“To be rendered powerless does not destroy your humanity. Your resilience is your humanity. The only people who lose their humanity are those who believe they have the right to render another human being powerless. They are the weak. To yield and not break, that is incredible strength.” Hannah Gadsby
May 16: Meal for People Experiencing Homelessness:
We will NOT be serving food this month. We ask that you drop off all food and drink at the Beacon (located at 615 E Washington Ave) on Sat, May 16 by 11:45am. We ask that no one enters the building! Please use this sign up sheet for details. Kimberly Wilson is the coordinator of the event and Sari Judge will be at the site the day of to help with the delivery of the food. If you can’t make food and want to make a donation for this event to help defray the cost, click here.
Voces de la Frontera fundraising:
The House party fundraising efforts for Voces de la Frontera has moved online. Let me know if you are interested in putting together your own campaign page for Voces on GiveGab. It is simple to do.
As we saw with the April 7th election, there will be aggressive attempts at voter suppression for the November election in Wisconsin. Voces de la Frontera is well positioned for GOTV work in the Latinx community. If you want to support their organizing efforts – you can donate and/or share these campaigns with your networks.
**Details on the Help Support Voces de la Frontera’s GOTV work campaign organized by Ari Bloomekatz, Josh Garoon, Shahanna McKinney Baldon, Jenny Pressman, Jen Rubin & Matt Calvert, and Jeff & Sheryl Spitzer-Resnick.
**Here is a link to a video message from Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman and
from Bianca Tomasini, the Madison Voces organizer, about this effort.
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 sharing 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.
There are no in person community events for the foreseeable future. If you know of any online events or online workshops that people can engage with – please share them with me and I can share them in the next social action email.
May 12: Turn up! Tuesday
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is hosting this Facebook Live event. “Wisconsin is set to hold another election on May 12, but after 52 voters contracted COVID-19 by voting in person on April 7, advocates are calling on the state to do more to protect voters.” Learn more here.
May 14: Courts, Covid-19 & Voter Suppression. Presented in partnership with the Bay Area Book Festival, Richard Hasen, Alan Hirsch, Abdi Soltani and Lala Wu discuss the courts' role in protecting our right to vote amid the pandemic. Register and watch the event online. More details here.
May 14: Environmental Trivia Night
The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is hosting a virtual environmental trivia night.
“Come have some fun at our Environmental Trivia Night next week on Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m. Test your environmental and civic knowledge of Wisconsin and connect with conservation voters from across the state! Winner will receive a bumper sticker and t-shirt or Nalgene water bottle!.” Register at the link below. You'll receive a link to the Zoom event automatically. See you next Thursday, May 14! More details here.
Indivisible is organizing around these ‘people’s agenda principles’.
*They are asking people to call our representatives and ask that they vote ‘no’ on the next bill unless it keeps people on payrolls, provides financial relief for people, protects public health, and defends democracy with national vote by mail and election security support. Call your representatives now to hold them accountable. Details here on making the phone calls.
* If you are more of a Twitter person than a phone call person, details here on tweeting at your representative. And details here if you are more of an email person.
*You can also record a People’s Agenda Pledge video and sent it to your representative on social media. Details here.
The census 2020 is now available online.
(Please email me your suggestions for the next social action email)
**Jewish Social Services is raising money to help them serve clients hit hard by Covid-19. “Coronavirus has impacted JSS clients in ways we could not even have imagined a few months ago:
A refugee family who went from being financially self-sufficient to being unsure how they will pay for their basic needs because of job losses and postponed disability claims. A senior who does not know how to use the internet, has no family nearby, and is afraid to leave their apartment to buy groceries because of Covid-19. A recent immigrant family, still learning to navigate life in America, whose members lost FOUR jobs – all of their income. Join us NOW to raise $18,000 for our most vulnerable in our community. The first $5,000 donated will be matched by area businessman Jeff Levy.” You can donate here.
**Voces de la Frontera has a direct relief fund for Wisconsin’s immigrant workers, who are not eligible for federal relief funds.
**To donate items needed by people facing various economic and social challenges (e.g. diapers, personal hygiene supplies) click link, choose an agency, and scroll down to look for items needed and how to deliver them.
*Resources from the Wisconsin Budget Project:
-The well-being and basic needs of frontline immigrant workers during the pandemic have been at best overlooked, at worse actively sabotaged.
-A system in which health insurance is typically tied to employment perpetuates deep inequities in who has access to health insurance and affordable health care.
-Congress should pass additional legislation to combat the serious economic hardship due to the pandemic, and provide additional fiscal relief that is urgently needed to help address the budget crises emerging in state and local governments.
*Community Shares of Wisconsin has created ‘the Fund for a Just Recovery’. It is an urgent campaign for the member nonprofits of Community Shares of Wisconsin so they can take bold action during the COVID-19 crisis. You can see the Executive Director’s interview with Dane Buy Local here and you can donate here.
*Wisconsin Fair Maps: Referendums and Resolutions Timeline
*My favorite thing I watched last week from Juilliard.
*I am not really an affirmations person – but several people sent this to me and I found it useful to read and think about. An Activist-Therapist's 15 Affirmations for Hope Amidst COVID-19
*For fans of Little Richard and Sesame Street
*There are more think pieces about this Pandemic and its impact than there is time to read them. So many good ones. I read Bread is over this weekend and am glad I did.
*Jerry Stiller was one of my favorite comedians. He was a longtime customer in my family’s NYC business. This outtake from a Seinfeld episode is great.
*Letters from an American. I recommend following Heather Cox Richardson or signing up for her daily email. She is a history professor “interested in the contrast between image and reality in American politics.
*If you like to follow policy but prefer it to be easy to understand, I suggest signing up for updates from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. New CBO Projections Suggest Even Bigger State Shortfalls*The Atlantic has made their coronavirus coverage free.
Click here for the Atlantic’s guide to understanding COVID-19
*While the federal response to this pandemic is a willful disaster, there are so many people in every pocket of the country doing what they can. I enjoyed reading about this reunification project
*Free community testing for Covid-19 will begin at the Alliant energy center.
*There are many virtual classes and workshops being offered through the retreat. The retreat is co-run by Dasha Kelly Hamilton, the poet Laurette of Milwaukee and I expect all these creative workshops will be great. More details here.