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|Building Thriving Community Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee "City Wide Dialogue" – Oct 5|
Sunday, October 5, 12:30-3:30 pm City-wide Dialogue “Building Thriving Community: Beyond Segregation in Milwaukee” at the Zilber School of Public Health. Come to engage with others in dialogue, to share diverse perspectives, and to create new relationships and networks. Free and open to the public. REGISTER HERE
Featured Book: The New Jim Crowe, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness By Michelle Alexander
Invitation to the Annual School of the Americas Watch "Teach-in and Vigil" participate in the annual School of the Americas Watch teach-in and vigil on November 21-23, 2014, in Columbus, GA.
Pope Francis – August 27, 2014
arises when people judge others; look only at others' defects, not
their gifts; give more weight to differences than common ground; make
themselves the top priority; and follow their own ambitions and points
of view" “...the holiness of the church [is] in recognizing in each other the image of God."
Advocating for Peace, Justice, Human Dignity and the Empowerment of Others
Join with others in our community advocating for the poor and disenfranchised. Advocacy works when we work together.
Let's Make Poverty a Campaign Issue
WISDOM, along with the Wisconsin Council of Churches, is asking people
of faith from throughout Wisconsin to sign on to the “Faithful
Citizenship” statement. Together with the Wisconsin Council on Children
and Families and the Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund, we are
holding gatherings around the state to talk about the depth of the
scandal of poverty and about the role of faith communities and faithful
individuals in confronting it. You can read and sign on to our statement here.
It is drawn from the input of more than 150 diverse faith leaders in
Wisconsin. Use the letter in your conversations about the upcoming
election. Invite your friends, family and fellow congregants to add
their names. Wisdom will present these letters and signatures in October
to those who wish to be elected in November. Together we can make
poverty a key issue of the upcoming election!
Inequality for All - The Results Are In
On September 23 a little over 100 people gathered at Our Lady of Lourdes
to view the Robert Reich film “Inequality for All” and engage in
discussion about the content of the film. Here are some of the
concerns that were raised in discussion: cost of education; percentage
of children in poverty; magnitude of the crisis; the wealthy may have a
misplaced appreciation for the issues; the working poor are blamed for
not doing enough, when in fact they are often working multiple jobs; we
don’t take into consideration the issues involved with being born into
poverty; the era of “the company will take care of me” is probably over.
Here are some resources and actions you can take to educate yourself, educate your legislators and join others to create change.
Check out NetFlix if you have not yet seen the film.
11X15 Calling for an End to Solitary Confinement
On Wednesday, October 1 WISDOM, as a part of its campaign for prison
reform, will demonstrate the torture that is solitary confinement by
producing a life-size replica of a solitary confinement cell on the
capitol steps. Governor Walker, Dept. of Corrections, Secretary Wall
and legislators will be asked to spend time in the cell and reflect on
ways to reform our broken corrections system. Read the latest Reform Now brief “Solitary Confinement is Torture”
. Learn more about this campaign
Also see "The New Jim Crowe"
as suggested book reading below.