DAP meeting notes for May 18, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for May 18, 2015


There will be no meeting on May 25th, Memorial Day.  DAP members are encouraged to attend the ceremonies at DeForest Veterans Park at 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 25th.


The meeting on June 1st will defer to the annual meeting of the Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters at 5:30 at the DeForest Area Community and Senior Center.  DAP members are urged to attend and join if you are not already a member.  There will be refreshments and a program with a featured speaker.


The June 15th meeting will be movie night.  We will convene at 6:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, for a potluck dinner.  Bring a dish to share.  The movie will follow the potluck and will be “Citizens United: The Movie,” provided by Karen.


Next regular  meeting: Monday, June 8, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.

Seven people attended the meeting on May 18th.


JohnSki reported on a meeting of about 45 people he attended at St. Dunstan’s church on the subject of race relations in Madison.  The speaker was Brandi Grayson of Young, Gifted, and Black.  We discussed the subject along with the shooting of Tony Robinson, gun violence, and other related subjects.


We discussed an article, recommended by Kathryn Scepanski, in the May 2015 issue of The Progressive magazine: “The Crucial Upper Midwest” by John Nichols about the importance of upper Midwestern progressivism to the Democratic Party in elections.  Peter has raised the issue several times at past meetings about how to influence the Democratic Party of Wisconsin to follow a more progressive agenda.


Ginny asked for volunteers to help build the 4th of July float.  Peter, Karen, Leonardo, Frank, and JohnSki said they would help.  John St. is involved too.  Others are welcome, of course.  Ginny and John St. will shop for supplies.  Ginny will notify all DAP members when and where to show up to do the work.


Ron Wolfe of GROW in Waunakee will be coming to a future meeting to talk about railroads.


Karen said that Marcia will not be returning until the end of July.  She is busy with grandchildren in Washington state.


Karen went to Syttenda Mai in Stoughton to hear Peter sing with the men’s chorus. She was impressed.


Karen talked about the DeForest board’s resolution opposing Windsor’s incorporation as a village and its appropriation of $10,000 to hire a lobbyist to oppose it in the legislature.


In reaction to some information on the costs of government services, Peter said it is important to educate the public on the costs of prisons, schools, and other government functions.


Please review the information on upcoming meetings at the beginning of this memo and plan your attendance.

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