DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for May 16, 2016

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

Meeting notes for May 16, 2016


Next meeting: Monday, May 23, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.


Present at May 16th meeting: Karen Edson, Ginny Brokish, John Stanley, Jeff Thompson, Abby Lowery, John Scepanski




  • No WGN meeting this Wednesday, because Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! will be at the Barrymore Theater to promote her new book.
  • Tuesday, May 10th, Jordan Turner will be kicking off his campaign against John Jagler for the 37th Assembly District seat at Soular Pizza, 1003 N. Monroe Street in Waterloo.
  • Racial Justice Tipping Point! - Sat. May 21st 9:00 am – 4:00 pm James Reeb Unitarian Society (2146 E. Johnson)  - kick-off gathering hosted by the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ).  Join the campaign to engage 200,000 people across Wisconsin for racial justice to make the broad changes that we all need!  Info? or call #608-250-9240 
  • Eating Liberally - Fri. May 27th 6:00 PM - Waterhouse Bistro, (132 E. Lake Street, Lake Mills). Featured speaker: Khary Penebaker, (running against Jim Sensenbrenner - 5th CD) starts at 6:30 and evening ends at 8:00 PM.  


We discussed the 4th of July in DeForest.  John Stanley needs a good car on which to mount a Bernie Sanders for President banner in the parade.  Various DWAG members are going to volunteer to help with bingo and food and maybe cleanup after.  Our float will be “Ice Cream for Democracy” (I scream for democracy, get it?).  How to build the ice cream cone was a matter of great discussion.


Karen wrote the draft anti-TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) resolution to present to the DeForest and Windsor boards.  You will find a copy below these notes.  Karen says, “This is the resolution passed by Dane County TWO YEARS ago. If you want to wordsmith it, copy to a word processor and have at it!”


The website will henceforth be “DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots.”


The state Democratic Party convention will be June 3 and 4.  John Stanley reported on a resolution being prepared to limit the powers of “super delegates.”


John St. and Nate Timm attended one of Scott Wittkopf’s meetings on messaging techniques May 15th in Wausau.  John and Nate want to expand exposure to Scott’s teaching.


Richard Brown sent the following email to JohnSki:


 Hello my name is Richard Brown and I am a candidate for Dane County Treasurer attached is some information about me. I would like to meet with you to discuss my campaign for Dane County Treasurer. I can be reached at 608-609-1332 or email works well for me.
Thank you
Richard Brown


Based on discussion at the meeting, JohnSki sent the following reply to Mr. Brown:


Dear Richard,

I discussed this with our group - DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots - at our weekly meeting.  We decided that, rather than meet with you and other candidates individually, we would like to invite you to our candidates' forum, which we will be scheduling for later in the year.  We will let you know when and where when that information becomes available.  Good luck!

Abby brought up the DWAG (DAP) Facebook page.  She suggested that we need more “likes,” “shares,” and “comments,” so that the postings get more exposure.  Members volunteered to check the page on certain days to do so.


Abby raised the issue of spraying pesticides and herbicides on lawns and the overflow onto public lands like parks.  We discussed contacting village board members and starting a petition to get a referendum on the ballot at the next election.




Whereas the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) is being negotiated between the US and 12 or more Pacific Rim countries by the US Trade Representative in secret without any consultation with our local government either directly or through the National League of Cities or the US Conference of Mayors or the National Association of Counties; and

Whereas, the text is being drafted with transnational corporations which will benefit greatly from its rules;

Whereas, the TPP text has not been made available to the public or even to our local officials;

Whereas the TPP would have direct, potentially undesirable consequences for our municipality, its people, its local businesses, and its ecological systems on which all life depends;

Whereas the Investment Chapter of the TPP, which was leaked in 2012, would allow foreign corporations to sue the US and its states over any law or regulation violating TPP rules which could take away their “right” to future profits and therefore potentially rob our municipality of needed protections for our people, local businesses and environment;

Whereas TPP financial rules would prevent regulation of risky financial products such as “interest rate swaps” thereby threatening the financial stability of our government and more broadly the stability of our overall economy;

Whereas US, state and local food safety rules could be challenged by foreign corporations as “illegal trade barriers” if higher than standards in other TPP countries thus threatening the health of our residents;

Whereas the TPP would provide large pharmaceutical firms with new rights and powers to increase medicine prices and limit access to cheaper generic drugs which would impact our residents;

Whereas the US would agree to waive “Buy American” or “Buy Local” requirements aimed at enhancing our local economy and creating local jobs;

Whereas, we would have no right or ability to represent our interests before the foreign tribunals which would have the authority to hear cases brought by corporations under the TPP;  and

Whereas such rulings might require taxpayer compensation which could impact the financial health of our municipality and its residents;

Therefore, the Village Council of DeForest hereby declares as a matter of law that DeForest is a TPP-Free Zone where we will not recognize the secretly negotiated rules laid down without our consent nor any decisions by any secret tribunals which would in any way diminish our ability to act in the best interest of our residents and our local businesses and to protect our ecological systems on which all life is based.

Further, we will convey our ordinance to our Congressional delegation, to the President and to the US Trade Representative, with our demand that all text be made public and that all further negotiations cease.

And finally, if despite the harm to our community and our nation, Congress approves the TPP, we will take all necessary measures to ensure that this ordinance is enforced.


This is the resolution passed by Dane County TWO YEARS ago. If you want to wordsmith it, copy to a word processor and have at it!


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