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.
Transportation Public Hearing, May 2SUPPORT TRANSPORTATION ISSUES!Transportation Public HearingTuesday, May 27 - 8:30pmAscension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp Street, Waukesha (Waukesha Metro Route 6)The Joint Finance Committee has scrapped the Governor's proposed transportation budget. Representative Kooyenga of Brookfield is tasked with putting together the new transportation budget. We want to let him - and Senator Vukmir, Waukesha County, also on the Joint Finance Committee - know that people care about funding for local roads, public transit, and senior and disabled transit.This is an opportunity for them to hear from people who couldn't get to the official public hearings. Come and speak or send a written comment to the SOPHIA office, 100 East Broadway, 53186.WISDOM and our colleagues in ...
Posted Apr 20, 2017, 5:55 PM by Sophia Webmaster
EXPO Is Making a DifferenceEXPO and WISDOM leaders were shocked recently to learn that the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) was using a training presentation that compared people on supervision to animals. Our organizing efforts led the DOC to remove the offensive images from their PowerPoint presentations. Thank you to all of you who contacted your legislators and local DOC officials and posted on social media regarding this matter. Click here to read an article about this.The 2017 EXPO of Milwaukee Community Forum will be on Saturday, April 29 from 11:30 am to 3 pm at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society (2620 W. Center St., Milwaukee, WI 53206). Topics will include the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility, crimeless revocations, and community-based alternatives ...
Posted Apr 20, 2017, 2:35 PM by Sophia Webmaster
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
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.