Meeting notes for June 2, 2014

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes

Monday, June 2, 2014


Next meeting on Monday, June 9, 2014, at Ginny Brokish's house, 3922 Partridge in the Windsor Hills neighborhood: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

There were seven people in attendance at the June 2nd meeting.

Next Wednesday there will be a Special Registrar Deputy (SRD) training in Fitchburg.  Janet will email the details.  There is a possibility that we might register people to vote as part of our DeForest Fourth of July participation.  A problem, though, is that the sponsor of the events in the park and the parade, the DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce, forbids political activities at the celebration.  We will have to see if there are ways around that complication.  We do not want to create any hard feelings.

Mary and Janet are interested in "lobbying" Assembly Rep. John Jagler.  Suzanne at South Central Wisconsin Move To Amend (SCWMTA) is interested in pinning Mr. Jagler down on his opinions about the Constitutional amendments to codify the rules that corporations are not people and money is not speech.

Karen briefed us on the upcoming "Tailgate to Save Our State."  Check the Federation of United Tribes website for details.  The event's purpose is to promote renewable energy and save the environment.  The kickoff will be on June 18th in Madison.  A caravan of energy efficient vehicles will leave Madison that date and wend its way northward to BadRiver.  Then it will go to the annual Alternative Energy Fir in Custer, Wisconsin (yes, there IS a Custer, Wisconsin).  The events are hooked in with  Don mentioned something called the Skeptical Science app on his phone.  It debunks many of the erroneous objections to the science of global warming.

Marcia announced that Mary Arnold has achieved the 200 signatures she needed for nomination for Assembly.  In fact, she got 280 signatures.  A number of DAP-pers helped gather those signatures.  Thank you, gatherers.

A number of us are going to the state Democratic Party convention June 6th and 7th in Wisconsin Dells.  We will be there on the 6th especially at the Rural Caucus to help re-elect Nate Timm to the Chair and to help staff the Wisconsin Grassroots Network information table.

Karen and Marcia reported on their attendance at the CELDF (Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund) training session in Viroqua.  Frank D. and Mary Lou S. also went.  Karen said she was excited and energized by the two day event, and she looks forward to continuing further action on this issue.  She will put further information on the DeForest Area Progressives website.  She has study guides on the evolution of corporate power in the United States.  The increase in corporate power in the U.S. started long before Citizens United v. FEC.  Much of the march of corporate power has been accomplished by judicial fiat.  We have to act to make sure that local governments and the people they represent learn how to protect themselves by means of local BILLS OF RIGHTS, the rights being the right to breathe clean air and drink clean water, among other quality of life natural rights.  Go to the CELDF website for further information.  In the future, DAP will be exploring how we wish to get involved in this effort and bring it to more fruition throughout Wisconsin, as it has been implemented in other states and localities.

Marcia also told us about her new babies, chicks, that is.  John forgot to bring his rhythm tie, so there was no obnoxious rendition of "You Are My Sunshine" this meeting.  We will continue to talk about a fun open mic at future meetings.  See you all next Monday at Ginny's.

John Scepanski



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