PD’s Pick of the Week: County Jail

Each week Progressive Dane will highlight an item at a local government meeting that we think is important. Be there if you can, pay attention, ask questions. This week's item concerns the proposed remodeling of the County Jail: Continue reading

12-19-16 City, County and School Agendas

55 meetings last week, only 16 I could find that weren't cancelled for this week.  If you have an interest, there is a way to get plugged in locally!  Re-posted from forwardlookout.com with permission from Brenda Konkel. Continue reading

PD's Pick of the Week!

Each week, after consulting some of our elected officials, we will post one action you can take - typically going to a meeting and supporting their work - that will also support the goals in our platforms.  Many people are talking about how with president-elect Trump, we need to double down on our actions locally.  And we're here to help figure out what you can do! This week's action is tonight! Continue reading

Sustainable jobs start at the local level

By Martha Kemble — This Thanksgiving, with family and friends around our table feasting on scrumptious dishes prepared specially for the celebration, I got into it with my niece’s husband. I didn’t want to, and tried to avoid the inevitable confrontation, but when he asked me directly if I was one of “those” who thought the end of days was upon us because of Trump’s election, it was on. Continue reading

Long leaves of grass barely legal in Madison

By Janette Rosenbaum — The City of Madison is changing its ordinances regarding what kinds of plantings residents can have in their yards. The ordinance updates follow last November’s adoption of the Pollinator Protection Plan. The plan—which came alongside a wave of similar plans at the municipal, state, and federal levels—states that pollinators are in decline, that this is a problem, and that Madison is resolved to do something about it. Continue reading

Weekly PD Action!

Each week, after consulting some of our elected officials, we will post one action you can take - typically going to a meeting and supporting their work - that will also support the goals in our platforms.  Many people are talking about how with president-elect Trump, we need to double down on our actions locally.  And we're here to help figure out what you can do! Continue reading

City, County, Schools Meetings this Week

All the meetings you could ever wish for!  Environmental Issues, Housing, Homelessness, Policing, Corrections . ..  its all there.  If you have an interest, there is a way to get plugged in locally!  Re-posted from forwardlookout.com with permission from Brenda Konkel Continue reading

350 Madison calls on UW Foundation to divest from fossil fuels

Friday, November 11, during UW Homecoming weekend, students, alumni, faculty and community 350 Madison members will urge the University of Wisconsin Foundation Board to divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in renewable energy. They will host a banner stand and distribute leaflets outside the UW Alumni Dinner at Gordon Dining and Event Center, from 6–7:30pm. Continue reading

350 UW student group caravan headed to Standing Rock

By Janette Rosenbaum — UW–Madison 350 students will organize a van or car caravan to go to the Standing Rock camp in North Dakota November 11 to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, and to deliver food to water protectors. Continue reading

Getting effective treatment to patients is our main challenge

Opioids, part two By Vanessa della Bitta — Treatment is expensive, as Skye Tikkanen pointed out last month in Part One of PD’s discussion of the opioid crisis. Tikkanen is a seasoned substance use and mental health therapist at Connections Counseling in Madison, as well as an active treatment advocate. She is also in long-term recovery, and she is far from alone in the tireless grind of trying to make recovery available to anyone who wants it. Continue reading