Goooood morning, Madison!

We have so so SO much news to cover so I won't drone on too much here.

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Second, I'm going on vacation this weekend (nice!), which means Sam will be writing the newsletter, so get excited.

Have a great weekend, y'all.

— Hayley

P.S. If anyone here is going to Riot Fest, come find me in the MCR pit. 🖤


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🚨 The police chief has no intention of  getting rid of tear gas.

  • Some context: In June, Ald. Juliana Bennett, who represents the heavily-student-populated District 8, introduced a resolution banning the police use of tear gas as a means of crowd control. The council is set to discuss the proposal at its Sept. 20 meeting.
  • Madison Police Department Chief Shon Barnes weighed in on the proposal Wednesday issuing a statement calling the proposed ban on chemical munitions and indiscriminate weapons "punitive and regressive."
  • A University of Pennsylvania Law School analysis that examined six nights of protests in Madison following the deaths of George Floyd and Jacob Blake in 2020 issued nine recommendations to MPD on how to better handle such situations. One of the recommendations included avoiding the use of tear gas whenever possible.

📋 Remember that UW System free speech survey?

  • If you'll recall: A privately funded survey seeks to ask UW System students "what they know about First Amendment free speech rights, how much they value them and whether they've felt pressured by a professor to agree with a political or ideological opinion in class," according to WPR. The survey drew major criticism from many UW System leaders.
  • In a recent appearance on WKOW, UW System President Jay Rothman confirmed that after being delayed for months, the survey will be sent out to students before the end of the year.
  • Some context: The stated goal of the survey is to get measurable data from students about how colleges regulate free speech and expression on campuses. This is at a time when many Republicans claim university faculty show bias against conservative viewpoints, WPR reports.
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🥡 Keeping track of Madison restaurants.

  • It has been a busy — like really busy — past few months for Madison's restaurant scene. Keeping track of what's opening, closing, and changing across the isthmus could be a full-time job. Thankfully, the folks at Madison Magazine exist and wrangled all of the restaurant news you need to know into one convenient article. Take a look to see what's opened recently (like Turnkey, SASS, and Diamond’s Cafe), who closed their doors for good (like The Heights, Cafe Brittoli, and Liliana’s), and what's coming soon.

☕️ Your lunchtime read: The slow drip of Madison’s coffee-shop unions.

  • Via Tone Madison: "Workers at four Madison coffee shops face a long uphill battle ahead as they negotiate their first union contracts following successful organizing efforts over the past year.

    All three of the city’s Colectivo locations and the Starbucks on the Capitol Square are local examples of a burst of barista unions cropping up across the country involving hundreds of stores. [...]

    Despite its progressive self-image and its outsized array of restaurants and bars, Madison lacks any major presence of service sector unions. Baristas may be leading the charge toward a brighter future wherein the community actually embodies the values it claims to hold."
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