“It is through the truthful exercising of the best of human qualities -- respect for others, honesty about ourselves, faith in our ideals -- that we come to life in God's eyes. It is how our soul, as a nation and as individuals, is revealed. Our American government has strayed too far from American values. It is time to move forward. The country we carry in our hearts is waiting.” Bruce Springsteen
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 9 house parties lined up and are looking for more. 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.
Voces House Party:
Join Suzanne Swift & Ruth Coniff, and their families for a fun afternoon supporting Voces del la Frontera and celebrating de los Muertos. November 4thfrom 4-6pm at 1811 Jefferson Street. More details here.
Voces House Party:
Join Becca Krantz, Steve Stern, Anita Simansky and their families for a house party: Welcoming and Standing Up for Immigrants. Extending the miracle of Chanukah for all. The party will be on December 8thfrom 5pm to 8pm at Becca Krantz and Don Katz’s home. 2116 Jefferson St. There will be delicious food.
November 17: Serve a Meal with Friends of the State Street Family
Saturday from 11:50 to 1:00 at the Beacon on E Washington Ave., CSS members and friends of Shaarei Shamayim will prepare and serve a meal to Madison’s homeless community. You can help out by serving the meal, making food ahead of time or both. Being involved with this is a wonderful group project for friends, families, or havurot. Click here for the sign-up sheet. Contact Kimberly Wilson if you have questions - firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 29 or December 11th: Returning Prisoner Simulation
Interested in participating in Madison Urban Ministry’s Returning Prisoner Simulation? A simulation gives participants an “up close” view of what it’s like to come home from prison. It inserts participants into realistic scenarios and lifelike struggles that released prisoners are likely to encounter. See the Simulation brochure here. Find out more about participating in their upcoming simulations Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, December 11, 7:30-9:30 a.m. by contacting Joy at email@example.com.
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
October 23: A Night Out for Healing House
Madison Urban Ministry is holidng its annual fundraiser to raise money for Healing House. This will be the first medical respite center in Wisconsin, which will assist homeless families in Dane County. This 8-10 bed facility will be staffed 24/7 with medically trained staff and volunteers. Details hereabout the event.
October 24: What's Next for Our Public Schools? Legislators Talk Strategy
Hosted by the Wisconsin Education Public Education Network at Christ Presbyterian Church (944 E Gorham St) from 6:30pm – 8:00pm."What will the next budget and the next legislative session bring for Wisconsin's students?Join us for a frank and fruitful conversation with area legislators on the future of Wisconsin's public schools.This event is co-hosted by Grandparents United for Madison Public Schools; Madison Teachers Inc.; and Wisconsin Public Education Network. Details here.
Confirmed panelists include Representative Jimmy Anderson, Senator Jon Erpenbach, Wisconsin State Representative Dianne Hesselbein, Senator Mark Miller, State Senator Fred A. Risser, Representative Melissa Agard Sargent, Representative Lisa Subeck, and Representative Chris Taylor.
October 24: Bisbee ‘17
The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is showing this film at 7pm. “In a 1917 Arizona mining town, union busters brought an end to a strike by rounding up over 1,200 immigrant workers and “deporting” them into the desert, where they were left to die. A century later, local historians mount a reenactment with local residents, including the workers' descendants.” Click herefor details.
October 29: Words of Worth: Letters to the Border
At the Community Immigration Law Center (944 E Gorham St) at 7pm,the Community Immigration Law Center will host a session in which participants will write letters of support to non-citizens and asylum seekers currently held in detention centers. The night will also include a discussion of immigrant rights issues. For more info, click here.
November 8: Join us for Reclaiming Our Humanity: A Talk with Fania Davis
From 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Overture Center for the Arts.Fania Davis is a leading national voice on restorative justice, a quickly emerging field which invites a fundamental shift in the way we think about and do justice. Restorative Justice is based on the desired set of principles and practices to mediate conflict, strengthen the community, and repair harm. She is a long-time social justice activist, Civil Rights trial attorney, restorative justice practitioner, writer, and scholar with a Ph.D. in Indigenous Knowledge. More details about the event here.
Text Out the Vote Party
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin is hosting a get out the move party onOctober 25 at Genna’s Lounge (105 W Main St.) from 5:30pm – 8:00pm
“We’ll be getting together to enjoy some music, share a few drinks, and text voters about the midterm elections. With our texting app, Hustle, we can mobilize voters across Wisconsin, all while having a good time! All you need to bring is a fully charged smartphone. Downloading Hustle ahead of time would also be helpful - you can find it here for your iPhoneand here for your Android. Clickhereto RSVP.
Get in Badgers We're Voting Early
If you have college students at UW Madison in your networks, share this information with them about early voting. Hosted by NextGen Wisconsin– this takes place on Monday, October 22 from 2pm – 2pm
"We're celebrating the start of early voting at UW-Madison with food, apple cider, and democracy! We'll be hanging out across from Valentia Coffee on East Campus Mall (638 University Ave) encouraging students to cast their ballots early at the SAC. Grab your friends and your voter ID card because it's election time. Details here. There are now three in-person early voting locations on UW-Madison’s campus and you can vote between October 22ndthrough November 2nd. Details here.
Canvassing: Northside Action Team
“We are knocking on doors of Strong/Lean DEMOCRATIC voters that may not always vote in the midterm elections.We provide training, a clipboard, a buddy if you want one, and list of voters developed from the Democratic Party of WI database.”
Below are links to the canvassing events between now and the election. Or send an Email to firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Shifts listed below:
Wednesday, October 24 - CANVASS -
Saturday Nov 3rd -CANVASS
Sunday Nov 4th - CANVASS
Monday Nov 5th - CANVASS
Tuesday Nov 6th -CANVASS
Canvassing with ACLU
ACLU Power People is running this canvass on October 28 from 1pm – 4pm."Please join ACLU People Power as we go door-to-door in low turnout wards to help voters get the ID they need to vote! No experience necessary, but you're encouraged to have attended Voter Education Ambassador training and/or ACLU Voter ID training prior to the canvass. You'll be provided with a script, an opportunity to practice, and a buddy if you want one.” Click herefor more details.
Sundays: Postcards to flip the State Legislature
Every Sunday (from now until October 28th) from 6pm to 8pam at Cargo Coffee at 750 E Washington Ave. Hosted by Indivisible Madison and our Wisconsin Revolution. "State legislative races may not be as glamorous as the statewide ticket but they're no less important. We can flip the State Senate majority with only two seats! 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.” More details here.
Swing Left: “The District Dispatch’
This is a volunteer-led digest of what's going on in your closest Swing District, including opportunities to help Democrats win big in the midterms. See this linkfor volunteer canvass and virtual phone bank opportunities. And this linkto sign up to volunteer for Randy Bryce.
Swing Left: ‘The Last Weekend’
From Swing Left: “Study after study shows that the most effective way to get people to vote is by having conversations with them in the four days before Election Day (Saturday, November 3rd–Tuesday, November 6th). Each of us has the power to make a big difference in a key race by talking to voters. Don't just vote this year – volunteer. See here for details on this effort.
There are two 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.
Text and Write Postcard to Flip WI Legislature
On October 13thfrom 3pm to 5pm at the Wil Mar Center at 953 Jenifer St.
Hosted by Wisconsin Revolution-Dane County, United Faculty and Academic Staff and Indivisible Madison. “When Tony Evers is elected governor, he'll need a State Legislature that will support him. That's why Indivisible Madison, UFAS and OWR are writing postcards and texting 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 and texts to voters in these smaller districts can really make a difference.” More details here. Sign upto attend or volunteer to help with childcare.
Protecting Immigrant Families
You can submit comments to the federal register about proposed changes to the public charge rule. Essentially the Trump administration wants to take away the ability for immigrant families to access health care, nutrition and housing programs. Before Trump’s “public charge” rule can be finalized, the administration is required by law to review and respond to every unique public comment they receive about the proposed regulation.
Details from Kids Forward: Click here to access the proposed rule. There is a 60 public comment period, so comments are due on or before December 10. The Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign homepage includes a template for public comments and submission form. If you don’t want to mess with the federal register’s site, you can modify and submit your comment right from the PIF’s site. Please make sure to modify your comments before submitting, so you’re not using identical comments. The government will count all identical comments as one comment. Here are some helpful resourcesthat you could use for yourself or to share on social media. And here is some information from the Fiscal Policy Center.
CSS is part of the group, Jewish Congregations for Social Justice. This group has made a commitment to volunteer with Emerson Elementary School, located on Madison's east side at 2421 E. Johnson. Below are some service opportunities coming up this fall. If you can volunteer for either event please contact Kimberly Wilson at <kimberlyRwilson@gmail.com> or call/ text her at 608-287-6710.
Looking for volunteers for these two events:
**Tues 10/30/18, Harvest Night from 5:15-7:15 - Pizza serving, Help families carve pumpkins and Clean up afterwards.
**Tues 11/13/18, Book Fair Night from 5:15-7:15 - Set up, Serve spaghetti dinner, Help out with book selections and Clean up afterwards.
Code.7370 San Quentin: I am enjoy learning about people that take the thing they are good at and figure out how to do something socially useful with that skill. Read abouthow Chris Redlitz was impacted by the men in a class he taught in San Quentin and the coding program he then created with the California Dept of Corrections.
God on Our Side songs: I was at the Bon Iver concert/fundraiser for Tammy Baldwin. He played a cover of Got on Our Side, reminding me how much I like this song. Here is the original Dylan version.My favorite (and very updated) cover by K’Naan version.The Odetta version.
Attorney General Schimel’s office working nationwide for private interests. If you have people in your networks that don’t typically vote for the Attorney General – consider sharing this articlewith them about the Wisconsin Attorney General.
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.