DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for July 31, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

July 31, 2017


Next meeting: Monday, August 7, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.


Present on July 31: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Karen Edson


  • Anyone willing to write a letter regarding AJR53/SJR 54 contact Janet at -  A sample LTE can be seen at:
  • Every Tuesday at 1:15PM – Indivisible/OWR meets to visit a legislator.  Call Ron Biendseil 608-712-6831 or email him at  There will be a pre-gathering meeting near their meeting spot.
  • Tues., August 1 – “Now Is the Time” – 6:15 pm, Madison Goodman Library, 2222 S. Park St.; screening of new documentary on single payer healthcare; sponsored by Gray Panthers of Madison: or 608-438-9536
  • Wed - Aug 3 –SWWAP Democracy Forum – “We The Many - United Against Hate” - 7- 9PM - District #1 Old Schoolhouse (110 N. 2nd Street) Mount Horeb
  • Fri – Aug 4 – Re-Districting – Open Mic – 6-8 pm – Firefly Coffee House, Oregon – Jay Heck and Bill Krause, Common Cause, Wis
  • Tues, Aug8 – “Normal Is Over” – 7:30-8:45 pm – Fitchburg 18+ Supermax Theater, 6091 McKee Rd. – re responses to climate change, widening gap between rich and poor – hosted by Blue Jean Nation and others; tickets $10;
  • Tues Aug 8 – Wisconsin Blue Gold – 6:30 pm Madison Downtown Library; film about water resources; spons. by Gray Panthers, IWW, Peregrine Forum; 608-284-9082 or
  • Wed. Aug. 9 - Lanterns for Peace! - 6:00 pm Tenney Park (1414 E. Johnson) This family-friendly event is organized around the world in remembrance of the devastating humanitarian effects of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan during World War II. This year’s speaker is Caren Stelson, author of Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story.
  • Sun – Aug 20 – Progressives of NE Dane County Meet Up – noon-5PM Token Creek Park Shelter One
  • Sat - Aug 26 - Stoughton Celebration, Rally & Picnic - Noon-4 pm - hosted by Stoughton Area Dems and Progressives see or contact Joyce Tikalsky,
  • Mon. Sept. 4 noon - 5:30pm - LaborFest - Madison Labor Temple - 1602 S. Park St.
  • Sat. Sept. 9 - 10 AM – 2PM – Progressive Partners DeForest – Jefferson Square Clubhouse
  • Sat. Sept. 16 9 AM - 6pm - Fighting BobFest -  Breese Stevens Field  
  • Sat. Oct. 7 9 AM - 11pm - Wausau Grassroots Festival


Karen, Ginny, Shirley Cunningham, and Abby Lowery attended the event for Senator Kathleen Vinehout, candidate for governor.  “It was fantastic!”  Go to the Vinehout website, where you will find information on the subject matter of Kathleen’s speeches.


Karen has been busy lately.  She tabled for the Dane County Democratic Party at the Disability Fair.  She helped set up the Dane Dems’s picnic.  She attended a webinar on sand mining and climate.  And, she is still negotiating with the Grannies on tabling and button sales at Labor Fest.


John Stanley is working with Steve Hingle on getting a health fair in DeForest by Our Wisconsin Revolution (OWR).


Work continues on the community intel spreadsheet with JohnSki submitting a pile of information last week, which Karen will plug into the sheet.  Any others wishing to work on additions, corrections, or refinements to the spreadsheet contact Karen.  Uses for the information such as election yard sign placement will be discussed at meetings, especially as elections approach.


DWAG will host the quarterly Progressive Partners meeting September 9th at the Jefferson Square Clubhouse, 717 DeForest Street, DeForest.  Final agenda and potluck expectations will be sent to the PP contact list and published in these notes.


Karen led a discussion on messaging around a sign she had seen by the Democratic Party at a public event: “Your President is telling the police to rough up suspects.”  What does that sign tell viewers about your group?  Your president is not our president.  It sets up a provocation that does more harm than good.  What is a better way to express the message?


There is a movement afoot to ask local boards to sponsor and endorse a resolution locally to support fair districting voting maps.  We will discuss it more at our next meeting, after the open mic at the Firefly in Oregon (see above).  See for information:

Mon. Jul 31 - Fair Maps Town Hall - Madison - Location TBD see:


Who is willing to host house parties for candidates?


Some discussion about “ladders of involvement” or “ladders of engagement” on Nation Builder.

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