“If one man can destroy everything, why can't one girl change it?” ― Malala Yousafzai
"It means a great deal to those who are oppressed to know that they are not alone. Never let anyone tell you that what you are doing is insignificant." ― Desmond Tutu
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
March 19: Tell Our Alders Madison Needs a Green New Deal
“Join Madison Youth in calling upon our alders to pass legislation for a Green New Deal!Recent scientific studies show that carbon emissions from our continued reliance on fossil fuels is leading to catastrophic climate disruption. We hereby call for immediate action to address climate change. The Green New Deal is federal legislation proposing a massive program of investments in clean-energy jobs and infrastructure, meant to transform not just the energy sector, but the entire economy. It is meant both to decarbonize the economy and to make it fairer and more just. We call upon our local elected officials to endorse federal legislation for a Green New Deal. The Green New Deal calls upon us to (1) decarbonize the economy, (2) include a federal jobs guarantee and large-scale public investments, and (3) implement a transition that protects low-income communities, communities of color, indigenous communities, and others.” More details here.
March 20: Volunteer Drivers Training
Voces de la Frontera and the Dane Sanctuary Coalition need volunteer drivers to drive individuals to Chicago and Milwaukee. Please join us for a training on March 20 at 6:00 pm at Centro Hispano. RSVP to Dorit Bergen at email@example.com. 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.
March 21: Immigration Services and Advocacy Benefit
From 5:30 – 7:30 at Bunky’s Café at 2425Atwood Ave. Voces de la Frontera and the Immigrant Assistance Collaborative invite you to an evening to benefit immigration-related services and advocacy! Light refreshments to be served. More details here.
March 23:HERlarious: Comedy For A Cause
"Join the Human Rights Campaign and Lady Laughs Comedy for a HERlarious night of comedy featuring a fantastic lineup of comedians! Enjoy cocktails, laughs, and company while we “Stand-Up” for Equality."At the High Noon Saloon from 6:30 to 9:30. More details here.
March 24: Faith Communities Addressing White Supremacy
Join together with your neighbors, city leaders, spiritual leaders, and other Madisonians to this community event.This event will create space to mourn the lives lost in tragic events in faith communities, especially considering the massacre that just occurred in New Zealand. This space will also be a place to create solutions to fighting white supremacy through interfaith solidarity. City, community, and religious leaders will facilitate this dialogue. Everyone is welcome. Free and open to the public. Come with ideas, contributions, or simply to be present. Details here.
April 14: Freedom Seder
“The African American/Jewish Friendship group is sponsoring Madison’s first freedom seder. It will be at the YWCA Empowerment Center at 2040 South Park St at 5:00 pm. The seder will feature a Passover service focusing on Jewish and African American history and traditions and foods which provide a framework that connects our communities and celebrates the struggles for all still living under oppression and mobilizes us around a range of social justice issues. This year will mark the 50-year anniversary of the original Washington, DC "Freedom Seder." The original Freedom Seder was a Passover gathering of the Jewish and African American communities in the basement of a Church in the DC area one year following the assassination of Dr. King. It was convened by Rabbi Arthur Waskow. Milwaukee has had Freedom Seders for their community. PLEASE RSVP BY MARCH 31ST TO: MERLE AND JERRY STERNBERG at 608-298-7537 OR email: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Madison Action Day
CSS social action committee is considering getting involved with MOSES, (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality, and Solidarity.) Currently MOSES is focused on policy issues around our incarceration crisis. On March 26ththey are organizing Madison Action Day, to gather at the state Capitol to “advocate and educate representatives about issues in the proposed state budget. More details here.
Census Citizenship Question:
“For the first time in 70 years, the U.S. census may include a question about citizenship. Experts agree that the question's inclusion will dramatically reduce the participation of immigrant communities, stunting their growing political influence and depriving them of economic benefits. It's yet another deliberate attempt by President Trump to attack immigrants.”
--Update 2/15/19: A federal court ruled in our favor and struck down the citizenship question – but now, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Trump administration's appeal. Help power our fight as we head back to court.” The ACLU wants us to make a public comment to the Department of Commerce. More details here.
Madison Urban Ministry (MUM): Family and Reading Connections
MUM’s Family Connections provides opportunities to maintain and strengthen relationships within families affected by incarceration. This program keeps critical parent-child connections strong by organizing regular monthly visits between imprisoned mothers and their children. Family Connections goes to Taycheedah Correctional Institution the second Saturday of each month. Reading Connections offers parents whose children reside too far away for regular visits, an opportunity to bond with their child and encourage their reading. Each month, volunteers go to Taycheedah Correctional Institution and Waupan Correctional Institution to collaborate with parents on this initiative. Parents are video recorded reading books to their children and the book, the recording, and a letter are mailed to the children and families.
Learn more about Family & Reading Connections with this video. Complete this online application if you are interested in volunteering.
Madison Urban Ministry (MUM): Just Bakery
MUM’s Just Bakery is a 12 week educational and vocational training program. The program works with individuals who are experiencing significant barriers to employment (homelessness, criminal conviction history, lack of education, and/or a lack of work history or skills) and who have an interest in baking or culinary arts as a career pathway. Available volunteer positions are listed below. Just Bakery tutors are trained and given curriculum on their subject. Subjects include: Management, Supervision, Nutrition, Controlling Food Service Costs, and ServSafe. Tutors commit to two sessions per week. Each session is one hour, totaling two hours per week. Tutors meet students at the Just Bakery classroom on the far east side of Madison. Complete this online application if you are interested in volunteering.
**Driver Licenses For All Coalition fills the Capitol. “On Thursday, hundreds of immigrant families and supporters from throughout Wisconsin visited legislators to urge support for restoring driver licenses for immigrants and low-income people in Wisconsin. Participants came from over 11 cities, including Madison, Waukesha, Racine, Kenosha, Wautoma, Wisconsin Dells, Green Bay, Appleton, Lake Geneva, Arcadia, and Milwaukee. Participants visited the office of every legislator before holding a Driver Licenses for All coalition press conference in the Capitol.”
**Voces de la Frontera in the news.“Voces de la Frontera activists José Flores, Verónica Esquivel, and Miguel Cano from the Waukesha chapter were featured in a Noticiero Univision story on the Driver Licenses for All campaign.”
**This is most likely not news to anyone reading this email – but Wisconsin has an important Supreme Court election on April 2nd. State legislatures redraw the maps following the federal census every ten years – it will next happen in 2021. It is important who is on the state supreme court in 2021. Swing Left has this to say about the importance of this race. The Journal Sentinel reported on election data highlights the ongoing impact of 2011 GOP redistricting in Wisconsin. The New York Times used Wisconsin as an example in their feature piece on “the New Front in the Gerrymandering Wars.” And this is what Mike McCabe (then Executive Director) of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign had to say about Wisconsin gerrymandering back in 2011.
**The Southern Poverty Law Center did its usual detailed research to show us through data, what seemed clear enough anecdotally, that the number of hate groups rose to a record high. Full report here.