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Smart Justice: Ending Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin

Date: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, Room A170 (Entrance 16), Appleton

Sean Wilson, ACLU of WisconsinThis presentation by Sean Wilson, Smart Justice Statewide Organizer for the ACLU of Wisconsin, describes the ACLU of Wisconsin’s multi-year effort to reduce Wisconsin’s jail and prison populations by 50 percent and to eliminate racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

“Wisconsin locks up more African-American males than any other state in the country, and our state government invests more money into prisons than it does the entire University of Wisconsin System.” -Sean Wilson

For more information about Smart Justice, visit https://www.aclu-wi.org/smart-justice

Co-sponsored by ESTHER, EXPO, and the Megan Kelley Foundation

An Interactive Workshop on Resiliency

Date: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, Room C190ABC (Entrance 15), Appleton

Join us as we listen and learn from Teresa Gross, a licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, SAC-IT, who will facilitate an interactive activity on resiliency.

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This event is part of the Pathways to Recovery Lecture Series, sponsored by Bev Kelley-Miller and the Megan Kelley Foundation.

Foster Care Presentation

Date: 
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, Room C190ABC (Entrance 15), Appleton

Join us as we learn from Patti Heffernan, who has lived experience in the foster care system, about the high number of children in foster care and the work of advocates for children whose parents are struggling with addiction and/or mental health issues.

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This event is part of the Pathways to Recovery Lecture Series, sponsored by Bev Kelley-Miller and the Megan Kelley Foundation.

Adult Survivors and Thrivers of Childhood Abuse Moving Forward

Date: 
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, Room C190ABC (Entrance 15), Appleton

Join us as we listen and learn from Teresa Gross, a licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, SAC-IT, who will speak about Adult Survivors and Thrivers of Childhood Abuse Moving Forward.

FREE TICKETS: www.eventbrite.com

This event is part of the Pathways to Recovery Lecture Series, sponsored by Bev Kelley-Miller and the Megan Kelley Foundation.

Like an Animal in a Cage: Voices from Solitary Confinement

Date: 
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, Room C190ABC (Entrance 15), Appleton

Join us as we watch the play, Like an Animal in a Cage: Voices from Solitary Confinement. Melissa Ludin from EXPO (Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing) will provide a first-hand account of the horrors she survived in solitary confinement.

A replica solitary confinement cell, created by Wisconsin’s Prison Ministry Project based on the exact specification of a segregation cell in a Wisconsin state prison, will be available for you to see, hear (there’s a sound track), and reflect on.

FREE TICKETS: www.eventbrite.com

This event is part of the Pathways to Recovery Lecture Series, sponsored by Bev Kelley-Miller and the Megan Kelley Foundation. ESTHER and EXPO are co-sponsors of this event.

Human Trafficking and Law Enforcement

Date: 
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, Room C190ABC (Entrance 15), Appleton

Learn about the present state of affairs in the Fox Cities with human trafficking—Grand Chute deals with this issue on a regular basis. We will listen and learn from Five Stones and local law enforcement.

5-STONES is a non-profit established for the purpose of raising awareness about the magnitude of sex trafficking in Wisconsin. We are invested in educating communities to:

  • INCREASE awareness of human trafficking
  • DECREASE the demand for commercial sex
  • PREVENT victimization
  • NETWORK with other organizations which fight against human trafficking

FREE TICKETS: www.eventbrite.com

This event is part of the Pathways to Recovery Lecture Series, sponsored by Bev Kelley-Miller and the Megan Kelley Foundation.

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Date: 
Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 5:00pm

Community Forum on Excessive Supervision

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Date: 
Monday, February 4, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah

Note change of date and location!

Join us for this special event featuring:

  • A presentation on Columbia University Justice Lab’s paper on mass supervision in Wisconsin
  • A discussion featuring people who have been directly impacted by Wisconsin’s horrific, racist system of mass supervision.

The community forum will be followed by a state budget advocacy training led by organizers of WISDOM and EXPO.

The forum is sponsored by JOSHUA, ESTHER, and EXPO.

Help spread the word: Download and share the attached flyer!

Film Showing and Panel: Milwaukee 53206

Date: 
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, Room E130 (Entrance 10), Appleton

Milwaukee 53206 Film ImageJoin us to watch Milwaukee 53206, a powerful documentary that chronicles the lives of those affected by incarceration in America's most incarcerated city. This film tells the story of people from Milwaukee and across the United States who live with the daily effects of mass incarceration. There is no charge to attend.

Immediately following the screening, there will be a panel discussion chaired by Dr. Sylvia Carey Butler, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence, UW-Oshkosh. The panel features people with personal or professional experience in the harmful effects of Wisconsin’s over-use of jails and prisons and expertise in alternatives.

Introducing Melissa Ludin, EXPO Fox Valley Organizer

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Melissa LudinEXPO (Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing, a project of WISDOM), under the leadership of previously imprisoned women and men, works to end mass incarceration, eliminate all forms of structural discrimination against formerly incarcerated people, and restore formerly incarcerated people to full participation in the life of our communities.

Melissa Ludin is the new EXPO organizer in the Fox Cities. She works closely with ESTHER and its Prison Reform Task Force, as well as providing state-wide support. Here is how Melissa describes herself and her work:

I have been a leader and a board member of the organization since May 2016. As a formerly incarcerated woman, I lead with an unrelenting passion for criminal justice reform and reentry peer support…. My goal is to build trust and provide support, a mission I am still pursuing.

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