Blogs

The December Challenge


Nov
27
2020
By Damita Brown
What is the December Challenge?  By Dr. Damita Brown  It's been one hell of a year. Recognizing that we all are dealing with personal and social impacts of COVID-19, democracy under attack, racist violence, economic hardships, and more, we need inviting community space to decompress, rally and strengthen our collective resolve. December Challenge is about the power of people coming together. The Transformative Action Network (TAN) of Dane County Timebank would like invite you to finish 2020 with a healing, supportive and determined anti-racist practice grounded in the contemplative practice... [ read more ]


Letter Campaign Writer Addresses Senior Government Leaders


Nov
05
2020
By Elizabeth Arco
We are highlighting powerful letters written through the Letter Writing Campaign to End Violence Against Black People which ended on November 3rd. Look for a final tally of letters sent to come soon! Thank you to all who participated!   Dear Senior Government Leaders, It’s a hell of a thing to get old.  The world seems to be changing at warp speed and our appliances, devices and habits are suddenly and irrevocably discontinued, obsolete and outdated.  Our passions gradually get dampened as our faculties and energy levels flag. It takes humility to realize we need more and more help.  Out of... [ read more ]

West High Alum with Demands for Racial Justice


Oct
28
2020
By Elizabeth Arco
We are highlighting powerful letters written through the Letter Campaign to End Violence Against Black People. Please join us in writing letters! An information and writing session is being held on October 29th from 7:00 - 8:30pm on Zoom. You can RSVP here.  Our goal is to send 2,000 letters to elected officials, government agencies, schools, nonprofits, local businesses, community organizations, and more, by Election Day (November 3rd). So far, we have nearly 1,600 letters.   Dear West High School Administration, As a senior at West High School, 8 years ago, I performed in Multico. When I... [ read more ]

Letter Campaign Writer Sends Powerful Letter to County Supervisors


Oct
16
2020
By Elizabeth Arco
We are highlighting powerful letters written through the Letter Campaign to End Violence Against Black People. Please join us in writing letters for the campaign. Information and writing session are held on Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:30pm on Zoom. You can RSVP here for the Zoom invitation.  Our goal is to send 2,000 letters to elected officials, government agencies, schools, nonprofits, local businesses, community organizations, and more, by November 3rd, 2020. So far, we have nearly 1,500 letters. July 24, 2020 To: county_board_recipients@countyofdane.com Subject: End Violence Against Black... [ read more ]

Letter Campaign Writer Puts Pressure on Police and Fire Commission


Sep
09
2020
By Ryan Eykholt
We are highlighting powerful letters written through the Letter Campaign to End Violence Against Black People. This Letter of the Week is written by Olivia Barrow and was sent to the Police and Fire Commission, as the PFC gathers public input for the next Chief of Police.  Please join us in writing letters for the campaign. Our next information and writing session will be Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 - 8:30pm on Zoom. You can RSVP here for the Zoom invitation.  Our goal is to send 2,000 letters to elected officials, government agencies, schools, nonprofits, local businesses, community... [ read more ]

Letter Campaign Writer Calls for Release of Marquon Clark


Aug
17
2020
By Damita Brown
This addition to the Letter Campaign to End Violence Against Black People was submitted by Clinton Otte-Ford. So far the campaign has sent over 1,000 letters. August 17, 2020 Dear Ms. Phillips and Mr. Enger, My name is Clinton Otte-Ford, and I am a resident of Dane County. I am following up on the email, copied below, that I sent to you on July 11th asking for the immediate release of Marquon Clark. I am also sending this email as a part of the Dane County TimeBank Transformative Action Network and Freedom Inc.’s Campaign to End Violence Against Black People. At this point it has been a... [ read more ]

Going For Broke


May
06
2020
By Marin Smith
“Let’s begin by saying that we are living through a very dangerous time.  Everyone in this room is in one way or another aware of that.  We are in a revolutionary situation, no matter how unpopular that word has become in this country...To any citizen of this country who figures himself as responsible – and particularly those of you who deal with the minds and hearts of young people – must be prepared to “go for broke.”  Or to put it another way, you must understand that in the attempt to correct so many generations of bad faith and cruelty, when it is operating not only in the classroom but... [ read more ]


Tiers as a Model for Racism


Apr
21
2020
By Gretchen Trast
As parents and caregivers are well aware, childcare during this pandemic has been an obstacle that our community has had to tackle together. However, caregivers have often had to go at this alone. Like in all times of crisis (Hurricane Katrina, 2019 wildfires in California, Hurricane Sandy, etc), the gaping social inequalities present in our communities are even more exacerbated. Further, responses to meet the needs of those who are deemed essential and vulnerable are prioritized and continue cycles of oppression rooted in racism, sexism, classism, and educational elitism. In the state of... [ read more ]


Finding Our True North for Racial Justice: Redefining Power


Apr
17
2020
By Damita Brown
Dr. Damita Brown How does a racial justice lens redefine power within a white led and predominantly white organization? Instrumentalist justice looks like exploiting black participation as opposed to sharing power. In that situation tactics of dominance continue to run the organization. From divide and conquer to hiring black gatekeepers – some one has to handle the “natives”. What really has not happened in Madison is an understanding that racism is disgusting. How it works is still something white people need to be more curious about? It is so poorly understood because of the assumption... [ read more ]

Ending Violence Against Black Children: an interview with Dr. Damita Brown


Apr
07
2020
By Ryan Eykholt
      Freedom Inc and the Transformative Action Network is collaborating on a letter writing campaign to demand the end of violence against black children in Madison. This coordinated abolitionist effort will bring together members of the community to make sure injustices against children do not go unseen, unchallenged, or met with silence. Community members will write letters directed to media outlets, school administrators, city officials and community based organizations to urge them to address the the structural and physical violence Black youth face and to take anti-racist action... [ read more ]