The world is full of wonders, special radiance, and marvelous secrets, but all it takes is a small hand held over the eye to hide it all.Abraham Joshua Heschel (attributed to the Baal Shem Tov)
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
March 16: Friends of State Street
Join us from 11:50 to 1:00 at the Beacon on 615 E. Washington Ave. CSS members and friends of Shaarei Shamayim will prepare and serve a meal to Madison’s homeless community. Click here for more information and for the sign-up sheet. Or contact Kimberly Wilson if you have questions - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Week of March 4: Black Arts Matter Fest (BAMFest)
There are multiple events taking place the week of March 4th. Click here for more information about the Fest and here for the Isthmus article about the Fest.
March 6: Public Meeting for PFAS Contamination
From 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the Bashford United Methodist Church, 329 North St. Representatives from the Madison Water Utility and Public Health Madison/Dane County will discuss the contamination of area wells with perfluorinated compounds (PFAS). For some background about this issue, please visit the Madison Water Utility's page.“This is your opportunity to ask any questions you have about the safety of our drinking water and the effects of PFAS on our environment.” Speakers: Joe Grande, Water Quality Manager, Madison Water Utility; Doug Voegeli and Jeff Lafferty, Public Health Madison & Dane County.
March 6: Freedom Farmers
Monica M. White will be in Madison to talk about her book, Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement. Her talk will be at 7 p.m. at the UW Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St. More information about her book and talk in this Isthmus article.
March 15: Youth Climate Strike
Climate change already kills hundreds of thousands of people every year. High school students will be gathering at 11:30 and marching to the state capitol. All people are welcome to join. “On March 15, join countless other powerful youth across the nation by marching on the Madison Capital to demand climate justice and change. Across Europe, students have been going on strike to show why governments have an obligation to protect our future from climate change. Now, we are bringing school strikes to the United States. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change we have 11 years to take sweeping and crosscutting action on climate change across the globe or we’ll see irreversible effects. This shouldn't come lightly, and we should be scared.” More details here or email at email@example.com
March 16: VocesMadison Membership Meeting/Junta de Membresía
At Centro Hispano at 2pm. 810 W Badger Rd. You can RSVP on Facebook.
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 14: Voces de la Frontera Day of Action
Governor Ever’s 2019-2021 state budget proposal includes restoring access to driver licenses and in-state tuition for immigrants in Wisconsin. Join Voces to visit lawmakers to demand they support Ever’s budget and the return of driver’s licenses to immigrant and low-income people. “Now we must ensure that the governor's proposed budget successfully passes through the state legislature by securing support from leaders in both parties.” You can watch the Voces driver licenses for all campaign here. More details on the event can be found here. And here is the link to the Driver Licenses for All Toolkit.
Petition to Support Flood Prevention Recommendations
The recommendations can be found here. Consider signing your name in support. “Showing our County Board that these recommendations are supported by many neighbors will make a significant impact.” For more information, email Shaun Abshere at firstname.lastname@example.org visit their Facebook page
Open letter to the Madison Metropolitan School District Board
Consider adding your support to this letter.
**Update from Baraboo– written by CSS members Marcy and Buddy Huffaker.
**Dairyland in Distress. An interesting (and depressing) look at (and history of) Wisconsin’s dairy farms.
**I remain a fan of Indivisible. They are organizing for the 2020 primary and have this post about ‘how we engage to win’. Maybe you are glad that more than a dozen (and counting) people are running for President or maybe you are worried about it. Maybe you plan to pay obsessive attention to the primary and maybe you are just waiting to see who gets the nomination. If you are excited about the primary and want to engage locally to try to impact the outcome – check out what Indivisible advices people to do.
**Host Families Needed for the Ayusa Exchange Program. Contact CSS member Parthy Schachter at email@example.com if you are interested in this unique hosting opportunity. Ayusa Global Youth Exchange is a non-profit high school exchange organization dedicated to developing the next generation of global leaders and world citizens. In addition to exchange students from traditional sending countries such as Germany, France, Chile, and Japan, there is also a unique opportunity to host exceptional students coming on the YES program. The YES program was established in 2002 in response to the events of September 11, 2001, and is funded by the U.S. Department of State. The program awards merit-based scholarships to high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations, giving them the opportunity to spend a year living with a host family in the U.S. and to attend an American high school. Host families can be of any faith or non-religious
**Some inspiring reading as many young people take bold action to try to force our legislators to take action on climate change. Links here and here to the articles.