DeForest Area Progressives
Meeting notes from John Scepanski
December 9, 2013
NEXT MEETING, GINNY'S AGAIN, 3922 Partridge, Windsor Hills neighborhood MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
There were 12 people in attendance on December 9th.
JohnSki reported that Maureen McCarville will have two challengers for her DaneCounty Board seat this spring, which will require a primary in February. One challenger is Terry Kelso, who was Maureen's opponent in the last election. The other challenger is thought to be a 23 year old man from DeForest.
JohnSki also reported that as of the November 30th report from DMB bank, we have $164.18 in our DAP treasury.
Marcia asked members to think of questions to ask Brita Olsen, Political Director for the Wisconsin Democratic Party, who will be our guest at an upcoming meeting. Let Marcia know your questions ahead of time, please.
Marcia has been working with some Kathleen Vinehout supporters on Kathleen's potential run for governor. On January 13th, DAP will sponsor a gathering with Vinehout in DeForest, co-sponsored by our counterparts, Waunakee GROW and Sun Prairie SPARC.
Liz has been working on a location for our January 18th hosting of the quarterly Progressive Partners meeting. Instead of hosting it in Oregon at the bank as originally suggested, we have decided to host it in the DeForest area, thus Liz's work on location. New possibilities include St. Olaf Catholic Church and the UCC church in Windsor. Further action on this is necessary soon, so that we can get the announcements out to other PP members.
The main business at this evening's meeting was meeting and discussion with George Ferriter, candidate for Assembly seat 42, challenger to Keith Ripp, and George's wife and campaign manager, Suzie. Several members present volunteered to help George with campaign tasks such as canvassing. George is village president of Doysletown. Suzie is a member of the school board there. Suzie has much family who live in the area. George is a semi-retired mechanical engineer with Fairbanks-Morris in Beloit and commutes back and forth these days before his full retirement. After his retirement, he intends to begin campaigning full time in January. I will not divulge here campaign plans he discussed, lest these notes fall into enemy hands. Suffice it to say that Mr. Ripp seems vulnerable, as he does not do much other than rubber stamp Governor Walker administration doings.
One other thing we discussed briefly was the incipient Wisconsin tea party challenge to the relatively new "Common Core" school standards being promulgated by the State Department of Public Instruction under Superintendent Tony Evers. Several DAP members expressed their own reservations about Common Core, too.
I suggest that maybe the "Occupy"movement went to Walmart over the Thanksgiving holiday, as this article from Salon.com hints.
FRIDAY, NOV 29, 2013
After rallies across the country, burning question remains whether more Wal-Mart employees will defy retaliation
Organizers say 111 people were arrested in eight Black Friday civil disobedience actions against Wal-Mart, with more arrests expected at a ninth and final such demonstration now underway in San Leandro, California. Those actions are among 1,500 total protests promised for today by the union-backed group OUR Walmart, which last year said it mobilized 400-some Wal-Mart employees to strike.
“Wal-Mart workers and community supporters, we refuse to live in fear and refuse to accept scraps,” employee Martha Sellers told reporters on a mid-day call. She was joined by arrestee Betty Shove, who said she’d been “harassed” for OUR Walmart activism, and was “standing up for every member that cannot, that will not, because they’re too afraid to lose their job.”
In May, as workers kicked off a several-day strike and caravan to Wal-Mart’s shareholder meeting which was followed by the firing of twenty-three participants, United Food & Commercial Workers strategist Dan Schlademan told me, “we’re certainly going to prove it’s growing this year.” But as I suggested this morning, how today’s Black Friday activism compares to last year’s depends on how you count. While strikes were the centerpiece of Black Friday 2012, this year the campaign focused on civil disobedience actions, which involved a mix of current Wal-Mart employees, fired workers, and other supporters. OUR Walmart said it hit its goal of holding at least 1,500 protests, and that those involved tens of thousands of people, but said it did not yet have a count of how many Wal-Mart employees were involved. In a September statement, the campaign pledged “widespread, massive strikes and protests for Black Friday.”
In a Friday evening statement, Wal-Mart said, “In reality, we counted fewer than 20 current associates participating in events.” Asked about that claim, a spokesperson for the UFCW’s Making Change at Walmart campaign e-mailed, “That’s laughable and it is disrespectful to workers and supporters who are raising real concerns about low wages at Walmart. Walmart workers have been striking all month and were out protesting across the country today.”
Asked mid-day Friday if a decline in the number of employees striking today compared to last year would reveal something about OUR Walmart’s organizing or Walmart’s pushback over the past year, OUR Walmart’s Schlademan noted there had been strikes throughout the past month, including “cities that have never gone on strike before.” He told Salon, “this movement continues to grow, Wal-Mart workers’ courage continues to grow, Wal-Mart workers willing to strike continues to grow. Today is a day about protest, and that is growing as well. So everything that we’re seeing continues to demonstrate that this is a growing movement.”
Schlademan, an architect of OUR Walmart, added, “Wal-Mart is on the run more than it’s ever been in terms of having to answer to the kinds of jobs it’s creating.” He said this Black Friday had been “a day of protests – this isn’t a day of strikes. The strikes have been happening all month.” Asked how many total employees had participated in those strikes, Schlademan said a count wasn’t yet available.
Historian Nelson Lichtenstein, who directs the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy at UC Santa Barbara, told me he didn’t see evidence of “a mass movement among Wal-Mart workers,” but did detect “a sentiment that these retailers have gone too far” which extended beyond “just the chattering class.” “There’s no kind of insurgent movement that’s going to actually strike these stores,” said Lichtenstein, “but on the other hand there’s a sense there’s a real problem here.” Lichtenstein, the author of The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business, argued that Congress’ curbing the filibuster and approving a full complement of National Labor Relations Board members created the possibility that the NLRB would eventually take muscular action to restrain Wal-Mart from retaliating, and that if workers were thus free to speak out without losing their jobs, “then other workers would say, ‘Well, I guess I can speak out too,’ and that would have a snowball effect.” In the meantime, he credited Wal-Mart and fast food workers’ activism with shifting local politics in a more pro-labor direction. (Wal-Mart denies that it broke the law by firing workers for missing work during strikes.)
Asked last week whether it would be a worrying sign if fewer workers were on strike this Black Friday than last year, Interfaith Worker Justice Executive Director Kim Bobo told me, “I don’t really so.” Bobo, whose group planned to arrange protests at 150 stores today, said, “I don’t think the only way workers organize and show solidarity and push the company is by striking. Often some of the most interesting things workers do [are] done internally without striking,” including store-by-store actions that take place out of public view. “The media likes the strikes because it’s very visible and very whatever,” she added, “but I don’t think it’s actually a particularly good indicator of the strength or lack thereof of the organizing.”
As the past week’s scrutiny on a Wal-Mart employee-to-employee charity food drive showed, Walmart strikers have captured a share of public imagination that past slick PR efforts never did. But faced with an apparent onslaught of intimidation, it’s not clear whether Wal-Mart’s courageous minority is much closer to building a bigger mass movement than it was one year ago. As I argued this morning, the most important test of today’s activism will be to what extent it proves to have advanced that goal.
Placerville employee Dorothy Halvorson, who was arrested this morning in Sacramento, told me beforehand that she believed civil disobedience “makes people realize how serious we are, and how strongly we feel about what we’re doing.” She added, “I wholeheartedly believe in making a change – if that’s what it takes, then I will do it.” Halvorson said increasing community support and media attention showed her the cause was “definitely getting stronger,” and that she’d be back at work Monday ready to urge more co-workers to join her. “I will tell them what I did, if they want to hear – and hopefully they do,” said Halvorson. “And I’m sure it’s going to be all over. Last time it was too.”
DeForest Area Progressives
November 18, 2013
NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO MEETING NOVEMBER 25TH, DUE TO THE HOLIDAY. Next meeting will be Monday, December 2nd, 6:00 - 8:00, at Dawn Fish's with special guest, Dane County DA Ismail Ozanne, candidate for Attorney General. Dawn's address is 6822 Valiant Drive in Windsor.
Seven people and two big, friendly dogs met at Schutte's house.
Ginny and Marcia had made a field trip to Platteville on behalf of Wisconsin Grassroots Network to meet with representatives of school districts. We discussed the problem with working together when individual organizations "silo" themselves. That is, the organizations become too narrowly focused on their own turf and subject matter to see how they relate to and can operate effectively with each other. Much of the discussion surrounded unions and union problems. Retirement funds were discussed. Terminology was addressed such as the use of "earned benefits," rather than "entitlements."
Eileen shared her particular interests in health care, nutrition, and environmental issues. She is a nutritionist by profession. The discussion turned to the Affordable Care Act and its implementation.
During a lengthy discussion on the move-to-amend subject, it was noted that the Windsor Town Board is meeting Thursday to determine whether they want to put a referendum on the ballot in April like the one in DeForest and Waunakee. It is an item on their agenda. John will attend along with Janet, who is scheduled to give a short presentation. (Good news! Note that the board did pass a motion, directing their attorney to draft a resolution to place the move-to-amend issue on the April ballot. They will discuss wording at their next meeting and probably pass an implementing resolution then.) Remember too that the Village of DeForest move-to-amend referendum resolution comes up again at the DeForest Village Board meeting on December 3rd with Trustee Dixon Gahnz sponsoring the little changes we asked him to make in the resolution. It will be a substitute resolution that the board will vote on again, so some DAP attendance is desirable. John intends to be there and will welcome other bodies in support.
Further on the move-to-amend issue, we discussed the invitation to John Nichols to present in DeForest/Windsor sometime in January or February in support of the referendums. Dawn has tried to contact John but has not heard back from him yet.
Even further on move-to-amend, Mary threw out an idea that has been done in other jurisdictions to promote yes votes on move-to-amend referendums: an art show and essay contest. Mary knows artists who have participated in these shows in the past, and she herself has a quilt she made for one of them. Dawn and Karen volunteered to help Mary get it done. They will report back at future meetings.
The sign committee ought to consider at least one sign with a move-to-amend theme.
Speaking of the signs projects, the website (www.WGNsigninfo.com) is not quite up yet. Chris M. has the prose material ready to support the short phrases on the big red signs. The big red signs are ready to go up in the DeForest/Windsor area. The "Burma Shave" signs are not ready yet.
Mary reported on the KXL pipeline. See her email that went out to 100 DeForest area progressives regarding a training in how to protest (and get arrested!) if the pipeline gets approved. Karen mentioned also the Enbridge pipeline that goes through Michigan and Wisconsin and under Lake Michigan. There was a horrific spill in Michigan a couple of years ago. The substance that is sent through those pipelines is heated, liquified sludge that is very dirty and corrosive. It is sent to U.S. refineries for processing and then sold overseas.
Karen and Marcia went to Eau Claire last Friday to hear a presentation put on by Dr. Crispin Pierce of UW-Eau Claire, Dr. Michael McCawley of West Virginia University, and Bob Kincaid of A.C.H.E. (Appalachian Community Health Emergency) on "Dangers Unseen: Blasting, Ultra-fine Particles and Human Health." The particles are the size of a human hair and can go through membranes to cause health hazards. Karen demonstrated with a visual aid she made. The particles come from coal mines and sand mines. The subject is, of course, directly pertinent to sand mining in Wisconsin.
Let's plan to have a good turnout for Ismail Ozanne at the December 2nd meeting. Dawn used to work for him as his secretary, so let's make Dawn look good.
Oh yeah, the date of January 18th has been set for our hosting Progressive Partners. Please put it on your calendars and be prepared to discuss logistics and substance for the agenda. We will be talking about it at every DAP meeting between now and then.
- John Scepanski, informal and unassigned recorder and note-taker
DeForest Area Progressives
November 4, 2013
We met at Dawn's house, and there were six people present. NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11th, AT GINNY'S HOUSE, 3922 PARTRIDGE, IN THE WINDSOR HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD. Note that we need other homes to meet in, so as not to wear out our welcome at Ginny's and Dawn's. Who's ready to step up?
Those of you DAP-pers who are going to the Firefly Coffeehouse in Oregon this Thursday to meet Kathleen Vinehout, potential candidate for governor of Wisconsin, should meet in front of Marcia's house between 5:00 and 5:15 p.m.THIS Thursday, the 7th, to carpool. We will leave promptly at 5:15. The affair runs from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Firefly open mic.
Karen gave a very interesting sketch of what she and Marcia learned this past weekend at CELDF's DemocracySchool in Iowa. CELDF is Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. She started with a visual aid of "The Regulatory Triangle," then moved into colonization, the regulatory fallacy, corporate privilege, and nature as property. Iowa groups have taken to calling themselves "county protectors." Karen's report contained much more than can be rehashed here. WGN hopes to bring CELDF's DemocracySchool to Wisconsin.
The now infamous Bill 349, having to do with removing local control over environmental factors, has been postponed until next year or the end of this year. Those who put themselves on the line against the bill can take some satisfaction in that postponement.
Ginny and Dawn reported on signs. Dawn passed around some of the phrases she has come up with that will potentially go on the signs. Ginny, Dawn, Leonardo, John St., and Karen all painted signs recently. THANKS, GUYS! They painted backgrounds that are now ready for lettering messages. Ginny presented a receipt for materials, which John Ski will write a check for reimbursement. Hardware is in the ground on which signs can be wired in nine locations in and around DeForest. The signs are 4 feet by 5 feet in size. We can thank Leonardo and Frank for that work. Some of Dawn's sayings might be considered for bumper stickers and buttons, as well.
There is a protest being organized against the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce organization. DAP-pers interested should bring a flashlight to "shine" light on the WMC building.
We heard some reports on some of the activities of the Wisconsin Grassroots Network (WGN) related to the WGNsigninfo.com website, which is not quite ready yet. Interested parties will be able to go to the site to contribute writings on various topics to elaborate on sayings that appear on the red and white 4'x5' signs and "Burma Shave" signs.
During a discussion of "move to amend," we decided to try to revise the DeForest Village Board Resolution No. 2013-081 to soften the reference to corporations in the explanation to Question 1, so that it is not so harsh. The fear is that the harsh reference might result in "no" votes. We should consider, too, the "Whereas" clause that mentions DeForest Area Progressives by name, as it might be too partisan. John Ski is to contact Trustee Dixon Gahnz on this matter and report back.
In regard to our hosting Progressive Partners next January in Oregon, we have plenty of paper plates, plastic utensils, and such left over from our last hosting of PP. Dawn and Ginny volunteered to make sure all of that stuff gets to the January meeting in Oregon for the pot luck, dish to pass luncheon. The schedule will probably run from 10:00 a.m. to noon with discussion continuing through the potluck lunch and ending about 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon or whenever we have to vacate the premises at the bank. The first hour will probably be reports from groups present on what they are doing and what they need help with. Those groups should bring printed notes to pass out along with their contact information. Marcia will emcee that discussion. We might want to invite George Ferriter, candidate for Assembly District 42. Further discussion of this project will ensue at future DAP meetings.
The Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition (SPARC) is hosting a community conversation with Ruth Conniff, editor of The Progressive magazine Wednesday, November 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sun Prairie Public Library, 1350 Linnerud Drive, Sun Prairie. The conversation will be on Diane Ravitch's new book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Threat to America's Schools.
John Ski also handed out an invitation to a fundraiser for George Ferriter, candidate for Assembly District 42, to be at the home of Rita and Ralph Pulver, 444 Roosevelt St., Rio, Wisconsin, on November 9th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Local control is under attack again. There is a bill on the fast track in the Wisconsin legislature that seeks to remove powers from towns, villages, cities, and counties, and place those powers in state agencies.
LRB-3146/1 is called the "Regulatory Certainty Act." It abolishes local authority to regulate land use having to do with water quality and quantity, expansion of mines and other large industrial operations, and other related air and water issues. Currently, towns have authority to protect the public health and general welfare of their residents. This bill would take that power away from towns and place it in the state bureaucracy. It also limits the ability of local governments to negotiate reimbursements for damage done to roads by heavy truck use.
Unfortunately, this bill and its companion, LRB-3408/1, are on a fast track and might even be out of committee before you read this letter. They are being ushered through the legislative process by the party in power in Madison, the party of big business and big money. Ironically, it is the same party that claims to want to preserve smaller government and local control. That party's actions do not match its stated philosophy.
There is one way to prevent further deterioration of our local government home rule tradition in Wisconsin. Next time, vote for the party of the people. Next time, vote Democrat.
DeForest Area Progressives (DAP)
August 19, 2013, meeting notes
There were 11 people present.
Karen E. reported that the Trempealeau County Board was voting that night on a sandstone mining permit moratorium. There was further discussion on this. Two new members, Cheryl and Tom R. spoke to actual frack mining in the southern Illinois region where they just moved from.
John St. spoke about the sign projects and partnering with Wisconsin Grassroots Network on them. John said we have got to get going on this, but first we need to touch base with WGN.
Cynde L. said that Janet M. needs canvassers for Move to Amend in the village of Waunakee. Janet wants to get Move to Amend going in the towns of Windsor and Vienna and the village of DeForest too. Move to Amend is the nationwide effort to amend the U.S. Constitution to counteract the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court's action in its Citizens United decision. If accomplished, the new Constitutional amendment will define person as a flesh and blood human being. Corporations and corporate-like entities would then no longer qualify for civil rights protections the same as human beings under the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Oregon Area Progressives will dedicate its open mic in October to the subject of frack mining. We should attend to share our expertise in the subject of sandstone frac sand mining. John Ski is to contact Charlie Uphoff of OAP to get the date and time.
Cynde L. asked if we can do something outdoors while the weather is still good -- an outdoor movie night or something like that.
We discussed our involvement with the Palermo's strike. We decided that our commitment is probably at an end and we should give all of the remaining collected food items to our local food pantry.
Mary S. asked about the frac sand mine tours. She and Beth T. volunteered to go over the sign-up list, set some dates, etc. They will report back next Monday. It is likely that we will arrange some day trips of about two hours (one way) out and back, and it probably will concentrate on TrempealeauCounty.
The next movie night was set for September 9th. The movie will be Stealing America. Next social evening will be September 21st, event to be determined; another karaoke?
Bob Fest is coming up September 7th at the AlliantCenter. Everybody go!
Wisconsin Grassroots Network will meet again next Wednesday, as usual. Karen E. reported on last Wednesday's WGN meeting. Much is being done to restructure the WGN organization, moving toward becoming a 401c3.
Good meeting, gang! Good to see so many in attendance for a change.
John Scepanski, note taker
DeForest Area Progressives, August 12, 2013, John's Notes
There were five DeForest area progressives present.
Karen thanked all those who helped her move this past week.
We took a picture to forward to Beth Whittemore, Oregon Area Progressives, to include with materials at the Progressive Partners' table at Bob Fest next month. Consensus agreed to contribute $10 toward costs for the table. John Ski will take care of it from the DAP treasury.
JohnSki made several announcements:
- Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and DeForest's County Board Supervisor, Maureen McCarville, will hold a listening session at the DeForest Library on September 5th. The subject is the 2014 DaneCounty budget. All DAP members are encouraged to attend and participate and bring friends.
- Middleton Action Team is co-hosting "Organizing for Climate Change Action" at the Monastery, 4200 County Road M tomorrow, August 13th, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. and requests assistance with costs, which they estimate at $300. The group consensus was that we should contribute $25. JohnSki will take care of it from the DAP treasury. The presentation includes a showing of the documentary film, "Do the Math."
- The Dane County Democratic Party 's regular monthly meeting this month will feature Madison Mayor Paul Soglin as speaker. It is August 14th, 7:00 p.m. at the Concourse Hotel in Madison.
- The Columbia County Democrats informed DAP that they met on August 8th to discuss strategy for 2013-14 and to hear reports. Also, they introduced George Ferriter, who is running against Keith Ripp for the Assembly District 42 seat. The Columbia County Dems are building a network to help Mr. Ferriter, and they hope that we DAP-ers will join in. More on this at future meetings.
- The Columbia County Dems (Margo Miller) are also promoting "JFK - An American Profile," a one-man play Saturday, September 7th, at 7:00 p.m. at Northwoods Banquet Hall, N6510 U.S. Hwy 51, Portage. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door ($5 students). Tables are available for $100 (8 people at a table with recognition in the program). Tickets can be purchased on line at https://secure.actblue.com/page/jfkevening. Mary Arnold has informed us that she is taking a table for Columbus Democrats. Should we do a table for DAP?
We discussed the Doug Cunningham radio show and the financial trouble it seems to be in. Consensus was that we should contribute $50, and JohnSki volunteered to do that from the DAP treasury. We should be encouraging everyone we know to listen to Doug's program, call in, call the station (The Mic), and encourage businesses to advertise on the show. Doug broadcasts 5:00-6:00 p.m. every day during drive time, so it is a good time to advertise. Contact Tim Scott at Clear Channel to advertise.
DeForest Area Progressives (DAP)
July 22, 2013
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.
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.
The Fourth of July Parade in DeForest was a big success this year. The De Forest Area Progressives rode in Nate Timm's truck (with John Stanley riding 'shotgun'), Ginny Brokish riding in the bed of the truck taking seriously her job of "Growing Democracy" while Dan McLain and his lovely daughter passed out candy to the crowd.