“It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“Our humanity is worth a little discomfort, it’s actually worth a lot of discomfort.” Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk about Race.
Serve a Meal with Friends of the State Street Family
The last FSSF (Friends of State Street Families) was a definite success! Laura Smith and Aaron Hill have moved and they were the ones who generally provided the main dish. We will be in need of people preparing food for homeless people in the future! The next FSSF is on Sat, July 21, so you can mark your calendars and plan ahead. This is an important project to be a part of. Thanks much! Kimberly Wilson (FSSF coordinator)
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 organizing events and 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.
May 24: Like an Animal in a Cage: Voices from Solitary Confinement
From 6:30pm to 7:45pm at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 1609 University Ave. Hear the words of men and women locked in solitary confinement. Meet and talk with survivors of solitary confinement. Learn what is needed to put an end to the overuse of solitary confinement in our jails and prisons. Click here for more information.
May 31: Reducing Juvenile Incarceration: A Community Conversation
From 6pm to 8pm at the First United Methodist Church at 203 Wisconsin Ave. This forum explores best practices for creating a just, humane, safe, and effective juvenile justice system. Panelists: Judge Everett Mitchell, Ali Muldrow, GSafe, and Sharlen Moore, Urban Underground.
Click here for details.
June 20: Ijeoma Oluo at Madison Public Library
Ijeoma Oluo is a great writer and thinker – and I imagine her talk with be interesting and provocative. Click here for more details about the book event.
Same Day Voter Registration in Wisconsin Needs to be Protected
Last week the Wisconsin Republican State Convention passed a resolution to abolish same day (Election Day) voter registration, among other restrictive proposals targeting students and other eligible voters. According to the Wisconsin League of Women Voters, “Eliminating same day registration is reckless and costly. It does nothing to protect the integrity of our electoral process and would only disenfranchise voters. Same day registration helps ensure that democracy works in Wisconsin.” In the November 2016 election, over 380,000 voters registered on Election Day. You can contact Gov Walker here or here or call (608) 266-1212. Or contact Speaker Robin Vos here or here or call at (608) 266-9171.
Voces De La Frontera action
Voces has a community organizing campaign for the 2019 legislature to ensure that no one is denied the right to drive in Wisconsin because of their income or immigration status. Click here for the bilingual Wisconsin driver card factsheet. And click here for info about the campaign and their sign-on letter to Gov Walker. My guess is that at this point they are gathering names and contact info for people that want to stay up to date on this organizing effort and so they can contact you when they want to mobilize on this issue.
If you have people in your life that pay loose attention to politics and elections and might not track when local elections take place – this might be a useful tool for them. Indivisible has been working to make voting easier. In their words, “Across the nation, thousands of local groups are using the Indivisible Guide to hold members of Congress accountable, and now you can work to help expand the electorate. The first step? Make sure you’re registered to vote! Click “Get Started,” and follow the steps to get registered or apply for an absentee ballot. By using this tool, you’ll be added to Indivisible Project’s national email list. We won’t send you a ton of email, but we’ll make sure you get local election updates.” Click here to sign up.
Bend the Arc
Bend the Arc is a movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews that are working to build a more just society.
--Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman’s Cap Times column: Standing with my Muslim neighbors in the wake of Jerusalem and Gaza.
--First Black Woman Governor? After securing the Democratic nomination in Georgia, Stacy Abrams (born in Madison) has a chance to become the first one. I was particularly impressed with her discussion about debt. And if you are interested in learning how many black women are running for elected office, check out this link. And to read about the record number of women running for the house in 2018 check out this link.
Color of Change: The Color of Change is one of my favorite organizations. They are trying to expose the truth about the money bail industry. John Legend narrates a video about it. They are hoping people will watch this video and then share it broadly.
--When reading the news demoralizes me to the point that I feel immobilized – I read or listen to interviews with people that have dug in to their communities and continue to do the important work of pushing to change our policies. This interview that Jason Kander did last year with Shannon Watts from Mom’s Demand Action and this one Pod Save America did with her last week (at the end of the episode) are worth a listen. Not to mention the ongoing work that Jennifer Rosen-Heinz is doing here in Madison.