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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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

  • On Lincoln Hills Last week Governor Walker announced a plan for future reforms in our adult and juvenile corrections systems. Essentially, it would be to close down the troubled Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile facilities, and to convert them into an adult facility that would specialize in AODA treatment.  This would help alleviate the backlog of people awaiting AODA treatment in the system, many of whom would become eligible for early release if they get it. It would also relieve some overcrowding in the prisons, meaning we could stop talking abut building a new prison and maybe start talking about closing one.  The Governor’s plan also calls for building smaller facilities for youth in several places in the state; a plan ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2018, 2:17 PM by Sophia Webmaster
  • Showing Solidarity on New Year's Weekend WISDOM leaders have invited us to take part in two very different kinds of actions as we close out 2017.1) WISDOM Organizer Guy Reiter and the Menikanaehkem (“Community Re-builders”) on the Menominee Reservation have sent this request: We, the Protectors of the Menominee River, are asking for all people to gather in their places of worship to pray for our beautiful Menominee River and our Menominee sacred sites, which are under threat by the state of Michigan and Aquila Resource’s Back 40 Mine. We ask that the people of earth should sit together in prayer with good hearts and minds, to remember creation and to show gratitude for all that has been given to us. We ask ...
    Posted Dec 31, 2017, 2:39 PM by Sophia Webmaster
  • Revocations Forum. January 17. Madison More than 4,500 people are currently incarcerated in Wisconsin prisons for a revocation without a new conviction. Each year, thousands of others are held temporarily in county jails or the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF) while their agents investigatealleged rule violations. Wisconsin could literally close MSDF and other prisons by transforming its unjust revocation process.Join us for a special event that will examine the consequences of excessive revocations in Wisconsin. At this forum, civil rights leaders, EXPO leaders, and State Representative Evan Goyke will present on various aspects of the revocation process in Wisconsin. Candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor have been invited and will be given an opportunity to respond.Forum on RevocationsWednesday, January 17 ...
    Posted Dec 21, 2017, 12:43 PM by Sophia Webmaster
  • Updates from EXPO Earlier this year, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) sent EXPO Leader Ventae Parrow to MSDF (Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility) without justification. This move was clear retaliation against Ventae for his speaking out about injustices within the system. Like so many people in Wisconsin, Ventae was re-incarcerated without having been convicted of any crime.Ventae has spent over five months in the inhumane conditions at MSDF awaiting a revocation hearing. DOC might decide to send him back to a facility up north. During this time he has continued to be a bold advocate for the people held at MSDF, organizing others to send letters describing their experiences, which has made up the bulk of the stories posted on the ...
    Posted Dec 18, 2017, 11:55 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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