“Hope is a verb with its sleeves rolled up.” ~David Orr
“Despair demands less of us, it’s more predictable and in a sad way safe. Authentic hope requires clarity – seeing this world – and imagination, seeing what might lie beyond these situations that are perhaps not inevitable and immutable.” ~Rebecca Solint
Social Action Potlocks:
Contact me if you have a topic or speaker idea of CSS Social Action Friday night potlucks.
October 6: Sukkot Celebration:
Join Temple Beth El in their sukkah, learn about the holiday of Sukkot (The Feast of Booths), its rituals and traditions, and then share an indoor potluck inside the temple! All ages and faiths are welcome. Please bring a flashlight, food to share, and a picnic blanket. Food should follow Jewish dietary restrictions: no pork products, including ham and bacon; no shellfish; and please do not combine meat and dairy products in the same dish. Dress warmly, the sukkah is outdoors! Please RSVP by October 6 to Rabbi Bonnie Margulis.
November 1: Dane County Sanctuary Committee:
There is a general meet from 7:00 to 8:30 at James Reed UU on E. Johnson Street. This meeting is for CSS and other coalition members that are interested in volunteering with the sanctuary work at FUS.
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.
October 7 – Mayor’s Neighborhood Roundtable
Details about the event can be found here. At the Monona Terrace from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. If you want to be more active in your neighborhood, meet community leaders, city officials and staff, and community organizations, or simply would like to get to know how the City of Madison or other organizations could better serve your community, please come to this roundtable.
From the city: “There will be various workshops, networking opportunities and more. We need to work together to make our neighborhoods great places to live for all. Come share your skills, challenges, and ideas with others that are making their neighborhoods better too. There will be free childcare and language assistance onsite (ASL, Hmong, Mandarin and Spanish). Other languages upon request. You can register online, call us at(608)267-8649 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 8 – November 19: Groundwork 2017 Fall Anti-Racism Workshop
Groundwork is doing an intensive 7-week workshop that examines how racism and white privilege affect our lives, communities, institutions, and movements for social justice, while developing strategies for prioritizing racial justice both individually and collectively. It will be held Sundays from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Lakeview Lutheran Church. Click here to learn more and register.
October 12: An Intimate Evening with Sagashus T. Levingston
Mark your calendars for this fundraising event. A Fund for Women’s mission is to transform our community so that women and girls thrive. In addition to Sagashus’s talk, the Fund will highlight their 2017 grants to area nonprofits. More details about the event here.
*The Puerto Rico Relief Fund of South Central Wisconsin Donations is raising funds. Info can be found at this link.
* The Hispanic Federation is designating 100 percent of its Hurricane Relief Fund to recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Here is a personal plea from Lin Manuel Miranda.
Stop Trump from Dismantling Refugee Resettlement
News outlets have reported that the Trump administration may set the refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year at less than 50,000 – which would already be the lowest goal in U.S. history. As we are facing the worst refugee crisis in global history with more than 22 million refugees worldwide, our nation has aimed to welcome, on average, 95,000 refugees per year. Call your legislators so we can protect the most vulnerable and uphold our values of compassion, mercy, and love. Consider calling your legislators. Here are some talking points.
Pass Emergency Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico
3.5 million Americans live in Puerto Rico, and right now they need federal support. Hurricane Maria has devastated the Island, leaving at least ten dead, and millions without power. Puerto Rico deserves the same immediate federal response that victims of Hurricane Harvey received. Contactyour legislators to encourage them to vote for this disaster relief.
Deregulation meets Wisconsin’s legislators: The Air Pollution Chapter
The Wisconsin legislature has been busy taking advantage of the Trump’s administration hostility to environmental regulations. The time is now to try to stop these series of bills. Description of bills here.
Click here for more information about these bills.
Deregulation meets Wisconsin’s legislators: The Wetlands Chapter
Taking advantage of the Trump Administration’s dislike of regulations, several Wisconsin legislators circulated a memo inviting all legislators to co-sponsor a bill that would allow developers to fill non-federal wetlands without a permit. They are hoping to stop this bill before it gets momentum and want people to call their legislators and encourage friends to do the same. In the words of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, this is important to us all because “an estimated 20% of Wisconsin’s wetlands, approximately one million acres, are non-federal wetlands because they do not have a direct or permanent surface water connection to a navigable stream or lake. Though often described as “isolated” wetlands, these wetlands connect hydrologically to surface and groundwater in many valuable ways. They are often individually small but regionally abundant and provide critical functions on the landscape. This includes protecting people and property from floods. Under this bill, there will be NO protections for these wetlands. None.” More details here on the bill and contact info here.
Dangerous Gun Laws:
The NRA has a stranglehold on our politics and our ability to move the needle on sensible gun laws. If you like data or like to follow the money you might like this article. The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign has a follow the money section on its website. The Sunlight Foundation also has good information.
Dangerous Gun Laws: The Wisconsin Version:
Wisconsin has a bill that just passed out of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety committee and is making its way to the Senate floor. This bill would make Wisconsin a “constitutional carry” state where qualifying people could pack firearms without having to register with the state or pay government fees. Details about the bill here. Your legislator here.
Dangerous Gun Laws: The Federal Version:
The House could vote on legislation this week that would roll back restrictions on gun silencers. The silencer measure is part of the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, a bill that was delayed in June after House GOP Whip Steve Scalise and two Capitol Hill police officers were shot during a congressional baseball practice. The House is also expected to vote on separate legislation, the Hearing Protection Act, this fall that would allow people to carry their legally concealed weapons across state lines into jurisdictions that restrict weapons concealment. Details here.
The SHARE Act has passed committee and now awaits a vote on the House floor. Click here for phone numbers and talking points.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:
I first heard Thomas Friedman talk at an event my mom organized in NYC in 1989 for the young leadership group for the Jerusalem Foundation. I didn’t like what he talked about and how he talked about it then and I haven’t particularly liked his NYT columns since then. But parts of the columnhe wrote yesterday is exactly what I have been thinking for these past few months and probably echoes what many of you are thinking. Personally, I go back and forth on whether it is useful to share info and encourage us all to call our legislators because this political moment does seem like it is …“about raw power, not persuasion”. I am not willing to not act, to not organize collectively with people wanting to effect change in our community/state/country, but I think we also need to think about what each of us can do to change who is in power in 2018.
--I am going to be out of town for work on October 12, but if I were in town I would definitely go to the Fund for Women’s event. Love Wisconsin did a 6 part series about Segashus Levingston that is worth reading.
--Check out this interesting website series, #If I was the Mayor.
-- McSweeney’s does a smart listing of things more heavily regulated than buying a gun in the United States.
--This spoken word poem is by (and about) the people hardest hit by our nation’s gun violence crisis. It is from HBO’s Brave New Voices. Lost Count: A Love Story. It is worth watching and reading this article about how the dominant gun control debate ignores black lives.
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