“Pessimism becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy; it reproduces itself by crippling our willingness to act.” Howard Zinn, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train
Voces de la Frontera fundraiser event
One more house party for Voces de la Frontera. It will be on March 2nd from 4:00 – 6:00. More details to come soon.
Madison Mayoral Debate
February 16that 6pm at 900 University Bay. CSS is a co-sponsor of this Mayoral forum at First Unitarian Society. Ruben Anthony, President & CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison will moderate the discussion with Madison's mayoral candidates. We hope many of our members can attend. It is open to the public so please share it with your fellow Madisonians. More details here.
Speaker on Homelessness and Poverty with a Potluck Dinner
Please join us to hear Travis Wright speak about homelessness and poverty on Tuesday, Feb. 19th at 6pm. We will start with a vegetarian potluck dinner at 5:30. We will meet at the home of Rebecca Krantz and Don Katz, located at 2116 Jefferson St. on the near west side of Madison.
Travis Wright is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Psychology and Early Childhood Education Department at UW- Madison. He is also Director of The BASES Project (Building Academic, Social, and Emotional Supports for Children Experiencing Homelessness). Dr. Wright is a nationally recognized expert on resilience and emotionally responsive teaching, especially for children developing in the midst of adversity. Previously, he worked as a school-based mental health counselor, public school teacher, and early childhood educator in Washington, D.C. and Boston Public Schools. Dr. Wright will present findings from his recent research focused on better understanding how schools foster risk and resilience for children and families experiencing homelessness. He will also share information about his BASES Program, a school-based mentoring program for young children experiencing homelessness that he is implementing in the Madison community. Questions? Contact Kimberly Wilson at kimberlyRwilson@gmail.com or 608-287-6710. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
February 5: Grumps School Board Forum
At Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E. Gorham at 6:30. There are 10 candidates for 3 seats on the Madison Board of Education. This means there will be a primary on February 19 to narrow the choices to 2 candidates per seat. Seats on the Board of Education are non-partisan and elected by the entire district. GRUMPS (GRandparents United for Madison Public Schools) is hosting a candidate forum on February 5. All 10 candidates have been invited; the 9 active candidates have all agreed to participate. More details here.
February 9: NAACP Community Conversations
From 1pm – 5pm at the Urban League of Greater Madison, 2222 So. Park Street.
“We invite you to join us for a "Community Conversation." This free, Saturday afternoon gathering has been designed to provide residents of Dane County with a forum to share experiences, observations and concerns about issues that are impacting our communities and our families, directly with the Dane County NAACP. During this Conversation, you will also have an opportunity to hear from others who are working in a variety of social justice fields that impact our daily lives.” More details here.
February 11: Criminal Justice Reform: What’s Next at the Federal Level?
At the Discovery Building (330 N Orchard St) at 5pm. This lecture, presented by NPR’s Ayesha Rascoe, will discuss criminal justice reform and how it will be affected by the Trump Administration. For more info, click here.
February 11: The People’s Mayoral Forum: Getting Past the Politics
The Young Gifted and Black Coalition is hosting this event at the Madison Central Library at 6:30 pm. You can find the event on Facebook.
“YGB has heard the community's cry for deeper questions with deeper answers that get past the political answers that everyone knows and reveals specifics. This is your time to ask the REAL questions and get the REAL answers from our city's potential leader. Attendance is free and open to the public.”
February 19: No Cops in Schools: A feminist issue
At Threshold (2717 Atwood Ave) at 8am.Freedom Inc.’s M Adams will discuss the #NoCopsInSchools campaign and its connection with feminism. To register and learn more, click here.
February 19: An American Ascent with James Edward Mills
At the Marquee Cinema at 1308 West Dayton Street Union South
Join WUD Society and Politics, WUD Film, and Hoofers for a screening of the documentary film "An American Ascent," followed by commentary from James Edward Mills with Q&A. "An American Ascent" shows the journey of the first all African-American ascent of Denali, the highest point in North America. James Edward Mills is a Madison based journalist who worked with and wrote about Team Denali's story in his book, "The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors." James is an expert on the importance of diversity in the outdoors and teaches a summer class on campus called "Outdoors for All." More details here.
7:00-8:15 pm - Screening of "An American Ascent"
8:30-9:30 pm - Lecture with James Edward Mills followed by a Q&A
February 20: The Dismal Swamp Revealed: A Pathway to Freedom
The Wisconsin Wetlands Association is sponsoring a special banquet presentation by Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander. It will be held at the Madison Marriot West Conference Center from 6:30 – 9:30. More details here.
“Thirty miles west of the Atlantic Ocean is an area that William Byrd III called a “dreadful swamp” because of its size and environmental challenges. This area, lying between the James River in southeastern Virginia near Norfolk and the Albemarle Sound near Edenton, North Carolina, is now called the Dismal Swamp. The Swamp was a place where many enslaved African Americans from the surrounding counties in Virginia and North Carolina made their escape. Most did not remain in the swamp, instead using it as a route to the Norfolk harbor from which those seeking freedom secured passage aboard steamers headed North. Once a marshland that spanned one million acres, the Dismal Swamp is now a 110,000-acre wildlife refuge. The refuge also commemorates its role as an escape route and safe place for fugitive slaves. Today, archaeological activity is documenting the maroons, African Americans who lived in communities inside the swamp for many years. As the U.S. marks the 400th anniversary of the first black slaves’ arrival in America, Dr. Newby-Alexander will share the stories of the Dismal Swamp and the people who passed through and lived there, exploring how this wetland provided critical refuge along the journey to freedom on the Underground Railroad.”
February 24: Words of Worth: Letters to the Border
Join the Community Immigration Law Center for a night of education about deportation proceedings and in writing letters of support to the families and children detained at the US-Mexico border.At the Community Immigration Law Center at 944 E Gorham. From 6pm to 8pm. More details here.
March 20: Environmental Ethics of Wisconsin’s Native American Cultures
From 5:30 – 8:00 at the Holy Wisdom Monastery on 4200 County Road M, Middleton. Patty Loew, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, Director of Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University and a professor in the Medill School of Journalism will be speaking to us about the Environmental Ethics of Wisconsin’s Indigenous People. She has conducted research on Wisconsin’s native people and has written several books on the subject.
Come and learn about why and how the indigenous people of this area cared for the earth. Details here.
City of Madison and Dane County seeking your input
The City of Madison and Dane County need your input on where to focus the housing and community development funds our local government will receive during the next five years (2020-2024). The City and County are starting a process called the Consolidated Plan, which will determine how the funds will be spent. Survey can be found here.
**Renew. 100%. CSS member Diana Cohen is involved with this initiative. The goal is to help youth in Madison achieve a “more sustainable, equitable and livable future through advocacy of renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives across Madison schools. They are currently collecting signatures petitioning the MMSD Board of Education to establish a 100% renewable energy resolution for the school district. Details here.
**Overlooked. “These remarkable black men and women never received obituaries in the New York Times – until now. We’re adding their stories to our project about prominent people whose deaths were not reported by the newspaper.” Click here.
**Americans who tell the truth: Click here for their civil rights portrait gallery.
**Jewish Organizing Institute and Network (JOIN). CSS member Josh Spitzer-Resnick is involved with JOIN and shares this information about their Empower Fellowship. This fellowship is for Jews who self-identify as people with disabilities, disabled, or differently-abled. Empower Fellows will be part of the Jewish Organizing Fellowship. Click here for more information about the Empower Fellowship.
**Flippable. If you don’t already consider getting emails from Flippable or following them on twitter. They focus on electing progressive in every state. Check out their interactive map to learn more about their state by state focus.
**Return to Local Control. Isthmus article. Dems now have some power to curb GOP micromanagement.