Monday, June 13, 2011

MarkFest 2011

The Monona Progressive Cookie Group is hosting a thank you picnic for Mark Miller at Firemen's Park in Monona on Sunday, June 26, 2011 from 4 pm to 7 pm.



Date: June 12, 2011

For more information contact:

Peter McKeever, 223-0385

Monona Progressives Organize to Promote Community Values

On June 26 Monona Senator Mark Miller will be the guest of honor at “MarkFest”, a potluck picnic organized by the Monona Progressive Cookie Group.  This will be an opportunity for local residents opposed to Governor Scott Walker’s assault on local communities, school boards, workers, and families to thank Sen. Miller for standing up for working family and local communities.

The Monona Progressive Cookie Group is a growing group of Monona residents organized to inform the community about progressive and liberal principles. It is important to keep these principles in the forefront as the city council and the school board deal with the attacks on local control and community values that are coming from the Governor and the current conservative-led legislature.

One of the cornerstones of our democracy is the important role that government plays to protect the general welfare. Local governments have a critical role in looking out for the interests of all members of the community, not just corporations and the wealthy. Coalition members are concerned that many of the programs and policies being pushed by the new administration hurt small businesses, public education, the environment, the elderly, local government, the middle class, and families, especially low-income households. 

Coalition members are working to inform themselves and the community about the impact of these changes on our community.   Rather than focusing on the next election or the latest legislative proposal, it is time to develop a long-term message and strategy. Members will promote local policies and programs that protect and advance the qualities that make Monona an attractive place to live, raise and educate children, and run a business.  With the erosion of living standards for many, and new attacks almost daily from Wall Street-funded politicians, all Americans need a new contract, a binding relationship for their security, for their families, and for future generations.

Sen. Miller will attend and speak. Other invited speakers include State Representative Mark Pocan, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, local city council members Doug Wood, and Chad Speight, Dane County Board member Robin Schmidt, and Pilar Schiavo, an organizer with the national coalition promoting the Main Street Contract. (  

The picnic will be Sunday, June 26, from 4-7 pm, at Firemen’s Park.  Bring a dish to pass, meat or vegetables for the grill, and your own plate, utensils, and drinks. Parking is tight; bike or walk if you can. Cookies and potato salad will be provided.

Kids are welcome. Firemen’s Park is located in the northwest corner of Winnequah Park. Facilities include a sand volleyball court, playground equipment, a baseball diamond, restrooms and a picnic shelter.

For more information, call Peter McKeever at 223-0385, or email



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