i“There is nothing radical about moral clarity.” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
"Courage is not defined by those who fought and did not fall, but by those who fought, fell and rose again." Adrienne Rich.
Host or Co-Host a Voces fundraiser event
CSS raised enough money last year that Voces de la Frontera could hire a Madison based organizer. Voces is doing important work state-wide and now locally to train community leaders, make sure Madison Latinix community knows its rights and mobilize the Latinix vote. We are gearing up to raise money for Voces again this fall. Our goal is to coordinate 20 house parties and find partners to provide matching grants for the house parties. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more about hosting an event or supporting these events or know someone that might be interested.
Outreach Pride Parade
Join CSS and the Jewish Community as we march in the annual Pride Parade. The parade will start at the UW end of campus on State Street at 1:00 pm and go toward the Capitol. After the march there will be a rally with speakers and music. Click here for details. Gather at 12:15 at Samba Brazilian Grill at 240 W. Gilman. You can call or text Kimberly Wilson the day of the event at 608-287-6710 or contact her ahead of time at kimberlyRwilson@gmail.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 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.
Aug 16: Social Good conference
The 5th annual Social Good Summit is a showcase of Madison's change-makers where you get to listen, learn, engage, share and work with. Join this conference for this energetic and engaging focus on the people and ventures of the 2018 Social Good Accelerator (SGA)— Madison's innovative social good community. “They are changing the way entrepreneurship will touch our lives and you can be a part of it.” More details here.
Aug 16: Wine Tasting for Free The 350 Bail Fund
“Join us for a wine tasting event in support of the Free The 350 Bail Fund. There will be a large selection of wines on hand with a professional sommelier to guide us, as well as delicious hors d'oeuvres made by our hosts. Nationally renowned organizer, member of the Movement for Black Lives, and Co-Executive Director of Freedom Inc, M Adams, will talk about the injustice of bail in Wisconsin and the national movement to end money bail. Learn about the Free The 350 Bail Fund and what you can do to help dismantle this unjust system. Click here for details.
Aug 18: HER Summit - #Fight4HER Activist Training
Co-organized by CSS member Sophie Auerbach, #Fight4HER is a national campaign fighting back against Trump’s Global Gag Rule. We recruit, train, and work with volunteers and build support in local communities to defend reproductive rights. Our volunteer teams engage members of Congress to stand up to the Trump administration and fight for comprehensive reproductive health care and family planning for individuals around the globe. More details here.
Aug 22nd: Equality Action Training
Empower yourself and your community by attending the HRC Rising Equality Action Academy, hosted by Madison NOW! This is a free training program led by the Human Rights Campaign designed to share skills and best practices to take action locally in legislative and electoral campaigns. “As we prepare for the upcoming election this November, join us and help defend the rights of LGBTQ people both locally and nationwide.” Details here.
August 23: Women's Equality Day
At 5 p.m. at the Robinia Courtyard (829 E Washington Ave.)
To celebrate Women's Equality Day, join the Wisconsin Women's Network to listen to community leaders and discuss the future of feminism. For more info, click here.
September 21: Love, InshAllah: A Night of Storytelling
At the Central Library at 7:00 pm. Part of the Library Takeover program hosted by Madison Public Library. “We invite you to join us for a night of storytelling with young, Muslim American couples who will be sharing their love stories. Love is a universal phenomena but everyone has their own journey. Our storytellers will give you a glimpse into their own love stories to showcase the diversity found within the Muslim community that is often painted as a monolith community.” More details here.
September 27: DeRay Mckesson: On the Other Side of Freedom Book Tour
At the Orpheum Theater from 8pm – 9pm. “Join DeRay Mckesson – the internationally recognized civil rights leader and host of the podcast Pod Save the People – for a timely conversation on culture, social justice, and politics. Drawing from his own experiences as an organizer, educator, and public official, DeRay will explore the issues of the day and discuss the subtle structures and inherent biases that impact our communities. The conversation will also examine the core themes of DeRay’s upcoming first book, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FREEDOM: The Case for Hope, a meditation on resistance, justice, and freedom, and an intimate portrait of the Black Lives Matter movement from the front lines. DeRay will be joined by special guests for a live, no-holds-barred conversation about inclusion, community, and progress designed to empower a new generation of leaders. Every ticket includes a copy of DeRay Mckesson’s book (a $25 value). More details here.
The U.S. Department of Commerce wants to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
The Constitution states that the census should count each and every person in the United States regardless of citizenship status. Not only would the citizenship question undermine the purpose of the census, but in discriminating against immigrants it violates the "equal protection" clause of the First Amendment. The Census is important because it will be used to apportion U.S. representatives among the states. We need every person counted. Right now, the Department of Commerce is accepting public comments. You can submit a comment here with the Department. The Southern Poverty Law Center has some useful information to help you think about your comments.
Here is information on Indivisible’s “#DoTheWork campaign – to build the big blue wave across the country. Keep up with the actions between now and November here. From Indivisible’s website:
“Here’s how you can help build the blue wave in your community:
**Go Door-to-Door Canvassing: The best method for engaging your neighbors and friends to win elections is face-to-face, authentic conversations about our shared values. Find an event on our map! Join activists in your community and get plugged in with your local Indivisible group. Can’t find an event near you? Register your own event and invite your friends and family.
**Join our National Phonebank: Sign up right now for one of our upcoming shifts, and we’ll send you everything you need to start making calls and identifying progressive voters in key states. And plan to join our live phonebanking training webinar on Sunday, July 29 to learn how to use the platform and make the most of your calls.
Refugee Welcome Program:
Donate to the newly arrived families in the JSS Refugee Resettlement Program. Click here for current needs.
Justified Anger’s Back to School Bash.
Nehemiah and F.O.S.T.E.R. are co-sponsoring the annual Back to School Bash on Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day)! We’ll be providing backpacks to community kids, full of all the supplies they’ll need for the entire school year, in an effort to ensure that they go back to school ready for success. “We are collecting backpacks filled with school supplies for each child on our list, donations of essential household items like toothpaste and soap, and volunteers in a number of different capacities leading up to and on the day of the event. If you’d like to donate or volunteer, please contact our Director of Mobilization, Marie Stolzenburg, for details and ways to get plugged in, at email@example.com. Click here for more details.
**If you want to feel hopeful. For me, this was a feel good election story. Wesley Bell, a Ferguson activist ran (and won the election) for the St. Louis prosecutor job against the prosecutor that handled the grand jury inquiry into the killing of Michael Brown. Bell said, "I don't believe in campaign promises. I believe in promises. So, when we say we are going to expand diversionary programs, it's going to happen. When we say, we are going to reform the cash bail program, it's going to happen."
**New podcast: Justice in America. This is “a podcast for everyone interested in criminal justice reform—from those new to the criminal justice system to experts who want to know more.”
**Shameless self-promotion: I wrote a book. It is called, “We Are Staying: Eighty Years in the Life of a Family, a Store, and a Neighborhood. It is about the small family business my family owned for 80 years in New York City and the volatile changes to the neighborhood over those years. You can learn more about it here.
**The very talented local poet, Araceli Esparza had a Wisconsin Life piece about her grandmother how was born in Mexico in 1923 and migrated to the US when she was 9 months old and was a migrant farmworker.
**You can weigh in if you have an opinion The County Board, in collaboration with the community, is in the early stages of developing a community engagement plan. Over the next six months the Board will be going through four major phases to gather feedback and implement new and innovative approaches to engaging with the residents of Dane County. Use this Polco link if you want to give your input.
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.