Monthly Archives: September 2015

Stay up to the minute on redistricting reform

Like and follow the ‘Draw the Line Wisconsin‘ Facebook page to stay up to date on efforts to reform the redistricting process in Wisconsin–an absolute imperative before the 2020 census. The Democrats dropped the ball on this before the 2010 redistricting, and now every Wisconsin voter is paying the price. Now it’s up to citizens and media to pressure this intransigent Republican legislature to get it done–or to be voted out by their constituents ASAP.

Managed by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, the “Draw the Line” Facebook page is encouraging everyone to call their state legislators and Committee Chair Kathleen Bernier and demand a public hearing on legislative redistricting reform. “The fact that legislators use the excuse that ‘it is not going to go anywhere anyway’ is shameful — you have public hearings to hear where constituents are on the issue at hand, something those in control don’t seem to think is important.”

Found on the Internet–sharing!

I’m not sure of the original artist/creator; I saw it on the Facebook page of Aina Sustainable Real Estate.

NAACP priorities, initiatives, and plans: Thursday in McFarland

Active McFarland is delighted to welcome Greg Jones, President of the NAACP Dane County Branch as its First Thursday speaker for October 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the community room of the E. D. Locke public library, 5920 Milwaukee St., McFarland. Greg will share information about the Dane County Branch’s priorities, initiatives, and future plans, and will take questions and lead discussion. It’s certain to be an interesting and enlightening evening!GregJones

Photo credit: Capitol City Hues


If you buy groceries, you need to see this movie! Sunday night

Sunday night, September 27, the Grassroots Organization of Waunakee (GROW) will show the award-winning documentary “Food Chains,” an informative and uplifting story of an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers who formed a grassroots labor organization to partner with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for laborers in Florida’s tomato fields.

Following the movie, UW Professor Lydia Zepeda will provide comments and lead the discussion. She is a professor of consumer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in sustainable consumption, organic and local food systems, consumer-supported agriculture, family farm labor, labor policy,  and other issues. 

6:00 PM, at the Waunakee EMS Community Room, 200 North Klein, just north of the post office in Waunakee. See you there!

Solidarity Singing in Mount Horeb – Sunday

Sing along with the Solidarity Singers on Sunday at the charming, historic Mount Horeb District #1 School House, sponsored by the Southwest Wisconsin Area Progressives (SWWAP). Come at noon to enjoy a lunch of brats, and then come to a Progressive Partners meeting starting at 1:30 PM, or browse Mount Horeb’s delightful downtown.  SSA-MtHoreb2

Civil rights in Wisconsin then and now: Movie and discussion, Thurs. 6:30

Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams, a documentary about the life of trailblazing Wisconsin attorney, activist, school board member, city council member, and Secretary of State will be shown Thursday, September 24, at 6:30 PM at the Unity of Madison Church, 601 Tompkins Drive, in Madison.

VelEvents2_0Following the film, conversation about equity in the 21st century will be led by Barbara McKinney (Adjunct Instructor at Edgewood College who teaches the course “Introduction to Restorative Justice: Community Building”), Reverend Joseph Baring (Pastor of St. Paul’s AME Church), Ron Johnson (Community Restorative Court Coordinator), and Chandra Waring (Assistant Professor of Sociology at UW-Whitewater, who teaches classes on race and ethnic relations.)

Co-sponsored by Unity of Madison and St. Pauls AME church, Madison, in partnership with the Bay View Historical Society, and made possible by Wisconsin Public Television, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, and others.

Light the Way: Faiths for Climate Justice – Thurs. & Friday

Join Madison faith communities in solidarity with events across the country supporting Pope Francis’ ecology encyclical, Laudato Si’, as he addresses Congress and the UN. Supported and sponsored by Madison and a variety of faith groups.

Thursday, September 24th 6:00 pm – 7:30 PM James Madison Park. Music, invocation, faith leaders respond to Laudato Si’; candlelight procession to the Capitol; closing with a call to action and prayer

Friday, September 25th 6:30 AM Monona Terrace, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. entrance Gathering for quiet contemplation at sunrise

Friday, September 25th 8:00 AM First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave. Video shorts on climate justice, followed by Live-stream viewing of Pope Francis’ address to the UN (about 9 AM) * Light refreshments will be served.

Get Ready for FIGHTING BOB FEST 2015!

The highlight of Wisconsin Progressives’ summer is this Saturday, September 19, at Breese Stevens Field—FIGHTING BOB FEST! Gates open at 9 AM. Speakers include John Fugelsang, Joel Rogers, Mike McCabe, Scot Ross, Russ Feingold, Chris Taylor, Ruth Conniff, Dave Zweifel, Doug La Follette, Paul Soglin, Joe Parisi. Break-out workshop topics that include Local Control to Save our Natural Resources, Fighting Colonialism of Black America, Taking Politics Out of Women’s Health. Entertainment by the Solidarity Singers & the Raging Grannies, and the information tables are always a wealth of information and energy.



New alliance for Wisconsin democracy: Wisc Grassroots Network, Blue Jean Nation, and United to Amend

Good news for the progressive grassroots movement in Wisconsin: Wisconsin Grassroots Network (the statewide network of grassroots groups in which the Alliance participates); Blue Jean Nation, (“Commoners working together to house the politically homeless and transform the political parties that are failing America“) and  United to Amend, (“Overturn Citizens United and Restore Democracy“) have jointly announced an agreement to work together toward their shared mission of strengthening democracy in Wisconsin.
The three groups will coordinate activities, share mailing lists, and in other ways support each other’s work.  Check out their press release for more details.

Whoop! Whoop! Labor Day! Monday at Madison Labor Temple

The South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) will host the annual LaborFest celebration on Monday, September 7 at the Madison Labor Temple at 1602 S. Park St., 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM. LaborFest 2015 is a family-friendly celebration with music, food, beverages, and children’s entertainment. No charge for entry; food and beverages are Free, with food and beverages available for purchase.


SCFL will be collecting toiletries, toothbrushes, food gift cards, and small bottles of laundry detergent to donate to students without homes in the Madison Metropolitan School District Transition Education program.

12:00 PM: VO5 (Wisconsin’s Disco Superstars!)
1:00 PM and 3:00 PM: Magic shows by Scott the Great
2:00 PM: Solidarity Roll Call
3:00 PM: Cris Plata & Extra Hot (Country folk & Mexican roots music)