UWL Progressives

The Progressives bring together progressive thinking individuals to encourage democracy, ecological wisdom, social justice, non-violence, global awareness, post patriarchal values, respect for diversity and personal as well as social responsibility. The group focuses on actions to promote and raise awareness of these issues.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Minutes for Tuesday, September 18

Minutes for September 18, 2007

Students for choice
ThisWed (19th) at 9pm in 259cc
Awareness of women’s reproductive rights, where to get emergency contraceptives, etc

Peace Vigil/ Stand out to Get out/ Presence for Peace
11-3 Every Wednesday at the clocktower
Photo petitioning this week

Historical Perspectives of War
Speaker: Viterbo history professor
Wed 19th 7pm rm127 Reinhart center Viterbo

Ultimate Frisbee
Wed 19th at 9:45 PM Mitchell track area
Must wear shirt that has short sleeves or longer.
Contant Elena Bantle (8.4@stud)

Green is sexy photoshoot
Thur 20th at 6:30am at Jules coffee
Free coffee, get naked!
Contact KattiJo for details (8.4@stud) 715-651-6545

Involvement fest
11-2 on Thur the 20th
Come help tabling

Buzz’s Potluck
This Thursday at 6pm
923 south 26th street
(head south on Losey, see the cemetery on the L, take your first L turn, it’s a brown house) Campfire, bring a delicious dish to pass, will be preliminary tie-dying there for Tent State.

International day of peace
Cameron park at 12 on Friday
Progs have been invited to this event. We were asked to attend and make signs with an emphasis on peace (avoid anti-war).
Open mic, appearance by author of “Poets for Peace”

Tent State
Next Wed 26th- Thur am on Wittich field (by the clocktower)
Tie dye, community building, First 200 people can get free T-shirts, bring a tent, as many as possibly, but don’t worry if you don’t have one. We will be having a campfire!!! TeePee from NASA (Native Am Students Asso.)
Music: Thur 7-10 stage time, know any bands that would like to play?
Bring any outdoor games you may have (bocce ball, etc)

Army of None
Counter Recruitment in High Schools
The speakers will camp out with us at Tent State
Speak on the Thur 27th btwn 10-2

Hotel Rwanda
Wed 26th
GMH at 4:30 and 7pm

Peace Bus
Guy (Progs advisor) spoke, we’re still workin on it
This idea inspired by “Wheels of Justice”

Power Shift
Nov 2-5 in Wash D.C.
First Nat’l Youth climate summit
Bands, wkshps, speakers, lobby day on the Capital
Early reg fee $20 (2 weeks left of early reg)
www.powershift07.org /Facebook/Carrie Wisinski

Recap: Sustainability meeting last Friday
Went well, they really listened to students, but there is more improvements to be made. You are encouraged to make comments on the webpage pushing sustainability
*they need to hear from students
or search “new academic building” on uwl webpage
ie “ I think the sustainability should be included more in planning”
“I think it should be more “I” shaped”
Director of ITS, knows how to build sustainable buildings: Jim Jorstad

SOA School of the Americas
Contact Jeanne Whistler (8.4@stud)

Know your rights
Date TBA, October
Do you know your rights? When…
*Dealing with Landlords
*You get pulled over by police officer
*Busted! now what?
*Public Intox law- what does that mean?
Party at goalpost that night
Mtg beforehand to teach you how to train people

Women in black
Tuesdays 10-10;45 in front of Cartwright
Peace vigil, where silent women dressed in all black, mourning victims of wars and other violence. Come and stand, hand out literature.
More info: contact Libby at Tucci.eliz@students.uwlax.edu

Healthy WI plan and health care reform campaign
Universal health care bill for all residents of WI; they can still have choice of doc and hospital. Call Mike Huebush (?) (pronounced “hipsh”) at 608.266.3387 to let him know how you feel about the issue.
“Please include the Healthy WI Health Care Reform Plan in the assembly budget. It’s about time that everyone in WI had access to the same affordable quality healthcare that our legislators have.” Then add a little something of your own if you could.

West Wisconsin Rural Immigration Summit
Speakers and info about Hispanic immigrants to the area
If you want to go…Contact Maureen McCollum mccollum.maur@students.uwlax.edu

Fair Trade Market
Wed-thur November 28-29 port o call
Need people to help do inventory, wanna help?
10,000 villages, a fair trade company
“heart of the sky” fair trade, Guatemalan goods, kickapoo coffee

Thank much folks,

Lindsey Stratton

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

UWL Progressives Minutes

Minutes for September 11, 2007
Tuesdays 7pm in 259 Cartwright

Heres whats up:

Fighting BobFest Wrap-up
Last weekend
Was a good time, about 10 people went down to Baraboo and made over $200 in soup sales and heard some great speakers and awesome tables.

New Academic Building Open Forum
This Friday Sept 14 from 1-4 in Port ‘O Call (you can come and go as needed)
Very important that people come to show that we care about making this building sustainable. This is the last mtg, so if you want to be heard, show up!!
Remember, this building is going to be around for 100 years.

Potluck at Bjorn’s
This Friday 6pm (after the sustainability meeting we will all be at!)
413 11th Street S.
Bring a dish to pass if you can.

Film Festival CANCELLED
The United Nations Film Festival that was going to be on Sunday 16th- 17th, is cancelled. Sad, very sad. Spread the word, it’s to be rescheduled in the spring.

Presence for Peace
Not this week due to anniversary of the war
Stand around the clocktower in protest of the war, to raise conversation and awareness. We often put this war in the back our minds and we should bring it back up front. This is not to push opinions, but to open discussion and awareness.
It was successful last year; some Racquet appearances.
Should we take a new direction? Petitions? Call congress?
We will discuss ideas before the Progs mtg next week at 6:30 259cc.

Involvement Fest
Thursday September 20th in Valhalla
Need people for tabling from 11-4
Sign up or show up.

Green is sexy
Photshoot for the calendar this Thurday at 5:15 (after Environmental Council) in 259CC
Going to marsh for big jump shot, need LOTS of people
Contact KattiJo fore detail: 715-651-6545 or fetting.katt@students.uwlax.edu

Tent State
Wednesday September 26-27 * note: date change from last week’s minutes
This event goes on nationwide, our focus is recruitment and to have a good time.
We have invited many organizations to join us, feel free to ask any other orgs to participate. Also anyone know any good bands? Any artists for banner making? Wanna help with publicity? Help will be needed the night before for set up and making food. Also for cleanup afterwards. If you want to help with any of these events, reply or contact me (Lindsey) J

Movie Night
They are back! Documentaries, and such
Any movies you have to share? Please make suggestions.
Will start next week, same room
208 GMH Thursdays at 7

WTC wellness fair
Oct 3rd from 10-3 at the Kumm Center downtown
Western Tech College has asked Environ Council to table there, and they are our close friends, so if anyone wants to help them out with that, go for it! Any ideas for tabling? The students at WTC could be great connections for pooling our resources.

“Islamo-fascism awareness week”
Oct 22-26
You may remember seeing controversial posters up last year about this event, making blanket statements about Islamic people and other groups. This year, rather than spending time on it, we would like to counteract it with an event or our own. Any ideas? Contact Kristin Chapiewsky (8.4@students) or bring them up at our next meeting.
Info on this event:
*again, please note that this event is not sponsored by the Progressives

Power Shift
Weekend of November 2
Washington D.C.

SOA (School of the Americas)
Week of November 16-19
In Georgia, a group of us is going down to protest.
About $100, depending on the Peace bus and fundraising
Contact Jeanne for more details
Whisler.jean@students.uwlax.edu, 651.428.8969

Women in black
Tuesdays 10-10;45 in front of Cartwright
Peace vigil, where silent women dressed in all black, mourning victims of wars and other violence. This movement started way back with women from Palestine and Israel.
This is an International event. There are also others in the community: 1.Women in Black downtown La Crosse--corner of 4th St. and Main St.; First and Third Wednesdays of each month, 12-12:30. 2. Peace vigil (men and women welcome) outside the main post office (5th Ave. and State St.) Mondays 12-12:30 3. Start your own at a time and place that works for you—we can never have too many peace vigils!
More info: contact Libby at Tucci.eliz@students.uwlax.edu

Events of interest, not planned by Progs, but recommended:

Michael Moore’s Sicko
Monday Sept 17 at 7 in Ward room (in cc)
“Michael Moore sets out to investigate the American healthcare system and sheds light on the complicated medical affairs of individuals and local communities.”
Hotel Rwanda
September 26th in Graff Main Hall
Time TBA

Conference on human rights, peace, etc
Oct 4-5

Awareness Through Performance
Nov 12, 7pm GMH

Fair Trade Market
November 28th-29th Wed-Thur

Campaigns that need some student energy in the future:

Excel energy hike
They want to up the rates, no mtg in Lax county yet
Hike will fund icky projects, like more power lines, not sustainable changes

Know your rights presentation
Know what to do when faced by the law, landlords, etc

Campus compost
Wasting food=no good

Indoor Frisbee
Progressives/ EC teams to be formed, more info to come
To join contact Elena Bantle (8.4@stud)

Phew, that was a lot to take in!

Any questions, ideas, inspirations, thoughts, etc, let me know

Lindsey Stratton

If you like John Lennon and helping those in Darfur, I would recommend you visit www.instantkarma.org (that was my favorite table at BobFest!)

UWL Progressives Minutes

Progressives Minutes - First Meeting!

Minutes for Progressives
September 4, 2007

Mtgs: Tuesdays 7pm in 259 Cartwright
* new location, same time

Welcome back Progressives!
We already have a lot to work on, starting with…

Fighting Bob Fest
This weekend, Sept 7-8
Networking, progressive speakers, and entertainment. The tradition of Bob La Follette is carried on by providing a forum for progressive ideas and issues facing WI and the nation. 6,000 attendees last year. I would say more, but the website is really detailed, check it out.
We will be selling soup and scones as a fund raiser. If you can’t make it but like cooking soup, please let us know; cooking either tomorrow or Friday. People attending the event should meet at 1716 State Street, to leave at 5:30 on Friday to carpool down to Baraboo

Tent State
Sept 14-15
This movement involves several universities and started at Rutgers University in 2003. Its focus is on decisions that affect higher education, and teaching each other. We are more or less making plans to pitch tents and having a campfire on Drake Field (the elevated field between the Arts building and the REC) to recruit and to just hang out. Yes, we are having a campfire on campus. Need help advertising, and supply your own tent/bag.
*Great way to meet friendly people if you are new to campus

Peace Bus
Background: we have been doing fundraising over the years to get a progressives tour bus so we can hit up our events in a more sustainable fashion. Update: we have the funds! Now we just need to pick out a bus. We hope to have it by late Sept/ mid Oct. It is in California, so we might need some outgoing folks to take a roadtrip to retrieve it in the near future.

Power Shift 2007
Nov 2-3
First national youth climate summit in Washington D.C.
Expecting 3-5 thousand students with the same progressive ideas.
Networking, workshops, big speakers, fun.
Goal: to shift the presidential candidates’ stances on Global Warming.
Contact Carrie at Carrie.wisinski@gmail.com for more info

Treasurer Needed
Progressives are looking for a treasurer, any takers?

Academic building meeting
Sept 14 from 1-4pm
Open to anyone. Let’s ensure the new academic building is sustainable.

Talloires Declaration
Sustainability document which, if passed, would ensure that important decisions made on campus consider sustainability. We have tons of signatures of students and faculty and a task force that meets Fridays at 9am, which are open to anyone. A similar document is up for discussion: http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/

And remember, our friends at Environmental Council meet on Thursdays at 4:15 in 259 Cartwright center.