We may encounter defeats but we must not be defeated. Maya Angelou
This is a weekly update detailing social action oriented events/actions/meetings that you can plug into in Madison, WI.
VOCES DE LA FRONTERA UPDATE :
Voces Solidarity Challenge
In case you missed it: We’ve raised $42,000 of our $60,000 goal to help Voces de la Frontera meet their goal of hiring an organizer in Madison. See below for some upcoming fundraisers – and reach out to anyone you know that might want to host one. If you are interested, please email Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out this great article in the Capital Times about our fundraising efforts.
EVENTS AROUND TOWN:
June 28: Songs of Resistance: A rally to benefit the ACLU of WisconsinHigh Noon Saloon from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. WORT FM presents Songs of Resistance. If you are looking for a way to support the resistance and have a good time doing it, this show is for you. See details here.
June 29: Health Care for All Campaign Kick Off:
Hosted by ‘Our Wisconsin Revolution’ at the Goodman Community Center at 6:00 p.m. ‘The time for single-payer healthcare is now. Come find out how you can help build the movement for all in Wisconsin and Nationwide. Details here.
July 5: People Power Madison July Organizing meeting
At the Hawthorne Library at 6:30 p.m. ‘Join us to discuss our progress and plan next steps on advocating for fair treatment of immigrants by local law enforcement, organizing against AB190/SB275, and other actions.
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.
July 22: Reception: Faces of Incarceration: Changing the Narrative
At the Overture Center for the Arts from 6:00 -9:00 p.m. Panel discussion with formerly incarcerated participants and criminal justice reform experts and listen to poetry from prison. See event details here.
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.
ALL HANDS AND FEET ON DECK FOR HEALTH CARE:
Well, from when I started writing this email until when I finished it things have shifted and could shift again by the time you read this – who knows. But from now until the law is either passed or not passed in the Senate, keep the pressure up.
--This is what Ezra Klein has to say about the Senate bill.
Resources from Indivisible
Indivisible I am again including Indivisible’s action plan for stopping this bill since it is so thorough and useful. If you are unsure what you want to say to Senator Johnson or Senator Baldwin check out their talking points. Here is Wisconsin specific data on the impact of TrumpCare.
Physicians for a National Health Program offers some WI specific talking points for talking to Senator Johnson and contact info for his Legislative Director.
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 email@example.com 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.
Support ACLU's Freedom Cities for Dane County
In the weeks after Trump’s inauguration, the ACLU started organizing people power, an effort to engage grassroots volunteers across the county to make sure the fight against Trump’s policies are not just in the courts, but in the streets. President Trump wants to recruit, and when that fails, force local law enforcement to help his administration pursue mass deportations. To try to counter that the ACLU has launched a massive initiative called “Freedom Cities.” They've outlined nine state and local law enforcement policies and rules, which would protect families, friends and neighbors from Trump's mass deportation agenda.
A small group of Dane County activists (People Power) have met with law enforcement agencies, started tracking anti-immigrant state legislation, and made connections in local immigrant communities.
The Dane County police and sheriff are generally supportive of the ACLU’s Freedom Cities Model Policies, but the ACLU has stressed how important it is to have these policies in writing. Because so many of the policies relate to how the County jail operates, they are focusing on the Public Protection and Judiciary Committee of the Dane County Board.
Help support this effort and email Paul Rusk, chair of the committee or your supervisor.
Wisconsin Legislature and Health Care:
They have been busy too in the state Capitol building. The Wisconsin Budget Project has crunched a lot of numbers and has some useful reports. As far as what Wisconsin legislators are doing to ensure we all have some health insurance, Wisconsin Bill AB 365 was introduced by Wisconsin Democrats to try to protect parts of the Affordable Care Act for people that have chronic health problems. The Republicans replaced it will a substitute amendment that essentially does the opposite.
If you enjoy reading about the undemocratic process of how laws are passed in Wisconsin, then this article is for you. If you want to read more specifics about Mitch McConnell’s Senate Health Care bill dropping people with pre-existing conditions than this reporting is for you. To let your state representatives know your thoughts about these bills and amendments you can find your state senator here.
**Madison’s very own disco band, VO5, debuting their song Cheddar Revolution in 2011. Click here to check it out.
**Lin Manual Miranda released a brilliant and powerful video of the song 'Immigrants (we get the job done) from the Hamilton Mixtape. It is worth watching.
**Amy Harmon, a great journalist for the New York Times, wrote this great piece on teaching climate change earlier this month. She then followed up with this piece with teachers’ stories about how they try to teach it and she followed up again today with this piece. I think it is really great journalism. (Fun fact about Amy for any Michigan folks – in college she was the Opinion page editor for the Michigan Daily.)
**Pod Save America does a pretty good run through of Mitch McConnell’s efforts to push TrumpCare though the Senate. And then in the last section of the podcast the hosts discuss the impact of TrumpCare on West Virginia with senator Manchin.
**More from the Wisconsin Budget Project. Their perspective on whether Trump’s policies help or harm Wisconsin workers. And some data if you are curious about the numbers showing how tax cuts have impacted people living in Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel weighs in as well.
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.