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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for November 30, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives (DAP)

Meeting notes for November 30, 2015

 

There were five people at the meeting.  Announcements included

 

  • December 6th Organizing Wisconsin for Bernie Sanders convention at UW Stevens Point campus at the Dreyfus Center, 1015 Reserve St., in the Alumni Rm., 3rd floor; organized by DAP’s own John Stanley
  • December 7th DAP meeting will feature Dane County Judges Rhonda Lanford and Ellen Berz speaking to us on the ins and outs of the judicial system in Dane County. 
  • The Dane County Democratic Party will be holding its annual holiday party Sunday at the Cardinal Bar in downtown Madison.  Karen will be attending her first DCDP Board meeting prior to the party.

 

Karen passed around a calendar of progressive events coming up in the Madison area.

 

JohnSki reported that as of the end of October, we had $708.75 in the DAP treasury, which is kept as a checking account at DMB Community Bank.  Access to the account is through John Scepanski or Marcia Riquelme, who set it up when DAP first started.  Over half of what is currently in the account was produced by Karen Edson and associates by making and selling buttons.  Thank you Karen and associates.

 

We discussed candidates coming up for election April 5, 2016, for local offices, county offices, and Wisconsin Supreme Court.

 

Karen advocated an annual plan for DAP to include such events as the December hunger drive.  We should participate and initiate events in the public eye to promote our progressive values.  Perhaps we can franchise the idea of an annual plan out to other progressive groups like ours.  We might use publicity like videos, news media, work with other groups, and have gatherings at the library to discuss issues with other groups.  Further discussion on Karen’s idea will ensue at future meetings.  Is this an idea we like?  An annual plan might include election campaigning, civic projects like voter registration, candidates’ forums, problem-solving coordination, education on the principles of George Lakoff, use of social media, community movies and subject discussions, hone our lists of principles and values.

 

We decided by consensus to make a contribution of $20 from the DAP treasury to Arboretum Cohousing.  Karen sent this note with the check:

This is a small token of our thanks for your … assistance during the past year with button making and related tasks for our group! We really appreciate fellow Progressives’ cooperation and are delighted to be able to offer some small assistance to your continuing efforts in this area.

 

One of our members brought up the subject of a DeForest Times-Tribune newspaper article that he thought inaccurately described something that happened recently in the DeForest Area School District (DASD).  The article reported that new teachers in the DASD are happy with the way things are going, based on a survey that new teachers filled out on which their signatures were required.  What new teacher is going to report any unhappiness if they have to sign the report?  The informal “word on the street” among new teachers is that they are not completely happy with the way things are.  Should DAP write a letter to the editor about this issue?  It was noted that enrollments in schools of education around the country are down due to disillusionment with the education profession and how teachers and others are being treated by elected administrations, Wisconsin included.

 

We should be careful when we ask speakers to come to our meetings.  Get the group’s permission first, if you want to schedule someone to speak.  We need rules on how to bring things up at meetings, how to propose projects, how to behave at meetings.  Someone is going to look into the possibility of hosting meetings and events at meeting rooms at the new Norske Nook restaurant.  It was suggested that we consider meeting every other week, instead of every week.  Some members have reservations about every other week not being frequently enough to keep up energy.  Others think we burn out with meetings that are too frequent.  Consensus was that we should try every other week and see how it turns out.

 

We decided by consensus to spend $167.75 from our treasury to buy a cut-out machine to facilitate button-making.  Cutting out by hand gets counterproductive when there are large orders. 

 

Karen also brought up a project of distributing “bankster” cards.  She will purchase a sample set for DAP perusal.  Subjects include, for example, Goldman Sachs, Corporate Personhood, Health Care, The Military Industrial Complex, etc., etc., you get the idea.  The cards are for handing out on the street at events, in order to draw attention to issues.  Karen, you come up with so many ideas!  Thank you.

 

We adjourned the regular meeting and proceeded into a political discussion concerning campaigns for Bernie Sanders and others.

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for Nov. 16, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for November 16, 2015

 

Next meeting: Monday, November 30, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. 

 

PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO MEETING NOVEMBER 23RD, due to the holiday.

 

There were only two people at the November 16th meeting L.  Other regular members were off doing other things, especially campaigning for Bernie Sanders, so Ginny and I did not hold a meeting. 

 

Announcements included

  • A World of Peace – on November 21st  at Komrey Middle School, 7009 Donna Drive, Middleton; contact Dawn or Art at callforpeace@callforpeace.org     www.callforpeace.org     www.anewpeople.net
  • December 6th Organizing Wisconsin for Bernie Sanders convention at UW Stevens Point campus; more information to follow later.  Note change in date from Dec. 5th.
  • At the November 11, Dane Dems monthly meeting, our own Karen Edson won the election for the 37th Assembly District representative on the Dane Democratic Board.
  • December 7th DAP meeting will feature Dane County Judges Rhonda Lanford and Ellen Berz speaking to us on the ins and outs of the judicial system in Dane County.  Please try to make this meeting.  Note tonight’s attendance above (2 L ).  We want to embarrass neither our guests nor ourselves by only afew of us showing up to hear two distinguished folks.  Please let John Scepanski know whether you are going to be in attendance or not.

 

 

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for November 9, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for November 9, 2015

 

Next meeting: Monday, November 16, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. 

 

There were only four people at the November 2nd meeting L.  Announcements included

  • A World of Peace – on November 21st  at Komrey Middle School, 7009 Donna Drive, Middleton; contact Dawn or Art at callforpeace@callforpeace.org     www.callforpeace.org     www.anewpeople.net
  • December 6th Organizing Wisconsin for Bernie Sanders convention at UW Stevens Point campus; more information to follow later.  Note change in date from Dec. 5th.
  • November 11, Dane Dems monthly meeting will elect officers.  Our Karen Edson is running for board member at large.  Paid up Democratic Party members of the 37th Assembly District (Jagler) are asked to attend and vote for Karen.  (Karen, John St, and JohnSki went and elected Karen.)
  • December 7th DAP meeting will feature Dane County Judges Rhonda Lanford and Ellen Berz speaking to us on the ins and outs of the judicial system in Dane County.  Please try to make this meeting.  Note tonight’s attendance above (4 L ).  We want to embarrass neither our guests nor ourselves by only four of us showing up to hear two distinguished folks.  Please let John Scepanski know whether you are going to be in attendance or not.

 

Regarding upcoming elections, JohnSki said he had received an email from Mary Arnold, stating that the candidate that they had recruited to challenge Assembly Representative John Jagler next November had backed out, so they are still looking for someone to step up to the plate against Jagler. 

 

As Town of Windsor voters last week overwhelmingly voted to incorporate as the Village of Windsor, current town supervisors will continue on as village trustees until the April 2016 election, at which time all Windsor Village trustee positions will be up for election.  The village president and two trustees will run for one year terms, and the other two trustees will run for two year terms, so as to set up staggered terms.  It remains to be seen if the board will expand to seven members, as are most village boards in Wisconsin.

 

JohnSki is to work on a list of which elections are held when in 2016 and who is up for re-election in them.  This is to help DAP better prepare and prioritize for campaign activity.

 

Janet said she is connected to the Kloppenberg and Feingold campaigns.  She asked for new ideas beyond the usual canvassing and phone banks, which some veteran campaigners are getting tired of and questioning the efficacy of those techniques.  We brainstormed a few ideas:

  • lit drops
  • signs
  • GOTV
  • neighborhood parties
  • letters to the editor
  • target groups (example: an area of known Democrats who have not voted for awhile)
  • social media

 

We need more organization and leadership.  We need to find and recruit candidates.

 

Dawn is working on the judges’ forum for the next April elections in Dane County.  She wants to know the interest among DAP members to work on this project.  Can we get enough people to make it worthwhile?  Who will work on it?  Can we combine the Kloppenberg Supreme Court race with Dane County judges’ races?  There seems to be just one contested judges’ race in Dane County.

 

We finished the evening’s meeting with a discussion on what DAP wants to be.  Why do we get such poor attendance at Monday night meetings?  Should we go to every other week?  Where do we want to go with this progressive group?  Further discussion will ensue at future meetings.

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for November 9, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for November 9, 2015

 

Next meeting: Monday, November 16, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. 

 

There were only four people at the November 2nd meeting L.  Announcements included

  • A World of Peace – on November 21st  at Komrey Middle School, 7009 Donna Drive, Middleton; contact Dawn or Art at callforpeace@callforpeace.org     www.callforpeace.org     www.anewpeople.net
  • December 6th Organizing Wisconsin for Bernie Sanders convention at UW Stevens Point campus; more information to follow later.  Note change in date from Dec. 5th.
  • November 11, Dane Dems monthly meeting will elect officers.  Our Karen Edson is running for board member at large.  Paid up Democratic Party members of the 37th Assembly District (Jagler) are asked to attend and vote for Karen.  (Karen, John St, and JohnSki went and elected Karen.)
  • December 7th DAP meeting will feature Dane County Judges Rhonda Lanford and Ellen Berz speaking to us on the ins and outs of the judicial system in Dane County.  Please try to make this meeting.  Note tonight’s attendance above (4 L ).  We want to embarrass neither our guests nor ourselves by only four of us showing up to hear two distinguished folks.  Please let John Scepanski know whether you are going to be in attendance or not.

 

Regarding upcoming elections, JohnSki said he had received an email from Mary Arnold, stating that the candidate that they had recruited to challenge Assembly Representative John Jagler next November had backed out, so they are still looking for someone to step up to the plate against Jagler. 

 

As Town of Windsor voters last week overwhelmingly voted to incorporate as the Village of Windsor, current town supervisors will continue on as village trustees until the April 2016 election, at which time all Windsor Village trustee positions will be up for election.  The village president and two trustees will run for one year terms, and the other two trustees will run for two year terms, so as to set up staggered terms.  It remains to be seen if the board will expand to seven members, as are most village boards in Wisconsin.

 

JohnSki is to work on a list of which elections are held when in 2016 and who is up for re-election in them.  This is to help DAP better prepare and prioritize for campaign activity.

 

Janet said she is connected to the Kloppenberg and Feingold campaigns.  She asked for new ideas beyond the usual canvassing and phone banks, which some veteran campaigners are getting tired of and questioning the efficacy of those techniques.  We brainstormed a few ideas:

  • lit drops
  • signs
  • GOTV
  • neighborhood parties
  • letters to the editor
  • target groups (example: an area of known Democrats who have not voted for awhile)
  • social media

 

We need more organization and leadership.  We need to find and recruit candidates.

 

Dawn is working on the judges’ forum for the next April elections in Dane County.  She wants to know the interest among DAP members to work on this project.  Can we get enough people to make it worthwhile?  Who will work on it?  Can we combine the Kloppenberg Supreme Court race with Dane County judges’ races?  There seems to be just one contested judges’ race in Dane County.

 

We finished the evening’s meeting with a discussion on what DAP wants to be.  Why do we get such poor attendance at Monday night meetings?  Should we go to every other week?  Where do we want to go with this progressive group?  Further discussion will ensue at future meetings.

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for November 2, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for November 2, 2015

 

Next meeting: Monday, November 9, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. 

 

There were six people at the November 2nd meeting, including Nate Timm from Wisconsin Grassroots Network (WGN).  Announcements included

  • A World of Peace – on November 21st at 3:30-7:00 p.m. at Komrey Middle School, 7009 Donna Drive, Middleton; contact Dawn or Art at callforpeace@callforpeace.org     www.callforpeace.org     www.anewpeople.net
  • December 5th Organizing Wisconsin for Bernie Sanders convention at UW Stevens Point campus; more information to follow later
  • November 11, Dane Dems monthly meeting will elect officers.  Our Karen Edson is running for board member at large.  Paid up Democratic Party members of the 37th Assembly District (Jagler) are asked to attend and vote for Karen.  (Karen, John St, and JohnSki are all hoping to go.
  • Vote for Windsor village referendum tomorrow, November 3rd.

 

There was no further report from JohnSki on future elections and candidates.

Judges Ellen Berz and candidate Rhonda Landford will be at our regular DAP Monday meeting on November 16th.  Please try to be there to make a good showing for them.

Dawn is going to a Kloppenberg fund raiser and will ask her if she would participate in a judges’ forum in DeForest.

There is an anti-hunger event being planned for DeForest area food banks in early December.  Do we want to participate as DAP?  Members present seemed interested.  Should we make it more than just a food drive?  Publicize hunger and homelessness in our area?  John St. had good information from his run for DeFo board.  Generate publicity before and after?  Have press releases done by us and groups working with us?  YouTube video?  Thank everyone with emails when it’s done?

John St. mentioned Christmas bell ringing for the Salvation Army at Ace Hardware and Pick & Save.  If interested, go to the locations and tear off a tag from the announcement.

There are a lot of Assembly districts where there are no Democrats running.  The Dem strategy in Wisconsin should include building in all districts, running candidates for local offices.  Nate and Adam from WGN are willing to go out and train candidates, as they have in the past.  JohnSki talked to Janet Mills.  She is coordinating election efforts for Joanne Kloppenberg in the area.

The meeting adjourned and turned into a Bernie Sanders for President discussion.  John Stanley has been designated a point person for Bernie in Wisconsin.  Contact John if you want to get involved.  There is an effort afoot to print and send out holiday greeting cards urging people to vote for Bernie.  Bernie emphasizes the grassroots nature of his campaign.  John described the Wisconsin 72 county strategy for Bernie.  There will be breakout sessions in all eight Congregational districts on communications, literature distribution, signs, and a high visibility campaign.  Think about locations to put large, 4’x4’ and 8’x4’ signs.

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for October 26, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for October 26, 2015

 

Next meeting: Monday, November 2, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. 

 

There were five people at the October 26th meeting.  Announcements included

  • A World of Peace – on November 21st at 3:30-7:00 p.m. at Komrey Middle School, 7009 Donna Drive, Middleton; contact Dawn or Art at callforpeace@callforpeace.org     www.callforpeace.org     www.anewpeople.net
  • December 5th Organizing Wisconsin for Bernie Sanders convention at UW Stevens Point campus; more information to follow later
  • November 11, Dane Dems monthly meeting will elect officers.  Our Karen Edson is running for board member at large.  Party members are asked to attend and vote for Karen.

 

John St. got three comments from people who cannot get return calls or emails from our Dane County Board representative, Maureen McCarville.  Marcia reported the same experience.  Maureen is one of us, and we want her to get on the ball with her constituents, so that she serves them well and does not leave herself open to criticism at her next election.

 

JohnSki reported on local candidates up for re-election in 2016, as follows:

 

April 5, 2016, Town of Windsor supervisors Don Madelung and Monica Smith are up for re-election

 

April 5, 2016, Village of DeForest Supervisors Jeff Miller, Dick Josephson, and Chip Van Meter are up.

 

Jan Berg, Steve Tenpas, and Kate Lund are up for re-election to the DeForest Area School Board: Berg and Lund from the V. of DeForest; Tenpas from the T. of Windsor.

 

Maureen McCarville and Dennis O’Loughlin are up for their positions as Supervisors on the Dane County Board.

 

According to DeForest village clerk, Lu Ann Leggett, https://myvote.wi.gov/ is a good place to go to find out who your elected officials are.

 

John Stanley is now certified as a deputy registrar in sixteen Dane County jurisdictions to register new voters.

 

John St. has arranged for Dane County Judges Rhonda Landford and Ellen Berz to come to speak to us some Monday in November.  Thanks, John, for your initiative on this.

 

Dawn F. has volunteered to host some DAP Monday meetings at their house in rotation with Ginny.  Dawn also has a friend who might join DAP and would be willing to host meetings too.

 

Ginny and John St. attended the speech and Q&A by Robert Reich at the Madison Book Festival last Saturday.  The venue was crowded, and they saw a lot of our fellow progressive associates there.  Some of the themes of the evening were that the political parties are too divided and they need to come together to find what they have in common.  Much of the animosity is just for show.  John was disappointed that Reich did not talk more about tax inequities.  Ginny was disappointed that he did not give us more tips on what to do.  Still, it was well worth the time.

 

We wondered about getting formerly active DAP members to get active again.  Perhaps upcoming elections in spring will bring some back.  We discussed the spring elections for candidates to the village, town, and county boards.

 

Ginny will make an effort to get DAP Monday night agendas out before the meetings.  She will get at least partial agendas to JohnSki for publication to “the list” with request to submit further agenda items to Ginny before the meetings.

 

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for October 19, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for October 19, 2015

 

Next meeting: Monday, October 26, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. 

 

There were seven people at the October 19th 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  
  • December 5th Bernie Sanders for President convention at UW Stevens Point campus
  • South Central Grassroots Alliance (SCGA) steering committee meeting this Thursday, October 22nd at the Rodeside restaurant in Windsor/DeForest

 

We had a pre-meeting discussion on poll workers and their political affiliations.

 

We continued our discussion from last meeting on the SCGA request that DAP come up with ways to exert “leverage” on those who support the Republican agenda.  Dawn suggested going to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign’s website for information on who contributes to whom – www.wisdc.org/wdc.php.   Karen suggested the Wisconsin Grassroots Network’s website too for that information.  (Karen later sent out an email with further sources of such information.)

 

Ginny attended one of the Town of Windsor’s informational meetings on the subject of the town’s incorporation as a village and the referendum about same on the November 3rd ballot.  Ginny had a question on postal addresses.  Karen added some information too.  A big part of the reason for the incorporation is to protect Windsor’s boundaries from annexations into DeForest, Sun Prairie, or Madison.  Towns in Wisconsin have little legal protections, while villages do have such protections.  Taxes should not be affected much due to the status change, although they might go up for other reasons unrelated to the incorporation.

 

John St. said that he talked to Judge Rhonda Lanford, and she is interested in coming to speak to DAP.  John also asked Judge Ellen Berz.  Dawn asked if we wanted to do an event for Jo Anne Kloppenberg’s candidacy for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice.  A long discussion ensued about whether or not we want to do some sort of big, public event for all of the judges and candidates for judge positions.  Next meeting will continue the discussion, after Dawn has a chance to get further information.  Such an event should be non-partisan.  We can publicize it by flyers, Facebook, and sending a message via the Progressive Partners network and other means.

 

John St. and Peter went to the voting registrar training in Fitchburg.  The bill in the legislature will end deputy registrar privileges, but if it passes current deputy registrars will be grandfathered in until December 2016.

 

After the DAP meeting was adjourned, there was some business conducted by those working for the Bernie Sanders campaign.  John St. is a key contact and activist for Bernie in Wisconsin, and he has made many contacts.  Holiday cards are being designed and printed urging friends and relatives to vote for Bernie.  A “Battle of the Bands” for Bernie is being put together.  Karen suggested that “snowbirds” be reminded to register to vote before they go and to get an absentee ballot for the February primary.

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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?  www.kloppenburgforjustice.com    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.

 

www.prwatch.org 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 www.kloppenburgforjustice.com.  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.  www.buejeannation.com   “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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