“... what it really was like to live a life determined by the struggle to be free, as desert dwellers' days are determined by the struggle against thirst and those of dwellers amid snow and ice by the struggle against the numbing of cold.” Nadine Gordimer
State Street meals. CSS has been volunteering with the Friends of the State Street Family to cook and serve a meal to hundreds of people on a Saturday every other month. This grassroots organization helps hundreds of people who are homeless eat healthy home-cooked meals. Laura Smith and Aaron Hill have coordinated this effort for the past couple of years. They are moving this summer and we are hoping someone else will want to coordinate the bi-monthly meals. Let Laura Smith know if you are interested in taking on the organizational role. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 22: Presentation and discussion with Rachel Ida Buff about her sanctuary and immigration work. From 9:50-11:30 at 2120 Fordem Ave. Rachel is a Professor in Comparative Ethnic Studies and the Author of Against the Deportation Terror: Organizing for Immigrant Rights in the Twentieth Century, Temple University Press. More details to come.
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.
March 24: March for Our Lives
Madison will have a March on the 24th, as part of the nationally coordinated marches happening around the country. More details here.
April 17: Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System: Educational Series: Temple Beth El presents a 3-part education al series. Part 1 is from 7pm – 8:30pm. Facilitated discussion of the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander. Attend 1, 2 or all three sessions. Click here for more information and to register. Temple Beth El is at 2702 Arbor Dr.
April 24: MUM Partners for Change Luncheon
MUM’s many programs inspire hope for individuals returning to the Dane County community after incarceration by breaking down the barriers that prevent them from fully participating in our community and the lives of their families. From 11 – 1:30 at the Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton Street. Details here. Contact Joy if you want to use the remaining discounted ticket to the luncheon.)
May 3: Reading Between The Wines
The Literacy Network is celebrating the success of the hundreds of adult learners they serve every semester. Reading Between the Wines will feature students sharing their stories on stage and an exclusive collection of learner writing you can take home with you. From 5:30 – 7:30 at HotelRED, 1501 Monroe St. More information here.
Stop the NRA’s favorite lawyer from becoming a federal judge
Information from Indivisible: “This spring, Republican senators are working to confirm the NRA’s favorite lawyer, Howard C. Nielson, to a lifetime district court judgeship. He only needs a simple majority of votes, so we need to chip away at least 1 or 2 Republicans and ask Democrats to hold strong. That means all senators must hear from their constituents.” Nielson is one of the NRA’s go-to attorneys and supports expanding the score of the 2nd amendment. Below are resources from Indivisible:
**Review our resource for more information about Howard Neilson and how he has routinely positioned himself on the far-right fringe of the gun debate.
**Use our call script to call your senators. They can block Nielson’s nomination, so they need to hear your concerns about Neilson’s close ties to the NRA.
--CSS is part of Jewish Congregations for Social Justice (JCSJ). One project of JCSJ is volunteering at Emerson elementary school. They are looking for a handful of volunteers for April 3 science night and the May 1st multi-cultural dinner. Click here to sign-up.
--For the pet lovers. JSS has a call out to people in the community to help a woman who is staying at the domestic abuse shelter. She needs someone to foster her cat and dog while she is in the shelter – there time is almost up at the humane society. The pets also suffered abuse and have some behavioral issues – but there might be some dog and/or cat whisperers among us. You can find details here.
--A judge order Scott Walker to call a special election to fill the vacant seats. It might be fleeting or it might stick, but as of today it is a feel good decision.
--If you want to learn more about the Brazilian activist that was assassination, listen to the most recent episode of Pod Save the People.
--Passover’s coming. Here is a resource for Passover. Rabbi Laurie suggests the Top 10 Social Justice Haggadah’s from Jewschool – but the website isn’t working today. Google it if you are interested. Here are some versions of Let My People Go in anticipation of the holiday:
--And while we are on the subject of voting – it is interesting to see what is going on around the country. Here is the 2018 Voting Rights round-up.
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.