DeForest Area Progressives
Meeting notes for March 16, 2015
Next meeting: Monday, March 23, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hills neighborhood. Draft agenda to follow.
There were seven people at the March 16th meeting.
Karen is going to the Tar Sands Educational Event March 19th in Lake Mills, if anyone would like to carpool.
Ginny said that mineral extraction is on the agenda for the next Windsor Town Board meeting.
There is a fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. on March 26th for Justice Bradley’s campaign. Save the date, more information to follow. Who is available for phone banking and doing doors for the campaign? Contact Janet (846-4472) if you can. We discussed and made some arrangements to get lawn signs for Bradley and distribute them. Roger Springman is “wildcatting” - doing a separate order - again. Janet is getting 12 signs and already has places for them. Ginny will put in an order with Roger.
Incidental to the rush of activity at this meeting for the Bradley campaign was a short discussion on how disorganized we are for elections. We need to do better. We need a DAP/EAT – Election Action Team – to get us going three months before elections, instead of three weeks (all due respect to Janet and Marcia for their efforts to get us going before now).
Ron Wolfe from Waunakee GROW would like to come to talk to us sometime about transportation issues.
John St. and Karen reported on Wisconsin Grassroots Network things:
- Go to the Rodeside at 4:00 p.m. on March 25th to help put together folders for the WGN Festival coming up soon on March 28th.
- The next 2nd CD Alliance phone meeting will take place on March 26th beginning at 7:00 p.m.
- Help is needed March 27th to set up for the Festival at Wisconsin Heights High School. Karen will find out the time.
- WGN is looking at changing its meeting day of the week and is thinking about Mondays, if DAP can change its already-Monday meeting day. Everyone needs to think about it and we will bring it up again next meeting.
- Karen passed out flyers and a tentative schedule for the Festival.
- Leonardo will again be taking photos to display on the website, YouTube, and elsewhere. DAP will purchase digital camera cards for Leonardo to use here and at other DAP functions and get those pictures on the websites.
- DAP will again sell buttons at our informational table. Thanks, Karen, for designing and making the buttons.
- Karen has paper tickets, if you don’t want to buy your tickets on line.
- Bill and Karen are presenting at the Festival on the subject, “Will You Have Water to Drink?/Pipeline 61 and other threats.” Karen will include in her presentation community rights as a tactic.*
- Marcia is presenting on “The Power of Grassroots Organizing.”
- Interested parties should go to the WGN website – WisconsinGrassroots.net – for information and to register for the Festival.
This Thursday there is a very important meeting of the 2nd CD Alliance organizing confab. Much activity has taken place with draft values statements, proposed bylaws, discussions and Q&A. DAP is proud to note that we are the only formal member so far with our resolution to that effect passed several meetings ago.
Doug Cunningham, John Stanley, and another person are working on connecting the little liberal communications outlets around Wisconsin. Some are little newspapers, newsletters, and low watt radio stations and local TV.
We will meet at the Windsor DMB Neighborhood Center at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 11th to set up for the afternoon’s “What’s in Your Water?” Ginny will get the key. Ginny will also be responsible for the snacks and may call on others to help. Karen is making water drop shaped sugar cookies. Bill will emcee the afternoon. Who is going to staff the sign-up table and make sure everyone signs the sheet when they come in, get their materials folders, and name tags? JohnSki has purchased ads in the DeForest Times-Tribune and Hometown Shopper. The ads will be 12 column inches and will run in both papers on both March 26th and April 2nd. The grant from the village of DeForest is paying for the ads. John has also distributed email invitations to numerous DeForest area institutions, organizations, and individuals. Let’s hope they all go to our website to RSVP. Have YOU done so yet?
We discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, currently being put together, and what it means to American workers and other subjects of interest to us and other progressives around the country and the world. Many protections like dolphins-in-tuna, whales, and anti-cigarette advertising will be removed if TPP passes and goes into effect. Interestingly, OFA (Organizing for America, formerly Obama for America) is in favor of TPP, because the president is.
*Incidentally, there is a workshop coming up on the subject of community rights in Sauk County. We will be notified when a time and place are known.