1) On August 11, WISDOM held an event called "Thirsting for Justice." More than 200 people learned about the problem of contaminated drinking water in some of Wisconsin's prisons, especially at Fox Lake and Waupun. As a result of that action, Milwaukee Channel 4 investigated the story. On November 16, they aired the story, which features WISDOM members Carl Fields and Beverly Walker. To watch the story, click here.
2) EXPO and the WISDOM Post-Release Issues Workgroup are holding a major event called Incarcerated Without Conviction. The event will be the release of a new book of first person stories of crimeless revocation, and will feature testimonials by many of those same people.
Tuesday, November 22,
St. Matthew CME Church
2944 N. 9th St, Milwaukee
WISDOM is working toward a mid-December release of a major Health Impact Assessment (HIA) related to the issue of crimeless revocations - people who are being sent back to prison for violating a rule of supervision, though they have not committed a new crime. The HIA will look at the cost to individuals, families and communities of needless incarceration, and it will examine potential alternatives. "Incarcerated Without Conviction" is a reminder that mass incarceration is a human problem, and that the people caught up in the system are people with families, hopes, dreams and the ability to make a contribution to the community if they are given the chance.
3) Join WISDOM leaders from around the state to push for more resources for public transit. Arrive Together: Building a 21st Century Trasportation System in Wisconsin. For access to work, food, healthcare and social engagement, transportation is essential. For many around the state, owning or driving a car is not a possibility, whether that is due to income level, disability or lack of driver's license. In these cases, public transit becomes a necessity. For others, choosing public transit provides an environmentally-friendly and convenient alternative to driving.
Saturday, December 3
9am - 5pm Stay for part or all of the day.
Milwaukee Area Technical College, 700 W. State Street, Milwaukee
Main Conference Center, Room 605
Register here: Use the promotional code “Transit” for free admission.
We're grateful for our mission to work for justice and for the many ways you participate in it! Thanksgiving blessings to you and your loved ones.
David Liners, State Director