Madison Activist Calendar from 9/18/2017

Madison Activist Calendar from 9/18/17

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Groundwork presents its Fall 2017 Anti-Racism Workshop!

Sundays from Oct. 8th thru Nov. 19th 3:00 – 6:00 pm Lakeview Lutheran (4001 Mandrake Rd.)

Join us for an intensive seven-week workshop that examines how racism and white privilege affect our lives, communities, institutions, and movements for social justice, while developing strategies for prioritizing racial justice both individually and collectively. Our methods seek to engage heads, hearts and voices in a creative, transformative process. Workshop participants share food and stories to build community and deepen our learning. Our workshops focus on the experience of white European Americans, but are open to all. Childcare and scholarships are available.

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Mon. Sept. 18th 6:00 pm Orient House (626 S. Park St.) Radicals & Progressives Meet & Eat! Join us and share your concerns and projects. Info? #608-284-9082.

Tues. Sept. 19th 7:00 pm Overture Center (201 State St.) Neighbors & Strangers – with John Gurda, historian and author of the Making of Milwaukee. Part of the Wisconsin Academy Series on the American Dream in Wisconsin. Info?

Wed. Sept. 20th 7:00 pm WI Institute of Discovery (330 N. Orchard.) The Color of Food – Reflecting on Our Food Movement. Lecture by Natasha Bowens, author of the book, The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming. Bowens explores issues of justice and inclusivity in our movement while amplifying the role of communities of color and challenging the status quo of agricultural identity. Through sharing stories of farmers of color, she teaches us that the good food movement is about more than buying local and protecting our soil – it’s about digging deep and discovering that true food sovereignty means a place at the table for everyone. Hosted by the UW Nelson Institute. Info?

Thurs. Sept. 21st 6:30 pm Madison Central Library, Rm. 209 (30 W. Mifflin) No F-35 Meeting.
Thurs. Sept. 21st 7:00 pm Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa St.) Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse! – book event with John Nichols. Donald Trump has assembled a rogues’s gallery of alt-right hatemongers, crony capitalists, immigrant bashers, and climate-change deniers to run the American government. To survive them, We the People need to know whose hands are on the levers of power. John Nichol’s new book, Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse is a vital fieldguide to the most dangerous people in America. Info?

Thurs. Sept. 21st 7:30 pm UW-Madison Memorial Union (700 State St.) WUD Distinguished Lecture with independent filmmaker, Charles Burnett! Burnett has made a wide range of films across different forms, genres and industries that look closely at questions of gender, class and race in the United States. Burnett made independent titles such as Killer of Sheep (1978), a portrait of a poor family in Watts; Hollywood films like To Sleep With Anger (1990), the story of a trickster figure (Danny Glover) upsetting the life of a family in LA and The Glass Shield (1994), an unforgettable police procedural about police corruption featuring Lori Petty and Ice Cube; TV films like Selma Lord, Selma (1999), Disney’s telling of the march on Selma; and documentaries like Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (2003) which look at different versions of the Nat Turner story throughout history (including the documentary itself!). Info?

Tue. Sept 26th 6:30 pm Wil-Mar Center (953 Jenifer St.) Discussion of Sharp’s How Nonviolent Struggle Works – Parts I & II – facilitated by David Williams. Part of the Fall 2017 Madison Free Skool series on Nonviolent Struggle and Direct Action. Info? #608-438-9536 or visit:

Thurs. Sept. 28th 6:30 pm Madison Central Library (201 W. Mifflin) Our Wisconsin Revolution Monthly Membership Meeting & Discussion. Agenda items include: how elections are organized, Dane County budget, and proposal to build a new Dane County jail. Info?

Sun. Oct. 1st 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Middleton Area Renew Wisconsin’s 5th Annual Bike Ride Fundraiser! Join other supporters of renewable energy for a bike tour of installations around Middleton, including: Epic’s Wind Farm, Gunderson Health and Dane County Biogas Facility, MG&E Middleton Shared Solar Project, and the Sustainable Energy Building. Cost is $40 ($30 for Renew WI members) To register for the ride, please visit:

Sun. Oct. 1st 6:30 pm First Unitarian Society (900 Univ. Bay Dr.) John McCutcheon in Concert – a fundraiser for the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice! Don’t miss the only Wisconsin stop of the “Trolling for Dreams” tour! John McCutcheon: six-time Grammy nominee, singer-songwriter, activist, dulcimer master, Wausau native. This is John’s 38th album, rooted in his style of traditional Appalachian instruments, rhythms, and storytelling –– with some new rock ballad influence. Tickets are $25 ($10 for students). Info?

Mon. Oct. 2nd 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:

Mon. Oct. 2nd 7:00 pm 1704 Roberts Ct. 350 Madison meeting with a guest speaker, Mark Borchadt, landowner along the pipeline and founding member of “80 Feet is Enough.” Info?

Wed. Oct. 4th 7:15 pm Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa St.) The Life and Times of Carson Gulley – presented by Scott Seyforth and hosted by the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW). Though now largely forgotten, UW-Madison chef Carson Gulley was a celebrated figure in the mid-twentieth century known for his groundbreaking efforts crossing racial barriers as a culinary instructor, radio & television celebrity chef, and a pioneer in the local struggle for equal housing. His is an important part of the still untold story about African Americans in Madison, especially as it pertains to the obstacles African Americans encountered and overcame as they tried to build a good life and participate in the American Dream in this city and state. Prof. Scott Seyforth is the UW-Madison Assistant Director of Residence Life and is also one of the founders of the Madison LGBTQ Oral History Project and the Madison LGBTQ Archive at the UW-Madison archives. Info? #836-1368 or visit:

Thurs. Oct. 5th 6:30 pm Goodman South Madison Library (2222 S. Park St.) Discussion of My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem. Peace and Justice Book Circle hosted by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Gloria Steinem—writer, activist, organizer, and one of the most inspiring leaders in the world—now tells a story she has never told before, a candid account of how her early years led her to live an on-the-road kind of life, traveling, listening to people, learning, and creating change. She reveals the story of her own growth in tandem with the growth of an ongoing movement for equality. Info?

Sat. Oct. 7th 2:00 – 6:00 pm Wilmar Center (953 Jenifer St.) Concert Fundraiser for Community Self-Defense! Come out to support Madison’s local General Defense Committee (GDC) as we throw a party to raise awareness and interest in our commitments to make our community stronger through direct action. The violent and disgusting tragedy in Charlottesville is one of a series of attacks by white supremacists. We must build communities that have the capacity for self-determination. Performers will include: DJ Arditi del Popolo, DJ SpeadStick, Hip-hop MC and more! Proceeds will go towards building the capacity of the GDC to provide free childcare for community events and self-defense training for community members, as well as to the newly created Free the 350 Bail Fund, which aims to directly undermine modern day slavery disguised as the so-called justice system. Childcare will be provided in a separate kid’s space in the downstairs family room. An Injury To One Is An Injury To All!

Tues Oct. 10th 6:00 pm Madison Central Library, Rm. 111 (201 W. Mifflin) Discussion of Sharp’s How Nonviolent Struggle Works – Part III – facilitated by David Williams. Part of the Fall 2017 Madison Free Skool series on Nonviolent Struggle and Direct Action. Info? #608-438-9536 or visit:

Wed. Oct. 11th 8:00 am Monona Terrace & Convention Center (1 John Nolen Drive) 2017 Madison Nonprofit Day Conference! A single-day skills-building and networking conference designed to foster connections between and accelerate the progress of nonprofit professionals, social entrepreneurs, community organizers, civic and philanthropic leaders, and local government leaders. We connect change makers in an exhilarating, inspiring, and exhausting day of keynotes, workshops, panels, presentations, and activities that provide opportunities to gain skills, share. For tickets and more info, visit:

Wed. Oct. 11th 4:00 pm WI Historical Society (816 State St.) Lecture by Pulitzer Prize Winner, Prof. Annette Gordon-Reed – part of the annual James Madison series. Gordon-Reed has re-framed the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and the enslaved Sally Hemings, and will offer her insights into this historic American family. Info?

Mon. Oct. 16th 6:00 pm A Room of One’s Own Bookstore (315 W. Gorham) Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook – book event with author, Mark Bray! As long as there has been fascism, there has been anti-fascism — also known as “antifa.” Born out of resistance to Mussolini and Hitler in Europe during the 1920s and ’30s, the antifa movement has suddenly burst into the headlines amidst opposition to the Trump administration and the alt-right. Simply, antifa aims to deny fascists the opportunity to promote their oppressive politics — by any means necessary. Critics say shutting down political adversaries is anti-democratic; antifa adherents argue that the horrors of fascism must never be allowed the slightest chance to triumph again.In a smart and gripping investigation, historian and former Occupy Wall Street organizer, Mark Bray, provides a one-of-a-kind look inside the movement, including a detailed survey of its history from its origins to the present day — the first transnational history of postwar anti-fascism in English. Info? or #608-257-7888

Sat. Oct. 21st 3:00 – 5:00 pm WNPJ Office (30 W. Mifflin #702) and then 6:00 – 9:00 pm Robinia Courtyard (829 E. Washington Ave.) Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ) Community Energizer! Join WNPJ and friends for a community celebration and connecting fundraiser. We are in the midst of some bleak times, but also times of great inspiration and possibility. Join us for a social hour at our new office space from 3 – 5 pm, followed by poetry, awards, speakers, dancing, and more networking for liberation from 6 – 9 pm at Robinia Courtyard. Info?

Tues. Oct. 24th 6:30 pm Wil-Mar Center (953 Jenifer St.) Discussion of Bray’s Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook – facilitated by John E. Peck. Part of the Fall 2017 Madison Free Skool series on Nonviolent Struggle and Direct Action. Info? #608-438-9536 or visit:

Sat. Oct. 28th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Wilmar Center (953 Jenifer St.) ABCs of Civil Resistance and Non-Violent Direct Action – discussion facilitated by Adam Schesch. Part of the Fall 2017 Madison Free Skool series on Nonviolent Struggle and Direct Action. Info? #608-438-9536 or visit:

Wed. Nov. 15th 7:00 pm WI Institute of Discovery (330 N. Orchard.) Cat Wars – The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer. Lecture by Pete Marra, director of the Smithsonian’s Migratory Bird Center. He will talk about his new book Cat Wars that tells the story of the threats free-ranging cats pose to biodiversity and public health throughout the world. This compelling book and lecture traces the historical and cultural ties between humans and cats from early domestication to the current boom in pet ownership, along the way accessibly explaining the science of extinction, population modeling, and feline diseases. It will chart the developments that have led to our present impasse–from breakthrough studies on cat predation to cat-eradication programs underway in Australia today. It will describe how a small but vocal minority of cat advocates has campaigned successfully for no action in much the same way that special interest groups have stymied attempts to curtail smoking and climate change. Hosted by the UW Nelson Institute. Info?

Sat. Dec. 2nd 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monona Terrace. Madison’s 21st Fair Trade Holiday Festival! Seeking unique, socially responsible and fashionable fair trade gifts that your friends and family will love? Come check out the fair and choose from thousands of fairly traded international products. With featured items from SlaveFree Madison’s Fashion Show: “Saving the World, One Accessory at a Time”.

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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 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

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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