Madison Activist Calendar from 7/17/2017

Madison Activist Calendar from 7/17/17

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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 (computer with internet, art supplies, theater props, graphix and stencils, megaphones, and button maker). We also host meetings and help organize events.


Mon. July 17th 4:30 pm City County Building, Rm. 351 (210 MLKJ Blvd.) Sustainable Madison Committee (SMC) meeting! Includes a discussion about agreement between the City of Madison and Madison Gas & Electric about renewable energy goals. The current language is weak, and it does not compel MGE to make any changes. Critically, the draft fails to mention utility rates, despite mandatory fees being the issue that initiated these discussions. Surprisingly, “Coal” is also missing from the discussion even though Madison gets about two-thirds of its electricity from MGE’s coal-fired power plants. Due to these issues, we are asking for public support to attend this SMC meeting to voice concerns over the agreement and ask for MGE and the City to revise the agreement to accommodate stronger language and include these important topics that are currently missing. Info? Visit the Facebook event:
Mon. July 17th 6:00 pm Orient House (626 S. Park St.) Radicals & Progressives Meet & Eat! Join us and share your concerns and projects. Sponsored by the Peregrine Forum of Wisconsin. Info? #608-284-9082.

Thurs. July 20th 6:30 pm Madison Central Library (201 W. Mifflin Our Wisconsin Revolution Membership Meeting and Healthcare Campaign Workshop! OWR members will discuss plans for elections of a Dane County board and Congressional District representatives; organizational capacity-building; potential events and campaigns in the fall; endorsement procedures for local officials; and other business that members may bring up. Followed by a OWR discussion of a single-payer health insurance campaign, sometimes called “Improved Medicare for All.” Join us for a brainstorm about development of an integrated health-care strategy that involves policy proposals, supporting research, and electoral strategy, building towards the single-payer goal and likely including transitional steps along the way – such as the current state bill to make BadgerCare a public option for Wisconsinites. Participants will discuss development of materials for a statewide strategy, capacity-building at the local and Congressional District levels, and more. Info? Visit the Facebook event:

Thurs. July 27th 6:30 pm Madison Central Library (201 W. Mifflin) Southern Discomfort! – Join Groundwork for the kickoff to our fall 2017 workshop with a screening and discussion of the provocative documentary that explores the world of Civil War reenactors, neo-Confederate culture, and the new old South. Info? Visit Facebook:

Thurs. July 27th 6:30 pm Labor Temple (1602 S. Park St.) Our Local Power: How to Influence Local Government in Dane County. Hosted by Our Wisconsin Revolution, South Central Federation of Labor, and Indivisible Madison. Featuring : Brenda Konkel, Former Madison Alder and Common Council President, Local Government Blogger at Forward Lookout, Co-Chair of Progressive Dane and Author of PD’s Local Government Guide; Leland Pan, Former County Supervisor serving on Public Protection and Judiciary Committee, Labor and Criminal Justice Reform Activist, and Social Worker; and Heidi Wegleitner, Dane County Supervisor, United Legal Workers Co-Coordinator, and CD2 delegate for Bernie Sanders to 2016 DNC. Moderated by Giuliana Chamedes of Our Wisconsin Revolution-Dane County. When we think about government power, we often think federal. But it turns out that there are huge decisions being made at the local level — and those decisions have a major impact on where our tax dollars go, what our public schools look like, and more. Our Local Power is a teach-in designed to provide basic information about local government in Dane County and empower workers, everyday citizens, and first-time and old political activists to get more engaged, whether that means running for local office, serving on a campaign team, organizing a direct action related to a local issue, serving on a local government committee, or inviting your alder to coffee. It often takes less than 10 committed people to have a major impact on a local government decision. Local official aren’t used to people paying attention so when a group of people show up and show out at local meetings, they almost always listen! Info? Visit Facebook:

Sat. July 29th 12:0 Noon – 5:00 pm Tenney Park Madison’s Fifth Annual Disability Pride Festival!
A day celebrating creativity and artistry of a diverse community. Featuring on the ASL Interpreted Main stage: MC T. Banks, and Performing Artist Gaelynn Lea, Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars, and BLK Reign and the Band. The Festival Also features Karaoke by Band in the Box, Wellness talks, art exhibits, free accessible pontoon boat rides, adaptive sports by MSCR and a Children’s tent with activities from the Madison Children’s Museum. – plus a climbing wall with instruction in adaptive climbing and over fifty exhibitors. Info? Visit Facebook:

Tues. Aug. 1st 6:15 pm Madison Goodman Library (2222 S. Park St.) Now Is the Time – screening of the important new documentary that delves into what single payer healthcare is, how it saves money, and what is being done to clear the fog of misperception surrounding it. Sponsored by the Gray Panthers of Madison, WI Info? or 608-438-9536

Thurs. Aug. 3rd 7:00 pm District #1 Old School House (110 N. 2nd Street in Mt. Horeb) We Are Many Against Hate – community forum hosted by the Mount Vernon United Church of Christ (MVUCC), Southwest Wisconsin Area Progressives (SWWAP) and the Farley Center for Peace, Justice & Sustainabilityas a follow-up to the Letter to our Muslim Neighbors event held in February 2016. Info? Visit Facebook:

Sun. Aug. 6th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Pipeline Fighters’ Summit 3:00 – 5:30 pm March & Rally in Lincoln, NE Join activists from Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa as they join Bold Nebraska and other Water Protectors in calling upon Nebraska’s Public Service Commission to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and ahead of their vote this fall. We need to show them that the rest of the Midwest stands with Nebraska against this dirty and dangerous project. There is a bus leaving Sat. night and returning Mon. morning with stops in Milwaukee, Madison, Rockford, Davenport, and Altoona. Go to our RSVP page for more information about bus stops and tickets.

Mon. Aug. 7th 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:

Tues. Aug. 8th Fitchburg 18+ Supermax Theater (6091 McKee Rd. in Fitchburg) Normal is Over – screening of the new award-winning feature film about humanity’s wisest responses to climate change, species extinction, resource depletion and the widening gap between the rich and poor. Hosted by Blue Jean Nation, Intertribal Maple Syrup Co-op, Natural Path Sanctuary, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and WI Faith Voices for Justice, among others. Tickets are $10. Info? Visit Facebook:

Wed. Aug. 9th 6:00 pm Tenney Park (1414 E. Johnson) Lanterns for Peace! This family-friendly event ir organized around the world in remembrance of the devastating humanitarian effects of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan during World War II. This year’s speaker is Caren Stelson, author of Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story, the 2017 National Book Award Longlist title and 2017 Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year list awardee. Her book retells the true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui’s survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb and the lifelong aftermath.

Sun. Sept. 17th 7:00 am – 6:30 pm Lake Farm Park (3113 Lake Farm Rd.) Bike the Barns! Live music, farm tours, and a spectacular day of biking fueled by gourmet and local food. Pledges raised support Partner Shares, which helps low-income households afford to join a CSA farm. There are three bike routes to choose from, depending on your interests and capabilities. 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. 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


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