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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for March 20, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

Meeting Notes

March 20, 2017

 

Present: Karen Edson, Ginny Brokish, Abby Lowery, John Scepanski

Announcements:

  • Fri. Mar. 24 and Sat Mar 25 WISCONSIN GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL – Friday afternoon is setup – Saturday is Festival wisconsingrassroots.net/festival has info!

 ·        Wed. Mar. 29 – 6 PM – Candidates Forum – for DeForest Village Board – at DeForest Library – Save the date! Support our Candidates!

 

Karen reported on her attendance at the Protecting Water gathering at UW-Whitewater on March 14th.  The Enbridge pipeline is only 20 miles from there.  Notorious State Senator Tom Tiffany is trying to get rid of the mining moratorium law, in order to allow for metals mining in Wisconsin.  Discussion followed on the pollution problem, the EPA, and how those things affect minority populations.

 

Abby has been attending DeForest Board meetings.  Ginny is thinking about beginning to attend Windsor Board meetings.

 

It was suggested that Abby’s recent letter to the DeForest Times-Tribune editor be used as an example of good messaging technique.  Abby acknowledged Kathryn Scepanski for her advice on the composition.

 

Discussion of community rights.  Ecuador has written the rights of nature into its Constitution.  There is a court ruling (somewhere?) that states that a river has the right to flow and has standing to sue.  Someone remarked that it seems similar to the rights of a corporation under the U.S. Bill of Rights.  There was a mention on The Rachel Maddow Show that air has the right to be clean, water has the right to be pure.  People have the right to breathe clean air and drink pure water.

 

We discussed the pros and cons of ordering distinguishing shirts for DWAG.  Further research is pending.

 

The DWAG treasury owes Karen $40 for the information table we will have at the WGN Fest Saturday.

 

We pasted WGN labels into the backs of booklets of the U.S. Constitution for sale at the WGN Fest.

 

Janet says contact her for Evers lawn signs; Ginny too.

 

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for February 27, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

February 27, 2017

Next meeting: Monday, March 27, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

(I know these notes are out of sequence with the next meeting notice.  I’ve been derelict in my meeting notes duties lately; sorry.)

 

We had a couple of dozen (I roughly counted about 20 at one point during the presentation) at our special meeting on February 27, 2017 – “Introduction to Community Rights.”  This was the presentation on community rights by Paul Cienfuegos held at the Jefferson Square Clubhouse, 717 DeForest Street, DeForest, Wisconsin.  Prior to the meeting, we had some good fellowship during the potluck dinner and LOTS of good food.  Thank you, Marcia, for making the arrangements with Paul; and thank you everyone for bringing the feast!  And, thank me J for reserving the clubhouse; it worked out well, and maybe we can use it again sometime for some non-political events (fyi, the Jefferson Square rules forbid use of the clubhouse for “political” activities).

 

Our speaker/instructor, Paul Cienfuegos,* is a nationally acclaimed educator and community rights organizer.  Marcia and Karen have both attended some of his educational events before.  Paul said that virtually all applications for permits from government regulatory agencies that are “administratively complete” are approved.  Regulation seems to mean legal permission to do harm in the permitted way.

 

Paul elaborated on these three legal structures of law:

 

Corporate constitutional rights that the Supreme Court of the United States has created in historical rulings more and more favorable to the corporation as a being having status similar to flesh and blood human beings: an example is the ruling that granted religious freedom to the Hobby Lobby company.

 

State government pre-emption of authority over local governments

 

Dillon’s Rule: state government is to local government as a parent is to a child.  “The theory of state preeminence over local governments was expressed as Dillon's Rule in an 1868 case….” (Wikipedia)

 

There is a growing movement to define the rights of nature: like the right of a river to flow or the right of air to be pollution free, similar to human rights to breathe clean air and drink pure water.

 

We should pay attention to states that are “home rule” states, that is, where local governments can pass local charters that function as sort of mini-constitutions.  (See http://www.lwm-info.org/DocumentCenter/View/948, “Municipal Home Rule in Wisconsin” by the League of Municipalities.)

 

*For more information about Paul and his work (thanks to Marcia for this list):

 

  • PaulCienfuegos.com  (dismantling corporate rule work)
  • CommunityRightsPDX.org (local group he co-founded & Archive of his weekly KBOO radio commentary/podcast since August 2014)
  • 100fires.com (his online bookstore)
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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for March 6, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

March 6, 2017

Next meeting: Monday, March 13, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

In attendance March 6th: Marcia Riquelme, Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Stacy Biesel, Pete Zeimet

 

Marcia handed out a sheet with information from Indivisible on “What Is the Congressional Budget Office” and how this information can be used to further progressive issues.

 

Most of the meeting was devoted to an appearance by Marilyn Townsend, who gave a presentation and answered questions about her candidacy for Dane County circuit judge.  She was raised on a farm in Merrill, Wisconsin, one of eight children.  Besides several terms as municipal judge in Shorewood, she has represented poor people and labor unions.  She is interested in making sure that the little person’s voice gets heard.  She has always been concerned with how the law often disproportionately affects the poor and racial minorities.  She listed her many endorsements by people such as Judge Paul Higginbotham.  Marcia noted Ms. Townsend’s breadth of experience.

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots mtg. notes for February 13, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

February 13, 2017

Next meeting: Monday, February 20, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

In attendance: Marcia Riquelme, Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Frank Dederich, Ginny Brokish, Stacy Biesel & Brennan, John Glowacki, Pat Burns

 

Announcements:

 

• Feb. 13-17, I LOVE MY PUBLIC SCHOOL Week of Action. WPEN encourages local teams and individuals to send a positive message of support for local schools to elected officials and decision-makers. Send valentine postcards to your legislators, hold an event, write a letter to the editor, deliver a gift to your school/district office – then amplify the message on social media and by letting us help share your story. Use hashtag #ILoveMyPublicSchool.  Please plans/photos/posts to Heather at hdb@WisconsinNetwork.org so we can track statewide activities. Tag us on facebook (@WisconsinNetwork) or Twitter (@WiscEdNetwork) – let’s create a blizzard of love for our schools this week!

• Tues. Feb. 14th 6:00 pm - Orwell Rolls in His Grave (movie) - Goodman Branch - Madison Library - film critically exams the role of the Fourth Estate - the media (free) 

• Thurs. Feb. 16 – Wisconsin’s Voucher Program: What is it Doing to Public Schools and Our Children? - Stoughton HS Cafetorium 600 Lincoln Ave Stoughton – Join Dr. Julie Mead (UW-Madison School of Education, Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis)

• Tues. Feb. 21st - Beyond Marching: Grassroots Resistance for Troubled Times - 6:30 – 8:30 pm James Reeb UUC (2146 E. Johnson). Kickoff Session in a six part series hosted by the Madison Free Skool, Madison IWW, and the Peregrine Forum. Explore the theory and practice of nonviolent direct action. Check Facebook for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/264074940689729/ or call #284-9082 or #345-3918. List of suggested readings: www.madinfoshop.wordpress.com  

 

• Mon. Feb 27 – Intro to Community Rights - Jefferson Square Clubhouse 717 DeForest St DeForest WI With Paul Cienfuegos 6 - 9 PM (optional potluck 5:30-bring a dish to pass - beverages & utensils provided) 

 

• Fri. Mar. 24 and Sat Mar 25 – SAVE the DATES – WISCONSIN GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL – Friday afternoon is setup – Saturday is Festival wisconsingrassroots.net/festival has info!

 

 

The meeting opened with a discussion of a problem Pat’s son has with the village of DeForest’s maintenance and repair of Main Street in front of his house.  Further information is required on who owns the strip of land that borders the curb and his yard and what the village has authority to do with that strip of land as it refurbishes the street.

 

Karen reported on her recent certification as a trainer in progressive messaging, after attending a train the trainer course in Portage put on by Scott Witkopf.

 

The community intelligence repository project continues bit by bit.  Karen is the central figure.  JohnSki, Marcia, and John Gl. Are helping by reviewing entries onto the spread sheet.  More volunteers are desirable to help confirm information and add names, addresses, phones, emails, and notes.

 

We continued our project of each meeting getting a little lesson in messaging review.  Today’s lesson was on the difference between objective and balanced view.

 

Handouts for distribution and posting were distributed for the February 27th community rights event with Paul Cienfuegos at 717 DeForest Street in DeForest:

 

AN INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY

RIGHTS

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

6 – 9 PM

(optional potluck 5:30-bring dish to pass –

Beverages & utensils provided)

Jefferson Square Clubhouse

717 DeForest St

DeForest, WI 53532

With speaker:

Paul Cienfuegos,

Nationally acclaimed educator and

Community rights organizer!

https://www.facebook.com/DWAG.WeCare

More info. Contact: Marcia Riquelme

(608) 446-1446 /mom.pazyarte@gmail.com

Donations to defer costs gratefully accepted!

 

Regarding Jill Karofsky’s request to return in response to Marilyn Townsend’s appearance at DWAG on March 6th, the consensus of members present was not to grant the request for the reason that Ms. Townsend had only two people at her first appearance and Ms. Karofsky had many more at her more recent appearance, and time is limited at DWAG’s two hour weekly meetings.  Either candidate may submit written material anytime, though, for distribution to members.

 

We discussed the various “resistance” movements springing up across the country.  Further information on these movements is available on the Wisconsin Grassroots Network website – WisconsinGrassroots.net.

 

Don’t forget to publicize among your acquaintances the various opportunities to participate, especially the community rights presentation on February 27th and the WGN Fest on March 25th.

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for February 6, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

February 6, 2017

Next meeting: Monday, February 13, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

In attendance: Marcia Riquelme, Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Frank Dederich, Ginny Brokish, Stacy Biesel, Jordan Montpeht, John Glowacki, John Stanley, Janet Mills, Liz Temple, Abigail Lowery, Jill Karofsky, Melissa Mulligan

 

Announcements: none

 

Most of the meeting was devoted to a presentation and Q&A by Jill Karofsky, candidate for Dane County Judge.  Ms. Karofsky is an attorney with twenty-five years of experience and over 10,000 cases.  She is currently director of the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Office of Crime Victim Services.  She is a lifelong resident of Dane County and grew up in Middleton.  She handed out a piece of literature with background information and a long, impressive list of endorsements.  She is especially interested in racial disparity in Dane County courts: setting bail, alternatives to incarceration, and community involvement.  She has progressive ideas along the lines of restorative justice.

 

Stacy Biesel described her activism in her recently past community of Merrill in northern Wisconsin, where she and others formed the Merrill Coalition. 

 

We discussed national “resistance” activity along the lines of Indivisible and Our Wisconsin Revolution.  John St. described the origins of such movements in the Bernie Sanders Revolution.  Abby suggested that we compile comparison documents of the various organizations like Indivisible, Our Wisconsin Revolution, WGN, and Blue Jean Nation that we might discuss at next Monday’s meeting.  The topic should be included on the agenda for our next meeting.

 

Janet suggested we host a community viewing of the movie, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.”

 

We agreed to invite Marilyn Townsend to our March 6th meeting to make a presentation and Q&A.  (JohnSki did so on Feb. 7th.)

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots mtg notes for January 9, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

January 9, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, January 16, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See tentative agenda below.

 

In attendance: Marcia Riquelme, Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Frank Dederich, Ginny Brokish, Abby Lowery

 

Announcements:

 

  • Jan. 15, 6-7:30 p.m. – Superintendent of DPI Candidate Forum hosted by East Side Progressives at Lake Edge Lutheran Church, 3032 Monona Dr.
  • Jan. 20, Be the Light! Candlelight March to State Capitol! – 7:00 p.m. State and Lake Streets in Madison
  • Jan. 21, Women’s March on Madison! 12:00 noon, UW campus Library Mall (700 block of State St.)
  • Jan. 28 – Progressive Partners quarterly meeting, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Stoughton Fire Dept., 401 E. Main

 

 

Marcia and John volunteered to comment on Karen’s compilation of community intelligence list of names and info. on Google doc.  Karen will send in an email.

 

Marcia gave us more education on the community bill of rights and the short survey we all filled out at a previous meeting.  Paul Cienfuegos will be in the area the end of February and beginning of March.  Can we get him here for a public introduction to the concept?

 

Karen reported on a seminar she went to Saturday on messaging: “why you do what you do or believe what you believe” is the most important part of your message.  The Apple company’s booklet is an example of opening a message with that information and building from there.

 

 

AGENDA  De Forest Windsor Area Grassroots 1/16/17

Social Time

Announcements  

• Fri. Jan. 20, Be The Light! - Candlelight March to the State Capitol! - 7:00 pm State St. & Lake St. - Stories are emerging from around our country describing despicable acts of bigotry, hatred, prejudice, and xenophobia. We will walk silently to demonstrate our support for our friends and neighbors who are subject to such degrading treatment. Bring your own flashlights or fake candles.

• Women’s March on Madison! Sat. Jan. 21st 12:00 Noon UW-Madison Library Mall (700 Block of State St.)  This is a local event in solidarity with those going to Washington DC. If you are interested in connecting with Wisconsinites heading to the large march in Washington, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/208275672945652/ 

• Sat. Jan. 28th -  Progressive Partners 11:30am to around 3 pm Stoughton Fire Department training room, 401 East Main St.

• FRI. Mar. 24 and Sat Mar 25 – SAVE the DATES – WISCONSIN GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL – Friday afternoon is setup – Saturday is Festival sisconsingrassroots.net/festival has info!

Modify Agenda

Old Business

• Development of a community intelligence repository   Permanent item – need workers willing to review names via Google spreadsheet links sent to John S and Marcia

• Community Rights Lesson – Marcia – Permanent item

• Messaging Review – Permanent item  LINKS to videos discussed last week: Start with WHY:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sioZd3AxmnE 

• Website continuation? 

o Active McFarland site is free Active McFarland new site -https://sites.google.com/view/activemcfarlandrrteam/  - Do we want something like this instead of what we have now?

o Indivisible document/movement  https://www.indivisibleguide.com/  There are local groups on Facebook!

o Problem with replacing website with Facebook: Facebook reinforces social silos – gets message most to like minded folks.

o Report on Meetup Cost - Marcia

New Business – get items to Ginny by Saturday 1/14

Report on DPI Candidate Forum 1/15 – Ginny or Frank

Adjourn

Political Discussion

- Abby campaign – fundraiser?

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for 12/5/16

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

December 5, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, December 12, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest. 

 

Present: Karen Edson, Frank Dederich, Liz Temple, Ginny Brokish, John Scepanski

 

No new announcements

 

For the “community intelligence repository,” in her capacity as rep for the 37th District Dane County Democratic Party Executive Board, Karen asked the county chair for a list of members in the 37th.  She was informed that they do not keep the lists by district.  They sent her the members in DeForest but not in Windsor.  Karen has multiple spreadsheets in different formats.  Anyone with Excel skills should help Karen with this project.

 

Marcia sent with Karen an exercise in the identification of community rights that might be included in a DeForest-Windsor bill of community rights.  Karen collected the results and will give them to Marcia for further work.

 

Karen led us in an exercise in messaging.  We worked on what the word “entitlement” means and what alternatives to the use of the word might be.  Frank came up with the alternative, “earned benefits.”

 

Peter Johnson is working with the Stein recount in Wisconsin.  Abby Lowery signed up for the bus trip from Wisconsin to the upcoming “million woman march” in D.C.

 

JohnSki has as call into Jake Kurtz, editor of the DeForest Times-Tribune to come to speak to us and Q&A about the paper and current issues in journalism.

 

Since we’ve lost The Mic 92.1 FM for liberal radio talk in Madison, Frank suggested 820 AM liberal talk radio out of Chicago.  Their program is almost the same as The Mic’s was.

 

Regarding the I-94/90/39 bypass being proposed for Windsor, should we ask elected officials to visit our meetings or hold a public forum or something like that?

 

We still have no answers to the joke question posed last time: how many progressives does it take to screw in a light bulb.  J

 

                                          John

 

After the official meeting, we had much … ahem … venting about the progressive political situation these days.

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots November 28, 2016, Meeting Notes

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

November 28, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, December 5, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest. 

 

Present at meeting: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Marcia Riquelme

 

Announcements            (Thanks to Karen for the Announcements.)

 

•           Wed Nov 30 – 11 AM – WGN Meeting–Imperial Garden - 2039 Allen Blvd. (Middleton)

•           Thur. Dec. 1st - Protect Our Wisconsin Retirement System – 7 pm E.D. Locke Public Lib. Community Rm. (5920 Milwaukee St.) McFarland - Roger Springman of POWRS (Protect Our Wisconsin Retirement System) will talk on upcoming threats to WRS.

•           Thur. Dec. 1-People Get Ready! The Fight against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy-Conversation with co-author John Nichols-Central Library 201 W. Mifflin St Rm 301 - 6:30/8 pm-Info: Call S. Freiss 608-609-7961 wilpfmadison@gmail.com 

•           Sat. Dec 3- MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality and Solidarity) Monthly meeting 9:30-noon First Unitarian, 900 University Bay Dr. Madison 

 

 

Marcia and Karen attended the movie, “The Thirteenth,” about the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery but allowed punishment of inmates, perpetuating a form of control over African-Americans after the Civil War.

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

 

Everyone should submit any lists of DWAG membership or contacts that should be included on the master spread sheet, “community intelligence repository.”

 

Marcia provided a handout on community rights put out by the South Central Wisconsin Community Rights Alliance.  We had an extensive discussion about community rights and how to implement such an idea in the D-W area.  Such a movement must be more than just a committee composing a community bill of rights (CBR) and tacking it on the wall.  It must come to referendum and ordinance to take on the force of law.  For example, a CBR could contain opposition to the proposed interstate bypass through the Village of Windsor.  We could build a group to take the idea to the Windsor Village Board.  Go to the CELDF website for details.

 

We talked about whom to invite to future DWAG meetings.  It was suggested that we invite Jake Kurtz, editor of the DeForest Times-Tribune, to talk about what it takes to put out the paper, how DWAG can participate, and other issues involving the news media.  John is to contact Jake and ask him if he can come on December 12th or 19th or sometime in January at his convenience.

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) November 21, 2016 Meeting Notes

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

November 21, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, November 28, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest. 

 

Present at meeting: Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Frank Dederich

 

Announcements            (Thanks to Karen for the Announcements.)


·       Tues. Nov. 22 - 6:30-8:00 pm - SCWUTA meeting - Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd, Madison (included at Abby’s request)

  • Wed Nov 30 – 5:30-9 PM – WGN Meeting – Rodeside Grill off Hwy 19 - Windsor
  • Sat. Dec 3- MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality and Solidarity) Monthly meeting 9:30-noon First Unitarian, 900 University Bay Dr. Madison (included at Marcia’s request)

 

The “community intelligence repository” (Karen’s term J ) is proceeding with DWAG members providing their lists of contacts in the area to Karen for a master list for future use as a spreadsheet when we want to identify those who have expressed interest in canvassing, lit drops, lawn signs, and other activities.  The focus will be on the villages of DeForest and Windsor, although contacts in contiguous jurisdictions will be included as well.  This spreadsheet will be something like a local version of the Dem Party “V.A.N.”  We hope to facilitate organization for local activities like election campaigning from the list.

 

Karen gave us a refresher on messaging, including her own composed handouts on “Mainstream Media Term” vs. “Progressive Term” and “Why the Progressive Term is preferable/more correct” and “The American Framing Steps: Nutshell Version.”

 

Following up on a discussion from last meeting, we talked about community rights.  Karen provided a handout from the South Central Wisconsin Community Rights Alliance.  Emphasis was placed on, “Producing a community bill of rights is NOT a quick, band-aid, process that can be done by a small group of people on behalf of an entire community.”  Often it develops around a specific community crisis like sand mining.

 

Assignment for next meeting: answer this question: How many progressives does it take to screw in a light bulb?

 

                                                            John

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for 10/17/16

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

October 17, 2016 Meeting Notes 

Present at meeting: Karen Edson,  Marcia Riquelme, Ginny Brokish 

Announcements:

  • The Rules of Racism - Tues. Oct. 11th 6:00 pm - Madison Central Library (201 W. Mifflin) .  Free documentary film - open to the public. The film explores the rules, laws, and public policies that are utilized to maintain the system of institutional racism. Info?  608-438-9536
  • Hard & 'Soft' Fascism in the United States; and the Coming Civil War -Thurs. 10/13-6:30 pm Madison Central Library, Rm. 104 (201 W. Mifflin) – discussion hosted by the  Peregrine Forum.   Info?  #608-284-9082.
  • 2nd Annual Raise a Stink – Speak Out and Public Rally Against Factory Farms in WI! - Sat. Oct. 22nd 10:00 am State St. Steps, State Capitol.   Come hear from grassroots activists who are fighting to save their rural communities from the horrible impacts of confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1792812477631276/
  • The Religion of White Supremacy.  Free documentary film screening - Thur. Oct 27th 6:00 p.m. Madison Central Library (201 W. Mifflin)   Hidden Colors 4 - Info?  mutualaidnetwork@gmail.com or 608-438-9536 

Karen, Marcia & Ginny have consolidated their lists of where to put signs.  They will try to come up with one comprehensive list as soon as Abby can share hers. Ginny and Karen have Karen McKim signs; Marcia has Ferriter signs; and Abby has Jordan Turner signs. Karen can supply metal posts for big signs and larger size Karen McKim signs for good locations.         ..........continued after the flip!

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