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Parent Perspectives (MPS Response to COVID Pandemic)

MPS Response to the COVID Pandemic -
Listening to A Parent/Guardian’s Perspective:

Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH) has been working for educational justice for MPS students and families for decades. Most recently our focus has been on racial justice concerns.

We are hoping to gather the perspectives of our MPS parents/guardians regarding their experience of the school closures caused by the pandemic. We are asking you to share your contact information and MPS school(s) with us. We will only use this information to contact you about engaging in a virtual town hall to share your experiences and hear about the experiences of other parents and guardians. We will not share the information with any other person or organization.

Please complete the form and we will be in touch. Please feel free to share the link widely with other MPS parents/guardians.

Link to form: https://forms.gle/EP6NerV1S9b9fALV7
Or, email the MICAH office at the address below. Tell us you first and last names, and the name(s) of your child(ren)s MPS schools.

Thank you,
Reverend Marilyn Miller, President
Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope
office@micahmke.org
(414) 264–0805

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Lead Free Summit On September 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM

“MICAH is a lead member of the Coalition on Lead Emergency (COLE). I hope that you will be able to attend the COLE Lead Free Summit on Thursday, September 26, 6:00 p.m., at Hephatha Lutheran Church, 1720 W. Locust St., and recruit friends, family, and members of your congregation to attend this event. Please use the attached flyer for this purpose.

At the Lead Free Summit, we will hear testimonies from several victims of lead poisoning. We will then seek commitments from the Commissioner of the Milwaukee Health Department and key Alderpersons in support of COLE’s proposed “birthing moms” pilot project. (We are awaiting word from Mayor Barrett as to his participation that night). We want $240,000 in the 2020 Milwaukee budget for the distribution of free lead education kits, including free lead water filters and replacement filters, to 2,400 birthing moms from the hardest hit zip codes prior to their hospital discharge.

Blessings,

Rev. Dennis Jacobsen”

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Urgent local transit action on Wednesday, May 8 at 8:30 am

WE NEED A STRONG MICAH SHOWING FOR A PRESS CONFERENCE ON TRANSIT ISSUES

WHEN? WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE? In the MILWAUKEE COUNTY COURT HOUSE at 10th & STATE, in THE FIRST FLOOR ROTUNDA.

WHY? ***LAST CHANCE TO SAVE OUR JOBS LINE, ROUTE 57 which connects inner-city workers to jobs in Menomonee Falls and Germantown

             ***URGENT!   WE NEED TO PROTECT THESE WORKERS FROM LOSING THEIR JOBS 

             ***OTHER PROPOSED BUS ROUTE CUTS WILL AFFECT INNER-CITY NEIGHBORHOODS DISPROPORTIONATELY

WHO? ***We need YOU, YOUR BODY, YOUR HANDS TO HOLD A JOBS LINE SIGN, YOUR COMMITMENT TO JUSTICE FOR THESE WORKERS

AND…IF YOU CAN, JOIN US AT THE MILWAUKEE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION, PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSIT MEETING immediately following in Room 2021-B of the​ ​Court House for their meeting.

COME WHEN YOU CAN….LEAVE WHEN YOU MUST…KNOW THAT WHATEVER YOU CAN DO IS IMPORTANT TO THIS WITNESS!

For more information call or email Joyce Ellwanger (414) 933–6157 joyce.ellwanger@gmail.com

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Meet The School Board on March 25

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MICAH Board Meeting?, 2nd Monday of each month, 5:30 potluck/socializing, 6–7:30 Meeting, location varies, contact MICAH office or micahmke.org

Next MICAH Board Meeting?: Mon, March 12, Reformation Lutheran, 3806 W Lisbon Ave

Transportation Task Force Meeting

Next Transportation Meeting: Tues, March 7, 6:30–8, Unitarian Universalist Church West, 130th and North Ave, Brookfield

MICAH ROC WI Task Force Meeting, (criminal justice reform), 2nd Wednesday of each month, 5–6:30, Project Return Office, 2821 N Vel R Phillips Ave (4th St), Suite 223, Milwaukee

Next MICAH ROC WI Meeting: Wed, March 13

Jobs and Economic Development Task Force Meeting, 3rd Monday of each month, 5:30–6:30

Next Jobs and Econ Dev Meeting: March 18, MICAH office (address below)

Immigration Task Force Meeting, usually 3rd Tuesday of each month, 10:30–11:30, Cross Lutheran, 1821 N 16th St

Education Task Force Meeting, 3rd Thursday of each month, 6:30 pm

Next Education Meeting: March 21, Reformation Lutheran office, 6 pm finalize school candidates forum questions, 6:30 regular task force meeting

Religious Leaders Caucus, last Wednesday of each month, noon-1:00, location varies

Next RLC Meeting: Feb 27, Progressive Baptist, 8324 W Keefe Ave

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MICAH Board Meeting
2nd Monday of each month, 5:30 potluck/socializing, 6–7:30 Meeting, location varies, contact MICAH office or micahmke.org

Next MICAH Board Meeting:
Mon, March 12, Reformation Lutheran, 3806 W Lisbon Ave

Transportation Task Force Meeting

Next Transportation Meeting:
Tues, March 7, 6:30–8, Unitarian Universalist Church West, 130th and North Ave, Brookfield

MICAH ROC WI Task Force Meeting (criminal justice reform)
2nd Wednesday of each month, 5–6:30, Project Return Office, 2821 N Vel R Phillips Ave (4th St), Suite 223, Milwaukee

Next MICAH ROC WI Meeting: Wed, March 13

Jobs and Economic Development Task Force Meeting
3rd Monday of each month, 5:30–6:30

Next Jobs and Econ Dev Meeting:
March 18, MICAH office (address below)

Immigration Task Force Meeting
usually 3rd Tuesday of each month, 10:30–11:30, Cross Lutheran, 1821 N 16th St

Education Task Force Meeting
3rd Thursday of each month, 6:30 pm

Next Education Meeting:
March 21, Reformation Lutheran office, 6 pm finalize school candidates forum questions, 6:30 regular task force meeting

Religious Leaders Caucus,
last Wednesday of each month, noon-1:00, location varies

Next RLC Meeting:
Feb 27, Progressive Baptist, 8324 W Keefe Ave

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ONGOING MEETINGS:

MICAH Board Meeting?, 2nd Monday of each month, 5:30 potluck/socializing, 6–7:30 Meeting, location varies, contact MICAH office or micahmke.org

Next MICAH Board Meeting?: Mon, March 12, Reformation Lutheran, 3806 W Lisbon Ave

Transportation Task Force Meeting

Next Transportation Meeting: Tues, March 7, 6:30–8, Unitarian Universalist Church West, 130th and North Ave, Brookfield

MICAH ROC WI Task Force Meeting, (criminal justice reform), 2nd Wednesday of each month, 5–6:30, Project Return Office, 2821 N Vel R Phillips Ave (4th St), Suite 223, Milwaukee

Next MICAH ROC WI Meeting: Wed, March 13

Jobs and Economic Development Task Force Meeting, 3rd Monday of each month, 5:30–6:30

Next Jobs and Econ Dev Meeting: March 18, MICAH office (address below)

Immigration Task Force Meeting, usually 3rd Tuesday of each month, 10:30–11:30, Cross Lutheran, 1821 N 16th St

Education Task Force Meeting, 3rd Thursday of each month, 6:30 pm

Next Education Meeting: March 21, Reformation Lutheran office, 6 pm finalize school candidates forum questions, 6:30 regular task force meeting

Religious Leaders Caucus, last Wednesday of each month, noon-1:00, location varies

Next RLC Meeting: Feb 27, Progressive Baptist, 8324 W Keefe Ave

School Board Candidates Forum March 25, 6:30 pm at St. Matthew CME, 2944 N 9th St, Milwaukee

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Madison Action Day 2019

Join over 1,000 WISDOM leaders and friends from across the state of Wisconsin will gather at the State Capitol to advocate and educate our elected representatives about our issues in the proposed state budget – criminal justice reform, increases to public transit, drivers cards for those without documentation and more! Registration form, More information here

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Transportation Call-In Day

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Join MICAH for 2019 Black History Month Prayer Breakfast Celebrating: A LEGACY FOR NON-VIOLENCE

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Celebrate National Black Lives Matter Week of Action

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Celebrate National Black Lives Matter Week of Action

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Leadership for Community Transformation

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Leadership for Community Transformation

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Black History Month Opportunities

Join MICAH for 2019 Black History Month Prayer Breakfast Celebrating: A LEGACY FOR NON-VIOLENCE

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Celebrate National Black Lives Matter Week of Action

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Leadership for Community Transformation

Join MICAH for an interactive, community-building leadership development series:

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MICAH Issues Night, Thurs, Jan 31, 5:30 potluck/socializing, 6–7:30 meeting, St Matthew CME, 2944 N 9th St . All are welcome to try out one of MICAH’s issue task forces (ROC WI (criminal justice reform), Education, Immigration, Jobs and Economic Development, Transit) and to hear from each task force about their priorities and actions.

SAVE THE DATE: Madison Action Day, Tues, March 26, about 9–3, more details to come. Join more than 1,000 from MICAH, EXPO and WISDOM as we go to the state capitol to express our values and lift up the issues that effect as the next 2-year budget is being debated. Transportation will be provided.

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Take it to the Streets!

Join MICAH as we Take it to the Streets on Monday, June 4

MICAH members will be stepping out on Monday, June 4. Our goal is to meet some of our neighbors, to listen to them, and to let them know about MICAH and the issues we care about.

We will gather at 5:00 pm in the first floor conference room at MICAH’s office building — 2821 N. 4th St. There will be a brief training. Then, we will go out in two groups:

–One group will speak with people about the Job Lines (the endangered bus routes that take people to suburban jobs from the north side).

–The other group will talk about the need to close the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF)

Both groups will have petitions for people to sign, and some information inviting people to be involved with MICAH.

This is a great chance to take MICAH to the broader community. Join us. There is no experience necessary, and we will not leave you alone!

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Not too late to come, come early!

Dear Friends
We are very excited about our MICAH 30th Anniversary Celebration this Thursday night and so should you! We’ve got great food available for you to purchase and bring into the the parish hall which include Asian, Jamaican, Mexican, BBQ and good old American brats and burgers. Several different vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available, too. Come around 5 if you are able so those needing to arrive later can be served quickly!

We have a previously unannounced group who will play us out with soul! Don’t miss our impressive performers here to help us celebrate.

It’s not too late to come! Tickets will be available at the door. We would like to know you are coming if you are able to give us advance notice to hold you tickets and you can pay at the door. Just email us at office@micahmke.org.

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Celebration, Actions and Forum, oh my!

See details below or go to micahmke.org to see all event and meeting listings

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW! Thursday May 24 5:00 pm MICAH’s 30th Anniversary Celebration!
Saturday May 19, 11 am-2 pm. The Jobs are on the Line Community Rally, Wisconsin Black Historical Society
Thursday, May 31, 6:30–8:30 pm Bystander Intervention Training Milwaukee Friends Meeting
SAVE THE DATE! Monday June 11, 6–8 pm. WISDOMGubernatorial Candidate Forum. Country Springs Hotel and Convention Center, Pewaukee. Transportation available

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The Jobs are on the Line Community Rally

Three years ago, the Milwaukee County Transit System JobLines, routes 6 and 61, were created to connect residents in neighborhoods in Milwaukee to a multitude of job opportunities in Waukesha County. This year, the funding for these lines ends, threatening the transportation for the more than 1,000 daily riders. Losing the job lines would be a loss for everyone. Join the rally, organized by MICAH, to show your support for protecting these necessary bus lines.

Bystander Intervention Training Thursday, May 31, 6:30–8:30 PM at Milwaukee Meeting, 3224 N Gordon Place Co-sponsored by Milwaukee Friends Meeting and Plymouth UCC Church

Have you ever wondered what to do when you see a police car pulling over a black man while driving? Or someone laughing and trying to pull off a woman’s hijab? Or hear someone making racist comments in a grocery store? The list of oppressive harassments goes on and on. How can you intervene in ways that will interrupt the harassment and prevent violence? The Milwaukee chapter of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) has been working to support Black Lives Matter by finding ways for white people to use their privilege to be effective allies. Learning how to intervene when witnessing harassment and potential violence is necessary and empowering! So join us at the meetinghouse on May 31.

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RACE TO JUSTICE TRAINING: Saturday, April 7, 9:00 to 1:00, MICAH, 2821 N. 4th St. 1st Fl

This is a reminder to all MICAH ROC Task Force members and to everyone who wants to do something about mass incarceration, that the “Race to Justice” training for Southeast Wisconsin is set for this Saturday, April 7, 9:00 to 1:00, in MICAH’s large meeting room on the first floor of the Welford Sanders Enterprise Building, 2821 N. 4th St.

The training will lift up the many aspects of the Wisconsin Correctional system that are stoking Wisconsin prisons and laying unnecessary burdens on inmates and inmates’ families, such as crimeless revocations, abusive use of restricted housing (solitary confinement), refusal to expand Treatment Alternatives & Diversionary (TAD) programming, scarcity of reentry resources, very limited use of compassionate release, and reluctance to release old law prisoners who are eligible for release.

The purpose of the training is to equip people to talk to candidates for political office, to family members and friends about the need for reform in the Wisconsin correctional system and to motivate people to be engaged in the candidate forums leading up to the primaries and elections scheduled for this fall.

The April 7 training is sponsored by MICAH, RIC (Racine), CUSH (Kenosha), and SOPHIA (WAUKESHA), and will draw participants from all of southeast Wisconsin.

For more information contact Sharyl in the MICAH office, 414–264–0805, or Joseph Ellwanger, 795–2343.

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Fr John Dear, Leadership Training for Community Transformation

Go to www.micahmke.org to see all event and meeting listings

Tuesday April 3 at 7pm, author, activist and Nobel peace prize nominee Father John Dear connects the way of active nonviolence with solidarity with Creation, and shows how our global epidemic of violence and war could only lead to catastrophic climate change. He cites the third Beatitude as the basis for his meditation: “Blessed are the meek, they will inherit the earth.” At First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee in the sanctuary.

Saturday April 7 at 9 am Race to Justice to learn facts and strategies to cut the WI prison population in half so YOU can hold candidates and leaders accountable. At Welford Sanders Enterprise Center

Tuesdays, April 17, 24, May 1, 8 and 15, 6:30–8:30 pm Leadership Training for Community Transformation. An interactive, community-building leadership development series: the basic concepts, attitudes and disciplines needed to build strong, effective organizations capable of making real change.At Progressive Baptist Church

Sunday April 29 at 4–6 pm Freedom Seder for members of the African American and Jewish Communities. At All Saints Catholic Church

Thursday May 24 5:30 pm SAVE THE DATE for MICAH’s 30th Anniversary Celebration! Buy an ad for MICAH’s 2018-2019 Yearbook.

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MPD DOJ report feedback, Issues Night

Thurs Feb 22 5:30–8:00 pm MICAH Issues Night Mt Zion Baptist, 2207 N 2nd St, Potluck 5:30 Meeting 6:00. Find out about MICAH Issue groups! Break out into issue groups and return to report: Criminal Justice Reform, Jobs and Economic Development, Education and Multicultural and Immigration

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Ongoing Meetings

Board of Directors Meeting, Second Monday each month. 5:30 Socializing (bring food to share), 6:00 Meeting. Location varies. Contact MICAH Office, 414–264–0805.
Next Board Meeting March 12, conference room, 1st floor of Welford Sanders Enterprise Center, 2821 N 4th St, Milwaukee (For Introductions, share a Women’s History Fact/Piece of Information)

Immigration Task Force Meeting, Third Tuesday of each month. 10:30 am, Cross Lutheran Church, 1821 N 16th, Milwaukee. Contact Bill Townsend, 414–861–2523.
Next Meeting March 20

MICAH’s ROC WI (criminal justice reform) Task Force Meeting, Second Wednesday of each month, Project Return conference room, 2821 N 4th St, Suite 223.
Next Meeting March 8

Education Task Force Meeting, Third Thursday of each month, 6:30 pm, Location varies. Contact Jane Audette, yaner@aol.com, 608–469–4407.
Next meeting March 15 at Reformation Lutheran Church, 3806 W. Lisbon.

Jobs and Economic Justice, Next Meeting, Issues Night, February 27. see announcement above.

Religious Leader’s Caucus,New dates: Fourth Wednesday of each month, noon-1:30, Location varies, contact Rev Walter Lanier, wjlanier@gmail.com
Next Meeting February 28 Milwaukee Friends Meeting, 3224 N Gordon Place, Milwaukee, Site Questions, 414–748–8549 Host: Eleanor Harris

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Come to MICAH Prayer Breakfast Feb 17

Saturday Februray 17 ♦ 8:30–10:30 am (Doors open 8)
St Martin de Porres, 128 W Burleigh (rear entrance)
Wheelchair accessible/Off street parking lot available

Celebrating A LEGACY FOR EVERYONE
Speaker: Reggie Jackson
Head Griot, America’s Black Holocaust Museum

Welcoming to MICAH Unitarian Church West Adults $15, Children $10 (ages 5–10 yrs)
Tickets available through congregational reps or MICAH office, 414–264–0805
Download Flyer

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2018 MICAH Visioning Retreat

WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 12:00 to 5:00 PM, starting with lunch

WHERE: Progressive Baptist Church, 84th & Keefe Ave., Rev. Walter Lanier, Pastor

AGENDA: Brief look back over past 30 years of MICAH. Current status, structure, finances, leadership roles. Vision & Goals for the year of 2018. Relationship Building

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Clergy, Core Team Leaders, Task Force Leaders, MICAH Activists, Representatives of Congregations interested in joining MICAH, People interested in individual membership in MICAH, Two or three representatives from each member congregation.

RSVP: Progressive Baptist Church, 414–462–9050

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Rev. Marilyn Miller, President, 414–617–4907

Rev. Walter Lanier, Religious Leaders Caucus Chair, 414–690–2520
Lee Henderson Tatum, Vice President, 414–873–8704

“These four girls call all of us—black and white alike—to substitute courage for caution in our ongoing struggle for justice,” From Martin Luther King’s sermon at the funeral of three of the four girls killed in the bombing of the 16th St. Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama, September 15, 1963

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Safe Surrender Criminal Traffic Warrants

Dear Religious Leaders and MICAH Supporters,
In Milwaukee, thousands of outstanding warrants lead to fear, reckless driving and difficulties commuting to work and other places. MICAH has created an opportunity for Criminal Traffic (CT) warrants to be cleared in a safe environment. Please let your congregants and the public know about the opportunity by announcing the program and posting this flyer in as many places as possible.

Is your DRIVER’S LICENSE REVOKED and you have a “Criminal Traffic” warrant for missing court?
MICAH’s Safe Surrender Project can help you get back on track!
Call 414–374–8029

We will figure out if you have a Criminal Traffic (CT) warrant and set up up a risk-free appointment to meet with a lawyer and an assistant district attorney, in a safe place, to see if you can clear your warrants for driving after license revocation.

  • Get your your CT warrant cleared and
  • Get help reinstating your driver’s license

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Coasters For A Cause

Help support MICAH and the 53206 youth and young adult program, Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT), through the Coasters For A Cause event through Six Flags Great America.

Details

May 13 or 14

$33 per person - a portion of tickets sold will be given to MICAH to help aid the grassroots organizing efforts of Leaders Igniting Transformation!

To order tickets go to https://www.sixflags.com/greatamerica

In the top right hand corner in yellow you will see ‘Enter Promo Code’ - click that and enter MICAH to ensure your discount and donation!

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Joint Finance Committee Hearing

Wednesday April 5th at State Fair—Exposition Center
10:00am—5:00pm

We need to show a strong present at the hearing. We ask that you wear your MICAH or WISDOM t-shirts. If you need one we have plenty.

Please contact MICAH’s Executive Director / Lead Organizer Catoya Roberts if you have any questions at Catoya@micahmke.org.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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March 30 MADISON ACTION DAY

WISDOM’s MADISON ACTION DAY 2017: THURSDAY, MARCH 30

Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, WI

  • 8:00 Breakfast and Networking at the Church

  • 9:00 Welcome, Prayer, Plenary, Workshops, Strategy Session

  • 12:00 Lunch, Visits with legislators about proposed state budget issues

  • 4:00 Closing event at the Capitol.

$25 includes breakfast, lunch and materials (reduced fee is available for people for whom $25 would be a hardship). Buses leaving from Milwaukee available for extra $10

Register by March 24
Registration form to register and secure a bus seat from Milwaukee
Or register online click here and go to RSVP
Get flyer about event and bus schedule

Plenary speakers:
Rev. Alex Gee: Rev. Gee is the pastor of Fountain of Life Covenant Church in Madison. He is the founder and CEO of the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership. Rev. Gee is also the founder and visionary behind Madison’s “Justified Anger” movement.

Ms. Lisa Graves: Ms. Graves is the Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), and the publisher of PRVwatch.org, ALECexposed.org, SourceWatch.org and other investigative sites. CMD is a national watchdog group, investigating and exposing the undue influence of corporations in public policy, Ms Graves and CMD had a key role in the Netflix Documentary “13th”.
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There will be Breakout Groups dealing in-depth with 11 different issues at the WISDOM Madison Action Day on March 30. They are:

Treatment Alternatives and Diversions (TAD) - seeking more resources for alternatives to incarceration.
The Second Chance Act - which would move most 17 year-olds back to the juvenile justice system (currently, Wisconsin is one of a few states that treats all 17 year-olds as adults).
Solitary Confinement - pushing for continued reduction of the use of solitary confinement, and investment in mental health programs in prisons as alternatives to it.
Crimeless Revocations - calling on the state to stop sending people on Supervision back to prison for mere rule violations if they have not committed a new crime.
Parole and Compassionate Release - rather than end the parole board, restore real opportunities for the many parole-eligible people in prison to earn their release.
Transitional Jobs - calling for greater investment in a very successful program that provides jobs for people who have been unemployed for a long time.
Transit - working to increase the resources dedicated to public transportation, to invest equitably in people who do not drive cars.
Immigration reform - standing in solidarity with immigrants in this very difficult time
Back Forty Mine - standing with the Menominee people to oppose a sulfide mine on their ancestral lands (which include burial mounds) which also poses a threat to our rivers and Lake Michigan.
Health Care As a Human Right - working to ensure that health care coverage is not lost for people in Wisconsin, but rather that it is expanded.
Education - this workshop will be led by students, dealing with their needs and hopes.

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Meet The Candidates: Milwaukee Board of School Directors

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A Screening of The Movie MILWAUKEE 53206

March 16, 2017, 6pm to 8pm
Incarnation Lutheran Church, 3509 N 15TH St, Milwaukee, WI 53206

A YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT PANEL FEATURING MEMBERS OF LEADERS IGNITING TRANSFORMATION ( LIT) WILL FOLLOW AFTERWARDS ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES IN 53206 AND HOPE MOVING FORWARD

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE

SPONSORED BY MIC H, LEADERS IGNITING TRANSFORMATION, INCA R NATION LUTHER N CHURCH, BAYSHORE LUTHERAN CHURCH, ELCA CHURCHWIDE OFFICE, AND STATE REP. DAVID BOWEN

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An Evening of Black History with MICAH: Celebrating A Legacy for Everyone

Dear MICAH Members & Supporters

On Saturday, February 18th 2017 MICAH will be hosting our Black History Celebration

The event will be held at Bethesda Baptist Church, 2909 N. 20TH Street
(building is wheelchair accessible)

Event time is from 4pm until 6 pm (Doors will open at 3:30 pm)

Ticket Cost: Adults $15.00/Children $10.00 (5–10 years)
PLEASE CONTACT THE MICAH OFFICE FOR TICKETS 414–264–0805

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MICAH’s Issues Night

Dear MICAH members & Supporters

On Thursday, January 26th, MICAH will meet for the first of three major issue cutting meetings.
The meeting will starts at 5:30 with potluck and fellowship at Christian Fellowship Community Church at 2176 N. 39th Street.
The meeting will end at 8 pm.

MICAH Task Forces will begin to present potential issues for focusing our work on at this meeting. Please come and join us as we would appreciate feedback

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New study and ways to support justice

As the oldest and largest WISDOM affiliate, I am proud of what MICAH has achieved along with the other affiliates across the state. Recently at a press conference in Milwaukee we introduced the startling findings of the research report Excessive Revocations in Wisconsin: the Health Impacts of Locking People Up without a New Convictions by Human Impact Partners, WISDOM and Ex-Prisoners Organizing.

In 2015, 2954 people in Wisconsin were put in state prison for violating their parole or probation arrangement without committing a crime! This important study with personal stories from those effected and solutions used by other states, gives us an important tool for influencing our legislators and the Department of Corrections to implement more just and cost-effective solutions to reduce our mass incarceration problem in Wisconsin.

MICAH has been addressing criminal justice issues in Milwaukee and the county for over 25 years and now at the state level, because Milwaukee is disproportionately affected by the devastating impact of mass incarceration on our community.

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A major purpose of this meeting will be to form a working committee to plan the next Listening Session. We invite the wider membership of MICAH join us as we plan for community changing conversations.’‘’

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The MICAH Ed Task Force will have its monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 15th at 6 pm at Reformation Lutheran office at 3806 W. Lisbon. A major purpose of this meeting will be to form a working committee to plan the next Listening Session. We invite the wider membership of MICAH join us as we plan for community changing conversations.

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MICAH’s 2016 Public Meeting

US Senate candidate Russ Feingold will be among the public officials and civic leaders who will join 500 interfaith leaders for MICAH’s 2016 Public Meeting.

The theme of the evening will be “Where do we go from here?” MICAH’s diverse membership will gather to celebrate their growth and their successful work around creating systemic change in Milwaukee and Wisconsin that will lead to racial and economic equity. MICAH will also announce its priorities for the future, and will call for commitments of cooperation from Senator Feingold and other officials.

In 2016, MICAH has put a special emphasis on dealing directly with issues of race, and with integrating voter engagement work into all its issues. Those priorities have shaped MICAH’s work around Transportation and Criminal Justice, as well as its growing commitment to organizing Youth and Young Adults.

MICAH looks forward to sharing its progress and its vision with the whole community.

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Speak out about what YOU expect from Education in Milwaukee!

Join Us for A Listening Session
When: Saturday, October 15 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
What: Facilitated listening session regarding K-12th grade education in Milwaukee
Where: Greater Galilee Baptist Church 2432 N. Teutonia Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53206

Includes a light lunch and Childcare for 3 years and older

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Hello MICAH Congregations, Members and Friends

On January 10, 2017, MICAH Education will hold its next Listening Session on Education in Milwaukee.
This Listening Session on Education will focus on the Sherman Park neighborhood area and will take place at New Covenant Baptist Church.
We plan to hold two sets of Listening Circles that day with a dinner between.

The mission of the MICAH Listening Sessions on Education In Milwaukee is to build community voice. We seek to access the voice of those in our community we do not regularly hear from, regarding public education. We invite the voices of families, youth, community members, congregation members, educators and school staff and community leaders. We seek to hold space for safe sharing, as equal partners in educating our children. We hope to create a safe space for standing up and speaking our hearts and minds on public education in Milwaukee. MICAH Education will engage the voices heard to inform future action for educational justice in our city. We continue to see evidence that those making decisions regarding educational policy in Milwaukee are not actively seeking out the voices of parents and the community. We see that decisions are frequently being made without adequate parental or community input. Public testimony often only occurs when an issue reaches the MPS Board of School Directors.

‘’‘The MICAH Ed Task Force will have its monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 15th at 6 pm at Reformation Lutheran office at 3806 W. Lisbon.
A major purpose of this meeting will be to form a working committee to plan the next Listening Session. We invite the wider membership of MICAH join us as we plan for community changing conversations.’‘’

Please contact Jane Audette at 414–763–3801 if you have questions.

Jane Audette, Chair: MICAH Education Task Force

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Important Message!!

Dear MICAH Congregations and Members,

The MICAH Education Task Force is considering holding a series of Community Listening Sessions in various locations in Milwaukee this fall.

Our belief is that we are called to nurture and encourage greater development of public voice in decision-making regarding public education in our city. It is our belief, as well, that all of those involved in working in and advocating for public education can do better at joining with our families, students and communities. We believe that we all have significant work to do, for the voice of our families to truly be heard and to begin to have real impact on decision-making regarding our schools.

In an effort to do something to move Milwaukee forward, in light of our beliefs, we are initiating planning for these Community Listening Sessions. We wish to invite the wider MICAH community to help us get this job accomplished. We are looking for folks who are ready to roll up their sleeves so the people can be heard. If you are willing to get involved in helping the MICAH Education Task Force plan for these Community Listening Session, please join us. We will meet at Reformation Lutheran Church offices at 3806 W. Lisbon Ave. at 6:00 pm on August 30th to begin planning the Community Listening Sessions.

We are looking for folks who would be willing to get donations for a simple meal, organize childcare, help with publicity and make phone calls to congregations, and other critical tasks. Please join us!

If you have questions, please contact Jane Audette at 414–763–3801, or email her at yaner@aol.com

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MICAH’s 2016 Public Meeting

US Senate candidate Russ Feingold will be among the public officials and civic leaders who will join 500 interfaith leaders for MICAH’s 2016 Public Meeting.

The theme of the evening will be “Where do we go from here?” MICAH’s diverse membership will gather to celebrate their growth and their successful work around creating systemic change in Milwaukee and Wisconsin that will lead to racial and economic equity. MICAH will also announce its priorities for the future, and will call for commitments of cooperation from Senator Feingold and other officials.

In 2016, MICAH has put a special emphasis on dealing directly with issues of race, and with integrating voter engagement work into all its issues. Those priorities have shaped MICAH’s work around Transportation and Criminal Justice, as well as its growing commitment to organizing Youth and Young Adults.

MICAH looks forward to sharing its progress and its vision with the whole community.

Please contact the MICAH office at 414–264–0805 with any questions or concerns

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Leaders of MICAH’s 53206 Holy Ground Youth and Young Adult Organizing Project invite you to join 500 youth and adults in the “I Am 53206 March” on Wednesday, June 22, starting at Calvary Baptist Church, 2959 N. Teutonia Avenue, at 5:00 p.m. and proceeding to Incarnation Lutheran Church, 1510 W. Keefe Avenue. At Incarnation, a solemn ceremony will be followed by commitments from elected officials on a range of issues identified by youth leaders.

Who:
Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope is bringing together members of the 43 congregations apart of MICAH to join in a inter faith effort to support the efforts of rebuilding our city. We also will be joined by faith leaders across the state, community leaders, community partners across the state and nationally, as well by local elected officials.

When:
Wednesday, June 22, starting at Calvary Baptist Church, 2959 N. Teutonia Avenue, at 5:00 p.m, with the March beginning at 5:30, and proceeding to Incarnation Lutheran Church, 1510 W. Keefe Avenue, at approx. 6:15 pm.

Please contact Dakota Hall at dakota@micahmke.org/414-264-0805 for more information

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Important Message From Education Task force!!

Speak out about what YOU expect from Education in Milwaukee!

Join Us for A Listening Session
When: Saturday, October 15 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
What: Facilitated listening session regarding K-12th grade education in Milwaukee
Where: Greater Galilee Baptist Church 2432 N. Teutonia Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53206

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Important Message!!

Dear MICAH Congregations and Members,

The MICAH Education Task Force is considering holding a series of Community Listening Sessions in various locations in Milwaukee this fall.

Our belief is that we are called to nurture and encourage greater development of public voice in decision-making regarding public education in our city. It is our belief, as well, that all of those involved in working in and advocating for public education can do better at joining with our families, students and communities. We believe that we all have significant work to do, for the voice of our families to truly be heard and to begin to have real impact on decision-making regarding our schools.

In an effort to do something to move Milwaukee forward, in light of our beliefs, we are initiating planning for these Community Listening Sessions. We wish to invite the wider MICAH community to help us get this job accomplished. We are looking for folks who are ready to roll up their sleeves so the people can be heard. If you are willing to get involved in helping the MICAH Education Task Force plan for these Community Listening Session, please join us. We will meet at Reformation Lutheran Church offices at 3806 W. Lisbon Ave. at 6:00 pm on August 30th to begin planning the Community Listening Sessions.

We are looking for folks who would be willing to get donations for a simple meal, organize childcare, help with publicity and make phone calls to congregations, and other critical tasks. Please join us!

If you have questions, please contact Jane Audette at 414–763–3801, or email her at yaner@aol.com

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Leaders of MICAH’s 53206 Holy Ground Youth and Young Adult Organizing Project invite you to join 500 youth and adults in the “I Am 53206 March” on Wednesday, June 22, starting at Calvary Baptist Church, 2959 N. Teutonia Avenue, at 5:00 p.m. and proceeding to Incarnation Lutheran Church, 1510 W. Keefe Avenue. At Incarnation, a solemn ceremony will be followed by commitments from elected officials on a range of issues identified by youth leaders.

Who:
Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope is bringing together members of the 43 congregations apart of MICAH to join in a inter faith effort to support the efforts of rebuilding our city. We also will be joined by faith leaders across the state, community leaders, community partners across the state and nationally, as well by local elected officials.

When:
Wednesday, June 22, starting at Calvary Baptist Church, 2959 N. Teutonia Avenue, at 5:00 p.m, with the March beginning at 5:30, and proceeding to Incarnation Lutheran Church, 1510 W. Keefe Avenue, at approx. 6:15 pm.

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MICAH’s 2016 Public Meeting

US Senate candidate Russ Feingold will be among the public officials and civic leaders who will join 500 interfaith leaders for MICAH’s 2016 Public Meeting.

The theme of the evening will be “Where do we go from here?” MICAH’s diverse membership will gather to celebrate their growth and their successful work around creating systemic change in Milwaukee and Wisconsin that will lead to racial and economic equity. MICAH will also announce its priorities for the future, and will call for commitments of cooperation from Senator Feingold and other officials.

In 2016, MICAH has put a special emphasis on dealing directly with issues of race, and with integrating voter engagement work into all its issues. Those priorities have shaped MICAH’s work around Transportation and Criminal Justice, as well as its growing commitment to organizing Youth and Young Adults.

MICAH looks forward to sharing its progress and its vision with the whole community.

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Important Message From Education Task force!!

Speak out about what YOU expect from Education in Milwaukee!

Join Us for A Listening Session
When: Saturday, October 15 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
What: Facilitated listening session regarding K-12th grade education in Milwaukee
Where: Greater Galilee Baptist Church 2432 N. Teutonia Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53206

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Important Message!!

Dear MICAH Congregations and Members,

The MICAH Education Task Force is considering holding a series of Community Listening Sessions in various locations in Milwaukee this fall.

Our belief is that we are called to nurture and encourage greater development of public voice in decision-making regarding public education in our city. It is our belief, as well, that all of those involved in working in and advocating for public education can do better at joining with our families, students and communities. We believe that we all have significant work to do, for the voice of our families to truly be heard and to begin to have real impact on decision-making regarding our schools.

In an effort to do something to move Milwaukee forward, in light of our beliefs, we are initiating planning for these Community Listening Sessions. We wish to invite the wider MICAH community to help us get this job accomplished. We are looking for folks who are ready to roll up their sleeves so the people can be heard. If you are willing to get involved in helping the MICAH Education Task Force plan for these Community Listening Session, please join us. We will meet at Reformation Lutheran Church offices at 3806 W. Lisbon Ave. at 6:00 pm on August 30th to begin planning the Community Listening Sessions.

We are looking for folks who would be willing to get donations for a simple meal, organize childcare, help with publicity and make phone calls to congregations, and other critical tasks. Please join us!

If you have questions, please contact Jane Audette at 414–763–3801, or email her at yaner@aol.com

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Leaders of MICAH’s 53206 Holy Ground Youth and Young Adult Organizing Project invite you to join 500 youth and adults in the “I Am 53206 March” on Wednesday, June 22, starting at Calvary Baptist Church, 2959 N. Teutonia Avenue, at 5:00 p.m. and proceeding to Incarnation Lutheran Church, 1510 W. Keefe Avenue. At Incarnation, a solemn ceremony will be followed by commitments from elected officials on a range of issues identified by youth leaders.

Who:
Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope is bringing together members of the 43 congregations apart of MICAH to join in a inter faith effort to support the efforts of rebuilding our city. We also will be joined by faith leaders across the state, community leaders, community partners across the state and nationally, as well by local elected officials.

When:
Wednesday, June 22, starting at Calvary Baptist Church, 2959 N. Teutonia Avenue, at 5:00 p.m, with the March beginning at 5:30, and proceeding to Incarnation Lutheran Church, 1510 W. Keefe Avenue, at approx. 6:15 pm.

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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

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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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HELP MICAH AND WISDOM TAKE A STRONG STAND TO REDUCE MASS INCARCERATION! HELP LAUNCH THE SECOND PHASE OF THE 11X15 CAMPAIGN!

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

MEET

  • 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.

  • JOBS AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE and TRANSIT

  • 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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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE EDUCATION TASK FORCE

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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.

OUR GREATEST NEED IS HELP STAFFING THE OFFICE. WE NEED TO RECEIVE CALLS AND CONNECT THEM WITH DRIVERS.

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!!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GngyzszS9DzDcUq8ZSpV5nni51MzatqN7552EYvdRBc/viewform?c=0&w=1

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
https://twitter.com/revjerbi

All Peoples Church, Senior Pastor
2600 N 2nd Street Milwaukee, WI 53212
414–264–1616
http://allpeoplesgathering.org/
https://www.facebook.com/allpeoplesgathering
https://twitter.com/allpeepschurch

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

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Upcoming Events!!!! June 30th

ISSUE NIGHT!!!

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
http://stopmpstakeover.com/

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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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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. We will have a guest moderator, to be announced soon.

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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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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. We will have a guest moderator, to be announced soon.

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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.

BLACK LIVES Matter

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

Agenda

  • 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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National Black Solidarity

When Will Enough Be ENOUGH????

National Black Solidarity Sunday: People of Faith Standing Together

Sunday, December 14th 2 P.M. Red Arrow Park 920 North Water Street

Proclaiming #BLACKLIVESMATTER

“We will remember not, words of our enemies but the silence of our friends”
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11×15 ACTION IN MADISON BLUEPRINT FOR PRISON REFORM IN WISCONSIN

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • 7:30am Leave from Parking Lot (pool rides) Milwaukee Enterprise Center, 2821 N. 4th St.

  • 9:30am Gather with statewide 11×15 supporters in Capitol Building, Conference Room 411 South

  • 10:00am Showing of new 11X15 PowerPoint

  • 11:15am Press Conference in Room 411 South

  • 11:45am Distribute “Blueprint for Prison Reform” to all 133 state legislators

  • 12:15pm Lunch at First U. Methodist church, 203 W. Wisconsin Ave., follows by small group planning for next steps in the 11×15 Campaign

  • 2:30pm Sendoff with closing prayer

  • 4:00pm Return to Milwaukee (MEC Parking lot)

The “11×15 Campaign” is the effort of MICAH, along with 10 other WISDOM affiliates in Wisconsin, to reduce Wisconsin’s prison population to 11,000 (from 23,000) by 2015 for safer and healthier communities

For more information and to register:
Wendel Hruska, Co-Chair 414.218.2238
Sandra Wilson, Co-Chair 414.315.1114
Terry Sherman, Scheduler 630.405.8902
Joseph Ellwanger 11×15 Organizer 414–791–2480
Website: www.prayforjusticeinwi.org

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11×15 Taskforce Meeting

Meeting will be held
Wednesday November 12th

Project RETURN 2821 N. 4th Street Suite 202, Meeting begins @5pm

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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

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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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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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Revocations

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.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
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

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National Black Solidarity

When Will Enough Be ENOUGH????

National Black Solidarity Sunday: People of Faith Standing Together

Sunday, December 14th 2 P.M. Red Arrow Park 920 North Water Street

Proclaiming #BLACKLIVESMATTER

“We will remember not, words of our enemies but the silence of our friends”
~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.~

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11×15 ACTION IN MADISON BLUEPRINT FOR PRISON REFORM IN WISCONSIN

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

  • 7:30am Leave from Parking Lot (pool rides) Milwaukee Enterprise Center, 2821 N. 4th St.

  • 9:30am Gather with statewide 11×15 supporters in Capitol Building, Conference Room 411 South

  • 10:00am Showing of new 11X15 PowerPoint

  • 11:15am Press Conference in Room 411 South

  • 11:45am Distribute “Blueprint for Prison Reform” to all 133 state legislators

  • 12:15pm Lunch at First U. Methodist church, 203 W. Wisconsin Ave., follows by small group planning for next steps in the 11×15 Campaign

  • 2:30pm Sendoff with closing prayer

  • 4:00pm Return to Milwaukee (MEC Parking lot)

The “11×15 Campaign” is the effort of MICAH, along with 10 other WISDOM affiliates in Wisconsin, to reduce Wisconsin’s prison population to 11,000 (from 23,000) by 2015 for safer and healthier communities

For more information and to register:
Wendel Hruska, Co-Chair 414.218.2238
Sandra Wilson, Co-Chair 414.315.1114
Terry Sherman, Scheduler 630.405.8902
Joseph Ellwanger 11×15 Organizer 414–791–2480
Website: www.prayforjusticeinwi.org

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11×15 Taskforce Meeting

Meeting will be held
Wednesday November 12th

Project RETURN 2821 N. 4th Street Suite 202, Meeting begins @5pm

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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. ~

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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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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. ~

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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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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:

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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

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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, Inc. “Get out the Vote Rally”

When: Monday, November 5, 2012
Where: Providence Baptist Church 3865 N. 82nd Street, Milwaukee,
Rev. Games, Pastor

Time: 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Purpose: To energize and promote our civic duty as Americans. We want to have you be mindful of what your vote means and represents for Milwaukee and the United States of America.

Rev. Willie E. Brisco, President

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ACLU Voting Information

As you know, the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation’s recently produced a report and series of videos entitled, Unlock the Vote Wisconsin, which provides community members information about felon disfranchisement and what individuals’ rights are when voting with a past criminal conviction. As I am sure you can imagine, getting this information out into the community before the election is crucial so that people understand their rights.

We also have a small advertising budget and were thinking about taking out some ads in Church bulletins to help get the word out. The information we feel is important to share is linked here on our website. I don’t know what the best way to contact churches about this is, so any help you can give me would be truly appreciated.

Thank you!


Molly Collins
Associate Director ACLU of WI/ WIF
207 E Buffalo St Ste 325, Milwaukee, WI 53202
414–272–4032 ext. 215
414–272–0182 fax
www.aclu-wi.org

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Talking About VOTING: Protecting the VOTE An inter-generational dialogue.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 6–8:00 p.m.
COA Goldin Center 2320 W. Burleigh Street
Milwaukee, WI. 53206

Featuring: Congresswoman Gwen Moore
Moderated by: Eric Von, Morning Magazine 1290 wmcs
Sponsored by: The advancement project, League of Young Voters COA Goldin Center

Spread the Word!
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City Wide Forum on Protecting the Vote October 17th

You’re invited to participate in a city wide forum, “Talking About Voting: Protecting our Vote” The event is sponsored by the Advancement Project (501c3), and is strictly non partisan. The forum will provide a context and history of voting and suppression in the African American community. The purpose of the event is to educate voters to be prepared to vote in the November election and to convey our rich heritage in voting.

The event is planned for Wednesday, October 17th COA Goldin Center 2320 W Burleigh St. Milwaukee, WI 53206

Event participants:
Congresswoman Gwen Moore,
Eddie Halies, Managing Director, Advancement Project,
Reverend Willie Brisco, President of Milwaukee Interfaith Churches Allied for Hope,
David Bowen, Milwaukee County Supervisor District 10,
Jayme Montgomery-Baker, WI Director Leauge of Young Voters WI and
Eyon Biddle, Political Action Director, SEIU Local 150

Charlotte King|Organizer
414–248–8564
Advancement Project 1220 L Street, NW, Suite 850 Washington, DC 20005
(202) 728–9557 (o)
(202) 728–9558 (f)
cking@advancementproject.org
www.advancementproject.org
www.justdemocracyblog.org
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Voter Rights Workshop and Voter Registration; Sunday, October 14

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Fear, Inc.

The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America

“Fear, Inc.”, a 2011 report published by the Center for American Progress, describes the orchestrated propagation of Islamophobia in America by key groups and figures. Islamophobia has spread widely in the US, leading to divisions between communities, discrimination and hate crimes.

Date: Friday, October 19th, 2012

Student Workshop 10:00am – 12:00pm
Rm. 191 UW-Milwaukee Union 2200 East Kenwood Boulevard

Public Lecture 7:00 pm
UWM Helene Zelazo Center 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. Across the Street from the Union

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Hatem Bazian
Wajahat Ali

Questions? Contact us at:
staff@mmwconline.org
414–727–4900
5235 S 27th St, Greenfield, WI 53221
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Please Join US! Invitation to a Public Hearing, “Harvesting Your Feedback”

Milwaukee County Seniors Your voices have been heard!

You are invited to a public hearing, “Harvesting Your Feedback”. Two public hearings will be hosted and sponsored by the Milwaukee County Department on Aging (MCDA) in partnership with AARP.

MCDA has been working on developing the 2013–2015 Area Plan for Milwaukee County. The Area Plan outlines Milwaukee County’s goals and implementation plan for addressing the needs of older adults. To accomplish this task, MCDA solicited the assistance and input of Milwaukee County older adults to answer the simple question, “What do older adults need to live independently and have quality of life?”

During spring and into summer, thanks to you and others, MCDA obtained feedback from nearly 3,000 individuals through Cookies and Conversations (one-on-one, peer-to-peer discussions), Dessert and Discussion(seven community input sessions), and an Area Agency Questionnaire that was available online and in hardcopy format.

Since the end of July, MCDA staff members have been analyzing information and compiling your the feedback into goals for the 2013–2015 Area Agency on Aging Plan. As promised, it is time for us to present the draft Area Plan, which will highlight the goals to be implemented over the next three years. The plan that will be presented is reflective of feedback from the thousands of people, primarily Milwaukee County older adults who participated in the various feedback opportunities during June and July.

We would like for you to enjoy some wonderful fall refreshments and be our guest at one of the two, “Harvesting Your Feedback” Public Hearings:

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 9:00 am until 11:00 am Wilson Park Senior Center, 2601 West Howard Avenue, Milwaukee, Main Hall

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee, Main Hall

RSVPs Are NOT Required. You only need to attend “one” of the public hearings. Again, the purpose of attending one of the public hearings is for MCDA to present the goals and strategies of the Area Plan and receive final feedback from the community.

If you have questions, feel free to call: 414–289–5950 or email: agingevents@milwaukeecounty.com

Please help us get the word out by passing this message on to others.
Thank you!

Jonette N. Arms, M.S.
Assistant Director
Milwaukee County Department on Aging
Marcia Coggs Human Service Center
1220 West Vliet Street, Suite 302
Milwaukee, WI 53205
Phone: 414.289.6073
Fax: 414.289.8525
Jonette.Arms@milwaukeecounty.com

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Are you concerned about gun violence in our communities?

Please join us for a panel discussion about this important issue.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012
7:00 p.m.
First Unitarian Church
1342 N. Astor St.
Milwaukee, WI

Recent mass shootings in Oak Creek and Aurora are painful reminders of the cost of gun violence. Every single year in our country, 30,000 people are killed and an additional 70,000 people are injured with guns. We can and must do more to prevent these tragedies. Please bring your ideas and questions and add your voice to this discussion.

Panel Members Include:

  • Rev. Willie Brisco, President, Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH)

  • Jeri Bonavia, Executive Director, Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort Educational Fund (WAVE)

  • Pardeep Kaleka, Sikh Temple Community

  • Antoni Apollo, Team Captain, Gun Unit, Milwaukee County Assistant D.A.

Moderator: Representative Tamara Grigsby

This free event is sponsored by the Economic Justice Committee of the First Unitarian Church.
For questions, please contact Dorothy Sherman — dorothy-sherman@sbcglobal.net

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EDUCATION COALITION OF MILWAUKEE UPCOMING MEETINGS

EDUCATION COALITION OF MILWAUKEE: Women Committed to an Informed Community, Council for the Spanish Speaking, Inc. Christian Community Caucus

Monday, October 1, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Council for Spanish Speaking
614 W. National Ave.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 9:00 a.m.
City Hall, Room 301-B
Zoning, Neighborhoods, Dev. Comm.

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Riverside University High School Choir will be hosting their first annual “WORSHIP FEST”

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Milwaukee Public Schools looking for more in school Tutors

Interfaith-MPS Tutor Program needs more volunteer tutors.

Volunteers:

  • Tutor local students on reading or math in either a one-on-one or small group setting in the classroom.

  • Practice positive reinforcement.

  • Assure that students show respect for their peers, instructors, learning materials and equipment.

The Tutor Program is a partnership of Interfaith Older Adult Programs Inc. and Milwaukee Public Schools.

To learn more about the Tutor Program click here.
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Muslim-Christian Student Dialogue; Cardinal Stritch University

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Know Your Neighbors: Exploring Our Diverse Faiths

Event to have Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist presenters

Greetings!

You are invited to a significant event this coming Monday evening, Sept. 24, to learn about the Sikh faith and four other faiths, and to mingle with members of some of those faiths.

With religious diversity increasing in Southeastern Wisconsin and with hate groups on the rise nationwide, it is more important than ever before that we understand and appreciate one another.

The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee is offering an opportunity for people from every community to learn about the beliefs and customs of their fellow citizens at “Know Your Neighbors: Exploring Our Diverse Faiths” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, at Oak Creek Community United Methodist Church, 8675 S. 13th St., Oak Creek. Refreshments and informal conversation will follow.

All of these faiths have a significant presence in the greater Milwaukee area but are not nearly as well known as the Christian traditions. Because of the recent tragedy at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, the evening will begin with an emphasis on the Sikh faith, followed by overviews from representatives of Hindu, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist traditions. The goal is to move into and beyond tolerance to understanding and friendship, recognizing the many things that we all have in common as people of faith and as Americans.

This gathering is being organized by the Milwaukee Association for Interfaith Relations (MAIR), a program of the Interfaith Conference. It is free and open to the public. Tonen O’Connor, a Zen Buddhist and current Chair of MAIR commented, “It is rare that we have such a wonderful opportunity to come together to learn about the diverse faiths of our neighbors.”

Directions: Oak Creek Community United Methodist Church is at W. Puetz Road and S. 13th Street. People driving on I-94 from the north should exit at Rawson Avenue, head east and immediately turn right (south) onto 13th Street. The church is about two miles ahead. People driving on I-94 from the south should exit at Ryan Road, head east and immediately turn left (north) onto 13th Street. The church is about one mile ahead.

Thank you for your interest,
Sincerely,
Tom Heinen, Executive Director
Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee

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The Third Annual Project Homeless Connect

A gallery showing features stories on how people became homeless

Don’t miss this interesting event!

The Third Annual Project Homeless Connect Fundraiser will include stories of guests who tell how they became homeless, accompanied by artwork from others.

Bid on Items from Local Artists in our auction!
Light Appetizers to be served!

Join us for this gallery showing:

5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21
5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22

Location: Community Advocates 728 N. James Lovell St.

Admission is free.
Donations accepted and gratefully appreciated!
Sponsored by Community Advocates, Inc.

For information, contact Kari Lerch at klerch@communityadvocates.net.

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YMCA Milwaukee Northside partnering with BloodCenter of Wisconsin to host marrow, organ registration and blood drive.

YMCA Milwaukee Northside is partnering with BloodCenter of Wisconsin to host a marrow, organ registration and blood drive. Donating blood takes about an hour of your time, and registering for organ and marrow takes less than 15 minutes- a short commitment to give a life-saving gift.

Please join us for this event.

Date: September 29, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Ymca Milwaukee Northside

Make your appointment by calling Rayven Gordon at or visit this link.

Introducing Giving for Life. BloodCenter’s way to recognize and thank you.

People like you can impact hundreds of lives. Many donors have a very personal reason for giving, while others give simply because it’s the right thing to do. Whatever your inspiration, BloodCenter wants to honor and thank you.

To do that, BloodCenter created Giving for Life, a program to recognize and thank dedicated donors. Learn more about Giving for Life at bcw.edu/GFL. BloodCenter will be proud to recognize you as a member, and thank you for all the lives that will be touched by yours.

We thank you and BloodCenter thanks you!

© 2009 BloodCenter of Wisconsin
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Parents for Public Schools event, September 26th

A newly formed chapter of Parents for Public Schools: Milwaukee is hosting an event for parents to preview the 2013–2015 state education budget, followed up by a Q&A. Please share this with anyone, especially our parents. If you have a school newsletter, consider posting this in the newsletter. There is a Facebook page up now, with an event’s page. https://www.facebook.com/PPSMKE

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Jennifer Mandel
Metro Region School Social Worker
Cell: 414–550–0352
mandeljb@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

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Benefit for Abraham Assana family. Help us raise money for the memorial fund going toward a reward and to help his children and wife.

Saturday, September 29th: 2pm until ???
Club Timbuktu 520 E. Center St.

$10 suggested donation (more is always welcome) Kids 12 & under free. Hand stamps available so bring the kids during the day and come back later!

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Effectively Employing Certified Peer Specialists

Using the Skills and Expertise of Peers to Maximize Recovery

The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division is hosting a training on effective use of professional peers in facilitating mental health recovery.

Mental health professionals and stakeholders are warmly invited, including peer specialists and their prospective and current supervisors and colleagues.

Friday, September 28, 2012 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Wisconsin African American Women’s Center
3020 West Vliet Street Milwaukee, WI 53208

We are excited to welcome Robyn Priest of the Alaska Peer Support Consortium as our event keynote speaker.

Training topics will include:

  • The purpose and roles of Certified Peer Specialists

  • How to create and maintain supportive work environments

  • Effectively incorporating peers within treatment teams and programming

The training will conclude with a discussion on the rewards and challenges of peer support, featuring experienced peer specialists and employers.

Attendees are encouraged to bring networking materials to make the most of this event.

The training is free of charge, but space is limited.

Please RSVP by September 18!

Register Now!

I can’t make it

Training materials, lunch, and refreshments will be provided to all attendees.

If you have any questions, please contact
Carrie Koss Vallejo
414–224–3055
carriekv@planningcouncil.org

We encourage you to share this invitation with others who could benefit from this training.

Thank you, and we hope to see you on September 28!

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The Family Support Program is looking to hire Family Support Specialists by Oct. 15, 2012.

The Family Support Program is an innovative program in which service provision to families involved in child welfare has been brought in house. The program works to provide consistency and service excellence to some of the most vulnerable families in the greater Milwaukee area. While the program is in its infancy, great strides have been made to make the program successful and beneficial to workers and clients alike.

As a FSS you will work closely with families involved in the family case management and intensive in home programs providing interventions to support and educate parents. FSS are part of a unique team with case managers, families, and placement providers all working together for safety, well being and permanency of children. FSS encourage, empower and advocate for families in all different arenas (the community, parents homes, the office, court, etc). As a FSS you will provide supervised family interactions, assist parents with locating housing, work with parents to manage their home and educate parents using the Nurturing Parenting Curriculum. FSS’s receive extensive trainings around safety and various parenting techniques that can be used to support and educate parents. FSS’s can expect to spend roughly 25 hours a week doing face to face activities with families.

We are seeking flexible individuals who are willing to work between the hours of 8 and 8 and have availability to meet with families Monday through Sunday. Individuals should be flexible and open to change and should be able to engage easily with parents and children. Individuals who are interested in making a difference in the lives of families involved in the Child Welfare system should apply online.

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“11×15 Campaign” Summit on September 13, 2012

Contact: Joseph Ellwanger, 414.736.2480 or www.prayforjusticeinwi.org

A diverse group of seven leaders in the Milwaukee area will express their support of a campaign aimed at reducing Wisconsin’s prison population to 11,000 (from 22,000) by 2015 for safer and healthier communities, at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 3114 N. 2nd St., on Thursday, September 13, 6:00 p.m.

Each speaker will explain why they support the reduction of Wisconsin’s prison population and how they believe that the reduction can be accomplished.

The following area stakeholders will be speaking;

  • Stan Stojkovic, Dean of the Helen Bader School of Social welfare at UW-Milwaukee

  • Carl Ashley, Milwaukee County Court Judge, former drug treatment court judge, and Chair of Effective Justice Strategy Sub-Committee, PPAC

  • Bevan Baker, Commissioner of Health for the City of Milwaukee

  • Lena Taylor, Wisconsin State Senator, Co-Chair of the Joint Finance Committee

  • Dennis Kuester, retired CEO of M&I Corporation

  • Patricia Aniakudo, Meta House, Special Projects Manager

  • William Harrell, Secretary, Table of the Saints, support/advocacy group of former offenders

The “11×15 Campaign” and the September 13, 2012 summit are sponsored by MICAH, an interfaith congregation-based justice organization comprised of 35 Milwaukee area congregations.

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SS Peter and Paul’s 2012 Block Party Saturday Sept 8, 2PM to 11PM Free Admission!

Click HERE for the flyer and more info.

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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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MICAH, Inc. “Get out the Vote Rally”

When: Monday, November 5, 2012
Where: Providence Baptist Church 3865 N. 82nd Street, Milwaukee,
Rev. Games, Pastor

Time: 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Purpose: To energize and promote our civic duty as Americans. We want to have you be mindful of what your vote means and represents for Milwaukee and the United States of America.

Rev. Willie E. Brisco, President

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ACLU Voting Information

As you know, the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation’s recently produced a report and series of videos entitled, Unlock the Vote Wisconsin, which provides community members information about felon disfranchisement and what individuals’ rights are when voting with a past criminal conviction. As I am sure you can imagine, getting this information out into the community before the election is crucial so that people understand their rights.

We also have a small advertising budget and were thinking about taking out some ads in Church bulletins to help get the word out. The information we feel is important to share is linked here on our website. I don’t know what the best way to contact churches about this is, so any help you can give me would be truly appreciated.

Thank you!


Molly Collins
Associate Director ACLU of WI/ WIF
207 E Buffalo St Ste 325, Milwaukee, WI 53202
414–272–4032 ext. 215
414–272–0182 fax
www.aclu-wi.org

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Talking About VOTING: Protecting the VOTE An inter-generational dialogue.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 6–8:00 p.m.
COA Goldin Center 2320 W. Burleigh Street
Milwaukee, WI. 53206

Featuring: Congresswoman Gwen Moore
Moderated by: Eric Von, Morning Magazine 1290 wmcs
Sponsored by: The advancement project, League of Young Voters COA Goldin Center

Spread the Word!
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Voter Rights Workshop and Voter Registration; Sunday, October 14

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City Wide Forum on Protecting the Vote October 17th

You’re invited to participate in a city wide forum, “Talking About Voting: Protecting our Vote” The event is sponsored by the Advancement Project (501c3), and is strictly non partisan. The forum will provide a context and history of voting and suppression in the African American community. The purpose of the event is to educate voters to be prepared to vote in the November election and to convey our rich heritage in voting.

The event is planned for Wednesday, October 17th COA Goldin Center 2320 W Burleigh St. Milwaukee, WI 53206

Event participants:
Congresswoman Gwen Moore,
Eddie Halies, Managing Director, Advancement Project,
Reverend Willie Brisco, President of Milwaukee Interfaith Churches Allied for Hope,
David Bowen, Milwaukee County Supervisor District 10,
Jayme Montgomery-Baker, WI Director Leauge of Young Voters WI and
Eyon Biddle, Political Action Director, SEIU Local 150

Charlotte King|Organizer
414–248–8564
Advancement Project 1220 L Street, NW, Suite 850 Washington, DC 20005
(202) 728–9557 (o)
(202) 728–9558 (f)
cking@advancementproject.org
www.advancementproject.org
www.justdemocracyblog.org

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Fear, Inc.

The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America

“Fear, Inc.”, a 2011 report published by the Center for American Progress, describes the orchestrated propagation of Islamophobia in America by key groups and figures. Islamophobia has spread widely in the US, leading to divisions between communities, discrimination and hate crimes.

Date: Friday, October 19th, 2012

Student Workshop 10:00am – 12:00pm
Rm. 191 UW-Milwaukee Union 2200 East Kenwood Boulevard

Public Lecture 7:00 pm
UWM Helene Zelazo Center 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. Across the Street from the Union

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Hatem Bazian
Wajahat Ali

Questions? Contact us at:
staff@mmwconline.org
414–727–4900
5235 S 27th St, Greenfield, WI 53221
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MICAH’s 11×15 Campaign Saturday, August 25th, 2012

(Campaign to Reduce Wisconsin’s Prison Population by 22,000 to 11,000 by 2015 – for Safer and Healthier Communities)

SPECIAL WELCOME: ALL PRISON MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS

For more information: Rev. Willie Brisco, 414–915–2140

  • 8:00 a.m. Fellowship

  • 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

  • 9:00 a.m. Program

Christian Fellowship Community Church: 2176 North 39th Street, Milwaukee
RSVP with sharon@micahempowers.org

Power Point Presentation
Presenters: Rev. Willie Brisco, Assisting Minister, New Covenant Baptist Church

+ Andre Brown, Case Manager, Project RETURN

+Brenda Wesley, Director of Education and Outreach, National Alliance on Mental Illness

  • Testimony: William Harrell, Table of the Saints

Question and Answer Period

Wis. Milestone: We Now Spend More on Prisons than Universities

Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 04:10 PM PDT

In the state cuts within the Wisconsin State Budget, one item passed under the radar. we’re now spending more tax dollars on keeping people in prison than we spend on our state university system.

For 2011-‘13, Gov. Scott Walker and GOP lawmakers allotted the state’s public universities just under $2.1 billion to the Department of Corrections’ $2.25 billion, a gap that is unlikely to close any time soon. In total, the University of Wisconsin System will receive approximately $315.8 million in cuts over two years while the corrections budget will take a $53.8 million hit over the same period.

Not only that, but they massively increased the tuition that Wisconsinites pay to attend our public university system and stripped 18% out of the paychecks of every state employee to pay for benefits as well as stripping their union rights to negotiate anything besides wages under a narrowly state-defined limit.

Priorities. Prison over education. Tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest in Wisconsin paid for by cuts to our children, our elderly, our public employees, and our most vulnerable citizens. Even I can’t find any snark that fits.

It didn’t happen overnight, though.

In 1990, the Department of Corrections laid claim to less than half the funds apportioned to the UW System, receiving $178.6 million to the universities’ $698.2 million. Even then, the state prison population was growing.

In the 1990s, Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson made moves to crack down on crime and instituted “truth in sentencing.” In that decade, Wisconsin used its budget surplus to build additional prisons and incarcerate more than 13,000 people.

In 2003, Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, pledged to end Wisconsin’s prison-building boom , but prison spending didn’t immediately slow. Late in his second term, Doyle’s proposed early-release programs took effect, only to be repealed one year later.

In 1990, the prison population was just under 7,000. Now, it tops 22,000.

Most of that increase in due to former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompsons harsh sentencing laws rather than an increase in criminal activity. Fear of being called “soft on crime” prevents the enactment of more reasonable sentencing laws.

It’s sad when we spend more on prisons than preparing the next generation for their futures and to insure a well educated citizenry that will attract business.

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Building Unity for Safer Neighborhoods

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Join Nonprofit VOTE for our upcoming webinar: Poll Worker Recruitment for Nonprofits

Thursday, August 30th at 2:00pm Eastern

Poll workers are on the front lines of helping people vote on Election Day. This year, many states have new ID requirements and voting procedures, so poll worker recruitment and training will be critical to the Election Day experience. Your nonprofit can ensure that poll workers represent and are familiar with your community by encouraging staff, volunteers, and constituents to serve as poll workers. In many areas, translators are also needed to assist non-English speaking voters by translating voting information and answering questions. Learn how your nonprofit can help facilitate democracy in your community by recruiting poll workers, translators, and poll monitors.

Featured Presenter: Jenny Rose Flanagan is the Director of Voting and Elections at Common Cause, where she works with state and national leaders to improve election policy and administration at both the federal and state level. She previously served as the Executive Director of Colorado Common Cause, leading the organization through the successful passage of Colorado’s ethics law, and is a primary founder of Just Vote! Colorado Election Protection, Colorado’s election monitoring program.
RSVP Here!

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Building Unity for Safer Neighborhoods

Mayor Tom Barrett, Commissioner Bevan Baker, Chief Ed Flynn, and District Attorney John Chisholm
Cordially invite you to:

Building Unity for Safer Neighborhoods

With invited speaker Rev. Jeffrey Brown

Boston 10 Point Coalition
Thursday, August 30, 2012
9:00 a.m. registration
9:30 a.m. until 3:00pm

Lunch will be provided.

Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church 1345 West Burleigh Avenue Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53206

Please join us for a day of learning, engagement, and collaboration as faith leaders, law enforcement, and community come together to enhance our resources, relationships, and mount a movement to make Milwaukee a safer and more vibrant place to live.

RSVP to Paulina de Haan at the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention at phone: 414–286–3637 or email: paulina.dehaan@milwaukee.gov by Monday, August 27, 2012

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Janus College Preparatory & Art Academies, Inc. 08/15/2012 Fall Back to School Fundraiser.

Dear Potential Donor,

JCPAA has started its fall back to school fundraiser; we would like to raise $2000, by collecting empty printer cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops.

This is a simple fundraiser that helps subsidize JCPAA budget. Our none profit organization utilizes the FundingFactory Recycling Program to recycle collected cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops. The program features FREE prepaid shipping labels, online accounting, and a business component that enables companies and individuals to collect cartridges and cell phones in support of our efforts.

Please consider collecting used cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops within your company to benefit JCPAA.

Benefits to your company:

  • Environmentally friendly disposal of printer cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops
  • Community recognition for recycling efforts
  • Enables employees to dispose of cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops from personal use

How cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops benefit JCPAA
All cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops collected through this effort are sent to FundingFactory, a company based in Erie, PA, that offers the nationwide recycling program. When the boxes arrive at FundingFactory, the items are inspected and the value for each collected item registers in our online account. We are able to login to our account anytime to view our returns, order more boxes or request a check for our earnings.

Please make check out to JCPAA or visit www.FundingFactory.com for more information about supporting JCPAA through FundingFactory’s Business Support program. If you choose to register, please identify our ID number 316276 as the beneficiary organization. That’s us!

If you have any questions about this program, please contact JCPAA at jcpaa@yahoo.com or 414–763–2563.

Thank you for your support,

Valerie Benton-Davis

Brought to you in part by FundingFactory

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Associated contributes $25,000 to the African American Chamber of Commerce of Milwaukee - Revolving Loan Fund Program

MILWAUKEE - Aug. 9, 2012 - Associated contributed $25,000 to the African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) of Greater Milwaukee Revolving Loan Fund Program (RLF). The AACC Board, with seed funding from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), has established a revolving loan fund to make capital accessible and provide quality technical assistance to the African American business community.

WEDC provided $100,000 seed money to the RLF that will be leveraged into a matching fund to help start the RLF Program with an initial total of $200,000 in capital. With Associated’s $25,000 donation, the RLF will be able to support eight start-up or expansion businesses to create positive and proactive business climate that will energize the local economic capability to create or retain up to 15 to 20 jobs, generate tax revenues and buildup wealth.

“The African American Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors are thrilled about Associated Bank’s leadership in empowering communities of color by supporting the establishment of Revolving Loan Fund services in our chamber,” said Dr. Eve M. Hall, president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce. “This partnership will enable us to assist our business owners in securing loans critical to their growth and sustainability. The strength of African American-owned businesses means increased employment and educational opportunities for the citizens of this city and state.”

The AACC will put policies, procedures and technical assistance in place so the loan fund becomes a self-sustaining operation that revolves many times for the benefit of our community. The organization will also build the program’s technical assistance capacity to provide pre-loan and post-loan technical and administrative support to loan applicants and borrowers.

“Since its inception, Associated has had a rich tradition of providing superior financial services to the communities in which we do business,” said Nate Goudreau, Associated community reinvestment act director. “Our hope is that through this program, we will continue to foster stronger, more stable communities that will ultimately lead to a more positive future for us all.”

The AACC-RLF is the first of such funds focused on serving the African American business community in Wisconsin.

Associated bank is proud to partner with the AACC to support economic growth and thereby grow the number of viable minority businesses that will be available to compete in the Wisconsin market.

About Associated Banc-Corp

Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC) has total assets of $22 billion and is one of the top 50 financial services holding companies operating in the United States. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Associated has more than 250 banking locations serving more than 150 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. The company offers a full range of banking services and other financial products and services. Associated Bank, N.A. is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender and Member FDIC.

More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at www.associatedbank.com.

About The African American Chamber of Commerce

The African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) was founded in 1993 as a 501© (3) non-profit business designed to empower the African American business community. AACC’s mission is to develop, to educate, to advocate, and to enhance the economic status of the Greater Milwaukee Community. The organization envisions transforming the economic and wealth building opportunities of African American businesses through three areas of service: (1) access to capital, (2) advocacy, and (3) business development.

About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

As the State’s lead economic development organization, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation nurtures business growth and job creation in Wisconsin by providing leadership, bold thinking and creative investment strategies.

Learn more at www.WEDC.org.

Contact: Nicole Koremenos
Public Relations Specialist
414–278–1832 PHONE
414–254–2270 CELL
Nicole.Koremenos@AssociatedBank.com

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August 12: Community Commemoration – A time for reflection, a time for action.

 
On Sunday, August 12, at 3:30 pm, in Pere Marquette Park, members of Wisconsin’s grassroots communities, including faith-based and other local organizations who have joined in coalition together, will commemorate the recent tragedy at the Sikh Temple and discuss the needs of our diverse communities in looking to the future.

This hour-long program will focus on four points of unity, as drafted by the event’s various co-sponsors:

  • We promote a healthy, peaceful democracy, in which all races, genders and faith traditions are of equal value, and in which all feel secure and respected when worshiping, attending school, or engaging in social activities.

  • We recognize the danger and potential for violence that racism, a product of ignorance and fear, continues to create in Wisconsin. We are dedicated to building communities free of intolerance.

  • Wisconsin continues to be plagued by gun violence, including five mass murders since 2004.  We call on our entire community to promote sensible solutions to this devastating problem.  More must be done in Wisconsin, and this country, to make sure people can’t get their hands on automatic and semi-automatic weapons with high capacity magazines. Our leaders and elected representatives should have no greater priority than making sure our communities and families are safe.

  • The utilization of education, the only tool capable of producing a tolerant, respectful, loving, and prosperous society, is of central importance in stopping violent tragedies from continuing to occur.

“We are one people living on one planet. People of good will must join together to confront issues of violence and racism, and educate others to ensure that incidents such as what took place at the Sikh temple on Sunday never happen again,” said Rev. Brisco of Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope.

Co-sponsors of this event include: Peace Action-WI, Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope, Summer of Peace, Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, and Milwaukee Matters.

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MICAH’s Hands Across the Via Duct rally and canvass August 10th - 12th.

The weekend begins Friday evening at 6:00 p.m., Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. There will be a Press Conference at 5:30 p.m.
On Sunday, August 12, 2012 MICAH will launch their Get Out The Vote Campaign at Blessed Deliverance Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m.

Friday at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Ascension Lutheran Church 1236 S. Layton Blvd. (27th Street South)
Rev. Jon Jacobs, Host Pastor

Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Blessed Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, 2215 N. 23rd Street
Rev. J. Anthony Phillips, Host Pastor

The next Hands Across the Via Duct meeting will be on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
MICAH Office (large dining room)
Please park and enter through rear

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
Sincere Regards,
~Sharon

Sharon McMurray
MICAH Office and Program Coordinator
sharon@micahempowers.org
414.264.0805 Office
414.374.8841 desk

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August 9: Vigil Against Violence with host Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

On Thursday, August 9, at 9:30 pm, at Cathedral Square Park (following Jazz in the Park), Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., along with local grassroots and faith-based organizations, will host a candlelit “vigil against violence” in commemoration of the recent tragedy at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., will lead the vigil, bringing a message of unity, healing, and hope to those gathered in the wake of this deeply troubling incident. It is important that people of all faiths and convictions stand together with the victims and families affected by this violence.

Co-sponsors of this event include: Peace Action-WI, Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope, Summer of Peace, Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, and Milwaukee Matters. Special thank you to Natty Nation.

Interviews possible, call 414–964–5158

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MICAH lawsuit challenges $1.7 expansion of Zoo Interchange at expense of pubic transit and minority jobs

Click here for a copy of the complaint

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Tired of candidates talking at you, but not answering questions? Us too.

I’m sure you’re familiar with this scenario: a typical candidate forum, candidates sitting side-by-side at a table, attacking each other instead of answering questions.

At the end, nobody has outlined a specific plan for success.

NOT this time. Tonight, the candidates who want to represent Assembly District 18 will be held accountable by you.

Tonight, we are going to split into groups and the candidates will rotate with each group and listen (not talk!) to your concerns around three issues: work-family flexibility, equal opportunity and family-supporting jobs.

At the end, each candidate will get five minutes to tell us what specific policies she/he is committed to elevating and passing that will make our families and economy stronger.

We’re co-hosting this event with outgoing Representative Tamara Grigsby. Come thank her for her truly remarkable service.

Date & Time: Tuesday, August 7, 5:30pm
Location: Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd

Childcare and refreshments will be provided. Email to let us know if you will be attending.

Hope to see you tonight,
Dana

PS. Not sure if you’re in the new 18th District? Check the updated district map here.

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MICAH HANDS ACROSS THE VIADUCT SOUTHSIDE

COMMUNITY RALLY

Building Relationships, Finding Shared Purpose, Youth Presence
Friday August 10, 2012, 6 - 8 P.M.
ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH
1236 S. Layton Blvd. (27th Street, South)

PASTOR Jon Jacobs, Host Pastor
MICAH PRESIDENT Rev. Willie Brisco
MASTER OF CEREMONIES Primitivo Torres, Voces de la Frontera
YOUTH GROUPS: YES (Youth Empowered in the Struggle), Running Rebels, Jóvenes de Luz, and Urban Underground.
ELECTED OFFICIALS
POLICE DEPARTMENT

COMMUNITY REACH-OUT, CANVASSING

Community Building, Sharing Resources, Getting Out the Vote

Saturday, August 11, 2012, 9:30 A.M. - 1 P.M.
ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH
1236 S. Layton Blvd. (27th Street, South)

Questions: 414.264.0805 sharon@micahempowers.org or pacomatorell2000@yahoo.com 414–607–8771

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August 16, 2012 is Issues Night

St. Martin de Porres
128 W. Burleigh Street (Enter off 2nd street through parking lot)

Fellowship is at 5:30 p.m.
Issues 6–8:00 p.m.

Spread the WORD!

2012 MICAH Banquet Keynote Speaker

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Please Join US! Invitation to a Public Hearing, “Harvesting Your Feedback”

Milwaukee County Seniors Your voices have been heard!

You are invited to a public hearing, “Harvesting Your Feedback”. Two public hearings will be hosted and sponsored by the Milwaukee County Department on Aging (MCDA) in partnership with AARP.

MCDA has been working on developing the 2013–2015 Area Plan for Milwaukee County. The Area Plan outlines Milwaukee County’s goals and implementation plan for addressing the needs of older adults. To accomplish this task, MCDA solicited the assistance and input of Milwaukee County older adults to answer the simple question, “What do older adults need to live independently and have quality of life?”

During spring and into summer, thanks to you and others, MCDA obtained feedback from nearly 3,000 individuals through Cookies and Conversations (one-on-one, peer-to-peer discussions), Dessert and Discussion(seven community input sessions), and an Area Agency Questionnaire that was available online and in hardcopy format.

Since the end of July, MCDA staff members have been analyzing information and compiling your the feedback into goals for the 2013–2015 Area Agency on Aging Plan. As promised, it is time for us to present the draft Area Plan, which will highlight the goals to be implemented over the next three years. The plan that will be presented is reflective of feedback from the thousands of people, primarily Milwaukee County older adults who participated in the various feedback opportunities during June and July.

We would like for you to enjoy some wonderful fall refreshments and be our guest at one of the two, “Harvesting Your Feedback” Public Hearings:

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 9:00 am until 11:00 am Wilson Park Senior Center, 2601 West Howard Avenue, Milwaukee, Main Hall

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee, Main Hall

RSVPs Are NOT Required. You only need to attend “one” of the public hearings. Again, the purpose of attending one of the public hearings is for MCDA to present the goals and strategies of the Area Plan and receive final feedback from the community.

If you have questions, feel free to call: 414–289–5950 or email: agingevents@milwaukeecounty.com

Please help us get the word out by passing this message on to others.
Thank you!

Jonette N. Arms, M.S.
Assistant Director
Milwaukee County Department on Aging
Marcia Coggs Human Service Center
1220 West Vliet Street, Suite 302
Milwaukee, WI 53205
Phone: 414.289.6073
Fax: 414.289.8525
Jonette.Arms@milwaukeecounty.com

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Are you concerned about gun violence in our communities?

Please join us for a panel discussion about this important issue.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012
7:00 p.m.
First Unitarian Church
1342 N. Astor St.
Milwaukee, WI

Recent mass shootings in Oak Creek and Aurora are painful reminders of the cost of gun violence. Every single year in our country, 30,000 people are killed and an additional 70,000 people are injured with guns. We can and must do more to prevent these tragedies. Please bring your ideas and questions and add your voice to this discussion.

Panel Members Include:

  • Rev. Willie Brisco, President, Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH)

  • Jeri Bonavia, Executive Director, Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort Educational Fund (WAVE)

  • Pardeep Kaleka, Sikh Temple Community

  • Antoni Apollo, Team Captain, Gun Unit, Milwaukee County Assistant D.A.

Moderator: Representative Tamara Grigsby

This free event is sponsored by the Economic Justice Committee of the First Unitarian Church.
For questions, please contact Dorothy Sherman — dorothy-sherman@sbcglobal.net

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EDUCATION COALITION OF MILWAUKEE UPCOMING MEETINGS

EDUCATION COALITION OF MILWAUKEE: Women Committed to an Informed Community, Council for the Spanish Speaking, Inc. Christian Community Caucus

Monday, October 1, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Council for Spanish Speaking
614 W. National Ave.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 9:00 a.m.
City Hall, Room 301-B
Zoning, Neighborhoods, Dev. Comm.

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Milwaukee Public Schools looking for more in school Tutors

Interfaith-MPS Tutor Program needs more volunteer tutors.

Volunteers:

  • Tutor local students on reading or math in either a one-on-one or small group setting in the classroom.

  • Practice positive reinforcement.

  • Assure that students show respect for their peers, instructors, learning materials and equipment.

The Tutor Program is a partnership of Interfaith Older Adult Programs Inc. and Milwaukee Public Schools.

To learn more about the Tutor Program click here.
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Muslim-Christian Student Dialogue; Cardinal Stritch University

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Know Your Neighbors: Exploring Our Diverse Faiths

Event to have Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist presenters

Greetings!

You are invited to a significant event this coming Monday evening, Sept. 24, to learn about the Sikh faith and four other faiths, and to mingle with members of some of those faiths.

With religious diversity increasing in Southeastern Wisconsin and with hate groups on the rise nationwide, it is more important than ever before that we understand and appreciate one another.

The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee is offering an opportunity for people from every community to learn about the beliefs and customs of their fellow citizens at “Know Your Neighbors: Exploring Our Diverse Faiths” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, at Oak Creek Community United Methodist Church, 8675 S. 13th St., Oak Creek. Refreshments and informal conversation will follow.

All of these faiths have a significant presence in the greater Milwaukee area but are not nearly as well known as the Christian traditions. Because of the recent tragedy at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, the evening will begin with an emphasis on the Sikh faith, followed by overviews from representatives of Hindu, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist traditions. The goal is to move into and beyond tolerance to understanding and friendship, recognizing the many things that we all have in common as people of faith and as Americans.

This gathering is being organized by the Milwaukee Association for Interfaith Relations (MAIR), a program of the Interfaith Conference. It is free and open to the public. Tonen O’Connor, a Zen Buddhist and current Chair of MAIR commented, “It is rare that we have such a wonderful opportunity to come together to learn about the diverse faiths of our neighbors.”

Directions: Oak Creek Community United Methodist Church is at W. Puetz Road and S. 13th Street. People driving on I-94 from the north should exit at Rawson Avenue, head east and immediately turn right (south) onto 13th Street. The church is about two miles ahead. People driving on I-94 from the south should exit at Ryan Road, head east and immediately turn left (north) onto 13th Street. The church is about one mile ahead.

Thank you for your interest,
Sincerely,
Tom Heinen, Executive Director
Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee

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The Third Annual Project Homeless Connect

A gallery showing features stories on how people became homeless

Don’t miss this interesting event!

The Third Annual Project Homeless Connect Fundraiser will include stories of guests who tell how they became homeless, accompanied by artwork from others.

Bid on Items from Local Artists in our auction!
Light Appetizers to be served!

Join us for this gallery showing:

5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21
5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22

Location: Community Advocates 728 N. James Lovell St.

Admission is free.
Donations accepted and gratefully appreciated!
Sponsored by Community Advocates, Inc.

For information, contact Kari Lerch at klerch@communityadvocates.net.

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Make your appointment by calling Rayven Gordon at or visit this link.

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YMCA Milwaukee Northside partnering with BloodCenter of Wisconsin to host marrow, organ registration and blood drive.

YMCA Milwaukee Northside is partnering with BloodCenter of Wisconsin to host a marrow, organ registration and blood drive. Donating blood takes about an hour of your time, and registering for organ and marrow takes less than 15 minutes- a short commitment to give a life-saving gift.

Please join us for this event.

Date: September 29, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Ymca Milwaukee Northside

Make your appointment by calling Rayven Gordon at or visit this link.

Introducing Giving for Life. BloodCenter’s way to recognize and thank you.

People like you can impact hundreds of lives. Many donors have a very personal reason for giving, while others give simply because it’s the right thing to do. Whatever your inspiration, BloodCenter wants to honor and thank you.

To do that, BloodCenter created Giving for Life, a program to recognize and thank dedicated donors. Learn more about Giving for Life at bcw.edu/GFL. BloodCenter will be proud to recognize you as a member, and thank you for all the lives that will be touched by yours.

We thank you and BloodCenter thanks you!

© 2009 BloodCenter of Wisconsin
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Parents for Public Schools event, September 26th

A newly formed chapter of Parents for Public Schools: Milwaukee is hosting an event for parents to preview the 2013–2015 state education budget, followed up by a Q&A. Please share this with anyone, especially our parents. If you have a school newsletter, consider posting this in the newsletter. There is a Facebook page up now, with an event’s page. https://www.facebook.com/PPSMKE

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Thank you for sharing.

Jennifer Mandel
Metro Region School Social Worker
Cell: 414–550–0352
mandeljb@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

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Benefit for Abraham Assana family. Help us raise money for the memorial fund going toward a reward and to help his children and wife.

Saturday, September 29th: 2pm until ???
Club Timbuktu 520 E. Center St.

$10 suggested donation (more is always welcome) Kids 12 & under free. Hand stamps available so bring the kids during the day and come back later!

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Effectively Employing Certified Peer Specialists

Using the Skills and Expertise of Peers to Maximize Recovery

The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division is hosting a training on effective use of professional peers in facilitating mental health recovery.

Mental health professionals and stakeholders are warmly invited, including peer specialists and their prospective and current supervisors and colleagues.

Friday, September 28, 2012 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Wisconsin African American Women’s Center
3020 West Vliet Street Milwaukee, WI 53208

We are excited to welcome Robyn Priest of the Alaska Peer Support Consortium as our event keynote speaker.

Training topics will include:

  • The purpose and roles of Certified Peer Specialists

  • How to create and maintain supportive work environments

  • Effectively incorporating peers within treatment teams and programming

The training will conclude with a discussion on the rewards and challenges of peer support, featuring experienced peer specialists and employers.

Attendees are encouraged to bring networking materials to make the most of this event.

The training is free of charge, but space is limited.

Please RSVP by September 18!

Register Now!

I can’t make it

Training materials, lunch, and refreshments will be provided to all attendees.

If you have any questions, please contact
Carrie Koss Vallejo
414–224–3055
carriekv@planningcouncil.org

We encourage you to share this invitation with others who could benefit from this training.

Thank you, and we hope to see you on September 28!

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The Family Support Program is looking to hire Family Support Specialists by Oct. 15, 2012.

The Family Support Program is an innovative program in which service provision to families involved in child welfare has been brought in house. The program works to provide consistency and service excellence to some of the most vulnerable families in the greater Milwaukee area. While the program is in its infancy, great strides have been made to make the program successful and beneficial to workers and clients alike.

As a FSS you will work closely with families involved in the family case management and intensive in home programs providing interventions to support and educate parents. FSS are part of a unique team with case managers, families, and placement providers all working together for safety, well being and permanency of children. FSS encourage, empower and advocate for families in all different arenas (the community, parents homes, the office, court, etc). As a FSS you will provide supervised family interactions, assist parents with locating housing, work with parents to manage their home and educate parents using the Nurturing Parenting Curriculum. FSS’s receive extensive trainings around safety and various parenting techniques that can be used to support and educate parents. FSS’s can expect to spend roughly 25 hours a week doing face to face activities with families.

We are seeking flexible individuals who are willing to work between the hours of 8 and 8 and have availability to meet with families Monday through Sunday. Individuals should be flexible and open to change and should be able to engage easily with parents and children. Individuals who are interested in making a difference in the lives of families involved in the Child Welfare system should apply online.

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“11×15 Campaign” Summit on September 13, 2012

Contact: Joseph Ellwanger, 414.736.2480 or www.prayforjusticeinwi.org

A diverse group of seven leaders in the Milwaukee area will express their support of a campaign aimed at reducing Wisconsin’s prison population to 11,000 (from 22,000) by 2015 for safer and healthier communities, at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 3114 N. 2nd St., on Thursday, September 13, 6:00 p.m.

Each speaker will explain why they support the reduction of Wisconsin’s prison population and how they believe that the reduction can be accomplished.

The following area stakeholders will be speaking;

  • Stan Stojkovic, Dean of the Helen Bader School of Social welfare at UW-Milwaukee

  • Carl Ashley, Milwaukee County Court Judge, former drug treatment court judge, and Chair of Effective Justice Strategy Sub-Committee, PPAC

  • Bevan Baker, Commissioner of Health for the City of Milwaukee

  • Lena Taylor, Wisconsin State Senator, Co-Chair of the Joint Finance Committee

  • Dennis Kuester, retired CEO of M&I Corporation

  • Patricia Aniakudo, Meta House, Special Projects Manager

  • William Harrell, Secretary, Table of the Saints, support/advocacy group of former offenders

The “11×15 Campaign” and the September 13, 2012 summit are sponsored by MICAH, an interfaith congregation-based justice organization comprised of 35 Milwaukee area congregations.

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SS Peter and Paul’s 2012 Block Party Saturday Sept 8, 2PM to 11PM

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SS Peter and Paul’s 2012 Block Party Saturday Sept 8, 2PM to 11PM Free Admission!

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SS Peter and Paul’s 2012 Block Party Saturday Sept 8, 2PM to 11PM

Click HERE for the flyer and more info.

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Building Unity for Safer Neighborhoods

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Join Nonprofit VOTE for our upcoming webinar: Poll Worker Recruitment for Nonprofits

Thursday, August 30th at 2:00pm Eastern

Poll workers are on the front lines of helping people vote on Election Day. This year, many states have new ID requirements and voting procedures, so poll worker recruitment and training will be critical to the Election Day experience. Your nonprofit can ensure that poll workers represent and are familiar with your community by encouraging staff, volunteers, and constituents to serve as poll workers. In many areas, translators are also needed to assist non-English speaking voters by translating voting information and answering questions. Learn how your nonprofit can help facilitate democracy in your community by recruiting poll workers, translators, and poll monitors.

Featured Presenter: Jenny Rose Flanagan is the Director of Voting and Elections at Common Cause, where she works with state and national leaders to improve election policy and administration at both the federal and state level. She previously served as the Executive Director of Colorado Common Cause, leading the organization through the successful passage of Colorado’s ethics law, and is a primary founder of Just Vote! Colorado Election Protection, Colorado’s election monitoring program.
RSVP Here!

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Building Unity for Safer Neighborhoods

Mayor Tom Barrett, Commissioner Bevan Baker, Chief Ed Flynn, and District Attorney John Chisholm
Cordially invite you to:

Building Unity for Safer Neighborhoods

With invited speaker Rev. Jeffrey Brown

Boston 10 Point Coalition
Thursday, August 30, 2012
9:00 a.m. registration
9:30 a.m. until 3:00pm

Lunch will be provided.

Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church 1345 West Burleigh Avenue Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53206

Please join us for a day of learning, engagement, and collaboration as faith leaders, law enforcement, and community come together to enhance our resources, relationships, and mount a movement to make Milwaukee a safer and more vibrant place to live.

RSVP to Paulina de Haan at the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention at phone: 414–286–3637 or email: paulina.dehaan@milwaukee.gov by Monday, August 27, 2012

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(Campaign to Reduce Wisconsin’s Prison Population by 22,000 to 11,000 by 2015 – for Safer and Healthier Communities)

SPECIAL WELCOME: ALL PRISON MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS

For more information: Rev. Willie Brisco, 414–915–2140

  • 8:00 a.m. Fellowship

  • 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

  • 9:00 a.m. Program

Christian Fellowship Community Church: 2176 North 39th Street, Milwaukee

Power Point Presentation
Presenters: Rev. Willie Brisco, Assisting Minister, New Covenant Baptist Church

+ Andre Brown, Case Manager, Project RETURN

+Brenda Wesley, Director of Education and Outreach, National Alliance on Mental Illness

  • Testimony: William Harrell, Table of the Saints

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Janus College Preparatory & Art Academies, Inc. 08/15/2012 Fall Back to School Fundraiser.

Dear Potential Donor,

JCPAA has started its fall back to school fundraiser; we would like to raise $2000, by collecting empty printer cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops.

This is a simple fundraiser that helps subsidize JCPAA budget. Our none profit organization utilizes the FundingFactory Recycling Program to recycle collected cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops. The program features FREE prepaid shipping labels, online accounting, and a business component that enables companies and individuals to collect cartridges and cell phones in support of our efforts.

Please consider collecting used cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops within your company to benefit JCPAA.

Benefits to your company:

  • Environmentally friendly disposal of printer cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops
  • Community recognition for recycling efforts
  • Enables employees to dispose of cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops from personal use

How cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops benefit JCPAA
All cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops collected through this effort are sent to FundingFactory, a company based in Erie, PA, that offers the nationwide recycling program. When the boxes arrive at FundingFactory, the items are inspected and the value for each collected item registers in our online account. We are able to login to our account anytime to view our returns, order more boxes or request a check for our earnings.

Please make check out to JCPAA or visit www.FundingFactory.com for more information about supporting JCPAA through FundingFactory’s Business Support program. If you choose to register, please identify our ID number 316276 as the beneficiary organization. That’s us!

If you have any questions about this program, please contact JCPAA at jcpaa@yahoo.com or 414–763–2563.

Thank you for your support,

Valerie Benton-Davis

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Associated contributes $25,000 to the African American Chamber of Commerce of Milwaukee - Revolving Loan Fund Program

MILWAUKEE - Aug. 9, 2012 - Associated contributed $25,000 to the African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) of Greater Milwaukee Revolving Loan Fund Program (RLF). The AACC Board, with seed funding from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), has established a revolving loan fund to make capital accessible and provide quality technical assistance to the African American business community.

WEDC provided $100,000 seed money to the RLF that will be leveraged into a matching fund to help start the RLF Program with an initial total of $200,000 in capital. With Associated’s $25,000 donation, the RLF will be able to support eight start-up or expansion businesses to create positive and proactive business climate that will energize the local economic capability to create or retain up to 15 to 20 jobs, generate tax revenues and buildup wealth.

“The African American Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors are thrilled about Associated Bank’s leadership in empowering communities of color by supporting the establishment of Revolving Loan Fund services in our chamber,” said Dr. Eve M. Hall, president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce. “This partnership will enable us to assist our business owners in securing loans critical to their growth and sustainability. The strength of African American-owned businesses means increased employment and educational opportunities for the citizens of this city and state.”

The AACC will put policies, procedures and technical assistance in place so the loan fund becomes a self-sustaining operation that revolves many times for the benefit of our community. The organization will also build the program’s technical assistance capacity to provide pre-loan and post-loan technical and administrative support to loan applicants and borrowers.

“Since its inception, Associated has had a rich tradition of providing superior financial services to the communities in which we do business,” said Nate Goudreau, Associated community reinvestment act director. “Our hope is that through this program, we will continue to foster stronger, more stable communities that will ultimately lead to a more positive future for us all.”

The AACC-RLF is the first of such funds focused on serving the African American business community in Wisconsin.

Associated bank is proud to partner with the AACC to support economic growth and thereby grow the number of viable minority businesses that will be available to compete in the Wisconsin market.

About Associated Banc-Corp

Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC) has total assets of $22 billion and is one of the top 50 financial services holding companies operating in the United States. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Associated has more than 250 banking locations serving more than 150 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. The company offers a full range of banking services and other financial products and services. Associated Bank, N.A. is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender and Member FDIC.

More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at www.associatedbank.com.

About The African American Chamber of Commerce

The African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) was founded in 1993 as a 501© (3) non-profit business designed to empower the African American business community. AACC’s mission is to develop, to educate, to advocate, and to enhance the economic status of the Greater Milwaukee Community. The organization envisions transforming the economic and wealth building opportunities of African American businesses through three areas of service: (1) access to capital, (2) advocacy, and (3) business development.

About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

As the State’s lead economic development organization, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation nurtures business growth and job creation in Wisconsin by providing leadership, bold thinking and creative investment strategies.

Learn more at www.WEDC.org.

Contact: Nicole Koremenos
Public Relations Specialist
414–278–1832 PHONE
414–254–2270 CELL
Nicole.Koremenos@AssociatedBank.com

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Thursday, August 30th at 2:00pm Eastern

Poll workers are on the front lines of helping people vote on Election Day. This year, many states have new ID requirements and voting procedures, so poll worker recruitment and training will be critical to the Election Day experience. Your nonprofit can ensure that poll workers represent and are familiar with your community by encouraging staff, volunteers, and constituents to serve as poll workers. In many areas, translators are also needed to assist non-English speaking voters by translating voting information and answering questions. Learn how your nonprofit can help facilitate democracy in your community by recruiting poll workers, translators, and poll monitors.

Featured Presenter: Jenny Rose Flanagan is the Director of Voting and Elections at Common Cause, where she works with state and national leaders to improve election policy and administration at both the federal and state level. She previously served as the Executive Director of Colorado Common Cause, leading the organization through the successful passage of Colorado’s ethics law, and is a primary founder of Just Vote! Colorado Election Protection, Colorado’s election monitoring program.
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August 12: Community Commemoration – A time for reflection, a time for action.

 
On Sunday, August 12, at 3:30 pm, in Pere Marquette Park, members of Wisconsin’s grassroots communities, including faith-based and other local organizations who have joined in coalition together, will commemorate the recent tragedy at the Sikh Temple and discuss the needs of our diverse communities in looking to the future.

This hour-long program will focus on four points of unity, as drafted by the event’s various co-sponsors:

  • We promote a healthy, peaceful democracy, in which all races, genders and faith traditions are of equal value, and in which all feel secure and respected when worshiping, attending school, or engaging in social activities.

  • We recognize the danger and potential for violence that racism, a product of ignorance and fear, continues to create in Wisconsin. We are dedicated to building communities free of intolerance.

  • Wisconsin continues to be plagued by gun violence, including five mass murders since 2004.  We call on our entire community to promote sensible solutions to this devastating problem.  More must be done in Wisconsin, and this country, to make sure people can’t get their hands on automatic and semi-automatic weapons with high capacity magazines. Our leaders and elected representatives should have no greater priority than making sure our communities and families are safe.

  • The utilization of education, the only tool capable of producing a tolerant, respectful, loving, and prosperous society, is of central importance in stopping violent tragedies from continuing to occur.

“We are one people living on one planet. People of good will must join together to confront issues of violence and racism, and educate others to ensure that incidents such as what took place at the Sikh temple on Sunday never happen again,” said Rev. Brisco of Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope.

Co-sponsors of this event include: Peace Action-WI, Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope, Summer of Peace, Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, and Milwaukee Matters.

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Mayor Tom Barrett, Commissioner Bevan Baker, Chief Ed Flynn, and District Attorney John Chisholm
Cordially invite you to:

Building Unity for Safer Neighborhoods

With invited speaker Rev. Jeffrey Brown

Boston 10 Point Coalition
Thursday, August 30, 2012
9:00 a.m. registration
9:30 a.m. until 3:00pm

Lunch will be provided.

Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church 1345 West Burleigh Avenue Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53206

Please join us for a day of learning, engagement, and collaboration as faith leaders, law enforcement, and community come together to enhance our resources, relationships, and mount a movement to make Milwaukee a safer and more vibrant place to live.

RSVP to Paulina de Haan at the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention at phone: 414–286–3637 or email: paulina.dehaan@milwaukee.gov by Monday, August 27, 2012

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MICAH’s Hands Across the Via Duct rally and canvass August 10th - 12th.

The weekend begins Friday evening at 6:00 p.m., Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. There will be a Press Conference at 5:30 p.m.
On Sunday, August 12, 2012 MICAH will launch their Get Out The Vote Campaign at Blessed Deliverance Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m.

Friday at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Ascension Lutheran Church 1236 S. Layton Blvd. (27th Street South)
Rev. Jon Jacobs, Host Pastor

Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Blessed Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, 2215 N. 23rd Street
Rev. J. Anthony Phillips, Host Pastor

The next Hands Across the Via Duct meeting will be on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
MICAH Office (large dining room)
Please park and enter through rear

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
Sincere Regards,
~Sharon

Sharon McMurray
MICAH Office and Program Coordinator
sharon@micahempowers.org
414.264.0805 Office
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Janus College Preparatory & Art Academies, Inc. 08/15/2012 Fall Back to School Fundraiser.

Dear Potential Donor,

JCPAA has started its fall back to school fundraiser; we would like to raise $2000, by collecting empty printer cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops.

This is a simple fundraiser that helps subsidize JCPAA budget. Our none profit organization utilizes the FundingFactory Recycling Program to recycle collected cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops. The program features FREE prepaid shipping labels, online accounting, and a business component that enables companies and individuals to collect cartridges and cell phones in support of our efforts.

Please consider collecting used cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops within your company to benefit JCPAA.

Benefits to your company:

  • Environmentally friendly disposal of printer cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops
  • Community recognition for recycling efforts
  • Enables employees to dispose of cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops from personal use

How cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops benefit JCPAA
All cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops collected through this effort are sent to FundingFactory, a company based in Erie, PA, that offers the nationwide recycling program. When the boxes arrive at FundingFactory, the items are inspected and the value for each collected item registers in our online account. We are able to login to our account anytime to view our returns, order more boxes or request a check for our earnings.

Please make check out to JCPAA or visit www.FundingFactory.com for more information about supporting JCPAA through FundingFactory’s Business Support program. If you choose to register, please identify our ID number 316276 as the beneficiary organization. That’s us!

If you have any questions about this program, please contact JCPAA at jcpaa@yahoo.com or 414–763–2563.

Thank you for your support,

Valerie Benton-Davis

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August 9: Vigil Against Violence with host Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

On Thursday, August 9, at 9:30 pm, at Cathedral Square Park (following Jazz in the Park), Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., along with local grassroots and faith-based organizations, will host a candlelit “vigil against violence” in commemoration of the recent tragedy at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., will lead the vigil, bringing a message of unity, healing, and hope to those gathered in the wake of this deeply troubling incident. It is important that people of all faiths and convictions stand together with the victims and families affected by this violence.

Co-sponsors of this event include: Peace Action-WI, Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope, Summer of Peace, Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, and Milwaukee Matters. Special thank you to Natty Nation.

Interviews possible, call 414–964–5158

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Associated contributes $25,000 to the African American Chamber of Commerce of Milwaukee - Revolving Loan Fund Program

MILWAUKEE - Aug. 9, 2012 - Associated contributed $25,000 to the African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) of Greater Milwaukee Revolving Loan Fund Program (RLF). The AACC Board, with seed funding from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), has established a revolving loan fund to make capital accessible and provide quality technical assistance to the African American business community.

WEDC provided $100,000 seed money to the RLF that will be leveraged into a matching fund to help start the RLF Program with an initial total of $200,000 in capital. With Associated’s $25,000 donation, the RLF will be able to support eight start-up or expansion businesses to create positive and proactive business climate that will energize the local economic capability to create or retain up to 15 to 20 jobs, generate tax revenues and buildup wealth.

“The African American Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors are thrilled about Associated Bank’s leadership in empowering communities of color by supporting the establishment of Revolving Loan Fund services in our chamber,” said Dr. Eve M. Hall, president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce. “This partnership will enable us to assist our business owners in securing loans critical to their growth and sustainability. The strength of African American-owned businesses means increased employment and educational opportunities for the citizens of this city and state.”

The AACC will put policies, procedures and technical assistance in place so the loan fund becomes a self-sustaining operation that revolves many times for the benefit of our community. The organization will also build the program’s technical assistance capacity to provide pre-loan and post-loan technical and administrative support to loan applicants and borrowers.

“Since its inception, Associated has had a rich tradition of providing superior financial services to the communities in which we do business,” said Nate Goudreau, Associated community reinvestment act director. “Our hope is that through this program, we will continue to foster stronger, more stable communities that will ultimately lead to a more positive future for us all.”

The AACC-RLF is the first of such funds focused on serving the African American business community in Wisconsin.

Associated bank is proud to partner with the AACC to support economic growth and thereby grow the number of viable minority businesses that will be available to compete in the Wisconsin market.

About Associated Banc-Corp

Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC) has total assets of $22 billion and is one of the top 50 financial services holding companies operating in the United States. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Associated has more than 250 banking locations serving more than 150 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. The company offers a full range of banking services and other financial products and services. Associated Bank, N.A. is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender and Member FDIC.

More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at www.associatedbank.com.

About The African American Chamber of Commerce

The African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) was founded in 1993 as a 501© (3) non-profit business designed to empower the African American business community. AACC’s mission is to develop, to educate, to advocate, and to enhance the economic status of the Greater Milwaukee Community. The organization envisions transforming the economic and wealth building opportunities of African American businesses through three areas of service: (1) access to capital, (2) advocacy, and (3) business development.

About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

As the State’s lead economic development organization, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation nurtures business growth and job creation in Wisconsin by providing leadership, bold thinking and creative investment strategies.

Learn more at www.WEDC.org.

Contact: Nicole Koremenos
Public Relations Specialist
414–278–1832 PHONE
414–254–2270 CELL
Nicole.Koremenos@AssociatedBank.com

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August 12: Community Commemoration – A time for reflection, a time for action.

 
On Sunday, August 12, at 3:30 pm, in Pere Marquette Park, members of Wisconsin’s grassroots communities, including faith-based and other local organizations who have joined in coalition together, will commemorate the recent tragedy at the Sikh Temple and discuss the needs of our diverse communities in looking to the future.

This hour-long program will focus on four points of unity, as drafted by the event’s various co-sponsors:

  • We promote a healthy, peaceful democracy, in which all races, genders and faith traditions are of equal value, and in which all feel secure and respected when worshiping, attending school, or engaging in social activities.

  • We recognize the danger and potential for violence that racism, a product of ignorance and fear, continues to create in Wisconsin. We are dedicated to building communities free of intolerance.

  • Wisconsin continues to be plagued by gun violence, including five mass murders since 2004.  We call on our entire community to promote sensible solutions to this devastating problem.  More must be done in Wisconsin, and this country, to make sure people can’t get their hands on automatic and semi-automatic weapons with high capacity magazines. Our leaders and elected representatives should have no greater priority than making sure our communities and families are safe.

  • The utilization of education, the only tool capable of producing a tolerant, respectful, loving, and prosperous society, is of central importance in stopping violent tragedies from continuing to occur.

“We are one people living on one planet. People of good will must join together to confront issues of violence and racism, and educate others to ensure that incidents such as what took place at the Sikh temple on Sunday never happen again,” said Rev. Brisco of Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope.

Co-sponsors of this event include: Peace Action-WI, Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope, Summer of Peace, Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, and Milwaukee Matters.

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Tired of candidates talking at you, but not answering questions? Us too.

I’m sure you’re familiar with this scenario: a typical candidate forum, candidates sitting side-by-side at a table, attacking each other instead of answering questions.

At the end, nobody has outlined a specific plan for success.

NOT this time. Tonight, the candidates who want to represent Assembly District 18 will be held accountable by you.

Tonight, we are going to split into groups and the candidates will rotate with each group and listen (not talk!) to your concerns around three issues: work-family flexibility, equal opportunity and family-supporting jobs.

At the end, each candidate will get five minutes to tell us what specific policies she/he is committed to elevating and passing that will make our families and economy stronger.

We’re co-hosting this event with outgoing Representative Tamara Grigsby. Come thank her for her truly remarkable service.

Date & Time: Tuesday, August 7, 5:30pm
Location: Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd

Childcare and refreshments will be provided. Email to let us know if you will be attending.

Hope to see you tonight,
Dana

PS. Not sure if you’re in the new 18th District? Check the updated district map here.

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MICAH’s Hands Across the Via Duct rally and canvass August 10th - 12th.

The weekend begins Friday evening at 6:00 p.m., Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. There will be a Press Conference at 5:30 p.m.
On Sunday, August 12, 2012 MICAH will launch their Get Out The Vote Campaign at Blessed Deliverance Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m.

Friday at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Ascension Lutheran Church 1236 S. Layton Blvd. (27th Street South)
Rev. Jon Jacobs, Host Pastor

Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Blessed Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, 2215 N. 23rd Street
Rev. J. Anthony Phillips, Host Pastor

The next Hands Across the Via Duct meeting will be on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
MICAH Office (large dining room)
Please park and enter through rear

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
Sincere Regards,
~Sharon

Sharon McMurray
MICAH Office and Program Coordinator
sharon@micahempowers.org
414.264.0805 Office
414.374.8841 desk

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COMMUNITY RALLY

Building Relationships, Finding Shared Purpose, Youth Presence
Friday August 10, 2012, 6 - 8 P.M.
ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH
1236 S. Layton Blvd. (27th Street, South)

PASTOR Jon Jacobs, Host Pastor
MICAH PRESIDENT Rev. Willie Brisco
MASTER OF CEREMONIES Primitivo Torres, Voces de la Frontera
YOUTH GROUPS: YES (Youth Empowered in the Struggle), Running Rebels, Jóvenes de Luz, and Urban Underground.
ELECTED OFFICIALS
POLICE DEPARTMENT

COMMUNITY REACH-OUT, CANVASSING

Community Building, Sharing Resources, Getting Out the Vote

Saturday, August 11, 2012, 9:30 A.M. - 1 P.M.
ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH
1236 S. Layton Blvd. (27th Street, South)

Questions: 414.264.0805 sharon@micahempowers.org or pacomatorell2000@yahoo.com 414–607–8771

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August 9: Vigil Against Violence with host Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

On Thursday, August 9, at 9:30 pm, at Cathedral Square Park (following Jazz in the Park), Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., along with local grassroots and faith-based organizations, will host a candlelit “vigil against violence” in commemoration of the recent tragedy at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., will lead the vigil, bringing a message of unity, healing, and hope to those gathered in the wake of this deeply troubling incident. It is important that people of all faiths and convictions stand together with the victims and families affected by this violence.

Co-sponsors of this event include: Peace Action-WI, Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope, Summer of Peace, Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, and Milwaukee Matters. Special thank you to Natty Nation.

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St. Martin de Porres
128 W. Burleigh Street (Enter off 2nd street through parking lot)

Fellowship is at 5:30 p.m.
Issues 6–8:00 p.m.

Spread the WORD!

2012 MICAH Banquet Keynote Speaker

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Tired of candidates talking at you, but not answering questions? Us too.

I’m sure you’re familiar with this scenario: a typical candidate forum, candidates sitting side-by-side at a table, attacking each other instead of answering questions.

At the end, nobody has outlined a specific plan for success.

NOT this time. Tonight, the candidates who want to represent Assembly District 18 will be held accountable by you.

Tonight, we are going to split into groups and the candidates will rotate with each group and listen (not talk!) to your concerns around three issues: work-family flexibility, equal opportunity and family-supporting jobs.

At the end, each candidate will get five minutes to tell us what specific policies she/he is committed to elevating and passing that will make our families and economy stronger.

We’re co-hosting this event with outgoing Representative Tamara Grigsby. Come thank her for her truly remarkable service.

Date & Time: Tuesday, August 7, 5:30pm
Location: Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd

Childcare and refreshments will be provided. Email to let us know if you will be attending.

Hope to see you tonight,
Dana

PS. Not sure if you’re in the new 18th District? Check the updated district map here.

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COMMUNITY RALLY

Building Relationships, Finding Shared Purpose, Youth Presence
Friday August 10, 2012, 6 - 8 P.M.
ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH
1236 S. Layton Blvd. (27th Street, South)

PASTOR Jon Jacobs, Host Pastor
MICAH PRESIDENT Rev. Willie Brisco
MASTER OF CEREMONIES Primitivo Torres, Voces de la Frontera
YOUTH GROUPS: YES (Youth Empowered in the Struggle), Running Rebels, Jóvenes de Luz, and Urban Underground.
ELECTED OFFICIALS
POLICE DEPARTMENT

COMMUNITY REACH-OUT, CANVASSING

Community Building, Sharing Resources, Getting Out the Vote

Saturday, August 11, 2012, 9:30 A.M. - 1 P.M.
ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH
1236 S. Layton Blvd. (27th Street, South)

Questions: 414.264.0805 sharon@micahempowers.org or pacomatorell2000@yahoo.com 414–607–8771

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St. Martin de Porres
128 W. Burleigh Street (Enter off 2nd street through parking lot)

Fellowship is at 5:30 p.m.
Issues 6–8:00 p.m.

Spread the WORD!

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Join Nonprofit VOTE for our upcoming webinar: Poll Worker Recruitment for Nonprofits

Thursday, August 30th at 2:00pm Eastern

Poll workers are on the front lines of helping people vote on Election Day. This year, many states have new ID requirements and voting procedures, so poll worker recruitment and training will be critical to the Election Day experience. Your nonprofit can ensure that poll workers represent and are familiar with your community by encouraging staff, volunteers, and constituents to serve as poll workers. In many areas, translators are also needed to assist non-English speaking voters by translating voting information and answering questions. Learn how your nonprofit can help facilitate democracy in your community by recruiting poll workers, translators, and poll monitors.

Featured Presenter: Jenny Rose Flanagan is the Director of Voting and Elections at Common Cause, where she works with state and national leaders to improve election policy and administration at both the federal and state level. She previously served as the Executive Director of Colorado Common Cause, leading the organization through the successful passage of Colorado’s ethics law, and is a primary founder of Just Vote! Colorado Election Protection, Colorado’s election monitoring program.
RSVP Here!

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Building Unity for Safer Neighborhoods

Mayor Tom Barrett, Commissioner Bevan Baker, Chief Ed Flynn, and District Attorney John Chisholm
Cordially invite you to Building Unity for Safer Neighborhoods
With invited speaker Rev. Jeffrey Brown

Boston 10 Point Coalition
Thursday, August 30, 2012
9:00 a.m. registration
9:30 a.m. until 3:00pm

Lunch will be provided.

Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church 1345 West Burleigh Avenue Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53206

Please join us for a day of learning, engagement, and collaboration as faith leaders, law enforcement, and community come together to enhance our resources, relationships, and mount a movement to make Milwaukee a safer and more vibrant place to live.

RSVP to Paulina de Haan at the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Violence Prevention at phone: 414–286–3637 or email: paulina.dehaan@milwaukee.gov by Monday, August 27, 2012

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MICAH’s 11×15 Campaign Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 04:10 PM PDT
Wis. Milestone: We Now Spend More on Prisons than Universities

In the state cuts within the Wisconsin State Budget, one item passed under the radar. we’re now spending more tax dollars on keeping people in prison than we spend on our state university system.

For 2011-‘13, Gov. Scott Walker and GOP lawmakers allotted the state’s public universities just under $2.1 billion to the Department of Corrections’ $2.25 billion, a gap that is unlikely to close any time soon. In total, the University of Wisconsin System will receive approximately $315.8 million in cuts over two years while the corrections budget will take a $53.8 million hit over the same period.

Not only that, but they massively increased the tuition that Wisconsinites pay to attend our public university system and stripped 18% out of the paychecks of every state employee to pay for benefits as well as stripping their union rights to negotiate anything besides wages under a narrowly state-defined limit.

Priorities. Prison over education. Tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest in Wisconsin paid for by cuts to our children, our elderly, our public employees, and our most vulnerable citizens. Even I can’t find any snark that fits.

It didn’t happen overnight, though.

In 1990, the Department of Corrections laid claim to less than half the funds apportioned to the UW System, receiving $178.6 million to the universities’ $698.2 million. Even then, the state prison population was growing.

In the 1990s, Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson made moves to crack down on crime and instituted “truth in sentencing.” In that decade, Wisconsin used its budget surplus to build additional prisons and incarcerate more than 13,000 people.

In 2003, Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, pledged to end Wisconsin’s prison-building boom , but prison spending didn’t immediately slow. Late in his second term, Doyle’s proposed early-release programs took effect, only to be repealed one year later.

In 1990, the prison population was just under 7,000. Now, it tops 22,000.

Most of that increase in due to former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompsons harsh sentencing laws rather than an increase in criminal activity. Fear of being called “soft on crime” prevents the enactment of more reasonable sentencing laws.

It’s sad when we spend more on prisons than preparing the next generation for their futures and to insure a well educated citizenry that will attract business.

From: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/13/1119814/-Wis-Milestone-We-Now-Spend-More-on-Prisons-than

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Janus College Preparatory & Art Academies, Inc. 08/15/2012 Fall Back to School Fundraiser.

Dear Potential Donor,

JCPAA has started its fall back to school fundraiser; we would like to raise $2000, by collecting empty printer cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops.

This is a simple fundraiser that helps subsidize JCPAA budget. Our none profit organization utilizes the FundingFactory Recycling Program to recycle collected cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops. The program features FREE prepaid shipping labels, online accounting, and a business component that enables companies and individuals to collect cartridges and cell phones in support of our efforts.

Please consider collecting used cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops within your company to benefit JCPAA.

Benefits to your company:

  • Environmentally friendly disposal of printer cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops
  • Community recognition for recycling efforts
  • Enables employees to dispose of cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops from personal use

How cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops benefit JCPAA
All cartridges, cell phones, small electronics, and laptops collected through this effort are sent to FundingFactory, a company based in Erie, PA, that offers the nationwide recycling program. When the boxes arrive at FundingFactory, the items are inspected and the value for each collected item registers in our online account. We are able to login to our account anytime to view our returns, order more boxes or request a check for our earnings.

Please make check out to JCPAA or visit www.FundingFactory.com for more information about supporting JCPAA through FundingFactory’s Business Support program. If you choose to register, please identify our ID number 316276 as the beneficiary organization. That’s us!

If you have any questions about this program, please contact JCPAA at jcpaa@yahoo.com or 414–763–2563.

Thank you for your support,

Valerie Benton-Davis

Brought to you in part by FundingFactory

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Associated contributes $25,000 to the African American Chamber of Commerce of Milwaukee - Revolving Loan Fund Program

MILWAUKEE - Aug. 9, 2012 - Associated contributed $25,000 to the African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) of Greater Milwaukee Revolving Loan Fund Program (RLF). The AACC Board, with seed funding from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), has established a revolving loan fund to make capital accessible and provide quality technical assistance to the African American business community.

WEDC provided $100,000 seed money to the RLF that will be leveraged into a matching fund to help start the RLF Program with an initial total of $200,000 in capital. With Associated’s $25,000 donation, the RLF will be able to support eight start-up or expansion businesses to create positive and proactive business climate that will energize the local economic capability to create or retain up to 15 to 20 jobs, generate tax revenues and buildup wealth.

“The African American Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors are thrilled about Associated Bank’s leadership in empowering communities of color by supporting the establishment of Revolving Loan Fund services in our chamber,” said Dr. Eve M. Hall, president and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce. “This partnership will enable us to assist our business owners in securing loans critical to their growth and sustainability. The strength of African American-owned businesses means increased employment and educational opportunities for the citizens of this city and state.”

The AACC will put policies, procedures and technical assistance in place so the loan fund becomes a self-sustaining operation that revolves many times for the benefit of our community. The organization will also build the program’s technical assistance capacity to provide pre-loan and post-loan technical and administrative support to loan applicants and borrowers.

“Since its inception, Associated has had a rich tradition of providing superior financial services to the communities in which we do business,” said Nate Goudreau, Associated community reinvestment act director. “Our hope is that through this program, we will continue to foster stronger, more stable communities that will ultimately lead to a more positive future for us all.”

The AACC-RLF is the first of such funds focused on serving the African American business community in Wisconsin.

Associated bank is proud to partner with the AACC to support economic growth and thereby grow the number of viable minority businesses that will be available to compete in the Wisconsin market.

About Associated Banc-Corp

Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC) has total assets of $22 billion and is one of the top 50 financial services holding companies operating in the United States. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Associated has more than 250 banking locations serving more than 150 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. The company offers a full range of banking services and other financial products and services. Associated Bank, N.A. is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender and Member FDIC.

More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at www.associatedbank.com.

About The African American Chamber of Commerce

The African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) was founded in 1993 as a 501© (3) non-profit business designed to empower the African American business community. AACC’s mission is to develop, to educate, to advocate, and to enhance the economic status of the Greater Milwaukee Community. The organization envisions transforming the economic and wealth building opportunities of African American businesses through three areas of service: (1) access to capital, (2) advocacy, and (3) business development.

About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

As the State’s lead economic development organization, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation nurtures business growth and job creation in Wisconsin by providing leadership, bold thinking and creative investment strategies.

Learn more at www.WEDC.org.

Contact: Nicole Koremenos
Public Relations Specialist
414–278–1832 PHONE
414–254–2270 CELL
Nicole.Koremenos@AssociatedBank.com

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August 12: Community Commemoration – A time for reflection, a time for action.

 
On Sunday, August 12, at 3:30 pm, in Pere Marquette Park, members of Wisconsin’s grassroots communities, including faith-based and other local organizations who have joined in coalition together, will commemorate the recent tragedy at the Sikh Temple and discuss the needs of our diverse communities in looking to the future.

This hour-long program will focus on four points of unity, as drafted by the event’s various co-sponsors:

  • We promote a healthy, peaceful democracy, in which all races, genders and faith traditions are of equal value, and in which all feel secure and respected when worshiping, attending school, or engaging in social activities.

  • We recognize the danger and potential for violence that racism, a product of ignorance and fear, continues to create in Wisconsin. We are dedicated to building communities free of intolerance.

  • Wisconsin continues to be plagued by gun violence, including five mass murders since 2004.  We call on our entire community to promote sensible solutions to this devastating problem.  More must be done in Wisconsin, and this country, to make sure people can’t get their hands on automatic and semi-automatic weapons with high capacity magazines. Our leaders and elected representatives should have no greater priority than making sure our communities and families are safe.

  • The utilization of education, the only tool capable of producing a tolerant, respectful, loving, and prosperous society, is of central importance in stopping violent tragedies from continuing to occur.

“We are one people living on one planet. People of good will must join together to confront issues of violence and racism, and educate others to ensure that incidents such as what took place at the Sikh temple on Sunday never happen again,” said Rev. Brisco of Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope.

Co-sponsors of this event include: Peace Action-WI, Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope, Summer of Peace, Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, and Milwaukee Matters.

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MICAH’s Hands Across the Via Duct rally and canvass August 10th - 12th.

The weekend begins Friday evening at 6:00 p.m., Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. There will be a Press Conference at 5:30 p.m.
On Sunday, August 12, 2012 MICAH will launch their Get Out The Vote Campaign at Blessed Deliverance Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m.

Friday at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Ascension Lutheran Church 1236 S. Layton Blvd. (27th Street South)
Rev. Jon Jacobs, Host Pastor

Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Blessed Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, 2215 N. 23rd Street
Rev. J. Anthony Phillips, Host Pastor

The next Hands Across the Via Duct meeting will be on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
MICAH Office (large dining room)
Please park and enter through rear

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
Sincere Regards,
~Sharon

Sharon McMurray
MICAH Office and Program Coordinator
sharon@micahempowers.org
414.264.0805 Office
414.374.8841 desk

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August 9: Vigil Against Violence with host Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

On Thursday, August 9, at 9:30 pm, at Cathedral Square Park (following Jazz in the Park), Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., along with local grassroots and faith-based organizations, will host a candlelit “vigil against violence” in commemoration of the recent tragedy at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., will lead the vigil, bringing a message of unity, healing, and hope to those gathered in the wake of this deeply troubling incident. It is important that people of all faiths and convictions stand together with the victims and families affected by this violence.

Co-sponsors of this event include: Peace Action-WI, Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope, Summer of Peace, Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, and Milwaukee Matters. Special thank you to Natty Nation.

Interviews possible, call 414–964–5158

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Tired of candidates talking at you, but not answering questions? Us too.

I’m sure you’re familiar with this scenario: a typical candidate forum, candidates sitting side-by-side at a table, attacking each other instead of answering questions.

At the end, nobody has outlined a specific plan for success.

NOT this time. Tonight, the candidates who want to represent Assembly District 18 will be held accountable by you.

Tonight, we are going to split into groups and the candidates will rotate with each group and listen (not talk!) to your concerns around three issues: work-family flexibility, equal opportunity and family-supporting jobs.

At the end, each candidate will get five minutes to tell us what specific policies she/he is committed to elevating and passing that will make our families and economy stronger.

We’re co-hosting this event with outgoing Representative Tamara Grigsby. Come thank her for her truly remarkable service.

Date & Time: Tuesday, August 7, 5:30pm
Location: Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd

Childcare and refreshments will be provided. Email to let us know if you will be attending.

Hope to see you tonight,
Dana

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MICAH HANDS ACROSS THE VIADUCT SOUTHSIDE

COMMUNITY RALLY

Building Relationships, Finding Shared Purpose, Youth Presence
Friday August 10, 2012, 6 - 8 P.M.
ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH
1236 S. Layton Blvd. (27th Street, South)

PASTOR Jon Jacobs, Host Pastor
MICAH PRESIDENT Rev. Willie Brisco
MASTER OF CEREMONIES Primitivo Torres, Voces de la Frontera
YOUTH GROUPS: YES (Youth Empowered in the Struggle), Running Rebels, Jóvenes de Luz, and Urban Underground.
ELECTED OFFICIALS
POLICE DEPARTMENT

COMMUNITY REACH-OUT, CANVASSING

Community Building, Sharing Resources, Getting Out the Vote

Saturday, August 11, 2012, 9:30 A.M. - 1 P.M.
ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH
1236 S. Layton Blvd. (27th Street, South)

Questions: 414.264.0805 sharon@micahempowers.org or pacomatorell2000@yahoo.com 414–607–8771

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August 16, 2012 is Issues Night

St. Martin de Porres
128 W. Burleigh Street (Enter off 2nd street through parking lot)

Fellowship is at 5:30 p.m.
Issues 6–8:00 p.m.

Spread the WORD!

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