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  1. MICAH Annual Public Meeting Thursday, October 30th 2014
  2. UWM: Stop Charters from Bribing Parents!!
  3. Transportation Press Conference and Bus Event
  4. Candidates Forums Thursday August 7th
  5. County Sheriff & 10th Assembly District Candidates Forum
  6. Join Us for this very special event
  7. Right Path Education Program
  8. Join in MICAH’s Voter Registration Canvas Day!
  9. Make your Voice Heard to STOP THE HIGHWAY TO HELL AND DEMAND BETTER TRANSPORTATION FOR MILWAUKEE
  10. CHURCHES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUPS TO EXAMINE MASS INCARCERATION AND RACIAL DISPARITY AT MAY 10th “CONVERSATION”
  11. MICAH 26TH Anniversary Celebration
    1. 11.1  Come and Join us in celebrating 26 years of Doing What is Just
  12. MAY DAY March to Stop Deportations
  13. Community Listening Session with Legislators about concerns related to the Wisconsin Prison System.
  14. 53206 Initiative Job Fair
    1. 14.1  (For New Job Seekers, Unemployed, Under-employed, Formerly Incarcerated, etc.)
  15. Issue Night: Thursday, April 10th
  16. Mass incarceration and Racial disparity
  17. AB 750: anti local living wage law up for vote today.
  18. Thursday, February 20th Issue Night
  19. Christian Fellowship Black History Celebration
  20. Rally at Hopkins-Lloyd: Our Schools!! Our Solutions!!
  21. You are cordially invited to Ezekiel Hope Community Development Open House!
    1. 21.1  Saturday, January 18th, 2014: 10am - 2pm
  22. MICAH’S ANNUAL PRAYER BREAKFAST AND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION
    1. 22.1  Saturday, January 11, 2014 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
  23. Governor Walker must end this unjust prisoner treatment
    1. 23.1  WISDOM Calls on Governor Walker to Review Unjust Treatment of “Old Law” Prisoners
    2. 23.2  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.
  24. Doing what is just
  25. December 9 - Stop the Education Grinches
  26. Milwaukee Engaged Community Public Forum
    1. 26.1  Saturday, November 23, 2013
  27. Wisconsin Gun Violence Prevention Summit
  28. Urgent: Contact Milwaukee Common Council Members and Attend Committee Meeting on Tuesday
    1. 28.1  Oct. 29 at 9:00 am City Hall Rm.301-B, 3rd Fl.
  29. MICAH 11x15 Task Force Meeting Wednesday, October 9, 5:00 PM Agenda
  30. Be our guest at the ANNUAL MICAH Sustainer Breakfast
    1. 30.1  Listen to people empowered and enriched through MICAH
    2. 30.2  Hear how you can support the justice work of MICAH
  31. MICAH Critique of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  32. Sixth Annual Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture
    1. 32.1  Zeidler Lecture to feature civil, economic rights
    2. 32.2  The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
    3. 32.3  Participants in 6th Annual Frank P. Zeidler Memorial Lecture September 26, 2013
  33. Free class: Drivers Ed
    1. 33.1  Milwaukee’s Most Successful Program Helping Adults to Own a DRIVER’S PERMIT and Drive Legally.

MICAH Annual Public Meeting Thursday, October 30th 2014

Calvary Baptist Church 2959 N. Teutonia Avenue
7:00 p.m. – 8: 30 p.m.

On Thursday, October 30th MICAH will hold its Annual Public Meeting. This is the time that we share with the public the work we have done throughout the year. We hold ourselves accountable to our funders and supporters. We will also focus on five key issues (Civic engagement, education, transportation, 53206 Initiative, 11×15 campaign) We extend an invitation to you to come and join us for this great public meeting.

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UWM: Stop Charters from Bribing Parents!!

WHEN: Thursday, September 11th 2014, 4:30pm
WHERE: UWM Enderis 25400 E Hartford Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211

Urban Day School, chartered by UWM, is paying people $100 per child if they have that student enroll and show up to school on September 19, the day the state counts students to see how much money each privately-run charter school should receive.

We’ll meet at 4:30 outside Enderis Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Campus. UWM is in session so arrive early to park, but there is a park and ride lot at Humboldt Blvd and Capitol Drive that has buses that depart every 10 minutes with a stop in front of Enderis Hall

This action is sponsored by MTEA

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Transportation Press Conference and Bus Event

Friday, August 15th 2014 At 10:00 am
Buses will be leaving at 11 am

MICAH Parking Lot 1927 N 4th Street Milwaukee, WI 53212

The purpose of this event is to promote the new bus routes to Menomonee Falls and New Berlin that will be added to our Milwaukee County Transit System as a result of the Zoo Interchange settlement.

New connections to JOBS!! New shopping connections!!

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Candidates Forums Thursday August 7th

Riverwest Neighborhood Association with the League of Women Voters is hosting

Candidates Forums held at
Milwaukee Friends Meeting 3224 N Gordon Place (at the end of Auer St)

  • Wednesday August 6 at 6 p.m. Assembly District 19
Candidates: Dan Adams, Jonathan Brostoff, Marina Demitrijevic Sarah Greenen, and Joseph Klein

  • Thursday August 7 at 7 p.m. Assembly District 10
Candidates: David Bowen, Bria Grant, Sara Lee Johann, Tia Torhorst

  • Thursday August 7 at 8 p.m. Assembly District 16
Candidates: Tracy Dent, Leon D. Young

Written questions from the audience will be asked by moderators.

Vote August 12
Find out which district you are in and see your ballot at https://myvote.wi.gov

Please contact the Riverwest Neighborhood Association with questions or concerns

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County Sheriff & 10th Assembly District Candidates Forum

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church 3114 N 2nd St. Milwaukee
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, 6;30 pm

Purpose: To inform voters and to promote voter turnout for primary elections, Tuesday, August 12th, when the race for Milwaukee County Sheriff and for the 10th Assembly District will be decided

Invited to participate in forum:

Candidates for Milwaukee County Sheriff

Chris Moews
David Clarke

Candidates for 10th Assembly District

David Bowen
Bria Grant
Sara Lee Johann
Tia Torhorst

Questions from the audience are encouraged

Early voting is available at the following times:
Weeks of July 28 to August 1 & August 4–8

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 to 5 pm
  • Thursdays & Fridays, 8to 7pm

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Join Us for this very special event

Have you ever considered the fact that Moses was a child fostered by Pharaoh’s daughter?

People of faith are needed to continue the tradition of caring for God’s children. We are here to assist families in your congregation who are considering becoming foster parents. Learn more at our inspirational event:

New Hope Baptist Church
2433 West Roosevelt Drive
Dr. Archie Ivy, pastor
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Registration- 6:30 p.m.
Program- 7 p.m.

You can help make a difference in the life of a child. There are more than 2,000 children in foster care in our Milwaukee County and 6,000 statewide who deserve to be part of a loving, nurturing and safe family.

A foster parent provides a temporary family and home for a child until he or she can be safely reunited with his or her biological family or places in a permanent living situation

Call 414–264–0805 or email office@micahempowers.org for more information.

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Right Path Education Program

THE RIGHT PATH EDUCATION PROGRAM IS DESIGNED FOR PERSONS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18-25, WHO DID NOT COMPLETE HIGH SCHOOL OR A GED/HSED and who have a parent or guardian who is currently incarcerated or on supervision. Selected students will have their tuition, books and fees funded, receive monthly stipends, testing, placement and access to other MATC student resources. They will also be expected to work hard and progress with their education to remain in the program

To Learn more about the program, you are cordially invited to attend a meeting on:

Thursday, July 17, @ 10:00
MICAH office, 1927 N 4th St., Milwaukee, WI

We are excited about the development of this program and hop you can join us. If you are interested in attending or want more information, please contact Marty Ordinans at 414–465–9538 or at mordinans@creativecorrectionseducationfoundation.org. We look forward to seeing you.

Sahvana Williams
Office Coordinator Milwaukee Innercity Congregation Allied for Hope
1927 N. 4th street Milwaukee, WI 53212
414–264–0805

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Join in MICAH’s Voter Registration Canvas Day!

Saturday, July 12: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Meet at the MICAH office
(1927 N 4TH Street Milwaukee, WI. St Francis Capuchin Center)

There will be a 30 minute orientation before we go out for canvassing in the 53206 zip code, followed by a 30 minute evaluation.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Call 414–264–0805 for more information

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Make your Voice Heard to STOP THE HIGHWAY TO HELL AND DEMAND BETTER TRANSPORTATION FOR MILWAUKEE

Press Event in front of WISDOT Public Meeting
Monday, June 16, 4:30pm
Pettit National Ice Center Entrance

Milwaukee Needs TransitWays to Jobs and Prosperity, Not Highways to Hell!
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WISDOT) is considering a $1.2 billion widening of Interstate 94 between N. 70th Street and 25th Street (between the Zoo and Marquette Interchanges) that includes a massive and costly double decker structure that would have devastating impacts on the urban fabric of the city and push Milwaukee’s transportation system in the wrong direction. This is another costly highway proposal that does nothing to incorporate transit or ensure that those that are unable to or can’t afford to drive will still have access to work, school, shopping, etc.

Stop WISDOT’s Highway Robbery
This project is highway robbery – it will rob our community of health, it will rob our community of safety, and it will rob our community of the transportation system we need. We don’t need a double decker that destroys our community, we need good transportation options that protect health and safety, and strengthen our communities.

Final Public Hearing Before Plans are Drafted
Meetings on Monday, June 16, and Tuesday, June 17, are the final public meetings before WISDOT drafts their plans. We need to show them that we want safe, accessible and better options.

Elevate your voice, speak out for our communities!
Join us on Monday and let us know you’ll be there by sending an email to Bruce Speight at bspeight@wispirg.org

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CHURCHES AND SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUPS TO EXAMINE MASS INCARCERATION AND RACIAL DISPARITY AT MAY 10th “CONVERSATION”

MICAH’S 11 x 15 Task Force to End Mass Incarceration, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church, the Milwaukee Buddhist Peace Fellowship, the NAACP State Conference, Wisconsin Community Services and Project Return will host “The Mass Incarceration Crisis in Milwaukee”

Saturday May 10th 8:30 a.m. to 1pm at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Place (Ogden & Astor) on Milwaukee’s east side.

The event will feature UWM researcher Lois Quinn’s presentation of her 2013 report on Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin. Her research revealed that Milwaukee’s 53206 zip code is the most heavily incarcerated zip code in the most-incarcerating state in the nation.

Following Dr. Quinn, we’ll meet some of the “Faces of 53206”: a former police officer and parent of two incarcerated young men, an ex-felon who returned to the neighborhood, the acting principal of Hopkins Street School and the Rev. Richard Shaw, whose ministry serves 53206 and who leads MICAH’s 53206 task force.

Next, a “Visions for Hope” conversation will feature community development organizer Chris Boston, Marquette Law School sentencing policy researcher Professor Michael O’Hear, Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge Carl Ashley, film maker and gun violence activist Janet Finch and Professor Donnie Hale of Carrol University who is doing groundbreaking empowerment work with young men of color.

Journalist and educator Joel McNally will engage these participants in searching dialogue on the impact of mass incarceration on our neighborhoods and creative alternatives to our failed approaches to public safety.

Attendees will be invited to stay to “continue the conversation” with the morning presenters and each other in moderated small group discussions.

For more information, email Pete Koneazny at pkonez@ameritech.net.

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MICAH 26TH Anniversary Celebration

Come and Join us in celebrating 26 years of Doing What is Just

Friday, May 23, 2014
Social Hour: 6pm
Program and Dinner: 7pm
Italian Conference Center 631 E. Chicago Street
Festa Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Keynote Speaker Pastor Louis Sibley, Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Tickets will be $50 dollars per person – Table of Ten $500.00

Ticket purchases can be made at the MICAH office 1927 n 4th Street Monday-Friday 9am-1pm starting March 18th 2014

“Overcoming Poverty is not a task of charity. It is an act of justice” ~Nelson Mandela~

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MAY DAY March to Stop Deportations

Thursday May 1, 2014 10:00AM

  • Keep Families Together
  • Stop Immigration Raids in the courts
  • Legalization now
  • Tuition Equity & Drivers Licenses
  • Workers Rights & Living Wages

10AM, Assemble at Voces De La Frontera (5th & Washington, Milwaukee, WI)
March to the Milwaukee County Courthouse (9th & State) Rally at NOON

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Community Listening Session with Legislators about concerns related to the Wisconsin Prison System.

The Listening Session, sponsored by MICAH and WISDOM, will take place on
May 5, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Mount Zion Baptist Church (2209 N. 2nd St., Milwaukee)
The Listening Session will feature 3-minute testimonials from family members of incarcerated persons, from formerly-incarcerated people and from others who have knowledge of the following topics:

  • Overuse of Solitary Confinement in Wisconsin prisons.
  • Community Supervision issues (related to those who were formerly incarcerated in the state system), including Revocation decisions, faulty electronic monitoring systems, etc.
  • Compassionate Release of inmates who are eligible for release based on age, terminal illness, etc
  • “Old Law” prisoners (sentenced prior to “Truth In Sentencing”) who are eligible for parole

All are welcome to attend, to learn more about the issues outlined above. Those who have experiences or information so share with legislators and the public are invited to prepare a 3-minute presentation. If you have copies of (reasonably brief) written materials to share, they would be welcome.

If you have questions or wish to speak at the Listening Session, please contact David Liners at 414–736–2099.

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53206 Initiative Job Fair

(For New Job Seekers, Unemployed, Under-employed, Formerly Incarcerated, etc.)

Saturday, April 26th, 2014
8:00 am – 12:30 pm
Way of the Cross Missionary Baptist Church
1401 W. Hadley St. (Enter through Parking Lot)

Schedule of Events:

  • 8:00 – 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 – 9:00 53206 Vision – Rev. Richard Shaw – St. Matthew CME
  • 9:00 – 9:20 Workshop Descriptions/Other Information
  • 9:30 – 11:30 Workshops
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Make Connections with Employers & Service Providers

Employers and Service Providers: The Job Readiness Program – Cross Lutheran League of Young Voters, Project RETURN, Transitional Jobs Collaborative, Word of Hope Resource Center, COA Youth & Family Centers, Cleanslate Milwaukee, Dominican Center for Women, Ezekiel/HOPE, SparxGLX The Milwaukee, Urban League, Inc., Milwaukee Community Service Corps, QPS Employment Group, The House of Kings and Priests, Inc.

Participating Churches/Organizations: Bethesda Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Church, Cross Lutheran Church, Galst Food Market (Donation), Hephatha Lutheran Church, Incarnation Lutheran Church, Progressive Baptist Church, Reformation Lutheran Church

To Register by Wednesday April 23: Please call Sahvana at the MICAH Office, 414–264–0805 or E-Mail to Sahvana@micahempowers.org Please leave name, a phone number or e-mail address

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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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