Don’t sit around and wait for the perfect opportunity to come along – find something and make it an opportunity. Cecile Richards
CSS SOCIAL ACTION EVENTS:
House Parties for Voces de la Frontera:
Two years ago CSS made a commitment to Voces de la Frontera to raise money so Voces could have a Dane County organizer. We were able to make our goals for the past two years. We are gearing up to raise money in early 2020 for the Voces Madison organizer. We will start this organizing after the High Holidays – and plan for parties from January to March. If you are interested in hosting a house party, have connections/ideas for people outside the congregation who might be interested in hosting a house party – please contact Jen Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collaborating with Black Olive Community Theater
Oroki Rice is an alumni of the UW Odyssey Project and a founder of Black Olive Community Theater. CSS is partnering with the Odyssey Project and FUS to support its November 16th staged reading of “A Raisin in the Sun”. We are looking for people that want to volunteer to help promote the performance, help set up and clean up for the performance. Here is the Facebook event, it would be great if you could indicate your interest so we can get a sense of interest. (As I side note – I have been a volunteer tutor with Odyssey for years and have been to every Black Olive Community Theater performance in Madison and highly recommend seeing it and supporting an Odyssey Project alumni. You will be happy that you attended it and supported the performance.)
Friends of State Street Families meal November 16:
If you are interested in cooking or serving a meal in November – put the date in your calendar. The sign-up sheet will be in the next social action email. It you don’t have the time or interest in cooking/serving food but would like to contribute – it is very helpful to contribute a financial donation to reimburse people that want to cook but don’t have the means to pay for the large quantity of food. You can donate here and Select “Friends of the State Street Family Fund” for type.
EVENTS AROUND TOWN:
Well it is no secret that this world, our country, Wisconsin and sometimes Madison can be a depressing place to live and be part of. So, in addition to sharing action-oriented events happening in Madison - I will try to be a bit more intentional about mentioning events that I think are part of actively making Madison a better, more inclusive and equitable community.
October 17: Community Meeting on the F- 35 Proposal
The meeting takes place at the Goodman Community Center Brassworks Building, 214 Waubesa, from 6:30 – 8:00. You can voice your concerns about the proposal to base new F-35 fighter jets at the Truax Air National Guard base at the Dane County Regional Airport. The meeting is co-hosted by State Rep Chris Taylor, Alder Marsha Rummel and Communiyt activist Brandi Grayson. Online comments can be submitted here. Comments can also be directed to Ramon Ortiz by email, by mail at NGB/A4AM, 3501 Fetchet Avenue, Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762-5157 or by phone at 240-612-7042.
October 19: Voces Madison Membership Meeting / Junta de membresía de Madison. Details on the monthly membership meeting here.
October 22: Preparing for Climate Change: Learning, Adaptation and Our Climate Future. A talk and discussion, led by Noah Weeth Feinstein, Director of the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies. The talk with be at 7pm at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. More details here.
November 16: A Staged Reading of “A Raisin in the Sun” with Oroki Rice and the Black Olive Community Theater. Performance starts at 6:30 at FUS. More details to come but I have attended every Black Olive Community Theater performance in Madison these past few years – and highly recommend attending.
November 16: 5th Year anniversary celebration of Tiny Villages. From noon til 8pm the Tiny Village on 304 North Third street will host its 5 year anniversary with info, food and music.
ICE out of MKE Rally and Public Comment. Voces de la Frontera is asking that allies show up this Thursday, Oct. 17 at City Hall at 4:30 p.m. to keep the pressure up in the campaign to get Milwaukee police to stop collaborating with ICE. From Voces: “Enough delay. Join us as we rally for action for the Fire and Police Commission (FPC) to act now and take a stand on the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) collaboration with ICE. We rally at City Hall this Thursday 4:30pm. There will be a public hearing at 5:30pm. More details about the event, signing the petition and giving public comment here.
Jews v. White Nationalism: A Jews vs. White Nationalism group is organizing nationally and folks in Wisconsin are getting involved with this effort. Email me if you want to be involved in the early stages of planning this group and actions and I can connect you with the national organizer.
Fair Fight 2020: From Crooked Media: “We spend a lot of time focused on which Democratic candidate to nominate, what they believe, and how they can beat Donald Trump. But none of this will matter if we don’t focus a hell of a lot more on what may be the greatest vulnerability that Democrats face in 2020: The Republican War on Voting. Stacey Abrams is on the case, and she’s got a plan. It’s called Fair Fight 2020, and it will fund, staff, and train voter protection teams in 20 battleground states. These team members be hired locally, so they’ll know the vulnerable communities they’re trying to protect, and will start a full year before the 2020 election". Learn more out Fair Fight 2020 here and consider supporting this effort.
Winter Coat Collection
Shaarei Shamayim is participating with Jewish Congregations for Social Justice in donating gently used winter coats for refugee children (ages birth through 18) and men. You may bring them to any of our High Holiday services, take them directly to Jewish Social Services, or drop off at the home of Roseanne Clark. Please contact her at 608-213-1544.
Emerson Elementary School Tutors Needed
If you can spare an hour each week during the school day you can make a positive difference in a child's education. Jewish Congregations for Social Justice is looking for adults who want to work with young children on beginning reading skills and basic math concepts. Training and materials will be provided. For more information, contact Marcia Vandercook at email@example.com.
**CSS is one of 127 religious organizations included in an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the administration’s rescission of DACA. No link but the brief is attached. The oral argument for this case is set for Tuesday, November 12 and the Supreme Court will then decide the case in the months following the argument.
**Dane County budget. To help demystify the Dane County budget process – some county commissioners developed a useful took through the ‘Engage Dane’ initiative. This short video summarizes what services the county funds and provides an overview of the budget. Another initiative is, Balancing Act. It provides an online budget simulation tool. More details here.
**Food for Thought Culinary Competition. This is a fundraiser for MUM’s Just Bakery. “Come assist in raising money for Just Bakery. For some a little different we wanted this to be an interactive fun event. We will have a "Chopped" theme cooking competition. The competitors are Madison police officers Just Bakery students/staff and City council members. We will have some great food prepared by the culinary school and raffles. The tickets are 100% tax deductible." More details here.
**Madison’s Dia De Los Muertos Fiesta at Badger Rock Community Center. October 20th from 12-4. Details here on the fun activities to do with kids to celebrate the Day of the Dead.