DeForest Area Progressives
July 8, 2013 meeting
There were only six of us present, somewhat disappointing but it's summer, what the hey. As you know, the July 15th meeting was a field trip to Baraboo to meet with folks there who are opposing frac sand mining in Sauk County. July 16th will be a follow-up field trip to the Sauk County Board meeting to show solidarity with our friends who are testifying on the subject. Back to the 8th meeting...
John Scepanski reported that the DAP treasury has $537 dollars in it. Ten dollars was spent in July to register our float in the DeForest 4th of July parade.
The big project on the table right now is the July 20th sandstone mining informational conference this Saturday. Go to www.WisconsinGrassroots.net and check the calendar for details. Don't forget to RSVP if you are going. We discussed the finalization of the poster and the sale of tickets for the WGN t-shirt raffle. Speakers have all been confirmed. We had a long discussion on what the speakers are gong to say. Related things we talked about were tours of the sand mining areas: who wants to go? who can drive? who has video cameras with zoom lenses? Does anybody know a pilot or anyone with an airplane to fly over the mine pits? After the July 20th event, we will be writing letters to the editor and to county and town officials.
Alan Harvey, attorney and former Windsor Town Chair, should receive a special invitation to the July 20th sand mining event, as he has special professional expertise in the legalities of the issue. (John did contact Alan, and he could not make it due to a family conflict but he expressed interest in participating in the future.)
There is an organization called CELDEF (or CELDF) -- CELDEF.org -- that advocates for local ordinances protecting local peoples' rights against outside influences like mining companies. The ordinances require outside agencies to prove why their proposals are good, rather than the local peoples' having to prove why the companies' proposals are bad. It puts the power into the hands of the local residents.
Mary Sanderson was at the meeting to sign people up for the Dane County Time Bank. She particularly asked about the students in Marcia's DAP Spanish class.
We discussed movie night, August 5th, and social night, August 3rd.
We discussed the Palermo's strike support project and how much further we want to get involved and in what ways.
Ginny reported on the 4th of July parade and our float in it. It was a big success. She was the star, as she rode the back of the pickup in costume, watering flowers as a symbol of "Growing Democracy," our theme this year. Dan McClain and his daughter, Edy, walked behind, tossing candy, waving, and grinning. Pictures are being shared. GROW in Waunakee is borrowing our "Growing Democracy" banners from the float to use at Waun-a-fest on July 28th. Thanks to Nate Timm for driving his pickup and John Stanley for riding shotgun.
There will be a sign painting workshop July 13th. WGN wants DAP to be a hub for the statewide sign posting project. There might be a money making opportunity in it.
Ron Wolfe of GROW in Waunakee requests two volunteers for a committee or forum on possible governors' candidates. John-ski volunteered and Ginny might be interested too.
We discussed other former DAP active members whom we haven’t seen for awhile, and we talked about some sort of recruiting drive and fundraising.
John Stanley asserted that we should have an event of our own, not just tag onto others' events. John has been an advocate in the past for some sort of a bazaar or something like that.