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

plowingJoin the Madison Free Skool for a six part Fall 2014 community potluck and discussion series at Rainbow Bookstore – Mondays at 6:30 pm through October and November.

Does it matter if the earth is dead or alive? Do 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.  For more info, please contact:


Announcing Print & Resist 2014!


Sat. Nov. 1st 11 am – 5 pm

Downtown Public Library (201 W. Mifflin in Madison, WI)

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. We are immensely grateful that the library is sharing their popular, versatile, and comfortable space with us for this year’s event.

Applications for a table and proposals for workshop are due by October 1st.

To apply for a table and/or submit a workshop proposal, please visit:

Join the Madison Infoshop’s Mega Archive Project!

Are you a closet bookworm, ‘zine fetishist, or literary geek?  Do you need a positive outlet for this obsession?  Interested in helping the Madison Infoshop make the online leap into the 21st century?

Then we need YOU to be part of our mega archive project in collaboration with Library Thing!

The Madison Infoshop has probably the largest ‘zine collection in the Midwest, as well as a pretty kick-ass lending library of other radical reading material, but hardly anyone knows about it…

But we intend to change the scenario thanks to Library Thing, an amazing catalogue and social networking site for bibliophiles everywhere!  So far we have 700 some titles (mostly ‘zines) posted in the Library Thing catalogue, but there is much more than can be done.

If you are interested in getting involved in this project, be sure to come to the next Infoshop Collective meeting, to be held on Mon. July 28th at 6:30 pm at 1019 Williamson St.

Madison Infoshop is On the Move!

Just to give all our fans out there a heads up!  The Madison Infoshop will be joining forces with Rainbow Bookstore for even better creative synergy beginning Aug. 1st and relocating from our current space at 1019 Williamson St. to 426 W. Gilman.  We plan to continue to provide our full array of community activist services  – lending library, public computers, stencil and graphic design help, meeting space, etc.  In the meanwhile, we would love your help in making our transition as easy as possible.  We’ll need people power to pack up materials – stay tuned for details as to just when the moving party will begin – and donations are always welcome to cover the other costs of relocation.  Checks can be made out to Madison Infoshop, 1019 Williamson St. #B, Madison, WI 53703.  Thanks for your support!

Rainbow Bookstore’s Radical Summer Skool Wants YOU!

ChildrenTo help celebrate Rainbow Bookstore Co-operative’s 25th anniversary, we invite you to participate in our Radical Summer Skool! The Summer Skool will take place from now until late August 2014.

Do you have an awesome idea for a short presentation on Madison’s radical history?

Have you written a zine on resources for queer people of color you want to talk about? Want to share your skill for local foraging? Maybe you just want to meet likeminded folks to make feminist coloring books together…

Tell us about an event (workshop, skillshare, presentation, discussion, activity, etc.) you’d like to facilitate by filling out this short form:

Submissions due no later than July 20th!

And here is a poster to share!



First Annual Madison Womyn’s Music and Arts Festival – Sun. June 1st High Noon Saloon

Spread the word!WomynsFest

Spread the Word!


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? 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 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.