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
THE NEW D.A.P.
DeForest Area People
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.