I don’t traffic in hope. Realism is more my ministry than is unbridled optimism. Hope is too ineffable and far too elusive. Hope allows us to leave what is possible in the hands of others. Roxane Gay
CSS SOCIAL ACTION EVENTS:
Collaborating with Black Olive Community Theater
Oroki Rice is an alumni of the UW Odyssey Project and a founder of Black Olive Community Theater. CSS is partnering with the Odyssey Project and FUS to support its November 16th staged reading of “A Raisin in the Sun”. We are looking for people that want to volunteer to help promote the performance, help set up and clean up for the performance. Here is the Facebook event, it would be great if you could indicate your interest so we can get a sense of interest.
Friends of State Street Families meal November 16:
If you are interested in preparing and/or serving a meal to Madison’s homeless community – contact Kimberly Wilson at kimberlyRwilson@gmail.com for more information or you can sign-up here. If you don’t have the time or interest in cooking/serving food but would like to contribute – it is very helpful to contribute a financial donation to reimburse people that want to cook but don’t have the means to pay for the large quantity of food. You can donate here and Select “Friends of the State Street Family Fund” for type.
House Parties for Voces de la Frontera:
Two years ago CSS made a commitment to Voces de la Frontera to raise money so Voces could have a Dane County organizer. We were able to make our goals for the past two years. We are gearing up to raise money in early 2020 for the Voces Madison organizer. We will start this organizing after the High Holidays – and plan for parties from January to March. If you are interested in hosting a house party, have connections/ideas for people outside the congregation who might be interested in hosting a house party – please contact Jen Rubin at email@example.com.
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 sharing 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.
November 12: Defend DACA Madison: March for the Future of Dreamers
The march starts an 11pm at the capitol. “Join us in Madison next Tuesday for a national day of action and a march to save DACA! The future of DACA and DREAMERS rests with the Supreme Court, which will start hearings on Nov.12 . The Court will determine what happens to the nearly 8,000 DREAMERS in Wisconsin alone. DACA is a band-aid, but without it, it puts more families at risk of separation under Trump‘s attacks on immigrant communities.” March to send a message to the Supreme Court to vote in favor of protecting DACA. More details here.
November 13: Free Fair Housing Training
A reminder that the Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison is offering a free fair housing training seminar for housing providers on Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. at the Goodman South branch of the Madison Public Library. The Goodman South branch is located at 2222 S Park Street, Madison. The seminar will include information about the protected classes and prohibited practices outlined by local, state and federal fair housing laws; reasonable accommodations and modifications for tenants with disabilities; advertising rental units in compliance with fair housing laws; non-discriminatory negotiation with prospective tenants, and much more. While the seminar is free, we ask that attendees register since space is limited. To register, or for more information, call the Fair Housing Center of Greater Madison at (608) 257-0853.
November 16: National organizing summit After 4 years of providing Leadership Development to Grassroots Organizers in Madison Neighborhoods, we would like to celebrate those resisting the status quo with little recognition. More details here.
November 16: A Staged Reading of “A Raisin in the Sun” with Oroki Rice and the Black Olive Community Theater. Performance starts at 6:30 at FUS. More details to come but I have attended every Black Olive Community Theater performance in Madison these past few years – and highly recommend attending. More details here. ,
November 16: 5th Year anniversary celebration of Tiny Villages. From noon til 8pm the Tiny Village on 304 North Third street will host its 5-year anniversary with info, food and music.
November 19: UW–Madison Presents: Ada Deer — Making a Difference
From 6pm – 8pm at Shannon Hall, UW Campus.
“Join this celebration of Ada Deer ’57, former assistant secretary of Indian affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior and head of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, as she is recognized for her accomplishments, advocacy, and time at UW–Madison. She also will discuss her new memoir, Making a Difference: My Fight for Native Rights and Social Justice, with book contributor Theda Perdue, professor emerita at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The conversation will be moderated by Professor and Director of American Indian Studies, Larry Nesper. The book recounts Deer’s life, from growing up in poverty on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin and earning degrees in social work, to running for Congress and serving as the assistant secretary of Indian affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior. Today, Deer remains deeply committed to human rights and social justice. Click here for more details.
ICE Action: The Never Again group is planning another action – this time in Madison in November. They are looking for Madison Jews to get involved in the planning. If you are interested let me know and I will connect you with the lead organizer. Some of the volunteer roles are: communications, digital communications, ritual roles, day of action marshals, police liaison, legal observer, logistical, materials, and potential jail support.
Winter Coat Collection
Shaarei Shamayim is participating with Jewish Congregations for Social Justice in donating gently used winter coats for refugee children (ages birth through 18) and men. You may bring them to any of our High Holiday services, take them directly to Jewish Social Services, or drop off at the home of Roseanne Clark. Please contact her at 608-213-1544.
Emerson Elementary School Tutors Needed
If you can spare an hour each week during the school day you can make a positive difference in a child's education. Jewish Congregations for Social Justice is looking for adults who want to work with young children on beginning reading skills and basic math concepts. Training and materials will be provided. For more information, contact Marcia Vandercook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aguilar Aguirre Family Update and Request for Assistance
The Aguilar Aguirre family is settling in well at Orchard Ridge UCC. The congregation and Pastor Laura Crow have jumped in to setting up rooms for the family, volunteering for various tasks, and making the family feel welcome. The Dane Sanctuary Coalition’s Community Resource Team (CRT) has done an amazing job in setting up three Know Your Rights trainings on very short notice, gearing up and administering the volunteer scheduling software, following up on background checks, and ensuring that the volunteer shifts are covered and run smoothly. Dane County Immigration Affairs Specialist Fabiola Hamdan and her assistant have been connecting the family with the schools, medical services, employment services, and legal help. We are currently looking for volunteer technical help:
***One tech-savvy person who is willing to be trained in the volunteer scheduling software, Volunteer Scheduler Pro (VSP), and be one of the administrators of the program, along with the two already very skilled and knowledgeable administrators currently running the program.
****Two tech-savvy people who can join the Shift Coordinators team to help with making sure the volunteer shifts are filled and run smoothly.
Interested volunteers should contact Dorit Bergen at email@example.com for more information.
**My advice: Read this Op-Ed every day between now and election day and share it with all like-minded friends and families in NY, NJ, CA and other non-swing states.
**How more than 50 women walked out of a prison in Oklahoma
**ACLU of Wisconsin condemns anti-protest bill. AB 426 seeks to silence activists with the threat of felony charges for protesting at “critical infrastructure” facilities. Learn more about it here.
**I am a big fan of the podcast Heavyweight. I recommend this episode.