DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for June 12, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

June 12, 2017


Next meeting: Monday, June 19, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.


Present on June 12: Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Stacy Biesel, Brennan Biesel, Frank Dederich, John Stanley, Janet Mills



• Fri., Sat., Sun. - June 16-18 Midwest Renewable Energy Fair  - 7558 Deer Rd, Custer, WI - see for speakers/workshop info!

• Tue. June 27,  The Raging Grannies - 6:30 PM.  E. D. Locke Public Library, McFarland.  Please join us for wonderful evening of song, sass and sisterhood.

• Thurs. June 22nd Monarch Joint Venture and University of Minnesota Monarch Lab- 7:00 pm UW-Madison Arboretum (1207 Seminole Highway) Monarch Conservation! - talk with Laura Lukens and Kyle Kasten, Space is limited, so please pre-register:

• Sat. June 28th Songs of Resistance - 5:00 pm High Noon Saloon (701 E. Washington) – Fundraiser for the ACLU, co-hosted by WORT FM Community Radio! Join us for a night of Resistance Music, featuring The Whiskey Farm, Frank Busch (of Wheelhouse), Ryan Mauer & the Angry Fix, Evan Murdock, and Amber Sebastian. . Tickets are $5.00. Info? Visit Facebook:

• Dairy Breakfasts (the last two in striking distance!)

o 06/17 La Crosse County Dairy Breakfast Come rain or shine and enjoy a dairy breakfast at Hy-Jo-De Holsteins! There will be a dairy barn open house, educational displays, a petting zoo, spin-to-win wheel, inflatable bounce house and double slide and much more! 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM - N5359 State Hwy 162  Bangor, WI 54614

o 06/17 Columbia County Moo-Day Brunch 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM - UW Arlington Ag Research Station  N695 Hopkins Rd. Arlington, WI 53911 menu: Pizza Hut pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, Sassy Cow ice cream sundaes, milk, yogurt and cheese.


John St. asked for permission to invite Benjamin Olneck Brown to a DWAG meeting to speak about Kathleen Vinehout for governor.  Permission granted.  John will arrange.


John St. and Ginny are getting the 4th of July float together, volunteers needed.  Others who would like to volunteer with other groups to help with bingo, clean up after, etc. can contact the Chamber of Commerce. 


Those staffing the farmers’ market information table will try to collect some information for the community intel spread sheet.  The table will be up for the first time tomorrow and staffed by John, Ginny, and Janet.


DWAG will be hosting the quarterly Progressive Partners meeting in fall, probably September.  This item will be on the regular meeting agenda from now until then.  John St. has the lead.


Contact Janet if you are interested in becoming a Voter Education Ambassador.  The Madison City Clerk is holding training on June 16 or August 23rd.  Contact Janet if interested or go to .


John St. is looking for a venue around Wausau for the “up north” progressives meeting, modeled maybe after Bob Fest or the WGN Festival.  Stacy has been in contact with the people she knows in the area and gave John some names to contact to build local support and help with tasks.  Tentatively the event will be scheduled for October or later if indoor facilities can be found.  The Wisconsin Grassroots Network (WGN) will be the lead organization, backed up by the new Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, United to Amend, and Blue Jean Nation.  Other organizations like the anti-frac sand mining groups, unions, and native American groups will be asked to help as well.


The WGN idea is emerging in the “Super Seventeenth” format of organizing in the Wisconsin 17th Senate District in south western Wis.  George Ferriter is interested in doing something similar in the 14th District. Other senate districts are interested too.  Further information later.


Janet reported on legislative activity by United to Amend.  Wisconsin legislation has been introduced to support a U.S. Constitutional amendment to the effect that corporations are not people and money is not speech.  It is being held up in committee in the Wisconsin legislature.  Representative Jagler is on one of the committees.  We should pressure him to get the committee to hold a public hearing.    Janet asked how any legislator can ignore an issue so overwhelmingly supported by their constituents.  Search on your computer for United to Amend for lots of information.  What do we as DWAG want to do to help?  Who is on our DWAG letter writing committee?  Janet and JohnSki should arrange to visit the DeForest and Windsor Boards to update them on the issue and inform them of where their resolutions have gone since they passed two years (?) ago.  Karen, please put on next agenda.

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