DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)
October 16, 2017
Next meeting: Monday, October 23, 2017, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest. See tentative agenda below.
Present on October 16: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Frank Dederich, John Stanley, Karen Edson
Anyone willing to write a letter regarding AJR53/SJR 54 contact Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org - 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
· Tue. Oct 17 - Many Hands Make Fair Work - 7:00pm to 8:30pm - Overture Center - Wisconsin Studio - 3rd floor - ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED to attend in person: https://www.wisconsinacademy.org/civicrm/event/register?id=121&reset=1 OR WATCH AT https://www.wisconsinacademy.org/talks/american-dream-videos presented by Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters (presenters Prof. Michael Bell & Sarah Lloyd)
· Wed. Oct 25 - Democracy Forum - 7 pm - featuring Lisa Graves of The Center for Media and Democracy, and Matt Rothschild of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign - – 110 N. Second Street Mt. Horeb
· Thurs. Oct. 26th 6:00 pm Goodman South Madison Library (2222 S. Park St.) Screening of Thirst - the 2004 character-driven documentary with no narration that explores the debate over water rights between communities and corporations in the context of globalization. Hosted by the Gray Panthers of Madison. Info? 608-438-9536
We discussed the document drafted by Karen, “DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots ‘We Care’” (see below) and made some changes. Homework assignment for next Monday’s meeting is to rewrite the fourth paragraph in three sentences that says that corporations are not people and money is not speech. Further discussion on the document will take place next week.
John Stanley said that there will be a follow-up meeting to debrief on the festival in Wausau and to begin planning for a second fest next year.
John also briefed us on a “Progressive Day” coming up each week, in which all progressives are invited to call a certain phone number, from which they will be directed to various topic “rooms” for discussion with others. More information later.
The Dane County Democratic Party is looking for small groups in all communities to commit to campaigning and information gathering among voters. Do we want to be that group in our area? We do not want to compete with the remnant of OFA that exists now with Janet as its leader. DWAG is for all progressives, not just Dem Party members. Further discussion to follow.
If you are a member of the Democratic Party of Dane County and would like to support Karen for Communications Committee chair, go to the November 8th meeting to vote for her and her replacement as District 37 rep if she wins and for her for that position if she loses the Communications chair competition.
DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots
We care about other people because we believe that when we all do better, we all do better!
We believe in the value of the things that we cannot provide for ourselves: clean air; clean water; good roads; street lights; police and fire protection; public schools through community colleges and technical schools; public transit systems; municipal water and sewer systems for those who live in built up areas; a free and open internet for all; good public libraries and so many other things that are part of the public Commonwealth. We are willing to work for these things with our voices, our votes, and to contribute towards them with our tax dollars as a right and a privilege of our membership in this community of free citizens.
We believe that all who benefit from the Commons must pay their fair share: those who produce goods and services and throw their waste products into the common air and water without paying for garbage removal, artificially inflate the profits paid to owners at the expense of their neighbors. Those whose overweight trucks wreck local roads must pay directly for repairs to those roads, rather than shifting the burden onto the Commons. Privatizing the profit and socializing the cost helps the few and penalizes the many.
We believe that an individual human citizen is the only one endowed with the Constitutional right to political speech. We further believe that money is property. Corporations are not “people” and have no place in the political process. No organization created by the laws of a government should have a say in how that government is to be run!
We believe that all citizens have the right to vote and that it is the true responsibility of government to ensure that it is as easy as possible for all citizens to exercise that right as possible. This means that voter ID laws should be repealed, voting hours expanded for early voting, statewide special voting registrar certification reinstated, etc. This includes support for same-day voter registration!
We believe that where workers believe that employer power requires a balancing force, they should be able to organize to unite their voices in a group as a counterbalance to that power. Where such a union exists, unless an employer maintains a two-tier wage/benefit structure for union/non-union members, that employer shall need to collect equivalent sums from all employees to be forwarded to the bargaining agent for its services.
We believe in freedom of religion and the separation of church and state as founding principles of this country. This includes the freedom to not believe in any established religion.
We believe that healthcare is a human right and must be available to all at a cost that is affordable to all. We support a woman's right to choose the time and circumstances under which she shall bear a child and urge expanded family planning and reproductive education in the schools. We also urge support for work-place childcare and neonatal family services at all levels.
We believe that our state university system is a gem to be cherished and protected! We will work to elect legislators who value education as much as we do!
We believe that racial justice must be a core value of the 21st century world and that equality under the law must be vigorously supported by all elected and appointed officials at all levels of government.
Revised 9/30/17 KRE
Tentative AGENDA –
De Forest Windsor Area Grassroots
10/23/17 – De Forest Library 6-7 PM
Review of rules:
- Cell phones muted (except John Ski)
- One person speaks at a time – no side conversations, please!
- Raise hand to request permission to speak – respect person speaking by not jumping in.
- 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.
- Plan limiting meeting length to one hour with rotation of permanent items to ONE per week.
Old Business –* means PERMANENT ITEM ** means on agenda for limited time
- *Reports by whoever went to events
- * Community Rights
- *Development of a community intelligence repository (aka “Sign List”)
- **Discuss visit November 13th with new managing editor of the Times-Tribune, Hannah Rajnicek
Post-meeting political discussion if anyone wishes