A rally aimed at helping elect a liberal Wisconsin Supreme Court justice drew dozens of people to the UWL student union on Sunday.
Speakers at the Rally for Our Rights called on voters to support Janet Protasiewicz, who would give the court a liberal majority if she wins in April.
One high-ranking state official, Secretary of State Sarah Godlewski, came to La Crosse for the rally. She said Wisconsin should have acted to protect women’s rights before Roe vs. Wade was overturned last year.
“We could have done something in making this the law of the land for the past 50 years, but we didn’t,” Democrat Godlewski told the local audience. “But I’m even more ticked because the Republican legislature has sat on their hands and done nothing, absolutely nothing.”
She was appointed secretary of state earlier this month by Gov. Tony Evers upon the sudden retirement of former Secretary Doug LaFollette. Many Republicans in Madison think the change was suspicious, coming three months into a four-year term, and have called for a special election.
While much of the focus of the rally was on pro-choice laws, La Crosse legislator Jill Billings said the Supreme Court election could help make elections fairer for Wisconsin Democrats like herself.
“Fifty-four per cent of the vote, 34 per cent of the seats, Republicans’ rigged maps must go,” Billings told the UWL audience, pointing out that Democrats received a majority of votes in the fall legislative elections, but remain the minority in both houses.