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Meeting notes for November 17, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for November 17, 2014

 

Next meeting: Monday, November 24, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Marcia’s house, 3953 Finch Trail in the Windsor Hill neighborhood.

The agenda for the next meeting will include, not necessarily in this order, continued discussion about projects we might like to undertake in the near future: revisit old DAP draft policies & procedures?; environmental, Enbridge pipeline, Clean Wisconsin, bird city, prairie patches, FUYRH, Token Creek Conservancy; election, ideas, area meetings; education, SPARC projects, threats to public education; a community education project; Josh Lerner’s Making Democracy Fun; other.*

There were six people at the November 17th meeting.  Congratulations, because it was COLD out.

 

We discussed the election some more and the fact that there are a number of area organizations hosting meetings to figure out what went wrong and what to do about it next time.

 

Liz reported on her attendance last Wednesday at the Dane County Zoning Committee hearing on the Enbridge oil sludge pipeline that will bisect Wisconsin and pass through a section of northeastern Dane County near Marshall.  This is the same company and system of pipelines that ruptured, spilled, and  wreaked havoc in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a couple of years ago.  The company wants to double the diameter of the existing pipes (there are four running parallel to one another) from 24 inches to 48 inches.  The last DNR assessment of the pipeline was in 2006.  The Committee wants a new DNR assessment and the company to buy insurance in case of a mishap.  An assessment is not as intense as an environmental impact statement.  The company representatives said that if there is a spill, they have forty people in Fort Atkinson ready to respond.  The company has insurance but would not disclose its contents, claiming it is proprietary information.  They said that eleven communities have already approved the changes in the pipeline without requiring further assessment, bonding,  or insurance.  The Committee postponed any action, pending further information.

Bill talked about Clean Wisconsin and provided information on resources it has available for public education.  Clean Wisconsin is an environmental watchdog.  Maybe we can do something with them in the way of a public education project. 

Marcia and Karen went to the recent “Political Cafe” in McFarland last Saturday.  There are going to be more of those get-togethers in the near future.  We should send delegations.  We should do more along these lines of attending events put on by our compadres around the area.  A notice could be sent out to our list to meet somewhere locally and then car pool to the events.  This would be fun and informative and would signal solidarity with our sisters and brothers nearby.

Marcia has been informed of a book called Making Democracy Fun by Josh Lerner (sp?).  It talks about creating games, playing the games, and analyzing the results of the games that are pertinent to things that progressives and other interested parties find useful when thinking about social issues.  An example is the game some of us have played where participants get varying amounts of food or other things of value to illustrate disparities around the world.  Marcia suggested that DAP might want to study the book and engage in the creation, playing, and analysis of games.  Maybe we could invite other groups like ours to do the same.

Bill commented on how uninformed he found people to be when he was canvassing for candidates.  He finds a shift to the right politically among younger people.  What can we do to shape progressive thinking among our constituents in Windsor, Vienna, and DeForest?  Bill asked each of us what excites us to do something.  Liz mentioned labor unfairness and Act 10.  Ginny said that union activity and standing up for the common person brought her into activism.  Marcia discussed economic inequality and oppression around the world.  Peter said simply, “Goldwater.”  (Peter is originally from South Dakota and as his claim to fame he debated Tom Brokaw in college.)  JohnSki has no claim to fame (unless you call going to the seventh grade dance with Emmylou Harris a claim to fame J ) but anyway  said he had trouble focusing on just one thing, that there is so much involving the environment, education, economic disparity, unions, and on and on.  He mentioned reading Howard Zinn’s book, A People’s History of America.  Ginny endorsed that book too.  Peter mentioned too Mike McCabe’s book, Blue Jeans in High Places. 

Bill’s point was, How do we impact the population to have a “wake up moment”?  He is no longer interested in Republicans or Democrats.  He is looking for people like Wisconsin Republican Senator Dale Schultz, who can work together to find what common ground there is.  Maybe we could use game theory to bring people together, especially those in other groups like ours like GROW in Waunakee.  We need to set up a framework to find out how to engage people and get them to focus and decide: goals, problem solving, process.  We want to turn the light bulbs on. How do we do that?

*Next meeting we will continue this discussion and try to come to some consensus on what we can do about these concerns and what projects we might construct, what actions we might undertake, to achieve these goals.

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Meeting notes for November 10, 2014

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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 from October 20, 2014

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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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