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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for April 11, 2016

DeForest Area Progressives

meeting notes for April 11, 2016

 

The April 18th DAP meeting will be movie night at Marcia’s and Karen’s (3953 Finch Trail in the Windsor Hill neighborhood).  The movie will be “Cracking the Codes” about subtle forms of racial discrimination in the USA.  Come at 6:00 p.m. and bring a snack to share if you feel like it.  Everyone is welcome!  Bring friends.

 

Note above I use the title “DeForest Area Progressives.”  It is still uncertain that there will be a name change for our group.  Watch this space!

 

Present: Frank Dederich, Karen Edson, Ginny Brokish, John Scepanski, Marcia Riquelme, Carbonie

 

Announcements:

  • Village of Windsor and Town of Vienna joint meeting, Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at 6:00pm. at the Windsor Municipal Building, 4084 Mueller Rd.
  • April 16th, Progressive Partners meeting and Pot Luck. 12:00-1:00 Pot Luck, 1:00-2:00 meeting, 2:00-3:00 speaker Matt Rothschild. This will be at the Westside Community Service Building, 2598 W. Main St., Sun  Prairie.
  • April 18th, Movie Night at Marcia's. Bring snacks.
  • April 30th, a citizen audit for Dane County spring election results. Need volunteers to help count. It will be at Bethel Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Ave., Madison, at 9:00am.

 

Karen returned the $60.00 in cash she had procured from the DAP treasury for prizes at her “Pay to Play” game at the WGN Fest April 2nd.  JohnSki will redeposit it.  Other money was turned over to JohnSki for deposit from sale of signs and buttons, donations, and other sources.  It will all be deposited in the DAP checking account.

 

We were given a demonstration of the circle cutter purchased from the treasury for making buttons quicker and better with less waste.  Thank you, Karen and Marcia.

 

Karen reported that in her experience serving at the polls in Madison, more Republicans voted for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice than did Democrats.  Many of the Dem voters’ ballots left the spaces unfilled for Justice, presumably dampening the response for JoAnne Kloppenburg.  Karen suggested that this means we have to do more voter education, so that our candidates get the votes they can.  Other members present shared their experiences working at the polls.  We expressed our opinions on the drafts of buttons touting voter education that said (no kidding!), “Informed Citizens Prevent Electile Dysfunction.”   The person who came up with that phrase shall remain anonymous.  There was also a new version of the DAP “We Care” button.

The name issue came up again.  New suggestions were DWAAT, DWAGroup,  DAWGrassroots, and DWAT.  D stands for DeForest.  W stands for Windsor.  “A” stands for Area and Action.  You get the idea.  Further discussion will take place at future meetings.  Got any ideas?

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DeForest Area progressives meeting notes for March 28, 2016

DeForest Area Progressives

(DeForest-Windsor Area Action Team - see below for name change)

Meeting notes for March 28, 2016

 

There will be no meeting of the DeForest Area Progressives this coming Monday, April 4th, due to the WGN Festival this weekend and the election Tuesday.

 

Next meeting: Monday, April 11, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood

 

Present at the March 28th meeting: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Karen Edson, Abby Lowery, Jeff Thompson

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • April 2nd, Annual Grassroots Festival, Saturday at Wisconsin Heights HS, 10173 US. Hwy. 14, Mazomanie, WI. Registration 8:00 am. Event starting at 9:00am. till 4:45pm.  Will need help on Friday afternoon April 1st with set up.
  • April 4 - Hi DAPers! Going in to the Wilson Street Bernie Office on April 4th from 12:30-3 if anyone wants to join me.  Company would be appreciated.  I'm driving, bringing a radio for 92.1 and good music.  I'll splurge for any food, too!

Selling signs/buttons.  I'll pick you up!  Noonish.  Let me know.  Just leave a message: 608-846-2925.  From Liz Temple

  • April 5th, spring election. - VOTE , Madison needs help for April 5th elections.
  • April 14th, Village of Windsor and Town of Vienna joint meeting at 6:00pm in the Windsor Municipal Building, 4084 Mueller Rd. DeForest.
  • April 16th, Progressive Partners meeting and pot luck 12:00-1:00 pot luck, 1:00-2:00 meeting, and speaker Matt Rothchild 2:00-3:00. WHERE: Westside Community Service Building, 2598 W Main St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
  • April 18th, Movie night at Marcia's.
  • April 30th, a citizen audit for Dane County spring election results. Need volunteers to help count. It will be at Bethel Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Ave. Madison at 9:00am.

We began by discussing the Wisconsin Grassroots Network Festival (see above): speakers, workshops, our table including Karen’s new game (“Pay to Play”!), and other aspects of the festival.

The April 18th DAP meeting will be movie night at Marcia’s and Karen’s (3953 Finch Trail in the Windsor Hill neighborhood).  The movie will be “Cracking the Codes” about subtle forms of racial discrimination in the USA.  Karen passed around some information on the movie.  Come at 6:00 p.m. and bring a snack to share if you feel like it.  Everyone is welcome!

Voting machine tests are scheduled as follows:

Village of DeForest: March 29, 9:00 a.m. at the DeForest Public Library; 11:00 a.m. at the DeForest Municipal Building

Village of Windsor: March 29, 10:00 a.m. at the Windsor Municipal Building

Karen described her previous experience in attendance at one of these tests.

We continued our discussion over whether or not to change our name from DeForest Area Progressives to something else that does not contain the potentially politically charged term, “progressives.”  The other side of the coin is that we should flaunt our reason for being, that is, we are political progressives and want to attract other members who feel similarly.  Not to  belabor the issue, the group consensus was to make the name change to “DeForest-Windsor Area Action Team.”  fete accompli          Karen will continue to administer both websites for the time being, until she figures out the ramifications with Nation Builder.

We decided to join with the Dane County Voter ID Coalition, which is a new organization consisting of such notables as the League of Women Voters, Dane County NAACP, Rotary Club, GROW of Waunakee, Stoughton Action Team, various other Madison and area neighborhood organizations, etc.  There is a memorandum of understanding to be submitted, saying that we as an organization subscribe to the principles of the Coalition.  Here is the description from the LWV’s website:

The LWVDC has joined with the Dane County NAACP Political Action Committee to form the Dane County Voter Photo ID Coalition. The mission of the Coalition is to educate voters about the requirement to show a voter photo ID to receive a ballot on Election Day or when voting absentee. A specific goal is to identify voters who may not have an acceptable voter photo ID, and to arrange for direct assistance to those voters who may need help obtaining one.  The Coalition is exploring 3 approaches:

  • Collecting and analyzing data from the GAB and DMV to identify voters in Dane County who may not have a voter photo ID
  • Conducting outreach at community events
  • Building partnerships with private and public agencies serving clients who are more likely not to have a voter photo ID

Ingrid Rothe, LWVDC Vice President, and Will Jones of the NAACP co-chair the Coalition.

We (DWAAT) picked out STAFF buttons for…uh, well…”staff” to wear at the WGN Festival this Saturday.  Several designs were made by Karen and presented for consideration.

Having completed the agenda, we adjourned for political discussion.

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for March 21, 2016

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for March 21, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, March 28, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.

 

Present at the March 21th meeting: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Karen Edson, Marcia Riquelme, Frank Dederich, John Stanley

 

Announcements:

  • March 23 – help WGN stuff packets for April 2 Festival, Rodeside, 11:00 a.m.
  • March 24th, Thursday Night Movie, Hacking Democracy" at 6:00pm. at the Goodman Branch of the Madison Public Library, 2222 S. Park St.
  • March 26 – Bernie Sanders at Dane County Alliant Center Coliseum
  • March 26 – John Nichols and Eric Wright at the downtown Madison Library, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., on the subject of what is democratic socialism?
  • April 2nd, Annual Grassroots Festival, Saturday, at Wisconsin Heights HS, 10173 US. Hwy. 14, Mazomanie, WI.  Registration 8:00 am. Event starting at 9:00am. till 4:45pm. http://www.wisconsingrassroots.net/festival.
  • April 5th, SPRING ELECTION,      VOTE
  • April 14 - Village of Windsor and Town of Vienna joint meeting: Thursday, April 14th, 2016, at 6:00pm. at Windsor Municipal Building, 4084 Mueller Rd. DeForest.
  • April 16th Progressive Partners meeting and Pot Luck 12:00 to 1:00, meeting 1:00-2:00 Matt Rothschild speaking 2:00-3:00.
  • April 18th, Movie Night, at Marcia's.
  • 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.

The listening session with Senator Scott Fitzgerald originally scheduled for April 8th has been cancelled.

Ginny informed John St. of the DAP decision at the March 14th meeting about Colleen Little, candidate for DeForest Village Board.

John St. said that Scott Witkopf is interested in joining the consortium with Blue Jean Nation and Wisconsin Grassroots Network. 

John also said he talked with Witkopf about the word “Progressives” in DeForest Areas Progressives.  Witkopf said that word puts up a block in some peoples’ minds.  Therefore, John withdrew his objection to changing the term in our title to, probably, “DeForest Area Action Team.”   Someone also mentioned including “Windsor” in our title, since Windsor is now a village.  Ginny will include the issue on the next agenda.

JohnSki reported that the DAP treasury has $413.95 in it as of the end of February.

We adjourned and then talked electoral politics for awhile.

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for March 14, 2016

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for March 14, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, March 21, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.

 

Present at the March 14th meeting: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Karen Edson, Marcia Riquelme.

 

Announcements:

  • March 16 - Open House for DeForest Village in the Public Safety room, 305 E. Holum St. 5:30-6:30pm.
  • March 19th, Saturday, Blue Jean Nation Conference, at the Central Library Auditorium, 515 Pine St., Green Bay, WI., Noon-2:00 Foundations of Effective Messaging", 2:00pm-3:00pm. "Hands On Community Messaging", 3:00-4:15 Community Organizing Strategies.
  • March 20th, Platteville Blue Jean Nation Conference, at Dounda Hall Rm 146. Times and sessions same as March 19th.  Also Blue Jean Nation conferences at Racine/Kenosha April 23rd., LaCrosse May 1st., Ashland April 30th, Wausaw May 15th. Places at these sessions to be announced. (mike@bluejeannation.com, www.bluejeannation.com)
  • March 24th, Thursday Night Movie, "Hacking Democracy" at 6i:00pm. at the Goodman Branch of the Madison Public Library, 2222 S. Park St.
  • April 2nd, Annual Grassroots Festival, Saturday, at Wisconsin Heights HS, 10173 US. Hwy. 14, Mazomanie, WI.  Registration 8:00 am. Events start at 9:00am. until 4:45pm. http//www.wisconsingrassroots.net/festival
  • April 5 – Election and primary for president – VOTE!
  • April 8th, Friday, Sen. Scott Fitzgerald listening session, Bristol Town Hall, Cty. Hwy. N  [CANCELLED]
  • April 16th, 12:00 – 3:00 Progressive Partners meeting and Pot Luck:
    • Featuring "The Assault on Democracy in Wisconsin," a presentation from special guest Matt Rothschild, Executive Director, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign!
      Potluck and social hour from noon to 1pm, followed by meeting from 1-2 and special guest presentation at 2pm).
      WHERE: Westside Community Service Building, 2598 W Main St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590  
    • WHO: Members of all groups connected through the Progressive Partners of the 2nd Congressional District and those who would like to learn more or get involved. ALL ARE WELCOME!
    • This meeting is coordinated by a committee of Progressive Partners representatives and hosted by the Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition (SPARC). For more information, please contact SunPrairieAction@gmail.com or call Heather at (608) 572-1696.
    • April 30 – citizen audit of Dane County spring election results (details to follow)

 

Regarding the “anti-Islamophobia” activity being planned by Groundwork (Jonathan Garber) and others, Marcia (alternate, Karen) will attend the meeting March 29th and represent DAP in this effort.  JohnSki will inform Jon Garber of this (done).

John Stanley asked if DAP would invite Colleen Little to a meeting to talk about her candidacy for Village Board.  The group felt it was not worth Ms. Little’s time, since most regular attendees at DAP meetings live in Windsor.  Nevertheless, Ms. Little, of course, is always welcome to attend DAP meetings.

Karen is going to rent the movie, “Cracking the Code,” for viewing at the April 18th DAP movie night.  Karen has discussed with a woman at the DeForest Area Community Center about buying the movie for the Center’s library.  Further information on the movie:

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity

This film asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. Designed for dialogue, the film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes and pre-judgments within, and it builds skills to address the structural drivers of social and economic inequities.

This film is an ideal introduction to the dynamics of systemic racial inequity. It is appropriate for use in education, healthcare, philanthropy, government, and nonprofit.

The price varies by group doing the buying and intended use:

Home use only : $50

Community grp/Public Library $150

In other words, the extra $100 includes a license to SHOW the film in public.

a: we can "rent" it for $4.99 for 30 days. (We get the right to view it online.) 

b: http://crackingthecodes.org/all-films/ has video clips (including one from Tim Wise - the White Like Me guy)

 

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for March 7, 2016

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for March 7, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, March 14, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.

 

Present at the March 14th meeting: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Karen Edson, Marcia Riquelme, Frank Dederich, Janet Mills.

 

Announcements:

  • March 8th, 2016, Tuesday, Open House, for the office of Bernie Sanders for President 29 W. Wilson St. Madison. Cake and Punch will be served.
  • March 9th,2016, Wednesday, Bernstocko-Green Bay, 4:00-10:00pm.,Green Bay Distillery, 835 Mike McCarthy Way, Ashwaubenon, WI.  54304     Ginny and John Stanley are going.
  • March 10th, 6:00 p.m., Thursday Night Movie- Uncountested, the  Math of American Elections. Madison Public Library South Branch.( Goodman Library), 2222 S. Park St. Madison.  (608-438-9536)
  • March 12, Karen McKim presentation on verification of election results, Madison Public Library, see previous announcements.
  • March 12th, Wisconsin Grassroots Northland Festival, Listening session, Saturday, 10;00 am.-5:00pm. LCO Convention Center- Bingo Hall, 5 miles East of Hayward, WI. on Hwy. B         John St. and Nate Timm are going.
  • March 16th, Open House for DeForest Village. In Public Safety Court room. 305 E. Holum St. 5:30-6:30pm.
  • March 24th, 6:00, Thursday Night Movie, "Hacking Democracy". Info same as for March 10th.
  • April 2nd, Annual Grassroots Festival, Saturday, Wisconsin Heights HS, 10173 US. Hwy.14, Mazomanie, WI. Registration 8:00 am. Event 9:00am.-4:45.  http//www.wisconsingrassroots.net/festival  Karen will be staffing the DAP table all day, including her “Jeopardy” game.  Also attending and helping out will be Janet, Ginny, Marcia, John St., and perhaps JohnSki.
  • April 8th, Friday, 12:00-1:00, Abby's listening session, Bristol Town Hall, Cty. Hwy. N.  Abby is double checking with Senator Fitzgerald to make sure it is still on.  Marcia, Karen, and maybe Ginny and Liz intend to attend and participate.

Janet got 15 more Kloppenburg for Justice lawn signs.  Dan McLain took four.  Frank took five.

Ginny said that Bernie Sanders lawn signs are available at the Bernie office, 29 W. Wilson St., Madison.  Call Ginny – 239-5327 - if you are interested in a sign.

JohnSki and Ginny both read W.E.B. Dubois’ The Souls of Black Folk, as assigned by Marcia for Black History Month.  We had a nice discussion on it.

Mary Sanderson has asked if DAP would be interested in joining in the co-sponsorship of an anti-Islamophobe event.  Here is what Mary said:

Talked with Jon Garber for a while.
The Farley Center is sponsoring an I LOVE MY MUSLIM NEIGHBOR campaign and looking for co-sponsors.   
They already have posted a letter with 400 signatures and are considering a billboard on I90-94 for our upcoming primary election season.
Jon and Caroline Farley want to schedule a conversation 'tween DAP and Farley Ctr rep, to invite DeFo Pros to participate in this effort.

jonnathan500@gmail.com will be happy if any of you choose to respond and maybe co-sponsor.

All in attendance liked the idea.  Mary received this further information in an email from Jonathon Garber:

Thanks Mary for making a connection to DAP. I look forward to speaking with you. I spent some time with Mary today and told her about some projects I am working on.

I am a member of Groundwork which is a white anti-racist collective in Madison. We hold a fall workshop on learning about white privilege. We are just getting started with the Farley Center and SWAP (Southwest Area Progressives) around an Anti-islamphobia Campaign. It is in the very early stages and we are still thinking about building a coalition of groups and what our actions will consist of. 

I want to clarify what has happened. The Farley Center, SWAP and a local minister did collect 400 signatures in support of the Dane County Muslim community. Groundwork started to meet with them after this project was completed.  We are just starting to meet and the 'Love Your Muslim Neighbor' and other ideas, such as  a billboard, are just ideas at this point and are just starting to talk about these possible actions. 

So this is a great time to start to discuss interest in getting involved. Yes...let's start a conversation!

Jonathan Garber

            Groundwork

JohnSki will send an email to Mr. Garber, asking that DAP be included as a co-sponsor and offering assistance as we are able to provide it.

In addition to the Islamophobia concern, we discussed the Tony Robinson event that Mary went to and described like this in her email:

Hey, Friends at DAP!

The rally for justice for Tony Robinson was very well organized and well attended.  At least 2 mothers of other young men killed by police came and spoke (1 from Chicago and 1 from Zion Ill) lots of white people too.  In 2015 more than 1100 people were killed by police.   Prosecutions fewer than 10!!    Some of the language is very uncomfortable for the old white people, but I am determined that this tragedy should bring us together, not worsen our separation.

 

Karen informed us of a movie she thinks is worth our consideration:

 

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity

 

About this Film

This film asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. Designed for dialogue, the film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes and pre-judgments within, and it builds skills to address the structural drivers of social and economic inequities.

 

Who Should Use This Film

This film is an ideal introduction to the dynamics of systemic racial inequity. It is appropriate for use in education, healthcare, philanthropy, government, and nonprofit.

 

The price varies by group doing the buying and intended use:

Home use only : $50

Community grp/Public Library $150

 

In other words, the extra $100 includes a license to SHOW the film in public.

 

a: we can "rent" it for $4.99 for 30 days. (We get the right to view it online.) 

b: http://crackingthecodes.org/all-films/ has video clips (including one from Tim Wise - the White Like Me guy)

 

The group decided to research this movie and discuss it further.

JohnSki informed the group of the next Progressive Partners meeting, to which he intends to go.  Heather from SPARC provided this information:

Dear friends of local action and democracy,

Please click here to RSVP for the April 16, 2016 meeting of the Progressive Partners, featuring "The Assault on Democracy in Wisconsin," a presentation from special guest Matt Rothschild, Executive Director, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign!

WHEN: Sat. April 16, 2016
TIME : 12-3pm (Potluck and social hour from noon to 1pm, followed by meeting from 1-2 and special guest presentation at 2pm).
WHERE: Westside Community Service Building, 2598 W Main St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590  MAP
WHO: Members of all groups connected through the Progressive Partners of the 2nd Congressional District and those who would like to learn more or get involved. ALL ARE WELCOME!

RSVP TODAY!

 

Please share this invitation widely and plan to join us!

Janet says to contact her if you are interested in canvassing local neighborhoods for Kloppenburg, Feingold, and other progressive candidates in this year’s elections.  Janet Mills – 846-4472  Janet can provide walk lists, literature, and instructions. 

I realize this is a long set of notes this time, but it seemed expeditious to include all of the quotations from emails and such to keep you best informed.

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Deforest Area Progressives meeting notes for February 29, 2016

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for February 29, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, March 7, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.

 

Present at the February 29th meeting: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Karen Edson, Marcia Riquelme, Frank Dederich, Janet Mills.

 

Announcements:

  • March 7 – visit with JoAnne Kloppenburg, Deerfield, Marshal, Waterloo Dems, 121 S. Monroe St., Waterloo
  • March 9th,2016-Bernstock-Green Bay, 4:00-10:00, Green Bay Distillery, 835 Mike McCarthy Way, Ashwaubenon, WI 54304
  • March 25th, Thursday Night Movie- "Hacking Democracy", Madison Public Library, South Branch (Goodman Library), 2222 S. Park St. Free (information: mutualaidnetwork@gmail.com or 608-438-9536)
  • March 10th, Thursday Night Movie-"Uncounted, the new math of American elections.  All info same as March 25th movie night.
  • April 2nd-8th Annual Grassroots Festival-Saturday-Wisconsin Heights HS, 10173 US Hwy.14, Mazomanie, WI. - Registration 8:00 am. Events 9:00 am.-4:45pm.  (http://www.wisconsingrassroots.net/festival )
  • March 12th,Wisconsin Grassroots Northland Festival, listening session, Saturday, 10:00am.5:00pm. LCO convention Center-Bingo Hall, 5 miles east of Hayward, WI on Hwy B.

 

All Kloppenburg for Justice signs are out, according to Ginny.  Janet said she has not seen many in yards.  Melissa Mulligan has more signs, and Janet will see about getting some more.

 

Ginny said the Blues for Bernie event went well.

 

Marcia led a discussion on W.E.B. Dubois’ The Souls of Black Folk as part of Black History Month.

Karen talked about a five or six week workshop she attended last year on Racial Justice-Wisconsin Tipping Point.  She wanted to try to get more connected as a white person.  There is a one-day, multi-racial workshop on racial justice scheduled as follow-up.

 

Janet said there is a lot to do volunteering for JoAnne Kloppenburg for Justice: data entry, yard signs, thank you notes, phone calls, and more.  Go to kloppenburgforjustice.com and click on volunteer.  We discussed other ways we might aid in the effort to elect Judge Kloppenburg.  Locally, you can call Janet Mills – 846-4472 -- to volunteer to drop lit or make phone calls.  Marcia said she would make calls to recruit volunteers.  Janet will furnish Marcia a call list.

 

The listening session set up by Abby for Senator Scott Fitzgerald is scheduled for April 8, 2016, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Town of Bristol Town Hall.  Marcia and Karen are going.  Liz Temple and others have expressed interest.  If you are interested in carpooling to the session, reply here.

 

If anyone is interested in applying to be a Democratic Party of Wisconsin delegate to the national Democratic convention, Karen has information and application forms.

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Deforest Area Progressives meeting notes for February 22, 2016

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for February 22, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, February 29, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.

 

Present at the February 22nd meeting: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Karen Edson, Marcia Riquelme.  We had a great time viewing the movie, “White Like Me,” and discussing what “white privilege” means in the USA.  We also continued our Black History Month discussion on W.E.B. Dubois.

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for February 15, 2016

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for February 15, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, February 22, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at MARCIA & KAREN’S HOUSE, 3953 Finch Trail, Windsor Hill neighborhood.  This is another movie night, folks.  This being Black History Month, the movie will be “White Like Me,” about “white privilege” in the USA.  Bring a snack to share, if you feel like it.

 

Note in the box where and what the next meeting is.

Present at the February 15th meeting: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Karen Edson, Abby Lowery.

 

Announcements:

  • Blues for Bernie, Feb. 23rd, Tuesday night at The Brinks Lounge, 6 – 9:00 p.m.
  • You Talk We Listen, Northland Grassroots public listening session, Sat., March 12th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., LCO Convention Center-Bingo Hall, 5 miles east of Hayward, Wis., on Highway 8
  • Feb. 27th, 6:00 p.m. at the Goodman Center, MAMA fundraiser for the Jackson County progressives fighting the frack sand mining there: games, Raging Grannies
  • April 2nd, Wisconsin Grassroots Network Festival at Wisconsin Heights High School, Highway 14 near Mazomanie, registration 8 – 9:00 a.m., program starts at 9:00, $20 includes lunch, wisconsingrassroots.net/festival for details, speakers and entertainment

 

Karen and JohnSki both wrote letters to the editor for Kloppenburg that were published in the DeForest Times-Tribune.  More letter writing is planned on the topic of how GOP legislators in Wisconsin ignore their constituents’ wishes.

 

Karen provided us an update on her progress developing a Jeopardy-like game for our table at the Wisconsin Grassroots Festival (see above).

 

Ginny got 20 Kloppenburg for Supreme Court Justice lawn signs from Janet and distributed them to people on Janet’s list and others.  Asking $5 per sign donation to offset some of the $100 we contributed from the DAP treasury to pay for the signs initially.

 

The Democratic Party of Dane County is getting a bulk order of Feingold for Senate lawn signs.  Karen will get some for us.

 

We discussed the DAP policy against endorsement of candidates and decided to leave it as it is.

 

We discussed Marcia’s outline of information on W.E.B. Dubois for Black History Month.

 

Abby pestered Senator Scott Fitzgerald enough to get him to schedule an office hour listening session on April 8th from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Town of Bristol Town Hall, County Hwy. N.  As many DAP members as can make it should attend and make progressive ideas and opinions known to “our” senator.  (Ginny, please include this opportunity with announcements on our agendas between now and then.)

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DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for February 1, 2016

 

NOTE THAT THE NEXT MEETING – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016 – WILL BE HELD AT THE DEFOREST LIBRARY, 6:00 TO 8:00 PM IN ONE OF THE MAIN FLOOR MEETING ROOMS. 

 

There were three people in attendance at the February 1, 2016, meeting: Ginny, Karen, and JohnSki.

 

Announcements:

  • Library Lobby Day, February 9th; tell your legislator what your local public library means to you.
  • Blues for Bernie: Tuesday, February 23rd, 6:00 – 9:00 at the Brink Lounge

 

Ginny has eighteen Kloppenburg lawn signs and is notifying the people on Janet’s list.  John sent a check for $100 from the DAP treasury to the Kloppenburg campaign to cover for the signs.  Those receiving signs are asked for $5 to reimburse DAP.  John will call Pete to ask permission to put a 4’x4’ plywood sign in his yard.

 

Karen presented her development so far of the Jeopardy-like game she intends to put on at our table at the Wisconsin Grassroots Network Festival April 2nd.  It is Wisconsin trivia.  Categories across the top of the grid will be Business, Women, Odds & Ends, Politics (no kidding), Military, Geography, Does Not Belong, State Symbols.   As In TV Jeopardy, the questions will get harder the further down the grid you go.  Karen is still working on details.  Way to go, Karen!

 

We discussed changing the DAP policy on not endorsing candidates and decided not to change it; that is, DAP will continue to refrain from endorsing candidates.

 

We had a short but fruitful discussion on topics from Black History Month.  Marcia put together the following outline for further discussions at DAP meetings this month.

 

QUOTE FOR TODAY:

“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression”.-du Bois

Helping us think about our answer to this question:

Do Black Lives Matter to D.A.P. and our Community?

 

We read and discuss:  Souls of Black Folk

By   W.E.B.du Bois,  author and activist:

 Syllabus for a four week exploration, each week examining one of four turning points in his life, and how they relate to citizens’ experiences today.

 Also based on a spectrum of bibliography and media, with emphasis on his book: The Souls of Black Folk. I will bring in music, maybe a video, audio files and encourage you to do so also!

 Week # 1: Controversies between Du Bois and Booker T.Washington

                  And Marcus Garvey

Week #2:  Du Bois’s 2 Explosive Exits from the NAACP (1934 & 1948)

Week #3:  His quest for foundation $ to launch the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF   THE NEGRO

Week #4:   The hard turn Left during the 1950’s.

A few questions, then add your own:

 Preliminary questions for us all: 

 1.Why is it in our interest to look at the life and writings of this famous African American?

 2.What is happening to African American lives in our nation? Our state, our community?

 3.How do events in our nation, state, community, regarding lives of diverse racial groups affect us as D.A.P. members?

 4.What will we do with the discoveries we make, how to put our learning to use?

( Considering we are just beginning answer this now, and then at completion of the 4 weeks. )

 Please add your questions:

 The Souls of Black FolkBook by W. E. B. Du BoisPreview bookThe Souls of Black Folk is a classic work of American literature by W. E. B. Du Bois. It is a seminal work in the history of sociology, and a cornerstone of African-American literary history. WikipediaOriginally published1903AuthorW. E. B. Du BoisCountryUnited States of AmericaGenresSociology, Fiction

 Ordinary people also have the ability to be extraordinary. Their path may be hard to find and filled with stumbling blocks caused by the Veil, but the triumph of the soul is a cause for joy and for celebration even in the midst of darkness. This book is a literary masterpiece because it articulates the cost of hatred and celebrates the power to resist it. Although it was never out of print since its publication in 1903, it assumed an especially important role in the 1960’s, then became a rallying voice and inspiration for the American civil rights struggle. Du Bois’s life story is the story of a people: It reaches the soul of all its readers while revealing the souls of black folks. Du Bois forges a new autobiographical form in this book, revealing the contours of his life as rooted in black culture. His essay on Booker T. Washington turns his personal struggle with the man and what he stood for into a national political statement about the nature of civil rights. Du Bois calls for an active demand for social justice that will compromise with nothing less than full equality. Similarly, his grief at his baby son’s death becomes a eulogy for all the African American children slaughtered by white people’s hatred.

This technique of telling his life story while he tells the story of a people was used by Du Bois during the rest of his long and productive life. Thus, other Du Bois autobiographies tell of friends, struggles, and humiliations over the next sixty years; they do not reach the heights of this first one. The Souls of Black Folk is unique in its passion and eloquence. His phrases soar with anguish and anger, reflecting his pain and that of others. His language captures the imagination so dramatically that Du Bois’s book reaches out to all people who resist hatred. It offers hope for the triumph of the spirit and the possibility of social justice. Du Bois rose above the Veil.

 Hugs to you all! Marcia

 

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DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for February 1, 2016

 

NOTE THAT THE NEXT MEETING – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016 – WILL BE HELD AT THE DEFOREST LIBRARY, 6:00 TO 8:00 PM IN ONE OF THE MAIN FLOOR MEETING ROOMS. 

 

There were three people in attendance at the February 1, 2016, meeting: Ginny, Karen, and JohnSki.

 

Announcements:

  • Library Lobby Day, February 9th; tell your legislator what your local public library means to you.
  • Blues for Bernie: Tuesday, February 23rd, 6:00 – 9:00 at the Brink Lounge

 

Ginny has eighteen Kloppenburg lawn signs and is notifying the people on Janet’s list.  John sent a check for $100 from the DAP treasury to the Kloppenburg campaign to cover for the signs.  Those receiving signs are asked for $5 to reimburse DAP.  John will call Pete to ask permission to put a 4’x4’ plywood sign in his yard.

 

Karen presented her development so far of the Jeopardy-like game she intends to put on at our table at the Wisconsin Grassroots Network Festival April 2nd.  It is Wisconsin trivia.  Categories across the top of the grid will be Business, Women, Odds & Ends, Politics (no kidding), Military, Geography, Does Not Belong, State Symbols.   As In TV Jeopardy, the questions will get harder the further down the grid you go.  Karen is still working on details.  Way to go, Karen!

 

We discussed changing the DAP policy on not endorsing candidates and decided not to change it; that is, DAP will continue to refrain from endorsing candidates.

 

We had a short but fruitful discussion on topics from Black History Month.  Marcia put together the following outline for further discussions at DAP meetings this month.

 

QUOTE FOR TODAY:

“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression”.-du Bois

Helping us think about our answer to this question:

Do Black Lives Matter to D.A.P. and our Community?

 

We read and discuss:  Souls of Black Folk

By   W.E.B.du Bois,  author and activist:

 Syllabus for a four week exploration, each week examining one of four turning points in his life, and how they relate to citizens’ experiences today.

 Also based on a spectrum of bibliography and media, with emphasis on his book: The Souls of Black Folk. I will bring in music, maybe a video, audio files and encourage you to do so also!

 Week # 1: Controversies between Du Bois and Booker T.Washington

                  And Marcus Garvey

Week #2:  Du Bois’s 2 Explosive Exits from the NAACP (1934 & 1948)

Week #3:  His quest for foundation $ to launch the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF   THE NEGRO

Week #4:   The hard turn Left during the 1950’s.

A few questions, then add your own:

 Preliminary questions for us all: 

 1.Why is it in our interest to look at the life and writings of this famous African American?

 2.What is happening to African American lives in our nation? Our state, our community?

 3.How do events in our nation, state, community, regarding lives of diverse racial groups affect us as D.A.P. members?

 4.What will we do with the discoveries we make, how to put our learning to use?

( Considering we are just beginning answer this now, and then at completion of the 4 weeks. )

 Please add your questions:

 The Souls of Black FolkBook by W. E. B. Du BoisPreview bookThe Souls of Black Folk is a classic work of American literature by W. E. B. Du Bois. It is a seminal work in the history of sociology, and a cornerstone of African-American literary history. WikipediaOriginally published1903AuthorW. E. B. Du BoisCountryUnited States of AmericaGenresSociology, Fiction

 Ordinary people also have the ability to be extraordinary. Their path may be hard to find and filled with stumbling blocks caused by the Veil, but the triumph of the soul is a cause for joy and for celebration even in the midst of darkness. This book is a literary masterpiece because it articulates the cost of hatred and celebrates the power to resist it. Although it was never out of print since its publication in 1903, it assumed an especially important role in the 1960’s, then became a rallying voice and inspiration for the American civil rights struggle. Du Bois’s life story is the story of a people: It reaches the soul of all its readers while revealing the souls of black folks. Du Bois forges a new autobiographical form in this book, revealing the contours of his life as rooted in black culture. His essay on Booker T. Washington turns his personal struggle with the man and what he stood for into a national political statement about the nature of civil rights. Du Bois calls for an active demand for social justice that will compromise with nothing less than full equality. Similarly, his grief at his baby son’s death becomes a eulogy for all the African American children slaughtered by white people’s hatred.

This technique of telling his life story while he tells the story of a people was used by Du Bois during the rest of his long and productive life. Thus, other Du Bois autobiographies tell of friends, struggles, and humiliations over the next sixty years; they do not reach the heights of this first one. The Souls of Black Folk is unique in its passion and eloquence. His phrases soar with anguish and anger, reflecting his pain and that of others. His language captures the imagination so dramatically that Du Bois’s book reaches out to all people who resist hatred. It offers hope for the triumph of the spirit and the possibility of social justice. Du Bois rose above the Veil.

 Hugs to you all! Marcia

 

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