“What is hateful to you, do not to others. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.” Rabbi Hillel
Serve a Meal with Friends of the State Street Family
The last FSSF (Friends of State Street Families) was a definite success! Laura Smith and Aaron Hill have moved and they were the ones who generally provided the main dish. We will be in need of people preparing food for homeless people in the future! The next FSSF is on Sat, July 21, so you can mark your calendars and plan ahead. This is an important project to be a part of. Thanks much! Kimberly Wilson (FSSF coordinator,firstname.lastname@example.org)
Host or Co-Host a Voces fundraiser event
CSS is gearing up to raise money again for Voces do la Frontera. The events will be coordinated for this fall. Please email me if you are interested in learning more about hosting an event or supporting these events.
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.
June 20: Ijeoma Oluo at Madison Public Library
Ijeoma Oluo is a great writer and thinker – and I imagine her talk with be interesting and provocative. Click here for more details about the book event.
June 22: 3rdAnnual Evening of Dreaming
Hosted by Centro Hispano from 6pm to 9pm at 810 W Badger Rd. The event will feature acclaimed filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez and his award-winning documentary The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo (preview below). Please note that spaces are extremely limited so early registration is recommended and can easily be done online. Details here.
June 23: Speak out against Separating Families
Hosted by the International Socialist Organization from 12-2 at UW Library Mall. Details here.
June 23: Blues for Mister Charlie
Black Olive Community Theatre hosts a staged-reading of James Baldwin's: Blues for Mister Charlie at Badger Rock Neighborhood Center at 501 E Badger Rd. From 7pm to 10pm. Details here.
June 29: Stories within the Letters: An Evening of Celebrating Our Lives.
From 6pm to 8pm at Madison College, 1701 Wright St. “Join us as we commemorate LGBT Heritage month by telling stories that reveal wisdom, struggles, triumphs, healings, joy, and more. This event will include a storytelling session, a storytelling booth, delicious hor d'oeuvres and music by DJ Sarah of Queer Pressure. The Emcee will be Comedian Dina Martinez. “ Click here for more details
June 29: Lawyer Moms of America: Day of Action.
On June 29, lawyer moms around the country are organizing to gather at our senators’ offices and deliver an open letter stating our opposition to the current federal policy of separating migrant children from their parents. More details here about this event.
June 30: Bail/Eviction Prevention Fund Hip-Hop Fundraiser
This is an all ages event. Costs $10 to get in. It starts at 5pm and goes until midnight at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center – 953 Jenifer St. The money raised goes to Eviction Prevention for Black Moms fund and Free the 350 Bail Fund. See more details here.
July 10: Protest Against Family Separation
Hosted by Indivisible Madison at 5315 Wall St., from 1pm to 3pm. Details here.
July 23: Inclusive Leadership: Unconscious Bias, Trust & Decision Making
Deborah Vaughn Biddle teaches this workshop at the Dream Bank at 1 N Pickney from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Details here.
This link is to a donation wish list for Jewish Social Service clients – for the JSS Refugee/Asylee/Immigrant donation wish list. Details can be found on the linked webpage.
Interfaith Rally in Milwaukee: June 21
Voces do la Frontera is organizing a rally on June 21st at 9am at the Milwaukee ICE office at 310 Knapp St. From Voces: “On Monday, the Wisconsin National Guard announced they had deployed troops to the US-Mexico border, in accordance with Governor Scott Walker's declaration in April that he would send Wisconsin National Guard troops to the border as part of President Trump's request for governors to do so. Walker's action comes as nationwide outcry grows against the Trump Administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the border. Also on Monday, Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker cancelled his decision to send National Guard troops to the border because of Trump's policy of separating children from their parents. Voces de la Frontera and the New Sanctuary Movement of Milwaukee will hold an interfaith rally.” Click here for more details about this protest.
Help Fight Family Separation at the border
This is such horrifying news and there is a lot to keep track of. The essential elements are clear: The Trump Administration is forcibly separating families and keeping children in cages to push the Democrats to pass the policy Trump wants. For a thorough accounting of where we are as of June 19th, see the update from Crooked Media below.
In thinking through suggested action steps to fight against these family separations – I find the listing of organizations in this Slate article to be very useful. The article lists ways that lawyers and translators can help, where to send money and where to protest. Here is the National Immigrant Legal Services directory.
Call and call and call again. Both to Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin and whoever your Congressional Representativeis. Then call Scott Walker about sending the Wisconsin National Guard. Then call the next day. Here is an example of what you could say to your legislators.
“Hello, my name is _________. I live in _________, and you represent me. I am calling to demand that you speak out against and work to end the horrific policy of separating families seeking refuge and asylum in the United States. I want you to know that, as a voter, I am paying attention to your voting record on this issue. Families belong together."
--From Crooked Media: A new report today revealed that U.S. officials have likely lost track of nearly 6,000 unaccompanied-migrant children.And as outrage over the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents continues to mount a new horror is coming into view: Parents are being deported under the false impression that their children will be returned to them. Instead, they’re being forced to leave the country without their children, or even any sense of where their children are.
Political leaders and activists are taking action to end the separation policy:
*Several governors, including Republicans Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Larry Hogan of Maryland, are refusing to send National Guard troops to the southern borderuntil the Trump administration puts an end to this practice.
New York state plans to sue the federal governmentover the policy within two weeks.
*Over 70 former United States attorneysfrom both parties are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to withdraw the separation policy.
*Call volumes at congressional offices are higher than at any point since the health-care fight, according to members and staffers.
*Organizers are planning nationwide protestson June 30.
Republicans in Congress, however, have not used their power or influence to stop Trump’s policy:
*Thirteen GOP senators, led by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), have written to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to stopseparating families. (There are 51 GOP senators.)
*Other GOP senators have condemned child separation, but not a single onehas agreed to cosponsor the Democrats’ bill to force Trump to end the policy.
--An opportunity to donate: Laura Heisler ran the Grandma’s marathon in and used it as an opportunity to raise funds for the ACLU Crossing the Line project. The ACLU is fighting to reunite families, recently filing a lawsuit to reunite a mother and daughter from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She raised $2840 so far and learned that an anonymous donor will do a $500 match for the next $500 she raises. See this link if you would like to donate.
--This week from the ‘what if I need to feel encouraged about something’ files: the Parkland students kick off the ‘Road to Change’ tour in Chicago this week.
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.