Anti-racism update 6.5.24 – Learn, act


  • Name at least one leader who was involved in the activism that led to LGBTQ+ Pride being commemorated in June. 


  • Learn about the First Nations Cultural Landscape Tour at UW-Madison 
  • Book Recommendation from Bob Newbery: Citizens of a Stolen Land, A Ho-Chunk History of the Nineteenth-Century United States, by Stephen Kantrowitz, professor at UW Madison. A copy is available to borrow from Bob or check out your local library! 


  • June 5th 6pm “What’s New in Rights of Nature?” webinar. WISDOM’s work for environmental justice has centered on the “Rights of Nature.” In the Rights of Nature movement, we recognize that nature – water, land, animals – have a right to exist and to be healthy. The natural world does not exist solely to be exploited for economic gain. Humanity is part of the natural world, not its owner. The concept is simple, but the implications are enormous. You are invited to participate in a webinar on June 5 to learn about the surprising progress that has been made here in Wisconsin, and around the world. More importantly, you can learn more about what kinds of commitments we need from those who want to represent us in Madison next year. You can register for the webinar here.
  • Visit San Damiano, Monona, June 14-22, and watch 12 international sculpture artists create new works. Featuring the Ho-Chunk Color Guard, Wisconsin Dells Dancers, Thundercloud Singers, live music and more. It’s the first-ever invitational international festival dedicated to an Indigenous person and honors the late world-renowned Monona sculpture artist and painter Harry Whitehorse. To learn more, visit
  • Community Gathering at Galaxy Park ,132 Milky Way, Madison – Friday, June 7, 5:00 p.m. For the third year in a row, Dane County Moms Demand Action, Public Health Madison Dane County, and Focused Interruption are partnering for Wear Orange to bring attention to the issue of gun violence in our local community. This year’s event centers around healing a local community impacted by violence. A memorial mural–a collaboration between DAMA (Developing Artist Murals and Alliances), the residents of Harmony Apartments, and the wider community–will be unveiled during the evening. Please join us for this family-friendly community event with food trucks, kids’ activities, music, and guest speakers.

AR QUIZ Answer

  • The first LGBTQ+ Pride was the commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which served as a catalyst for the LGBTQ+ movement for civil rights in the United States and around the world. On June 28, 1969, New York City police violently raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar, and hauled off employees and patrons—a majority of whom were Black or brown. The raid led to six days of protests, largely led by Black LGBTQ+ women. It was reported that Storme’ DeLarverie—a gay rights activist and “male impersonator”—threw the first punch at the riot. Marsha P. Johnson was an activist and self-identified drag queen who advocated for trans people, homeless people, sex workers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and incarcerated people; she led protests and riots demanding civil rights for gay people in the days following the raid on Stonewall. Together with Sylvia Rivera—who, at only 17 years old, was already a seasoned activist with the Black liberation movement—Johnson founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) in 1970 to provide safety and shelter to homeless LGBTQ+ youth. Another leader in the Stonewall riot, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy—went on to direct the Transgender Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project, a San Francisco-based nonprofit. Learn more here: 


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