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. 

  • posted about STEP UP STEPPING IN! YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED, YOUR VOTE IS NEEDED! on Facebook 2016-03-14 12:04:47 -0500


    The motto of our local progressives group in DeForest, Wisconsin is: “We Care”, but we have a second one equally important:    “Step In: Be There”.  So, here’s the challenge: We need to Step UP our Stepping In and Caring.

     It is a labor of love to support a candidate, go to hearings, study issues, provide educational workshops, contact our legislators until we are on a first name basis, put up signs, register people to vote, (after becoming deputy voter registrars), dialing at phone banks, participating in rallies and protests, writing letters to editors, posting on Facebook, tweeting the news, Voting on election day,  isn’t it?  That is what our group does, we are very unique.

      Or let’s begin by asking what, if any of the above have you done recently?  

    Most people we encounter on the street, in the grocery store, shopping in malls, commuting, walking their dogs, over the dinner table, at sports events,  attending spiritual gatherings, will probably answer:  What? I don’t do those things. I barely vote, I don’t know who to vote for, haven’t any idea on the issues, why bother? 

    My answer is, who do you think ‘the government’ is? 

    Their answer:  Well, maybe we get to be when we vote, but then the guys we elect ‘go bad’ when they get to D.C.,  they get corrupted, they in-fight, they succumb to greed, our votes get miscounted, elections are stolen.  So, why bother? 

    We entrap ourselves in this apathy, and we have done this so long, we have build a culture of separateness from our potential power in our own government. In the last few decades a sad identity has developed: We are absentee owners awash in disengagement. We are almost a  driverless population misunderstanding how much we are needed. 

    Raising a nation is a labor of love, a ‘birthing’ process that, as parents soon discover, remains a process. For our national and local governments to work in our interests, they need nurturing input and require patience! We must “Be There” for the long haul to accomplish what is best for us all. 

    We have an obligation to one another across the nation to Step UP and Step In wherever and whatever way we can, as constantly as Bernie has. Our nation needs us, our planet needs us, future generations need us. We must initiate a renewed and renewable energy force whose most powerful element is people-power: we must be active citizens as the ‘pilots’ of our government, insisting on ethical representation by those we elect.Imagine if even one third of the previously inactive voters stepped in and voted this year, and in future years: We would breathe new life into our nation’s governance, and make the national structure work in our best interests. Every little bit of energy helps push us forward. I urge all I meet to Step Up, Step In, keep on Stepping Up, You are needed!

    You are more important than you can possibly imagine. We must have confidence, as Bernie has, that if we keep at it, a movement will catch on, we will be part of what really matters, we will grow our voices, our power. Our nation needs us to do this, so do our communities, so I must thank my local DeForest Area Progressives for steadily continuing to Step in and Step UP, we are a great role model in a small town, we are connecting to other progressive groups across the state and nation, and we are part of the change we wish!   You, too can Step Up and Step In! We need you! 

  • 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!

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