Madison Activist Calendar

Madison Activist Calendar from 8/26/2014


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


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 (fax

machine, computers with internet access, art supplies, theater props, graphix

and stencils, megaphones, and button maker). We also host meetings and help

organize events.


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


tel. 608-262-9036


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.


Wed. Aug. 27th 6:00 pm Rainbow Bookstore (426 W. Gilman) World War I & It’s Century: Why This Defining Event Still Matters – Part of the Radical Summer School Series! Historian Allen Ruff will speak about the century of sociopolitical impact on US society following World War I, especially how it affected African-Americans, and how war-time repression and other developments shaped the future of the US Left.



Sat. Aug. 30th 3:00 pm Rainbow Bookstore (426 W. Gilman) Queerpocalypse Comic Collective: Graphic Storytelling Workshop – Part of the Radical Summer School Series!

Draw, write, tell a story, and create the future! Generate new work, hang out with cool people, share resources and motivation, weave the network. Two hour long workshop with a break in the middle. Includes facilitated drawing and writing activities to get the brain juice flowing. This is a workshop intended to provide access to creative resources and to build community and skills among aspiring artists who like the combination of writing and drawing to tell diverse stories and narratives outside the mainstream. Intended for adults and teenagers. To RSVP and for more info:


Mon. Sept. 1st 12:00 Noon – 5:00 pm Labor Temple (1602 S. Park St.) Labor Fest ’14 – Join other workers to celebrate Labor Day! Literature tables, great food, kids activities – face painting, bounce house, balloons – live music from Cris Plata and Extra Hot at 12:30 pm; magic shows by Scott the Great & Company at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm; Solidarity Roll Call at 2:15 pm; and more live music from VO5 at 3:00 pm. Plus, a donation drive to benefit families in the United Way Play and Learn program – bring a new or gently used board book suitable for infants/toddlers. Hosted by the South Central Federation of Labor. Info?


Wed. Sept. 3rd 8:00 pm Frequency (121 W. Main) Benefit for MadCity Film Co-op! Featuring: Forward! Marching Band, Emerson D’Vortex, Madison Malone, and The Star Bandits, as well as showing of the trailer for the film, “Never Mind Armageddon.” Admission is $6, $9 for those under 21. Info?


Sat. Sept. 6th 7:00 pm – midnight Wilmar Center (953 Jenifer St.) Salsa Fundraiser for the Workers’ Rights Center! Join us for a night of salsa dancing, great food (empanadas, etc), and drinks to benefit workers rights! We’ll be having salsa lessons at the beginning of the night along with a mix of salsa/pop/bachata music during social dancing. Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door. Info?


Thurs. Sept. 11th 6:30 pm Rainbow Bookstore (426 W. Gilman) Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel – Part of the Radical Summer School Series!   This week’s topic: The Gaza Slaughter. David Williams will be facilitating this kickoff discussion, exploring themes in the book by New York Times bestselling author and journalist, Max Blumenthal. Info? or #284-9082


Sun. Sept. 14th Eighth Annual Ride the Barns – FairShare CSA Coalition’s fundraising bicycle tour that highlights local CSA farms and delectable, fresh, local food! Proceeds benefit Partner Shares, which helps low-income households to afford veggies from a CSA farm. This year’s ride includes four CSA farm stops and Sassy Cow Creamery, NE of Madison. Limited to 550 riders, so it is good to register early! Choose from two routes, 45 and 60 miles. All meals are included in the registration fee. Pay $65 and raise $50 in pledges, or pay $125 up front and don’t pledge. To register and for more info:


Tues. Sept. 16th 7:00 pm 122 State St., Rm. 200 Take Back Your Power: Investigating the ‘Smart’ Grid – free screening of a documentary on the health effects of smart utility meters. Sponsored by Social Action & Solidarity. Donations appreciated. Info? #284-9082 or #815-685-8567.


Wed. Sept. 17th 5:00 – 8:00 pm Center for Families (2120 Fordem Ave.) Stress, Gut Health and Mood – Wellness Workshop hosted by the Dane County Timebank!

Dr. Carrie Decker will discuss common ailments that we all deal with from time to time, and provides some helpful tips of natural methods to improve your health and well-being when experiencing ups and downs of stress, gut health, and mood. 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?


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?


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?




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?


Second Tuesday of the month. 7:15 pm Anderson Auditorium, Predalin Hall, Edgewood College. Monthly meeting of the Dane County Chapter of the United Nations Association -USA. 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. 7:00 pm UW-Madison, Red Gym (716 Langdon St.) Monthly General Meeting of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Info?


Each Thurs. of the month. 6:30 pm 122 State St. – 4th Fl. Madison Action for Mining Alternative (MAMA) meeting.


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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