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This is a weekly update detailing social action oriented events/actions/meetings that you can plug into in Madison, WI.
July 15: Friends of State Street Family Meal
Volunteer to Serve a Meal to Madison’s Homeless Community July 15, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Located at the top of State Street. Join Shaarei Shamayim members to prepare and serve a meal to Madison’s homeless community. We feed over 150 people through Friends of the State Street Family each month. Volunteers are needed both to cook and serve. Please contact the office for more information and to sign up. To help defray the cost of the food, please make a donation here.
VOCES DE LA FRONTERA UPDATE:
Voces Solidarity Challenge
In case you missed it: We’ve raised $42,000 of our $60,000 goal to help Voces De La Frontera meet their goal of hiring an organizer in Madison. See below for some upcoming fundraisers – and reach out to anyone you know that might want to host one. If you are interested, please email Joy at email@example.com. If you haven’t seen it yet check out this great article in the Capital Times about our fundraising efforts.
June 23: Lester Dore Closing Reception
Artist Lester Dore is hosting a Voces Solidarity Challenge Fundraiser at the closing reception for the Lester Dore Exhibit at the Yellow Rose Gallery on 122 State St., Suite 201. It is from 5:00-9:00 p.m.
June 23: Alder David Ahrens and his wife, Tiffany, invite you to a Voces Fundraiser
“Please join us! Have a tamale, sip a drink, make a contribution and listen to leaders of Voces de la Frontera describe their current work and tell us what we can do to support this important organization.” They live at 4117 Major Ave and the event is from 5:00 -7:30 p.m.
***Please let them know if you are planning to attend so that they can get a good tamale count: firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-334-1156.
EVENTS AROUND TOWN:
June 24: Voces de la Frontera Community Forum
At Centro Hispano of Dane County (810 W Badger Rd) at 10:00 a.m.
Join Voces for their community forum. They will discuss how we can organize to stop the anti-immigrant bill AB190/SB275, which would have local law enforcement act like Immigration agents.
June 28: Stop AB 190! No Hate in Our State!Voces de la Frontera’s lobby day and protest. At the Capitol from 12:00 -3:00 p.m. The goal is to Stop Anti-Immigrant Bill which would have public employees and local law enforcement act like immigration agents.
July 8: Just Desserts
Jewish Social Services is hosting a fundraiser. Join them to learn about refugee resettlement in Madison while supporting the work of JSS. Just Desserts will be at the Sundance Cinema from 7:00-10:00 p.m. There will be live music and desserts. Tickets are $45. You can find more information here.
July 10: Messaging Training for Activists with One Wisconsin Now
Madison Public Library: Hawthorne Branch, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Join One Wisconsin Now and Indivisible Madison for a community meeting on the best tactics for making sure your voice is heard loud and clear during this important moment in history. This training will focus on creating a more productive message and ways to get people to listen (for example, letters to the editor, letters to legislators, and in conversations with friends, and neighbors).
Scot Ross of One Wisconsin Now will present this informative workshop designed to polish your technique for more effective delivery of any message.
Jewish Social Services is Resettling Several Syrian Families
JSS has four families in Madison already, and it now looks like there will be more on the way. With the newest executive order on hold, the State Department is picking up the pace of moving refugees to the United States.
Click here to sign up to donate to the newly arrived families. You can also use this link to donate toward helping pay two months of rent for each family. Also, JSS has many clients, that aren’t refugees that are in need of support. Click here for additional volunteer opportunities at JSS.
ALL HANDS AND FEET ON DECK FOR HEALTH CARE:
If you only do one thing this week let it be to try to stop the AHCA. While many fronts of the Trump and conservative GOP agenda have been impossible to stop, health care remains one area where grassroots organizing has a chance. Passing AHCA will be terrible for two important reasons.
Indivisible has the most thorough action plan for stopping this bill. In their talking points, they focus on being opposed to both the contents of the bill and its lack of transparency and public input.
Discussion of AHCA in the news:
ADVOCATE FOR REFUGEES:
JSS is looking for volunteers to help with their advocacy work which includes local efforts such as getting Arabic materials at the DMV and also pressure on legislatures on all levels. Please email Rabbi Bauer at email@example.com if you are interested in helping with this. You can also call your senators and representatives to show your support for the federal refugee program. See details here on how to stand up for refugees.
WEIGH IN ON DANE COUNTY'S JAIL PROPOSAL:
A $99 million proposal was presented to the Dane County Board of Supervisors last week. To learn more about it and its pros and cons see this article in the Isthmus. If you are troubled by parts of the proposal contact your county supervisor.
Heidi Mayree Wegleitner, a county supervisor, had this to say about the proposal:
“I strongly distrust proposals from consultants who believe Dane Co is doing a great job managing its criminal justice system and jail population and think that we really can't divert any more folks from jail. I agree with the County Executive that we need to evaluate community based services, including those supporting diversion and reentry, before committing support to this proposal. Did you know we have a 2007 report with 97 recommendations to reduce our jail population that has mostly gone untouched? Did you know we have additional recommendations, including one actually implemented-- the innovative Community Restorative Court, that were not factored into the diversion analysis?
How could we possibly invest $100M in the status quo policies and practices of locking up majority poor and sick people, disproportionately people of color. $100M investment when we spend $3M /yr on affordable housing. $100M without the creation of a restoration/recovery center to give law enforcement an alternative option to divert people from jail who are suffering from behavioral health crises. $100M investment in ensuring we remain two Madisons, divided by class and race.”
STOP THE ANTI-IMMIGRATION BILL IN WISCONSIN:
In WI, Republican state lawmakers have introduced AB 190, a bill to have public employees and local law enforcement act like immigration agents. It is a copycat bill of Texas’ controversial anti-sanctuary law SN4. It is the same bill that was defeated last year. Click here for more details, phone numbers and a toolkit.
**69 years ago President Truman pitched his idea for national Health Care
**Randy Bryce! If you haven’t yet seen this great ad by Randy Bryce, who is running against Paul Ryan, you can see it here. For any long time Bruce Springsteen fans, Randy Bryce is a Springsteen song come to life. In case you didn’t spend your teenage years waiting in line to see Bruce play at the Meadowlands, here are the songs that first come to mind to me: Promised Land, Youngstown, Factory
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I am the social action committee chair for Congregation Shaarei Shamayim (CSS) and send out social action updates by email most weeks.