After a full and fruitful summer, the fall is a time for getting ourselves more organized in WISDOM, to do even bigger things. I want to call your attention to a couple of opportunities to support criminal justice reform through the ROC Wisconsin Campaign, and some exciting opportunities to support the fight for increased options for people who depend on public transportation.
This weekend several EXPO leaders will be attending the first national conference of the Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People & Families Movement. EXPO leader Caliph Muab' El will be one of the featured panelists at the conference. Download details here.
On Wednesday, September 21, from 7-8:30 pm, SOPHIA and EXPO will sponsor a Forum on Criminal Justice Reform. The event will be held at the New Berlin Public Library. There will be presentations and personal testimonials regarding issues facing people in prison and people returning from prison. Download the flyer here.
On Friday, September 23, WISDOM and the ROC Wisconsin Campaign will co-sponsor a very important event in Madison. "Solitary Confinement in America" will feature Rick Raemisch. Raemisch is the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections. Previously, he had been Secretary of Corrections in Wisconsin. After voluntarily spending time himself in Solitary Confinement, Secretary Raemisch has become an outspoken national advocate for the elimination of the practice. Details can be downloaded here.
Throughout the fall, different WISDOM organizations will be hosting gatherings of bus riders, faith leaders, advocates public officials, and other interested parties to talk about public transportation in our communities. The first of these was held on September 1 in Appleton. Click here to see the press coverage.
Coming soon will be events in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Eau Claire, Wausau, West Bend and Madison. Click here to download the schedule and to reserve your space.
There will be a statewide Transit Summit, sponsored by WISDOM and other partners, on Saturday, December 3. There will be more details as that date nears but initial information can be downloaded here.
We have a lot of challenges in Wisconsin. The good news is that we also have a lot of opportunities to get involved and to bring about solutions.
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