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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, http://www.vi.deforest.wi.us .  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 https://www.uppitywis.org/content/day-action-celebrate-science
  • 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.

 

Announcements:

  • 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 bit.ly/CelebrateScience
  • 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.

 

Announcements:

  • 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.

 

LET’S HAVE A GOOD TURNOUT FOR MOVIE NIGHT NEXT MONDAY !!!

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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 http://goo.gl/forms/zgzml4cEfI 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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July 13, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for July 13, 2015

 

Next meeting: Monday, July 20, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.

 

Six of us met on July 13th.

 

We discussed several Bernie Sanders events, past and future.  Karen recommended a Celtic music duo coming to the Stoughton Opera House in November: Natalie McMaster and Donald Lakee (sp).

 

Ginny reported on the 4th of July float in the DeForest parade.  She and John St. finished the float that Friday, the 3rd, then put on the finishing touches the next day before the parade.  The float – “Capturing Democracy” – was well received along the parade route.  Now we need storage space if we want to save some of the makings for next year’s float, if we have one.  Ginny also put in two hours volunteering to help with bingo, for which she credited DAP.

 

What new project(s) can DAP start in our community?  One idea is to have the DeForest police chief come to speak to us.  Another idea is to have Ron Wolfe from GROW in Waunakee come to speak to us about transportation and especially rail transportation.  Are there any volunteer opportunities coming up in the communities?  There will probably be a river clean up sponsored by the Friends of the Upper Yahara River Headwaters.  There is a cleanup of the river through the Bollig property just purchased by the county.

 

Further discussion of the possibility of having Chief Bob Henze come to speak found interest in what kinds of crime exist in DeForest, gangs? the depth of the drug problem, and the alleged militarization of U.S. police.  Should such an event be just us or for the whole community?  The police department has an annual report that can be found on their website.  If we open it up to the whole community, we should make it clear that this is non-partisan and non-political, so that we do not put off those who might object to the “progressive” in our name.  Peter recommended former Madison police chief David Couper’s blog.  GROW of Waunakee met with their chief and recommended the activity.  JohnSki said he would contact Chief Henze and discuss it with him.

 

We discussed the Enbridge pipeline again.  Peter said the new state budget makes it difficult for counties to regulate pipelines.

 

Peter provided a detailed report of the voter ID problem.  The Madison City Clerk’s office identified 8000 people who will need ID’s to vote.  Peter and others helped stuff envelopes with information to those people.  Peter had previously shown us the leaflets with information on how people can get the ID they need.  Peter said he had had a disappointing experience trying to register UW students.  John St. said he had just the opposite experience during the Walker recall affair.

 

We talked about joining the Wisconsin Professional Education Network.  Cost is $100.  Most thought we had too small a treasury to make it worthwhile joining, as much as we want to back WPEN and what they do.  Education of kids must be a high priority.  John St. said he would contact Heather to see if we can belong on a lesser level than the $100 level.

 

Karen added $11 to our treasury from button sales she had made.

 

John St. briefed us on progress made toward the August 8th Media Summit he is organizing in Stevens Point.  We talked about logistics.  Ginny, Karen, and Peter volunteered to help John St. with the event.  John St. will email a copy of the flyer to JohnSki for distribution to Progressive Partners and the DAP email list.

 

Both Peter and John St. have been working on the Bernie Sanders campaign.  They discussed various approaches different supporters are taking.  We had a lively discussion on how campaigns are run.  There is a big meeting of Bernie Sanders workers July 29th at the Denny’s in Monona from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., during which Bernie himself will be broadcast to similar meetings taking place all over the country.

 

Karen updated us on the Town of Windsor incorporation.  The state budget recently passed and signed includes the incorporation.  The next step will be a referendum within the town on whether or not to pursue the incorporation as a village.  Karen does not know what kind of education campaign the town will put on, but if the town officials do not do such an education campaign, she – Karen – intends to do one herself.  Karen is a big backer of the town’s becoming a village and will work to see that the referendum passes.  Will DeForest campaign against the referendum? 

 

John St. mentioned the Monona Water Walk that took place Friday and Saturday.  Leonardo went to hear the Bill Miller concert and said it was great, although poorly publicized and not well attended.  The rest of the Water Walk was well attended though.  John St. said he enjoyed and learned a lot from the other native American presentations. 

 

John St. expressed an idea that we might want to pursue.  We can set up listening sessions in parks and other public places with signs that say, “Come Speak With me.”  Jeff Smith did that in Eau Claire with some success during his run for state Assembly.  We would have to do some training on how to do this for those who might be interested.  John thought this idea is a good alternative to the tired old door knocking and lit drops of campaigns.

 

This is a long report from an interesting and worthwhile meeting.

 

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Meeting notes for June 22, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes from June 22, 2015

 

Next meeting: Monday, June 29, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.

 

There were six people at the meeting on the 22nd.

 

Most of the meeting was spent in conversation with Heather Dubois Bourenane, coordinator for the Wisconsin Public Education Network (WPEN).  Heather is also an active member of our sister progressive organization, SPARC of Sun Prairie.  The WPEN is a statewide organization that meets once a month and through its email network.  The purpose is to find some unity of message amidst the many assaults on public schools taking place right now.  Powerful lobbying groups like the American Federation for Children have influenced our legislature and governor to replace public education with a patchwork of private charter schools and voucher systems.  Even at the local school board level, some school boards now have members who actually oppose public schools!  WPEN believes that public schools are at the heart of our communities and democracy.

 

The activities of WPEN are directed toward telling our legislators that their wrong policies do not reflect the will of their constituents.  The right wing agenda is to redirect public school money – tax money – to pay for private school tuition, reducing the finances available to public school districts.  If the state budget passes the way it is, some schools will close.  Rural schools will suffer the most.

 

In Wisconsin, all of the schools that have applied to be voucher schools are religious schools.  Eighty-six percent of kids using vouchers have been in their private school the previous year, so the claim that vouchers will enable poor children to change schools if they see fit is fiction.  There are no state standards for private schools, no regulations.  Private schools can discriminate against students who apply to them and “cherry-pick” the best students and not have to take special needs students or troubled students.  Heather was quick to add that she is not intending to bash private schools.  The point is that public money should not be going to pay for unaccountable private schools, most of which provide religious instruction along with the other subjects, to the detriment of existing public schools.

 

Heather suggested that those of us who do not approve of what this state biennial budget does to public education, should let our elected representatives know that if they support it we will not vote for them next election.  She also asked that we “like” WPEN’s Facebook page.  We shared much more during the discussion, but this is the gist of it.  Thank you very much, Heather, for your expertise and your work.  You can contact Heather at hlduboisbourenane@gmail.com or at 608-572-1696.

 

Karen sold $25 worth of buttons for DAP at the energy fair in Custer last weekend.  She said she could have done better if she had been located at a different table.  The treasury reimbursed her $128 for ink cartridges.  Karen has plans for more button sales in the future.

 

Fourth of July parade float building is progressing.  The theme is “Capturing Democracy” with a butterfly motif.  If you want to join in with the float project and ride or walk along during the parade, contact Ginny.

 

Regarding the proposed name change of DeForest Area Progressives from that to DeForest Area Action Team, Ginny said she talked to Marcia about it and Marcia asked that we wait until she gets back to decide.

 

Peter reported on much activity with the Dane County Democratic Party and voter registration.  He has been informed that 8000 Dane County voters do not have voter ID.  Peter said that Representative Ellison from Minnesota is starting a “Voters First” initiative.  Peter will look into it and report back.  The new Wisconsin Democratic Party chair, Martha Laning, is collecting stories about how the governor’s policies are affecting real people throughout the state.

 

What new project(s) does DAP want to start?  Ginny would like to invite the DeForest police chief to talk to us, as she heard that Waunakee GROW had an interesting session with their chief. 

John St. informed the group of a July 25th celebration being planned for Jeff Smith to present him with an award for his unselfish withdrawal from the race for DPW chair in favor of Martha Laning.

 

John also requested assistance with the August 8th media summit in Stevens Point that he is coordinating.  If you can help John with publicity or logistics at the summit, contact him.

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Meeting notes for June 15, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for June 15, 2015

 

Next meeting: Monday, June 21, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.

There were eight people at the June 15th meeting.

 

Karen submitted $92 to the treasury from button sales and other sources.

 

Heather from SPARC (Sun Prairie progressive action team) will be here next meeting to talk about education.

 

Float building for the DeForest July 4th parade will take place at Ginny’s on Friday, June 19th at 10:00 a.m.  The theme is “Capturing Democracy” with a butterfly and net motif.  Thank you, Ginny and John St. for taking the lead on this.  (Five of us did meet at that time and got some work done.  Thanks for the pizza, Ginny.)

 

We had s lengthy discussion on whether or not to change the name of DeForest Area Progressives (DAP) to DeForest Area Action Team (DAAT) or something else.  The issue arose out of a member’s alleging that the term “progressive” carries with it negative political baggage these days and that it might interfere with what we want to accomplish.  Others disagreed.  Some like being known by the term progressive.  Janet noted that we are known in the election database she works with as DAAT.  Some noted that we have become known as DAP among our peers and in the local community.  Karen reminded us that the Boy Scouts dropped out of our recent “What’s in Your Water?” program because of the political connotations of progressive.  Karen has spent some of her own money on procurement of the DAAT domain name for a website that she has already begun to establish.  She thought we had already decided on the name change.  JohnSki disputed that we had already decided, saying that his notes show that “no action was taken.”  Someone suggested getting Marcia’s opinion, since she had founded the organization to begin with.  We all agreed to continue discussion with no vote taken and no decision made on the name change yet at this time.

 

Karen reported that buttons sold like hotcakes at the Democratic State Convention last weekend.  She is to be commended for her hard work on the button project.  Thank you, Karen!  She will be selling more at the Energy Fair in Custer next Friday.  She has ordered a big bunch of supplies for further enterprises.

 

Karen and Marcia have signed up to attend the Networks Nation conference again this year in Phoenix in July.  It is very expensive for them to go, so Karen has started an informal “crowd funding” project.  She is accepting contributions, so get you money to her asap.  Send checks made out to her or Marcia to Karen Edson, 3953 Finch Trail, DeForest, WI  53532.  They have solicited groups, too, such as Wisconsin Grassroots Network and all of the groups in Progressive Partners, offering to attend whatever workshop the contributing group specifies.  Then upon return, they will give presentations to the contributing group as reports on the workshop attended.  In any case, Karen and Marcia will share everything they learn with as many people and groups as they can when they return.  Good work, Karen and Marcia and good luck!

 

We had a long discussion on the Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW) convention attended by several of our members and associates last weekend in Milwaukee.  The upset victory of Martha Laning was made possible by Jeff Smith (Eau Claire) heroically stepping down and casting his support to Laning, a relative newcomer to the party.  Laning was nominated by Jeff and seconded by state Senator Kathleen Vinehout.  The election of Laning might signal a shift to more influence in the state party by the progressive elements in it.  The Friday caucuses were characterized by some shifty maneuvering outside the rules of the convention.  The Rural Caucus was of particular interest.  More than 200 people attended this year, compared to 60 last year.  Our favorite son, Nate Timm, was re-elected chair of the Rural Caucus in spite of the irregularities; however, Nate’s running mates for vice chair and treasurer did not win.

 

Karen requested that anyone interested in the topics of clean water, Pipeline 61, or renewable energy contact her at kredson1970@gmail.com for new information.

 

JohnSki reported on his and Peter’s attendance at the Progressive Partners picnic-meeting last Sunday, the 14th  ,  in Fitchburg.  There were about 17 people in attendance from about six groups.  We socialized and had some good snacks and drinks.  A discussion was held on peoples’ attendance at and participation in the Dem Party of Wisconsin’s convention.  Several people mentioned the irregularities in the processes, focusing on the Women’s Caucus, the LGBT Caucus, the Rural Caucus, and the Black Caucus.  There was some sentiment to form a new caucus, the Progressive Caucus, in order to promote the more progressive elements of the party and its platform, which, it was noted, is quite progressive if you read it.  JohnSki reported on DAP activities, followed by reports also from GROW of Waunakee, Oregon Area Progressives, Teal Team of West Madison, Middleton Action Team, and Active McFarland.  JohnSki also reported on the formation of South Central Grassroots Alliance (SCGA).  Other topics of discussion at this PP meeting were election integrity, voter ID and registration, the July 25th scheduled appreciation event for Jeff Smith, follow-up on what was done at the April PP meeting in Middleton, media task force of The Progressive magazine.  MAT and OAP are working on getting Robert Reich to do a special progressive oriented event in downtown Madison on October 24th in conjunction with the Madison book fair.  The next PP meeting will be September 13, 20125, in Mount Horeb, hosted by southwest area progressives.

 

Also noted is the August 8, 2015, Media Summit in Stevens Point, hosted by our own John Stanley.  Various progressive publications and radio station people will meet to talk about organizing.

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