Updates

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  1. Issue Night: Thursday, April 10th
  2. Mass incarceration and Racial disparity
  3. AB 750: anti local living wage law up for vote today.
  4. Thursday, February 20th Issue Night
  5. Christian Fellowship Black History Celebration
  6. Rally at Hopkins-Lloyd: Our Schools!! Our Solutions!!
  7. You are cordially invited to Ezekiel Hope Community Development Open House!
    1. 7.1  Saturday, January 18th, 2014: 10am - 2pm
  8. MICAH’S ANNUAL PRAYER BREAKFAST AND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION
    1. 8.1  Saturday, January 11, 2014 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
  9. Governor Walker must end this unjust prisoner treatment
    1. 9.1  WISDOM Calls on Governor Walker to Review Unjust Treatment of “Old Law” Prisoners
    2. 9.2  The WISDOM 11x15 Campaign will hold a rally and press event December 17, at 1:00 pm at Grace Episcopal Church 116 W. Washington Ave, Madison.
  10. Doing what is just
  11. December 9 - Stop the Education Grinches
  12. Milwaukee Engaged Community Public Forum
    1. 12.1  Saturday, November 23, 2013
  13. Wisconsin Gun Violence Prevention Summit
  14. Urgent: Contact Milwaukee Common Council Members and Attend Committee Meeting on Tuesday
    1. 14.1  Oct. 29 at 9:00 am City Hall Rm.301-B, 3rd Fl.
  15. MICAH 11x15 Task Force Meeting Wednesday, October 9, 5:00 PM Agenda
  16. Be our guest at the ANNUAL MICAH Sustainer Breakfast
    1. 16.1  Listen to people empowered and enriched through MICAH
    2. 16.2  Hear how you can support the justice work of MICAH
  17. MICAH Critique of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  18. Sixth Annual Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture
    1. 18.1  Zeidler Lecture to feature civil, economic rights
    2. 18.2  The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
    3. 18.3  Participants in 6th Annual Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture September 26, 2013
  19. Free class: Drivers Ed
    1. 19.1  Milwaukee’s Most Successful Program Helping Adults to Own a DRIVER’S PERMIT and Drive Legally.
  20. Community Cook Out & Book Bag Give Away
  21. Hephatha Lutheran Church 100th Year Anniversary
    1. 21.1  You are Cordially Invited to Participate In Hephatha Lutheran Church 100th Year Anniversary Sunday, July 28, 2013, at 9:00AM
  22. Federal Anti-Discrimination Hiring Regulations Rally
    1. 22.1  Our Community must benefit whenever Federal Dollars are spent in Our Community!
  23. JEREMIAH WRIGHT SPEAKER AT MICAH 25TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
  24. Conference on Stigma of Mental Illness
  25. MICAH’s 25th Anniversary Gala
    1. 25.1  MICAH Celebrates 25 years of continuing to do what is just!
  26. Great Opportunity for Middle and High School Teens
  27. MICAH’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform
  28. WHY is MICAH demanding a Humane Comprehensive Immigration Reform?
  29. What is MICAH going to DO?
  30. Mural Project
  31. Join us for a 1-day mural project!
  32. Reg­is­tra­tion is Free — lunch included.
  33. Protecting Children from Gun Violence - Faith Community Resources
  34. Black Church Week of Prayer 2013
  35. Upcoming Events in the Community
  36. MICAH’s 2013 Annual Prayer Breakfast and MLK Celebration
  37. A Posada Celebration “ In solidarity with migrants”
  38. White house inauguration
  39. Employment education workshop
  40. MICAH Receives 2012 Best of Milwaukee Award
    1. 40.1  Milwaukee Award Program Honors the Achievement
    2. 40.2  About Milwaukee Award Program
  41. Urban Ministries and Arts… Enriching Lives through Congregation, Classroom, and Community Collaboration
  42. REMINDER: 5 VERY IMPORTANT Upcoming Events….FINAL PUSH
    1. 42.1  1. Monday, November 5, 2012 - GET OUT THE VOTE RALLY, Hosted by MICAH.
    2. 42.2  2. Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Breakfast and Prayer Service, Hosted by MICAH.
    3. 42.3  3. Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Volunteering for GET OUT THE VOTE shifts, Hosted by the African-American Roundtable
    4. 42.4  4. Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Election Night Party, Hosted by the African-American Roundtable and Wisconsin Jobs Now
    5. 42.5  5. Thursday, November 8, 2012 - MOVING FORWARD —Rally and Organizing Meeting,
  43. MICAH AODA Treatment Task Force Action Alert: November 1, 2012
    1. 43.1  TO: ALL MICAH LEADERS & SUPPORTERS
    2. 43.2  FROM: Joseph Ellwanger & MICAH AODA Treatment Task Force
  44. GOTV Rally
  45. Cardinal Stritch University Kliebban Conference Center
  46. Scam Alert

Issue Night: Thursday, April 10th

St. Martin De Porres (Fellowship at 5:30 pm) meeting begins @ 6pm, 3114 N Second Street, Fr. David Preuss

(Please note that Issue Night will be held on the Second Thursday for the month of April)

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Mass incarceration and Racial disparity

We welcome the attendance of 11 x 15 committee and all interested people at these two films and discussions events on mass incarceration and racial disparity:

Sunday March 9, 12:45 at First Unitarian, Ogden & Astor Streets, Upper floor Otto Hall: THE HOUSE I LIVE IN - great documentary featuring work of Michelle Alexander and others on drug policy and impact on African Americans and urban neighborhoods.

Sunday March 16th, 12:45 St. Benedict the Moor, 10th & State: two films; BROKEN ON ALL SIDES (on racialization of incarceration in particular) and CONCRETE STEEL & PAINT (more hopeful piece featuring youth and the arts).

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AB 750: anti local living wage law up for vote today.

As many of you know, AB 750 is scheduled for a floor vote in the Assembly today. We just got word that the Senate is considering taking this measure up soon. It’s very critical that we mobilize our members to protect local control and the ability to raise wages at the local level.

Please forward the following message to your networks as soon as possible.

Solidarity!

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Dear Friend,

In the last week, Wisconsin Republicans have bulldozed right through the democratic process and are continuing on their ALEC-approved agenda to destroy local control in Milwaukee County at all costs.

Today, Senator Grothman introduced a senate version of the anti-living wage bill that would make local living wage laws, like the ones in Dane and Milwaukee counties, illegal. It’s another example of extremism in an attempt to squash local control and punish municipalities that have taken action to raise wages and address income inequality.

It is absolutely urgent that every single one of us contact our legislators AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Remember, the Assembly Republicans rammed their version of the bill through in warp speed: the introduction, public hearing, committee vote, and final floor vote all happened in one whirlwind week. Like with Act 10, Assembly Republicans think they can ram legislation through without considering public input. They know that the only way they can get away with it is by hijacking the process.

Contact your legislator RIGHT NOW and tell them to vote NO on this attack.

This bill sets a horrible precedent for Wisconsin. By stripping citizens of their ability to make their own rules in their own backyard, Republicans are undermining the basic framework of representative democracy.It is but another example of value-less officials kowtowing to corporate interests over the will of the people, the traditions of our state, and the basic notions of fairness and justice.

Don’t let them get away with it.

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Thursday, February 20th Issue Night

All Peoples Gathering Lutheran Church

(Fellowship at 5:30 pm) meeting begins @ 6:00 PM, 2600 North 2th Street, Rev. Steve Jerbi

Please contact 414–264–0805 for any questions or concerns

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Christian Fellowship Black History Celebration

Christian Fellowship Community Church
2176 North 39th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53208
Rev. Dr. Mary J. Lewis-Jiles, Pastor

Christian Fellowship Black History Committee Presents:
Rev. Dr. Jonathan McPherson, Sr. of Fairfield, Alabama
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m.

Rev. Dr. Jonathan McPherson is a renowned motivational and powerful speaker for Freedom, Justice, Education and Equality. He was a member of the sixties civil rights movement under the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Good Friday, April 12, 1963, Rev. McPherson was arrested and jailed along with Dr. King in Birmingham, AL. He was there when Dr. King pinned his famous “letter from Birmingham jail.”

Dr. McPherson was instrumental in the desegregation of stores, lunch counters, public facilities, buses and the removal of “Colored” signs.

He is a retired Chemistry Professor, author of “Drum Major for God, Perfume Sprinkler to Man, The Life and Theology of Unsung Civil Rights Hero” and currently serves as the Pastor of St. John Baptist Church of Edgewater, AL.

Please come and hear his story! He was there!

Minister Thelma Berry, Black History Coordinator

Rev. Dr. Mary Jean Lewis-Jiles, Pastor

Those that fail to learn from their past are doomed to repeat it!

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Rally at Hopkins-Lloyd: Our Schools!! Our Solutions!!

Join us at a rally for Public Community Schools

Thursday, February 6, 4:30–5:30pm at Hopkins-Lloyd Community School

1503 W. Hopkins St. (near Locust St.)

  • Join with parents, students, neighbors, educators and community members in support of public community schools like Hopkins-Lloyd. We want real solutions that work for our kids and strengthen our communities!

Legislators in Madison have been circulating bills that would privatize dozens of schools and bankrupt our school district. These bills are NOT about improving our schools- they’re about taking our schools away form our community and families.

No more private schools with public money!

Sponsored by the Coalition to Stop the MPS Takeover

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You are cordially invited to Ezekiel Hope Community Development Open House!

Saturday, January 18th, 2014: 10am - 2pm

5053 N 83rd

Come meet the Ezekiel team, tour the property, view our new renovations and learn about Ezekiel Hope.

EZEKIEL HOPE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
“…revitalizing Milwaukee neighborhoods with the collaboration of minority firms with the purpose of job creation, home ownership and skilled training.”.

For more information Please Call 414–264–0805

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MICAH’S ANNUAL PRAYER BREAKFAST AND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION

Saturday, January 11, 2014 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

St. Martin De Porres Catholic Church 128 West Burleigh Street

Tickets will be $15.00 per person and can be purchased at the MICAH’s OFFICE 1927 N. 4th Street Mon-Fri 9–1 pm

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ~

For information please call the MICAH office at (414) 264–0805

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Governor Walker must end this unjust prisoner treatment

WISDOM Calls on Governor Walker to Review Unjust Treatment of “Old Law” Prisoners

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of prisoners in Wisconsin’s state prison system are being held far beyond the time their sentencing judge envisioned. Nearly all people sentenced to prison before the advent of “Truth In Sentencing” on January 1, 2000 are eligible for parole. But, parole is now only rarely granted. Many who have been in prison for fifteen, twenty, or more years have done everything possible to comply with the conditions for their release, yet have encountered a system that makes their release impossible.

The WISDOM 11×15 Campaign will hold a rally and press event December 17, at 1:00 pm at Grace Episcopal Church 116 W. Washington Ave, Madison.

Immediately following the rally, we will proceed to the Governor’s office for a meeting scheduled for 2:00 to call on him to direct the Department of Corrections and the Parole Commission to enforce the law as it was intended when these men and women were sentenced. WISDOM leaders will further call upon him to launch an investigation and provide a public report about how many people eligible for parole are in the state prison system, and what the prospects are for their earned release.

Stuck between the Old Law and the New Law:
There are hundreds of men and women in prison in Wisconsin who are, as a matter of law, eligible for parole. Many of them have been in prison for more than 20 years. They were sentenced to prison at a time when judges allowed the Parole Board to determine when people convicted of crime could safely return to the community. In 1999, the law was changed: under the new ‘Truth in Sentencing’, parole was abolished, and people sent to prison must do every day of the sentence imposed by the court. That is now the law, but for hundreds of men and women still in prison, the law was different and the assumptions of judges were different. The law and judges recognized the possibility that some people could and would change in positive ways while in prison. That’s why the law allowed for parole.

What we are asking for:
Governor Walker must direct the Department of Corrections and the Parole Commission to enforce the law as it was intended when these men and women were sentenced. We also expect an investigation including a report that outlines the number of people eligible and the state’s plans for their earned release.

As a faith community, we will not accept that human beings can just be forgotten and lost in the maze of a bureaucracy. As citizens, we expect our government institutions, including the prison system, to be accountable and to be transparent about their plans for these men and women.

For more information about the 11×15 prison reform campaign, please visit prayforjusticeinwi.org.

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Doing what is just

The MICAH 11X15 Task Force is encouraging MICAH members to join them in an action in Madison on Tuesday, December 17

At 1:00 PM: A press conference at Grace Episcopal Church, 116 W. Washington, followed by a march to the Capitol to meet with a member of the Governor’s staff, calling on the Governor to take action to release inmates in the Wisconsin prisons who were sentenced before 2000 and who meet eligibility criteria for release under the “old law,” that prevailed before “Truth In Sentencing” began in 2000.

Persons interested in participating in the action are asked to meet on Tuesday, December 17, at 10:30 at the Project RETURN office, 2821 N. 4th St., Suite 202, returning at about 4:30 or 5:00. Parking in the Milwaukee Enterprise parking lot.

Bring your own lunch.

Participants must contact the MICAH office, 264–0805, to make a reservation, so that we have adequate transportation.

Let the MICAH office know if you are able to drive, and how many passengers you would have room for—if we need additional vehicles.

For more information: (Wendel Hruska, 218–2238), (Joseph Ellwanger, 791–2480)

Thanks much, Joe Ellwanger

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December 9 - Stop the Education Grinches

Monday, December 9th, 2013

4:00 pm - Action at the MMAC – 756 N Milwaukee Street
4:45 pm Dinner and Strategy Session 260 E. Highland, Suite 300

Dear Friend,

Join parents, students and teachers as we descend upon the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (MMAC) to sing holiday education carols and deliver a giant holiday card signed by hundreds of community members to MMAC President Tim Sheehy to remind him that it’s not too late to get off the naughty list!

RSVP to take action. Don’t let the MMAC privatize, dismantle, and profit off of our children

Our schools face budget cuts, under-resourcing, oversized classes, and further charter expansion, so we will present our holiday “wish list” which includes fully funded schools that put students first, an end to the privatization of public education, and democracy & economic security for our communities.

President Sheehy and his privatization profiteers have a plan to steal our schools and sell them off to the highest bidder. But we can stop them!

RSVP Today
https://secure.wisconsinjobsnow.org/page/s/stop-the-education-grinches

Immediately following the action we will gather for dinner and a strategy session on how we can work together to reclaim the promise of public education for every Milwaukee student.

See you there!

Jennifer Epps-Addison
Executive Director
Wisconsin Jobs Now

This event is sponsored by the Coalition to Stop the MPS Takeover - a coalition of community, labor, parent and student groups. On December 9th, similar actions will take place in 30 cities across the country as part of the national effort to reclaim the promise of public education.

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Milwaukee Engaged Community Public Forum

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Way of The Cross, 1401 West Hadley
Time: 8:00–12:00 PM

OUR PANELISTS WILL DISCUSS IMPORTANT TOPICS RELATED TO JOBS & ECONOMICS, THE MILWAUKEE POLICE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, COMMUNITY REFORM AND EDUCATION REGARDING THE CITY OF MILWAUKEE

A Forum you don’t want to miss. Bring your family and friends

free admission
refreshments will be provided

For more information please contact MICAH office at 414–264–0805

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Wisconsin Gun Violence Prevention Summit

Time: 10:30am - 3:30pm
Date: November 7, 2013
Location: Monona Terrace, Madison

Lunch is included and there will be a free bus from Milwaukee (pick up locations TBD)

Connect with people from Organizing For Action, Moms Demand Action, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Gun Free Kids and other leaders in the national movement to end gun violence. Speakers in the morning will provide an overview of the current firearm-related policies, how they impact Wisconsinites and what we can do to make them stronger. The afternoon will include breakouts to plan action strategies for moving forward and trainings on effective organizing tactics.

Use this link to RSVP today: https://docs.google.com/a/waveedfund.org/forms/d/1Qz90DfczdD5x-FGCN7_PoKbEMJ-kiAsscimmSPk4XsE/viewform
For more information please email admin@waveedfund.org or call 414–351–9283.

Heidi Rose Program Director WAVE Educational Fund
414.351.9283
hrose@WAVEedFund.org
www.WAVEedFund.org

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Urgent: Contact Milwaukee Common Council Members and Attend Committee Meeting on Tuesday

Oct. 29 at 9:00 am City Hall Rm.301-B, 3rd Fl.

Urge Common Council Committee to Vote YES to Develop Malcolm X In a Way That Will Benefit All Taxpayers.

On Tuesday, October 29 at 9:00 a.m. the City of Milwaukee Zoning, Neighborhoods, and Development Committee will consider a resolution to authorize the sale of Malcolm X Academy to 2760 Holdings, LLC (the developers who are engaged in developing an MPS school, community and cultural center, and affordable housing at that site). This sale has been approved by the MPS School Board and now moves to the Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee. If approved by the committee, it will move to the Common Council for approval.

Please plan to attend this important public hearing on Tuesday, October 29 at City Hall and testify using any or all of the talking points below. It is important for Common Council members to see and hear from constituents who support public education and community spaces that benefit all taxpayers.

In addition, please take a moment between now and Tuesday to call or email the Milwaukee Alderpersons who are on this committee (see list and contact info below) and encourage them to vote YES on this resolution. The proposed development will benefit all children, all community residents and all taxpayers with:

  • A community and cultural center that could include after school activities and events, as well as health care and other support services for community residents
  • Affordable housing for neighborhood residents
  • A strong community school with multiple community partnerships
  • The expansion of International Baccalaureate (IB) opportunities for students
  • An improved tax base and opportunities to develop taxable real estate at the site

Please contact the members of the Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee:

Ald. James Bohl, Chair, 5th District Alderman: Office Phone: (414) 286–3870 Fax: (414) 286–3456 TDD: (414) 286–2025 After Hours Phone: (414) 286–2150
Ald. Willie C. Wade, Vice Chair, 7th District Alderman Office Phone: (414) 286–2221 Fax: (414) 286–3456 wvvade@milwaukee.gov
Ald. Michael Murphy, 10th District Alderman Office Phone: (414) 286–2221 Fax: (414) 286–3456 After Hours Phone: (414) 286–2150 mmurph@milwaukee.gov
Ald. Robert J. Bauman, 4th District Alderman Office Phone: (414) 286–3532 Fax: (414) 286–3456 After Hours Phone: (414) 286–2150 rjbauma@milwaukee.gov
Ald. Terry L. Witkowski 13th District Alderman Office Phone: (414) 286–8537 Fax: (414) 286–3456 TDD: (414) 286–2025 After Hours Phone: (414) 286–2150 Home/Cell Phone: (414) 731–0472 twitko@milwaukee.gov

Coalition to Stop the MPS Takeover • StopMPSTakeover@gmail.com

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MICAH 11×15 Task Force Meeting Wednesday, October 9, 5:00 PM Agenda

All four WISDOM 11×15 Task Forces (Sentencing policies, Alternatives on the front end, In-prison issues, Reentry resources) have had a phone conference call and are moving toward cutting an issue.

Come to the MICAH 11×15 Task Force Meeting this coming Wednesday, October 9, 5:00 PM, Project Return Office, 2821 N. 4th Street, to hear what’s happening and to have input into the process.

Here’s the agenda for October 9th:

1. Opening Prayer
2. Introductions
3. Minutes from September 11, 2013
4. Power point presentations completed/scheduled: Terry Sherman
5. Revised power point presentation (actual presentation with feedback)
6. Updates from WISDOM 11×15 Task Forces:
7. Sentencing policies: Moving 17 year old from adult system to juvenile system (AB387 & 5B308)
8. Alternatives on Front end
9. In-prison issues: Compassionate Release policy
10. Reentry resources
11. Discerning the 11×15 action to be included in the MICAH Public Meeting, Thursday, November 14, 6:00 PM, Greater Mt. Sinai COGIC
12. 53206 Initiative: Holy Ground Youth Organizing Project
13. Task Force member actions:
14. Call assembly Rep/Senator to support AB387/5B308
15. Schedule revised 11×15 power point for your congregation/organization.
16. Recruit persons to attend MICAH Public Meeting, Thursday, November 14, 6:00 PM, Greater Mt. Sinai COGIC, 5384 N. 60th St.
17. Next steps/Events;
18. MICAH Issues Night, Thursday, October 17th, 6:00 PM, Plymouth UCC, 2717 East Hampshire St.
19. MICAH Economics Revival at St. Matthew CME Church, Friday, October 25th, 7:00 PM, 2944 N. 9th St.
20. MICAH/Project Return panel on Mass Incarceration, Sunday, November 10th, 3:30 PM, Marquette Alumni Memorial Union, 1500 Wisconsin Ave.
21. Next meeting: November 6, 2013 5:00 PM, Project RETURN, 2821 N. 4th St Suite 202
22. Evaluation of meeting: (One word expression how you feel about the meeting)
23. Closing Prayer

For more information:
Wendel Hruska, Co-Chair 414.218.2238
Sandra Wilson, Co-Chair 414.315.1114
Terry Sherman, Scheduler 630.405.8902

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Be our guest at the ANNUAL MICAH Sustainer Breakfast

Listen to people empowered and enriched through MICAH

Hear how you can support the justice work of MICAH

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2207 N. 2nd Street Milwaukee, WI
6:45 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
Louis Sibley, Pastor
More information: office@micahempowers.org
(414) 264–0805

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MICAH Critique of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

On Monday, September 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM (MICAH) Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope will hold a press conference at Greater Mt. Sinai COGIC, 5384 North 60th Street, Milwaukee. MICAH is a faith-based organization in Milwaukee with the motto “To Do What Is Just” warmly welcomed the news last week that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development documented short-comings in the process for hiring local residents on the major redevelopment of a north-side housing development.

Those requirements, known as Section 3, guide how housing authorities across the country are to create employment and contracting opportunities for local disadvantaged residents (prioritizing housing assistance recipients) and local disadvantaged contractors. The findings of the audit conducted by HUD found that zero Milwaukee housing authority residents were hired to work on the project, despite the fact there were entry-level positions available.

MICAH President Rev. Willie Brisco stated “This ruling should serve as a catalyst for those in our community who feel hopeless and helpless when their pleas for justice go unheeded. We have too far to go in this fight to claim victory. It is my sincere hope that residents for this community would be encouraged to stand up and join with us in demanding an end to the gross economic disparity that exists in Milwaukee.”

MICAH members were utterly disappointed after a meeting with City officials in 2011, and no proof of compliance was presented, despite MICAH’s many attempts to get data or confirmation of local hiring. For over 2 and a half years of activity MICAH members visited the job site, wrote letters, made phone calls, and held meetings, trying to keep the issue in the spotlight and to get answers from Housing Authority officials.

MICAH Co-Chair of the Westlawn Project Committee Barbara Wilson-Walker stated “People from HACM repeatedly stated that Sec 3 requirements were met, but they never offered us anything in the way of proof. For the sake of the community, we had to keep asking the questions.”

MICAH Organizer Kathie Walker stated “One of the first questions I asked when I started at MICAH was what about the local community, the people in the immediate neighborhood of Westlawn? So we organized with Greater Mt. Sinai COGIC members a door to door canvass and asked people if they had been contacted about or informed of potential job opportunities with this federally funded project, and almost everyone said no. We were so dismayed.”

MICAH has hope of providing insight to HUD officials about how to conduct better outreach in the future to make sure that real outreach in accord with Section 3 requirements is conducted on the next HACM project. In addition, MICAH is working with the national organization the Gamaliel Foundation to strengthen Section 3 standards, to better create economic opportunity in cities with housing and employment needs. Already 300 letters have come from members of local congregations to President Obama asking him for federal action on this issue.

MICAH is comprised of 36 congregations. The organization recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Its next public meeting will be November 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM at Greater Mt. Sinai COGIC.

Contact: Kathie Walker kathie@micahempowers.org 1927 North Fourth Street
www.micahempowers.org Rev. Willie Brisco, President Ms. Kathie Walker, Lead Organizer

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Sixth Annual Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture

When: 7 p.m., September 26, 2013
Where: Centennial Hall, Milwaukee Public Library, 733 N. 8th Street
For more information: Call Anita Zeidler at (414) 213–8151

Zeidler Lecture to feature civil, economic rights

Moderated by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Writer and Columnist James Causey, the sixth annual Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Civil and Economic Rights in a lively question-and-answer interchange with three prominent panelists who have been deeply involved in movements for racial equality.

The Zeidler program will explore the past, present and future of civil and economic rights from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, in Centennial Hall of the Milwaukee Public Library, 733 N. 8th St.

Speaking will be: Sheila Cochran, chief operating officer and secretary-treasurer of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council; the Rev. Joseph Ellwanger, an ELCA Lutheran clergyman who served in Birmingham, worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was instrumental in founding the Lutheran Social Action Conference here with late Milwaukee Mayor Frank Zeidler; and the Rev. Dr. Trinette V. McCray, past national president of the American Baptist Churches, USA, and current national president of the American Baptist Historical Society. (See accompanying page for more biographical information)

The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Milwaukee Public Television will record the program for later broadcast and will make DVDs of the broadcast available for purchase. DVDs of past Zeidler lecturers are also available. They include Jeremy Scahill, John Gurda, John Nichols, William Jones and Jeanne Zeidler.

The Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture Committee organizes an annual lecture in memory of the late mayor. The committee consists of representatives of community organizations which Zeidler helped found or strongly supported. They include: Central North Community Council; Frank P. Zeidler Center for Public Discussion; Greater Milwaukee Chapter United Nations Association; Greater Milwaukee Chapter of the World Future Society; Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee; International Institute of Wisconsin; Milwaukee Public Television; Mayor’s Committee on the UN; Milwaukee Turners; Milwaukee Public Library; Milwaukee Public School Board; Milwaukee Public Enterprise Committee; Socialist Party; UW-Milwaukee History Department; Wisconsin Labor History Society.

Participants in 6th Annual Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture September 26, 2013

James Causey – Moderator/interviewer
James Causey is an editorial writer, columnist and blogger for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he offers his perspectives on many issues involving urban affairs, civil rights, crime, city hall, education and sports. A journalist for more than 25 years, he has served as president of the Wisconsin Black Media Association and is a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Sheila Cochran
As leader of the Labor Council, Sheila Cochran engages daily with issues involving labor and management, government and community, in the metropolitan Milwaukee area. A General Motors retiree, she rose out of the assembly line at Delphi Electronics in Oak Creek to earn responsible labor positions in the United Auto Workers and has devoted her life to labor and community causes since her inner city childhood. A graduate of Rufus King High School, she joined the board of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council in the 1990s and has been involved in community improvement activities ever since. She is active in workforce development, is a presence at major labor and political rallies and has won multiple community service awards. The Legal Aid Society of Wisconsin, County Executive Chris Abele, Sister Ann Halloran and Benedict Center innovator Kit McNally have all recognized her leadership and contributions to equal justice, reform and leadership as a progressive woman. In 2008, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin gave her its highest award, Civil Libertarian of the Year.

Rev. Joseph Ellwanger
Rev. Joseph Ellwanger served an African American congregation in Birmingham from 1958-‘67. Working with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he was elected president of that city’s Council on Human Relations, which at the time was its only bi-racial community organization. He participated in demonstrations led by King in Birmingham (1963) and Selma (1965) and led 72 participants in the Concerned White Citizens of Alabama demonstration in Selma, the day before the “Bloody Sunday” attack on some 600 civil rights marchers by civil authorities in 1965. Afterwards, King chose Ellwanger with 13 other pastors to meet with then Alabama Gov. George Wallace. Ellwanger also was selected with 16 other religious leaders to meet with President Lyndon B. Johnson in May of 1965 to urge passage of the voting rights act.

The mother of one of the girls killed in the 1963 dynamiting of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church asked him to participate in the combined funeral service, which he did.

In his second pastoral appointment in Milwaukee, he helped develop a racially integrated congregation with service and advocacy programs that reached out to low-income people. He helped found organizations working for social justice and community needs that grew out of the Social Ministry Committee at Cross Lutheran Church. This included working with the late Milwaukee Mayor Frank Zeidler in creating and operating the Lutheran Social Action Conference. He also helped found MICAH (Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope), a congregation-based social-justice organization, and has worked in retirement as an organizer for WISDOM. He has completed a manuscript, “Strength for the Struggle,” that reflects on 55 years of urban ministry.

Rev. Dr. Trinette V. McCray
Ordained in 1981 by the late civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Ralph D. Abernathy, Trinette McCray has more than 30 years of experience in local and national ministry leadership. She holds the distinction of being the first clergywoman to be elected national president of the American Baptist Churches, USA. She is a member of Calvary Baptist Church, the oldest African American Baptist congregation in Milwaukee. Calvary’s pastoral history includes leadership in Milwaukee’s civil rights movement, which McCray experienced.

She currently serves as president of the American Baptist Historical Society, as a board member of the Nehemiah Project and as former president of Housing Ministries of American Baptists in Wisconsin. She has made one national civil rights pilgrimage, is planning another, and participated in the national commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this past Aug. 28.

She previously worked for Cardinal Stritch University and worked with many students as the founding executive director of its Center for Calling and Engagement. She currently teaches Christian Witness for Central Baptist Theological Seminary-Wisconsin while continuing her work as a research and planning consultant for local and national churches, nonprofit entities and ministries. She is authoring a book that examines personal spirituality and social witness.

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Free class: Drivers Ed

Milwaukee’s Most Successful Program Helping Adults to Own a DRIVER’S PERMIT and Drive Legally.

If you have never had a license, or lost your license, Driver’s Ed can help you to get back on the road and drive legally!
Our classroom instruction helps you understand the rules of the road & drive safely while preparing you for the Written State Driver’s Exam. You must register in person on the 1st day of the class, Tues Aug 20th

This Free class will be held at
The Martin Luther King Center 1531 W Vliet St
Tues Aug 20th – Thurs Aug 22nd 11am – 2:30 pm
Seating is Limited and is 1st come/1st served to those who qualify.
Register in person by 10:30 am on Tues Aug 20th, the first day of class at The MLK Center.

TO QUALIFY: You must be at least 18 years old, bring a pen, the MOST CURRENT Wisconsin Motorist Handbook (available free at any DMV Station) and have no unpaid tickets, fines.

THE DMV DOES NOT ISSUE ANY PERMITS / LICENSES TO ANYONE WITH OUTSTANDING FINES

You can save $15 off your $35 permit fee by completing our program and passing your test.

24 Hr INFORMATION LINE 414 344–5788 ext 23

Please feel free to contact MICAH Office for any questions or additional information at 414 264–0805. Thank You.

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Community Cook Out & Book Bag Give Away

Dear Friend of the Community,

Please join me and the children of our community on Friday, August 9, 2013, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm @ 3179 N. Richards Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212 for a Cook Out (hot dogs, hamburgers, bottled water) and Book Bag Give Away hosted by God’s Love, Grace & Mercy Outreach Ministry. Book bags are being provided by Hupy & Abraham Law Firm.

Everyone is welcome. Have a wonderful day!


Yours for the Positive Development of Youth & Families,

James W. Nelson, Sr.
Director of Community Relations Career Youth Development, Inc.
260l N. Dr. M.L. King Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53212
office: 414–264–6888 ext. 242
fax: 414–264–1909
1927 North Fourth Street www.micahempowers.org

Please feel free to contact MICAH Office for any questions or additional information at 414 264–0805. Thank You.

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Hephatha Lutheran Church 100th Year Anniversary

You are Cordially Invited to Participate In Hephatha Lutheran Church 100th Year Anniversary Sunday, July 28, 2013, at 9:00AM

Event will take place in the front of the church on 18th Street and Locust
Following the morning service at 11:00 AM “PIG ROAST”

Hephatha Lutheran Church 1720 West Locust Street Milwaukee, WI 53206
Rev. Mary Martha, Pastor

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Federal Anti-Discrimination Hiring Regulations Rally

Our Community must benefit whenever Federal Dollars are spent in Our Community!

Rally with MICAH (Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope) to call on local leaders and the whole community to demand action on the revision of the 33-year old Federal Anti-Discrimination Hiring Regulations.

When: Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 6:30 P.M.
Where: Greater Mount Sinai C.O.G.I.C.
Address: 5384 N. 60th Street, Milwaukee, WI
Superintendent Victor C. Davis, Pastor Greater Mount Sinai Sanctuary Choir will perform

Who Should Come?

  • Community Leaders/Activists
  • MICAH Members/Leaders
  • Westlawn Area Residents
  • State/County/Federal/City Elected Officials
  • Anyone who is Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired

Please contact Kathie Walker at (414) 264–0805 for more information.

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JEREMIAH WRIGHT SPEAKER AT MICAH 25TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Pastor Emeritus at Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago will be featured speaker at MICAH’s 25th anniversary gala, Friday, May 17, 6:00 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres reception at 5:15 p.m. The gala affair will take place at 1451 Renaissance Place, 1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee.

MICAH (Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope) will present the annual “To Do What is Just” award to an elected leader in the Milwaukee area, who has worked with MICAH to bring about important changes in Milwaukee County. In addition, the “Distinguished Leadership Award” will be presented to two MICAH leaders who have consistently worked with other members of a MICAH task force to address issues of poverty and joblessness in Milwaukee’s central city.

Known for his fiery, life-related, justice orientated sermons, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, during his long pastorate at Trinity UCC, developed many ministries that addressed the needs of youth, young adults, and families throughout Chicago. He built the congregation into the largest congregation of the United Church of Christ denomination. Rev. Wright is in high demand as a preacher and as a speaker on justice issues, especially in the area of public school education.

“As MICAH celebrates 25 years of continuing to do what is just,” Stated Rev. Willie Brisco, current president of MICAH, “ We are thankful to God for many past blessings-many faithful leaders, victories large and small, generous supporters, justice-minded congregations-but, above all we are looking forward to opportunities to be undertaken in the years ahead. We see the poverty, the mass incarceration, the high school dropout rate, the joblessness, the broken immigration policy. But we also see the possibilities, with commitment and hard work on the part of trained leaders, and with the blessing of God, to bring about the justice and the beloved community that God intends for all of us.

Starting with seven congregations in 1988, with Rev. James Leary, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, as the first president, MICAH has grown to include 40 congregations from 12 faith traditions, including Jewish, Islamic, Christian, and Unitarian.

One of the first major successful campaigns was the banking campaign in which 17 lending institutions agreed to loan over $500 million to first – time home buyers purchasing homes in an area that had previously been red – lined against home loans.

A current major campaign of MICAH is the expansion of Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) programs building on the TAD legislation that MICAH worked to get in 2005. The TAD expansion campaign is being waged in collaboration with the 10 other WISDOM affiliates in Wisconsin in an effort to reduce Wisconsin prison population to 11,000 by 2015 (11×15), for safer and healthier communities.

Tickets for the Anniversary Gala are available; please contact Sharon McMurray at 414–264–0805 or sharon@micahempowers.org.

The new 2013–14 Silver Anniversary yearbook will be available to each gala participant at the time of the celebration.

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Conference on Stigma of Mental Illness

Join us for the The Stigma of Mental Illness in the African-American Community: “Removing the Stigma and Mask of Shame 2013 Conference” on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 9:00 am until 1:30 pm at the Milwaukee Area Technical College 1015 North 6th Street (M605- 6th Floor of the Main Building) Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53223.

At this important conference you will have the opportunity to meet and hear from other Mental Health Care leaders from around Milwaukee who are also seeking to improve the health of our Mental Health affected communities. Please register today by filling out the enclosed registration document.

The African- American community within the city of Milwaukee as well as nationally has had a long history of feeling stigmatize because of mental illness. As a result of this, feelings of shame being seen as “crazy” has caused many individuals and families to be reluctant to access services or admit there is a problem of mental illness within their families and community.

The excellent work and continuing efforts of many Mental Health Care individuals and groups across the state have resulted in added infrastructure that allows us to more fully develop a common vision for those who people who are faced with mental health illness in Wisconsin.

Conference registration will begin at 9:00 AM and there will be a chance to network and have coffee.

There is no registration fee for the Conference and is open to ALL professionals as well as constituents/community members of the Greater Milwaukee Area.

This conference is made possible in part by: The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation: Lisa A Cudahy Community Health Grant. For any questions regarding the conference logistics please contact VIA-Email Sheila7@att.net and she will answer all of your questions in a timely manner. Please email your completed registration forms to Sheila7@att.net or you may fax them to 414–263–2270

We very much look forward to greeting you on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Warm regards,

CEO & Founder: Mark S. Fossie
Director of Operations & Co-Founder: Sheila Fossie

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MICAH’s 25th Anniversary Gala

MICAH Celebrates 25 years of continuing to do what is just!

Friday, May 17, 2013 1451 Renaissance Place located at 1451 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee

Special Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Pastor Emeritus of Trinity UCC, Chicago, Illinois

A Hors d’oeuvres reception will be at 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Celebration and Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets go on sale April 1, 2013 Cost is $50.00 per person

For more information please contact Sharon@micahempowers.org 414–264–0805

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Great Opportunity for Middle and High School Teens

ARE YOU…

  • A middle or high school student looking for a unique summer internship with an opportunity to live and study on a college campus?
  • A high school student looking to improve your resume for college?
  • A teacher looking for opportunities to expand your students’ view of agriculture?
  • A parent looking for learning opportunities for your teen?

Look no further…

WHAT IS AGDISCOVERY?
AgDiscovery is an outreach program to help teenagers learn about careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management, and agribusiness. The program allows students to live on a college campus and learn about agriculture from university professors, scientists, and administrative professionals who work for the U.S. Government in a variety of fields. This 2- to 4-week summer boarding program for 2013 targets middle and high school students who are interested in learning more about plants, animals, and agribusiness.

Please note the deadline for applications is March 23, 2013.
To receive an application(s) and brochure for this great program opportunity, please stop by the church office or contact Montez Ashley by email @ mashley@fs.fed.us

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MICAH’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform

MICAH For a Humane Comprehensive Immigration Reform

MICAH welcomes the determination of President Obama and the effort of a bipartisan group of US senators to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

This reform must be humane and just not only for immigrants but for all citizens.

MICAH demands a path to citizenship for eleven million undocumented immigrants

  • so that their families can be reunited,

  • so that they work following the rules and benefiting from their rights as anyone else,

  • so that their children have access to our modern world higher education,

  • so that US security become more efficient in focusing on real criminals and making the borders safer places for all.

  • so that they openly and freely build relationships with all, being able to share the richness of their cultures and traditions.

WHY is MICAH demanding a Humane Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

  • Because we, MICAH, are diverse faith communities ignited by one Spirit: one religion without borders.

  • Because we, MICAH, seek to build one Milwaukee. We all are sisters and brothers.

  • Because we, MICAH, are one family from many cultures and traditions.

  • Because we, MICAH, do what is just, in solidarity with everybody’s human and civil rights.

  • Because we, MICAH, strive for the common good. We join hands, minds, skills, and sweat with all.

  • Because we, MICAH, embrace hope against all odds.

What is MICAH going to DO?

  1. Build relationships.

    • Promote the Hands Across the Viaduct project.

    • Join efforts with networks at local, state, and national levels, in particular with Voces de la Frontera and WISDOM.

  2. Inform

    • Offer a workshop on immigration reform within the context of the current employment situation.

    • Develop an immigration educational packet for MICAH congregations.

    • Engage young people in the discussion and dissemination of immigration issues and actions.

  3. Engage in Action Campaigns

    • Promote the Washington DC April 10 march for comprehensive immigration reform.

    • Invite people to participate in the Milwaukee May 1 march organized by Voces de la Frontera.

    • Train congregations to make visits to US senators and congressmen from Wisconsin to demand comprehensive immigration reform.

For information contact MICAH Immigration Task Force co-chairs

Paco Martorell pacomartorell2000@yahoo.com (414–607–8771) or (414–241–4894)

Lucy Friedrichs lnfriedrichs@wi.rr.com ( 414–355–6367) or (414–305–7961)

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Mural Project

Are you an artist?

Do you want your art­work pub­licly dis­played for every­body to see?

Join us for a 1-day mural project!

Your work will be per­ma­nently dis­played on the out­side wall of the Peace Action Center.

Sat­ur­day, Feb. 23, 12:00–4:00 pm

Peace Action (1001 E. Keefe Ave.)

Reg­is­tra­tion is Free — lunch included.

To reg­is­ter, please call 414–964–5158.

Ques­tion? Email info@peaceactionwi.org or call 414–964–5158.

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Protecting Children from Gun Violence - Faith Community Resources

The Children’s Defense Fund is partnering with a wide spectrum of faith communities to protect children from gun violence. During the weekend of January 18 – 20, we are encouraged to focus in our prayers, service, education programs, and advocacy activities on ending gun violence and keeping children safe.

Please visit their website for Faith Community Resources that will help you plan activities for this coming weekend or a later time, including:

  • A menu of suggested activities from which to select or to serve as inspiration for your own ideas
  • Educational materials to share with your members and incorporate into teachings
  • A reproducible bulletin insert for your service
  • Prayers that may be used in many worship contexts
  • Sermon notes based on the designated texts for the weekend in the Revised Common, Roman Catholic, and Episcopal lectionaries. The Torah portion for January 19th, Bo, also lends itself to sermons on the topic.
  • Outreach materials, including a sample Op-Ed and Letter to the Editor.

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Black Church Week of Prayer 2013

Dear Faith Leader/Community Partner:

From March 3rd −9th, 2013thousands churches across our nation will use the power of the Black pulpit to educate their communities about HIV/AIDS and to heal hearts and minds of denial, silence and the stigma that continues to block effective interventions for the prevention, treatment, and testing of HIV in the Black communities.

The Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS is a week of education and awareness that spotlights the role that churches play in addressing the AIDS crisis. It is modeled after the groundbreaking Harlem Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS established in 1989 by Pernessa C. Seele, Founder/CEO of Balm in Gilead. Now in its 24thyear, it is the largest AIDS awareness program in America targeting the Black community.

On Friday, March 1st 2013 the Black Health Coalition in collaboration with Faith Church Milwaukee will hold a kick - off event to start the week of activities.The Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS will also be conducted at churches in Beloit, Madison, Racine and Kenosha. Remember no activity is too grand or small. Here is a list of suggestions on how you or your church can participate:

  • Sermon/Prayer on HIV/AIDS on March 3rd , 2013

  • Members of your church attend kick-off event on Friday March 1st, 2013

  • Offer Prayer for those infected/affected by HIV/AIDS during the week of March 3rd −9th, 2013

  • Distribute educational literature at your church

  • Related ideas from your congregation…

Join us as we pray for the healing of all who are infected and affected by HIV. Please take time each day for remembrance and hope during the Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS beginning March 3rd - March 9th, 2013.

You may reach me at the info below.

humbly,

Jim Addison, Coordinator
African American HIV/AIDS Program
Black Health Coalition of WI, Inc
3020 West Vliet Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208
(414)933–0064 (414)933–0084 (fax)
www.bhcw.org

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Upcoming Events in the Community

Monday, December 10. AFL-CIO invite you to join them around the state as they participate in a Candlelight Campaign Against Cuts to lobby our Congressperson to do what is right for the American people during the lame duck congressional session.
MILWAUKEE: 10:00 a.m. carnation vigil at Sen. Kohl’s office, 310 W. Wisconsin Ave. Followed by a march to Sen. Johnson’s office.

Tuesday, December 11. Discovery World Holiday Open House: An opportunity to showcase their educational programs in action and to thank our community partners.
LOCATION: 500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee
Times: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Tour and light snacks – 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. Tour, lunch and brief presentation.
RSVP Carolyn Swabek at 414–765–8776 or cswabek@discoveryworld.org

Friday, December 14. AFL-CIO Holiday Open House
Location: Yatchak Hall, 633 South Hawley Road, Milwaukee
Time: 12 noon until 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 15. Bullying-Real Stories Through Student’s Eyes
Location: North Division High School, 1011 West Center Street, Room 335, Milwaukee.
Time: Registration 8:30 a.m., Session promptly begins at 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Free: Breakfast will be provided RSVP by December 10 with Monica Dickerson-Gordon at dickermd@milwaukee.k12.wi.us or 414- 773- 9824 or Pat Kirby at kirbypm@milwaukee.k12.wi.us 414–773–9827
NOTE: Childcare provided for children 2–12 years of age. Spanish and Hmong Interpreters will be available upon request. Sponsors are DPI/MPS/MICAH/Safe Schools Healthy Students.

Saturday, December 15. A Posada Celebration: In solidarity with migrants. 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Gather at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1236 S. Layton Blvd. 4:00 p.m. sharp: Procession to Nativity Jesuit Middle School, 1515 S. 29th Street
All are WELCOME! Collaboration with Milwaukee New Sanctuary Movement, Voces de la Frontera, MICAH, Gesu Parish, Nativity Jesuit Middle School and Ascension Lutheran Church.

Sunday, December 30. Milwaukee Lights A Candle For Change: Candle Light Vigil for 2012 Homicide Victims—
Location: Ascension Lutheran Church, 1236 S. Layton Blvd, Milwaukee
TIME: 6:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Northcott Neighborhood House, Inc.

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MICAH’s 2013 Annual Prayer Breakfast and MLK Celebration

Theme: “Any time is the right time to do the right thing.” MLK

Please join us for our annual celebration on Saturday, January 12, 2013- 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

Bayshore Lutheran Church 1200 East Hampton Rd., Whitefish Bay, WI.

Rev. Norene Smith, Host Pastor

KEYNOTE Speaker: Rev. Louis E. Sibley III, Past President and 1 of 7 Founding Pastors of MICAH

Tickets are $20.00 in advance Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

Rev. Willie E. Brisco, President

Sharon McMurray
Office and Program Coordinator
sharon@micahempowers.org
414.264.0805 office
414.374.8841 ext. 36 desk

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A Posada Celebration “ In solidarity with migrants”

Saturday, December 15, 2012 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Instructions:
Gather at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1236 S. Layton Blvd. (4:00 p.m.)
Procession to Nativity Jesuit Middle School, 1515 S. 29th St.

This Posada is a collaboration of :

Milwaukee New Sanctuary Movement
Voces de la Frontera
MICAH (Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope)
Gesu Parish
Nativity Jesuit Middle School
Ascension Lutheran Church

Any questions or need more information please see attached or Paco can be reached pacomartorell2000@yahoo.com

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White house inauguration

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Employment education workshop

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MICAH Receives 2012 Best of Milwaukee Award

Milwaukee Award Program Honors the Achievement

MILWAUKEE November 7, 2012 — MICAH has been selected for the 2012 Best of Milwaukee Award in the Social Service Organizations category by the Milwaukee Award Program.

Each year, the Milwaukee Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Milwaukee area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 Milwaukee Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Milwaukee Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Milwaukee Award Program

The Milwaukee Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Milwaukee area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Milwaukee Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Milwaukee Award Program

CONTACT:
Milwaukee Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardprogram.org
URL: http://www.awardprogram.org

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Urban Ministries and Arts… Enriching Lives through Congregation, Classroom, and Community Collaboration

On Wednesday, November 7, 2012 6:00 p.m. Cardinal Stritch , 6801 N. Yates Rd. President Brisco will participate in the Brother Booker Ashe November 2012 Program

Topic: Urban Ministries and Arts… Enriching Lives through Congregation, Classroom, and Community Collaboration
Purpose: Examine the efforts of various local urban ministry programs to build community through the arts from a faith-based perspective.

This event is scheduled 6–9:00 p.m. Rev. Brisco will open and close.

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REMINDER: 5 VERY IMPORTANT Upcoming Events….FINAL PUSH

Hello All:
Just sending a friendly reminder of the upcoming events that are going to be coming up over the next week.

1. Monday, November 5, 2012 - GET OUT THE VOTE RALLY, Hosted by MICAH.

Providence Baptist Church, 3865 N. 82nd Street, Milwaukee. Rev. Joe Games, Pastor
Doors Open at 5:00 p.m.
Press Conference 5:30 p.m.
Program begins at 6:00 p.m.

2. Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Breakfast and Prayer Service, Hosted by MICAH.

Bethesda Baptist Church, 2909 N. 20th Street, Milwaukee. Rev. Robert Sims, Pastor
Doors open and breakfast is served at 6:00 a.m.
Service begins at 6:30 a.m.

3. Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Volunteering for GET OUT THE VOTE shifts, Hosted by the African-American Roundtable

Urban Underground, 4850 W. Fond Du Lac Ave, Milwaukee
9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Come out and volunteer for the final day of getting the vote out.
(Opportunities to give rides to the polls, phone bank, canvass, and enter data)

4. Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - Election Night Party, Hosted by the African-American Roundtable and Wisconsin Jobs Now!

Comfort Zone Entertainment Lounge, 5526 W. Fond Du Lac Ave, Milwaukee

8:01 p.m. - Midnight
FREE FOOD, Cash Bar

5. Thursday, November 8, 2012 - MOVING FORWARD —Rally and Organizing Meeting,

Hosted by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, the African-American Civic Engagement Roundtable,Wisconsin Jobs Now, AFT Local 212, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, AFT Wisconsin, SEIU, MTEA, UnitedSteelworkers of America, Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, Voces de la Frontera, SEIU Local 150, All Black Everything (ABE), ATU Local 998, The Transit Riders Union, The League of Young Voters Education Fund, 9to5 Milwaukee, Urban Underground, True Skool, Reproductive Justice Coalition, MICAH,

NAACP Milwaukee Chapter, Afro World Enterprises, and the Center for Progressive Leadership.

Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vilet Street, Milwaukee

Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

On November 8, we’ll have a newly elected president and US Senator. But before their new terms start, current members of Congress head back Washington for few weeks of business before the end of the year. Some are determined to use this “lame-duck session” to slash benefits regular Americans depend on. They’re planning cuts to Social Security benefits, raising the retirement age for Social Security and Medicare, and cuts to Medicaid benefits just so they can give massive tax breaks to the richest 2% of Americans. We don’t have much time to fight back. We must mobilize now to make sure Congress knows that we won’t stand for more devastating cuts to our community

Join us as we plan our strategy to stop them before they slash again.

Sincerely, Mike Wilder
African-American Voter Engagement Table Director
Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund
414–339–3290

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MICAH AODA Treatment Task Force Action Alert: November 1, 2012

TO: ALL MICAH LEADERS & SUPPORTERS

FROM: Joseph Ellwanger & MICAH AODA Treatment Task Force

This is an action alert to MICAH leaders, asking you to contact your County Supervisor with the following message:

“ When the County Board finalizes the 2013 County budget on Monday, November 5, please support Supervisor Nikiya Harris’s amendment to move the administration of the House of Corrections from the Sheriff and assign it to a superintendent who would be accountable to the County Executive and the County Board of Supervisors.”

The main reason for making this bold move is because the current Sheriff has gutted the programs that would enable persons sentenced to the House of Corrections to get the help they need (AODA treatment, mental health care, job readiness, job placement, vocational training, library resources, etc.), to make a positive return to family and community. In addition, the Sheriff has reduced the number of persons on electronic monitoring and persons assigned to the Day Report Center by about 70 per cent. Supervisor Harris’s proposed amendment would make it possible for persons sentenced to the House of Corrections to get the help they need.

Supervisor Harris’s amendment was passed by the Finance Committee on a 5–4 vote on yesterday (October 31), but later in the session Supervisor Romo West reversed her original vote, and the committee rejected Harris’s amendment by a 5–4 vote. Now Supervisor Harris can bring up her amendment on November 5, at 8:30 a.m. Board meeting, but she needs to know that she has 10 votes.

Attached is the list of Supervisors. Please call your Supervisor by Friday of this week, November 2, 2012.

If you have any questions or to report how your supervisor responded to your request, please contact;
Sr. Rose Stietz, 263.4482 or 372.0356
Joseph Ellwanger, 736.2480

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GOTV Rally

Monday, November 5, 2012 Press Conference at City Hall - Rev. Brisco will be one of the speakers on behalf of MICAH and our nonpartisan efforts. 10:00 a.m.

Monday, November 5, 2012 Press Conference at Providence 3865 N. 82nd Street at 5:30 p.m. MICAH’s GOTV Rally at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Brother Booker Ashe Fall Event6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Cardinal Stritch University Kliebban Conference Center

Purpose: Examining the efforts of urban ministry and arts

President Brisco will be speaking and participating on panel.

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Scam Alert

Good Afternoon,

We’ve received two reports of a new scam taking place right now in the Milwaukee area. The victim is called and told that Social Security is going to give them a new card. They are asked for their bank account number so Social Security can take money from their bank account to pay for the card. In both of these reported instances, the senior was willing to give this information over the phone. In one case, a Senior Companion intervened after her client had given the information. The client’s bank has been notified. In the other incident a West Central Interfaith staff member who was visiting a client intervened before the scammer got another bank account number.

Both of these incidents took place today in the West Allis area, but may going on elsewhere as well.

Please be aware that this is taking place.

Bill Meunier
SDC Senior Companion Program
(414) 906–2781

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