Jail Renovations Debate

On March 12, 2015, Sara McKinnon hosted a debate on the question of whether renovations to the Dane County Jail will ensure the safety of vulnerable people in our community. You can watch the full video of the debate here. Here are a few media reports on the debate: Sheriff Defends Need for Jail Renovations in…

Chief Koval hosts Community Forums

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval will be hosting a series of community forums in the coming weeks. People should go to talk to him about their feelings on the MPD. “These community forums are an opportunity for you, the public, to meet with the Chief and discuss questions or concerns that you may have.” –…

Police Body Cams Debate

On January 15, 2015, Karma Chavez held a debate on the resolution: Police Body Cameras are an Important Part of the Solution to Police Violence. More than 100 people and several media reporters attended. You can see M. Adams opening speech here and Kabzuag Vaj’s here. Audio to the full debate is here. Video is…

Letters Responding to Chief Mike Koval

In January 2015, the Young Gifted and Black Coalition wrote an open letter to Madison Chief of Police Mike Koval. Koval responded. Here are letters from several community members responding back to the chief. The letters are from: Colin Gillis – Carl Lemke Oliver Sack – Martina Rippon – Sara McKinnon/Karma Chavez – Groundwork –…

Down the Dark Alley for Human Rights

Originally posted on Operation Welcome Home’s Site, November 11, 2014 We walked up the ramp to Madison’s City County Building and each step was a reminder that I’d gone most of the day without eating. It’s something that I’ve been meaning to work on in my effort to build muscle – a true struggle in…

State Street Protests Against the Jail

For the past couple of months, Madison resident and teacher, Moses Prasad has been holding a weekly protest on Wednesday afternoons in front of the Capitol Corn Popper (127 State Street) to draw attention to proposals for a new Dane County Jail. Now that it’s winter, the protests take place on Saturdays at 1 pm.…

Call for Testimonials–No New Jails!

Do you have personal experiences or stories to share about incarceration and the need for prison abolition? This testimonial archive is intended to be a space to anonymously collect narratives and stories about personal experiences of incarceration that we can use to advocate for the end to prisons and jails. Feel free to write as…