Blogs

Letter Writing Action for James Washington


May
12
2021
By Ryan Eykholt
Written by Jake Rodgers and Hanna Lichtenstein  James Washington is an inmate currently incarcerated in Columbia Correctional Institution. Over the course of the past four years, James has filed dozens of complaints related to being given the wrong medication, being denied access to dental and other health related services, and denial of care related to hip treatment. James recently underwent a thirty day hunger strike in an effort to meet his demands for adequate care.  (If you would like to learn more about his list of demands from the hunger strike please click here.)  Medical attention... [ read more ]


100 Strong Statement to Our Community


May
06
2021
By Dan Fitch
100 Strong Statement to Our Community Our nation continues to experience deep-rooted issues of injustice and violence against Black and Brown people by the police. In the last month we have witnessed the deaths of Daunte Wright, 20; Adam Toledo, 13; Ma’Khia Bryant, 16; and Andrew Brown, 42, at the hands of police. These stories were national news in just the last month, and yet we know that there have been so many others who have lost their lives to systemic racism and police brutality this year alone.  100 Strong makes this statement to speak up and continue to demand change and... [ read more ]

An Intern's Reflection on a Year of Growth at the Timebank


Apr
30
2021
By Elizabeth Arco
For the last nine months, I have had the privilege of interning with the Dane County Timebank through my MSW program at UW-Madison. Prior to starting this internship, I had never heard of a timebank and my understanding and experience with restorative justice, contemplative practice, and abolitionism were very minimal. I was eager to dive into the work and soak up as much knowledge as I possibly could. I quickly realized I had a lot to learn, and it was humbling to engage in groups such as Community Lab for Intentional Practice (CLIP), Restorative Antiracism Circle, and 100 Strong. I was... [ read more ]

My Internship Experience at the Timebank


Apr
29
2021
By Mariah Kozmer
            When I started interning for the Timebank I was planning on being involved in starting up their community helpline. Unfortunately, doing outreach in a pandemic to spread the word about the helpline is extremely challenging. Therefore, the helpline was shut down, but I hope in the future the Timebank can bring it back because it truly is a great resource for the Madison community. Also, since I came into this internship during a global pandemic it prevented me from being able to meet in person with the Timebank staff and members. Even though I was never able to meet everyone I... [ read more ]

A Year In Review: From an Intern's Perspective


Apr
28
2021
By Mayra Dominguez
This year the Dane County Timebank has taught me a lot about anti-racist and abolitionist practices. The organization exposed me to how much white supremacy dictates our everyday life. As a social work student and proponent of social justice in the Black community, I am well aware of the systems that continue to perpetrate racism, however, the degree to which it is ingrained in our lives is something I was unaware of. Studying different works by Dr. Bettina Love, and Ibram X. Kendi has taught me that I really do not know much about our world. It has reminded me the amount of knowledge I do... [ read more ]

Black Restorative Justice Training Participants Celebrate Last Training with Lunches Provided by Timebank


Apr
26
2021
By Mariah Kozmer
             For many years, the Dane County Timebank and La Follette High School have worked together to make restorative justice practices available for youth. Since police officers have been removed from MMSD schools, the Dane County Timebank and La Follette High School have been collaborating to expand the restorative justice program and bring community members along to support its growth. Recently, they have collaborated on a new exciting project that recruited Black community members for the Black Restorative Justice training to become volunteer mentors for Black youth in La Follette... [ read more ]

CLIP Member Puts Pressure on Senator for Funding Reallocation


Apr
21
2021
By Mariah Kozmer
This is posted on behalf of a CLIP member. Dear Senator Roys; I am writing today to urge you to reallocate $197 million spent annually to enforce technical violations of probation and parole. It is well known that a primary root cause of crime is poverty. Our punitive carceral system does nothing to address the root causes of poverty including the lack of generational wealth among black and brown people due to historic and ongoing systemic racism. We know that black and brown people are disproportionately arrested and incarcerated here in the Midwest. The 2019 Race in the Heartland Report... [ read more ]


Mask Giveaway Project Update


Apr
07
2021
By Elizabeth Arco
The Dane County Timebank has been organizing mask giveaways as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We know that the impacts of Covid-19 are hitting Black, Brown, and low-income communities the hardest and our goal is to lower the disparities seen in Dane County. We want to help protect our community and curb the spread of Covid-19. We have been organizing mask giveaways since the start of the pandemic at local grocery stores and community centers. The last mask giveaway was on March 13th from 1-2pm at Woodman’s West in Madison. Volunteers set up a table and were able to give away around 100... [ read more ]


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 ]