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Showing Solidarity on New Year's Weekend

posted Dec 31, 2017, 2:39 PM by Sophia Webmaster

WISDOM leaders have invited us to take part in two very different kinds of actions as we close out 2017.

1) WISDOM Organizer Guy Reiter and the Menikanaehkem (“Community Re-builders”) on the Menominee Reservation have sent this request: 

We, the Protectors of the Menominee River, are asking for all people to gather in their places of worship to pray for our beautiful Menominee River and our Menominee sacred sites, which are under threat by the state of Michigan and Aquila Resource’s Back 40 Mine. 

We ask that the people of earth should sit together in prayer with good hearts and minds, to remember creation and to show gratitude for all that has been given to us. 

We ask all to please light your sacred fires in this time of uncertainty and pray with us for the protection of all life on December 30th, in the month of the Nipatepaeh Kesoq (night moon). 

Netaehnewemakanak (“all our relations”). Waewaenon (“thank you”).

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2) The second invitation comes from the #CLOSEmsdf Campaign.  They have invited us all to get out and get loud on New Year’s Eve when we will gather in front of the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF) to make some noise!

Sunday, December 31

6:00 pm

Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF)
the corner of 10th and State streets in Milwaukee

It will have to be loud: MSDF, one of the most inhumane penal institutions in the country, has no windows.  People imprisoned there never see the sun and they never get outdoors.  It is easy for them to believe the world has forgotten them.  On New Year’s Eve we will make enough noise that they can hear us through two layers of brick!  

They can know that WISDOM, EXPO and people of good will are thinking of them and that we will continue to fight to close MSDF.

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As 2017 draws to a close, I am very hopeful that 2018 will be a better year for our communities and our state.  Whatever comes our way, I am heartened to know that there are so many people of faith and good will keeping up the struggle for a more compassionate and just world.

To make a financial contribution to the struggle, click hereor mail a check to us at 2821 N. 4th Street, #517, Milwaukee, WI  53212.

Thank you.
David Liners, Director