Health care is vital to all of us some of the time, but public health is vital to all of us all of the time. C. Everett Koop
Lean on me, when you’re not strong and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on. Bill Withers
The House party fundraising efforts for Voces de la Frontera has moved online. Let me know if you are interested in putting together your own campaign page for Voces on GiveGab. It is simple to do.
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.
**Details on the Voces “Now More Than Ever” Fundraising campaign organized by Becca and Don, Steve and Florencia, Mario, Anita and Lenny.
**Details on the Help Support Voces de la Frontera’s GOTV work campaign organized by Ari Bloomekatz, Josh Garoon, Shahanna McKinney Baldon, Jenny Pressman, Jen Rubin & Matt Calvert, and Jeff & Sheryl Spitzer-Resnick.
**Here is a link to a video message from Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman about this effort.
**Here is a link to a video message from Bianca Tomasini, the Madison Voces organizer, about this effort.
April 7: Building Resilience in the Time of COVID-19, 5:00 p.m.
Rabbi Laurie will facilitate a conversation about coping with living through the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants can share concerns about illness, loss of income, stress with parenting, isolation, anxiety, fear, or anything else. This is for members only. Please register by 2:00 p.m. on April 7 in order to receive Zoom login credentials. Register here.
April 9: Virtual Community Passover Seder, 5:30 p.m.
Don't spend Passover alone! Join us on the second night of Passover for our virtual seder and celebrate together from the comfort of your home. Arrange a seder plate, grab some matzah, and get ready to retell the journey of our ancestors to freedom. Print or view online the haggadah we'll use. Join here via Zoom.
April 10: Virtual Family Passover Seder, 5:00 p.m.
Join Rabbi Laurie and her puppets for a fun, interactive Passover seder for parents, teens, and children of all ages. Aviv Kammay will play guitar, and we'll celebrate the holiday together on Zoom. Make a mask of a character in the story. If your child would like to recite one of the four questions, please let Rabbi Laurie know. Join here via Zoom.
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.
Medicaid a stronger tool to fight the Pandemic
Kids Forward shared this petition to tell Wisconsin lawmakers to act now to help Wisconsinites. Other states are moving quickly to make Medicaid a stronger tool for fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, and Wisconsin is being held back by our state legislature. This Kids Forward blogpost describes how the lame duck law severely limits Wisconsin’s ability to fight the pandemic.
Wisconsin Supreme Court
As of this writing the election is still happening in 2 days. This is a terrible situation since we have a critically important supreme court race, but for anyone that didn’t vote absentee you need to go to your polling place to vote in this time of social distancing. As of last week, key Republican counties had about 50% return of absentee ballots and Dane county had about 35% return. If you haven’t voted absentee and feel comfortable in your self-protection plans, don’t forget to vote on Tuesday. If you want to make calls for Judge Jill Karofsky, you can learn more here.
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.
**United Way has a Covid-19 response page.
**There is no end to organizations that could use donations right now. Here is the message from the Odyssey Project: For Odyssey families already living in poverty, the COVID-19 crisis is overwhelming on both a practical and emotional level. Many have lost jobs and access to other community resources. You can directly help our students and alumni during these challenging times by giving to our Friends of Odyssey Family Fund. Used throughout the school year for emergency housing, medical, and child care expenses, the Family Fund has become a lifesaver in recent weeks to help Odyssey students and their families purchase food, household supplies, medicine, and learning materials. To directly support Odyssey families, please follow this link.
**The FEED Kitchen and Market Ready program put together this link to support some of our local food businesses by ordering their food.
Scene on Radio: I have been listening to season 4 of this podcast on my long walks and really enjoying it. The description: “Our season-long series will touch on concerns like authoritarianism, voter suppression and gerrymandering, foreign intervention, and the role of money in politics, but we’ll go much deeper, effectively retelling the story of the United States.” I read a lot of history and was surprised by how much was new information for me.
Six Feet Apart: “Six Feet Apart podcast with Alex Wagner (journalist and co-host of Showtime’s The Circus) will offer a window into the hidden worlds of this pandemic: the chaos and fear, the resilience and innovation — all of which have been necessary parts of survival in this extraordinary moment. Through conversations with individuals on the frontline, from the grocery store to the criminal justice system, this new series will delve into what’s likely to be the defining event of our lifetimes. New episodes every Thursday.”
America Dissected: “The Coronavirus is now a global pandemic. How did we get here? What went wrong? What do we do about it now? In season 2, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a physician and former city health commissioner, will keep you updated in this podcast on what you need to know about COVID-19, what led us to this crisis in the first place, and what policies can lead us out.
**Local Covid-19 stories. I co-host a Madison storytelling podcast and we are sharing people’s stories that are connected to living in this moment of the coronavirus. Let me know if you want to record and submit one for the podcast. Here is the first episode.
**Angela Trudell Vasquez, Madison’s poet Laurette, organized a National Poetry Month celebration with many poets sharing poetry. You can see it here.
**My favorite Passover game. I have been leading Passover Jeopardy games for years at my family Seders. For anyone doing a virtual Seder with friends and family, this could be a fun way to liven up the online Seder. You can see four different versions here.
** Some fun images of wild goats roaming through an empty welsh town.
** This ten second video of this young girl reflects how most of us are feeling right now