“I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race - that rarely do I even simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.” Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
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 email@example.com 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.
**I am trying to figure out how to do a virtual storytelling event and how to offer an online storytelling workshop. Let me know if either of these interests you and if I figure out how to do it – I’ll let you know.
If you have anyone in your family or networks that might not vote in the April election due to COVID-19 fears – here are things to share with them. We have a couple more days to request an absentee ballot. Information on how to do this here. And more details here. And here. If you are someone who likes to share information on social media, use this link. The city clerk has this detailed webpage on how you can vote absentee in person.
Contact Wisconsin’s Senators to pass measures that would slow the corona virus
From Kids Forward: “Time is of the essence for Congress to act to slow the spread of the corona virus. Yet Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson is signaling that he will vote against the emergency package addressing the crisis due to his opposition to guaranteed paid sick leave. See more details and his contact information here.
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.
**Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway has asked United Way to aggregate and organize volunteer opportunities that arise in the wake of this public health threat. If you know of any organizations or grassroots efforts recruiting volunteers, please connect them with Morghan Vélez (firstname.lastname@example.org). United Way will post volunteer opportunities to volunteeryourtime.org as they become available
**MMSD neighborhood food sites. If you (or anyone who know) has school aged kids could benefit from free nutritious meals – check out this information.
** Madison 365 has created a landing page for local Coronavirus updates. Check here for the latest news.
**Really interesting interactive display in the Washington Post. If you have people in your network not convinced by social distancing – this is a good link to send them.
**Nice meditative video of penguins let loose in the Chicago aquarium to check out the other exhibits.
**This is going to be a tough time for our small businesses. Many operate on razor thin margins in the best of times. Hopefully there will be a public response from federal and local governments to make sure a large percentage of small businesses don’t go under. But here are some suggestions of what individuals can do to support our small businesses. With some extra time on our hands, this is a great time to buy books. While clicking Amazon Prime from our couches is the easiest way to go, Jeff Bezos has plenty of money. Room of Ones’ Own and Mystery to Me are offering creative ideas to get book orders to you. You can see that here and here.
**The ACLU is suing ICE for the release of immigrants, especially those vulnerable to COVID- 19. More details here.
**An article from ‘Grown & Flown’ that offers moment of optimism.
**We are all deciding how much we want to read or listen to about COVID-19. If you are immersing yourself in the details about it, I recommend this The Daily podcast episode (It’s like a war) from doctor’s in Italy. And this episode of America Dissected, ‘Coronavirus: A Public/Private Health Crisis.’
**Max Brooks (and his dad Mel Brooks) did this PSA about social distancing.
**If you are a Broadway musical fan – check out where to stream some of your favorite Broadway show performances.
**Things to listen to while you have more time on your hands. Below are some podcast recommendations. (Please email me your suggestions for the next social action email)
-Slate’s ‘Slow Burn’ podcast. Both season 1 and 2 are fascinating examinations of the Nixon impeachment and the Clinton impeachment. (The story in season 1: episode 1 was so surprising and shocking – I recommend listening to it.) Season one. Season 2
-If you love reading great fiction essays – you will like the New Yorker fiction podcast. A well-known author picks an essay they love that the New Yorker published, reads it and then discusses it with the fiction editor.
-I learn a lot of about politics and social justice listening to the hosts on Pod Save the People podcast
-This is probably my favorite podcast. Not really sure how to describe it. Heavyweight podcast
-The Tiny Desk Concerts are intimate, live-recorded, acoustic concerts and full of so much joy and energy.
-If you like listening to stories people tell live in front of a crowd – then I recommend Inside Stories podcast. I co-host it with Takeyla Benton and we share stories told in Madison and then interview the storyteller about the story behind the story. An interesting glimpse of Madison and why lives here and what is going on in their lives.
**Handwashing photo (see attached): As someone who has been washing my hands for more than 50 years, I found this instructional photo useful. I did an experiment and took a video of myself washing my hands to see what spots I miss. Turns out I haven’t been washing my thumb. Seems like a good moment to rethink your hand washing technique.