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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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Meeting notes for June 9, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes

June 9, 2014

 

Next meeting: Monday, June 16, 2014, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Peg's house, 4397 Memorial Circle, Windsor (Wolf Hollow Neighborhood, enter just off Windsor Road across the street from WindsorElementary School).

 

There were twelve people in attendance at the June 9th meeting.  Note that of late, meeting attendance has been up!

 

John Scepanski reported on his attendance on behalf of DAP at the 2014 Annual Membership Meeting of the Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters, Inc.  Officers and Board of Directors were elected for 2014.  The FYRH will be meeting this coming year monthly on the first Tuesday of each month at 717 DeForest Street, DeForest.  John will be hosting them at his condo complex clubhouse.  DAP members are urged to attend, since water quality and environmental quality are precisely compatible with DAP aims.  The group heard a presentation from Rachel Fossum, Rural Initiatives Coordinator for Yahara Pride Farms and the Madison lakes area Clean Lakes Alliance.  They are working with area farmers to reduce the amounts of phosphorus runoff that goes into the watershed and lakes.  The Village of DeForest has granted them $10,000 to 1) help farmers plant cover crops, 2) provide field demonstrations, and 3) provide education in leaf management.

 

George and Sue Ferriter were in attendance to report on George's campaign for Assembly in the 42nd District.  They will inform DAP of opportunities to assist in the campaign.  George has been attending town and village board meetings in the district to get his name known and allow people to get to know him and what he stands for.  We discussed the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and how it exemplifies the "Wisconsin Idea" of citizens and government working together.  George noted that he is learning that issues like water quality cross party lines.  At a Wisconsin Conservation Congress meeting he attended, the group supported repealing the mining law.  When that happened, George's opponent, current 42nd District Rep. Keith Ripp, walked out of the meeting.  Ripp is known to be solidly in the camp of Governor Walker and the large corporate interests favored by the Walker camp.  A further discussion ensued on the corruption of the Wisconsin DNR under the Walker administration.  The DNR seems now to be merely a permit granting agency, no longer the watchdog for the environment that it once was.  Another big issue that interests George Ferriter is the deterioration of our roads and highways.  One thing that could have been done is to put some of the big budget surplus toward road repair, rather than simply sending it back to taxpayers.  George feels there are other areas of responsibility where government is falling down on the job because of the neglect by Republicans in charge.  Margaret Worthington said that we need a candidates' forum in DeForest like the one we had before at the library.  George will be at the sign painting picnic at DeForest Firemens Park Saturday the 21st.

 

Speaking of the sign painting picnic, Ginny reported on preparations.  All seems to be set.  See you there 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Brats and soft drinks will be provided; being a dish to share.  Bring your painting supplies.

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Meeting notes from May 19, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes

May 19, 2014

 

No meeting next Monday, Memorial Day, May 26, 2014.  Next meeting will be Monday, June 2nd , 6:00-8:00 p.m. at John's condo clubhouse, 717 DeForest Street, DeForest.

 

Schedule for upcoming regular meetings of DeForest Area Progressives:

  • (skip Memorial Day - no meeting)
  • June 2nd at John's condo clubhouse, 717 DeForest St., DeForest
  • June 9th at Don's, 3736 Shiloh Rd. in Token Creek
  • June 9th at Peg's, 4397 Memorial Circle, Windsor

All meetings are 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., as usual.

 

There were 13 people at the May 19th meeting.

 

Karen briefed us on how to magnify our Facebook participation.  She passed out a handout on the subject.

 

The painting picnic is set for Saturday, June 14th, 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. at DeForest Fireman's Park.  Thanks especially to John Stanley for organizing this affair.  Among the invitees are all DeForest area progressives, Progressive Partners, and a host of others.  Mary Arnold (and Sue Salter) and George Ferriter, both candidates for Assembly, will be there.  Margo Miller, another candidate for Assembly, will try to make it.  We are hoping for Diane Hesselbein too.*  As noted in the invitation you received, Wisconsin Grassroots Network will provide brats, and DAP will provide soda and water.  A donation will be appreciated.  Bring a dish to pass.  Also, bring sign painting supplies if you have them.

 

"Tailgating to Save Our State" is scheduled for June 18th.  This is a driving excursion to the Penokees, among many other events along the way, to publicize and work for clean energy in Wisconsin. See www.WisconsinGrassroots.net for more information.

 

Mary Arnold and Henry stopped by to pick up nomination papers and discuss her campaign.  Mary's official campaign kickoff will be June 21st at Fireman's Park in Columbus from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

 

We touched on plans for our participation in the DeForest 4th of July celebration, including our parade float.

 

There was much discussion about the idea to have an open mic at least quarterly in the DeForest area. 

  • Don volunteered to scout out some locations in restaurants or bars.
  • people talk about issues, make speeches
  • social, hang out
  • issues, sign up for time slots to speak, sing, whatever
  • guest speakers, entertainers
  • open to public
  • John St. sing Peter, Paul, & Mary songs
  • nostalgia for Kingston Trio and like
  • Leonardo's band
  • uplifting, mood raising
  • "You cannot subsist without your daily quota of joy."  - Don
  • jam, joke telling
  • one really cool speaker
  • How advertise?
  • Review significance of protest songs, social and political commentary.

 

*DeForest has three Assembly reps, being divided unusually into three Assembly districts.  

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Meeting notes for May 12, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for May 12, 2014

 

Next meeting: Monday, May 19, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Isabel's, 816 South Street, DeForest.  Note that this will be our last time at Isabel's, as the condo has been sold.  Further meeting locations will be sent to you when they are arranged.

 There were ten people present at the meeting on the 12th.

 Since we are losing Isabel's condo as a meeting place, we discussed other meeting sites for the future: members' homes, library, unrented offices, restaurants & bars, etc.

 Regarding our on-going discussion over some sort of regular, maybe quarterly, open mic affair, the new wine bar opening up in DeForest might be a venue, as they were noted in the Times-Tribune article as wanting to become a sort of casual hangout in the DeForest area.  Other discussion on the open mic idea....

 The Wisconsin state Democratic Convention is being held in the Dells on June 6 and 7.  John, Marcia, and Karen are going.  Others are encouraged to go and to vote for Nate Timm for continuing chair of the Dems's Rural Caucus.

 John Stanley has entered our DAP float in the DeForest 4th of July parade (we're number 14).  We decided on the theme, "Let Freedom Ring."  Those riding on the float will ring bells.  John, Leonardo, Don, Marcia, and Peg have volunteered so far to ride/walk with the float.  Anyone and everyone is welcome to join them and help build the float and so on.  More on the float later.  Some of us will be working as volunteers at bingo.  DAP 4th of July activities will be the subject of further agenda items at future meetings leading up to the 4th.

 The painting party/picnic/workshop has been set for June 14th at DeForest Fireman's park (the big, old park downtown).  Thanks to John Stanley for reserving the pavilion and all.  THANKS BIG JOHN!  The shelter is reserved from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  We will have music, food, and sign painting for all.  The Wisconsin Grassroots Network, our partners in this endeavor, will be providing brats.  We -- DAP -- will provide soda.  Otherwise, attendees should bring a dish to share a la potluck.  Karen will provide a list of supplies to bring: saw horses, brushes, tarps, red/white/black paint, rollers, pans, cans, containers for paint, plywood and other surfaces to paint, etc.  JohnSki will send out the invitations to all DAP-pers and Progressive Partners.  We will teach attendees how to paint both the "big red" signs and the "burma shave" signs.

 Karen and Marcia will attend the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit on July 15-20.  It is an annual national gathering of grassroots activists who are IT savvy: bloggers, tweeters, facebookers, etc.  The keynote speaker is Senator Elizabeth Warren.  Karen and Marcia are gathering votes, trying to qualify for scholarships to attend, as it is quite pricey.

 Dan Rowe spoke about working with George Ferriter on George's campaign for Wisconsin Assembly.  He talked about trying to get a joint fundraiser going for Ferriter, Arnold, and Hesselbein.  Dan will keep us informed of progress on this project and what we can do to help.  Marcia also noted that some of us will be available to drop lit, knock on doors, etc., wherever there might be gaps identified in locations, small towns, etc.

 Karen talked about DAP on Facebook, the old Facebook page -- who? what?  She will discuss it again next week, as time was short in this meeting.  Someone mentioned maybe having training on how to use Facebook, Twitter, and so forth.

 John St. and Marcia talked about resuming discussions about DAP policy.  We remembered that John had written up in some detail some drafts of policy that we might want to consider.  We need more organization such as timelines and chairs for projects, committees, how to propose a project, how to submit a project for consideration and things of that nature.

 We failed to discuss the item that Beth Trotter had asked about, that is, herbicide spraying on school grounds.

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