DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) November 21, 2016 Meeting Notes

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

November 21, 2016 Meeting Notes


Next meeting: Monday, November 28, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest. 


Present at meeting: Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Frank Dederich


Announcements            (Thanks to Karen for the Announcements.)

·       Tues. Nov. 22 - 6:30-8:00 pm - SCWUTA meeting - Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd, Madison (included at Abby’s request)

  • Wed Nov 30 – 5:30-9 PM – WGN Meeting – Rodeside Grill off Hwy 19 - Windsor
  • Sat. Dec 3- MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality and Solidarity) Monthly meeting 9:30-noon First Unitarian, 900 University Bay Dr. Madison (included at Marcia’s request)


The “community intelligence repository” (Karen’s term J ) is proceeding with DWAG members providing their lists of contacts in the area to Karen for a master list for future use as a spreadsheet when we want to identify those who have expressed interest in canvassing, lit drops, lawn signs, and other activities.  The focus will be on the villages of DeForest and Windsor, although contacts in contiguous jurisdictions will be included as well.  This spreadsheet will be something like a local version of the Dem Party “V.A.N.”  We hope to facilitate organization for local activities like election campaigning from the list.


Karen gave us a refresher on messaging, including her own composed handouts on “Mainstream Media Term” vs. “Progressive Term” and “Why the Progressive Term is preferable/more correct” and “The American Framing Steps: Nutshell Version.”


Following up on a discussion from last meeting, we talked about community rights.  Karen provided a handout from the South Central Wisconsin Community Rights Alliance.  Emphasis was placed on, “Producing a community bill of rights is NOT a quick, band-aid, process that can be done by a small group of people on behalf of an entire community.”  Often it develops around a specific community crisis like sand mining.


Assignment for next meeting: answer this question: How many progressives does it take to screw in a light bulb?



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