DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for February 1, 2016




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



  • 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.



“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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