Madison Activist Calendar from 5/22/2017

Madison Activist Calendar from 5/22/2017


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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.  



Mon. May 22nd 6:00 pm Goodman South Library (2222 S. Park St.) Security Culture and Digital Security Workshop – ‘cause we know the government and rightwing corporations are constantly surveilling us and collecting our data. Let’s keep our movements and ourselves safer! Bring your laptop (PC, Mac, or Linux) and leave with the ability to send encrypted emails and protect your important files. At this hands on tutorial, we will be going over the basics of PGP email encryption and setting up encryption to work with your existing email address.

Tues. May 23rd 6:30 pm Wilmar Community Center (953 Jenifer St.) Madison Gray Panthers Monthly Meeting! Info? #284-9082 or visit Facebook:

Wed. May 24th 5:30 pm Madison Central Library (201 W. Mifflin) No F-25 in Madison Meeting.
Let’s organize an event to oppose the F-35 military plane in Madison. Federal officials say Madison is a top candidate to host this new war plane. The Madison Chamber of Commerce has a new campaign and web site to welcome the plane. Most state and local officials support or do not oppose it. Yet, this is not “economic development” that we the people want. It has been known for decades that it is much more efficient to create jobs by spend public dollars on civilian rather than military projects. Also, no new jobs are promised. The F-35 is a symbol of out-of-control military spending. It is notorious for its ruinous cost and long development time with performance problems. We don’t want it and we don’t need it. Let’s talk about what we can do about it, and making our viewpoint known.

Sat. May 27th 6:00 pm James Reeb U.U. (2146 E. Johnson) Sustainable Saturday – Potluck followed by discusssion. This month’s program features a discussion with former eastside Alder and future co-housing member, Bert Zipperer, about Madison’s 4th Cohousing project! Info?

Tues. May 30th 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Christ Presbyterian Church (944 E. Gorham) Beyond Marching: Grassroots Resistance for Troubled Times! Wrap-up session in our spring 2017 series hosted by the Madison Free Skool, Madison IWW, Young Gifted and Black, and the Peregrine Forum. Join us to discuss nonviolent direct action, including theory, historical examples, and relevance to our current situation. This session will be devoted to applying Gene Sharp’s analysis to some current issues: rightwing attacks on health care, the arrival of F35 fighter planes, state green light for high capacity wells? Paper copies of suggested readings are also available in the front window at Lakeside Press (1334 Williamson St.). Bring a dish/snack to share if you wish. For more info, please visit or call #284-9082

Fri. June 2nd – Sun. June 4th Edgewood College (1000 Edgewood College Dr.) Forward 2017: Where Do We Go From Here? Understanding the Current Crisis & Building Social Justice in the Midwest.
Forward is an annual gathering of community activists, students, and educators committed to social justice. In keeping with the Wisconsin Idea, Forward provides an open space for freewheeling discussion, strengthening alliances and networks, and developing visions and strategies for progressive social, economic, and political change. This is a participant driven forum that builds on three decades of RadFest gatherings hosted by the UW-Madison Havens Center for Social Justice. This year’s gathering will devote substantial attention to understanding the outcome of the 2016 elections and their implications for the struggle for social justice in the Midwest, including Wisconsin. The central goal is to foster collaboration among organizers, activists, educators, and students interested in problem-solving on a range of crucial issues that reflect the present crisis, including immigration, mass incarceration and policing, resource and water defense, labor rights, and women’s rights, among others.

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Sat. June 3rd 9:30 am – 4:30 pm TRANSforming Faith First United Methodist (203 Wisconsin Ave.) Join us for a one day conference in Madison for transgender youth, their parents and faith leaders from across the state. The day will be dedicated to strengthening the understanding between transgender, their parents, and their faith leaders. The event will consist of panel discussions, caucus break out groups for parents, youth and faith community, and workshops on topics important to transgender youth and the faith community. This is a conference put on by Joanne Lee in honor of Skylar Lee. The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Particularly any LGBTQIA youth, adults and people connected to faith communities. We are looking for more volunteers and co-sponsors. Please contact us if you would like to be included. Co-sponsored by: Joanne Lee, Dane County Trans Health Coalition, GSA Network, Outreach, NQAPIA, Operation Welcome Home, GSAFE, Freedom Inc. Info? Visit Facebook:

Sat. June 3rd 5:00 pm State Capitol March for Truth – Restoring Faith in American Government! Hosted by the Wisconsin Progressive Alliance, Indivisible Madison, and Rock County Progressives. The U.S. is on the verge of a Constitutional Crisis. There is more than sufficient cause for alarm about Russian interference in the 2016 election. There are crucial unanswered questions about the relationship between Russia and Donald Trump, his campaign, his administration, and his associates. Add to that questions about whether or not the president is engaged in obstruction of justice to conceal his involvement. The legitimacy of the United States government may hinge on the answers to these questions. At the Madison March for Truth, we will raise our voices and let our elected leaders know that American citizens demand answers. Similar peaceful demonstrations will be happening in more than 70 cities nationwide. Speakers include: Tammy Wood – Wisconsin Progressive Alliance, District 3; State Rep. Melissa Sargent; Mo Cheeks – Madison Alderman; Derek Beyer – Democratic Socialists of America – Milwaukee Chapter, as well as music from Megan Miller, Dan Witt, and Josh Mittness.
Please bring signs, banners, and noisemakers to let your “voice” be seen and heard. More info, please check-out Facebook:

Mon. June 5th 6:30 pm Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center (953 Jenifer St.) Monthly meeting of the Madison General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Find out what is up with the One Big Union, and how you can dump the boss off your back. For more info, visit the Facebook page:

Wed. June 6th 7:15 pm Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa St.) Good Seeds: A Menominee Food Memoir – presentation by author and teacher, Tom Pecore Weso, hosted by the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW). Raised in the big, multigenerational home of his matriarch grandmother and medicine-man grandfather, Tom Weso grew up eating, hunting, gathering and growing traditional foods along with modern fare. Weso brings multiple perspectives as anthropologist, artist, cook, and member of the Menominee Indian Nation. , family member and cook in his book, Good Seeds, published last year by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Tonight we’ll hear culinary and cultural tales from Weso and taste specialties from his book. The presentation will include a tasting, followed by a book signing. Info? #608-241-1574 or

Thurs. June 8th 6:30 pm Madison Central Library, Rm. 104 (201 W. Mifflin) Putin, Trump and the American Left: What Should be Our Attitude? – Part One of a Debate. Sponsored by the Peregrine Forum. Info? #608-284-9082.

Sun. June 11th 12:00 Noon – 6:00 pm Capitol Brewery (7734 Terrace Ave. in Middleton) Beestock – Festival for the Environment! Sustainable City Opening Remarks by Middleton Mayor, Grudip Brar; special guest speakers: Prof. Patty Loew, UW-Madison Life Sciences Communication Dept. and member of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Ojibway, and Jeremy Hemberger, UW-Madison Entomology Dept., plus musical performances by Durango McMurphy, Blue Cheese, Skip Jones, Jacob Greene, and DJ Sauli Turn Up. Kids activities, info tables, and local vendors, too! Suggested donation – $10. Info?

Mon. June 12th 6:00 pm Taj Indian Restaurant (1256 S. Park St.) Radicals & Progressives Meet & Eat! Join us to share your issues and projects. Info? #608-284-9082.

Fri. June. 16Th – Sun. June 18th Near Custer, WI. Midwest Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair! Now in its 28th year, the Energy Fair brings thousands of people together to learn about clean energy and sustainability, connect with others, and take action towards a sustainable future. The Fair features hundreds of interactive workshops and exhibitors, plus live music, kids activities, great local food, and more. This year’s keynote speakers include JD Strauble, co-founder of Tesla, and Erica Mackie, co-founder of GRID Alternatives. Info? Visit:

Thurs. June 22nd 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Crowne Plaza Hotel (4402 E. Washington Ave) Paths to Healing Conference 2017! Join us for a day-long conference to provide support and explore what we need to do as a community to respond to the needs of sexual abuse survivors. It is intended for child sex abuse survivors – particularly male survivors – supportive allies, advocates, health and mental health professionals, and law enforcement. Now in its 5th year, the Paths to Healing Conference continues to provide support and explore what communities can do to respond to the needs of sexual abuse survivors. The conference is intended for child sex abuse survivors – particularly male survivors – supportive allies, advocates, health and mental health professionals, and law enforcement. Keynote speaker this year is Corey Ingram, a board member of Project Unity, USA, and leads a men’s victim advocacy group called True Strength. True Strength engages men around issues of interpersonal violence, bystander accountability, and healthy masculinity. There will be nine additional breakout sessions throughout the day for professionals, survivors, and survivior allies. The cost is $40 for advanced registration and $50 the day of the event. For more info and to register, visit:



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 that began five years ago. We have sung together over 1400 times since then, 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?

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

Each Tues. 7:30 PM UW-Madison, Room L159 Education Building. Student Labor Action Coalition (SLAC) meeting! 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 – 8:30 pm Barriques (2166 Atwood Ave.) Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – Madison Chapter meeting. 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

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

Last Fri. of every month 5:30 pm W. Washington Ave and the Capitol Square. Critical Mass Bike Ride – bring your favorite pedal vehicle and express your right to ride!

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



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