DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots mtg. notes for 8/22/16

De Forest-Windsor Area Grassroots 

August 22,2016, Meeting Notes 


Next meeting: Monday, August 29, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  Someone is needed to compose a tentative agenda, lead the meeting, and take notes, as John Sc will not be able to attend.  No meeting Labor Day. 



Present at meeting: Karen Edson, John Stanley, Abby Lowery, John Scepanski, Frank Dederich, Ginny Brokish 


Thanks to Abby for taking the notes and writing them up. 




·                     8/23 at 6:30 PM “War on Democracy” at Madison Central Library and discussion with Norman Stockwell from Progressive magazine 

·                     Wed. 8/24 7:00 PM at VFW on Lakeside St, Bernie live streaming 

·                     Starting in October until after the new year, John Stanley will not be able to come to meetings as he will be working a new job 

·                     Stoughton Pancake Breakfast – Sat. 8/27 9:00-11:00 AM, Stoughton High School Cafetorium 600 Lincoln Ave. Enter from Devonshire Rd. 

o    WHY: To thank Kay and Buzz, et al, for all the hard work they have done to make our community a better place to live and work! Pick up yard signs, sign up to volunteer and visit with friends and candidates 

·                     Sustainable Saturday Night! - Sat. 8/27 6:00 PM James Reeb U.U (2146 E. Johnson) Potluck supper followed by a community program with RePower Madison. Climate justice groups will be tabling and sharing their current activities. Info: 

·                     8th Annual Black Latino Unity Picnic! Sun. 8/28 1:00-5:30 PM Penn Park (2101 Fisher Rd.) - The event is part of an overall grassroots effort to promote unity and collaboration between the Black and Latino Communities, and is open to all communities, 100% free and 100% family friendly. Hosted by Union de Trabajadores Inmigrantes (UTI). Info: 

·                     Bob Fest Sat. 9/17 9 AM- 6 PM at Breese Stevens Field in Madison 

·                     Labor Fest Mon. 9/5 12-5:30 PM at the Madison Labor Temple 

·                     September 12 at 6:00 PM Candidate Forum at DeForest Library 






Report on Candidates’ Forum (Dane County clerk) last week 

·                     Karen 

o    Scott McDonall said he was a little bored with his job 

o    Karen McKim’s campaign was mentioned in today’s Wisconsin State Journal 

o    McDonall said Dane County is a shining star of WI because no post-election audits are required and he audited two wards starting this year 

o    McKim pointed out that at least nine wards need to be audited 

o    She said she will make sure ballot images match up with actual ballots 

o    Karen felt she was very persuasive and strong in her arguments. 

·                     Ginny 

o    A lady there was disgusted with Scott McDonall and immediately donated to McKim 


Organizing for November 8th election 

·                     Organizing for Bernie – local Democratic candidates and Russ Feingold for Senate 

·                     WGN – Possible yard sign painting event, date TBD 

·                     Yard sign point person (Ginny) who candidates/campaigns can contact about distribution.  Frank will help Ginny. 

·                     Use our facebook page or website to ask people about what signs they want 

·                     Jordan Turner – Abby has door hangers and yard signs if anyone wants some to keep and/or distribute 

o    Will email John Sc. In the future if there is a planned canvassing date 


Medea Benjamin visit? 

·                     Discussed protocol of inviting people to speak, difficulties with time pressure and lack of response from team members 

·                     We would like to attend a book signing event if Mary would be able to organize it (or maybe Liz, Library Committee, or Jane at the library). 

·                     [John Sc informed Mary Sanderson via email a day after the meeting.] 


Native Americans protest of North Dakota pipeline 

·                     ND Supreme Court decided that they do not have a right to protest on their own land 

·                     Ginny and John Stanley raised $100, which increased to $800, for this cause 

·                     WGN “What’s Hot?” page – Info about this issue 


Karen McKim would like to come to speak to us 

·                     Late September?  Conflict with September 12th candidates' forum at Library? 

·                     Share date with email list and remind them about it for good turnout 

·                     John Sc to contact Karen McKim to set a date. 



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