Meeting notes for July 27, 2015

Deforest Area Progressives

Meeting notes

July 27, 2015


Next meeting: Monday, August 3, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.


There were seven people at the July 27th meeting.


JohnSki announced the Wisconsin Public Education Network Summer Summit, scheduled for Thursday, August 20, 2015, 12:30-5:00 p.m. at Kromrey Middle School, 7009 Donna Drive, Sun Prairie.  Go to for details and registration.


A question arose about the DAP Facebook page.  Anyone can go to it to visit or post a message.


JohnSki talked to DeForest Police Chief Bob Henze abut speaking and engaging in a Q&A discussion.  Bob said he would be glad to do so and would prefer a whole community gathering to just a DAP meeting.  The group thought late September might be a good time to hold it.  Where?  Library?  Community Center?  Jefferson Square Clubhouse?  Somewhere else?  Interested DAP members should go to the police department’s website (via the village website?) to read the annual report and other information.  Some of the topics of interest might be community policing, the Citizens Academy, stresses on the community such as minorities and poverty, crime, gangs, drugs, safety issues.


The DAP treasury has had a little bit of deposit and a little bit of expenses lately.  JohnSki will bring in the next bank statement to report in detail.


Frank expressed concern with the vast amount of development taking place in the Town of Windsor.  So much of it seems to be stretching right up to the edges of streets and roadways.  The excavation seems to be devastating to existing trees.  It would seem desirable to require developers to maintain at least one tree in the front of each lot and one in the rear, if not more trees and vegetation.  Are there landscaping requirements in town ordinances or in the zoning code?  Is this a community rights issue?  Should we appear at some town meetings to express our interest?


Karen reported on the Town of Windsor incorporation issue.  There is a meeting tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. (Karen intends to attend) to discuss public education on the issue and another meeting on July 30th at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the referendum and town options.  The latter will be the fourth in a series of four listening sessions.  The wording of the referendum has not yet been composed.  State legislation permitting this referendum includes language that says that all existing agreements like boundary agreements must remain in force.


JohnSt. has called Heather a couple of times to find out if DAP could join Wisconsin Public Education Network at a reduced rate less than the $100 usually charged, as DAP is too small to justify the $100 fee, even though we would like to belong and will support what WPEN does.  Heather has yet to call back.


The Media summit scheduled for August 8th in Stevens Point is all set.  John St. is running it.  Ginny discussed refreshments arrangements.  Other DAP members are engaged in this project too, helping John out.


Karen and Marcia (she’s back!) reported on their experience at Netroots Nation in Phoenix July 16-18.  They passed out copies of the schedule of workshops*, which was quite impressive.  Karen and Marcia have agreed to compose a strategic analysis of the conference for the Wisconsin Grassroots Network.  They will be writing up their notes for the sessions they attended. 


We discussed the upcoming July 29th Bernie Sanders meetings at Denny’s in Monona, the Rodeside Restaurant in Windsor-DeForest, and two other locations in Dane County.  John Stanley and Roger Springman are organizing for Bernie in Wisconsin.  There is heavy Facebook communication for Bernie Sanders.  John St. has been very active in it.  There are local meetings like this scheduled in all fifty states.  A simulcast of Bernie speaking will be featured.  We had a long discussion on what is effective in organizing and campaigning.  Personal conversation is by far the best.


John St. said that We Are Wisconsin is organizing a giant coalition of progressive groups, unions, political parties, and other organizations.  They are hoping to hold a convention soon hosted by A New People.  There will be a meeting at the end of August to decide the next steps.


DAP should have another movie night soon.  Karen has a bunch of movies she has been collecting.  John St. said he is interested in learning more about GMO’s.  Marcia recommended Naomi Klein’s book, This Changes Everything about climate change.


*Sample of titles: Love is a Revolutionary Act, Turning Young Activism into Policy, To Change Everything It Takes Everyone, Corporate Takeover Goes Local, The Ethics Studies Ban, Living in a Militarized Zone, The Progressive Grassroots Christian Movement, Creative for All: The Keys to Creating Compelling Content, Small Scale Facebook Campaigns, Facebook-Powered Growth, Guerrillarized Grassroots Advocacy, Twitter, NationBuilder

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