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

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

October 10, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, October 17, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

 

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

 

Announcements:

 

  • 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.
  • Share Fest! Celebrating a Sharing Economy Sun. 10/16 11am – 2pm Tenney Park Shelter (1414 E. Johnson).  Join the Dane County TimeBank & partners at a fun, free community event.  Outreach opportunity for orgs: sign up, bring your own table! Info:www.danecountytimebank.org
  • 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

 

Several people are working on getting out Turner and McKim lawn signs.  We brainstormed some locations.  Karen, Marcia, Ginny, and Abby all have lists of where to put signs.  They will try to come up with one comprehensive list.

 

JohnSki has been in touch with Melissa Mulliken for a date for Jill Karofsky to come to speak to us about her candidacy for Dane County judge sometime after the Nov. 8 election.

 

Ginny and Karen went to a presentation, “Paradox of Being a Black Police Officer,” in McFarland.  They were struck by the discussion on why black girls in school fight so much.  Some students take mace and pepper spray into school and vegetables in socks for hitting.

 

We discussed some movies suggested by Karen for our next movie night.  She will send out a list for us to choose from. 

 

We talked a lot about what to do in DWAG after the November election.  Karen suggested some things: food drive, Pipeline 61/66 program, Homo Naledi speaker, black police officer talk in conjunction with racial awareness program, Saudi awareness program?

 

Marcia wondered if we should we think about a gift for the Friends of the Yahara Headwaters as an incentive to get more members, volunteers.

 

How can DWAG partner with other community groups?

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots October 3, 2016, Meeting Notes

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

October 3, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, October 10, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

 

Present at meeting: Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Marcia Riquelme, Ginny Brokish, Frank Dederich, Abby Lowery, Janet Mills

 

Announcements:

  • Bernie Sanders-Russ Feingold, Wed., Oct. 5, 2:45 pm, Monona Terrace, Madison
  • The Paradox of Being a Black Police Officer, 10/6/16, 6:00, McFarland Public Library Community Room
  • Elizabeth Warren-Russ Feingold, Oct. 7, 9:30 am, Overture Center, Madison
  • History, Heritage, and the National Parks, 10/10/16, 7:00 pm, UW-Memorial Union, info. at nelson.wisc.edu/jordahl
  • Hard and “Soft” Fascism in the United States; and the Coming Civil War – 10/13/16, 6:30 pm, Madison Central Library, Rm. 104, info. at 608-284-9082
  • Medea Benjamin on Saudi Arabia (contact Karen Edson if interested)

 

Ginny, Karen, and Frank went to Bob Fest and reported on their good times there.  Ginny collected fifty dollars for Jesse Bennett’s Assembly campaign.  The crowd did not seem as large as in years past, maybe due to the Badger football game that day.

 

Campaign activity:

  • Janet and Marcia on the Democratic coordinated campaign; Janet working out of the Sun Prairie office with Ben Wimmel; Janet explained the coordinated campaign and how it works; Janet stockpiling lit and working with and on the VAN (voter network database)
  • John has written some letters to the editor for George Ferriter
  • Abby has been distributing door hangers and signs for Jordan Turner, wants to knock on more doors and talk about why she is supporting Jordan against John Jagler, looking for locations for Jordan Turner lawn signs

 

Karen will take over DWAG meeting arrangements, agenda, and chairing meetings, continue to meet at library for now.  Marcia volunteered her basement room for future meetings after the election.

 

Karen now has a variety of Hillary for President buttons that she has designed and made herself.  She needs help with button making, using the DWAG machines.  She made 100 Jesse Bennett buttons for Nate.  Who will volunteer to help Karen with button making?

 

Karen wondered about another presidential candidates’ TV debate party like the one hosted by Scott Witkopf online that several of us attended online during the first debate.

 

The group okayed the appearance of Jill Karofsky at one of our October meetings.  Jill is running for Dane County circuit judge against Marilyn Townsend, who appeared at one of our meetings a few weeks ago.  JohnSki was contacted by Ms. Karofsky’s campaign manager, Melissa Mulliken.  John will follow up on making the arrangements.

 

Karen asked if people were interested in pursuing another movie night, and everyone said yes.

 

We had a general discussion on the agenda item as follows:

 

What does the fall and winter hold in store for us?  What are your ideas?  What are your passions?  Local issues, county issues, state issues, national issues, international issues?

 

Marcia said we should discuss who (whom) we see as potential legislators and local elected reps.  What are the issues?  Who will challenge Walker for governor and what should we do to support the challenger?  What local issues are we interested in?  Educational events?  We serve as a clearinghouse or catalyst in our area for progressive topics.  What is important about our group and how can we influence our community?  A community movie night?  Authors and books, for example, Andrea Wulf?  Everyone was tasked with bringing something to our next meeting that they might suggest, remembering our past accomplishments.

 

Karen mentioned UW anthropologist John Hawk.

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots agenda for 10/3/16

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

 

Next meeting: Monday, October 3, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See tentative agenda below notes.

 

 

 

TIME TO REGROUP!  We’ve missed a few Monday meetings lately due to other activities.  Let’s get together Monday to report on what we’ve each been doing, update each other, and rethink what we’re going to do this fall and winter.

 

 

Agenda

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Monday, October 3, 2016, 6:00-8:00

DeForest Public Library

 

Additions to agenda

 

Announcements

 

Old Business

Reports/discussion:

  • Bob Fest – who attended?  What were your impressions?
  • Campaign activity
  1. Marcia
  2. Abby
  3. Janet
  4. JohnSki
  5. John St.
  6. Anybody else?
  • Other activities?

 

New Business

 

What does the fall and winter hold in store for us?  What are your ideas?  What are your passions?  Local issues, county issues, state issues, national issues, international issues?

 

Adjourn

 

Political discussion: what did you think of the Clinton-Trump “debate”?  What else is on your mind?  What about the Bernie Revolution?  George?  Dianne?  Jordan?  

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots September 12, 2016, Meeting Notes

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

September 12, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, September 19, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See tentative agenda below notes.

 

The September 12, 2016, meeting was attendance at the DeForest Area Library candidates’ forum.  Eight members were in attendance.  John submitted this letter to the editor.  Let it suffice for meeting notes.

 

Letter to the Editor

DeForest Times-Tribune

September 16, 2016

 

Dear Editor:

 

George Ferriter, Jordan Turner, and Dianne Hesselbein are all candidates for one of three Wisconsin Assembly Districts that serve DeForest and Windsor.  George Ferriter is the challenger in Assembly District 42.  Jordan Turner is the challenger in District 37.  Dianne Hesselbein is the incumbent Assembly Representative in the 79th District running for re-election.  All three appeared at the DeForest Area Public Library’s candidates’ forum on September 12th, along with Karen McKim and Scott McDonell, the two candidates for Dane County Clerk.  This was one of the most informative candidates’ forums I have ever attended.  Thank you, Library staff, for initiating the forum, and thank you, Chamber of Commerce, for emceeing.  Brad Schroeder, acting on behalf of the Chamber, did an excellent job of asking the questions in a fair and orderly fashion.  A special thanks to Brad for his services.

 

George Ferriter spoke to issues of the degradation of representative government we are seeing in Wisconsin.  He also spoke about veterans’ affairs, transportation and roads, water conservation, and the need for the state to adequately fund K through 12 education.  George is a Democrat.  He regretted that his Republican opponent in District 42 did not attend.  Had his opponent been there, they could have had an exchange on these subjects that would have benefitted the audience.  George Ferriter said, “It’s difficult to have a fencing match with no opponent.”

 

Jordan Turner spoke to issues involving the heroin epidemic engulfing the nation and his district.  It is the “number one problem our state is facing,” he said.  He hopes we can construct some new approaches to the problem, besides just law enforcement.  He is concerned about crumbling infrastructure, too, and the exploding cost of post high school education.  “I would really like to see college free for the first two years.”

 

Dianne Hesselbein spoke to a multitude of issues she is involved in now in the Assembly: nonpartisan redistricting, colleges and universities, the disaster that is voucher schools, oil pipelines that run the length of Wisconsin, and the details she is learning about police work, including her attendance at the Middleton Citizens Police Academy.

 

The elephant in the room was the absence of the three Republican candidates for those three Assembly districts.  Everybody noticed.  We’ve been informed, too, that no Republican candidate intends to show up at the Columbus School Board’s candidates’ forum on October 10th either.  What are they shy about?  Is this a pattern?  Is it Republican policy not to attend public forums?  Why?  Let’s surprise them and all of us vote Democratic in the November 8th election.

 

Sincerely,

 

John Scepanski

732 DeForest Street

DeForest, WI  53532

608-846-3678

 

 

 

 

Agenda

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Monday, September 19, 2016, 6:00-8:00

DeForest Public Library

 

Additions to agenda

 

Announcements

 

Old Business

Reports/discussion:

  • Bob Fest
  • September 12 Candidates’ Forum
  • Campaign activity

 

New Business

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots mtg. notes for 8/22/16

De Forest-Windsor Area Grassroots 

August 22,2016, Meeting Notes 

 

Next meeting: Monday, August 29, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  Someone is needed to compose a tentative agenda, lead the meeting, and take notes, as John Sc will not be able to attend.  No meeting Labor Day. 

 

 

Present at meeting: Karen Edson, John Stanley, Abby Lowery, John Scepanski, Frank Dederich, Ginny Brokish 

 

Thanks to Abby for taking the notes and writing them up. 

 

Announcements: 

 

·                     8/23 at 6:30 PM “War on Democracy” at Madison Central Library and discussion with Norman Stockwell from Progressive magazine 

·                     Wed. 8/24 7:00 PM at VFW on Lakeside St, Bernie live streaming 

·                     Starting in October until after the new year, John Stanley will not be able to come to meetings as he will be working a new job 

·                     Stoughton Pancake Breakfast – Sat. 8/27 9:00-11:00 AM, Stoughton High School Cafetorium 600 Lincoln Ave. Enter from Devonshire Rd. 

o    WHY: To thank Kay and Buzz, et al, for all the hard work they have done to make our community a better place to live and work! Pick up yard signs, sign up to volunteer and visit with friends and candidates 

·                     Sustainable Saturday Night! - Sat. 8/27 6:00 PM James Reeb U.U (2146 E. Johnson) Potluck supper followed by a community program with RePower Madison. Climate justice groups will be tabling and sharing their current activities. Info: cordon4peace@yahoo.com 

·                     8th Annual Black Latino Unity Picnic! Sun. 8/28 1:00-5:30 PM Penn Park (2101 Fisher Rd.) - The event is part of an overall grassroots effort to promote unity and collaboration between the Black and Latino Communities, and is open to all communities, 100% free and 100% family friendly. Hosted by Union de Trabajadores Inmigrantes (UTI). Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1902497273311037/ 

·                     Bob Fest Sat. 9/17 9 AM- 6 PM at Breese Stevens Field in Madison 

·                     Labor Fest Mon. 9/5 12-5:30 PM at the Madison Labor Temple 

·                     September 12 at 6:00 PM Candidate Forum at DeForest Library 

 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENED/WAS DISCUSSED 

 

Report on Candidates’ Forum (Dane County clerk) last week 

·                     Karen 

o    Scott McDonall said he was a little bored with his job 

o    Karen McKim’s campaign was mentioned in today’s Wisconsin State Journal 

o    McDonall said Dane County is a shining star of WI because no post-election audits are required and he audited two wards starting this year 

o    McKim pointed out that at least nine wards need to be audited 

o    She said she will make sure ballot images match up with actual ballots 

o    Karen felt she was very persuasive and strong in her arguments. 

·                     Ginny 

o    A lady there was disgusted with Scott McDonall and immediately donated to McKim 

 

Organizing for November 8th election 

·                     Organizing for Bernie – local Democratic candidates and Russ Feingold for Senate 

·                     WGN – Possible yard sign painting event, date TBD 

·                     Yard sign point person (Ginny) who candidates/campaigns can contact about distribution.  Frank will help Ginny. 

·                     Use our facebook page or website to ask people about what signs they want 

·                     Jordan Turner – Abby has door hangers and yard signs if anyone wants some to keep and/or distribute 

o    Will email John Sc. In the future if there is a planned canvassing date 

 

Medea Benjamin visit? 

·                     Discussed protocol of inviting people to speak, difficulties with time pressure and lack of response from team members 

·                     We would like to attend a book signing event if Mary would be able to organize it (or maybe Liz, Library Committee, or Jane at the library). 

·                     [John Sc informed Mary Sanderson via email a day after the meeting.] 

 

Native Americans protest of North Dakota pipeline 

·                     ND Supreme Court decided that they do not have a right to protest on their own land 

·                     Ginny and John Stanley raised $100, which increased to $800, for this cause 

·                     WGN “What’s Hot?” page – Info about this issue 

 

Karen McKim would like to come to speak to us 

·                     Late September?  Conflict with September 12th candidates' forum at Library? 

·                     Share date with email list and remind them about it for good turnout 

·                     John Sc to contact Karen McKim to set a date. 

 

        

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for 8/8/16 & agenda for 8/15/16

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

August 8, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, August 15, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See tentative agenda below notes.

 

Present at meeting: Karen Edson, John Scepanski

 

Announcements:

August 10, 2016, Dane Dems meeting at the Goodman Center, topic: homelessness

 

John reported that the DWAG treasury has $583.95 in it.

 

Karen reported on her attendance at the Dane County Democrats’ candidates’ forum at the Labor Temple.

 

 

Agenda

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

August 15, 2016, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

DeForest Area Library

 

Additions, changes to agenda

Announcements

 

6:15 p.m. - Presentation by Marilyn Townsend, candidate for Dane County Judge, and Q&A.  Judge Townsend is currently Municipal Judge for the Village of Shorewood Hills.

 

Old business

New business

Adjourn

 

Political discussion

        

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for August 1, 2016

De Forest-Windsor Area Grassroots

August 1, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, August 8, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See tentative agenda below notes.



(Thanks to Abby for taking these notes and writing them up.)


Present at meeting: Marcia Riquelme, Karen Edson, John Stanley, Abby Lowery, John Scepanski, Tom Gibson


Announcements:


* (Past) 7:00 Thursday at Labor Temple Dane County Treasurer candidate forum

* (Past) 8:00 Thursday at Labor Temple Dane County DA candidate forum

* (Past) Town of Windsor voting machine test



WHAT HAPPENED/WAS DISCUSSED


John Stanley shared about his experience at the DNC.

 

* He has decided to put a check next to Hillary Clinton’s name when voting.

* He wants to work with his party in order to follow Bernie.

* 40% of delegates (those who support Bernie) walked out and were replaced by actors

* He engaged in a hunger strike July 17-26

* He said Bernie supports are energized to work on down-ticket elections.

* He said he really empathizes with the Black Lives Matter movement now. People need to listen to them saying that they hurt. When no one will listen, sometimes all you have is shouting or interrupting.



Bob Jambois and his wife and campaign manager, Bev, came to speak to us. He is running as a Democrat for Dane County DA against incumbent Ishmael Ozanne. Both are Democrats with no Republicans running, so whoever wins the primary August 9, wins the election. Make sure to get out the vote then!

* Bob Jambois shared why he feels he should be the next Dane County DA.

* Jambois is a former Kenosha County DA and says that he had low turnover of staff during that time and tried/won many cases. He also said that he loves trying crimes, helping victims, and protecting children. He said protecting children is the best investment to prevent future crimes. He has seen the struggle of children of racial/ethnic minorities as he and his wife have welcomed over 20 foster children of various backgrounds into their home and eventually adopted one of those children.

* He said he has a strong history of helping people stand up for themselves. For example, he quit his job working for the state the day Governor Walker signed Act 10. He represented Peter Barca in an Act 10 lawsuit as well as 160 people who peacefully protested Act 10 at the Capitol. He represented all of them himself and got all of the cases dismissed.

* In regards to Dane County, as an assistant DA in the Major Felony Crimes Unit, he is deeply concerned about the current state of the DA's office and how it will exist in the future under current DA Ishmael Ozanne if he is re-elected. Jambois asserted that Ozanne is rarely involved in trying cases himself and has not been effectively managing his staff. 20 out of 28 prosecutors have quit under Ozanne, with many of them being very accomplished and effective lawyers. The prosecutors that are left are young, inexperienced, and need guidance in trying cases. Jambois states that there is little to no mentorship going on and he has had to pick up this slack himself.

* What he plans to do, if elected: he will be in court that day and every day, he will mentor young lawyers, and make the current restorative justice program effective.

 

Some remarks on Adam Gallagher, incumbent running for Dane County treasurer, who visited during the last meeting.

* Gallagher said that after he is re-elected, he will find out what the deputy treasurer’s responsibilities are in order to train her successor.

* We discussed concerns of him really knowing his job and not being very prepared for deputy treasurer’s retirement.

 

Marcia shared that there were so many good activities/talks at Netroots Nation that she strongly suggested that people google “Netroots Nation 2016” and look through the website’s archives and videos.

 

 

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

Agenda

August 8, 2016

Changes to agenda

Announcements

Old business

 

·        Election organization: who is in charge of signs, canvassing, etc.? – John

·        Further reporting on Netroots Nation Conference – Marcia and Karen

·        Other?

 

New business

·        Report on Dane Dems' candidate forum - Karen

·        Karen McKim's "kitchen cabinet" – Karen and Marcia

·        Other?

 

Adjourn

 

Political discussion

        

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DeForest -Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for July 25, 2016

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting notes for July 25, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, August 1, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  Guest will be Bob Jambois, candidate for Dane County District Attorney.  Bring your questions!

 

Present at the July 25th meeting: Karen Edson, Marcia Riquelme, Liz Temple, Frank Dederich

 

Most of the meeting was devoted to our guest, Adam Gallagher, incumbent Dane County Treasurer and candidate for re-election.  He provided a lot of information about his service as treasurer and answered many questions.

 

 

Agenda

Monday, August 1, 2016

 

Changes to agenda

Announcements

Presentation and Q&A by Bob Jambois, candidate for Dane County DA

Remarks on Adam Gallagher presentation July 25th meeting

Report on Democratic National Convention               - John Stanley

Reports on and plans for campaign activities

Adjourn

 

Political discussion

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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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