Crunch time on MATC plan to unload downtown campus

By Jody Knauss — Though some details have changed, MATC leadership continues full-speed ahead on its shortsighted plan to vacate the Downtown Education Center (DTEC) at 211 N. Carroll St. On April 6, President Jack Daniels asked the college’s Board of Trustees for permission to offer developers a minimum 50-year lease on the DTEC property, including the right to demolish the building and redevelop the entire block. Previously, Daniels had suggested selling the property outright. Community forums are scheduled for April 12, 6pm at DTEC and April 14, 6pm at Fountain of Life Church, 633 W. Badger Rd. (east of Park Street). A special MATC Board meeting to take public comment will be held on April 20 at Truax (Main Building, Room B3243/B3253), 4:30pm. Continue reading

Hearing in Dane County Landowner Lawsuit vs. Enbridge — Pipeline Cleanup Insurance

From 350 Madison — Hearing Monday, April 11, 1:30pm — Dane County Circuit Court, 217 S. Hamilton St., fifth floor, Courtroom 5D, Branch 9 Continue reading

Progessive Dane Seeks Additional Reform to City Council Process

Progressive Dane issued the following press release this week.  If you are interested in working on these issues - no experience necessary!  Simply contact Brenda Konkel or Mary Anglim (co-chairs of the policy committee). or Continue reading

Preschool to Prison Pipeline: A Local Perspective

Join MOSES Madison and the CommNS for a panel discussion and conversation facilitated by Kristin Forge, Child Care Specialist at Center for Families. Thursday, March 10, 6pm, Central Library, West Mifflin at Fairchild in Madison, third floor Continue reading

“The Promise of Paris”: Looking Forward After the Climate Conference

By Janette Rosenbaum — Five Madison-based delegates to the recent Paris climate conference reconvened for a panel discussion on February 9. The event, titled “The Promise of Paris”, was hosted by the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, which also hosted the December 3 webcast from the conference. Continue reading

Investing in All Our Communities: “Cooperative Enterprises for Job Creation and Business Development”

Economic Democracy in Dane County, Part Two By Greg Brown — Seeking to develop a stable, sustainable, and equitable local economy from the ground up, in 2009 a group of dedicated Madison area worker–owners from local worker cooperatives founded Madison Worker Cooperatives (MadWorC), an organization that provides educational resources and limited technical assistance to area residents interested in forming a new worker cooperative. Continue reading

Dane County District 1: Make a progressive choice Tuesday!

Progressive Dane has endorsed both challengers for the District 1 Dane County Board seat — the primary is Tuesday, February 16. Here are the challengers.If you’re not sure whether you live in District 1, here’s a map: You can see it in better detail here:   Continue reading

Public meetings, Feb. 15-19: schools, county and city

By Brenda Konkel (thanks to Forward Lookout for permission to re-post: Continue reading

MATC Administration Pits Downtown Advocates Against South Madison With Plan to Sell DTEC 

By Jody Knauss — Barely five years after passage of a $134 million building referendum, the administration of Madison Area Technical College is quietly moving forward with plans to sell its Downtown Education Center (DTEC), hoping to defuse opposition by proposing to use the proceeds to fund a new campus in south Madison. Continue reading

It’s Time to End Marijuana Prohibtion

NORML Working with Dane County Communities By Nate Petreman, President, Madison NORML — Significant progress has been made concerning marijuana law in Dane County, and positive changes seem to be in the works for some local communities.  However, many penalties remain on the books. There is a clear path to a better county, through progressive marijuana policy, which sets the tone statewide and nationwide. Continue reading