Literacy Network 40th Anniversary Party on June 4!

Join us on June 4: Literacy Network’s 40th anniversary!

Literacy Network will celebrate our 40th anniversary on Wed, June 4 at 6:00 – 8:00 pm at our new Literacy Network Employment Training Center (1124 S Park Street), just next door to our main office. We will feature awards for tutors and learners who have achieved great things in the last year.

Click here to reserve your spot and/or submit your nomination
Nominations are due by this Thursday, May 15. Join us to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of our learners, the dedicated service of our volunteers, and the exciting future for Literacy Network! Complimentary food and beverage will be available. Staff will be on hand to discuss our plans for the future in this expanded space. We hope you can join us!

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The Capital City Hues – April 17th Edition

In our April 17rd edition of The Capital City Hues:

  • We celebrate National Poetry Month with the UW Odyssey Project
  • There has been talk about consolidating UW Afro-American Studies, Chcan@ and Latin@ Studies, American Indian Studies and Asian American Studies into one UW-Madison department
  • Betty Banks, Pia Kinney-James and Muriel Simms talk about Old Black Madison
  • El Día de los Niños will be held May 3rd
  • Shalini Kantayya is the keynote speaker for Isthmus Green Day and The New Green Challenge on April 26th
  • 100 Black Men of Madison held its Black History Bowl
  • Fernando Cano Ospina and Stephanie Krook talk about reduce, reuse and recycle for The New Green Challenge
  • These are just some of the stories in Your Capital City Hues.

    “The News for ALL of Madison”

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    April South Madison Community Night

    This is a great way to kick off the season! We have lined up great performances, food and fun. Please share and plan to attend with your family and friends.

    Questions? Contact Hedi Rudd (729-1268) or Ellery Graves (729-1226.)

    See you there!

    Advancing Talent, Opportunity & Prosperity
    The Madison Region’s Economic Development, Diversity and Leadership Summit

    Friday May 9, 2014 | 7:30 – 4:00 pm | Monona Terrace | 1 John Nolen Drive

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    Communities United Meeting

    Communities United Meeting
    April 14th from 12-1:30 pm
    Community Room
    Urban League of Greater Madison
    2222 S. Park St., Suite 200, Madison, WI 53713
    Brown Bag Meeting


    12:00 pm – 12:10 pm Networking

    12:10 pm – 12:25 pm City’s Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiative – Melissa Gombar

    12:25 pm – 1:15 pm Justified Anger – Alex Gee

      Read article: Madison is Failing its African American Community
      Read article: Hundred’s fill Fountain of Life…

    1:15 pm – 1:30 pm Announcements

    Disclaimer: Communities United is a non-partisan organization
    Communities United
    Politics & Social justice coalition meeting (all welcome)
    When: Every 2nd Monday of the month, from 12-1:30 PM

    More Information:

    Communities United is a coalition of groups and individuals working on a city and county-wide basis to advance civil rights and social justice. New members and visitors are always welcome.

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    Italian Workmen’s Club March/April Newsletter

    Below is a link to our latest newsletter.

    Note that we have our annual sauce-tasting contest coming up on April 27th at the clubhouse – see the flyer at the end of the newsletter. This will mark an end to the Benjamin reign and a new champion will be crowned – will it be you?!! Get that apron on, sharpen your skills and submit a sauce!

    One of our club members has dined with Tony Bennett and driven Elvis around town. Really! You can read about him in our newsletter!

    Haack Selected as 2014 Dane County Fairest of the Fair

    MADISON, WIS. – Hannah Haack, 18-year-old daughter of Frank and Carrie Haack, Verona, was selected April 6 as the 2014 Dane County Fairest of the Fair. Haack will serve as the official youth ambassador for the Dane County Fair, July 16 through July 20 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. She will be making appearances throughout the year at civic groups, community festivals and school gatherings to share her story as a youth exhibitor and to promote this year’s Fair.

    Haack is a member of the Paoli 4-H Fireballs club, having served as president, vice president, secretary and reporter. She also served in leadership positions for Verona FFA. Her Fair projects include communications, foods, poultry, home furnishings, photography, woodworking and health. Her school activities include Verona High School Student Council and Verona High School Multicultural Leadership Council. Haack will graduate from Verona High School this spring and plans to attend University of Wisconsin-Platteville, studying Agricultural Engineering in the fall.

    First runner-up in the Dane County Fairest of the Fair competition was Karsen Haag, 20-year-old daughter of Virgil and Dawn Haag of Mount Horeb. Karsen has been an active member of the Twin Valley 4-H club and Dane County Junior Holstein Association. Additional 2014 Fairest participants included Ava Janssen and Michelle Oliveras.

    The Dane County Fairest of the Fair Planning Committee includes Carly Darrow, Shelly Sarbacker and Macy Sarbacker. Local Dane County groups that would like to request an appearance by Haack, as Dane County Fairest of the Fair, should visit to access a downloadable request form or simply contact Carly Darrow at 608-443-7385.

    This Week in the Madison Times (April 9-15)

    Here’s what’s happening in The Madison Times issue (April 9-15) that is getting out to the community right now:

  • The Business Forum Luncheon hosted the ladies from the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness at the Madison Club April 3. The Madison Times was there with the story and photos.
  • The Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals hosted its First Annual Emerge Gala at the Concourse Hotel. TMT has the story and photos
  • AIDS Network’s Heidi Olson-Streed gets all kinds of questions about HIV/AIDS. TMT contributing writer Anita J. Martin catches up with her to talk about those questions (and answers) in her feature story “Earlier detection = healthier community.”
  • Civil rights groups, labor organizer and their allies are stepping up pressure on Congress to pass legislation raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016.
  • Other stories:

  • You can now check out vegetable seeds at Goodman South Madison’s Seed Library
  • The Women in Focus Inc. “I Have a Dream” Scholarship Award Reception took place April 6 in the Washburn Heritage Room, Regina Hall at Edgewood College.
  • Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) and the Urban League of Greater Madison are combining to host a Diversity Summit
  • News from The Milwaukee Courier

    Our middlespread has a story and photos from the 100 Black Men of Madison’s History Challenge Bowl held this past week at the Doyle Administration Building. Congrats, Badger Rock Middle School! They will be moving on the national competition in Florida.

    We have local, state, and national news…. editorials, opinions, What’s Up?, and more

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    The Madison Times (April 2-8)

    Here’s what’s happening in The Madison Times issue (April 2-8) that is getting out to the community right now:

  • Wisconsin civil rights pioneer Vel Phillips was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association at a daylong seminar focusing on civil rights, “A Nation Still Under Construction: Observing the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act,” held at Union South on March 26. TMT was there with the story and photos.
  • Pauline Chavez-Hermaindan has had a long, incredible journey from the poverty of rural Texas to becoming Madison College’s new state ambassador to the Wisconsin Technical College System. We have her incredible story.
  • The Wisconsin Woman of Color Network hosted the Artful Women of Color Multicultural Arts and Crafts Exhibit this past weekend. TMT contributing writer Anita J. Martin reports on the event.
  • Dane County is moving forward with a package of equity initiatives to address continued racial disparities. Shelia Stubbs hosted a press conference March 31 at the Urban League of Greater Madison and TMT was there.
  • Other stories:

  • The Madison Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. celebrated “101 Years of excellence of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.” with the 2014 Founders Day Celebration this past weekend.
  • Soul Stroll for Health Madison Health & Resource Fairs is coming soon.
  • News from The Milwaukee Courier
  • Madison schools and UW-Madison to strengthen partnership
  • Our middlespread has a story and photos from Kaleem Caire’s Thank You Celebration at The Cardinal last Thursday night.
  • We have local, state, and national news…. editorials, opinions, What’s Up?, and more

    Pick up a copy today!

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