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DAP meeting notes for September 15, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes

September 15, 2014

 

Next meeting: Monday, September 22, 2014, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s house again, 3922 Partridge in the Windsor Hill neighborhood, Windsor.

DON’T FORGET the painting party this Saturday, September 20th, 9:00 to 5:00 at DeForest Firemen’s Park.

 

There were six people at the meeting September 15th.

We made $400 from Mary Burke for Governor sign sales and button sales.  John Stanley and Ginny Brokish sold all 100 signs that we had purchased through the Roger Springman “Volunteers for Victory 2014” yard sign initiative.  Thank you, Ginny and John, for a Herculean effort.  We decided to order 75 more signs from Roger if and when they produce more of them.  Nate has a bunch of them yet.  (JohnSki learned later from Roger S. that they have not yet decided to do another run of printing of signs, but they will let us know if and when they do.  In the meantime, JohnSki purchased 50 more signs from Nate and will distribute them at Monday’s meeting, the 22nd ; most of the 50 are already spoken for in the DeForest/’Windsor area).

We discussed the Saturday, September 20th, painting party at DeForest Firemen’s Park from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Janet and Ginny are doing some stenciling in preparation.  Supplies and partially finished signs are in storage at Liz’s house and will be picked up and delivered to the park Saturday morning.  Karen will make another stencil.

The “Candidates’ Forum” is scheduled for Wednesday, October 8th, at the DeForest Library community meeting room.  It is sponsored and run by the DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce and DeForest Area Public Library.  All eight candidates have agreed to be there: Mary Arnold and John Jagler, George Ferriter and Keith Ripp, Dianne Hesselbein and Brent Renteria, Michelle Zahn and Scott Fitzgerald.  The moderator will be Brad Schroeder of the Chamber.  There will be candidate opening and closing statements and questions posed by the moderator.  We should prepare questions for our candidates for submission at the door.  DAP members are tasked with composing questions for presentation and discussion at the meeting Monday, September 22nd.  Liz reported that the candidates’ forum that she attended in Watertown went well, that Mary Arnold did a fine job, better than her opponent, John Jagler.  We should follow up on the forum with letters-to-the-editor.  We should put out on Facebook, Twitter, websites, etc., the announcement for the forum.

Karen suggested that we begin to pay back Marcia and JohnSki for their previous purchase of the button making machines a couple of years ago.  The three machines cost almost $1,000, Marcia paying for most of it.  Since then Marcia has also purchased an automated embroidery machine suitable for making t-shirts, patches, etc.  A long time ago we talked about making the machines available to other organizations like ours and making a profit from it.  A couple of organizations had expressed some interest.  Maybe we should follow up on the idea.

We talked about Karen’s TV interview coming up on September 26th.  Ginny will accompany Karen.  JohnSki had said he would go too but now cannot due to a conflict.  Anyone else who can go should contact Karen and Ginny and let them know.

Marcia reported on a gathering she went to when visiting family last week in Seattle.  It was sponsored by the Nawt-sa-maat Alliance to protect the water and sea creatures and surrounding countryside of the S…(?) Sea, the body of water to which Puget Sound is connected, from pollution.  The water is already very acidic due to industrial pollution from fossil fuel industry activity.  Marcia connected them to tribal activity here in Wisconsin.  The Alliance tries to protect the “bill of rights” of the water body and its sea creatures.  The Alliance is advocating trails, sanctuaries, and preserves.

John reported on the positive reactions of the Wisconsin Grassroots Network to the resolution passed by DAP to endorse WGN’s mission and to join the WGN CD (Congressional District) Two Alliance.

 

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DAP meeting notes for September 15, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes

September 15, 2014

 

Next meeting: Monday, September 22, 2014, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s house again, 3922 Partridge in the Windsor Hill neighborhood, Windsor.

DON’T FORGET the painting party this Saturday, September 20th, 9:00 to 5:00 at DeForest Firemen’s Park.

 

There were six people at the meeting September 15th.

We made $400 from Mary Burke for Governor sign sales and button sales.  John Stanley and Ginny Brokish sold all 100 signs that we had purchased through the Roger Springman “Volunteers for Victory 2014” yard sign initiative.  Thank you, Ginny and John, for a Herculean effort.  We decided to order 75 more signs from Roger if and when they produce more of them.  Nate has a bunch of them yet.  (JohnSki learned later from Roger S. that they have not yet decided to do another run of printing of signs, but they will let us know if and when they do.  In the meantime, JohnSki purchased 50 more signs from Nate and will distribute them at Monday’s meeting, the 22nd ; most of the 50 are already spoken for in the DeForest/’Windsor area).

We discussed the Saturday, September 20th, painting party at DeForest Firemen’s Park from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Janet and Ginny are doing some stenciling in preparation.  Supplies and partially finished signs are in storage at Liz’s house and will be picked up and delivered to the park Saturday morning.  Karen will make another stencil.

The “Candidates’ Forum” is scheduled for Wednesday, October 8th, at the DeForest Library community meeting room.  It is sponsored and run by the DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce and DeForest Area Public Library.  All eight candidates have agreed to be there: Mary Arnold and John Jagler, George Ferriter and Keith Ripp, Dianne Hesselbein and Brent Renteria, Michelle Zahn and Scott Fitzgerald.  The moderator will be Brad Schroeder of the Chamber.  There will be candidate opening and closing statements and questions posed by the moderator.  We should prepare questions for our candidates for submission at the door.  DAP members are tasked with composing questions for presentation and discussion at the meeting Monday, September 22nd.  Liz reported that the candidates’ forum that she attended in Watertown went well, that Mary Arnold did a fine job, better than her opponent, John Jagler.  We should follow up on the forum with letters-to-the-editor.  We should put out on Facebook, Twitter, websites, etc., the announcement for the forum.

Karen suggested that we begin to pay back Marcia and JohnSki for their previous purchase of the button making machines a couple of years ago.  The three machines cost almost $1,000, Marcia paying for most of it.  Since then Marcia has also purchased an automated embroidery machine suitable for making t-shirts, patches, etc.  A long time ago we talked about making the machines available to other organizations like ours and making a profit from it.  A couple of organizations had expressed some interest.  Maybe we should follow up on the idea.

We talked about Karen’s TV interview coming up on September 26th.  Ginny will accompany Karen.  JohnSki had said he would go too but now cannot due to a conflict.  Anyone else who can go should contact Karen and Ginny and let them know.

Marcia reported on a gathering she went to when visiting family last week in Seattle.  It was sponsored by the Nawt-sa-maat Alliance to protect the water and sea creatures and surrounding countryside of the S…(?) Sea, the body of water to which Puget Sound is connected, from pollution.  The water is already very acidic due to industrial pollution from fossil fuel industry activity.  Marcia connected them to tribal activity here in Wisconsin.  The Alliance tries to protect the “bill of rights” of the water body and its sea creatures.  The Alliance is advocating trails, sanctuaries, and preserves.

John reported on the positive reactions of the Wisconsin Grassroots Network to the resolution passed by DAP to endorse WGN’s mission and to join the WGN CD (Congressional District) Two Alliance.

 

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DAP meeting notes for September 8, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes

September 8, 2014

 

Next meeting at Ginny’s house, 3922 Partridge, in Windsor Hill neighborhood, Monday September 15, 2014, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  If you have agenda items, email them or call them to Ginny.

 

There were ten people at the September 8th meeting.  Good turnout!

 

Janet Mills NEEDS CANVASSERS to get out Mary Burke lit and lit for other candidates we support.  Janet has walk lists of likely Dem voters to get into your hands, so that you can get out there and deliver that lit and GOTV (Get Out The Vote)!  It’s not too soon to start.  CALL JANET at 846-4472 to volunteer now.    Mary Burke and our other fine candidates need you NOW.

 

One of our Wisconsin Assembly representatives (there are three in the badly gerrymandered DeForest/Windsor/Vienna area!), the ever energetic Dianne (with two n’s) Hesselbein was with us to share her thoughts on different subjects and her election campaign.  Her opponent is a Dane County tea partier (or is that Tea Partier with caps?) by the name of Brent Rentaria (sp?).  Dianne has also been busy campaigning for other Democrats too.  She is pushing a bill she authored to end gerrymandering.  She filled us in on the Middleton Coordinating Campaign, which has an office by the Copp’s store in Middleton.  The office includes materials for Mark Pocan and Mary Burke, as well as Dianne and others.  We can stop by to pick some up anytime.   Good to have Dianne with us!

 

Karen is going to be on a streaming video internet TV interview show on September 26, 2014, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a man she met at the Netroots Nation conference.  The studio is in Madison.  JohnSki and Ginny volunteered to accompany Karen and either be in the audience or actually participate with her in the interview and call-ins.  Any other DAP-per is invited to come as well.

 

John Scepanski handed out copies of his “DRAFT resolution for DAP joining the 2nd CD Alliance.”  This is a document in “Whereas, therefore be it resolved” format (attached below) that commits DAP to membership in the Wisconsin Grassroots Network’s (WGN) group of local member groups in the Wisconsin 2nd Congressional District.   Liz asked if satellite organizations like DAP in the WGN network need to be 501c3’s.  The answer is no, they do not.  It was the consensus of the group to adopt and submit the resolution to become the first local group of its kind to request official membership in the WGN alliance.  (John submitted the resolution to the WGN Task Force at its September 10, 2014, meeting, and it was well received by Task Force members present.)

 

The group decided to purchase 100 “Mary Burke for Governor” lawn signs from Roger Springman dba “Progressives for Victory 2014”.  The cost is a little bit under $2.00 apiece for sign and wire holder.  Several members said they wanted various quantities: Frank – 10, Dan – 20, Deanna Giovanni - 5.  Ginny and John St. will be talking a quantity to Bob Fest next Saturday to sell them for $3.00 apiece, the profit going into the DAP treasury.  We will coordinate the purchase and pick-up and let DAP members know when and where they can pick theirs up.  You will be responsible to reimburse the DAP treasury $2.00 apiece plus whatever profit you gain from people you distribute them to.  Some will be available at next Monday’s meeting, too.

 

Karen sold $57.80 of DAP buttons and bumper stickers (“Want to Work?  Vote for Burke”) at Labor Fest on Labor Day at the Madison Labor Temple.  She deposited the dough in the DAP  treasury.  Good going, Karen, and thank you very much.  She also sold some at the September 6th painting party.  She and Ginny and John St. are going to do the same, along with selling MARY BURKE FOR GOVERNOR lawn signs at Bob Fest this coming weekend.

                                                                                                                                                       

We collected $33.00 in donations at the sign painting party September 6th.  It was uncertain whether that was for lunch or for donations to the Sun Prairie SPARC radio project.  The group decided, I think, to give it to SPARC.  Erstwhile treasurer JohnSki sent a check for $33.00 to Heather D-B at SPARC.  I hope that was OK with everyone.  Heather emailed back a really nice thank you.

 

Karen said we need to coordinate and communicate better in the future on things like donation cans and boxes at events we hold.  All agreed that Karen is right about that.

 

Frank closed the meeting with a rousing pitch to get ourselves and all our friends and whoever else we can think of to the next MARY BURKE FOR GOVERNOR painting picnic on September 20th , 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at DeForest Firemen’s Park.  Remember, materials are being donated.  You need bring nothing but your body to work and a dish to pass at lunch (there was a dearth of leafy salads on September 6th, hint, hint).

 

Sincerely submitted for your approval,

John Scepanski, unofficial DAP note taker and scribe

 

 

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DRAFT resolution for DAP join 2nd CD Grassroots Alliance

 

Whereas, DeForest Area Progressives (DAP) has partnered with Wisconsin Grassroots Network (WGN) on a number of projects and activities, including but not limited to

·         the annual WGN Festival

·         the production of messaging signs and their related web-based  essays

·         website design and refinement at www.wisconsingrassroots.net,

and;

 

Whereas, DAP members regularly contribute to and benefit from participation in weekly WGN Task Force meetings, and;

 

Whereas, DAP shares the values put forth in the WGN Mission Statement:

The purpose of WGN is to facilitate and sustain the development and growth of community based grassroots organizations for the purposes of enhancing democracy, justice, and equity for all.

This mission is accomplished through providing communication platforms, training, issue education, resources, organizing examples and networking opportunities for urban and rural grassroots organizations, their leadership and members.

and;

 

Whereas, DAP is a member of and shares the values of the mission statement of Progressive Partners, an established network of local, politically and socially progressive organizations throughout the 2nd Congressional District of Wisconsin:

Progressive Partners exist to support and facilitate coordination, communication, and collaboration among autonomous community-based progressive grassroots groups and their allies.

and;

 

Whereas, DAP members have participated in monthly teleconferencing with members of other grassroots, progressive organizations in the 2nd CD of Wisconsin;

 

Be it therefore resolved that the DAP recognizes the worth in belonging to a regional organization such as a “2nd CD of Wisconsin Grassroots Alliance” or a “2nd CD Progressive Partners” or some such organization to be named for the purpose of the promotion of progressive goals and objectives throughout the 2nd CD of Wisconsin, in conjunction with other local, grassroots organizations and statewide in cooperation with the umbrella organization known as Wisconsin Grassroots Network, its Council, and its Task Force.


Drafted by John Scepanski, DAP, August 30, 2014

Adopted by consensus at DAP meeting September 8, 2014

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DAP meeting notes for August 11, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes

August 11, 2014

Next meeting: Monday, August 18, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at DeForest library, main floor meeting rooms next to the newspapers

 

There were eight people at the August 8th meeting.  John S. reported that as of the end of July 2014, the DAP treasury had $185.01.

Marcia will be gone visiting family in Washington during the end of August and beginning of September.  Karen and JohnSki will chair the meetings during that time.  Others are welcome to chair if they wish.  Items for the agenda are welcome and should be addressed to Karen and John.  A new format will be tried, beginning each meeting for about fifteen minutes with an open topic of discussion for all.  Stay tuned for further information.

There was much discussion and reporting on various members’ canvassing for candidates: Mary Burke for governor, George Ferriter, Mary Arnold, Dianne Hesselbein, and Michelle Zahn for the state legislature.  Marcia expounded on the options for campaigning: canvassing, phone banking both as a group and at home, letter to the editor writing, etc.  Peg said she is interested in engaging her neighbors, especially on the issues of schools and town incorporation.

Liz asked what is going on with the sign project coordinated by the Wisconsin Grassroots Network (see www.WisconsinGrassroots.net).  She has some signs at her house ready to go up.  Ginny also has some signs and painting materials.  Karen said she will take over coordination of signs as part of her responsibilities managing the “Messaging” work group for WGN.  She will learn what is going on and report back to DAP.

We should all start to think about what questions we might like to ask candidates at the September (?) candidates’ forum we expect to be held at the DeForest library.

Liz said that Mary Arnold is asking for supporters to write letters to the editors of the newspapers in her district.  Liz also recommended to Mary that she attend the River Fest in DeForest on September 13th.  DAP members should go to River Fest to support Mary Arnold there, as well as Michelle Zahn and George Ferriter.

Carol G. Mentioned that she had gone to a web site that she thought was for Mary Burke for governor, only to find when she read the fine print that it was a fake web site.  Marcia said that there are some unscrupulous web sites like that out there, and we should be careful when we go to web sites.

It was asked of members that we all think about members who have not been to a meeting for awhile and try to get them active again.

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DAP meeting notes for August 4, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for August 4, 2014

Next meeting: Monday, August 11, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Macchiato's, 605 S. Main Street in DeForest

There were nine people at the August 4th meeting.                  

We began with some free-flowing discussion on the topics of Social Security, pensions, and retirement philosophies.  Peg shared information on a recent court victory for nurses’ pensions.

As co-chairs for the Mary Burke campaign in DeForest/Windsor, Janet and Marcia briefed us on upcoming events.  Besides Mary Burke for Governor lit and messages, canvassers will carry with them lit, in areas where relevant, for our other candidates: George Ferriter, Dianne Hesselbein, Mary Arnold, and Michelle Zahn.  The idea is an organized campaign for our slate of progressive candidates.  It would be good if we could do some door knocking, lit drops, etc., each weekend between now and the November election, or if there is none in our district to help similar efforts in other districts.  We could have a “corps” of canvassers dedicated to canvas, canvas, canvas and phone-bank, phone-bank, phone-bank.  This Saturday’s (August 9th) canvass is scheduled: meet at Janet Mills’s house, 4054 Gray Road, Windsor (enter off Portage Road) at 9:30, 12:30, or 3:30 (your preference) to receive instructions, lit, and a walk list of Dem voters.  This time around we are targeting “sporadic voters” – those who usually vote only in presidential elections.  We want to get out the “sporadic” vote.  Those voters have been identified from a database (the “V.A.N.” – I forgot just what V.A.N. stands for) developed specifically for this purpose.  In future canvassing we will target other selected groups like this for our walk lists.  Marcia and Karen will compile data from the various canvassing efforts and report to central HQ in Madison (whence come the V.A.N. and walk lists).  Note too that if “doing doors” is not your thing, you might want to volunteer to do some phone bank calling either from the comfort of your home or at one or more of the scheduled group banks.  Let Janet or Marcia know.

Janet said that she had contacted Assembly Rep. John Jagler (Mary Arnold’s competition) for his comments on Move-to-Amend, but Jagler had not returned her calls.  This might be a good topic for letters-to-the-editor regarding his lack of interest in the issue of money in politics.

Marcia is offering one-on-one tutoring in how to “Twitter.”  She and Karen learned much about the use of social media to get our messages out and multiply their effects by such means as “retweets” and Facebook “sharing.”  Marcia is eager to do this and charges nothing for it.

It is fun meeting at Macchiato’s, the new wine and coffee restaurant in town.  Remember, you don’t have to buy anything or you may buy a drink or a whole dinner or snack.  The music last Monday was sixties and seventies R’n’R and folk/rock.  See you there Monday and at the canvassing at Janet’s house Saturday!  DAP rocks!

John Scepanski, unofficial DAP notetaker and reporter

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DAP meeting notes for August 4, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for August 4, 2014

Next meeting: Monday, August 11, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Macchiato's, 605 S. Main Street in DeForest

There were nine people at the August 4th meeting.                  

We began with some free-flowing discussion on the topics of Social Security, pensions, and retirement philosophies.  Peg shared information on a recent court victory for nurses’ pensions.

As co-chairs for the Mary Burke campaign in DeForest/Windsor, Janet and Marcia briefed us on upcoming events.  Besides Mary Burke for Governor lit and messages, canvassers will carry with them lit, in areas where relevant, for our other candidates: George Ferriter, Dianne Hesselbein, Mary Arnold, and Michelle Zahn.  The idea is an organized campaign for our slate of progressive candidates.  It would be good if we could do some door knocking, lit drops, etc., each weekend between now and the November election, or if there is none in our district to help similar efforts in other districts.  We could have a “corps” of canvassers dedicated to canvas, canvas, canvas and phone-bank, phone-bank, phone-bank.  This Saturday’s (August 9th) canvass is scheduled: meet at Janet Mills’s house, 4054 Gray Road, Windsor (enter off Portage Road) at 9:30, 12:30, or 3:30 (your preference) to receive instructions, lit, and a walk list of Dem voters.  This time around we are targeting “sporadic voters” – those who usually vote only in presidential elections.  We want to get out the “sporadic” vote.  Those voters have been identified from a database (the “V.A.N.” – I forgot just what V.A.N. stands for) developed specifically for this purpose.  In future canvassing we will target other selected groups like this for our walk lists.  Marcia and Karen will compile data from the various canvassing efforts and report to central HQ in Madison (whence come the V.A.N. and walk lists).  Note too that if “doing doors” is not your thing, you might want to volunteer to do some phone bank calling either from the comfort of your home or at one or more of the scheduled group banks.  Let Janet or Marcia know.

Janet said that she had contacted Assembly Rep. John Jagler (Mary Arnold’s competition) for his comments on Move-to-Amend, but Jagler had not returned her calls.  This might be a good topic for letters-to-the-editor regarding his lack of interest in the issue of money in politics.

Marcia is offering one-on-one tutoring in how to “Twitter.”  She and Karen learned much about the use of social media to get our messages out and multiply their effects by such means as “retweets” and Facebook “sharing.”  Marcia is eager to do this and charges nothing for it.

It is fun meeting at Macchiato’s, the new wine and coffee restaurant in town.  Remember, you don’t have to buy anything or you may buy a drink or a whole dinner or snack.  The music last Monday was sixties and seventies R’n’R and folk/rock.  See you there Monday and at the canvassing at Janet’s house Saturday!  DAP rocks!

John Scepanski, unofficial DAP notetaker and reporter

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Meeting notes from June 30, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for

June 30, 2014

 Next meeting: Monday, July 7, 2014 at Macchiato's, 605 S. Main, DeForest, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

 There were 12 people at the June 30th meeting.

 The entire meeting was devoted to presentation from and discussion with Michelle Zahn, candidate for Wisconsin state senate for the 13th Senate District, the district currently held by infamous (to progressives) Senator Scott Fitzgerald.  Michelle said, 

  • She and her husband are retired dairy farmers.  She currently runs a mail order soap business.
  • Her priority is jobs creation.
  • She wants to get money out of politics.
  • She wants to restore funding for public schools and minimize voucher schools.  She has been endorsed by the Madison teachers' union, from whom she received a $1,000 contribution.
  • She would restore collective bargaining, "It's about workers' rights."  She believes that a lot of experienced teachers left their jobs because of Act 10.
  • She believes in equal pay for equal work.
  • She believes that voting rights are under attack: for instance, early voting and weekend voting.
  • She believes in non-partisan redistricting.
  • One word that always comes up when those who know her talk about her is "integrity."
  • She is a creative problem solver, evidenced by her career as a dairy farmer and now a small business person.
  • She is goal oriented, that is, whatever it takes to solve a problem is not just approached by legislation alone.

 DAP members present were impressed with Michelle's personality and positions on issues.  

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  REPORT OF COMMUNITY BILL OF RIGHTS COMMITTEE

MEMBERS: John Scepanski, Marcia Riquelme, Karen Edson

MEETING: Sunday, June 29, 20141:30 PM-3:00 PM

PURPOSE: Review Generic Community Bill of Rights document and compare to list of possible “rights” presented by Karen several weeks ago to see if Karen’s list could be grouped into the headings included in the CELDF “generic” Community Bill of Rights, which could then be reviewed by the DAP for discussion at a later meeting.

RESULTS:

1. We did meet and have a completed document for the group to review AS HOMEWORK.

2. Several things have happened which have changed the timetable on this from a “maybe someday” to a “Gee, the time might be NOW!”

a. DeForest and Windsor are considering revisions to the consolidated Master Land Use Plan.

b. Windsor is considering changing its municipal structure. Possibilities being considered are:

1) Staying a town.

2) Incorporating and becoming a Village

3) Merging with or being annexed by DeForest

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Meeting notes from June 30, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for

June 30, 2014

 Next meeting: Monday, July 7, 2014 at Macchiato's, 605 S. Main, DeForest, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

 There were 12 people at the June 30th meeting.

 The entire meeting was devoted to presentation from and discussion with Michelle Zahn, candidate for Wisconsin state senate for the 13th Senate District, the district currently held by infamous (to progressives) Senator Scott Fitzgerald.  Michelle said, 

  • She and her husband are retired dairy farmers.  She currently runs a mail order soap business.
  • Her priority is jobs creation.
  • She wants to get money out of politics.
  • She wants to restore funding for public schools and minimize voucher schools.  She has been endorsed by the Madison teachers' union, from whom she received a $1,000 contribution.
  • She would restore collective bargaining, "It's about workers' rights."  She believes that a lot of experienced teachers left their jobs because of Act 10.
  • She believes in equal pay for equal work.
  • She believes that voting rights are under attack: for instance, early voting and weekend voting.
  • She believes in non-partisan redistricting.
  • One word that always comes up when those who know her talk about her is "integrity."
  • She is a creative problem solver, evidenced by her career as a dairy farmer and now a small business person.
  • She is goal oriented, that is, whatever it takes to solve a problem is not just approached by legislation alone.

 DAP members present were impressed with Michelle's personality and positions on issues.  

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

  REPORT OF COMMUNITY BILL OF RIGHTS COMMITTEE

MEMBERS: John Scepanski, Marcia Riquelme, Karen Edson

MEETING: Sunday, June 29, 20141:30 PM-3:00 PM

PURPOSE: Review Generic Community Bill of Rights document and compare to list of possible “rights” presented by Karen several weeks ago to see if Karen’s list could be grouped into the headings included in the CELDF “generic” Community Bill of Rights, which could then be reviewed by the DAP for discussion at a later meeting.

RESULTS:

1. We did meet and have a completed document for the group to review AS HOMEWORK.

2. Several things have happened which have changed the timetable on this from a “maybe someday” to a “Gee, the time might be NOW!”

a. DeForest and Windsor are considering revisions to the consolidated Master Land Use Plan.

b. Windsor is considering changing its municipal structure. Possibilities being considered are:

1) Staying a town.

2) Incorporating and becoming a Village

3) Merging with or being annexed by DeForest

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Meeting notes from June 23, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes

June 23, 2014

 

Next meeting: Monday, June 30, 2014, at MACCHIATO'S COFFEE AND WINE BAR, 605 S. Main St., DeForest, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

 

There were only five people at the June 23rd meeting.  Alas, summertime.

 

JohnSki distributed $150 each to Marcia and Karen from the DAP Treasury for their trip to the Netroots Conference next month in Detroit.  The money had been donated for that specified purpose to the DAP Treasury by various DAP members and others to help with expenses, since we will all benefit from much good information, contacts, etc.  Also, it was the consensus that the $40 collected in donations at the sign painting picnic go toward Marcia and Karen's trip.

 

Marcia reported that there is a community rights meeting scheduled for July 6th for the purpose of deciding what might be done in Wisconsin along the lines of what CELDF does.  Decorah, Iowa, has begun a community rights movement.  John suggested that a lot of the value statements and goals and objectives in the DeForest and Windsor master land use plans already state a sort of set of community rights and values.  We should not overlook those documents.  Ginny moved and Karen seconded and it was the group consensus that DAP should form a committee to draft a community bill of rights for DeForest and Windsor.

 

The 4th of July plans were discussed.  The theme of our parade float will be "Let Freedom Ring" with bells carrying through the theme.  Nate's truck?  Adam's trailer?  We need a time and place to meet and get things together: float riders, walkers, voter registration handouts, candy?  Bingo help?  Things need pulling together.

 

There was some discussion about the preceding week's "Save Our State" energy motorcade and related events.

 

Further discussion on sign painting, signs going up, one taken down at property owner's request (desires Mary Burke sign, not message sign), sign storage at Doug's, some materials still at Ginny's.

 

We need to find ways to back Michelle Zahn, challenger to Senator Scott Fitzgerald.

 

George Ferriter is eager to participate in a candidates' debate at the DeForest Library.  John is to contact the library staff to see if and when the debate is scheduled.

 

There is also letter writing for Ferriter and others.  Mary Lou Sharpee is coordinating some letter writing, sharing letter formats, etc.

 

John and Marcia are going to attend the next meeting of the Friends of the Upper Yahara River Headwaters meeting on Tuesday, July 1, 5:30 p.m. at 717 DeForest Street in DeForest.  Others are encouraged to attend and touch base with a local interest group.

 

Some DAP members have been to the new coffee and wine bar in DeForest -- Macchiato's --  and have mentioned to the proprietor that we might like to meet there and maybe hold an open mic session or two.  The management seemed receptive.  See you all there next Monday for a look-see!

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DAP meeting notes from June 16, 2014

DEFOREST Area Progressives

Meeting notes

June 16, 2014

 

Next meeting: Monday, June 23, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Ginny's house, 3922 Partridge, in the Windsor Hill neighborhood.

There were seven people present at the June 16th meeting at Peg's house.

There was some pre-meeting chatter about using electronic media, including the storage of documents in Google Drive, which stores the documents in the "cloud."  That means that the document you might be working on is stored at Google, not in your personal computer.  Others can view the document and even work on it with you simultaneously, if that is your desire.  If you look in the upper right hand corner of Google, you will find sixteen dots.  Click on the dots, then click on a ribbon-like triangle for Google Drive.  (I think I got that right?  John)

Ginny reported on the painting party held that Saturday, June 14th , at DeForest Firemen's Park.  John said he thought there were about twenty people or more there.  Ginny said she handed in expenses to Nate for Wisconsin Grassroots Network to reimburse.  WGN had lots of boards to paint, and Bob Crego supplied more.  Assembly candidates Margo Miller, George Ferriter, and Mary Arnold painted signs for their campaigns.  Incumbent Assembly candidate Diane Hesselbein paid a visit too.  Chris was there from Sun Prairie.  Eric was there from Reedsburg.  Lots of people brought food, and Edy excelled, as usual, in putting on the buffet style meal.  We painted both candidate election campaign signs and message signs.  One example of a message sign was "NOT ONE MORE," including a stylized figure of an assault rifle, painted by Peg on the subject of gun violence, quoting the father from Santa Barbara who had lost his son in the shooting there.  John sketched "LIVING WAGE FOR ALL," another example of a message sign.  The Ferriter signs included a symbol of a gear, building on George's credentials as a mechanical engineer.  The weather was good.  The food was good.  The company was as good as it gets, and a good time was had by all.  Thank you again, John Stanley, for thinking up this event.

It was not known whether anyone from the DeForest and Windsor area had attended the voter registrar training June 11th   in Fitchburg (?).  We debated whether or not to do voter registration at the DeForest-Windsor 4th of July celebration, that it might not be appreciated by some.  It was decided to go ahead with it, since simple voter registration is nonpartisan, and stop if asked to stop (i.e., "it's easier to apologize than ask permission").

The scholarships for Marcia and Karen to attend the Netroots conference in Detroit in July now total $300, spurred by the original matching donation of $200 from an anonymous donor.  John will get a check from the DAP treasury for half to each Karen and Marcia at the next meeting.

There was much discussion on the community rights initiative.  Karen handed out samples of various communities' Bills of Rights, a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance, and a handout, "Remember: Democracy Is a Verb, you don't achieve it; you practice it!"  Some of the rights listed in some communities' Bill of Rights are these:

  • Clean air
  • Clean, pure water
  • Clean soil
  • Good public schools for all
  • Maintenance of land-line communications to rural areas
  • Expansion of low cost broadband internet communications infrastructure
  • Sustainable energy future
  • Scenic preservation
  • Health care
  • Veterinary services
  • Public libraries
  • Safe places for kids to play, walk, shop
  • Hand marked, paper ballots hand counted in public
  • Easy access to voter registration
  • Easy access to voting
  • Minimum wage & living wage
  • Local control over environmental health and welfare issues
  • Weapon free zones

These and other points of interest can be "sewn into" individual town, village, and county ordinances from individualized bills of rights.

Members present agreed to study the handouts and the websites for further discussion at future meetings, as DAP moves forward on decisions as to how to participate (or not) in the community bill of rights movement that has gained so much ground in other states.

We brought up the matter of limits on how long a DAP member may submit receipts for reimbursement from the DAP treasury for expenses incurred on behalf of DAP.  Some thought one month, others thought two months.  In the end, consensus was reached that reimbursement must be claimed within two months of incurring expenses.  Also, there was a consensus that before expenses are incurred for reimbursement, permission should be received from the group at one of the weekly meetings, or if that is not feasible, the treasurer (currently JohnSki) may authorize expenditures for later reimbursement.  Of course, it's always okay to spend money on behalf of DAP and then just "eat it," the reimbursement, that is.  J

Ginny is having surgery on July 8th, so she will have to slow down her DAP and other activities for awhile.  Some of us wondered how DAP will be able to function without Ginny at 100%, given the enormous amount of work she undertakes.  Thank you, Ginny, and be well.

Marcia is speaking along with John DeMain on June 18th at the ResiliencyBuilding.  Details can be found on several websites, including DeForestAreaProgressives.com.

Pat Popple has alerted folks about a session being held by the Wisconsin DNR, the Wisconsin Towns Association, the Wisconsin Counties Association, and the League of Municipalities on mining.  I did not take thorough enough notes to elaborate further on this item.

Those of you who are going on the Save Our State expedition, be safe and have fun.

John Scepanski

Unofficial Notetaker

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