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April 15th, 2021
SOPHIA Participates in Madison Action Day
Virtual Madison Action Day was a success! Over 300 people attended the morning session and the recorded video on Facebook received 1,000 views. As part of this session, each affiliate submitted a video about their organization. To view SOPHIA's, click the link below and it starts at 34:34.
March 27th, 2021
SOPHIA Hosts Implicit Bias Training
More than 30 people attended SOPHIA's Implicit Bias Training today via Zoom. Three trainers put together a great 3 hour session that was filled with many topics and activities! Some of the topics included common language, coded language and what is implicit bias. Thank you to all who attended and thank you to the trainers for taking the time to plan and lead this important training session!
February 18th, 2021
SOPHIA Questions the Hiring of Officer Mensah
Many members from SOPHIA met with the current Waukesha County Sheriff to question and express their concerns with the hiring of Joseph Mensah, a former Wauwatosa police officer. The Wisconsin Examiner published an article today about SOPHIA's meeting with the Sheriff as well as information about Officer Mensah's past in Wauwatosa. Click here to read the article.
Click the video to listen to Sister Barbara's testimony
February 7th, 2021
Transit Equity Day Hearing
On February 4th, the chair of SOPHIA's Transit Task Force, Sister Barbara Pfarr, gave a testimony during the national Transit Equity Day hearing. Her testimony starts at 43:21 if you'd like to listen to it. Thank you Sister Barbara for taking the time to provide a testimony!
January 22nd, 2021
SOPHIA Supporters Attended a Candlelight Vigil
On Tuesday, Sister Barbara Pfarr and Carole Brinkman stood in front of the Dodge Correctional Institution as part of the candlelight vigils that were held at some of the prisons across Wisconsin. The purpose of these vigils was to remember incarcerated people who lost their lives to COVID-19 while in prison. Thank you Barbara, Carole and everyone else that attended for taking the time to participate.
January 14th, 2021
SOPHIA Launches a Collaborative Calendar for Waukesha County Social Justice Events
SOPHIA has officially launched a collaborative Social Justice Community Calendar! We worked together with Plowshare in Downtown Waukesha and additional organizations in Waukesha County will be invited to participate over the next couple of months. It is hoped that this will serve as a way for individuals interested in participating in social justice education and/or advocacy events and opportunities to find out when those are happening. Please bookmark or save the link to this calendar and check back often as new events will be added!
January 12th, 2021
2020 By the Numbers Infographic
We put together an infographic containing key numbers from the past year. Despite the pandemic, SOPHIA was able to accomplish a lot and made an impact in Waukesha County.
January 4th, 2021
SOPHIA Receives a Grant from The Allstate Foundation
Thank you to The Allstate Foundation and Allstate volunteer Kelly Goodman for helping communities thrive by volunteering with us. We appreciate the efforts that helped us to receive a $500 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grant.
December 15th, 2020
SOPHIA's #GivingTuesday campaign raised almost $700! The campaign messaging centered around the fact that social justice has not been canceled (even though many other cancellations occurred in 2020) as well as that SOPHIA is continuing to strive for change in Waukesha County and has remained an active organization this year. Thank you to everyone who donated! We are grateful for your support!
December 7th, 2020
Annual Prayer Breakfast was a Success!
Our annual Prayer Breakfast fundraiser took on a drive-in and virtual approach this year and it was successful! Attendees had the opportunity to attend the October 3rd event from their cars in the parking lot of Church of the Resurrection in Pewaukee or from the comfort of their home. We also had an online silent auction with many donated items for people to bid on. This event raised over $5,000 and we are grateful for everyone that was able to attend and/or participate in the silent auction!
October 8th, 2020
Blessings to the School Sisters of Notre Dame!
As our dear friends at the School Sisters of Notre Dame transition to their new home at Mount Mary in Milwaukee, SOPHIA thanks them for all of their hard work and faithful commitment to social justice and our organization.
For those who don’t know, the SSND have decided to sell their property in Elm Grove as it is too big for their needs and expensive to maintain. With the move to Milwaukee, they will be leaving SOPHIA.
For over 170 years, from the time SSND arrived in Waukesha County (before it was Waukesha County), the Sisters have been active leaders in social justice issues. They drove many of the early school reform efforts, participated in the Civil Rights movement. They continue to push for immigration reform and, this summer, initiated a comprehensive education-to-transformation-to-sustained-action program aimed at undoing racism.
The Sisters have participated in SOPHIA prayer vigils, task forces and Madison Action Day. They faithfully contact their legislators in response to every call to action. They are currently part of the cadre of volunteers who are making phone calls for SOPHIA’s IVE, Intentional Voter Campaign.
From our heart to yours, SOPHIA wishes you continued blessings as you begin your new journey in Milwaukee. You have made a difference in the lives of many in our community and your legacy of social justice activism will live on for many years to come.