Madison Activist Calendar from 11/13/2017

Madison Activist Calendar from 11/13/17

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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. Nov. 13th 6:00 pm Orient House Restaurant (626 S. Park St.) Radicals & Progressives Meet & Eat! Join us and share your concerns, issues and projects. Info? #608-284-9082

Tues. Nov. 14th 8:00 – 9:45 am Threshold (2717 Atwood Ave.) Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) Gather the Women Breakfast! Juliee de la Terre, director of the Sacred Water Sacred Land Institute in western Wisconsin, will share her insights and open the conversation on the theme of Water is Life. Juliee works with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), Earth Law Center, communities and tribes throughout the Great Lakes. She sees two worldviews: One that honors all living systems and the other that glorifies endless monetary gain/exploitation with its underpinning in patriarchy. Her comments will bring together work here in Wisconsin and beyond to end toxic mining that threatens us all. Breakfast will be buffet style with options for all diets (let them know if you are vegan). Cost is $12 per person. Space is limited and reservations necessary. Ro RSVP, contact: or 608-609-7971

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?

Thurs. Nov. 16th 6:00 pm Sequoya Public Library Screening of two films about our looming water crisis: Blue Gold and Wisconsin’s Blue Gold, followed by a discussion with WI Secretary of State, Doug La Follette, author of The Survival Handbook a Strategy for Saving Planet Earth. Sponsored by the Gray Panthers of Madison. Info? or #608-438-9536

Sat. Nov. 18th 2:00 – 5:00 pm Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center (953 Jenifer St.) Songs of the People – fundraiser “sing along” with songs of the labor, civil rights and activist movements. Entertainers from Raging Grannies, Forward Marching Band, and more! Activist book, DVD & CD sale. Some refreshments provided, more welcome. $5-$10 sliding scale, larger donations most welcome – all proceeds to support nonviolent direct action work of the Gray Panthers. Lift Your Voice, Raise Your Spirit, and Get Your Growl On! Info?

Sun. Nov. 19th 9:00 am- 2:00 pm Orchard Ridge UCC (1501 Gilbert Rd.) Annual Fair Trade Fair! Featuring beautiful and unusual holiday gifts and items from around the world. All proceeds go to the organizations and their artisans to help them become self-sustaining. Info? #608-271-7212

Mon. Nov. 20th 11:30 am – 12:15 pm UW-Madison, Union South (1308 W. Dayton) 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution! Hosted by the Univ. Staff Campus Workers Collective. Refreshments and speakers, Frank Emspak and Oleg Kizimenko. Info?

Tues. Nov. 21st 6:30 pm Wilmar Center (953 Jenifer St.) Screening of Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad/A Little Bit of So Much Truth – the acclaimed 2007 documentary about the popular uprising in Oaxaca. 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 over fourteen radio stations and one TV station into their own hands, using them to organize, mobilize, and ultimately defend their grassroots struggle for justice. Part of the Fall 2017 Madison Free Skool series on Nonviolent Struggle and Direct Action. Info? #608-438-9536 or visit:

Fri. Nov. 24th 10:00 am- 1:00 pm; Sat. Nov. 25th & Sun. Nov. 26th 1:00 – 4:00 pm OM Tiny Houses Village (304 N. Third St.) Peace Wreath Workshops! Show your commitment to peace at the holidays while supporting the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ) This year we will celebrate 10 years of offering fun workshops where we will help you create your own evergreen peace wreath using a variety of fresh, fragrant locally-collected greens, cones, berries, and dried flowers. Suggested donation for the workshop is $50 – $100 per person. Any donation is appreciated, and none is required. We will supply all materials, including extras to take with you to make a second wreath if you’d like. Registration is required two days prior to the workshop you would like to attend. To register and for more info: or #608-228-9096. WNPJ volunteers also plan to make a few extra wreaths to sell. Please request by Nov 24 and we will try to have a wreath ready for you. Price is $75. Pickup will be at OM Build – 304 N Third Street.

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”. Info? or on Facebook:

Thurs. Dec. 14th 6:30 pm Madison Central Library, Rm. 104 (201 W. Mifflin St.) Perspectives on Left Strategy for 2018 and Beyond – discussion hosted by the Peregrine Forum. Some of the questions to be addressed: What do the recent Nov 2017 election results indicate–can the Far Right be beaten in 2018? Can progressives take over the currently corporate-dominated Democratic Party? Can progressive/left third parties gain leverage in the American political system? Can major structural reforms in the U.S. economy and political system be achieved through electoral strategies? Are there possible non-electoral alternative strategies? Spokespeople for different progressive/left points of view invited. Info? #608-284-9082

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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