Meadowood Community Supper: January 25, 2012

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Feb 242012

The theme for the 13th Meadowood Supper was celebrating the successes of 2011 and planning for 2012.

The Community Supper was held on January 25, 2012 at the Meadowood Neighborhood Center.  This supper had the largest attendance ever!!
The program began with an inspirational video presentation celebrating Meadowood’s 2011 accomplishments.Ideas for 2012 Table discussions on what issues the neighborhood wanted to focus on in 2012 followed.  The participants came up with a variety of neighborhood objectives for 2012. These ideas were then posted on the wall and reduced to four workgroup themes: safety, neighborhood beautification, youth programming, and economic development.  Opportunities to become involved were offered through sign-ups for the new and existing work groups. The youth in attendance were facilitated by youth organizer Ali Brook and came up with their three objectives for this year: youth programming, crime and safety and neighborhood beautification.

The buffet meal for the evening was chicken and spaghetti accompanied by delicious side dishes contributed by residents. The dessert was a large cake decorated to thank the many Meadowood work groups for their 2011 contributions.  The program concluded with a performance by the Meadowood Dance Team and community announcements.

Mayor Soglin & Sheray WallaceThanks to:

  • Meadowood Supper Coordinator, Sheray Wallace and the Community Supper Planning Committee and other volunteers for organizing the event and preparing the meal
  • Becky Schrader for setting up the Hot Chocolate Bar and her great video production
  • Neighborhood residents for contributing side dishes
  • Meadowood Dance Team for entertainment
  • Everyone for their contributions to the evening’s discussions!

Mark the date now for the next Meadowood Supper on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 5:30 PM.

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Peace Vigil – A Response to Racist and Hate Graffiti, November 22, 2011

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Feb 242012

On Tuesday November 15, 2011, Channel 3000 reported: “The Madison Police Department said that it has received several complaints regarding graffiti found spray painted Tuesday morning in a neighborhood on the city’s far West Side. Police said at least one home, a utility trailer and several fences in the Frisch Road area had swastikas and other things painted on them in red. Police said graffiti was also found on Jacobs Way and Winston Drive.”

Because of community and Southwest Community Organizing Committee concerns, e-mails were sent out asking for a response to the graffiti. The resulting event was a Peace Vigil on November 22, just one week after the initial graffiti was found. The event began in Hammersley Park, with a welcome by Sheray Wallace, and several community leaders, followed by inspirational remarks by Rev. Winton Boyd (resident, SWCOC member and pastor of ORUCC), Pastor David Smith (African American Council of Churches), and Jill Hagler (Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Madison).

After the remarks, those assembled participated in candle lighting and singing followed by a march to Falk Elementary School, where participants were welcomed by Iiona Virgin and several area stakeholders, Kim Neuschel (Public Health Nurse), Lynn Winn (Falk Elementary School Principal), and Matt Phair (District 20 Alder). At the school, attendees thanked all those involved in planning and helping at the event and shared a light meal.

At each of the tables, discussions of racism issues occurred with guidance provided by table facilitators using a thought-provoking list of questions.  After the discussion, reports were invited from the table groups. Three main themes emerged from these reports:

  • People valued gathering as a community
  • People celebrate the diversity in their community
  • People would like more training and forums to discuss and learn about racism and racial justice issues and solutions.

Links to Media Coverage – The Vigil plus Comments by Participants:

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