Action Alert for Jan. 4, 2017

Action Alert 1: “Four Seasons, Four Doors,” the art work of DarRen Morris
Action Alert 2: Redistribution of Wealth (ROW) Workshop Series
Action Alert 3: Hope Rising! Call For Peace
Action Alert 4: Send us your monthly meeting schedule!


Action Alert 1: “Four Seasons, Four Doors,” the art work of DarRen Morris
Background:
Sinsinawa Art Gallery presents “Four Seasons, Four Doors,” the art work of DarRen Morris, January 4-31. The exhibit will include his acrylic paintings on canvas as well as other materials. Morris wrote, “As a former street hustler and gang member, I paint from the wounds of my life in hopes it will inspire young people to stay in school and be inspired to be better versions of themselves. Art, for me, is more than colors and shapes. It is therapy during my incarceration.” The show is a journey of Morris’ life experiences from as far back as he can remember, from his childhood home to his years in prison. The "four doors" that he paints are childhood memories, urban culture, incarceration experiences and growing spirituality.
Take Action: An opening reception will be held Sunday, January 8, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Copies of “In Warm Blood: Prison and Privilege, Hurt and Heart,” a book Morris coauthored with Judith Gwinn Adrian, will be available for purchase. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Contact for more info: Michelle Till at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at www.sinsinawa.org. Sinsinawa Mound, the Motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwest Wisconsin on County Road Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque.

Action Alert 2: Redistribution of Wealth (ROW) Workshop Series
Background:
This workshop series is geared toward collectively building fundraising skills from a perspective of redistribution of wealth. This framework pushes past charity-minded giving and non-profit professional fundraising and asks each of us, from different backgrounds, identities and relationships to wealth, what resources we have access to and how we can leverage them to support communities who have been historically exploited by capitalism, white supremacy, colonialism and imperialism. We define capital broadly, beyond financial, to include social, cultural and institutional capital, and will evaluate our access to each of these. This workshop requires participants to already have an understanding of systems of oppression and privilege, and to already have some related political education.
The specific goal we're working towards is raising money for a building for Freedom, Inc, a Black- and Hmong-led community organization here in Madison engaged in leadership development, queer youth programs, support for survivors of domestic violence, and ongoing political education. The skills learned in this workshop will be applicable beyond this goal, to encourage participants to incorporate a redistribution of wealth framework in their lives overall. The workshop will include time to build relationships among participants and to form teams committed to raising money to contribute to Freedom Inc's building. There is a $20 deposit for the workshop, to cover food and childcare costs, but each participant will set their own fundraising goal.
Offered by dawn matlak and nell schaefer, from SHIFT Co-op and Discord Collective, this is a new workshop series with limited space available that will run approximately 3 times in 2017. We will accept 20-25 participants per session. If we are unable to include you in this first February workshop session, we will keep your application for consideration for the next session, dates TBA.
Take Action: February 4th, 5th and 11th, 2017 from 10am-4pm. Please fill out the application here: https://goo.gl/forms/6cDD3P4FoOwnYuAz2. Applications are due by January 8th, 2017, and we will notify applicants by January 15th.
Contact for more info: discordcollective@gmail.com

Action Alert 3: Hope Rising! Call For Peace
Background:
We Are No Longer Simply Citizens of a City...or a Particular Country... We Live in a Planetary Civilization!
This is Your Invitation...in Calling for Peace, Hope, Justice, & a Sustainable Future! CFP Panel Talk, Film, Call For Peace: Dancing The Dream, A New Hope For Humanity 2017: A New People Choice Awards! An event to give honor to the late Rev. Charles Carel of the King Coalition, & highlight the 2017 Madison Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition Celebration Events! Panel Speaker: Rebecca Kemble of the Madison City Council presented, the passed City Council Resolution to stand in solidarity with Standing Rock. An Educational Historic Photo Essay Exhibition: 1989-2016 Call for Peace Drum & Dance Co, A Timeless Journey...a series of historic events, that celebrates diversity and inclusion, revealing a new people emerging...on behalf of the common good of all...for peace, justice, and sustainable solutions for ALL our future generations!
Take Action: Saturday January 7, 2017, Madison Central Library Rm 301, Open House 11-4:30 (Program 1-3pm)
Contact for more info: Dawn or Art Shegonee callforpeace@callforpeace.org 608-469-8572

Action Alert 4: Send us your monthly meeting schedule!
Background:
It is that time of the year to populate our calendars, schedule meetings, and generally look ahead to the new year. WNPJ invites its member groups and organizations to update us with their monthly meeting schedule.
Take Action: E-mail our volunteers that information at info@wnpj.org and it will be posted to the calendar and with your member listing. This may also be a good time to review your information posted there and let us know if anything has changed.
Contact for more info: Dace Zeps at office@wnpj.org or 608-250-2940.