“There are no right answers to wrong questions” Ursula K. Le Guin
Feb 18: Networked News, Racial Divides: A Conversation with Sue Robinson.
From 9:50-11:30 at 2120 Fordem Ave. Sue Robison, UW professor and CSS member, talks about her new book, Networked News, Racial Divides: How Power & Privilege Shape Public Discourse in Progressive Communities. “Against conventional wisdom, pervasive black-white disparities pair with vitriolic public conversation in politically progressive communities throughout America, Networked News, Racial Divides examines obstacles to public dialogues about racial inequality and opportunities for better discourse in mid-sized, liberal cities -- especially in Madison, WI -- the major focus of the work. Media expert Sue Robinson will read excerpts from this book and explore how privilege shapes discourse and how identity politics can interfere with deliberation. Key to this talk will be a discussion with participants about ways in which we can move forward in building trust in our diverse communities.” More details here.
March 4: CSS Social Action Committee update
From 9:50-11:30 at 2120 Fordem Ave. Come join us for this update on the social action projects CSS is engaged in and our plans to continue our commitment to Voces de la Frontera.
**Looking for someone to coordinate the State Street meal that CSS does every other month. Laura and Aaron are moving this summer and they need to pass the baton to someone else to head this up. Let me know if you are interested in learning more about it.
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.
Feb 6: Dial for DACA
“Drop in between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and call your legislators on your lunch break, with friends! Bring your lunch and we'll provide phone numbers and scripts to advocate for a CLEAN DREAM ACT. If you can give two hours, stay for an advocacy intensive through the Bend the Arc Jewish Action. We'll use their software to call other Jewish constituents to urge them to call their legislators. Please bring a laptop. Instructions and scripts will be provided. Located in the Social Hall at Temple Beth El.” More detail here.
Feb 6: Social Justice in Religion and Secularism
Hosted by UW Center for Religion and Global Citizenry at UW Memorial Union from 6:30 – 8:30. Details here. Speakers include:
-Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, President of Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice
-Payal Khandhar, Criminal Defense Attorney and atheist-identifying Board Member of the Madison-Area Urban Ministry
-Reverend Stephen Marsh, Pastor at Lake Edge Lutheran Church
Feb 7: ACLU People Power meeting
Hawthorne Library from 6:70-7:30. "Newcomers are always welcome at our People Power Dane County meetings! We'll be talking about our ongoing plans related to fair maps, voter registration and ID, and freedom cities. A detailed agenda will be distributed in advance of the meeting." Details here.
Feb 7: Black Voices – Black History Month Wednesdays
From 6-7:30 p.m. at the Urban League of Greater Madison. Come spend the night living, feeling and reliving the words of historical black poetry known as “Black Voices.” From Love to Civil Rights, enjoy inspiring performed poetry of Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Ralph Ellison, Gwendolyn Brooks, Maya Angelou and more! Details here.
Feb 22-25: The Talk Back: Between the Covers
Sagashus Levingston recently published Infamous Mothers. She lives in Madison and has organized a great looking 3-day conference on the themes in the book. “Our conference is the premiere event for moms from the margins to host, educate, and share with those at the center: social workers, academics, doctors, financial institutions, human service providers, academics, the church, "good" moms, and so many more.” Details about the conference - https://www.thetalkbackconference.com
Feb 25: Afternoon of conversation with immigrant and Dreamer neighbors
“As an Immigrant-Welcoming congregation Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ is appalled at the crude racism recently directed at immigrants and DREAMERs. In response, on Sunday, February 25, Plymouth Church located at 2401 Atwood Avenue is hosting an afternoon of conversation with these immigrant and DREAMER neighbors. You are cordially invited. The event begins with a free light luncheon at noon and is to wrap up no later than 3:00 p.m. The hope is that by listening to our neighbors and hearing their stories first steps will be taken toward welcoming and affirming their presence among us. Please RSVP to Jon Schultz at either (608)-556-5796 or email@example.com.”
Public Hearing on AB 748
The State Assembly Committee on Local Government isn’t happy with local decisions that they don’t like. This Committee wants to take some local decision-making away from Madison. AB 748 would eliminate Madison’s ability to implement and enforce employment discrimination laws for the Madison community. Madison General Ordinance Sec. 39.03, the Equal Opportunities Ordinance, passed in 1963 (just before the Civil Rights Act of 1964) and has been in effect for almost 55 years. This legislation would eliminate the entire section of the ordinance which prohibits employers from discriminating in areas such as gender identity, credit history and criminal record. The public hearing will be held on Wednesday February 7th at 1:00 P.M. in the State Capitol, Room 400 Northeast. The Facebook event can be found here. And more details can be found here.
Now: Protecting Dreamers:
Indivisible updated their Immigrant Ally Toolkit to help us support Dreamers. DACA recipients will begin losing their protections at a rate of 1,200 a day beginning March 5, and Trump and his white supremacist cronies are holding Dreamers hostage to push a radical anti-immigrant agenda. The fight in Congress over Dream Act continues, and Indivisible lists ways that you can help locally. Click their toolkit for more information.
--Innovative projects are happening in Madison. Middle school students share their ideas to redesign Goodman Library’s teen space.
--Can you never have too many books? The Literacy Network Book Sale is coming up.
--Support Madison Teens: The Goodman Community Center does great work with Madison teenagers. Working Class Catering is always looking for customers.
--The #ReleaseTheMemo fake scandal: Indivisible put together a bunch of information about what this memo is, what is could mean and some useful talking points about it.
--Mueller’s investigation: Indivisible also put together a bunch of information on the quickly moving Russia investigation. They have updated their resources on the investigation and what they would like us all to do if Special Counsel Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein are fired. They have teamed up with MoveOn.org and dozens of other allies to plan rapid response actions in case Trump takes significant actions to undermine the Trump-Russia investigation. Visit www.trumpisnotabovethelaw.org for more info.
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.