OUTRAGEOUS!  JOIN US MAY 27 at the State Capitol at noon!

On Tuesday, May 19, with about 30 minutes notice and virtually no discussion, the legislative Joint Finance Committee accepted the Department of Corrections request for an additional $5 million to INCREASE THE PRISON POPULATION by about 500 people in the next 2 years.
There was no discussion about why the Department of Corrections refuses to take common sense steps that will reduce the prison population.  There was no discussion of  how unsticking the broken old law parole system could safely release hundreds of prisoners, how instituting more alternatives to revocation could stop us from sending thousands of people back to prison who have not committed a new crime.

The Joint Finance Committee and the DOC know very well that it is not necessary to grow the prison population.  They know they could reduce it safely, responsibly and immediately.  Though legislators appeared to listen at hearings, they apparently heard nothing.  And the DOC refuses to even acknowledge our requests to meet.

We need a to respond in ways they cannot continue to ignore!  Those who can should plan to meet us at the Capitol at 12 noon next Wednesday, May 27 for a press conference and a still-to-be-determined action.  Watch for details.

Whether or not you can join us on Wednesday, we will need everyone to write letters to the editor, to make phone calls, and more.  Those $5 million are needed for our schools and universities.  They are needed for Treatment Alternatives and Diversions.  They are needed for Transitional Jobs.
This is a moment that calls for an urgent response.  It is time to say enough is enough, and to call our state officials to act responsibly.  Contact information for Joint Finance Committee members is here:

Senate Members​ ​Assembly Members
Senator Alberta Darling, Co-Chair​ Representative John Nygren, Co-Chair​
Senator Luther Olsen​ Representative Dale Kooyenga
Senator Sheila Harsdorf Representative Amy Loudenbeck
Senator Leah Vukmir Representative Dean Knudson
Senator Tom Tiffany Representative Michael Schraa
Senator Howard Marklein Representative Mary Czaja
Senator Lena Taylor ​Representative Chris Taylor
Senator Jon Erpenbach Representative Gordon Hintz

Click below for the Legislative Fiscal Bureau paper upon which Joint Finance based their allocation.  Please note that it does not question WHY they assume there will be more prisoners.  And, it assumes there is no alternative.
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

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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 faithfulcitizenwi@gmail.com.  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!
Faithful Citizenship Statement blurbDownload the Faithful Citizenship Statement and share it with your own networks.

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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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