Social Justice Meeting Minutes – February 2021

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Social Justice Committee Meeting Minutes DRAFT
February 14, 2021 via Zoom at 3:00 p.m.

1. Attended by Leigh Hoftiezer, Carol Pawlak, Lucy Friedrichs, Jennifer Wilke, Jean Woodmansee,
Sherryl Andrus, Sheri Yelton-Mounts, Rev. Tony Larsen. Unable to attend: Brian Monroe, Courtenay
Teska.
2. Long-term SJC member Carol Pawlak announced she is stepping down from the committee. Her
dedication to social justice and the many hours she put in over the years are tremendously appreciated.
She will be missed and we wish her well.
3. Review of minutes from January 10, 2021 meeting. Approved as written.
4. Share the Plate (STP) – Jean Woodmansee
Family Promise, January and February 2021
January donations: Social Justice budget $250 Offertory collection $1,047.50
February donation: TBD
Guatemalan Medical Resource Project, March and April 2021
Nuns Network (a.k.a. Nuns on the Bus), May and June 2021
New PayPal option. There was lengthy discussion about clear and accurate wording regarding
the variety of ways people could donate to Share the Plate. Sherryl, Jennifer and Sheri will
discuss wording to clarify, and Sherryl will ask Ed Aherenhoerster to advise.

5. Election forum review and planning
A. Election Forum Feb. 7, 2021 – Superintendent of Dept. of Public Instruction ballot:
Information about various candidates was discovered and shared by Courtenay Teska, who
combined many resources into a shareable document and reported on Sheila Briggs; Carol
Pawlak, who discussed two key issues of mental health care for students and school choice;
Sherryl Andrus, who reminded all about absentee voting requirements; Julie Cabaniss, who
reported on Jill Underly; Jennifer Wilke, who reported on Deborah Kerr and discussed
fundraising origins for each candidate; and Leigh Hoftiezer, who reported on
Shandowlyon Hendricks-Williams. Including presenters, 15 people attended the Zoom meeting.
B. Election forum planning regarding the April election, to be held March 7 – Sherryl
Suggestions: First, we might want 2 people who have definite feelings about the 2 candidates
that made it out of the Primary to speak briefing. Second, we could ask the congregation if
there are any races in their areas that they would like to share opinions about. Leigh will submit
a Northliner article to request congregational participation.
C. Future elections and redistricting/gerrymandering concerns
Monday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.: Fair Maps WI Coalition (FMC) convenes a panel to talk about
Fair Maps in the 6th CD.
Saturday, Feb. 20, 3 p.m.: FMC’s Carlene Bechen provides training for folks who want to
present oral testimony at the PMC hearing on the 25th
.

Thursday, Feb. 25, 5:30 p.m.: The People’s Maps Commission travels virtually to the 6th CD.
Tune in to watch, send written comments, and
more. https://govstatus.egov.com/peoplesmaps/hearings-meetings.
Stay up to date with Wisconsin’s fight for Fair Maps by signing up for news
from https://www.fairmapswi.com/ and https://lawforward.org/.
6. Fund for Social Justice – Lucy

The nominees this year are Family Promise and Fair Maps Team, Wisconsin Voices. Lucy will
share the nominations with the SJC in March for voting at the April meeting.
7. Who is handling what information to share in the Northliner? Clarification requested.
Lucy discusses MICAH, Brian discusses Ozaukee Co. NAACP publicity, Jennifer discusses racial
justice in Ozaukee County and some surrounding counties.
Leigh will ask webmaster Andrew Smith how up-to-date the website is kept.
8. New Social Justice Committee leadership needed
9. Sherryl will send a link to a TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story” for discussion next month

10. Next meeting scheduled for Sunday, March 14, 11:30 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by Leigh Hoftiezer, Chairperson