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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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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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