DEFOREST Area Progressives
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.