If each one sweeps before his own door, the whole street is clean. Yiddish Proverb
I come from a people who gave the Ten Commandments to the world. Time has come to strengthen them for three additional ones, which we ought to adopt and commit ourselves to: thou hall not be a perpetrator; thou shall not be a victim; and thou shall never, but never, be a bystander. Yehuda Bauer
CSS Social Action Update:
September 22 from 9:50 - 11:30 after the Bet Sefer assembly.
**Come hear an update on the 'Never Again Means Now' action at the ICE office in Milwaukee from one of the organizers and one of the people participating in civil disobedience;
**Bring your ideas for the planning for our next round of fundraising for the Madison chapter of VOCES;
**Many CSS members are already socially active in a broad range of issues. Some want to also be socially active as Jews and as part of their congregation. If you have ideas about what issues/organizations you would like CSS to be part of come join this conversation.
---contact Jen Rubin at email@example.com if you have any questions---
Global climate strike interfaith celebrations:Madison is participating in the big Climate Strike that is happening around the world on September 20th. The actions/events will start at 10:30 to mobilize communities of faith with 4 simultaneous interfaith gatherings. These will take place in the churches closest to the square. It would be great to have a representative of CSS speak at each of these gatherings. If this interests you - youcan sign-up here.You can learn more about the climate strike here.
Voces de la Frontera:
We are gearing up to raise money for the Madison organizer for Voces. We will start this project later in the fall. If you are interested in hosting a house party or have connections/ideas for people outside the congregation who might be interested in hosting a house party – please contact Jen Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of State Street Families meal:
Please consider helping our congregation serve a meal to the homeless population in Madison! On Sat, Sept. 21st at noon at the Beacon Day Shelter we’ll come together and serve a delicious, healthful meal to people in need. We need people to buy and prepare food and then serve it. There is money available to be reimbursed. (We only have $150 left in our FSSF fund. Donations are greatly appreciated to the FSSF fund.). You can sign up at this link. Please contact Kimberly Wilson at kimberlyRwilson@gmail.com or call her at 608-287-6710 if you have any questions.
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.
September 18: Unlock the Vote
Organized by EXPO (Ex-incarcerated People Organizing) and takes place from 10-2 at the State Capitol. They are challenging the undemocratic practice of people released from prison with supervision not being allowed to vote and prison gerrymandering – where incarcerated people are not counted in their home district but in the location of the prison where they are detained. More details here.
September 20: Global Climate Strike!
“This September, millions of us will walk out of our workplaces, schools, and homes to join youth climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Our house is one fire -- let’s act like it. It's now time to rebel.” Young strikers for climate action around the world are calling adults to join a global general strike on September 20th. The first events start at 10:30 at four houses of workshop near the capitol, at Noon there will be a Concert for Climate at the State St corner of the square and from there a parade to the Youth, who will be at MG&E demanding we go 100% renewable by 2030.
For more information:
-The Global Climate Strike – Wisconsin FB page
-The Global Climate Strike - Madison Facebook page.
-Organizers ask us to watch this 5-minute video and share it.
-Take this on-line pledge
-Join the strike on the 20th.
September 21: Madison Membership Meeting for Voces de la Frontera
2pm at 810 W. Badger Rd. “Join us for our monthly membership meeting! We'll discuss the next steps in the fight to restore driver licenses for all in Wisconsin.” More details here.
September 21: The Rally for Refuge
This fundraising event is to support border relief efforts. It will be from 1-7pm at the Madison Labor Temple. More details here.
September 26: ICE out of Milwaukee
Voces is organizing an action to end police collaboration with ICE in Milwaukee. It would be great to have a good turnout of Madison Jews to support this action. You can RSVP for the event here. And more details here.
September 27: Ho-Chunk History & Land Discussion
From 5 – 7 at 215 N Brooks St. Join Wunk Sheek for a discussion about the Ho Chunk Tribe of Wisconsin and their history on the land we now know as "Madison". Details here.
October 6: Know Your Rights Training
The Dane Sanctuary Coalition’s Community Resource Team is presenting a Know Your Rights training on Sunday, Oct. 6, 12:30 – 2:00 at Madison Christian Community, 7118 Old Sauk Road, Madison. This training is open to anyone, but required for anyone who volunteers to be on-site when we have someone in sanctuary. Please RSVP to Corkey Custer at jcorkey.custer@Lfg.com.
October 8: Racial Disparities in the Criminal Justice System
This is the start of a three-part series hosted by the Nehemiah Center for Justice and Reconciliation. More details here.
Add Your Name: Wisconsin Jews demand Milwaukee police and local law enforcement agencies across the state stop collaborating with ICE.
Wisconsin Jews for Immigrant Justice is circulating this petition.
Stop Milwaukee Police Department Collaboration with ICE:
The #ICEOUTOFMKE groups has a series of actions to demand that that the Milwaukee
Police Department and local resources not be used to collaborate and assist ICE in Milwaukee. “Barring collaboration between the Milwaukee Police Department and ICE will decrease racial profiling, improve public safety, and keep families together. (See attached poster for more information)
September 26th @ 4:30 PM
▪ Public Presence & testimony @ FPC Standards & Policy Committee
▪ First vote on proposed changes
October 3rd @ 4:30 PM
▪ Final vote by full FPC members on proposed changes
City Hall, Room 301-B
Dane Sanctuary Coalition’s Volunteer Driver Project
“Are you looking for a great way to help immigrants deal with the legal system? Consider volunteering as driver to give rides to immigration hearings and appointments. The Volunteer Driver Project of the Dane Sanctuary Coalition has provided over 30 rides since it began last December. About 2/3 of the rides were to the US Customs and Immigration (USCIS) office in Milwaukee and 1/3 to Immigration Court in Chicago. Immigration attorneys have been ecstatic about the assistance this service provides.” The training will be on Monday, October 7, from 7:00-8:30 PM at First Baptist Church, 518 N. Franklin Ave, Madison. Please RSVP by October 4 if you plan to attend. Email Dorit Bergen at email@example.com.
JSS of Madison with HIAS
JSS of Madison needs 118 people to donate chai ($18) so that our Immigration Accredited Representative can partner with HIAS (for a week to provide legal help to asylum seekers in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. You can donate here.
More details: Families trying to escape violence in Cameroon, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico are fighting for their lives. They have undertaken a dangerous journey, sometimes across continents to seek asylum in the United States. We believe that people have the right to request asylum in the U.S. without being criminalized, turned back, or separated from their children. We are proud to send Carrie Fox-Kline, JSS’ accredited rep. to Juarez for the week of September 22nd, but we need your financial support to make it happen.
When JSS planned for 2019, we did not know that the humanitarian situation at the border would become a crisis. We also didn’t know when JSS would be able to provide Immigration Legal Services again, because the Department of Justice took six months processing Carrie’s paperwork to be certified to provide legal services. I can’t even imagine applying for asylum without the support of someone who knows how the process works. You can help us to provide these needed services. The waiting list in Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, jumped from 4,500 to 5,600 people in a short period of time. Today, that list is even longer. The U.S. government generally processes only 20 to 30 claims a day, and went six days in July without accepting a single one.
A gift of $18 or multiples of 18 is a symbolic representation of giving a “life.” Please donate to our short fundraiser so that you and JSS can give hope to people waiting to apply for asylum at the Texas border. The total cost for Carrie’s week at the border is around $2,800. This will cover Carrie’s flights, local transportation, time spent working, food and lodging. We have already raised $736. Please be a mensch and help us to raise the rest!
Any funds that we raise beyond $2,800 will go directly into providing Immigration Legal Services to refugees in Madison.
**Climate change activist Greta Thunberg on the Daily Showwith Trevor Noah.
**Madison will soon have a public market. Keep up to date with the plans here.
**Justified Anger’s ‘Social action Plan Training’. Takes place at the Fountain of Life Church from 6 – 8 pm on September 23, September 30, October 28. See here for more information.