Read WISDOM’s Statement on the Resignation of DOC Secretary Ed Wall

WISDOM was recently honored by Project Return with their Outstanding Service to the Community Award. We’re proud and happy to be their partner!

WISDOM President Sandy Milligan and MICAH President Rev. Willie Brisco accept the Project Return Award.

WISDOM President Sandy Milligan and MICAH President Rev. Willie Brisco accept the Project Return Award.

EXPO President Mark Rice on reception of the Project Return Award.

EXPO President Mark Rice on reception of the Project Return Award.




Learn about the Campaign on our new ROC Wisconsin website!

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WISDOM Leaders from CUSH Kenosha, RIC Racine, MICAH Milwaukee, SOPHIA Waukesha, and RUTH Manitowoc were in great numbers as State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa introduced legislation for Drivers’ Cards for undocumented workers. Click here for a copy of the bill and for ways you can help make sure it passes!

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Check out their new Facebook Page, here, and their new Twittter account here.
More info on EXPO is on our ROC Wisconsin website.

EXPO Fellows

WISDOM has commissioned our first ever class of EXPO (Ex-Prisoners Organizing) Fellows! Earlier in the year, they attended one-on-one training. Each has conducted at least ten one-on-ones with others in the community, and has met regularly with an organizer mentor. Today they completed our National Weeklong Leadership Training Institute. They will drive our 11×15 Campaign as we move forward with it. Congratulations to all of us on this major step in that direction!!!

Congratulations and THANK YOU!

Congratulations!  Sometimes, hard work really does pay off.  Because of the efforts of WISDOM, and about 30 other organizations and coalitions, Governor Walker vetoed the provision from the budget that would have expanded the Payday Loan industry.  Thanks to all of you who made phone calls and who helped raise awareness about this attempt by the legislature to sneak through a provision that could never pass if it had to be explained in public.

We’re Famous!

David Liners was a featured speaker at the national Health Impact Assessment meeting in Washington, D.C. He talked about our Health Impact Assessment and introduced a new video that documents the benefits of Treatment Alternatives and Diversions and our work to increase such programing in Wisconsin.

We’re grateful for all our partners, especially today for our partners at the Health Impact Project.  And we’re proud of our work.  You may see yourself in the video!

Watch the video here:

Speaking at MAD

“Everyone should have a second chance.”

When you save one life, the ripple effect is saving my son's life

“When you save one life, the ripple effect is saving my son’s life.”

Someone cared and invested a couple of bucks and...

“Someone cared and invested a couple of bucks and…”


Here are recent articles placed by our WISDOM leadership:
Carol Rubin, MOSES, in the CapTimes.  More for Prisons? NO!
Ron Alexander, NAOMI, in the Wausau Daily Herald. Budget disregards prison reform plans, hikes spending

Madison, budget. Image credit to Tanner Cole
Image credit: Tanner Cole

Legislative Fiscal Bureau Report on Corrections, May 19, 2015

Alleviating Poverty:  Who’s Responsible?

Join us for one of our regional poverty forums as we bring together leaders in the faith community to:

~ learn about poverty in Wisconsin;
~ consider theologically the role of individual and collective responsibility in alleviating poverty;
~ begin developing broad goals for poverty alleviation in our state.

Click here for dates and locations.

Download the Faithful Citizenship Statement and share it with your own networks.

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View the photo gallery and read the account of our MADISON ACTION DAY!

Pictures from Wisconsin Day of Action

Photos: top, Generation Next leaders of MICAH were at the front of a march to and around the state capital; earlier, leaders, 800 strong, had opportunities to met each other in brief one to one conversations in the sanctuary of Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison. Photos by Martinez Milton, Jr. 

Co-Sponsors: Wisconsin Council of Churches, Faith Voices For Justice, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Lutheran Office for Public Policy, Madison Area Urban Ministry, Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Jewish Federation of Madison, Wisconsin Jewish Conference and WISDOM

Walking into the Capitol

What is the Reform Now Campaign?

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CUSH celebrates victory for the homeless after a 12 year campaign: a tribute to the value of perseverance!

Kenosha News: Commission OK’s rezoning for homeless shelter!
Sandy Milligan CUSH past president reflects: The Struggle for a Permanent Homeless Shelter in Kenosha


We’re making our elected officials realize the extent of poverty in Wisconsin and offering concrete ways to address it.  Read the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story about it.  You can still sign on to our Faithful Citizenship Statement!

Having a family member in jail or prison is a huge risk factor for increased poverty.    The statement is drawn from the input of more than 150 diverse faith leaders in Wisconsin.  You can click above to sign or get a link to sign on electronically by sending a message to  Invite your friends, family and fellow congregants to add their names as well. We will present these letters and signatures to newly elected Wisconsin legislators and engage them in conversation on how to end poverty in Wisconsin.  Be part of this important effort!
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WISDOM Director keynotes important educational event 

We are proud to see our successful work on criminal justice reform recognized as State Director David Liners was a featured speaker at Unlocking Justice: Organizing to Address Mass Incarceration.  This presentation was part of the Unlocking Justice series on October 21, sponsored by our partners at The Sentencing Project.

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