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EXPO has an organizer!

posted Mar 14, 2016, 12:52 PM by Sophia Webmaster
WISDOM is pleased to announce that Mr. Jerome Dillard has been hired to be the statewide lead organizer for EXPO (EX-Prisoners Organizing).  He will officially begin his duties on April 1.

EXPO is an organization of formerly-incarcerated men and women, and close family members of people currently in  prison.  EXPO already has 30 members who have participated in week-long leadership training, and another 50 who have participated in training and actions around the state.  EXPO works collaboratively with local WISDOM organizations, and EXPO members provide much of the leadership for the ROC Wisconsin campaign.

Jerome Dillard has more than 20 years of experience working with formerly-incarcerated people, and with people in prison.  He is a founder of Voices Beyond Bars in Madison (and Voices Beyond Bars is a founding member of MOSES).  Jerome has worked for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and has most recently been the director of re-entry programs for Dane County.

Jerome is excited about this new opportunity, and he takes inspiration from this quote from Nelson Mandela, who also spent time behind bars:  "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others".