“…to convey its long, continuous movement, flowing like a river, sometimes powerful, tumultuous, and roiling with life; at other times meandering and turgid, covered with the ice and snow of seemingly endless winters, all too often streaked and running with blood.” Vincent Harding, a civil rights leader talking about the struggle for human freedom.
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 Latinex community knows its rights and mobilize the Latinex vote. We are gearing up to raise $40,000 for Voces again this fall. Our goal is to coordinate 20 house parties and find partners to provide matching grants for the house parties. Right now we have 8 house parties lined up and are looking for more. 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.
Clean Water for the Children of Gaza
On October 14thfrom 4pm til 5:30 pm at 900 University Bay. This educational event sponsored by CSS and Jewish Voices for Peace will explain the clean water crisis and let you know how to help. If you can’t attend and want to donate, here for the fundraising link.
Some details: You can help provide elementary and preparatory students in Rafah, a town and refugee camp in the Gaza Strip in Palestine, with clean, healthy water to drink. From now through December of 2018, the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, First Unitarian Society, Madison Jewish Voice for Peace, and Congregation Shaarei Shamayim are joining forces to provide one of MECA's large Maia Project water filtration units to the newly-constructed UN Rafah Boys Preparatory School C, which will also serve an adjacent co-ed elementary school.
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.
September 24: City of Madison Finance Committee Hearing (Kajsiab House)
Kajsiab House, both a therapy program for Madison’s Hmong community and a community center for the local Cambodian population is being closed by Journey Mental Health for financial reasons. More on Kajsiab and the impact of its closing here. If you are following this local story, you might be interested in this week’s Finance Committee meeting.
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.
October 3: Community Flood Education ForumFrom 6:30 til 8pm at the Madison Senior Center on 330 W Mifflin St., Marquette Neighborhood Association, Tenney Lapham Neighborhood Association, and SASY Neighborhood Association invite you to hear from water resource experts on the history, conditions, and factors that have led to our current 100-year flood event. Recently, Marquette Neighborhood Association hosted a Flood Prevention gathering, which 50 people attended from across the Isthmus and Bay Creek Neighborhoods. Attendees agreed that more education directly from the experts is needed in order for all of us to better understand how we can prevent events like this in the future. Neighbors from across the City are encouraged to attend and learn how lakes management and storm water management both on the Isthmus and throughout the County affect thousands of homes and businesses. More details here.
October 7: Groundwork Anti- Racism Workshop
This is a seven-week workshop from 3:30pm to 6:30 pm at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 1123 Vilas Ave. See here for more details.
October 12: Mindfulness & Racial Justice: A Path For All of US
At the Anderson Auditorium (in the Predolin Humanities Center) at Edgewood College. “In a time of widespread disruption and suffering, Rhonda Magee will explore and discuss ways of bringing mindfulness and compassion more effectively to bear on the work of addressing social identity-based bias and living in awareness of our common humanity.” See here for more details.
ICE in Madison
It is impossible to pick the single most demoralizing week of the Trump Administration. But this week – with the many men and women publically saying the sexual assault accusations against the high school aged Kavanaugh shouldn’t keep him off the Supreme Court because it was something that most high school boys do, along with ICE terrifying the immigrant community and making arrests in Madison- has to be high up on the demoralizing list.
--Update from the Dane County Immigration Assistance Fund:
“If you are an ally who wants to help in a meaningful way with the impact of the current ICE presence in the Madison area and its direct consequences for our families, please contribute to the Immigrant Assistance Fund. This fund allows us to have proper support for deportation defense. People arrested will need assistance with bonds, legal supports, and money into a commissary to call home, buy toiletries, etc. More information about the Immigrant Assistance Fund can be found here.”
--The ACLU has useful “Know Your Rights” information. Share this with people/groups/lists that might need this information.
Postcards to flip the State Legislature
Sundays from 6pm to pm, now until October 28th. Indivisible Madison and Our Wisconsin Revolution are writing postcards to flip the majorities. We only need two seats to flip the State Senate majority. “And flipping Assembly seats in 2018 will set us up for the future. Postcards to voters in these smaller districts can really make a difference.” This takes place at Cargo Coffee at 750 E. Washington.
There are six more weekends until the midterms. It sure seems to me that there has never been such an important midterm election in my life time. Consider knocking on some doors, making phone calls, donating, and such.
--Here is some important information about voting in Wisconsin to share.
-- Madison's chapter of Indivisible has phone banking shifts.
**Some great work happening on the ground – for people fighting back in Wisconsin against voter suppression. Check out this video and this article.
**New York Times piece by Michelle Alexander, a new Opinion columnist. I found this article to be a very satisfying read.
**If you want to be fully informed on all the quieter damage our country is doing to immigrants - in addition to the ICE raids - listen to this month's This American Life podcast, Let Me Count the Ways.
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.