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

City, County, School public meetings this week

By Brenda Konkel (thanks for permission to re-post from Forward Lookout: — Public meetings for the week of February 8-12. Continue reading

Lots of issues with police policy in Madison

By Brenda Konkel — On January 7th, I testified about what issues the police policy committee should talk about. After being cut off by the chair, but allowed to speak by the body (1st person not held to three minutes, and only 2 or 3 people spoke), I was asked to put my testimony in writing (yeah, cuz I have time for that). I did . . . but then couldn’t figure out who to send it to, so it sat in my computer until yesterday when I sent it to the committee members I could find an email address for and one of the staff I had an email for, but not the primary staff cuz I couldn’t remember his name or find it quickly. My public comments included a statement that given that they are shooting people, some of these issues seem trivial in comparison, but here they are, nonetheless. Continue reading

School Board, County and City public meetings, Feb. 1-5

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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

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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