Madison Activist Calendar from 4/22/2019

Madison Activist Calendar from 4/22/19

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This calendar is brought to you by the friendly volunteer collective of the Madison Infoshop, 1202 Williamson St. #106, Madison, WI 53703

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 (art supplies, theater props, graphix and stencils, megaphones, and button maker). We also host meetings and help organize events.

Mon. April 22nd 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monona Terrace (I John Nolen Dr.) Imagine and Adapt: Possibilities in a Changing World – 13th Annual UW Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference! From the rising seas and the rushing flood waters to record-breaking heat waves and shifting landscapes, climate change is transforming the way we live. Our rapidly changing world requires us to adapt to a very different planet while imagining practical solutions to the challenges we face. This year’s event will explore these challenges and resolutions through a number of straightforward, solution-focused sessions on topics such as adaptive infrastructure, environmental leadership, changes in agriculture and the cultural impact of climate change. Featuring keynote speaker and climate-fiction author, Kim Stanley Robinson, climate change adaptation leader Yolanda Joab, and numerous other panels featuring leading thinkers and creative problem solvers – plus information booths. To register and for more info, visit:

Mon. April 22nd 6:30 pm First Unitarian Society (900 Univ. Bay Dr.) What Does It Mean to be White? – presentation by Robin DiAngelo, author of the new book, White Fragility. White people in the U.S. live in a racially insular social environment. This insulation builds our expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering our stamina for enduring racial stress. DiAngelo terms this lack of racial stamina “White Fragility.” This talk will provide an overview of the socialization that inculcates white fragility and provide the perspectives and skills needed for white people to build their racial stamina and develop more equitable racial practices. Please RSVP at:

Mon. April 22nd 7:00 pm UW-Madison, Old Red Gym (716 Langdon St.) 71 Years Without a Country – 2019 North America Nakba Tour comes to Madison! Mariam Fathalla was just 18 years old in 1948 when her 4,000 year old village was leveled and she was forced to flee Palestine along with hundreds of thousands of others to make way for the establishment of the State of Israel. For the past 71 years she has lived in crowded, makeshift refugee camps in Lebanon. Now an 89-year-old great-grandmother, she has seen five Israeli invasions of Lebanon, as well as the 1976 Tel al-Zaatar massacre that killed more than 2000 refugees. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to hear Mariam’s eye-witness story and learn the true story of the event that Palestinians call the Nakba (catastrophe). She will be joined by 24-year-old Palestinian journalist and translator, Amena ElAskhar, herself the great-granddaughter of Nakba survivors. Co-sponsored by Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, UW-Madison Students for Justice in Palestine, and WUD Society and Politics. Welcomed by WORT Radio. Info? Visit the Facebook event:

Tues. April 23rd 4:00 pm UW-Madison, Rm. 6191 Helen C. White (600 N. Park St.) The Nation and War, Some Reflections from Israel’s History – talk with Uri Ben-Eliezer, political sociologist and chair of the department of sociology at the University of Haifa, Israel. His research interests include Israeli democracy, civil society, social movements, state-society relations, army-society relations, and peace and war. Hosted by the Havens Wright Center for Social Justice. Info?

Wed. April 24th 8:00 am – 10:00 am and 11:30 am to 1:30 pm USDA Office – Madison. Women Caring for the Land – Conservation Learning Circles for Women Landowners! The goal of this two hour free workshop – offered at two different times – is to empower women to make land management decisions that lead to stronger farm enterprises while improving and sustaining the quality of natural resources. This event is for you if: You do or someday will own farmland, whether you farm it yourself or rent it out; you manage or have stake in farmland for yourself, a family trust or in a partnership; and/or you are thinking of owning or investing in farmland in the future. Hosted by the MOSES In Her Boots Project in partnership with the Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN). Breakfast and lunch provided. For more info and to register, visit:

Wed. April 24th 4:00 pm UW-Madison, Rm. 6191 Helen C. White (600 N. Park St.) The Making, Unmaking, Remaking of Israeli Militarism – talk with Uri Ben-Eliezer, political sociologist and chair of the department of sociology at the University of Haifa, Israel. His research interests include Israeli democracy, civil society, social movements, state-society relations, army-society relations, and peace and war. Hosted by the Havens Wright Center for Social Justice. Info?

Wed. April 24th 6:00 pm A Room of One’s Own Bookstore (315 W. Gorham) Living and Dying on the Factory Floor – book event with author, David Ranney, professor emeritus in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois Chicago. His latest book describes Ranney’s work experiences between 1976 and 1982 in the factories of southeast Chicago and northwest Indiana. The author takes the reader on a walk through the heart of the South Side of Chicago, observing the noise, heavy traffic, the 24-hour restaurants and bars, the rich diversity of people on the streets at all hours of the day and night, and the smell of the highly polluted air. Ranney’s emphasis is on race and class relations, working conditions, environmental issues, and broader social issues in the 1970s that impacted the shop floor. Forty years later, the narrator returns to Chicago’s South Side to reveal what happened to the communities, buildings, and the companies that had inhabited them. Living and Dying on the Factory Floor concludes with discussions on the nature of work; racism, race, and class; the use of immigration policy for social control; and our ability to create a just society. Info? Visit the Facebook event:

Thurs. April 25th 6:00 pm Orient House (626 S. Park St.) Radicals & Progressives Meet & Eat! The public is welcome – join us to share your issues and projects. Info? #608-284-9082.

Thurs. April 25th 7:00 pm UW-Madison’ Library Mall (700 Block of State St.) Take Back the Night March 2019! This march up Langdon Street and ending at the State Capitol is to demand an end to sexual assault, harassment, and violence experienced on campus and in the Madison community. There needs to be a no tolerance policy. Enough is enough. As students and community members, we deserve safe streets. This is an opportunity for people to show their support for survivors. This march serves as a safe space for healing and conversation. Let’s work together to create change and put an end to the silence on violence. We encourage all of those affected to join us on taking a stance and take back the night. Speakers to be announced. Hosted by National Organization for Women – UW Madison. Info? Visit the Facebook event:

Fri. April 26th 8:00 am Christ Presbyterian Church (944 E. Gorham) 19th Annual Faith Labor Breakfast! Keynote speaker – Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes! Come learn more about the mission and goals of Worker Justice Wisconsin. We provide breakfast, beverages, inspirational speakers and great information. For tickets, please visit:

Sat. April 27th 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation (2146 E. Johnson) Building Unity Gathering! We will start this gathering by giving Building Unity groups a chance to share and explore opportunities for collaboration. At 6:00 pm we will join the Sustainable Saturday Night community meal followed by music by Clare Norelle and friends. Then at 7:00 pm we will hold a community discussion about Building Unity. Info? Visit the Facebook event:

Sat. April 27th 5:00 – 8:00 pm Madison College (1701 Wright St.) Celebrate Madison Sister Cities 30 Years! For three decades, the City of Madison has been fostering friendships with communities around the world, including Arcatao (El Salvador), Freiburg (Germany), Vilnius (Lithuania), Camagüey (Cuba), Kanifing (The Gambia), Mantova (Italy), Obihiro (Japan), Tepatitlán (Mexico), and Bahir-Dar (Ethiopia).This year’s event will highlight “Our Sister Cities in the Latin-American World”; Arcatao, Camagüey and Tepatitlán, including a keynote address by Eduardo Santana-Castellon, wildlife biologist at the University of Guadalajara (PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison), entertainment by Madison Youth Choirs and Ballet Folklorico de Maria Diaz. Plus, photo displays, refreshments, and a buffet dinner featuring Latin American dishes. Our Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Wisconsin State Representative Chris Taylor, who was on a delegation to El Salvador in 2018, focused on immigration issues, and spent time in Madison’s sister city Arcatao. Tickets are $40 ($25 for students) – send checks to Madison-Kanifing Sister City Committee – P.O. Box 70817 – Madison, WI 53707 or visit:

Tues. April 30th 7:00 pm Lake Edge United Church of Christ (4200 Buckeye Rd.) Celebrating Faithful Support for Dignity at Work – Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice’s Upcoming Annual Celebration! We will present our Voice for Justice Award to Wisconsin State Assemblywoman JoCasta Zamarripa for her tireless championing of workers’ rights and immigrant justice. Country and folk singers Bobbie and Bill Malone will also entertain us. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to by April 25th. For more info, visit the Facebook event:

Tues. April 30th 7:15 pm Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa St.) Identified by Food?: Foodways and Identity in a Chaldean American Family”- presentation by Christine J. Widmayer. Hosted by the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW). Growing up, Chrissy Widmayer didn’t know exactly what it meant to be “Chaldean.” She knew the term meant her great-grandparents were from Iraq and were Catholic, and she knew that her family made and ate Chaldean foods. After interviewing her family members and researching her family’s foodways, traditions, and history, Chrissy discovered how complex ethnic identity can be: for some family members, being Chaldean is a matter of pride and interest, while others do not feel comfortable claiming Chaldean heritage. Exploring her research into her family’s own Chaldean American foodways and history, this talk will demonstrate how Chrissy and her family members use Chaldean foodways as a way to connect to one another and perform who they are. Christine J. Widmayer is a PhD candidate in Folklore Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation examines how foodways and storytelling become

performances of intimacy in small groups. Info?

Wed. May 1st 11:00 am WI State Capitol 2019 May Day Rally! We are organizing for a Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants, General Strike and Statewide Mobilization to urge the state legislature to restore driver licenses and state ID cards for all in Wisconsin. This means no work, no school, and no buying! Buses will be joining us from across Wisconsin. Because each bus costs $700 to $1000+ to reserve, we are asking for a donation of $20 per seat on the bus, but no one will be turned away – to reserve a bus spot call Voces de la Frontera: 414-643-1620 or visit: Info? Visit the Facebook event:

Wed. May 1st 6:30 pm Madison Public Library, Goodman Branch (2222 S. Park St.) Peace and Justice Book Circle discussion of the The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams. Hosted by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – Madison Chapter. Info? or #608-609-7961

Thurs. May 2nd 3:30 pm UW-Madison, Univ. Club (803 State St.) What is Healthy Food Anyway? Food and the Wisconsin Idea discussion! It’s hard to keep up with scientific reports on what foods are good for us, and frequently their findings contradict. Trendy diets come and go, while studies funded by commodity groups and trade associations can seem inherently biased. Complicating things further, we are all genetically and physiologically different, and our nutritional needs change over time. Are there are limits to what we can learn from the scientific method? If so, where else can we turn for guidance? We’ve assembled a panel of academic, professional, and community voices who can help us explore the perennial question of what we should eat. To register, please visit:

Sat. May 4th 9:30 am – 5:30 pm Madison Senior Center, 2nd Fl. (30 W. Mifflin) The May 1969 “Battle of Miffland” & Its Legacy Symposium! This free event includes sessions on the lead-up to the famous student-police confrontation at the original Mifflin Street Block Party in 1969, the 3-day riot that followed, and its aftermath and legacies for Madison politics and policing, and observations on governmental repression and militarized police vs. social movements and protests in recent times. Speakers include Madison historian Stu Levitan, author of the recent book Madison in the Sixties; participants in the street fight with the police; former Madison Police Chief David Couper who served 1973-1992, now an Episcopal priest and progressive social activist; and John Peck of the Madison Infoshop Free Skool. Co-sponsored by the Gray Panthers of Madison, the Madison Infoshop Free Skool, the Peregrine Forum, and the Industrial Workers of the World Madison Branch. For a preview tune-in to the WORT Access Hour 89.9FM Mon April 29th 7-8pm. Info? #608-284-9082 or email You can also share the Facebook event:

Sat. May 4th & Sun. May 5th 11:00 am – 3:00 pm OM Village (304 N. Third St.) Occupy Madison’s Spring Plant Sale! Naturally grown seedlings, ten varieties of heirloom tomatoes, assorted herds, vegetable, succulents – plus custom-made cedar wood planters and raised beds available for order! Info? 608-305-4707 or email:

Sat. May 4th 12:00 Noon – 3:00 pm Social Justice Center (1202 Williamson St.) Sharefest! The theme of this spring’s Sharefest is Growing Abundance! Let’s put our energy into what we want to grow – whether that’s literal (plants) or metaphorical (human connection & resilience & skills). There will be a potluck brunch, workshops with hands-on opportunities to build & create; plant/seed swap & stuff swap; connections with other members of the Social Justice Center, as well as chance to learn more about TimeBanking and sign up, if you haven’t already! Workshops include: Oatmilk Making, Coop Development, Posh Life Design, Know Your Rights, Zero Waste, Everywhere Gardens, Bird/Bee Houses and more. And this day will launch our ongoing Library of Things/ Swap we’re creating in our (becoming-) lovely lower level. At 3:00 pm we’ll toast the major contributors to the Social Justice Center. Join us to celebrate – and consider making a contribution yourself! We want to welcome you to the transformed SJC to see our newly-improved hub of social justice in action. Hosted by the Dane County TimeBank, Social Justice Center, and the Mutual Aid Workspace. Info? Visit the Facebook event:

Sun. May 5th 1:00 – 3:00 pm Andereson United Way Center (2059 Atwood Ave.) Second Annual Madison Catholic Worker Gathering! We will report on our work, invite new ideas, and enjoy time for refreshments and getting to know each other. Free and open to all those interested in peace and justice. Info? Email:

Sun. May 5th 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Neighborhood House (29 S. Mills St.) May Day Sing-Along! Join us for a Madison tradition since 1991, celebrating international working class solidarity! Bring your musical instruments, songbooks provided – plus free food and drink (donations gladly accepted). Hosted by the Madison branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Info? #608-523-4018

Sun. May 5th 6:00 pm Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse (1101 Williamson St.) Roasting 200 Years of Corporate “Rights” 1819-2019 – opening reception with Paul Cienfuegos, Community Rights US Director and photographer of Hidden in Plain Sight – a photo exhibit exploring corporate invasion of our public and private spaces. Event will include a trivia contest, music, snacks, open mc, as well as performance by the Raging Grannies. Info? 608-259-1301

Mon. May 6th 6:00 pm Social Justice Center (1202 Williamson St.) Introduction to Community Rights – with Community Rights Director, Paul Cienfuegos! How to say no to dangerous pesticides, how to bring legal power home, how to say no to factory farms! $20 suggested donation, but everyone is welcome. Info?

Mon. May 6th 6:30 pm Wilmar Neighborhood Center (953 Jenifer St.) Monthly meeting of the Madison General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Find out how you can dump the boss off your back! Info?

Thurs. May 9th 6:30 pm Madison Central Library, Rm. 104 (201 W. Mifflin) Trump & Russia: the Untold Story – presented by Scott Benike, organic farmer, artist, and scholar-activist. Hosted by the Peregrine Forum. Info? #608-284-9082.

Mon. May 13th 11:00 am – 4:30 pm State Capitol Citizens’ Water Lobby Day! Governor Evers recently declared 2019 as ‘the year of clean drinking water’ and what better way to kick it off than by joining the Citizens Water Coalition to share your concerns with elected officials about the worsening state of Wisconsin’s drinking water, lakes, streams, and rivers. Info? Visit the Facebook event:

Sat. May 18th 10:00 am Farley Center for Peace, Justice, and Sustainability (2299 Spring Rose Rd. near Verona) Our Changing Climate: the Science, Consequences, and Solutions – discussion with Bob Lindmeier, Chief Meteorologist at WKOW 27. Come learn more about how climate change is affecting our economy and way of life and what action steps we can take. Followed by an optional tour of the Farley Center with director, Shedd Farley. Info?

Sun. May 19th 11:00 am – 7:00 pm MLKJ Blvd – Capitol Square 22nd Annual WORT Block Party and 16th Annual No Crap on Tap! There will also be children’s activities, food from around the world, art and craft vendors, info tables, WORT boutique, and a raffle with fabulous prizes donated by area businesses. Also enjoy a wide range of talented local musicians throughout the day including: Black Star Drum Line – Youth Percussion Group; Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers – Folk and Country; Grupo Balança – Brazilian Pagode; LilChief – Hip Hop; Gabe Burdulis Band – Indie Folk Pop and Painted Caves – Middle-Eastern Psychedelic. The WORT Block Party is a free event and all are invited. More info? Visit the Facebook event:


Regular Meetings & Events:

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?

Each Monday 6:00 pm Social Justice Center, basement (1202 Williamson) LGBT Books to Prisoners meeting! For more info, check out: or visit:

Each Tues. 5:30 pm Common Ground (corner of Branch St. and Century Ave. in Middleton) Peace Tuesday! – meet-up for peace groups and other activists, followed at 7:00 pm by music from the Midtown International Peace Orchestra. Info? Visit:

Each Tues. 5:30 pm UW-Madison – Check Today in the Union (TITU) for exact location. Student Labor Action Coalition (SLAC) meeting! Info?

Each Tues. 6:00 pm Social Justice Center, basement (1202 Williamson) LGBT Books to Prisoners meeting! For more info, check out: or visit:

Second Tues. of the month 6:00 pm WNPJS Office (30 W. Mifflin #702) Madison National Organization of Women (NOW) monthly meeting. There will be someone at the door to let you in. If you arrive late, just text 608-217-5217 and we will come get you! Babies and children are welcome at our meetings. Toys and coloring are available to help entertain mobile babies and toddlers.

Second Tues. of the month. 6:00 pm Sequoya Public Library (4340 Tokay Blvd.) South Central Wisconsin United to Amend meeting. The democracy reform movement is growing and we need your help! Info?

Each Wed. 4:00 pm Social Justice Center, basement (1202 Williamson) 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? Please visit our Facebook page:

Second Wed. of the month. 6:30 pm Barriques 2166 Atwood Ave. Planning Meeting for the Madison Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Info?

Second Wed. of the month. 7:00 pm Monona Community Center (1011 Nichols Rd. in Monona) Weston A. Price Foundation – Madison Chapter meeting. Nutrient-Dense Foods – Education & Activism. Topics/Special Speakers/Demos/Networking. Info? #221-8696 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. 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

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

Each Friday. 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. Near the Lady Forward Statue at the Capitol corner of State St. & Mifflin St. Solidarity Sing Along! Join a group of local activists who continue the Solidarity protests that began eight years ago on March 11, 2011. We have sung together over 2042 consecutive weekdays since then, songs of the civil rights and labor movements, as well as many created especially for our local situation. Use your voice, and find it!

Each Sat. 10:00 am Social Justice Center, basement (1202 Williamson) LGBT Books to Prisoners meeting! For more info, check out: or visit:

Second Sat. of every month 10:30 am Arbco Coop Community Room (1137 Erin St.) Madison Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby meeting. Coffee, tea, and treats, followed by chapter business at 11:00 am and at Noon we join the national organizations webcast. All are welcome. CCL is a non-partisan group currently focused on passing Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act was introduced to the House in 2018 and will be reintroduced in 2019. Info? Visit:

Fourth Sat. of every month 6:00 pm James Reeb UU (2146 E. Johnson St.) Sustainable Saturday Night! – potluck followed by a program. Joint project of the Eastside Planning Council, the EENA Sustainability Task Force and the James Reeb Peace, Justice and Sustainability Group. Free, family friendly and welcoming to all! Info? #608-630-3633

Each Sun. of the month 2:00 – 5:00 pm Mutual Aid Workspace at the Social Justice Center (1202 Williamson St.) Sunday Skool! Your time and space for hands-on skills shares, workshops, and collaborative social transformation! Info?


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