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DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for February 1, 2016

 

NOTE THAT THE NEXT MEETING – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016 – WILL BE HELD AT THE DEFOREST LIBRARY, 6:00 TO 8:00 PM IN ONE OF THE MAIN FLOOR MEETING ROOMS. 

 

There were three people in attendance at the February 1, 2016, meeting: Ginny, Karen, and JohnSki.

 

Announcements:

  • Library Lobby Day, February 9th; tell your legislator what your local public library means to you.
  • Blues for Bernie: Tuesday, February 23rd, 6:00 – 9:00 at the Brink Lounge

 

Ginny has eighteen Kloppenburg lawn signs and is notifying the people on Janet’s list.  John sent a check for $100 from the DAP treasury to the Kloppenburg campaign to cover for the signs.  Those receiving signs are asked for $5 to reimburse DAP.  John will call Pete to ask permission to put a 4’x4’ plywood sign in his yard.

 

Karen presented her development so far of the Jeopardy-like game she intends to put on at our table at the Wisconsin Grassroots Network Festival April 2nd.  It is Wisconsin trivia.  Categories across the top of the grid will be Business, Women, Odds & Ends, Politics (no kidding), Military, Geography, Does Not Belong, State Symbols.   As In TV Jeopardy, the questions will get harder the further down the grid you go.  Karen is still working on details.  Way to go, Karen!

 

We discussed changing the DAP policy on not endorsing candidates and decided not to change it; that is, DAP will continue to refrain from endorsing candidates.

 

We had a short but fruitful discussion on topics from Black History Month.  Marcia put together the following outline for further discussions at DAP meetings this month.

 

QUOTE FOR TODAY:

“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression”.-du Bois

Helping us think about our answer to this question:

Do Black Lives Matter to D.A.P. and our Community?

 

We read and discuss:  Souls of Black Folk

By   W.E.B.du Bois,  author and activist:

 Syllabus for a four week exploration, each week examining one of four turning points in his life, and how they relate to citizens’ experiences today.

 Also based on a spectrum of bibliography and media, with emphasis on his book: The Souls of Black Folk. I will bring in music, maybe a video, audio files and encourage you to do so also!

 Week # 1: Controversies between Du Bois and Booker T.Washington

                  And Marcus Garvey

Week #2:  Du Bois’s 2 Explosive Exits from the NAACP (1934 & 1948)

Week #3:  His quest for foundation $ to launch the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF   THE NEGRO

Week #4:   The hard turn Left during the 1950’s.

A few questions, then add your own:

 Preliminary questions for us all: 

 1.Why is it in our interest to look at the life and writings of this famous African American?

 2.What is happening to African American lives in our nation? Our state, our community?

 3.How do events in our nation, state, community, regarding lives of diverse racial groups affect us as D.A.P. members?

 4.What will we do with the discoveries we make, how to put our learning to use?

( Considering we are just beginning answer this now, and then at completion of the 4 weeks. )

 Please add your questions:

 The Souls of Black FolkBook by W. E. B. Du BoisPreview bookThe Souls of Black Folk is a classic work of American literature by W. E. B. Du Bois. It is a seminal work in the history of sociology, and a cornerstone of African-American literary history. WikipediaOriginally published1903AuthorW. E. B. Du BoisCountryUnited States of AmericaGenresSociology, Fiction

 Ordinary people also have the ability to be extraordinary. Their path may be hard to find and filled with stumbling blocks caused by the Veil, but the triumph of the soul is a cause for joy and for celebration even in the midst of darkness. This book is a literary masterpiece because it articulates the cost of hatred and celebrates the power to resist it. Although it was never out of print since its publication in 1903, it assumed an especially important role in the 1960’s, then became a rallying voice and inspiration for the American civil rights struggle. Du Bois’s life story is the story of a people: It reaches the soul of all its readers while revealing the souls of black folks. Du Bois forges a new autobiographical form in this book, revealing the contours of his life as rooted in black culture. His essay on Booker T. Washington turns his personal struggle with the man and what he stood for into a national political statement about the nature of civil rights. Du Bois calls for an active demand for social justice that will compromise with nothing less than full equality. Similarly, his grief at his baby son’s death becomes a eulogy for all the African American children slaughtered by white people’s hatred.

This technique of telling his life story while he tells the story of a people was used by Du Bois during the rest of his long and productive life. Thus, other Du Bois autobiographies tell of friends, struggles, and humiliations over the next sixty years; they do not reach the heights of this first one. The Souls of Black Folk is unique in its passion and eloquence. His phrases soar with anguish and anger, reflecting his pain and that of others. His language captures the imagination so dramatically that Du Bois’s book reaches out to all people who resist hatred. It offers hope for the triumph of the spirit and the possibility of social justice. Du Bois rose above the Veil.

 Hugs to you all! Marcia

 

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DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for February 1, 2016

 

NOTE THAT THE NEXT MEETING – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2016 – WILL BE HELD AT THE DEFOREST LIBRARY, 6:00 TO 8:00 PM IN ONE OF THE MAIN FLOOR MEETING ROOMS. 

 

There were three people in attendance at the February 1, 2016, meeting: Ginny, Karen, and JohnSki.

 

Announcements:

  • Library Lobby Day, February 9th; tell your legislator what your local public library means to you.
  • Blues for Bernie: Tuesday, February 23rd, 6:00 – 9:00 at the Brink Lounge

 

Ginny has eighteen Kloppenburg lawn signs and is notifying the people on Janet’s list.  John sent a check for $100 from the DAP treasury to the Kloppenburg campaign to cover for the signs.  Those receiving signs are asked for $5 to reimburse DAP.  John will call Pete to ask permission to put a 4’x4’ plywood sign in his yard.

 

Karen presented her development so far of the Jeopardy-like game she intends to put on at our table at the Wisconsin Grassroots Network Festival April 2nd.  It is Wisconsin trivia.  Categories across the top of the grid will be Business, Women, Odds & Ends, Politics (no kidding), Military, Geography, Does Not Belong, State Symbols.   As In TV Jeopardy, the questions will get harder the further down the grid you go.  Karen is still working on details.  Way to go, Karen!

 

We discussed changing the DAP policy on not endorsing candidates and decided not to change it; that is, DAP will continue to refrain from endorsing candidates.

 

We had a short but fruitful discussion on topics from Black History Month.  Marcia put together the following outline for further discussions at DAP meetings this month.

 

QUOTE FOR TODAY:

“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression”.-du Bois

Helping us think about our answer to this question:

Do Black Lives Matter to D.A.P. and our Community?

 

We read and discuss:  Souls of Black Folk

By   W.E.B.du Bois,  author and activist:

 Syllabus for a four week exploration, each week examining one of four turning points in his life, and how they relate to citizens’ experiences today.

 Also based on a spectrum of bibliography and media, with emphasis on his book: The Souls of Black Folk. I will bring in music, maybe a video, audio files and encourage you to do so also!

 Week # 1: Controversies between Du Bois and Booker T.Washington

                  And Marcus Garvey

Week #2:  Du Bois’s 2 Explosive Exits from the NAACP (1934 & 1948)

Week #3:  His quest for foundation $ to launch the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF   THE NEGRO

Week #4:   The hard turn Left during the 1950’s.

A few questions, then add your own:

 Preliminary questions for us all: 

 1.Why is it in our interest to look at the life and writings of this famous African American?

 2.What is happening to African American lives in our nation? Our state, our community?

 3.How do events in our nation, state, community, regarding lives of diverse racial groups affect us as D.A.P. members?

 4.What will we do with the discoveries we make, how to put our learning to use?

( Considering we are just beginning answer this now, and then at completion of the 4 weeks. )

 Please add your questions:

 The Souls of Black FolkBook by W. E. B. Du BoisPreview bookThe Souls of Black Folk is a classic work of American literature by W. E. B. Du Bois. It is a seminal work in the history of sociology, and a cornerstone of African-American literary history. WikipediaOriginally published1903AuthorW. E. B. Du BoisCountryUnited States of AmericaGenresSociology, Fiction

 Ordinary people also have the ability to be extraordinary. Their path may be hard to find and filled with stumbling blocks caused by the Veil, but the triumph of the soul is a cause for joy and for celebration even in the midst of darkness. This book is a literary masterpiece because it articulates the cost of hatred and celebrates the power to resist it. Although it was never out of print since its publication in 1903, it assumed an especially important role in the 1960’s, then became a rallying voice and inspiration for the American civil rights struggle. Du Bois’s life story is the story of a people: It reaches the soul of all its readers while revealing the souls of black folks. Du Bois forges a new autobiographical form in this book, revealing the contours of his life as rooted in black culture. His essay on Booker T. Washington turns his personal struggle with the man and what he stood for into a national political statement about the nature of civil rights. Du Bois calls for an active demand for social justice that will compromise with nothing less than full equality. Similarly, his grief at his baby son’s death becomes a eulogy for all the African American children slaughtered by white people’s hatred.

This technique of telling his life story while he tells the story of a people was used by Du Bois during the rest of his long and productive life. Thus, other Du Bois autobiographies tell of friends, struggles, and humiliations over the next sixty years; they do not reach the heights of this first one. The Souls of Black Folk is unique in its passion and eloquence. His phrases soar with anguish and anger, reflecting his pain and that of others. His language captures the imagination so dramatically that Du Bois’s book reaches out to all people who resist hatred. It offers hope for the triumph of the spirit and the possibility of social justice. Du Bois rose above the Veil.

 Hugs to you all! Marcia

 

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for January 25, 2016

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for January 25, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, February 1, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.

 

Present at the January 25th meeting: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Karen Edson.

 

Karen said a new movie is available for streaming in February about toxic chemicals.

 

Karen sent out a letter about Rebecca Bradley for Wis. Supreme Court for use by anyone who wants to use it.  Ron Berger of Active McFarland said he wanted to submit it to the Wisconsin State Journal.  (He did and it was published.)  JohnSki said he was drafting a letter to the editor for JoAnne Kloppenburg for Supremes.

 

There is a Saturday event sponsored by MAMA (Madison Action for Mining Alternatives) to support those in Jackson County who are fighting the fracking sand mines.  Karen is sending details.

 

Regarding using the Occucards for a game at our booth at the WGN Festival, Karen suggested a Jeopardy-like alternative to throwing things like darts or dice.  Answer the trivia question right and you win a prize redeemable at the snack bar, DAP to pay for whatever the prizes are.

 

Marcia suggested that we sponsor readings from W.E.B. Dubois’ The Souls of Black Folk for Black History Month (February).  Others liked the idea, too, of doing more readings throughout the year from the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution.

 

We approved fronting the money for JoAnne Kloppenburg for Supreme Court lawn signs.  JohnSki will work with Janet Mills on this.

 

We discussed maybe rethinking our policy prohibiting endorsement of candidates at DAP.  Further discussion will be had on the subject.

 

We are approaching the threshold level on our website, where Nation Builder will start charging us more for more names in the database.  We decided to pare down the number to avoid the new charges.  Karen, John, and Ginny will meet to do so on Feb. 4th at 1:00.

 

We will be setting a regular monthly movie night to meet at Marcia’s.  First one will be the February 22nd DAP meeting.  The movie that night will be the one hour long “White Like Me.”  Karen will add another short to go with it.

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for January 18, 2016

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for January 18, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, January 25, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.*

 

Present at the January 18th meeting: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Karen Edson, Marcia Riquelme, Carboni

 

Announcement: on Thursday, January 21st, there will be a party at Oladh, 7 W. Main St. in Madison, hosted by United to Amend, with a band and Mike Crute.

 

Karen has a list of movies complete with comments. 

 

Karen has written an op-ed on Rebecca Bradley, candidate for Wis. Supreme Court.  It was hard to keep the letter to the editor to under 200 words, so she had to do a longer piece.  She will send it to various outlets.  Marcia expressed concern about legislators who vote contrary to their constituents’ expressed will.  She is working on ways to express that concern.  The Daily Call is a place to get cartoons. The author has given permission to use the cartoons.

 

Peter is working on letters of thank you to the two judges who appeared at DAP.  Karen will email him. 

 

The consensus at the meeting was to approve a $25 check from the DAP treasury to be sent as a donation toward legal fees being incurred to appeal a decision concerning a rail spur in the Town of Adams in Jackson County.  The rail spur would be used to transport frack sand.  Without the spur, the sands cannot be transported.  This suit is the first of others intended to stop alleged public nuisances, i.e., the sand mines.

 

We discussed the “Occucards” brought up by Karen and the samples she sent for.  We can use them to hand out at events as public education and sort-of protest.  Other uses:

  • Include the information on the cards in letters to the editor
  • Educational outreach literature
  • Permission to reprint the info. on the cards is included on the website where the cards can be purchased: www.occucards.com
  • Handout with button purchases
  • Dart game
  • Trivia game
  •  Latter two at our table at the WGN Festival

Occucards will be on the agenda for further discussion next week.

 

*Tentative draft agenda for January 25th meeting.  Any additions, call Ginny at 239-5327.

AGENDA

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHANGES TO AGENDA.

 

Movies available at Finch Trail. Call Karen Edson.

OLD BUSINESS

Report on letter writing, Peter, Marcia and Karen

Thank you notes, Peter

Report on what has been done with Occucards and further discussion on uses and games of them. Karen

NEW BUSINESS

ADJOURN

POLITICAL DISCUSSION

 

 

 

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for January 11, 2016

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for January 11, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, January 18, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. 

 

There were three people at the meeting: Karen Edson, Ginny Brokish, and John Scepanski.  One announcement: January 12th, 12:00-3:00, on the west side or State Street side of the Capitol in Madison, a rally to stop the passing of Bills AB620,SB288 and AB384 , which would open the Native American burial mounds to desecration and destruction. Also it would open the Menominee Indian Reservation to possible underground radioactive waste storage.  DAP members Ginny and John Stanley intend to go.

 

Ginny posted new meeting rules for DAP meetings:

  1. All cell phones off except host phone.  (Exception: JohnSki may leaves his on to respond to Kathryn if she calls for assistance.)
  2. Raise hand to speak.
  3. One person at a time to speak.

 

We also have new rules for inviting speakers to DAP meetings:

  1. If you have a request or idea for a speaker bring it before the group before you ask the person to speak.
  2. We will give opinions and discuss.
  3. A discussion of potential date can be done at the same time.
  4. The organizer of the guest speaker event will be the person initiating the event.
  5. The organizer will take care of any requests from the speaker.

 

Karen provided a write-up on Rebecca Bradley, candidate for Supreme Court justice in Wisconsin.  DAP members are asked to write letters-to-the-editor pointing out to February primary voters that Rebecca Bradley IS NOT Ann Walsh Bradley, that Rebecca Bradley is a Walker appointee and she is a dedicated right wing Republican, whom we do not wish to see continue in her Walker appointment on the Supreme Court.  Contact Karen Edson for a copy of her excellent summary of Bradley’s resume and endorsements.

 

Karen also provided a sheet of newspaper contacts to send letters to the editor to and which she will continue to update.  The GOP website has a list of news media to send letters to.  JohnSki asked why the Dems do not have such a resource on their website.

 

Karen is still working on a list of movies for future DAP reference.  One she especially likes is “White Like Me” about “white privilege.” 

 

We need more information about a vague request from Sheila Danielson for legal funds to pursue a lawsuit in Black River Falls. JohnSki said we should be sure we know what something is about before we commit DAP funds to it.

 

George Ferriter is going to run again against Keith Ripp in the 42nd Assembly District.

 

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for January 4, 2016

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for January 4, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, January 11, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. 

 

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A MEETING this coming Monday, January 11th.  At the January 4th meeting, we revisited the idea of going to meeting every other week and abandoned it.  The consensus was to return to meeting every Monday, NOT every other Monday.  One member summed up the consensus like this: “If you go to two meetings a month, it’s too easy to slip into only one meeting a month.”

 

There were six people at the January 4th meeting.  There were no new announcements.

 

We brainstormed some meeting rules.  Ginny took them down and will type them yup for everyone.  We also brainstormed some rules for inviting speakers to our meetings.  Ginny will type them up also and distribute them at the meetings and in these notes later.

 

Who might we like to invite for speakers at future meetings?  Some suggestions: V. of Windsor president, V. of DeForest president, Times-Tribune editor, DASD Superintendent of Schools, State Superintendent of Schools Tony Evers, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, Token Creek Conservancy, Yahara River group, Scott Witkopf.

 

There are hearings scheduled in the Capitol tomorrow on bills of interest in Room 412E starting at 11:00 in front of the Committee on Insurance, Housing and Trade.  They are SB445, SB479, and SB464SB479 excludes certain counties from zoning authority over towns.  It is aimed primarily for the Enbridge Corporation to bypass Dane County zoning and let the Town of Medina zone for their pipeline, which runs through the Town of Medina.  The other SB’s limit local authority in other ways, as well, in favor of business.  For example, towing companies would no longer have to notify local law enforcement when they tow away a vehicle; only a good faith effort to do so would be required.  Another provision removes a requirement for landlords to provide fire sprinklers in certain buildings.  Karen went into detail on these bills.  Several members said they intend to go to the hearing and presumably will report back next meeting.

 

We spent a lot of time talking about an annual plan for DAP for 2016.  Karen suggested a project collecting food at the polls at elections for the food pantries in the area.  She calls it, “Vote Out Hunger.”  Karen will contact food bank officials.  Ginny suggested we get more active with letters-to-the-editor in both local weekly papers and the State Journal and Capital Times.  A subcommittee was formed to list subject matter ideas and to organize the project: Karen, Marcia, Peter.  We have elections coming up in February, April, August, and November.  One good topic to write letters to the editor about right now is to educate readers that Rebecca Bradley is not ANN WALSH Bradley.  Rebecca is a Scott Walker conservative. Ann Walsh is one of us, more or less.

 

Karen suggested a project pointing out legislators who vote against their constituents’ wishes.  Two examples are Senator Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Representative John Jagler.  For example, research revealed that their constituents overwhelmingly notified them that the constituents did not like the legislation getting rid of the Government Accountability Board and other legislation regulating campaign finance.  The two legislators voted for those bills anyway (serving their ALEC constituency over the voters who elected them). 

 

Karen will come up with a list of movies for the coming year that we can show among ourselves or use for public education programs.  Bring your own ideas for movies or other media to future meetings. 

 

Peter volunteered to draft a thank you note to the two judges who graced our presence a few weeks ago.

 

Separate note: today I drove up behind two cars in Madison.  Each one had a “Bernie 2016” bumper sticker on them.  Yay, Bernie.

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Deforest Area Progressives meeting notes for December 7, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for December 7, 2015

 

Next meeting: Monday, December 21, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.  Ginny has declared the meeting on Monday, December 21st, A PARTY MEETING!  Bring an hors d'eouvre (sp?) or dessert to share.  We'll have some pop, water, wine, and beer, unless you want to BYOB.  Do you play an instrument?  Bring it.  Do you lead singalongs?  Do it.  (jug band, anyone?)  Are you a storyteller?  Tell it.  Got a favorite party game?  Play it.  Of course, we'll rag on and on about the "regressives" and we'll brag on and on about our favorite candidates and whatever else we talk about.  Bring any friends.  It's going to be fun, fun, fun 'til our daddy takes the T-Bird away.

 

There were TEN PEOPLE at the December 7th meeting.  Great turnout, thank you all for coming.

 

Our two guests for the meeting were Dane County Circuit Judges Rhonda Lanford and Ellen Berz.  Thank you to John Stanley for arranging for them to be here.  Judge Lanford currently presides over Branch 16, civil court.  Judge Berz currently presides over Branch 11, criminal court.  Judges in Dane County rotate from time to time to different courts for different purposes.

 

Judge Berz spoke first.  According to her, Dane County courts have been sending fewer people to prison over the last two years.  “Prison” means either physical confinement or supervision (formerly known as parole).  Actually, more individuals are sent to prison from Dane County by the Department of Corrections as revocations of probation or parole than are sent to prison by Dane County judges.  Most sentences to prison are for violent crimes.  Drug crimes account for about 3-10 percent of sentences to prison.  Drunk driving sentences to prison have increased 200 percent in recent years.  The Wisconsin prison population comes mostly from Milwaukee County.  Dane County sends the least numbers per capita to prison.  The Dane County jail population averages around 800.  Racial disparity is a fact in Dane County.  The questions are why is there racial disparity and what can be done about it?  The reasons have to do with, among other reasons, economic disadvantage, police focus on black neighborhoods, and prior criminal records of black defendants.  Some recommendations for improvement in the Dane County criminal  system come from three studies: alternative sentencing options like community service (although there is a problem with checking up on completion of community service), remodel jails to accommodate the large percentage of inmates who have mental health issues, and the further need for valid statistical studies providing useful data.

 

Judge Lanford talked about upcoming judicial elections.  Judge Faust is retiring.  Waunakee Municipal Judge Hyland is running with no opposition yet.  Everett Mitchell is running unopposed.  The Dane County bench is relatively young with not many years on the bench for many judges.  The race for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice is the best known judicial race.  State Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg and Milwaukee County Circuit Judge M. Joseph Donald both are running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Governor Walker has appointed appeals Judge Rebecca Bradley to hold the position in advance of the election next year, in which she’s already a candidate.  Madison attorney Claude Covelli is also running.

 

A big thank you to judges Lanford and Berz and to John Stanley for inviting them.

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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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