“Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.” ~FDR
Social Action Potlucks:
Contact me if you have a topic or speaker idea of CSS Social Action Friday night potlucks.
November 1: Dane County Sanctuary Coalition meeting:
There is a general meeting from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at James Reeb UU Congregation at 2146 E. Johnson Street. This meeting is for CSS and other coalition members that are interested in volunteering with the sanctuary work at FUS or the two other sanctuary host sites in Madison.
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.
October 29: ACLU’s People Power
From 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. the ACLU’s People Power is hosting a collecting petitions training. It will provide, “concrete training that will help show our elected leaders how much public support there is for voting rights. Petition drives are one of the best ways to get that message to them.”
November 3 – Nehemiah’s 25th Anniversary Party
The Center for Urban Leadership Development is “celebrating our past and creating our future”. See this link with details about the event.
November 19: Fair Trade Fair
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Orchard Ridge UCC, 1501 Gilbert Rd, Madison, WI 53711. For more info call (608) 271-7212.
Help Widely Distribute Affordable Care Act Resources Before Enrollment Date
Indivisible was very active in the organizing efforts against the various repeal efforts to ObamaCare. But now the Trump administration is trying to sabotage it through Executive Orders, inaction and misinformation. To run this campaign, we need to raise $35,000 by the beginning of open enrollment (November 1).
Indivisible plans to use their massive social media community and digital ads to reach tens of thousands of people online: If the Trump Administration won’t do marketing and outreach, we’ll do it for them. We want to get these resources in the hands of as many people as possible and digital ads targeted to specific states and communities is one of the easiest ways to do that. It costs us about 45 cents to get our online resources in someone’s hands. If we raise $35,000, we can get our policy team’s handy work to more than 75,000 people before the open enrollment date on November 1, to people who need it. Click here for more details on how to contribute.
Protect Wisconsin Immigrants from Trump’s Deportation Force
There's an extreme anti-immigrant bill moving forward very quickly in the Wisconsin legislature that would target immigrants and punish communities that protect everyone's rights. SB275/AB190 would turn local police into federal immigration agents and force them to implement President Trump's mass deportation agenda. The ACLU has information to help you take action now and tell your state representatives and senators to oppose SB275/AB190. The ACLU has a template you can use. Or you can call or email your state legislator.
Stopping the Tax Cut Plan
The Trump administration and the Republican leadership in the Senate and the house want to fast track this tax cut plan. Indivisible has put together some good material, resources and talking points if you want to try to have an impact on this tax plan that would lower the tax rate for the wealthiest people, repeal the estate tax and make existing racial inequality even worse. This is the trump tax scam website. Questions you can ask your member of Congress. Information on cutting the corporate tax rate. Here is info on how Wisconsin will be impacted. Here is info on its impact on racial inequality. Suggestions on how to hold your Republican legislator accountable. Suggestions on pushing your Democratic legislator to be active on this issue.
Election in Virginia
Flippable, and other groups, are working to win elections up and down the ballots in several states in the coming elections. These groups are emphasizing the November 7 election in Virginia – which is the first statewide election since November. Flippable has built a tool for people anywhere in the US to phone bank or text bank Virginians to remind them to vote. If this sort of thing interests you this is their comprehensivewebsite and here is where you can sign up for a volunteer shift.
--Madison Police: 2017 Central District Survey. Fill out this survey if you want to add your opinion to the problems you see in your neighborhood.
--This article is not news to anyone paying attention to Wisconsin politics. And it is depressing about the state of our democracy. But I like it because I am much more interested in talking about the impact Walker’s voter suppression efforts had in Wisconsin than I am in dissecting Hillary/Bernie/Jill Stein. This article is depressing.
--If you have a morbid curiosity about how Stephen Miller got the U.S government to accept fewer refugees – then this article is for you.
--National Museum of African American History Culture. I haven’t yet had a chance to visit this museum but with this link you can see some of the exhibits online.
--Rosanne Barr talking about taxes on the Roseanne Barr tv show.
Social Action email
I am the social action committee chair for Congregation Shaarei Shamayim (CSS) and send out social action updates by email most weeks.