"In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute." Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice
"When a judge sits in judgment over a fellow man, he should feel as if a sword is pointed at his own heart." Talmud
July 21: 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. See more information and sign up here.
July 12: Discussion on Social Justice Organizing — Reflections on Traveling to El Salvador
At 7:00 p.m. at the home of Melanie Herzog and Norm Stockwell, 401 Elmside Blvd. Rabbi Laurie recently returned from El Salvador with the Madison-Arcatao Sister City Project, and based on her experiences she will lead a discussion on social justice organizing. Part of the discussion will be about immigration, but the main focus will be discussing the more complex questions of organizing in solidarity with other communities. In particular she will draw on the book Conflicted Commitments: Race, Privilege, and Power in Solidarity Activism by Gada Mahrouse.
July 22: Supporting Immigrant Rights: A Discussion with the Community Immigration Law Center
From 12:30-2:00 p.m. at First Unitarian Society. As part of the Dane Sanctuary Coalition, Shaarei Shamayim has worked closely with the First Unitarian Society (FUS) to prepare to host an undocumented immigrant who chooses to go into sanctuary to avoid deportation. To date, no one has gone into sanctuary in Dane County. The Dane Sanctuary Coalition is working with the Community Immigration Law Center (CILC) in the hopes of assisting undocumented immigrants before they have to consider seeking sanctuary. CILC offers legal consulting to people who have questions or issues related to their immigration status. The consultations occur at free clinics hosted twice each month by Christ Presbyterian Church and staffed primarily with volunteers. They have many needs that volunteers could help meet. There will be a light lunch at 12:30 p.m. followed by a presentation at 1:00 p.m. Donations welcome. If you have questions about this event, feel free to contact CSS President, Jeff Spitzer-Resnick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Host or Co-Host a Voces fundraiser event
CSS is gearing up to raise money again for Voces de la Frontera. The events will be coordinated for this fall. Please email me at email@example.com 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 28: The Big Green Wave
From 5:30 to 8:00 at Lussier Family Heritage Center in Madison. “The Big Green Wave brings conservation voters together to support the rising tide building ahead of this year’s elections - one that could sweep candidates who will fight to protect your air, land, and water into the Capitol! Meet Wisconsin’s top gubernatorial candidates – not from the stage but up-close and in-person. You’ll also hear candidates’ conservation stories from the big screen, and get a chance to “vote” for your favorite state house contender. “ Details here.
June 28: Protest against Trump's Visit to Wisconsin: From the Border to Wisconsin, Families Belong in Communities Not Cages.
Organized by Voces de la Frontera. Meet at 8am at 1027 S 5th Street. On Thursday, President Trump will visit Southeast Wisconsin for the Foxconn factory groundbreaking and to hold big money fundraisers for Scott Walker and the other Republican enablers of Trump's white nationalist agenda. Immigrant families affected by Trump's increase in deportations and hundreds of community members will protest Trump's visit and demand an end to the continued separation and imprisonment of immigrant families in border communities, and to call for the abolition of ICE and a halt to the wave of deportations ripping families apart in Wisconsin and across the country.
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: Families belong together
At 3pm at the Capital, state street entrance. “Donald Trump and his administration are cruelly separating children from their families. But we won't allow it to continue. On June 30, we're rallying in Washington, D.C., and around the country to tell Donald Trump and his administration to stop separating kids from their parents!” Details here.
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 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.
The Trump administration may have stopped separating children from their parents at the southern border, but it is still a crisis. Read this to get a bit of a timeline on what actually happened. Not to mention President Trump wants to get rid of due process for people that cross into the U.S. illegally. The upshot here is that Trump wants to end this constitutional right so immigration agents can deport whomever they want without review. Indivisible has a good run down of what has happened and what is happening.
It is demoralizing and maddening that a not insignificant number of people living in the U.S. believe this about immigrants. We need to be as loud as we can and provide as much of a counter narrative as we can. Mark Pocan issued a strong statement about eliminating ICE. There was protests near the border in Tornillo, TX and around the country. We can follow the lead of CSS member Jennifer Rosen Heinz’s and head to the capital to talk/deliver a letter/etc to Walker. Nationwide protests are scheduled for Saturday. Here is the one in Madison.
Contact Gov. Walker to ask him to recall the National Guard troops from the Mexico border. Last Monday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker sent National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border to help implement President Trump’s “zero tolerance” anti-immigrant policy, first by separating and now by imprisoning immigrant families in internment camps. Walker’s action comes as nationwide outcry grows against the Trump Administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border. Other Governor’s cancelled sending their state’s National Guard troops to the border because of Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents.
Tell Walker we don't want our National Guard troops aiding in Trump's war on immigrant families. Contact his office here and his twitter is here.
--Sophie Auerbach, a CSS member, is and organizing fellow on the #Fight4HER campaign this summer. #Fight4Her is a national campaign fighting back against Trump’s Global Gag Rule. They recruit, train, and work with volunteers and build support in local communities to defend reproductive rights. On August 18th, the #Fight4HER Campaign is organizing a conference here in Madison for people to learn campaign and organizing skills and attend workshops on important issues such as global health and reproductive justice. You can fill out this form to find out more information about this activist training.
--Maria Cancian, a CSS member who also served between 2015 and 2016 as H.H.S Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Administration for Children and Families, was quoted in this New Yorker article about the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
--For any email readers that are fans of Yiddish folksongs. Back in the 1970’s – 1990’s my grandmother was well regarded in the obscure NYC Yiddish folk singing community. I recently heard from a guy that is a folklorist and has a radio program because he was searching for some of her songs. He created some mp3’s out a cassette recordings we had of her. Attached is an mp3 of Ethel Bergman/ and Jacob Gorelik singing – they are in their 80’s at the time this was recorded.
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.