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DAP meeting notes from June 16, 2014

DEFOREST Area Progressives

Meeting notes

June 16, 2014


Next meeting: Monday, June 23, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Ginny's house, 3922 Partridge, in the Windsor Hill neighborhood.

There were seven people present at the June 16th meeting at Peg's house.

There was some pre-meeting chatter about using electronic media, including the storage of documents in Google Drive, which stores the documents in the "cloud."  That means that the document you might be working on is stored at Google, not in your personal computer.  Others can view the document and even work on it with you simultaneously, if that is your desire.  If you look in the upper right hand corner of Google, you will find sixteen dots.  Click on the dots, then click on a ribbon-like triangle for Google Drive.  (I think I got that right?  John)

Ginny reported on the painting party held that Saturday, June 14th , at DeForest Firemen's Park.  John said he thought there were about twenty people or more there.  Ginny said she handed in expenses to Nate for Wisconsin Grassroots Network to reimburse.  WGN had lots of boards to paint, and Bob Crego supplied more.  Assembly candidates Margo Miller, George Ferriter, and Mary Arnold painted signs for their campaigns.  Incumbent Assembly candidate Diane Hesselbein paid a visit too.  Chris was there from Sun Prairie.  Eric was there from Reedsburg.  Lots of people brought food, and Edy excelled, as usual, in putting on the buffet style meal.  We painted both candidate election campaign signs and message signs.  One example of a message sign was "NOT ONE MORE," including a stylized figure of an assault rifle, painted by Peg on the subject of gun violence, quoting the father from Santa Barbara who had lost his son in the shooting there.  John sketched "LIVING WAGE FOR ALL," another example of a message sign.  The Ferriter signs included a symbol of a gear, building on George's credentials as a mechanical engineer.  The weather was good.  The food was good.  The company was as good as it gets, and a good time was had by all.  Thank you again, John Stanley, for thinking up this event.

It was not known whether anyone from the DeForest and Windsor area had attended the voter registrar training June 11th   in Fitchburg (?).  We debated whether or not to do voter registration at the DeForest-Windsor 4th of July celebration, that it might not be appreciated by some.  It was decided to go ahead with it, since simple voter registration is nonpartisan, and stop if asked to stop (i.e., "it's easier to apologize than ask permission").

The scholarships for Marcia and Karen to attend the Netroots conference in Detroit in July now total $300, spurred by the original matching donation of $200 from an anonymous donor.  John will get a check from the DAP treasury for half to each Karen and Marcia at the next meeting.

There was much discussion on the community rights initiative.  Karen handed out samples of various communities' Bills of Rights, a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance, and a handout, "Remember: Democracy Is a Verb, you don't achieve it; you practice it!"  Some of the rights listed in some communities' Bill of Rights are these:

  • Clean air
  • Clean, pure water
  • Clean soil
  • Good public schools for all
  • Maintenance of land-line communications to rural areas
  • Expansion of low cost broadband internet communications infrastructure
  • Sustainable energy future
  • Scenic preservation
  • Health care
  • Veterinary services
  • Public libraries
  • Safe places for kids to play, walk, shop
  • Hand marked, paper ballots hand counted in public
  • Easy access to voter registration
  • Easy access to voting
  • Minimum wage & living wage
  • Local control over environmental health and welfare issues
  • Weapon free zones


These and other points of interest can be "sewn into" individual town, village, and county ordinances from individualized bills of rights.

Members present agreed to study the handouts and the websites for further discussion at future meetings, as DAP moves forward on decisions as to how to participate (or not) in the community bill of rights movement that has gained so much ground in other states.

We brought up the matter of limits on how long a DAP member may submit receipts for reimbursement from the DAP treasury for expenses incurred on behalf of DAP.  Some thought one month, others thought two months.  In the end, consensus was reached that reimbursement must be claimed within two months of incurring expenses.  Also, there was a consensus that before expenses are incurred for reimbursement, permission should be received from the group at one of the weekly meetings, or if that is not feasible, the treasurer (currently JohnSki) may authorize expenditures for later reimbursement.  Of course, it's always okay to spend money on behalf of DAP and then just "eat it," the reimbursement, that is.  J

Ginny is having surgery on July 8th, so she will have to slow down her DAP and other activities for awhile.  Some of us wondered how DAP will be able to function without Ginny at 100%, given the enormous amount of work she undertakes.  Thank you, Ginny, and be well.

Marcia is speaking along with John DeMain on June 18th at the ResiliencyBuilding.  Details can be found on several websites, including

Pat Popple has alerted folks about a session being held by the Wisconsin DNR, the Wisconsin Towns Association, the Wisconsin Counties Association, and the League of Municipalities on mining.  I did not take thorough enough notes to elaborate further on this item.

Those of you who are going on the Save Our State expedition, be safe and have fun.


John Scepanski

Unofficial Notetaker

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Meeting notes for June 9, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes

June 9, 2014


Next meeting: Monday, June 16, 2014, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Peg's house, 4397 Memorial Circle, Windsor (Wolf Hollow Neighborhood, enter just off Windsor Road across the street from WindsorElementary School).


There were twelve people in attendance at the June 9th meeting.  Note that of late, meeting attendance has been up!


John Scepanski reported on his attendance on behalf of DAP at the 2014 Annual Membership Meeting of the Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters, Inc.  Officers and Board of Directors were elected for 2014.  The FYRH will be meeting this coming year monthly on the first Tuesday of each month at 717 DeForest Street, DeForest.  John will be hosting them at his condo complex clubhouse.  DAP members are urged to attend, since water quality and environmental quality are precisely compatible with DAP aims.  The group heard a presentation from Rachel Fossum, Rural Initiatives Coordinator for Yahara Pride Farms and the Madison lakes area Clean Lakes Alliance.  They are working with area farmers to reduce the amounts of phosphorus runoff that goes into the watershed and lakes.  The Village of DeForest has granted them $10,000 to 1) help farmers plant cover crops, 2) provide field demonstrations, and 3) provide education in leaf management.


George and Sue Ferriter were in attendance to report on George's campaign for Assembly in the 42nd District.  They will inform DAP of opportunities to assist in the campaign.  George has been attending town and village board meetings in the district to get his name known and allow people to get to know him and what he stands for.  We discussed the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and how it exemplifies the "Wisconsin Idea" of citizens and government working together.  George noted that he is learning that issues like water quality cross party lines.  At a Wisconsin Conservation Congress meeting he attended, the group supported repealing the mining law.  When that happened, George's opponent, current 42nd District Rep. Keith Ripp, walked out of the meeting.  Ripp is known to be solidly in the camp of Governor Walker and the large corporate interests favored by the Walker camp.  A further discussion ensued on the corruption of the Wisconsin DNR under the Walker administration.  The DNR seems now to be merely a permit granting agency, no longer the watchdog for the environment that it once was.  Another big issue that interests George Ferriter is the deterioration of our roads and highways.  One thing that could have been done is to put some of the big budget surplus toward road repair, rather than simply sending it back to taxpayers.  George feels there are other areas of responsibility where government is falling down on the job because of the neglect by Republicans in charge.  Margaret Worthington said that we need a candidates' forum in DeForest like the one we had before at the library.  George will be at the sign painting picnic at DeForest Firemens Park Saturday the 21st.


Speaking of the sign painting picnic, Ginny reported on preparations.  All seems to be set.  See you there 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Brats and soft drinks will be provided; being a dish to share.  Bring your painting supplies.

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Meeting notes for June 2, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes

Monday, June 2, 2014


Next meeting on Monday, June 9, 2014, at Ginny Brokish's house, 3922 Partridge in the Windsor Hills neighborhood: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

There were seven people in attendance at the June 2nd meeting.

Next Wednesday there will be a Special Registrar Deputy (SRD) training in Fitchburg.  Janet will email the details.  There is a possibility that we might register people to vote as part of our DeForest Fourth of July participation.  A problem, though, is that the sponsor of the events in the park and the parade, the DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce, forbids political activities at the celebration.  We will have to see if there are ways around that complication.  We do not want to create any hard feelings.

Mary and Janet are interested in "lobbying" Assembly Rep. John Jagler.  Suzanne at South Central Wisconsin Move To Amend (SCWMTA) is interested in pinning Mr. Jagler down on his opinions about the Constitutional amendments to codify the rules that corporations are not people and money is not speech.

Karen briefed us on the upcoming "Tailgate to Save Our State."  Check the Federation of United Tribes website for details.  The event's purpose is to promote renewable energy and save the environment.  The kickoff will be on June 18th in Madison.  A caravan of energy efficient vehicles will leave Madison that date and wend its way northward to BadRiver.  Then it will go to the annual Alternative Energy Fir in Custer, Wisconsin (yes, there IS a Custer, Wisconsin).  The events are hooked in with  Don mentioned something called the Skeptical Science app on his phone.  It debunks many of the erroneous objections to the science of global warming.

Marcia announced that Mary Arnold has achieved the 200 signatures she needed for nomination for Assembly.  In fact, she got 280 signatures.  A number of DAP-pers helped gather those signatures.  Thank you, gatherers.

A number of us are going to the state Democratic Party convention June 6th and 7th in Wisconsin Dells.  We will be there on the 6th especially at the Rural Caucus to help re-elect Nate Timm to the Chair and to help staff the Wisconsin Grassroots Network information table.

Karen and Marcia reported on their attendance at the CELDF (Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund) training session in Viroqua.  Frank D. and Mary Lou S. also went.  Karen said she was excited and energized by the two day event, and she looks forward to continuing further action on this issue.  She will put further information on the DeForest Area Progressives website.  She has study guides on the evolution of corporate power in the United States.  The increase in corporate power in the U.S. started long before Citizens United v. FEC.  Much of the march of corporate power has been accomplished by judicial fiat.  We have to act to make sure that local governments and the people they represent learn how to protect themselves by means of local BILLS OF RIGHTS, the rights being the right to breathe clean air and drink clean water, among other quality of life natural rights.  Go to the CELDF website for further information.  In the future, DAP will be exploring how we wish to get involved in this effort and bring it to more fruition throughout Wisconsin, as it has been implemented in other states and localities.

Marcia also told us about her new babies, chicks, that is.  John forgot to bring his rhythm tie, so there was no obnoxious rendition of "You Are My Sunshine" this meeting.  We will continue to talk about a fun open mic at future meetings.  See you all next Monday at Ginny's.

John Scepanski



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A Sign of Hope from The Brookings Institution?

Maybe there's a new generation better than ours on the horizon, maybe some hope for a less materialistic, more idealistic future?        John

Friends and Colleagues, 

A recent Intelligence Group study found that 64% of millennials would rather make $40,000 a year at a job they love than $100,000 a year at a job they think is boring. 

By 2025, millennials will make up 75 percent of the workforce. As such, understanding the generation’s values can offer a window into the future of corporate America and Wall Street. In a new paper, "How Millennials Could Upend Wall Street and Corporate America," Morley Winograd and Mike Hais take a closer look at millennials and their potential impact on Wall Street’s business-as-usual:


Not only do millennials focus on corporate social responsibility, but their lack of trust in the financial sector indicates that Wall Street may be in for a “millennial reckoning”—especially if it continues to lose touch with a changing society. 

You can get a brief intro to the paper and learn more on our FixGov blog. 


Elaine Kamarck
Founding Director, Center for Effective Public Management
Senior Fellow, Governance Studies


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Meeting notes from May 19, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes

May 19, 2014


No meeting next Monday, Memorial Day, May 26, 2014.  Next meeting will be Monday, June 2nd , 6:00-8:00 p.m. at John's condo clubhouse, 717 DeForest Street, DeForest.


Schedule for upcoming regular meetings of DeForest Area Progressives:

  • (skip Memorial Day - no meeting)
  • June 2nd at John's condo clubhouse, 717 DeForest St., DeForest
  • June 9th at Don's, 3736 Shiloh Rd. in Token Creek
  • June 9th at Peg's, 4397 Memorial Circle, Windsor

All meetings are 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., as usual.


There were 13 people at the May 19th meeting.


Karen briefed us on how to magnify our Facebook participation.  She passed out a handout on the subject.


The painting picnic is set for Saturday, June 14th, 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. at DeForest Fireman's Park.  Thanks especially to John Stanley for organizing this affair.  Among the invitees are all DeForest area progressives, Progressive Partners, and a host of others.  Mary Arnold (and Sue Salter) and George Ferriter, both candidates for Assembly, will be there.  Margo Miller, another candidate for Assembly, will try to make it.  We are hoping for Diane Hesselbein too.*  As noted in the invitation you received, Wisconsin Grassroots Network will provide brats, and DAP will provide soda and water.  A donation will be appreciated.  Bring a dish to pass.  Also, bring sign painting supplies if you have them.


"Tailgating to Save Our State" is scheduled for June 18th.  This is a driving excursion to the Penokees, among many other events along the way, to publicize and work for clean energy in Wisconsin. See for more information.


Mary Arnold and Henry stopped by to pick up nomination papers and discuss her campaign.  Mary's official campaign kickoff will be June 21st at Fireman's Park in Columbus from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


We touched on plans for our participation in the DeForest 4th of July celebration, including our parade float.


There was much discussion about the idea to have an open mic at least quarterly in the DeForest area. 

  • Don volunteered to scout out some locations in restaurants or bars.
  • people talk about issues, make speeches
  • social, hang out
  • issues, sign up for time slots to speak, sing, whatever
  • guest speakers, entertainers
  • open to public
  • John St. sing Peter, Paul, & Mary songs
  • nostalgia for Kingston Trio and like
  • Leonardo's band
  • uplifting, mood raising
  • "You cannot subsist without your daily quota of joy."  - Don
  • jam, joke telling
  • one really cool speaker
  • How advertise?
  • Review significance of protest songs, social and political commentary.


*DeForest has three Assembly reps, being divided unusually into three Assembly districts.  

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Meeting notes for May 12, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for May 12, 2014


Next meeting: Monday, May 19, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Isabel's, 816 South Street, DeForest.  Note that this will be our last time at Isabel's, as the condo has been sold.  Further meeting locations will be sent to you when they are arranged.

 There were ten people present at the meeting on the 12th.

 Since we are losing Isabel's condo as a meeting place, we discussed other meeting sites for the future: members' homes, library, unrented offices, restaurants & bars, etc.

 Regarding our on-going discussion over some sort of regular, maybe quarterly, open mic affair, the new wine bar opening up in DeForest might be a venue, as they were noted in the Times-Tribune article as wanting to become a sort of casual hangout in the DeForest area.  Other discussion on the open mic idea....

 The Wisconsin state Democratic Convention is being held in the Dells on June 6 and 7.  John, Marcia, and Karen are going.  Others are encouraged to go and to vote for Nate Timm for continuing chair of the Dems's Rural Caucus.

 John Stanley has entered our DAP float in the DeForest 4th of July parade (we're number 14).  We decided on the theme, "Let Freedom Ring."  Those riding on the float will ring bells.  John, Leonardo, Don, Marcia, and Peg have volunteered so far to ride/walk with the float.  Anyone and everyone is welcome to join them and help build the float and so on.  More on the float later.  Some of us will be working as volunteers at bingo.  DAP 4th of July activities will be the subject of further agenda items at future meetings leading up to the 4th.

 The painting party/picnic/workshop has been set for June 14th at DeForest Fireman's park (the big, old park downtown).  Thanks to John Stanley for reserving the pavilion and all.  THANKS BIG JOHN!  The shelter is reserved from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  We will have music, food, and sign painting for all.  The Wisconsin Grassroots Network, our partners in this endeavor, will be providing brats.  We -- DAP -- will provide soda.  Otherwise, attendees should bring a dish to share a la potluck.  Karen will provide a list of supplies to bring: saw horses, brushes, tarps, red/white/black paint, rollers, pans, cans, containers for paint, plywood and other surfaces to paint, etc.  JohnSki will send out the invitations to all DAP-pers and Progressive Partners.  We will teach attendees how to paint both the "big red" signs and the "burma shave" signs.

 Karen and Marcia will attend the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit on July 15-20.  It is an annual national gathering of grassroots activists who are IT savvy: bloggers, tweeters, facebookers, etc.  The keynote speaker is Senator Elizabeth Warren.  Karen and Marcia are gathering votes, trying to qualify for scholarships to attend, as it is quite pricey.

 Dan Rowe spoke about working with George Ferriter on George's campaign for Wisconsin Assembly.  He talked about trying to get a joint fundraiser going for Ferriter, Arnold, and Hesselbein.  Dan will keep us informed of progress on this project and what we can do to help.  Marcia also noted that some of us will be available to drop lit, knock on doors, etc., wherever there might be gaps identified in locations, small towns, etc.

 Karen talked about DAP on Facebook, the old Facebook page -- who? what?  She will discuss it again next week, as time was short in this meeting.  Someone mentioned maybe having training on how to use Facebook, Twitter, and so forth.

 John St. and Marcia talked about resuming discussions about DAP policy.  We remembered that John had written up in some detail some drafts of policy that we might want to consider.  We need more organization such as timelines and chairs for projects, committees, how to propose a project, how to submit a project for consideration and things of that nature.

 We failed to discuss the item that Beth Trotter had asked about, that is, herbicide spraying on school grounds.

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Meeting notes for April 28, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for April 28, 2014


Next meeting: Monday, May 5, 2014, at Isabel's, 816 South Street in DeForest, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Ten people were present at the April 28th meeting.


May 19th will be the last meeting at Isabel's condo, as the condo has been sold.  We will continue meeting, then, at Dawn and Ginny's houses.


JohnSki reported on his latest visit to the DeForest village Planning and Zoning Committee meeting, where among other topics, they discussed two chapters of the proposed revised comprehensive village plan, Chapters 6 and 3, "Land Use" and "Downtown," respectively.  John volunteered to keep up these monitoring visits when the P&Z Committee discusses changes in the comprehensive plan.


Marcia reported on her attendance the previous Tuesday at the Earth Day Conference in Madison.  There were excellent speakers on the topic of climate change.  We must keep thinking about community rights in the face of business and industrial corporations that would run roughshod over local communities.  See next paragraph.


There will be a training conference in Viroqua, May 23-26, on "Community Rights Networking."  There are already a hundred local communities around the country that have successfully established community bills of rights, and only two of those bills have been challenged by corporations who would exploit local communities' resources.  The communities who have protected themselves have put in place ordinances before they face such challenges as the sand mining in Wisconsin.  For the present, we should all familiarize ourselves with the websites on the topic.  It was noted that Leonardo had put on our list of brainstormed things DAP should engage in, a community environmental bill of rights.    Maybe we could host an event ourselves to familiarize Wisconsin with the concepts and introduce CELDF, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.  In short, we have a right to clean water, clean air, unpolluted land, and a way of life not disrupted by unwarranted and unwanted industrial activity.  An informal poll of those present found unanimous agreement that DAP should get involved with this CELDF stuff. 


Janet summed up the efforts so far to collect signatures for Mary Burke's nomination for governor, as well as other nomination papers that DAP members are circulating.


Karen reported on the tar sands pipeline issue, taking note of the "cowboys and indians" action taking place in Washington, D.C.  There is a tar sludge pipeline in operation already in Dane County (the Enbridge Pipeline) that carries the oil sludge from Alberta, Canada, through Wisconsin to a refinery in Chicago (owned, by the way, by the infamous Koch brothers).  The tarmac-like substance mined in Alberta is diluted to make it viscous enough to transport through the pipeline.  At the Chicago refinery, it is separated, and the dilutant is sent back to Alberta via another, parallel pipeline.  The part of the pipeline that runs through DaneCounty is in the northeastern part near where CountyV intersects Hwy. 151.  The pipeline itself is underground, but the pumping stations are above ground and visible.  The tarmac-like substance is strip mined in Alberta, where the trees are first taken down, and then huge machinery is used to dig into the earth.  The refinery in Chicago converts the raw substance to "pet-coke" (petroleum coke which is used to burn with coal in production facilities like electric generation plants), heavy oils, greases, and diesel.  It is not suitable for gasoline.  A pipe like the Enbridge burst not long ago in Michigan, about 150 miles east of us, causing tremendous pollution and damage.  The proposed XL pipeline that gets so much attention these days is not the only one.


Shirley mentioned four Wisconsin Assembly campaigns that "Turn Wisconsin Blue" is working on.


Liz finished four sides of signs, except for the messages to be put on them.  Mary Lou has two signs, four sides, she needs done.  There are a few "big red" signs that need some maintenance and repair, too.  John St. suggested (again) that we host a sign painting picnic/workshop in one of the DeForest area parks.  We can have some fun ourselves and invite others among Progressive Partners to join us to learn about sign production and enjoy the picnic with us.


Karen reported on bumper sticker and button sales.  She gave JohnSki $57 to deposit in the DAP checking account.  We should sell more at the DeForest area 4th of July celebration.  We should have a table or booth for sales, voter registration, sign recruitment, etc.  Further discussion on this and the float for the parade will ensue at later meetings.


Finally, for those of you who are more adventurous than others of us, in the UW Arboretum there is going to be training for those who intend to put their bodies on the line, so to speak, if and when the XL Pipeline begins construction.


Next meeting: Monday, May 5, 2014, at Isabel's, 816 South Street in DeForest, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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Meeting notes from April 21, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for April 21, 2014

Next meeting: Monday, April 28, 2014, at Isabel's, 816 South Street in DeForest, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Dawn opened the meeting with the lyrics for a new song she is going to submit to the Raging Grannies, sung to the tune of "Along Comes Mary" by The Association from the sixties/seventies.  The theme is Mary Burke for Governor.  Cute, Dawn!

Most of the meeting was taken up with discussion about Mary Burke's candidacy.  JohnSki passed out copies of an article that appeared in last week's The Capital Times, "The Real Mary Burke."  We are educating ourselves about Mary, gearing u to support her in the campaign.  Those of you who have filled up nomination papers can drop them off at Janet's house, 4054 Gray Road.  Note that you've to go the roundabout way (literally) to get there: Windsor Road to Portage Road to Gray Road (Tinker to Evers to Chance for you baseball history fans :-).  Janet will get the completed papers in to Eric in Madison.  You may also call Janet, and she will pick them up.  Those who are interested are going to meet at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday in VeteransPark in DeForest to gather signatures from the drivers of cars passing by, a la the collections for the recall.

Dawn suggested "Join the Party" as a theme for this year's DeForest 4th of July parade float theme.  We can decorate with balloons, etc., as for a party.

Karen briefed us on training available for Keystone XL pipeline protesters.

Liz reported on her attendance at the public speak-out on Sanimax in DeForest and the odor problem from the bio-diesel operation. It was a big public turnout, and Liz was proud of our elected representatives the way they stood up for the people.  Stand by for further developments.

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Meeting notes for April 14, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes

April 14, 2014


Next meeting April 21, 2014, at Isabel's, 816 South Street, DeForest, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

There were seven people at the April 14th meeting.

Ginny checked with the village of DeForest on use of VeteransPark to collect signatures on Mary Burke and John Lehman nomination papers for governor and lt. governor.  We may use the parking lot for free, but we must pay a fee to use the park itself or the gazebo.  If we use the parking lot, we must post any signs on our cars -- none may be mounted on the pavement or draped over the signs in the park or the lot.  Janet provided petition forms to all present, along with clipboards and pens.  You may begin tomorrow to collect signatures from your friends and neighbors.  Janet also instructed us about rules for gathering signatures and how to fill out the forms properly.  Most of us were veteran signature gatherers from previous elections and the Walker recall campaign, but it was good to review anyway.  Thank you, Janet and Ginny.   The DPW (Democratic Party of Wisconsin) told Janet that signatures may be gathered starting April 15th, and they want the sheets in by May 10th for checking and collection to put them in shape to be turned in.  AT NEXT WEEK'S MEETING, MONDAY APRIL 21ST, WE WILL SCHEDULE WORKERS FOR SHIFTS AT VETERANS PARK, SO IF YOU INTEND TO WORK ON SIGNATURE GATHERING, BE SURE TO BE AT NEXT  WEEK'S MEETING.

We had a discussion on our ongoing signs project.  Ginny and Liz have finished six new "big red" signs (4' x 5'), and they are almost ready to be mounted at the designated locations.  WAY TO GO GINNY ANDLIZ!  Go to to see what the signs are accomplishing.  John St. suggested we host a sign painting party both for fun and to get some more signs painted, also to teach newcomers how to do it.  Maybe this could be a Progressive Partners party.  We might include Mary Arnold and George Ferriter signs in the party's activities to help support some of our candidates.  Everyone present agreed that this is a good idea and we should do it.

John St. brought up the fact that there is confusion as to when and where the April quarterly meeting of Progressive Partners is going to be.  He and Wisconsin Grassroots Network thought that maybe DeForest Area Progressives should step in to host the April meeting.  After some discussion, it was the consensus that we should not interfere in other groups's business.  If the April meeting takes place, fine.  If it does not, well, SPARC has already announced it is going to host the June meeting as a picnic in or near Sun Prairie.  So be it.

Janet passed out a flyer from #NOKXL on activities planned to express opposition to and hopefully to thwart the building of the KXL oil pipeline.  Go to for further info.  Sign the pledge, if you are so inclined, at  Be aware that this is a series exercise in civil disobedience if you go the full mile with it.  Ginny mentioned that the pipeline ladies are getting very well organized.

We should include voter registration with our 4th of July planned activities.  The primary election is August 12th, and registration activities must stop 20 days before elections.  Considering that Governor Walker has signed into law five bills restricting voting rights, it is imperative that we pursue voter registration, as we have in the past.

Karen displayed her water drop brooch or lapel pin in solidarity with the ladies of the BadRiver tribe.  No to pollution from metallic mining in Wisconsin.

Come to Monday's meeting to be a part of nomination papers signature gathering in support of Mary Burke and John Lehman.

                                          (John Scepanski's notes)

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Meeting notes for April 7th and March 31, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Notes to meeting of April 7, 2014

Next meeting: Monday, April 14, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Isabel's 816 South Street, DeForest

There were eight people at the April 7th meeting.  John reported a balance of $205.66 in our checking account as of the end of March.

We hashed out a review of the Wisconsin Grassroots Network sixth annual festival at WisconsinHeightsHigh School in Mazomanie.  "We want your ideas."  DAP had a significant presence at the festival and helped much in its planning and execution.

Marcia led a discussion on what do you see in the future for DAP that is important to you:

  • in community
  • fun things
  • with other groups
  • political, non-political
  • SPARC (Sun Prairie) does a lot of non-political, community things like great books group, food pantry, and meals for kids
  • Ginny said she thinks we should do more in our own backyard -- non-political things like DANN (DeForest Area Needs Network), food pantry, Friends of the Upper Yahara River Headwaters
  • Shirley said she doesn't know DeForest and Windsor well enough yet but wants to get to know them better.
  • Leo: community environmental bill of rights, yes!
  • Karen: outreach to Morrisonville progressives
  • Janet: support Mary Burke for governor; also schools, reading with kids program
  • 4th of July parade participation again this year; volunteer to help with the parade too
  • Norskie Nibbles
  • Blessings in a Backpack
  • voter registration; and voter registration at high schools

Karen passed out a flyer on what products manufactured by the Koch brothers can be boycotted.

Janet briefed us on the effort statewide and county (Dane) wide to gather signatures on Mary Burke's nomination papers.  We set up plans to do so, including a post at VeteransPark in DeForest like the station we set up there to gather signature on the recall petitions.  More on this at next week's meeting; also nomination signatures for Mary Arnold, Diane Hesselbein, and George Ferriter.

Discussion on sign projects and


Some quick notes from the March 31, 2014, meeting:

Getting $200 maybe from WGN for all work done for festival

Discussion and plans for election work

April 22nd Earth Day Conference

May 22 CELDF workshop in Viroqua

May 1st Heather and The Progressive magazine at Monona Terrace, Diane Ravitch; search Diane Ravitch internet for details

Much discussion on local electoral politics, including speculation about DaneCounty tea party activity and ALEC influence

"Tons of leafleting" done by DAP members and associates - THANKS!

We distributed at least 2000 pieces of literature for the move-to-amend referendums - GOOD GOING!  Special thanks to Janet for her unwavering efforts.

More discussion on further move-to-amend efforts all over

Karen -- "Not to Be Used for Bribing Politicians" currency stamps. J

Ginny needs new place for sign painting

Janet - OFA DaneCounty team, Mary Burke, Janet will keep us in the game

Marcia - peaceful actions at Senator Tiffany's office

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