Have you already heard about the Global Climate Convergence?
From the G.C.C. web site, “The Convergence is an education and direct action campaign that begins this spring, with “10 days to change course,” running from Earth Day to May Day. It provides coordinated action to multiply, amplify and build synergy across grassroots justice movements.”
Madison has a jumbo list of events from Earth Day through May Day. Here’s a listing.
One of the biggest bashes on that list is happening Saturday from 2PM through 2AM Sunday. Check it out:
Madison Action for Mining Alternatives (MAMA) announces a spring double-fundraiser bash, with proceeds going to Bad River Legal Defense and frac sand mining health research in Western Wisconsin!
When: Saturday 4/19 2pm – 1am:
Evolution Arts Collective Warehouse Space,
202 S Dickinson St.,
There will be informational talks, kids’ arts and crafts, food, music, a silent auction with fabulous items from local businesses to bid on! Door prizes! And more!
$10 minimum suggested donation gets you the chance to win a door prize, live music and awesome presentations. You are encouraged to bring a dish to pass for the 6pm potluck supper. BYOB after 9 PM.
2 PM Matinee performance of the Water Is Life! puppet show with Emerald Dragonfly, Wood Turtle, Whooping Crane, Raccoon and other critters who are threatened or endangered in the North Woods. Play written and performed by members of Madison Action for Mining Alternatives (MAMA) and the Madison Infoshop.
Shortly after the puppet show, the Beehive Collective and Thistle will provide children’s crafts and activities including felt water drop pins kids can take home.
3 PM (Upstairs)
Professor Patty Loew, UW-Madison Dept of Life Sciences Communication and Bad River Band member, screens ‘Protect Our Future,’ the documentary she helped three Bad River teens produce about the proposed open-pit taconite mine in the Penokee Hills and threats to Bad River’s ancient wild rice.
3:30 – 4:30 (Main warehouse) Solidarity Sing Along will lead mostly environmental and anti-mining songs. All are welcomed to join in!
4 PM (Upstairs) Patricia Popple from Chippewa Falls, WI will talk about the impact of silica sand mines, processing plants and trans-load stations on the environment in the fast growing frac sand business overtaking NW WI and the driftless area.
5 PM (Upstairs) “The Midwest Mining Rush and Conflicts over Tribal Sovereignty: the Mole Lake and Bad River Ojibwe of Lake Superior.” Presentation by Al Gedicks, Prof. Emeritus, UW-La Crosse, and an environmental and Indigenous rights activist and scholar.
6 PM potluck. Please bring a labeled dish to pass or something non-alcoholic to drink.
(Gallery Space) “Widening the Circle” – ideas to invite, wake up, encourage and listen to people’s positions on the environment.
Discussion led by Dena Eakles and Karma Chávez of the Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice.
7 PM (Main warehouse) The Beehive Collective presents a teaser for “ROCK BOTTOM in the Age of Extreme Resource Extraction: Fracking, Sulfide Mining, and Tar Sands in the Great Lakes Region.” http://www.beehivecollective.org/
The Beehive is an all-volunteer swarm of educators, artists, and activists using images to communicate and educate about the complex realities of our times. The dizzyingly detailed, hand-drawn, large-format posters and banners are portable murals that come alive through storytelling, illuminating how single issues are interconnected and part of bigger systems. Join in as the Bees deconstruct often overwhelming global issues in an engaging and interactive presentation, using metaphors from the natural world to connect social and environmental struggles.
ROCK BOTTOM is a special new presentation, using allegorical images from “The True Cost of Coal” and “Mesoamerica Resiste” graphics and informative stories from around the Great Lakes bio-region.The Bees’ strive to go beyond illustrating only the bad news, rounding out the talk with stories of grassroots organizing, collective action, and inspiration. The story begins with exploring the legacy of colonial and industrial expansion, connecting that history to today’s top-down development plans and resource extraction. It continues with examples of resistance and alternatives, especially organized and led by Indigenous peoples. Celebrating ecological diversity is also a priority, with a cast of characters that includes many hundreds of species of insects, animals, and plants!
8 PM (Main warehouse)
Another performance of the Water Is Life! puppet show
Alcohol now allowed — BYOB
9 PM (Main warehouse)
Bonobo Secret Handshake — A politically charged and socially motivated funk, rock and blues band formed in Madison, WI. in 2007, who bring original and cover song material to a local and world-wide fan base, promoting peace, love and happiness through their music.
10:30 PM (Main warehouse)
Thistle & Thorns — Original radical folk music. http://www.thistlespace.org/
This event is endorsed by the Crawford Stewardship Project, Midwest Coalition Against Lethal Mining, the Madison Infoshop, the John Muir Chapter of the Four Lakes Sierra Club, 350.org, Family Farm Defenders, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, the Madison Chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild, the Madison Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World, Global Climate Convergence-Madison, Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse, Community Pharmacy, Madcat Pet Supplies,The Willy Street Co-op, Mickey’s Tavern and Machinery Row Bicycles.
Sponsors: Ha Long Bay, Echo Valley Farm, Captiol City Tattoo, Midwest Environmental Advocates, WORT Community Radio, Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative and the Madison Global Climate Convergence Organizing Team.