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Beer on US: September 19th

Friends,

Want to have a beer on the Wisconsin University Union (WUU)?

We’ll spring for snacks and non-alcoholic drinks too.

There won’t be ANY speechifying and the purpose isn’t to sign people up for WUU (though discussions of union issues may well come up).

We just want to spark discussion of some current issue(s) each month, like these:

–increase in administrative jobs vs. decrease in faculty positions
–governance at UW today
–salaries from student workers through faculty to administrators
–access and affordability

We will meet monthly on the third Tuesday at 5:00 at Memorial Union — on the Terrace if the weather is suitable, otherwise in the Rathskeller.

This month that’s Tuesday September 19th.

Join WUU for our Spring 2017 Symposium:

LOCATION:

Pyle Center Room # 209

702 Langdon St. Madison, WI 53706

TIME:

April 5th, 2017 – 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Frozen in Place is a symposium organized by the Wisconsin University Union (WUU), University Faculty and Academic Staff (UFAS) the local American Association of University Professors (AAUP). The Board of Regents, Human Resources, Faculty and Staff have all recognized the problem. The University of Wisconsin has been told that there will not be funding to support raises to account for increased cost of living, merit or critical compensation funds for the coming year. The legislature has, however, delineated a given amount of money that will be available for selected raise increases. The question is, how do we distribute these funds in the most beneficial fashion to build UW programs?

PANELISTS:

Michael Moscicke (Interim President AAUP)

Mara Matovich (Associated Students of Madison)

John Wiley (Former Chancellor [2001-2008])

Anna Paretskaya (UFAS, Lecturer in the Department of Sociology)

Jambul Akkaziev (UFAS, Faculty Assistant for English as a Second Language Programs)

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED

Symposium Report: Relations between Community and Police

RELATIONS BETWEEN COMMUNITY & POLICE

A WUU Sponsored Symposium

On October 5th, 2016 WUU members gathered with a crowd of around eighty members of university faculty, staff, students and the public to discuss community and police relations.

We were generously supported by a panel of excellent speakers including:

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Alix Shabaaz – Community Organizer & Freedom Fighter with Freedom Inc.

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Michael Davis – MA Student Department of African American Studies, PhD Student in the School of Education & Community Organizer with Freedom Inc.

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Ajani Carr – Youth Activist & Community Organizer

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David C. Couper – Retired Madison Police Chief, Activist, Clergy, & Poet

We had a most welcome late addition to the program: a guest appearance from Dr. D. Sajnani (Also known as: Professor D., African Cultural Studies), who offered his commentary as well.

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As WUU stands for equity in the work place and our work place is a public university, the issue of Community-Police relations impacts us all. Locally and nationally there have been serious questions raised around Community-Police relations in past years. In this symposium, our speakers directly addressed those questions. They raised concerns regarding the deplorable treatment of people of color in our communities, critiqued the institutions of policing in America, and addressed proposals on how community control over the police may benefit our society.

A most gracious, warm, thank you to all our speakers and all those folks in attendance!

FUND THE FREEZE: THIS AFTERNOON @ UNION SOUTH

FUND THE FREEZE!

With thanks to our colleagues at UFAS.

WUU is co-sponsor with AFSCME 2412 Executive Board, PROFS, the TAA Executive Board, & Wisconsin Student Power Alliance.

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The program is:
WHAT: “Fund the Freeze” Teach-In
WHO: State Rep. Chris Taylor with students, staff, faculty, and Madison community members
WHEN: Monday, October 10, 2016, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Northwoods Room A, Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St.

Come one, come all!

Join Us! Public Symposium on Community & Police Relations: October 5th

 

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED!!!

Sponsored by: Wisconsin University Union www.wuu.info

Join Us for a public symposium:

Relations between Community & Police

Relations between Community and Police is a symposium sponsored by the Wisconsin University Union (WUU). As WUU stands for equity in the work place and our work place is a public university, the issue of Community-Police relations impacts us all. Locally and nationally there have been serious questions raised around Community-Police relations in past years. In this symposium our speakers directly address those questions, as well as proposed solutions to improve community-police relations

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SPEAKERS:

Alix Shabaaz – Community Organizer and Freedom Fighter at Freedom Inc.

Michael Davis – MA Student Department of African American Studies, PhD Student in the School of Education & Community Organizer at Freedom Inc.

Ajani Carr – Youth Activist & Community Organizer

David C. Couper – Retired Madison Police Chief, Activist, Clergy, Poet

LOCATION:

Pyle Center Rooms #325 & #326

702 Langdon St. Madison, WI 53706

 

TIME:

October 5th, 2016 – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

 

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED!!!

Sponsored by: Wisconsin University Union www.wuu.info

Calling All Available to Attend: Forum on the UW System Budget

Moving Wisconsin Forward: Reinvesting in the UW System

“What can we do to keep the University of Wisconsin strong in a time of funding cuts and tuition freezes?

Sept. 21, 2016: 7:00 PM @ Madison Memorial High School

(201 S. Gammon Rd)

Speakers include:

Donald Moynihan (Director of La Follete School of Public Affairs, Opening Remarks)

President Ray Cross (UW System President)

Rep. Dianne Hesselbein

Former Sen. Dale Schultz

Nicholas Hillman (Associate Professor, UW-Madison)

Mariam Coker (Student, UW-Madison)

Gwyn Guenther, Wheeler Report (moderator)

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UW-Madison Faculty, Staff, and Students Gather on Valentines Day to Stop the Cuts, Save UW!

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On the 4th anniversary of the February 14th rally and march that sparked the Wisconsin Uprising, hundreds braved the cold to protest the proposed $300 million in budget cuts and the threats to democratic governance and public benefit posed by the “public” authority. WUU members Joe Elder and Bruce Tomadsen spoke to the freezing but spirited crowd.

The Cap Times Reported:

“UW students, faculty, staff and community members gathered, chanting, “No ifs, no buts, no budget cuts” and carrying signs with slogans like “I (heart) UW” and “Be like Minnesota, not Kansas” on them.

Some faculty are already leaving as a result of the cuts, said Joe Elder, professor of sociology at UW-Madison.

“And more faculty will leave,” he said.

“If the budget cuts affected football, we’d have nine players on the field instead of 11,” said Bruce Tomadsen, another UW-Madison faculty member and representative of the Wisconsin University Union. “No problem, says Walker, players can just cover other positions.””

Photo by Rebecca Kemble