West High School’s security guard’s firing led to a major walkout. On Friday October 18th both students and teachers participated in a walkout protesting the fact that one of their security guards, Marlon Anderson, was fired for repeating a racial slur in an attempt to educate the student that used it against Anderson. As a result of the outrage at West, the district has announced an appeal for Anderson to allow him to have his job back as well as reviewing their zero tolerance policy regarding racial slurs.
The US Secretary of Agriculture’s remarks cause discouragement amongst farmers at the World Dairy Expo. Trump’s secretary of agriculture, Sonny Perdue, gave a speech at the Madison based convention in which he stated that he does not believe that small, independent dairy farms stand a chance in an industry that is largely dominated by huge industrial farms. The agriculture industry has an enormous impact on America’s economy as well as everyday life. However, the small farms are struggling and farmer suicide rates are through the roof. Perdue’s statement at the Expo “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out,” spread disappointment and aggravation throughout Wisconsin’s farming community.
Many of Madison’s residents participated in the city’s climate strike. On September 20th Madison joined hundreds of other cities in protesting against the indifference to the health of the environment. This strike was part of the bigger Global Climate Strike Movement which has accumulated millions of supporters. The goal of Madison’s climate strike was to insist that Governor Tony Evers declare a climate state of emergency and to ensure the Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) will convert to clean energy in place of coal and other non-renewable resources.
Wisconsin celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day for the first time. This year Wisconsin joined several other states in officially acknowledging Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Wisconsin’s governor, Tony Evers, passed the executive order that declared that the second Monday of October would be recognized as Indigenous Peoples’ Day rather than Columbus Day. The concept of Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first established in 1989 in South Dakota but the idea has not yet gained federal approval as Columbus Day is federally recognized while Indigenous Peoples’ Day is not.
Madison libraries consider adjusting their fine system. Because libraries in general aren’t receiving as much traffic as they would prefer the Madison Library System is considering putting an end to overdue fines with the hope that the change both increased access and demand.
By Emma Weitz