SOPHIA's Public Meeting, October 27, 2008


SOPHIA's first public meeting turned out over 200 committed SOPHIA members and an impressive array of County Supervisors, County Judges, State Assembly Representatives and strategic partners of SOPHIA's issue work. County Executive Vrakas was recognized for having included the total of SOPHIA's suggested dollar amount for treatment alternatives to prison in his new proposed county budget. Supervisors were called upon to support the budget in next mponth's negotiations and State Representatives were charged with the duty to push for WISDOM's new state initiative to put money into the Treatment Alternatives and Diversions (TAD) Fund that will help Waukesha and other counties to pay for these programs.

A combined choir of SOPHIA members kept the energy high, as did convincing and touching testimonies related to TIP, Health Care and Immigration. SOPHIA members re-committed themselves to all their issue work, including Education and Workforce Housing. Many new people volunteered to work on issue task forces and everyone left enthused about continuing SOPHIA's powerful presence for justice in Waukesha County.

If you want to be part of this faith-driven movement for social change in Waukesha County, click here to contact Betty Groenewold, SOPHIA President and member of The Church of the Resurrection