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Thursday/Friday Daily Round Up 9/24 & 25

The Friday Round Up is always the largest one of the week, lots of city updates on Fridays.

Thursday, September 24th


City of Madison

Dane County

Madison Area Schools


Higher Ed


The November 3rd ballot will include two referenda questions from the Madison school district – $317M in capital expenditures & $33M (over 4 years) of increase to the state spending cap.  GRUMPS & East Side Progressives are sponsoring this Zoom event.

Co-sponsors are: Centro Hispano, Cottage Grove Action Team, Dane Dems, Fitchburg Progress, Madtown O’s, Northside Action Team, Team Gold.

Superintendent Dr. Carlton Jenkins will speak briefly at the start. There will be a presentation by School Board members Savion Castro & Cris Carusi explaining the two questions, why the Board is asking for these funds & the likely impact on property taxes. Board member Nicki Vander Meulen will also be available.  After the presentation, there will be time for questions.

You can watch on YouTube:    https://tinyurl.com/yy6dzbf8


Capitol Neighborhoods!  Yes, you read that right, the downtown neighborhood association comes our strong on policing reform!!!!

As downtown residents, each one of us has had significant, impactful, and personal experiences since the onset of the protests surrounding George Floyd’s murder in May. These historic events have produced important, oftentimes heated discussions regarding what can and should be done going forward. A number of our individual neighborhood districts have had ongoing conversations regarding how each of us might turn such talk into action, and how we as a neighborhood might get more involved.

At its most recent meeting, the Capitol Neighborhoods Executive Council discussed and, in a nearly unanimous vote, adopted a resolution which calls on Madison Mayor Rhodes-Conway and the Madison Common Council to examine the Madison Police Department budget and identify possible ways resources devoted to MPD may be reprioritized away from the department and to desperately needed social services. The adopted resolution, which has been submitted to our local elected officials, is attached to this email.

I anticipate this resolution will generate new discussions throughout the neighborhood and at our ongoing monthly district meetings. I will try to attend those meetings over the next month to answer any questions people might have.

Thanks, and have a good rest of your week,



Resolution Calling for Reprioritization of Madison Police Funding to Desperately-Needed Social Services

WHEREAS, Black people and people in other communities of color have suffered centuries of systemic racism and examples of outright brutality throughout our nation’s history,1 and

WHEREAS, Madison is regularly cited as one of the most segregated and hostile cities in the United States for Black families to live and work,2 and

WHEREAS, generations of students of color have faced a culture and the direct effects of racism from the city of Madison, the University of Wisconsin, and downtown neighbors,3 and

WHEREAS, Madison’s Black residents, while making up roughly 7% of the city’s population, make up over 43% of the city’s arrests and 46% of those imprisoned in our city’s jails,4 and

WHEREAS, the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, along with the brutal shooting of Jacob Blake in nearby Kenosha, Wisconsin, all at the hands of police officers, have sparked the historic moment our city finds itself in and requires appropriate and bold action to fight the prevalent and systemic racism found in our city, the downtown, and our neighborhood, and

WHEREAS, reviews of national data indicate that up to nine out of ten calls for service to local police departments are for nonviolent encounters,5 and

WHEREAS, police departments, including Madison’s, regularly claim dramatically high
proportions of a city’s budget when compared to applicable social services,6 and

WHEREAS, the Madison police department operating budget has increased by 35% in ten
years,7 and

WHEREAS, national research has suggested that there is “no correlation nationally between
[police] spending and crime rates,”8 and

WHEREAS, national discussions have indicated that public resources designated for police
departments may be reappropriated to chronically underfunded social services that are better suited to address problems that police are currently expected to confront yet are ill-trained or equipped to address,9 and

WHEREAS, organizations both nationally and in Madison have called on local elected officials to begin the process of reprioritizing its operating and capital budgets to reflect needs in social services, policing, and social justice,10 and

WHEREAS, Capitol Neighborhoods has developed a reputation for being an organization that is unwelcoming to members of underrepresented communities, including Black people and people in other communities of color.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Capitol Neighborhoods Executive Council holds
that racism in Madison and in our neighborhood is a clear, undeniable danger to the wellbeing of our neighbors and the culture of our city and must be addressed through novel, bold, and decisive action, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Capitol Neighborhoods Executive Council calls on the
Madison Common Council and the Mayor of Madison to closely review the Madison Police
Department’s operating and capital budgets and identify possible opportunities to reprioritize current resources away from the police department and to existing social programs, local public education, and the Community Development Block Grant with the goal to more effectively serve underrepresented communities in our city and neighborhood with a particular focus on improvements to the Black community’s well-being, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that, as the Capitol Neighborhood Executive Council wishes that Madison avoid repetitions of recent tragedies that have occured in neighborhoods adjacent to ours, such as the police-involved killings of Tony Robinson and Paul Heenan, 11 12 the Executive Council calls on the Madison Common Council and the Mayor of Madison to either expand or create non-violent services that can address mental health and social crises as an alternative to the present convention of calling for an armed police response in all circumstances.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Capitol Neighborhoods would like to unequivocally begin to
alter its internal culture through effective action and advocacy for the direct benefit of its
neighbors of color.

Agreed to and adopted by the Capitol Neighborhoods Executive Council on September 22,

1 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-painful-history-police-brutality-in-the-us-180964098/
2 https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/RAcetoEquityReportpdf_(1).pdf , pages 7-15.
3 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/01/us/university-of-wisconsin-race-video.html ;
4 https://madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/none-of-this-has-changed-madisons-racial-disparities-have-gotten-worse-despite-decades-of-reports/article_0490a398-46f5-54ea-af5c-66ff1a32dfac.html
5 https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2020/06/19/what-does-defund-the-police-mean-and-does-it-havemerit/
6 https://www.cityofmadison.com/finance/documents/budget/2020/operating/adopted/GenLibFundsAgency.pdf , (citing Madison Police operating budget for 2020 at $81,830,699; Community Development division during same period listed as $14,174,892. For context, the Madison police budget is roughly the same as the budgets for community development, City Engineering, Madison Metro, the Parks Division, Streets
Division, Traffic Engineering, and the Public Health departments combined .)
7 https://madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/activists-want-to-defund-the-madison-police-what-does-that-mean/article_0881148d-a9c7-5b5b-bcdd-431f827c2ccc.html
8 https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/06/07/over-past-60-years-more-spending-police-hasnt-necessarily-meant-less-crime/ ;
https://www.politico.com/interactives/2020/police-budget-spending-george-floyd-defund/ ;
9 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/30/opinion/george-floyd-police-funding.html?referringSource=articleShare
10 https://madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/activists-want-to-defund-the-madison-police-what-does-that-mean/article_0881148d-a9c7-5b5b-bcdd-431f827c2ccc.html


What’s a Solidarity Summit?

At the Solidarity Summit we’ll gather (COVID-safe, physically distant, outdoor, masked when possible, and/or online) simultaneously in our localities with our local mutual aid partners, and connect online across all the locations participating, in order to build skills, relationships, and momentum together while benefiting our local work.

Read more here.

Draft schedule – see our calendar for updated info, and reply to this email if you have specific scheduling needs we can try to address.

People will be attending from vastly different time zones – you can tune in anytime between Friday at 3pmCDT (UTC-5) and Sunday at 8pmCDT (UTC-5) and check out expo booths, session recordings, and maybe people to network with.

Fri Sept 25

3:30-4pmCDT (UTC-5) Networking rooms open – Meet and mingle

4-6pmCDT (UTC-5) HUMANs Annual General Membership Meeting – Welcome new sister sites! Learn about old ones! Enjoy each other’s company, then elect our Board of Directors.

Sat. Sept 26

10:30am CDT (UTC-5) Networking room/s Meet and mingle

11am CDT (UTC-5) Roundtable Project shares – Meet each other with a short introduction of our local projects, with visuals. Speed round! leading into…

12-2pm CDT (UTC-5) Dreamtime – trans-local Vision to Action exercise. We’ll be together to guide a process for realizing your local dreams. Dream with your local community if they’re with us, or connect with other dreamers to see how they’ll use mutual aid tools to make their dreams a reality. A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality. — Yoko Ono

2-3pm CDT (UTC-5) BREAK. Take some time to enjoy your Saturday, whether you go outside or take a nap or check out the Expo booths or the networking (like random speed dating)
3-5pm CDT (UTC-5) Tech tools overview and skillshare There are a lot of tools available for mutual aid work. Learn what’s being used now, what is on tap for the future, and brainstorm how we can more effectively collectivize our efforts to accommodate everyone, at all ends of the tech-access spectrum.

5-6pm CDT (UTC-5) BREAK. Take some time to enjoy your Saturday, whether you go outside or take a nap or check out the Expo booths or the networking (like random speed dating)

6-8pm CDT (UTC-5) Economic tools overview and skillshare Learn, share, and build our collective understanding of the variety of cooperative economic tools at our fingertips – common funds (hybrid of savings pool model), time exchange, mutual credit, other currencies.

Sun Sept 27

11:30am CDT (UTC-5) Networking room/s Meet and mingle

12-1pm CDT (UTC-5) Pulse of the People overview and invitation – Let’s launch our mutual aid PotP conferences! Connect and build support for and with our communities, local artists, mutual aid groups, learn what our neighbors are thinking, and build our mutual aid movement!

1-3pm CDT (UTC-5) Lunch break (stay for networking, expo booths if you like)

3-5pm CDT (UTC-5) Roundtable skillshares on cooperative projects with renewable energy, food sovereignty/security, housing, and the creative destruction of prison industrial complex. Together and in breakouts, building more ways to move forward in concert.

5-6pm CDT (UTC-5) BREAK. Take some time to enjoy your Saturday, whether you go outside or take a nap or check out the Expo booths or the networking (like random speed dating)

6-8pm CDT (UTC-5) Art, reflection, and celebration.

Onward – we’ll share recordings and continue to build on partnerships, synergies, and friendships we find in the summit.


Friday + Saturday (2020 Solidarity Summit) – https://hopin.to/events/solidaritysummit2020 (the event will go live at 2PM CDT (UTC-5) on the 25th, and it will remain available to attendees anywhere in the world until 8PM CDT (UTC-5) on the 27th)

  1. Go to  https://hopin.to/events/solidaritysummit2020
  2. Click “Join Event”
  3. If you already have a Hopin account, click “Sign in” at the top of the page. If not, please enter your first name, last name, and email address, and click the button that says “Sign Up.” This will create your individual Hopin account, from which you will be able to login to all future events or meetings that are hosted on the Hopin platform.
  4. You should now be inside the virtual platform! At the top right-hand side of your screen, you will see a circle next to the “help” button. Click on that, and it will provide a drop-down. Click on “Profile,” and update your profile information including your picture, LinkedIn account, Twitter account, and Website (if you have these).
  5. Feel free to explore the virtual event platform and schedule ahead of our Summit, which begins at 2PM CT/3PM EST

Try it out beforehand in order to have a nice smooth Summit Experience. And add your info, set up an expo booth, and maximize your experience.

Hope to see you!

Take care,


Founder, Creative Director of HUMANs


People’s Maps Commission Seeking Public Comment On Redistricting Maps
First Public Hearing Oct. 1
MADISON – The People’s Maps Commission is holding an online public hearing 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, to seek public input on the upcoming redrawing of legislative redistricting maps.

The hearing is the first in a series of at least eight meetings the Commission will host. The focus of the hearing will be Wisconsin’s Eighth Congressional District and highlight redistricting basics including why redistricting matters and how it works.

The online public hearing will include testimony from experts and also provide Wisconsinites the opportunity to express how they have been impacted by legislative redistricting and share their ideas for how Wisconsin can work together to achieve fair maps.

Every 10 years, each state redraws their legislative and congressional districts using data from the decennial census. In addition to the data from the 2020 U.S. Census, the Commission will use information gathered during the public hearing process to prepare new maps. It is then up to the Legislature to take up and approve the maps created by the Commission.

Although the Oct. 1 hearing will focus on the Eighth Congressional District, all Wisconsin residents are encouraged to watch and participate. Anyone wishing to testify at the hearing must register in advance by visiting the People’s Maps Commission website HERE. The deadline for remote public appearance requests for the October hearing is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020.

Remote public testimony will begin at 7:30 p.m. Each speaker has a time limit of 3 minutes. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, with residents of Wisconsin’s Eighth Congressional District being given priority.

For anyone unable to join online, written comments are strongly encouraged. All written comments also can be submitted at any time using the feedback form available on the People’s Maps Commission website HERE. Written comments will be reviewed by the commissioners and are public record.

Selected by a three judge panel, the Commission is a nine-member nonpartisan redistricting commission charged with drawing fair, impartial maps for the state of Wisconsin. More information about the Commission, its members and its activities is available HERE.

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the People’s Maps Commission will host the public hearings online for each of Wisconsin’s congressional districts. Agendas and additional details will be announced in advance of future meeting dates. The hearing dates are as follows:

  • 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, 8th Congressional District
  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, 5th Congressional District
  • Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, 3rd Congressional District
  • Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, 4th Congressional District
  • January hearing date TBD, 7th Congressional District
  • February hearing date TBD, 1st Congressional District
  • March hearing date TBD, 6th Congressional District
  • April hearing date TBD, 2nd Congressional District


Today we released this week’s data snapshot PDF . If you’re new to the data snapshot, we publish a weekly summary of the status for each of our metrics (you can find past issues on our data and metrics page). We have a few notes for this week’s issue:

There was a significant decrease in the number of cases from UW during this 14-day period, and a significant increase in the number of cases not affiliated with UW.

Cases per day ranged from 29 to 487 with an average of 179 cases per day. Last week’s average number of cases per day was 170. In this 14-day period there were 2,503 total cases:

Of the 872 non-UW cases in this 14-day period, 127 (15%) were associated with a cluster: 29 from workplaces, 16 from health care facilities, 15 from sports teams, 14 from bars and restaurants, 14 from childcare facilities, 14 from college-aged housing (including apartment complexes with 10 or more cases and non-UW dorms), 9 from churches, 9 from congregate facilities, 4 from schools, 2 from weddings, and 1 from a house party.

  • Of the 29 workplace cluster cases, 6 were from more public-facing and 23 were from less public-facing workplaces.
  • Of the 12 total cases from schools, 2 were children and 10 were adults.
  • Of the 20 total cases from childcare facilities, 15 were children and 5 were adults.

A single case in a congregate living facility (e.g., long term care facilities), a childcare facility, or a school initiates a facility investigation by our staff. These types of facilities are prone to outbreaks and can contain vulnerable populations. Our case investigators work with them to ensure they are following best safety practices. The goal is to prevent a cluster of cases from occurring within the facility.

In this 14-day period, there were 8 schools, 6 childcare facilities, and 1 congregate facility that had a single case but have so far prevented further spread from occurring.

Ages 18-22 made up a majority of both UW and non-UW cases during this 14-day period. However, this was the only age group that saw a decrease in the number of cases compared to last week’s snapshot; all other age groups (with the exception of 90+ which had zero cases last week and this week) had a higher number of cases this week compared to last week (age groups specified on page 3 of the snapshot).

UW-Madison students and staff make up 65% of Dane County cases, down from 76% last week.

During this 14-day period, 1,612 UW students and 19 staff (1,631 total) tested positive, making up 65% of our total cases. Of the 1,631 UW cases in this 14-day period:

  • 576 (35%) were linked to dorms
  • 144 (9%) were linked to fraternities and sororities
  • 510 (31%) were linked to apartment complexes on or near campus that have at least 10 or more cases
  • 63 (4%) were associated with a cluster: 40 were from UW sports teams, 13 were from UW campus facilities such as dining halls, 3 were from restaurants and bars, 3 from health care facilities, 2 were from a house party, 1 was from a church, and 1 was from a congregate facility.

Note that these are not mutually exclusive: a student could, for example, live in a dorm but also be a member of a fraternity.

The target for grades 3-5 was not met this week.

The K-12 school metrics are detailed on our website PDF . The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued an injunctionPDF  that allows K-12 schools in Dane County to fully open for in-person instruction. We are disappointed in this decision and strongly urge all schools to continue voluntary phasing-in of classes for in-person instruction for grades 3-12. We will continue to update data weekly and advise schools on their reopening plans.

The lab timeliness and contact tracing metric continues to be red but is largely affected by lab timeliness.

Lab timeliness (how quickly labs are reported to us) and contact tracing (how quickly we can reach out to cases) are combined into one metric because lab timeliness directly affects contact tracing. During this period 54% of cases were contacted by public health within 48 hours of being tested. 45% of positive tests were reported to us within 24 hours, and 73% of cases were interviewed within 24 hours of receiving their test result.

Friday, September 25th


City of Madison


Dane County

And more . . .



Statewide Forum on Fair Maps

***We’ve changed the date of the Fair Maps Forum to Sept 30 because the People’s Maps Commission is having their first public hearing on Oct 1.***

Please join us on September 30, 2020 at 7 p.m., for a statewide forum: “A Bipartisan Case to End Gerrymandering: Every Vote Must Count.” The forum will include an interactive conversation between former Senators Tim Cullen (D-Janesville) and Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) and will be moderated by LWV Dane County member and former Wisconsin Public Radio journalist, Joy Cardin. The panelists will respond to questions from the virtual audience.

You do not need to register for this event. Use this link: www.bit.ly/FairMapsForum, when you are ready to join the event on September 30.


The Clerk’s Office has partnered with Madison Parks making voting easier than ever. Submit your absentee ballot in a Madison park this Saturday, September 26! Poll workers wearing high-visibility vests and face coverings will be in more than 200 Madison parks to accept your absentee ballot, to serve as your witness, if needed, and to answer voting questions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and again on Saturday, October 3.  Look for the VOTE yard sign at the park. See the Clerk’s Office for locations and more information.

NOTE: Vilas Park is one of the many sites. To promote ease of access for voters, Vilas Park Drive, which is temporarily closed to vehicles, will be reopen today (Friday) afternoon for each of the next two weekends.
Try an adventure biking trail in a Madison park! Temporary bike trails, available for one week each, are being created in several parks. Each one-mile trail takes riders of all levels, through hills, woods and grassy prairies. See BIKING for locations and dates.


The police department is taking comments on this policy for the next two weeks.



Madison DSA is organizing a day of action each day next week leading up to the October 1st (Thursday) county board meeting that will vote to place Resolution 145 on the October 15th agenda.  Starting on Monday (Sept 28) next week, we will send out action steps to demonstrate public support for ending the jail expansion project.  Each day will focus on different groups, building towards the Thursday meeting:

  • Monday, contact your own supervisor (encouraged to call, if you have time)
  • Tuesday, send an email to every supervisor who has never voted on the jail
  • Wednesday, send a message to all of the supervisors who have already voted for the jail, letting them know that it’s not too late to fix their mistake.
  • Thursday, register at the county board meeting to support of Res 145.
With each action, we will send out information that will include who to contact, their contact info, a template message, and additional resources for personalizing your message.  If you want to get involved with these actions, please sign up on our Action Network page.  We have also posted about the action on the Madison DSA facebook page.


Rider Updates

September 25, 2020

Public Hearing Scheduled
Give Feedback on August Service Increase

Virtual Meeting
Wednesday, October 14 at 6 p.m.

Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transportation Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on October 14 to review and discuss service updatesput into place on August 23.

Comment on Current Service

At the public hearing, Metro staff will explain how the financial effects of Covid-19 and current staffing levels have affected the amount and types of service that have been restored since the beginning of the pandemic.

Network Redesign Plan

In addition, Metro staff will introduce the beginning of network redesign plan that will take place in 2021. As part of this plan, a consultant has been hired to complete a comprehensive review of all Metro Transit service. This will be used to reconfigure Metro’s service to accommodate a planned bus rapid transit system as well as make the entire system faster and easier to use.

Give Feedback

Passengers are encouraged to attend the virtual public hearing or provide feedback prior to the hearing date. Consideration will be given to views and comments expressed at the public hearing as well as to all written comments received.

Written comments can also be sent to: Metro Transit Proposed Changes, 1245 E. Washington Ave., Suite 201, Madison WI 53703.

If you need an interpreter, translator, materials in alternate formats or other accommodations to access this service, activity or program, please contact Metro Transit at (608) 266-4904 at least three business days prior to the meeting.


Protect yourself and the people around you. Wear a mask.

All Metro riders are required to wear a face covering while riding. It is also recommended that riders use face coverings at transfer points and bus stops.

All Metro and City of Madison employees are required to wear face coverings when they can’t practice social distancing and stay more than 6 feet from others.


Madison Activist Calendar from 9/25/20 –  Solidarity Edition!

To post events or announcements for future listings, please contact: jepeck@wisc.edu

For an online version of this calendar, please visit the Madison Infoshop Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Madison-Infoshop-295863957110653

This calendar is brought to you by the friendly volunteer collective of the Madison Infoshop, c/o Mutual Aid Workspace (MAW) – Social Justice Center, 1202 Williamson St., Madison, WI 53703 https://madinfoshop.wordpress.com

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.

Fri. Sept. 25th – Sun. Sept. 27th HUMANs Solidarity Summit!

Some of us will gather physically distant, COVID-safe, in our locations, and we’ll connect online across a number of sister sites/projects. We have some beautiful new partnerships in DC, Costa Rica, and IL (Carbondale/Chicago) who will be presenting their work and offering chances to connect, and the whole thing is open for suggestions and offers. Lots of skillsharing, some open roundtable conversations, and aiming to firm or start up a variety of learning/doing/sharing threads that can help us each go deeper in our own communities.   You can contribute by visiting:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/19fqiq2Dz9farIsDd0HiqkdvqQeDrYLxfdGMqZTHbqhg/edit

A couple of highlights:

Fri. Sept. 25th 4:00 – 6:00 pm CST HUMANs Annual General Membership meeting. Meet new sister projects, learn what’s been happening and what’s coming up, elect our Board members!

Sat. Sept. 26th  11:00 ams – 2:00 pm CST  Project roundtable and Dreamtime community visioning session – will be bilingual English-Spanish.

For more info, and to share, visit:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1H7ruT0jYcYLhKeRzE_eI1-MbX6XnkmtXDXxDsHYY5CM/edit

Sat Sept. 26th & Sat. Oct. 3rd  9:00 am – 3:00 pm  All 200+ Madison City Parks! 

Democracy in the Parks!  Submit your absentee ballot to any poll worker wearing high-visibility vests and face coverings.  Poll workers can also serve as your absentee ballot witness, if needed, register new voters, and answer other voting questions you may have.  Simply look for the VOTE yard sign at the park. Rain date is the Sunday following.  A note for the Vilas Park site: in an effort to promote ease of access for voters, Vilas Park Drive, which is temporarily closed to vehicles, will be reopened for each of the next two weekends.    For more info, visit:  https://www.cityofmadison.com/news/democracy-in-the-park-event-planned-for-september-26-october-3

Sat. Sept. 26th – Sun. Oct. 4th  South Central Wisconsin   FARM/ART DTOUR Returns!

The Farm/Art DTour is a free, self-guided, 50+ mile agri/cultural excursion through the scenic working farmlands of rural Sauk County. Celebrating its eighth year, the 2020 DTour moves to southern Sauk County with trailheads in Plain and Sauk City. The new route allows us to collaborate with new partners, align with existing assets such as Badger Prairie and the Great Sauk State Trail, and highlight the unique beauty and diverse cultures of the Driftless Region. Punctuated by large-scale artworks, local food markets, roadside poetry (Burma Shave format), and educational Field Notes, the 2020 DTour offers festivity and fresh air for all ages with social distancing built in.  You’ll wander through small towns, country churchyards, and a changing agricultural landscape where artists explore the timeless connections between land and people; farmers perform fundamental and inspiring work; and where lines that can sometimes separate, converge or are happily blurred.  Plan to spend a day or two on this magical mystery tour—a little bit of Kansas, a little bit of Oz—plus cows! Maps will be available at several sites in Sept.  More info?  Visit:  https://www.fermentationfest.com/farm-art-dtour

Sat. Sept. 26th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm   Virtual Building Unity Gathering to Turn Out the Vote!

Sustainable Saturday Night returns after a two month hiatus. We will hear from pro-voting leaders around the state. Come share information and inspiration as we enter the last 38 days before the polls close.  While we are non-partisan, we are united in our belief that our democracy and the viability of all life on Earth, are gravely threatened and that the outcomes of this election matter significantly. Peace, Justice, Sustainability and Democracy are not partisan issues. They are essential to our survival.

This is no time to let anything stop us from voting.

Feel free to bring a contribution for the “Sustainability Open Mic” and/or a story, poem, joke or other expression, announcement, etc… to share.

Until the outbreak of this pandemic, Sustainable Saturday Nights were monthly potlucks hosted by James Reeb UU Congregation in Madison. They have occurred during most months on the 4th Saturday night, for almost eight years.  We plan to continue this tradition in a virtual way and are excited to now be able to open this event up to people around the state in the Zoom format.

For more info and the Zoom login details, please visit the Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/653233555309993

Thurs. Oct. 1st 6:30 pm Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, & Future of American Labor – WILPF’s online discussion of Steven Greenhouse’s new book.  “He achieves a near-impossible task, producing a page-turning book that spans a century of worker strikes, without overcondensing or oversimplifying, and with plausible suggestions for the future” – The New York Times Book Review.
If you are short on time to devote to the whole book, focus on Greenhouse’s ‘Future’ section.  To receive the Zoom link, please email: 

Fri. Oct. 2nd  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  The Workers’ Struggle in Madison – Online Labor Panel!  Join representatives from labor organizations all across the city of Madison to discuss what issues are most pressing for the working class, and what is the future of organized labor in Madison.  Panelists include:  Harry Richardson (AFCMSE Local 171), Frank Emspak, founder of Labor Radio and emeritus professor – UW Madison School for Workers, as well as an organizer with the Teaching Assistants Association (TAA) – UW Madison.   Moderated by Alex Gillis and hosted by  the Marxist Student Association and the International Marxist Tendency.  For more details and how to login, visit:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2700248680199901/

Sat. Oct. 3rd  All Day Long!  Kites not Fighter Jets!   (Rain date of Sat. Oct. 10th)

Safe Skies invites the Madison community and beyond to join our peaceful reminder that we do NOT accept the intrusion of these F-35s into our daily lives and our residential neighborhoods. Choose your favorite outdoor space, park, playground, or any open area that will be negatively affected by the introduction of F-35 Fighter jets.

The Air Force and our elected officials need another reminder that we want what is BEST for our neighborhoods and reject the increase in air, noise, water, and soil pollution they are offering. We also reject the placement of these war planes directly onto one of the remaining affordable places to live in our beautiful Madison. We reject the use of these planes to harm communities of color both home and abroad. We reject the purchase of these planes during a time of unprecedented economic loss and public health crises.

Decorate your kite. Snap a photo of your kite and another photo of you enjoying the fresh air and celebrating the peaceful skies- which should remain an important part of our communities. Send us the photo to post and you will be entered in the contest for Best Kite. Launch your message into the skies. (Be sure to take precautions: don’t fly in the street or near power lines and be sure to distance and wear a mask as needed.)

Best Kite Not Fighter Jet Award- Join the creativity! Get out your streamers, paints, pens, and craft some messages for the Air Force on a blank kite.  Kites will be judged on two criteria: creativity and impact of message.  A limited number of free kites are available – first come, first serve.  To request a free kite and to submit your kite pictures, email: kites@safeskiescleanwaterwi.org

For more info, visit:  https://www.safeskiescleanwaterwi.org/fly-kites-not-fighter-jets-sat-oct-3-rain-date-oct-10/

Sun. Oct. 4th 3:00 pm WI State Capitol  We Get Sick, They Get Rich – Madison March for Medicaid! 

Join the Wisconsin Poor People’s Campaign and the Non-Violent Medicaid Army for a week of action to center poor and dispossessed people in the fight for healthcare as a human right!  

We are facing a crisis within a crisis. Since healthcare is treated as something to make money from and not a fundamental right for everyone, we drown in hospital bills as we get more sick while a few get richer. And with the pandemic, over 5 million people lost their healthcare coverage. These are layered upon a deeper and permanent crisis that has already been afflicting our communities – with 140 million poor or near poor in the U.S. who have to choose between going hungry or going to the doctor, between paying rent or school loans.

Join us to make the connections between healthcare and the fight for housing, living wages, education, freedom of migration, and freedom from criminalization and incarceration! We’ll meet at the Capitol building to call on politicians who put private profit ahead of Wisconsinites’ well-being, and march to the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce office to name out the corporations benefiting from our despair.

We demand an end to state violence in all its forms, including the near 200,000 people — disproportionately poor and people of color — who have died from COVID19 at the hands of a government more committed to bailing out corporations than keeping people safe, and the 700 people who were dying every day from poverty before the pandemic started.

More info, visit the Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/338903297313606/

Mon. Oct. 5th 6:30 pm  Is Rape a Crime? – Virtual Event via Crowdcast, featuring award winning writer and Executive Director fo Health and Wellness at Tufts Univ., Michelle Bowdler, in conversation with Prof. Finn Enke, UW-Madison Dept. of History, Gender and Women’s Studies, and LGBTQ+ Studies.  Hosted by A Room of One’s Own Bookstore! 

Is Rape a Crime? indicts how sexual violence has been addressed for decades in our society, asking whether rape is a crime given that it is the least reported major felony, least successfully prosecuted, and fewer than 3% of reported rapes result in conviction. Cases are closed before they are investigated and DNA evidence sits for years untested and disregarded. Rape in this country is not treated as a crime of brutal violence but as a parlor game of he said / she said. Given all this, it seems fair to ask whether rape is actually a crime. In 1984, the Boston Sexual Assault Unit was formed as a result of a series of break-ins and rapes that terrorized the city, of which Michelle’s own horrific rape was the last. Twenty years later, after a career of working with victims like herself, Michelle decides to find out what happened to her case and why she never heard from the police again after one brief interview.  

Please RSVP to get the link for the event:  https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/NijBEJQ?source_id=6adb9d36-9bb3-47f9-97e3-d27fada19c75&source_type=em&c=9cYZe7rb9He0aN1roXwaepTrNVH3VZIJxbUdYIPT8brC0GJpKtBawg==


UW-Madison Arboretum Fall 2020 Virtual Lecture Series – Land, Culture, Identity: Roots of Resilience

Four Tuesday evenings throughout October from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Tues. Oct. 6th 7:00 pm
Decolonization and Indigenization of Agriculture: The Foundation of Building a Resilient Regenerative System. Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin is the owner-founder of Regeneration Farms LLC, and founder and president of the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance. This talk will focus on regenerative poultry as a foundation of laying out the strategic, methodological application of a decolonizing and indigenization process for an industry sector.

Tues. Oct. 13th 7:00 pm
Preserving the Wisdom of the Land and Traditional Food Systems through Education. Elena Terry is the founder and executive chef of Wild Bearies, and the food and culinary program coordinator for the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance. She is a member of the Ho??k (Ho-Chunk) Nation.

Tues. Oct. 20th 7:00 pm
Honor the Guardians, Respect the Land. Pao Vue, PhD, is a wetland biologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Hmong traditional beliefs speak of supernatural forest guardians watching over the land and wild animals. This presentation will delve into these beliefs and discuss how they have shaped how Hmong interact with the land and natural geographical features.

Tues. Oct. 27th 7:00 pm
Virtual Lecture: The African American Land Ethic. Lillian “Ebonie” Alexander is the executive director of the Black Family Land Trust. The BFLT defines the African American Land Ethic as blending the concepts of phenomenology, Leopold’s land ethic, and cultural competence to describe African Americans’ historical relationship with the land and how that relationship dictates the value placed on land ownership in the United States, particularly in the rural south.

All events are free, but preregistration is required to receive log-in details:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSffX5C9FD4UhjYp5k0cl_lHKsR9rOiCMyc55p7CMcdBJPhXEQ/viewform

Wed. Oct. 7th 6:30 pm  Who Makes Our Daily Bread – virtual discussion with Amy Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket.  Hosted by the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW).  Baking bread is romantic and practical, a job with morals. This talk will study the shift from home baking to industrialized bread, taking a close look at Freihofer’s, the first factory bakery in the speaker’s hometown of Troy, New York. Looking at factory recipes for daily bread in the early part of the 20th century will offer insights on contemporary interests in homemade sourdough, fresh milling, and small bread bakeries.   To join the meeting, use this Zoom link:


Thurs. Oct. 8th 6:30 pm  The Return to Belonging and Reclaimed Narratives About These Lands – virtual event featuring Midy Aponte, Chief Experience Officer, Spitfire Strategies.  Part of the UW Nelson Institute’s ongoing Jordahl Public Lands Lecture series.

Join us for a discussion about the current reckoning of our nation’s history and highlights the role of communication in reexamining our collective relationships with the land, and each other.  As a communication strategist, Aponte has devoted her career to driving national narratives on important issues. From income inequality and environmental justice, to health equity and cultural preservation, Aponte is nationally recognized for her ability to advance issues using creatively conceptualized and smartly implemented communication tactics.  Aponte is also a persistent advocate for the preservation of American Latino culture and history. A daughter of Cuban immigrants, Aponte served as the founding executive director of the American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation, where she built a nonprofit fund that inspires awareness of historic preservation, outdoor recreation, and conservation among American Latino audiences.

For more info, visit:  https://nelson.wisc.edu/events/jordahl-lectures/index.php

Sat. Oct. 10th  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm   Social Justice Center Turns Twenty – Livestream Birthday Party! Join us on Zoom or Facebook Live for our birthday-versary party! We’re kicking off our 20th anniversary campaign to raise $20,000 with a fun, festive online gathering. We’ll share some of our favorite memories and accomplishments, and look ahead to the next 20 years. Plus, purchase a party basket to have your cake and eat it too (plus something bubbly for a toast!). We hope to see you there!   For more details, check out the Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/326707778756780/

Tues. Oct. 13th 8:00 am  – 10:00 am Wellness and the Built Environment –  Sustainable Breakfast Series hosted by Sustain Dane!

How can we reimagine our built environment while prioritizing health, equity, and accessibility? Join us for an opportunity to learn about how intentional design and operation of our buildings can impact environmental and social wellbeing. Our panel of local experts from the architecture, engineering, and facility management fields will explore how we can respond to a rapidly changing world by creating a resilient built environment for our community.

What type of spaces promote environmental health and employee health? How does our built environment intersect with equity? What will it take to create healthy buildings? Learn how we can enhance the built environment at our offices and homes.

To register for the event, please visit:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-breakfast-series-wellness-the-built-environment-registration-92244103597?utm_source=Sustain+Dane+General+List&utm_campaign=151ec07f94-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_01_10_08_27_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ad649dde4e-151ec07f94-109153905

Wed. Oct. 14th 6:30 pm  Bill Iwen Environmental Justice Award Celebration – Online Event hosted by Midwest Environmental Advocates – Special guests include Winona LaDuke and Mandela Barnes!

Learn about environmental justice initiatives in Wisconsin and to honor those who are working to advance the rights of all people to live in a clean and healthy environment.

2020 Awardees are:  Philomena Kebec, attorney and policy analyst with Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission where she focuses on protection and implementation of reserved hunting, fishing and gathering rights. Philomena is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and a member of the Ashland County Board of Supervisors.

Rafael Smith, Climate and Equity Director at Citizen Action of Wisconsin where he focuses on the way climate change disproportionately impacts people of color on the north side of Milwaukee. Rafael is also a member of the Milwaukee City-County Task Force on Climate and Economic Equity.

To register for the event and receive Zoom link details, visit:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_f-whXnIzS4-lSKQl4DN2Og


Water Main Flushing plans beginning Monday, September 28th (all flushing is daytime unless otherwise noted)

East (Area 11) — North of E Washington Ave from North St to First St.

South (Area 30) — South Towne Dr to Rimrock Rd south of the Beltline.

West (Area 27) — Monroe St corridor between Regent St and Western Ave.

West (Area 26) — West of S High Point Rd and south of Valley View Rd.


Questions: Shayne Santi, 261-9128

Flushing Information Line: 261-9178


Area 11 (East):4-6 runs per day

Run ID  Run Description

11054.2 North St – E Washington to Hoard

11055 E Washington Ave (Union to Oak)

11056.1 E Washington (Milwaukee St to Fifth St)

11056.22 E Main St from E Washington Ave

11056.23 Second St and Main St from East Washington

11056.24 Fourth St from E Washington Ave

11056.25 E Main St – 2nd St to 1st St

11056.3 E Washington Ave (Milwaukee St to Fifth St)

11056.4 E Washington Ave (Fifth St to First St)

11057.1 Fifth St – E Wash to Hoard

11057.2 Hoard St – Fifth to Sixth

11058 Mifflin – Fifth (North to E Washington)

11059 E Dayton St – Fifth St to Seventh St

11059.1 E Dayton St – North St to N Seventh St

11060 E Johnson St (North to Second)

11061 Seventh St – E Johnson St (E Washington to Sixth)

11062 Sixth St (E Washington to Upham)

11063 Upham St (Fifth to Seventh)

11064 Fourth St (E Johnson to E Main)

11065 Third St (E Washington to Pennsylvania)

11066 Mifflin St (Fourth to First)

11067 Dayton St (Fourth to First)

11068 Second St (Mifflin to E Johnson)

11069 Second St – E Washington (Mifflin to SW of Third)

11070 Carey Ct – Second St to Third St

11071 First St – E Johnson (E Washington to Second)

11405 Drexel Ave – Lake Edge Blvd to Bowman Ave

11407 Maher Ave – Lake Edge Blvd to Morningside Ave

11408 Bowman Ave

11409 E Lakeview Ave – Morningside Ave to Major Ave

11410 Morningside Ave – Bowman Ave to Rahel St

11411 Camden Rd – Morningside Ave to Allis Ave

11412 Maher Ave – Morningside to Allis Ave

11413 Major Ave – Maher to Morningside

11414 Turner Ave – Major to Allis


11416 Buckeye Rd – Spaanm to Stoughton Rd

11417 Buckeye Rd – Camden Rd to


11419 Major Ave and Blossom Ln


11420 Stoughton Rd north of Major Ave

Area 30 (South):4-6 runs per day

Run ID  Run Description

30002 Moorland Rd (from Rimrock to Wayland Dr)

30003 Engelhart Dr (from Foxwood Tr to Artesian Ln)

30004 Foxwood Tr-Lorena Pky

30004.1 Sunny Vale Ln (Northern)

30004.2 Sunny Vale Ln (Southern)

30004.3 2821 Foxwood Trl

30004.4 2909 Foxwood Trl

30004.5 2937 Foxwood Trl

30005 Fell Rd – Engelhart Dr (Moorland to Ward)

30006 Warner St – Warner Ln – Marcus Ct (Moorland to N end Marcus)

30006.1 Arther Ct

30006.2 Book Ct

30007 Warner St – Seven Nations Dr – Salem Dr (Warner Ln to Maloney)

30008 Diving Hawk Trl – Salem Dr (Seven Nations to Maloney)

30009 Settlement Dr – Diving Hawk Trl – Salem Dr (Engelhart to Maloney)

30010 Lone Eagle Dr (Settlement to Maloney)

30011 2849 Warner St

30012 Ward Ct

30013 Spear Cir

30014 Artesian Ln

30015 Geronimo Cir

30016 3013 Artesian Ln

30017 3025 Artesian Ln

30018 3037 Artesian Ln

30019 Dunwoody Dr and Seven Nations Dr

30019.1 Kiowa Ct

30020 Badger Lane from Moorland Road through Rockwood Drive to Seven Nations Dr.

30022.1 Rimrock Rd – Moorland to E Badger

30022.2 Rimrock Rd – Maloney Dr (Moorland to W end Maloney)

30022.3 Latitude 43 St

30022.4 Novation Pkwy north of Latitude 43 St

30022.5 Novation Pkwy from Latitude 43 to Ski Ln

Area 27 (West):3-5 runs per day

Run ID  Run Description

27060 Jefferson St (Regent St – Harrison St)

27060.2 Harrison St (Vilas Ave-Jefferson St)

27061 Adam st ( Grant St-Oakland Ave)

27062.1 Oakland Av – Monroe St to Adams Av

27062.2 N Breese Ter – Regent to Summit

27063.1 Chandler St-Garfield St ( Randall Ave to Jefferson St)

27063.2 Garfield St (Monroe to Jefferson St)

27064 Grant St (Monroe to Drake)

27064.1 Drake St (Randall to Garfield)

27064.2 Adam St (Edgewood Ave-Grant St)

27065 Campbell St (Mound St – Vilas Av)

27066 Campbell St-Drake St

27067 Garfield St (Chandler St-Drake St)

27068.1 Vilas Av-Garfield St

27068.2 Vilas Ave ( Garfield St-Edgewood Ave)

27069 Van Buren St-Monroe St

27070 Lincoln St (Vilas Av – Monroe St)

27071 Jefferson St-Edgewood Ave (Grant St-Vilas Ave)

27072 Edgewood Ave ( Jefferson-Monroe)

27072.2 Edgewood Av (Monroe St – Fox Av)

27073 Madison St (Grant St – Edgewood Av)

27074 Stockton Ct – Roberts Ct – S Spooner St

27074.2 Spooner, Roberts Ct, Stockton Ct

Area 26 (West):5-8 runs per day

Run ID  Run Description

26004 Park Edge Dr-Gammon Ln from New Washburn Wy along McKenna Blvd

26004.2 South Holt Circle

26004.3 South Holt Circle end

26004.4 North Holt Circle

26004.5 Holt Ct

26005 S.High Point Rd (Welton Dr- Starr Grass Dr)

26006 S.High Point Rd-Waldorf Blvd

26007 CTH M-Midtown Rd up to Waldorf Blvd

26008 CTH M-Shale Dr

26009 Flagstone Dr-Shale Dr along Talc Trl

26009.2 Mid Town Rd – Pleasant View Rd to Jeffy Trl

26009.3 Mica Rd – Mid Town Rd to

26010.1 Shale Dr -Talc Trl-Mica Rd

26010.2 Black Stone Cir

26011 Dolomite Ln-Red Granite Rd along Dolomite Ln and Mica Rd

26012 Red Granite Rd (Talc Trl-Mica Rd)

26013 Marble Cir

26014 Flagstone Dr from Talc Trl to Ethan Cir

26015 Quartz Ln ( Red Granite Rd-Flagstone Dr)

26016 Mica Rd (Shale Dr-Flagstone Dr) and Ethan Cir

26016.2 Flagstone Dr- Trevor Way(N of Flagstone)

26016.3 Trevor Way S of Flagstone

26016.4 Bedner Rd

26016.5 Jeffy Trl – Flagstone to Red Granite

26016.6 Jeffy Trl – S of Flagstone

26017 Mid Town Rd -Waterbend Dr from CTH M

26018 Waterbend Dr (Midtown Rd-CTH M)

26018.2 S Pleasant View Rd – Mid Town Rd to Waterbend Dr

26019 Maplecrest Dr-Fairway Oaks Dr from Waterbend Dr

26020 Maplecrest Dr-Royal Oaks Dr and Pineview Dr from Fairway Oaks Dr

26021 Royal Oaks Dr ( Pineview Dr-Waterbend Dr)

26022 Autumn Hill Dr-Nelson Crossing from Fairway Oaks Dr

26023 Nelson Crossing from Waterbend Dr

26024 Red Tail Dr-Mid Town Rd from East of Hawks Landing Cir

26025 Hidden Hill Dr-Shadow Wood Dr and Red Tail from Mid Town Rd

26026 Hidden Hill Dr (Shady Point Dr-Treetops Dr)

26027 Shady Point Dr-Treetops Dr from Hidden Hill Dr


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