Meeting notes for August 3, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for August 3, 2015


Next meeting: Monday, August 10, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.


There were five people at the August 3rd meeting.


We were reminded of the Bernie Sanders organizing meeting August 6th at the Denny’s in Monona.


Peter, Ginny, Karen, and Marcia are going with John St. to help with his Media Summit in Stevens Point Saturday, the 8th.


Who has not seen and signed the petition to End Machine Voting in Wisconsin?


Karen provided information on the hearings and informational sessions coming up on Waukesha’s efforts to tap into Great Lakes water.  There will be one on August 17th at Carol University in Waukesha and another August 18th at Zilber School of Public Health in Milwaukee.  We received an informational handout on it.  Contact Karen if you want more information.


Karen provided an update on the Windsor incorporation issue.  The town has hired a public relations consultant to promote passage of the referendum.  Karen volunteered DAP to help if needed.


Karen informed us that Sun Prairie community radio is on the air!  FM 103.5


Marcia continued her report on her and Karen’s attendance at Netroots Nation in Phoenix.  She liked the giant room at the affair where people had tables with information and much conversation about their various organizations.  It was valuable to talk one on one and to learn and to get to know people.  There were many breakout sessions.  Marcia was enthusiastic about social media and how it can reach out to big pools of people with information that they do not often get otherwise but are nevertheless interested in.  Marcia especially featured Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


We decided to host a movie night for our August 17th meeting. The film will be “King Corn” about GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) and a whole host of issues surrounding how our food is generated.  The showing will be at Marcia’s house, 3953 Finch Trail in the Windsor Hill neighborhood, beginning at about 6:00 p.m.  Bring your own drinks and a snack to share if you can.  Everyone is welcome!


We decided to tentatively schedule September 17th at 7:00 p.m. for our talk with Chief Bob Henze of the DeForest Police Department, if arrangements can work out for that date.  JohnSki will reserve the Jefferson Square Clubhouse for that date.  Further planning will take place at the next meeting.  Members are encouraged to go to the police department’s web site to familiarize themselves with the department and generate questions for the chief.  Please put that date on your calendars and plan to attend and join in the conversation about our communities and the policing in them.


We agreed to respond positively to Ron Biendseil’s request for support of Robert Reich’s appearance in Madison on October 24th at the downtown Madison library.  We will co-sponsor the event and do what we can to publicize it and help out in any way we are needed.  We will put it on our web sites, Facebook, etc., leaflets, posters, and letters to the editor, whatever is needed.  JohnSki will reply to Ron B. and ask what is expected of us.


Ginny reported on the big response to the Bernie Sanders telecast and meeting at Denny’s in Monona.  There were around seventy people there.  It was a mixed crowd with at least ten college students, elderly on fixed incomes, middle aged, and young adults with families.  Similar gatherings took place all over the area, including Windsor, Verona, Middleton, Sun Prairie, and Madison, as well as many locations throughout the state.


Marcia raised the idea of promoting bee keeping as a way to help the ecology.  There is a man in Madison who will place hives in peoples’ yards and maintain them.  We might see about getting him out to one of our meetings sometime.

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