Meeting Notes 11/4/13

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting Notes

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 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.

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