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SOPHIA's Sat., April 23 Prayer Breakfast will feature peace activist Captain Paul K. Chappell, a 2002 West Point graduate, who served in Iraq.  He is an author, a national and international speaker, Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, who also leads workshops on peace.

‘Why Peace is Possible' will be Paul’s Keynote topic at the Prayer Breakfast.

The son of a black/caucasian father and Korean mother, Paul has written a series of books about waging peace, ending war and what it means to be human.

His ability as a speaker, motivator and anti-war activist has established him as an outstanding voice for peace and justice.


Task Force Updates: Transit


Words from WISDOM

  • Three Legislative Requests As the state budget process moves forward, leaders of various WISDOM Task Forces and Work-groups are asking everyone to please contact your State Assembly Representative and State Senator.  To find out who your legislators are, or to get their contact information, click HERE.We are asking you to share three simple messages in your own words.  If you do not feel comfortable with all three, you can contact them about one or two of the items.
1.  The Legislature has rejected Governor Walker's plan for Transportation, and have said they will make a completely new budget plan.  There are many things they are debating.  In the midst of all their debates, though, please ask legislators to include more ...
    Posted May 15, 2017, 11:21 AM by Sophia Webmaster
  • Transportation Public Hearing, May 2 SUPPORT TRANSPORTATION ISSUES!Transportation Public HearingTuesday, May 27 - 8:30pmAscension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp Street, Waukesha (Waukesha Metro Route 6)Representative Kooyenga (Brookfield and Wauwatosa) is tasked with putting together the revised state Transportation Budget. Your voice is more important now than ever! Join us to make sure the proposed state Transportation Budget includes:
    •    Public Transit    •    Specialty Transit for Seniors and Disabled People    •    Funding for local roads and maintenanceAnd, if you haven’t already done so, take the fun, interactive survey our partners in the Coalition for a More Responsible Budget have created.  You get to indicate your ideal transportation budget. It then reveals the budget from 2015 so you can compare your values to the ...
    Posted Apr 30, 2017, 1:09 PM by Sophia Webmaster
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  • A day with out immigrants

    A Day without Latinos and Immigrants:

     

    At least 30,000 people were at attendance.  That cold Wisconsin winter was filled with energy, optimism, culture and brotherhood.  Local Mexican restaurants were handing out food and drinks,  I also had the opportunity to observe and record a wonderful group of young kids performing an Aztec traditional dance.

     

    On February 18th, 2016 many organizations gathered in Madison our state capitol to protest anti-immigrant bills.  Bill ab450 on the assembly had passed and was headed to the senate as bill sb369. The other bill sb533 had passed both assembly and the senate and into the governor’s desk for signature.

     

    Because of the controversy of this legislation and the fear it created among the immigrant community, it created an opportunity to find out what exactly the Immigrant community has to offer this wonderful state of Wisconsin. 

     

    On that day the majority of Latino Immigrants had the spot light on them.  The media coverage was vast and many employers and consumers really missed our brothers and sisters at their place of employment.  Restaurants were short staffed, some factories closed out their production lines completely and dairy farms were operating on a skeleton staff just to name a few.  It was certainly an eye opening experience to many Wisconsin employers. 

     

    The immigrant community is a vital part of our economy.  The dairy industry is extremely dependent on the immigrant workforce.  It is estimated that 80% of the workforce is immigrant labor and a 40.3 Billion dollars per year industry. 

     

    By creating legislation that makes Wisconsin a hostile environment to our immigrant community we are at jeopardy of losing this wonderful workforce we have come to take for granted.  Prime examples of legislation that created the immigrant community to flee happened in Arizona, Georgia and Alabama.  These states have suffered tremendous economic hardships. 

     

    On March 15th 2016 the senate had the last session for the year.  The big test for the immigrant community of Wisconsin was about to take place.  Would bill ab450/sb369 be introduced for a vote? Will it pass?  Will all the hard work and the incredible display of solidarity be in vain?  The answer to all is NO.  The bill was not introduced and therefore it died in the senate.  This was a huge victory to the immigrant community.  Many will be able to have a good night sleep, cancel the possibility of moving to more “friendly” state and continue with life’s goals and dreams. 

    Posted Mar 27, 2016, 9:20 AM by Bernie Gonzalez
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   Meet Bernie Gonzalaz
SOPHIA's Community Organizer ...

Bernardo Gonzalaz


 


 

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