MICAH Presents:Candidate Forum: Meet The Candidates

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Join the February 17 Nationwide Walk-Ins for the Schools All Our Children Deserve!

Support Gamaliel’s partner, The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) and MICAH Education Task Force’s local partner Schools and Communities United as they WALK-IN to support the quality public schools that all our children deserve.

In September, Milwaukee educators, parents, students and community supporters proclaimed support for public schools in Milwaukee with walkins at over 100 public schools in our city to celebrate and reclaim our schools. As a result, we have pushed back school takeover attempts and forced the county executive and takeover commissioner to publicly commit to supporting MPS and to taking over only one empty building.

Parents, students, educators, and community members: Please join us at a public school near you on Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00 a.m. to celebrate public education and to stand up for public schools that welcome and serve all children.

Public education supporters in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Green Bay, Boston, and dozens of other cities around the nation will be also be walking in the same day. Over 700 schools are walking in! This is a huge action!

Public education supporters will gather in front of their schools before the day starts to chant, march and share information about how school takeovers hurt our students. We will also educate others about public community schools that we know are a better solution than handing schools over to private third party operators. Finally, attendees will walk in to the school collectively just before the start of the school day.

Join us! WALK IN on Wednesday, February 17, and be a part of history!

Find the school you want to support and RSVP to attend a walk-in at bit.ly/walkinwisconsin

SHARE and INVITE others to attend! Copy this link bit.ly/walkinwisconsin into an email message, Facebook status update, or tweet. Include a short message such as “Join me in standing up for public schools in Milwaukee and nationwide on Wed., Feb. 17.”

Contact Jane Audette if you have questions at yaner@aol.com If you go: Consider wearing your MICAH shirt if you have one. Introduce yourself to one of the organizers at the school and identify yourself as a member of MICAH. Please send Jane Audette photos of your walk-in with your name and the name of the school.

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Citywide Summit to STOP School Takeovers

Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 9am-2pm
MATC Downtown Campus

Calling all public school allies! Join with parents, students, educators and community members to stand up for public community schools that welcome, educate and succeed with all students! RSVP at mtea.org


Keron Blair of The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools:

“Each and every student should get a chance at a more equitable quality of education regardless of where they live. It’s time for local and state officials to put a stop to the takeovers.”

Isabel Nunez, PhD

Author of:

  • Worth striking for: Why education policy is every teacher’s concern. Nuñez, I., Michie, G., & Konkol, P. (2015). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

  • “Teacher educators and community-based education activists unite! Chicago as a site of change.” Gorlewski, J., Lamme, B., Nuñez, I., Oyler, C., Stovall, D., & Shiller, J. (2015). Chicago, IL: Invited session at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting

Speakers from Chicago’s Dyett School Hunger Strike

Bring a team from your school community! Parents, students, educators and community members are all welcome to attend.

Education organizers from Chicago and Milwaukee will talk with us about:

  • Our country’s history of unequal educational opportunities for students of color – and why takeovers and privately-run charter and voucher schools are NOT the answer.

  • How parents, students, educators and community members can stand up against public school takeover attempts.

  • How we can work with others in our schools and neighborhoods to build a strong, unstoppable movement for our children’s right to quality public schools.

Offered free with this event (you must RSVP to reserve)

  • Lunch
  • Spanish interpretation
  • Children’s workshop (children must be potty trained)

RSVP Today

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Sign up to join your sisters and brothers in MICAH, who are going to Madison on Tuesday, November 3, leaving by bus from the MICAH office/St. Francis Catholic Church parking lot, 1927 N. 4th St., at 7:00 AM, and returning at about 4:00 PM. (Park at rear of parking lot.)

To reserve a seat on the bus, call Sahvana at the MICAH office, 264–0805, or call Joe Ellwanger, 791–2480.

The action starts at Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, two blocks north of the Capitol, at 9:30 AM, and will include a prayer rally at the Department Of Corrections office building, a press conference at the Capitol, distribution of materials to legislators’ offices, and mutual discernment of next steps in the ongoing 11X15 Campaign.

November 3 is the launching date for the second phase of the 11X15 Campaign—called “ROC Wisconsin.” Our goal is to Restore Our Communities (ROC) in Wisconsin by reducing mass incarceration through evidence-based methods that really do restore individuals, families, and communities.

HELP US ‘ROC WISCONSIN’ ON NOVEMBER 3—and in the months ahead

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See what MICAH is up to!

As a supporter of MICAH, we want to invite you to see what your financial support has allowed MICAH to accomplish and what we plan to accomplish in the coming year!

MICAH’s Annual Public Meeting

(psssst: it’s not really a meeting!)

October 29, Doors open at 5, Program begins at 6
Tabernacle Community Baptist Church 2500 West Medford Ave
Rev Don Darius Butler, Host Pastor


  • MICAH’s new Board President: Rev Marilyn Miller, Reformation Lutheran Church

FIND OUT ABOUT new initiatives

  • SAFE SURRENDER; Working with local criminal justice system stake holders to provide a safe environment for outstanding warrants to be resolved

  • HOLY GROUND and Youth and Young Adult Organizing Project: Empowering young people in “greater” 53206 to work on issues important to them.


  • Meet three grant-funded new organizers moving the above issues forward.

  • And MORE…

CHALLENGE State and Local Leaders on key issues, GET RE-INVIGORATED

To Do What is Just

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All PEOPLES CHURCH OFFICE HELP NEEDED: transit rider support

Dear Friends,
As you know, the transit work stoppage means working folks that ride the bus need help to get to work. All Peoples has been blessed to organize carpools the past 2 days. We’ve got riders and drivers lined up for tomorrow as well.


If we do not get sufficient volunteers we will have to move the effort out of the church or jeopardize rides for folks.

If you can help with the office, please complete the attached form. Pastors, if you can share your admin staff for a volunteer shift that will make a huge difference!!

Peace, Pastor Steve

Can you help drive for transit rider support? https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Vam1FZsMSrXiQH29mChLJJ47_McY0MSJO6R5J1aSpSI/viewform?c=0&w=1

Rev. Steve Jerbi
cell: 414–238–7030

All Peoples Church, Senior Pastor
2600 N 2nd Street Milwaukee, WI 53212

“Kindness and truth will meet; justice and peace shall kiss.” Psalm 85

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Upcoming Events!!!! June 30th


Issue Night will be held Thursday, July 16th, (Fellowship 5:30pm) Meeting will begin at 6:00pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church 2207 North 2nd Street
All MICAH Taskforces will be present at this meeting. If you are looking to get involved or learn more information about the taskforce please come and join us at issue night

Employment & Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer opportunities are available at the MICAH office please contact Office Coordinator Sahvana Williams 414–264–0805 office@micahempowers.org for more information

Presentations Opportunities

Contact Joyce Ellwanger 414–933–6157 to schedule a presentation for your congregation or group or to work with the Transportation Sub-committee
To schedule a showing of the 11×15 PowerPoint presentation contact Dan O’Keefe 414–688–0694

REMINDER for MICAH Board Members!!

Next meeting will be Monday, July 13th, 2015
MICAH office, 1927 N 4th Street Milwaukee, Wi
Fellowship 5:30, meeting begins 6:00 pm

For information on how to become a taskforce member please contact Co-chairs

Education Taskforce: Jane Audette yaner@aol.com 414–763–3801/ Debra Jupka djupka@wi.rr.com 414–291–8828

Immigration Taskforce: Bill Townsend 414–264–0805

MICAH’s 11×15 campaign for Prison Reform: Wendel Hruska & Sandra Wilson wendel@projectreturnmilwaukee.org 414–264–0805

AODA Taskforce: Rose Stietz, O.P., 414–372–3090 ex. 17 roses@smdpmilw.com

Transportation Subcommitteemailto: Joyce Ellwanger joyce.ellwanger@gmail.com 414–933–6157

53206 Initiative: MICAH office office@micahempowers.org 414–264–0805

Jobs and Economic Development Task Force: Lee Henderson-Tatum exielee48@att.net 414–264–0805

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Out of the Pews to Stop MPS Takeover

Thursday, June 11th at 4:30 – 6:00pm

Join MICAH at Bethesda Baptist Church 2909 N 20th Street
Rev. Robert Sims, Pastor

  • We will gather at Bethesda Baptist Church for a prayer vigil to move out of our faith communities and into our larger community to confront the proposed takeover of our civil right to a voice in our public schools.

  • We will emerge from prayer to join our Schools and Communities United partners to lock arms in the struggle.

  • We will march to Hopkins Lloyd Community School to surround our beloved community school with our support. This school belongs to its hard-won community, not to those who would strip our rights and our legacy.

Learn why is MICAH coming out against the proposed takeover by visiting:
http://www.schoolsandcommunitiesunited.org/ or

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MICAH’s Annual Gala

St. Louis Activist to Address MICAH Faithful

MILWAUKEE – The Rev. Starsky D. Wilson will be the keynote speaker when the Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH) holds its annual gala May 21 at the Italian Community Center.

The theme for the evening festivities is “Racial Justice through Inclusion.” Several awards will be handed out as part of the program, including Volunteer of the Year.

Wilson is pastor of Saint John’s Church (The Beloved Community) in St. Louis. He is also president and chief operating office of Deaconess Foundation, a faith-based, grant- making organization devoted to making child well-being a civic priority in the St. Louis region. Wilson earned a bachelor of arts in political science from Xavier University of Louisiana, master of divinity from Eden Theological Seminary, and is pursuing a doctor of ministry degree at Duke Divinity School.

“Rev. Wilson is a man of faith and principles who has tremendous insight into many of the issues that affect creating a more just society for all people,” said the Rev. Willie Briscoe, MICAH president. “These are challenging times for everyone dedicated to the principles of liberty and justice for all regardless of race, religion, or socio-economic background. I am looking forward to hearing about Rev. Wilson’s experiences in the struggle for justice and how he sees us moving forward as a nation in stemming the blight of racism, injustice and inequality.”

Wilson also serves boards for the United Church of Christ Cornerstone Fund, YMCA of Greater St. Louis, FOCUS-St. Louis a, Teach for America-St. Louis, and stl250. He is a member of the Mayor’s Commission on Children, Youth and Families, for which he co-chairs the Regional Youth Violence Prevention Task Force.

“We are looking forward to an engaging, informative, and uplifting event,” said Catoya Roberts, MICAH executive director and lead organizer. “We invite the public to join us and welcome the support of our many friends.”

Tickets for the evening Gala, which will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, are $50 and can be purchased by calling MICAH at 414–264–0805.

Media Contact: Catoya Roberts, MICAH lead organizer
Office: 414.264.0805 / Cell: 414.839.3943
Email: micahfieldcoordinator@gmail.com

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Milwaukee Board of School Directors Candidate Forum

MICAH Education Task Force Invites you to Milwaukee Board of School Directors Candidate Forum
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 6:30 – 8:00 pm
St. Matthew CME Church 2944 North 9th Street Milwaukee, WI

All candidates have been invited, whether running opposed or unopposed. We will have a community panel asking questions from each of our sponsoring organizations. We will also take questions from the audience.

Guest Moderator: Mr. Eric Von, Former Talk Show Host, 1290 WMCS-AM Milwaukee

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Madison Action Day 2015

People of Faith United for Justice

Is a day-long gathering to learn, discuss, pray and advocate together for social justice issues of importance to all the people of Wisconsin. As a new legislature starts work on the next state budget, our representatives need to hear our values, priorities, and concerns. Together, we can ensure that our commitment to compassion and justice is reflected in that budget.

Racial Equity is an important part to the work that we do.

Each of the issues will break the Structural Racism that exist in our everyday lives.


Issues: 11x 15, Driver’s Cards, Safety Net, Transportation / Conservation, Education

Solidarity at the Capitol
People of Faith United for Justice

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bethel Lutheran Church 312 Wisconsin Avenue Madison, WI

Travel with us! Bus departs St. Frances Capuchin Building (MICAH Office) 1927 N 4th st Milwaukee, WI 53212


  • 7:30 am Bus departs St. Frances
  • 8:30 am Registration & Refreshments
  • 9:00 am Plenary & Lobbying Training
  • 10:30 am Issue Breakouts
  • 12:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:15 pm March around the Capitol
  • 2:00 pm Legislative Visits
  • 4:00 pm Action Day Concludes
  • 5:30 pm Bus returns to Milwaukee

Cost: $25 incl. bus transportation & lunch

Register by April 15, 2015

Mail checks made payable to MICAH, to:
1927 N 4th St. Milwaukee, WI. 53212

For more information: office@micahempowers.org 414–264–0805

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MICAH’s Annual Prayer Breakfast and Black History Celebration

Theme: “Living Black History Moment to Moment”

Please join us for our Annual Prayer Breakfest and Black History Celebration on Saturday, February 21, 2015
Providence Baptist Church, 3865 N. 82nd St., Milwaukee, WI 53222

KEYNOTE Speaker: Pastor Walter Lanier

Tickets are $10.00 in advance. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

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There is an excellent article in Sunday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (front page) about the issue of Revocations. Here is a link to it:
Jan 18 Milw. Journal Sentinel re. Revocations

​This is a good article to share widely. It is exactly on point with a big emphasis of our 11×15 Campaign. Gina Barton, the author, learned about Hector and Charlotte’s story from our August 20 Action at the Milwaukee Secure Detention Center. They are highlighted in our Blueprint for Ending Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin, which you can find on our website, www.prayforjusticeinwi.org.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Plan to participate in our Madison Action Day with People of Faith United for Justice. Two years ago over 1000 of us gathered at the State Capitol. Let’s top it this year! Watch for details. You can sign up with any of our affiliate organizations.

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Human Trafficking Awareness Day 1.29.15

Click Here and Here for more information

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