“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
“The liberties of none are safe unless the liberties of all are protected.” William O. Douglas
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. Please email me at email@example.com if you are interested in learning more about hosting an event or supporting these events or know someone that might be interested.
Support the Madison Maia Project Fundraiser
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. Click here for the fundraising link. And see attached flyer.
Yom Kippur discussion
At 3pm at First Unitarian Society. As we reflect on our personal and communal wrongdoings on Yom Kippur, pledging to do teshuvah and seeking forgiveness from those we have harmed, community activist Rudy Bankston will address the school-to-prison pipeline, the process through which students of color are disproportionately pushed out of schools and into prisons. He will also discuss how the practices of restorative justice can contribute to ending mass incarceration. Rudy, a survivor of the school-to-prison pipeline, experienced restorative justice for the first time while in prison, serving twenty years for a crime he did not commit. Drawing upon his life experience and work with the Madison Metropolitan School District as the community liaison for the Memorial High School Peace Room, he will reflect on how restorative justice prioritizes accountability and community healing over punishment.
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 12: Disrupting Biases: An Individual Commitment
From 11am to 1:30 pm at the Madison Club. “Diversity work isn’t just for the Human Resources department. Changing an organization to be inclusive and more diverse requires understanding and buy-in from all areas and levels. This workshop dives deep into the ways biases affect company culture and the importance of all individuals working to affect positive change within their organization - no matter what position they hold.” Click here for more details.
September 16: Voter Ambassador Training and Volunteer Fair
At the First Unitarian Society from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. “With Special Guest: City Clerk, Maribeth Witzel-Behl & representatives from the Dane Co. Voter ID Coalition, Wisdom, and other groups that are working to help people vote.Learn all you need to know to help people take part in the democratic process.” Click here for more information.
September 21: Love, InshAllah: A Night of Storytelling
At the Central Library at 7:00 pm. Part of the Library Takeover program hosted by Madison Public Library. “We invite you to join us for a night of storytelling with young, Muslim American couples who will be sharing their love stories. Love is a universal phenomena but everyone has their own journey. Our storytellers will give you a glimpse into their own love stories to showcase the diversity found within the Muslim community that is often painted as a monolith community.” More details here.
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 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.
Midterm Elections. Midterm elections. Midterm elections. There is less than nine weeks left until the midterms and Swing Left is making it as easy as possible to work directly with Democratic campaigns in critical Swing Districts. The closest one coming up is in Racine this Sunday. Details here. Or look through this link to see what other events/opportunities are coming up.
Kavanaugh Hearings:If you are reading through this social action email you are probably aware of these hearings and what is at stake with Kavanaugh’s appointment. You are also probably aware that Johnson is unlikely to be a ‘no’ vote. But he is our Senator and the only way to stop this appointment is if a couple of Republican Senator’s don’t confirm him. So, give Johnson a call. Indivisible, with their optimistic guides, put forward a 2-step strategy and have a daily tracker on where each Senator is leaning with their vote.
Vote Save America
If you have people in your networks that don’t reliably vote and are lacking in info regarding how/where/etc to vote - this could be a useful resource for them. The folks at Crooked Media put together a step-by-step (sort of clearinghouse of information) to get people all the info they might need to vote
September 15th: Serve a Meal to Madison's Homeless, 11:50 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Shaarei Shamayim has offered to support the work of Friends of the State Street Family (FSSF), an umbrella group serving the many needs of our neighbors experiencing homelessness. We need volunteers to help provide and serve a meal one Saturday every other month. Many things can be made ahead and would make wonderful group projects for friends, families, or havurot. Our community has done this before - please reach out to our well-seasoned volunteers for suggestions and support!
Sign up to make food or serve! Located at the Beacon, 615 E. Washington Ave. Sign up here! For more information email Kimberly Wilson at kimberlyRwilson@gmail.com.
**Rudy Bankston will be leading a Yom Kippur discussion. (See more details above.) He wrote a novel while he was in prison and has published two works of poetry since living in Madison. You can find more details on his website if you want to check out his books before the discussion. Here and here are some local articles about him.
*Badger Rock Community market continues most Sundays from 12-4. It is a great community resource, a way to support micro businesses in Madison and local chefs. If you are on Facebook, you can ‘like’ Badger Rock Community Market to be reminded it is happening and see what cooks/restaurants are serving food each Sunday.
**Mary Pharmer, of the Backyard Mosaic Women’s Projectspent January-April volunteering in a house of hospitality for immigrants located in El Paso on the Tex-Mex border. She has stories and a power point that she is excited to share. On September 17thfrom 6:30 to 8pm she will be at the Pinney library, on Cottage Grove Rd.
**Just Bakery is one of my favorite organizations in Madison. It is a program of Madison Urban Ministry and focuses on employment for formerly-incarcerated men and women. You can be updated on their work here. If you ever need to order baked goods for meetings consider ordering from Just Bakery.
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.