Happy Monday, Madison!

The Madison Area Transgender Association is collecting signups and donations for its Second Annual Holiday Trans Care Package Drive. The group is assembling care packages for trans and non-binary adults in the Madison area to spread trans joy and care during the winter holiday season.

Last year, the package drive successfully fulfilled 80 requests for care packages thanks to dozens of volunteers, businesses, and individuals who stepped up to donate their time, money, and products to the cause.

So while you're out holiday shopping, take a look at MATA's wishlist to see the items they need. Donations can be dropped off through Dec. 7 at the OutReach LGBT Center at 2701 International Ln. Monday through Friday from 12-7 p.m.

You can also donate to the cause directly here by selecting "Madison Area Transgender Association" in the dropdown.

Lastly, any trans and non-binary adults in Dane County can sign up to receive a holiday care package by filling out this form.

— Hayley

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🗳️ Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway is running for re-election.

🚨 Multiple MPD employees have been arrested in the past two weeks.

  • Three Madison police officers have been placed on nondisciplinary administrative leave after being arrested for separate, unrelated incidents. All of the incidents occurred while the officers were off duty, according to Channel 3000.
  • Officer Cary House was arrested and charged with felony strangulation and misdemeanor battery earlier this month for allegedly choking his wife in their home. He was released Nov. 8 on a $2,000 signature bond.
  • On Nov. 9, MPD officer Keith Brown was arrested by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office for misdemeanor battery, intimidation of a victim, and disorderly conduct. Charges against Brown have not yet been filed but Channel 3000 reports he posted bond Nov. 10.
  • The Wisconsin State Journal reports the third officer arrested was Richard Carriveau. He was reportedly cited for drunk driving in Columbia County Nov. 11.

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🔥 Nitty Gritty dumpster fire.

  • A fire in a dumpster behind the downtown Nitty Gritty forced the restaurant's closure over the weekend.
  • Just after 1 a.m. Sunday morning, Madison Fire Department crews were dispatched to the Nitty Gritty at 223 N. Frances St. after a passerby called 911 to report a vehicle and dumpster were on fire and that the fire spread to the building.
  • Madison Police officers helped evacuate about 70 people from the building and shut down traffic around the scene. No one was injured in the incident.
  • The cause of the fire is under investigation and the extent of the damage is unknown.

❤️‍🩹 Honoring the one-year anniversary of the Waukesha Christmas Parade Tragedy.

  • Flags across the state will fly at half-staff today in recognition of the first anniversary of the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy and in remembrance of the six people who were killed in the attack.
  • Moving forward: After a high-profile and emotional trial, Waukesha Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dorow last week sentenced Darrell Brooks Jr. to six consecutive life sentences for each of the people he killed in the 2021 attack. Brooks was also sentenced to an additional 762 years in prison for the 61 charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety. WPR reports Brooks plans to appeal his conviction.
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🏈 It was a big weekend for the Badgers.

🍂 Your lunchtime read: Why I Don’t Celebrate Thanksgiving.

  • Via Madison Magazine: "Thanksgiving.

    The day designated for acknowledging the things I’m grateful for. In my culture, I have been taught to give thanks every day, not just on the one day of the year that other people say we should be the most grateful.

    I myself don’t celebrate the day called Thanksgiving. For me, what we are celebrating is the arrival of colonialism. It symbolizes the day when everything changed for our people — the day of the symbolic First Thanksgiving meal they taught us about via theater when we were children."
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