People of faith united by a passion for justice,
commitment to community and a practice of hope

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WISDOM Supports a Clean Dream Act

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SOPHIA opposes 287 (g) Application by Sheriff

Learn more about 287(g)

WDJT - Milwaukee

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Waukesha Patch

Nov 7, 2017

Rev. Kraemer's 11-7-17 Letter to editor

Nov 15, 2017

Sheriff's immigration proposal moves forward

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Words of WISDOM Newsletter (2)

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Sophia Events Calendar

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SOPHIA - Anti-Hate Vigil - Sept. 2017

Nearly 60 people turned out for SOPHIA’s Ant-Hate Prayer Vigil on the corner outside First Congregational United Church of Christ on Set. 21. Speakers from Muslim, Jewish, Latino, African-American, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Unitarian Universalist communities offered prayers and inspiration, as well as support for marginalized members of our society who are increasingly under attack.

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"Choking in the Weeds"

"Our democracy has been under attack since the passage of the Civil Rights Act through subsequently passed nefarious legislation, creating a suffocating condition in our communities of low wage jobs, gentrification, poor public education, mass incarceration, deportations, and the largest wealth divide in modern history. In addition, this past election has created a wave of anxiety and uncertainty among progressives. There is a call for a shift in community organizing and the faith community has to be in the front of this shift.Read the entire speech...

Rev. John C. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D. | Gamaliel Network
Chair, Board of Directors

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View the 2017 Prayer Breakfast Fund Raiser Year Book (PDF) here

Slides from the 2017 Prayer Breakfast - Fund Raiser

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Brisco, Miller, Kraemer: Address state's transit needs in budget

Read the article from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Sign For a Responsible Transportation Budget!

SOPHIA Transit Task Force

  • Better Transportation for a Stronger Economy
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 11:45 AM by Sophia Webmaster
  • Transportation Budget Solutions
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 11:37 AM by Sophia Webmaster
  • In June 2015, SOPHIA launched its newest task force: Public Transportation. The ultimate goal is to advocate for an integrated and regional multi-modal transportation system that allows people access to jobs, health care services, and other personal activities necessary for a fully human life.  We join with and support state-wide efforts with other WISDOM affiliates, agencies and non-profits concerned with issues relating to public transportation. Independence is important to everyone. Public transportation provides a solution for anyone who cannot drive due to age, disability or income. SOPHIA believes that these members of our community should not be ignored. The Wisconsin state budget for transportation is shrinking, raising concerns for public transportation in the future. The dominant focus of the legislature is on roads and freeways. SOPHIA provides a ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 9:27 AM by Sophia Webmaster
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Rally in downtown Waukesha

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Immigration rally in Kenosha WI

  • Let's Build a Movement to End Child Poverty in Wisconsin! Today, WISDOM and its partners are calling on people across Wisconsin to sign on to a new Campaign to end child poverty in Wisconsin.Over 200,000 kids in Wisconsin live in poverty:African American kids are almost 5x more likely to be poor;Latino kids are 3x more likely to be poor;Native American kids are 4x more likely 
to be poor;The poverty rate for our African American kids is 8% above the national average for black child poverty. 
To learn more about this Campaign, and to sign your name as part of the movement to end child poverty in Wisconsin, go to can help us create moral outrage about the disgrace of ...
    Posted Dec 14, 2017, 7:12 AM by Sophia Webmaster
  • Be on the Ground Floor of a Movement! December 14 Thursday will be an important day as we launch the "End Child Poverty" Campaign across the state of Wisconsin!Thursday, December 146:30 - 7:30pmMarquette University Alumni Memorial Union Ballroom1442 W Wisconsin Avenue, MilwaukeeHelp us get 10,000 people to sign on to a movement that calls for the state of Wisconsin to adopt a 3-part goal:     *To reduce child poverty in Wisconsin by half in the next 10 years;     *To reduce racial disparities in child poverty in that same time;     *To adopt evidence-based means of measuring our progress, complete with an annual report.WISDOM and our partners from Wisconsin Citizen Action, the Wisconsin Council of Churches, and Kids Forward (formerly the WI Council ...
    Posted Dec 11, 2017, 6:05 PM by Sophia Webmaster
  • Call to Action: Mothers in Chains For many of us in the Christian tradition, we are in the time of Advent - the time of getting ready for the celebration of Jesus' birth.This is an appropriate time to ask you to help out in an effort that is being led by the Religious Leaders' Caucus of MOSES in Madison.  They call the campaign, "Mothers in Chains."  It is an attempt to get Wisconsin to join the growing list of states that outlaw the shackling of pregnant women, women giving birth, and women who have recently given birth.  This seems like something that a civilized society should have outlawed long ago.  You can see a lot of good information at this page on the MOSES website:  http ...
    Posted Dec 11, 2017, 12:35 PM by Sophia Webmaster
  • Support is Building for Alternatives to Incarceration: Show YOUR support! Counties around the state are considering resolutions calling for the state to increase Treatment Alternatives and Diversions (TAD) funding by $15 million per year.  TAD is a state program that gives grants to counties so they can implement or expand programs for people with addictions and/or mental health issues.  The program has been extensively studied, and has shown that every $1 spent on TAD saves taxpayers $2 in incarceration costs.  Not only that, people who participate in TAD programs are less likely to commit another crime than people who spend time in jail or prison.  TAD saves money and keeps us safer: seems like a common sense way to invest money!That is what County Boards around the state ...
    Posted Nov 28, 2017, 8:23 AM by Sophia Webmaster
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SOPHIA office located at 100 E Broadway Waukesha WI 53186

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Rally at Cutler Park, Waukesha, WI. Feb. 2017

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   Meet Bernie Gonzalez
SOPHIA's Community Organizer ...

Bernardo Gonzalaz

SOPHIA Community Organizer

  • A day with out immigrants

    A Day without Latinos and Immigrants:


    At least 30,000 people were at attendance.  That cold Wisconsin winter was filled with energy, optimism, culture and brotherhood.  Local Mexican restaurants were handing out food and drinks,  I also had the opportunity to observe and record a wonderful group of young kids performing an Aztec traditional dance.


    On February 18th, 2016 many organizations gathered in Madison our state capitol to protest anti-immigrant bills.  Bill ab450 on the assembly had passed and was headed to the senate as bill sb369. The other bill sb533 had passed both assembly and the senate and into the governor’s desk for signature.


    Because of the controversy of this legislation and the fear it created among the immigrant community, it created an opportunity to find out what exactly the Immigrant community has to offer this wonderful state of Wisconsin. 


    On that day the majority of Latino Immigrants had the spot light on them.  The media coverage was vast and many employers and consumers really missed our brothers and sisters at their place of employment.  Restaurants were short staffed, some factories closed out their production lines completely and dairy farms were operating on a skeleton staff just to name a few.  It was certainly an eye opening experience to many Wisconsin employers. 


    The immigrant community is a vital part of our economy.  The dairy industry is extremely dependent on the immigrant workforce.  It is estimated that 80% of the workforce is immigrant labor and a 40.3 Billion dollars per year industry. 


    By creating legislation that makes Wisconsin a hostile environment to our immigrant community we are at jeopardy of losing this wonderful workforce we have come to take for granted.  Prime examples of legislation that created the immigrant community to flee happened in Arizona, Georgia and Alabama.  These states have suffered tremendous economic hardships. 


    On March 15th 2016 the senate had the last session for the year.  The big test for the immigrant community of Wisconsin was about to take place.  Would bill ab450/sb369 be introduced for a vote? Will it pass?  Will all the hard work and the incredible display of solidarity be in vain?  The answer to all is NO.  The bill was not introduced and therefore it died in the senate.  This was a huge victory to the immigrant community.  Many will be able to have a good night sleep, cancel the possibility of moving to more “friendly” state and continue with life’s goals and dreams. 

    Posted Mar 27, 2016, 9:20 AM by Bernie Gonzalez
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SOPHIA office located at 100 E Broadway Waukesha WI 53186

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