DNA For Backsteeet Harvard Super Schools We’ll Call New Schools
Got to have front street schools as well.
Can we democratize Super(New) Schools?
Can we sculpt and perform backstreet Harvard New Schools
Metis Coming Out Of The Closet
Metis, the glory of Greek mythology
Coming Out of the Closet
Squat in a clammy closet,
Humming versus of the Ave Maria,
In tennis shoes and a black robe
Knows I’m doing my duty.
Exultant in an open field,
Sky blue, bursting billowing clouds,
Farther and farther I throw it,
My Mother calls.
“What are you doing outside?
How will you win your prize
Back to the closet,
The escape was not easy.
Forty years later,
But in ineffably resonant worlds
First Big Snow
Merlin’s matrix brick alive and growing.
Professors Donald and Scott, and Fr. Sean McDonagh, are right up there with Grace Lee Boggs, Charlene Spretnak, Mary Jane Jacobs, Steven Ervin, Jeannie Gang, and my favorite ever Mother Son deep theory practice collaboration of Victoria and Emmanuel Pratt. I intend to introduce each of these thought leaders to my “cognitive community” of origin, i.e. Baptized Roman Catholics and Jesuit School alums.
Wisconsin Idea And Health Insurance Premium Reduction
The SEED Initiative has developed 8 community gardens/ outdoor classrooms/ popup agora markets in 8 different neighborhoods mostly considered to be “food deserts” in Milwaukee County. These 8 Seed Gardens are resourced within the 100 year plus famed University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension, birthed in Wisconsin Progressive’s “Wisconsin Idea,” bringing a staff of 35, a yearly budget of $2,500,000, land, building, and equipment resources over $10,000,000 valuation, 535 Milwaukee Waukesha County Master Gardeners providing 32,152 volunteer hours of community education, youth mentoring, and Extension support, 100 acres of rich soil in prime city locations, 1,000 gardeners, and a central, foundational, critical role in Milwaukee’s world renowned urban agriculture movement, emerging as a vital 21st century industry transitioning Milwaukee from an industrial to a leading ecoLogical city.
The SEED Garden Initiative 2016 pilot year merited the status of a MANDI Awards finalist for the Journey House/ SEED Community Garden for the Brewers Foundation Public Space Award.
Seed Garden Express Yourself Equinox Drum Bus Parties & Markets for Sherman Park Transcendance
Sites for growing our souls, the beloved Community, and neighborhood level commerce.
Sites for growing food wise, exercise wise, street, commerce, and garden wise citizens.
Wisconsin Idea In 1911 Milwaukee City Plan
1911 “Milwaukee City Planning” Document
[From a Carriere manuscript]
Googling “1911 Milwaukee Planning Document” will take you to digital link.
Infrastructure not just brick and morter.
There’s a metabolic rift to fix.
Got to heal the people, heal the planet.
Bring urban and rural into natural and cultural balance.
Student intern apprentices flow within Detroit Chicago Milwaukee Wisconsin
Design middle ways and bridges to public private partnerships for people planet and profit
Milwaukee is a city with a hybrid economic history, ie The Progressives The Sewer Socalists And Entrepreneurial Capitalists
The Wisconsin Idea In A City Planning Document
Charles Whitnall’s Vision Embodied In Milwaukee County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy
It was all a part of Charles Whitnall’s vision for how planning should develop in Milwaukee. His thoughts on this informed the creation of the Milwaukee County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy, which opened in 1912….
Milwaukee Chicago Detroit Conversations: New Work for STEA+M Homes In Beloved Communities
Yes! embrace, as Boggs solutionaries have advanced…
NEW WORK OPTIMIZING FLOW!
Green dollar capital as necessary and appropriate
The vector sum of these 5 capital I have been thinking of
New work creating Flow!
Outside, increasingly, the job economy.]
Out Forward Our Agenda
STEA+M Homes and Hamlets In Rainbow Commons
To science, technology, engineering, and math add
Course Credit and Doctoral Dissertations Transforming Foreclosed Homes and “Blighted” Nbds Into STEA+M Homes of Beloved Communities
Marry blue collar skill building with art, design, and agriculture projects in our high schools, community colleges, and universities. Course credit for transforming foreclosed homes and empty lots into micro farms, workshops, and homes/gardens as art. 21st Century Milwaukee Chicago as city of homes as STEA+M skill incubators, adding art, agriculture, artisanship, architecture, and alliance building to STEM hands on pedagogy.
ORGANIZING RESISTENCE STRATEGIES
Emmanuel Pratt and I have shared to 10,000 youngs and olds our debt to the Boggs Center, source of our syntax and grammer. We are astonished by how far ahead of history’s curve are our brothers and sisters of Detroit in theory its dialectical and chaordic weaving in with practice.
A series of simple email exchanges that aim to sum up our discoveries and provide a preliminary sense of what is to be tried my vote for next step.
Hoping Emmanuel will share “Designing for People, Planet, and Profit” with us. And Jia Loc Pratt “The New Normal.”
An Appeal To All Baptized Catholics and Friends of Nature To Support The Jesuit Pope
I hope anyone baptized Catholic or friends of baptized Catholics will reache out to their high school classmates and inspire them to discover and harvest the Spirit Force that is embodied in the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si, which marries ecological with social justice. Here is one of my appeals to my fellow alums.
The fact that we are baptized Catholics with Jesuit educations and on line connectivity makes us a potential resource for many good causes congruent with our foundational values.
Baptized Jesuit Trained Catholics
An ecumenical group of many “persuasions,”
Baptized Jesuit Trained Catholic
There are several million baptized Jesuit trained Catholics in the world…an inspiring, potential spirit force for the greater glory of God, healing the people and the planet, as we become increasingly digitally and actually connected.
A cause I hope a few of the SLUH Class of 63 will consider supporting is to enlist the support of Jesuit trained Americans in D.C. leadership positions, to assist the ecumenical Synodal Process to share the inclusive theology of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical.
Here is the essence of this vision, shared by Fr. Sean McDonagh:
Entire appeal here:
DeStigmatizing Mental Health Challenges At Year Round Garden Places
With mindful mental health professionals
With artists capable of Rainbow Contemporary Iconic supports(this one good for Catholic EAs of a certain kind)
At SEED Gardens growing Health.
Native Wellness Garden Renaissance Moment
One Of 8 Seed Gardens!
Dennis Lukaszewski and Ryan Schone are unsung heroes of Milwaukee’s renaissance via our inspiring food and beverage industry, organizing Seed Garden access to 1,000 growers in 50 acres of rich county soil.
Images from Native Wellness Garden at 3675 S. 6th St include inspired visitor Anne J Koller, now living in Oakland, and garden workers who worked hours in yesterday’s rain with Ryan and Dennis.
Other SEED Initiative sights include Kohl Farm, 8300 W. County Line Road; Timmerman Seed Garden, 93rd and Appleton; Sherman Park, 4175 W. Burleigh; Moody Park, 2320 W. Burleigh; Clarke Square, 2125 W. Scott St.; Cupertino Park, E. Ontario and S. Shore Dr.(Jason Haas and Marina Dimitrijevic key to these and entire SEED County funded project); and Forest Hill, 2000 E. Forest Hill Ave.).
Seed Gardens have offered free horticulture and nutrition classes, harvest celebrations with music and feasting, and will be adding new feature, God willing, every year.
Dennis and Ryan have been greatly supported in the Seed Garden project by Director Eloisa Gomez. It is my honor and delight to begin sharing this story at the MilwaukeeRenaissance wiki magazine over the years.
Dear Tim and Mikal,
With drum beats as background…Story sharing and growing…
Food garden playgrounds as art
Tim A Food Garden Mon w Ties to Mayor
Mikal An Artist Mon w Ties to Art Community and Ivy Networks
Fermentation Fest Flow—drum bus party expressed(Jahmes)
With Sara Daleiden of GMC Placemaking and Neuwirth Salinas of Wormfarm Institute
Offering each of you a bus ride Oct 9, 8 am to 8 pm, a lunch, a Fermentation Fest Tour, and a $20 stipend to brainstorm marriage of Agriculture and Art, in city country Flow! experiments.
You would be among 8 other story sharers
Are most probably among the
10 Story Circles
Bus, lunch, tour, and $200 bricolage resourced Oct 9, 2016
A Milwaukee Chicago Reedsburg Cirque de Soleil Imaginal
You would be among the original charter story performers
Deserving as much!
Become Empowered To Register Voters In Milwaukee!
It’s easy, and will make a difference, becoming a Special Registration Deputy(SRD) for the presidential election. SRD training by City of Milwaukee Election Commission staff will occur Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 6pm, at our NAACP office! We are in the BMO Bank building, 2745 North MLK Drive. Here’s a note on this from Cleo Pruitt.
Dear Members and Friends,
Our Milwaukee Branch is participating in a National NAACP led civic engagement campaign focused on connecting non registered voters to their fully voting citizen selves. You are needed to help us reach our goal to register up to 1800 new voters by taking part in our GOTV efforts now through an October 19 special registration deadline and later assisting voters to the polls November 8.
Even though your engagement is needed for several important tasks, none proved as vital in ’08 and ‘12 to increasing branch registration outcomes, as having Special Registration Deputies (SRDs) enlist people where they grocery shop, have their hair cut, in their neighborhoods and through the places that they worship.
Fortunately, we are hosting a SRD training conducted by City of Milwaukee Election Commission staff Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 6pm, at our NAACP office! We are in the BMO Bank building, 2745 North MLK Drive, Milwaukee. Join us and become reacquainted with grass roots civic engagement that could help to make a difference in someone’s voting for life! We will serve light refreshments!
Let us know that you are coming! Please reach Cleo Pruitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 414.759.8084.
Sharing Fine Meal With Olympian Mensch
Spending an evening with Ryan Schone and Christopher Cox is one of the reasons the spirit of the Forest Gump awakens in me, shifting the place of my thought from my mind to my heart. In the way that I pray, I pray I am blessed with 29 more years as witness to and supporter of their respective hero quests, which make Joseph Campbell and Grace Lee Boggs howl with delight. They may be key reasons for Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy City of the Sweet Water Seas, celebrating the Milwaukee Chicago Nobel Prize for the beloved communities most highly expressing the manifesto of the 21st century, Pope Francis’ Laudato Si.
That is why the actress Alison Sudol, an I.U.C.N. good-will ambassador, opened the plenary by observing that our planet is now “under attack” — by us.
“Our vast oceans, full of mysteries and wonders, are thick with plastic and mercury,” she noted. “Rain forests — abundant sources of oxygen and medicine; land of ancient lore and tradition; home to thousands of species of wildlife, many as yet unknown to us — are being plowed down before we have a chance to properly discover what it is we are losing.
“These are lungs of the earth, the oceans and the forests, and we are destroying them. Deeply, desperately, we are hoping someone will do something before it is too late. That someone we are hoping for is you.”
So do we have a plan? Wilson has one — a big, audacious plan. It’s the title of his latest book, “Half-Earth,” a call to action to commit half of the planet’s surface — land and oceans — to protected zones.
Right now, the I.U.C.N. says, close to 15 percent of the earth’s land and 10 percent of its territorial waters are covered by national parks and protected areas. If we protect half the global surface, Wilson argues, the fraction of species protected will be about 85 percent, which would keep life on earth, including the human species, in a safe zone.
Naïve, you say? Not so. Naïve is thinking we humans will survive without the healthy natural systems that got us here. Naïveté is the new realism — or else we, the human species, will become just another bad biological experiment.
Thomas Friedman, NYT, 9/7/16
As place of the art of life and fun!
Sweet Water Foundation Meets With Pope’s Eco Advisor and Laudato Si Writer, Father Sean McDonagh
Emmanuel Pratt and his South Side Chicago Sweet Water Collective made a deep mark at the Irish Museum of Modern Art Grizedale Arts A Fair Land Exhibition. He also inspired Father Sean McDonagh, who Naomi Klein celebrated as the Irish missionary priest who wrote the basic draft of the Encyclical, “Laudato Si” with a vision of advancing a Black Baptist Eco Catholic 10 year conversation.
“Francis is not the first Pope to express deep environmental concern—John Paul II and Benedict XVI did as well. But those Popes didn’t tend to call the earth our “sister, mother” or assert that chipmunks and trout are our siblings.” Naomi Klein
And text summary…
Sweet Water Foundation at Irish Museum of Modern Art and Grizedale Arts ‘A Fair Land” Exhibition
James Godsil and Emmanuel Pratt with Andrew Douglas of the Urban Farm Project.
Emmanuel Pratt and James Godsil in phone and email conversation with Fr. Sean McDonagh
SWF Director Emmanuel Pratt in phone conversation from Irish Museum of Modern Art with eco theologian Fr. Sean McDonagh, Pope Francis’ environmental advisor and key draft writer of Laudato Si. Planning live meeting at A Fair Land Exhibition this Saturday!
This “Catholic Reporter” interview with Fr McDonagh inspires visions of a catholic “black” baptist conversation about marriage of ecological and social justice.
Kilmainham Gaol,where leaders of Irish Easter Uprising, key to Irish Independence movement, were executed.
Sarah Glennie, direct of the Irish Museum of Modern Art(IMMA), with Emmanuel Pratt, director of the Sweet Water Foundation.
Sweet Water Foundation South Side Chicago team with IMMA and Grizedale Arts artists in pottery workshop: Tamiko Winn, Derek Ware, Micheal Reynolds, Denise Patrick, Niamh Riordan, Francesca Ulivi, Janice Haugh, Emmanuel Pratt, and Adam Sutherland.
Emmanuel Pratt with Tanad Williams.
Global Ignatian Community Laudato Si Conversations 2016
Dear Father McDonagh,
I am as delighted to be writing you as you were after your first hour with Father Thomas Berry! In the way that I pray, I pray for the blessing of your awareness of the work of Great Lakes Heartland “Ignatians” committed to sharing the new theology of Laudato Si. When I read your review in the Catholic Reporter calling for a 3 year ecumenical synodal process “aimed at taking the new teaching, ‘a new spirituality’ that Francis offers in Laudato Si’ and finding ways to put it into practice of the faith”— my heart leapt! Joining in this process would be a most appropriate “Ignatian Response to the Ferguson Tragedy” I and a number of my classmates from St. Louis U. High, class of ‘63 have committed to.
I hope you might be able to join in for a spell with a team of young and old South Side Chicago “apprentice ecopreneurs” who will be participating in an Irish Museum of Modern Art and Grizedale Arts project next week called ‘A Fair Land’ …in essence the plan is to build a model village - starting with a glut garden built on the straw bale system with 300 gourd plants…plan to develop the food processing, industry, economy, education and housing - in roughly that order at this site. Adam Sutherland, Director, Grizedale Arts is our contact person.
I remember the Republicans giving a national platform to Joe the Plumber back in 2008. I hope to provide a platform for white working class men to diminish the appeal of Trump now and forever.
Milwaukee Now Must Share Its Nobel Prize
Milwaukee needs Chicago
As this is written, a world leading
They are designing with Pratt
‘You can’t make this s… up.”
The film of this and other Milwaukee Chicago
This film will, God willing, serve as a proof point
Is a pragmatic utopian one,
Aquaponic’s Vector Sums: Calculating Over The Years
The outputs of Aquaponics Systems(APS) inputs
Fish and plants are NOT at this moment the key output of our proposed Aquaponics Vector Sums(AVS).
Knowledge, skill development, “integral thinking,” social intelligence, emotional intelligence,
And I think we have settled in on the notion of a protracted, multi-generational,
A focus on schools and innovation centers
In hybrid networks of “free professionals.”
I seek 10 fundamental talking points for this thought experiment I am housing at
50th Anniversary of SCLC Chicago Open Housing Marches Coming Up
August 5, 2016, will be the 50th anniversary of the stoning of Dr. Martin Luther King, in Marquette Park, Chicago, about a 20 minute drive from where the Sweet Water Foundation’s regenerative placemaking experiment at the Perry Ave District is taking place. Below is an image of myself directly behind Dr. King at the moment of the assault, there so close as a “field marshall” and temporary bodyguard not long after my 21st birthday. I was also a teacher in a SCLC Freedom School in a storefront on Roosevelt Ave. that summer. http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/CulturalProjects/JamesDonnellyGodsilStories
James Godsil As Momentary Body Guard For Dr. King
Here is where picture came from
And here I am 50 years later at the commemoration march. Jesse Jackson is in the background of this picture, to the right of my image. When he asked the people at the assembled gathering who was there in 1966, only about 5 people stood up.
Sweet Water Community Guild Host Mandela Foundation Future African Leaders at 325 E. Euclid Heart Haus And More
Best “Texts” Of Sweet Water Foundation Scaling Up Aquaponics/Urban Ag As Community Development Resource On Chicago’s South Side
Co-Founders Sweet Water Foundation Emmanuel Pratt and James Godsil
Sweet Water Foundation Workshop at Pratt’s and team’s School of the Art Institute show
James Godsil, Jesse Blom, Ben Koller, and Emmanuel Pratt at Sweet Water Foundation Workshop at Pratt’s and team’s School of the Art Institute show, “Outside Design” Aquaponocs Workshop.
Sweet Water Foundation At Heart Haus May Day Celebration: Todd Leach, Emmanuel Pratt, Jesse Blom, and James Godsil
Derek Ware, James Godsil, Amanda Williams, and Emmanuel Pratt at Sweet Water Foundation Hyde Park Art Center.
In honor of my Father, Jeseph, a tool and die maker, and my Mother, Mary, a wife, rooming house keeper, and child care provider. Neither Mary nor Joe went to high school, but both were what I and Gramsci would call “organic intellectuals.” My father often said back in the 1950s what our most enlightened public minded intellectuals and leaders are saying todsay, “We must not assume everyone is meant for white collar professions requiring college degrees. There is great dignity in “manual work” pursued as a sacred craft. That is what the I hope this vision of a “Guild House” advances.
Conversations Of Blacks and Irish, ie Blirish, Baptists and Catholics, For Laudato Si Projects
There is a chance we can team up with Father Sean McDonagh in a 3 year “Laudato synodal process” in Catholic parishes across the world. This note is about Father McDonagh and the process he will be helping advance, followed by an invitation to him and the Columban Missionary order to meet with Emmanuel Pratt and some South Side Chicago teams headed to Dublin, Ireland this August, hopefully to meet with the good Father.
Below are excerpts from an interview with the key drafter of Laudato Si, Fr. Sean McDonagh, a Columban missionary recently awarded the Annual Justice Award of the Partnership for Global Justice.
Catholic Reporter. You were involved in the development of this encyclical. What was that process like? Were you focused on a specific aspect of the text?
Well, I was asked by Cardinal Peter Turkson in November 2013 to write a document for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and I wrote it up, like 30,000 words … now eventually, in 2014, that kind of morphed into the beginning of the encyclical itself. So that whole section, basically, on what’s happening in our world, those were issues I developed.
I hope you can read the interview and/or my exerpts and let me know if you are up for advancing vision of partnering across nation’s Ignatian community to support the 3 year synodal process to harvest Laudato Si for the good cause.
Central to that, the Irish priest said, is a three-year synodal process aimed at taking the new teaching, “a new spirituality” that Francis offers in Laudato Si’ and finding ways to put it into practice of the faith.
“It’s new for a lot of us. Most of the people who go to seminaries and into theology didn’t actually deal with any of these issues, so there’s a difficulty,” McDonagh said, pointing in particular to Francis’ quoting of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in his frequent discussion of sins against creation, be it human-caused climate change or the loss of biodiversity due to pollution and deforestation.
®Evolutionary Collaboration Experimental Fields: Cuba Detroit Chicago Milwaukee UN Global Water Centric Network
*Digital and Robotics Technologies
*Beloved Community Through Good Food, Beauty, Integral Urban Homes, and Faith!
*Global Water Centric Network Co-Creations
My distillation of brilliance of conversations about Mother Grace and Mother Nature, with Emmanuel Pratt, Jesse Blom, Ben Koller, and Rick Feldman. With link to Grace Lee’s film on Grace.
May Day Muneer Peace Post Installation ceremony / Heart Haus Two Year Anniversary
Sunday May 1st, 2016 at 1P will mark the Two Year Anniversary of the Heart Haus, our Collaborative Urban Homesteading Project. Over the past 730 days the HH has interacted with thousands of visitors from every part of the City & World, taught hundreds of Students & Teachers and hosted International Guests from multiple countries through our Urban Farm, Makerspace, Aquaponics Living Laboratory & Airbnb “Haustel”.
May 1st is also International Workers Day, a time to remember the lives lost in the Chicago/Bayview worker strikes. To commemorate both of these significant events, a Peace Post was co-created by Elder Artist Muneer Bahauddeen and a diverse set of Milwaukeeans who attended our One Year Anniversary Block Party last summer.
Please feel free to contact me for further details. We are very excited to share this great opportunity with our amazing city. I look forward to seeing you all there.
URGE YOUR U.S. SENATORS TO OPPOSE THE NOMINATION OF JUDGE NEIL GORSUCH TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT
Highlights from 2016 so far: The Good News and Pivotal Facts
3/24/17: What a day! Physical and mental health care insurance continue because legislators want votes in 2018! If you haven’t yet, add your voice in calls and letters to your legislators:
Thurs. 2/3/17: Advocacy Works:
Mon. 1/30/17: Justice at work:
Mon. 1/23/17: The cavalry: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/22/us/politics/trump-foreign-payments-constitution-lawsuit.html
Democracy Crumbles Before Our Eyes: Vote!
3/22/17: Fake news rife in mainstream media:
Mon. 3/20/17: Call your legislators and demand a no vote for Gorsuch:
Mon. 03/06/17: Supreme Court Won’t Hear Transgender Teen’s Challenge To Bathroom Policy
Fri. 2/10/17: “The Wisconsin way of doing things, which is to get rid of everything . . . “ from “Liberalism Under Siege: Mark Blyth, Margaret Weir with Ed Steinfeld”
Still Time to Register for Madison Action Day, and EXPO Radio
March 30 is coming soon! If you are not already signed up to be one of the 800 WISDOM leaders at the State Capitol next Thursday, now is the time to do it! You can click HERE to register, or you can contact any local WISDOM organization. Or, you can call the WISDOM office at 414–831–2070. Download a flyer HERE.
You can register right up until March 30, but if you are signed up before March 24, we can be certain that there will be a lunch for you, and a seat on the bus from whatever community you are coming from.
Madison Action Day is the one day every two years when people of faith gather from every corner of the state to learn, to be inspired and to act. We will pray together; we will learn about state budget issues that matter; and we will be sure that our elected representatives know clearly WISDOM’s values and priorities are. You don’t want to miss it!
Tonight will be the first installment of EXPO Radio! EXPO (EX-Prisoners Organizing - a growing part of WISDOM). EXPO Radio will be on the air every Wednesday evening from 8:30 to 9:00 pm, starting tonight! The best way to listen is online at riverwestradio.com. This will be a unique program: of, by and for formerly-incarcerated people. Tune us in! And, pass the word to others. If you miss it live, you can come back later to hear it from the archive.
GOP Legislative Leaders Spending Taxpayer Funds for Unconstitutional, Rigged Voter Maps in Secret?
Last month, State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), authorized – without public input, or even a vote in the Legislature – the expenditure of hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer funds to defend the 2011 state legislative district maps drawn in secret. Those maps were struck down by a federal court three-judge panel in November and in January, the same court ordered that the current maps must be redrawn, according to criteria stipulated by the court, before November 1, 2017.
To date, Fitzgerald and Vos have not begun taking action (that the public has been informed about) to comply with that court order. There have been no announcements about when the redrawing of the state legislative district lines will begin, what process will be utilized to do so, when public hearings will be held, and if the public will be “allowed” to play a role in the process.
The GOP leaders have also not revealed how they are spending taxpayer dollars and to whom those funds are being paid, in the defense of the unconstitutional, rigged 2011 voter maps.
Also late last month, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel formally appealed the November federal court decision to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). Schimel, and his cohort of state Justice Department lawyers, are paid with taxpayer dollars – so the lawyers Fitzgerald and Vos have hired amount to a double hit on the wallets of Wisconsin taxpayers to defend unconstitutional, hyper-partisan voter maps.
At the very least they owe us a public accounting of how our money is being spent. But thus far? Nothing. No timetable for redrawing the voter maps and no disclosure of how taxpayer dollars are being (or will be) spent.
In the meantime, citizens have been very active contacting state legislators in support of redistricting reform legislation (Senate Bill 13 / Assembly Bill 44) and in demanding that taxpayer dollars not be utilized to defend the 2011 maps. Further, in just the last several weeks, more than 700 new Wisconsinites have signed our online petition in support of redistricting reform, boosting our total to over 3,400! Our goal is lofty, but doable – 5,000. If you haven’t signed it yet, please do so. If you have, urge others to do so.
Citizens ask us all the time what they can do to advance the adoption of fair voter maps and end partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin. The answer is that there is plenty that citizens can do. Start with these five things. Then, educate others about the need for redistricting reform and write letters to newspapers like this excellent one from a Wausau resident. Further educate yourself on this issue. Read this excellent, recent op-ed written by CC/WI State Governing Board member Tom Frazier on this issue and consider writing one yourself.
Even if you have contacted your own State Senator and State Representative already, do so again! They need to be reminded. Continually. And if you haven’t contacted Fitzgerald and Vos about scheduling a public hearing for Senate Bill 13 and Assembly Bill 44 (they have the power to order public hearings, or to block one from being scheduled), or to tell them you resent and oppose the use of your tax dollars to defend the unconstitutional, rigged legislative district maps that they hold so dear, contact them now! Here’s how to reach those two:
We must keep the pressure on. And we must – and will – never give up. On Wisconsin!
Mayor’s rally against federal budget cuts - Sunday at Noon
Good afternoon all,
The Mayor is hosting a rally this coming Sunday in opposition of the federal budget cuts. We need as many people there as possible. Please forward to your staff that would be interested in attending. As you know, in the President’s “skinny budget”, he is proposing to eliminate CDBG and HOME funds.
When: Sunday, March 19th
I hope you can make it!
A Message from National Low Income Housing Coalition, on the Budget Request
Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update
The President’s budget request which was released today includes cuts that would impact housing for low income people including people with disabilities.
Dates for Joint Finance Committee Hearings on State Budget and Agency Briefings
Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee
On Thursday, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), the Co-Chairs of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, released the timeline for statewide public hearings on the 2017–19 State Budget, as listed below. Note that the Milwaukee hearing is April 5th at State Fair Park.
JFC Hearing Dates
We will share more detail as it becomes available. Usually testimony is limited to three minutes and you must arrive early in the day to register. Stay tuned for more information including tips on testifying and key topics in the budget for the disability community.
The Finance Committee Co-chairs also announced a series of agency briefings involving the 2017–19 State Budget:
Tuesday, March 28th 9:00am
Wednesday, March 29th 9:00am
Thursday, March 30th 9 AM:
The Goyke Report - Listening Session Invite
Friends and Neighbors,
I hope this invite finds you and your family well.
As you know, Governor Walker has introduced his budget to the State Legislature for consideration. The budget bill is in its beginning stages of analysis and debate.
I am writing to invite you to a community listening session on the state budget that I am co-hosting this Monday, March 20th, at the Washington Park Senior Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. I highly encourage you to attend to register your thoughts on the budget proposal or voice your opinions on provisions that you may agree or disagree with. This is an opportunity to learn about the state budget and for your voice to be heard! I will be there and hope to see you there as well. I am confident that together we can create a budget that has a positive impact for all Wisconsin citizens.
As always, I welcome any feedback or ideas you may have. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you.
Evan Goyke, State Representative: 18th Assembly District
Act Now: House Bill would cut Medicaid and replace the ACA
Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update
The US House of Representatives is expected to vote next week on the American Health Care Act which would replace the Affordable Health Care Act and cut funding for Medicaid. The plan is moving very fast, so it is important to share your perspective NOW with your Congressional Representative and other elected officials now. Here are some resources to help you:
AFS Family Counseling Clinic
Mental Health Task Force Update
Thanks to Kevin O’Brien for sharing this information regarding AFS Family Counseling Clinic.
NAMI Monthly Educational Meeting Update
To the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force:
Please see attached for information on an upcoming educational presentation on March 27th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
2018 Mental Health Board/ BHD budget priorities survey and listening session - share your priorities for the 2018 budget
Mental Health Task Force Update
As shared in previous emails, members of the public are encouraged to attend the March 23 Mental Health Board Meeting which includes a public hearing on priorities for the 2018 Behavioral Health Division Budget. The hearing is on Thursday March 23 at 4:30 pm at Washington Park Senior Center 4420 W Vilet St. Milwaukee, WI 53208. This is an important opportunity to share your priorities for the 2018 budget. Speakers are limited to three minutes.
BHD is also providing an option for members of the public to complete a survey to share their budget priorities. A link to the survey and other information about the budget process and the public hearing is at this link: http://county.milwaukee.gov/BehavioralHealthDivi7762/Mental-Health-Board/2018-Mental-Health-Board-Budget.htm
We encourage to go to the link, and complete the survey and share your priorities.
Mental Health Board Agenda and Meeting Packet - Public Comment on the Budget
Mental Health Task Force Update
Turnout on Thursday March 23rd at 4:30 at Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet St., for the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board meeting, including public comment on priorities for the 2018 Behavioral Health Division Budget.
This is a great opportunity to share your perspective on priorities for the 2018 budget such as community services, peer run respite, crisis services, and more. See the link below to the agenda for more detail about the meeting. Speakers are limited to three minutes.
Click on the link below to view the March 23, 2017, Mental Health Board Agenda and Meeting Packet:
State budget schedule update
Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update
Some updates on the state budget scheduled as reported in the Wispolitics Budget Blog today. Note that there will be a Joint Committee on Finance budget hearing in Milwaukee on April 5th:
JFC eyes April 3 for first public hearing, May 2 to start voting on budget
Joint Finance tentatively plans to kick off its public hearings on the budget April 3 in Platteville with the first executive session possible May 2, according to a tentative overview sent to members and shared with WisPolitics.com.
The offices of Co-chairs Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, and John Nygren, R-Marinette, emphasized the outline is not finalized. The document also stresses the timeline is subject to change.
Still, the overview from Darling’s office has the committee doing four days of agency briefings March 27–30 before the first public hearing in Platteville.
From there, the committee would hit: the Milwaukee area April 5; Marinette April 7; Spooner April 18; Ellsworth April 19; and east-central Wisconsin April 21.
The document suggests State Fair Park and the Italian Community Center as possible sites for the Milwaukee hearing. Meanwhile, possible locations for the April 21 hearing include Waupaca, Ripon and Fond du Lac.
Under the tentative plan, JFC would meet each Tuesday and Thursday starting the first week of May to vote on the budget with sessions continuing “until done.”
Zach Bemis, Nygren’s chief of staff, said the co-chairs were still discussing final details.
“I suspect it will be something very similar to what they laid out with May and June where the action takes place,” Bemis said.
Two years ago, the committee did four public hearings, which kicked off March 18 in Brillion before JFC hit Milwaukee, Rice Lake and Reedsburg. The committee then met for the first time in executive session April 15, but did not wrap up its work until the first week of July as GOP lawmakers were locked in a stalemate with the guv over transportation funding.
March 30 MADISON ACTION DAY
WISDOM’s MADISON ACTION DAY 2017: THURSDAY, MARCH 30
Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, WI
$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
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”.
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.
Support Public Transit at Madison Action Day
Support Public Transit by Signing Our Petition
One of the issues that we will be addressing at Madison Action Day on March 30 is Public Transit.
Creating a transportation system that works for everyone in Wisconsin and uses our tax dollars responsibly starts by getting our spending priorities straight. We have to spend less on costly highway expansion programs and more on urgent needs, like maintaining existing roads and connecting people to jobs and opportunities through more cost-effective public transportation.
Urge Governor Walker and Wisconsin Legislators to cut spending on highway mega-projects and invest instead in local needs - like repairing existing roads and funding public transit that connects workers to jobs and a growing number of seniors and people with disabilities to services and opportunities.
Sign our petition for a more responsible transportation budget: click here. WISDOM leaders will take your name along to Madison Action Day on March 30 to show support for a Responsible Transportation Budget!
Meet The Candidates: Milwaukee Board of School Directors
The theme for WISDOM’s March 30, 2017 Madison Action Day will be “Our State, Our Budget, Our Voice.”
We are very pleased to announce that we will have two keynote speakers this year. They are:
JOIN US for the next steps in the MKE Elevate Process!
Mental Health Task Force/ Make it Work Milwaukee Update
The next meeting in the planning series will take place on Tuesday, March 7. NOTE: The venue has changed! Due to the extraordinary number of Action Team Members, the venue has been moved to the Martin Luther King Jr., Community Center in order to provide a more comfortable space for conversation.
The Kick-Off Meeting had over 100 community members in attendance — all invested in and working to elevate the health and well-being of Milwaukee residents. It was a great success. Kick-Off Meeting materials and Action Team resources are now available online and the meeting evaluation link is still open to provide your feedback.
A Screening of The Movie MILWAUKEE 53206
March 16, 2017, 6pm to 8pm
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
SPONSORED BY MIC H, LEADERS IGNITING TRANSFORMATION, INCA R NATION LUTHER N CHURCH, BAYSHORE LUTHERAN CHURCH, ELCA CHURCHWIDE OFFICE, AND STATE REP. DAVID BOWEN
Day of Empathy Comes to Wisconsin
#CUT50, a bipartisan national organization, founded by Van Jones and endorsed by Newt Gingrich and others, has called for Wednesday, March 1, 2017 to be a “Day of Empathy” across the country. #CUT50, which is calling for a 50% reduction in the incarcerated population in the US, is sponsoring events in all 50 state capitols.
WISDOM and EXPO will be joining with Matt Haney, national leader of CUT50 on Wednesday, March 1. Members of EXPO will be sharing their experiences of incarceration and of return from incarceration. Legislators and staff have been invited to share in the 1-hour event.
Wednesday, March 1
EXPO members from around the state will be meeting at 11 am on March 1 to strategize, prepare and connect with #CUT50 organizers. For more information, or to learn about transportation plans from different parts of the state, contact Jerome Dillard at 608–320–0188, or David Liners at 414–736–2099.
Please join us!
A statement from the Community Coalition for Quality Policing on recent events
The alleged discriminatory practices at the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) brought forth this week by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin as well as the very public response by leadership at the Milwaukee Police Department only further underscores the need to immediately begin the process of rebuilding trust between all community stakeholders including the residents of Milwaukee, its police department and the individual police officers.
For this reason, CC4QP will be making two formal requests. The first is for the U.S. Department of Justice to release to the public, a report first shared with the Milwaukee Police Department last year as well as all subsequent revisions of that report detailing their findings after a thorough review of department practices. In addition, CC4QP will be inviting representatives of the police officers’ union as well as police department leadership to begin the process of creating timeline, by which all parties will work together to begin the collaborative process of implementing problem-oriented policing department wide.
As serious crime continues to occur, as police officers upholding their sworn duty to provide equal protection to all continue to put themselves at risk, efforts to rebuild the trust lost between all stakeholders cannot begin soon enough. CC4QP looks forward to working in good faith with the police officers’ union and the Milwaukee Police Department with the ultimate goal of reducing crime, and improving the quality of life for all members of our one community, residents and police officers alike.
ACLU Challenges Milwaukee Police Department’s Unconstitutional Stop-and-Frisk Program Conducted Without Reasonable Suspicion and Based on Racial Profiling
For the Last Eight Years, the Milwaukee Police Department Has Subjected Tens of Thousands of Innocent People to Unconstitutional Stops and Frisks, Disrupting Their Daily Lives Because They Are Black or Latino
MILWAUKEE — The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Wisconsin, and the law firm of Covington & Burling filed a class-action lawsuit today against the city of Milwaukee over its police department’s vast stop-and-frisk program.
The department targets tens of thousands of people without reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, the legal requirement for a police stop, making the program unconstitutional, the lawsuit says. The department’s repeated violations of Milwaukeeans’ constitutional rights are driven by racial profiling, with preliminary data showing significant disparities between police stop rates for white people and for Black and Latino people.
“For the last decade, the Milwaukee Police Department has pursued an aggressive and unconstitutional policing strategy that treats people of color as suspects for no good reason, stopping innocent men, women, and children as they try to go about their daily lives,” said Jason Williamson, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project. “This approach forces tens of thousands to live under suspicion every time they step outside.”
Spread the Word to Make Public Transit a Priority
VOICES FOR PUBLIC TRANSIT
Spread the word to make certain public transportation remains a key focus of infrastructure legislation. Tell your friends, family members, colleagues, and network to remind legislators now working in Washington that public transportation matters to our communities and drives our nation forward.
It’s easy to let others know about our cause:
We won’t communicate with or send unsolicited emails to your friends until they join Voices for Public Transit themselves.
by Jennifer Vulpas
My picture of The Donald took me time to figure out. Finally I figured that I had to make the painting about orange and yellow. His head is rhomboid shaped and the title was a no-brainer: “SAD” I have my fingers crossed for our planet.
I took my sign to the Woman’s March in Chicago on January 21 and I was happy to march with my three daughters on a spectacular day!
Are you Ready to Vote in Tuesday’s Primary Election?
Polls Open Tomorrow from 7am to 8pm
According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, in the last 20 years there have been three primary races (in 2001, 2005, and 2009) for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, with the average turnout in those primaries at just 5.9% of the state’s voting-age population.
We NEED to do better than this for Wisconsin’s kids. If you haven’t already cast an early ballot, make a plan now to vote in tomorrow’s primary.
If you already have a Wisconsin driver license or one of the other acceptable forms of ID for voting, then you’re “ID ready.” Just remember to bring it with you when you head to your polling place!
What if you don’t have an acceptable ID for voting?
We Need Your Help! Senate to Vote on Overturning Important Protections for Students with Disabilities
Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update
We are passing on this advocacy opportunity from the Bazelon Center to ask US senators to support critical protections for students with disabilities. See below for details.
Here is contact information for Wisconsin US Senators:
Johnson, Ron - (R - WI)
Baldwin, Tammy - (D - WI)
Tell Rep. Duffy: You owe us an apology
Let’s start with some actual facts:
The real threats we face, day-in and day-out, come from right here at home — the lone gunmen, the angry, armed ex-employee, the estranged husband, the hate-filled white supremacist, and the list goes on. Yet, Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy just joined the Trump team in using “alternative facts” to justify dangerous policies rooted in racism and bigotry.
During an interview with CNN, Rep. Duffy dutifully followed the Trump script, suggesting that the seven-country travel ban was necessary to keep Americans safe. And, when the reporter pointed out that white supremacists and homegrown extremists are a threat to our safety, he belligerently challenged her and acted like these type of attacks just don’t happen.
WHAT? We sure remember when — right here in Wisconsin — a violent white supremacist shot and killed six members of a Sikh temple. Doesn’t he?
Rep. Duffy — and the entire Trump team — need to know that ignoring mass shootings and acts of terrorism performed by white supremacists and homegrown extremists will put us in more danger. And we need to send that message right now!
Just last week, the Trump administration said they want to change the U.S. government counter-terrorism program, named “Countering Violent Extremism” to “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” which means they will no longer focus on white supremacy and other violent ideologies. That defies common sense, and it ignores the real threats we face all too often.
When it comes to preventing violence and keeping our communities safe, Congressman Duffy must reject dangerous, partisan-driven agendas and, instead, embrace honesty, common sense and real facts. We deserve no less from our elected representatives.
Join Us 2/14 for Mental Health Task Force – and bring donations for Sox Rox!
Please join us for the February meeting of the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force:
Tuesday, 2/14 from 3 – 5 Pm at IndependenceFirst, 540 S. 1st St.
Our agenda will include the following:
2/27 Listening Session
Donate to Sox Rox at our 2/14 Meeting
Sox Rox collects new socks for men, women, and children who are homeless. Here is the link to the Sox Rox Wish List on Amazon. If you order from this list, the items go directly to Jan Wilberg. Otherwise, bringing socks to the MHTF meeting next week would be wonderful as well.
Thanks for your generosity. With all that is going on in the world, socks don’t seem like a very important thing. But they’re really meaningful to the person who needs some.
Resource for youth aging out of foster care
Mental Health Task Force/Make It Work Milwaukee Update
Youth who have aged out of foster care have a new tool to help them navigate the critical resources they need to transition successfully into adulthood. The phone app, called GRiD MKE, launched last week – a highlight of the kickoff were remarks from some of the young people who played a role in designing the app. The app contains hundreds of resources in the areas of education, employment, health and housing as well as basic or emergency needs, like food and clothing pantries. It can be downloaded for free from the App store, and there is an option to email suggestions for additional resources. Thanks to Saint A’s for hosting the event!
Help Stop the Back Forty Mine!
All who are concerned about respect for all faith traditions and all who care about our fragile environment are invited to get involved in an important struggle.
The land that is most sacred to the Menominee Tribe is threatened with desecration. Plans are underway to turn the pristine forest into a gaping, open pit mine that would threaten to contaminate land and rivers in Michigan and Wisconsin.
At their annual retreat, WISDOM leaders voted unanimously to make it a priority to stand with our brothers and sisters of the Menominee Nation in opposition to the planned “Back Forty” sulfide mine that would be built right on the land where the Menominee creation story takes place, a land with dozens of cultural and burial sites. The pit would come to within 50 yards of the Menominee River.
Please join in a prayer service to stand with the Menominee and against the Back Forty Mine:
For more information, contact WISDOM organizer Guy Reiter at email@example.com.
Whether or not you can make it to Marinette on the 11th, let us know if you would be willing to be part of a statewide group that will learn, strategize and act on this important issue. WISDOM is in the process of forming a statewide “Environmental Task Force,” which will focus on the Back Forty Mine issue.
Finally, this issue will be one of the areas we will deal with at WISDOM’s Madison Action Day on March 30. The proposed mine is actually just across the state line into Michigan. The Menominee River is the border. Still, Wisconsin cannot be allowed to stay out of the process. Toxic byproducts that seep into the river flow into Wisconsin, eventually down to Green Bay. Not only are Wisconsin’s natural resources endangered by the mine, but Wisconsin’s first residents are directly and seriously harmed.
We cannot stand by idly and claim it is not our problem.
Congress Vote on Guns & Mental Illness
On Thurs, Feb. 2, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal a number of regulations that the Obama Administration issued in late December. One required the Social Security Administration (SSA) to forward to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the names of all persons receiving SSI and SSDI on the basis of mental disabilities and who are assigned representative payees to help manage their benefits. The NICS system is a database maintained by the FBI, identifying individuals who should not be permitted to purchase firearms.
Many news headlines have oversimplified the issue; e.g. House votes to scrap rule meant to keep guns from severely mentally ill. The U.S. Senate will be voting on the repeal this coming week. NAMI and other mental health and disability organizations support the repeal.
Trump using Breitbart tactics to exaggerate false narratives about immigration
SPLC News This Week
Trump’s sanctuary cities plan — voter fraud myth — Jeff Sessions as attorney general
Trump’s sanctuary cities plan mimics Breitbart’s tactic of exaggeration and lies
Systematic voter suppression is the real threat – not voter fraud
Sessions’ embrace of racist law one more reason to reject his confirmation as attorney general
Important: Pink Out Event at WI State Capitol
On Wednesday, February 8, we’re going to bring a visible and VERY PINK show of support to the Wisconsin State Capital Building in Madison. The event, which coincides with Governor Walker’s annual budget address, is your chance to show legislators that the people of Wisconsin stand with Planned Parenthood.
We’re asking supporters to gather at the Capitol, wear pink, and bring signs in support of restoring and protecting funding for the thousands of patients in Wisconsin who depend on Planned Parenthood for health care. There will also be opportunities to meet with Planned Parenthood representatives, as well as visit your legislator’s office.
Click here for Pink Out details and to register to attend.
It’s Time to Close the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility
In 2015, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said that “incarcerating people for relatively low offenses is not a significant issue in the state of Wisconsin”. Actually, it is a huge problem.
It is time for Governor Walker to face the fact that crimeless revocation – the practice of re-incarcerating people on probation, parole, and extended supervision for minor rule violations – is more than significant. It is a failed policy, a waste of money, and an embarrassment to Wisconsin.
A new Health Impact Assessment demonstrates that Wisconsin incarcerated 3,000 people for crimeless revocations in 2015.
In 2001, the state of Wisconsin built the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility to house people who have allegedly violated rules of probation, parole, and extended supervision. This facility is used to unnecessarily incarcerate thousands of people who have not been convicted of new crimes.
James Wilborn, who was an EXPO leader, died in Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility during the summer of 2015. The extreme heat at MSDF was a factor in his death, as was his inability to obtain medications that he needed there. He should have never been incarcerated there.
Problems facing people incarcerated at MSDF include extreme heat, poor ventilation, no outdoor recreation, being locked down for 22 hours a day, no in-person visits, and other abuses. All of this is for people who have not been convicted of new crimes and in most cases have not even been charged with new crimes.
It is time for Governor Walker to close MSDF!
Please sign a petition to close the MSDF. Click here.
Whose Community Doesn’t Need More and Better Local Jobs?
As Congress debates investing in America’s infrastructure, we’re highlighting the benefits for every American of investing in public transportation.
Please check out this new post, “Public Transportation: The Local Job Connection.”
Public transportation drives private-sector job creation. Every $1 billion invested in public transportation creates about 50,000 new jobs. Supporting access to jobs via public transportation also helps lift individuals and families out of poverty.
Look for additional blogs in our series in the coming weeks. We’ll also keep you up to date on key developments in Washington.
WISDOM STANDS WITH IMMIGRANTS, MUSLIMS, AND ALL WHOSE HUMAN DIGNITY IS UNDER ATTACK
The WISDOM Prophetic Declaration calls on the members of our interfaith network to work for justice and liberation and to stand against all forms of oppression, inequity and discrimination. It also affirms with certainty that love and hope will always triumph over hate and fear.
Early 2017 is a critical moment, when immigrants, Muslims and other marginalized people are being systematically targeted and persecuted. Recent Executive Orders by President Trump have fulfilled a mean-spirited campaign promise to exclude Muslims from our society, to divide immigrant families and to create undue fear in our communities. They include the misguided requirement that all law enforcement must place immigration enforcement as a higher priority than public safety.
In this critical moment, every person must take a stand. People of faith cannot remain silent in the face of attempts to divide, de-humanize and frighten. Public officials cannot stand silent. They must declare their opposition or their agreement with these unprecedented actions of our new president. Whatever their decision, it will long be remembered. Those who remain silent are complicit in perpetuating racism, xenophobia, misogyny, religious discrimination and the destruction of democracy and religious freedom.
Each of our faith traditions has known persecution, and we know we must stand with those who are persecuted now. We are called by our sacred texts and faith traditions to love our neighbors, accompany the vulnerable, and welcome the stranger. We believe that our response to the attacks on Muslims, immigrants, people of color, and all vulnerable populations will be the measure of our faithfulness. Citizens and elected officials have a position of privilege. This is the time to use it. As Mordecai said to Queen Esther, “Who knows but if you have come to your position for just such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)
Therefore, WISDOM members stand with and for refugees, undocumented immigrants, people of color, and Muslims, especially in these difficult times. We encourage our member congregations to speak boldly, to foster inclusion, justice and liberation for all people, and to build bridges to people who may have different backgrounds or viewpoints.
We demand that our public officials, of either party and all levels, do everything in their power to reverse any and all policies that arise from religious, racial or ethnic intolerance.
WISDOM is the network of interfaith justice organizations in Wisconsin, including more than 160 congregations, from 19 faith traditions. Reach us at www.wisdomwisconsin.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 414–831–2070.
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
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)
Urge your County Supervisor to Support the Pro-Immigrant Resolution!
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
On Thursday, February 2nd, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will vote on Resolution 16–738, the Milwaukee County Anti-Hate, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Refugee Resolution. Click here to read the Resolution.
Urge them to vote YES on Resolution 16–738. You can say something like:
Hi, my name is (your name) and I live in your district at (your address). Please vote in favor of Substitute Resolution 16–738, which supports immigrants, refugees, African-Americans, Muslims, women, LGBTQ people and others targeted by the new President. The resolution opposes any attempt to create a religious registry or Muslim ban, and it will direct Sheriff Clarke to not collaborate in deportations and the separation of families. Thank you.
Also, please join us for the vote on the Resolution Thursday, February 2nd at 9:00am in Room 200 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse (910 Wells Ave). Bring signs!
Call your County Supervisor and Come to Voces’ Annual Meeting!
Friday, January 27th, 2017
Trump’s executive orders are spreading fear throughout the community. Just this week, ICE detained 8 people in Milwaukee and 16 throughout Wisconsin.
Now is the time to organize. Come to our Annual Assembly this Saturday, January 28th, from 9am to 3pm at Ascension Lutheran Church (corner of 27th and Scott). Registration starts at 8:30, and lunch and childcare are provided.
Second, join our fight to make sure our local governments do all they can to protect our families. Thursday, February 2nd, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will vote on Substitute Resolution 16–738, the Milwaukee County Welcoming Resolution.
Urge them to support Substitute Resolution 16–738, which supports immigrants and opposes hate. You can say something like:
Hi, my name is (your name) and I live in your district at (your address). Please vote in favor of Substitute Resolution 16–738, which supports immigrants, refugees, African-Americans, Muslims, women, LGBTQ people and others targeted by the new President, and will direct Sheriff Clarke to not collaborate in deportations and the separation of families. Thank you.
Also, please join us for the vote on the Resolution next Thursday, February 2nd at 9:30am in Room 200 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse (910 Wells Ave). Bring signs!
Need GREAT News? We’ve got some…
by Jeri Bonavia, WAVE
Wow! I’m so excited to share this news with you! — Right now, lawmakers in Wisconsin are circulating a bill for cosponsorship that will prevent gun violence and save lives! And, there’s more news: Legislators are working across the aisle to get this done.
This bill — authored by two Democrats and two Republicans — will help make sure that people with criminal histories that put them at high risk of engaging in gun violence will be prohibited from possessing firearms. That’s important because research is clear: One of the strongest predictors of future violence is a past history of violent and criminal behavior.
This is exactly the kind of real and meaningful change we’ve been working for. But, we need your help right now to make sure we’re doing everything possible to make this happen.
>> Click here to tell YOUR elected officials to co-sponsor LRB1042/2 to keep guns out of the hands of violent and habitual criminals.
Urge your lawmakers to sign on to LRB1042/2 before the Monday deadline.
There’s no time to waste!
2017 Safety Net Clinic Referral Directory available now
We are pleased to share the 2017 edition of the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership’s Safety Net Clinic Referral Directory. This comprehensive inventory contains essential information about more than 60 primary care, dental, mental health and specialty clinics in Milwaukee County that serve uninsured and low-income patients. It provides a variety of information about each safety net clinic, including location, hours, payment practices, languages spoken, and types of clinical services and screenings offered.
The Safety Net Clinic Referral Directory is a critical resource for hundreds of health and human service professionals and IMPACT 2–1−1 community resource specialists, in their support to individuals seeking free and low-cost health care services. Please pass along this message to key personnel in your organization - such as care managers, social workers. community health workers, front desk staff and others who help connect low-income patients to care.
Given the broad community interest and usage of this directory, it is available for viewing or download on the websites of:
A number of hard copies of the directory are available for front-line staff who may not easily access this information electronically when assisting clients. To request a printed copy from IMPACT, click here.
We extend special thanks to the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County for its funding of this valuable safety net resource, and we send our thanks to you as well, for your support of our collective work to connect vulnerable patients to care, and improve our community’s health.
There is No Chairperson for the Parole Commission
That might not sound very urgent to you, but it is very urgent for the 3,000 people in Wisconsin’s prisons who are eligible for Parole. No one can be released on parole without the approval of the Chairperson of the Parole Commission. Dean Stensberg, who was the Chairperson, vacated the office at some point in the past month or two. No announcement was made. No interim was appointed by the Governor, and there is apparently no plan to fill the vacancy.
Parole-eligible prisoners are men and women who have been in prison since the last century. They were convicted of crimes prior to January 1, 2000, when “Truth In Sentencing” became law. Many have been in prison long past the date when their sentencing judge expected them to be released.
Even before Mr. Stensberg left, the system had nearly stopped: only about 5% of eligible people received parole, no matter that they had done everything required of them. Now, without a Chairperson, the system has come to a complete halt.
Please call Governor Walker, 608–266–1212. Tell him that he needs to appoint a Chairperson for the Parole Commission IMMEDIATELY, and that the new Chair needs to unclog the bureaucracy that is keeping people in prison long after they should have been released.
Then, please call the offices of your State Senator and State Assembly Representative. You can find them and their phone numbers here: look under “find my legislators”. Ask them to contact the Governor and tell him to fix the parole system.
If you want to see more about the broken parole system, click here to download It’s Time to Fix Our Broken Parole System.
2017 looks like it will be a very busy year. There will be a lot happening in Madison and in Washington D.C. WISDOM’s “Lightning Team” members are willing to make a call to their Congressional Representative or State Legislator or other officials about matters that need a quick response.
If you are willing to be a person who receives e-mails with talking points, and are willing to make a call within 24 hours, you might want to be on the Lightning Team. If so, please respond to this message with your name, your e-mail address, your phone number, and your zip code and the names of your State Senator, State Assembly Representative, and Congressperson.
MICAH’s Issues Night
Dear MICAH members & Supporters
On Thursday, January 26th, MICAH will meet for the first of three major issue cutting meetings.
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
National Drug & Alcohol Fact Week
Dear Behavioral Health Division Providers,
Our partners include some of your organizations, health departments, schools, nonprofits and many others across the community. We are working together to share information about prevention, encourage treatment and support recovery through several events and activities.
As our providers, there are a few things you can do to get involved:
1. Join us for a press conference at 4:30 this afternoon at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (901 15th Avenue, South Milwaukee, WI), featuring a proclamation by County Executive Chris Abele, announcing “Drug & Alcohol Fact Week.” More details.
2. Encourage your friends and colleagues to tune in to TMJ4 on Thursday, January 26 from 4 – 7 p.m. for a Light & Unite Red phone bank. Staff from BHD and our provider partners will be answering questions from the community, sharing information about drugs and alcohol and connecting callers to prevention, treatment and recovery resources in our community.
3. Follow us on social media, share our posts and show us your red with #lightunitered.
4.Wear RED next Friday (and remember to take a picture and post it using #lightunitered). RED IS THE NATIONAL COLOR FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE AWARENESS.
5. Test your knowledge – take the drug fact test at www.lightunitered.org and share with others.
6. Shine the light on substance abuse – ask us for a red light bulb for your home (and remember to take a picture and post it using #lightunitered).
7. Attend or host an event! See a full list of events at www.lightunitered.org.
Part of our work to become a national best leader in behavioral health care and to build the community’s trust in our work includes greater collaboration and outreach efforts like this with our partners, the public, and even the media. I look forward to working with you to highlight our resources to community members in need of support next week and every day of the year. Let’s Light & Unite Red!
Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Meeting and Public Comment
Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update
Turn out this Thursday, January 26, for the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board meeting at Washington Park Senior Center. The Board meeting starts at 2:30 and will focus on discussion of the recent Legislative Audit Bureau Report on the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board. Several documents from the LAB report are available at: https://legis.wisconsin.gov/lab/audit-reports/2015-16-reports/
The discussion of the LAB Audit will be followed by a 4:30 Mental Health Board Public Hearing. This is a great opportunity to share your ideas about what is working and what additions or changes are needed for county mental health and substance use disorder services. Share your ideas - speakers are limited to 3 minutes.
ADA accommodation requests should be filed with the Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities, 278–3932 (voice) or 711 (TRS), upon receipt of this notice.
The Donkey Prince
By Jean-Paul Villardot
November 20, 2016
Perhaps no presidential election has engendered such revulsion and bitterness among the majority of the American public. Prince Donkey often said the election was “Rigged.” He was right - he managed to cap the Electoral College - but lost the national vote by nearly three million ballots.
He “Rigged” the tally by appealing to voters who delight in self-indulged Hate, and in many cases, to those who revel in racist contempt.
Here is how it happened - and what must follow:
Light Your Candles
Important Medicaid Survey – Please Complete and Share Widely
Good morning, Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force and Make It Work Milwaukee. Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) is a member of the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations. Survival has been working on strategies to educate and inform the disability community about possible radical changes to Medicaid that are under consideration, as well as how to educate policymakers about the impact this will have on Wisconsinites with disabilities, including mental health needs. One key component to this effort is gathering information from Wisconsinites with disabilities, and others, who rely on Medicaid programs.
Survival Coalition has launched an important survey to gather information about Medicaid usage from adults and children with disabilities, older adults, their families, care providers, and low income adults. You can take this survey, share the link, and ask others to take it. Many people are unaware that the health care, supports, services, and programs they are familiar with (Family Care, IRIS, CCS, TCM, CLTS, Katie Beckett) are funded by Medicaid.
Policymakers in Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. are proposing big changes to Medicaid, including Medicaid Block Grants. These changes could happen quickly and could have big impacts on people with disabilities, older adults, and other who rely on Medicaid services and supports. The survey asks about the Medicaid services and supports that you or your loved ones use to help you live your life and stay healthy, and how important these supports are to your life.
We are also eager to gather stories about how Wisconsin’s diverse Medicaid programs benefit adults and children with disabilities and their families. As part of the survey, there is a question asking participants about willingness to share their story. We also appreciate your help in identifying people who are willing to share their story, and will be developing a standalone form to capture those stories.
Thanks for your help with sharing the survey widely!
Unhinged, Unable to Rein in Temerity
By David P. Cohn, Esq.
Practicing attorney David Cohn was 19 going on 20 in June 1968 when he enlisted. He is a decorated, disabled combat Veteran Sergeant, ¾ Cav 25th Infantry Division, MACV, Military Assistance Command Vietnam. The “Tet Offensive 1968 was my crucible, 4–5 Purple Hearts my Purple badge of courage.”
And what are we to do? 60s generationals, hear this call: time to go back to “our” roots of organizing, moving\massing for civil rights, fixing the torn social fabric and a return to civility while doing the business of the country “of the people, by the people and for the people,” not the elite. And, again: challenging the forces of evil [the Force is strong within “us”], speaking loudly, but with sharp tools and the great weight of the evidence — Move toward change, hoist Trump on his own petard, of what he ran against: corruption, cronyism and self-interest…draining the swamp, replacing it with snakes is not making Amerika great again.
ACA/Medicaid Webinar for Disability Advocates on Tuesday Jan 17th
Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update
Access to healthcare and long term supports are priorities for our coalitions. Please find information below on a webinar scheduled for next Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM that will discuss how the Affordable Care Act repeal and Medicaid reform will impact people with disabilities. You will also be able to ask questions.
We encourage you to participate and report back on any key information and strategies that may be helpful to the work of our coalitions.
January 26, 2017, Mental Health Board REVISED Agenda and Meeting Packet
Mental Health Task Force Update
Thanks to Mike Lappen for sharing with us the revised agenda for the January 26th Mental Health Board meeting at Washington Park Senior Center. The meeting start time has been changed to 2:30 PM to allow time for an additional agenda item: State of Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau Report 16–14, Milwaukee County Mental Health Board. The other agenda item continues to be “public comment on behavioral health division topics/services.” We encourage members of the Task Force to attend and to provide public comment. See the attached agenda for additional detail.
Faith, Love and Restoration
By Table of the Saints Vice President Charles Hampton
Table of the Saints is a local faith-based organization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Table of the Saints was established in fall of 2009 by three nonviolent ex-offenders as a bible study group. Bible Study is still held every Thursday evening at Rehoboth COGIC on Elder Wallace Way 6 – 8 p.m. Since 2009, the organization filed for their Article of Incorporation and has become a 501© 3 recognized entity in Wisconsin, joining forces with NAACP, WISDOM and other faith-based groups. Table of the Saints is located at 2821 North 4th Street, Suite 202 Milwaukee, WI.
Waukesha County Section 8 Voucher Waitlist open 1/17–1/19/17
Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update
The Waukesha Housing Authority will open its online wait list for Section 8 Vouchers only from January 17th - 19th. Application will only be accepted online between those dates at http://www.whaonline.com/wha_home.html See below for more information for Waukesha residents about getting on the waitlist. Note that the applications will only be taken online between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM from Tuesday, 1/17/17 through Thursday, 1/19/17. The DBSs and EBSs at the Waukesha County ADRC will be helping people, who need assistance, apply for the waitlist.
The Waukesha Housing Authority will open its online wait list for Section 8 Vouchers only from January 17th - 19th. Application will only be accepted online between those dates at http://www.whaonline.com/wha_home.html.
You must provide social security numbers and birthdates for everyone listed on the application, income from all sources, banking and investments, energy assistance credit amount, monthly Foodshare benefit, medical expenses and criminal history. Two weeks after completing the application online, you will be able to check your status online to see if you are an active applicant.
There will only be one computer at the WHA office for applying, no applications accepted by phone or mail.
Waukesha Housing Authority, 600 Arcadian Ave, Waukesha #262–542–2262
Milwaukee County Mental Health Board January 26, 2017, Meeting Agenda
Mental Health Task Force Update
The Milwaukee County Mental Health Board will meet on Thursday January 26th at Washington Park Senior Center at 4:30 PM. The purpose of the meeting is for the Board to hear Public Comment. Speakers are limited to three minutes each. This is a good opportunity to share with the Mental Health Board your suggestions for budget priorities, other ideas for how to improve access or quality, or any other feedback or suggestions you may wish to share. Click on the link below to display the agenda.
Inaugurating a Term of Solidarity
Plan to join faith leaders from around the country who will spend part of Inauguration Day in Juneau, Wisconsin. As a new Administration starts in Washington DC, a renewed commitment to resist hatred, division and cruel policy choices will be inaugurated on:
Friday, January 20, 2017, 3:00 pm
WISDOM, the Wisconsin network of faith communities, will be joined by leaders of the national Gamaliel network for a prayer vigil on Inauguration Day that will demonstrate our commitment to resist words, deeds and policies that would hurt immigrant families. The message of the day will be one of solidarity: all people of good will need to stand side-by-side to reject the politics of division and fear and to support all those who have been targeted.
The November election and the divisive, racist rhetoric that accompanied it, have revealed some deep divisions in our country. Policies have been proposed and discussed that would serve no good purpose but that would seriously hurt children, families and hard-working members of our communities.
The Dodge County Detention Facility was chosen as the site for the gathering because it is used as an immigrant detention center. WISDOM will proclaim that all us of, regardless of race, immigration status, conviction history, disability, sexual orientation or economic class, are part of one human family that must not be divided.
Health Care Rally in Milwaukee 1/15
As you know, Congressional Republicans have made repealing the Affordable Care Act their top legislative priority and are pushing this agenda in the first few weeks of the new Congress, without offering up any alternative.
Senator Baldwin’s campaign is teaming up with Citizen Action of Wisconsin to sponsor a rally in Milwaukee as part of a national day of action to tell Republicans not to take away people’s health care.
The rally will be in Milwaukee on Sunday, January 15th at 11:30 a.m. Location is still being finalized, but it will be close to downtown.
We are looking for your help. We would love to have as many organizations as possible spread the word or sponsor the event to help us build a big crowd to show that Wisconsinites oppose Republican efforts to take away people’s health care. We should have a flyer and landing page created in the next day or so that we will circulate as well.
We especially need your help in identifying speakers for the rally. We need real people who have been helped by the ACA or other national health care programs who are willing to tell their story about how difficult it will be if their health care is taken away. You will find some sample profiles below of the kind of stories we’re looking for.
The point of contact for the rally is Tammy’s Political Director Scott Spector. Gillian Drummond, is coordinating speakers at the event. They are both included below.
Thanks so much for all you do!
Treatment Never Involves Sex Brochure
DCTS Information Memo 2017–01
The Division of Care and Treatment Services, with assistance from Disability Rights Wisconsin, has created a brochure to educate individuals receiving mental health and substance use treatment about their right to be free from sexual contact by their treatment professional.
NAMI Family-to-family class
NAMI Greater Milwaukee’s upcoming Family to Family class that will be starting Tuesday January 17th from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the NAMI Greater Milwaukee office located at 3200 S 3rd St Milwaukee, WI 53207.
To register, please contact Aaron Arteaga at the NAMI office at 414–344–0447 or email@example.com.
NAMI Monthly Education Series
Please see attached flyers regarding the NAMI 2017 Monthly Education Series for January!
Post 2016 Election
By David P. Cohn, Esq.
Practicing attorney David Cohn was 19 going on 20 in June 1968 when he enlisted. He is a decorated, disabled combat Veteran Sargent, ¾ Cav 25th Infantry Division, MACV, Military Assistance Command Vietnam. The “Tet Offensive 1968 was my crucible, 4–5 Purple Hearts my Purple badge of courage.”
Love ain’t enough – intellectual activism, certainly the Anti-Christ of the status quo, is part of the answer. Taking notes and names of the devolution of “us” to the “whitelash” and forgetting the role of government to care for the common needs, “promote the general welfare” – and resurrect those well-settled ideas and ideals and bring them forward; show the sharp relief of the failures and jingoism(s) used and promoted to betray the fabric of law, roots and our body politic – and the failure of Hillary – no more finger pointing – she should have buried this xenophobic child twit who literally embodies “twitter” ‘cause his thought process is about 140 characters deep. But she didn’t.
U.S. Demand for Psych Services Soars Amid Provider Shortage; Stats, Trends & Implications
Today’s new issue of *Modern Healthcare* includes an article: “Demand for mental health services soars amid provider shortage” by Steven Ross Johnson.
Here are some excerpts:
Patients in Chicago who have been identified by their primary care physician as requiring mental health counseling can wait a year or more before they see a specialist, according to Dr. Joanne May, director of Behavioral Health Services at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
That’s why the state’s largest healthcare system recently began embedding behavioral health specialists in its primary care practices.
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.
Update on the Crimeless Revocations Report
WISDOM and EXPO leaders were all over the state last week to release our new Health Impact Report, Excessive Revocations in Wisconsin: the Health Impacts of Locking People Up Without a New Conviction. If you haven’t already read it, the report itself and an executive summary are on a new website, specifically dedicated to the project: http://sentback.org/.
You can view photos of the press conference at which we released the report here, and check out the press we received here.
Here’s a sample of our press coverage:
WISDOM and EXPO leaders all over the state are prepared to give presentations on Crimeless Revocations to your religious community or civic group. Contact us to get started.
This is one of several issues we will address at our Madison Action Day on Thursday, March 30. Mark your calendar!
Community Conversation Flyer
Mental Health Task Force Update
This flyer from the Behavioral Health Division is an invitation to upcoming community conversations.
Update - DHS ForwardHealth Partner Update: 2016 BadgerCare Plus Eligibility Ending for Members Determined Eligible Under Gap Filling Rules
Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update
Please the updates below from DHS and Covering Wisconsin, with a reminder that if you know someone who is on BadgerCare Plus under gap filling eligibility for 2016, their coverage will end on December 31. They need to apply now to determine if they still qualify under Badgercare Plus gap rules for 2017 or should be enrolling in Marketplace coverage for 2017.
The report is out!
This morning WISDOM and EXPO leaders released the ground-breaking findings of our new report, Excessive Revocations in Wisconsin: The Health Impacts of Locking People Up Without a New Conviction, produced by our friends at the Health Impact Partners. The findings are available on a new website dedicated to the report, http://sentback.org.
Here is the schedule for further presentations on the new study:
Wednesday, December 14
Thursday, December 15
We also now have a new WISDOM website, http://wisdomwisconsin.org. The http://www.rocwisconsin.org website continues to focus on our criminal justice campaign: the new website includes our work on Transit, Immigration and Faithful Citizenship.
Bringing Stories to Life with In Tandem Theatre’s Chris and Jane Flieller
By Patricia Obletz, Editor
For want of a shoe, Milwaukee’s In Tandem Theatre might never have been. But the shoe fit and Milwaukee has been enriched by the brilliant creative passion that inspires Chris and Jane Flieller to create season after season of provoking, enlightening and entertaining comedies, drama, musicals, classics and new works. Back in 1988, Jane needed black shoes to complete her ensemble as a backstage deckhand for a play in which Chris was an actor. Chris offered his extra pair and – they fit! Literally. And then emotionally, spiritually and the rest of love’s expressions, Chris and Jane have walked in each other’s shoes ever since.
In Tandem Theatre was incorporated in 1998 and in 2007, after years of roaming from venue to venue, the company settled into a cozy 99-seat studio theatre located in the lower level of the “big red church” at 10th and Wisconsin in downtown Milwaukee. In Tandem celebrates its 20th anniversary in the 2017–2018 season.
Tune in to WNOV 860 am at 8 am Tuesday for a Northside Facility discussion
Mental Health Task Force Update
As you are aware, the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division is working to engage our community in conversations that will shape the new Northside behavioral health care facility. This community feedback will play a vital role in guiding decisions about everything from programs and services to how the facility should look and feel.
Tuesday morning, I’ll be joined by Mental Health Board Member Pastor Walter Lanier and Director of Health and Human Services Hector Colon as guests on 860 WNOV with Jermaine Reed to talk about our “Community Conversations.” We will also be sharing this news with the local media to encourage public participation in these conversations.
TUNE IN to WNOV 860 am TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 – 8 a.m.
BuzzFeed Investigative report: Locked On The Psych Ward
Mental Health Task Force Update
See the link below to a yearlong BuzzFeed News investigation — “based on interviews with 175 current and former Universal Health Services (UHS) staff, including 18 executives who ran UHS hospitals; more than 120 additional interviews with patients, government investigators, and other experts; and a cache of internal documents — raises grave questions about the extent to which those profits were achieved at the expense of patients. Current and former employees from at least 10 UHS hospitals in nine states said they were under pressure to fill beds by almost any method — which sometimes meant exaggerating people’s symptoms or twisting their words to make them seem suicidal — and to hold them until their insurance payments ran out. “ (Adams, 12/7) Note that UHS is one of the national entities under consideration to provide inpatient services in Milwaukee.
Implications of Partial Repeal of the ACA through Reconciliation
Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update
See below for several links with analysis regarding the impact of repeal of the ACA, including the loss of coverage, loss of federal funds, and increase in uncompensated care.
Following up on the message forwarded below– re the new Urban Institute analysis described below
Here’s a link to a one-page fact sheet about the effects in WI, prepared by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
Also, WCCF issued a press release today about the report and the WI data. Our release is posted here:
As that release notes, the report estimated that repealing the ACA without a viable replacement plan could increase the # of uninsured in WI by 431,000 in 2019, which would be a 144% increase. For ACA repeal alone, I’d say that’s a worst case estimate of the WI impact, rather than the likely effect. On the other hand, if Congress repeals the ACA and also block-grants Medicaid, then I think it’s quite likely that the increase in the uninsured would be well over 100% after a few years.
DHS presentation on NEMT
Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update
The attached powerpoint about Wisconsin Medicaid and Badgercare Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) was prepared for the Governor’s Committee for People with Physical Disabilities. Thought it might be of interest to many of you given the number of people who are eligible for NEMT.
WISDOM Call to Action
Join us in Milwaukee as we present the findings of a ground-breaking Health Impact Assessment (HIA), titled Excessive Revocations in Wisconsin: The Health Impacts of Locking People Up Without a New Conviction.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 9:00 am
After the presentation, we will go to the corner of 10th and State, in front of the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF), where people from Milwaukee County are brought for “Revocation Holds.” There, we will hold a press event, announcing the findings of the HIA and calling on the Department of Corrections and the Governor to take immediate steps.
The new report describes the impact on individuals, families and communities of Wisconsin’s pattern of incarcerating thousands of individuals each year for rule violations related to Extended Supervision, Parole or Probation.
Copies of the report and other materials will be available to bring to your friends, neighbors, co-workers and members of your faith communities.
BHD Northside Facility Community Conversations
Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update
“The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division is beginning a series of Community Conversations about the development of our Northside Facility. In our first series of conversations, we would like to hear from consumers of mental health services and their families. Please share this notice with individuals you serve.” Help spread the word!
New Survey Shows Dire Impact of Wisconsin’s Direct Care Workforce Crisis.
Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update
Wisconsin is experiencing a crisis level shortage of direct care workers, as reflected in the results of a new direct care consumer survey released yesterday by the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Groups. These workers, including personal care, home health and therapy aides, make it possible for people with disabilities and older adults to lead safe, healthy and independent lives in the community. See the press release and Survey fact sheet. Documents can also be found on the Survival website: www.survivalcoalitionwi.org
Make Election Advertising Count for Communities
By Bonnie Berglund Bruch
Election time is over and political candidates have spent millions, if not billions on TV, digital, radio and newspaper ads in Wisconsin during the pre-election season. According to the Journal/Sentinel two weeks ago, Ron Johnson spent $13,500,000 and Russ Feingold spent $10,150,000 on media ads during October 4-November 8, 2016. Imagine what the two candidates spent over the past 1½ years.
Now, add the millions, if not billions, that Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Paul Ryan and all other Wisconsin politicians spent on political ads in Wisconsin during the past 1½ year. A humongous amount of money has been reaped by selling TV, radio, digital media and newspapers ads.
And what are these media doing with their political ad earnings? Do they give any money back into their communities?
I propose that all the media, especially TV and radio, consider donating a certain percentage of money gained from election ads to the cities, counties and/or state where the ads were run. This donation could pay for infrastructure projects that need repairs, i.e., Wisconsin highways, roads, city streets, sewer repairs, lead abatements, park maintenance, or food banks, job training, social service agencies, etc.
It is probably too late for monies collected during this past election, but it could be arranged or legislated for the 2018 election. People who have been bombarded with political ads for the last 1½ years would be very grateful to see the media use their cash bonanza to help our communities.
Help with Life Skills: The December Issue of GAC Phoenix
By Tom Gardner
Thank you Mother, for this life.
Thank you Mother, for the gifts
And thank you so for my brothers and sisters.
Thank you, Mother,
Henry Maier Summit on Race in Milwaukee
Video of the entire event is now posted on the UWM Urban Studies website and can be viewed here: http://uwm.edu/urban-studies/milwaukee-summit-2016/
1) On August 11, WISDOM held an event called “Thirsting for Justice.” More than 200 people learned about the problem of contaminated drinking water in some of Wisconsin’s prisons, especially at Fox Lake and Waupun. As a result of that action, Milwaukee Channel 4 investigated the story. On November 16, they aired the story, which features WISDOM members Carl Fields and Beverly Walker. To watch the story, click here.
2) EXPO and the WISDOM Post-Release Issues Workgroup are holding a major event called Incarcerated Without Conviction. The event will be the release of a new book of first person stories of crimeless revocation, and will feature testimonials by many of those same people.
Tuesday, November 22, 6:30 pm
WISDOM is working toward a mid-December release of a major Health Impact Assessment (HIA) related to the issue of crimeless revocations - people who are being sent back to prison for violating a rule of supervision, though they have not committed a new crime. The HIA will look at the cost to individuals, families and communities of needless incarceration, and it will examine potential alternatives. “Incarcerated Without Conviction” is a reminder that mass incarceration is a human problem, and that the people caught up in the system are people with families, hopes, dreams and the ability to make a contribution to the community if they are given the chance.
3) Join WISDOM leaders from around the state to push for more resources for public transit. Arrive Together: Building a 21st Century Trasportation System in Wisconsin. For access to work, food, healthcare and social engagement, transportation is essential. For many around the state, owning or driving a car is not a possibility, whether that is due to income level, disability or lack of driver’s license. In these cases, public transit becomes a necessity. For others, choosing public transit provides an environmentally-friendly and convenient alternative to driving.
Saturday, December 3: 9am - 5pm Stay for part or all of the day.
Arrive Together Transit Summit Dec. 3
WISDOM is a proud partnering organization to the statewide transportation summit #ArriveTogether because not everyone can drive a car and we want to make sure everyone can get to jobs, shopping, religious services, and everything that makes for a fully human life! We want to help Wisconsin build a 21st Century Transportation System.
We hope you’ll join us for this vital conversation about our transportation priorities statewide.
Saturday, December 3
Register here. Use the promotional code “TRANSIT” for free admission.
For further information, contact WISDOM’s Transit Task Force Organizer Dawn Lingo: firstname.lastname@example.org ~ (262) 705–4678.
Mental Health Task Force Update
Great news from Milwaukee’s Warmline - beginning December 2, 2016 Warmline will be open 5 evenings a week: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 pm! See below release for details.
Warmline Expands Hours
Milwaukee, Wisconsin November 27, 2016: Warmline, Inc. the only peer-run service in Milwaukee County, is expanding its hours in December. Beginning December 2, 2016 Warmline will be open 5 evenings a week: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 pm. This move comes 8 months after Warmline was forced to cut hours to reduce costs. According to Mary Kay Wagner, executive director, “We’ve been able to turn around our difficult financial situation with the hard work of the Warmline staff and Board.”
Warmline, Inc. is a safe, confidential peer to peer non-crisis support line for individuals dealing with mental health or substance abuse challenges. It has been in operation since 2000. Currently, Warmline’s 2 phone lines are staffed by trained peer counselors who have lived experience with mental illness or substance abuse. Warmline is available to anyone living with these issues who needs to talk and wants the support of someone who has “been there.”
For more information about Warmline, contact Mary Kay Wagner, Executive Director at email@example.com or 414–527–5775.
Creatures of Metaphor
By Thomas Gardner
It was rather inevitable that Bilhenry (Walker) and I would meet; he and his wife had moved to Eau Claire, and he was very interested in a new arts collective I was involved with, the Artisan Forge Studios group, here in town. As it was, we crossed paths at an exhibition opening for a show at a local gallery. And one thing just led to the next. Bilhenry’s responsible for the nascent presence of the Sculpture Park at Artisan Forge Studios, the pieces in which fascinate me as a photographer to no end. As such, Bilhenry and I have developed a sort of serendipitous creative symbiosis, that suggests all manner of possible future collaborations. He and I are both creatures of metaphor.
One afternoon, a couple weeks back, Bilhenry brought in the models for his series “Homeboys Flying & Dying” and “Milwaukee Heist.” He showed the pieces to me, told me the stories behind them, and left them with me, asking if I might photograph them for him. And the next day I did. I couldn’t remember exactly how we’d intended them to be shot, but soon enough that didn’t seem to matter. The figures I shot assumed their own narratives, and I, marinating in the sounds and sights and smells of the story Bilhenry’d told me, simply took them down with my camera.
HHS and the Department of Justice Issue Title VI Joint Guidance Letter for Child Welfare Systems
Mental Health Task Force / Make It Work Milwaukee Update
Thanks to Dr. Pat McManus for sharing with us the HHS and the Department of Justice Issue Title VI Joint Guidance Letter for Child Welfare Systems. See the letter and link below. The guidance “highlights the clear need for frank and productive discussion about how child welfare laws, policies, practices and implicit bias affect communities of color.”
In addition to the Title VI guidance letter, OCR has also released two factsheets to assist child welfare agencies and the families they serve in their communities:
By Catherine A.M.Z. Csuka
UW-Milwaukee School of Architecture Graduate 2015
I am sorry.
Dear friends and family who were Hillary supporters,
“They just don’t get it”
This is what I said behind your back.
I am sorry that I didn’t live up to my own standards and failed to understand your perspective of why you were feeling the way you were.
Weekend Readings: A new president with an extremist legacy
Latinos, African Americans, Muslims, immigrants, women and others who had felt disparaged or demonized by Trump’s campaign reacted with anxiety and fear. Across the country, in schools and on the streets, reports of hate incidents have already begun to spike.
This week, we’re looking back at Trump’s legacy of hate and extremism. As SPLC President Richard Cohen tells us,
“White supremacists who backed his candidacy are jumping for joy. They think they now have their man in the White House. … We can’t afford to take [their] statements as the ravings of extremists on the fringes of society. They are now at the gates.”
As Trump begins to name his transition team, a pivot from his earlier positions seems unlikely. “In his campaign for the presidency, Trump was frequently lambasted for his associations with extremists,” writes SPLC Senior Fellow Mark Potok. “Now Trump is the president-elect. And things don’t look much different.”
NOVEMBER 11, 2016
We need your help to track these incidents. If you know of an incident, please #ReportHate here:
Your involvement will help support our work tracking hate.
Trump Posts Intent to Replace ACA with Health Savings Accounts, High Risk Pools, State Flexibility
Mental Health Task Force / Make It Work Milwaukee Update
Statement on the future of the ACA posted on the Trump transition web site: https://www.greatagain.gov/policy/healthcare.html
It is clear to any objective observer that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has resulted in rapidly rising premiums and deductibles, narrow networks, and health insurance, has not been a success. A Trump Administration will work with Congress to repeal the ACA and replace it with a solution that includes Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and returns the historic role in regulating health insurance to the States. The Administration’s goal will be to create a patient-centered healthcare system that promotes choice, quality and affordability with health insurance and healthcare, and take any needed action to alleviate the burdens imposed on American families and businesses by the law.
To maximize choice and create a dynamic market for health insurance, the Administration will work with Congress to enable people to purchase insurance across state lines. The Administration also will work with both Congress and the States to re-establish high-risk pools – a proven approach to ensuring access to health insurance coverage for individuals who have significant medical expenses and who have not maintained continuous coverage.
The Administration recognizes that the problems with the U.S. health care system did not begin with – and will not end with the repeal of – the ACA. With the assistance of Congress and working with the States, as appropriate, the Administration will act to:
Arrive Together: Building a 21st Century Transportation System for Wisconsin
If you’re asking what you can do to bring more justice, equity and peace to our communities, here is a way for you to make a difference.
WISDOM congregations will gather with members of partner organizations across the state of Wisconsin including Sierra Club, Thousand Friends, Wisconsin Green Muslims, and WISPRG, to host a statewide summit about transportation.
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 9 am - 5 pm
Who has access, who doesn’t, why does it matter to all of us and what can we do about it? Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and join others working to make a difference.
Register today. There is a $10 charge but scholarships are available. To access the scholarship, type in the promotional code TRANSIT when you register online.
Our goal is to turn out 400 people. Carpools are being arranged now. Drivers are encouraged to contact your organizer to volunteer. Buses are being arranged from Madison and Waukesha.
For questions, contact Dawn Lingo, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post-Election: ObamaCare Plans, Federal Financial Support, Remain Unchanged for 2017
[Milwaukee, Wis.] Tuesday’s election brings new leadership to Washington DC and, with it, many questions about the future of health insurance, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid.
Consumers should know that all insurance options remain available to them for the coming calendar year 2017. The federal Marketplace (Healthcare.gov, ACA, “ObamaCare”) has the same plans available that had been announced earlier this month, and the premium subsidies will continue to be available for 2017 health insurance policies. Consumers should look for coverage now, during the current open enrollment period, which ends January 31. Those with existing policies should renew their coverage by December 15 in order to have coverage that starts on January 1, 2017.
Much discussion occurred during the campaign by President-Elect Trump and by leaders in Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare. Movement will occur over the coming months and year to find alternatives to the ACA, and some changes may be put into motion. However, current plans for change allow for a two-year transition period, and will not eliminate coverage options or financial assistance for existing coverage in the near term. Covering Wisconsin works to assure that consumers can engage with programs that support health, as they exist today and however those programs will evolve going forward.
While many are concerned by the news that health plan premiums have gone up, about 85% of consumers who purchase plans through the Marketplace qualify for federal financial assistance to purchase their health plans. The Health Insurance Marketplace (healthcare.gov) will continue to provide premium subsidies for the 2017 calendar year, in the form of tax credits, which offset the effect of premium hikes on the consumer.
Marketplace users will benefit by actively renewing their coverage. Even if they plan to keep their current coverage, they may qualify for more financial assistance or can review other plan options. Most counties in Wisconsin have three or more insurance carriers in the Marketplace offering multiple health plans to choose from during the upcoming open enrollment period. Consumers always benefit from shopping around to find the best plan that meets their needs, in terms of price, benefit package, and provider network.
Consumers can get enrollment assistance by going online to CoveringWI.org to locate their closest enrollment site and booking a time to meet with a local enrollment assister. Or, consumers may call 2–1−1, where a representative can make an appointment with an enrollment assister. Consumers may also wish to contact Healthcare.gov directly.
The Unexpected Dynamic of Urgency
By Bilhenry Walker, Artist and Activist
Upon graduation from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1968, I began working full time as a professional artist in my two-car garage in Altadena, California. During the next four years, I developed and built a series of wall-sculptures which used a light source to explore the effects of light on color and shadow.
I moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1972 and rented my first studio in Cedarburg, where I worked exclusively as a sculptor for three years. I eventually bought a building in Grover Heights where I continued developing my artistic sensibility through building acrylic sculptures in the 70s, casting monumental poly-ester resin sculptures in the 80s, and fabricating aluminum monumental sculptures to the present. I have only recently begun developing a “Social Justice” aspect to my work, which has brought me back to figural work with socio-political implications.
I created a sculpture gallery in 1980 for Wisconsin sculptors and eventually included sculptors from around the county whom I met in national competitions. In 1995, I brought Bilhenry Gallery on-line and began giving my artists and myself a greater national presence at www.bilhenrygallery.com
I have also curated three shows of monumental sculptures: the first at Cardinal Stritch University, which had the largest grouping of Wisconsin sculptors in the country; the Milwaukee River-Walk, and “Sculpt-Miami,” a show held at Kavachnina Contemporary during the Art Basel 2009 Miami.
My promise to you
from: Jeri Bonavia <WAVE@waveededfund.org
It isn’t enough to talk of peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. —Eleanor Roosevelt
I promise you: The bright, hopeful, safer future you imagined is still well within reach. Believe in it. And then, work for it.
We each have a role to play. Mine begins with this personal vow to you:
I promise that, with your help, I will continue to work for neighborhoods, streets, homes and schools free from the ravages of gun violence. I will not waver in my determination to fight for the safer future our children and grandchildren deserve.
I know some people are worried about what’s to come, but remember this: We — you and I — have not changed. We are still the same people — people who care deeply, passionately about fairness and trust, about decency and humanity.
We might have to work harder than ever to create the kind of security and peace we want for ourselves and our children. So be it. Then that’s exactly what we’ll do. Shoulder to shoulder.
WAVE is your partner, and, with undiminished respect, love and courage, we’ll fight tirelessly for the kind of future we all imagine.
Today, tomorrow, for as long as it takes.
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.
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.
Key facts for election day
Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update
Know Your Voter Rights:
1.) An accepted ID is required to vote, don’t forget it! Find out what’s acceptable here: www.bringitwisconsin.com.
2.) You CAN register to vote at your polling site on Election Day.
3.) If you have problems with registration OR with your ID you have the right to ask for and cast a provisional ballot.
4.) WI Disability Vote Coalition is at the ready to assist you with any problems or questions! Call us toll free at 1–844–347–8683.
5.) Like our Facebook page to continue to get our updates! https://www.facebook.com/wisconsindisabilityvote/
Please encourage anyone to report disability-related voting access issues to our DRW’s toll-free hotline during polling hours on election day.
Here are resources to help you find out who’s providing FREE TRANSPORTATION to the polls:
1.) Mobility Managers: Contact Ashley Nedeau-Owen, 608–930–2191, email@example.com
If you don’t know how to access these services, the Mobility Manager can help you. Not sure who to contact? Use the interactive map at www.wi-mm.org. Contact the Mobility Manager in your area to get information and find out if these rides are offered in your area.
2.) Common Cause Wisconsin has an extensive listing of organizations and community transit options all over the state who are offering rides to the polls: http://www.commoncausewisconsin.org/p/free-rides-to-polls.html
November 7 County Budget Update
As shared in a previous update, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors met this morning to vote on the 2017 Milwaukee County budget. Here are some highlights of items that have been voted on that are relevant to the transportation priorities that we identified in the budget:
Supervisor Sartoti substitute to charge $25 annual GO Pass fee rather than $5 and eliminate $.25 reduced fare fails.
Supervisor Dimitrijevic substitute to eliminate $.25 reduced fare and keep $5 annual fee for GO Pass fails.
Amendment 5 to charge $1 daily GO Pass fare rather than $.25 and keep $5 annual fee passes 15–3. (this amendment was originally proposed by Supervisor Mayo.
Amendment requesting legislature for flexibility to assess Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF) based on value or age of vehicle rather than flat fee passes unanimously.
Amendment calling for $60 VRF advisory referendum to be place on April 2017 general election ballot passes 16–2.
Board adopts amendment to modify expenditures to confirm with a $30 VFR 17–1. Will later consider separate ordinance to establish $30 VRF.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Educational Session: November 15
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER: RECOGNITION, EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION AND APPROPRIATE TREATMENT AND RESOURCES
Mental Health Task Force November 8 meeting
Please join us for the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force November meeting: Tuesday, November 8, at 3 – 5 PM at IndependenceFirst, 540 S. 1st street.
The agenda will include the following:
1. Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force Three Year Plan. How are we doing and how can you help us move forward?
2. Proposed North Side Place/ Community Center. Develop feedback from MHTF re the proposed model shared at our October meeting (attached). More information is available in the packet for the October 27th Mental Health Board meeting at http://county.milwaukee.gov/BehavioralHealthDivi7762/Mental-Health-Board/2016-MHB-Meeting-Info—Documents1.htm
3. Coordinated Entry for Homeless Services – Update from Emily Kenney, LCSW Coordinated Entry Program Coordinator IMPACT. Great opportunity for an update on how to access services for homeless community members.
4. 2017 County Budget Update including transportation and GO Pass. The full Board will vote on the budget on November 7th. There is still time to contact your supervisor and ask them to support transit and the GO Pass. Click here for contact information for the County Board: http://county.milwaukee.gov/CountyBoard
5. Mental Health Board Update, including update on Task Forces on Local Public/Private Partnership and National Entity Partnership
6. Possible update on concerns at the jail related to health care/ mental health services
VPT Votes 2016: It’s more than just a sign
Can you help us raise awareness about public transportation ballot measures and the importance of voting for public transit on November 8?
One of the best ways to show your support to friends, neighbors, co-workers, and your larger community is to make use of Voices for Public Transit’s election window sign.
Window signs aren’t just for windows. In our latest blog post, we offer some creative tips for using our “Vote for Public Transit” window sign to help get the word out before Election Day.
The election is almost here. Help us keep building momentum to pass local public transportation measures by using our window sign and other elements from our Voices for Public Transit Election Toolkit.
Thank you for your support,
Stepping Out of Stigma’s Shadow
By Kelley Hamann, ALMI ACS AIAA and Mental Health Advocate
My familiarity with mental health has been gleaned from the shared experiences of a loved-one’s day-to-day challenges with mental illness, as well as with the associated stigma, which, in my opinion, stems from a lack of public understanding and compassion. As a member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), I work to minimize stigma, bringing awareness to mental health issues through advocacy—by being open, honest and sharing our experiences so that others can begin to understand.
Sharing Our Story
A Parent’s 1st Reaction
It was August 15, 2014, yet we can still clearly remember the events leading up to getting the diagnosis, as well as our first reaction upon hearing that our daughter was battling Bipolar, OCD, Generalized Anxiety with Panic, PTSD and SPD. The perfectly natural response (I believe) for my husband and I, was to grieve. Even with the bizarre, out of character behavior the weeks leading up to this day, it was the elements of not knowing much of what to expect for future outcomes that led to the grief for what we imagined would be the profound changes that’d take place (picturing in our minds worst-case scenario), robbing her of lifelong hopes/dreams and for the loss of the parents we thought we’d no longer get to be.
Then, through education and support, we “wised-up” and began re-envisioning the parents we’d need to become to support her.
…seems so silly when I look back on those feelings now; but those feelings were so big and so real—I remember that if I spent too much time thinking about it, it began to feel like I couldn’t breathe.
Shortage of Medical Staff Plagues Milwaukee Jails
Mental Health Task Force Update
At the October Mental Health Task Force, we had an update on the concerns about access to medical and mental health care at the Milwaukee County Jail, including the deaths that have occurred at the Jail in recent months, Another death occurred last week. In our discussion, We agreed to have a small work group from the Task Force to discuss strategy and how the Task Force can help to advance improvements and elevate the concerns. We will be reporting back to the full Task Force – if you have suggestions for the work group, please forward to me and I will share with the group.
Today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a front page story on “Shortage of Medical Staff Plagues Milwaukee Jails.”
The story includes a link to the May report from Dr. Ronald Schansky, who monitors overcrowding and medical services at the jail and House of Corrections as part of a 2001 settlement of a class action suit against Milwaukee County. Here is the link so you can review the report: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3191198-Ronald-Shansky-Inspection-Report.html Many of the concerns raised relate to inadequate staffing.
GO Pass Update - public hearing reminder
Mental Health Task Force /Make It Work Milwaukee Update
As shared previously, the Milwaukee County Board Finance Committee met yesterday to consider amendments including several amendments to the GO Pass. We have attached the three amendments that were proposed for the GO Pass for your reference.
As proposed in the budget, GO Pass holders would pay $.25 a ride. However, an amendment from Supervisor Mayo would remove the language about the $.25 a ride – instead GO Pass holders will pay a $1.00 day-pass fare. Although this is a higher cost, it will allow the GO Pass holder to have unlimited bus rides on that day. The Mayo Amendment passed the Finance Committee on a 4–3 vote (see attached for the specifics).
We have been reaching out to some those in the group that has been active on the GO Pass compromise in the budget, including members of the Shelter and Transitional Housing Task Force to ask folks to evaluate the “Mayo Amendment” and weigh in. The consensus that we heard from the shelter, permanent supportive housing and Safe Haven staff is that the $1 per day is the better option for clients. Of course, the $1 fare may be out of reach for some people, but it recognizes that with the original budget language, the round trip fare would be $.50 and may GO Pass holders need to go on the bus multiple times on the same day – so the $1 fare offers more.