“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring thoseripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” RFK
Serve a Meal with Friends of the State Street Family
The last FSSF (Friends of State Street Families) was a definite success! Laura Smith and Aaron Hill have moved and they were the ones who generally provided the main dish. We will be in need of people preparing food for homeless people in the future! The next FSSF is on Sat, July 21, so you can mark your calendars and plan ahead. This is an important project to be a part of. Thanks much! Kimberly Wilson (FSSF coordinator, 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.
June 14: Racial Justice Film Series
Hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin and the Madison Public Library from 6pm to 8pm at the Madison public library on 201 W Mifflin. Clickhere for more details.
June 14: New Leaders Council Wisconsin
2018 Governor’s Forum at the Brink Lounge, 701 E. Washington. Doors open at 5:30 and the forum begins at 6pm. More details here.
June 14 -16: Radical Perspectives on the 60’s and Beyond: Teach-in and Intergenerational Dialogue
The University of Wisconsin will be sponsoring the Madison Reunion, an official look back at the Sixties with many free as well as ticketed cultural events. Click here for more details on the events. The events are co-sponsored by the Gray Panthers of Madison, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the Madison Infoshop Free Skool, and the Peregrine Forum of Wisconsin. You can connect with panelists and attendees at this Facebook group.
June 20: Ijeoma Oluo at Madison Public Library
Ijeoma Oluo is a great writer and thinker – and I imagine her talk with be interesting and provocative. Click here for more details about the book event.
June 29: Stories within the Letters: An Evening of Celebrating Our Lives.
From 6pm to 8pm at Madison College, 1701 Wright St. “Join us as we commemorate LGBT Heritage month by telling stories that reveal wisdom, struggles, triumphs, healings, joy, and more. This event will include a storytelling session, a storytelling booth, delicious hor d'oeuvres and music by DJ Sarah of Queer Pressure. The Emcee will be Comedian Dina Martinez. “ Click here for more details
June 30: Bail/Eviction Prevention Fund Hip-Hop Fundraiser
This is an all ages event. Costs $10 to get in. It starts at 5pm and goes until midnight at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center – 953 Jenifer St. The money raised goes to Eviction Prevention for Black Moms fund and Free the 350 Bail Fund. See more details here.
This link is to a donation wish list for Jewish Social Service clients – for the JSS Refugee/Asylee/Immigrant donation wish list. Details can be found on the linked webpage.
Flippable, Swing Left, etc.
(I know this is a repeat. But it is probably one of the best use of our time and money to secure at least one branch of government – both in WI and nationally – that is a check on power.) The ongoing horror show of what this administration is doing to people that live in the United States, to immigrants and asylum seekers, to our infrastructure, to global safety, etc, is unrelenting. It is hard to know what to do when the leadership of our country is so unresponsive and indifferent to push back about their policies by the people they represent. There are a few national groups that are putting their energy into the 2018 elections since flipping either the house or the Senate is our best bet to slow the damage of the Trump administration and to have more checks and balances on the administration.
*Swing Left makes it easy for all of us to take action in our nearest swing district. It is a very well done website making it very easy to get involved. Swing Left believes the control of the House will be decided by a small number of swing districts, places where the last election was decided by a thin margin. I think for Dane County that is Wisconsin’s 1st district.
*Flippable focuses on state races. They have an ambitious goal of flipping 100 seats in 2018. They are looking for people to donate to their flip fund.
*Indivisible is launching a 50 state political program. See details here.
*Vote.Org. If you know anyone that might not be registered to vote or not sure how to get registered – send them to this website. Very user friendly.
Petition request from Voces de la Frontera
“On Monday, June 11th, ICE agents detained Franco Ferreyra after a meeting at the ICE Milwaukee field office. Franco is a loving father of 4 kids and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waukesha. Franco is a Dreamer and works as a waiter at a Waukesha restaurant. Franco qualifies for DACA, and could apply for the program if a federal judge orders the Administration to accept new DACA applications, or if Congress passes legislation to protect immigrant young people. Franco graduated from Waukesha South High School in 2006. He has lived in Wisconsin since 2001, when he came with his family at 13 from Argentina. Wisconsin is Franco’s home. His detention has traumatized his family and harmed his community. Voces is asking people to sign this petition urging ICE Chicago Field Director Ricardo Wong to use his power to release Franco from detention and reunite with his family. Click here to see video of an emotional rally led by Franco's family and Voces on Tuesday.
Protect the Affordable Care Act and Protections for Preexisting Conditions.
The Trump administration has ordered DOJ not to defend the ACA against a lawsuit from GOP-controlled states. That includes our state. More details here on the lawsuit Texas filed that Wisconsin joined. While the odds hover around zero that Walker and Brad Schimel will be influenced by even a deluge of phone calls and tweets and emails, might as well clog up his phone lines asking them to withdraw from the suit. Talking points hereabout why DOJ should uphold the law of the land and such.
--This week Maine became the first state to adopt ranked choice voting. What is ranked choice voting? This link gives better detail, but essentially it gives you the ability to rank candidates from you most favorite to your least favorite. If there’s one candidate with a clear majority, that candidate will win.If not, the candidate ranked first by the fewest voters will be eliminated, and those voters’ second-choice candidates will gain their votes instead until a winner emerges. The thinking is that this could enliven 3rdparty candidates and have a generally positive impact on democratic elections. Showing his feelings about democratic elections, Maine’s GOP Governor Paul LePage has threatened to not certify the election results.
--Centro BECA Program: Centro Hispano’s Beca Program Endowment Fund helps cover the costs of higher education. “One of the greatest barriers that young Latino students face when it comes to accessing, and staying enrolled in college, is the cost of higher education. For young Dreamers, this barrier is only more pronounced as they are ineligible for in-state tuition at many American colleges.”
--The Inside Story of the Legendary Prison Debate Team. I am a fan of the Marshall Project, which is nonprofit journalism organization reporting on the criminal justice system. I remember reading about this debate in 2016 when the prison team beat Harvard’s debate team.
--The ugliness of what our country is doing to immigrants and people seeking asylum is unbearable. It is hard to see how to stop or limit the brutality other than the Democrats winning control of one branch of government. Here and here and here and here describes the brutality. This video from #FamiliesBelongTogether is a call to action to make noise and share information with friends and neighbors and co-workers about what is happening. I find it hard to know what else to do that will be impactful and I have no clear action strategy to share. But – our Senator, Ron Johnson, is the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security. ICE is within the Dept. of Homeland Security. Can’t see Johnson being impacted by our phone calls, emails and tweets, but might as well make them. Rep. Pramila Jayapal has been doing great work on this (and other) issues. If you are on twitter you can follow her and learn about the efforts she is part of – such as calling for a moratorium on new ICE detention facilities.
Families Belong Together has a petition to sign. I don’t think the point of these petitions are to have an impact on the Trump Administration –since that seems improbable – but to gather our email addresses to let us know when actions and such are being planned. The link is here if you are interested. And here is a nice story about one woman that has benefited from sanctuary work.
--This week from the sliver of good news front, the Democrats flipped a heavy Trump district in Door County.
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.