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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for July 17, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

July 17, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, July 24, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  Draft, tentative agenda below.

 

Present on July 17: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, John Stanley, Karen Edson, Stacy Biesel

 

Announcements:

  • Fri July 21 –Songs for a Better World – 7- 9PM  - District #1 Old Schoolhouse (110 N. 2nd Street) Mount Horeb. Tickets are only $12 in advance, and $15 the DOS. See: https://www.facebook.com/events/144674156094270/
  • Wed. Jul 26 - Fair Maps Town Hall -6:00 PM - Brewer Public Library, 325 N. Central Avenue, Richland Center. Former Senators Dale Schultz and Tim Cullen are the speakers.
  • Sun - July 30 - DaneDems summer picnic! 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Warner Park, Madison – potluck (meat supplied by Dems)
  • Aug 4 –SWWAP Democracy Forum – “We The Many - United Against Hate” - 7- 9PM - District #1 Old Schoolhouse (110 N. 2nd Street) Mount Horeb
  • Wed. Aug. 9  - Lanterns for Peace! - 6:00 pm Tenney Park (1414 E. Johnson) This family-friendly event is organized around the world in remembrance of the devastating humanitarian effects of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan during World War II. This year’s speaker is Caren AStelson, author of Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story.
  • Sun – Aug 20 – Progressives of NE Dane County Meet UP – noon-5PM Token Creek Park Shelter One

 

We confirmed September 9th as the date we host the quarterly Progressive Partners (of the 2nd Congressional District) in DeForest at the Jefferson Square Clubhouse, 717 DeForest Street in DeForest.  JonSki has reserved the Clubhouse.  We thought this meeting might provide a good springboard for the Wausau event October 7th (see below).  Stacy said she would be glad to lead a discussion on what’s going on “up north.”  JohnSki is to alert PP member organizations to reserve that date.  More details and agenda later.

 

Ginny reminded everyone of the Vinehout meet-and-greet.  See below under Political Discussion after Adjourn.

Ginny, John St., Karen, and Marcia intend to go and will probably ride together in Ginny’s van.  Contact Ginny if you can go.

 

Karen and John St. attended the last meeting of the Wisconsin Grassroots Network Task Force. 

 

Karen reported on her attendance at the latest “350” meeting.  Carl Sack, a UW cartographer whom Karen knows, talked about how maps win elections.  The best maps win.  Maps can be propaganda: cf. How to Lie with Maps.  How maps asre constructed and illustrated, for example, can send messages.

 

John Stanley reported on progress being made organizing the northern Wisconsin progressive festival at the Wausau Labor Temple on October 7th.  Art Shegonee will do the opening.  It is hoped that we will get participation from the native American communities.  John Nichols and Mike McCabe have committed to being there.  John thinks that Dennis Kucinich, former Congress member from Michigan, will be there.  Stacy said that we need organizing committees NOW to get to work.  There is a big meeting scheduled for tomorrow.  There has been a title designated yet.  Stacy suggested “The Goodwill Festival in Wausau.”

 

We have a busy few months coming up with the events mentioned above as well as Karen’s Democratic Party event at Token Creek Park (See Political Discussion below after Adjourn).  For that reason we have to tell Paul Cienfuegos that we cannot devote time to community rights for awhile.  Paul will be leading his weekend workshop in Washburn County, WI, Sept 15-17.

 

I, JohnSki, had to leave the meeting early, so Karen provided these notes for the rest of the meeting.

 

From Karen…

Old Business  * means PERMANENT ITEM ** means on agenda for limited time

More Wausau Fest:

I agreed to send Stacy my Broken heart Wisconsin design for her husband to work on to see if it might be the germ of a logo for Wausau. The conference call on 7/18 is to come up with a name. I complained about the WGN meeting last week and this week's D-WAG meeting being used as working meetings for the Wausau Fest.

*Messaging – Scott Wittkopf has a new daily messaging tip program via email – is anyone interested? John Stanley was the only one expressing interest.

Letters to the editor~ Anyone willing to write contact Janet at millsey77@charter.net .    A sample LTE can be seen at: http://host.madison.com/ct/opinion/mailbag/kathleen-williams-tell-legislators-you-want-hearing-on-statewide-vote/article_659fad7d-5c20-51b0-954f-882426df89c0.html 

- The discussion here was two pronged: a) why can't the letter writing committee handle this and b) put it as an announcement. I elected b) since I am the surviving member of the letter writing committee.

Every Tuesday at 1:15PM – Indivisible/OWR meets to visit a legislator. Are we interested in joining them to meet with Jagler and/or Fitzgerald or Luther Olsen? 

-The decision was to drop this. I changed it to an announcement.

• Conversations with Jagler about AJR53 – has anyone pushed Jagler for a hearing in past week?  - no one had. 

• Item added by John St – Wausau WGN Fest – Labor Temple venue $400 cost – we agreed to pay $75 to hold date if John St. could not get WGN approval in time. 

-This brought up more information that "WE" had agreed to share the cost of Dennis Kucinich's travel & lodging for the Wausau Fest. I asked who "WE" was. The answer was "WGN."  I believe that the dollar amount that D-WAG agreed to should be $100 - John pls. verify.

• The group decided that it wanted to be added on Indivisibleguide.com – Karen HAS done that. She had to agree that the group agreed with Indivisible's principles. Those present at the meeting agreed and we will stay in Indivisible! BTW - Lois Lehman is listed as "Indivisible DeForest."

• ** DWAG T-Shirts, This was discussed.  Ginny took over the project. The meeting of the 24th and 31st will be the weeks of voting on shirt colors and designs. JOHN - Ginny will need to get with you on an email to be sent along with the agenda both weeks to explain the voting!

New Business-  

Discuss helping OWR get a Healthcare Forum in DeFo/Windsor? John St volunteered to handle since he has contacts with OWR.

Discuss booking our own table at LaborFest to sell buttons (cost $40) - Discussion centered on bringing our own table and whether we had sold enough buttons previously to cover the cost of the table to make it worth while. In 2015, we grossed $84 on NON-political buttons. The reason for getting our own table is to get away from the NON-purchasing crowd of talkers that the WGN folks attract. In 2016 we had such few sales that I did not even record them.

Adjourn

• Political Discussion – Date set for August get-together is 8/20 (Sunday) noon-5PM in Token Creek Park Shelter One. Columbia County Dems are on board, and Karen has official permission to download lists from VAN for mailing to invitees. Dodge County Dems are also in touch and Karen has contacted an Indivisible group in Jefferson County.

  • (ADDED BY GINNY) Tues Jul 25 – Meet and Greet State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (thinking about a run for Gov.) 7:00 - 8:30 pm -  at the home of Beth and Mike Cox, 1000 Glenway Rd. in Oregon. The event is co-hosted by Ruthy and Ron Berger, of Active McFarland. Light food and refreshments will be provided. No campaign contribution is required, though a contribution would be appreciated. RSVP is desired but not required. If you are able, RSVP to Carlene Bechen atcdbechen@gmail.com or 608-513-7655. 

 

==================DRAFT AGENDA FOR 7/24 FOLLOWS

 

AGENDA De Forest Windsor Area Grassroots 7/24/17 – De Forest Library 6 PM

Social Time

Review of rules:

1.     Cell phones muted (except John Ski)

2.     One person speaks at a time – no side conversations, please!

3.     Raise hand to request permission to speak – respect person speaking by not jumping in.

4.     Must bring request for a speaker to group BEFORE inviting speaker. Then person with idea for the speaker is in charge of the contact with the speaker, scheduling, intro, etc.

Modify Agenda –  

Announcements  

            Anyone willing to write a letter regarding AJR53/SJR 54 contact Janet atmillsey77@charter.net -  A sample LTE can be seen at:http://host.madison.com/ct/opinion/mailbag/kathleen-williams-tell-legislators-you-want-hearing-on-statewide-vote/article_659fad7d-5c20-51b0-954f-882426df89c0.html

          Every Tuesday at 1:15PM – Indivisible/OWR meets to visit a legislator. Interested persons should meet at the bottom of the State Street Stairs to the Capitol. Before 7/25, call Ron Biendseil 608-712-6831 or email him at rbiend44@gmail.com because there will be a pre-gathering meeting at Michaelanglo's Coffee House near their meeting spot.

  • Tues Jul 25 – Meet and Greet State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (thinking about a run for Gov.) 7:00 - 8:30 pm -  at the home of Beth and Mike Cox, 1000 Glenway Rd. in Oregon. The event is co-hosted by Ruthy and Ron Berger, of Active McFarland. Light food and refreshments will be provided. No campaign contribution is required, though a contribution would be appreciated. RSVP is desired but not required. If you are able, RSVP to Carlene Bechen at cdbechen@gmail.com or 608-513-7655. ANYONE WANTING BUTTONS CONTACT KAREN kredson1970@gmail.com
  • Wed. Jul 26 - Fair Maps Town Hall -6:00 PM - Brewer Public Library, 325 N. Central Avenue, Richland Center. Former Senators Dale Schultz and Tim Cullen are the speakers.
    • Sun - July 30 - DaneDems summer picnic! 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Warner Park, Madison – potluck (meat supplied by Dems)
    • Wed - Aug 3 –SWWAP Democracy Forum – “We The Many - United Against Hate” - 7- 9PM - District #1 Old Schoolhouse (110 N. 2nd Street) Mount Horeb
    • Wed. Aug. 9 - Lanterns for Peace! - 6:00 pm Tenney Park (1414 E. Johnson) This family-friendly event is organized around the world in remembrance of the devastating humanitarian effects of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan during World War II. This year’s speaker is Caren Stelson, author of Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story.
    • Sun – Aug 20 – Progressives of NE Dane County Meet UP – noon-5PM Token Creek Park Shelter One
    • Sat - Aug 26 - Stoughton Celebration, Rally & Picnic - Noon-4 pm - hosted by Stoughton Area Dems and Progressives see www.facebook.com/StoughtonDemsAndProgressives/ or contact Joyce Tikalsky, stotondems@gmail.com
    • Mon. Sept. 4 noon - 5:30pm - LaborFest - Madison Labor Temple - 1602 S. Park St.
    • Sat. Sept. 9 - 10 AM – 2PM – Progressive Partners DeForest – Jefferson Square Clubhouse
    • Sat. Sept. 16 9 AM - 6pm - Fighting BobFest -  Breese Stevens Field  
    • Sat. Oct. 7 9 AM - 11pm - Wausau Grassroots Fest -

Old Business – CONTINUED ON REVERSE * means PERMANENT ITEM ** means on agenda for limited time

  • *Reports by whoever went to events from previous week’s announcements:  
  • Rept on our own table 4 LbrFst 4 btn sls ($40)– in 2015 grossed $84 on NON-polit btns

New Business-  

  • Discuss “Fair Maps” Resolution-

Adjourn

  • Political Discussion – Date set for August get-together is 8/20 (Sunday) noon-5PM in Token Creek Park Shelter One. Columbia & Dodge County Dems are on board, and Karen has official permission to download lists from VAN for mailing to invitees. 

Old Business  * means PERMANENT ITEM ** means on agenda for limited time

  • Helping OWR get a Healthcare Forum in DeFo/Windsor-John St
  • *Development of a community intelligence repository (aka “Sign List”)  Permanent item – need workers willing to review names via Google spreadsheet link
  • ** D-WAG will host the quarterly Progressive Partners meeting on Sept 9 in DeForest/Windsor at Jefferson Square Clubhouse.  John Stanley will be the lead –  Additional suggestions for program should be sent to John Ski!    

o   Agenda Development Subcommittee needed : John Stanley, Stacy & Ginny? – anyone else? Std agenda includes round robin of who has done what plus host designed program item.

o   Suggestions SO FAR for the program part of meeting: Use this as springboard for Wausau Festival – Stacy to explain why No. WI needs transfusion of Progressive Spirit – also get Kathy Cramer to add gravitas?; Other options – Redistricting update-what follows SCOTUS?; Vietnam Era Music (with the UWM profs who wrote a book); Drug-CIA connection and how it relates to current war on terror; WI geography/geology speaker – maybe Carl Sack?; Clean Lakes Alliance speaker?; Conversation about role of DaneDems exec board and grassroots groups in finding candidates for same. Any others???

  • *Messaging – Scott Wittkopf has a new daily messaging tip program via email – is anyone interested?
  • Wausau Grassroots Fest ––  NAME? LOGO?
  • ** DWAG T-Shirts, Ginny has taken over from Karen. ATTENDANCE AT THE 7/24 OR 7/31 MEETING OR VOTING BY EMAIL (to John Scepanski - scepanskijc@hotmail.com) WILL BE NECESSARY TO HAVE A VOICE IN THE COLOR AND SELECTION OF DESIGN TO BE IMPRINTED ON THE T-SHIRTS!
  • IF YA DON’T VOTE, YA CAN’T COMPLAIN!    

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for July 10, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

July 10, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, July 17, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See tentative agenda below.

 

Present on July 12: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, John Stanley

 

There was no meeting July 3 because of the holiday.

 

Ginny said she called the school district on the possibility of computer training.  They said they do not do that training for the general public but that sometimes their facilities can be used by an outside party to do things like that.

 

JohnSki checked on our status as a nonprofit group.  The only thing we have is an EIN from the federal government that we had to get to open our checking account.  John St. is checking further on our status to get a table at the DeForest Farmers’ Market.

 

John Stanley has a big conference call with 20 people tomorrow on the subject of the progressive festival in Wausau tentatively planned for October of this year.  There will be speakers, tables, and plenty of time to network.  The “Power Up” section of the Wisconsin Grassroots Network (WGN) is involved.  Power Up is the action part of WGN.  One of the priorities is how to attract younger people.

 

We discussed Ron Biendseil’s invitation to join him and others in regular visits to Republican state legislators.  It was felt that we did not want to do this at this time, since we have two people from DWAG already doing something like it, but we should keep discussing it.

 

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Tentative AGENDA De Forest Windsor Area Grassroots 7/17/17 – De Forest Library 6 PM

Social Time

Review of rules:

1. Cell phones muted (except John Ski)

2. One person speaks at a time – no side conversations, please!

3. Raise hand to request permission to speak – respect person speaking by not jumping in.

4. Must bring request for a speaker to group BEFORE inviting speaker. Then person with idea for the speaker is in charge of the contact with the speaker, scheduling, intro, etc.

Modify Agenda –

Announcements

· Fri July 21 –Songs for a Better World – 7- 9PM - District #1 Old Schoolhouse (110 N. 2nd Street) Mount Horeb. Tickets are only $12 in advance, and $15 the DOS. See: https://www.facebook.com/events/144674156094270/

· Wed. Jul 26 - Fair Maps Town Hall -6:00 PM - Brewer Public Library, 325 N. Central Avenue, Richland Center. Former Senators Dale Schultz and Tim Cullen are the speakers.

· Sun - July 30 - DaneDems summer picnic! 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Warner Park, Madison – potluck (meat supplied by Dems)

· Aug 4 –SWWAP Democracy Forum – “We The Many - United Against Hate” - 7- 9PM - District #1 Old Schoolhouse (110 N. 2nd Street) Mount Horeb

· Wed. Aug. 9 - Lanterns for Peace! - 6:00 pm Tenney Park (1414 E. Johnson) This family-friendly event is organized around the world in remembrance of the devastating humanitarian effects of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan during World War II. This year’s speaker is Caren Stelson, author of Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story.

· Sun – Aug 20 – Progressives of NE Dane County Meet UP – noon-5PM Token Creek Park Shelter One

Old Business - * means PERMANENT ITEM ** means on agenda for limited time

· Reports by whoever went to events from previous week’s announcements: Other events of past week – Karen report on 350 Madison meeting last Monday; Karen/John St. report on WGN meeting last Thurs.

· *Development of a community intelligence repository (aka “Sign List”) Permanent item – need workers willing to review names via Google spreadsheet link.

· *Community Rights - Paul’s Workshop Tour in September & October: Curt Hubatch has confirmed that Paul will be leading his weekend workshop in Washburn County, WI, Sept 15-17. Many of you have expressed significant interest in him visiting YOUR community during that time to lead an introductory or weekend workshop. September 19 to Oct 1 is his ideal date range for scheduling additional Midwest workshops. He suggests we use August 1 as our shared deadline for nailing down specific dates and locations.

· ** D-WAG will host the quarterly Progressive Partners meeting in Sept/Oct in DeForest/Windsor. John Stanley will be the lead – Suggestions for program should be sent to John Ski! Suggestions from last meeting were included in meeting notes.

· ** DWAG T-Shirts, This was discussed. Decision was made to table ‘til after the 4th, then have next TWO meetings OR responses to emails used to vote on shirt colors and designs. NEED PERSON TO TAKE PROJECT OVER FROM KAREN!

New Business

Adjourn

· Political Discussion

– Date set for August get-together is 8/20 (Sunday) noon-5PM in Token Creek Park Shelter One. Columbia County Dems are on board, and Karen has official permission to download info from VAN for mailing to invitees.

· Conversations with Jagler about AJR53 – has anyone pushed Jagler for a hearing in past week?

· Letters to the editor~ Anyone willing to write contact Janet at millsey77@charter.net . A sample LTE can be seen at: http://host.madison.com/ct/opinion/mailbag/kathleen-williams-tell-legislators-you-want-hearing-on-statewide-vote/article_659fad7d-5c20-51b0-954f-882426df89c0.html

· Do we want to become involved with OWR In the near future, they'd also be very interested in helping organize a town hall meeting on healthcare in DeForest and Windsor that embodies the principles of speaking across party lines. If we are interested, Karen or John Ski can email them.

· Every Tuesday at 1:15PM – Indivisible/OWR meets to visit a legislator. Are we interested in joining them to meet with Jagler and/or Fitzgerald?

· Janet (and JohnSki) will arrange for the two of them (as the referenda champions) to visit the DeForest and Windsor Boards to update them on the issue and inform them of where their resolutions have gone since they passed in 2014. The intent is to get the boards to pressure the legislature to hold a hearing.

· Item added by John St – Wausau WGN Fest – Labor Temple venue $400 cost – we agreed to pay $75 to hold date if John St. could not get WGN approval in time.

· The group decided that it wanted to be added on Indivisibleguide.com – Karen HAS done that. She had to agree that the group agreed with:

o “Our group agrees with these three principles:

§ Resist Trump's agenda. We believe Trump’s agenda is racist, authoritarian, and corrupt, and it must be stopped.

§ Focus on local, defensive congressional advocacy. We demand that our own local Members of Congress serve as our voice in Washington, DC.

§ Embrace progressive values. We model inclusion, respect, and fairness in all of our actions.”

· IF ANYONE BELIEVES THAT D-WAG SHOULD NOT HAVE AGREED TO THESE THREE PRINCIPLES, LET KAREN KNOW AND SHE WILL DROP US OUT OF THIS ORGANIZATION ASAP!

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for June 26, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

June 26, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, July 10, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

 

Present on June 26: Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, John Stanley

 

Announcements were made, see below.*

 

We had some pre-meeting social time, followed by a review of our meeting rules:

 

  1. Cell phones muted (except John Ski)
  2. One person speaks at a time – no side conversations, please!
  3. Raise hand to request permission to speak – respect person speaking by not jumping in.
  4. Must bring request for a speaker to group BEFORE inviting speaker. Then person with idea for the speaker is in charge of the contact with the speaker, scheduling, intro, etc.

 

A few modifications to the agenda were made.

 

Someone mentioned Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW) Message Monday.

 

John Stanley and Ginny will ride on the DWAG float in the DeForest 4th of July parade.  Nate Timm has donated his truck again and will drive it in the parade.  THANKS AGAIN, NATE!  We hope the theme to be “Resuscitate Democracy” with a CPR dummy, etc.  Karen will provide the new DWAG banner she has donated.  THANKS, KAREN!  And thanks to all who helped with the float.  Expenses for materials and candy are reimbursed out of the DWAG treasury.

 

John St. reported that the DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce will not let us “buy” a table at the weekly Farmers' Market, because even though we are a non-profit organization we are not a 501c3 non-profit.  Go figger, huh? seemed to be the reaction of the group.  JohnSki will check the files for paper work we submitted to the feds when starting several years ago to register as a club (or something like that).  We will pursue this project further.

 

John St. is working with the Labor Temple in Wausau to set up a site for the northern progressives’ festival in October.  $400 is needed to reserve the hall.  The group decided that was too much for our little group to front, but we would go $100 toward the reservation fee.  The Wisconsin Grassroots Network might furnish the fee.  We are hoping that the locally active progressives in the northern counties will jump in soon to organize this event.

 

As regards the “sign list” or community “intel” spread sheet, Frank is looking at it to make revisions and additions.  Janet wants to take a look.  JohnSki is comparing it to the regular DWAG email list and furnishing Karen with applicable information.

 

September 16th is the tentative date for DWAG to host the quarterly Progressive Partners meeting.  JohnSki will reserve his condo association clubhouse for that date. We intend to have the usual potluck, the usual roundtable sharing, and a short program maybe featuring Kathleen Vinehout, a discussion of the illegal drug web, voter redistricting, the UW Vietnam war era music project, the space program, or some other mutually agreed upon topic.

 

If you are interested in becoming a Voter Education Ambassador, contact Janet Mills or the City of Madison Clerk’s office.

 

Ginny and Janet called our Assembly representative, John Jagler’s, office to recommend that he get AJR53 on the agenda for a committee he is on.  AJR53 sets up a statewide referendum on the questions of corporations as persons and money as speech.  Others are urged to call or write to Mr. Jagler too.

 

We discussed the possibility of computer training at one of the area schools, the senior/community center, or the library.

 

Karen gave us a quick summary of Senator Ron Johnson’s telephone town hall meeting that day.  The topic was supposed to be health care, but there were other topics brought up too such as the contaminated water in Kewaunee County and Social Security.  One woman called in to ask if her daughter’s $3000/month cost for drugs will be covered if the Republicans’ health care bill passes.

 

See you at next Monday’s meeting?

 

*Announcements (Thank you, Karen, for compiling the Announcements each week.)

 

·        Tue. June 27, The Raging Grannies - 6:30 PM.  E. D. Locke Public Library, McFarland.  Please join us for wonderful evening of song, sass and sisterhood.

·        Wed. June 28 12:00 noon -  Stop Anti-Immigrant Bill AB190 – No Hate in Our State - Statewide Day of Action! https://www.facebook.com/events/453288938355790/

·        Wed. June 28th Songs of Resistance - 5:00 pm High Noon Saloon (701 E. Washington) – Fundraiser for the ACLU, co-hosted by WORT FM Community Radio! Tickets are $5.00. Info? Visit Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1818964675098047

·        June 30-July 6 - Chicago IL Warrior Games - The Warrior Games exist to provide an opportunity for approximately 265 wounded, ill and injured service members and veteran/athletes representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), as well as the United Kingdom Armed Forces and the Australian Defence Force will participate in this international and inter-service competition. Teams include active-duty service members and veterans with upper-body, lower-body, and spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment; serious illnesses; and post-traumatic stress. Most events are free. The Opening Ceremonies (hosted by Jon Stewart with entertainment including Kelly Clarkson) are NOT. Many events are at McCormick Place - Lakeside Center. Info/schedule at:http://www.dodwarriorgames.com/schedule    

 

 

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for June 12, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

June 12, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, June 19, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

 

Present on June 12: Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Stacy Biesel, Brennan Biesel, Frank Dederich, John Stanley, Janet Mills

 

Announcements:

• Fri., Sat., Sun. - June 16-18 Midwest Renewable Energy Fair  - 7558 Deer Rd, Custer, WI - see https://www.theenergyfair.org/ for speakers/workshop info!

• Tue. June 27,  The Raging Grannies - 6:30 PM.  E. D. Locke Public Library, McFarland.  Please join us for wonderful evening of song, sass and sisterhood.

• Thurs. June 22nd Monarch Joint Venture and University of Minnesota Monarch Lab- 7:00 pm UW-Madison Arboretum (1207 Seminole Highway) Monarch Conservation! - talk with Laura Lukens and Kyle Kasten, Space is limited, so please pre-register: https://conserving-monarch-butterflies.eventbrite.com/?aff=enews

• Sat. June 28th Songs of Resistance - 5:00 pm High Noon Saloon (701 E. Washington) – Fundraiser for the ACLU, co-hosted by WORT FM Community Radio! Join us for a night of Resistance Music, featuring The Whiskey Farm, Frank Busch (of Wheelhouse), Ryan Mauer & the Angry Fix, Evan Murdock, and Amber Sebastian. . Tickets are $5.00. Info? Visit Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1818964675098047

• Dairy Breakfasts (the last two in striking distance!)

o 06/17 La Crosse County Dairy Breakfast Come rain or shine and enjoy a dairy breakfast at Hy-Jo-De Holsteins! There will be a dairy barn open house, educational displays, a petting zoo, spin-to-win wheel, inflatable bounce house and double slide and much more! 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM - N5359 State Hwy 162  Bangor, WI 54614

o 06/17 Columbia County Moo-Day Brunch 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - UW Arlington Ag Research Station  N695 Hopkins Rd. Arlington, WI 53911 menu: Pizza Hut pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, Sassy Cow ice cream sundaes, milk, yogurt and cheese.

 

John St. asked for permission to invite Benjamin Olneck Brown to a DWAG meeting to speak about Kathleen Vinehout for governor.  Permission granted.  John will arrange.

 

John St. and Ginny are getting the 4th of July float together, volunteers needed.  Others who would like to volunteer with other groups to help with bingo, clean up after, etc. can contact the Chamber of Commerce. 

 

Those staffing the farmers’ market information table will try to collect some information for the community intel spread sheet.  The table will be up for the first time tomorrow and staffed by John, Ginny, and Janet.

 

DWAG will be hosting the quarterly Progressive Partners meeting in fall, probably September.  This item will be on the regular meeting agenda from now until then.  John St. has the lead.

 

Contact Janet if you are interested in becoming a Voter Education Ambassador.  The Madison City Clerk is holding training on June 16 or August 23rd.  Contact Janet if interested or go to https://MyVote.wi.gov .

 

John St. is looking for a venue around Wausau for the “up north” progressives meeting, modeled maybe after Bob Fest or the WGN Festival.  Stacy has been in contact with the people she knows in the area and gave John some names to contact to build local support and help with tasks.  Tentatively the event will be scheduled for October or later if indoor facilities can be found.  The Wisconsin Grassroots Network (WGN) will be the lead organization, backed up by the new Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, United to Amend, and Blue Jean Nation.  Other organizations like the anti-frac sand mining groups, unions, and native American groups will be asked to help as well.

 

The WGN idea is emerging in the “Super Seventeenth” format of organizing in the Wisconsin 17th Senate District in south western Wis.  George Ferriter is interested in doing something similar in the 14th District. Other senate districts are interested too.  Further information later.

 

Janet reported on legislative activity by United to Amend.  Wisconsin legislation has been introduced to support a U.S. Constitutional amendment to the effect that corporations are not people and money is not speech.  It is being held up in committee in the Wisconsin legislature.  Representative Jagler is on one of the committees.  We should pressure him to get the committee to hold a public hearing.    Janet asked how any legislator can ignore an issue so overwhelmingly supported by their constituents.  Search on your computer for United to Amend for lots of information.  What do we as DWAG want to do to help?  Who is on our DWAG letter writing committee?  Janet and JohnSki should arrange to visit the DeForest and Windsor Boards to update them on the issue and inform them of where their resolutions have gone since they passed two years (?) ago.  Karen, please put on next agenda.

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for June 5, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

June 5, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, June 12, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

 

Present on June 5: Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Janet Mills, Nelia Olivencia

 

Announcements: see attachment at end.

 

Janet has voter registration information and is glad to be at our table at the DeForest Farmers’ Market Tuesdays.  She will let John Stanley know.  John, Karen Edson, and Ginny Brokish are staffing the table so far.

 

It was the consensus of the group present to compensate Karen $50.00 from the treasury for all the work she does earning money for us by making and selling buttons.  JohnSki will get a check to her.  Thank you, Karen, for your loyal service.  You have put a lot of moolah into our treasury, including the two checks coming from WGN for Super 17th and Voters for Vinehout.

 

Janet showed us her folder with names and contact information that she has accumulated over the years in her campaign work.  She will coordinate with Karen to get the appropriate information into the DWAG community intel spreadsheet.  Anyone else who would like to work on refinement of or contribute names and contact information to the community intel spread sheet should contact Karen.

 

Karen briefed us on and we discussed last weekend’s Democratic Party of Wisconsin annual convention.  Karen filled us in on the latest candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court, Attorney General, and potential candidates for governor.  Although DWAG is officially non-partisan as an organization, as individuals we seem to like Senator Kathleen Vinehout so far for governor.

 

JohnSki reported on his meeting that morning in DeForest with Calvin Boldebuck, a field rep for our 2nd Congressional District U.S. Congressional Representative Mark Pocan.  Calvin is staffing about a dozen meetings or listening sessions for Mark around the District.  Mark is very active (co-chair?) on the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which has developed a “progressive alternative U.S. budget.  Good going, Mark!  Contact points:

 

Janet reported that United to Amend, on which she is active, is now entering a new political action stage.  They want to pressure state representatives to put on a statewide advisory referendum to amend the U.S. Constitution to the effect that corporations are not people and money is not speech.  Assembly Joint Resolution 53 and Senate Joint Resolution 54 have been introduced to do that; however, the relevant committees will not even hold public hearings on the bills.  DWAG should pressure Assembly Representative John Jagler, who is on the committee in the state Assembly.  A number of communities in Rep. Jagler’s district (the 37th) have passed local resolutions asking for the amendment, including the villages of DeForest and Windsor.

Karen, please put this item on the agenda for June 12th.  How do we want to get involved: political action, Jagler listening sessions, letter writing campaign, emails, phone calls?

We might want to go to the Windsor and DeForest boards and update them on the resolutions their communities passed.  Janet passed out talking points on the issues and on AJR53 and SJR54.

 

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AGENDA  De Forest Windsor Area Grassroots 6/5/17 – De Forest Library 6 PM

 

Social Time

Review of rules:

1. Cell phones muted (except John Ski)

2. One person speaks at a time – no side conversations, please!

3. Raise hand to request permission to speak – respect person speaking by not jumping in.

4. Must bring request for a speaker to group BEFORE inviting speaker. Then person with idea for the speaker is in charge of the contact with the speaker, scheduling, intro, etc.

Modify Agenda –  

Announcements – SEE BELOW

 

Old Business –

• 4th of July Parade – Contact John Stanley, if interested  

• Development of a community intelligence repository (aka “Sign List”)  Permanent item – need workers willing to review names via Google spreadsheet link  So far, Ski, Karen, Marcia, & Frank have links.

• DWAG at the DeForest Farmers Market starting 6/13 (one of the Artist & Crafters Days) – whoever is available to sit at the table contact John Stanley 

• D-WAG will host the quarterly Progressive Partners meeting in Sept/Oct in DeForest/Windsor.  John Stanley will be the lead – this will be an item on the agenda for planning purposes til then!

New Business –

• Discuss distribution of excess $ over supply replacement cost  (once funds are actually received)

• Discuss future plans for group:

  • o VOTER INFORMATION (NOT REALLY POLITICAL) § Publicize Voter ID requirement?
  • § Check for registered voters and help with online registrations (will require using laptops with internet access and may incur data charges)?§ Hand out registration forms and help voters to complete them at the Farmer’s Market?
  • o Work with other DeFo/Windsor community groups?

Adjourn

Political Discussion – 

• Democratic Party of Wisconsin State Convention review – receipt of $280 will happen from “Voters for Vinehout” and “Super 17th” (Nate Timm) (Will need to replenish button parts with $. Used 450 2.25” and 60 1.25” – roughly $200 repl. cost)

Announcements –  

• Sun. June 11- Beestock – Festival for the Environment!  12:00 Noon – 6:00 pm Capitol Brewery (7734 Terrace Ave. in Middleton) - Sustainable City Opening Remarks by Middleton Mayor, Grudip Brar; special guest speakers: Prof. Patty Loew, UW-Madison Life Sciences Communication Dept. and member of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Ojibway, and Jeremy Hemberger, UW-Madison Entomology Dept., plus musical performances by Durango McMurphy, Blue Cheese, Skip Jones, Jacob Greene, and DJ Sauli Turn Up. Kids activities, info tables, and local vendors, too! Suggested donation - $10. Info? Www.facebook.com/beestockfestival

• Fri., Sat., Sun. - June 16-18 Midwest Renewable Energy Fair  - 7558 Deer Rd, Custer, WI - see https://www.theenergyfair.org/ for speakers/workshop info!

• Tue. June 27,  The Raging Grannies - 6:30 PM.  E. D. Locke Public Library, McFarland.  Please join us for wonderful evening of song, sass and sisterhood.

• Thurs. June 22nd Monarch Joint Venture and University of Minnesota Monarch Lab- 7:00 pm UW-Madison Arboretum (1207 Seminole Highway) Monarch Conservation! - talk with Laura Lukens and Kyle Kasten, Space is limited, so please pre-register: https://conserving-monarch-butterflies.eventbrite.com/?aff=enews

• Sat. June 28th Songs of Resistance - 5:00 pm High Noon Saloon (701 E. Washington) – Fundraiser for the ACLU, co-hosted by WORT FM Community Radio! Join us for a night of Resistance Music, featuring The Whiskey Farm, Frank Busch (of Wheelhouse), Ryan Mauer & the Angry Fix, Evan Murdock, and Amber Sebastian. . Tickets are $5.00. Info? Visit Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1818964675098047

• Dairy Breakfasts in the 2nd CD: 

o Rock County June 10 6:30-11 am, Brandl Farm, 10817 East Lake Shore Road, Clinton

o Lafayette County June 10   6:30-10:30 am, Shippy Farm, 12348 White School Road Gratiot

o Sauk County June 10, 7-11am -  Elsing Farms, E10481 Hwy 60, Sauk City

o Dane County June 10, 7-11:30 am, Blue Star Dairy, 5191 Vosen Road, Middleton

o Richland County June 11 7am - 1pm Durst-Larse Farms 17827 County Road A, Richland Center

o Lafayette County June 11 1:30pm, Darlington Canoe Fest Parade       

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for May 22, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

May 22, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, June 5, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  NO MEETING MAY 29, MEMORIAL DAY.

 

Present on May 22: Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Shirley Cunningham, Ginny Brokish, Frank Dederich, Janet Mills, John Stanley, Abby Lowery, Nelia Olivencia

 

Announcements:

  • May 23, Madison Gray Panthers
  • May 24, No F-35 in Madison
  • June 2-4, Forward 2017: Where Do We Go from Here? Understanding the Current Crisis & Building Social Justice in the Midwest
  • June 11, Beestock-Festival for the Environment
  • June 16-18, Midwest Renewable Energy Fair
  • June 27, The Raging Grannies
  • Dairy Breakfasts in the 2nd CD

 

For details on any of these announcements, contact Karen Edson.

 

Karen reviewed the rules for DWAG meetings.

 

At first we thought that our 4th of July parade float might not occur this year, as no one had come forward to lead the building of it.  John Stanley did volunteer to do so and a few volunteers emerged.

 

Four people have permission so far to comment on the google doc spreadsheet being composed by Karen as our “community intel repository” of names and contact information for those we know in the area who will put lawn signs in their yards, make phone calls, distribute campaign lit, and such activities, as well as a list of those we know who are reliably with us in ideology.  The repository is and will be a consolidation of lists various members have acquired over the years from meeting rosters, etc.  If you want to scrutinize the repository and comment or add names and information, contact Karen Edson for the URL.

 

John St. and Ginny will be staffing the DeForest Farmers Market DWAG table.  Other volunteers are welcome.  Contact John Stanley if you are interested.  The purpose of the table is to identify interests of people in the community, advertise DWAG, and recruit membership.  We might expand those purposes in the future, depending on how things go.  John and Ginny will report back at later meetings.  The market is from 3:00 to 6:00 every Tuesday at Firemen’s Park in DeForest.  The table space is free to those doing public service, education, information and not selling anything.  We established a DWAG Farmers Market Committee, which will meet separately to service the table.

 

Nelia provided us some of her background on her many years of activism in many places locally, nationally, and internationally.  Thank you, Nelia.

 

During discussion of the future of DWAG, Abby thought that perhaps we should be more partisan in our political activity.  Her comment provoked much discussion about DWAG’s policy of being non-partisan when it comes to endorsing candidates.  John St. said he thinks we should not endorse candidates but should instead endorse issues.  Janet pointed out that when DWAG was founded (as DeForest Area Progressives) she and others were already politically active in the area during campaigns and were considered the contacts for progressive candidates.  Ginny made the distinction that progressive means neither Democrat nor Republican.  It was noted that there are some progressive Republicans.  Nelia likes the term progressive better than liberal or Democrat.  Thanks to Mary Sanderson and Liz Temple for their input via email, which was shared with those present.

 

We decided that we would host the Progressive Partners fall quarterly meeting that we were not prepared to host the coming one in June.  John St. will contact Beth Wittemore on it.

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for May 15, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

May 15, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, May 22, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

 

Present: Karen Edson, John Scepanski

 

With only two of us there, we did not have an agenda.  Karen and I just talked for an hour about a variety of things.

We decided that next meeting’s agenda will be devoted mostly to the question of where do we go from here with DWAG?  What is our purpose?  Who is our leadership?  The 5 W’s: who, what, where, when, why, and how?  Do we take the summer off?  Is it time to end the organization?  If we end the organization, what do we do with the money in the treasury (about $800)?  What projects might we want to pursue, what causes?  Do we want to regroup for each election?  Who is willing to “ramrod” (lead) what?  What is your particular passion that you might want to lead or be in charge of or responsible for?  What do you want to make a commitment to?  What will you volunteer to do or be?  Karen and I think the contact list or sign list is worth keeping up.

John Stanley was contacted to host the next quarterly Progressive Partners meeting in June in DeForest/Windsor.  Do we want to commit to that?  Can we?

Come to the next meeting to express your thoughts on these matters or send them to me, so that I can share them with whoever comes.  Thanks.             JohnSki

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Announcements 

 

-Sun. May 21 What Can I Do? A Citizen's Workshop and Information-Sharing Event - 2 PM to 4 PM - Reedsburg Rec Center 134 Locust St. (enter on Vine St., across from the Reedsburg Public Library) - Some actions & issues to be covered include: accessing accurate news sources, public schools/voucher schools, immigration, elections/voting, how to run for public office, water issues, gun reform, communicating with legislators, the environment, health care, and a living wage.  The public is invited to attend and to bring their thoughts, questions, and concerns.

 

-Wisconsin Democracy Campaign 2017 Annual Meeting

Monday, May 22, 2016, 6:00-8:00 PM; Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison; RSPV to 608-255-4260 or speer@wisdc.org by Monday May 15

Special Guest Speaker: Kevin Kennedy, Former Director and General Counsel for the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, Accountability in Wisconsin Government: A Look Forward If Not a Step Backward

Other Guests: Kimberlee Wright, Executive Director of Midwest Environmental Advocates; Deshawn McKinney, President of the Wisconsin Union, Marshall Scholar and spoken word artist.

 

-Fri., Sat., Sun. - June 16-18 Midwest Renewable Energy Fair  - 7558 Deer Rd, Custer, WI - see https://www.theenergyfair.org/ for speakers/workshop info!  

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for May 15, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

May 15, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, May 22, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

 

Present: Karen Edson, John Scepanski

 

With only two of us there, we did not have an agenda.  Karen and I just talked for an hour about a variety of things.

We decided that next meeting’s agenda will be devoted mostly to the question of where do we go from here with DWAG?  What is our purpose?  Who is our leadership?  The 5 W’s: who, what, where, when, why, and how?  Do we take the summer off?  Is it time to end the organization?  If we end the organization, what do we do with the money in the treasury (about $800)?  What projects might we want to pursue, what causes?  Do we want to regroup for each election?  Who is willing to “ramrod” (lead) what?  What is your particular passion that you might want to lead or be in charge of or responsible for?  What do you want to make a commitment to?  What will you volunteer to do or be?  Karen and I think the contact list or sign list is worth keeping up.

John Stanley was contacted to host the next quarterly Progressive Partners meeting in June in DeForest/Windsor.  Do we want to commit to that?  Can we?

Come to the next meeting to express your thoughts on these matters or send them to me, so that I can share them with whoever comes.  Thanks.             JohnSki

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Announcements 

 

-Sun. May 21 What Can I Do? A Citizen's Workshop and Information-Sharing Event - 2 PM to 4 PM - Reedsburg Rec Center 134 Locust St. (enter on Vine St., across from the Reedsburg Public Library) - Some actions & issues to be covered include: accessing accurate news sources, public schools/voucher schools, immigration, elections/voting, how to run for public office, water issues, gun reform, communicating with legislators, the environment, health care, and a living wage.  The public is invited to attend and to bring their thoughts, questions, and concerns.

 

-Wisconsin Democracy Campaign 2017 Annual Meeting

Monday, May 22, 2016, 6:00-8:00 PM; Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison; RSPV to 608-255-4260 or speer@wisdc.org by Monday May 15

Special Guest Speaker: Kevin Kennedy, Former Director and General Counsel for the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, Accountability in Wisconsin Government: A Look Forward If Not a Step Backward

Other Guests: Kimberlee Wright, Executive Director of Midwest Environmental Advocates; Deshawn McKinney, President of the Wisconsin Union, Marshall Scholar and spoken word artist.

 

-Fri., Sat., Sun. - June 16-18 Midwest Renewable Energy Fair  - 7558 Deer Rd, Custer, WI - see https://www.theenergyfair.org/ for speakers/workshop info!  

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for May 8, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

May 8, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, May 15, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

 

Present: Kim Lamoreaux, Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Abby Lowery, Shirley Cunningham, Marcia Riquelme, Liz Temple, Ginny Brokish, Frank Dederich

 

Announcements 

 Tues. May 9 Divided We Fall visit: https://dividedwefall-movie.com/

 

 Sun. May 21 What Can I Do? A Citizen's Workshop and Information-Sharing Event - 2 PM to 4 PM - Reedsburg Rec Center 134 Locust St. (enter on Vine St., across from the Reedsburg Public Library) - Some actions & issues to be covered include: accessing accurate news sources, public schools/voucher schools, immigration, elections/voting, how to run for public office, water issues, gun reform, communicating with legislators, the environment, health care, and a living wage.  The public is invited to attend and to bring their thoughts, questions, and concerns.

 

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign 2017 Annual Meeting

Monday, May 22, 2016, 6:00-8:00 PM; Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison; RSPV to 608-255-4260 or speer@wisdc.org by Monday May 15

Special Guest Speaker: Kevin Kennedy, Former Director and General Counsel for the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, Accountability in Wisconsin Government: A Look Forward If Not a Step Backward

Other Guests: Kimberlee Wright, Executive Director of Midwest Environmental Advocates; Deshawn McKinney, President of the Wisconsin Union, Marshall Scholar and spoken word artist.

 

 Fri., Sat., Sun. - June 16-18 Midwest Renewable Energy Fair  - 7558 Deer Rd, Custer, WI - see https://www.theenergyfair.org/ for speakers/workshop info!  

 

 

Kim Lamoreaux, new managing editor of the DeForest Times-Tribune, chatted with us and answered questions about herself, her ideas for the newspaper, current events and issues, and other pleasant conversation.  Welcome to the area, Kim!  Some of those present expressed a desire for more Times-Tribune coverage of Village Board meetings and the listening sessions with our Senator Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Rep John Jagler.

 

(I had to leave early, so any other business at this meeting is not recorded here.  JohnSki)

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for May 8, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

May 8, 2017

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