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2 Powerful Public Events

posted Oct 31, 2014, 1:09 PM by Sophia Webmaster

Last night, October 30, was another great night for WISDOM.  We had two very powerful public events in Southeastern Wisconsin.

 

1.  MICAH had an overflow crowd of 500 for their annual meeting.  A few highlights:

  • An amazing, powerful, spoken word performance by two young men who captured the reality and the emotion of the challenge of violence, mass incarceration and systematic deprivation of opportunity for young people in urban Milwaukee.  To call it "moving" would be a massive understatement;
  • Participation in the meeting by Congresswoman Moore, six state legislators, and gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, who promised to meet twice per year with MICAH if elected;
  • Announcement of a major, multi-year grant from the Siebert Foundation which will allow MICAH to hire another organizer who will work especially with young people in the "53206 initiative";
  • Installation of two very powerful new pastors, Rev. Walter Lanier and Rev. Anthony Phillips as Vice Presidents of MICAH;
  • Celebration of the $13.5 million victory to establish bus routes from inner city Milwaukee to suburban areas where jobs are available;
  • Terrific music, terrific energy, and the kind of racial diversity that you rarely see in Milwaukee outside of MICAH events.

 

2.  Even as that was happening, RIC and CUSH held a combined event.  Rev. Michael Mueller, RIC organizer, reports their highlights:

 

  • More than 200 people gathered for a combined public meeting of the Racine Interfaith Coalition and Kenosha's Congregations United to Serve Humanity to raise awareness of the multiple dimensions of poverty and their impact on communities in the state of Wisconsin;
  • Citizen Action of Wisconsin presented a slideshow on the realities of poverty in our state, emphasizing a significant rise in the number of children living in poverty over the past five decades;
  • Community leaders from Kenosha and Racine underlined the specific challenges facing our local communities, supported by powerful testimonies from two local women who are struggling to overcome the obstacles;
  • The call to action was a call to faithful citizenship, including the commitment to vote on Tuesday and to work together to change the systems that hold people, especially children, in poverty.  Everyone in attendance was invited to sign a Voter Pledge Card and to sign WISDOM’s Faithful Citizenship open letter from people of faith to our elected leaders, challenging them to enact policy to address the root causes of poverty;
  • Rabbi Dena Feingold's call to those at the RIC/CUSH Public Meeting: "Tell the candidates for next week's election that people of faith in Wisconsin are scandalized by the reality of poverty in our state and we demand action for change";
  • Deacon Greg Petro: "Keep what you have heard about poverty tonight in mind when you vote on Tuesday."

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