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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for July 11, 2016

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting notes for July 11, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, July 18, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at THE DEFOREST PUBLIC LIBRARY, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

 

Present at July 11th meeting: Karen Edson, John Stanley, Abby Lowery, John Scepanski

 

We reported on the success of the DWAG float in the DeForest 4th of July parade.  Ginny drove Nate’s truck with the oversized ice cream cone in the bed and John Stanley preaching, “I scream for democracy.”  Thanks to all those who helped.  Abby walked with the Jordan
Turner for Assembly bunch, carrying a banner and distributing slips of paper she had prepared with books on the subject of democracy for grade schoolers.  She was happy to use her teacher skills in the preparation of the slips.  We thought that maybe next year we might do something similar with real ice cream.  Maybe we can get a sponsor.  Maybe we can partner with the Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters.

 

Abby reported that Jordan Turner has received the endorsement of WEAC.  A $1,000 contribution came with the endorsement.  Jordan intends to buy lawn signs and door know hangers with the donation.

 

Karen said that the request to distribute Mark Pocan yard signs and find barns to paint turned out to be a request for locations where Pocan 4’x4’ signs can go.  We thought maybe Pete Zeimet’s yard, Maureen McCarville’s, and Deb Kookacimkit’s.

 

We decided to respond to Adam Gallagher’s request to meet with DWAG by inviting him to the July 25th meeting.  Mr. Gallagher is the incumbent Dane County Treasurer and is running for re-election.  JohnSki is to communicate the invitation to Mr. Gallagher.  All DWAG members are encouraged to attend the July 25th meeting, so that we have a good turnout to hear Mr. G. and ask questions.

 

Progressive Partners meets this Saturday.  JohnSki, Janet, and John St. are going.

 

All those present agreed that it would be a good idea to “table” at the Windsor fall festival.

 

The meeting adjourned, followed by a lively discussion about politics, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, the Dane County Democratic Party’s most recent executive committee meeting, of which Karen is a member, and the Dane County Dems’s July 31st picnic (see Dane Dems website).

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for June 27, 2016

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

Meeting notes for June 27, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, July 11, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at THE DEFOREST PUBLIC LIBRARY, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See agenda below.

 

NOTE: no meeting July 4th for obvious reasons.  J

 

Present at June 27th meeting: Karen Edson, John Stanley, Abby Lowery, Marcia Riquelme, John Scepanski

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

·         Tuesday 7/12 - 6:00-9:00PM. -Blues for Bernie - Brink Lounge 701 E. Washington Ave., Madison. Fundraiser for DNC delegates. $10.00 suggested donation at the door.-poster available-contact Karen or John Stanley. GoFundMe site link:https://www.gofundme.com/23swd3g

·         Thursday 7/14 - Saturday 7/17/2016 - Netroots Nation in St.Louis.http://www.netrootsnation.org/stlouis/

·         July 16: Progressive Partners quarterly meeting at Kiser Park shelter (by Oregon Pool). OAP will provide plates, cups, silverware, napkins. Noon-1:00: eat.  Potluck, please bring something to share.  1:00- 3:00: discussion.  Agenda: What are the plans for your groups for the November election? Can we coordinate our efforts?

 

  • Tuesday 7/19-21st, Farm Technology Days - Lake Geneva.http://www.wifarmtechnologydays.com/
  • ·         Friday 7/22 - Sunday 7/24 - Frac Sand Fighters' Solidarity Camp. in Hixton, WI.  - More information later. Check out the registration form at the Facebook event:https://www.facebook.com/events/119509595133829/   Sand mine tours planned also workshops.
  • ·         Saturday 9/24/2016 - The first annual Windsor Heritage Fest at Windsor Fireman's Park. The event show cases Windsor agriculture heritage with activities, music and food. Come celebrate the charming village of Windsor.

 

 

The Pocan campaign has asked if we are willing to distribute Pocan election yard signs.  Will we front the money to buy them, then sell them to whoever wants them?  Karen will find out more.  The Feingold campaign is expected to make the same request.  The Pocan campaign is also looking for barns to paint with Mark Pocan campaign ads.  Who knows of any?

 

The Wisconsin Grassroots Network (WGN) is planning a sign painting party in DeForest sometime after the national Democratic Convention.  Anyone will be welcome to come and paint signs for their favorite candidates.

 

Abby reported on the Jordan Turner campaign for the 37th Assembly District, challenging incumbent John Jagler.  Jordan does not have a campaign manager.  He needs money to buy campaign literature and to put up a website.  Marcia suggested free sources to put up a website.  John St. and others advised on other things Jordan’s campaign can do.  Jordan does have a Facebook page with a lot on it.  He is on the ballot, which is a victory of sorts in its way.

 

The paper mache ice cream cone is ready for the 4th of July DeForest parade float: “I Scream for Democracy.”  Thanks to Ginny and Karen for making the cone.  Ginny, Liz, Marcia, and maybe Peter are meeting Wed. to paint banners.  We need volunteers to meet at Ginny’s the day of the   parade to put on finishing touches.  Any DWAG members are invited to ride on the float, walk alongside, and distribute candy.  Abby is making lists of suggested readings to hand out with the candy.  An email will come out with final details.  Contact Ginny or Karen with questions or to volunteer.

 

Karen suggested a project for next year: we put together a display for the WGN Festival in Feb. or March, showing our 4th of July floats.

 

We are getting more requests for candidates to visit our meetings: Karen McKim is running for Dane County Clerk.  Marilyn Townsend is running for Dane County Judge.  We’ve already hosted Jordan Turner and Patrick Miles.  Adam Gallagher and Richard Brown for County Treasurer have contacted us, and we’ve offered them dates.  We must be careful not to let candidates’ visits dominate too much of our meeting time, perhaps limiting their presentations to 6:15-6:45.

 

 

Agenda

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

July 11, 2016

DeForest Public Library

 

Additions to agenda

 

Announcements

 

Old Business

 

Report on and critique July 4th parade and activities         -Everyone who was there

 

The Pocan campaign has asked if we are willing to distribute Pocan election yard signs.  Will we front the money to buy them, then sell them to whoever wants them?       -Karen

 

Candidates’ visits           -John S.

 

New Business

 

Do we want to “table” at the Windsor Heritage Fest September 24th?

        

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for June 20, 2016

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

Meeting notes for June 20, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, June 27, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at THE DEFOREST PUBLIC LIBRARY, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See agenda below.

 

NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION ABOVE FOR NEXT MEETING, June 27th.

 

Present at June 20th meeting: Karen Edson, Ginny Brokish, Marcia Riquelme, John Scepanski

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Thursday 6/23 - 6:00PM. - Madison Central Library,201 W. Mifflin St. - Where To Invade Next?
  • Tuesday 7/12 - 6:00-9:00PM. -Blues for Bernie - Brink Lounge 701 E. Washington Ave., Madison. Fundraiser for DNC delegates. $10.00 suggested donation at the door.-poster available-contact Karen or John Stanley. GoFundMe site link: https://www.gofundme.com/23swd3g
  • Thursday 7/14 - Saturday 7/17/2016 - Netroots Nation in St.Louis. http://www.netrootsnation.org/stlouis/
  • Saturday, 7/16 – Progressive Partners picnic in Oregon
  • Tuesday 7/19-21st, Farm Technology Days - Lake Geneva. http://www.wifarmtechnologydays.com/
  • Friday 7/22 - Sunday 7/24 - Frac Sand Fighters' Solidarity Camp. in Hixton,WI.  - More information later. Check out the  registration form at the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/119509595133829/   Sand mine tours planned also workshops.
  • Saturday 9/24/2016 - The first annual Windsor Heritage Fest at Windsor Fireman's Park. The event show cases Windsor agriculture heritage with activities, music and food. Come celebrate the charming village of Winsor.
  • Sara Lloyd fundraiser tba

 

Richard Brown, candidate for Dane County Treasurer, has requested to meet with DWAG.  We decided to invite him to meet with us at our August 1 meeting from 6:15 to 6:45.  The primary is August 9.

There will be no meeting Monday, July 4th, for obvious reasons. We will meet on the other Mondays in July.  We will meet on those dates at the DeForest Library, as Ginny will be out of town.

Marilyn Townsend, candidate for Dane County judge, has also asked to meet with DWAG at some date in the future.  (Note too that the incumbent Dane County Treasurer, Adam Gallagher, has asked to meet with us sometime in July too.)

We discussed the meeting at Democratic Party HQ with rural and small town Dems recently.  Several DWAG members attended.  It was a good meeting.

John Stanley has requested input from DWAG members as to talking points to counter Hillary Clinton’s candidacy at the Dem Convention in Philadelphia.  John is a delegate and backs Bernie Sanders.

Karen and Marcia attended the energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin, June 17-19, and reported on it.

 

Agenda

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

June 27, 2016, 6:00 – 7:45 p.m.

DeForest Library

 

                                                AGENDA 6/20/2016

CHANGES TO AGENDA

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tuesday 7/12 - 6:00-9:00PM. -Blues for Bernie - Brink Lounge 701 E. Washington Ave.,Madison. Fundraiser for DNC delegates. $10.00 suggested donation at the door.-poster available-contact Karen or John Stanley. GoFundMe site link: https://www.gofundme.com/23swd3g

Thursday 7/14 - Saturday 7/17/2016 - Netroots Nation in St.Louis. http://www.netrootsnation.org/stlouis/

Tuesday 7/19-21st, Farm Technology Days - Lake Geneva. http://www.wifarmtechnologydays.com/

Friday 7/22 - Sunday 7/24 - Frac Sand Fighters' Solidarity Camp. in Hixton,WI.  - More information later. Check out the  registration form at the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/119509595133829/   Sand mine tours planned also workshops.

Saturday 9/24/2016 - The first ammual Windsor Heritage Fest at Windsor Fireman's Parkk. The event show cases Windsor agriculture heritage with activities,music and food. Come celebrate the charming village of Winsor.

OLD BUSINESS

Discuss - Richard Brown running tor County Clerk to speak at DWAG regular meeting August 1st.

Also, requests to meet with DWAG from Dane County Treasurer Adam Gallagher and candidate for Dane County judge, Marilyn Townsend.  (JohnSki)

Jordan Turner update – Abby

4th of July parade update and FINALIZE PLANS!     (Ginny)

NEW BUSINESS

 

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De Forest-Windsor Area Grassroots June 13, 2016, Meeting Notes

De Forest-Windsor Area Grassroots June 13 Meeting Notes* [Next meeting: Monday, June 20, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.] Present at meeting: Marcia Riquelme, Karen Edson, Ginny Brokish, John Stanley, Abby Lowery, John Scepanski, Janet Mills, Liz Temple Announcements: • Midwest Renewable Energy Fair 6/17-6/18 in Culver, WI (Stevens Point area) • Mark Harris Fundraiser for SD 18 Monday 6/20 4:30-6:30 – Avenue Club 1128 E Washington Ave, Madison • Blues for Bernie – Fundraiser for DNC delegates – Tues. 7/12 6-9 PM – Brink Lounge 701 E Washington Ave, Madison - $10 suggested donation at the door – poster available – contact Karen or John Stanley https://www.gofundme.com/23swd3g • Netroots Nations 2016: St. Louis 7/14-17 www.netrootsnation.org/stlouis/ for information. The largest gathering of progressive, media-savvy and online activists in the country! Help send our members to this event! https://gofundme.com/28bxt78/ • Farm Technology Days 7/19-7/21 Lake Geneva http://www.wifarmtechnologydays.com • Frac Sand Fighters’ Solidarity Camp – 7/22-7/24 – Hixton, WI – more information later – Check out the registration form for the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/119509595133829/ This is listed so that those interested can plan their summer weekends!! Sand mine tours planned – also workshops! WHAT HAPPENED/WAS DISCUSSED Patrick Myles came to speak to us. He is running as a Democrat for Dane County Treasurer against incumbent Adam Gallagher and Richard Brown. All three of them are Democrats with no Republicans running, so whoever wins the primary August 9, wins the election. Make sure to get out the vote then! • Patrick shared some concerns he had about the incumbent’s performance o $1 million shortfall with the annual budget o Allowed delinquent property developer in Sun Prairie to buy back own properties and stuck the City of Sun Prairie with a $10,000 unpaid bill o Left out City of Madison residents when doing a lottery tax credit and also gave the refunds incorrectly causing many citizens to be audited by Department of Revenue o There seems to be an “intellectual disconnect” when the incumbent communicates tax information. o The incumbent, Gallagher, has not accomplished his 3 installment/year property tax plan even though that is what he ran his campaign on. o Gallagher has not done any succession planning for deputy treasurer Donna Vogel who is supposed to be retiring very soon. • Patrick shared why he feels he is qualified to be Dane County Treasurer o He would be a guide for local treasurers o He would uphold integrity of tax collection system o He would update tax software o He has been endorsed by 21 Dane County Supervisors and several other elected officials (a higher number of endorsements than for the incumbent.) o He would release tax pressure from taxpayers by encouraging companies to update to renewable/clean energy, which would create more tax base. o As a McFarland board member, he fought against Enbridge until state took away local power to do so. o He will be more involved in TIFF districts than incumbent currently is. o He has certain qualities like… § Being proactive § Striving to improve § Working and listening to citizens and treasury staff § Being a “numbers guy” and detail-oriented § Wisely choosing his battles * Thanks to Abby Lowery for doing the notes for this meeting. • © 2016 Microsoft • Terms • Privacy & cookies • Developers • English (United States)
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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for June 6, 2016

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

Meeting notes for June 6, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, June 13, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.  Patrick Miles, candidate for Dane County Treasurer, will be here at our meeting June 13th.*  Please try to attend so we have a good turnout for Patrick.

 

Present at June 6th meeting: Karen Edson, Ginny Brokish, Marcia Riquelme, John Scepanski, John Stanley, Abby Lowery

 

Announcements:

 

September 24th 2016 - The first annual Windsor Heritage Fest at Windsor Fireman's Park. The event show cases Windsor agriculture heritage with activities, music, and food. Come and celebrate the charming Village of Windsor.

Wednesday, June 8th: DPW Coordinated Campaign phone bank, 136 Dayton Row, Madison, from 6-8PM.  Contact, Ben Wimmel, Organizer, Wisconsin Coordinated Campaign, 630-390-9559, BWimmel@wivictory2016.org 

 

June 9, 7:00 p.m., “People Vs. Pipeline,” Pyle Center, 702 Langdon, Madison

 

Several work dates for helping build the 4th of July DeForest parade float were set.  More help is needed.  If you can help-, please call Ginny at 239-5327.  We will be using Nate’s truck again.  The theme is “I Scream for Democracy” with a model of a giant ice cream cone on the back and banners on the sides.  Walkers (no, not the governor’s family) will walk on the side and give out candy, lists of recommended books to read, and small copies of the U.S. Constitution.  If you would like to ride or walk, let Ginny know.

 

We were asked who had done their “homework” – went to the DWAG (DAP) Facebook page and posted, commented, or liked.  Several had.  Some had not.

 

*Patrick Miles, candidate for Dane County Treasurer, will be here June 13th.  We need to contact Richard Brown again to schedule him for a meeting with DWAG, since we turned him down before but now have changed our decision about having candidates at our meetings.  Is Richard Brown still running? 

 

Karen has finished the design for our new DWAG buttons and will be printing them soon.  The new circle cutter works like a charm, according to Karen: perfect circles, saves much time, fewer rejects.

 

Should we have an informational table at the first annual Windsor Heritage Fest September 24th?  Do they allow tables?  If so, how much do they cost?

 

Karen and Ginny gave money from button sales to JohnSki to deposit in the DWAG checking account.

 

John Stanley brought up a DWAG fund raising idea – to start a “Go Funding” page.  John will set it up.

 

Abby reported on her contacts and research about herbicide and pesticide spraying in DeForest area parks and on private property.  She had contacted village trustee Colleen Little.  Colleen did not think there was an ordinance that covered spraying on private property that might drift over onto public property like parks where children are playing.  John St. suggested contacting Trustee Chip Van Meter, as Chip has more time on the board and lives next to one of the parks.  It is tough to tell people what to do on their own private property, yet poisons drifting over onto public property is a hazard nonetheless.  Ginny compared the issue to ordinances controlling peoples’ burning fires on their lawns.  Further DWAG research is ongoing.  Do we want to maybe to sponsor a proposed ordinance dealing with the issue?

 

JohnSki noted that the former DAP announcement regularly in the DeForest Times-Tribune has been changed to DWAG.  Nobody knew who had changed it, so we thank the Times editors for doing it.  Maybe they took it from the Meet Up announcement done by Frank.

 

The official meeting was adjourned and followed by much political discussion about the state Democratic Convention (attended by John St., Marcia, and Karen) and the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton campaigns, among other things.

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Meeting May 30th canceled

The DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting for Monday, May 30, 2016, is canceled due to the holiday.

 

Next meeting: Monday, June 6, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for May 23, 2016

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

Meeting notes for May 23, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, May 30, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.

 

Present at May 23rd meeting: Frank Dederich, Karen Edson, Ginny Brokish, Marcia Riquelme, John Scepanski, John Stanley

 

Announcements:

  • Where to Invade Next! - Wed. May 25th 6:00 pm - Goodman Public Library (2222 S. Park St.) - free public screening of Michael Moore’s latest movie. Hosted by the Action and Solidarity committee of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).
  • Bean Feed at the Labor Temple - Wed. May 25 - 6:00-7:15 PM. - $5/person contribution for dinner:  benefits SCFL's Committee on Political Education. This is an important and fun event to support our partners/friends in Labor.
  • This Changes Everything - Wed. May 25th - 7:00 pm Barrymore Theater (2090 Atwood Ave.) – screening of the new Avi Lewis film, narrated and inspired by Naomi Klein’s latest book. Tickets are $8.00 ($5.00 for students).  Sponsored by 350 Madison, WILPF, Madison Institute, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Sierra Club, Prairie UU Social Committee among others. 
  • Eating Liberally - Fri. May 27th 6:00 PM - Waterhouse Bistro, (132 E. Lake Street, Lake Mills). Featured speaker: Khary Penebaker, (running against Jim Sensenbrenner - 5th CD) starts at 6:30 and evening ends at 8:00 PM.  
  • Conference calls this Thursday and Friday at 7:00 p.m. concerning state Dem convention resolution limiting powers of super-delegates to national convention and Friday concerning Scott Wittkopf offerings; contact John Stanley for details.
  • May 31st fundraiser and announcement of candidacy of Karen McKim for Dane County Clerk; details to follow
  • June 14 – meeting with Wisconsin Democratic Party chair Martha Laning and grassroots representatives at downtown Madison DPW HQ

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Ginny led a discussion of plans for our DWAG participation in the DeForest 4th of July festivities, including our float in the parade.  More to follow at future meetings between now and then.


Frank reported that Meeting.com still works.  Marcia said that some people have responded via Meeting.com.  Some DWAG members have been “posting,” “liking,” and “sharing” on our Facebook page.

Karen McKim asked that our Dane County candidates’ forum be scheduled in September, instead of during the summer months.  Members agreed.

 

Marcia handed out copies of the draft resolution on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).  It duplicates the resolution passed two years ago by the Dane County Board, disapproving of the TPP.  We discussed a plan to bring the resolution to the attention of the Windsor and DeForest village boards and ask them to pass a similar resolution, as is being done nationwide in many jurisdictions.  John Stanley will post the draft on Chip Van Meter’s website.  Karen is drafting a letter to the editor.  Marcia will write something up.  Karen is writing up something criticizing President Obama for pushing the TPP.

 

Marcia talked about Marjorie Mathews and her recent University Staff Excellence Award from the UW College of Letters and Science.  Ms. Matthews is an employee at the Lafollette School of Public Affairs. 

 

Karen will purchase the domain name D-WAG.org for future use.  She will use $16 from the DWAG treasury to do so.

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for May 16, 2016

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

Meeting notes for May 16, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, May 23, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.

 

Present at May 16th meeting: Karen Edson, Ginny Brokish, John Stanley, Jeff Thompson, Abby Lowery, John Scepanski

 

Announcements:

 

  • No WGN meeting this Wednesday, because Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! will be at the Barrymore Theater to promote her new book.
  • Tuesday, May 10th, Jordan Turner will be kicking off his campaign against John Jagler for the 37th Assembly District seat at Soular Pizza, 1003 N. Monroe Street in Waterloo.
  • Racial Justice Tipping Point! - Sat. May 21st 9:00 am – 4:00 pm James Reeb Unitarian Society (2146 E. Johnson)  - kick-off gathering hosted by the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ).  Join the campaign to engage 200,000 people across Wisconsin for racial justice to make the broad changes that we all need!  Info?  www.racialjustice.org or call #608-250-9240 
  • Eating Liberally - Fri. May 27th 6:00 PM - Waterhouse Bistro, (132 E. Lake Street, Lake Mills). Featured speaker: Khary Penebaker, (running against Jim Sensenbrenner - 5th CD) starts at 6:30 and evening ends at 8:00 PM.  

 

We discussed the 4th of July in DeForest.  John Stanley needs a good car on which to mount a Bernie Sanders for President banner in the parade.  Various DWAG members are going to volunteer to help with bingo and food and maybe cleanup after.  Our float will be “Ice Cream for Democracy” (I scream for democracy, get it?).  How to build the ice cream cone was a matter of great discussion.

 

Karen wrote the draft anti-TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) resolution to present to the DeForest and Windsor boards.  You will find a copy below these notes.  Karen says, “This is the resolution passed by Dane County TWO YEARS ago. If you want to wordsmith it, copy to a word processor and have at it!”

 

The website will henceforth be “DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots.”

 

The state Democratic Party convention will be June 3 and 4.  John Stanley reported on a resolution being prepared to limit the powers of “super delegates.”

 

John St. and Nate Timm attended one of Scott Wittkopf’s meetings on messaging techniques May 15th in Wausau.  John and Nate want to expand exposure to Scott’s teaching.

 

Richard Brown sent the following email to JohnSki:


5/18/16

 Hello my name is Richard Brown and I am a candidate for Dane County Treasurer attached is some information about me. I would like to meet with you to discuss my campaign for Dane County Treasurer. I can be reached at 608-609-1332 or email works well for me.
Thank you
Richard Brown
EXPERIENCE MATTERS

 

Based on discussion at the meeting, JohnSki sent the following reply to Mr. Brown:

 

Dear Richard,

I discussed this with our group - DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots - at our weekly meeting.  We decided that, rather than meet with you and other candidates individually, we would like to invite you to our candidates' forum, which we will be scheduling for later in the year.  We will let you know when and where when that information becomes available.  Good luck!

Abby brought up the DWAG (DAP) Facebook page.  She suggested that we need more “likes,” “shares,” and “comments,” so that the postings get more exposure.  Members volunteered to check the page on certain days to do so.

 

Abby raised the issue of spraying pesticides and herbicides on lawns and the overflow onto public lands like parks.  We discussed contacting village board members and starting a petition to get a referendum on the ballot at the next election.

 


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SAMPLE TPP-FREE ZONE RESOLUTION FOR DEFOREST/WINDSOR VILLAGE BOARDS (BOLD TEXT IN BELOW WOULD BE REPLACED WITH OTHER VILLAGE NAME)



Whereas the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) is being negotiated between the US and 12 or more Pacific Rim countries by the US Trade Representative in secret without any consultation with our local government either directly or through the National League of Cities or the US Conference of Mayors or the National Association of Counties; and

Whereas, the text is being drafted with transnational corporations which will benefit greatly from its rules;

Whereas, the TPP text has not been made available to the public or even to our local officials;

Whereas the TPP would have direct, potentially undesirable consequences for our municipality, its people, its local businesses, and its ecological systems on which all life depends;

Whereas the Investment Chapter of the TPP, which was leaked in 2012, would allow foreign corporations to sue the US and its states over any law or regulation violating TPP rules which could take away their “right” to future profits and therefore potentially rob our municipality of needed protections for our people, local businesses and environment;

Whereas TPP financial rules would prevent regulation of risky financial products such as “interest rate swaps” thereby threatening the financial stability of our government and more broadly the stability of our overall economy;

Whereas US, state and local food safety rules could be challenged by foreign corporations as “illegal trade barriers” if higher than standards in other TPP countries thus threatening the health of our residents;

Whereas the TPP would provide large pharmaceutical firms with new rights and powers to increase medicine prices and limit access to cheaper generic drugs which would impact our residents;

Whereas the US would agree to waive “Buy American” or “Buy Local” requirements aimed at enhancing our local economy and creating local jobs;

Whereas, we would have no right or ability to represent our interests before the foreign tribunals which would have the authority to hear cases brought by corporations under the TPP;  and

Whereas such rulings might require taxpayer compensation which could impact the financial health of our municipality and its residents;

Therefore, the Village Council of DeForest hereby declares as a matter of law that DeForest is a TPP-Free Zone where we will not recognize the secretly negotiated rules laid down without our consent nor any decisions by any secret tribunals which would in any way diminish our ability to act in the best interest of our residents and our local businesses and to protect our ecological systems on which all life is based.

Further, we will convey our ordinance to our Congressional delegation, to the President and to the US Trade Representative, with our demand that all text be made public and that all further negotiations cease.

And finally, if despite the harm to our community and our nation, Congress approves the TPP, we will take all necessary measures to ensure that this ordinance is enforced.

 

This is the resolution passed by Dane County TWO YEARS ago. If you want to wordsmith it, copy to a word processor and have at it!

Karen

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DeForest-Windsor Grassroots (DWG) meeting notes for May 2, 2016

Below are the meeting notes for May 2nd.  Abby Lowery took the notes.  I am merely forwarding them to DeForest/Windsor/Vienna/Burke progressives.  Thanks, Abby!

 

Next meeting: Monday, May 9, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.

 

Don't forget: our special guest will be Jordan Turner from Watertown, who is running against John Jagler for Assembly rep in the 37th District.  We want Jagler OUT, so let's make a good effort to be there Monday evening to greet Jordan.

 

*The new name of DeForest Area Progressives (DAP) is DeForest-Windsor Grassroots (DWG).

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De Forest-Windsor Grassroots

May 2 Meeting Notes

 

 

Present at meeting: Marcia Riquelme, Karen Edson, Ginny Brokish, Frank Dederich, John Stanley, Abby Lowery, Jeff Thompson

 

Announcements:

 

  • MAY 11 at 6:00 PM at Lakeside Coffee Shop on Lakeside St , group meeting “Better with Bernie”
    • focus on local future of WI, the spirit of Bernie, what we can do, and what local candidates we should focus on to replace incumbents
  • Friday, MAY 6 at 6:00 PM at the Firefly in Oregon- Russ Feingold will be speaking
  • Jordan Turner is running against Rep. Jagler. He will be speaking at DeForest Windsor Area Grassroots meeting on May 9th at 6:30.
  • May 21st 9:00AM-4:00PM, Racial Justice Tipping Point, at the James Reed Unitarian Society. 214 E. Johnson St. Madison.
  • Kathy Kremer post-primary audit report

 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENED/WAS DISCUSSED

 

  • Discussed importance of relationship with Chamber of Commerce. Supporting Bingo and its clean-up.  4th of July in DeForest
  • Karen - Audit report
    • Validated election results (Kloppenberg winning over Bradley) with 99% confidence
    • It’s a complicated process that should be observed for 20 min to understand

 

  • Karen McKim for Dane County Clerk
  • Idea: Candidate forum between Karen McKim and Scott McDonall
    • Progressive Partners location in Sun Prairie or DeForest Public Library?
    • Better for Bernie, Wisconsin for Bernie, Progressive Partners, groups to get involved and attend
    • This will be announced at next Progressive Partners meeting
  • Further investigation is needed into Burlington, Vermont’s 100% renewable energy resource
  • Voter ID Coalition
  • Skill sets
  • Newsletter – get a feel for concerns of greater community

 

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DeForest Area Progressives (DeForest-Windsor Grassroots*) Meeting notes for April 25, 2016

DeForest Area Progressives (DeForest-Windsor Grassroots*)

Meeting notes for April 25, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, May 2, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.

 

Present at the April 25th meeting: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Karen Edson, Marcia Riquelme, Frank Dederich


Announcements:

  • April 28- UW Union South, 5:00 p.m., Katherine Cramer on her book, The Politics of Resentment
  • April 30th, a citizen audit for Dane County spring election results; Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison, 9:00 a.m.  Need volunteers to help count; no need to sign up, just show up.
  • May 1 – 3:00-6:00, fundraiser at Harmony Bar in Madison for Andy Mitchell, running against Robin Vos in the 63rd Assembly District
  • May 21st – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.”Racial Justice Turning Point,” 2146 E. Johnson in Madison (James Reeb Unitarian Society), Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, www.racialjustice.org

*FINAL VOTE ON DEFOREST AREA PROGRESSIVES (DAP) NAME CHANGE WAS UNANIMOUS.  THE NEW NAME IS DEFOREST-WINDSOR GRASSROOTS (DWG).

We had a general discussion on the Progressive Partners meting we all attended on April 2nd, hosted by SPARC in Sun Prairie. 

Frank recommends 820 AM on the radio dial, WCPT.

JohnSki and Dan McClain attended the George Ferriter campaign kickoff in Cambria on Saturday, April 23rd.

Ideas and volunteers are being accepted now for the DWG Fourth of July parade float.  So far, we are thinking of reviving John Stanley’s idea of “I Scream for Democracy,” with an ice cream cone for a visual.  (“You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream.”  Remember?)  The float will be on the agenda for every meeting between now and then.

JohnSki brought up Ron Biendseil’s email suggesting maybe that community progressive groups like ours might like to sponsor resolutions like the Dane County Board’s resolution against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).  The DWG Writing Committee will draft a resolution to bring to the next DWG meeting.

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