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Debt Servitude and Debt Resistance – new Spring 2014 Madison Free Skool discussion series!

Join us to explore the sordid history of debt! Where does debt come from? How does debt disappear?   Why is so much debt deemed odious and hence illegitimate? How did people resist debt in the past? What about current debt resistance struggles?

The class will be facilitated by John E. Peck, an indebted part-time economics instructor at Madison College.   Selected reading excerpts will be made available before each session.  To get copies of the readings and for more info? jepeck@wisc.edu or #262-9036.   Copies of the ioubooks by Graeber and Ross are also available at Rainbow Bookstore.

Below is the schedule for the series – please spread the word!
Tues. April 8th 6:30 pm Rainbow Bookstore (426 W. Gilman)
History of debt (before and after it became monetized) with excerpts from David Graeber’s Debt the First 1000 Years

Tues. April 15th 6:30 pm Rainbow Bookstore (426 W. Gilman)
Export of debt (vulture funds, debt as a tool of imperialism) with excerpts from Patricia Adams’ Odious Debts

Tues. April 29th 6:30 pm Rainbow Bookstore (426 W. Gilman)
Modern day debt crisis (banksters, 1% vs 99%) with excerpts from Andrew Ross’ Creditocracy

Tues. May 6th 6:30 pm Rainbow Bookstore (426 W. Gilman)
Debt resistance and other struggles (democratic lending and grassroots capital) with excerpts from Occupy’s Debt Resisters’ Operations Manual

Students wanted for free basic guitar lessons through Madison Free Skool

Students wanted for free basic guitar lessons through Madison Free Skool

Rich Kessler, the volunteer instructor for this class, is able to take on a couple students for free basic guitar lessons. If interested, e-mail Richard at glseaman2003@yahoo.com or call the Madison Infoshop at (608)262-9036.

Madison Free Skool classes this week at the Infoshop

Madison Free Skool classes this week at the Infoshop

Monday, January 27th at 6:30 pm – Economics for the Rest of Us: John Peck’s introductory economics course continues with a discussion of Capital and Money.

Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30 pm – Non-Hierarchical Leadership Course Part 2 of 3: Thistle Pettersen’s workshop based on The Empowerment Manual by Starhawk will have it’s second meeting.

Classes held at the Madison Infoshop, 1019 Williamson St., in the basement. No charge, donations encouraged.
Click picture for more detailed info on Free Skool Facebook page.

Free Skool Fair! Sunday, December 8th from noon to 5 at the Wil-Mar Center(953 Jenifer St.)

Free Skool Fair!  Sunday, December 8th from noon to 5 at the Wil-Mar Center(953 Jenifer St.)

Come down to the Wil-Mar Center the afternoon of Sunday, December 8th for a sampling of Madison Free Skool offerings. Multiple courses will be running simultaneously from noon to 5 with a potluck at 2. Classes include: History of Sci Fi, Mead-making, Pirates!, Healthy Eating, Winter Bike Maintenance, Screen Printing, Bookbinding, Making Paracord Bracelets, Yoga, Basic Cryptographic Tools and Art of War for Activists.

In addition, we will have space for others to share. Please contact Madison Free Skool to RSVP if you’d like to teach a skill.



Mead-Making with John Peck

History of Sci-Fi with Uncle Don Helley


Screen Printing Basics with Brandon Low


Notebook-Making with Taylor Kestrel

Pirates! with Kurt Ellison


Paracord Bracelet-Making with Brandon Low


2:30-3pm-Gong Fu Tea


Bike Maintenance for Winter Riders with Sarah Tops Rogers

Art of War for Activists with Brandon Low


Yoga Stretching with Jonathan Garber


Healthy Eating with Amy Anderson

Basic Cryptographic Tools with Brandon Low

Brought to you by Madison Infoshop and Madison Free Skool

CryptoParty at the Infoshop! Sunday, November 10th 12noon-1pm

CryptoParty at the Infoshop!  Sunday, November 10th 12noon-1pm

Learn the use of simple-yet-powerful cryptography tools to keep your information secure. Snowden’s revelations have reduced the options available since the CryptoParty movement started, but don’t give up, private communication is still possible. No specialized knowledge necessary.



Madison Free Skool – New Session begins Monday, October 21st!

Madison Free Skool - New Session begins Monday, October 21st!

The Madison Free Skool has great new classes starting soon!

Economics for the Rest of Us – A radical, empowering angle on economics led by John Peck. 5-part series starting Mon Oct 21st 6:30 pm (monthly meetings)

Anarchist Sci-Fi Reading Group – Wednesdays starting Oct 23rd 6:30 pm (plan reading list on Oct 23rd)

Art of War Study Group – Study this ancient Chinese military treatise and apply principles to modern actions and revolutions. Thursdays starting Oct 24th 6:30 pm (Oct 24th only special Gong Fu Tea ceremony at 5:30 & I Ching Intro at 6:00)

Screen Printing Basics – Sunday Oct 27th 2:00 pm.

And many more classes coming soon including: Bike Maintenance & Bike Touring, Healthy Eating for Activists, Canning, Preserve-Making, Trash Reduction Experiment, Security Culture, Street Medic Training, Low-Power FM Learning Group, Fertility Awareness, Starting a Seed Exchange Library, Mead Making, Crypto Parties – and more!!

Most classes will be held at the Madison Infoshop, 1019 Williamson St. See website for more info and to sign up for our list serve. See you at the Free Skool!

Oct. 18-19 – Madison Print & Resist at Helen C. White Library(600 N. Park St.) and Pre-Resist party at Ambrosia Co-op

Oct. 18-19 - Madison Print & Resist at Helen C. White Library(600 N. Park St.)  and Pre-Resist party at Ambrosia Co-op

Madison Infoshop and Ambrosia Co-op will be hosting a commencement party for participants and the community on Friday, October 18th.

6pm – Browse Infoshop zines, pamphlets, buttons, stickers, etc. Participants in open mic will be provided space to display zines, chapbooks, CDs or whatever. Bring cotton clothing you’d like the Infoshop to screen print a “Madison Print & Resist! 2013″ design onto.

7pm – Open mic featuring Jeannie Bergmann(http://fibitz.com/) and Rusty Russell(http://www.madpoetry.org/madpoets/russellr.html), who is also emceeing. Get up and share your work.

The party’s at Ambrosia Co-op, 225 E. Lakelawn, off of Langdon St., Friday, October 18th starting at 6. Look for the “Print & Resist” signs.

September 7th – Madison Infoshop 20th Anniversary Variety Show and Fundraiser

September 7th - Madison Infoshop 20th Anniversary Variety Show and Fundraiser

The infoshop is turning 20! Time to celebrate with a Benefit Variety Show featuring the talents and skills of local artists and musicians.

4:00 pm Silent Auction begins, plus DIY skill shares on stenciling, button making, and ‘zines!

Pick up your free copy of this year’s Disorientation manual, a guide to radical hot spots, events and organizing in Madison, created by infoshop friends and volunteers.

Bring t-shirts (and whatever else) for decorating with the latest Infoshop stencil!

Admire banners and posters from the last 20 years of radical activism adorning the walls of the Wilmar while browsing auction items donated by local businesses and artists.

6:00 pm Bioregional Vegan Meal served by Infoshop volunteers.


Beverages: hand-crafted ginger ales and cold pressed Iced Just Coffee
Salad: tomato+sprouts salad with mulberry vinaigrette
Soup: lentil soup with smoked red peppers
Main Dishes: wild rice with walnuts and cranberries with nut-free option
butternut squash, kale, and peanut stew

JP’s famous fudge bars
fresh mulberries and blueberries

7:30 pm Music and entertainment!
Tani Diakite and the AfroFunkstars, Thistle and Thorns and Miranda Moon with her unique fusion bellydance, local super-producer DJ Pain 1 will be mixing records between bands, plus other local artists and open mic time!

$15-$20 suggested donation with all proceeds going to keep the Madison Infoshop’s doors open. Our goal is to raise 2,000 bucks. With your help, we will reach it! A chance to win a fabulous door prize, a scrumptious vegan meal and stellar entertainment are all included in this price of entry.

This event is sponsored by WORT, 89.9 FM, community radio of Madison, Capitol City Tattoo, Lakeside Press, Community Pharmacy, Family Farm Defenders, Willy Street Co-op, St. Vincent De Paul, Rainbow Books, The Progressive Magazine, the Madison branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), Madison Action for Mining Alternatives (MAMA), and the Peregrine Forum.

Come help celebrate the birthday of Madison’s premiere radical resource center since 1993! To donate an item for the silent auction or to help volunteer, contact: thistle@riseup.net Other info at: http://www.madisoninfoshop.org (http://www.madisoninfoshop.org/) or 608-262-9036

Free Bike-in Movie: Shift Change – Putting Democracy to Work on Aug.17th

Free Bike-in Movie: Shift Change - Putting Democracy to Work on Aug.17th

The Madison Infoshop and MadWorC(Madison Worker Cooperatives) are holding a free screening of the 2012 documentary about worker cooperatives, Shift Change(68 min.), on Saturday, August 17th at 8:30 pm outside the Infoshop at 1019 Williamson St in Madison(Nature’s Bakery parking lot.)

There will be a potluck beginning at 6:00 pm and worker-owners from businesses featured in the film will lead an informal discussion about worker cooperatives afterwards.

Plus, tours of the Infoshop, music, zine-sharing and button making. Open to all. No charge, but donations encouraged.


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