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  1. Parent Perspectives (MPS Response to COVID Pandemic)
  2. Lead Free Summit On September 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM
  3. Urgent local transit action on Wednesday, May 8 at 8:30 am
  4. Meet The School Board on March 25
  6. School Board Candidates Forum March 25, 6:30 pm at St. Matthew CME, 2944 N 9th St, Milwaukee
  7. Madison Action Day 2019
  8. Transportation Call-In Day
  9. Black History Month Opportunities
  10. Take it to the Streets!
  11. Not too late to come, come early!
  12. Celebration, Actions and Forum, oh my!
    1. 12.1  The Jobs are on the Line Community Rally
    2. 12.2  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
  13. RACE TO JUSTICE TRAINING: Saturday, April 7, 9:00 to 1:00, MICAH, 2821 N. 4th St. 1st Fl
  14. Fr John Dear, Leadership Training for Community Transformation
  15. MPD DOJ report feedback, Issues Night
  16. Ongoing Meetings
  17. Come to MICAH Prayer Breakfast Feb 17
  18. 2018 MICAH Visioning Retreat
  19. Safe Surrender Criminal Traffic Warrants
  20. Coasters For A Cause
  21. Joint Finance Committee Hearing
  23. Meet The Candidates: Milwaukee Board of School Directors
  24. A Screening of The Movie MILWAUKEE 53206
  25. An Evening of Black History with MICAH: Celebrating A Legacy for Everyone
  26. MICAH’s Issues Night
  27. New study and ways to support justice
  28. Important Message From Education Task force!!
  29. MICAH’s 2016 Public Meeting
  30. Important Message From Education Task force!!
  31. Important Message!!
  33. MICAH Presents:Candidate Forum: Meet The Candidates
  34. Join the February 17 Nationwide Walk-Ins for the Schools All Our Children Deserve!
  35. Citywide Summit to STOP School Takeovers
  37. See what MICAH is up to!
  38. MICAH’s Annual Public Meeting
  40. All PEOPLES CHURCH OFFICE HELP NEEDED: transit rider support
  41. Upcoming Events!!!! June 30th
    1. 41.1  ISSUE NIGHT!!!
    2. 41.2  Employment & Volunteer Opportunity
    3. 41.3  Presentations Opportunities
    4. 41.4  REMINDER for MICAH Board Members!!
  42. Out of the Pews to Stop MPS Takeover
  43. MICAH’s Annual Gala
    1. 43.1  St. Louis Activist to Address MICAH Faithful
  44. Milwaukee Board of School Directors Candidate Forum
  45. Madison Action Day 2015
    1. 45.1  Agenda
  46. MICAH’s Annual Prayer Breakfast and Black History Celebration
  47. Revocations
  48. Human Trafficking Awareness Day 1.29.15

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:
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
(414) 264–0805

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.


Rev. Dennis Jacobsen”

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


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


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




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.


For more information call or email Joyce Ellwanger (414) 933–6157

Meet The School Board on March 25


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

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

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

Transportation Call-In Day

Black History Month Opportunities

Black History Month Prayer Breakfast Celebrating: A LEGACY FOR NON-VIOLENCE

Celebrate National Black Lives Matter Week of Action

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

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

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Celebration, Actions and Forum, oh my!

See details below or go to 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

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 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.

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,, 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,
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

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
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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.


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

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

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

We look forward to seeing you there.

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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,, 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”.

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




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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)

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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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Important Message From Education Task force!!

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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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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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

Includes a light lunch and Childcare for 3 years and older

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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

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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.

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.

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 for more information

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MICAH Presents:Candidate Forum: Meet The Candidates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find the school you want to support and RSVP to attend a walk-in at

SHARE and INVITE others to attend! Copy this link 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 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


Keron Blair of The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools:

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

Isabel Nunez, PhD

Author of:

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

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

Speakers from Chicago’s Dyett School Hunger Strike

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RSVP Today

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

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

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

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

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

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See what MICAH is up to!

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

MICAH’s Annual Public Meeting

(psssst: it’s not really a meeting!)

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


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

FIND OUT ABOUT new initiatives

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

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


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

  • And MORE…

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

To Do What is Just

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All PEOPLES CHURCH OFFICE HELP NEEDED: transit rider support

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


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

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

Peace, Pastor Steve

Can you help drive for transit rider support?

Rev. Steve Jerbi
cell: 414–238–7030

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

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

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Upcoming Events!!!! June 30th


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

Employment & Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer opportunities are available at the MICAH office please contact Office Coordinator Sahvana Williams 414–264–0805 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 414–763–3801/ Debra Jupka 414–291–8828

Immigration Taskforce: Bill Townsend 414–264–0805

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

AODA Taskforce: Rose Stietz, O.P., 414–372–3090 ex. 17

Transportation Subcommitteemailto: Joyce Ellwanger 414–933–6157

53206 Initiative: MICAH office 414–264–0805

Jobs and Economic Development Task Force: Lee Henderson-Tatum 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: or

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MICAH’s Annual Gala

St. Louis Activist to Address MICAH Faithful

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contact: Catoya Roberts, MICAH lead organizer
Office: 414.264.0805 / Cell: 414.839.3943

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Milwaukee Board of School Directors Candidate Forum

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

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

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

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Madison Action Day 2015

People of Faith United for Justice

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

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

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


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

Solidarity at the Capitol
People of Faith United for Justice

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

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


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

Cost: $25 incl. bus transportation & lunch

Register by April 15, 2015

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

For more information: 414–264–0805

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MICAH’s Annual Prayer Breakfast and Black History Celebration

Theme: “Living Black History Moment to Moment”

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

KEYNOTE Speaker: Pastor Walter Lanier

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

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

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

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

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Human Trafficking Awareness Day 1.29.15

Click Here and Here for more information

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