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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

 

Facebook – share information that we are concerned about

 

 

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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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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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