WISDOM Updates

Be on the Ground Floor of a Movement! December 14

posted Dec 11, 2017, 6:05 PM by Sophia Webmaster

Thursday will be an important day as we launch the "End Child Poverty" Campaign across the state of Wisconsin!

Thursday, December 14
6:30 - 7:30pm
Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union Ballroom
1442 W Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee

Help us get 10,000 people to sign on to a movement that calls for the state of Wisconsin to adopt a 3-part goal:
     *To reduce child poverty in Wisconsin by half in the next 10 years;
     *To reduce racial disparities in child poverty in that same time;
     *To adopt evidence-based means of measuring our progress, complete with an annual report.

WISDOM and our partners from Wisconsin Citizen Action, the Wisconsin Council of Churches, and Kids Forward (formerly the WI Council on Children and Families), will launch the "End Child Poverty" Campaign with events across the state on December 14.

There will be a LOT more information coming your way on Thursday.  Join us at Marquette for this exciting moment, as the people of Wisconsin begin to demand that our state put its priorities where they belong!

Download a flier here to share with your contacts.
View the event here on Facebook.

And, please take a moment to send an end-of-the-year contribution to continue WISDOM's important work. Donate here.

Call to Action: Mothers in Chains

posted Dec 11, 2017, 12:35 PM by Sophia Webmaster

For many of us in the Christian tradition, we are in the time of Advent - the time of getting ready for the celebration of Jesus' birth.

This is an appropriate time to ask you to help out in an effort that is being led by the Religious Leaders' Caucus of MOSES in Madison.  They call the campaign, "Mothers in Chains."  It is an attempt to get Wisconsin to join the growing list of states that outlaw the shackling of pregnant women, women giving birth, and women who have recently given birth.  This seems like something that a civilized society should have outlawed long ago.  

You can see a lot of good information at this page on the MOSES website:  http://mosesmadison.org/mothers-in-chains-wisconsins-shame/

As you will see, there is a bill being considered in the State Senate, which has bipartisan support, and which is expected to be voted on in January.  Unfortunately, some Senators want to water down the bill so that it only pertains to women who are actually in labor.  While that helps with the most extreme abuse, there is still no reason for women late in a pregnancy, to be chained hand and foot to go for a doctor's appointment, or for women to be chained soon after giving birth.

We can make a difference on this. What better thing to do for Advent than to call your state representative and senator and ask them to pass this bill without watering it down.

Please take a moment to see all the excellent material on the MOSES site, and please pass this request along to others.  To find your legislators: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/.

AND, please take a moment to send an end-of-the-year contribution to continue WISDOM's important work. Donate here.

Thank you.

Support is Building for Alternatives to Incarceration: Show YOUR support!

posted Nov 28, 2017, 8:23 AM by Sophia Webmaster

Counties around the state are considering resolutions calling for the state to increase Treatment Alternatives and Diversions (TAD) funding by $15 million per year.  TAD is a state program that gives grants to counties so they can implement or expand programs for people with addictions and/or mental health issues.  The program has been extensively studied, and has shown that every $1 spent on TAD saves taxpayers $2 in incarceration costs.  Not only that, people who participate in TAD programs are less likely to commit another crime than people who spend time in jail or prison.  

TAD saves money and keeps us safer: seems like a common sense way to invest money!

That is what County Boards around the state are saying.  This week, three County Supervisors in Madison who have worked with MOSES (the WISDOM affiliate there) to craft a resolution calling for the state to increase TAD funding by $15 million.  At least six other counties are looking to do the same thing.

As our state looks for ways to invest in the well-being of its people, a maximum investment in TAD makes a lot more sense than planning for new prisons.  Before committing hundreds of millions for new prisons, our state should first put $15 million more into TAD.  It can help Wisconsin stay in step with other states, both "red" and "blue" (like Texas, Michigan and New Jersey) that are closing prisons every year, and are watching their crime rates drop as they do.

To find out if your County Board is helping to promote a TAD increase, or to get involved in the campaign to reduce Wisconsin's prison population, contact us atwisdomforjustice@gmail.com.

If you are able to make a contribution to WISDOM to keep pushing our state toward a fiscally and morally responsible criminal justice system, click HERE. Or visit our website at www.wisdomwisconsin.org.

Thank you.

Support the Dreamers next Monday

posted Nov 21, 2017, 5:27 PM by Sophia Webmaster

Join RIC and SOPHIA in support of a clean Dream Act!

Monday, Nov 27, 2017 
Paul Ryan's Office, 
216 6th Street, Racine (map)
3:30 to 4:30

Our Minnesota neighbors are traveling through Wisconsin on their way to Washington D.C. for a day of action in support of a clean DREAM Act. Their bus will be at Paul Ryan's office for an hour-long action/march. Let’s join them in support of our young Dreamers!

Download a flier here.
Click here to download a comparison of the various proposed immigration acts.

Please share this with those in your congregation, your friends, your family – anyone who may support a clean DREAM Act.

For additional information, contact Immigration Organizer Bernie Gonzalez at 262-443-7831.

Words of WISDOM Newsletter

posted Nov 7, 2017, 2:03 PM by Sophia Webmaster

This is the second edition of Words of WISDOM, an e-newsletter that shares updates from the WISDOM affiliates, as well as contact and website information. Lots going on in all the affiliates, building power as a statewide organization!

Click to open up each affiliate's update:

Words of WISDOM. CUSH, Kenosha

CUSH leaders work with Kenosha Area Transit to build 
bus ridership.

Read More

Words of WISDOM. ESTHER, Appleton

ESTHER has big banquet plans.

Read More

Words of WISDOM. EXPO, Statewide

EXPO Leaders step up the push to close the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility.

Read More

Words of WISDOM. EXPO, Chippewa Valley 

EXPO Leaders participate in national Women's 
Leadership Training.

Read More

Words of WISDOM. EXPO, Fox Cities

EXPO Leaders focus on individuals and families directly affected by mass incarceration.

Read More

Words of WISDOM. JOB, Beloit

JOB partners with local organizations towards Rock 
County Drug Court.

Read More

Words of WISDOM. JONAH, Eau Claire

JONAH receives grant recognizing the work of the Immigration Task Force and EXPO.

Read More

Words of WISDOM. JOSHUA, Green Bay

JOSHUA celebrates 13 years of doin’ justice! 

Read More

Words of WISDOM. MICAH, Milwaukee

MICAH takes the lead in WISDOM's statewide Integrated Voter Engagement Campaign.

Read More

Words of WISDOM, MOSES, Madison

MOSES battles new so-called improved Dane County Jail.

Read More

Words of WISDOM. NAOMI, Wausau

NAOMI builds relationships and financial stability with Love Thy Neighbor Breakfast.

Read More

Words of WISDOM. RIC, Racine

RIC holds public meeting against Human Trafficing.

Read More

Words of WISDOM. SOPHIA, Waukesha

SOPHIA plans Business Blitz to build support for transit.

Read More

WISDOM:  Linking people of faith across Wisconsin to work for justice!

2821 N. Fourth Street, #217

Milwaukee, WI 53212 

(414) 831-2070

Senate Vote on Parole Commissioner is Tuesday!

posted Nov 6, 2017, 2:36 PM by Sophia Webmaster

Tell your State Senator to vote NO

On Tuesday the State Senate will vote on the confirmation of Daniel Gabler as the Chair of the Parole Commission.

Call your Senator NOW and say to vote NO! Find the contact info here.

In the months he has been in office, Daniel Gabler has taken a broken system and made it worse. The only decision he has made that is different from the recommendation of the Commission was to INCREASE the additional time a potential parolee has to serve.  The release of parolees is nearly at a standstill under his leadership.

At his confirmation hearing, Daniel Gabler repeatedly referred to everyone who is parole-eligible as “the worst of the worst” and said they are all murders and rapists.

We are deeply concerned!

Call your Senator NOW and say to vote NO! The vote is Tuesday!

WISDOM Celebrates Victories and Growing Power

posted Oct 20, 2017, 7:35 AM by Sophia Webmaster   [ updated Oct 20, 2017, 7:42 AM ]

RIC Banquet
5 pm    Sunday, October 22    
Contact: RIC office, (262) 635-9532

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

JONAH Banquet
4 pm    Sunday, November 12
Contact: Julie Lepp, juliannelepp@yahoo.com

ROC Action Opportunities

posted Oct 18, 2017, 6:33 PM by Sophia Webmaster

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 that process. 

We have until November 1 to send in comments. 

The address to send those comments isDOCAdministrativeRulesCommittee@wisconsin.gov 

  • To download a sample comment to send regardingParole-Eligible People, click HERE.
  • To download a sample comment regardingCompassionate Release, click HERE

2.  There is a bill working its way through the legislature right now that is about building a new prison in Green Bay.  Essentially, the bill calls for the state to sell the current prison (and its very valuable land on the Fox River) to the Village of Allouez. If needed, they would rent it back until a new prison is completed.  In the meantime, the state would contract with a private firm to build a new prison on some less-valuable farmland.  When it is done, the state would lease the prison from the builder.

We are not opposed to closing the Green Bay prison.  We need to be clear, however, that we do not need to build a new prison.

Through common sense reforms (e.g. ending Crimeless Revocations, fixing the Parole system, increasing TAD funding), we can reduce the prison population enough so we will have no need for a replacement prison.  

To download WISDOM's position paper on this, clickHERE.

Right now, the bill is before the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection.  You can send comments to the Chair and the other Senators on the Committee:    

Thank you.

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Congratulations! Great work!

posted Oct 13, 2017, 9:12 AM by Sophia Webmaster

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 the approval of the project.  Wisconsin transportation dollars can now be used for public transit and local road projects.  Details are here and here.

Contact us at wisdomforjustice@gmail.com to join these and other efforts towards greater justice in Wisconsin!

EXPO's First Newsletter!

posted Sep 19, 2017, 1:38 PM by Sophia Webmaster

1) News from EXPO!

Click here to download EXPO's first Newsletter.

2) Mark your calendar for this special EXPO event

Mass Story Lab: Milwaukee
Tuesday, October 10 
6 - 9 pm Food will be provided
Marquette University, Schroeder Complex, Room 256

Reservations 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/

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