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 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

Opioids: progress, but still lots of work to do

[ P A R T  O N E ] By Vanessa della Bitta — Short of living isolated and unplugged for the last few years, feigning ignorance about our nation’s opioid epidemic would be difficult. The evidence is everywhere—broadcast by major and local news sources and hiding in plain sight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioids were involved in 61 percent of drug overdose deaths nationally in 2014. The same year, drug overdose deaths outnumbered those from motor vehicle crashes by a factor of 1.5. Continue reading

Progressive Dane calls for 1 year contract for Police in the Schools

Progressive Dane has issued a letter to the Madison School Board and the City of Madison Board of Estimates regarding their vote on the contract for police in the schools later this afternoon.   We are urging them to have a 1 year contract to allow for the police study to be completed and to allow for more public input.  Additionally we are calling for a limit to the actions police can take in the schools, more frequent public reporting and a student complaint process. Continue reading

Last Wednesday at the GMM: Education!

Last Wednesday for our GMM we tried something a little different and a had a much more successful turnout!  We had an informal discussion, beer and snacks with Madison School Board member TJ Mertz and talked about many issues coming up for the Madison Schools.  Here's a little taste of what we heard!  Heads up:  What are you doing on Monday?!  Going to one of the important BOE meetings?  (City Board of Estimates or Board of Education)  Both are discussing a three year contract that puts police in the schools!  Most people we talk to want a 1 year contract until the police study is done.  Referendum and AFSCME handbook also being discussed at the School Board on Monday 8/29. Also watch for changes in our GMM meetings with more of a focus on issues every other month and less on the business end of things! Continue reading