July 22, 2013, notes

DeForest Area Progressives (DAP)

July 22, 2013

John's Notes

 

Seven people were present.

 

John-Ski read Mary Arnold's note in the card she sent with a $50 contribution in memory of Judy Ewald, who passed away recently.  Among other comments, Mary wrote, "We had a lovely conversation and I really enjoyed Judy's spark and enthusiasm.  Please use this donation in any way Judy would approve.  We'll all miss her."  Donation deposited in treasury, which is now at $587.40.

 

John also referred to a note received from Attorney Alan Harvey with two articles on frac sand mining enclosed.  Alan regretted not being able to make the sand mining educational movie and panel discussion held in Madison on July 20th and said he would be interested in any other such events in the future.

 

The League of Wisconsin Conservation Voters sent a note, desiring liaison with DAP.  Karen Edson will follow up.

 

Sixteen people in attendance at the July 20th sand mining movie and panel discussion signed up for tours of the mining region!  Wow!  There were over sixty in attendance in all at the event!  Marcia expressed her pleasure at the attendance and outcomes.  All agreed the goal of the evening was reached.

 

Leonardo and Marcia are at work collecting a list of elements of sand mining ordinances with the view of composing a model ordinance to share with jurisdictions that might have mines coming in in the near future for permits.  Marcia and Leonardo passed out a list of 24 standards that might be included in such a model ordinance.  There are more standards than the 24. 

 

We discussed the issue of water levels and how they might be affected by mining and large scale industrial agriculture.

 

Plans were made to attend the next day's Sauk County Zoning Committee's meeting to testify in solidarity with Linda and Eric who are coordinating the efforts there.

 

Ginny talked about the possibility that Doug Cunningham's radio program on The Mic might be nearing its demise.  We need to call the station and express our support and appreciation for Doug's show.  We need to urge small businesses to advertise on the show.  The business phone number for the program is 274-5450.  Also, go to the Facebook page for the program and "LIKE" it.

 

A number of us attended the meeting and picnic of Progressive Partners on July 20th.  It was a busy day with this picnic and the sand mining event in the evening J.  There was much discussion during the meeting portion of Progressive Partners about inter-group, as well as individual, communication: Google Calendar, Facebook, websites, email lists, etc.  What communications do we post?  How do we connect groups and individuals with passions and issues?  The group brainstormed issues they were involved in, and I jotted down over twenty different items during that discussion.  The partners of Progressive Partners are indeed very active!  Finally, we heard from a potential candidate for governor on the Democratic ticket, Mark Harris, Winnebago County Executive.  Mark impressed this observer as one who is very astute on tax issues and budget, as well as a person interested in progressive human issues.

 

Someone reported that there is a challenger to run against Keith Ripp.  We will hear more about that soon.

 

Senator Kathleen Vinehout needs co-sponsors on her mining legislation: SB 138, 139, 140, 141, and 142.  Please call your legislators and ask them to co-sponsor those bills.

 

The projector needs a new bulb at a cost of around $350. It is Wisconsin Grassroots Network's projector. They let us keep it at our facilities and use it as we please. Should we replace the bulb?  Where can we get a discount on one?

 

Please note that several of our DAP members are regulars at the Wednesday evening meetings of Wisconsin Grassroots Network and are active with WGN.

 

We discussed other things at this DAP meeting, but I did not note them down, so I cannot include them here.  The July 29th meeting was cancelled due to Karen's moving.  See you August 5th.

 

                                    John Scepanski


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