“It always seems impossible until it's done.” Nelson Mandela
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 2: Conversation with Abril Moreno, Organizer for Voces de la Frontera
Join us for a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by a conversation with Abril Moreno, the Madison organizer of Voces de la Frontera, Wisconsin's leading immigrant rights organization. Abril will share what the Madison chapter has been doing, discuss Voces' efforts to fight for immigrant rights, and help our members get involved. The vegetarian potluck is at the home of Melanie Herzog and Norm Stockwell, 401 Elmside Blvd.
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.
**Shaarei Shamayim has agreed to welcome a refugee family resettling in Madison. We are in need of some volunteers to 1) join the committee, 2) sort through donations, and 3) help move furniture. If you are interested, please be in touch with Meg at email@example.com.
**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 22nd: Moms Demand Action Madison February Meeting
Come to the Pinney library branch at 6:30 to learn about taking action against gun violence. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.”
March 2: Core Action Café
At Centro Hispano from 9 am to noon. This is a creative, engaging process for collaborative reflection --- leading to action. For more information click here.
March 7: Crossroads of Inheritance and Discovery – Inspiring Interfaith Action.’
Mr. Patel is the author of Acts of Faith, the 2017-’18 Common Reading selection for Edgewood College. He is the founder of Interfaith Youth Core, an organization built on the idea that religion should be a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He will give a talk at 7:00 pm in the Anderson Auditorium at Edgewood College. More details here.
Voces de la Frontera is asking us to call Senator Tammy Baldwin at 202-224-5653 and urge her to support the clean Dream Act.
“The Senate is voting Thursday and Friday on legislation that could protect the hundreds of millions of immigrant youth left vulnerable to deportation by the President's cruel decision to end DACA.
But Trump isn't negotiating. He's trying to use the DACA crisis he created to drag the immigration system back to the Jim Crow era. We urge all Democratic and Republican Senators with a conscience to hold the line and vote against every amendment that isn't a clean Dream Act.
Please call Senator Baldwin's office and you can say something like:
"My name is _____ and I live in _____, Wisconsin. I would like to urge Senator Baldwin to stand strong for the clean Dream Act with a path to citizenship for immigrant youth, and to reject any amendment that would build a racist wall, ban families from immigrating, or separate more immigrant families. She must hold the line and reject every bill except the clean Dream Act. Thank you."
Taking action on gun violence. The gun carnage continues and it is hard to see how this current Congress and President will do anything about it. There are organized groups that do a great job mobilizing the many people that want our gun laws to change. Indivisible has good talking points for calling legislators and Moms Demand Action has an active chapter in Madison.
The best way to change gun laws is to change who sets the policy for the country (or state). Flippable is working hard to flip Republican seats to Democratic one’s. They have a flippable fund for the 100 seats they have targeted. In this week’s election in Florida, one seat has flipped. On this week’s Pod Save America, episode “Beat the NRA”, the hosts had an encouraging statistic. “In 2017 in Virginia, pro gun control Democrats won 12 of 13 races against NRA-backed Republicans. We can beat the NRA.”
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.
--Feb 20th: Upcoming primary election. The League of Women Voters in Dane County has a useful informational sheet on what you need to vote. Please share this with people you know that might not be up to speed with the changes in Wisconsin’s voting laws. The main election is for the Supreme Court, to see which 2 candidates will be on the ballot. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel describes some of their views. Nothing could be clearer during this Trump presidency – it is important what judges sit on our courts.
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.