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Join SOPHIA for a MOVIE NIGHT

"13th, the movie"

October 24th 7 pm

First Congregational, United Church of Christ

100 E Broadway, Waukesha


(parking lot and entrance behind church)

'13th' is based on the 13th Amendment which outlawed slavery 'except for punishment of criminals'. This Emmy award winning documentary shows the progression from the passage of the 13th Amendment to the current situation of mass incarceration in this country.

Discussion will follow viewing

All are Welcome!
Invite friends, family, anyone interested in topic.

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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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I> Transit Task Force  <I

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
  • WISDOM Celebrates Victories and Growing Power RIC Banquet 5 pm    Sunday, October 22     Contact: RIC office, (262) 635-9532 http://www.ricracine.org/ MICAH Public Meeting 6 pm    Thursday, October 26 Contact: Catoya Roberts, catoya@micahmke.org ESTHER Banquet 5 pm    Sunday, November 5 Contact: esther-foxvalley.org/banquet  JOSHUA Banquet 5 pm    Friday, November 10   Contact: 920- 362-1511 http://www.joshua4justice.org/ JONAH Banquet 4 pm    Sunday, November 12 Contact: Julie Lepp, juliannelepp@yahoo.com
    Posted Oct 20, 2017, 7:42 AM by Sophia Webmaster
  • ROC Action Opportunities Dear WISDOM Leaders and Friends:There are two opportunities in the very near future to let your voice be heard on matters of great concern to the Restore Our Communities (ROC Wisconsin) campaign for criminal justice reform.1. The Department of Corrections is accepting comments on potential changes to the Administrative Rules that affect "inmate classification, sentence, and release provisions".  We are asking the Department to make two very specific changes:  One is to make it a priority for parole-eligible people in prison to be placed in assignments that will help them to complete the requirements for their release.  The other is for the DOC to identify and assist people who are eligible for "compassionate release" to get through ...
    Posted Oct 18, 2017, 6:33 PM by Sophia Webmaster
  • Congratulations! Great work! Great Work!1) Congratulations to EXPO for a very successful Mass Story Lab on Tuesday.  A near capacity crowd heard compelling personal stories from EXPO leaders and then engaged in small groups to develop strategy for the 5 committees that are steering the campaign to #CLOSEmsdf.  An article is here, and photos are availablehere.2) Congratulations to WISDOM's Transit Task Force.  Our organizing efforts led to modest wins in the state transportation budget.  More importantly, our outreach to legislators, photo petitions, and public hearings were all instrumental in canceling the progress on the unnecessary I-94 expansion in Milwaukee. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation requested the US DOT cancel the project, and last Thursday, the USDOT formally rescinded ...
    Posted Oct 13, 2017, 9:12 AM 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 19, 2017, 1:38 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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