McFarland Political Cafe March 14, 2015, report

Jerry Collins



Dear Friends,

Here is the report for the March 14 Active McFarland Political Café. We look forward to seeing you at the next café at the McFarland House Café on March 21. We will not be holding a café on March 28. That is the day of the Wisconsin Grassroots Festival, which we encourage everyone to attend.

Also, on Thurs, March 19, Active McFarland will host a talk by Dane County Supervisor Patrick Miles and Lakes & Watershed Commission on Community Engagement coordinator Nick Simonson. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM and be held in the community room of the E.D. Locke Public Library in McFarland.

Attendees at the March 14 café:  Nate Altfeather, Ron Berger, Holly Ceelen, Denny & Jean Blackmore, Jerry Collins, Bob & Julie Crego, Brad Czebotar, Ann Kleinhaus, Ana Mengibar, Jessie Naze, Sharon Payne, Dawn Shegonee, Clair Utter

1) Today’s café opened with a discussion of the tension between local and non-local activities, and between partisan and non-partisan activities, of Active McFarland. As an example, our Saturday morning café and sign brigade are more partisan than our Thursday night talks, which are more informational or educational. Also, some members are more interested in activities that directly affect the Village, while others are more interested in broader statewide, national, or even global issues. It was agreed that Active McFarland should embrace the diverse interests of its members, as long as those interests are consistent with the general principles or values of the group, such as a desire to protect the commons and promote citizens’ involvement in our democracy.

 2) Jerry raised the idea of hosting a gathering to view a documentary about Val Phillips, which is an example of a non-partisan active that could be sponsored by the group.

 Jean and Denny will explore the possibility of doing this with the United Church of Christ in McFarland.


3) Dave, Ana, Bob, and Dawn are working on the development of a better way to network online communications between the various grassroots and progressive groups in the state.


4) Clair passed out a schedule of local community meetings and encouraged everyone to get involved in upcoming deliberations about important decisions that will be made about the Village. The following meetings will be held at the McFarland Municipal Center, 5915 Milwaukee St.:


Mon, March 16, 7:00 PM:  Plan Commission

Wed, March 18, 6:30 PM:  Ad Hoc Transportation Committee

Thurs, March 19, 9:00 AM:  Senior Outreach Services Committee

Thurs March 19, 7:00 PM:  Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources Committee


 submitted by Ron Berger-- 

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