Madison police tackle and jail high schooler with autism

“This is an injustice that needs to be fixed and people need to be held accountable for their actions.” — East High parent. By Sue Pastor — The January 25 meeting of the Madison School Board included East High parent testimony regarding the treatment of their daughter, who has autism, by an assistant principal, the educational resource officer and additional police. (3:06-8:05 in the video below) Both parents stated they were relating the incident in hope that this would not happen to other students. They will seek justice by filing for an appeal of the suspension, going to court to get the citations dismissed and filing a complaint to address the violation of their daughter’s rights by East High staff. Continue reading

City, county and school board public meetings, week of January 25-29

By Brenda Konkel (thanks to Forward Lookout for the re-posting privileges) Continue reading

Progressive Dane’s Elections Committee Endorsement Recommendations to the General Membership

By Brenda Konkel and Mary Anglim — Progressive Dane’s Elections Committee interviewed eight County Board candidates and one MMSD Board candidate on Jan. 10, and will recommend endorsing them at the GMM on Jan. 27, 6:30pm on the third floor of the Central Branch library. A few more interviews and recommendations are still pending. Continue reading

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