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Happy Tuesday, Madison.

The sun is shining and today would be the perfect day to wear a shirt with a big stinky flower on it, wouldn't it?

This is my attempt at a not-so-subtle reminder that we're still selling Big Stinky Flower t-shirts!

You can click the link here to check them out, but do it soon, because just like the corpse flower, it won't be around forever.

— Hayley


Image via UW-Madison

🏫 Meet UW's next chancellor.

🦠 Covid-19 is on the rise (still) in Wisconsin.

  • The state Department of Health Services reports the state is seeing an increase in the spread and impact of Covid-19.
  • Seven Wisconsin counties — Barron, Rusk, La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon, Racine and Kenosha — now have "high" Covid-19 community levels and DHS is urging residents to mask up when leaving the house.
  • Related: Every U.S. home is eligible to order a 3rd round of free at-home Covid-19 tests. You can order yours here.

☕ Goodbye, State Street Grace Coffee.

💰 PHMDC announced more than $1 million in funding for anti-violence work in the community.

  • Public Health Madison & Dane County is looking to address the "growing and urgent issue of violence in our community" by providing $1,065,000 in funding to local nonprofits and tribal organizations working to reduce violence in the Madison and Dane County community.
  • The funding, made available by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), will be awarded to organizations that meet three specific goals outlined in Public Health's Roadmap to Reducing Violence: Community Engagement with Children, Youth, and Families; Foster Strong Neighborhoods; Bolster and Increase Intervention and Continuous Healing for Those Affected by Violence.
  • Eligible agencies and organizations can apply for funding through June 13.
one Madison Managing Editor Oona Mackesey-Green sits outside the Capitol building at the May 3 pro-choice rally. Photo by Hayley Sperling.

📓 Collecting an oral history of abortion.


👕 Stinky flower: gone but never forgotten.

  • It came, it stank, and then it left. So long!
  • Buy your shirt here. The proceeds will be split between Olbrich Botanical Gardens and local artist Jess Draws (aka bumblechub).

❤️ Remembering Gaddi Ben Dan.

  • Longtime local journalist, publisher, and civil rights activist Gaddi Ben Dan died last week at the age of 76. Dan marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s and founded The Madison Times community newspaper.
  • Learn more about his life and legacy in this comprehensive piece from Madison365, and check out this 2018 interview from the Cap Times.

⚢ Your lunchtime read: Temporary party, lasting community.

  • From Isthmus: "In lieu of brick-and-mortar spots, pop-ups events have become a popular way to bring the lesbian and queer community together."

📅 Events

Tuesday, May 17


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