Madison Activist Calendar

Madison Activist Calendar from 9/22/2014


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This calendar is brought to you by the friendly volunteer collective of the Madison Infoshop!


Madison Infoshop c/o Rainbow Bookstore, 426 W. Gilman St., Madison, WI 53703

tel. 608-262-9036


We are a non-hierarchical freespace and activist clearinghouse that needs your support to survive and flourish. Check out our free lending library (videos, books, periodicals, zines), our other community resources (computer with internet, art supplies, theater props, graphix and stencils, megaphones, and button maker). We also host meetings and help organize events. Volunteer gatherings are held the second and fourth Mon. each month at 6:30 pm – join us!


Disclaimer: According to official UW-Madison policy only those UW events that are sponsored by an academic department are open to the general public. Otherwise they are limited to UW-Madison students, staff, faculty, and/or members of registered student organizations.


Announcing Print & Resist 2014!

Sat. Nov. 1st 11 am – 5 pm Downtown Library (201 W. Mifflin in Madison, WI)

Applications for a table or workshop are due by Wed. October 1st!


We are gearing up for the 2014 Print & Resist festival of zines, prints, posters, poetry, letterpress, and design! The big news for 2014? The Print & Resist Collective has booked a new venue for the event: the Central (downtown) Branch of the Madison Public Library! We’re partnering with the folks who run the Wisconsin Book Festival, the Bubbler, and other fantastic resources accessible to the Madison community and beyond. Info?




Groundwork Is Seeking Applications for its 2014 Fall Workshop!

Sundays 3:00pm-6:00pm Oct. 12th – Nov. 16th

Participant pplication deadline is Friday, September 26th!


Groundwork is a community organization of white people working to achieve racial justice and equity in Dane County, Wisconsin. At this particular moment in Dane County where racial equity is finally at the forefront of many community conversations, it is important for white people to develop the education and skills that can enable them to work effectively and authentically with people of color to advance racial justice.


Groundwork organizes an intensive 6-week workshop biennially that is open to all member sod the community. Our workshop examines how racism and white privilege affect our lives, communities, institutions and movements for social justice, while developing strategies for prioritizing racial justice both individually and collectively. We seek to engage heads, hearts, and voices in a creative, transformative process. Approximately 35 workshop participants and Groundwork facilitators will share food, interactive workshops, and stories to build community and deepen our learning. Childcare is provided, location will be accessible.


This workshop will focus on the experiences of white, European Americans, but is open to all. Topics will include: Frameworks and definitions; History of U.S. racism and resistance; People of color in leadership; White privilege; Taking action; and Spheres of influence. Info?




Mon. Sept. 22nd 3:30 pm Capital Lakes, Grand Hall (333 W. Main) Iron Mining in the Gogebic Range: Can We Protect Our Water Resources? Three experts with different

perspectives on this question: Michael Fienen – Research Hydrologist, US Geologic Survey on “Waters of the Bad River Basin”; Tracy Hames, Executive Director, Wisconsin Wetlands Assoc. on “Wetlands and How They Function”; and Craig Benson

Chair, Geological Engineering, UW-Madison on “Managing Mine Wastes to Protect Groundwater”. The speakers will then engage in an informal conversation on the question, followed by Q&A with the audience. Info?


Tues. Sept. 23rd 5:00 – 6:30 pm Rainbow Bookstore (426 W. Gilman) Until the Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements – book event and discussion with co-editors of this latest book from PM Press, Clifton Ross and Marcy Rein, now on a North American tour. Cosponsored by Madison Arcatao Sister City Project (MASCP). Info? #257-6050 or


Tues. Sept. 23rd 7:00 pm Madison Public Library (201 W. Mifflin Room 103) The First Battle of the Marne, September 1914 – presented by Great War independent scholar Steve Wolvin. Info? #212-6284.


Tues. Sept. 23rd 7:00 pm 122 State St., Rm. 200   Screening of the 2008 documentary, Stealing America: Vote by Vote. This film by filmmaker, Dorothy Fadiman, examines the state of election manipulation in the United States. The film focuses on voter disfranchisement, the use of electronic voting machines, and voting anomalies such as uncounted ballots, inaccurate final vote tallies, and vote-switching. Hosted the Social Action and Solidarity Committee of the IWW. Donations appreciated.  Info?  #284-9082 or #815-685-8567.


Tues. Sept. 23rd 6:30 pm A Room of One’s Own Bookstore (315 W. Gorham). How Not to Be Wrong – book event with UW Math Professor, Jordan Ellenberg. The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us how wrong this view is: Math touches everything we do, allowing us to see the hidden structures beneath the messy and chaotic surface of our daily lives. It’s a science of not being wrong, worked out through centuries of hard work and argument. Info? #257-7888


Wed. Sept. 24th 11:00 am State Capitol Rotunda – Rally to Raise the Minimum Wage! Under Wisconsin’s unique minimum wage law, if it can be demonstrated that the State minimum wage is not a “living wage”, the Governor (through the Secretary of Workforce Development) is obligated to take action to address the disparity. Join underpaid workers and community allies to demand that the Governor make the minimum wage a living wage!   Info? #255-0376 or at


Wed. Sept. 24th 12:00 Noon UW-Madison, Rm. 206 Ingraham Hall (1155 Observatory Dr.) Women, Art, and Revolution in the Streets of Egypt – lunchtime seminar with Prof.

Nevine El Nossery. The Egyptian Revolution has prompted women to find new means to cope with political and social despair. Graffiti and street performances are powerful tools to strategically raise awareness, lobby for equity, and advocate women’s empowerment, as they offer innovative alternatives to traditional artistic and media channels, witnessing the birth of a “parallel revolution,” unfolding underground and mainly led by women.


Wed. Sept. 24th 6:30 pm Rainbow Bookstore (426 W. Gilman) Third session in an ongoing book discussion series of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel by Max Blumenthal. Reading the book is optional–come and bring other interested people.

Info? #284-9082.


Thurs. Sept. 25th 5:00 – 8:00 pm Cardinal Bar (418 E. Wilson) Voces de la Frontera Fundraiser! Support Voces in its fight for and end to deportations, as the struggle to defend the rights of low-wage workers in Wisconsin continues. With Special Guests Cong. Mark Pocan and State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa! Suggested donation $25. Donations can also be made online: Info? #358-0565 or check out the Facebook event:


Thurs. Sept. 25th 6:30 pm Rm. 104, Madison Central Library (201 W. Mifflin) The Zionist Colonization, The British Colonial Regime, and the 1948 War and Founding of Israel – part of the Origins and Development of the Israeli-Palestinean Conflict: the Joe Deane Memorial Series, facilitated by David Williams and Steve Wolvin. Co-sponsored by the Peregrine Forum, the Madison Infoshop Free Skool, and Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative. Info? #284-9082


Fri. Sept. 26th 3:00 pm UW-Madison, Rm. 354 Ag Hall (1450 Linden Dr.) Discussion of the Global Seed Corn Industry with PhD candidate, Annabel Ipsen. Hosted by the Community and Environmental Sociology Collective. Annabel will discuss her ongoing dissertation research in Chile, Hawaii and Iowa. Annabel’s work maps the commodity chain for the global seed corn industry, highlighting how firms choose where to locate their field research stations and the strategic position that these continuous nursery sites have in the commodity chain of transnational seed companies. Info?


Fri. Sept. 26th 5:30 pm Brink Lounge (701 E. Washington) Beats for Education! Fundraiser for Youth in Guinea! Join amazing artists and musicians for this benefit and also hear about the work Mandjou Mara did in Guinea last year. $10 suggested donation. Info? Check out Facebook:


Fri. Sept. 26th 5:00 – 7:00 pm 304 N. 3rd St. (corner with E. Johnson) Tiny House Fundraiser! Over the past year Occupy Madison Build has been busy creating the nation’s first neighborhood based tiny home village with and for some of our [formerly] homeless community members. It is has been a long, difficult, and expensive journey so far and we have one major hurdle left before we can move houses onto our new village/workshop property… we need you to help us raise $100,000. The requirements put upon us by the city for occupancy include handicap accessible restrooms, a new roof, removal of much of the parking lot, new curb cuts and a great deal of construction utilizing a contractor. This is very expensive stuff. We are so close, we have come so far, and we are all very excited to move onto the next phase of creating our ground-breaking community. Checks can be mailed to Occupy Madison Inc, P.O. Box 949, Madison, WI 53701 You can also donate online: For more info, visit:


Fri. Sept. 26th 7:00 pm Phoenix Co-op (636 Langdon St.) Feminist Movie Night! Screening of the 1945 noir classic, Mildred Pierce, starring Academy Award winner, Joan Crawford. Discussion follows. Info?


Sun. Sept. 28th 4:00 – 6:00 pm Brink Lounge (701 E. Washington Ave.) David Rovics in Concert – with Clare Noelle – a benefit to raise funds for emergency relief in Gaza and scholarships for children in Arcatao, El Salvador. $10 suggested donation. Info? or


Mon. Sept. 29th 6:00 pm A Room of One’s Own Bookstore (315 W. Gorham). Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History – book event with Joel Christian Gill. Strange Fruit, Volume I is a graphic anthology of stories from African American history that exemplifies success in the face of great adversity. This unique graphic anthology offers historical and cultural commentary on nine uncelebrated heroes whose stories are not often found in history books. Info? #257-7888


Tues. Sept. 30th 12:00 Noon UW-Madison, Rm. 1800 Engineering Hall (1415 Engineering Dr.) Water and Wastewater Management for the Sustainability of Water Resources – lunchtime seminar with Dr. Maggy MNB Momba of the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa. Dr. Momba will cover the challenges in providing water and sanitation for all developing countries and in the broader context of a sustainable integrated water resource management approach. She also plans to touch on capacity building in the area of human resources development, training and networking surrounding water policies and technology. Info? #263-8621


Tues. Sept. 30th 6:00 pm Rainbow Bookstore (426 W. Gilman) Volunteer Potluck and Meet-Up! New volunteers always welcome. Come join folks from Rainbow Bookstore, Madison Infoshop, Books to Prisoners, and Street Pulse as we explore our new creative synergy and craft a safe space policy. Bring a dish or drink to share and your ideas! Info? #262-9036


Thurs, Oct. 2nd All Day! Monona Terrace Convention Center. Madison Nonprofit Day Conference -The region’s best opportunity to receive engaging and inspiring training and education! Featuring 30 dynamic workshops ranging from: asking for money, building your board, hiring staff, managing volunteers and providing supervision to using technology, building brand, storytelling, data and social impact. Enhance your professional skills, from renown educators— Marcy Heim (the Artful Asker), David Allen (Development for Conservation) , Melinda Schmidt (Timpano Group), Brent Hafale (NewDay Nonprofit), Adrian Rief (YumButter), Dave Neelson (StoryFirst Media), Gregory Lynch (Michael Best), Paul Gibler (Connecting Dots), more. Registration is $50 in advance, $75 at the door. Limited scholarships available. Info?


Sat. Oct. 4th Noon – 6 pm East Madison Community Center (8 Straubel Ct. – just off Wright St.) Honor the Warriors Hip Hop Dance Competition! The competition features three 1 vs 1 battles, where the areas best dancers are competing against each other in a K.O. system. The three battles will be Breakin’, All Styles and All Styles for kids under 12. There will be three $100 prizes awarded. Bboy Turbo will be the MC and the contests will be judged by Chuck Rock and Chovie. Music will be provided by Bboy Yosha. East Madison Community Center is proud to have had free hip hop and breakin classes for adults and youth for the last four years. EMCC is able to present this battle with support from Dane Arts, individual donors and the support of local businesses.

The event is free and open to the public, snacks will also be on sale. Info? #838-7011


Mon. Oct. 6th 5:00 – 7:00 pm UW-Madison, Union South. Community Shares of Wisconsin Annual Awards Event! This year’s Community Leader winners include:

Larry Dupuis, Legal Director of ACLU of Wisconsin; receiving the Linda Sundberg Civil Rights Defender Award. Larry’s passion for civil rights is why we can vote without a photo ID, why you can sing in the Capitol, and why marriage equality is coming to Wisconsin; Janice Griffin of the Rape Crisis Center; receiving the Sally Sunde Family Advocate Award. In her 20 years with RCC, Janice has helped thousands of victims—and she never gives up on the resilience and strength within each survivor. Her warmth, calm, and kindness have been critical to victims in their recovery process; and Steve Starkey of Outreach; receiving the Liesel Blockstein Community Leadership Award. In his more than 30 years working with community nonprofits, Steve co-founded the first state-wide gay and lesbian newspaper, OUT!, in 1982; he co-founded the Social Justice Center in 2000; and today he heads the OutReach LGBT Community Center. Plus recognition of this year’s Backyard Heroes! Tickets are $45. To register, please visit:


Thurs. Oct. 9th 5:00 pm Rainbow Bookstore (426 W. Gilman) Creating Rainbow Bookstore: The Beginning. Roger Horowitz, a founding member of Rainbow Bookstore, its first book buyer until 1991, and book buyer at People’s Bookstore from 1982-89, will discuss the history of Madison’s radical bookstores, the people and strategies that made People’s Bookstore a success, and how that lead to founding a cooperative that runs the still existing bookstore. There is a saying that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it, so knowing something more about how Madison’s radical bookstores were successful in the past can contribute to those efforts to sustain it in a very difficult environment for independent bookstores. Info?


Thurs. Oct. 9th 7:00 pm Wilmar Center (953 Jenifer St.) Health Stories and Testimonials – monthly meeting of the Madison Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Share your personal health and recovery story. Learn how others have journeyed from illness toward health. Learn about resources others have used for a variety of health concerns. Discover the next step in your health journey. Info? #221-8696 or visit:


Sat. Oct. 11th 1:00 – 7:00 pm Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ (1501 Gilbert Rd.)

Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ) Fall Assembly! This year’s event features a panel discussion at 1:00 pm on alternatives to incarceration in Dane County and around the state, moderated by Karma Chavez, followed by WNPJ’s assembly. Then at 5:00 pm there will be an Awards Ceremony hosted by Matt Rothschild, Editor of The Progressive Magazine. John Peck of Family Farm Defenders and Mary Beth Schlagheck of the longest standing Peace Vigil on Mondays in Madison will be given life-time achievement awards. Other awards will be presented as well: Youth Peacemaker of the Year, Adult Peacemaker of the year, Senior Peacemaker of the Year and Dennis Bergren LGBTQ Advocacy Award. A meal will be provided at the Awards Ceremony. Free and open to the public – members of WNPJ are especially encouraged to attend.   Donations are most welcome. For more info, visit and help spread the word via Facebook:


Sun. Oct. 12th 11:00 am – 4:00 pm McKee Farms Park (near the corner of Fish Hatchery Road and McKee Road in Fitchburg) 29th International Kite Fly for Peace – One Sky, One World!   There will be many beautiful kites flown by regional kitefliers, banners and ground displays, bird gliders that drop from the sky and kite making for kids.  Info? #271-8265.




Are You What You Eat? – Amazing Adventures in the History of Agriculture!

Six Part Fall 2014 Madison Free Skool Series

Oct. 13th through Nov. 24th 6:00 pm Rainbow Bookstore (426 W. Gilman)


Does it matter if the earth is dead or alive? If we call it animal science or animal husbandry? How come it is so hard to grow food in the city? Where have all the peasants gone? Why do food/farm workers deserve a living wage? Should food be treated as a weapon? As a human right? What does it mean to say UW-Madison is a land grant college? Is food irradiation or seed patenting a good idea? What about the fence or the plow? What’s the difference between food security and food sovereignty?


These are just some of the questions related to the magic and science, discoveries and debates in agriculture that we’ll explore! Selected optional readings will be available before each session. Bring a dish or drink to share if you wish – local food especially encouraged!


The tentative series schedule is as follows:


Mon. Oct. 13th 6:00 pm Introduction

Mon. Oct. 20th 6:00 pm Water & Soil

Mon. Oct. 27th 6:00 pm Plants & Animals

Mon. Nov. 10th 6:00 pm Skills & Tools

Mon. Nov. 17th 6:00 pm Family Farmers & Food Workers

Mon. Nov. 24th 6:00 pm Wrap-Up


Hosted by John E. Peck of Family Farm Defenders. Info?




Wed. Oct. 15th 5:00 – 8:00 pm Center for Families (2120 Fordem Ave.) Mindfulness-based Advocacy – a Wellness Workshop hosted by the Dane County Timebank! Are you a volunteer or professional activist working for social justice or environmental sustainability? Do you sometimes feel disheartened, frustrated, angry, overwhelmed, or exhausted? Join spiritual ecologist Heather Lyn Mann for this dynamic introduction to Mindfulness-based Advocacy in order to promote self-care, build nurturing relationships with allies and opponents, and realize societal transformation through skillful action. At this introductory session, you will learn specific, non-religious mindfulness practices and gain practical tools for increasing happiness, well-being, and effectiveness in your life of service and beyond. At 6:30 pm there will be a meal with seasonal soup and fresh salad created by community volunteers, along with locally baked bread and thirst quenchers. Wellness Workshops are open to all people and offered by donation – $$, TimeBank hours, or “sweat equity” are accepted. Info?


Tues. Oct. 28th 7:30 pm UW-Madison, Memorial Union. Evening with Naomi Klein – part of the Distinguished Lecture Series! Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and #1 international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. She is currently at work on a new book and film on how the climate crisis can spur economic and political transformation. A powerful and provocative voice, Klein translates the power of her pen into highly engaging keynotes, addressing issues from climate change to megabrand influences on culture and government to free trade and resource privatization. This event is free and open to the public. Info?


Wed. Oct. 29th 6:00 pm Syntropy Co-op (812 Jenifer St.) Pumpkin Carving Potluck and Radical History of Samhain/Halloween Party! Join the Madison Free Skool for this family friendly event! We’ll have some pumpkins to carve into jack-o-lanterns or you can bring your own – plus roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin cookies and other fall treats. Bring your own dish or drink to share for the potluck! We’ll also tell some amazing stories about the origins of Samhain/Halloween which will make everyone enjoy this favorite holiday even more. Info?


There was interest at last night’s Infoshop meeting to have this event again and so I was wondering if Syntropy would be up for hosting it another time? Last year I was able to get a couple dozen pumpkins, though many people also brought their own. We also had several “pumpkin themed” potluck dishes.


The date folks suggested was Thurs. Oct. 30th – the day before Samhain/Halloween itself. I suppose Wed. Oct. 29th might also work (Tues. Oct. 28th Naomi Klein speaks at UW-Madison so I wouldn’t be available then…)


Thurs. Oct. 30th 6:30 pm Rm. 104, Madison Central Library (201 W. Mifflin) A Dispossessed People, the Arab-Israeli Conflict and Wars of 1956, 1967, and 1982,  and Evolution of the Palestinian National Movement – part of the Origins and Development of the Israeli-Palestinean Conflict: the Joe Deane Memorial Series, facilitated by David Williams and Steve Wolvin. Co-sponsored by the Peregrine Forum, the Madison Infoshop Free Skool, and Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative. Info? #284-9082




Fri. Nov. 7th – Sat. Nov 8th UW-Madison, Pyle Center (702 Langdon St.) Voices for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land Conference! Fri. 7:30 pm Palestinian Cultural Program is free and open to the public. Performances include spoken word by Remi Kanazi, poetry by Susan Abulhawa, and Debke folk dance with Milwaukee Students for Justice in Palestine Dance Troupe. The conference begins at 12:30 pm on Fri. and runs through 5:00 pm on Sat. Full conference registration is $85 (students $25), Fri. only with dinner is $50, Sat. only is $50, scholarships are also available. For the full schedule and to register, visit:




Thurs. Nov. 13th 6:30 pm Rm. 104, Madison Central Library (201 W. Mifflin) Israeli Colonialism and Apartheid in the Occupied Territories, the  U.S.-Israeli ‘Peace Process’, and the Current Impasse – part of the Origins and Development of the Israeli-Palestinean Conflict: the Joe Deane Memorial Series, facilitated by David Williams and Steve Wolvin. Co-sponsored by the Peregrine Forum, the Madison Infoshop Free Skool, and Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative. Info? #284-9082




Regular Meetings & Events:


Each Week Day. 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. Monday -Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda, Friday near the Lady Forward statue at State St. & Mifflin. Solidarity Sing-A-Long! Join a group of local activists who continue the Solidarity protests begun two years ago. We have sung together over 500 times, songs of the civil rights and labor movements, as well as many created especially for our local situation. Find your voice, and use it!


Each Monday (except federal holidays) 12:00 Noon -1:00 pm   Peace vigil at corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd & Doty St. in front of U.S Post Office. All Welcome! Bring your peace signs/banners! Info?


First Monday of the month. 6:30 pm. Northside Family Restaurant (1200 N Sherman Ave) Friendly Supper Club – monthly interracial dinner, since 1986, all ages welcome.

Info? #249-5979


Every Tues. 5:30 – 7:30 pm Rainbow Bookstore (426 W. Gilman) LGBT Books to Prisoners meeting! For more info, check out our calendar , visit or e-mail


First Tues. 7:00 pm Central Library, Rm. 103 (201 W. Mifflin) The Great War Centennial Project to examine and commemorate World War I. Info? 212-6284
First and Third Tuesday of the month. 7:00 pm Mother Fool’s Coffeeshop (1101 Williamson St.) Madison Food Not Bombs planning meeting. Info?


Each Wed. 4:00 – 6:00 pm   Rainbow Bookstore (426 W. Gilman) Wisconsin Books to Prisoners (WBTP) meeting! Join others interested in getting quality reading material and educational opportunities to those who are behind bars. Donations of new softcover books are also most welcome. Info? #257-6050 or join us on Facebook:


Each Wed. 7:00 pm UW-Madison Memorial Union (check Today in the Union TITU for exact location)   Student Labor Action Coalition (SLAC) meeting! Info?,, or call #233-6912


Second Wed. of the month. 6:30 – 8:00 pm Goodman Public Library (2222 S. Park St.) Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – Madison Chapter meeting. Info? #846-5217 or


Third Wed. of the month. 6:00 pm Rm. D240, Downtown MATC Campus. Veterans for Peace #25 Monthly Meeting. Info? or #767-4099


Third. Wed. of the Month 6:30 pm 122 State St., 4th Fl. Conf. Rm. Madison Action for Mining Alternatives (MAMA) meeting. Info?


Third Wed. of the month. 7:00 pm UW-Madison, Red Gym (716 Langdon St.) Monthly General Meeting of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Info? .


Each Thurs. of the month. 7:00 pm Michelangelo’s Coffee House (114 State St.) Madison Socrates Café! Join us for philosophical dialogue (not debate) using the Socratic method of question and answer. What is right and wrong? What is truth? What is love? What is self? What’s it all about? Info? #257-8869 or


Second Thurs. of the month 7:00 pm Wilmar Center (953 Jenifer St.) Weston A. Price Foundation – Madison Chapter Meeting. Nutrient-Dense Foods – Education & Activism

Topics/Special Speakers/Demos/Networking. Info? #221-8696 or visit


First and Third Thurs. of every month.   7:00 pm Motherfools Coffeehouse (1101 Williamson St.). East Timor Action Network (ETAN) meeting. Info? #244-4563 or


Every other Sat. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Rainbow Bookstore (426 W. Gilman) LGBT Books to Prisoners meeting! For more info, check out our calendar , visit or e-mail


Each Sunday. 3:30 pm 333 W. Dayton St. Meeting for Street Pulse, Madison’s Homeless newspaper. Street Pulse engages and challenges various aspects and issues regarding homelessness and poverty. Info? #920-810-0972 or visit: www.


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