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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
  • EXPO's First Newsletter! 1) News from EXPO!Click here to download EXPO's first Newsletter.2) Mark your calendar for this special EXPO eventMass Story Lab: MilwaukeeTuesday, October 10 6 - 9 pm Food will be providedMarquette University, Schroeder Complex, Room 256Reservations are required. Click here to RSVP.Mass Story Lab is a special storytelling event to amplify the voices of people whose lives have been changed by the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF). Through storytelling, dialogue, and community design we will envision a future beyond prisons.Mass Story Lab is a participatory storytelling project that leverages the power of storytelling to inspire conversation and change in communities around the U.S.  To learn more, visit http://www.massstorylab.com
    Posted Sep 19, 2017, 1:38 PM by Sophia Webmaster
  • Action Alert! Tell Congress to Get Rid of the #RipOffClause Here is a call to action, related to our work on Pay Day Lending issues:Wells Fargo committed fraud by creating millions of fake accounts and then told its customers: “Too bad, you can’t have your day in court.” In response, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a proposed rule prohibiting forced arbitration clauses in consumer financial contracts.  The proposed rule would restore the rights of consumer to have their day in court when financial institutions like Wells Fargo violate the law. Even before the proposed rule is made final, several members of Congress have pledged to try to block it. We need to raise our voices in support of accountability for wrongdoers.Here are a few things ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2017, 6:49 PM by Sophia Webmaster
  • EXPO's First Newsletter! 1) News from EXPO!Click here to download EXPO's first Newsletter.2) Mark your calendar for this special EXPO eventMass Story Lab: MilwaukeeTuesday, October 10 6 - 9 pm Food will be providedMarquette University, Schroeder Complex, Room 256Reservations are required. Click here to RSVP.Mass Story Lab is a special storytelling event to amplify the voices of people whose lives have been changed by the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF). Through storytelling, dialogue, and community design we will envision a future beyond prisons.Mass Story Lab is a participatory storytelling project that leverages the power of storytelling to inspire conversation and change in communities around the U.S.  To learn more, visit http://www.massstorylab.com ...
    Posted Sep 8, 2017, 8:39 AM by Sophia Webmaster
  • Transit Conference. Monday, September 25 Join our Transit Task Force members at a conference sponsored by our coalition partners, 1,000 Friends of Wisconsin.Transportation: The Future is Now: How communities can design transportation policies to achieve economic growth, environmental sustainability and social equity in a changing world.Monday, September 25th
Monona Terrace, MadisonA complete agenda and registration info is here.  Use the $75 non-profit category.  If the cost is prohibitive for you, contact ash@1kfriends.org to discuss scholarship possibilities.Topics include: •    Reducing carbon emissions and protecting the environment;•    Changing demographics - an opportunity to invest in a 21st century transportation system;•    Harnessing changing technology while retaining core community values;•    Being economically competitive while providing equitable access to everyone;•    Optimizing our existing infrastructure ...
    Posted Sep 5, 2017, 6:51 PM 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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"Think Global, Act Local"

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