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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for December 11, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots
Meeting Notes
December 11, 2017

Next meeting: Monday, January 8, 2018, 6:00 to 7:00 (or 8:00) p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest. See tentative agenda below.

(No notes available for December 18, 25, and January 1 - no meetings December 25 and January 1)

Present on December 11: Shirley Cunningham, Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Frank Dederich

Announcements:

Anyone willing to write a letter regarding AJAR53/JR 54 contact Janet at millsey77@charter.net - A sample LET can be seen at: http://host.madison.com/ct/opinion/mailbag/kathleen-williams-tell-legislators-you-wanthearing-on-statewide-vote/article_659fad7d-5c20-51b0-954f-882426df89c0.html
Dec. 14 at 7:00 p.m. - WGN Xmas get-together, Pine Cone Restaurant
Jan. 20, 2018, 1-5:30, American Conference Center, Boscobel - Industrial Ag in the Driftless: How do we protect our communities?
Sun. Jan 28, 2018, - 6-8:30 PM, LaFollette High School, Madison – Dem. Gubernatorial Candidate Forum - Sponsored by Eastside Progressives
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Shirley brought up the subject of access to assistance in the DeForest and Windsor area. As a member of the DeForest Village Board, she is concerned that not all of her constituents know how to get help when they need it, in light of the recent increase in costs of utilities like water. We brainstormed some ideas such as ID'ing property owners, those who pay utilities, Liz's emails, posters, DeForest Area Needs Network, and other ideas. What can DWAG do: find resources, draft a handout, DeFo and Windsor websites, census data for zip 53532, DASD has info. on needy children, help fill out paperwork if need be.

We discussed the ”We Care” DWAG statement of beliefs some more. Frank added a paragraph on weapons.

We believe in the right of citizens to keep and bear arms subject to government determination of disqualifications, qualifications, licensing, and permitting to ensure public safety and a civil society. An army of one does not constitute a well regulated militia.

JohnSki contacted Hannah Rajnicek, editor of the DeForest Times-Tribune, to reschedule her meeting with us for January 22nd. Please, everyone, try to make that meeting, so that we can give Hannah a good group discussion. (Karen, please put on all agendas from now until then to develop some questions. Thanks.)

Try out the new http://www.d-wag.org/ !

There will be no DWAG meetings on Monday, December 25th and January 1st for obvious reasons.

After adjournemnt we discussed elections. Ginny is on the Madison area steering committee for Kathleen Vinehout for governor.
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Tentative AGENDA –
DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots
1/0/17 – De Forest Library 6-7or8 PM

Social Time
Review of rules:
Cell phones muted (except JohnSki for Kathryn)
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.

Modify Agenda

Announcements

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”)
* Messaging
** Discuss visit in January with new managing editor of the Times-Tribune, Hannah Janacek and new associate editor Dan Colton.
** What will be the DWAG role in the Sunday, January 28, 2018 – Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum - 6-8:30 PM – location TBA - Sponsored by Eastside Progressives?

New Business -

Adjourn

Political discussion

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for November 27, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

Meeting Notes

November 27, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, December 4, 2017, 6:00 to 7:00 (or 8:00) p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest. See tentative agenda below.

 

Present on November 27: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Karen Edison, Frank Dederich

Announcements:

  • Anyone willing to write a letter regarding AJAR53/JR 54 contact Janet at millsey77@charter.net - A sample LET can be seen at: http://host.madison.com/ct/opinion/mailbag/kathleen-williams-tell-legislators-you-wanthearing-on-statewide-vote/article_659fad7d-5c20-51b0-954f-882426df89c0.html
  • Sun. Jan 28, 2018 – Dem. Gubernatorial Candidate Forum - 6-8:30 PM – location TBA - Sponsored by Eastside Progressives

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We highlighted the Sunday, January 28, 2018, 6:00-8:30 PM, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Gubernatorial Candidate Forum sponsored by Eastside Madison Progressives, location to be announced at a later date. It was good to hear that Gretchen Lowe is involved.

 

We discussed the ”We Care” DWAG statement of beliefs some more. Got stuck a bit on the fourth paragraph, having to do with money being property. We want to make a statement in that paragraph about money not being speech and corporations not being people, but we want to state it in a Lakoff/Witkopf friendly way, and so that it does not sound trite and repetitive of other statements like it elsewhere. The question was raised, too, about whether or not we should make such a document, as it might be unnecessarily inflammatory or wave flags drawing unwanted attention. Further discussion to follow at later meetings.

 

JohnSki is to contact Hannah Rajnicek, editor of the DeForest Times-Tribune, to reschedule her meeting with us for January, after the holiday season, and bring and new associate editor, Dan Colton.

 

There will be no DWAG meetings on Monday, December 25th and January 1st for obvious reasons.

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Deforest-Windsor Area Grassroots

 “We Care”

 

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 to wards 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 health care 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 KAREN

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Tentative AGENDA –

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

12/04/17 – De Forest Library 6-7or8 PM

 

Social Time

Review of rules:

  • Cell phones muted (except JohnSki for Kathryn)
  • 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.

 

Modify Agenda

 

Announcements

 

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”)

* Messaging

** Discuss visit in January with new managing editor of the Times-Tribune, Hannah Janacek and new associate editor Dan Colton.

** What will be the DWAG role in the Sunday, January 28, 2018 – Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Forum - 6-8:30 PM – location TBA - Sponsored by Eastside Progressives?

 

New Business -

 

Adjourn

 

Political discussion

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for November 13, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)
Meeting Notes
November 13, 2017

Next meeting: Monday, November 27, 2017, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, Deforest. See tentative agenda below.

Present on November 13: John Sierpinski, Ginny Brackish, Mary Sanderson, Karen Edison, Marcia Raquel

Announcements:

Anyone willing to write a letter regarding AJAR53/JR 54 contact Janet at millsey77@charter.net - A sample LET can be seen at: http://host.madison.com/ct/opinion/mailbag/kathleen-williams-tell-legislators-you-wanthearing-on-statewide-vote/article_659fad7d-5c20-51b0-954f-882426df89c0.html
Tues. Nov 7 – Windsor “Let’s Talk” – 8:30-10:30 AM – DUMB Neighborhood Center – 4438 Windsor Rd - Open Discussion with Village President, Administrator and Deputy - Come share your concerns, feedback and ideas for the future!
Thurs. Nov. 16th 6:00 pm - Blue Gold and Wisconsin’s Blue Gold, Sequoya Public Library Screening of two films about our looming water crisis followed by a discussion with WI Secretary of State, Doug La Collette, author of “The Survival Handbook - a Strategy for Saving Planet Earth”. Sponsored by the Gray Panthers of Madison. Info? graypanthersmadison@gmail.com or #608-438-9536
Sat. Nov. 18th 2:00 – 5:00 pm - Songs of the People - Will-Mar Neighborhood Center (953 Jenifer St.)- fundraiser "sing along" with songs of the labor, civil rights and activist movements. Entertainers from Raging Grannies, Forward Marching Band, and more! Activist book, DVD & CD sale. Some refreshments provided, more welcome. $5-$10 sliding scale, larger donations most welcome – all proceeds to support nonviolent direct action work of the Gray Panthers. Lift Your Voice, Raise Your Spirit, and Get Your Growl On! Info? graypanthersmadison@gmail.com
Mon. Nov 27 – Windsor “Let’s Talk” – 4-6 PM – DUMB Neighborhood Center – 4438 Windsor Rd - Open Discussion with Village President, Administrator and Deputy - Come share your concerns, feedback and ideas for the future!
Sun. Jan 28, 2018 – Dem. Gubernatorial Candidate Forum - 6-8:30 PM – location TBA - Sponsored by Eastside Progressives
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John reported on SWAG treasury. As of October 30 we have $354.08.

Karen and Marcia attended the monthly Democratic Party of Dane County meeting and gave a report.? Sun. Jan 28, 2018 – Dem. Gubernatorial Candidate Forum - 6-8:30 PM – location TBA - Sponsored by Eastside Progressives

John got a call from Hannah Janacek prior to the meeting, saying she was ill and couod the not make it tonight but will be glad to make it another night. We shall re-schedule.

We highlighted the Sunday, January 28, 2018, 6:00-8:30 PM, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Gubernatorial Candidate Forum sponsored by Eastside Madison Progressives, location to be announced at a later date.

We brainstormed how to recruit election campaign canvassers, phone bankers and callers, literature distributors, etc., for Janet under her leadership and organization.
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Deforest-Windsor Area Grassroots
 “We Care”

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 to wards 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 health care 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 KAREN
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Tentative AGENDA –
De Forest Windsor Area Grassroots
11/27/17 – De Forest Library 6-7or8 PM

Social Time
Review of rules:
Cell phones muted (except John Ski for Kathryn)
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.

Modify Agenda

Announcements:

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”)
* Messaging
** Discuss visit November 13th with new managing editor of the Times-Tribune, Hannah Janacek.

New Business-

Adjourn

Political discussion

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for October 23, 2017, and agenda for 10/30

                                           DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

October 23, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, October 30, 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, Karen Edson, Abby Lowery

Announcements                                                                       

Anyone willing to write a letter regarding AJR53/SJR 54 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

 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

Oct. 26 OWRtoberfest! 6:30-8:30 pm – Madison Public Library, 201 W. Mifflin, Madison

Oct. 28 – Sparky and Rhonda Rucker in Concert – Historic Schoolhouse, Mt. Horeb,

Oct. 28 – The ABC’s f Civil Resistance & Nonviolent Direct Action – Wil-Mar Center, 953 Jenifer St., Madison, Presented by Dr. Adam Schesch

Nov. 2, 7:00 pm – The Politics of Value at A Room of One’s Own Bookstore, 315 W. Gorham, Madison; info.? 608-257-7888

 

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.  Karen explained that the “We Share” document is intended to be the opening page on the new D-WAG.org website she is constructing.  D-WSG.org is almost ready to go.

Karen briefed us on an opportunity to view the live streaming of “Rights of Nature Symposium in New Orleanais on 10/27/17 from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm.  Go to the CELDF website to sign on.  “The Symposium Program will include leading experts, lawyers, and activists from Ecuador, Australia, Nepal, the United States, and elsewhere, and will also include speakers re[resenting local, communities, and indigenous p[peoples, including Bill Greendeer of the Ho Chunk Nation.  Topics include Limitations of Conventional Environmental, Law, Center for Earth Ethics Recognizing the rights of Nature in Law, and White Earth Land Recovery Project.  Go to CELDF.org for further information.

T-shirts: this loyal DWAG member is tired of this topic.  J  Anyway, Karen and Ginny are working on an email regarding color and logo.  Everyone of this list will get the email when it is ready.  

Hannah Rajnicek, Editor of the DeFoerst Times-Tribune, will be our guest on November 13th, so everyone try to plan ahead to be at the meeting to meet Hannah, welcome her to the DeForest-Windsor-Vienna area, and ask questions about news media business, local issues, Hannah’s background and opinions, or anything else on your mind. 

 

Deforest-Windsor Area Grassroots

 “We Care”

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

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Tentative AGENDA –

De Forest Windsor Area Grassroots

10/30/17 – De Forest Library 6-7or8 PM

 

Social Time

Review of rules:

  1. Cell phones muted (except John Ski for Kathryn)
  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.
  5. Plan limiting meeting length to one hour with rotation of permanent items to ONE per week.

 

Modify Agenda

Announcements

 

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”)
  • *Messaging
  • **Discuss visit November 13th with new managing editor of the Times-Tribune, Hannah Rajnicek

 

New Business-  

Adjourn

           

Post-meeting political discussion if anyone wishes

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for October 16, 2017

                                          DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

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

Announcements                                                                     

Anyone willing to write a letter regarding AJR53/SJR 54 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

· 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”

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

 

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.
  5. Plan limiting meeting length to one hour with rotation of permanent items to ONE per week.

 

Modify Agenda

Announcements

 

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”)
  • *Messaging
  • **Discuss visit November 13th with new managing editor of the Times-Tribune, Hannah Rajnicek

 

New Business-  

Adjourn

           

Post-meeting political discussion if anyone wishes

            

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for October 16, 2017

                                          DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

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

Announcements                                                                     

Anyone willing to write a letter regarding AJR53/SJR 54 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

· 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”

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

 

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.
  5. Plan limiting meeting length to one hour with rotation of permanent items to ONE per week.

 

Modify Agenda

Announcements

 

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”)
  • *Messaging
  • **Discuss visit November 13th with new managing editor of the Times-Tribune, Hannah Rajnicek

 

New Business-  

Adjourn

           

Post-meeting political discussion if anyone wishes

            

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for October 16, 2017

                                          DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

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

Announcements                                                                     

Anyone willing to write a letter regarding AJR53/SJR 54 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

· 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”

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

 

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.
  5. Plan limiting meeting length to one hour with rotation of permanent items to ONE per week.

 

Modify Agenda

Announcements

 

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”)
  • *Messaging
  • **Discuss visit November 13th with new managing editor of the Times-Tribune, Hannah Rajnicek

 

New Business-  

Adjourn

           

Post-meeting political discussion if anyone wishes

            

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for October 2, 2017

                                          DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

October 2, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, October 9, 2017, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See tentative agenda below.

 

Present on October 2: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Frank Dederich, John Stanley

 

Announcements:

-          Anyone willing to write a letter regarding AJR53/SJR 54 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

-          FIND OUT IF YOUR TAP WATER IS SAFE TO DRINK! CHECK ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP WEBSITE: (note municipal water systems ONLY) https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/index.php#results-by-state-map

  •  
  • Wed, Oct 4 Drinking Liberally - Madison - 6:30-8:30 - The Rigby, 119 E. Main St - special guests: Tim Burns, candidate for WI Supreme Court & State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, cand. for Gov.
  • Sat. Oct. 7 8 AM - 11pm - Wausau Grassroots Festival – see: www.wisconsingrassroots.net/festival/  
  • Mon Oct 9 – WILL NEED FACILITATOR – KAREN WILL BE OUT OF TOWN

-          JohnSki will do.         

  • Wed. Oct 11 - Raging Grannies concert and book signing – 7 pm - Old Schoolhouse – 110 N. Second Street Mt. Horeb
  • 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

 

Per John Stanley, Southwest Wisconsin Area Progressives (SWWAP) would like to do something with DWAG sometime.  JohnSki suggested that they host the next quarterly Progressive Partners meeting.

 

John Stanley and Bob Crego are working on “The Progressive Call,” a telephone meeting where participants go to a main room and then branch off into side rooms for specific issue chats.  The system is in support of the new Democratic Party of Wisconsin Progressive Caucus.  Anyone interested should contact John at his email address.  The system exists now, usually six or seven people locally, hundreds in Wisconsin, millions nationwide.

 

We discussed DWAG t-shirts again.  We put off further discussion and action until February.  Oregon Area Progressives has t-shirts.

 

Karen has revised and submitted a new version of the “DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots ‘We Care’” statement of beliefs.  We discussed it, made a few revisions, and will continue more with it in the future.  This is it as submitted by Karen without the suggested revisions made during the meeting.

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

 “We Care”

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

10/9/17 – De Forest Library 6-7 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.
  5. Plan limiting meeting length to one hour with rotation of permanent items to ONE per week.

 

Modify Agenda

 

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

  • *Reports by whoever went to events from previous week’s announcements  
  • * Community Rights -  NOT THIS WEEK 
  • *Development of a community intelligence repository (aka “Sign List”)
  • *Messaging
  • **Discuss Richard Maynard’s ideas/strategy about getting folks elected on local (non-partisan) level
  • **After OCTOBER 7 discuss date for inviting new managing editor of the Times-Tribune, Hannah Rajnicek

 

New Business-  

Adjourn

           

Post-meeting political discussion if anyone wishes

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for September 18 and 25, 2017

                                           DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

September 18 and 25, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, October 2, 2017, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See tentative agenda below.

 

Present on September 18: Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish

 

Announcement:

  • Sat. Oct. 7 – 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM - Wausau Grassroots Festival

 

We will not be able to host Paul Cienfuegos this fall, due to too many other activities going on.

 

Ginny bought a cash box for our use and WGN.

 

Several DWAG members and WGN are participating in the Wausau Grassroots Festival.  See wisconsingrassroots.net/festival for details.

 

JohnSki will contact the new editor of the DeForest Times-Tribune, Hannah Rajnicek, and invite her to join us for conversation at our meeting on the week before Thanksgiving.

 

Adjourned.

 

                                           DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

September 25, 2017

 

Present on September 25: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Stacy Biesel

 

We discussed the ins and outs of planning for the Wausau Grassroots Festival upcoming on October 7th.  Both Stacy and Ginny are very involved.  See wisconsingrassroots.net/festival for details.

 

Adjourned.

 

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Tentative Agenda

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots, 10/2/17

De Forest Library 6-7 PM

 

Social time prior to meeting – come early!

Review of rules:

1.     Cell phones muted (except JohnSki for Kathryn)

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.

Add to/modify agenda

Announcements

Old Business (* means permanent item  ** means on agenda for limited time)

*Reports by whoever went to events

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

 **Wausau Grassroots Fest

New Business

            Discuss ideas for new projects.

Adjourn

 

Political discussion, if any.  Go to bar or restaurant?

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for September 11, 2017

                                           DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

September 11, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, September 18, 2017, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See tentative agenda below.

 

Present on September 11: John Stanley, Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Abby Lowery, Stacy Biesel

 

DWAG hosted the quarterly Progressive Partners meeting and potluck September 9th at the Jefferson Square Clubhouse, 717 DeForest Street, DeForest.  John Stanley led the program.  Thanks to Oregon Area Progressives for the use of their sound system.  Thanks to everybody for bringing delicious food for the potluck.  We pretty much followed the agenda as posted:

 

AGENDA

10:30-11:00  Conversation, greet, and mix.

11:00-12:00  Speaker  -  Dr. Laurel Mark on single payer health insurance

 

12:00-1:00    Lunch – potluck!  Social time

 

1:00-1:30      Stacy Biesel on Wausau Grassroots Festival, October 7, 2017

1:30-1:45      John Stanley remarks.

2:00-             Round table   ( Each group takes a turn to speak about what they are      doing and what is coming up for them.)

 

Dr. Mark was very informative on the subject of health care and health insurance.  Other countries like Canada negotiate lower drug costs.  Medicare’s administrative costs run about 5% of budget, whereas private insurance companies’ costs run about 15-30%.  Some private companies have cut down on their administrative costs because the ACA only allows up to 18%.  We in the U.S. spend almost twice as much as other industrial countries on health care with worse outcomes than many of them. We do lead in smoking cessation, cancer, stroke, and heart disease treatment.  While the ACA has lessened the percentage of people without health insurance, under-insurance is still a big problem in the U.S., along with big deductibles and co-pays.  Dr. Mark had many other informative things to say.  Badger Care for All is the single payer movement in Wisconsin.  Congress Member Conyers is leading the Medicare for All movement in the House.  Bernie Sanders is leading it in the Senate.  Average medical school debt in the U.S. is $150,000; almost -$0- in other countries.  Charlie Uphoff noted that single payer health care takes the health insurance burden off the backs of employers, which should be a big selling point for single payer.  See pnhp.org for Physicians for a National Health Program.

 

Also at Progressive Partners, DWAG’s own Stacy Biesel did a marvelous job of presenting a talk and discussion on progressive activism in northern Wisconsin.  Rural and small town Wisconsin has become very conservative and very angry at government and politics.  She gave examples of when her family lived in Merrill.  She was part of the Merrill Coalition, which tried to implement positive, progressive community things without being too partisan.  She and John Stanley informed us of the Wausau Grassroots Festival scheduled for next month.  We who live in solid progressive areas like Dane County need to reach out to those who try to engage in progressive politics and community activity in other parts of the state.  “Everything is a fight,” Stacy says, and she says it shouldn’t be like that.

 

The October Library Board meeting will have on its agenda the use of rooms policy.  Karen went to the meeting for September.

 

We discussed cutting our DWAG meetings back to one hour once a week.

 

We had a lively discussion about messaging, the topic being, Does “Black Lives Matter” or “anti-racism” equate to “anti-white”?

 

(JohnSki had to leave the meeting early, so these notes are not complete.)

 

Adjourned.

 

=====================================================================

 

Tentative Agenda

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots, 9/18/17

De Forest Library 6-7 PM

 

Social time prior to meeting – come early!

Review of rules:

1.     Cell phones muted (except JohnSki for Kathryn)

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.

Add to/modify agenda

Announcements

Old Business (* means permanent item  ** means on agenda for limited time)

*Reports by whoever went to events

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

 **Wausau Grassroots Fest

New Business

Adjourn

 

Political discussion, if any.  Go to bar or restaurant?

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