If you do nothing you get nothing ---Aung San Suu Kyi (Nobel Peace Prize laureate)
Serve a Meal to Madison's Homeless Community, 11:50 am - 1:00 pm
On July 20th from 11:50 am – 1:00 pm at the Beacon, 615 E. Washington Ave. Join Shaarei Shamayim members to prepare and serve a meal to Madison’s homeless community. Volunteers are needed both to cook and serve. More information and sign-up 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 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
June 19: Please Join for LGBT Rights -- Rainbow Connection
From 5:00 – 7:30 pm, the Christian Leadership Coalition is swarming the Capital to protest the Pride Month rainbow flag. The group's flyers say "the people's building should not be the place to fly a gay pride flag." We disagree and we ask you to join us. Please join us in a celebration of love, acceptance, queerness, and resistance. We want to have a kiss-in, honoring the radical tactics used by the earliest gay liberation movements in this country. This is an actively consensual and family-friendly event. Join us whether or not you want smooches! Let's form the rainbow connection ring around the capitol. Bring your voices, bodies, spirits, and rainbows.
June 20: Global Climate Strike Planning Meeting
A planning meeting for this September 20thevent will be at the downtown library branch from 7pm – 9pm. “School strikers are calling on everyone: young people, parents, workers, and all concerned citizens to join massive climate strikes and a week of actions starting on September 20.We in the Madison area are beginning to plan and prepare for this exciting and historic week long turning point in the struggle for our future. Meet us in Room 301 of the Central Library. For more information write to: GlobalClimateStrikeMadison@gmail.com”. Details here.
June 20: Coming to Madison as a Refugee -- Town Hall Discussion.
June 20th is World Refugee Day.From 6-8 p.m.at UW-Hillel, 611 Langdon Street
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be resettled in Madison? Come listen and ask questions of resettlement professionals and Madison residents of refugee background. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public and co-hosted by JSS and Madison Refugee Union. Please register here. Registration is not required, but will help organizers order enough food.
June 23: 4th Annual Picnic - Building Community Together
From 12:00 -5:00 p.m. at the Olin Park Pavilion just off John Nolen Drive. Lunch served at 1 pm. Please bring a dish to share! The Open Doors for Refugees community picnic is our annual gathering for newly arrived refugee families and community members that support resettlement and immigration efforts in the Madison area. The picnic has now become a flagship event for Open Doors for Refugees with 250-400 attendees annually. We have musical and performance entertainment, savory foods and activities for kids and families throughout the day. One of the highlights of the day is the opportunity for community members to meet the recently resettled families. This event is free and open to the public
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June 28: Recital for a Radical: Emma Goldman 150th Birthday Celebration
At the FUS Landmark Auditorium. “Join us for a concert with commentary on Emma Goldman, a radical anarchist fighter for free speech, free motherhood, and freedom from war leading up to the Russian Revolution. Lecture by Leonard Lehrman, and performances by soprano Helene Williams with Dr. Lehrman at the piano.” More details here.
June 30:Know Your Rights Training
From 2:00-4:00 p.m. at 2702 Arbor Drive. Although there have not yet been any individuals or families facing deportation who have sought sanctuary in one of Dane Sanctuary Coalition's host congregations, it is important to have plans in place if and when this happens. One important form of preparedness is learning about the rights of undocumented immigrants and how to protect those rights when providing assistance to individuals in sanctuary. Our presenters will be Jeffrey Spitzer-Resnik, an attorney and President of Shaarei Shamayim, and Ruthanne Landsness, a member of Orchard Ridge UCC and the Dane Sanctuary Coalition Steering Committee. This training is open to everyone, but is required for those providing assistance at a host congregation sanctuary site. Light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!
July 20: Voces de la Frontera Madison Membership Meeting / Junta de membresía de Madison. Join us for our monthly membership meeting! We'll discuss the next steps in the fight to restore driver licenses for all in Wisconsin.Details here.
Drive Immigrants to Court Training
On Sunday, July 7, at 11:15 am, First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison, will host a training for volunteers who want to assist local immigrants by driving them to Immigration Court in Chicago or to ICE appointments in Milwaukee. This Dane Sanctuary Coalition project has already provided many rides to individuals and families. Immigrants with or without papers must make their appointments, so this is a very important service we can provide. Please contact Dorit Bergen, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you want to attend the training. The training is required for all volunteer drivers.
Indivisible is encouraging and providing resources for people around the country to hold a debate watching party, record a video telling the presidential candidates what you want to hear from the debate stage, join the national call-in day on June 20th to push Congress to pass legislation to reduce prescription drug prices, and talk to our representatives about an impeachment inquiry. If any of these interest you – click on the links.
Legal Delegations to the Border: If you are interested in joining a future HIAS-led pro bono attorney delegation to the border, you can find more details here.
Donate Your Frequent Flyer Miles:“Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HAIS) has partnered with Miles4Migrants (M4M), an all-volunteer nonprofit charity dedicated to using donated frequent flyer miles and money for the relocation of refugees and those seeking asylum--including families recently separated at the U.S.-Mexico border--to start a new beginning in a new home. HIAS and Miles4Migrants (M4M), will work to identify refugees and asylum seekers who need assistance purchasing airfare to reunite with their families.” Details here.
**A little bit of good news. The Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal of a lower-court ruling which struck down Virginia’s state-legislative map for racial gerrymandering.
**In case you missed this news in the glut of horrifying news – and want to be demoralized about how damaged our government is from this administration -- you can read about how the Trump has signed an executive order to eliminate one-third of the expert committees that advise federal agencies on issues including pollution and public health.
** Good things happening in Madison: The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness is raising money for the first Black Women’s Health Center in Dane County. They are 25% of the way to their goals. More details here.
**Love the idea of the Madison Refugee Union and proud of the work the JSS is doing here in Madison.
**Justified Anger’s Black History Course. Check out Dr. Alex Gee’ podcast. In it he “has a very honest conversation with three past and current participants in the Justified Anger African American History Course. Lisa Hepburn speaks to how the class and experience affected her work in education. Matt Grimsley is the pastor at Resurrection Madison and talks about the impact the history class has had on commitment to race issues. Eli Steenlage is the Black Like Me Producer and going through the history class for the first time.”
**The Guardian Series, ‘Antiracism and America’: Confronting Racism in not about the Needs and Feelings of White People.
**Interesting article about the family that owns Einstein’s Bagels (and other large companies) grappling with its Nazi past and figuring out how to make amends.
**It is impossible to know what to do about the fact that our government is caging children – other than getting these people out of office. But more of this everywhere and anywhere is good.
**So many people doing important community building work in Madison. Nice feature onMegan Diaz Ricks and her work at Commonwealth.
**So much important and innovative work happening in Madison. Urban Triage is a newly formed grassroots group – building a movement to empower black parents and supporters.
**Great new podcast by Araceli Esparza: Midwest Mujeres podcast
--Some encouraging news in New York. Driver’s Licenses for the Undocumented Are Approved in Win for Progressives