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End Child Poverty

Bread for the World Offering of Letters

Date: 
Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: 
Zoom Webinar

Bread for the World -Have Faith, End HungerA Special Invitation for ESTHER Faith Communities & Individual Members 

from Bread for the World Midwest Regional Organizer, Zach Schmidt
& Prince of Peace ELCA Advocacy Team

When Prince of Peace’s ELCA Advocacy Team realized our annual Bread for the World Offering of Letters would need to go virtual, we also realized it was an opportunity to invite area congregations to join us in advocating for the hungry. 

We are excited to announce that our 2020 Offering of Letters will be kicked off with a special webinar for ESTHER member faith communities and individuals.    

Please plan to join us on Thursday, April 30, at noon for this fabulous opportunity to join with neighbors throughout the Fox Valley to address food insecurity and nutritional needs even as we are physically distanced.

Please leave a message at esther-foxvalley.org/bfw2020 to request the registration link.

Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow: BFW's 2020 Offering of Letters to Congress

Need more information?  Learn more at these links:

What is Bread for the World?  https://www.bread.org/about

What is an Offering of Letters?  https://www.bread.org/2020-offering-letters

Does an Offering of Letters make a difference

https://mcusercontent.com/21e150991dfbc30d825d18137/files/5324e849-95ed-48d4-98f6-34ef0be3fae3/offering_of_letters_recent_victories.pdf

See the attached articles for more information.

Wisconsin Child Poverty Rates Surged in 2016

A definitive new report by one of the top poverty research centers in the country reveals that in 2016, Wisconsin poverty increased by over 10% and child poverty increased by a shocking 20%.

You can read more about the report and what it means for our campaign to end child poverty in Wisconsin on a new section of the End Child Poverty Wisconsin website. On that page, you’ll find current information about poverty in Wisconsin and the U.S. that you can use to show others in your community why this effort is so important.

Letters to your local newspaper about the campaign – like this one by ESTHER member Lou Blasczyk – can help build awareness of the urgency and opportunity for ending child poverty in Wisconsin. We’ve passed the 3,000 endorsement mark – almost a third of the way to our goal – but it will take twice as many new endorsements to get us the rest of the way. If you’ve already endorsed the campaign, why not send a short letter to your newspaper highlighting the findings of this report and encouraging readers to endorse the vision?

If you haven't signed on yet, your support is definitely needed. Visit endchildpovertywi.org/endorse/ to show you want to see a united effort in our state to cut childhood poverty in half. Then write to your newspaper!

Thank you!

And don’t forget to watch – the inspiring video!

WISDOM Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

Date: 
Monday, June 11, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Rd, Pewaukee, WI

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RACE TO JUSTICE

At this forum, WISDOM leaders from around the state will be asking gubernatorial candidates very specific questions about their intentions in the areas of criminal justice reform (including parole, crimeless revocations, treatment alternatives to incarceration, Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility, solitary confinement), public transportation, childhood poverty, health care, immigration, education, mining.

WISDOM affiliates on Wisconsin map

Confirmed candidates so far include:

  • Matt Flynn
  • Andy Gronik
  • Mike McCabe
  • Mahlon Mitchell
  • Kelda Roys
  • Kathleen Vinehout
  • Dana Wachs

Candidates unable to attend, expressing regrets: Tony Evers, Paul Soglin

Also invited, awaiting response: Scott Walker

Hosted by the WISDOM network.

Car-pooling from Northeast Wisconsin is being arranged, including reimbursement of cost of gasoline for those who drive. Contact ESTHER by phone (920-843-8083) or email (office@esther-foxvalley.org) to make arrangements.

For the most current information, see the event page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/170215040331902/

Our Vision: Ending Child Poverty in Wisconsin

Thumbnail of End Child Poverty videoWe believe in ending child poverty in Wisconsin. Watch this 4-minute video to understand why. Then join us!

We believe that the people of Wisconsin, working together, can cut child poverty in half in the next ten years. We also believe that the current racial disparities in poverty levels should be cut in half. And we are committed to evidence-based evaluation of progress. Will you join us?

The persistence of poverty is a moral crisis that calls us to action. While poverty is not limited by race, ethnicity, or age, children are the poorest members of our communities. Moreover, growing up in poverty creates damage that lasts a lifetime. Further, economic disparities among racial groups in Wisconsin are greater than in the U.S. as a whole.

How can we let this continue? Add your name to the list of those who support this goal!

I Support This Goal

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