Madison Activist Calendar from 9/2/2019

Madison Activist Calendar from 9/2/19

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This calendar is brought to you by the friendly volunteer collective of the Madison Infoshop, 1202 Williamson St., 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. Sept. 2nd 12:00 Noon – 5:30 pm Madison Labor Temple (1602 S. Park St.) Labor Fest 2019! Live music with the Chris O’Leary Band at Noon and the Jimmy’s at 3:00 pm. Lots of info tables and great food/drink, plus family-friendly activities include magic shows, face painting, a bounce house, balloon twister, and a caricature artist. Come join your sister and brothers in celebrating working class solidarity! SCFL’s Community Services Committee will also be collecting deodorant, small bottles of laundry detergent, liquid body wash, shampoo, hand/body lotion, and food gift cards for homeless students in the Madison area. Info? Visit the Facebook event:

Wed. Sept. 4th 7:15 pm Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa St.) Wisconsin’s Cheesy History – presentation by author, Kristine Hansen. Most Wisconsinites know—and love—their cheese, but do we know our cheesemakers? To research her new book, Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook: Creamy, Cheesy, Sweet, and Savory Recipes from the State’s Best Creameries, food writer Kristine Hansen traveled to 28 creameries and to chronicle their stories, struggles and challenges. She met third- or fourth-generation cheesemakers whose ancestors made cheese in Switzerland, Italy and France, as well as entrepreneurial couples who trained at UW-Madison’s Center for Dairy Research. Wisconsin is the only state requiring its cheesemakers to be licensed, and each year the state’s artisan cheeses top all the major cheese contests worldwide. Come learn why. Event includes a cooking demo and book signing. Hosted by the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW). This event will include a cooking demo and book signing. Info?

Thurs. Sept. 5th 6:30 pm Goodman South Library (2222 S. Park St.) Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Noble – discussion hosted by the WILPF Peace & Justice Book Circle! Noble demolishes the popular assumption that Google is a values-free tool with no agenda…She astutely questions the wisdom of turning so much of our data and intellectual capital over to a corporate monopoly….Noble’s study should prompt some soul-searching about our reliance on commercial search engines and about digital social equity.” Info?

Fri. Sept. 6th 5:45 pm First Unitarian Society (900 Univ. Bay Dr.) First Friday Film – free community meal and screening of the acclaimed Naomi Klein & Ave Lewis documentary, This Changes Everything! Followed by a community discussion on climate justice and upcoming plans for a global Climate Strike to resist climate chaos. Info? Visit the Facebook event:

Fri. Sept. 6th 7:00 pm Barrymore Theater (2090 Atwood Ave.) 18th Annual Fighting Bobfest Kickoff! Hosted by the Progressive Magazine and the CapTimes and named in honor of Progressive founder, Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette. Fighting Bob promoted chautauquas, large gatherings, to bring people together to raise hell and organize. Fighting Bob Fest continues this tradition today. Join us for a night of rousing speakers, including: Greg Palast, John Nichols, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Rep. Chris Taylor, Ruth Conniff, Bill Lueders, Raging Grannies, Norman Stockwell, and others. Free, but donations are welcome. More info?

Mon. Sept. 9th 5:30 pm Social Justice Center (1202 Williamson St.) Madison Infoshop Collective Meeting! Please join us as we create our new home in the Mutual Aid Workspace (MAW) and plan future activities, including future Free Skool series. Info?

Thurs. Sept. 12th 5:00 pm Alliant Energy Center’s Exhibition Hall (1919 Alliant Energy Way) Open House, followed by Formal Presentation on the Proposed F-35 Fighter Expansion at Truax Air Base! To review the Enviornmental Impact Statement (EIS) and to find out more about the concerns with this project, visit: People can also submit online comments on the proposal through Sept. 27th by visiting:

Thurs. Sept. 12th 6:30 pm Edgewood College, Anderson Auditorium Screening and discussion of “i am still here” with director, Mischa Marcus! This 2017 film explores the serious and growing issue of child sex trafficking in the U.S. As a university student majoring in screen writing, Marcus began interviewing young girls who had escaped from years of captivity as sex slaves. She combined these true stories of courage and hope to brutally expose this growing scourge in our local, national and global society. Annual profits from human trafficking are in multiple billions of dollars, making it a huge criminal enterprise, second only to drug trafficking. This film contains adult content. Detective Roger Baker of the Madison Police Dept will join Mischa Marcus to respond to questions at the end of the film. Sponsored by the Madison Sinsinawa Dominicans Against Human Trafficking. Info? #708-724-7424 or email:

Thurs. Sept. 12th 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm UW-Madison, Institute of Discovery (30 N. Orchard St.) 5th Annual Farm to Flavor – hosted by the Seed to Kitchen Collaborative! Every meal begins with a seed, and every agricultural seed carries a 10-thousand year legacy of co-evolution between people and plants. Plant breeders dedicate their careers to deepening this relationship, creating crops that are more delicious, resilient, and well-adapted to local farms. This unconventional tasting event celebrates biodiversity in food through small plate dishes from Madison’s talented chefs. Taste habaneros bred for low levels of heat, tomatoes with a dark indigo pigment, or beets that are deliciously mild and sweet. Speak to farmers, chefs, and breeders involved in the project about their roles in building a more just and resilient food system. Meet other eaters interested in engaging with how and what they eat. Early Bird Tickets before Sept. 1st are $25; after that date $30; day off the event $35 – children under 10 are free. For more details and tickets, visit:

Thurs. Sept. 12th and Thurs. Sept. 19th 6:00 – 8:00 pm Aldo Leopold Center (330 Femrite Dr. in Monona) Jordahl Public Lands Storytelling Workshop: Nature Narratives! Hosted by the UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute and led by Jen Rubin, a co-producer of Moth StorySlam, and James Edward Mills, a freelance journalist and independent media producer, this interactive workshop will explore dynamic storytelling elements through a mixture of mini lectures, one-on-one dialogue, and small group work. Participants are asked to come with an existing story about your love of nature and public lands or an idea for a new story. Free but registration is required – for more info, visit:

Fri. Sept. 13th – Sat. Sept. 14th UW-Madison (various locations) CapTimes Ideas Fest! Over two dozen individual sessions about politics, equity, business, culture and more will explore the central theme of how to “Reach a Better State.” Attendees will get to hear and interact with dozens of experts, insightful people and big names including: Chloe Benjamin, Blair Braverman, Ana Marie Cox, Joaquin Castro, Kathy Cramer, Judy Faulkner, Eric Holder, Rebecca Kleefisch, Scott Klug, Farhad Manjoo and David Maraniss. Plus, fun events like a trivia contest, an improv comedy session and a reception will round out a fascinating, fast-paced experience. Tickets are $40 for the entire weekend, $30 for Sat. only. For a full schedule and to get tickets, visit:

Sat. Sept. 14th 12:00 Noon – 9:00 pm Madison Labor Temple (1602 S. Park St.) MexicanFest 2019! Live music and dance performances – plus great food, art vendors, car show, and community solidarity! Info? Visit the Facebook event:

Sun. Sept. 15th 8:45 am – 4:30 pm UW Arboretum (1207 Seminole Highway) Native by Design: Gardening for a Sustainable Future! This conference offers a day of expert-led workshops and tours to help all gardeners, from beginner to experienced, learn to create beautiful restorative landscapes that play a broader ecological role and support biodiversity. This year’s sessions include: garden design, native trees and shrubs, citizen science in your garden, garden planting and maintenance, best native plants for birds, native plant identification, hardscaping to enhance gardens and manage water, understanding garden ecology through art, and a tour of the Wisconsin Native Plant Garden. The keynote will be “Native Plants to Love and Learn to Love” with Judy Nauseef, landscape designer and author of Gardening with Native Plants in the Upper Midwest. Cost: $65 (students $30 with ID), please register by Sept. 5th. To register and for more details, visit:

Sun. Sept. 15th 8:00 am Firemans’ Park (1049 Park Ave. in Columbis, WI) 13th Annual Bike the Barns! The first half of the route winds its way through mixed fields and forests to the northwest of Columbus, with a few nice sections along state wildlife areas with lots of wildlife. The second half of the ride is through mostly agricultural lands with some gently rolling hills. Not into biking, but still want to visit the farms? – there is also a bus option! Registration is $135 (bus the barns is $65) and includes local food, farm tours, live music, gift bag! For more info and to register (closes Sept. 5th), visit:

Sun. Sept. 15th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Second Annual Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Summit! Free workshops on global sexual and reproductive health and rights, strengthening your activism and advocacy skills, networking with local leaders in the repro rights field. Registration required! Info? Visit the Facebook event:

Sun. Sept. 15th 11:00 am – 7:00 pm (Williamson St.) Willy St. Fair! Live music, food, kids activities and a kick-off community parade! Info?

Fri. Sept. 20th thru Fri. Sept. 27th State Capitol Rotunda – 1st Floor. Climate Strike Ring of Hope Exhibit! Wisconsin state environmental and peace groups will display nformational posters and provide educational material in the Capitol Rotunda, drawing attention to and educating the public about the consequences of and solutions to climate change and perpetual war. This event is part of the Global Climate Strike, a worldwide movement with actions and events taking place in 150 countries across the planet from September 20-27 and the Campaign for NonViolence, a nationwide movement of over 200 actions and events taking place across the country from September 15-22. Info? or #608-358-2940


Mon. Sept. 30th 6:30 pm Mutual Aid Workspace, Social Justice Center (1202 Willliamson St.) Radical Utopias – Imagined, Real & Potential – Kickoff Session of the Fall 2019 Madison Free Skool Discussion Series! Future sessions held alt. Mondays: 10/14; 10/28; 11/11; 11/25; and12/5.

Climate chaos and mass extinction got you down? Tired of social oppression and state terrorism? Well, to quote the famous Indian writer/activist Arundhati Roy, “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” For millennia, people have created societies of their own choosing – from pirate communes, quilombos, and the Civil War era Free State of Jones to today’s eco-municipalities, temporary autonomous zones (think Oaxaca, Standing Rock, or Rojava) and longtime anarchist communities like Christiania in Denmark. If the proverbial crap hits the fan, could Madison transform itself into a self-sufficient intentional cooperative safespace or would we become just another Mad Max episode in humanity’s social devolution?

Join us as we discuss the power of utopia in light of our current crisis! What can learn from great philosophers, historical examples, sci-fi writers? What viable contemporary models can we draw upon to prepare ourselves for a worst-case scenario? Is talking about utopia a good way to get outside of one’s own box and empower others – or just a waste of time? The Madison Free Skool is a participatory learning experience, so we hope you will bring your own ideas to contribute! Suggested readings will be provided for subsequent sessions (donations welcome to help defray printing costs). Hopefully folks can join us on a regular basis, but one can also drop in or out as time permits. There will also be an informal potluck before each session at 6:00 pm – feel free to bring a dish/snack/drink to share if you can. More info, check out the Facebook event:


Mon. Oct. 7th 6:00 pm Social Justice Center (1202 Williamson St.) Monthly meeting of the Madison General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Find out how you can dump the boss off your back! Info?

Thurs. Oct. 31st 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monona Terrace Convention Center (1 John Nolen Dr.) 11th Annual Madison Nonprofit Day Conference! Join us for an excellent opportunity to gain professional development skills, network with other organizations, identify potential partners, collaborators, board members, and so much more. The Greater Madison Area has a large nonprofit community and a rapidly growing social sector (nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, and mission-driven corporations) that want to connect. Numerous workshops, information tables, buffet lunch, plus a keynote address by Oscar Mireles, City of Madison’s poet laureate! Cost is $90 if you register before Oct. 1st (25% discount for groups of 3-5). To register and for more info, visit:



Regular Meetings & Events:

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 12:00 Noon – 2:00 pm Social Justice Center, Mutual Aid Workspace (1202 Williamson St.) Dreamtime Mondays! Bring your dream and we’ll help brainstorm ways to support you in achieving it. 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. 5:30 pm Common Ground (corner of Branch St. and Century Ave. in Middleton) Peace Tuesday! – meet-up for peace groups and other activists, followed at 7:00 pm by music from the Midtown International Peace Orchestra. Info? Visit:

Each Tues. 5:30 pm UW-Madison – Check Today in the Union (TITU) for exact location. Student Labor Action Coalition (SLAC) meeting! Info?

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

Second Tues. of the month 6:00 pm WNPJS Office (30 W. Mifflin #702) Madison National Organization of Women (NOW) monthly meeting. There will be someone at the door to let you in. If you arrive late, just text 608-217-5217 and we will come get you! Babies and children are welcome at our meetings. Toys and coloring are available to help entertain mobile babies and toddlers.

Second Tues. of the month. 6:00 pm Sequoya Public Library (4340 Tokay Blvd.) South Central Wisconsin United to Amend meeting. The democracy reform movement is growing and we need your help! Info?

Each Wed. 3:00 pm – 5:30 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

Each Friday. 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. Near the Lady Forward Statue at the Capitol corner of State St. & Mifflin St. Solidarity Sing Along! Join a group of local activists who continue the Solidarity protests that began eight years ago on March 11, 2011. We have sung together over 2042 consecutive weekdays since then, songs of the civil rights and labor movements, as well as many created especially for our local situation. Use your voice, and find it!

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

Second Sat. of every month 10:30 am Arbco Coop Community Room (1137 Erin St.) Madison Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby meeting. Coffee, tea, and treats, followed by chapter business at 11:00 am and at Noon we join the national organizations webcast. All are welcome. CCL is a non-partisan group currently focused on passing Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act was introduced to the House in 2018 and will be reintroduced in 2019. Info? 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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