Action Alert Friday, February 17, 2017

Action Alert 1: Resist & Build
Action Alert 2: What Should We Say To A New President?
Action Alert 3: Wisconsin Water Thinkers Network presents...Water and Spirituality
Action Alert 4: Wisconsin LGBTQ Summit
Action Alert 5: International Festival
Action Alert 6: Stand for Peace Petition

Action Alert 1: Resist & Build - Madison
Background:
Protests and marches aren't enough to protect the rights and dignity of people in Trump times. Come hear what activists are doing in other parts of the world to build the economic basis for a just society, and meet with organizations that are pursuing this work locally.
Speakers include:
Jon Greendeer, retired President of the Ho Chunk Nation
Elandria Williams of the Highlander Center
Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson
Dario Farcy of the Cooperative Confederation of Argentina
Sarah van Gelder author of "Revolution Where You Live"
Opening songs by Jon A. Thundercloud
After the presentations local organizations working to build economic democracy will be hosting table conversations about their work. These include: Freedom, Inc., Mutual Aid Network, Madison Area Worker Cooperatives, South Central Federation of Labor, Voces de la Frontera, Centro Hispano, Young Gifted and Black and a growing list of others. Simultaneous interpretation into Spanish and childcare will be provided.
Take Action: Sunday, February 19, 3 PM - 6 PM, Madison Labor Temple Rm 201, 1602 S. Park St. Madison, WI 53715
Contact for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1266313703461938/

Action Alert 2: What Should We Say To A New President? - Racine
Background:
Presenter John Nichols, a native of Union Grove, WI, is a nation-wide journalist, author, political correspondent for The Nation magazine, and associate editor of The Capital Times. Presidential elections are America's greatest political theater. But when they are done, says John Nichols, we citizens have to get serious about making things happen. America faces profound challenges (climate change, poverty amid plenty, racial divisions, and a penchant toward expensive and counterproductive militarism). We need to make some changes. But those changes will only happen if Americans "stay political" after the presidential election and make real demands on our new president.
Take Action: Tuesday, February 21, 6:30-8:30pm. Siena Retreat Center, 5637 Erie St., Racine, $10 for the evening or $35 for the series.
Contact for more info: retreats@racinedominicans.org, (262) 898-2590, www.SienaRetreatCenter.org

Action Alert 3: Wisconsin Water Thinkers Network presents...Water and Spirituality - Webinar
Background:
Water is sacred. It lifts and stirs the spirit. The sustaining, purifying and healing power of water fills us with awe, and connects us as a community of all faiths, spiritualities and philosophies. This month's WWTN webinar will be offered by Huda Alkaff who will share her decade-long interfaith experience in water community engagement strategies and resources. Huda is the Founder & Director of Wisconsin Green Muslims, recognized as 2015 White House Champion of Change for her interfaith and environmental justice work to protect and sustain water and natural resources for all.
Presenter: Huda Alkaff, Founder and Director of Wisconsin Green Muslims, an environmental justice group formed in 2005.
Take Action: Wednesday, February 22, 12:00-1:00 PM CT. You don't need to register, just join the webinar from your computer, tablet or smartphone at: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/932610893. You can also dial in using your phone: United States: +1 (571) 317-3112 Access Code: 932-610-893
Contact for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/264074624018287/

Action Alert 4: 2017 Wisconsin LGBTQ Summit - Milwaukee
Background:
A joint production of Diverse & Resilient and Fair Wisconsin Education Fund, this was formerly called the Wisconsin LGBTQ Leadership Conference. This year, we will meet for a single day with a focus on policy & advocacy, transgender issues, workplace equality, health & wellness, intersectionality, and more. With the changing political landscape, we need to work collectively--now more than ever--to ensure that we keep the gains we have made and continue our quest for full LGBTQ inclusion and equality. This year’s summit is made possible in part through a grant from our presenting sponsor, Northwestern Mutual.
Take Action: Saturday, February 25, 8:30am to 4:30pm. The Kimpton Journeyman Hotel, 310 E Chicago St., Milwaukee, WI 53202. Register here.
Contact for more info: https://www.wilgbtqsummit.org/

Action Alert 5: International Festival - Madison
Background:
Take a trip around the world in a day! Experience all the cultures that Madison has to offer through food, crafts and free performances. Enjoy more than 30 FREE performances throughout Overture by artists who call Dane County home celebrating the rich cultural heritage within our community. Indulge in cuisines from around the world, browse stunning arts and crafts available for purchase and learn about the many local businesses with global connections.
Take Action: Saturday, February 25, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Overture Center, State Street, Madison.
Contact for more info: http://www.overture.org/programs/international-fest

Action Alert 6: Stand for Peace Petition
Background:
Will you stand for peace? A petition to the organizers of the April 29 People's Climate March
Your website at PeoplesClimate.org proposes a march on Washington on April 29, 2017, to "unite all our movements" for "communities," "climate," "safety," "health," "the rights of people of color, workers, indigenous people, immigrants, women, LGBTQIA, young people," and a much longer list . . . but not peace. We wish to make you aware that approximately half of federal discretionary spending is going into wars and war preparation, and that this institution constitutes our single biggest destroyer of the environment. Will you please add "peace" to the list of things you are marching for? If you will, it will become a list of things that WE are marching for, as we will join you.
Take Action: Click here to add your name to the above petition before we deliver it.
Contact for more info: http://worldbeyondwar.org/