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Meeting notes from October 27, 2014

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Meeting notes from October 27, 2014

 DeForest Area Progressives                                                        

Meeting notes for October 27, 2014

NO MEETING MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD, due to election.

 

Next meeting Monday, November 10, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s house, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood, Windsor.

There were six people in attendance at this October 27th DAP meeting.

 

Janet reminded everyone to get out there and work in these last days before Election Day.  Call the Sun Prairie office of the combined campaign for information: 422-2999.  Mary Bell, former head of WEAC, is leading the combined campaign from the Sun Prairie office.  Canvassing and lit drops will be on these shifts from the Sun Prairie office:

 

Saturday canvassing: meet at the Sun Prairie office at 9:00, 12:00 noon, 3:00, and 6:00

Sunday canvassing at 12:00, 3:00, and 6:00

Monday lit drop at 9:00, 12:00, 3:00, and 6:00

Tuesday canvassing at 8:00, 11:00, 2:00, and 5:00

 

You can specify the DeForest-Windsor area to canvas and drop lit.

 

Janet brought up and we discussed the idea of taking ownership of your own neighborhood for future elections and GOTV.

 

There will be a fundraiser for South Central Wisconsin Move to Amend (SCWMTA) on November 5th.  See the Wisconsin Grassroots Network website for details.

 

Sister Simone will be at Holy Wisdom Seminary on Monday.

 

The rest of the meeting pretty much followed Karen’s agenda handed out and cited below.

 

Agenda

1. Before the election – take a census of signs (looking for possible new locations for message signs). WANTED – addresses with many Democratic or Green party signs on high traffic streets. Please send to Karen Edson at  kredson1970@gmail.com  As statewide signage coordinator for Wisconsin Grassroots Network, Karen will be creating a database for future reference.

            2. Before election, those folks in contact with candidates’ campaign STAFFS: please ask that lists of TV, Radio and print media contacts be sent to Karen Edson at kredson1970@gmail.com. The Wisconsin Grassroots Network will be developing and maintaining a statewide database of this information for MESSAGING purposes between elections and will share it with candidates who share our values.

            3. Election Night:  Because so many DAP-ers are working neighborhoods and at the polls before and after voting on election day, we decided not to meet at any particular place to watch election returns.

            4. IMMEDIATELY AFTER the election, collect OUR yard signs (Burke, Arnold, Ferriter, Zahn, Hesselbein, Happ, etc.). If you need help getting BIG (4X4) signs down call Karen Edson at  608-225-1458.

            5. A week after the election, review the neighborhood around your home, church, shopping area, etc. for REPUBLICAN signs. Knock on THOSE doors and politely inform those homeowners that you are a volunteer collecting election yard signs for recycling. Ask them if they would like you to take theirs. If they ask what group you are with, be honest, but you do not need to volunteer it at the start of the conversation!

            6. For those members who are homeowners with a yard: if you have part of your yard not visible to the neighbors, leave a strip unmown. If possible, have this piece close to shrubbery or capable of including some shrubs at one end or along one edge. The idea is to create a bird and butterfly sanctuary with native grasses and flowers being allowed to grow and the shrubs providing cover (and berries for the birds). If you can manage a heated birdbath with running water year round, you will delight both the birds and yourself with your annual migrating visitors!  This and other ideas for DAP projects between elections will be the topics of meetings in the near future.

          7. As a fundraise for DAP - collect and recycle aluminum cans for cash????

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Meeting notes for October 13, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for October 13, 2014

 

Next meeting Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s house, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood, Windsor.

 

 

There were 9 people at the October 13th meeting.

 

Janet discussed campaign strategy for the upcoming November 4 election that she has received from the Democratic coordinated campaign: contact lists, reporting back, voter access network (VAN) database, etc.  Marcia further described the coordinated campaign idea and offered her house for GOTV canvassing.  Janet has been having trouble recruiting volunteers, so be sure to call her.  There is a “practice” scheduled for this weekend.  We collected more sale money from signs sold.  People in the group reported on what they were doing in the campaigns: canvassing, office staffing, signs, letters to the editor, phone calling, etc.  We planned some canvassing and lit drops for the coming week.  Times, dates, and schedules will be set by the coordinated campaign.  We discussed observation at the polls on election day, including observation after the polls close.  We received a handout, “Five ways to help ensure accurate election results.”

 

We discussed and critiqued the candidates’ forum held at the DeForest Library and hosted by the DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce on October 8th.  Eighty people attended and DAP was well represented in the audience and among the written questions submitted and asked of candidates.

 

Peter and Marcia registered voters at Epic in Verona and were highly successful, garnering big stacks of registrations.  This was much better than most of Peter and Marcia’s experiences as volunteer registrars.

 

We discussed gathering on election night to watch the returns and have a party.  Other general political discussion.

 

Karen reported on a six part seminar she is taking on racial sensitivity.  She said she is taking it because she needed a “booster shot” to bring her up to speed from when she worked in personnel when “the government still cared.”  Most of us being white gives us a limited perspective.  Being racially white is not the norm around the world.  White is “other” in most places throughout the world.  Karen will continue to give us all a little “booster shot” in the coming weeks.  She will also post some things on the websites (DeForestAreaProgressives.nationbuilder.com and WisconsinGrassroots.net).

 

AND, don’t forget to contact Dan Rowe for 4’x4’ Michelle Zahn for Senate signs.  Dan will deliver and set them up.  Call Dan at 608-235-8732 or 608-846-3496.

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Meeting notes for October 13, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for October 13, 2014

 

Next meeting Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s house, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood, Windsor.

 

 

There were 9 people at the October 13th meeting.

 

Janet discussed campaign strategy for the upcoming November 4 election that she has received from the Democratic coordinated campaign: contact lists, reporting back, voter access network (VAN) database, etc.  Marcia further described the coordinated campaign idea and offered her house for GOTV canvassing.  Janet has been having trouble recruiting volunteers, so be sure to call her.  There is a “practice” scheduled for this weekend.  We collected more sale money from signs sold.  People in the group reported on what they were doing in the campaigns: canvassing, office staffing, signs, letters to the editor, phone calling, etc.  We planned some canvassing and lit drops for the coming week.  Times, dates, and schedules will be set by the coordinated campaign.  We discussed observation at the polls on election day, including observation after the polls close.  We received a handout, “Five ways to help ensure accurate election results.”

 

We discussed and critiqued the candidates’ forum held at the DeForest Library and hosted by the DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce on October 8th.  Eighty people attended and DAP was well represented in the audience and among the written questions submitted and asked of candidates.

 

Peter and Marcia registered voters at Epic in Verona and were highly successful, garnering big stacks of registrations.  This was much better than most of Peter and Marcia’s experiences as volunteer registrars.

 

We discussed gathering on election night to watch the returns and have a party.  Other general political discussion.

 

Karen reported on a six part seminar she is taking on racial sensitivity.  She said she is taking it because she needed a “booster shot” to bring her up to speed from when she worked in personnel when “the government still cared.”  Most of us being white gives us a limited perspective.  Being racially white is not the norm around the world.  White is “other” in most places throughout the world.  Karen will continue to give us all a little “booster shot” in the coming weeks.  She will also post some things on the websites (DeForestAreaProgressives.nationbuilder.com and WisconsinGrassroots.net).

 

AND, don’t forget to contact Dan Rowe for 4’x4’ Michelle Zahn for Senate signs.  Dan will deliver and set them up.  Call Dan at 608-235-8732 or 608-846-3496.

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Meeting notes for October 6, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Notes from meeting of October 6, 2014

 

Next meeting: Monday, October 13, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., AT JOHN STANLEY’S HOUSE, 412 River Wood Bend, DeForest.  Note new meeting spot.  Thanks, John!  River Wood Bend intersects South Street near the South Street bridge.

 

 

There were seven people at the October 6th meeting. 

 

Most of the meeting was taken up with discussion and planning for the candidates’ forum Wednesday the eighth.  Members were encouraged to have their assigned questions written out and ready to hand in when we arrive.  We will meet at the DeForest Library at 5:45 p.m. and will sit together.  We may go out together afterward to debrief.  (Subsequent plans were made to go to the Rodeside Restaurant with our candidates and members of the Wisconsin Grassroots Network Task Force after the forum.)  Karen handed out sheets of information on the candidates’ sources of donations, which she has spent much time gathering from online sources.  Other forums were discussed such as the one at Edgewood College on Thursday.  Wisconsin Public Television is airing the first of two debates between the gubernatorial candidates on Friday.  Some of our DAP members will bring information to hand out at the Forum Wednesday at the Library.

 

The question was brought up about the smaller lawn signs we have been handing out being printed by a non-union shop.  SPARC in Sun Prairie refused to take them because they are not union made.  Karen still has fifty that she says she can get to people in Milwaukee who want them.

 

(On a trip to Platteville, John St. says he saw many of our blue and white 4’x4’ signs in farmers’ fields along the road.  He says there were many more Burke signs than Walker signs.)

 

Marcia asked each member present for a commitment to whatever level of campaign activity they can muster during these last few weeks before the election.

 

Some members are making plans to continue voter registrations in the weeks to come.  Peter had some interesting things to say about voter registration and personal anecdotes to share.  We are beginning to appreciate Peter’s sense of humor at the meetings.  J

 

Ginny and Liz have talked to the staff at the DeForest/Windsor Area Community/Senior Center about providing rides to the polls and helping with voter ID information.

 

Don’t forget the new site for our next meeting at John Stanley’s house.  See you there.  We will debrief some more on the candidates’ forum and elections, among other topics of interest.

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DAP meeting notes for September 29, 2014

DeForest/Windsor Area Progressives

Meeting notes for September 29, 2014

 

Next meeting: Monday, October 6, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s house, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood, Windsor.

 

JohnSki updated everyone on the distribution of Mary Burke for Governor lawn signs as of last week’s meeting.

 

Janet announced that Bradley Whitford is going to be speaking at an event for Mary Burke and the democratic candidates at the Middleton office ( 6719 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave., Middleton)  Friday, October 3rd. He played the character Josh Lyman in the West Wing. The event starts at 9:45 am, but the Middleton team wants people to arrive at 9:30 am.

 

We spent a lot of time at this meeting listening to Peg describe how she canvasses her neighborhood for progressive causes.  She does not distribute literature, necessarily.  She prefers to engage her neighbors in conversation about issues and subjects such as education, health care (Peg is a retired nurse), and local controversies like the proposed new gravel pit.  She gets to know them on a conversational basis.  She referred to a speech she had heard Michelle Obama make in Milwaukee, where Michelle noted that so many wards in Milwaukee could be turned around by just getting ten progressive voters out to vote.  Peg is working on her ten in her Windsor neighborhood.  She has been disconcerted to find out that many new residents do not get a welcome packet with information on where to register and where to vote.  Peg refers to these  conversations as “seed planting.”  People are so polarized these days that a casual, conversational approach seems to work better than a lit drop, name drop approach.  She told us a number of stories to exemplify her methods.  So, Peg feels that if she can get ten votes for  Mary Burke and our other progressive candidates, her efforts will have been worth it.  Her information will be added to the “VAN” and other databases.

 

Karen brought up the subject of the candidate forum scheduled for October 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Library, hosted and run by the DeForest Area Chamber of commerce.  Ginny said she emailed The Cap Times and the  Wisconsin State Journal news services.  Liz said the forum will probably be taped by Wisconsin Eye and made available in that format.  All DAP members and associates are urged to attend and make sure you have your questions prepared to hand in.  Several DAP members want to bring information to hand out or perhaps staff a DAP informational table.

 

There is another candidates’ forum scheduled for October 9th at 5:00 p.m. at Edgewood College Anderson Auditorium.  All state office seekers (governor, attorney general, etc.) have been invited.  The NAACP will moderate.

 

Also on October 9th, there will be a forum at Lake Mills elementary school at 7:00 p.m.  Michele Zahn is going to try to make both the forum in Lake Mills and the one at Edgewood.  Whew!

 

AND, there is a rally to celebrate the re-opening of the Democratic office in Columbus on October 5th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the corner of E. James and N. Water St.  Candidates will speak at 2:30.

 

Janet said that anyone can use the Sun Prairie office of the candidates’ coordinated campaigns.  It is on Main Street just east of the Kwik Trip in Sun Prairie.  Janet urged DAP to make phone calls to all you can to recruit volunteers.  There are 400 names in our DAP area alone who must be contacted and recontacted.  We discussed, too, volunteers to provide rides to the polls on election day, getting voter ID’s for those who do not have them, early voting, and sign placement.

On the subject of the big, blue-and-white, hand painted “Mary Burke 4 Governor” signs, the ones we produced are being put up in SW Wisconsin, the Richland Center vicinity, and between here and Eau Claire.  Other groups like ours met and did similar painting projects in Eau Claire, Shawano, Maple, Black River Falls, and maybe some other places we do not know about.

 

Karen informed us about the dangers of phosphorus laden manure  originating from  CAFO’s (large scale castle feeding operations).  The manure digester at Waunakee keeps spilling.  Other sources of phosphorus runoff that endanger our lakes include large subdivision deveopments such as the ones being proposed west of Fitchburg, also threatening wetlands.  DeForest’s own Sanimax situation was brought up.

 

Liz asked, “What’s going on with WGN?”  (Wisconsin Grassroots Network, where several DAP members are very active)  Karen and others mentioned some of what is going on with WGN lately, including the monthly phone discussions among DAP-like groups all over Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District, known as the WGN CD2 Alliance.

 

Progressive Partners will be meeting November 8th in Oregon, hosted by the Oregon Area Progressives: 1:00 to 3:30 at the bank.

 

SCWMTA is hosting a fundraiser after the election on November 5th.

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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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