Dane County public meetings, week of Jan. 19-22

By Brenda Konkel (thanks to Forward Lookout for re-posting permission) — Fifteen meetings, 2 cancelled, 7 held during the work day for most people. Continue reading

City of Madison public meetings, week of Jan. 19-22

By Brenda Konkel (thanks to Forward Lookout for permission to re-post) — Three days, 17 meetings, 2 cancelled, 5 held at times people with day jobs can’t attend and XX? will be added on Tuesday and Wednesday. Continue reading

Worker Cooperatives Build a Strong Local Economy

Economic Democracy in Dane County, Part One: Worker Cooperatives Build a Strong Local Economy, Prioritizing People over Profit By Greg Brown — In November 2015, Kraft Heinz announced the closing of Oscar Mayer’s Madison plant. It was devastating news for more than 1000 workers. One of Madison’s largest employers since 1919, Oscar Mayer has long been a Madison institution, but parent company Kraft Heinz is a large multinational corporation more concerned with the profits of faceless shareholders than the well-being of workers in our community. Continue reading

Clean Government Means Saving Civil Service in Wisconsin

By Barbara Smith — Civil Service, a key tool for clean government, may end its distinguished run of 110 years at the state level this month. Or will we be able to rescue this Progressive Era policy? The Coalition to Save Wisconsin Civil Service invites you to act to save Civil Service, and the integrity in state employment practices that has served Wisconsin so well. Contact: WICoalitiontoSaveCivilService@gmail.com Continue reading

City of Madison public meetings, January 4-8

By Brenda Konkel (thanks to Forward Lookout for permission to re-post) — Twelve meetings? I bet there’s a whole lot more we find out about on Tuesday! Continue reading

Dane County public meetings, January 4-8

By Brenda Konkel (thanks to Forward Lookout for permission to re-post) — Meetings only on Monday (three) and Thursday (five). Continue reading

Vacant affordable housing to be torn down . . .

. . . for a playground and parking. By Brenda Konkel (re-posted with permission from Forward Lookout, http://www.forwardlookout.com/) — I get notifications of demolitions – and yesterday I got this: Continue reading

Dane County public meetings, week of December 14 to 18

By Brenda Konkel (thanks to Brenda and Forward Lookout for the re-post) — Two of their 13 meetings cancelled this week. Continue reading

City of Madison public meetings, week of December 14 to 18

By Brenda Konkel (thanks for the re-post from Forward Lookout) — Eighteen meetings, 4 of them cancelled already. Expect mo’ meetings to pop up today, tomorrow and maybe Wednesday! Continue reading

Farmer’s markets: More than just a place to buy vegetables

By Janette Rosenbaum — A lecture delivered recently at the Crossroads of Ideas forum presented farmer’s markets as central to the well-being of a community. Alfonso Morales, an expert in food systems and public marketplaces, began by describing the history of street markets, which encompass farmer’s markets as well as other types of commerce that go on in open spaces. Historically, he said, the concepts of law and public order came about as a means to protect trade and the people who engaged in it. Continue reading