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A grassroots call to action from AFP-Wisconsin’s deputy state director

Mar 8, 2021 by AFP

Welcome to Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin!

No matter what you call yourself — a patriot, community leader, activist, etc. — we are citizens first in this American experiment. We are all reaching to achieve the American dream in ways unique to each of us. When we see barriers keeping ourselves or others from this dream, we are compelled to do something. But sometimes, we’re not sure what to do or the best way to go about it.

For me, the most effective role I can play that makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something is that of an educated, actively involved citizen, as envisioned by America’s founders.

There are various ways citizens can advance a cause. Running for office, rallies, forums, round tables social media, door knocks, phone calls and texts, and discussions with peers one on one, to build momentum to persuade others and effect change.

If running for local office isn’t your cup of tea, you can help find good people and stand with those who do. If you believe things are wrong in government but aren’t sure how to stay informed and have a say in what is happening in Madison or Washington, D.C., join our movement to keep up-to-date and help lead the way.

The best way to champion reform is banding together and working on common causes with those who share your belief that a particular policy is the most effective way forward. With the new state legislature starting up, it’s the perfect time to do just that.

Volunteering is the best way for any activist to overcome feelings of helplessness and despair and is what leads to hope. Take action with us — we have a lot of work to do in Wisconsin to guard against barriers to opportunity coming from Madison and Washington, D.C.

We will work to advance policies that remove barriers so our businesses can thrive, our children can learn, and our families can enjoy freedom. Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin has made a significant impact on the Badger State over the last 15 years. Yes — 15 years we have been working in the trenches!

The grassroots reforms we have helped enact began as a daunting list of challenges and turned into major wins for Wisconsinites. We helped pass tax reforms that let everyone keep more of their hard-earned money, regulatory and labor reforms that helped business owners succeed and created jobs, educational reforms that grew school choice programs and protected free speech. And we worked with federal lawmakers to pass right-to-try legislation, the First Step Act, and many other reforms.

There is a lot of work still to do:

  • The state’s new biennial budget will be scrutinized through the lens of what is good for Wisconsin.
  • A COVID-19 relief bill is being worked on, and we are reviewing it and letting legislators know how this important measure should be structured to get our businesses opened safely, our people back to work, and our economy growing once again.
  • We will continue to work on education reforms to help the children who are falling behind because of school closures. And free speech should never be compromised.

We understand many feel the government and its policies are rigged against them. But you are needed to be part of the solution — you have the power to help drive common-sense reforms that will improve your livelihood and the lives of others. But you must work at it. We all must.

Louis Brandeis, associate justice of the Supreme Court and a social justice advocate, recognized this when he said, “The only title in our democracy superior to that of President is the title of citizen.”  We have the tools to make Wisconsin a continuing success story. This is the moment to stand up and work for prosperity, liberty, and a free society.

Join with Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin. We need your voice, your time, your talents, and your effort. We will appreciate you — the mom and dad activists, the writers, doctors, nurses, teachers, business owners and farmers. You will not regret it. We will remove the barriers that stand in our way and advocate limited government so we can all enjoy liberty.

For freedom,

Annette Olson

Deputy State Director
Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin