“…morally speaking, there is no limit to the concern one must feel for the suffering of human beings, that indifference to evil is worse than evil itself, that in a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.” Abraham Joshua Heschel
“Progress isn’t inevitable. It will actually take people doing real tough work. That the arc of justice may bend but it only bends because people bend it.” DeRay McKesson
This is a 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.
Friends of State Street Meal
Shaarei Shamayim's next meal for the homeless through Friends of the State Street Family is on September 16, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. If you would like to help make and serve nourishing food to our neighbors, host an epic cookie-baking party at your place, or do something memorable before you head to Octobeerfest, please consider signing up for our next meal. Donations are also appreciated, and can be made through the sign-up sheet here.
Dane Sanctuary Coalition
Working alongside First Unitarian Society, CSS/FUS will be one of just seven sanctuary sites in Wisconsin. We are starting to meet and plan to prepare for being a sanctuary site. If you are interested in doing sanctuary work through CSS (either as an occasional or frequent volunteer) contact Arden Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LGBTQ+ Pride Parade
Please come and march with other CSS members, and members of the Jewish Congregations for Social Justice, to support the LGBTQ+ community. Come be part of a positive and joyful event. People will be gathering at the Samba Brazilian Grill, located at 240 W. Gilman St, by 12:15 p.m. Samba is right by the Chocolate Shoppe. Look for the CSS banner and call Kimberly Wilson at 608-287-6710 if you have any questions or concerns.
VOCES DE LA FRONTERA UPDATE:
Voces Solidarity Challenge Celebration
CSS set an ambitious goal of raising $60,000 to help Voces de la Frontera hire a local organizer and we met that goal! With donations from $10 to $10,000, CSS raised $62,270. Voces staff are in the process of hiring an organizer, and it’s time to celebrate. The celebration is on August 30 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Centro Hispano, 810 W. Badger Road. This is a chance to meet the staff and leadership of Voces, learn about immigrant rights in Dane County, and get involved.
Please RSVP to email@example.com or Facebook so that we have enough food.
EVENTS AROUND TOWN:
Well, it is no secret that this world, our country 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.
August 16: Social Good Summit
In my effort to showcase positive things happening in Madison – consider attending the 3rd annual Social Good Summit. It builds on the first two years in which business partners and community leaders committed to promoting entrepreneurship that builds social good. More details here and tickets here. The summit starts at 9:00 a.m.
August 24: Documentary Screening: Milwaukee 53206 – A Community Serves Time
Hosted by Faces of Incarceration, this documentary chronicles the lives of those affected by incarceration in the US’s most incarcerated zip code. Rudy Banks, who works as a restorative justice coach in the Madison schools, will be part of the talk back after the film. It is at the Overture Center at 6:00 p.m.
October 12: An Intimate Evening with Sagashus T. Levingston
Mark your calendars for this fundraising event. A Fund for Women’s mission is to transform our community so that women and girls thrive. In addition to Sagashus’s talk, the Fund will highlight their 2017 grants to area nonprofits. More details about the event here.
Just got back to town and not really up to speed about what is happening in terms of organizing and action items. More next week.Bernie Sanders Medicare for All LegislationBernie is looking for citizen co-sponsors for his Medicare for All legislation, which you can do by signing on to this petition. I know reasonable people can disagree about the usefulness of signing petitions – I tend to be cynical about them. But hopefully there will be momentum for Single Payer after inability of the R’s (so far) to repeal ObamaCare and signing the petition will probably get you on a list to be in the loop on where this effort goes.
Maybe you can only take in so much information and images about the racist horror show that has been on display this past week or maybe you like to dive deep into reading and listening to as much as you can about it. Below are links to things I have been listening to and reading.
**The Southern Poverty Law Center has a useful article from 2016 about the history of these Southern Statues. It is called, Whose Heritage: Public Symbols of the Confederacy.
**DeRay has an interesting bonus podcast addition about Charlottesville. He interviewed two UVA Black Student Alliance leaders and the Governor of Virginia about what they saw happening in Charlottesville and what they think are the next steps. It is interesting and worth a listen.
**Vice News did a fascinating and terrifying segment called, Charlottesville: Race and Terror. (If you watch it I recommend following it up with DeRay’s podcast.)
**If you are interested in hearing directly from people that used to be actively part of White Supremacist groups: To the Best of Our Knowledge did an interview with Christian Picciolini, a former neo-Nazi skinhead.
**If you want a moment to feel good about people in the military pushing back on White Supremacists use of military paraphernalia.
**If you want to read the thoughts of the president of Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville.
**An extremely thorough and dense list of a syllabus for white people to educate themselves. I am not sure who put the list together, but there are a lot of interesting looking books and articles on this list.
**Interesting look into the hustle in the Toledo Blade’s newsroom in following a lead about the identity of the driver of the car that killed and injured people in Charlottesville but lived in Toledo.
WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE:
It is frightening to know how emboldened and well-armed the white supremacists are in the US. Some people and organizations are being creative in exposing them and hopefully they will pay a price (professionally, economically, etc.) for being actively part of a hate group.
**If you are on twitter, Yes, You’re Racist is figuring out from photos the identities of the white supremacists who rallied in Charlottesville.
**The podcast, Reveal, investigated where Richard Spencer gets his money. Turns out from cotton farms in Louisiana. Also, turns out that while he travels around the country giving speeches against all the people living off subsidies, his farms are subsidized by around $2 million a year. Check out the episode.
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.