Madison Commons Media Digest, April 25, 2021

COVID-19

Federal COVID aid to Wisconsin state, local governments nears $20 billion, Mitchell Schmidt, Wisconsin State Journal, April 23. Wisconsin rolls out new VaccineFinder site to make it easier to find a shot, Steven Elbow, Capital Times, April 22. Alliant vaccinators find giving shots a 'happy' 'hopeful' experience, Scott Girard, CT, April 18. Madison and Dane County

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi pushes committee to act on $15M in small business grants, Abigail Becker, CT, April 24. Dane County creates task force to address 'huge pockets' of no internet in rural areas, Emily Hamer, WSJ, April 23.

AccessiMingos aim to make the beautiful game accessible to all

“When you have a visible disability, you’re sort of an advocate whether you want to be or not,” says AccessiMingos cofounder Bill Shultz. “That doesn’t change when we’re at the games being soccer supporters. We love Forward Madison. We want people with disabilities to be able to support Forward Madison.”

Madison Commons Media Digest, April 18, 2021

COVID-19

Geographic gaps in COVID-19 vaccination taking shape in Wisconsin, David Wahlberg, Wisconsin State Journal, April 18. Cases of worrisome COVID-19 variant double in Wisconsin in a week, David Wahlberg, WSJ, April 16. Wisconsin Supreme Court says governor can't limit capacity at businesses, Scott Bauer, Associated Press, April 15. After record last week, UW receives scant vaccine supply, pauses J&J doses, Yvonne Kim, Capital Times, April 15. Madison and Dane County

Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney wants to erase nearly $150,000 owed by people in jail, Abigail Becker, CT, April 14.

Madison organizations showed solidarity with Amazon workers organizing in Alabama

Local organizations Socialist Alternative and Our Wisconsin Revolution gathered Sunday, April 12 outside the Amazon Locker location on Johnson Street in Madison to show solidarity with the Amazon warehouse workers voting to unionize in Alabama. Social activists supported the working community fighting for their employee’s rights in one of the largest companies in the country. 

New political coalition focuses on equity and inclusion

After a frustrating Summer 2020, Larissa Joanna noticed that while many Madison residents realized the need for change and wanted to contribute, they had no idea of where to start. As protests turned violent and attendance decreased, Joanna decided that change was needed. That's when Reshaping Madison Together (RMT), the newest coalition in the Madison political scene, formed. What started as a survey and a group of 40 people has emerged as a progressive group of activists and volunteers who Joanna says are “fighting the good fight.”  

Madison Commons Media Digest, April 11, 2021

Our Coverage

Experts urge caution as Dane County lifts restrictions, Courtney Degen, Madison Commons, April 9. COVID-19

Wisconsin reports most daily COVID-19 cases in nearly 2 months; deaths, hospitalizations also up, David Wahlberg, Wisconsin State Journal, April 9. Efforts ramp up to vaccinate people of color against COVID-19 in Wisconsin, David Wahlberg, WSJ, April 8. 10 charts that show how Dane County is copying with COVID-19, Lee Digital Content, April 7. Alliant Energy Center to expand COVID-19 vaccination with federal site, David Wahlberg, WSJ, April 7.

Madison Commons Media Digest, April 4, 2021

Top Stories

Happy Easter! Don't forget to vote on Tuesday. COVID-19

Dane County removes capacity limit, mask requirement for outdoor gatherings, Logan Wroge, Wisconsin State Journal, April 3. Positive test rate rises to 3% as state reports 875 new cases, most in months, Robert Chappell, Madison365, April 2. All Wisconsinites 16 and older to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine starting next week, Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, April 2; More than 1 million Wisconsinites fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, March 30; Battling a 'sneaky, tricky virus': Deputy DHS Secretary speaks on latest pandemic news, good and bad, Erik Gunn, Wisconsin Examiner, March 30.