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Learn More about the Issues

Do you want to take a deeper dive into the social justice issues shaping our society? Try one of these informative local programs.

Black History for a New Day
It often seems as though black and white Americans live in separate worlds of experience and understanding. One starting point for bridging the gap is for non-black people to come together to think and learn about the history that has shaped our world and worldviews. Our purpose is to understand how the African American experience has shaped the world we all live in, and how allies can find roles supporting racial justice today. Over nine Monday evenings (7:00–9:00 pm, January 27 through March 23), Justified Anger will be collaborating with history professors from UW–Madison to revisit the American past with justice in mind. We will celebrate our learning with a potluck on April 6. The program takes place at place Fountain of Life Covenant Church, 633 West Badger Road. Registration is $300. Learn more here.

Dane Sanctuary Coalition Announces Its “Big Read”: The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez
What happens when an undocumented teen mother takes on the U.S. immigration system? In The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story, author Aaron Bobrow-Strain takes us into detention centers, immigration courts, and the inner lives of Aida and other daring characters. This emotional narrative reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border. Congregations are encouraged to hold book groups to read and discuss the book together. The author will be coming to Madison in the spring (date to be determined) to give a talk and hold a discussion about the book and the issues raised in it about our broken immigration system.

If you are interested in reading the book and discussing it, please contact Erica Serlin to join the reading group.

Observations from the Border: WORT Interview with Rabbi Bonnie Margulis 
Listen to Rabbi Bonnie Margulis speaking about her recent trip to the border to bear witness to the horrendous situation facing asylum seekers in El Paso and Juarez. You can find the interview in several places:
WORT website

April 8, 2020 14 Nisan 5780