is coming soon! If you are not already signed up to be one of the 800 WISDOM leaders at the State Capitol , now is the time to do it! You can click HERE to register, or you can contact any local WISDOM organization. Or, you can call the WISDOM office at 414-831-2070. Download a flyer HERE.
You can register right up until , but if you are signed up before , we can be certain that there will be a lunch for you, and a seat on the bus from whatever community you are coming from.
When the WISDOM organization decided that it would forgo its former approach to the Madison Action Day for 2017, no one knew at the time that providence was being fulfilled. As an organization we simply wanted to streamline the message of the day and to give each particular issue the appropriate time and attention it deserved. Who could have imagined that the country would fall into the control of leadership that has proposed and begun to carry out some very oppressive policies? WISDOM and its affiliates were formed to combat and alert the people of its devastating consequences.
The scripture above is from the Old Testament book of Esther. Esther's uncle Mordecai suggested a providential reason for her becoming queen at this precise time in history; that is, Esther was acting as God's agent in delivering the Jewish people. Esther agreed to intervene with the king on behalf of her people. She fasted for three days in order to seek God's guidance through prayer at this critical juncture. Esther's ability to look beyond her needs saved a multitude.
During this period of Lent many of our faiths make a pledge of repentance, contemplation, and sacrifice. We look beyond our needs in order to identify with and get in concert with the creator. We have an opportunity and a charge to make a statement in Madison on .
As President and member of WISDOM, I strongly ask each of our affiliates and all the membership to pray, meditate, and reflect on building for a powerful gathering. Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
We are still accepting registrations. Bus transportation is available from many of our affiliate organizations: contact your organizer for details. You can register on line here, or download a registration flyer to mail in here.
The excitement for Madison Action Day on continues to build! As of the end of the day March 15, nearly 450 people had signed up for the big event. WISDOM leaders expect that number to be more than 800 by the time we all meet at Bethel Lutheran Church on .
There will be Breakout Groups dealing in-depth with 11 different issues at the WISDOM Madison Action Day on March 30. They are:
MADISON ACTION DAY 2017
Breakfast and Networking at the Church
$25 includes breakfast, lunch and materials
One of the issues that we will be addressing at Madison Action Day on is Public Transit.
The theme for WISDOM's March 30, 2017 Madison Action Day will be "Our State, Our Budget, Our Voice."
We are very pleased to announce that we will have two keynote speakers this year. They are:
#CUT50, a bipartisan national organization, founded by Van Jones and endorsed by Newt Gingrich and others, has called for to be a "Day of Empathy" across the country. #CUT50, which is calling for a 50% reduction in the incarcerated population in the US, is sponsoring events in all 50 state capitols.
Please join us!
WISDOM's Madison Action Day will be on . Join us as more than 900 people are expected to take part in a day of inspiration, education, solidarity and action. People will be coming to Madison from all parts of the state. We will have breakout sessions on various issues related to Criminal Justice Reform, Transit, Immigration, Jobs, the Environment, and more. And, we will visit our representatives to the state legislature to let them know our concerns and priorities.
You can register online, or you can sign up through any local WISDOM organization. There will be buses from Green Bay, the Fox Valley, Eau Claire, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Wausau, Kenosha, Beloit, and Racine.
Madison Action Day will begin at Bethel Lutheran Church (312 Wisconsin Avenue). Doors will open at for a light breakfast and fellowship. The organized event begins at . In the afternoon, we will proceed to the Capitol for legislative visits and other activities. We will be finishing back at Bethel by .
The cost for the day, including lunch, will be $25. Scholarships are available for those who need one. We hope everyone will be able to join us. If you cannot attend, you could help pay the cost for a low-income person to participate.
To learn more, to register for the day, or to make a contribution, please visit WISDOM Madison Action Day registration.
Now, more than ever, it is time for us all to make our voices heard.
All who are concerned about respect for all faith traditions and all who care about our fragile environment are invited to get involved in an important struggle.
The land that is most sacred to the Menominee Tribe is threatened with desecration. Plans are underway to turn the pristine forest into a gaping, open pit mine that would threaten to contaminate land and rivers in Michigan and Wisconsin.
At their annual retreat, WISDOM leaders voted unanimously to make it a priority to stand with our brothers and sisters of the Menominee Nation in opposition to the planned “Back Forty” sulfide mine that would be built right on the land where the Menominee creation story takes place, a land with dozens of cultural and burial sites. The pit would come to within 50 yards of the Menominee River.
Please join in a prayer service to stand with the Menominee and against the Back Forty Mine:
Saturday, February 11
Stephenson Island, Marinette, WI
For more information, contact WISDOM organizer Guy Reiter at email@example.com.
Whether or not you can make it to Marinette on the 11th, let us know if you would be willing to be part of a statewide group that will learn, strategize and act on this important issue. WISDOM is in the process of forming a statewide “Environmental Task Force,” which will focus on the Back Forty Mine issue.
Finally, this issue will be one of the areas we will deal with at WISDOM’s Madison Action Day on March 30. The proposed mine is actually just across the state line into Michigan. The Menominee River is the border. Still, Wisconsin cannot be allowed to stay out of the process. Toxic byproducts that seep into the river flow into Wisconsin, eventually down to Green Bay. Not only are Wisconsin’s natural resources endangered by the mine, but Wisconsin’s first residents are directly and seriously harmed.
We cannot stand by idly and claim it is not our problem.Download a flyer for the Back Forty Prayer Vigil here.
Download a flyer for Madison Action Day here.
In 2015, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said that “incarcerating people for relatively low offenses is not a significant issue in the state of Wisconsin”. Actually, it is a huge problem.
It is time for Governor Walker to face the fact that crimeless revocation – the practice of re-incarcerating people on probation, parole, and extended supervision for minor rule violations – is more than significant. It is a failed policy, a waste of money, and an embarrassment to Wisconsin.
A new Health Impact Assessment demonstrates that Wisconsin incarcerated 3,000 people for crimeless revocations in 2015.
In 2001, the state of Wisconsin built the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility to house people who have allegedly violated rules of probation, parole, and extended supervision. This facility is used to unnecessarily incarcerate thousands of people who have not been convicted of new crimes.
James Wilborn, who was an EXPO leader, died in Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility during the summer of 2015. The extreme heat at MSDF was a factor in his death, as was his inability to obtain medications that he needed there. He should have never been incarcerated there.
Problems facing people incarcerated at MSDF include extreme heat, poor ventilation, no outdoor recreation, being locked down for 22 hours a day, no in-person visits, and other abuses. All of this is for people who have not been convicted of new crimes and in most cases have not even been charged with new crimes.
It is time for Governor Walker to close MSDF!
Please sign a petition to close the MSDF. Click here.