I'm sick to death of hearing things from uptight short sided narrow minded hypocrites -
all I want is the truth, just give me some truth. John Lennon
This is a weekly email detailing social action oriented events/actions/meetings that you can plug into. In these emails, we will advertise a range of events - some will be CSS sponsored but most will not. Fast moving actions will be posted on the Madison Jewish Pledge of Solidarity and Sanctuary Facebook page.
Contact Jen Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like an event/action/meeting included in an email. Thanks for whatever efforts you are making to resist the policies of this Trump presidency.
Serve a Meal with Friends of the State Street Family
May 19: Saturday from 11:50 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. members and friends of Shaarei Shamayim will prepare and serve a meal to Madison’s homeless community. Many things can be made ahead of time. Being involved with this is a wonderful group project for friends, families, or havurot. You can provide, serve, or do both. See more information and sign up here!
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.
May 1: Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants: Voces de la Frontera has called for a statewide Day without Latinxs & Immigrants to demand that Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson not turn his Sheriffs into ICE agents through the federal 287g program. This means no work, no school, and no buying from large corporations. They are holding a statewide march in Waukesha at 10am, starting from Cutler Park on Wisconsin Ave. Details here.
May 1: Madison May Day Rally and March for Immigrant and Workers Rights: Meet 11:00 am Brittingham Park (829 W. Washington). Labor, faith, students and community organizations and their allies will join the national call for immigration reform and workers’ rights. UW students will hold their own walk out and rally starting at 11:00 am on Library Mall, both converging on the State Capitol. More info call #608-345-9544 or visit here.
May 3: Reading Between The Wines: The Literacy Network is celebrating the success of the hundreds of adult learners they serve every semester. Reading Between the Wines will feature students sharing their stories on stage and an exclusive collection of learner writing you can take home with you. From 5:30 – 7:30 at HotelRED, 1501 Monroe St. More information here.
May 3: Wisconsin Democracy Campaign: Annual Celebration: Nancy MacLean is the Keynote speaker of the WDC’s annual meeting. She is the Professor of History and Public Policy and Duke University. She will speak on the Origins of Today’s Radical Right and the Crisis of American Democracy. More details about the event here. It will be held at the Lussier Family Heritage Center at 3101 Lake Farm Rd. from 5:30 to 8:45.
May 12: GSAFE 22nd Annual Celebration of Leaders: GSAFE increases the capacity of LGBTQ students, educators, and families to create schools in Wisconsin where all youth thrive. More details here on their annual event.
May 14: Monday with MUM: Join MUM’s May's Monday to learn about the work of our youth programs: Mentoring Connections, Family Connections, and Reading Connections. All youth programs aim to support children and families impacted by parental incarceration. There are many ways to be involved and support our programs ranging from weekly volunteering to monthly volunteering to sponsoring a trip to a prison. Light refreshments provided. RSVP to Shawna@emum.org
May 19: Mini Facials Benefiting Progress Center for Black Women: The full-time Esthetics class at Aveda Institute Madison are doing mini 15 minute facials for $10 at the institute on May 19th From 12:00pm to 3:00pm, 100% of the proceeds will be going to the Progress Center for Black Women. Booking: Please call Latia Warren at 608.515.9640. More details here.
City of Madison Listening Sessions
Many decisions that impact the health of Madison and Dane County happen at the local level. Click here to learn when the City of Madison Listening Sessions are this Spring and add your voice, concerns and expertise to these sessions. And while the State of Wisconsin is not asking for any of our input on their legislative priorities – the excellent Wisconsin Budget Project has a tool kit to help us all understand the Wisconsin budget process. It’s 2018 – our politics are crazy – might as well try to impact the budget process. Trump is president – so anything is possible.
** Rachel Ida Buff gave a fascinating talk last week – including a historical overview of the critical but forgotten legacy of multiracial immigrant rights organizing. If you want to learn more about her research and thinking, you can check out her most recent book, Against the Deportation Terror: Organizing for Immigrant Rights in the 20th Century. I hyperlinked the book to Amazon, but if you are interested in the book, you could always try to buy it at your local bookstore.
**Random Acts of History. I highly recommend listening to this episode of This American Life. Particularly, The Miseducation of Castlemont High. Be prepared to be uncomfortable.
** If through your work, personal experience or your own life know people who would benefit from knowing that Section 8 discrimination is illegal, please share this article (or information) with them. Section 8 discrimination is illegal in Dane County, but some landlords, renters don’t know that.
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.