DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes March 24, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes

March 24, 2014

Next meeting: Monday, March 31, 2014, at Isabel's, 816 South Street, DeForest, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

There were seven people at the March 24th meeting.  Chair Marcia passed out a printed agenda for the meeting!

Thank yous were passed all around for attendance and work done by DAP-pers on the Wisconsin Grassroots Network Festival last Saturday, the 22nd.  The DAP presence and contribution were notable.  Also true of the Mike McCabe presentation at the DeForest Library.  Karen reported that those staffing the table at the WGN Fest sold 27 bumper stickers (18 "Vote Burke Not the Jerk" and 9 "Want to Work Vote for Burke") and 54 two and a quarter inch buttons and 3 three inch buttons.  There was $95 in the bag at the end of the day, although there should have been $111.  It was a lesson in watching both the inventory and the cash box more carefully at future events.  There was lots of video taken at the Fest, especially of George Lakoff's presentations, and it will be available on Youtube.

We went over leafleting and other plans to promote the two referendums on the DeForest and Windsor ballots April 1st

Marcia expounded on the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF).  Both she and Karen have attended some of the CELDF training.  She asked all of us to review the CELDF web page to get familiar with it and to try to decide what, if anything, we want to pursue along those lines.  Do we want to pursue CELDF projects locally in Wisconsin, as has been done successfully in other states?  What do we want to do as DAP?  CELDF has lawyers who will help local communities to develop and pass "Declarations of Community Rights," which will help to resist outside forces such as mining corporations from pushing locals around.  Further discussion on this topic will take place at future DAP meetings.

John Stanley reported on a number of contacts he has made and other issues and questions that came up in regard to the WGN Fest.

DON'T FORGET TO VOTE TUESDAY.  See you Monday!

                                                           John Scepanski


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