“The people are the only ones capable of transforming society.”- Rigoberta Menchu
This is a weekly update detailing social action oriented events/actions/meetings that you can plug into in Madison, WI.
May 7: Social Action Meeting
Please join us for this meeting at the Center for Families at 2120 Fordem Avenue from 9:50-11:30 a.m. as we talk about social action in our community. We value your perspectives and hope you will come. This is an opportunity to hear what we’ve been doing and offer your ideas and suggestions.
At this community meeting we will specifically focus on our fundraising project for Voces de la Frontera. We will also share information about Friends of the State Street Family, Circles of Support, and supporting refugees through Jewish Social Services. We also want to share with you two new possibilities that have emerged: (1) Shaarei Shamayim offering sanctuary to an undocumented immigrant at risk of deportation, in partnership with the First Unitarian Society and other congregations, and (2) The Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice’s Unemployment, Underemployment, and Unfair Scheduling program.
Please bring a snack to share if you’d like. We’ll provide the coffee.
May 20: Friends of State Street Family Meal
The weather is warming up and the demand for our monthly lunch with the Friends of the State Street Family is increasing. If you are up to the challenge of making for and serving 120-150 guests, please indicate your interest on our SignUpGenius page and a coordinator will be in touch with you. This will be CSS 5th meal, so the organizers have a good idea of what expect and can coach you with recipes, parking instructions, how to ask for discounts and buy in bulk efficient, etc. From a new server last time, "I can't believe it's over, it went so fast and we did so much."
Take the Voces Solidarity Challenge
We have held about 16 fundraisers so far. From that we have raised over $25,000 and have some hefty matching grants that will add to that amount. This is the good news. The bad news is that we are only a little more than half way to our goal of raising $60,000.
Consider hosting a Voces Solidarity Challenge fundraiser. Please consider 1) joining the fundraising crew; 2) creating a fundraising page to post on Facebook; 3) sharing the project on Facebook; or 4) making a donation yourself. We can help you get started! Contact Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more on our website.
EVENTS AROUND TOWN:
May 6: Voter Education Ambassador Training
Indivisible Madison is hosting voter education training. Many people have expressed an interest in learning how to register others to vote, and what the new Voter ID laws mean. This class will provide answers to all that and more. MariBeth Witzel-Behl, the City Clerk for Madison, has graciously agreed to host this training for anyone looking to learn more.
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.
They need help in the following areas to be ready:
Contact Becca or Paul if you are interested in helping with this effort.
Stay Vigilant on the Affordable Care Act (still!)
Last week, congressional Republicans tried to push their healthcare bill through the House. That attempt failed. But they’re not done trying – and its status of the bill seems to change hour by hour. This was the current state of affairs as of Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. This is the current stayed of affairs this morning.
Nobody knows how this vote will go. There are many undecided/wavering Representatives. Today is a moment to make a phone call to your representative. Even if you think they will vote no. If you can’t get through, call again. Having the phones ring off the hook today is important. 5 Calls has the phone numbers here.
The Kaiser Family Foundation has up to date information about health care policy on their website. The activists at Indivisible have a useful talking points guide to make another push with our legislators.
For data people this neighborhood interactive map of health data might be interesting.
Leading on Lead Bill (Senate Bill 48)
Thousands of people living across the state in urban, rural and suburban communities are exposed to lead in their drinking water. The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce are against this bill and trying to stop it from passing. If you are concerned about dangerous levels of lead in Wisconsin’s drinking water, please contact your legislators. You can find their contact info here. If you don’t want to call (most effective) check out this email template from the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.
Keep Wisconsin Communities Safer for Immigrants
Two bills in the Wisconsin legislature, Assembly Bills 127 and 190, would financially punish cities and towns whose police departments do not join aggressive federal immigration enforcement. The ACLU is organizing on this issue. “Trying to force law enforcement to serve as immigration agents makes our communities less safe. Using local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration laws also invites officers to engage in racial and ethnic profiling, and to treat people they perceive to be “foreign” differently.”
You can contact Wisconsin legislators directly to ask them to support safer communities by rejecting Assembly Bills 127 and 190. Or use this ACLU template to contact them.
Shaarei Shamayim Public Policy Advocacy Guidelines
Click this link to read the Shaarei Shamayim Public Policy Advocacy Guidelines.
Looking to feel good for a few minutes?
The news is fairly bleak. Take a break from the endless awful policy news and watch a few videos that might you feel good for a few minutes.
--Mahershala Ali’s emotional speech at SAG awards this year for his role in Moonlight.
-- Kids being good friends to each other.
--Check out gallery night May 5 and support local artists.
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.