Sunday night, September 27, the Grassroots Organization of Waunakee (GROW) will show the award-winning documentary “Food Chains,” an informative and uplifting story of an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers who formed a grassroots labor organization to partner with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for laborers in Florida’s tomato fields.
Following the movie, UW Professor Lydia Zepeda will provide comments and lead the discussion. She is a professor of consumer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in sustainable consumption, organic and local food systems, consumer-supported agriculture, family farm labor, labor policy, and other issues.
6:00 PM, at the Waunakee EMS Community Room, 200 North Klein, just north of the post office in Waunakee. See you there!
Wisconsin’s air, water, land, trees, wildlife, and open spaces are valuable to everyone who lives here, breathes, and drinks. They are also valuable to businesses that use them. How do we make decisions about who gets to do what with or to our state? The Grassroots Organization of Waunakee (GROW) will host a conversation with George Meyer, former head of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources, on Sunday, September 20 at Lucky’s Bar and Grill, 1008 Quinn Drive, Waunakee, 5-7 PM (finished in time for the game.) Meyer will speak and take questions regarding current issues in access to resources and conservation. Open to the public; no admission. Order food and drinks from the menu.
Concerned about police violence and eager to take a proactive approach to police/community relations in the Waunakee/Westport area, the GROW invited Waunakee Police Chief Kevin Plendl to spend an evening with the group. Discussion was honest, energetic, and productive: the participants say it was one of the best such discussion meetings they have ever had.
Among other things, Chief Plendl explained how very important the hiring procedure was in shaping a responsive, responsible police force and described the role of the village’s Police Committee in hiring.
At last week’s GROW meeting, member Nila Frye announced that she had been appointed to that committee! Congratulations, Nila!
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