What We Stand For.
Spurred by concerns about the election outcome on the night of November 8, 2016, two women reached out to each other by text messages, determined to turn their concern into a plan of action. Shawn Wolf and Julia Kozel began contacting friends with the seed of the idea that they were not alone.
From those texts, a social media page soon followed and they were quickly connected with Gina Walkington. These women together would form a powerful online community which became Forward Kenosha. They recognized that there was a need for a politically oriented group focused on protecting civil rights and advocating an inclusive agenda in local, state and national politics. Through their extraordinary efforts and with the support of a growing group of like minded citizens, Forward Kenosha has grown to over 950 members. Julia and Gina now serve as the ad hoc Board for Forward Kenosha and Shawn is an active member.
The first official meeting of Forward Kenosha was held on January 12, 2017 and was heavily attended by citizens who were committed to securing progressive policies from representatives at all levels of public service. On January 15th, the group held its first public event: a rally at the office of Representative Paul Ryan, which was attended by over 70 individuals and featured in the Kenosha News.
Forward Kenosha continues to educate its members through articles, speakers and provide calls to action on issues that impact Kenosha, Wisconsin and our country. They advocate knowledge, political involvement and community service and have partnered with other organizations in the Kenosha community and throughout the state. There are many upcoming events planned in order to continue to promote Forward Kenosha’s mission to act in solidarity to promote peace and ensure the dignity, inclusion, equality, safety and respect of every person in our community through education, advocacy and political engagement.