Active McFarland: Exercising Democracy

Two Dane County Picnics

Join Dane County area Progressives and Democrats for two upcoming picnics. Come to mingle, network, and strategize about winning back the Wisconsin state legislature and governorship.

Sunday, Aug. 20, sponsored by DeForest Area Progressives

Folks from Our Wisconsin Revolution, Indivisible, Young Democrats of Wisconsin, and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin's Progressive Caucus have been invited.

It is a potluck picnic, so if you would like to eat, please bring your own utensils, plates, and a dish to pass. Non-alcoholic beverages and munchies will be provided.

Place: Token Creek Park, 6200 Hwy 51, DeForest
Time:  12:00-5:00 pm

Saturday, Aug. 26, sponsored by Stoughton Area Democrats and Progressives

Candidates for elective office in 2018 and organizers from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin have been invited.

Hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, veggie burgers, non-alcoholic drinks, and tableware will be provided. You are welcome (but it is not necessary) to bring a snack, salad, or desert.

Place: East Side Park, 225 So. Lynn St., Stoughton
Time: 12:00-3:00 pm

Agenda: 12:00-12:30, social time
               12:30-1:30, lunch  
               1:30-3:00, speakers, updates, and announcements

Patrick Miles Sponsors Dane County Renewable Energy Resolution

A renewable energy resolution sponsored by Dane County Supervisor and Active McFarland member Patrick Miles was approved by the County Board on July 13. The resolution aims to make all the power that runs Dane County government reliant on renewable energy sources by 2035.

Congratulations to Patrick for taking the leadership role on this important issue. Here is a link to an article written by Patrick that appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Our Wisconsin Revolution

Our Wisconsin Revolution is an independent, statewide, membership-driven, democratic-populist political organization that aims to take Wisconsin government back from corporate elites and make it of, by, and for the people. For more information about OWR and a chapter near you, click here: Our Wisconsin Revolution

The Indivisible Guide

Check out Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda, which was developed by former Congressional staffers to share best practices for making Congress listen.

Click here for their website: Indivisible Guide

Click here for information about Indivisible Madison

Phone Numbers for Wisconsin’s Congressional Representatives

Call your members of Congress and let them know what you think about proposed federal legislation. Your phone calls matter.


District 1:  Paul Ryan (R), 202-225-3031
District 2:  Mark Pocan (D), 202-225-2906
District 3:  Ron Kind (D), 202-225-5506
District 4:  Gwen Moore (D), 202-225-4572
District 5:  James Sensenbrenner (R), 202-225-5101
District 6:  Glenn Grothman (R), 202-225-2476
District 7:  Sean Duffy (R), 202-225-3365
District 8:  Mike Gallagher (R), 202-225-5665


Tammy Baldwin (D), 202-224-5653
Ron Johnson (R), 202-224-5323

Listen to Your Grandmothers

Check out the Raging Grannies' new book, Listen to Your Grandmothers, which includes essays by Active McFarland member Sheila Plotkin and a host of other grannies: Raging Grannies Sing for Peace, Social Justice, Public Education, and Environmental Protection

From Sheila Plotkin --- Donald Trump a catalyst for an avalanche of hate

February 7, 2017, The Cap Times

Dear Editor:

One step on a slippery slope dislodges a small cascade of stones and mud. The minority president banned some Muslims from entering the country. A mosque in Texas was set ablaze and burned to the ground. His statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day did not mention Jews. More than 20 Jewish centers across the country received bomb threats during the past week, including in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. All were evacuated. The FBI has been called in.

The intellectual responsibility for these terrorist acts belongs to the minority president and his closest advisers. They have given perpetrators tacit permission to act. Criminals now have the unofficial blessing of those in power. Defensive Republican members of Congress wrap themselves in the flag or remain silent. Republicans are now accomplices in domestic terrorism. The minority president has created a scenario wherein hate crimes are patriotic. This is no longer a small cascade. It is an avalanche.

Sheila Plotkin

From Robert Reich --- Signs of Authoritarianism

January 29, 2017: Extraordinary times call for extraordinary actions from ordinary people.

As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically:

1. Exaggerate their mandate to govern -- claiming, for example, that they won an election by a landslide even after losing the  popular vote.
2. Repeatedly claim massive voter fraud in the absence of any evidence, in order to restrict voting in subsequent elections.
3. Call anyone who opposes them "enemies."
4. Turn the public against journalists or media outlets that criticize them, calling them "deceitful" and "scum."
5. Hold few press conferences, preferring to communicate with the public directly through mass rallies and unfiltered statements.
6. Tell the public big lies, causing them to doubt the truth and to believe fictions that support the tyrants' goals.
7. Blame economic stresses on immigrants or racial or religious minorities, and foment public bias and even violence against them.
8. Attribute acts of domestic violence to "enemies within," and use such events as excuses to beef up internal security and limit civil liberties.
9. Threaten mass deportations, registries of a religious minority, and the banning of refugees with particular religious beliefs.
10. Seek to eliminate or reduce the influence of competing centers of power, such as labor unions and opposition parties.
11. Appoint family members to high positions of authority and power.
12. Surround themselves with their own personal security force rather than a security detail accountable to the public.
13. Put generals into top civilian posts.
14. Make personal alliances with foreign dictators.
15. Draw no distinction between personal property and public property, profiteering from their public office.These warning signs should be of concern to everyone, regardless of political party. In fact, historically, conservatives have been especially vigilant against potential threats to our constitutional rights.All Americans must join together to protect American democracy against tyranny.

Consider yourself warned.

Robert Reich