If the broad light of day could be let in upon men’s actions, it would purify them as the sun disinfects. Louis Brandeis
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
Volunteer to Serve a Meal to Madison’s Homeless Community July 15, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Located at the top of State Street. Join Shaarei Shamayim members to prepare and serve a meal to Madison’s homeless community. We feed over 150 people through Friends of the State Street Family each month. Volunteers are needed both to cook and serve. Please contact the office for more information and to sign up. To help defray the cost of the food, please make a donation here.
VOCES DE LA FRONTERA UPDATE :
Voces Solidarity Challenge
In case you missed it: We’ve raised $40,148 from 271 donors with donations ranging from $10 to $10,000! We are looking for a few more people to set up fundraisers in the next month. If you are interested, please email Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to check out this great article in the Capital Times about our fundraising efforts.
June 16: Neighborhood Happy Hour – Fundraiser for Voces Solidarity Challenge
Join the Ramberg/Foster Family and the Cross Family for a relaxed evening raising money for Voces de la Frontera. Location: 515 Briar Hill Road from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. We’ll be outside. All are invited!
June 23: Alder David Ahrens and his wife, Tiffany, invite you to a Voces Fundraiser
“Please join us! Have a tamale, sip a drink, make a contribution and listen to leaders of Voces de la Frontera describe their current work and tell us what we can do to support this important organization.” They live at 4117 Major Ave and the event is from 5:00 -7:30 p.m.
***Please let them know if you are planning to attend so that they can get a good tamale count: email@example.com or 608-334-1156.
EVENTS AROUND TOWN:
June 28: Stop AB 190! No Hate in Our State!At the Capitol from 12:00 -3:00 p.m., organized by Voces de la Frontera. The goal is to Stop Anti-Immigrant Bill which would have public employees and local law enforcement act like immigration agents.
July 8: Just Desserts
Jewish Social Services is hosting a fundraiser. Join them to learn about refugee resettlement in Madison while supporting the work of JSS. Just Desserts will be at the Sundance Cinema from 7:00-10:00 p.m. There will be live music and desserts. Tickets are $45. You can find more information here.
July 10: Messaging Training for Activists with One Wisconsin Now
Madison Public Library: Hawthorne Branch, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Join One Wisconsin Now and Indivisible Madison for a community meeting on the best tactics for making sure your voice is heard loud and clear during this important moment in history. This training will focus on creating a more productive message and ways to get people to listen (for example, letters to the editor, letters to legislators, and in conversations with friends, and neighbors).
Scot Ross of One Wisconsin Now will present this informative workshop designed to polish your technique for more effective delivery of any message.
Jewish Social Services is Resettling Several Syrian Families
JSS has four families in Madison already, and it now looks like there will be more on the way. With the newest executive order on hold, the State Department is picking up the pace of moving refugees to the United States. Click here to sign up to donate to the newly arrived families. You can also use this link to donate toward helping pay two months of rent for each family.
Also, JSS has many clients, that aren’t refugees that are in need of support. Click here for additional volunteer opportunities at JSS.
ALL HANDS-ON DECK FOR HEALTH CARE:
Well this has been a discouraging week in a discouraging year in terms of health care policy. And it isn’t clear that widespread opposition to the AHCA is stopping it from happening. But if you are going to make just one call this week – please call about the AHCA.
Last week the Speaker of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, used “Rule 14” to successfully fast-track the AHCA. This House healthcare bill that passed last month will deprive 23 million people of healthcare with the bonus of providing tax breaks to corporations and the very wealthy of the U.S. Rule 14 is allowing a group of 13 all male GOP senators to work in secret, and right now nobody knows what is in the bill. McConnell and the GOP has a plan: submit this healthcare bill to the CBO without any hearings, discussions, or bipartisan debate. McConnell has no plans to show the public this bill, only releasing the full contents of the bill two to three days before the final vote to pass the legislation. So, there are two important things to be opposed to with this bill: its contents and its lack of transparency and public input.
Click here for some talking points and phone numbers.
Here is what the Director of MoveOn had to say about the bill on twitter.
This is a script from Indivisible for calling your Senators.
Jeff Burkhart, the Director of Madison’s Literacy Network, met with Ron Johnson’s staff to talk about the AHCA and here are his talking points.
If you email with elected officials maybe share this video from Love Wisconsin about Jacob’s wish for Wisconsin.
Advocate for Refugees:
JSS is looking for volunteers to help with their advocacy work which includes local efforts such as getting Arabic materials at the DMV and also pressure on legislatures on all levels. Please email Rabbi Bauer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping with this. You can also call your senators and representatives to show your support for the federal refugee program. See details here on how to stand up for refugees.
Tell Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary not to hire Sherriff Clarke
Not sure how useful petitions are but this will only take a few minutes of your time. Voces de la Frontera has a petition stating that Sherriff Clarke is not fit for national office. Those of us living in Wisconsin already know this fact.
June 14 and June 15 are the call-in days to protect Medicaid. It is organized by the National Council on Aging and the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Groups. Details at this link.
City of Madison Public Listening Program:
The City of Madison's public listening program, "Imagine Madison", has reached phase 2: "The goal of Imagine Madison is to gather the opinions of each and every Madisonian, which will be used in planning the Madison of tomorrow - and beyond."
You can go to their website and give input here.
Stop the anti-immigration bill in Wisconsin:
In WI, Republican state lawmakers have introduced AB 190, a bill to have public employees and local law enforcement act like immigration agents. It is a copycat bill of Texas’ controversial anti-sanctuary law SN4. It is the same bill that was defeated last year. Click here for more details, phone numbers and a toolkit.
Articles worth reading:
**Mark Rosenthal, someone who gets this social action emails, wrote an important article responding to potential budget cuts to science and medical research and disease prevention. He served as a nurse in Sierra Leone in an Ebola Treatment Unit.
**Nicholas Kristoff wrote this NYT piece to Paul Ryan to help him listen to his constituents about the role Planned Parenthood has played in their lives.
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.