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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots mtg notes for January 9, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

January 9, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, January 16, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See tentative agenda below.

 

In attendance: Marcia Riquelme, Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Frank Dederich, Ginny Brokish, Abby Lowery

 

Announcements:

 

  • Jan. 15, 6-7:30 p.m. – Superintendent of DPI Candidate Forum hosted by East Side Progressives at Lake Edge Lutheran Church, 3032 Monona Dr.
  • Jan. 20, Be the Light! Candlelight March to State Capitol! – 7:00 p.m. State and Lake Streets in Madison
  • Jan. 21, Women’s March on Madison! 12:00 noon, UW campus Library Mall (700 block of State St.)
  • Jan. 28 – Progressive Partners quarterly meeting, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Stoughton Fire Dept., 401 E. Main

 

 

Marcia and John volunteered to comment on Karen’s compilation of community intelligence list of names and info. on Google doc.  Karen will send in an email.

 

Marcia gave us more education on the community bill of rights and the short survey we all filled out at a previous meeting.  Paul Cienfuegos will be in the area the end of February and beginning of March.  Can we get him here for a public introduction to the concept?

 

Karen reported on a seminar she went to Saturday on messaging: “why you do what you do or believe what you believe” is the most important part of your message.  The Apple company’s booklet is an example of opening a message with that information and building from there.

 

 

AGENDA  De Forest Windsor Area Grassroots 1/16/17

Social Time

Announcements  

• Fri. Jan. 20, Be The Light! - Candlelight March to the State Capitol! - 7:00 pm State St. & Lake St. - Stories are emerging from around our country describing despicable acts of bigotry, hatred, prejudice, and xenophobia. We will walk silently to demonstrate our support for our friends and neighbors who are subject to such degrading treatment. Bring your own flashlights or fake candles.

• Women’s March on Madison! Sat. Jan. 21st 12:00 Noon UW-Madison Library Mall (700 Block of State St.)  This is a local event in solidarity with those going to Washington DC. If you are interested in connecting with Wisconsinites heading to the large march in Washington, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/208275672945652/ 

• Sat. Jan. 28th -  Progressive Partners 11:30am to around 3 pm Stoughton Fire Department training room, 401 East Main St.

• FRI. Mar. 24 and Sat Mar 25 – SAVE the DATES – WISCONSIN GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL – Friday afternoon is setup – Saturday is Festival sisconsingrassroots.net/festival has info!

Modify Agenda

Old Business

• Development of a community intelligence repository   Permanent item – need workers willing to review names via Google spreadsheet links sent to John S and Marcia

• Community Rights Lesson – Marcia – Permanent item

• Messaging Review – Permanent item  LINKS to videos discussed last week: Start with WHY:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sioZd3AxmnE 

• Website continuation? 

o Active McFarland site is free Active McFarland new site -https://sites.google.com/view/activemcfarlandrrteam/  - Do we want something like this instead of what we have now?

o Indivisible document/movement  https://www.indivisibleguide.com/  There are local groups on Facebook!

o Problem with replacing website with Facebook: Facebook reinforces social silos – gets message most to like minded folks.

o Report on Meetup Cost - Marcia

New Business – get items to Ginny by Saturday 1/14

Report on DPI Candidate Forum 1/15 – Ginny or Frank

Adjourn

Political Discussion

- Abby campaign – fundraiser?

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for 12/5/16

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

December 5, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, December 12, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest. 

 

Present: Karen Edson, Frank Dederich, Liz Temple, Ginny Brokish, John Scepanski

 

No new announcements

 

For the “community intelligence repository,” in her capacity as rep for the 37th District Dane County Democratic Party Executive Board, Karen asked the county chair for a list of members in the 37th.  She was informed that they do not keep the lists by district.  They sent her the members in DeForest but not in Windsor.  Karen has multiple spreadsheets in different formats.  Anyone with Excel skills should help Karen with this project.

 

Marcia sent with Karen an exercise in the identification of community rights that might be included in a DeForest-Windsor bill of community rights.  Karen collected the results and will give them to Marcia for further work.

 

Karen led us in an exercise in messaging.  We worked on what the word “entitlement” means and what alternatives to the use of the word might be.  Frank came up with the alternative, “earned benefits.”

 

Peter Johnson is working with the Stein recount in Wisconsin.  Abby Lowery signed up for the bus trip from Wisconsin to the upcoming “million woman march” in D.C.

 

JohnSki has as call into Jake Kurtz, editor of the DeForest Times-Tribune to come to speak to us and Q&A about the paper and current issues in journalism.

 

Since we’ve lost The Mic 92.1 FM for liberal radio talk in Madison, Frank suggested 820 AM liberal talk radio out of Chicago.  Their program is almost the same as The Mic’s was.

 

Regarding the I-94/90/39 bypass being proposed for Windsor, should we ask elected officials to visit our meetings or hold a public forum or something like that?

 

We still have no answers to the joke question posed last time: how many progressives does it take to screw in a light bulb.  J

 

                                          John

 

After the official meeting, we had much … ahem … venting about the progressive political situation these days.

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots November 28, 2016, Meeting Notes

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

November 28, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, December 5, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest. 

 

Present at meeting: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Marcia Riquelme

 

Announcements            (Thanks to Karen for the Announcements.)

 

•           Wed Nov 30 – 11 AM – WGN Meeting–Imperial Garden - 2039 Allen Blvd. (Middleton)

•           Thur. Dec. 1st - Protect Our Wisconsin Retirement System – 7 pm E.D. Locke Public Lib. Community Rm. (5920 Milwaukee St.) McFarland - Roger Springman of POWRS (Protect Our Wisconsin Retirement System) will talk on upcoming threats to WRS.

•           Thur. Dec. 1-People Get Ready! The Fight against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy-Conversation with co-author John Nichols-Central Library 201 W. Mifflin St Rm 301 - 6:30/8 pm-Info: Call S. Freiss 608-609-7961 wilpfmadison@gmail.com 

•           Sat. Dec 3- MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality and Solidarity) Monthly meeting 9:30-noon First Unitarian, 900 University Bay Dr. Madison 

 

 

Marcia and Karen attended the movie, “The Thirteenth,” about the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery but allowed punishment of inmates, perpetuating a form of control over African-Americans after the Civil War.

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

 

Everyone should submit any lists of DWAG membership or contacts that should be included on the master spread sheet, “community intelligence repository.”

 

Marcia provided a handout on community rights put out by the South Central Wisconsin Community Rights Alliance.  We had an extensive discussion about community rights and how to implement such an idea in the D-W area.  Such a movement must be more than just a committee composing a community bill of rights (CBR) and tacking it on the wall.  It must come to referendum and ordinance to take on the force of law.  For example, a CBR could contain opposition to the proposed interstate bypass through the Village of Windsor.  We could build a group to take the idea to the Windsor Village Board.  Go to the CELDF website for details.

 

We talked about whom to invite to future DWAG meetings.  It was suggested that we invite Jake Kurtz, editor of the DeForest Times-Tribune, to talk about what it takes to put out the paper, how DWAG can participate, and other issues involving the news media.  John is to contact Jake and ask him if he can come on December 12th or 19th or sometime in January at his convenience.

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) November 21, 2016 Meeting Notes

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

November 21, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, November 28, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest. 

 

Present at meeting: Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Frank Dederich

 

Announcements            (Thanks to Karen for the Announcements.)


·       Tues. Nov. 22 - 6:30-8:00 pm - SCWUTA meeting - Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd, Madison (included at Abby’s request)

  • Wed Nov 30 – 5:30-9 PM – WGN Meeting – Rodeside Grill off Hwy 19 - Windsor
  • Sat. Dec 3- MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality and Solidarity) Monthly meeting 9:30-noon First Unitarian, 900 University Bay Dr. Madison (included at Marcia’s request)

 

The “community intelligence repository” (Karen’s term J ) is proceeding with DWAG members providing their lists of contacts in the area to Karen for a master list for future use as a spreadsheet when we want to identify those who have expressed interest in canvassing, lit drops, lawn signs, and other activities.  The focus will be on the villages of DeForest and Windsor, although contacts in contiguous jurisdictions will be included as well.  This spreadsheet will be something like a local version of the Dem Party “V.A.N.”  We hope to facilitate organization for local activities like election campaigning from the list.

 

Karen gave us a refresher on messaging, including her own composed handouts on “Mainstream Media Term” vs. “Progressive Term” and “Why the Progressive Term is preferable/more correct” and “The American Framing Steps: Nutshell Version.”

 

Following up on a discussion from last meeting, we talked about community rights.  Karen provided a handout from the South Central Wisconsin Community Rights Alliance.  Emphasis was placed on, “Producing a community bill of rights is NOT a quick, band-aid, process that can be done by a small group of people on behalf of an entire community.”  Often it develops around a specific community crisis like sand mining.

 

Assignment for next meeting: answer this question: How many progressives does it take to screw in a light bulb?

 

                                                            John

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for 10/17/16

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

October 17, 2016 Meeting Notes 

Present at meeting: Karen Edson,  Marcia Riquelme, Ginny Brokish 

Announcements:

  • The Rules of Racism - Tues. Oct. 11th 6:00 pm - Madison Central Library (201 W. Mifflin) .  Free documentary film - open to the public. The film explores the rules, laws, and public policies that are utilized to maintain the system of institutional racism. Info?  608-438-9536
  • Hard & 'Soft' Fascism in the United States; and the Coming Civil War -Thurs. 10/13-6:30 pm Madison Central Library, Rm. 104 (201 W. Mifflin) – discussion hosted by the  Peregrine Forum.   Info?  #608-284-9082.
  • 2nd Annual Raise a Stink – Speak Out and Public Rally Against Factory Farms in WI! - Sat. Oct. 22nd 10:00 am State St. Steps, State Capitol.   Come hear from grassroots activists who are fighting to save their rural communities from the horrible impacts of confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1792812477631276/
  • The Religion of White Supremacy.  Free documentary film screening - Thur. Oct 27th 6:00 p.m. Madison Central Library (201 W. Mifflin)   Hidden Colors 4 - Info?  mutualaidnetwork@gmail.com or 608-438-9536 

Karen, Marcia & Ginny have consolidated their lists of where to put signs.  They will try to come up with one comprehensive list as soon as Abby can share hers. Ginny and Karen have Karen McKim signs; Marcia has Ferriter signs; and Abby has Jordan Turner signs. Karen can supply metal posts for big signs and larger size Karen McKim signs for good locations.         ..........continued after the flip!

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for 10/10/16

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

October 10, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, October 17, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

 

Present at meeting: Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Marcia Riquelme, Ginny Brokish

 

Announcements:

 

  • Hard & 'Soft' Fascism in the United States; and the Coming Civil War -Thurs. 10/13-6:30 pm Madison Central Library, Rm. 104 (201 W. Mifflin) – discussion hosted by the  Peregrine Forum.   Info?  #608-284-9082.
  • Share Fest! Celebrating a Sharing Economy Sun. 10/16 11am – 2pm Tenney Park Shelter (1414 E. Johnson).  Join the Dane County TimeBank & partners at a fun, free community event.  Outreach opportunity for orgs: sign up, bring your own table! Info:www.danecountytimebank.org
  • 2nd Annual Raise a Stink – Speak Out and Public Rally Against Factory Farms in WI! - Sat. Oct. 22nd 10:00 am State St. Steps, State Capitol.   Come hear from grassroots activists who are fighting to save their rural communities from the horrible impacts of confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1792812477631276/
  • The Religion of White Supremacy.  Free documentary film screening - Thur. Oct 27th 6:00 p.m. Madison Central Library (201 W. Mifflin)   Hidden Colors 4 - Info?  mutualaidnetwork@gmail.com or 608-438-9536

 

Several people are working on getting out Turner and McKim lawn signs.  We brainstormed some locations.  Karen, Marcia, Ginny, and Abby all have lists of where to put signs.  They will try to come up with one comprehensive list.

 

JohnSki has been in touch with Melissa Mulliken for a date for Jill Karofsky to come to speak to us about her candidacy for Dane County judge sometime after the Nov. 8 election.

 

Ginny and Karen went to a presentation, “Paradox of Being a Black Police Officer,” in McFarland.  They were struck by the discussion on why black girls in school fight so much.  Some students take mace and pepper spray into school and vegetables in socks for hitting.

 

We discussed some movies suggested by Karen for our next movie night.  She will send out a list for us to choose from. 

 

We talked a lot about what to do in DWAG after the November election.  Karen suggested some things: food drive, Pipeline 61/66 program, Homo Naledi speaker, black police officer talk in conjunction with racial awareness program, Saudi awareness program?

 

Marcia wondered if we should we think about a gift for the Friends of the Yahara Headwaters as an incentive to get more members, volunteers.

 

How can DWAG partner with other community groups?

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots October 3, 2016, Meeting Notes

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

October 3, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, October 10, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

 

Present at meeting: Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Marcia Riquelme, Ginny Brokish, Frank Dederich, Abby Lowery, Janet Mills

 

Announcements:

  • Bernie Sanders-Russ Feingold, Wed., Oct. 5, 2:45 pm, Monona Terrace, Madison
  • The Paradox of Being a Black Police Officer, 10/6/16, 6:00, McFarland Public Library Community Room
  • Elizabeth Warren-Russ Feingold, Oct. 7, 9:30 am, Overture Center, Madison
  • History, Heritage, and the National Parks, 10/10/16, 7:00 pm, UW-Memorial Union, info. at nelson.wisc.edu/jordahl
  • Hard and “Soft” Fascism in the United States; and the Coming Civil War – 10/13/16, 6:30 pm, Madison Central Library, Rm. 104, info. at 608-284-9082
  • Medea Benjamin on Saudi Arabia (contact Karen Edson if interested)

 

Ginny, Karen, and Frank went to Bob Fest and reported on their good times there.  Ginny collected fifty dollars for Jesse Bennett’s Assembly campaign.  The crowd did not seem as large as in years past, maybe due to the Badger football game that day.

 

Campaign activity:

  • Janet and Marcia on the Democratic coordinated campaign; Janet working out of the Sun Prairie office with Ben Wimmel; Janet explained the coordinated campaign and how it works; Janet stockpiling lit and working with and on the VAN (voter network database)
  • John has written some letters to the editor for George Ferriter
  • Abby has been distributing door hangers and signs for Jordan Turner, wants to knock on more doors and talk about why she is supporting Jordan against John Jagler, looking for locations for Jordan Turner lawn signs

 

Karen will take over DWAG meeting arrangements, agenda, and chairing meetings, continue to meet at library for now.  Marcia volunteered her basement room for future meetings after the election.

 

Karen now has a variety of Hillary for President buttons that she has designed and made herself.  She needs help with button making, using the DWAG machines.  She made 100 Jesse Bennett buttons for Nate.  Who will volunteer to help Karen with button making?

 

Karen wondered about another presidential candidates’ TV debate party like the one hosted by Scott Witkopf online that several of us attended online during the first debate.

 

The group okayed the appearance of Jill Karofsky at one of our October meetings.  Jill is running for Dane County circuit judge against Marilyn Townsend, who appeared at one of our meetings a few weeks ago.  JohnSki was contacted by Ms. Karofsky’s campaign manager, Melissa Mulliken.  John will follow up on making the arrangements.

 

Karen asked if people were interested in pursuing another movie night, and everyone said yes.

 

We had a general discussion on the agenda item as follows:

 

What does the fall and winter hold in store for us?  What are your ideas?  What are your passions?  Local issues, county issues, state issues, national issues, international issues?

 

Marcia said we should discuss who (whom) we see as potential legislators and local elected reps.  What are the issues?  Who will challenge Walker for governor and what should we do to support the challenger?  What local issues are we interested in?  Educational events?  We serve as a clearinghouse or catalyst in our area for progressive topics.  What is important about our group and how can we influence our community?  A community movie night?  Authors and books, for example, Andrea Wulf?  Everyone was tasked with bringing something to our next meeting that they might suggest, remembering our past accomplishments.

 

Karen mentioned UW anthropologist John Hawk.

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots agenda for 10/3/16

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

 

Next meeting: Monday, October 3, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See tentative agenda below notes.

 

 

 

TIME TO REGROUP!  We’ve missed a few Monday meetings lately due to other activities.  Let’s get together Monday to report on what we’ve each been doing, update each other, and rethink what we’re going to do this fall and winter.

 

 

Agenda

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Monday, October 3, 2016, 6:00-8:00

DeForest Public Library

 

Additions to agenda

 

Announcements

 

Old Business

Reports/discussion:

  • Bob Fest – who attended?  What were your impressions?
  • Campaign activity
  1. Marcia
  2. Abby
  3. Janet
  4. JohnSki
  5. John St.
  6. Anybody else?
  • Other activities?

 

New Business

 

What does the fall and winter hold in store for us?  What are your ideas?  What are your passions?  Local issues, county issues, state issues, national issues, international issues?

 

Adjourn

 

Political discussion: what did you think of the Clinton-Trump “debate”?  What else is on your mind?  What about the Bernie Revolution?  George?  Dianne?  Jordan?  

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots September 12, 2016, Meeting Notes

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

September 12, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, September 19, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See tentative agenda below notes.

 

The September 12, 2016, meeting was attendance at the DeForest Area Library candidates’ forum.  Eight members were in attendance.  John submitted this letter to the editor.  Let it suffice for meeting notes.

 

Letter to the Editor

DeForest Times-Tribune

September 16, 2016

 

Dear Editor:

 

George Ferriter, Jordan Turner, and Dianne Hesselbein are all candidates for one of three Wisconsin Assembly Districts that serve DeForest and Windsor.  George Ferriter is the challenger in Assembly District 42.  Jordan Turner is the challenger in District 37.  Dianne Hesselbein is the incumbent Assembly Representative in the 79th District running for re-election.  All three appeared at the DeForest Area Public Library’s candidates’ forum on September 12th, along with Karen McKim and Scott McDonell, the two candidates for Dane County Clerk.  This was one of the most informative candidates’ forums I have ever attended.  Thank you, Library staff, for initiating the forum, and thank you, Chamber of Commerce, for emceeing.  Brad Schroeder, acting on behalf of the Chamber, did an excellent job of asking the questions in a fair and orderly fashion.  A special thanks to Brad for his services.

 

George Ferriter spoke to issues of the degradation of representative government we are seeing in Wisconsin.  He also spoke about veterans’ affairs, transportation and roads, water conservation, and the need for the state to adequately fund K through 12 education.  George is a Democrat.  He regretted that his Republican opponent in District 42 did not attend.  Had his opponent been there, they could have had an exchange on these subjects that would have benefitted the audience.  George Ferriter said, “It’s difficult to have a fencing match with no opponent.”

 

Jordan Turner spoke to issues involving the heroin epidemic engulfing the nation and his district.  It is the “number one problem our state is facing,” he said.  He hopes we can construct some new approaches to the problem, besides just law enforcement.  He is concerned about crumbling infrastructure, too, and the exploding cost of post high school education.  “I would really like to see college free for the first two years.”

 

Dianne Hesselbein spoke to a multitude of issues she is involved in now in the Assembly: nonpartisan redistricting, colleges and universities, the disaster that is voucher schools, oil pipelines that run the length of Wisconsin, and the details she is learning about police work, including her attendance at the Middleton Citizens Police Academy.

 

The elephant in the room was the absence of the three Republican candidates for those three Assembly districts.  Everybody noticed.  We’ve been informed, too, that no Republican candidate intends to show up at the Columbus School Board’s candidates’ forum on October 10th either.  What are they shy about?  Is this a pattern?  Is it Republican policy not to attend public forums?  Why?  Let’s surprise them and all of us vote Democratic in the November 8th election.

 

Sincerely,

 

John Scepanski

732 DeForest Street

DeForest, WI  53532

608-846-3678

 

 

 

 

Agenda

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Monday, September 19, 2016, 6:00-8:00

DeForest Public Library

 

Additions to agenda

 

Announcements

 

Old Business

Reports/discussion:

  • Bob Fest
  • September 12 Candidates’ Forum
  • Campaign activity

 

New Business

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots mtg. notes for 8/22/16

De Forest-Windsor Area Grassroots 

August 22,2016, Meeting Notes 

 

Next meeting: Monday, August 29, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  Someone is needed to compose a tentative agenda, lead the meeting, and take notes, as John Sc will not be able to attend.  No meeting Labor Day. 

 

 

Present at meeting: Karen Edson, John Stanley, Abby Lowery, John Scepanski, Frank Dederich, Ginny Brokish 

 

Thanks to Abby for taking the notes and writing them up. 

 

Announcements: 

 

·                     8/23 at 6:30 PM “War on Democracy” at Madison Central Library and discussion with Norman Stockwell from Progressive magazine 

·                     Wed. 8/24 7:00 PM at VFW on Lakeside St, Bernie live streaming 

·                     Starting in October until after the new year, John Stanley will not be able to come to meetings as he will be working a new job 

·                     Stoughton Pancake Breakfast – Sat. 8/27 9:00-11:00 AM, Stoughton High School Cafetorium 600 Lincoln Ave. Enter from Devonshire Rd. 

o    WHY: To thank Kay and Buzz, et al, for all the hard work they have done to make our community a better place to live and work! Pick up yard signs, sign up to volunteer and visit with friends and candidates 

·                     Sustainable Saturday Night! - Sat. 8/27 6:00 PM James Reeb U.U (2146 E. Johnson) Potluck supper followed by a community program with RePower Madison. Climate justice groups will be tabling and sharing their current activities. Info: cordon4peace@yahoo.com 

·                     8th Annual Black Latino Unity Picnic! Sun. 8/28 1:00-5:30 PM Penn Park (2101 Fisher Rd.) - The event is part of an overall grassroots effort to promote unity and collaboration between the Black and Latino Communities, and is open to all communities, 100% free and 100% family friendly. Hosted by Union de Trabajadores Inmigrantes (UTI). Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1902497273311037/ 

·                     Bob Fest Sat. 9/17 9 AM- 6 PM at Breese Stevens Field in Madison 

·                     Labor Fest Mon. 9/5 12-5:30 PM at the Madison Labor Temple 

·                     September 12 at 6:00 PM Candidate Forum at DeForest Library 

 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENED/WAS DISCUSSED 

 

Report on Candidates’ Forum (Dane County clerk) last week 

·                     Karen 

o    Scott McDonall said he was a little bored with his job 

o    Karen McKim’s campaign was mentioned in today’s Wisconsin State Journal 

o    McDonall said Dane County is a shining star of WI because no post-election audits are required and he audited two wards starting this year 

o    McKim pointed out that at least nine wards need to be audited 

o    She said she will make sure ballot images match up with actual ballots 

o    Karen felt she was very persuasive and strong in her arguments. 

·                     Ginny 

o    A lady there was disgusted with Scott McDonall and immediately donated to McKim 

 

Organizing for November 8th election 

·                     Organizing for Bernie – local Democratic candidates and Russ Feingold for Senate 

·                     WGN – Possible yard sign painting event, date TBD 

·                     Yard sign point person (Ginny) who candidates/campaigns can contact about distribution.  Frank will help Ginny. 

·                     Use our facebook page or website to ask people about what signs they want 

·                     Jordan Turner – Abby has door hangers and yard signs if anyone wants some to keep and/or distribute 

o    Will email John Sc. In the future if there is a planned canvassing date 

 

Medea Benjamin visit? 

·                     Discussed protocol of inviting people to speak, difficulties with time pressure and lack of response from team members 

·                     We would like to attend a book signing event if Mary would be able to organize it (or maybe Liz, Library Committee, or Jane at the library). 

·                     [John Sc informed Mary Sanderson via email a day after the meeting.] 

 

Native Americans protest of North Dakota pipeline 

·                     ND Supreme Court decided that they do not have a right to protest on their own land 

·                     Ginny and John Stanley raised $100, which increased to $800, for this cause 

·                     WGN “What’s Hot?” page – Info about this issue 

 

Karen McKim would like to come to speak to us 

·                     Late September?  Conflict with September 12th candidates' forum at Library? 

·                     Share date with email list and remind them about it for good turnout 

·                     John Sc to contact Karen McKim to set a date. 

 

        

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