DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots November 28, 2016, Meeting Notes

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

November 28, 2016 Meeting Notes


Next meeting: Monday, December 5, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest. 


Present at meeting: John Scepanski, Ginny Brokish, Marcia Riquelme


Announcements            (Thanks to Karen for the Announcements.)


•           Wed Nov 30 – 11 AM – WGN Meeting–Imperial Garden - 2039 Allen Blvd. (Middleton)

•           Thur. Dec. 1st - Protect Our Wisconsin Retirement System – 7 pm E.D. Locke Public Lib. Community Rm. (5920 Milwaukee St.) McFarland - Roger Springman of POWRS (Protect Our Wisconsin Retirement System) will talk on upcoming threats to WRS.

•           Thur. Dec. 1-People Get Ready! The Fight against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy-Conversation with co-author John Nichols-Central Library 201 W. Mifflin St Rm 301 - 6:30/8 pm-Info: Call S. Freiss 608-609-7961 

•           Sat. Dec 3- MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality and Solidarity) Monthly meeting 9:30-noon First Unitarian, 900 University Bay Dr. Madison 



Marcia and Karen attended the movie, “The Thirteenth,” about the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery but allowed punishment of inmates, perpetuating a form of control over African-Americans after the Civil War.

Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


Everyone should submit any lists of DWAG membership or contacts that should be included on the master spread sheet, “community intelligence repository.”


Marcia provided a handout on community rights put out by the South Central Wisconsin Community Rights Alliance.  We had an extensive discussion about community rights and how to implement such an idea in the D-W area.  Such a movement must be more than just a committee composing a community bill of rights (CBR) and tacking it on the wall.  It must come to referendum and ordinance to take on the force of law.  For example, a CBR could contain opposition to the proposed interstate bypass through the Village of Windsor.  We could build a group to take the idea to the Windsor Village Board.  Go to the CELDF website for details.


We talked about whom to invite to future DWAG meetings.  It was suggested that we invite Jake Kurtz, editor of the DeForest Times-Tribune, to talk about what it takes to put out the paper, how DWAG can participate, and other issues involving the news media.  John is to contact Jake and ask him if he can come on December 12th or 19th or sometime in January at his convenience.

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