DeForest Area progressives meeting notes for March 28, 2016

DeForest Area Progressives

(DeForest-Windsor Area Action Team - see below for name change)

Meeting notes for March 28, 2016


There will be no meeting of the DeForest Area Progressives this coming Monday, April 4th, due to the WGN Festival this weekend and the election Tuesday.


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


Present at the March 28th meeting: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Karen Edson, Abby Lowery, Jeff Thompson



  • April 2nd, Annual Grassroots Festival, Saturday at Wisconsin Heights HS, 10173 US. Hwy. 14, Mazomanie, WI. Registration 8:00 am. Event starting at 9:00am. till 4:45pm.  Will need help on Friday afternoon April 1st with set up.
  • April 4 - Hi DAPers! Going in to the Wilson Street Bernie Office on April 4th from 12:30-3 if anyone wants to join me.  Company would be appreciated.  I'm driving, bringing a radio for 92.1 and good music.  I'll splurge for any food, too!

Selling signs/buttons.  I'll pick you up!  Noonish.  Let me know.  Just leave a message: 608-846-2925.  From Liz Temple

  • April 5th, spring election. - VOTE , Madison needs help for April 5th elections.
  • April 14th, Village of Windsor and Town of Vienna joint meeting at 6:00pm in the Windsor Municipal Building, 4084 Mueller Rd. DeForest.
  • April 16th, Progressive Partners meeting and pot luck 12:00-1:00 pot luck, 1:00-2:00 meeting, and speaker Matt Rothchild 2:00-3:00. WHERE: Westside Community Service Building, 2598 W Main St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
  • April 18th, Movie night at Marcia's.
  • April 30th, a citizen audit for Dane County spring election results. Need volunteers to help count. It will be at Bethel Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Ave. Madison at 9:00am.

We began by discussing the Wisconsin Grassroots Network Festival (see above): speakers, workshops, our table including Karen’s new game (“Pay to Play”!), and other aspects of the festival.

The April 18th DAP meeting will be movie night at Marcia’s and Karen’s (3953 Finch Trail in the Windsor Hill neighborhood).  The movie will be “Cracking the Codes” about subtle forms of racial discrimination in the USA.  Karen passed around some information on the movie.  Come at 6:00 p.m. and bring a snack to share if you feel like it.  Everyone is welcome!

Voting machine tests are scheduled as follows:

Village of DeForest: March 29, 9:00 a.m. at the DeForest Public Library; 11:00 a.m. at the DeForest Municipal Building

Village of Windsor: March 29, 10:00 a.m. at the Windsor Municipal Building

Karen described her previous experience in attendance at one of these tests.

We continued our discussion over whether or not to change our name from DeForest Area Progressives to something else that does not contain the potentially politically charged term, “progressives.”  The other side of the coin is that we should flaunt our reason for being, that is, we are political progressives and want to attract other members who feel similarly.  Not to  belabor the issue, the group consensus was to make the name change to “DeForest-Windsor Area Action Team.”  fete accompli          Karen will continue to administer both websites for the time being, until she figures out the ramifications with Nation Builder.

We decided to join with the Dane County Voter ID Coalition, which is a new organization consisting of such notables as the League of Women Voters, Dane County NAACP, Rotary Club, GROW of Waunakee, Stoughton Action Team, various other Madison and area neighborhood organizations, etc.  There is a memorandum of understanding to be submitted, saying that we as an organization subscribe to the principles of the Coalition.  Here is the description from the LWV’s website:

The LWVDC has joined with the Dane County NAACP Political Action Committee to form the Dane County Voter Photo ID Coalition. The mission of the Coalition is to educate voters about the requirement to show a voter photo ID to receive a ballot on Election Day or when voting absentee. A specific goal is to identify voters who may not have an acceptable voter photo ID, and to arrange for direct assistance to those voters who may need help obtaining one.  The Coalition is exploring 3 approaches:

  • Collecting and analyzing data from the GAB and DMV to identify voters in Dane County who may not have a voter photo ID
  • Conducting outreach at community events
  • Building partnerships with private and public agencies serving clients who are more likely not to have a voter photo ID

Ingrid Rothe, LWVDC Vice President, and Will Jones of the NAACP co-chair the Coalition.

We (DWAAT) picked out STAFF buttons for…uh, well…”staff” to wear at the WGN Festival this Saturday.  Several designs were made by Karen and presented for consideration.

Having completed the agenda, we adjourned for political discussion.

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