Hope is not a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky. It is an axe you break down doors with in an emergency. Hope should shove you out the door, because it will take everything you have to steer the future away from endless war, from the annihilation of the earth's treasures and the grinding down of the poor and marginal. To hope is to give yourself to the future - and that commitment to the future is what makes the present inhabitable. Rebecca Solnit
This is a bi-weekly email detailing social action-oriented events/actions/meetings that you can plug into. In these emails, we will advertise a range of events - some will be CSS sponsored but most will not. Fast moving actions will be posted on the Madison Jewish Pledge of Solidarity and Sanctuary Facebook page. Contact Jen Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like an event/action/meeting included in an email. Thanks for whatever efforts you are making to resist the policies of this Trump presidency.
CSS SOCIAL ACTION EVENTS:
The House party fundraising efforts for Voces de la Frontera will move online. Details coming soon but we will be pulling together a collective way to do this during the week of Passover. While our lives/world has upended in the past few weeks, the need to support Voces has not changed. The critical importance of supporting Voces as they do their Get Out the Vote efforts to register 20,000 people in the Latinx community for the November 2020 election has not changed. (Like all organizations Voces is figuring out the best way to do their organizing work in at this unusual moment in time.) We are working on creating a GiveGab platform this week – since we think it is the best way to fundraise online. Please get in touch with me if you want to be part of this collective effort and ‘host’ a virtual house party or if you are planning to donate to Voces through this effort. More details coming soon.
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 sharing 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.
**Well there are no community events for the foreseeable future. If you know of any online events or online workshops that people can engage with – please share them with me and I can share them in the next social action email.
Emergency coronoavirus protection for voters
The Senate is going to vote on a package for Coronavirus relief, and in addition to fighting for urgent economic relief and health care priorities, Congress needs to make sure to safeguard our elections by putting in the most obvious protections for voters. Call (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your senators and ask for the following. Consider sharing this graphic with your networks.
Tell Wisconsin Senators: We Need an Aid Package that Puts Workers and Families First
From the Wisconsin Budget Project: “The country needs a Covid-19 response that puts people over profits and prioritizes workers and families over big corporations. Unfortunately, the package put together by U.S. Republican Senators doesn't measure up to those guidelines, instead favoring big businesses rather than families struggling to get by.” Click here for more details.
**Elections Commission Takes Action on COVID-19 Issues for April 7 and May 12 Elections
**Wisconsin Election Center
**Wisconsin Election Commission
**Request an absentee ballot in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Supreme Court
If the democratic primary race is essentially over before our April election – it is likely there will be less voter turnout. But we have a critically important supreme court race. Consider volunteering to for Judge Jill Karofsky. You can learn more here on ways to get involved.
The US Senate
If you are more focused on trying to impact who is in the Senate then in other races – consider donating to this effort to impact these 10 Senate races that have been identified as potential places the Democrats can pick up a seat. “Since Mitch McConnell became Senate Majority Leader in 2015, Mitch McConnell has stolen a seat on the Supreme Court, tried to take health care away from 20 million Americans, and stopped the Senate from doing anything that isn't confirming extreme right-wing judges to lifetime appointments.”
The census 2020 is now available online.
(Please email me your suggestions for the next social action email)
**Dane County COVID-19 Emergency Fund has raised $300,000 to help families and elderly folks with medical supplies, meals, transportation, and shelter. They are working to determine how to manage the funds to meet the community’s needs. It is currently being held by the Boys and Girls Club. Click here for the article and donation link.
** United Way has a list of volunteer needs is Dane County.
**MMSD neighborhood food sites. If you (or anyone who know) has school aged kids could benefit from free nutritious meals – check out this information.
**National Domestic Servers alliance is taking donations to help in-home care workers, nannies, and house cleaners who will be out of work—some of whom are undocumented
** Madison 365 has created a landing page for local Coronavirus updates. Check here for the latest news.
**Dispatch from Seattle, Sherman Alexie
**The Epidemic that Wasn’t, Hollander-Waas Jewish Heritage Services
**Covid-19 state by state maps
**Galley – Circle Verse – a friend of mine shared this video on Facebook. His son is a senior in college with campus closed he won’t have his senior cello recital, and all the other things he was looking forward too. When he got back home, he made this video to go with one of his songs. I think it is lovely and makes me both sad and optimistic for all the young adults that have had to press the pause button on their life plans
**Allied Drive group provides support for grandparents raising their grandchildren – there are good people doing good things in every corner of Madison.
**The National Yiddish theater brings the stage to you
**China gets a glimpse of life on the other side of coronavirus
**Audible made many children’s books and literary classics available for free.
**Live Jelly Cam - Monterey Bay Aquarium