart, but must he rescue every abandoned dog in town? The owner of a popular ‘60s nostalgia café, Jack feels right at home in Lorna’s bedroom, but he might as well be a stranger everywhere else in her perfect house.

In a matter of days, Lorna puts her organizing skills to work to help Jack’s elderly dad and Jack takes on a rescue mission, this one involving Lorna’s daughter. But, even as their lives become more enmeshed, this “opposites attract” duo can’t quite get in sync. Can they find a way to make peace with their dueling quirks and have some fun with their second-chance romance?

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