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Action Kit: Transportation Organizing

Posted by webmaster on January 25, 2017 at 7:05 PM
Bypass opponent, please look these materials over and consider signing the petition. There are many groups fighting wasteful and environmentally destructive highway projects. We can and should work together. This is a good time to call your legislators and ask them to stop building new highways like the West Waukesha Bypass. In the mean time, our Bypass Federal Lawsuit continues. Our lawyers have filed our Opening Brief and the court just received the DOT's Brief. It's more of the same and simply repeats all of the DOT's previous claims. Our case is very strong. We will be asking for your help soon. The Judge will be hearing our case and we will want to get as many people to attend to support our cause. THIS WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT! I will e-mail you the date and time as soon as we hear. The case will be heard in Milwaukee. Allen Stasiewski, Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass and WEAL Hello Transportation Organizers, and happy New Year! As you heard at the Arrive Together summit on December 3rd, transportation is about to take center stage in Wisconsin politics. This month, the state legislature will begin debating the two-year transportation budget ??? a ripe opportunity for change. If we want a transportation system that works for everyone in Wisconsin, we all have to speak up. To show grassroots support across the state, we need your help. That???s why we're excited to share with you an action kit that will let you help push for change ??? no matter how much time you have. Whether all you can do is sign our online petition and forward it to a friend, or you???d like to build a coalition in your hometown and build far-reaching support, this action kit has everything you need. · Petitions o There???s no better way to show widespread support than through many, many petition signatures. Please take a moment to complete our online petition (https://goo.gl/forms/dLYOWjUfDQfXUQsK2) so we can tell your elected officials you care about a responsible transportation budget that works for everyone. And please forward it to your family and friends! o If you???d like to hold a petition drive to gather written petition signatures from your friends, family, neighbors, church congregation or organizations you know, send us a message to [email protected] and we???ll mail you postcard petitions. Alternatively, you can use the paper petition form attached. · Talking Points for Contacting to Your Legislator o Calling your legislators takes no more than a minute, but it???s one of the most effective ways to show them that their constituents care about an issue and are watching. Find your state representative and state senator at http://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov/ or by calling 1-800-362-9472. Please call both your representative and senator using our quick and easy calling script. o If you want to go a step further, consider meeting with your legislators at their district office near you or in Madison. You can use our talking points and fact sheet to help make your case. Find your state representative and state senator at http://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov/ or by calling 1-800-362-9472, and schedule an appointment. o Remember that WISDOM will be holding a Madison day of action at the state capitol on Thursday, March 30. Join hundreds of people from across the state for trainings, meetings with state leaders and other actions. If you???d like more information, please contact Dawn Lingo, WISDOM Transportation Campaign Organizer at [email protected] or 262-564-8223. · Surveys o We want to know more about how people in Wisconsin use the transportation system, so that we can share their experiences with state leaders. What works well and what doesn???t? Please take a moment to fill out this personal transportation survey either online (http://tinyurl.com/WItransitSurvey) or on paper ??? and please get as many people you know to complete it as well, either by forwarding the survey link or giving them a printed copy! o Wisconsin???s economy depends on people being able to get to work ??? but without good public transit connections, too many workers are being left behind, and employers??? positions aren???t being filled. Help us better understand how employers and business owners rely on public transportation by getting them to fill out this business survey online (http://tinyurl.com/businesstransit) or on paper. o If you???re a transit rider, please take a few minutes to tell us your personal story by filling out our story form, either online (https://goo.gl/forms/mcYezQ64auzF1pvr1) or on paper. If you know people who rely on public transit to get around, please pass the story form along to them! If you have any questions, or if you would like us to mail any of the materials above to you or your organization, please contact Peter at WISPIRG by writing to [email protected] or by calling (608) 268-1656. If you want to return any completed hardcopy surveys or forms to us, please mail them to WISPIRG; 122 State Street, Suite 500; Madison, WI 53703. On behalf of the Coalition for More Responsible Transportation, Cassie Steiner PR and Outreach Associate Sierra Club - John Muir Chapter 754 Williamson Street (The Council of the Blind Building) Madison, Wisconsin 53703 O: 608.256.0565 sierraclub.org/wisconsin facebook.com/SierraClubWI

Our West Waukesha Bypass Legal Fight is Scheduled

Posted by WEAL on November 12, 2016 at 11:55 PM

Highway Builders are talking.

Highway Builders and Waukesha politicians think that resistance to the West Waukesha Bypass is shrinking and that our chance of stopping this damaging unnecessary Highway Expansion is slipping away.

We must – and can – prove them wrong.

We must work together NOW to stop the Bypass.

We still have matching funds to earn! Our legal action timeline has now been set. Time is running short.

 

Will you help our campaign run strong?

 

Here's our lawsuit's schedule directly from our lawyers:

Plaintiffs initial brief due 11/21/2016.

Defendants initial brief due 12/23/2016.

Plaintiffs reply brief due 1/27/2017.

Any reply brief is due 2/27/2017 but only with prior leave of the Court.

 

EVERY DOLLAR YOU GIVE WILL BE MATCHED     Donate HERE

The Highway Building Machine is pumping millions of dollars into the Bypass, determined to build this destructive highway regardless of Waukesha residents wishes. Opposition to the Bypass has always been huge but Waukesha Highway Planners and Builders are good at what they do. They do what they want, regardless of public opinion. They roll on through our neighborhoods, wetlands, environmental corridors, and farmland and leave a trail of destruction, water, light and air pollution, and more auto deaths and injuries! Our Politicians are eager to help them, they're used to getting their way too!

All we have on our side are grassroots supporters like YOU.

 

Pitch in $25, $50, $75 or more — Let’s show these Bypass Planners and Builders that we're ready to fight for our neighborhoods, our environment, and our quality of life!

Thank you for your incredible support,

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

Waukesha County Environmental Action League (WEAL)


 

Highway cleanup Can you help

Posted by webmaster on November 3, 2016 at 11:45 PM
Can you help? Our cleanup is a little later this year to make it easier to see litter alongside the road as the weeds will be down by then.  It look like it will be a beautiful day to get outside and enjoy our SE Wisconsin weather before the snow comes! WEAL's Fall Highway Cleanup Saturday November 5th at 9:00 am to 11:00 am Rain or Shine Where:  Highway N, between Hwy 59 and Hwy ZZ Wear old clothes, comfortable shoes, and work gloves. Directions:  Take Hwy 59 SW from Waukesha through Eagle to Hwy N.   Meet at the parking area in the middle of our segment on Hwy N across from the "Scuppernong Prairie State natural Area" sign. It's an easy way to get involved, help the environment, and get some light exercise! Thank You Waukesha County Environmental Action League (WEAL)

October 2016 WEAL Newsletter

Posted by WEAL on October 16, 2016 at 2:05 PM

Fall Clean Up November 5th

Posted by WEAL on October 16, 2016 at 12:35 AM

Our cleanup is a little later this year to make it easier to see litter alongside the road as the weeds will be down by then. It'll be cool but promises to be a great day to get outside and enjoy our SE Wisconsin weather before the snow comes!

 

WEAL's Fall Highway Cleanup

Saturday November 5th at 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Rain or Shine

 

Where: Highway N, between Hwy 59 and Hwy ZZ

 

Wear old clothes, comfortable shoes, and work gloves.

 

Directions: Take Hwy 59 SW from Waukesha through Eagle to Hwy N.

 

Meet at the parking area in the middle of our segment on Hwy N across from the "Scuppernong Prairie State natural Area" sign.

 

 

Here's an easy way to get involved, help the environment and get some light exercise!

 

 


Wales Main Street Green Market October 1st 2016

Posted by WEAL on September 24, 2016 at 8:30 PM

 

Wales Main Street Green Market – October 1, 2016

 

The Waukesha County Green Team will host another Green Market on Saturday, October 1st from 9am to 1pm on Main Street in Wales. This event is free and open to the public.

 

The Main Street Green Market provides a venue for local vendors and community organizations to showcase their green products and services, and serves as a gathering place where neighbors come together to learn how to live healthier, more sustainable lives.

 

Dozens of exhibitors will be on hand to demonstrate simple ways community members can adopt sustainable technologies and practices such as composting, prairie restoration, backyard beekeeping, chicken rearing, solar energy, and rain barrels; as well as ways to get involved in local ‘green’ initiatives by engaging with representatives from local land trusts, wildlife rehabilitation centers, hiking and biking groups,and school programs.

 

Among items for sale will be potted plants, local honey, bath and body items, clothing, fair trade gifts, woven Alpaca products, and yard art from local vendors.

 

Special Presentations will be held in the large tent and will include: Environmentally Friendly Lawn Care Tips, Match Game! Native and Non-Native Plants, and Seasons of Beekeeping. Yoga 4 All will offer a free Yoga class starting at 10:30am. For additional information and a full schedule of events visit the Waukesha County Green Team website: www.waukeshacountygreenteam.org.

 

The Main Street Green Market is organized by the Wales Branch of the Waukesha County Green Team – a volunteer, non-profit organization. We envision a future when Waukesha County is a vibrant green community – a reality to be created and shared by everyone.

 

Bypass Legal Fight Update

Posted by WEAL on September 1, 2016 at 7:10 AM

 

We’re just a bit short of a modest summer fundraising goal. We're close enough though, that your contribution could be the one that puts us over the top.


But let me show you why the donation you make today matters so much. It's hard to look at this partial list of damage the West Waukesha Bypass will cause.

 

  • Destruction of the Pebble Creek Environmental Corridor
  • More Dangerous to drivers due to more large truck traffic
  • More Dangerous to Children due to higher speeds and more traffic
  • More Sprawl, just look at the East Waukesha Bypass
  • More Air Pollution
  • More Water Pollution
  • More Light Pollution
  • Destruction of Farmland
  • Waste of $56+ million

 

We can't stop fighting the unnecessary West Waukesha Bypass. Our federal lawsuit is alive and well. And, it may be our last chance to stop this huge highway expansion project. We can't afford to take care of the highways we have, and yet the DOT wants to build a $56 million highway that won't help anything. Our "No Build, Improve" alternative would improve HwyTT/Merrill Hills Road at a fraction of the cost.


It would be shame if we fought this battle all they way to the Federal Court and then ran out of funds at a critical time. Several recent developments help our case! Won't you help NOW too? Every dollar your donate goes 100% into our Bypass fight!


Make a contribution to our West Waukesha Bypass Legal Fund


We're getting close to the end game. We can make a difference! We can win this! And you can be part of it!


The stakes are too high to stand on the sidelines. That’s why your contribution matters so much right now. I have been fighting this highway since 2010 and I won't give up now. And, I know that you believe in our fight. Can you step up right now and make a donation...large or small...$5 or $50, everything will help!


Thank You,


Allen Stasiewski, WEAL and Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

 

 

We need at least 3 people to help July 23 2016 Highway Cleanup

Posted by WEAL on July 28, 2016 at 8:50 PM

 

We need at at least 3 people to help this Saturday. Can you give 2 hours for the environment? Please RSVP to [email protected]

 

WEAL's Summer Highway Cleanup

Saturday July 30th at 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Rain or Shine

 

Where: Highway N, between Hwy 59 and Hwy ZZ

 

Wear old clothes, comfortable shoes, and work gloves.

 

Directions: Take Hwy 59 SW from Waukesha through Eagle to Hwy N.

 

Meet at the parking area in the middle of our segment on Hwy N across from the "Scuppernong Prairie State natural Area" sign.

 

Here's an easy way to get involved, help the environment and get some light exercise!

 

Join Us! Thank You!

 

 

Allen Stasiewski, Transportation Representative

Waukesha County Environmental Action League (WEAL)


Donate to Our Fight Against the West Waukesha Bypass Now thru August 31st

Posted by WEAL on July 20, 2016 at 7:45 AM

Our fight against the West Waukesha Bypass continues. But we need your help! Today we are starting our summer fundraising campaign. Our initial goal is $1,000.00. We must raise these funds by the end of August if we are to stop the Wisconsin DOT's road building binge! And the West Waukesha Bypass is the place to start. We've said all along that the Bypass is a bad idea! It is a huge waste of tax payers money ($56+ million at last count), dangerous to our children, will destroy the Pebble Creek Environmental Corridor, is a threat to resident's health, and on and on.

We have come so far, we can't quit now.

Right now, we have a Matching Gift Challenge in place, but it will end soon. This means you've got only a few more weeks to support our hard-hitting legal battle against the West Waukesha Bypass and have your donation matched dollar-for-dollar.

Don't miss this opportunity: Donate now to help us reach our summer goal and your tax-deductible donation will be doubled.

 

On April 6, 2016, Bypass Planners held an “informational meeting” at West High School. The purpose of this meeting was to “inform” the public of changes to the Bypass route and process, called the “Draft Reevaluation.” Our attorneys at Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLP said this about the “new information" in formal comments submitted on our behalf:

 

  • Despite recognizing numerous new and potentially significant environmental impacts that will occur as a result of the design refinements (known as the Rotated Pebble Creek West alignment, and the Green Lane extension) that were not evaluated in the Waukesha Bypass FEIS**, the Draft Reevaluation astonishingly concludes that “a new or supplemental environmental document” analyzing those impacts is not required. . . . . . .
  • The Draft Reevaluation identifies “the need for an additional 11.2 acres of right-of-way outside of the 200-foot-wide corridor” previously evaluated in the FEIS, . . . . an overt acknowledgement of a potentially significant environmental impact that was never evaluated in the FEIS, and which consequently must be analyzed in a supplemental EIS.
  • The Draft Reevaluation utterly fails to analyze if the FEIS (Final Environmental Impact Statement) “remain[s] applicable, complete, accurate and valid,” . . . . .
  • The Draft Revaluation admits that the design refinements will negatively impact unique upland habitat by destroying even more of a designated primary environmental corridor, and further reducing the amount of remaining interior forest habitat. . . . .
  • The presence of newly discovered hazardous waste contamination within the project corridor is potentially significant new information relevant to environmental impacts that must be analyzed in a supplemental EIS.

 

These are just a few of the arguments we're making against the West Waukesha Bypass. You can read all the comments submitted by our legal team on our behalf, at www.weal.org or at https://www.gofundme.com/stopwaukeshabypass" target="_blank">GoFundMe.

Help us reach our matching gift goal and protect our neighborhoods and environment for future generations. Please donate now to have your gift matched and go twice as far to defend our environment in the most effective way possible.

Will you please help us stop this unnecessary highway expansion project?

Thank You

Waukesha County Environmental Action League (WEAL) and Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

West Waukesha Bypass Route Residents Being Contacted by DOT Real Estate Agent

Posted by WEAL on May 30, 2016 at 11:20 PM

We have received a number of messages recently from West Waukesha Bypass route residents who have been contacted by a real estate agent regarding the DOT taking their property or a portion of their property for the Bypass. Please remember that this real estate agent is working for the DOT and not you. Their job is to get your property for as little money as possible. And you can bet that there are many tricks and complicated tactics that will be used. In some instances, around the country, these tactics have included threats. Threats, that the resident must take the offer being made by the DOT's real estate agent or else. Eminent Domain is very complicated and it's important that you know your rights.

 

Most experts suggest that you hire an attorney. In 2015 we had one of the best, attend our Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass meeting to explain your rights. Robert Roth is an expert in Eminent Domain. We've had requests to share his name and contact information and we've included it below. What is most important is that you know your rights!

 

Please remember that the Bypass is not a done deal. Our lawsuit is getting the attention of the DOT, Army Corp of Engineers, EPA, and the Federal Highway Administration. We recently filed another FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request. Recently our legal team filed comments on behalf of WEAL and Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass expressing our concerns with changes made recently to the Bypass project, including a new route.

 

Help us fight this fight. If the DOT is taking your property for the Bypass call Robert Roth at the number below. If you can afford to help us with our Bypass lawsuit please donate, any amount large or small. at www.weal.org.

 

Eminent Domain Expert

Robert Roth, Attorney

Niebler, Pyzyk, Roth and Carrig LLP

Direct: 262-784-5830

Main: 261-523-8000

 

 

Thank You!

 

Allen Stasiewski

Coalition Opposed to the West Waukesha Bypass

 


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