Why Participate in the Life of our Community and State?

As Co-founder of our group, I believe in the rights of people to determine how their community, county,state, nation functions. The idea of preserving the freedoms and values basic to all humans is very important to me, so I step in to participate in my community whenever possible. It is important we preserve the rights to the public commons, clean air and water, freedom from tyranny, protection and caring for those less able, education for all,protect public access to information, and make it possible for all those who share such values to interact and collaborate to promote them, take actions when needed, and make an effort to be useful participating citizens in our own nation and in the world.  The DeForest Area Progressives meets to learn about issues, to discuss them, to determine if we are needed to take action, to promote those who share our values, to work for the common good. We welcome those of all points of view, we care to learn from one another. 

  • commented on PROGRESSIVE BLOGS FOR YOU 2016-01-14 20:46:12 -0600
    Lots of good blogs, your chance to be on the cutting edge of ideas and Wisconsin Idea values. Have a good read and please like and comment to what appeals to you!

  • commented on Followup to Water -ActionNeeded! 2015-08-12 14:39:16 -0500
    Please write the Great Lakes Compact Council, your opinion matters. Together we can protect the waters of our Great Lakes System! If we don’t speak up in August, Sept. of 2015, we may lose a non-renewable resource that has protected and served our region for millions of years! Join me in this effort. Thanks, Marcia Riquelme, co-chair DeForest Area Progressives

  • published News from All Views in Be an Informed Citizen 2015-08-10 13:33:36 -0500

  • The Wisconsin Idea threatened

    • No politician is elected on the basis of a post secondary degree in the USA. The criteria is community service, activities in public office, and reputation earned in the process. Today, reputation is purchased more often than not via promoters who know their contributions to a candidate will garner them advantages during the term of the candidate. The potential of the candidate to be 'bought' is enhanced by the Supreme Court decision nicknamed: Citizens United. This decision reflects the Supreme Court's inclination to define a corporation as a person, and the 'speech' of that 'person' includes how it spends its money. Ensuring 'freedom of speech' to include 'freedom of expression by money-expenditures'. The definition of 'personhood' has become so convoluted, we are in deep trouble as to how influence can be purchased by 'corporate people'-- as a teacher, I've never had a corporate person ask for an education, nor have any of my nurse friends delivered a corporate baby, nor have any people in the funeral industry 'buried' a corporate person in their cemeteries..... and so forth..

      Scott Walker, however, has received millions of dollars from these questionable 'corporate persons'. Money buys influence and that influence flows both way as a matter of course.

      It is my opinion that if Scott Walker had completed his college education, he would have emerged better prepared to discern the ethics of this situation, better prepared to understand the Wisconsin Idea and respect it, better prepared to understand ecology, the delicate environment of his state, the rights of the voters to have better access to the vote instead of restricting voting, better able to see why societies are better when everyone does better. A lack of finishing education is a lack of availing oneself of a type of enrichment that can't help but enhance the opportunity to appreciate the value of all public education, protection of health of citizens, protection of local control to vital resources, equality of all citizens, respect for all voters.

      Instead, we have a governor lacking in common sense, weak enough to be shaped by those who contribute heartily to his campaigns, and who will expect his hearty cooperation to achieve advantages to their corporate bottom line, often not even in Wisconsin. A cutter of public programs serving to strengthen communities, health, studies of how to protect public health, air, water, soil, and providing for those who take those actions.

      The governor of Wisconsin is a traitor to the well-being of Wisconsin, his flawed educational exposure very likely contributed to the many failures he is hiding behind while being the puppet of corporate greed. This demonstrates a lack of education in the highest degree. We could say he has a post-graduate degree in mis-educationl

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  • commented on Scott Walker, Wisconsin Governor - Incumbent 2014-08-13 04:21:04 -0500
    Wrong-Way-Walker continues his affronts to the electorate of Wisconsin by his unscrupulous policies and deceptions.

  • commented on Rising Carbon Dioxide Emmissions Heat Planet, Melt Icecaps... 2014-08-12 19:15:50 -0500
    Join 350.org in your community or online, be part of the solution to help repair the harm to our planet, we must take action together!

  • commented on Honor to 350.org No Time to Waste 2014-08-12 17:14:44 -0500
    While we slept, we permitted Scott W. to be elected. In the rest of this decade, Will we continue to sleep while our planet continues to suffocate under carbon emissions, warming the arctic regions, melting the ice caps down to 25% their historical size, and raising global water levels.?We can work with 350.org to slow this process while helping our planet to repair itself. Each of us must do our part! It is a matter of work towards Carbon reduction or plan to have a shorter, more difficult life for the entire future of our planet and all on it. What is your choice? I choose to step up and do whatever I am able to as long as I can, how about you?

  • published Rise Up Wisconsin! in Blog Not Meeting Notes 2014-08-11 06:45:22 -0500

    Rise Up Wisconsin!

    Determination is needed to release us from the strangle-hold Walker has on Wisconsin!

    Will we sleep or rise up?

    85 Days till Nov. 4th! Will we let A.L.E.C. and Koch brothers win again through their surrogate, the present governor? 

    Let us hope we are wise and rise up!

    What is next in the bruising policy toolkit of Walker? Nobody is safe from being affected by his cruel, cold-hearted ambition to please the extreme right. Citizens rights to public education,health, pensions, environment, job safety, voting freedom, infrastructure of highways, water quality, air quality, free speech, civil justice. All in jeopardy. When will we decide it is enough? Pay attention, fellow-citizens, we snooze at our peril. Walker and his admin is one of the worst, but there are others, Snyder of Mich,, Kasich of Ohio, Perry of TX, and all those at the funding trough of A.L.E.C. -- see how this works! Read the mission statement online for A.L.E.C.,you will see that what is happening in Wisconsin fits a tailored plan to take over a statev via control of the statehouse and legislature. All states in bad shape in the USA have experienced this type of takeover. It is no secret to those of us who have learned about A.L.E.C. Please take the time to learn about this, A.L.E.C. is heavily funded by the oil industry magnates -- and in Wisconsin, that translates to the political power of the Koch brothers. I Weep for Wisconsin. The only way to improve our situation here is to vote in record numbers. Record numbers!  We can do this, but must be fired up with super-determination. People can retake their government. It is time we do this. We are running out of time. Let’s make this year one of change for the better.


  • commented on Candidates promoting Values we share 2014-08-10 12:18:24 -0500
    Find out why these candidates are featured here. They support our values and will represent us well if elected. We need more good candidates like these!

  • Clean Air: A Right of all citizens!

     Fracking the Future! in pdf you can download. 

    If you download and save this pdf. booklet, you will be able to open and read this on your your computer whether you are online or not. You can also print this very complete explanation of how our air is harmed by fossil fuels, and with this info, you can be better prepared to defend your right to clean air for your community. Take a look: open the link. 

retired Spanish teacher, social worker, human rights activist volunteer for life, fine artist, website developer