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Wisconsin Gazette - - Opinion -

The League of Women Vot­ers of Wis­con­sin is re­cruit­ing ob­servers for the April 3 elec­tion. The group’s fo­cus is on en­sur­ing there is no dis­en­fran­chise­ment, mon­i­tor­ing the voter ex­pe­ri­ence and track­ing any prob­lems so they can be fixed for the fall elec­tions. Con­nect: elec­tionob­ser­va­tion@lwvwi.org

The Sher­man Phoenix project will trans­form the firedam­aged BMO Har­ris Bank build­ing at the east­ern gate­way to the Sher­man Park neigh­bor­hood into high-qual­ity space for small busi­nesses-of-color, of­fer­ing di­verse foods, well­ness ser­vices and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties. Once com­pleted, the Sher­man Phoenix build­ing will house more than 17 small busi­nesses con­tribut­ing more than 75 new jobs in the neigh­bor­hood. To fur­ther en­cour­age en­trepreneur­ship in com­mu­ni­ties of color, the project also will pro­vide men­tor­ship and coach­ing for ten­ants. The cam­paign has at­tracted more than 100 in­vestors and donors of all sizes, but $1 mil­lion more is needed be­fore the re­build­ing can be com­pleted. Con­nect: sher­man­phoenix.com

The Demo­cratic Party of Wis­con­sin is build­ing its team for the 2018 elec­tions and hir­ing field or­ga­niz­ers and cam­paign co­or­di­na­tors. The party also is tak­ing reser­va­tions and mak­ing plans for its 2018 con­ven­tion in Oshkosh. Save the dates of June 1 and June 2. Con­nect: www. wis­dems.org

The Wis­con­sin League of Con­ser­va­tion Vot­ers is tak­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for peo­ple in­ter­ested in work­ing as or­ga­niz­ers and car­ry­ing out the group’s mis­sion to pro­tect Wis­con­sin’s air, land and wa­ter. Con­nect: con­ser­va­tion­vot­ers. org

So­lar for Good, an ini­tia­tive from the re­new­able en­ergy ad­vo­cates at RE­NEW Wis­con­sin, is of­fer­ing grants to as­sist non­prof­its with in­stalling so­lar pan­els on their fa­cil­i­ties. The pro­gram is funded through a do­na­tion from phi­lan­thropists Cal and Lau­rie Couil­lard of Deer­field. Grants will fund up to 20 per­cent of the cost of a so­lar ar­ray, with a cap of $10,000 for ar­rays un­der 75 kW and a cap of $20,000 for ar­rays 75 kW and above. Con­nect: re­newwis­con­sin.org/ so­lar­for­good

Just be­fore Valen­tine’s Day, Hu­man Rights Watch launched the #Be­hindTheBling cam­paign, call­ing on jew­elry com­pa­nies to ad­dress hu­man-rights is­sues in sup­ply chains and en­sure jew­elry is re­spon­si­bly sourced. All too of­ten, gold and di­a­monds are mined un­der bru­tal, abu­sive con­di­tions in­volv­ing child and forced la­bor. More than 6,400 peo­ple re­sponded with emails and tweets to tar­geted com­pa­nies, and the cam­paign con­tin­ues. Con­nect: hrw.org/ be­hindthebling

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