We've never had our injustices rectified from the top, from the president or Congress, or the Supreme Court, no matter what we learned in junior high school about how we have three branches of government, and we have checks and balances, and what a lovely system. No. The changes, important changes that we've had in history, have not come from those three branches of government. They have reacted to social movements. Howard Zinn
April 22: From 9:50-11:30 at 2120 Fordem Ave. Join us for a presentation and discussion with Professor Rachel Buff, historian at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She will give an historical overview of the critical but forgotten legacy of multiracial immigrant rights organizing and advocacy and examine contemporary efforts to counteract the mass detention and deportation of a new generation of immigrants. She'll pay special attention to organizing in religious communities. More information here.
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.
April 22: Active Bystander Training
From 3 -5 pm at James Unitarian Congregating on 2146 E. Johnson Street. Join Groundwork for a Bystander Intervention Training. Learn to intervene in public acts of racist, sexist, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-Trans, and other forms of interpersonal violence and harassment while considering the safety of all parties. The embodiment of this vocal and physical practice of various strategies will develop your skills to interrupt acts of hate when you see it in your neighborhood, place of work, sporting events or your school.
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.
April 26: YWCA’s Stand Against Racism
YWCA’s across the country are working to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. See here for more details about this organizing effort. YWCA Madison is launching its Public Policy and Advocacy Platform at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Room 328 NW at 10 am.
April 29: Freedom Seder
From 4:00-6:00 p.m. join Jewish Museum Milwaukee to break bread (or in this case matzah) with members of Milwaukee's African American and Jewish communities. Explore common ground and the universal pursuit of freedom at a ritual meal that has become a bridging tradition in cities across the nation at this special post-Passover event. Freedom Seders bring together African Americans and Jews to eat, discuss, and celebrate the shared values of justice and liberation both cultures find in the Exodus story. The Haggadah was written by CSS member Shahanna McKinney Baldon. More details in what is included with the program is here.
RSVP ONLY EVENT - NO WALK-INS
Adults $10 | Students (18 and under) $5. RSVP Deadline: Thursday, April 19. Located at the All Saints Catholic Church, 4051 N 25th St.
April 29, 3:15 p.m., kick-off at 3:30 pm: Interfaith March for Peace and Justice
This March, part of a nation-wide event, will celebrate the diversity and lift up the unity of our faith communities, as we affirm religious freedom and condemn all acts of violence and harassment against people based on race, color, beliefs, or place of origin. The marchers will gather at 3:15 at the Catholic Multicultural Center and march in a circuit on South Park Street, ending back at the Center for food, music, and words of inspiration from community leaders. Located at 1862 Beld Street. To learn more, volunteer, or to RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 1: Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants
Voces de la Frontera has called for a statewide Day without Latinxs & Immigrants to demand that Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson not turn his Sheriffs into ICE agents through the federal 287g program. This means no work, no school, and no buying from large corporations. They are holding a statewide march in Waukesha at 10am, starting from Cutler Park on Wisconsin Ave. Details here.
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.
Text the Vote
Build the Wave is a savvy looking experienced group of organizers that wants to connect volunteers with the races that matter. You can find more details here, but the idea is that through Text the Vote they have identified thousands of unregistered Millennial and Generation X voters in all 37 states that offer online voter registration.
Nobody is above the law: Mueller Firing Rapid Response
Indivisible is organizing a rapid response if Donald Trump fires Mueller. Click here for more information and click here to sign up to be notified for a Madison event.
Welcoming a Refugee Family
Jewish Social Services will be welcoming a refugee family of 8 in early May and is seeking housing for them. This is a family is coming from Afghanistan – a couple with kids ages 3.5, 7, 11, 15, 17 and 18 – and we are looking for a 3BR or 4BR apartment with rent as close to $1200 as we can find. If you or someone you know is interested in housing a newly arrived family, or if you would like to help, please reach out to Becca Schwartz with leads or questions –email@example.com, 608-960-7883.
Multi-Cultural Dinner at Emerson School
May 1 from 5:15-7:15 pm, the Jewish Congregations for Social Justice needs volunteers to serve food at the multi-cultural dinner at Emerson school, their adopted school. “It's super easy - you just get assigned a spot and you spoon out whatever east side ethnic delicacy is in front of you, explaining whether it's vegetarian or not, gluten-free or not, and watch the families love every minute. Then, when the line dies down, you go through the line yourself. Easy, fun, delicious. To volunteer please contact Betsy Abramson at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
** The Milwaukee based pioneering civil rights leader Vel Phillips died today. As a member fo the Milwaukee Common Council, she introduced a Fair Housing Ordinance every 90 days for 7 years until it was passed. In this video she is speaking on fair housing legislation in 1967. You can also check out The Vel Phillips Foundation.
**Encouraging news. Report for America is supporting journalism in areas where cutbacks hit hard.
**Thoroughly discouraging news. Trump’s administrative order targets wide swath of public assistance programs. Because he can.
** The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign has depressing report on Landlords benefit from new state restrictions on local government regulation of rental properties. The Tenant Resource Center has good resources to help people know their rights – the remaining ones.
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.