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Moving from Talk to Action on Poverty

posted May 23, 2016, 4:27 PM by Sophia Webmaster

Over the last 18 months WISDOM, the Wisconsin Council of Churches, Citizen Action, and the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families have hosted 18 regional forums on poverty throughout the state.   At those events, we received lots of input from forum participants on both the substance and the message of a potential major campaign led by the faith community to reduce poverty in our state over the next decade. 

 We’re now inviting you to move from talk to action!   All of those who participated in the forums—along with other interested people in the faith community—will soon gather to take the next step.  At this next round of forums, we will finalize a theological statement we can use in our ministries, and we hope we can arrive at a consensus about moving toward a concrete goal, and a plan to demand a reduction in child poverty in Wisconsin which will also reduce our racial disparities. Please join us! 

The “Faithful Citizenship Spring Forums” will be held in five places throughout Wisconsin in the next few weeks.  All the events are from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, and all are free of charge.   They will be:

Wausau:  Wednesday, May 25
First English Lutheran Church ~ 402 N. 3rd Avenue

Milwaukee: Thursday, June 2:
St. Matthew CME Church ~ 2944 N. 9
th St.

Eau Claire: Monday, June 6
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd ~ 1120 Cedar St.

Madison:  Tuesday, June 7
St. Paul AME Church ~ 4525 Diamond Drive

Green Bay:  Wednesday, June 8
West Side Moravian Church ~ 1707 S. Oneida St
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All the events are from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, and all are free of charge.

Spread the Word!  Invite other interested folks!

RSVP’s to wcoc@wichurches.org are encouraged, but no one will be turned away at the door.

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On a closely related topic, WISDOM is part of a coalition of groups that is working to encourage the federal government to more closely regulate the PayDay Lending industry.  This is an issue we have worked on in the past, and that we intend to work on in the future.  Predatory lending further victimizes the poorest and most vulnerable people in our communities.  It takes advantage of people in desperate situations, and robs them of what little they have.

Last week, WISDOM leaders participated in an event to kick off the period in which citizens can offer comments on the federal regulations.  There was considerable press coverage.  This Article from the Capitol Times is typical of that coverage.  It features MICAH leader Pete Koneazny, as well as NAOMI President Ron Alexander.


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