Good News and Calls for Action

1) Congratulations! Sometimes, hard work really does pay off. Because of the efforts of WISDOM, and about 30 other organizations and coalitions, Governor Walker vetoed the provision from the budget that would have expanded the Payday Loan industry. Thanks to all of you who made phone calls and who helped raise awareness about this attempt by the legislature to sneak through a provision that could never pass if it had to be explained in public.

2) If you have not already done so, this week would be a good time to contact your State Senator and Assembly Representative to ask for their support in the effort to encourage the President to “Ban the Box” for federal jobs and for federal contractors. This would mean the removal of the box on job applications that asks if you have ever been convicted of a crime. (That question can still be asked later in the process, but it would remove it from the very top of the application.) Click here to find your state legislator.

3) Many legislators and legislative staffers are gathering this coming Thursday to talk about how they can support this initiative. The gathering is being coordinated by the EXPO group of WISDOM, and they will be joined by some of the national staff of the Center for Community Change. Please encourage your Representative and Senator and their staff to stop by to learn about it:

Thursday, July 16, 2:00 pm
Room 411 South in the Capitol Building
Contact David Fields for details,

4) WISDOM’s EXPO Group, Ex-Prisoners Organizing, now has their own Facebook Page. Watch for their new website, coming soon.

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