30 2020

Souls to the Polls: Voter Education & Virtual Movie Night (AACC, JFM)

3:00PM - 5:00PM  

Souls To The Polls via Zoom


  • 3:00 pm Movie Prelude by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings
  • 3:15 pm Movie Showing of Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot
  • 4:00 pm Importance of Voting by Jewish Federation of Madison and African American Council of Churches
  • 4:15 pm Early Voting and Absentee Voting with Rabbi Bonnie Margulis
  • 4:30 pm Questions
  • 4:55 pm Closing Prayer

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THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF MADISON (JFM) is proud to partner with the African American Council of Churches (AACC) as a co-sponsor of Souls to the Polls, Voter Education and Virtual Movie Night. This co-sponsorship is a direct result of the Community Relations Committee (CRC)'s outreach efforts to other minority communities. We've been engaged in conversations with members of the Black, Latino, and Muslim communities to identify shared interests and goals, build bridges, and see if there are projects on which we can collaborate.

After the recent string of horrific murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many others, the CRC met with Dr. Ruben Anthony, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison. The purpose of the meeting was not just to offer our support to the Black community but also to listen to his concerns and find out how the Jewish community could best help the Black community during these perilous times. One of the main issues Dr. Anthony mentioned is the need for help with voter registration. Voter registration and voting rights is an issue of shared interest and concern, and the CRC expressed its eagerness to help in this effort. Dr. Anthony then contacted Executive Director Alan Klugman and asked if JFM would like to partner with the AACC on the Souls to the Polls program, and we enthusiastically agreed. The CRC encourages all interested and able to participate in this crucial endeavor to register for and attend this event!

Marc Shovers
Chairperson, Community Relations Committee

Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings
Professor Emerita at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Gloria J. Ladson-Billings is an American pedagogical theorist and teacher educator. She is the former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She also served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. She retired in January 2018. Ladson-Billings is known for her work in the fields of culturally relevant pedagogy and critical race theory. 

Rabbi Bonnie Margulis
Executive Director at Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice
Rabbi Bonnie Margulis has extensive experience in advocacy, community organizing, outreach, and education. She has a wide variety of experience, as a congregational rabbi and Hillel rabbi in Blacksburg, Virginia; as a teacher and adjunct college professor in a variety of settings, as an organizer and advocate, and as the founder and President of Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice. 

Film Screening at Souls to the Polls 
Join us for a screening of the 2014 film based on the historic 1965 march led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that helped guarantee equal voting rights for Black people and galvanize the Civil Rights Movement. 'Selma' follows the three-month period leading up to the march to Montgomery that resulted in the signing of the Voting Rights Act.


Sponsor: African American Council of Churches and Jewish Federation of Madison