DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for March 14, 2016

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for March 14, 2016


Next meeting: Monday, March 21, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.


Present at the March 14th meeting: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Karen Edson, Marcia Riquelme.



  • March 16 - Open House for DeForest Village in the Public Safety room, 305 E. Holum St. 5:30-6:30pm.
  • March 19th, Saturday, Blue Jean Nation Conference, at the Central Library Auditorium, 515 Pine St., Green Bay, WI., Noon-2:00 Foundations of Effective Messaging", 2:00pm-3:00pm. "Hands On Community Messaging", 3:00-4:15 Community Organizing Strategies.
  • March 20th, Platteville Blue Jean Nation Conference, at Dounda Hall Rm 146. Times and sessions same as March 19th.  Also Blue Jean Nation conferences at Racine/Kenosha April 23rd., LaCrosse May 1st., Ashland April 30th, Wausaw May 15th. Places at these sessions to be announced. (,
  • March 24th, Thursday Night Movie, "Hacking Democracy" at 6i:00pm. at the Goodman Branch of the Madison Public Library, 2222 S. Park St.
  • April 2nd, Annual Grassroots Festival, Saturday, at Wisconsin Heights HS, 10173 US. Hwy. 14, Mazomanie, WI.  Registration 8:00 am. Events start at 9:00am. until 4:45pm. http//
  • April 5 – Election and primary for president – VOTE!
  • April 8th, Friday, Sen. Scott Fitzgerald listening session, Bristol Town Hall, Cty. Hwy. N  [CANCELLED]
  • April 16th, 12:00 – 3:00 Progressive Partners meeting and Pot Luck:
    • Featuring "The Assault on Democracy in Wisconsin," a presentation from special guest Matt Rothschild, Executive Director, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign!
      Potluck and social hour from noon to 1pm, followed by meeting from 1-2 and special guest presentation at 2pm).
      WHERE: Westside Community Service Building, 2598 W Main St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590  
    • WHO: Members of all groups connected through the Progressive Partners of the 2nd Congressional District and those who would like to learn more or get involved. ALL ARE WELCOME!
    • This meeting is coordinated by a committee of Progressive Partners representatives and hosted by the Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition (SPARC). For more information, please contact or call Heather at (608) 572-1696.
    • April 30 – citizen audit of Dane County spring election results (details to follow)


Regarding the “anti-Islamophobia” activity being planned by Groundwork (Jonathan Garber) and others, Marcia (alternate, Karen) will attend the meeting March 29th and represent DAP in this effort.  JohnSki will inform Jon Garber of this (done).

John Stanley asked if DAP would invite Colleen Little to a meeting to talk about her candidacy for Village Board.  The group felt it was not worth Ms. Little’s time, since most regular attendees at DAP meetings live in Windsor.  Nevertheless, Ms. Little, of course, is always welcome to attend DAP meetings.

Karen is going to rent the movie, “Cracking the Code,” for viewing at the April 18th DAP movie night.  Karen has discussed with a woman at the DeForest Area Community Center about buying the movie for the Center’s library.  Further information on the movie:

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity

This film asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. Designed for dialogue, the film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes and pre-judgments within, and it builds skills to address the structural drivers of social and economic inequities.

This film is an ideal introduction to the dynamics of systemic racial inequity. It is appropriate for use in education, healthcare, philanthropy, government, and nonprofit.

The price varies by group doing the buying and intended use:

Home use only : $50

Community grp/Public Library $150

In other words, the extra $100 includes a license to SHOW the film in public.

a: we can "rent" it for $4.99 for 30 days. (We get the right to view it online.) 

b: has video clips (including one from Tim Wise - the White Like Me guy)


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