Ed Garvey

The following is a statement from Democratic Party of Dane County Chair Michael Basford on the passing of Ed Garvey this morning after a lengthy illness. He was 76:

"We are very sad to learn of the passing this morning of progressive champion Ed Garvey.

Through his long career that included working for the National Football League’s Players Association, the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice and through his private practice, Ed Garvey fought for labor rights and environmental justice among many other progressive causes. He was well-known for a long time as a fighter speaking truth to power and who worked to provide a voice for the voiceless. His impact on Wisconsin politics was felt far and wide.

Like many Dane County and Wisconsin Democrats, I was proud to stand with Ed Garvey and volunteer for his campaigns for U.S. Senate in 1986 and Governor in 1998. In particular, his campaign focus on the need for campaign finance reform was decades ahead of its time. Fighting Bob Fest, which Ed founded, continues to inspire and activate progressives in our area.

We will keep you updated about pending memorial services. I hope you will join me in keeping his wife Betty, his family, friends and the many people he inspired through his work in our thoughts and prayers."

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Help your county party organize for upcoming events

We need you! Come out on Feb. 27 to help us build power through outreach and development, as we discuss volunteer opportunities including:

  • Get-out-the-vote efforts for progressive candidates in the April election.
  • Tabling at the Dane County Farmers Market.
  • Raising funds at a huge yard sale at the Labor Temple.

We'll also discuss new committees for engaging voters and recruiting candidates outside of Madison, building membership, improving communications, and coordinating with many like-minded organizations around the Resistance and other activities. We'll finalize some of these plans at our April 12 membership meeting, after the spring election.

Please come!

When: 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27
Where: Brocach Irish Pub (downtown), 7 W. Main St., Madison
More info: Christine Lazar, renazantz@gmail.com, or Dorrie Sundquist, dorriesundquist@yahoo.com

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February membership meeting report

The room was packed to overflowing for our Feb. 8 membership meeting, as many new faces joined veteran party activists to address our normal business but also the extraordinary challenge of the Trump presidency.

 

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February membership meeting

During our February meeting, we'll hear from Verona Alder Elizabeth Doyle on the need for affordable housing, and its interconnectedness with equity issues like access to education, jobs, transportation, and public services. 

We'll also vote on spring election endorsements, and we will discuss ways to resist Trump while building progressive electoral power. Please come!

What: February membership meeting
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8
Where: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison
Details: Meeting is open to all, but only members may vote on endorsements. (You can join or renew at the meeting if necessary.)  First-time attendees, and those who bring newcomers, may enter a drawing for a special prize!

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Tonight's Meeting - CANCELLED!

Due to the winter advisory of icy road conditions that will go until Midnight, tonight's Monthly Membership Meeting is cancelled. We will take up this month's business at our February meeting.

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January membership meeting

We'll discuss the upcoming DNC officer elections with Jason Rae, one of Wisconsin's DNC members and a candidate for secretary. We'll also hear about state and local spring races, and our endorsement process. And we'll deal with other county party business, including efforts to build power through membership and outreach.

What: January membership meeting
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11
Where: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison

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Volunteer to watch the recount

Democratic volunteers are needed to observe recounts in counties around the state. The process begins Dec. 1 and could last up to two weeks. If you are able to serve, please contact Jake Hajdu at jrhajdu@gmail.com or Amanda Brink at brinkamandal@gmail.com.

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Holiday party is Dec. 11

You are invited to the Dane Dems annual holiday party and fundraiser. There will be a short formal program, but mostly this is a chance to socialize and support the party, as we move toward spring elections here and a stance of resistance nationally. If you are able, please consider sponsoring this event.

What: Dane Dems holiday party and fundraiser
When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 
Where: Cardinal Bar, 418 E. Wilson St., Madison
Details: All Democrats are welcome. Food provided. Cash bar.
More info and sponsorship contact: Dorrie Sundquist, dorriesundquist@yahoo.com

We hope to see you at the Cardinal on Dec. 11. Final ask: If you are not a member of the party, please join. The cost is as low as $10. As a member you will not only be able to vote on endorsements and other party matters, but you will also support the infrastructure we need to build power for progressive candidates and policies locally and across the state and nation. 

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November membership meeting

We’ll review our election activities and hear from Scot Ross, whose One Wisconsin Now has successfully pushed back against GOP voter suppression. 

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9
Where: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison

Hope to see you there!

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Election night party

Join Russ Feingold and fellow Democrats for an election night victory party at the Marriott in Middleton!

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8
Where: Marriott Madison West/Middleton, 1313 John Q Hammons Drive, Middleton

See you there!

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