Meeting notes for August 24, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for August 24, 2015


Next meeting: Monday, August 31, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.


Five of us met at Ginny’s on August 24th.



  • August 26, Nancy Price on resisting the  TPP
  • August 28 – noon, Madison Central Park, America’s Journey for Justice Rally
  • September 3, 1:00 p.m., Celebrate Science (Clean Power/Health/Life) – meet at King Street entrance to Capitol & walk to DNR main office – sign up at
  • October 20th , 6-9:00 p.m. – Blues Fans for Bernie Fund Raising Event at Brink Lounge, 701 E. Washington Ave.
  • Reminder: Robert Reich, Oct. 24th at Madison Public Library
  • Labor Fest, September 7th: noon-5 p.m., Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St., Madison


We discussed more about the movie we viewed last week, “King Corn.”


JohnSki is to contact Chief Bob Henze of the DeForest Police Department to set a date for him to sit down with us for an informal discussion about his department and policing issues in DeForest and across the country.  (Done: September 14th, Chief Henze will join us at our regular meeting at 6:00 p.m. at Ginny’s house.)


Karen reported on her attendance at the messaging seminar in Richland Center on August 22nd.  Scott Witkopf presented.  We should talk about values, not issues.  Values unite, issues divide.  Karen offered us other tips as well for good message construction such as, “Do not use negation.”  Negation such as, “Money is not speech!” just reinforces the frame you are trying to negate.  It is better to say something like, “Dark money outshouts our voices,” or “Save our freedom from money in politics.”


Ginny reported on her attendance at the Bernie Sanders for president meeting on the 20th.  Nate is ordering bumper stickers.  Adam Dahl (sp?) paid for a bus to Dubuque to attend a Bernie Sanders rally there.  He made $1000 on t-shirt sales.  John Stanley is chair of the effort to organize Bernie for president in Wisconsin.  Ginny is vice-chair.  John hopes to get the Ho Chunk to hold a fund raiser for Bernie at their casino in Baraboo.  “Four-ups” for Bernie handouts have been developed, and Ginny passed around samples.  The four-ups have “Bernie’s Platform” printed on one side and other messages on the other side.  Marcia is going to translate them into Spanish.  We should all call 1-202-863-8000 to express our desire to have more candidate debates.  There is a trip coming up to Washington, D.C., in October for a 100k person gathering for Bernie on the Mall.


On Wednesday, September 23trd, the Dane County Clerk will hold training for special deputy voting registrars in Fitchburg.


Peter informed us that the Dane County budget comes out August 28th.  There will be public hearings before the board passes it.

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