Marking Indigenous Peoples' Day in Madison
Morning update: Monday, Oct. 10
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Happy Monday, Madison!
Today is Indigenous Peoples' Day.
The State of Wisconsin first formally recognized the holiday in 2019. Last year, President Joe Biden made Indigenous Peoples Day a federal holiday.
Wisconsin is home to 11 federally recognized tribes and one tribe seeking to regain its federal status, and Madison sits on Ho-Chunk tribal lands. Throughout this week, the Ho-Chunk Nation flag will fly on the UW–Madison campus in recognition of the holiday.
If you're looking for more Indigenous news in Wisconsin, I highly recommend the Green Bay Press Gazette's First Nations newsletter. Additionally, PBS Wisconsin's Tribal Histories series features a collection of tribal storytellers sharing the culture and oral traditions of their communities.
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🚨 The final Vision Zero speed reduction of 2022.
- The speed limit on Segoe Road from University Avenue to Odana Road has decreased from 30 mph to 25 mph. This change marks the last planned speed limit change of the year for the city's Vision Zero initiative.
- According to the city, there have been 8 crashes resulting in injury on Segoe Road since 2017.
- What's Vision Zero? It's a city-wide initiative to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries on city streets by 2035. Already this year the city has implemented speed reductions along portions of East Washington Avenue, John Nolen Drive, Mineral Point Road, Old Sauk Road, and Portage Road.
🏡 Checking in on the permanent men's homeless shelter.
- Some context: It's been a long and winding road to build a permanent men's homeless shelter in Madison. In the past, church basements played host to unhoused men but the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 forced an end to that practice. The city partnered with the county to search for a permanent shelter location and — after two failed plans — settled on a site at 1902 Bartillon Drive on the far east side.
- Isthmus reports that despite some setbacks, the new shelter is on track for construction to begin in late 2023 or the first part of 2024.
- The total cost of the project is expected to be roughly $21 million. In August, the city and county pledged an additional $3 million and $6 million, respectively to the project, making the shelter the single largest capital investment in the county budget.
"There’s no going back to the church basements. Those days are over." — Jim O’Keefe, director of the city’s Community Development Division
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🎨 A big win for two local artists.
- Lilada Gee and Katherine Steichen Rosing were named winners of the 2022 Forward Art Prize, which recognizes women visual artists in Dane County whose work shows "compelling prospects for the future."
- Gee's work often features bright colors and bold lines. Her vibrant paintings of Black women and girls can be seen around town on murals and yard signs. Rosing's work takes a more abstract approach and draws inspiration from nature. Her art often holds underlying messages of "connectedness and climate change," Cap Times writes.
- If you'll recall: Gee was the victim of two controversial incidents surrounding the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's 2022 Wisconsin Triennial. Following those incidents and citing concerns over how their work was handled, a group of artists pulled their art from the exhibit and called for the museum director's resignation. On Sunday, a group of Triennial artists held a protest outside of MMoCA to honor the work of the artists and "shed light on the many harms the museum continues to enact on these artists and the community."
🍻 Four Madison breweries are bringing attention to domestic violence through beer.
- Delta Beer Lab, Hop Haus Brewing Company, Karben4 Brewing, and Working Draft Beer are recognizing October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month with an IPA called One In Four.
- The brew is part of a worldwide collaboration to raise funds for domestic violence prevention. Locally, Delta Beer will donate $1 for every pint of the beer sold to DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services), Isthmus reports.
🏈 An American football game in London.
- The Packers traveled to London over the weekend to take on the New York Giants at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
- Despite the fact that Packers fans vastly outnumbered Giants fans, it wasn't enough to bring home a win. The Packers lost 22 to 27.
🏘 Your lunchtime read: Redeveloping Madison's Bayview community with design justice.
- Via PBS Wisconsin: "On the edge of Madison's south side sits a tiny community that represents a slice of Wisconsin's diversity.
'All of the housing that's on the triangle, including Bayview, is low-income housing,' said Mary Berryman Agard, a board member of the Bayview Foundation. [...]
Also known as the Greenbush community, and nowadays the Triangle because of the unique shape of the block where it sits, the sense of diverse community there dates back more than 50 years when it first began to take shape. Back then when city leaders chose to rebuild the area, it would have a devastating impact on this mainly minority community."
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