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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for October 12, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives (DeForest Area Action Team?)

Meeting notes for October 12, 2015


Next meeting: Monday, October 19, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. 


There were six people at the October 12th meeting.  Announcements included

  • Blues for Bernie Fundraiser at the Brinks Lounge,701 Washington Ave., Madison, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., October 20th    
  • Robert Reich speaking at the downtown Madison Library October 24th
  • Party to watch the Democratic candidates debate on October 13th at the Rodeside Grill in Windsor; there will be a cake, a trivia contest, and order off the menu for dinner; hosted by Dawn Fish
  • Dane County’s multi-jurisdiction Special Registration Deputy training has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 14.  This event will be held in the Oak Hall of Fitchburg City Hall, 5520 Lacy Road.  Registration will take place between 4 and 5 p.m.  The Dane County Clerk’s Office will offer a voter registration training session from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  And participants will be able to receive Special Registration Deputy appointments from many Dane County clerks between 6:30 and 8 p.m.
  • Legislative hearing on the Government Accountability Board changes, State Capitol, October 13


We had a lengthy round robin critique on last meeting’s conversation with DeForest Police Chief Bob Henze.  Marcia thought it was valuable.  She learned a lot and was especially interested in the Citizens Police Academy.  She was impressed and thankful that the DeForest police force feels the support of its community.  Dawn thought it was great!  She liked picking the chief’s brain on gun legislation and mental health.  Ginny thought the mental health discussion stood out.  She related our discussion on mental health to the fact that County Executive Joe Parisi is reported to be including more resources related to mental health in his 2016 budget proposal.  Having been critical of DeForest police harassment of kids in past discussion, Ginny was impressed with the description of the police-school district liaison officer’s work.  She knew one of the liaison officers, Joe VanVoorhis, when she worked with disabled kids in the school system and praised his attitude and work with kids.  She thought that Officer VanVoorhis listened to kids and helped them.  John St. criticized the discussion, because he thought the DAP meeting time could be put to better use on more important things.  He said that in his experience, kids were often targeted unfairly by local police officers.  He disagreed with Chief Henze’s comment about guns not killing people. John did not think we covered the subject of the militarization of police well enough – why wear riot gear when policing peaceful protesters?  JohnSki thought the evening was successful, and he particularly liked the references to drunk driver enforcement.  Craig thought that although there was some fluff in the presentation, he was particularly impressed with Chief Henze’s description of the handling of the Yahara School threat incident.  Craig thought the chief downplayed the DeForest drug situation too much, and he was disappointed that we did not spend more time on the gang problem in Dane County.


John St. reported on the last meeting of the South Central Grassroots Alliance (SCGA) at the Fitchburg Library.  The steering committee asked DeForest Area Progressives to come up with “leverage points” to affect legislation that we all oppose.  One idea is to boycott stores and businesses.  JohnSki thought the techniques promoted by Saul Alinsky might be worth looking into.  Faith organizations are tired of being dominated on issues by their fundamentalist counterparts.  Leverage points should seek to change minds, influence decision-makers, lobbyists, and elected officials.  Dawn thought small items in local newspapers might work.  Marcia suggested we generate a list of methods and next week consolidate the list and prioritize it.


Marcia reported on the Madison Institute session she attended last Saturday morning at the Madison Sequoya Library.  It was a discussion of the current legislation attacking the Government Accountability Board (GAB).  Among the speakers were Judge Gerald Nichols and Kevin Kennedy.  Generally, the discussion had to do with what is going to happen if the GAB is dissolved and partisan bodies take its place.  Marcia referred us to a Legislative Reference Bureau newsletter, “Spotlight,” that highlights legislation weekly.  Currently of interest, besides the GAB bill, are bills having to do with limiting voter registration and campaign finance expansion.  There are other shocking things happening in the Capitol now, and they are happening very quickly.  Legislator Dale Schultz said that relationships count.  Form relationships with your legislators and cultivate them.  Senator Mark Miller agreed, saying he is always impressed by people who make appointments and meet with him in his office.  Both Schultz and Miller said don’t back away.  There can be swing votes by “bi-conceptual” people who can be influenced.  We must go and be heard.  Otherwise we are “just giving it away.”  Dawn said we need to get other, fresh faces involved.  Marcia has an appointment with Representative John Jagler.  Other Dap-pers volunteered to go with her to develop that relationship with Rep. Jagler.  We must reach people at the heart level.  George Lakoff teaches us that listening is physical, creating pathways in the brain.


What local elections are coming up in the next year or two?  JohnSki was assigned to find out.


The regular DAP meeting was adjourned and followed by Bernie for President activities.

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DeForest Area Progressives mtg notes for Oct 5, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives (DeForest Area Action Team?)

Meeting notes for October 5, 2015


Next meeting: Monday, October 12, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.


We had ELEVEN people at our October 5th meeting!  Great!


The whole meeting was devoted to a conversation with our special guest, Chief Bob Henze of the DeForest Police Department.  Ginny had suggested such a meeting after hearing praise for meeting with the local chief of police from GROW in Waunakee.


The conversation began with a discussion of officers’ relationships with youth in the village.  There was skepticism about some officers’ unnecessarily hassling teens, especially teenage boys.  Chief Henze responded by describing the duties and activities of the DeForest officer assigned to liaison with the DeForest Area School District (DASD).  The discussion quickly turned to school shootings much in the news lately.  The recent threat in the DASD was handled according to plans that have been in effect for some time and worked exactly the way those plans are supposed to work.  Violence was averted.  Chief Henze went into some detail about it.


There was much interest in weapons and firearms and concealed carry of weapons.  The related issue of mental illness and the difficulties encountered by police when they see mentally ill people in crisis was brought up.  Chief Henze noted that the mental health facilities in Madison where officers used to be able to take mentally ill people were closed, and now officers must transport those in need of services all the way to Winnebago Mental Health in Oshkosh.  With all of the talk about preventing violence by paying more attention to mental illness and how it is dealt with, one thing that could be done is to create more mental health services and facilities.  That approach, of course, costs a lot of money.  A related issue is that police seem to be seeing more violence in younger aged children these days.  School social workers are another trend.


Chief Henze said that the Village of DeForest has been very generous in staffing, training, and equipping DeForest’s police services.  DeForest is mostly a safe place.  Other points brought up in the wide-ranging mutual conversation included these:


·         One of the most important law enforcement and social problems in DeForest is drugs at parties.

·         Crimes ancillary to drug abuse in DeForest such as theft are not as great a problem as they used to be. 

·         Thefts from vehicles can be prevented by locking cars when drivers are away from them.  Chief Henze said that as long as he has been in DeForest (ten years) there has never been a theft from a locked vehicle.

·         DeForest is a safe place generally.  Crimes committed by strangers in the village are not very common.  Most crimes are committed by people who know one another.

·         “If you see something, say something:” is a good rule of thumb to follow.  Know your neighbors.  Organize block parties.  Take care of one another.

·         The DeForest Citizens’ Police Academy is a success and a good way to get to know police and what they do.  Go to the department’s website to learn more about it and many other things about the DeForest PD.

·         The DeForest PD is responding to recent racial concerns in Madison by first of all recognizing the “implicit bias” that exists in us all, including police officers.

·         The “militarization” of police noticed by some around the country is often a mis-characterization of what police are doing in rare, abnormal situations of high stress, when military type tactics become necessary.

·         Other topics discussed included drones, mutual aid among police departments, drunk driving enforcement, racial interaction, and gangs.

·         John St. asked about the “Officers of the Peace” program, which Chief Henze was not aware of.


We DeForest Area Progressives thank Chief Henze for a pleasant and enlightening two hours of conversation.

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DAP meeting notes for September 28, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives (DeForest Area Action Team?)

Meeting notes for September 28, 2015


Next meeting: Monday, October 5, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. 


REMEMBER, AT THE OCTOBER 5TH MEETING CHIEF BOB HENZE OF THE DEFOREST POLICE DEPARTMENT will join us for a conversation about policing in DeForest, how police relate to youth, national and international issues in policing, drugs in DeForest, crime in DeForest, the Citizens Police Academy, traffic safety and driving under the influence, community policing philosophy and application, the “militarization” of the police in the USA, and anything else the group cares to discuss.  This is an excellent opportunity to meet with a consummate professional in his field and to educate ourselves on some important social topics.  Please try to be there.


There were five people at the September 28th meeting.  Announcements included

  • Blues for Bernie Fundraiser at the Brinks Lounge October 20th
  • Robert Reich speaking at the downtown Madison library October 24th
  • Party to watch the Democratic candidates debate on October 13th at the Rodeside Grill in Windsor; there will be a cake, a trivia contest, and order off the menu for dinner; hosted by Dawn Fish
  • DeForest library used book sale October 15, 16, and 17
  • From Janet: Dane County’s multi-jurisdiction Special Registration Deputy training has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 14, because the original schedule conflicted with Yom Kippur.  This event will be held in the Oak Hall of Fitchburg City Hall, 5520 Lacy Road.  Registration will take place between 4 and 5 p.m.  The Dane County Clerk’s Office will offer a voter registration training session from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  And participants will be able to receive Special Registration Deputy appointments from many Dane County clerks between 6:30 and 8 p.m.


Do we want to hold an event for JoAnne Kloppenburg for Supreme Court Justice?    Where can we hold it?  It is questionable whether or not the DeForest Library will allow events to promote political candidates in the public room.  When Ginny asked for one of the rooms to hold an event for Organizing Wisconsin [for Bernie Sanders], she was denied permission. is a good website to consult for Governor Walker transgressions.  It is maintained by the Center for Media and Democracy.


JohnSki reported on his, Ginny's, and Dawn F.'s attendance at Progressive Partners' quarterly meeting last Sunday in Mount Horeb, hosted by Southwest Wisconsin Area Progressives (SWWAP – Tim White, emcee).  The affair was held at Mount Horeb’s 100 year old one-room schoolhouse.  Pre-meeting, we joined a sing-along in the front yard on a beautiful day with the Capital Singers and a band with song books full of protest songs and union songs.  Brats were served along with soft drinks and chips.  A rousing time was had by all, and candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court, JoAnne Kloppenburg, joined in.  Besides the 100 year old schoolhouse, the band leader noted that 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the song “Solidarity Forever” and the 100th anniversary of the execution by firing squad in Utah of union organizer Joe Hill.


JoAnne Kloppenburg spoke at the meeting inside the schoolhouse.  Be sure to visit her website at  February 16,2016, is the primary to vote for JoAnne.  April 5, 2016, is the general election.


About thirty people at the meeting heard reports from seven local progressive groups represented: SWWAP, Oregon Area Progressives, Middleton Action Team, GROW of Waunakee, Stoughton Action Coalition, DeForest Area Progressives, and SPARC of Sun Prairie.


Mike McCabe of Blue Jean Nation spoke.   “The influence of our values on public policy has been in decline,” Mike said.  Blue Jean Nation has joined forces in a coalition with the Wisconsin Grassroots Network and Wisconsin United to Amend (formerly Wisconsin Move to Amend).  The coalition wants to make local grassroots groups more muscular, more successful.  There is going to be a November 7th workshop in Madison and a conference in Oshkosh in February.  We have formed some habits that disempower us.  We must create tools we can use.  Who is on top and who is on bottom in America?  Roger Springman noted that we must formulate “vertical conversations” along the lines of what Mike talks about in his book, not left versus right horizontally along political lines, rather the one percent “royals” at the top versus the rest of the “commoners” in America.  We must learn to appeal more to emotions and use fewer numbers and statistics the way Democrats have gotten used to.


After Mike McCabe, Sondy Pope, state rep for the area, spoke to us and answered questions.  She expected Governor Walker to be even more emboldened by his loss of the presidential nomination and return to Wisconsin.  We are now being led by a “desperate” person, she said.  Among the subjects she expects him and his cohorts such as Senator Fitzgerald and Rep. Vos to pursue are these:

  • Privatize the Wisconsin Retirement Fund
  • Change the Constitution so that the Superintendent of Public Schools is appointed by the governor not elected by the people
  • Bury the move to change the way we redistrict voting
  • Change the Government Accountability Board into a politically appointed body


“There’s nothing to stop them,” she said.


Ron Biendseil spoke about income inequality and wondered if Progressive Partners members wanted to have an event to educate people on it around the appearance of Robert Reich in Madison on October 24th.  Is there interest in a follow-up event?  What concerns, such as the misuse of TID’s in some communities, should be addressed?


This land is your land,

This land is my land

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DAP meeting notes for September 14, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes from September 14, 2015


Next meeting: Monday, September 21, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.  Agenda will include announcements, modify agenda, reports on recent activities, old business, new business, adjourn, post-meeting update on Bernie Sanders campaign.


There were six people at the September 14th meeting. 


Announcements included Fighting Bob Fest, September 24th SCGA meeting, September 27th Progressive Partners meeting, change in SRD training to September 23rd, October 20th Blues for Bernie at the Link Lounge in Madison, October 24th Robert Reich appearance in Madison.


The meeting and conversation with DeForest Police Chief Bob Henze was re-scheduled to October 5, 2015.


John the Elder reported on the last meeting of the South Central Grassroots alliance meeting, most of which was devoted to work on a training program for new and aspiring grassroots groups.


Karen reported that $352 worth of buttons and bumper stickers had been sold at Madison Labor Fest.


Marcia reported on the latest news about the incorporation of Windsor referendum coming up this fall.


Sorry for the late and short report this week.  See you tomorrow.          JohnSki


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DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for August 31, 2015


NO MEETING MONDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2015, Labor Day.  At least five of us will be going to Labor Fest at the Madison Labor Temple to work on information tables, sell buttons and bumper stickers, and enjoy what the festival has to offer.


Next meeting: Monday, September 14, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.


Be sure to mark your calendars for the September 14th meeting.  Our special guest will be DeForest Police Chief Bob Henze.  In an informal conversation, Bob will share with us his views on 21st century American policing, especially as it relates to the village of DeForest and surrounding area.  Bob encourages us to read the police department’s annual reports on the department’s website ahead of time, in order to acquaint ourselves with it and to formulate a few questions or comments.  You can access the police department website through the village’s website, .  Even if you haven’t been to a DAP meeting in some time, please try to make this meeting so we have a good turnout for Bob.  It is a great opportunity to meet one of DeForest’s key government officials.


There were five people at the August 31 meeting.  As of the end of July we had $345.94 in the DAP treasury.  Announcements:

  • Celebrate Science September 3rd at 12:30.  Meet at the King Street entrance to the Capitol.  More Information
  • Labor Fest  Monday September 7th at 12:00--5:00 
  • Blues fans for Bernie Fund Raising Event: October 20th at 6:00--9:00 pm at the Brink Lounge, 701 E. Washington Ave.
  • Robert Reich speaking on October 24th at the Madison Public library
  • Martha Laning, new chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, will be the featured speaker at the Firefly in Oregon on Friday, September 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  (Laning has told our own John Stanley that she will not endorse any primary candidate before the general election.)


We began the pre-meeting with a long discussion about primary election politics.  (No kidding, eh?  J )


Ginny and JohnSki reported on their attendance at the recent transit meeting at the DeForest public library, hosted by several Dane County supervisors, including ours, Maureen McCarville.  Most of the discussion revolved around how to get buses in service from the outlying communities like DeForest and Windsor into Madison.  There was other discussion on rail and multi-modal or inter-modal, coordinated transportation in Dane County’s future.  Ginny and John sat with Ron Wolfe of Waunakee GROW.  Ron is interested in coming to one of our meetings to discuss rail, a subject dear to his heart and on which he is well informed.


The DAP regular meeting ended and gave way to an ad hoc Bernie Sanders for President meeting.

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Meeting notes for August 24, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for August 24, 2015


Next meeting: Monday, August 31, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.


Five of us met at Ginny’s on August 24th.



  • August 26, Nancy Price on resisting the  TPP
  • August 28 – noon, Madison Central Park, America’s Journey for Justice Rally
  • September 3, 1:00 p.m., Celebrate Science (Clean Power/Health/Life) – meet at King Street entrance to Capitol & walk to DNR main office – sign up at
  • October 20th , 6-9:00 p.m. – Blues Fans for Bernie Fund Raising Event at Brink Lounge, 701 E. Washington Ave.
  • Reminder: Robert Reich, Oct. 24th at Madison Public Library
  • Labor Fest, September 7th: noon-5 p.m., Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St., Madison


We discussed more about the movie we viewed last week, “King Corn.”


JohnSki is to contact Chief Bob Henze of the DeForest Police Department to set a date for him to sit down with us for an informal discussion about his department and policing issues in DeForest and across the country.  (Done: September 14th, Chief Henze will join us at our regular meeting at 6:00 p.m. at Ginny’s house.)


Karen reported on her attendance at the messaging seminar in Richland Center on August 22nd.  Scott Witkopf presented.  We should talk about values, not issues.  Values unite, issues divide.  Karen offered us other tips as well for good message construction such as, “Do not use negation.”  Negation such as, “Money is not speech!” just reinforces the frame you are trying to negate.  It is better to say something like, “Dark money outshouts our voices,” or “Save our freedom from money in politics.”


Ginny reported on her attendance at the Bernie Sanders for president meeting on the 20th.  Nate is ordering bumper stickers.  Adam Dahl (sp?) paid for a bus to Dubuque to attend a Bernie Sanders rally there.  He made $1000 on t-shirt sales.  John Stanley is chair of the effort to organize Bernie for president in Wisconsin.  Ginny is vice-chair.  John hopes to get the Ho Chunk to hold a fund raiser for Bernie at their casino in Baraboo.  “Four-ups” for Bernie handouts have been developed, and Ginny passed around samples.  The four-ups have “Bernie’s Platform” printed on one side and other messages on the other side.  Marcia is going to translate them into Spanish.  We should all call 1-202-863-8000 to express our desire to have more candidate debates.  There is a trip coming up to Washington, D.C., in October for a 100k person gathering for Bernie on the Mall.


On Wednesday, September 23trd, the Dane County Clerk will hold training for special deputy voting registrars in Fitchburg.


Peter informed us that the Dane County budget comes out August 28th.  There will be public hearings before the board passes it.

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Meeting notes from August 17, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes from August 17, 2015


Next meeting: Monday, August 24, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.


At the meeting on the 17th, six of us viewed the movie, “King Corn” and learned a lot about how pervasive the product is in our American economy.  We enjoyed some good snacks, too, and each others’ company.


The agenda for the next meeting will continue topics and reports from recent meetings.  Review recently past notes and agendas and bring your own ideas to share.

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for August 10, 2015

Deforest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for August 10, 2015


NEXT MEETING IS MOVIE NIGHT!  We will view “King Corn” at Marcia’s house, 3953 Finch Trail in the Windsor Hills neighborhood.  Bring your own drink and a snack to share, if you wish.  “King Corn” is about the food industry, GMO’s, etc.


Six of us met on the 10th.



  • Janet wants to know if anyone is willing to sit at the Farmer’s Market to educate on the Windsor incorporation referendum coming up in the November election.    846-4472
  • On August 22nd there is a training in Madison to be voter ambassadors.  Participants will get much information on being a deputy voter registrar.
  • On September 23rd Scott McDonnel will be holding a training session for all municipalities for voter registration.  Paul Lindquist of GROW has further information.
  • Karen handed out a flyer she composed with Windsor and DeForest voter registration information on it.


The conversation and Q&A with DeForest Police Chief Bob Henze is set for September 17, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Jefferson Square Clubhouse, 717 DeForest Street in DeForest.  Now we need to publicize it.  JohnSki is to get topics to Karen for flyers and announcements.  We need to brainstorm more questions and issues to bring up and share the list with Chief Henze prior to the gathering.  The meeting is open to the public.  All should go to the police department’s website via the Village of DeForest website to learn much more about the DeForest Police Department.


Marcia gave her third report on her and Karen’s attendance at Netroots Nation in Phoenix.  The next Netroots Nation conference will be in St. Louis next year to recognize the trouble in Ferguson, suburb of St. Louis.  Marcia talked with some native women at the conference who were being displaced off their land by a coal company for the coal under the land.  We talked about other examples of native exploitation too.


Marcia continued on the topic of food trucks, based on an article she read in National Geographic.  The operators of the trucks (like food carts in Madison) tweet where they are going to be, so that customers can meet them.  Many of the food truck customers are millenials who depend on Twitter for a lot of things.  This is a way to go to where the people are and is worthy of consideration for our work of publicizing issues of interest.  Karen mentioned a technique of Tweeting called “piggybacking,” where you can put your tweet into another tweet and get into the stream.  We need more training and advice on how to use Twitter and other social media more effectively.


Ginny reminded everyone of the movie next meeting (see above) and the Robert Reich event scheduled for October 24th in Madison, of which we are a sponsor and have offered to help.


We discussed the redesign of our website.  Karen made the comment, “A website is like a sign in front of an office, saying this is where we are and this is who we are.”  The current cost for our website is $63 and is being borne by Marcia and Karen.  It includes $9 for the potential DAAT (name change to DeForest Area Action Team?) website.  The basic monthly cost of $54 includes voter data not being used.  Do we still want to get that data?  If we stop the data, the cost drops to $34 for a short time.  Another alternative is to “hang” our website on the WGN site for $9 a month.  Further discussion on this topic at future meetings.


Ginny reported that the Media Summit in Stevens Point last Saturday, August 8th, went well.  Also there from DAP were Peter, JohnSt., and Marcia (did I leave anyone out?).  Doug Cunningham of Workers Independent News was there.  Others included Joyce Luedke (sp) of Middle Wisconsin, a grass roots organization based in Wausau that also puts out an electronic newsletter.  Mark Taylor said that something called Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative might be what the group is looking for.  There was much discussion on organization of the group for its purposes.  Peter noted that Doug C. mentioned that in Wisconsin, radio in barns is important and also at high school football and basketball games.  UW-Extension Continuing Education had a person there.  There were many other interesting people that Peter and the others met at the summit.  There was much more reported at our meeting, but I didn’t get it all in notes.


We discussed having our own training among ourselves to sharpen our social media skills.  When should we do this training?  Late September?  October?  Where?  We need a place with computers or at least everyone with a laptop to use or share. 


Who will volunteer to sell buttons at Labor Fest and Bob Fest?  See Karen.



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August 3, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for August 3, 2015


Next meeting: Monday, August 10, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.


There were five people at the August 3rd meeting.


We were reminded of the Bernie Sanders organizing meeting August 6th at the Denny’s in Monona.


Peter, Ginny, Karen, and Marcia are going with John St. to help with his Media Summit in Stevens Point Saturday, the 8th.


Who has not seen and signed the petition to End Machine Voting in Wisconsin?


Karen provided information on the hearings and informational sessions coming up on Waukesha’s efforts to tap into Great Lakes water.  There will be one on August 17th at Carol University in Waukesha and another August 18th at Zilber School of Public Health in Milwaukee.  We received an informational handout on it.  Contact Karen if you want more information.


Karen provided an update on the Windsor incorporation issue.  The town has hired a public relations consultant to promote passage of the referendum.  Karen volunteered DAP to help if needed.


Karen informed us that Sun Prairie community radio is on the air!  FM 103.5


Marcia continued her report on her and Karen’s attendance at Netroots Nation in Phoenix.  She liked the giant room at the affair where people had tables with information and much conversation about their various organizations.  It was valuable to talk one on one and to learn and to get to know people.  There were many breakout sessions.  Marcia was enthusiastic about social media and how it can reach out to big pools of people with information that they do not often get otherwise but are nevertheless interested in.  Marcia especially featured Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


We decided to host a movie night for our August 17th meeting. The film will be “King Corn” about GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) and a whole host of issues surrounding how our food is generated.  The showing will be at Marcia’s house, 3953 Finch Trail in the Windsor Hill neighborhood, beginning at about 6:00 p.m.  Bring your own drinks and a snack to share if you can.  Everyone is welcome!


We decided to tentatively schedule September 17th at 7:00 p.m. for our talk with Chief Bob Henze of the DeForest Police Department, if arrangements can work out for that date.  JohnSki will reserve the Jefferson Square Clubhouse for that date.  Further planning will take place at the next meeting.  Members are encouraged to go to the police department’s web site to familiarize themselves with the department and generate questions for the chief.  Please put that date on your calendars and plan to attend and join in the conversation about our communities and the policing in them.


We agreed to respond positively to Ron Biendseil’s request for support of Robert Reich’s appearance in Madison on October 24th at the downtown Madison library.  We will co-sponsor the event and do what we can to publicize it and help out in any way we are needed.  We will put it on our web sites, Facebook, etc., leaflets, posters, and letters to the editor, whatever is needed.  JohnSki will reply to Ron B. and ask what is expected of us.


Ginny reported on the big response to the Bernie Sanders telecast and meeting at Denny’s in Monona.  There were around seventy people there.  It was a mixed crowd with at least ten college students, elderly on fixed incomes, middle aged, and young adults with families.  Similar gatherings took place all over the area, including Windsor, Verona, Middleton, Sun Prairie, and Madison, as well as many locations throughout the state.


Marcia raised the idea of promoting bee keeping as a way to help the ecology.  There is a man in Madison who will place hives in peoples’ yards and maintain them.  We might see about getting him out to one of our meetings sometime.

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July 27, 2015

Deforest Area Progressives

Meeting notes

July 27, 2015


Next meeting: Monday, August 3, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.


There were seven people at the July 27th meeting.


JohnSki announced the Wisconsin Public Education Network Summer Summit, scheduled for Thursday, August 20, 2015, 12:30-5:00 p.m. at Kromrey Middle School, 7009 Donna Drive, Sun Prairie.  Go to for details and registration.


A question arose about the DAP Facebook page.  Anyone can go to it to visit or post a message.


JohnSki talked to DeForest Police Chief Bob Henze abut speaking and engaging in a Q&A discussion.  Bob said he would be glad to do so and would prefer a whole community gathering to just a DAP meeting.  The group thought late September might be a good time to hold it.  Where?  Library?  Community Center?  Jefferson Square Clubhouse?  Somewhere else?  Interested DAP members should go to the police department’s website (via the village website?) to read the annual report and other information.  Some of the topics of interest might be community policing, the Citizens Academy, stresses on the community such as minorities and poverty, crime, gangs, drugs, safety issues.


The DAP treasury has had a little bit of deposit and a little bit of expenses lately.  JohnSki will bring in the next bank statement to report in detail.


Frank expressed concern with the vast amount of development taking place in the Town of Windsor.  So much of it seems to be stretching right up to the edges of streets and roadways.  The excavation seems to be devastating to existing trees.  It would seem desirable to require developers to maintain at least one tree in the front of each lot and one in the rear, if not more trees and vegetation.  Are there landscaping requirements in town ordinances or in the zoning code?  Is this a community rights issue?  Should we appear at some town meetings to express our interest?


Karen reported on the Town of Windsor incorporation issue.  There is a meeting tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. (Karen intends to attend) to discuss public education on the issue and another meeting on July 30th at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the referendum and town options.  The latter will be the fourth in a series of four listening sessions.  The wording of the referendum has not yet been composed.  State legislation permitting this referendum includes language that says that all existing agreements like boundary agreements must remain in force.


JohnSt. has called Heather a couple of times to find out if DAP could join Wisconsin Public Education Network at a reduced rate less than the $100 usually charged, as DAP is too small to justify the $100 fee, even though we would like to belong and will support what WPEN does.  Heather has yet to call back.


The Media summit scheduled for August 8th in Stevens Point is all set.  John St. is running it.  Ginny discussed refreshments arrangements.  Other DAP members are engaged in this project too, helping John out.


Karen and Marcia (she’s back!) reported on their experience at Netroots Nation in Phoenix July 16-18.  They passed out copies of the schedule of workshops*, which was quite impressive.  Karen and Marcia have agreed to compose a strategic analysis of the conference for the Wisconsin Grassroots Network.  They will be writing up their notes for the sessions they attended. 


We discussed the upcoming July 29th Bernie Sanders meetings at Denny’s in Monona, the Rodeside Restaurant in Windsor-DeForest, and two other locations in Dane County.  John Stanley and Roger Springman are organizing for Bernie in Wisconsin.  There is heavy Facebook communication for Bernie Sanders.  John St. has been very active in it.  There are local meetings like this scheduled in all fifty states.  A simulcast of Bernie speaking will be featured.  We had a long discussion on what is effective in organizing and campaigning.  Personal conversation is by far the best.


John St. said that We Are Wisconsin is organizing a giant coalition of progressive groups, unions, political parties, and other organizations.  They are hoping to hold a convention soon hosted by A New People.  There will be a meeting at the end of August to decide the next steps.


DAP should have another movie night soon.  Karen has a bunch of movies she has been collecting.  John St. said he is interested in learning more about GMO’s.  Marcia recommended Naomi Klein’s book, This Changes Everything about climate change.


*Sample of titles: Love is a Revolutionary Act, Turning Young Activism into Policy, To Change Everything It Takes Everyone, Corporate Takeover Goes Local, The Ethics Studies Ban, Living in a Militarized Zone, The Progressive Grassroots Christian Movement, Creative for All: The Keys to Creating Compelling Content, Small Scale Facebook Campaigns, Facebook-Powered Growth, Guerrillarized Grassroots Advocacy, Twitter, NationBuilder

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