It Belongs to Madness is a new monthly event in Milwaukee Wisconsin, where we gather and celebrate stories of our little victories, and raise funds to defend people who the state has openly targetted for repression.

Our many struggles against all forms of oppression often feel insurmountable and futile. Looking at the world we live in as a whole it is easy to be discouraged.

At the same time, this state of affairs means there are so many ways we can fight back. If white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and empire are almost ubiquitous, then every minute that those who resist these structures even survive at all is a tiny victory.

There are two ways to participate.

1. If you're in Milwaukee, come to the event! Or speak at it!

2. If you're not able to make it out, we'll be recording the stories and making a podcast. If you want to contribute from afar, share that podcast with your friends and/or donate here:

Have a story? Pitch it to us!

There is no victory too small to celebrate. If you would like to stand in front of a supportive audience and talk about some awesome little thing you did to the powers that be, we would love to have you.

Send us an email at

Some story telling nights require that the stories be your story, and that it be true. We don't abide by these restrictions. Here's OUR guidelines, and our reasoning for them.

1. For those who cannot be with us. The story does not need to be your own, but you should know it intimately enough to tell it authentically. Share a story from history. A legendary tale of some rad thing that you've heard about. Got a friend in prison? Tell their story. Tell us one of those winking "it wasn't me" kind of stories.

2. Truth is a lie. Embellishment, exaggeration, comedic additions are not only unavoidable, they are also welcome. Harmful lies / slander are obviously not cool, and people are more likely to enjoy your story if it has some truthiness to it, but don't sweat the non-fiction line.

3. The personal is political. We welcome stories of overcoming internalized oppressions, of battling fucked up power dynamics in intimate or familial relationships as well as stories of smashing the state.

4. Security Culture, yo. Don't talk about illegal / high risk actions (true or fictional) in a way that could incriminate or endanger you or others. Remove details, fictionalize, anonymize, get creative, but be careful.

5. Anti-Oppression. Once we have a story selection board, we will be transparent about who those people are and what metrics they use. We intend to not have any straight white cisdudes on said board. If that doesn't materialize immediately, you can trust us to checking people on their shit. Promise.

6. No tokenizing, no oppression olympics Everyone's story is welcome and valid. When selecting pitches we're looking for engaging storytelling and a good mix of topics / tones, not just the most intense stories. If someone is on stage before you and talks about something that seems like small potatoes, hold your tongue. Respect where people are at.

Contact us: or (330) 333-0826