DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for March 7, 2016

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for March 7, 2016


Next meeting: Monday, March 14, 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, Frank Dederich, Janet Mills.



  • March 8th, 2016, Tuesday, Open House, for the office of Bernie Sanders for President 29 W. Wilson St. Madison. Cake and Punch will be served.
  • March 9th,2016, Wednesday, Bernstocko-Green Bay, 4:00-10:00pm.,Green Bay Distillery, 835 Mike McCarthy Way, Ashwaubenon, WI.  54304     Ginny and John Stanley are going.
  • March 10th, 6:00 p.m., Thursday Night Movie- Uncountested, the  Math of American Elections. Madison Public Library South Branch.( Goodman Library), 2222 S. Park St. Madison.  (608-438-9536)
  • March 12, Karen McKim presentation on verification of election results, Madison Public Library, see previous announcements.
  • March 12th, Wisconsin Grassroots Northland Festival, Listening session, Saturday, 10;00 am.-5:00pm. LCO Convention Center- Bingo Hall, 5 miles East of Hayward, WI. on Hwy. B         John St. and Nate Timm are going.
  • March 16th, Open House for DeForest Village. In Public Safety Court room. 305 E. Holum St. 5:30-6:30pm.
  • March 24th, 6:00, Thursday Night Movie, "Hacking Democracy". Info same as for March 10th.
  • April 2nd, Annual Grassroots Festival, Saturday, Wisconsin Heights HS, 10173 US. Hwy.14, Mazomanie, WI. Registration 8:00 am. Event 9:00am.-4:45.  http//  Karen will be staffing the DAP table all day, including her “Jeopardy” game.  Also attending and helping out will be Janet, Ginny, Marcia, John St., and perhaps JohnSki.
  • April 8th, Friday, 12:00-1:00, Abby's listening session, Bristol Town Hall, Cty. Hwy. N.  Abby is double checking with Senator Fitzgerald to make sure it is still on.  Marcia, Karen, and maybe Ginny and Liz intend to attend and participate.

Janet got 15 more Kloppenburg for Justice lawn signs.  Dan McLain took four.  Frank took five.

Ginny said that Bernie Sanders lawn signs are available at the Bernie office, 29 W. Wilson St., Madison.  Call Ginny – 239-5327 - if you are interested in a sign.

JohnSki and Ginny both read W.E.B. Dubois’ The Souls of Black Folk, as assigned by Marcia for Black History Month.  We had a nice discussion on it.

Mary Sanderson has asked if DAP would be interested in joining in the co-sponsorship of an anti-Islamophobe event.  Here is what Mary said:

Talked with Jon Garber for a while.
The Farley Center is sponsoring an I LOVE MY MUSLIM NEIGHBOR campaign and looking for co-sponsors.   
They already have posted a letter with 400 signatures and are considering a billboard on I90-94 for our upcoming primary election season.
Jon and Caroline Farley want to schedule a conversation 'tween DAP and Farley Ctr rep, to invite DeFo Pros to participate in this effort. will be happy if any of you choose to respond and maybe co-sponsor.

All in attendance liked the idea.  Mary received this further information in an email from Jonathon Garber:

Thanks Mary for making a connection to DAP. I look forward to speaking with you. I spent some time with Mary today and told her about some projects I am working on.

I am a member of Groundwork which is a white anti-racist collective in Madison. We hold a fall workshop on learning about white privilege. We are just getting started with the Farley Center and SWAP (Southwest Area Progressives) around an Anti-islamphobia Campaign. It is in the very early stages and we are still thinking about building a coalition of groups and what our actions will consist of. 

I want to clarify what has happened. The Farley Center, SWAP and a local minister did collect 400 signatures in support of the Dane County Muslim community. Groundwork started to meet with them after this project was completed.  We are just starting to meet and the 'Love Your Muslim Neighbor' and other ideas, such as  a billboard, are just ideas at this point and are just starting to talk about these possible actions. 

So this is a great time to start to discuss interest in getting involved. Yes...let's start a conversation!

Jonathan Garber


JohnSki will send an email to Mr. Garber, asking that DAP be included as a co-sponsor and offering assistance as we are able to provide it.

In addition to the Islamophobia concern, we discussed the Tony Robinson event that Mary went to and described like this in her email:

Hey, Friends at DAP!

The rally for justice for Tony Robinson was very well organized and well attended.  At least 2 mothers of other young men killed by police came and spoke (1 from Chicago and 1 from Zion Ill) lots of white people too.  In 2015 more than 1100 people were killed by police.   Prosecutions fewer than 10!!    Some of the language is very uncomfortable for the old white people, but I am determined that this tragedy should bring us together, not worsen our separation.


Karen informed us of a movie she thinks is worth our consideration:


Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity


About this Film

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.


Who Should Use This Film

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)


The group decided to research this movie and discuss it further.

JohnSki informed the group of the next Progressive Partners meeting, to which he intends to go.  Heather from SPARC provided this information:

Dear friends of local action and democracy,

Please click here to RSVP for the April 16, 2016 meeting of the Progressive Partners, featuring "The Assault on Democracy in Wisconsin," a presentation from special guest Matt Rothschild, Executive Director, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign!

WHEN: Sat. April 16, 2016
TIME : 12-3pm (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  MAP
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!



Please share this invitation widely and plan to join us!

Janet says to contact her if you are interested in canvassing local neighborhoods for Kloppenburg, Feingold, and other progressive candidates in this year’s elections.  Janet Mills – 846-4472  Janet can provide walk lists, literature, and instructions. 

I realize this is a long set of notes this time, but it seemed expeditious to include all of the quotations from emails and such to keep you best informed.

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