Category Archives: Social Justice

Be a Lady — No Acting Required

Going to the gym is the equivalent of engaging in a sociological study. Today, my lens was gender. I glanced around the changing room and cringed at the curling irons, make up, hair spray, and accessories. Women were in many … Continue reading

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Bike MS 2016: Join the Fight

Help fight for a world free of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). I’ve signed up for the Bike MS: Toyota Best Dam Bike Tour with the goal of working toward a world free of MS. Please support me as I prepare for this … Continue reading

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Expect the Unexpected

First off, let me apologize to my political followers. This post is not about education, politics, elections, or unions. I should also apologize to my fellow writers out there. I do not plan on editing or making a final product of … Continue reading

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Ready, Set, Bargain!

Approximately 250 people filled the McDaniels Auditorium in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Administration building last Thursday night to advocate for the teachers’ right to a place at the bargaining table. Thirty people signed up to speak, including Representative … Continue reading

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Respect for Workers Means a Place at the Table

As the MTI red and AFSCME green packed the meeting room and the halls of the MMSD Administration Building Monday night, I couldn’t help but think that we’d been here before. The budget was on the work committee’s agenda, but … Continue reading

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~ Unity, Commitment, Action ~

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FLORES TO RUN FOR MADISON SCHOOL BOARD, SEAT 6 City of Madison firefighter and paramedic, Michael Flores, has announced his candidacy for next spring’s MMSD Board of Education election. Flores seeks to fill the … Continue reading

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Route 31 to Owl Creek – Worth the Wait

Author’s Note: this article was written by Karen Vieth and Susan De Vos for Madison Commons. While it has become rather standard practice for Metro to tweak its routing and scheduling every year around the end of August, the changes … Continue reading

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6th Annual Sennett Family Picnic Inspires Hope

On Wednesday, September 18th approximately 300 people filled Southdale Park for the 6th Annual Sennett Family Picnic.  Sennett staff, students, families, and MMSD’s assistant superintendent of secondary schools, Alex Fralin, were in attendance.  It was an amazing sight. Shortly after … Continue reading

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Stapler Not Included

Public schools have faced a decreasing budget for more than a decade. Yet, the effects are not always obvious to the outside observer. Teachers rush in to fill the holes as quickly as they are created, sometimes asking for help … Continue reading

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Speak Out, No Permit Required

Today marks the last day of summer break for Madison teachers. I was at school preparing for next week’s arrival of students, but at 11:30, I found myself glancing up at my classroom clock more and more frequently. It felt … Continue reading

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