Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world. Grace Paley
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Langston Hughes
This is a bi-weekly email detailing social action-oriented events/actions/meetings that you can plug into. In these emails, we will advertise a range of events - some will be CSS sponsored but most will not. Fast moving actions will be posted on the Madison Jewish Pledge of Solidarity and Sanctuary Facebook page. Contact Jen Rubin at email@example.com if you would like an event/action/meeting included in an email. Thanks for whatever efforts you are making to resist the policies of this Trump presidency.
The House party fundraising efforts for Voces de la Frontera has moved online. Let me know if you are interested in putting together your own campaign page for Voces on GiveGab. It is simple to do.
As we saw with the April 7th election, there will be aggressive attempts at voter suppression for the November election in Wisconsin. Voces de la Frontera is well positioned for GOTV work in the Latinx community. If you want to support their organizing efforts – you can donate and/or share these campaigns with your networks.
**Details on the Voces “Now More Than Ever” Fundraising campaign organized by Becca and Don, Steve and Florencia, Mario, Anita and Lenny.
**Details on the Help Support Voces de la Frontera’s GOTV work campaign organized by Ari Bloomekatz, Josh Garoon, Shahanna McKinney Baldon, Jenny Pressman, Jen Rubin & Matt Calvert, and Jeff & Sheryl Spitzer-Resnick.
**Here is a link to a video message from Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman about this effort.
**Here is a link to a video message from Bianca Tomasini, the Madison Voces organizer, about this effort.
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.
There are no community events for the foreseeable future. If you know of any online events or online workshops that people can engage with – please share them with me and I can share them in the next social action email.
**Covid-19 Online Summit: Resource & Action
April 19-24: “All around the world people are suffering and scrambling to figure out how to stay safe and serve those who need it most. COVID-19 Online Summit: Resource and Action is connecting leaders to know what we need to know and do what we need to do...together. In a time of deep uncertainty, this summit brings truth, strategy, and hope to support the work of community leaders experiencing changes in their own needs and the needs of those they serve. Together, we're bridging gaps between problems and solutions, resources and people, and shifting the individualistic paradigm toward collective action.” Click here for more details.
**April 23rd at 7pm: The Wisconsin Book Festival and Inside Stories podcast are hosting a live but virtual storytelling event. Details here.
The CARES Act
From Kids Forward: “The recently developed federal stimulus package known as the CARES Act put in place an unprecedented amount of financial support for many workers who filed taxes in the United States. One component of the benefit is a $1,200 payment that goes to many adult federal tax filers. However, some groups have been excluded from this stimulus effort and others will have to jump through extra hoops to receive their benefit. For example, lawmakers completely excluded immigrant workers without Social Security numbers — and their families — from receiving the benefit, and they also put administrative hurdles in the way of those who did not file taxes in recent years. Another group of people that will be denied full stimulus payments are parents, specifically parents who owe the government for child support.” Contact your legislators to ask them to amend the CARES Act to not punish parents with child support debt or immigrant workers.
--The census 2020 is now available online.
--Kids Forward is working hard to make sure every kid counts. Your kid could win a $100 gift card! Last week, Kids Forward announced a contest for kids to help make sure every kid and baby is counted. Help your child in 5th grade and younger create an original piece of art with the theme, “What does Wisconsin look like when EVERY kid is counted?”
(Please email me your suggestions for the next social action email)
**The United Way of Dane County is steering volunteers to these high-need areas:
**The Odyssey Project is my favorite program in Madison. It is life changing for so many people. Its founder and director, Emily Auerbach, describes the need of students in the program in this Madison 365 article.
**Voces de la Frontera has a direct relief fund for Wisconsin’s immigrant workers, who are not eligible for federal relief funds.
**Some reports from the Wisconsin Budget Project:
--Comparison of public benefit changes proposed by the Governor and adopted in the Legislature’s Coronavirus response bill.
--Comparing health care changes proposed by the governor and the legislator’s COvid-19 response bill
**If you are a fan of poetry, Angela Trudell Vasquez, Madison’s Poet Laurette, has curated a poem a day for national poetry month. You can find the poems here.
**2,500 museums you can now visit virtually
**Stephen Colbert calls astronaut for isolation tips
**More than 500,000 around the world have recovered from the Coronavirus
**Explaining the pandemic to my past self
**Teens launch hotline for isolated seniors to listen to pre-recorded jokes.
**You can take a lovely virtual stroll at the Brooklyn Botanical gardens.
**Local Covid-19 stories. I co-host a Madison storytelling podcast and we are sharing people’s stories that are connected to living in this moment of the coronavirus. Let me know if you want to record and submit one for the podcast. Here is the first episode.