DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for October 2, 2017

                                          DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

October 2, 2017


Next meeting: Monday, October 9, 2017, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See tentative agenda below.


Present on October 2: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Frank Dederich, John Stanley



-          Anyone willing to write a letter regarding AJR53/SJR 54 contact Janet at -  A sample LTE can be seen at:


  • Wed, Oct 4 Drinking Liberally - Madison - 6:30-8:30 - The Rigby, 119 E. Main St - special guests: Tim Burns, candidate for WI Supreme Court & State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, cand. for Gov.
  • Sat. Oct. 7 8 AM - 11pm - Wausau Grassroots Festival – see:  

-          JohnSki will do.         

  • Wed. Oct 11 - Raging Grannies concert and book signing – 7 pm - Old Schoolhouse – 110 N. Second Street Mt. Horeb
  • Wed. Oct  25 - Democracy Forum - 7 pm -  featuring Lisa Graves of The Center for Media and Democracy, and Matt Rothschild of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign - – 110 N. Second Street Mt. Horeb


Per John Stanley, Southwest Wisconsin Area Progressives (SWWAP) would like to do something with DWAG sometime.  JohnSki suggested that they host the next quarterly Progressive Partners meeting.


John Stanley and Bob Crego are working on “The Progressive Call,” a telephone meeting where participants go to a main room and then branch off into side rooms for specific issue chats.  The system is in support of the new Democratic Party of Wisconsin Progressive Caucus.  Anyone interested should contact John at his email address.  The system exists now, usually six or seven people locally, hundreds in Wisconsin, millions nationwide.


We discussed DWAG t-shirts again.  We put off further discussion and action until February.  Oregon Area Progressives has t-shirts.


Karen has revised and submitted a new version of the “DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots ‘We Care’” statement of beliefs.  We discussed it, made a few revisions, and will continue more with it in the future.  This is it as submitted by Karen without the suggested revisions made during the meeting.

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

 “We Care”

We care about other people because we believe that when we all do better, we all do better!

We believe in the value of the things that we cannot provide for ourselves: clean air; clean water; good roads; street lights; police and fire protection; public schools through community colleges and technical schools; public transit systems; municipal water and sewer systems for those who live in built up areas; a free and open internet for all; good public libraries and so many other things that are part of the public Commonwealth. We are willing to work for these things with our voices, our votes, and to contribute towards them with our tax dollars as a right and a privilege of our membership in this community of free citizens.

We believe that all who benefit from the Commons must pay their fair share: those who produce goods and services and throw their waste products into the common air and water without paying for garbage removal, artificially inflate the profits paid to owners at the expense of their neighbors. Those whose overweight trucks wreck local roads must pay directly for repairs to those roads, rather than shifting the burden onto the Commons. Privatizing the profit and socializing the cost helps the few and penalizes the many.

We believe that an individual human citizen is the only one endowed with the Constitutional right to political speech. We further believe that money is property. Corporations are not “people” and have no place in the political process. No organization created by the laws of a government should have a say in how that government is to be run!

We believe that all citizens have the right to vote and that it is the true responsibility of government to ensure that it is as easy as possible for all citizens to exercise that right as possible. This means that voter ID laws should be repealed, voting hours expanded for early voting, statewide special voting registrar certification reinstated, etc. This includes support for same-day voter registration!

We believe that where workers believe that employer power requires a balancing force, they should be able to organize to unite their voices in a group as a counterbalance to that power. Where such a union exists, unless an employer maintains a two-tier wage/benefit structure for union/non-union members, that employer shall need to collect equivalent sums from all employees to be forwarded to the bargaining agent for its services.

We believe in freedom of religion and the separation of church and state as founding principles of this country. This includes the freedom to not believe in any established religion. 

We believe that healthcare is a human right and must be available to all at a cost that is affordable to all. We support a woman's right to choose the time and circumstances under which she shall bear a child and urge expanded family planning and reproductive education in the schools. We also urge support for work-place childcare and neonatal family services at all levels. 

We believe that our state university system is a gem to be cherished and protected! We will work to elect legislators who value education as much as we do!

We believe that racial justice must be a core value of the 21st century world and that equality under the law must be vigorously supported by all elected and appointed officials at all levels of government.

Revised 9/30/17  KRE


Tentative AGENDA –

De Forest Windsor Area Grassroots

10/9/17 – De Forest Library 6-7 PM


Social Time

Review of rules:

  1. Cell phones muted (except John Ski)
  2. One person speaks at a time – no side conversations, please!
  3. Raise hand to request permission to speak – respect person speaking by not jumping in.
  4. Must bring request for a speaker to group BEFORE inviting speaker. Then person with idea for the speaker is in charge of the contact with the speaker, scheduling, intro, etc.
  5. Plan limiting meeting length to one hour with rotation of permanent items to ONE per week.


Modify Agenda


Old Business –* means PERMANENT ITEM ** means on agenda for limited time

  • *Reports by whoever went to events from previous week’s announcements  
  • * Community Rights -  NOT THIS WEEK 
  • *Development of a community intelligence repository (aka “Sign List”)
  • *Messaging
  • **Discuss Richard Maynard’s ideas/strategy about getting folks elected on local (non-partisan) level
  • **After OCTOBER 7 discuss date for inviting new managing editor of the Times-Tribune, Hannah Rajnicek


New Business-  



Post-meeting political discussion if anyone wishes

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