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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for May 8, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

May 8, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, May 15, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

 

Present: Kim Lamoreaux, Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Abby Lowery, Shirley Cunningham, Marcia Riquelme, Liz Temple, Ginny Brokish, Frank Dederich

 

Announcements 

 Tues. May 9 Divided We Fall visit: https://dividedwefall-movie.com/

 

 Sun. May 21 What Can I Do? A Citizen's Workshop and Information-Sharing Event - 2 PM to 4 PM - Reedsburg Rec Center 134 Locust St. (enter on Vine St., across from the Reedsburg Public Library) - Some actions & issues to be covered include: accessing accurate news sources, public schools/voucher schools, immigration, elections/voting, how to run for public office, water issues, gun reform, communicating with legislators, the environment, health care, and a living wage.  The public is invited to attend and to bring their thoughts, questions, and concerns.

 

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign 2017 Annual Meeting

Monday, May 22, 2016, 6:00-8:00 PM; Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison; RSPV to 608-255-4260 or speer@wisdc.org by Monday May 15

Special Guest Speaker: Kevin Kennedy, Former Director and General Counsel for the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, Accountability in Wisconsin Government: A Look Forward If Not a Step Backward

Other Guests: Kimberlee Wright, Executive Director of Midwest Environmental Advocates; Deshawn McKinney, President of the Wisconsin Union, Marshall Scholar and spoken word artist.

 

 Fri., Sat., Sun. - June 16-18 Midwest Renewable Energy Fair  - 7558 Deer Rd, Custer, WI - see https://www.theenergyfair.org/ for speakers/workshop info!  

 

 

Kim Lamoreaux, new managing editor of the DeForest Times-Tribune, chatted with us and answered questions about herself, her ideas for the newspaper, current events and issues, and other pleasant conversation.  Welcome to the area, Kim!  Some of those present expressed a desire for more Times-Tribune coverage of Village Board meetings and the listening sessions with our Senator Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Rep John Jagler.

 

(I had to leave early, so any other business at this meeting is not recorded here.  JohnSki)

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for May 8, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

May 8, 2017

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for April 24, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

April 24, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, May 1, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

 

Present: Karen Edson, John Scepanski

 

Announcements:

  • May 1, Day without Immigrants and Refugees, https://www.facebook.com/events/1203329759721337/
  • May 2, Gather the Women Breakfast!  freisssusan@gmail.com
  • May 6, Annual Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast, https://cleanlakesalliance.org/save-our-lakes-breakfast/
  • May 3, First Annual “Disinvited Dinner” – http://www.csld.wisc.edu/disinvited.htm
  • Thurs. May 4 This Changes Everything -7:30 pm Majestic: http://www.cleanwisconsin.org/about-us/events/lafollette/

·       Thurs. May 4  DPW Chair Candidate Forum - 7:00 PM Public McFarland - with Martha Laning and Bryan Kennedy - sponsored by Active McFarland, WGN, DeForest/Windsor Area Grassroots, Oregon Area Progressives, and Stoughton Area Democrats & Progressives  WE NEED TO SHOW UP TO SUPPORT THIS!  Who will go?

  • May 8 - Senator Fitzgerald will have office hours at 10:00am at the Bristol Town Hall and Rep. Jagler will be there as well that day at 12:00pm.

·       Tues. May 9 Divided We Fall visit: https://dividedwefall-movie.com/

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Karen and I had a nice conversation for an hour and three quarters.

 

John Stanley is working on an information and recruitment table for DWAG at the farmer’s market.  The woman he had to contact has been out.

 

Karen attended the 2nd Congressional District Democratic Convention April 23rd in Verona.  Candidates for chair of the state DPW party were there, as were some possible candidates for governor and some candidates for the Democratic National Committee.  Also attending from DWAG were Peter Johnson and John Stanley.  Some from the Wisconsin Grassroots Network were there too.

 

Karen and I agreed that the further development of our “community intelligence repository” is important.  When we are satisfied with it, we must use it to organize ourselves to do the things that are done in well organized campaigns: lit drops, canvassing, lawn signs, phone calls, etc.  DWAG members should start thinking about which of these and any other activities they might like to lead or follow in each and every election, using the contacts and information on the spreadsheet.  Our “community intelligence repository” will be an ongoing segment of the agendas of our meetings.

 

On messaging review we discussed, “What (if any) are the limits of free speech?”

 

On community rights we discussed the value of embarrassment as an impediment to corporate misbehavior.

 

Next meeting, we will continue discussions about our participation in DeForest’s Fourth of July celebration, the Wausau area music festival, and Kim Lamoreaux’s visit (new editor of the DeForest Times-Tribune) on MAY 8TH.  Bring your ideas and your passions.

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for April 17, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

April 17, 2017

 

Next meeting: Monday, April 24, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

 

Present: Frank Dederich, Karen Edson, John Scepanski, John Stanley

 

Announcements:

• JFC regional hearings on State Budget - Tues. Apr. 18 – Spooner High School, Spooner ; Wed. Apr. 19 – Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth; Fri. Apr. 21–  Marinette High School, Marinette; see http://www.wisconsinnetwork.org/blog/budget for more info

• Thurs. April 20 Kick-Off Meeting of the new Madison chapter of the Grey Panthers. 6:30 – 8:30 pm Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, Youth Room (953 Jenifer St.) Info? #608-284-9082.

 

April 20 Cracking the Case: the Flint Water Crisis and Public Health Advocacy, http://nelson.wisc.edu/events/public-lectures/hanna-attisha.php

 

April 22, Pop Up Peace Museum, Lisa Link Peace Park, 452 State St., Madison, Raging Grannies will sing, Native American ceremony, poetry, talking twigs as a gift for all, Info.? wilpfmadison@gmail.com or #608-609-7961

 

• Sat. April 22 People’s Climate March – We Resist, We Build, We Rise! - 2:00 pm WI State Capitol Let's march together, and take back Earth Day, a proud Wisconsin tradition. Info? Check out the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/156033178229398/

• Thurs. May 4 This Changes Everything -7:30 pm Majestic Theater (115 King St.) – screening of the documentary with a follow-up discussion with cast member, rancher, activist, and author, Alexis Bonogofsky, as well as a live video appearance by producer, Naomi Klein. Tickets are $10. Hosted by Clean Wisconsin. Info? http://www.cleanwisconsin.org/about-us/events/lafollette/

 

May 4, DPW Chair Candidate Forum – 7:00 pm Public McFarland, with Martha Laning and Bryan Kennedy – sponsored by Active McFarland, WGN, Deforest-Windsor Area Grassroots, Oregon Area Progressives, and Stoughton Area Democrats & Progressives

 

• Tues. May 9 Divided We Fall - 6:30 pm Christ Presbyterian Church (944 E. Gorham)– free screening and public discussion of the documentary about the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising by Katherine Acosta. Hosted by the Madison Free Skool, the Peregrin Forum, and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Info? #284-9082 or visit: https://dividedwefall-movie.com/

 

Our district member of the Executive Committee, Karen, attended a meeting of the Dane County Democratic Party packed with new members, there to learn about the party and how it operates.  The new members were not shy to express their discontent.  They do not want to be told to do things the old ways: during election times, knock on doors, make phone calls, etc.  They want action now.  One person said the Dane Dems website “sucks.”  It looks like it is out of the 1990s.  They want to reach out to the grass roots.  At the Executive Committee meeting (of which Karen is a member) Karen handed out two sheets of lists on which were progressive political groups, environmental groups, WGN allied groups, and affiliates of the Wisconsin Grassroots Network (WGN) in all the Wisconsin Congressional districts.  Democrats should be and are reaching out to grassroots organizations, faith based groups, work place groups, environmental groups, and others with common ground on issues.  The idea is to build bridges.  Mike Bell provides much of the energy behind consolidation of these organizations and groups.  Karen told us a parable about a staff – a wooden stick used to poke, prod, support, and so forth.  Good analogy, lesson, conceit, Karen, thank you.

We built upon Karen’s report with discussion of how the DWAG “community intelligence repository” can add to the process and substance.  We are building a spread sheet with names, contact information, and  the things each person has been known to be interested in: lawn signs, canvassing door-to-door, lit drops, phone calling, etc.  John Stanley wants to put up an information/recruitment table at the DeForest farmers’ market.  We all encouraged him to do so and said we will put out the word to staff the table.  The DWAG treasury will reimbursement John  for expenses to do this.  Way to go, Rev. John!

The Raging Grannies (God bless ‘em) have a book coming out titled, Listen to Your Grandmothers, combined with a CD.  There is going to be a debut party at the Madison central public library, probably on May 7 (check Grannies Facebook page for final details).  Cookies and milk will be served by our grannies.  The book/CD will cost $22, a collectors’ item worth much more than that, I’m sure, like the now-legendary Scottyopoly game.

John St. is working with Stacy on the up north Bob Fest-like or WGN Fest-like event, maybe in the Wausau or Antigo or Merrill area.  It is envisioned so far as a musical welcoming event to bring those so inclined into the progressive tent.  There will be music and speakers and other features.  The idea is to connect with others from around Wisconsin and the Midwest.  WGN is backing the idea.  Volunteers will be needed to serve lunch, sell tickets, publicize, and all the other tasks and chores involved with a project like this.  This is still in the early planning stages.

How much if any are we at DWAG interested in joining the resistances and revolutions?

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for April 10, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

April 10, 2017

Next meeting: Monday, April 17, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

Present: Ginny Brokish, Frank Dederich, Stacy Biesel, Karen Edson, John Scepanski

 

Announcements   

• JFC regional hearings on State Budget - Tues. Apr. 18 – Spooner High School, Spooner ; Wed. Apr. 19 – Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth; Fri. Apr. 21–  Marinette High School, Marinette; see http://www.wisconsinnetwork.org/blog/budget for more info

• Thurs. April 20 Kick-Off Meeting of the new Madison chapter of the Grey Panthers. 6:30 – 8:30 pm Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, Youth Room (953 Jenifer St.) Info? #608-284-9082.

• Sat. April 22 People’s Climate March – We Resist, We Build, We Rise! - 2:00 pm WI State Capitol Let's march together, and take back Earth Day, a proud Wisconsin tradition. Info? Check out the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/156033178229398/

• Thurs. May 4 This Changes Everything -7:30 pm Majestic Theater (115 King St.) – screening of the documentary with a follow-up discussion with cast member, rancher, activist, and author, Alexis Bonogofsky, as well as a live video appearance by producer, Naomi Klein. Tickets are $10. Hosted by Clean Wisconsin. Info? http://www.cleanwisconsin.org/about-us/events/lafollette/

• Tues. May 9 Divided We Fall - 6:30 pm Christ Presbyterian Church (944 E. Gorham)– free screening and public discussion of the documentary about the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising by Katherine Acosta. Hosted by the Madison Free Skool, the Peregrin Forum, and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Info? #284-9082 or visit: https://dividedwefall-movie.com/

 

Karen reported on her research into procuring distinguishing DWAG shirts: cost estimates: 1) online source customink.com $10.50 average price REQUIRES min. order 25 shirts; 2) Local firm (Budget Signs & Specialties): $18.36 (S-XL) extra charge for plus sizes 2XL + $1.75 each. 3XL + $3.25 each. 4XL + $4.25 each.  Karen will finalize the information, send it out to suppliers, and get final quotes. 

 

Stacy talked about the possibility of a “Bob Fest North.”  She is in touch with her contacts in the Wausau-Merrill area.  This would be a grassroots, progressive event.

 

JohnSki passed around the DWAG (DAP) March 2017 bank statement with checks written and deposits made.  We have $855.70 in the checking account as of March 31, 2017.  Contact John if you would like to see the statement or any past statements.

 

We should start talking about what role DWAG will play in the DeForest area Fourth of July celebration.  The Statue of Liberty was suggested as a parade float theme.  Volunteers are needed.  Will YOU volunteer to help build and ride on the float and any other DWAG activities on the Fourth?  Further discussion will take place at meetings between now and then.

 

Members were referred to websites during the further discussion of starting a progressives book club: see www.wisconsingrassrootsnetwork/home/resources/ miscellaneous_information/reading_suggestions  OR  http://deforestareaprogressives.nationbuilder.com/be_an_informed_citizen then click on the link to the Wisconsin Grassroots Network site at the bottom of the page!

Thanks for this info., Karen

 

Senator Scott Fitzgerald has scheduled office hours in May to hear constituents’ thoughts and concerns on the state budget proposal.  http://legis.wisconsin.gov/senate/13/fitzgerald

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for April 3, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

April 3, 2017

 

Present: Karen Edson, Liz Temple, Stacy Biesel, John Scepanski, John Stanley

 

Karen attended a legislative hearing on two bills having to do with approval of a federal constitutional convention.  The bills made it out of committee.  Senator Fitzgerald said he did not like the idea, so the bills might not be approved in the senate.  The announced purpose for the convention is to put a balanced budget requirement in the U.S. Constitution, however, critics fear other initiatives in an out-of-control constitutional convention.

 

Liz and JohnSki are going to the candidates’ forum.  We discussed issues, including the swimming pool proposal.

 

Regarding the community intelligence repository, we will be noting places where lawn signs were displayed for progressive candidates and add those addresses to the database.

 

Should we host a weekend session on community rights in June?  Maybe not in Wisconsin in the summer time; people are very busy during summer months.  Some thought it okay.  The training would be done by Paul Cienfuegos starting on Friday and ending on Sunday.  Trainees would be able to answer questions from the community as support was being built, as a public education campaign.  Will enough people be interested?  What will the fee be?  Karen is checking on alternatives. 

 

Stacy’s husband drafted some designs for DWAG shirts.  We all liked them.  Further discussion at future meetings.

 

Stacy is working on an event for young people to be held in the Wausau area in September or October.  It would be like blue grass music for progressives and designed to attract young people.

 

Kim Lamoreaux, editor of the DeForest Times-Tribune, would like to meet with us but Monday nights are bad for her.  Maybe June or later?  We can ask her to name a date at her convenience.

 

Jim White could not make it this night due to a work conflict.

 

Liz brought up the idea of a progressives’ book club.  Consensus was positive.  Tailor it to the group’s time.  Okay to participate without reading the whole book.  Karen has book lists, even wrote a quick one at the meeting.  Our web site and the WGN website should have suggested reading and viewing lists as resources.

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

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

March 27, 2017

Next meeting: Monday, April 3, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

Announcements:

• Tues Mar 28 10 am Joint legislative committee hearing scheduled State Capitol room 411-South – re: AB165/SB107 calling for a Constitutional Convention.

• Wed. Mar. 29 – 6 PM – Candidates Forum – for DeForest Village Board – AT DeForest Library – SAVE the DATE! Support our Candidates! 

• Wed. Mar. 29, Conservation Lobby Day 2017  State Capital - All day - stop by your Assembly Rep or State Senator to push your favorite conservation issue! Official League of Conservation Voters lobbying group is full BUT all help is appreciated!

• Wed. Mar. 29th - Listen, Liberal! – 6:00 pm - A Room of One’s Own Bookstore (315 W. Gorham) talk with political commentator, Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter with Kansas. Info? Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/712401895588060/ 

• Wed. Mar. 29th - Islamophobia in America – 7:30 pm UW-Madison, Memorial Union (800 Langdon St.) WUD Distinguished Lecture by Reza Aslan, internationally renowned writer, commentator, professor, producer, and scholar of religions. Info? Check out Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/266249707134869/

• Sat. Apr. 1st – Sun. Apr. 2nd - On Wisconsin Annual Spring Powwow - 10:30 am – 10:00 pm Alliant Energy Center – Grand entries on Sat. at 1 pm and 7 pm and on Sun. at 1 pm. Info, check Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1874485292832551/

• JFC regional hearings on State Budget -Mon. Apr. 3 –  UW-Platteville, Platteville; Wed. Apr. 5 - State Fair Park, West Allis (Milwaukee);  Fri. Apr. 7 –  Berlin High School, Berlin; Tues. Apr. 18 – Spooner High School, Spooner ; Wed. Apr. 19 – Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth; Fri. Apr. 21–  Marinette High School, Marinette; see http://www.wisconsinnetwork.org/blog/budget for more info

 

Attendance at meeting on the 27th: Frank Dederich, Stacy Biesel, John Glowacki, Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Abby Lowery

 

The emphasis in the announcements above was on the March 28th hearing on the constitutional convention.  Karen handed out an information sheet from state Rep. Chris Taylor and explained it.  “The last time we had a constitutional convention, George Washington served as chair.”  Further discussion about ALEC’s influence.

 

Karen lectured us on messaging with maps, that is, how some messagers lie with maps.  “HOW MAPS FRAME WORLD VIEW”  She gave us a four page handout with some interesting examples.

 

We had further discussion on distinctive t-shirts.

 

Should we invite the new editor of the DeForest Times-Tribune, Kim Lamoreaux, to meet us and we her?  Consensus was heck yes.  We decided on May 8th.  Who is contacting Kim?

 

The consensus approved renewing the DWAG domain for another two years and authorized reimbursing Karen for it out of the treasury.

 

We approved selling sheets of button layouts designed by Karen (wow, Karen!) to the Dane County Dems.  We also approved making and selling buttons for Kathleen Vinehout.

 

After adjournment, we approved inviting Jim White from MINT (Madison Isthmus Neighborhood Team) to our April 3rd meeting to speak on the 2nd Congressional District convention and relationship between DWAG and MINT.  JohnSki to contact him (done).

 

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE APRIL 4TH!

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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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