Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on. Thurgood Marshall
Host or Co-Host a Voces fundraiser event
CSS raised enough money last year that Voces de la Frontera could hire a Madison based organizer. Voces is doing important work state-wide and now locally to train community leaders, make sure Madison Latinex community knows its rights and mobilize the Latinex vote. We are gearing up to raise $40,000 for Voces again this fall. Our goal is to coordinate 20 house parties and find partners to provide matching grants for the house parties. Right now we have 9 house parties lined up and are looking for more. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more about hosting an event or supporting these events or know someone that might be interested.
Presentation by Bill Baldon on Restorative Justice
On October 7 from 9:50 – 11:30 at 2120 Fordham Ave.A Closer Look at Restorative Justice Practices - Learn more about restorative justice with a particular look at how these practices avoid the school-to-prison pipeline. Bill is a member of Shaarei Shamayim and Restorative Justice Manager for the YWCA of Madison. Details here.
Welcoming the Stranger: A Shabbat Focused on Refugees
Join us for a special Shabbat morning on October 13 with Becca Schwartz, Resettlement Coordinator at Jewish Social Services. We'll begin the morning at 9:30 a.m. with both Torah Study and a Tot Shabbat gathering for 0-5 year-olds. At 10:30 a.m. our service will begin, and Becca will speak around 11:30 a.m. We'll conclude at 12:30 p.m. with Kiddush. Becca will discuss the current landscape of the US refugee program and how the Trump administration’s current policies are impacting JSS’s refugee program. This is part of HIAS’s national Refugee Shabbat program. Located at the First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive, Courtyard Room A/B. More details here.
Clean Water for the Children of Gaza
On October 14thfrom 4pm til 5:30 pm at 900 University Bay. This educational event sponsored by CSS and Jewish Voices for Peace will explain the clean water crisis and let you know how to help. If you can’t attend and want to donate, here for the fundraising link.
Some details: You can help provide elementary and preparatory students in Rafah, a town and refugee camp in the Gaza Strip in Palestine, with clean, healthy water to drink. From now through December of 2018, the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, First Unitarian Society, Madison Jewish Voice for Peace, and Congregation Shaarei Shamayim are joining forces to provide one of MECA's large Maia Project water filtration units to the newly-constructed UN Rafah Boys Preparatory School C, which will also serve an adjacent co-ed elementary school.
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.
October 5: First Friday Films
This film series is sponsored by the First Unitarian Society at 900 University Bay. The FUS MOSES Ministry Team is presenting a TED talk by former Boston Assistant DA< Adam Foss, featured in the CNN film “American Jail.” His talk is about the power of the prosecutor to redress racial disparities in the criminal justice system by offering alternatives to incarcerations. Responding to the film will be Dane County DA, Ismael Ozanne. More details here and in the attached flyer.
October 6: Latino Art Fair 2018
This art fair starts at 5pmat the Overture Center for the Arts (201 State St). This art fair will exhibit paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, and music from Latino artists. For more info, details here.
October 7: Groundwork Anti- Racism Workshop
This is a seven-week workshop from 3:30pm to 6:30 pm at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 1123 Vilas Ave. See here for more details.
October 7:Lecture by Dalia Mogahed (on Muslims and Islam)
Located at Union South (1308 W Dayton St) at 1:30pm.This lecture by American-Egyptian scholar Dalia Mogahed will attempt to demystify Muslims and Islam. For more info, details here.
October 9: 21st Century Indian - Author Louis V. Clark III
At theVerona Public Library (500 Silent St in Verona) at 6:30pm. This talk will be led by Oneida author and poet Louis V. Clark III, who will go into detail about his story and his culture. For more info, details here.
October 12: Mindfulness & Racial Justice: A Path For All of US
At the Anderson Auditorium (in the Predolin Humanities Center) at Edgewood College. “In a time of widespread disruption and suffering, Rhonda Magee will explore and discuss ways of bringing mindfulness and compassion more effectively to bear on the work of addressing social identity-based bias and living in awareness of our common humanity.” See here for more details.
October 29: Words of Worth: Letters to the Border
At the Community Immigration Law Center (944 E Gorham St) at 7pm,the Community Immigration Law Center will host a session in which participants will write letters of support to non-citizens and asylum seekers currently held in detention centers. The night will also include a discussion of immigrant rights issues. For more info, click here.
Sundays: Postcards to flip the State Legislature
Every Sunday (from now until October 28th) from 6pm to 8pam at Cargo Coffee at 750 E Washington Ave. Hosted by Indivisible Madison and our Wisconsin Revolution.
"State legislative races may not be as glamorous as the statewide ticket but they're no less important. We can flip the State Senate majority with only two seats! And flipping Assembly seats in 2018 will set us up for the future. Postcards to voters in these smaller districts can really make a difference.” More details here.
Swing Left: ‘The Last Weekend’
From Swing Left: “Study after study shows that the most effective way to get people to vote is by having conversations with them in the four days before Election Day (Saturday, November 3rd–Tuesday, November 6th). Each of us has the power to make a big difference in a key race by talking to voters. Don't just vote this year – volunteer. See here for details on this effort.
There are six more weekends until the midterms. It sure seems to me that there has never been such an important midterm election in my life time. Consider knocking on some doors, making phone calls, donating, and such.
--Here is some important information about voting in Wisconsin to share.
-- Madison's chapter of Indivisible has phone banking shifts.
CSS is part of the group, Jewish Congregations for Social Justice. This group has made a commitment to volunteer with Emerson Elementary School, located on Madison's east side at 2421 E. Johnson. Below are some service opportunities coming up this fall. If you can volunteer for either event please contact Kimberly Wilson at <kimberlyRwilson@gmail.com> or call/ text her at 608-287-6710.
Looking for volunteers for these two events:
**Tues 10/30/18, Harvest Night from 5:15-7:15 - Pizza serving, Help families carve pumpkins and Clean up afterwards.
**Tues 11/13/18, Book Fair Night from 5:15-7:15 - Set up, Serve spaghetti dinner, Help out with book selections and Clean up afterwards.
**A federal judge in California granted a preliminary injunction to temporarily prevent the Trump administration from ending the temporary protected status of immigrants from Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua who fled war, natural disasters, and other dire circumstances. The Trump administration claims conditions in their home countries have improved enough that they no longer warrant protected status.
**According to Madison police, at least a quarter of all murders in Madison are domestic abuse related. And yet another man who was not allowed to own a gun – in fact had gun. Many of you read the news that Sherry S. Waller was murdered this past weekend leaving behind her five children. This was very painful for some of our community members and Bet Sefer staff. If you would like to contribute to a fund to support the family please contribute here.
**Looking for a feel-good event in Madison. The Madison Moth GrandSlam is on October 19that the Barrymore. Ten storytellers that won a StorySlam will be telling stories at it. Some were first time storytellers and some travel around the country telling stories. Esteban Touma (a great local comedian) will be hosting and Yorel Lashley (of Madison’s Drum Power) will be drumming. Details here.
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.