“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” Aristotle
This is a weekly update detailing social action oriented events/actions/meetings that you can plug into in Madison, WI.
Large event at the end of June: Voces Solidarity Challenge
Susan Jeanette, who has been successfully raising funds for non-profits in the Madison area for decades, has generously partnered with us to create a benefit event for our Voces de la Frontera Challenge at the end of June. We also have volunteer support from our friends at Christ Presbyterian Church. We need an additional 2-3 people to help with the planning process, and 8-10 volunteers to assist day of with tasks like directing parking, serving refreshments, and registration. Please contact Laura Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Joy at email@example.com if you are interested in either of those roles.
July 15: Friends of the State Street Family
Our meal on May 20 was a big success. It was drizzly but we pushed through and served around 150 people a hot meal of red beans and rice, macaroni and cheese, collards, potato salad, melon, boiled eggs, sandwiches, and brownies. Our next meal is planned for July 15, 2017. Please consider signing up for our next meal here.
EVENTS AROUND TOWN:
May 26: Informal Indivisible Madison Meetup
Indivisible Madison is having an informal meetup from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Lakeside St. Coffee House at 402 W Lakeside. Click here for more details.
May 31: Health Care Reform Community Forum: Trumpcare-What's Next?
This event is sponsored by the Wisconsin Physicians for a National Health Program. It will be at the Alicia Ashman Library on 733 N High Point Rd from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.Speakers are William Parke-Sutherland, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families and Professor Mark Schlesinger, Yale University. For more information click here.
May 31: Madison – Permitless Carry Hearing
Join Wisconsin Moms Demand Action for the senate committee hearing for the dangerous permitless carry bill that would allow individuals to carry concealed weapons without any training or background check, including in police stations, mental health facilities and on school grounds. Click here for more details.
June 2 – June 4: Where do we go from here? Understanding the Current Crisis & Building Social Justice in the Midwest
This is an annual gathering of Forward -- community activists, students, and educators committed to social justice. It is at Edgewood College and more details are here. This year’s gathering will devote substantial attention to understanding the outcome of the 2016 elections and their implications for the struggle for social justice in the Midwest, including Wisconsin. The central goal is to foster collaboration among organizers, activists, educators, and students interested in problem-solving on a range of crucial issues that reflect the present crisis, including immigration, mass incarceration and policing, resource and water defense, labor rights, and women’s rights, among others. For more information click here.
June 3: March for Truth
At 5:00 p.m. people are gathering at the State Capitol. It is hosted by the Wisconsin Progressive Alliance, Indivisible Madison, and Rock County Progressives. “At the Madison March for Truth, we will raise our voices and let our elected leaders know that American citizens demand answers. Similar peaceful demonstrations will be happening in more than 70 cities nationwide.” For more details click 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.
Also, JSS has many clients that aren’t refugees that are in need of support. Click here for additional volunteer opportunities at JSS.
Oppose President Trump Massive Budget Cut Proposal
The Trump administration has released their full 2018 FY Budget proposal. In addition to drastic funding cuts to the EPA, Planned Parenthood, and the Education Department (effectively diverting funds from public schools to voucher programs), the latest proposal also slashes safety net and anti-poverty programs, a historically severe move that would devastate the lives of millions of low-income families. The Center on Budget Priorities and Policies has this, this, and this to say about Trump’s proposed budget. And Vox said this. Here are the talking points from 5 Calls.
Oppose President Trump’s Mass Deportation Act
Two bills would increase the capabilities of federal and local immigration enforcement and would increase the number of deportation officers. Talking points from 5 Calls.Statement from Demos about these bills.
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.
Adequate Funding for an Accurate 2020 Census
“Accurate counting of the population via the 2020 Census is critical for redistricting efforts and for undoing barriers to fair voting like gerrymandering. According to the Bureau, the current funding proposal from Congress would “require unsustainable reductions” to the American Community Survey and Economic Census - both required for accurate counting. Additional reserved budget (appropriations) for 2017 and 2018 are required to enable this critical activity.” Talking points from 5 Calls.