DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots mtg. notes for February 13, 2017

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting Notes

February 13, 2017

Next meeting: Monday, February 20, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

In attendance: Marcia Riquelme, Karen Edson, John Scepanski, Frank Dederich, Ginny Brokish, Stacy Biesel & Brennan, John Glowacki, Pat Burns




• Feb. 13-17, I LOVE MY PUBLIC SCHOOL Week of Action. WPEN encourages local teams and individuals to send a positive message of support for local schools to elected officials and decision-makers. Send valentine postcards to your legislators, hold an event, write a letter to the editor, deliver a gift to your school/district office – then amplify the message on social media and by letting us help share your story. Use hashtag #ILoveMyPublicSchool.  Please plans/photos/posts to Heather at so we can track statewide activities. Tag us on facebook (@WisconsinNetwork) or Twitter (@WiscEdNetwork) – let’s create a blizzard of love for our schools this week!

• Tues. Feb. 14th 6:00 pm - Orwell Rolls in His Grave (movie) - Goodman Branch - Madison Library - film critically exams the role of the Fourth Estate - the media (free) 

• Thurs. Feb. 16 – Wisconsin’s Voucher Program: What is it Doing to Public Schools and Our Children? - Stoughton HS Cafetorium 600 Lincoln Ave Stoughton – Join Dr. Julie Mead (UW-Madison School of Education, Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis)

• Tues. Feb. 21st - Beyond Marching: Grassroots Resistance for Troubled Times - 6:30 – 8:30 pm James Reeb UUC (2146 E. Johnson). Kickoff Session in a six part series hosted by the Madison Free Skool, Madison IWW, and the Peregrine Forum. Explore the theory and practice of nonviolent direct action. Check Facebook for more details: or call #284-9082 or #345-3918. List of suggested readings:  


• Mon. Feb 27 – Intro to Community Rights - Jefferson Square Clubhouse 717 DeForest St DeForest WI With Paul Cienfuegos 6 - 9 PM (optional potluck 5:30-bring a dish to pass - beverages & utensils provided) 


• Fri. Mar. 24 and Sat Mar 25 – SAVE the DATES – WISCONSIN GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL – Friday afternoon is setup – Saturday is Festival has info!



The meeting opened with a discussion of a problem Pat’s son has with the village of DeForest’s maintenance and repair of Main Street in front of his house.  Further information is required on who owns the strip of land that borders the curb and his yard and what the village has authority to do with that strip of land as it refurbishes the street.


Karen reported on her recent certification as a trainer in progressive messaging, after attending a train the trainer course in Portage put on by Scott Witkopf.


The community intelligence repository project continues bit by bit.  Karen is the central figure.  JohnSki, Marcia, and John Gl. Are helping by reviewing entries onto the spread sheet.  More volunteers are desirable to help confirm information and add names, addresses, phones, emails, and notes.


We continued our project of each meeting getting a little lesson in messaging review.  Today’s lesson was on the difference between objective and balanced view.


Handouts for distribution and posting were distributed for the February 27th community rights event with Paul Cienfuegos at 717 DeForest Street in DeForest:




Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

6 – 9 PM

(optional potluck 5:30-bring dish to pass –

Beverages & utensils provided)

Jefferson Square Clubhouse

717 DeForest St

DeForest, WI 53532

With speaker:

Paul Cienfuegos,

Nationally acclaimed educator and

Community rights organizer!

More info. Contact: Marcia Riquelme

(608) 446-1446 /

Donations to defer costs gratefully accepted!


Regarding Jill Karofsky’s request to return in response to Marilyn Townsend’s appearance at DWAG on March 6th, the consensus of members present was not to grant the request for the reason that Ms. Townsend had only two people at her first appearance and Ms. Karofsky had many more at her more recent appearance, and time is limited at DWAG’s two hour weekly meetings.  Either candidate may submit written material anytime, though, for distribution to members.


We discussed the various “resistance” movements springing up across the country.  Further information on these movements is available on the Wisconsin Grassroots Network website –


Don’t forget to publicize among your acquaintances the various opportunities to participate, especially the community rights presentation on February 27th and the WGN Fest on March 25th.

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