“In order to see where we are going, we not only must remember where we have been, but we must understand where we have been.” Ella Baker
Voces de la Frontera fundraiser event
A Voces fundraiser on March 2nd from 4:00 – 6:00. It is at 1134, at the home of Jill and Steve Cohen. Hosted by several CSS families. More details here. “Bring your family and your appetite, as well as your checkbook. Appetizers and beverages will be served. At a time when some are trying to build walls, join us in building bridges instead!!”
Speaker on Homelessness and Poverty with a Potluck Dinner
Please join us to hear Travis Wright speak about homelessness and poverty on Tuesday, Feb. 19th at 6pm. We will start with a vegetarian potluck dinner at 5:30. We will meet at the home of Rebecca Krantz and Don Katz, located at 2116 Jefferson St. on the near west side of Madison.
Travis Wright is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Psychology and Early Childhood Education Department at UW- Madison. He is also Director of The BASES Project (Building Academic, Social, and Emotional Supports for Children Experiencing Homelessness). Dr. Wright is a nationally recognized expert on resilience and emotionally responsive teaching, especially for children developing in the midst of adversity. Previously, he worked as a school-based mental health counselor, public school teacher, and early childhood educator in Washington, D.C. and Boston Public Schools. Dr. Wright will present findings from his recent research focused on better understanding how schools foster risk and resilience for children and families experiencing homelessness. He will also share information about his BASES Program, a school-based mentoring program for young children experiencing homelessness that he is implementing in the Madison community. Questions? Contact Kimberly Wilson at kimberlyRwilson@gmail.com or 608-287-6710. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
February 19: No Cops in Schools: A feminist issue
At Threshold (2717 Atwood Ave) at 8am.Freedom Inc.’s M Adams will discuss the #NoCopsInSchools campaign and its connection with feminism. To register and learn more, click here.
February 19: An American Ascent with James Edward Mills
At the Marquee Cinema at 1308 West Dayton Street Union South
Join WUD Society and Politics, WUD Film, and Hoofers for a screening of the documentary film "An American Ascent," followed by commentary from James Edward Mills with Q&A. "An American Ascent" shows the journey of the first all African-American ascent of Denali, the highest point in North America. James Edward Mills is a Madison based journalist who worked with and wrote about Team Denali's story in his book, "The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors." James is an expert on the importance of diversity in the outdoors and teaches a summer class on campus called "Outdoors for All." More details here.
7:00-8:15 pm - Screening of "An American Ascent"
8:30-9:30 pm - Lecture with James Edward Mills followed by a Q&A
February 20: An Evening with Angela Rye
From 6:30 – 9:30 at Union South Varsity Hall, 1308 W Dayton St.
"Angela Rye, Esq. is a political commentator, champion for civil rights, and a budding entrepreneur. She offers regular on-air commentary for media outlets including CNN, BET, MSNBC, and NPR. Currently serving on the board of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and Political Committee, Rye has an unwavering commitment to ensuring positive change in the political process. The depth of her dialogue ranges from political campaigns to more complex legislation and administration policies that have long term implications nationally and internationally. Our theme, Striking B(l)ack: An Unmatched Legacy, parallels the initial fight of the 1969 Black Student Strike with today’s campus climate of exclusion and erasure of Black Students. Rye will be lecturing on the responsibility of next generation activism. More details here.
Feb 20: Social Cinema – Invisible Lines
From 6:30 – 9:00 at Union South Cinema, 1308 W Dayton St.
“Invisible Lines is a frank, unscripted conversation about segregation, racism, and discrimination by a diverse pool of Milwaukeeans (activists, artists, students, and historians all participate). Springing forth from the notion that there can be no community building without genuine dialogue, Invisible Lines is a much-needed conversation surrounding topics long forced to the periphery. “Following the film, join a discussion led by Tiffany Ike, UW-Madison First Wave Program. More details here.
February 20: The Dismal Swamp Revealed: A Pathway to Freedom
The Wisconsin Wetlands Association is sponsoring a special banquet presentation by Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander. It will be held at the Madison Marriot West Conference Center from 6:30 – 9:30. More details here.
“Thirty miles west of the Atlantic Ocean is an area that William Byrd III called a “dreadful swamp” because of its size and environmental challenges. This area, lying between the James River in southeastern Virginia near Norfolk and the Albemarle Sound near Edenton, North Carolina, is now called the Dismal Swamp. The Swamp was a place where many enslaved African Americans from the surrounding counties in Virginia and North Carolina made their escape. Most did not remain in the swamp, instead using it as a route to the Norfolk harbor from which those seeking freedom secured passage aboard steamers headed North. Once a marshland that spanned one million acres, the Dismal Swamp is now a 110,000-acre wildlife refuge. The refuge also commemorates its role as an escape route and safe place for fugitive slaves. Today, archaeological activity is documenting the maroons, African Americans who lived in communities inside the swamp for many years. As the U.S. marks the 400th anniversary of the first black slaves’ arrival in America, Dr. Newby-Alexander will share the stories of the Dismal Swamp and the people who passed through and lived there, exploring how this wetland provided critical refuge along the journey to freedom on the Underground Railroad.”
February 21: How to Start Your Diversity & Inclusion Initiative
From Noon – 1:00 at the American Family Dreambank on 821 E. Washington Ave.
"Diversity and inclusion have been hot topics in the corporate world for several years and are even hotter topics of conversation for many Madison-area organizations. Organizations, large and small, are taking a closer look at what diversity and inclusion means for their clients, employees and community. Join Deborah Biddle as she shares strategies and considerations for building your diversity and inclusion initiative. She’ll share best practices, considerations, easy tips and common pitfalls to avoid. Together, you’ll learn, discuss and explore what may make sense for your organizational culture. Be sure to bring your questions and ideas. More details here.
February 23: Sustainable Saturday Night
At James Reeb Unitarian Church (2146 E. Johnson St) at 6pm. This is a monthly community potluck followed by a program. Dr. Rogge will talk about municipal divestment from the nuclear arms race.
February 24: Words of Worth: Letters to the Border
Join the Community Immigration Law Center for a night of education about deportation proceedings and in writing letters of support to the families and children detained at the US-Mexico border. At the Community Immigration Law Center at 944 E Gorham. From 6pm to 8pm. More details here.
February 24: Organizing and Community Building with Groundwork
From 3:30 – 5:30 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1123 Vilas Ave.
“You're invited! Please join Groundwork for discussion in which we'll collaborate for sustained racial justice work. Let's build together in community, continue our political education, and engage in collective action! Childcare is provided.” More details here.
March 1: First Friday Screening: It’s Criminal
At First Unitarian Society (900 University Bay) starting at 5:45. The community dinner starts at 5:45 and then the film. It’s Criminal is about the life changing journeys of incarcerated women and Dartmouth College students as they write and perform an original play. Co-sponsored by UW-Odyssey Project, MOSES, and EXPO (Ex-incarcerated People Organizing.) More details here.
March 20: Environmental Ethics of Wisconsin’s Native American Cultures
From 5:30 – 8:00 at the Holy Wisdom Monastery on 4200 County Road M, Middleton. Patty Loew, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, Director of Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University and a professor in the Medill School of Journalism will be speaking to us about the Environmental Ethics of Wisconsin’s Indigenous People. She has conducted research on Wisconsin’s native people and has written several books on the subject. Come and learn about why and how the indigenous people of this area cared for the earth. Details here.
Trumps National Emergency
**If you have the stomach for reading a thorough and detailed accounting of all the ways Trump is himself a national emergency – read this.
**Indivisible details the National Emergency Act. The Act provides a procedure for Congress to terminate a state of emergency by passing a resolution. They provide information and talking points for us to call our representatives and ask that Congress use this procedure.
**Voces de la Frontera statement on Trump’s emergency: White Nationalist Authoritarianism is the Emergency.
Drivers’ license for all
This is an organizing campaign of Voces de la Frontera. “The midterm election created an opportunity for a major political breakthrough in our long-term campaign to restore driver licenses for immigrants in Wisconsin. Recently elected Governor Tony Evers, who ran on a platform to restore driver licenses for immigrants and tuition equity for Dreamers, has committed publically to include drivers licenses in his biennial state budget proposal.” See the full statement here. More information about this campaign will be shared in the Social Action email as the campaign moves forward. Here is the link to the Driver Licenses for All Toolkit.
**We Stand Against Anti-Semitism, And We Stand With Ilhan Omar – An Open Letter From Midwest Jewish Women of Color Progressives. Click here to read the letter. If you are an ally with Midwest Jewish Women of Color Progressives – you can also sign the letter.
**Americans who tell the truth: Click here for their young activists’ portrait gallery.
**The Creator of this social media app wants prisoners to stay connected to their families. Great feature of Marcus Bullock and his innovative project. Details here. Some days it seems like the incredible intelligence and creativity of my fellow humans will get us out of the mess our country/world is in. Then I remember we still have structural racial and economic inequality.
**If you haven’t yet read this article by Rabbi Laurie – it is attached here.