HOLD THE LINE ON FOSSIL FUEL — Saturday, December 12, 3–4:30pm: Rally at the Top of State Street/Capitol Steps

#KeepItInTheGround World leaders are meeting in Paris November 30–December 11 for the most important climate summit of our time. What’s needed as a result is a binding agreement from governments that’s in line with both science and justice. So far, however, commitments have fallen short. Anticipating this shortfall, thousands of people around the world plan to head back into the streets on Saturday, December 12, to have the final word and demand more progress in 2016. Join 350Madison, other climate action groups and concerned citizens to hear what transpired at the talks, raise your voice, and tell the government to HOLD THE LINE ON FOSSIL FUEL: #KeepItInTheGround! Please wear or bring red items to help us draw the #redlines at the Capitol steps. Governments don’t lead movements — people do. Join us.

Tenants’ rights under attack in Wisconsin ... round four!

By Brenda Konkel (re-posted with permission from Forward Lookout, http://www.forwardlookout.com/) — Wisconsin’s state legislature is at it again! Good ol’ Sen. Frank Lasee has a new buddy/puppet Rep. Robert Brooks ... and the first hearing on the bill we have not yet seen til yesterday will likely be this Thursday (December 10) at 10am in 400NE at the Capitol. 26 pages of a Legislative Reference Bureau draft (not the final bill), and analysis is murky at best — it’s poorly drafted yet again, which is sure to lead a fifth round if they don’t fix it. It appears AB 568 does the following: Continue reading

Community-based planning routinely overturned to benefit developers

By Sue Pastor — Residents of Madison’s varied neighborhoods are increasingly connecting the dots about a distressing pattern around development projects, talking to each other, and calling for a broad forum to address this city-wide. At issue is whether we have anything to say about the place we live, and into which we pour our energy and resources (including taxes) and go about our lives. Continue reading

City of Madison public meetings for the week of December 7–11

By Brenda Konkel (reposted with permission from Forward Lookout—thanks!) — Only 15 meetings, holidays are starting early . . . Continue reading

Dane County public meetings for the week of December 7–11

By Brenda Konkel (reposted with permission from Forward Lookout—thanks!) —15 meetings scheduled this week ... Continue reading

LANDOWNERS, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP CONTINUE CHALLENGE OF DANE COUNTY PIPELINE PUMPING STATION CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT

By 350 Madison — Partnering with local landowners, climate change organization 350 Madison continues leading opposition to Enbridge Corporation’s plans to ship more dirty tar sands oil in pipelines through Dane County. Tuesday, Dec. 1, the group filed a brief with the Dane County Board opposing the company’s latest demand that the County remove all references to the need to buy cleanup insurance in case of an oil spill from zoning permits. The Board will hear 350 Madison’s objections to the appeal taken by Enbridge, which is objecting to the County's efforts to head off a future taxpayer bailout to clean up oil spills by the Canadian behemoth at their Dec. 3 meeting at 7pm in room 201 of the City–County Building on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Madison. Continue reading

Madison to Paris: Connecting Climate Change and Health

By Janette Rosenbaum — At the Conference of Parties to be held in Paris next month, about half of the 50,000 attendees will be official delegates of governments and corporations. Some of the rest will be ordinary people from Madison. Continue reading

City of Madison public meetings, week of November 30 to December 4

By Brenda Konkel (re-posted with permission from Forward Lookout) — 18 meetings, only 4 start after 5:30. 8 before 5:00. And more to be added for sure. Continue reading

Dane County public meetings, week of November 30 to December 4

By Brenda Konkel (re-posted with permission from Forward Lookout) — 13 meetings if you count the joint meeting once. Continue reading

Dane County public meetings for the week of November 16 to 20

By Brenda Konkel (re-posted with permission from Forward Lookout) — 16 meetings – but County Board is scheduled to meet every night this week and I’m guessing that won’t happen! Continue reading