DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for April 24, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

April 24, 2017


Next meeting: Monday, May 1, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.


Present: Karen Edson, John Scepanski



  • May 1, Day without Immigrants and Refugees,
  • May 2, Gather the Women Breakfast!
  • May 6, Annual Save Our Lakes Community Breakfast,
  • May 3, First Annual “Disinvited Dinner” –
  • Thurs. May 4 This Changes Everything -7:30 pm Majestic:

·       Thurs. May 4  DPW Chair Candidate Forum - 7:00 PM Public McFarland - with Martha Laning and Bryan Kennedy - sponsored by Active McFarland, WGN, DeForest/Windsor Area Grassroots, Oregon Area Progressives, and Stoughton Area Democrats & Progressives  WE NEED TO SHOW UP TO SUPPORT THIS!  Who will go?

  • May 8 - Senator Fitzgerald will have office hours at 10:00am at the Bristol Town Hall and Rep. Jagler will be there as well that day at 12:00pm.

·       Tues. May 9 Divided We Fall visit:



Karen and I had a nice conversation for an hour and three quarters.


John Stanley is working on an information and recruitment table for DWAG at the farmer’s market.  The woman he had to contact has been out.


Karen attended the 2nd Congressional District Democratic Convention April 23rd in Verona.  Candidates for chair of the state DPW party were there, as were some possible candidates for governor and some candidates for the Democratic National Committee.  Also attending from DWAG were Peter Johnson and John Stanley.  Some from the Wisconsin Grassroots Network were there too.


Karen and I agreed that the further development of our “community intelligence repository” is important.  When we are satisfied with it, we must use it to organize ourselves to do the things that are done in well organized campaigns: lit drops, canvassing, lawn signs, phone calls, etc.  DWAG members should start thinking about which of these and any other activities they might like to lead or follow in each and every election, using the contacts and information on the spreadsheet.  Our “community intelligence repository” will be an ongoing segment of the agendas of our meetings.


On messaging review we discussed, “What (if any) are the limits of free speech?”


On community rights we discussed the value of embarrassment as an impediment to corporate misbehavior.


Next meeting, we will continue discussions about our participation in DeForest’s Fourth of July celebration, the Wausau area music festival, and Kim Lamoreaux’s visit (new editor of the DeForest Times-Tribune) on MAY 8TH.  Bring your ideas and your passions.

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