History of the Social Justice Center
- May 11, 2011 - The Social Justice Center celebrates its 11th birthday. The celebration was held at the Goodman Community Center. Honorees for this 11th year celebration were: Theodore "Ted" Shannon, recipient of the Legacy Award and Preston Austin, recipient of the Visionary Award. John Nichols, editor of The Capital Times and contributing writer of The Nation was the emcee.
- November 12, 2010 - The conference room is dedicated and renamed "The Nan Cheney Community Room" on what would have been her 80th "year of activism!" The new look is started, but there is still more to come!
- Fall, 2010 - SJC Volunteers give a fresh new look to the conference room, hallways and kitchenette area-fresh paint, new flooring and carpeting. Designs are started for a new donor sign, and signage for the Jackie Macaualy Gallery; the conference room and the SJC directory. The OPS and aesthetics committee work out the details for new furnishings and continue to look forward to a November celebration.
- May 13, 2010 - The Social Justice Center celebrates its 10th birthday. The celebration was held at Olbrich Gardens. Honorees for this 10th year celebration were: Helen Vukelich, recipient of the Legacy Award and Cynthia Lin, recipient of the Visionary Award. Jon Nichols of The Capital Times was the emcee. The Raging Grannies provided a musical tribute to beloved, Nan Cheney.
- May 7,2010 - Dedication of the SJC Few Street mural - Towards Revolution - 1970's Vision
- April 30, 2010 - The community lost a passionate, community activist and leader, Nan Cheney. Nan along with her husband David, provided leadership and support for the formation of the SJC. The Nan Cheney Memorial Fund was started upon the request of her family.
- April, 2010 - Jeanne Erickson is hired as half time Program Coordinator of the SJC.
- February, 2010 - Remodeling completed on the first floor of SJC. WYOU and TimeBank of Dane County join Tenant Resource Center, Madison Community Cooperative and Wisconsin Community Fund as first floor tenants - resident organizations.
- May 13, 2009 - The Social Justice Center celebrates its 9th Birthday with an event held at Olbrich Botantical Gardens. Stewart and Jackie Macaulay received the Legacy Award. Leslie McAllister received the Visionary Award. Lee Rayburn of Roots Up Radio emceed the event.
- Fall 2008 - Social Justice Volunteers planted hundreds of native plants in the new rain garden and rain water collection system in the terrace along Few Street.
- June, 2008 - Jim Kellerman hired as Building Coordinator.
- May 15, 2008 -The Social Justice Center celebrates its 8th Birthday with an event held at Olbrich Botantical Gardens. Mary Kay Baum received the Legacy Award. Cynthia Travis received the Visionary Award. Lee Rayburn of The Mic 92.1emceed the event.
- May 3, 2007 - The Social Justice Center celebrates its 7th Birthday with an event held at Olbrich Botantical Gardens. Clarence Kailin received the Legacy Award. Jonard Akhi Williams received the Visionary Award. Steve Starkey received special recognition with the Founder Award. Lee Rayburn of The Mic 92.1 emceed the event.
- May 4, 2006 - The 6th Birthday Celebration was held at Olbrich Botanical Gardens honoring Ed Garvey with the Legacy Award and Abha Thakker with the Visionary Award.
- September 2005 - The Social Justice Center hires it first staff person, Andrew Lavelle to work half-time coordinating the Center's activities.
- May 5, 2005 - The 5th Birthday Celebration was held at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. David and Nan Cheney receive the Legacy Award and Alfonso Zepeda-Capistran is presented with the Visionary Award.
- May 11, 2004 - The 4th Birthday Celebration was held at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Robert Kimbrough is the recepient of the Legacy Award while Julie Andersen and Kabzuag Vaj share the Visionary Award.
- April 30, 2003 -The 3rd Birthday Celebration was held at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Drs. Eugene and Linda Farley, long time advocates of guaranteed access to health care for all, receive the Legacy Award. Jason Rasmussen accepts the Visionary Award for his advocacy and activism suppoting LGBT issues.
- April 25, 2002 - The Social Justice Center 2nd Anniversary Celebration was held, again at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, this time honoring The Elders with the Legacy Award and Brenda Konkel with the Visionary Award!
- April 25, 2001 - The Social Justice Center 1st Anniversary Celebration was held at Olbrich Botanical Gardens - with MC John Nichols of the Cap Times. The Celebration honored John Patrick and Merry Hunter with the Legacy Award. Dan Rodman was honored with the Visonary Award. Many people attended, including Mayor Sue Baumann, Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and many other notable people!
- Saturday, March 3, 2001 - The Social Justice Center held a special celebration, the "Baldwin Bash" honoring Rep. Tammy Baldwin. The event was held from 4-6 pm at Quivey's Grove Restaurant and featured Tammy Baldwin, and music by Si Kahn.
- December 2000 - The Social Justice Center Open House was held!
- October 2000 - The founding organizations (Madison Community Co-op, the Tenant Resource Center, Wisconsin Citizen Action Fund and the Wisconsin Community Fund) move their offices into their new suites at the Social Justice Center!
- September - October 2000 - Volunteers put the finishing touches on the building! Painting, laying carpet, etc. - again saving the Social Justice Center well over $10,000.
- June - September 2000 - Renovations of the building took place
- May 2000 - Volunteers did demolition of the interior of the building & saved the Social Justice Center over $30,000!
- May 13, 2000 - Social Justice Jam held in the newly purchased vacated grocery co-op space to celebrate our purchase! Live bands, lots of food & great fun!
- April 25, 2000 - The newly formed non-profit, the Social Justice Center, purchased the old Willy Street Co-op building at 1202 Williamson Street!
- January - April 2000 - The four groups worked together and with the help of consultants and many generous donors and friends, were able to secure financing to purchase the building. The Wisconsin Community Fund raised over $100,000 by April 2000 towards the purchase of the building.
- October - December 1999 - The four founding organizations started coming together and began to look at the old Willy Street Co-op building as a possibility for the new Social Justice Center