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If you only read one local news story this week, it should be this piece about the Women’s March on Madison.

Schools

Well-liked Isthmus Montessori Academy could become the district’s newest charter school. MMSD’s security chief is retiring in February after more than ten years on the job. MMSD reflects on its cancellation policy after sending children to school in dangerously icy conditions. More than 500 students have applied to the Personalized Pathways program, which begins this fall. 100 Black Men received its largest donation ever and will use it to expand their mentoring and career programs.

Activism

Activists plan 100 days of civic activism; others have started a citizen campaign fund which will split its proceeds between three nonprofits. Nearly 100,000 people participated in the Women’s March on Madison. Attendees spoke out against racist, xenophobic, homophobic and misogynistic rhetoric. Men’s Health Conference will focus on improving Black men’s health. The 37th annual MLK Tribute and Ceremony instructed attendees on how to be a beacon of change. A citywide forum aims to bring marginalized communities together. Madison Writers Resist emphasize the important connection between writing and democracy. Madison artists organize a variety of content that responds to current political tensions.

Community

Chefs talk about whether Madison’s restaurant boom is likely to be sustainable. In Madison, demand for accessible cabs often exceeds the supply. Hilldale Mall is working to improve its curb appeal. Mayor Soglin offered changes to the controversial panhandling ordinance. Madison city council approves support for the Regent Market Co-op. Denial of liquor license for a State Street restaurant reflects Mayor Soglin’s commitment to preserve retail in the area. Madison Streets Division has asked that residents help clear storm drains in order to prevent flooding. Plans for the Public Market are coming together. In his memo to the new president, Soglin urges Trump to foster compassion and economic growth in America.

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