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How can Madison move towards racial equity?

If you're white and live in Madison, odds are you're doing okay. You're probably educated or at least employed. You may have access to health care and own a home, and chances are you've never been incarcerated. >More
 Out of prison, into the light: Caliph Muab-el seeks to end the mass incarceration of black men

On a cold Wednesday afternoon in January, Caliph Muab-el sits on a stage at the Wisconsin Resource Center next to male inmates in green prison garb. Each is here to describe his path to prison as part of a healing process. >More
 My first Madison house concert

It's natural to head to a bar or club for live music, but sometimes you don't have to look any further than your own backyard. Concerts are thriving in living rooms, basements and, yes, backyards all over the Madison area. After a friend took me to my first house concert this past summer, I was hooked. >More
 Troubled kids find confidence and connections in Forward Learning wilderness program

When Jessie Kushner and Troy Gosz are not trekking the Wisconsin wilderness or leading at-risk youth through the wilds of northern Minnesota, they take leisurely morning walks through Elmside Circle Park neighborhood with their beloved border collie Fly. The scene among neighbors here is like one ongoing family reunion. In the mix, Kushner and Gosz are the cool childless couple with the irresistible dog. >More
 Faces of the achievement gap in Madison: The stories behind the statistics

In 2010, just five black and 13 Hispanic graduating seniors in the Madison Metropolitan School District were ready for college, according to data from the district and Urban League of Greater Madison. These statistics should make your heart race. If they don't, and you're white, you may be suffering from what anti-racism educator Tim Wise calls "the pathology of white privilege." If you do get it and don't take action, that is almost worse. >More
 Madison schools achievement gap plan will progress without Nerad

When schools superintendent Dan Nerad announced Monday that he plans to resign in 2013 when his contract runs out, one question rose to the top of the heap: What will this mean for his recently announced proposal to address the minority achievement gap? >More
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