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DAP meeting notes for January 5, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for January 5, 2015

 

Next meeting: Monday, January 12, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hills neighborhood.

 

There were seven people present at the January 5th meeting.

 

January 19th will be movie night, showing “Plastic Planet” with discussion and fun to precede and follow the movie.  Bring a snack to share if you want to.  More on this in next week’s notes.

 

On Saturday, January 17th, we will car pool to the Progressive Partners meeting in Oregon.  Meet before noon (around 11:45 or 11:50) in front of Marcia’s house at 3953 Finch Trail, Windsor Hills neighborhood.  We w ill park the extra cars in the cul-du-sac and pile into pool cars for the ride to Oregon.  We will leave Marcia’s house promptly at 12:00 noon.  The PP meeting is scheduled for 1:00 – 3:30 p.m., so we should get back to Marcia’s around 4:30-5:00 or so, allowing for gab time after the official meeting.  Mike McCabe, former executive director of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and author of the currently popular Blue Jeans in High Places is the featured guest.  We can expect to hear some very current commentary from Mike on the political scene and especially what he and the other “Blue Jeans” (read the book) have got up their sleeves for this coming year.

 

The main topic of conversation for tonight’s meeting was planning for our next event, a community education project tentatively called “What’s in Y0UR Water?”  Bill H. came up with the idea.  Thank you, Bill!   As Bill points out, water is at the core of everything.  That is our theme.  Bill has been in touch with Clean Wisconsin and Sierra Club.  Clean Wisconsin would like to do something on the topic of nutrient pollution.  The Sierra Club would do something complementary on mining or the Enbridge pipeline.  Bill will work with them to develop the themes.  The target date is Saturday, April 11th, somewhere in the DeForest/Windsor/Vienna area, maybe the Windsor community center, maybe the DeForest library, maybe another venue – to be determined.  Our objective is to bring attendees to feel stewardship today for our water resources for future generations.  The native American idea of consideration for seven generations ahead was brought up.  A second goal of the session is to motivate and empower attendees to act in some ways to guarantee pure water for future generations (run for office, contact their elected representatives, write letters to the editor, testify at public hearings, join and get active in Clean Wisconsin and the Sierra Club and other like groups, etc.).  We should invite our elected officials.  One handout we should give attendees is a list of their elected officials and their contact information.  Bill volunteered to emcee the program and introduce the theme at the beginning.  We can think about having a follow-up session later in the summer or fall.  A publicity committee was formed.  This discussion will continue and we can begin to make assignments and firm up plans at next MONDAY’s meeting.

 

Janet announced that there is going to be a “celebration” (an “anti-celebration”?) of the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision at Cargo Coffee on East Wash. In Madison on January 21st.

 

Karen mentioned that if you want to continue getting Legislative Alert you have to re-sign up for its community announcements and new legislators.  Go to the state legislative website to do so.  Marcia suggested re-signing up with Capitol Eye too.

 

Karen passed out a draft of her work: “THE NEW D.A.P., DeForest Area People, ‘We Care’.”  It is a one-page statement of beliefs and values for contemplation , revision, and perhaps endorsement at further meetings.  You can read it at the end of this report.

 

Karen further informed us that this Saturday, January 10th, at 9:30 a.m., there will be a discussion of Mike McCabe’s ideas at the McFarland coffee group.

 

JohnSki mentioned that our county board supervisor, Maureen McCarville, is on the Commission on Sensitive Crimes.  In conversation with Maureen, she said that an emphasis of the commission now is elder abuse, its many facets and manifestations.

 

Some mention was made of this spring’s upcoming elections.  Who are the candidates?  Do YOU want to run?  We will back you and help you if you do!  School Board, Village Board, Town Boards

 

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THE NEW D.A.P.

 

DeForest Area People

 

“We Care”

 

We care about other people because we believe that when we all do better, we all do better!

 

We believe in the value of the things that we cannot provide for ourselves: clean air; clean water;  good roads; street lights; police and fire protection; public schools; public transit systems; municipal water and sewer systems for those who live in built up areas; a free and open internet for all; good public libraries and so many other things that are part of the public Commonwealth. We are willing to work for these things with our voices, our votes, and to contribute towards them with our tax dollars as a right and a privilege of our membership in this community of free citizens.

 

We believe that all who benefit from the Commons must pay their fair share: those who produce goods and services and throw their waste products into the common air and water without paying for garbage removal, artificially inflate the profits paid to owners at the expense of their neighbors. Those whose overweight trucks wreck local roads must pay directly for repairs to those roads, rather than shifting the burden onto the Commons. Privatizing the profit and socializing the cost helps the few and penalizes the many.

 

We believe that an individual human citizen is the only one endowed with the Constitutional right to political speech. We further believe that money is property. Corporations are not “people” and have no place in the political process. No organization created by the laws of a government should have a say in how that government is to be run!

 

We believe that all citizens have the right to vote and that it is the true responsibility of government to ensure that it is as easy as possible for all citizens to exercise that right as possible. This means that voter id laws should be repealed, voting hours expanded for early voting, statewide special voting registrar certification reinstated, etc.

 

We believe that where workers believe that employer power requires a balancing force, they should be able to organize to unite their voices in a group as a counterbalance to that power. Where such a union exists, unless an employer maintains a two-tier wage/benefit structure for union/non-union members, that employer shall need to collect equivalent sums from all employees to be forwarded to the bargaining agent for its services.

 

We believe in freedom of religion and the separation of church and state as founding principles of this country. This includes the freedom to not believe in any established religion. This also includes the right to practice one’s own religion but not to the extent that it creates offense to others or is practiced on the Common ground, and excludes any others.   

 

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Tremendous Graphic tells which 6 companies control all media

Please follow link showing how ownership of public media has "shrunk" from 50 major companies to just six.  This is something easily backed up by checking Wikipedia.  The interconnections are fascinating,and,as far as my opinion, shockingly worrisome.  Look for the graphic at Frugal Dad Media, 

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LTE DeForest Times-Tribune, 11/27/14

November 27, 2014

Editor

DeForest Times-Tribune

The letter-to-the-editor by Doug and Mary Hudzinski, which appeared in your November 27th issue, could not have been more true.  I agree completely with what they wrote.  The Hudzinskis’ letter touched on so many issues, it is difficult to itemize my support for their statements in this short space.  Let it suffice to list a few of them: health care reform, fair taxation, banking regulation, living wage, economic stimulus, unions and the right to collective bargaining, environmental stewardship, the corporate takeover of our representative form of government.  I hope your readers will return to the Hudzinskis’ letter in the November 27th issue to review it in detail.  It is worth a second reading.  

The Republican sweep of the recent elections surprised and disappointed me too, although I must say I was proud of voters in DeForest and Windsor, in that we supported the Democratic candidates with wins locally.  In DeForest and Windsor, Mary Burke defeated Scott Walker for governor.  Democrat George Ferriter defeated incumbent Keith Ripp in DeForest (although to be fair, Mr. Ripp won Windsor by fifty–one percent).  Mary Arnold defeated incumbent John Jagler in DeForest and Windsor.  Incumbent Democratic Assembly Representative Diane Hesselbein won by a lot over her challenger, Brent Renteria.  Even newcomer Michelle Zahn won by a large margin in DeForest over strong incumbent Senator Scott Fitzgerald.  Statewide, voters overwhelmingly approved referendums in support of BadgerCare/Medicaid and raising the minimum wage, both progressive ideals.

It gives me some comfort to know that DeForest and Windsor appear to favor Democrats.  That puts the DeForest area in good progressive company with the rest of Dane County, even though we were beaten overall statewide and across the country.  Doug and Mary and my fellow Democrats and progressive believers out there, do not lose heart!  Our turn will come again when the proverbial pendulum swings.

The progressive and Democratic approach took a hit in this election, even though we voters in DeForest and Windsor did our part to support it.  It is gratifying to know that voters in the DeForest area are in the progressive camp, even though it is going to be a long dry spell for our ideals.

Sincerely,

John Scepanski

DeForest

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Meeting notes for November 17, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for November 17, 2014

 

Next meeting: Monday, November 24, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Marcia’s house, 3953 Finch Trail in the Windsor Hill neighborhood.

The agenda for the next meeting will include, not necessarily in this order, continued discussion about projects we might like to undertake in the near future: revisit old DAP draft policies & procedures?; environmental, Enbridge pipeline, Clean Wisconsin, bird city, prairie patches, FUYRH, Token Creek Conservancy; election, ideas, area meetings; education, SPARC projects, threats to public education; a community education project; Josh Lerner’s Making Democracy Fun; other.*

There were six people at the November 17th meeting.  Congratulations, because it was COLD out.

 

We discussed the election some more and the fact that there are a number of area organizations hosting meetings to figure out what went wrong and what to do about it next time.

 

Liz reported on her attendance last Wednesday at the Dane County Zoning Committee hearing on the Enbridge oil sludge pipeline that will bisect Wisconsin and pass through a section of northeastern Dane County near Marshall.  This is the same company and system of pipelines that ruptured, spilled, and  wreaked havoc in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a couple of years ago.  The company wants to double the diameter of the existing pipes (there are four running parallel to one another) from 24 inches to 48 inches.  The last DNR assessment of the pipeline was in 2006.  The Committee wants a new DNR assessment and the company to buy insurance in case of a mishap.  An assessment is not as intense as an environmental impact statement.  The company representatives said that if there is a spill, they have forty people in Fort Atkinson ready to respond.  The company has insurance but would not disclose its contents, claiming it is proprietary information.  They said that eleven communities have already approved the changes in the pipeline without requiring further assessment, bonding,  or insurance.  The Committee postponed any action, pending further information.

Bill talked about Clean Wisconsin and provided information on resources it has available for public education.  Clean Wisconsin is an environmental watchdog.  Maybe we can do something with them in the way of a public education project. 

Marcia and Karen went to the recent “Political Cafe” in McFarland last Saturday.  There are going to be more of those get-togethers in the near future.  We should send delegations.  We should do more along these lines of attending events put on by our compadres around the area.  A notice could be sent out to our list to meet somewhere locally and then car pool to the events.  This would be fun and informative and would signal solidarity with our sisters and brothers nearby.

Marcia has been informed of a book called Making Democracy Fun by Josh Lerner (sp?).  It talks about creating games, playing the games, and analyzing the results of the games that are pertinent to things that progressives and other interested parties find useful when thinking about social issues.  An example is the game some of us have played where participants get varying amounts of food or other things of value to illustrate disparities around the world.  Marcia suggested that DAP might want to study the book and engage in the creation, playing, and analysis of games.  Maybe we could invite other groups like ours to do the same.

Bill commented on how uninformed he found people to be when he was canvassing for candidates.  He finds a shift to the right politically among younger people.  What can we do to shape progressive thinking among our constituents in Windsor, Vienna, and DeForest?  Bill asked each of us what excites us to do something.  Liz mentioned labor unfairness and Act 10.  Ginny said that union activity and standing up for the common person brought her into activism.  Marcia discussed economic inequality and oppression around the world.  Peter said simply, “Goldwater.”  (Peter is originally from South Dakota and as his claim to fame he debated Tom Brokaw in college.)  JohnSki has no claim to fame (unless you call going to the seventh grade dance with Emmylou Harris a claim to fame J ) but anyway  said he had trouble focusing on just one thing, that there is so much involving the environment, education, economic disparity, unions, and on and on.  He mentioned reading Howard Zinn’s book, A People’s History of America.  Ginny endorsed that book too.  Peter mentioned too Mike McCabe’s book, Blue Jeans in High Places. 

Bill’s point was, How do we impact the population to have a “wake up moment”?  He is no longer interested in Republicans or Democrats.  He is looking for people like Wisconsin Republican Senator Dale Schultz, who can work together to find what common ground there is.  Maybe we could use game theory to bring people together, especially those in other groups like ours like GROW in Waunakee.  We need to set up a framework to find out how to engage people and get them to focus and decide: goals, problem solving, process.  We want to turn the light bulbs on. How do we do that?

*Next meeting we will continue this discussion and try to come to some consensus on what we can do about these concerns and what projects we might construct, what actions we might undertake, to achieve these goals.

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DAP meeting notes for November 10, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for November 10, 2014

 

Next meeting: Monday, November 17, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Marcia’s house, 3953 Finch Trail in the Windsor Hill neighborhood.

 

There were seven people at the November 10th meeting.                           

 

There was a lot of discussion on the November 4th election and plans for future elections.  Some thought the issues in the election were over-simplified.  Others noted that according to George Lakoff, decisions are more often made on values and emotions than they are on rationality.  What are the important nuggets?  How can we market bite size pieces of information to voters?  What are the little cubes of information that people need to know that will affect their decision-making at the emotional and values levels?

 

We then turned our thoughts to what we want to do as a progressive organization in our community.  Our group has established itself in DeForest, Windsor, Vienna, and the surrounding area.  We have been sought out regularly by candidates and others for our involvement and input as progressives.  How can we have an effect on shaping the progressive mindset of our communities? 

 

Marcia suggested that we get involved in the “backyard prairie project.”  She described what she is doing in her own yard to return a portion of it to natural prairie according to the manner of Neil Diebold.  She has spoken to Windsor and DeForest officials about sponsoring such movements in our communities.  Windsor should seek “bird city” status like DeForest and other places in Wisconsin.  Maybe we can host a community education session through the DeForest area library’s adult programming.

 

Liz thought we need to encourage more membership in DAP.  Where is everybody?  What happened to the community rights idea?

 

Marcia asked us all to list our ideas and prioritize them on what we should be doing between elections and get those ideas to her.  What can we do to be community educators, to get the progressive message out there, to work with other community organizations in other communities like SPARC in Sun Prairie, where they have been doing some great things on education, and GROW in Waunakee

 

Next meeting, Carl will report on the DeForest Parks Commission of which he is a member.

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DAP meeting notes from October 27, 2014

 DeForest Area Progressives                                                        

Meeting notes for October 27, 2014

 NO MEETING MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD, due to election.

 

Next meeting Monday, November 10, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s house, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood, Windsor.

There were six people in attendance at this October 27th DAP meeting.

 

Janet reminded everyone to get out there and work in these last days before Election Day.  Call the Sun Prairie office of the combined campaign for information: 422-2999.  Mary Bell, former head of WEAC, is leading the combined campaign from the Sun Prairie office.  Canvassing and lit drops will be on these shifts from the Sun Prairie office:

 

Saturday canvassing: meet at the Sun Prairie office at 9:00, 12:00 noon, 3:00, and 6:00

Sunday canvassing at 12:00, 3:00, and 6:00

Monday lit drop at 9:00, 12:00, 3:00, and 6:00

Tuesday canvassing at 8:00, 11:00, 2:00, and 5:00

 

You can specify the DeForest-Windsor area to canvas and drop lit.

 

Janet brought up and we discussed the idea of taking ownership of your own neighborhood for future elections and GOTV.

 

There will be a fundraiser for South Central Wisconsin Move to Amend (SCWMTA) on November 5th.  See the Wisconsin Grassroots Network website for details.

 

Sister Simone will be at Holy Wisdom Seminary on Monday.

 

The rest of the meeting pretty much followed Karen’s agenda handed out and cited below.

 

Agenda

1. Before the election – take a census of signs (looking for possible new locations for message signs). WANTED – addresses with many Democratic or Green party signs on high traffic streets. Please send to Karen Edson at  kredson1970@gmail.com  As statewide signage coordinator for Wisconsin Grassroots Network, Karen will be creating a database for future reference.

            2. Before election, those folks in contact with candidates’ campaign STAFFS: please ask that lists of TV, Radio and print media contacts be sent to Karen Edson at kredson1970@gmail.com. The Wisconsin Grassroots Network will be developing and maintaining a statewide database of this information for MESSAGING purposes between elections and will share it with candidates who share our values.

            3. Election Night:  Because so many DAP-ers are working neighborhoods and at the polls before and after voting on election day, we decided not to meet at any particular place to watch election returns.

            4. IMMEDIATELY AFTER the election, collect OUR yard signs (Burke, Arnold, Ferriter, Zahn, Hesselbein, Happ, etc.). If you need help getting BIG (4X4) signs down call Karen Edson at  608-225-1458.

            5. A week after the election, review the neighborhood around your home, church, shopping area, etc. for REPUBLICAN signs. Knock on THOSE doors and politely inform those homeowners that you are a volunteer collecting election yard signs for recycling. Ask them if they would like you to take theirs. If they ask what group you are with, be honest, but you do not need to volunteer it at the start of the conversation!

            6. For those members who are homeowners with a yard: if you have part of your yard not visible to the neighbors, leave a strip unmown. If possible, have this piece close to shrubbery or capable of including some shrubs at one end or along one edge. The idea is to create a bird and butterfly sanctuary with native grasses and flowers being allowed to grow and the shrubs providing cover (and berries for the birds). If you can manage a heated birdbath with running water year round, you will delight both the birds and yourself with your annual migrating visitors!  This and other ideas for DAP projects between elections will be the topics of meetings in the near future.

          7. As a fundraise for DAP - collect and recycle aluminum cans for cash????

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Candidates' Forum letter-to-the-editor

Published in DeForest Times-Tribune 10/16/14 

 

Dear Editor:

 

The fine candidates’ forum hosted by the DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce and the DeForest Area Library on October 8th highlighted the differences between the Democratic candidates and the Republican candidates in the November 4 election.  It confirmed my resolve to vote for all of the Democratic candidates, including the Democratic candidate for governor, Mary Burke.

 

One of the differences between Democrats and Republicans is the future of education.  Democrats oppose spending public tax money on private voucher schools.  I agree.  We must rally behind our public education system and fund it well with public tax dollars.  Education is a community responsibility, not a business.

 

Another difference is voting.  Democrats support widespread voting rights and oppose repressive voting laws.  We should encourage voting, not discourage it.

 

The differences between Democrats and Republicans on environmental protection are stark.  Democrats favor local control over water and air regulation with a healthy dose of regulatory backup at the state level from a DNR that represents the people’s interests.  Republicans favor weaker water and air rules, so that environmental regulation will interfere less with business.  (This is an oddly new generation of GOP from the one that used to work for conservation.)

 

Another stark difference between Democrats and Republicans appears in response to making Wisconsin a “right to work” state.  Democrats favor employees’ right to a collective say in their compensation and work conditions through collective bargaining.  Republicans generally oppose collective bargaining.  As a long time Democrat myself, of course I lament the demise of public employee collective bargaining and the diminished influence of private sector unions.

 

The subject of minimum wage brings another difference to the fore between the candidates.  Democrats believe that more money in the pockets of wage earners means not only increases in family incomes but also boosts to local economies, as the increased wages are spent at local businesses.

 

I hope that in this election we can return the influence of the people’s party, the Democratic Party, to the Wisconsin legislature and governorship.  Not only is that influence crucial to public education, voting rights, environmental protection, workers’ rights and incomes.  It is important in a larger sense to how we see ourselves in community.  As Senator Elizabeth Warren says, Deep down, this is a fight about values.  We all do better when we work together and invest in the future.  That’s why I recommend that you vote for the Democratic candidates: Mary Arnold, Dianne Hesselbein, George Ferriter, Michelle Zahn, and Mary Burke for governor.

 

Sincerely,

John Scepanski

 DeForest

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DAP meeting notes for October 13, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for October 13, 2014

 

Next meeting Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s house, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood, Windsor.

 

 

There were 9 people at the October 13th meeting.

 

Janet discussed campaign strategy for the upcoming November 4 election that she has received from the Democratic coordinated campaign: contact lists, reporting back, voter access network (VAN) database, etc.  Marcia further described the coordinated campaign idea and offered her house for GOTV canvassing.  Janet has been having trouble recruiting volunteers, so be sure to call her.  There is a “practice” scheduled for this weekend.  We collected more sale money from signs sold.  People in the group reported on what they were doing in the campaigns: canvassing, office staffing, signs, letters to the editor, phone calling, etc.  We planned some canvassing and lit drops for the coming week.  Times, dates, and schedules will be set by the coordinated campaign.  We discussed observation at the polls on election day, including observation after the polls close.  We received a handout, “Five ways to help ensure accurate election results.”

 

We discussed and critiqued the candidates’ forum held at the DeForest Library and hosted by the DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce on October 8th.  Eighty people attended and DAP was well represented in the audience and among the written questions submitted and asked of candidates.

 

Peter and Marcia registered voters at Epic in Verona and were highly successful, garnering big stacks of registrations.  This was much better than most of Peter and Marcia’s experiences as volunteer registrars.

 

We discussed gathering on election night to watch the returns and have a party.  Other general political discussion.

 

Karen reported on a six part seminar she is taking on racial sensitivity.  She said she is taking it because she needed a “booster shot” to bring her up to speed from when she worked in personnel when “the government still cared.”  Most of us being white gives us a limited perspective.  Being racially white is not the norm around the world.  White is “other” in most places throughout the world.  Karen will continue to give us all a little “booster shot” in the coming weeks.  She will also post some things on the websites (DeForestAreaProgressives.nationbuilder.com and WisconsinGrassroots.net).

 

AND, don’t forget to contact Dan Rowe for 4’x4’ Michelle Zahn for Senate signs.  Dan will deliver and set them up.  Call Dan at 608-235-8732 or 608-846-3496.

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DAP meeting notes for October 13, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for October 13, 2014

 

Next meeting Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s house, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood, Windsor.

 

 

There were 9 people at the October 13th meeting.

 

Janet discussed campaign strategy for the upcoming November 4 election that she has received from the Democratic coordinated campaign: contact lists, reporting back, voter access network (VAN) database, etc.  Marcia further described the coordinated campaign idea and offered her house for GOTV canvassing.  Janet has been having trouble recruiting volunteers, so be sure to call her.  There is a “practice” scheduled for this weekend.  We collected more sale money from signs sold.  People in the group reported on what they were doing in the campaigns: canvassing, office staffing, signs, letters to the editor, phone calling, etc.  We planned some canvassing and lit drops for the coming week.  Times, dates, and schedules will be set by the coordinated campaign.  We discussed observation at the polls on election day, including observation after the polls close.  We received a handout, “Five ways to help ensure accurate election results.”

 

We discussed and critiqued the candidates’ forum held at the DeForest Library and hosted by the DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce on October 8th.  Eighty people attended and DAP was well represented in the audience and among the written questions submitted and asked of candidates.

 

Peter and Marcia registered voters at Epic in Verona and were highly successful, garnering big stacks of registrations.  This was much better than most of Peter and Marcia’s experiences as volunteer registrars.

 

We discussed gathering on election night to watch the returns and have a party.  Other general political discussion.

 

Karen reported on a six part seminar she is taking on racial sensitivity.  She said she is taking it because she needed a “booster shot” to bring her up to speed from when she worked in personnel when “the government still cared.”  Most of us being white gives us a limited perspective.  Being racially white is not the norm around the world.  White is “other” in most places throughout the world.  Karen will continue to give us all a little “booster shot” in the coming weeks.  She will also post some things on the websites (DeForestAreaProgressives.nationbuilder.com and WisconsinGrassroots.net).

 

AND, don’t forget to contact Dan Rowe for 4’x4’ Michelle Zahn for Senate signs.  Dan will deliver and set them up.  Call Dan at 608-235-8732 or 608-846-3496.

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DAP meeting notes for October 6, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Notes from meeting of October 6, 2014

 

Next meeting: Monday, October 13, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., AT JOHN STANLEY’S HOUSE, 412 River Wood Bend, DeForest.  Note new meeting spot.  Thanks, John!  River Wood Bend intersects South Street near the South Street bridge.

 

 

There were seven people at the October 6th meeting. 

 

Most of the meeting was taken up with discussion and planning for the candidates’ forum Wednesday the eighth.  Members were encouraged to have their assigned questions written out and ready to hand in when we arrive.  We will meet at the DeForest Library at 5:45 p.m. and will sit together.  We may go out together afterward to debrief.  (Subsequent plans were made to go to the Rodeside Restaurant with our candidates and members of the Wisconsin Grassroots Network Task Force after the forum.)  Karen handed out sheets of information on the candidates’ sources of donations, which she has spent much time gathering from online sources.  Other forums were discussed such as the one at Edgewood College on Thursday.  Wisconsin Public Television is airing the first of two debates between the gubernatorial candidates on Friday.  Some of our DAP members will bring information to hand out at the Forum Wednesday at the Library.

 

The question was brought up about the smaller lawn signs we have been handing out being printed by a non-union shop.  SPARC in Sun Prairie refused to take them because they are not union made.  Karen still has fifty that she says she can get to people in Milwaukee who want them.

 

(On a trip to Platteville, John St. says he saw many of our blue and white 4’x4’ signs in farmers’ fields along the road.  He says there were many more Burke signs than Walker signs.)

 

Marcia asked each member present for a commitment to whatever level of campaign activity they can muster during these last few weeks before the election.

 

Some members are making plans to continue voter registrations in the weeks to come.  Peter had some interesting things to say about voter registration and personal anecdotes to share.  We are beginning to appreciate Peter’s sense of humor at the meetings.  J

 

Ginny and Liz have talked to the staff at the DeForest/Windsor Area Community/Senior Center about providing rides to the polls and helping with voter ID information.

 

Don’t forget the new site for our next meeting at John Stanley’s house.  See you there.  We will debrief some more on the candidates’ forum and elections, among other topics of interest.

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