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Alder Juliana Bennett

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Alder Juliana Bennett

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Bennett’s Blog

Weekly Updates (9/25-10/1)

September 28, 2022 6:28 AM


Yoooooo, it's about that time again. This election is uber important. Issues including legalizing marijuana and reproductive rights are on the November 8th ballot. Now is the perfect time to make sure you are prepared to vote. 

Peep the referendum questions about legalizing marijuana and changing WI abortion law.

Make sure your ballot is returned by November 8th. 


There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer to GOTV for the November election. 



Dane CORE 2.0 is a partnership between county, city, and community partners. The goal of the program is to provide households with assistance to pay rental and utility services. Dane CORE 2.0 is a useful resource for households in the greater Madison area, but there are some changes you should be aware of:

Dane County and the City of Madison were notified this week that our requests for additional emergency rental assistance funds have been approved. That means more federal funds will soon be available to continue the Dane CORE 2.0 program.

The Dane CORE 2.0 application portal, which temporarily closed on September 15, will re-open at 12:00 am CST on Wednesday, October 5th for persons interested in submitting new applications and additional funding requests (AFR's).

Applications received prior to the September 15 pause will continue to be processed without interruption and eligible claims will be paid. It is not necessary to resubmit those applications when the portal re-opens.  Anyone wishing to review the status of an application that has already been submitted to see if there are any open tasks and that all information is up to date should log into Neighborly at

Please note that the program changes described in our previous message will go into effect for any applications submitted after the portal re-opens.  These changes are designed to reserve funds for those households facing the greatest economic hardships. They include the following: 

Program benefits will be available only to those with household incomes at or below 50% of the County Median Income.   (Previously, the income threshold was 80% of County Median Income).

The program will provide assistance only for past-due (unpaid) rents. Only arrears accrued since July 1, 2021 will be eligible. Assistance will not be available for forward/future rent payments unless paired with security deposit assistance.

While we are pleased that our most recent request for federal funds was approved, we do not expect that any further funds are likely. We will stay in communication regarding any further program changes that might become necessary and to keep the community apprised regarding the availability of funds.

To learn about program eligibility and apply for Dane CORE 2.0, please visit


National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated between September 15th through October 15th. Check out District 10 Alder, Yannette Figueroa Cole's blog for more about why we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Whether you are or are not of Latine decent, we must always remember to honor, respect, and be in solidarity with Latine people. 



Join the Transportation Commission meeting tonight at 5p. To share your thoughts about the Lake St Campus Garage transportation plan. 

  • Madison Homecoming Parade, street usage notice: 

The UW-Madison Homecoming Parade scheduled for Friday, October 21. The Parade begins at 6pm and will last 1 hour. The parade will line up on Langdon Street at 4p, then head down Langdon to Wisconsin and from Wisconsin to Gilman, Gilman to State and will end at State and Lake Street. The streets will be staffed.  The Street Use permit was approved. Related, there will be fireworks from Lake Mendota in front of Memorial Union at dusk and will last about 15 minutes. Please be advised of any street usage issues.

The city has decided to move away from formal "Freakfest" and an informal format. From what I understand, Freakfest began after 2002 Halloween fiasco. Reportedly 100,000 people gathered on State St in 2002. I am sure that anyone who has been on State St on a Friday night could understand how 100,000 (inebriated) people could cause issues on State St. After that hullabaloo, the City of Madison decided to host a formal "Freakfest" to provide programming during Halloween festivities. The thing is, Freakfest was hella expensive for the city. It cost the city tens of thousands of dollars and did not attract large enough crowds to turn a profit. So, in the spirit of cost savings, Madison's mayor has decided not to put on Freakfest. I suppose we'll see how safety and everything works out without a formal event. Please feel free to reach out with any thoughts/concerns. 

  • Alder Vacancies: 

Please send in or share information applying to the District 17 Alder seat. We will be accepting applications until Oct. 3rd at 4:30p. In other news, Alder Abbas of District 12 is the first alder to announce that he will not seek re-election for the 2023 local election. This is one alder of possibly many that won't be seeking re-election. I encourage anyone interested in running or getting more involved with the local government to reach out to your alder. 

Have a voice on city issues, through becoming a committee member. Here is a list of open vacancies. Of particular note, there are vacancies on the City-County Homelessness Issues committee, Disability Rights Commission, Urban Design Commission, and Public Safety Review Committee.

I will be changing my alder hours to be by appointment only. Yes, I am generally still free Fridays from 4-5p. Still, folx generally set up meetings with me by appointment anyways so it just makes life easier to host my alder hours by appointment. Please use my calendly link to set up a meeting with me :) 



Congratulations to UW-Madison's UniverCity Year program for being named as a finalist for the 2022 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. UniverCity Year is a program that partners with communities across WI to connect them with resources and tackle community-identified challenges. According to Chancellor Mnookin, the UniverCity Year program "UniverCity Year embodies the Wisconsin Idea...this program is both a genuine and powerful partnership between the university and the participating communities, and an exceptional teaching and learning experience for our faculty and students." 

The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center and Open House Learning Community are partnering with University Health Services to offer a pop-up Monkeypox (MPV) Vaccination Clinic at the GSCC on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eligible students can schedule an appointment through MyUHS. For more information on MPV and vaccine eligibility, visit the UHS Monkeypox (MPV) website.

Tonight ASM (student council) will meet once again for their biweekly meeting. This week myself (as the District 8 Alder), Jeff Hynes (District 5 Dane County Board Supervisor), and Eli Tsarovsky (President of the Campus Area Neighborhood Association) will give updates about what we have going on. Feel free to join us in person at the SAC or online via zoom. 

The Public History Project is hosting a Student Night Thursday, Sept 29 at 5p with performances by First Wave. 


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