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The Wisconsin Interfaith Voter Engagement Campaign was launched at three locations on February 13 – First United Methodist Church in Madison, First Unitarian Society in Milwaukee, and Bradford Community Church UU in Kenosha— attended by over 100 persons.
We watched a dramatic – and humorous -- monologue of a woman’s discovery of the Wisconsin Blue Book directory of the state legislature and how it gave her the information and inspiration to become a more active citizen.
Representatives of Sikh, Jewish, Christian and Buddhist faiths presented their perspectives on how their religious traditions inspire them to be involved in the public square.
The Interfaith Voter Engagement Handbook was introduced, and the do’s and don’ts of election year activities for congregations and other nonprofit organizations were explained.
Following an uplifting musical performance and a break for pizza, participants at each location started getting organized to do the work: mobilizing persons of diverse faiths to work together to make sure that making sure all eligible voters in their community can and do vote.
Volunteers in every part of the state are needed for nonpartisan voter engagement activities such as:
What can you or your congregation do to strengthen our democracy and build interfaith relationships in Wisconsin? Get connected with efforts now being organized, or start pulling people together in your congregation or community!
For further information about the campaign and how you can get involved, contact Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, Executive Director of WFVJ, or WCC's Justice and Witness Coordinator, Peter Bakken.
WFVJ is a proud Partner with 2020Census
WFVI has signed on as a partner with the 2020 Census. Our responses to the 2020 Census are vital for shaping the future for ourselves, our families, and our communities, including the people our faith tell us we should help the most.
Download this info sheet to learn more about how your faith community can partner to ensure a complete count.
Participate in Census Worship Weekend: March 27 - 29. We encourage you to join the 2020 Census promotional weekend in any way that resonates with your practice or tradition. Educate your congregants or members about the importance of completing the census as part of your sermon or message, stressing that everyone in the household should be counted.
For further resources, download this Toolkit for Faith-Based Leaders.
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MOVING FROM CHARITY TO JUSTICE: A WORKSHOP IN FAITHFUL ADVOCACY!
To help us live out our commitment to faith-based social justice advocacy, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice presents Moving From Charity to Justice: A Workshop in Advocacy. Learn more here.
dane sanctuary coalition announces big read!
The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story By Aaron Bobrow-Strain
What happens when an undocumented teen mother takes on the U.S. immigration system?
Taking us into detention centers, immigration courts, and the inner lives of Aida and other daring characters, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border.
With emotional force and narrative suspense, Aaron Bobrow-Strain brings us into the heart of a violently unequal America. He also shows us that the heroes of our current immigration wars are less likely to be perfect paragons of virtue than complex, flawed human beings who deserve justice and empathy all the same.
A study guide for congregations is available here
Congregations are encouraged to hold book groups to read and discuss the book together. The author will come to Madison on May 14 at Central Library, the Madison Room, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, to give a talk and hold a discussion about the book and the issues raised in it about our broken immigration system.
Copies are available at Madison's Central Library and at A Room of One's Own.
May 2 Fourth Annual Interfaith Ramadan Iftar (break the fast) 7:00pm at Middleton High School, Middleton WI.
May 14 - The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez - a Conversation with the Author - part of the Dane Sanctuary Coalition Big Read - see above for details
June 3 - WFVJ Annual Celebration featuring keynote speaker Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, location TBA
For more information on these events, contact Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, Executive Director, WFVJ
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