DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for May 22, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

May 22, 2017


Next meeting: Monday, June 5, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  NO MEETING MAY 29, MEMORIAL DAY.


Present on May 22: Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Shirley Cunningham, Ginny Brokish, Frank Dederich, Janet Mills, John Stanley, Abby Lowery, Nelia Olivencia



  • May 23, Madison Gray Panthers
  • May 24, No F-35 in Madison
  • June 2-4, Forward 2017: Where Do We Go from Here? Understanding the Current Crisis & Building Social Justice in the Midwest
  • June 11, Beestock-Festival for the Environment
  • June 16-18, Midwest Renewable Energy Fair
  • June 27, The Raging Grannies
  • Dairy Breakfasts in the 2nd CD


For details on any of these announcements, contact Karen Edson.


Karen reviewed the rules for DWAG meetings.


At first we thought that our 4th of July parade float might not occur this year, as no one had come forward to lead the building of it.  John Stanley did volunteer to do so and a few volunteers emerged.


Four people have permission so far to comment on the google doc spreadsheet being composed by Karen as our “community intel repository” of names and contact information for those we know in the area who will put lawn signs in their yards, make phone calls, distribute campaign lit, and such activities, as well as a list of those we know who are reliably with us in ideology.  The repository is and will be a consolidation of lists various members have acquired over the years from meeting rosters, etc.  If you want to scrutinize the repository and comment or add names and information, contact Karen Edson for the URL.


John St. and Ginny will be staffing the DeForest Farmers Market DWAG table.  Other volunteers are welcome.  Contact John Stanley if you are interested.  The purpose of the table is to identify interests of people in the community, advertise DWAG, and recruit membership.  We might expand those purposes in the future, depending on how things go.  John and Ginny will report back at later meetings.  The market is from 3:00 to 6:00 every Tuesday at Firemen’s Park in DeForest.  The table space is free to those doing public service, education, information and not selling anything.  We established a DWAG Farmers Market Committee, which will meet separately to service the table.


Nelia provided us some of her background on her many years of activism in many places locally, nationally, and internationally.  Thank you, Nelia.


During discussion of the future of DWAG, Abby thought that perhaps we should be more partisan in our political activity.  Her comment provoked much discussion about DWAG’s policy of being non-partisan when it comes to endorsing candidates.  John St. said he thinks we should not endorse candidates but should instead endorse issues.  Janet pointed out that when DWAG was founded (as DeForest Area Progressives) she and others were already politically active in the area during campaigns and were considered the contacts for progressive candidates.  Ginny made the distinction that progressive means neither Democrat nor Republican.  It was noted that there are some progressive Republicans.  Nelia likes the term progressive better than liberal or Democrat.  Thanks to Mary Sanderson and Liz Temple for their input via email, which was shared with those present.


We decided that we would host the Progressive Partners fall quarterly meeting that we were not prepared to host the coming one in June.  John St. will contact Beth Wittemore on it.

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