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This is a weekly update detailing social action oriented events/actions/meetings that you can plug into in Madison, WI.
July 15: Friends of State Street Family Meal
Shaarei Shamayim's July meal through Friends of the State Street Family is coming together nicely! We volunteered to serve a meal to Madison’s homeless community on July 15, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Please contact the office for more information and to sign up. If you can help out by providing flats of water bottles to the serving site, please sign up here.
Dane Sanctuary Coalition
CSS is one of the 36 faith-based organizations, schools and campus ministries in Dane County that joined the new Dane Sanctuary Coalition. The coalition intends to provide sanctuary for undocumented immigrants and refugees. Press coverage here and here.
VOCES DE LA FRONTERA UPDATE:
Voces Solidarity Challenge
We have almost met our goal of raising $58,288! Thanks to an $8,000 grant from the City of Madison, a $5,000 grant from Plymouth United Church of Christ, and several wonderful fundraisers, we are so close to our goal! If you know of anyone who would like to do a fundraiser to help us reach $60,000 please let us know! You can email Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENTS AROUND TOWN:
July 15: Fight For Medicare for All
Rally at the Capitol at 3:00 p.m. Click here for more details.
July 15: Run For Our Rights
Run For Our Rights is a grassroots Madison road race organized to raise money and awareness for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. There is a 10K, 3K and kids race. All races start at Vilas Park. Click here for registration.
July 22: Reception: Faces of Incarceration: Changing the Narrative
Click here for more details.
July 27: Our Local Power: How to Make a Difference in Dane County
This event is sponsored by Indivisible Madison and Our Wisconsin Revolution at the Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S Park St., from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. “Our Local Power will get behind the scenes and show that County Boards, City Councils, School Boards, and Village and Town Boards make critical decisions that impact our lives.” For more information click this link.
Jewish Social Services refugee program
Attend a Volunteer orientation to volunteer with the JSS refugee program. Both orientations will take place in the JSS conference room at 6434 Enterprise Lane. Snacks will be provided. RSVP to Becca.
Support BadgerCare as a Public Option on the Health Care Exchanges
Legislation was introduced last week to create a “public option” for any Wisconsinite to purchase Badgercare health coverage. (Taking action on this gives us an increasingly rare opportunity to be proactive instead of reactive and to try to make health insurance more affordable.) Citizen Action has some useful FAQ’s on how it would work, how much it would cost, etc. You can find your state representatives here.
It has been a busy recess this past week with legislators holding town hall events and meetings in their districts. A lot of people have had a lot to say about how likely it is that the AHCA will pass. This is what Talking Points Memo, the New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, and Vox, have to say about it.
Local constituent pressure is really all we have going for us at this point. Please call if you have not already. If it has been awhile since you called about the AHCA think about calling again.
**Sample questions for your Senator from Indivisible.
**Pre-existing conditions talking points from Indivisible.
**Wisconsin impact and who to call from Indivisible.
**Daily phone call scripts from Indivisible.
Reverse Course on the Refugee Ban
Voice your opposition to the Muslim and refugee ban that is now partially in effect thanks to a recent Supreme Court decison. Call your legislator and ask them to urge the president to allow in at least 75,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2018. By September 30 the President will make a determination of how many refugees will be allowed into the country next year.
Don’t forget about the Kobach Commission on Voter Data
Donald Trump issued an Executive Order to establish a “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity” to be chaired by Pence and managed by Kobach. This commission has a great deal of potential to further suppress the vote. One thing you can do is contact the WI Secretary of State and ask him to refuse the voter data requests. This is what the League of Women Voters has to say about the commission. This is what Indivisible has to say and here is a sample phone call script.
**Great Podcast interview: If you aren’t familiar with the Joy Trip Project by local reporter James Edward Mills, you might want to give it a try. I particularly liked this recent interview with Ranger Betty Reid Soskin, a 95 year old National park ranger stationed at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Homefront National Historical Park.
**Lin Manual Miranda (and the people he collaborates with) continues to bring powerfully beautiful art to the world. Here is the clip of a video of the song, Immigrants (we get the job done).
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.