We have a chance in this moment and every moment, no matter who the president is, to say this is our home, this is our country. Ali Muldrow, recipient of Humanitarian Award at 2018 Dane County MLK celebration
January 20: Friends of State Street Meal
Shaarei Shamayim’s next meal for the homeless through Friends of the State Street Family is on Saturday from 12:00-1:00 p.m. If you would like to help serve nourishing food to our neighbors, please consider signing up here for our next meal. If you would like to support this cause with a financial gift, click here. Located at The Beacon, 615 E. Washington Ave.
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.
Jan 17: The Health Impacts of locking people up without a new conviction.
Hosted by Ex-prisoners organizing and Wisdom for Justice this event examines the consequences of excessive revocations in Wisconsin. It is from 12-2 at the Grace Episcopal Church on 116 W. Washington Ave. Details here.
Jan 20: Non-Profit Draft day
If you are interested in joining the board of a non-profit organization consider attending the non-profit Draft Day. Details here.
Jan 20th. Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence
From 7pm to 8:30pm and the Arts + Literature Laboratory, 2021 Winnebago St
If you like poetry, consider taking a poetry break this weekend. A new anthology from Beacon Press, Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence, gives voice to the lived reality behind the devastating gun violence statistics. This reading marks the release of an important new anthology of poets and citizens responding to gun violence in America. The reading features Khary Penebaker, whose mother died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, along with local poets Cynthia Marie Hoffman, Laurel Bastian, Dana Maya, and Angela Trudell-Vasquez. Click here for details.
Jan. 20: Hidden Voices: African American Writers in Wisconsin
From 1pm to 2pm at the Madison Public Library Lakeview Branch, 2845 N Sherman Ave, Madison. Hosted by Madison Public Library and Beyond the Page "Join three Madison-area African American writers - poet Fabu, Sherry Lucille - Inspiring Destiny and Author Page, and playwright and novelist Catrina Sparkman - as they discuss their poetry and prose in relation to the work of three African American literary giants who also lived and worked in the Madison area during the 20th century: novelist Jean Toomer, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, and poet Sarah Webster Fabio.” More details about the event here.
Jan. 20th: Women’s March 2018
From 10:00am to 3:00pm at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, 901 N 9th St, Milwaukee. This is the one year anniversary of the women’s march. Click here for details.
Jan. 21: Unhappy Birthday Party for Citizens United
From 1pm to 3:30pm at the High Noon Saloon, 701 E Washington Ave. This event has a great line up and its goal is to get us energized for upcoming elections. Organizers want us to “bring “enthusiasm for the spring elections and all your friends that think democracy is still worth fighting for.” Hosted by South Central Wisconsin United to Amend. Click here for more details.
Jan 21: Madison Moms Demand Action Five Year Anniversary
It is from 2pm – 3:30 at Cargo Coffee East on 750 E. Washington. From the organizers, “Please join us as we commemorate the fifth anniversary of the founding of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. We will have cookies while we look back at what Moms Demand Action has accomplished, as well as looking forward to the next year.” Click here for more details.
Jan 24: The Racial Justice Films Series
Hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin and the Madison Public Library. At 201 W. Mifflin street from 6pm – 8pm. Details here.
Jan. 27: Our New Year’s Revolution: WI Leaders Share Strategies, Plans and Hope for 2018!
At James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation (2146 E. Johnson St.) at 6:00 pm. Join for a free community potluck meal, followed by a 7:00 pm panel discussion. There will also be tabling space for organizations to share literature. For more details click here.
Stop the state department of Transportation from closing DMV’s in minority neighborhoods
Wisconsin is already worse than many states when it comes to restricting voting rights. We don’t need any more obstacles for people to vote. The DOT has decided to close, combine and relocate 2 DMV service centers. This is potentially a problem because we all need ID to vote now. DMV’s is the easiest way to get an ID. This proposed move takes DMV’s across the street from bus stops and moves them away from minority neighborhoods. Some details here and here. Several Madison officials and the League of Women Voters filed a complaint with the U. S. Dept of Transportation. You can contact the Wisconsin Dept of Transportation Office of Public Affairs to let them know you would like the state to revise their decision to move this DMV service centers. Phone number is (608) 266-3581 and email is email@example.com.
Congress Still Needs to Reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program
The CBO released an estimate earlier this week that showed reauthorizing funding for CHIP for 10 years would save the government money. States are preparing to kick kids off their coverage as early as next month if Congress doesn’t act. If you are on Twitter Andy Slavitt is always up to date with what is happening in the battle to reauthorize CHIP. Call your Representative and urge them to get this reauthorized. Indivisible has some suggestions on what to say here. Might be worth mentioning that WI could lose $11 million dollars if not reauthorized.
--The mysterious group that is picking Breitbart apart, one tweet at a time. Let’s take our feel good moments where we can get them. Sleeping Giants (and their twitter followers) have had some success in getting companies to stop advertising on Breitbart.
--Pass this message on to the UW students in your life. When a UW student gets their spring bus pass in the Student Activity Center, they can also register to vote and learn about meeting voter ID requirements. See details here. It is in effect from Jan 22 through Feb 2nd
--I found this story to be very inspirational about the impact our decisions can have on others in our community.
--Video of Ali Mudrow’s speech accepting an award at Monday’s MLK celebration.
--2018 Black History for a New day. This 9-week course is organized and taught by Justified Anger. From the organizers, “This is a great way to become involved as an ally in Justified Anger's efforts to reduce racial disparities and bring about healing. This course is also a meaningful entry point for whatever cross-cultural work you want to do to make Madison a better place.” Click here for more information and dates. The course starts in early Feb.
--This is an ugly, horrifying and scary list. If you like to be fully up to date about every way Donald Trump is a national security risk – this is the list for you. If you prefer to have a general sense of why he is a national security risk, don’t read it.
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.