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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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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for April 24, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

April 24, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, May 1, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

 

Present: Karen Edson, John Scepanski

 

Announcements:

  • May 1, Day without Immigrants and Refugees, https://www.facebook.com/events/1203329759721337/
  • May 2, Gather the Women Breakfast!  freisssusan@gmail.com
  • May 6, Annual Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast, https://cleanlakesalliance.org/save-our-lakes-breakfast/
  • May 3, First Annual “Disinvited Dinner” – http://www.csld.wisc.edu/disinvited.htm
  • Thurs. May 4 This Changes Everything -7:30 pm Majestic: http://www.cleanwisconsin.org/about-us/events/lafollette/

·       Thurs. May 4  DPW Chair Candidate Forum - 7:00 PM Public McFarland - with Martha Laning and Bryan Kennedy - sponsored by Active McFarland, WGN, DeForest/Windsor Area Grassroots, Oregon Area Progressives, and Stoughton Area Democrats & Progressives  WE NEED TO SHOW UP TO SUPPORT THIS!  Who will go?

  • May 8 - Senator Fitzgerald will have office hours at 10:00am at the Bristol Town Hall and Rep. Jagler will be there as well that day at 12:00pm.

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

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Karen and I had a nice conversation for an hour and three quarters.

 

John Stanley is working on an information and recruitment table for DWAG at the farmer’s market.  The woman he had to contact has been out.

 

Karen attended the 2nd Congressional District Democratic Convention April 23rd in Verona.  Candidates for chair of the state DPW party were there, as were some possible candidates for governor and some candidates for the Democratic National Committee.  Also attending from DWAG were Peter Johnson and John Stanley.  Some from the Wisconsin Grassroots Network were there too.

 

Karen and I agreed that the further development of our “community intelligence repository” is important.  When we are satisfied with it, we must use it to organize ourselves to do the things that are done in well organized campaigns: lit drops, canvassing, lawn signs, phone calls, etc.  DWAG members should start thinking about which of these and any other activities they might like to lead or follow in each and every election, using the contacts and information on the spreadsheet.  Our “community intelligence repository” will be an ongoing segment of the agendas of our meetings.

 

On messaging review we discussed, “What (if any) are the limits of free speech?”

 

On community rights we discussed the value of embarrassment as an impediment to corporate misbehavior.

 

Next meeting, we will continue discussions about our participation in DeForest’s Fourth of July celebration, the Wausau area music festival, and Kim Lamoreaux’s visit (new editor of the DeForest Times-Tribune) on MAY 8TH.  Bring your ideas and your passions.

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

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

April 17, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, April 24, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

 

Present: Frank Dederich, Karen Edson, John Scepanski, John Stanley

 

Announcements:

• JFC regional hearings on State Budget - Tues. Apr. 18 – Spooner High School, Spooner ; Wed. Apr. 19 – Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth; Fri. Apr. 21–  Marinette High School, Marinette; see http://www.wisconsinnetwork.org/blog/budget for more info

• Thurs. April 20 Kick-Off Meeting of the new Madison chapter of the Grey Panthers. 6:30 – 8:30 pm Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, Youth Room (953 Jenifer St.) Info? #608-284-9082.

 

April 20 Cracking the Case: the Flint Water Crisis and Public Health Advocacy, http://nelson.wisc.edu/events/public-lectures/hanna-attisha.php

 

April 22, Pop Up Peace Museum, Lisa Link Peace Park, 452 State St., Madison, Raging Grannies will sing, Native American ceremony, poetry, talking twigs as a gift for all, Info.? wilpfmadison@gmail.com or #608-609-7961

 

• Sat. April 22 People’s Climate March – We Resist, We Build, We Rise! - 2:00 pm WI State Capitol Let's march together, and take back Earth Day, a proud Wisconsin tradition. Info? Check out the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/156033178229398/

• Thurs. May 4 This Changes Everything -7:30 pm Majestic Theater (115 King St.) – screening of the documentary with a follow-up discussion with cast member, rancher, activist, and author, Alexis Bonogofsky, as well as a live video appearance by producer, Naomi Klein. Tickets are $10. Hosted by Clean Wisconsin. Info? http://www.cleanwisconsin.org/about-us/events/lafollette/

 

May 4, DPW Chair Candidate Forum – 7:00 pm Public McFarland, with Martha Laning and Bryan Kennedy – sponsored by Active McFarland, WGN, Deforest-Windsor Area Grassroots, Oregon Area Progressives, and Stoughton Area Democrats & Progressives

 

• Tues. May 9 Divided We Fall - 6:30 pm Christ Presbyterian Church (944 E. Gorham)– free screening and public discussion of the documentary about the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising by Katherine Acosta. Hosted by the Madison Free Skool, the Peregrin Forum, and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Info? #284-9082 or visit: https://dividedwefall-movie.com/

 

Our district member of the Executive Committee, Karen, attended a meeting of the Dane County Democratic Party packed with new members, there to learn about the party and how it operates.  The new members were not shy to express their discontent.  They do not want to be told to do things the old ways: during election times, knock on doors, make phone calls, etc.  They want action now.  One person said the Dane Dems website “sucks.”  It looks like it is out of the 1990s.  They want to reach out to the grass roots.  At the Executive Committee meeting (of which Karen is a member) Karen handed out two sheets of lists on which were progressive political groups, environmental groups, WGN allied groups, and affiliates of the Wisconsin Grassroots Network (WGN) in all the Wisconsin Congressional districts.  Democrats should be and are reaching out to grassroots organizations, faith based groups, work place groups, environmental groups, and others with common ground on issues.  The idea is to build bridges.  Mike Bell provides much of the energy behind consolidation of these organizations and groups.  Karen told us a parable about a staff – a wooden stick used to poke, prod, support, and so forth.  Good analogy, lesson, conceit, Karen, thank you.

We built upon Karen’s report with discussion of how the DWAG “community intelligence repository” can add to the process and substance.  We are building a spread sheet with names, contact information, and  the things each person has been known to be interested in: lawn signs, canvassing door-to-door, lit drops, phone calling, etc.  John Stanley wants to put up an information/recruitment table at the DeForest farmers’ market.  We all encouraged him to do so and said we will put out the word to staff the table.  The DWAG treasury will reimbursement John  for expenses to do this.  Way to go, Rev. John!

The Raging Grannies (God bless ‘em) have a book coming out titled, Listen to Your Grandmothers, combined with a CD.  There is going to be a debut party at the Madison central public library, probably on May 7 (check Grannies Facebook page for final details).  Cookies and milk will be served by our grannies.  The book/CD will cost $22, a collectors’ item worth much more than that, I’m sure, like the now-legendary Scottyopoly game.

John St. is working with Stacy on the up north Bob Fest-like or WGN Fest-like event, maybe in the Wausau or Antigo or Merrill area.  It is envisioned so far as a musical welcoming event to bring those so inclined into the progressive tent.  There will be music and speakers and other features.  The idea is to connect with others from around Wisconsin and the Midwest.  WGN is backing the idea.  Volunteers will be needed to serve lunch, sell tickets, publicize, and all the other tasks and chores involved with a project like this.  This is still in the early planning stages.

How much if any are we at DWAG interested in joining the resistances and revolutions?

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

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

April 10, 2017

Next meeting: Monday, April 17, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

Present: Ginny Brokish, Frank Dederich, Stacy Biesel, Karen Edson, John Scepanski

 

Announcements   

• JFC regional hearings on State Budget - Tues. Apr. 18 – Spooner High School, Spooner ; Wed. Apr. 19 – Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth; Fri. Apr. 21–  Marinette High School, Marinette; see http://www.wisconsinnetwork.org/blog/budget for more info

• Thurs. April 20 Kick-Off Meeting of the new Madison chapter of the Grey Panthers. 6:30 – 8:30 pm Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, Youth Room (953 Jenifer St.) Info? #608-284-9082.

• Sat. April 22 People’s Climate March – We Resist, We Build, We Rise! - 2:00 pm WI State Capitol Let's march together, and take back Earth Day, a proud Wisconsin tradition. Info? Check out the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/156033178229398/

• Thurs. May 4 This Changes Everything -7:30 pm Majestic Theater (115 King St.) – screening of the documentary with a follow-up discussion with cast member, rancher, activist, and author, Alexis Bonogofsky, as well as a live video appearance by producer, Naomi Klein. Tickets are $10. Hosted by Clean Wisconsin. Info? http://www.cleanwisconsin.org/about-us/events/lafollette/

• Tues. May 9 Divided We Fall - 6:30 pm Christ Presbyterian Church (944 E. Gorham)– free screening and public discussion of the documentary about the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising by Katherine Acosta. Hosted by the Madison Free Skool, the Peregrin Forum, and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Info? #284-9082 or visit: https://dividedwefall-movie.com/

 

Karen reported on her research into procuring distinguishing DWAG shirts: cost estimates: 1) online source customink.com $10.50 average price REQUIRES min. order 25 shirts; 2) Local firm (Budget Signs & Specialties): $18.36 (S-XL) extra charge for plus sizes 2XL + $1.75 each. 3XL + $3.25 each. 4XL + $4.25 each.  Karen will finalize the information, send it out to suppliers, and get final quotes. 

 

Stacy talked about the possibility of a “Bob Fest North.”  She is in touch with her contacts in the Wausau-Merrill area.  This would be a grassroots, progressive event.

 

JohnSki passed around the DWAG (DAP) March 2017 bank statement with checks written and deposits made.  We have $855.70 in the checking account as of March 31, 2017.  Contact John if you would like to see the statement or any past statements.

 

We should start talking about what role DWAG will play in the DeForest area Fourth of July celebration.  The Statue of Liberty was suggested as a parade float theme.  Volunteers are needed.  Will YOU volunteer to help build and ride on the float and any other DWAG activities on the Fourth?  Further discussion will take place at meetings between now and then.

 

Members were referred to websites during the further discussion of starting a progressives book club: see www.wisconsingrassrootsnetwork/home/resources/ miscellaneous_information/reading_suggestions  OR  http://deforestareaprogressives.nationbuilder.com/be_an_informed_citizen then click on the link to the Wisconsin Grassroots Network site at the bottom of the page!

Thanks for this info., Karen

 

Senator Scott Fitzgerald has scheduled office hours in May to hear constituents’ thoughts and concerns on the state budget proposal.  http://legis.wisconsin.gov/senate/13/fitzgerald

 

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