Madison Activist Calendar from 5/14/2018

Madison Activist Calendar from 5/14/18

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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. May 14th 2:00 pm MLKJ Blvd and State Capitol Square. Poor People’s Campaign Kick-Off!

Martin Luther King Jr’s Poor People’s Campaign for Moral Revival announces six weeks of direct non-violent action to confront the immoral policies of racism, systemic poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and religious nationalism. From May 13 through June 23rd there will be presentations, discussions, marches and demonstrations in cities all over the nation.

The Poor People’s Campaign is highlighting a theme of concern to the American people each week:

Week 1 – Mon. May 14

Children, Women and People with Disabilities

Week 2 – Mon. May 21

Racism and Poverty

Week 3 – Tues. May 29

The War Economy

Week 4 – Mon. June 4

The right to Health and a Healthy Planet

Week 5 – Mon. June 11

Education, Living Wage, Jobs, Housing

Week 6 – June 18

Confronting the Distorted Moral Narrative

June 23 – Global Day of Solidarity, Call to Action – Mass Rally in Washington DC at 10:00 am

Bring your moral indignation, your concerns, your voices, your protest signs and your commitment to nonviolent action. More info? Visit:



Mon. May 14th 6:00 pm Jade Garden (1109 S. Park) Radicals & Progressives Meet & Eat! Join us and share your concerns and projects. Info? #608-284-9082

Thurs. May 17th 7:00 pm Madison Central Library (201 W. Mifflin) Hamilton – the Man, the Musical, and Public Policy. Talk by UW Prof. John Kaminksi, Director of the Center for the Study of American Constitution. Hosted by the Madison Institute.

Sat. May 19th 9:45 am – 5:45 pm UW-Madison, Education Building (1000 Bascom Mall) Forward! – Annual gathering of community activists, students, and educators, organized by the UW Havens Center for Social Justice. Workshop topics include: 1968’ Presente!: Global Revolt, the Power of Youth, & Lessons for Today; DACA: Organizing in a Changing Landscape; Direct Action for Expanding Sanctuary; Fighting the Assault on Higher Ed: Quality Public Education Now!; From Europe to NOVEMBER 2018: The Promises & Pitfalls of Elections for Social Movements; Gun Violence: Confronting a Uniquely American Epidemic” (with local high school activists); Madison 2028: A Vision to Transform the City; Prison Abolition & Community Control of the Police; Right to the City: Confronting the Housing Crisis & Gentrification; The Teacher Strikes: A New Moment for Labor; and Youth & the Fight for Food Justice. Event is free with a pizza party an social afterwards For more info, visit:

Sat. May 19th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Labor Temple (1602 S. Park St.) Combatting Anti-Immigrant Sentiment, A Pathway to Citizenship, & Safe School Zones!community workshop, with a light meal. Presentations will be in English and Spanish. Part of the Immigration Works Series, hosted by the South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) and AFL-CIO. Info?

Sun. May 20th 9:30 am – 11:30 am Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa St.) Taste of Timor! – solidarity fundraiser to support grassroots projects in Ainaro, Madison’s sister city, on the 16th anniversary of East Timor’s independence. We’ll have Timorese coffee and other refreshments, Timorese music, and video snapshots of life in Timor-Leste and Ainaro, Madison’s mountainous sister city. There will also be a silent auction, with traditional Timorese weavings and other hand-made crafts.
Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at or at the door of the event.
Info? Visit the Facebook event:

Sun. May 20th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Art-In (1444 E. Washington Ave.) The Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADRelief) Training Team visits Madison! Currently MADRelief is on a national capacity-building and educational tour. They will explain how natural storms turn into unnatural disasters through dangerous new forms of “disaster capitalism” and “extreme resource extraction,” and train diverse affinity groups on principles of grassroots direct action humanitarian aid and crisis response, covering a wide range of topics such as “Principles of ‘Solidarity, Not Charity,’” “Scouting, Mapping, and Understanding Your Community’s Resources,” “Building Power in Collaboration,” “Overcoming Trauma Together,” and “The Logic of Logistics.” Info? Visit the Facebook event:

Sun. May 20th 11:00 am – 7:00 pm MLKJ Blvd. – near the State Capitol. 21st Annual WORT Block Party! Join other fans of your community radio to enjoy great music, local food, craft vendors, kids’ activities, info tables, the WORT Boutique, and a prize raffle. The Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild will once again bring a wide variety of beer, mead, and cider selections with the 15th Annual No Crap on Tap! Music line-up includes: 11:15 am The Old Tin Can String Band (Foot Stomp’n Acoustic Bluegrass, Irish and Ole Time music); 12:30 pm Gentle Brontosaurus (Energetic Indie Pop) 1:45 pm Orquesta SalSoul del Mad (Latin Rhythm and Soul); 3:00 pm November Criminals (Hip Hop Polka from Milwaukee); 4:15 pm VO5 (Disco and Funk); 5:50 pm The Congregation (Soul and R&B from Chicago). Info?

Wed. May 23rd 6:00 pm Lussier Community Center (55 S. Gammon Rd.) Welcoming the Stranger: Immigrant Justice and the Faith Community! Annual Celebration of Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, featuring a keynote presentation by Sergio Gonzalez, doctoral candidate and historian from UW-Madison and organizer for the Dane Sanctuary Coalition who will share his research on the history of Latino migration to Wisconsin, the faith communities they developed here, and the interaction of faith and cultures, including the development of the New Sanctuary Movement here in Wisconsin. Fabiola Hamdan, Dane County’s new Immigration Affairs Specialist, will offer a response. Plus, the Voices for Justice Awards will be given to Sergio Gonzalez and the Community Immigration Law Center (CILC)! Hors d’oeuvres and dessert reception to follow. Please RSVP by contacting: or #608-827-9482

Sat. June 2nd 7:30 pm Edgewood College – Todd Wehr EdgeDome (1000 Edgewood College Dr.) Interfaith Ramadan Community Potluck and Food Drive! Hosted by Wisconsin Interfaith Voices for Justice. Info?

Wed. June 6th 7:00 pm Capital Lakes, Grand Hall (333 W. Main St.) Keeping the Public in Public Schools – issues forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Dane County, and featuring Julie Underwood, J.D.,Ph.D., Susan Engeleiter Professor of Law Education, Policy and Practice, UW-Madison. Info?

Thurs. June 14th – Sat. June 16th various Madison locations

Radical Perspectives on the ’60s and Beyond: a Teach-In and Intergenerational Dialogue!

Timed to complement the sold-out Madison Reunion, this free event is modeled after the Teach-Ins of the 1960s. Radical Perspectives brings together many former and current Madison activists to investigate what happened in the ’60s, how it came down in the ’70s, and what needs to happen now to carry Radical Left initiatives forward. We are questioning our very culture—its government deceit, corporate-capitalist exploitation, environmental degradation, and antisocial behavior—triggers of ’60s activism all of which continue today. These returning radicals are coming with the express purpose of engaging in a dialogue with younger activists.

Events include:

Thurs. June 14th 6:30 pm Madison Central Library (201 W. Mifflin) Teach-in Preview: The Significance & Lessons of the Sixties.

Fri. June 15th 6:00 pm A Room of One’s Own Bookstore (315 W. Gorham) Authors’ Talk & Radical Welcome! Among the authors presenting will be Max Elbaum reading from his Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che.

Sat. June 16th 9:00 am – 7:30 pm UW-Madison, Union South (1308 W. Dayton St.) Radical Perspectives on the ‘60s and Beyond Teach-In! More than a dozen panel discussions plus hospitality, activist book sale, and more. Some panels take a historical focus, while others look forward. A partial list includes: Vietnam Anti-War Movement (2 parts): 1965-69 and 1970-72; Women Unmasking Power & Building Movements; High School Activism in the ’60s; Art as Activism; The UW Black Strike of 1969; Environmental Activism Today; Anti-Racism Activism Today; High School Activism Today; and
the New Left’s Radical Legacy For Today

Sponsors include the UW Odyssey Project, the Gray Panthers–Madison Chapter, Peregrine Forum, Madison Infoshop Free Skool, and Madison Industrial Workers of the World.

In the true sixties spirit, all events are free – however, free will donations will be appreciated. For more info, visit the Facebook event:


Fri. June 15th Sun. June 17th All Day. Custer, WI. 29th Annual Energy Fair! Over 200 workshops and exhibits, clean transportation show, keynote speakers – including Lily Raff McCaulou at 1:00 pm on Fri., Jeremy Scahill at 1:00 pm on Sat., and Michael Perry at 1:00 pm on Sun. Plus, live music, great food and drink, and lots of kids activities – largest such gathering in North America. 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 Singalong! 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 Week Day. 1:15 – 2:00 pm Mon. – Fri. Park Bank (corner of Main & King) Join Highlander North after the Solidarity Singalong for further strategizing! Hosted by the Gray Panthers.

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. 6:00 pm UW-Madison – Check Today in the Union (TITU) for exact location. 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

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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