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

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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."

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


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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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  • Transportation Public Hearing, May 2 SUPPORT TRANSPORTATION ISSUES!Transportation Public HearingTuesday, May 27 - 8:30pmAscension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp Street, Waukesha (Waukesha Metro Route 6)The Joint Finance Committee has scrapped the ...
    Posted Apr 20, 2017, 5:55 PM by Sophia Webmaster
  • EXPO Is Making a Difference EXPO and WISDOM leaders were shocked recently to learn that the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) was using a training presentation that compared people on supervision to animals. Our organizing ...
    Posted Apr 20, 2017, 2:35 PM by Sophia Webmaster
  • Immigration Solidarity March, Tuesday! Members of WISDOM affiliates will hold a March of Solidarity with Undocumented Immigrants to coincide with the visit of President Trump and Governor Ryan to Snap-On Tools, Kenosha.Tuesday ...
    Posted Apr 17, 2017, 12:34 PM by Sophia Webmaster
  • Madison Action Day pictures, and more next steps! It has been a week since Madison Action Day 2017.  Click HERE to see some pictures from the day. If you were there, you might see yourself!  And, if you ...
    Posted Apr 6, 2017, 5:50 PM by Sophia Webmaster
  • Great Madison Action Day! We're not done though!!! 800 WISDOM members gathered in Madison on March 30.  We were inspired; we learned a lot; we strengthened our diverse community of faithful people seeking justice; we shared our message ...
    Posted Apr 1, 2017, 1:24 PM by Sophia Webmaster
  • Still Time to Register for Madison Action Day, and EXPO Radio March 30 is coming soon!  If you are not already signed up to be one of the 800 WISDOM leaders at the State Capitol next Thursday, now is the time ...
    Posted Mar 23, 2017, 8:49 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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