Active McFarland: Exercising Democracy

The Raging Grannies

The Raging Grannies are coming to McFarland... Join us for a wonderful evening of song, sass, and sisterhood.

Date and time:  Tues, June 27, 6:30 p.m.

Place:  E.D. Locke Public Library, 5920 Milwaukee St., McFarland

The Indivisible Guide

Check out Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda, which was developed by former Congressional staffers to share best practices for making Congress listen.

Click here for their website: Indivisible Guide

Click here for information about Indivisible Madison

Phone Numbers for Wisconsin’s Congressional Representatives

Call your members of Congress and let them know what you think about proposed federal legislation. Your phone calls matter.


District 1:  Paul Ryan (R), 202-225-3031
District 2:  Mark Pocan (D), 202-225-2906
District 3:  Ron Kind (D), 202-225-5506
District 4:  Gwen Moore (D), 202-225-4572
District 5:  James Sensenbrenner (R), 202-225-5101
District 6:  Glenn Grothman (R), 202-225-2476
District 7:  Sean Duffy (R), 202-225-3365
District 8:  Mike Gallagher (R), 202-225-5665


Tammy Baldwin (D), 202-224-5653
Ron Johnson (R), 202-224-5323

Listen to Your Grandmothers

Check out the Raging Grannies' new book, Listen to Your Grandmothers, which includes essays by Active McFarland member Sheila Plotkin and a host of other grannies: Raging Grannies Sing for Peace, Social Justice, Public Education, and Environmental Protection

From Sheila Plotkin --- Donald Trump a catalyst for an avalanche of hate

February 7, 2017, The Cap Times

Dear Editor:

One step on a slippery slope dislodges a small cascade of stones and mud. The minority president banned some Muslims from entering the country. A mosque in Texas was set ablaze and burned to the ground. His statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day did not mention Jews. More than 20 Jewish centers across the country received bomb threats during the past week, including in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. All were evacuated. The FBI has been called in.

The intellectual responsibility for these terrorist acts belongs to the minority president and his closest advisers. They have given perpetrators tacit permission to act. Criminals now have the unofficial blessing of those in power. Defensive Republican members of Congress wrap themselves in the flag or remain silent. Republicans are now accomplices in domestic terrorism. The minority president has created a scenario wherein hate crimes are patriotic. This is no longer a small cascade. It is an avalanche.

Sheila Plotkin

From Robert Reich --- Signs of Authoritarianism

January 29, 2017: Extraordinary times call for extraordinary actions from ordinary people.

As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically:

1. Exaggerate their mandate to govern -- claiming, for example, that they won an election by a landslide even after losing the  popular vote.
2. Repeatedly claim massive voter fraud in the absence of any evidence, in order to restrict voting in subsequent elections.
3. Call anyone who opposes them "enemies."
4. Turn the public against journalists or media outlets that criticize them, calling them "deceitful" and "scum."
5. Hold few press conferences, preferring to communicate with the public directly through mass rallies and unfiltered statements.
6. Tell the public big lies, causing them to doubt the truth and to believe fictions that support the tyrants' goals.
7. Blame economic stresses on immigrants or racial or religious minorities, and foment public bias and even violence against them.
8. Attribute acts of domestic violence to "enemies within," and use such events as excuses to beef up internal security and limit civil liberties.
9. Threaten mass deportations, registries of a religious minority, and the banning of refugees with particular religious beliefs.
10. Seek to eliminate or reduce the influence of competing centers of power, such as labor unions and opposition parties.
11. Appoint family members to high positions of authority and power.
12. Surround themselves with their own personal security force rather than a security detail accountable to the public.
13. Put generals into top civilian posts.
14. Make personal alliances with foreign dictators.
15. Draw no distinction between personal property and public property, profiteering from their public office.These warning signs should be of concern to everyone, regardless of political party. In fact, historically, conservatives have been especially vigilant against potential threats to our constitutional rights.All Americans must join together to protect American democracy against tyranny.

Consider yourself warned.

Robert Reich

Rapid Response Team

Our Rapid Response Team website is up. Please visit, and be inspired to create a rapid response team in your own community. It's a quick and simple answer to the question we hear so much these days: "What do we do now?" Begin here: Rapid Response Team

Resisting the Trump Presidency---Where to Begin?

One of Michael Moore's 5 steps to resisting the Trump presidency is to form a local rapid response team of neighbors and friends. Watch the first 3 minutes of this to learn what he means. We already have the beginnings of such a team here in McFarland. We just need a plan, a phone/text tree, and watchers of sources where what's coming at us might be discerned earlier rather than later. Others can put together their own teams in short order. Where to begin? Begin here: Michael Moore's 5 Steps