August 20 7:00pm
Starting October 1st through the 2nd Register with the YWCA here
M Adams: M. Adams is a community organizer and co-executive director of Freedom Inc., where she has been for seven years. Freedom Inc. works with low to no income Black and Hmong wimmin, queer folks, and youth in Dane County. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Adams has been in Madison since 2003. Adams’s dad has been incarcerated most of her life and she comes from a community that has been the extreme target of police violence. Adams, herself, is also a proud dad to a 2-year-old who is a primary motivator for her work. As a queer Black person, Adams has developed and advocated for a strong intersectional approach in numerous important venues: Adams led four contingencies to Ferguson, Missouri last fall and is a leading figure in the Take Back the Land Movement. She presented before the United Nations for the Convention on Eliminating Racial Discrimination, is the co-Author of Forward from Ferguson and a work in progress on Black community control over the police, and author to intersectionality theory in Why Killing Unarmed Black folks is a Queer Issue. Most recently, Adams can be seen in person, on TV or in the newspapers giving near weekly presentations, testifying and city council meetings, and energizing crowds at protests as a member of the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition.
Thursday August 20
9:30am - 3:30pm
Entrepreneurship at its best incorporates the business of improving the world we live in -- caring, sharing, building community, and unleashing new creative economies. Join us for a daylong summit to collectively redefine entrepreneurship in terms that reconsider the value of social good in all the work that we do. Through a moderated panel discussion, participant engagement activities, and networking opportunities, we will, together, build a larger kind of entrepreneurship worthy of Wisconsin – one where prosperity benefits everyone, without exception.
The Summit is an all day event on Thursday August 20th. We're starting with a Redefining Entrepreneurship panel in the morning where Amy Gannon, Edgewood College School of Business Interim Dean and Co-Founder of the Doyenne Group, will challenge a panel of entrepreneurial leaders and grassroots community builders to answer core questions such as: How should a city like Madison define what entrepreneurship means to us as a community, as we focus time, energy, and finances on developing entrepreneurs? What definition of entrepreneurship do we value?
After the panel and Q&A, we'll grab a catered lunch from Steenbock's, over which we'll engage as small groups in the afternoon's Really Big Questions workshop. Eric Upchurch, Lead Organizer with Young Gifted & Black Coalition and Director of Development and Marketing for the YWCA, will lead us as we dig into what it really means for entrepreneurship to best deliver the social goods. We'll then come back together afterwards to compare and discuss what we found.
Wednesday, August 12th 5:00 PM
City County Building
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Madison, WI 53703
As a result of our work in the streets, the county has agreed to halt spending on the jail and instead engage the community in workgroups that will make recommendations focusing on Mental Health, Length of Stay, and Alternatives to Incarceration. This Wednesday, the Mental Health workgroup will have one of its final meetings. We are asking our community to show up and raise voice to end racial disparities in the jail. End solitary confinement ● Establish communitybased mental health resources that interrupt arrest and incarceration (see interruption programs LEAD under Resources) ● Create an oncall 24/7 field team of mental health crisis professionals, and eliminate current policies and practices that rely on socalled 'mental health' police officers. ● Establish a mental health toolkit to support Dane County’s Circuit Court Judges. This includes but is not limited to screening tools or assessment to determine placement; options of treatments/services need to be available (especially for individuals without health insurance); and whether a toolkit should be integrated into all criminal courtrooms.● Increase funding and access for programs that take an innovative approach and are Blackcentered and Blackled such as Sankofa Behavioral & Community Health.
Wednesday, August 12th 4:30PM
State Capitol Building
In the five+ months since the MPD shooting and killing of unarmed 19 year old Tony Robinson, over 520 lives have been taken by police officers across the U.S. In Madison, the confrontation of Black people by police has jumped to 11 Black people for every 1 White person, up from 8:1 last year. The movement for change continues to push ahead to stop state sanctioned and MPD approved violence. Please join the Robinson-Irwin family on WED AUG 12th at 4:30 PM (CST) at the steps of the WI State Capitol for an important press conference announcement regarding upcoming actions in the case of Tony Terrell Robinson Jr. #JUSTICEFORTONY