Bird, Bee, and Bat House Building Workshop

when: Sun. April 28th, 12 Noon – 4 pm

where: Syntropy Co-op, 812 Jenifer St

Back by popular demand!  Please spread the word!

Join us if you are a fan of furry, feathery, and fuzzy critters.  No carpentry experience required – we have the tools and we’re here to help!  We’ll provide scrap wood and basic designs to create homes for songbirds, solitary bees, hibernating butterflies, and brown bats, though you can certainly bring your own plans and materials for other projects.

This is a family friendly event, so kids are most welcome!  Refreshments will be provided.

Info?  #262-9036

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Brew…In your HOME! Thursday 1/31/13

with Clint!

1403 Willy St. back door
Thursday 1/31/13,  2pm till 6pm. Prompt
FYI: Not checkin email for a while. see ya there.

Cost: umm…FREE! or homebrew to share
You can expect:
— a Oatmeal stout recipe
— a 4-6 hour process.  It will involve my whole-grain routine, but I’ll point out how to do easier malt extract recipes too.  I’ll try to streamline it to speed it along.
— an open format so we can learn from eachother.  I’ll try to point out stuff I know and understand, but folks are welcome to chime in.
— an encouraging atmosphere for folks of any experience, even if you haven’t contemplated making brew till now.
— homebrew to share. maybe some mead too??

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Free Lecture: Discipline and Publish: Radical Prison Journalism and the Making of a Penal Print Culture

Co-sponsored by the Jail Library Group and the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture. Presented by Sarita Alami, PhD Candidate, Emory University

Monday, December 3
12-1 p.m., SLIS Commons (4207 Helen C. White Hall)

Before the rise of mass incarceration in the late 1970s, many prisoners had the freedom to write and publish newspapers. Despite operating under circumstances that were heavily censored and highly constrained, inmate-journalists discussed national and international politics, engaged each other and the public, and reflected a dynamic, oppressive, and often-controversial penal culture. The product of a collective endeavor, these documents provide a novel method for tracing the history of institutional culture from the inside out. This talk focuses on the radical feminist and black power prison newspapers held at the Wisconsin Historical Society, examining how inmates created a vibrant inter-prison news network despite geographic isolation and significant censorship. Methodologically, this talk discusses how digital tools like text mining and topic modeling can offer novel ways to discover patterns in newspapers and other large bodies of text.

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Thanks for coming to the kick-off potluck!

And a warm welcome to the new freeskoolers!

Here’s a brief recap of our learn/teach ideas from this potluck discussion. If you’re interested in learning/teaching anything on this list, make a comment on this post (or reply to the list email) so we can gauge demand and critical mass.

Things we want to do/learn:

  • Free Choir!
  • printmaking
  • primitive/outdoor skills
  • plant ID/wildcrafting/urban edible gathering/medicine making
  • beekeeping

Things we can teach each other:

  • Davi holds GO! game nights at Sector 67 on Thursday evenings, and can teach things about programming, science, math, music theory, and drumming.
  • Ashley can teach fermentation such as the art of kombucha.
  • Kara can teach things related to plants, urban-edibles, cooking, fiber arts/knitting, science activities for kids, and beginning ukelele.
  • Nate can teach math and physics, astronomy and weather.
  • Shannon is interested in teaching/sharing about plants, herbal medicine making, kimchi fermentation, and chocolate making.

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Dane County Print Explosion tomorrow, Saturday, November 10th!

Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative is pleased to announce the First Annual Dane County Print Explosion. The Dane County Print Explosion is a one-day show of printed matter, including posters, stickers, zines, journals, and books.

See a schedule of free workshops here.

The Zine Fest/Print Explosion will take place in the College Library at UW Madison in White Hall from 11-5 pm. The Workshops take place in the nearby Humanities building.

The roster of exhibitors is drawn from the world of experimental publishers, visual artists, artisanal bookmakers and printers, radical imprints, grassroots zine authors, and activist designers. The exhibitors hail from across Wisconsin and from around the United States. They include an array of subversively creative print media artists and publishers, including names such as Xexoxial, Anne Elizabeth Moore/Ladydrawers, The Baffler, WI Books to Prisoners, PM Press, Fresh Hot Press of the UW Printmakers, Polka Press, Sue Bietila, and many more who do their thing through print media.

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Winter Freeschool Kick-off Potluck this Saturday!

greetings freeskoolers!
it’s time to kick off the Madison Winter Free School season. It’s also Samhain (Halloween) time, the Witches’ new year, and a time to honor death and celebrate rebirth. Seems like a great time for a Free School Potluck!

Saturday, November 3rd
7pm: gathering, eating, 8 pm: talk about the free school, followed by more gathering and eating
at 1221 Spaight St.,(it’s a house with a rainbow flag on the porch railing, between baldwin and few sts. NOT wheelchair accessible, unfortunately)

I’ll make a big pot of veggie chili to start things off 🙂

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Call for zine entries for anarcha-feminist reader

What: Call out for zine entries for anarcha-feminist reader to accompany workshop at the Madison Zine Fest!

Deadline: November 1st, 2012

It’s not too late to submit an entry of art, poetry, essays or musings on manarchy in the Midwest as we organize here to fight the good fight against all forms of oppression!

The zine is not done yet, as originally planned, so there is ample time for you to get your entry in for the copies coming out on November 10th to be presented in conjunction with the following workshop described below.

I have one poem, some song lyrics, three essays and some clip art I got off the internet so far, so come on! Let’s get YOUR amazing art, essays and poetry OUT there! Deadline for entries is November 1st.

And please contact me [] about the wording of the workshop description too, if you think it needs to be tweaked. I am aiming for an amicable, solidarity-building mood that will help us all feel empowered and able to talk about these things in a productive, sensitive way.

Workshop description:

Identifying and dismantling male supremacist culture in our daily practice of organizing

This will be a workshop for women identified individuals to get together to share stories of organizing events, working on projects, working on radical institution building, doing childcare, and otherwise living our lives. It will be presented through the lens of anarcha-feminism which believes each of us have a voice and a story to share in our sisterhood as we collectively fight the good fight to dismantle patriarchy in our lives and beyond. We will explore the concepts of and styles of male supremacist culture in email exchanges, facebook comment threads and conversation. Thistle Pettersen is the workshop’s host, an anarcha-feminist living in Madison working on DIY projects such as the Grassroutes Caravan mobile bicycle villages of resistance, the Madison Infoshop and other radical endeavors around the Midwest. She will lead the discussion of male supremacist culture, what it looks like, sounds like and acts like, and then open up the floor for women to share their stories with each other of when they have experienced male supremacy in their lives. This workshop is open to women of all genders, queer women and individuals who suffer from women’s oppression. The focus of discussion will remain upon women’s unique plight and silencing in the patriarchy. If you do not feel comfortable coming to this workshop, but you have a story to share, consider making an entry to the zine to accompany the workshop, Musings on Manarchy in the Midwest: anarcha-feminist reader to accompany workshop presented at the Madison Zine Fest, November 10th, 2012. Deadline for entries is November 1st. You do not have to identify as an anarchist to write or do art for this zine!

In addition, please contact me about the format for this discussion and we can brainstorm ideas for other spaces where women can talk to each other.


Men, you are encouraged to attend a separate workshop prepared by Ken Klippenstein, a male feminist ally, that will be held at the same time as the women’s workshop.

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