Vol. 6    No. 13
JUNE 30, 2011

The Capital City Hues
(608) 241-2000

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The Capital City Hues
PO Box 259712
Madison, WI 53725
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(608) 241-2000
Advertising: Claire G. Mendoza


Jonathan Gramling
Publisher & Editor

Clarita G. Mendoza
Sales Manager

Contributing Writers
Rita Adair, Ike Anyanike, Paul
Barrows, Alfonso Zepeda
Capistran, Theola Carter, Fabu,
Andrew Gramling, Lang Kenneth
Haynes, Eileen Cecille Hocker,
Heidi Pascual, Jessica Pharm,
Laura Salinger, Jessica Strong,
& Martinez White
It’s been a pretty intense time here at The Capital City Hues over the past few weeks. For eight of
the past nine years, it has been my pleasure to be an instructor in the UW PEOPLE Program’s three-
week middle school program. For the past three weeks, my students and I have been visiting area
workplaces and doing our research to publish The Diversity Times, an eight-page newspaper that is
written by my students and also includes many photos that they took while going on tours at the UW
School of Engineering and the Institutes for Discovery, MG&E, St. Mary’s Hospital, Governor
Nelson State Park, Oscar Mayer and the State Capitol

While I always include the State Capitol to encourage my students to be civically-engaged — this
year they met four African American legislators from the Milwaukee area — the other sites
encourage the students to think about STEM-related careers, careers for tomorrow’s economy.
STEM, of course, refers to science, technology, engineering and math. And while they are at the
sites, they meet role models of color whom they can emulate in case these career areas are
something that interest them.

During the course of the three weeks, my students also wrote about their experiences at each of
these sites. We continuously emphasize with them that good writing skills are crucial no matter
what occupation they eventually pursue. Our class has a website called The Diversity Times where
one can find an electronic copy of their paper as well as photos of their trips and their blogs about
each site. Please visit their site at

We have also been busy with putting on The Hues Alive at Five: Celebrating Our Communities of
Color on Sunday June 26th on the 200 block of King Blvd. From all accounts, it was a grand time.
There were a lot of good vibes and cheer going around as over 10 cultural acts performed over the
course of the afternoon.

This event was one of those rare times in Madison when no one was in the majority at the event
and so, the event was “owned” by everyone who was in attendance. The banners that we
commissioned Toni Garcia-Breitweiser to create were very beautiful and welcomed everyone to
the event.

The key to any successful event is the people who put it together. While I am the visible face of The
Capital City Hues, there were some great people who joined me in planning and hosting this
Since last January, Dawn Crim, Frances Huntley-Cooper, Gwen Jones, Sharyl Kato, Jan Saiz and
Teresa Tellez-Giron. Without these wonderful members of our community, The Hues Alive at Five
would have never happened. The Hues is grateful for their dedication to making the vision of The
Hues a reality.

And now that we are done celebrating the first five years, it is time, once again, to focus on
producing the paper for the next five years. As we put this issue of the paper together, the state of
Wisconsin’s 2011-2012 budget is taking effect and being implemented.

The first wave of workers who are being impacted by this budget is state workers, which includes
employees of the University of Wisconsin. Single people will have approximately $400 per month
less for their household budgets due to the change in the percentages that state employees pay
toward their pensions and health insurance. For couples, the amount is upwards to $800 per month.

That is a rather large chunk of money that people will have to adjust to not having. For those
individuals whose household budgets were already stretched to the limit, it might mean trying to
get a second job to make ends meet. It might be either that or have the house foreclosed on. Or
maybe there will be a lot more latchkey children in the Madison area as school starts up this fall.
No matter what the choices people have to make, overall, it means less money coming into the
Madison area and less disposable — if any — for state workers. I wonder how this will impact
downtown restaurants as state workers start packing brown bag lunches to save some money.
And I wonder how United Way and Community Shares of Wisconsin will do in their fall fundraising
campaigns. I know that the State Employee Combined Campaign is one of the largest sources of
funds for these organizations. Will our local social safety net start to shred and fray this coming

The state budget cuts and changes directly impact state workers. More than likely they will
decrease the quality of life for all of us in Dane County. And this is just the beginning.
Reflections/Jonathan Gramling   
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