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.