OWR Founding Convention Press Release

Our Wisconsin Revolution Founding Convention

Setting OWR Sights on the Future of a Wisconsin for All of Us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 29, 2017

CONTACT?: Terrance Warthen (terrance.warthen@gmail.com, 262-705-2452), Sarah Lloyd (sarahlloyd53965@gmail.com, 920-210-7335)

On June 23rd and 24th, over 200 Wisconsinites, representing over 4000 total members, converged on Stevens Point for the Our Wisconsin Revolution Founding Convention. People of all ages, races, and occupations, from all eight of Wisconsin’s Congressional Districts (CDs), came together to take the next step in the political revolution that coalesced around Bernie Sanders campaign for President last year.

The message from the Convention was resounding: Wisconsin’s future will be decided by the people and communities that make up this great state — not by corporations, outside money, and the politicians they have bought!

The highlights of the platform, which was approved overwhelmingly, include getting big money out of politics; restoring local control for city and county government; requiring a living wage for working people; providing universal access to health care through “Improved Medicare for All;” free public higher education; ending mass incarceration, transitioning to a clean energy economy; fair markets for family farmers; and protecting groundwater. The platform generally insists that from here on out, Wisconsin put people and planet above profit.

OWR enabled secure, electronic ranked-choice voting for more than 20 candidates running for at-large board positions. This facilitated participation from the members all over the state. Seven candidates were elected At-Large positions on the Board of Directors. Over the summer, an additional 16 representatives will be elected; two (of differing race and/or gender identities) from each of the eight CDs.

The At-Large Directors include: Jaime Alvarado, Marina Dimitrijevic, Alicia Leinberger, Sarah Lloyd (interim co-chair), Rahul Mahajan, Joel Rogers, Terrance Warthen (interim co-chair).

Our Wisconsin Revolution is an independent, statewide, membership-driven, democratic political organization that aims to take Wisconsin government back from corporate elites and make it of, by, and for the people.

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