Madison Activist Calendar from 3/27/2017

Madison Activist Calendar from 3/27/2017


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Mon. March 27th 5:00 pm UW-Madison, Memorial Library, Rm. 126 (700 Block of State St.) Confronting AntiSemitism and Islamophobia: From the Middle Ages to Today. With Panelists Kathryn Ciancia, Amos Bitzan, Elizabeth Lapina, Tony Michels and Golnar Nikpour. Sponsored by the UW-Madison History Dept. George R. Mosse Program and the Center for the Humanities.

Mon. March 27th 6:30 – 8:30 pm Badger Rock Neighborhood Center (801 Badger Rock Rd.) Madison Elected Officials Food Forum! We’ll explore with candidates running for local office just what our community can do to create a more healthy, sustainable, equitable local food system! Info? Visit the Facebook event:

Tues. March 28th 4:00 pm UW-Madison, Rm. 6191 Helen C. White (600 N. Park St.) A Necessarily Historical Materialist Moment – talk with Prof. Adam Morton, Dept. of Political Economy, Univ. of Sydney. Hosted by the A.E. Havens Center. Info?

Tues. March 28th 7:00 pm UW-Madison, Health Sciences Learning Center, Rm. 1309 (750 Highland Ave.) Holding Your Elected Officials Accountable! – hosted by Madison Advocates for Healthcare (MAH), part of network in 50+ cities nationwide. Phone calls to elected officials not going through? Unsure where to plug into organizing to save healthcare? Looking for better ways to hold our politicians accountable? Not sure what actions to take to most effectively and efficiently reach your elected official to have your voice heard? Join us for a training and strategy session to learn how to get answers directly from the politicians in power! We’ll engage at town hall meetings and other public events to effectively speak truth to power the best way possible: in person. A staffer from Rep. Mark Pocan’s office will be present to answer questions, as well. Pizza from Glass Nickel will also be served. Info? Check out the Facebook event:

Wed. March 29th 4:00 pm UW-Madison, Rm. 6191 Helen C. White (600 N. Park St.) Global War and the New Imperialism – talk with Prof. Adam Morton, Dept. of Political Economy, Univ. of Sydney. Hosted by the A.E. Havens Center. Info?

Wed. March 29th 6:00 pm A Room of One’s Own Bookstore (315 W. Gorham) Listen, Liberal! – talk with political commentator, Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter with Kansas. In his latest book, Frank points out that the Democrats have done little to advance traditional liberal goals: expanding opportunity, fighting for social justice, and ensuring that workers get a fair deal. Indeed, they have scarcely dented the free-market consensus at all. Info? Check out the Facebook event:

Wed. March 29th 7:30 pm UW-Madison, Memorial Union (800 Langdon St.) Islamophobia in America – WUD Distiinguished Lecture by Reza Aslan, internationally renowned writer, commentator, professor, producer, and scholar of religions. His books, including his #1 New York Times Bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, have been translated into dozens of languages around the world. Info? Check out Facebook:

Thurs. March 30th 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Bethel Lutheran (312 Wisconsin Ave.) & WI State Capitol. Madison Action Day 2017 – hosted by WISDOM! Join over 800 WISDOM leaders from across the state for a day at the capitol to educate legislators about issues in the proposed budget, including criminal justice and public transit. 8:00 am breakfast at the church, followed by welcome prayer, plenary, workshops, and strategy sessions. 12:00 Noon lunch followed by visits with legislators at the capitol. 4:00 pm closing event at the capitol. Registration fee is $25 and includes meals. Transportation being organized from various parts of the state. For more info and to register, visit:

Thurs. March 30th 6:00 pm Madison Central Library (201 W. Mifflin) Insights Into Investigative Journalism – talk with with Raney Aronson-Rath, executive producer of PBS’s Frontline series. Hosted by Wisconsin Public Television as part of its 100 years of public broadcasting in Wisconsin. More info?

Fri. March 31st 9:00 am Workers Rights Center, Rm. 115 (2300 S. Park St.) Know Your Workplace Rights! Join us for a training on your workplace rights! We will be covering wage theft, discrimination, unjust firings, health and safety and much more! Coffee and snacks provided. Childcare available upon request (please provide 72 hours notice). Interpretation will be provided. To RSVP: #608-255-0376. More info, visit Facebook:

Fri. March 31st 5:00 – 8:00 pm Brink Lounge (701 E. Washington Ave.) Iron Chef 2017 Fundraiser for the Tenant Resource Center (TRC). Come sample the best this year’s dueling chefs have to offer and vote for the top winners. $25 suggested donation – proceeds go towards assisting 15,000+ people with rental housing issues. Despite recent TRC funding we can continue to keep families safe in their homes and unlock the doors to affordable housing with your support. Info? Check out the Facebook event:

Fri. March 31st 6:00 pm UW-Madison Library Mall (700 Block of State St.) All Out Against Fascism and Hate Rally – organized by the Madison General Defense Committee (GDC) of the IWW. We stand in solidarity with Seattle GDC member, Hex, who was shot and almost killed, having spent many weeks in ICU, while protecting innocents from fascist pepper spray attacks. The Madison GDC also stands opposed to Daniel Dropik and the American Freedom Party having any presence what so ever or having any platform to spew their vitriolic antiBlack antiMuslim antiImmigrant “speech” (speech that advocates the killing and even genocide of people based on their skin color). We understand that Daniel Dropik has made it a habit of burning Black churches and that the American Freedom Party is the group that inspired Dylan Roof, that is why we will accept NO public presence of the group in Madison. The Madison GDC also stands opposed to any legislation that empowers and emboldens fascists and fascism coming out of the Trump presidency and the Walker administration like the governor’s racist budget and the president’s attempted Muslim ban. Info? Check out the Facebook event:

Sat. April 1st – Sun. April 2nd 10:30 am – 10:00 pm Alliant Energy Center On Wisconsin Annual Spring Powwow – hosted by Wunk Sheek. Featuring cultural demonstrations, exhibitions, intertribal dances and more. Grand entries on Sat. at 1 pm and 7 pm and on Sun. at 1 pm. More info, check out the event on Facebook:

Sun. April 2nd 2:00 pm St. James Church (1128 St. James Ct.) Intimate Portraits of Gaza’s Lost! – featuring photographer, Anne Paq, and journalist, Ala Qandil, and the Obliterated Families Project that profiles Gaza families partially or entirely annihilated during the Israeli bombardment in 2014. Just back from Gaza, Paq and Qandil will be on a Midwest speaking tour sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee. This event is part of the annual commemoration of 23 year old U.S. peace activist, Rachel Corrie, who was killed on March 16th fourteen years ago by an Israeli soldier driving an armored D-9 Caterpillar bulldozer, as she stood with others against the demolition of a Palestinian home in Rafah. Desserts and beverages will be served – all donations will support the Samira Project for traumatized children in Rafah, Palestine. Info?

Mon. April 3rd 6:30 pm MTI Building (916 Williamson St. – use back entrance) 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:

Tues. April 4th 6:30 – 8:30 pm Christ Presbyterian Church (944 E. Gorham) Beyond Marching: Grassroots Resistance for Troubled Times! Fourth session in a six part spring series hosted by the Madison Free Skool, Madison IWW, Young Gifted and Black, and the Peregrine Forum. Join us to explore nonviolent direct action, including theory, historical examples, and relevance to our current situation. This session will continue exploring the later sections of Gene Sharp’s activist handbook: How Nonviolent Struggle Works Plus, we will discuss the independence movement in India (chapter 7 in the larger Sharp book, Waging Nonviolent Struggle), as well as the more recent Oaxaca Uprising in Mexico from 2006-2008. Suggested readings on Oaxaca include the “Broken Barricades” zine ( and the Fuera Ulises mini graphic history ( Paper copies of all suggested readings are available in the front window at Lakeside Press (1334 Williamson St.). Please share the Facebook event with others: For more info call #284-9082 or visit:

Wed. April 5th 7:15 pm Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa St.) Food in the Gilded Age – What Ordinary Americans Ate – presentation by Robert Dirks, hosted by the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW). America’s Gilded Age, the last quarter of the nineteenth century, is renowned for the excesses of robber barons and tycoons. The lavishness of their tables impressed contemporaries and historians alike. But what about the eating habits of ordinary people at the time? Robert Dirks, author of Food in the Gilded Age, poses that question and discovers some surprising answers by peering through the lens of what then was a newly emerging science of nutrition. Robert Dirks, a member of Chicago Foodways Roundtable and doctor in anthropology, grew up in suburban Milwaukee and taught at Illinois State University. Info? or #836-1368.

Thurs. April 6th 6:30 pm Goodman South Madison Library (2222 S. Park St.) Peace and Justice Book Circle – discussing In Warm Blood: Prison and Privilege, Hurt and Heart by Judith Gwinn Adrian and DarRen Morris. Judith Gwinn Adrian will be on hand for the discussion! Hosted by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Info?


Sat. April 8th 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Madison Labor Temple (1602 S. Park St.) When Labor’s Under Attack! How Do We Fight Back? Building Worker Power – 36th Annual Conference of the Labor History Society. Join unionists, scholars, activists nd all others who care about worker justice. 

In the past, workers and unions have gained rights against seemingly insurmountable odds.  Discuss how future efforts can be guided by history. 

Keynote Address: Larry CohePast president, Communication Workers of America and current leader of Our Revolution campaign

Historical Perspective: Jon Shelton, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Historian

Winning in Today’s Anti-Union climate-Panel:

 Victory in UAW Strike Against Kohler – Dave Boucher, Fin. Sec., UAW Local 833; How Teachers Unions are Staying Strong in Anti-Union Areas – Tanya Lohr, WEAC; How Building Trades are Fighting Back – To be Announced

Where Do We Go from Here?

Working with the Community – Robert Kraig, Wisconsin Citizen Action; The Political Perspective – To be Announced; A Strategy to Win – Phil Neuenfeldt, President, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO

Cost is $35. To register online, visit:


Wed. April 12th 7:00 pm UW-Madison, Elvehjem Bldg (800 Univ. Ave.) What is the Queer Agenda? Movement Building towards Liberation in 2017 and Beyond – talk with Charlene Carruthers, national director of the Black Youth Project (BYP 100). As a Black, queer/lesbian feminist community organizer Charlene has over a decade of experience in racial justice, feminist and youth leadership development movement work. Her passion for developing young leaders to build capacity within marginalized communities has led her to work on immigrant rights, economic justice and civil rights campaigns nationwide. Info? Please visit the Facebook event:

Thurs. April 13th 6:30 pm Madison Central Library (201 W. Mifflin) Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad/A Little Bit of So Much Truth – screening of the documentary about the popular uprising in Oaxaca in 2006. When a broad-based, non-violent, popular uprising exploded in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, some compared it to the Paris Commune, while others called it the first Latin American revolution of the 21st century. But it was the people’s use of the media that truly made history in Oaxaca. A Little Bit of So Much Truth captures the unprecedented media phenomenon that emerged when tens of thousands of school teachers, housewives, indigenous communities, health workers, farmers, and students took 14 radio stations and one TV station into their own hands, using them to organize, mobilize, and ultimately defend their grassroots struggle for justice. Hosted by the Peregrine Forum. Info? #284-9082

Tues. April 18th All Day Monona Terrace (1 John Nolen Dr.) Hope and Renewal in the Age of Apocalypse – 11th Annual Earth Day Conference! Post-apocalyptic films and books are more popular than ever, with recent titles like The Hunger Games, The Passage, Snowpiercer and The Walking Dead joining a rapidly growing list. What drives our fascination with the end of the world? Can this pop-culture phenomenon help us understand today’s environmental challenges and stimulate ideas to build a just, secure and sustainable future? Join the Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies at UW-Madison for an exciting line-up of provocative authors, leading thinkers and creative problem solvers to explore these questions, including fresh ideas about climate change, wildlife conservation, economic growth, social justice and other challenges that drive our anxieties and test our resolve. For more info and to register, visit:

Tues. April 18th 4:00 pm UW-Madison, Rm. 3401 Stirling Hall (475 N. Charter) Anti-Blackness and the Political: Millennials, Black Intellectuals, and the Re-shaping of American Politics – talk with Shanara Reid-Brinkley, Visiting Scholar – Humanities Center, Univ. of Pittsburgh. Info?

Wed. April 19th 4:00 pm UW-Madison, Rm. 3401 Stirling Hall (475 N. Charter) Black Radical Rhetoric(s): A Case Study in Black Youth Activism – talk with Shanara Reid-Brinkley, Visiting Scholar – Humanities Center, Univ. of Pittsburgh. Info?

Wed. April 19th 5:00 pm Edgewood College (1000 Edgewood College Dr.) Pastors for Peace Caravan – talk with Gladys Abella, leader of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Havana, about the current state of US-Cuba relations (Obama’s opening, Trump’s ???) and what needs to be done to establish truly normal relations between our countries. Info? Visit the Facebook event:

Sat. April 22nd 2:00 pm WI State Capitol People’s Climate March – We Resist, We Build, We Rise! This is a political moment like no other in recent history. Under the Trump and Walker administrations, Wisconsin residents are under attack on all fronts. The climate crisis is accelerating, and we little time to wait for Congress or our Statehouse to deliver change. The future we want to see is up to us. We will march for our families. We will march for our air, our water, and our land. We will march for clean energy jobs and climate justice. We will march for our communities and the people we love. And we will be louder and stronger than ever before. We will not allow climate deniers to threaten the planet. We will not allow attacks on immigrants, communities of color, women, LGBTQ and workers to become the new normal. It’s more important than ever to stand up for what’s right. Let’s march together, and take back Earth Day, a proud Wisconsin tradition. Info? Check out the Facebook event page:

Mon. April 24th 6:00 pm UW-Madison, Union South – Marquee Theater (1308 W. Dayton) Chinese Exclusion Act – advance screening of a new PBS documentary. The 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, which remained law until repealed in 1943, has been the only U.S. legislation to single out a specific ethnic and racial group for exclusion from immigration and citizenship – what can we learn from this experience given the new Trump administrations directives? Join the filmmakers afterwards for pizza and discussion! Info? Visit Facebook:

Wed. April 26th 7:00 pm Barrymore Theater (2090 Atwood Ave.) Fire at Sea – screening of the Academy Award nominated 2016 Italian documentary by GianFranco Rosi. The film was shot on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa during the height of the European migrant crisis and powerfully contrasts the migrants’ dangerous Mediterranean crossing against the ordinary life of the islanders. Hosted by Open Doors for Refugees. Tickets are $15. Info?

Mon. May 1st 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Brittingham Park (401 W. Shore Dr.) Day Without Immigrants and Refugees – Rally and March for International Workers Day! Speak out against the attacks on immigrants, refugees, workers, unions, and marginalized communities. We will not accept Trump’s policies of hate and divisiveness. We must unite for fair conditions for ALL! More info? Visit the Facebook event:

Thurs. May 4th 6:30 pm Goodman South Madison Library (2222 S. Park St.) Peace and Justice Book Circle – discussing The Nix by Nathan Hill. Hosted by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Info?


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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