Deforest Area Progressives
Meeting notes for August 10, 2015
NEXT MEETING IS MOVIE NIGHT! We will view “King Corn” at Marcia’s house, 3953 Finch Trail in the Windsor Hills neighborhood. Bring your own drink and a snack to share, if you wish. “King Corn” is about the food industry, GMO’s, etc.
Six of us met on the 10th.
- Janet wants to know if anyone is willing to sit at the Farmer’s Market to educate on the Windsor incorporation referendum coming up in the November election. 846-4472
- On August 22nd there is a training in Madison to be voter ambassadors. Participants will get much information on being a deputy voter registrar.
- On September 23rd Scott McDonnel will be holding a training session for all municipalities for voter registration. Paul Lindquist of GROW has further information.
- Karen handed out a flyer she composed with Windsor and DeForest voter registration information on it.
The conversation and Q&A with DeForest Police Chief Bob Henze is set for September 17, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Jefferson Square Clubhouse, 717 DeForest Street in DeForest. Now we need to publicize it. JohnSki is to get topics to Karen for flyers and announcements. We need to brainstorm more questions and issues to bring up and share the list with Chief Henze prior to the gathering. The meeting is open to the public. All should go to the police department’s website via the Village of DeForest website to learn much more about the DeForest Police Department.
Marcia gave her third report on her and Karen’s attendance at Netroots Nation in Phoenix. The next Netroots Nation conference will be in St. Louis next year to recognize the trouble in Ferguson, suburb of St. Louis. Marcia talked with some native women at the conference who were being displaced off their land by a coal company for the coal under the land. We talked about other examples of native exploitation too.
Marcia continued on the topic of food trucks, based on an article she read in National Geographic. The operators of the trucks (like food carts in Madison) tweet where they are going to be, so that customers can meet them. Many of the food truck customers are millenials who depend on Twitter for a lot of things. This is a way to go to where the people are and is worthy of consideration for our work of publicizing issues of interest. Karen mentioned a technique of Tweeting called “piggybacking,” where you can put your tweet into another tweet and get into the stream. We need more training and advice on how to use Twitter and other social media more effectively.
Ginny reminded everyone of the movie next meeting (see above) and the Robert Reich event scheduled for October 24th in Madison, of which we are a sponsor and have offered to help.
We discussed the redesign of our website. Karen made the comment, “A website is like a sign in front of an office, saying this is where we are and this is who we are.” The current cost for our website is $63 and is being borne by Marcia and Karen. It includes $9 for the potential DAAT (name change to DeForest Area Action Team?) website. The basic monthly cost of $54 includes voter data not being used. Do we still want to get that data? If we stop the data, the cost drops to $34 for a short time. Another alternative is to “hang” our website on the WGN site for $9 a month. Further discussion on this topic at future meetings.
Ginny reported that the Media Summit in Stevens Point last Saturday, August 8th, went well. Also there from DAP were Peter, JohnSt., and Marcia (did I leave anyone out?). Doug Cunningham of Workers Independent News was there. Others included Joyce Luedke (sp) of Middle Wisconsin, a grass roots organization based in Wausau that also puts out an electronic newsletter. Mark Taylor said that something called Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative might be what the group is looking for. There was much discussion on organization of the group for its purposes. Peter noted that Doug C. mentioned that in Wisconsin, radio in barns is important and also at high school football and basketball games. UW-Extension Continuing Education had a person there. There were many other interesting people that Peter and the others met at the summit. There was much more reported at our meeting, but I didn’t get it all in notes.
We discussed having our own training among ourselves to sharpen our social media skills. When should we do this training? Late September? October? Where? We need a place with computers or at least everyone with a laptop to use or share.
Who will volunteer to sell buttons at Labor Fest and Bob Fest? See Karen.
LET’S HAVE A GOOD TURNOUT FOR MOVIE NIGHT NEXT MONDAY !!!