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Treatment Instead of Prison Task Force

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Below are some actions and events that move us toward our goal of treatment instead of prison related to drug and alcohol offences for non-violent offenders.  We are working to gain additional funding to support treatment and alternatives to incarceration. Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Tom McCord.

Film Showing: Milwaukee 53206

Date: 
Saturday, January 26, 2019 (All day)
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College

Sponsored by ESTHER’s Prison Reform Task Force

Exact time and location to be determined.

Open to the public.

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.

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/

Presentation: The Paradox of Resilency

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Date: 
Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: 
Appleton Sanctuary Outreach Ministry, 1331 E Wisconsin Ave, Appleton

Rudy Bankston’s presentation, originally scheduled for April 14, 2018, was postponed due to severe weather conditions. The presentation has been rescheduled, and will occur at 3 pm on Saturday, May 5.

Adjunct professor at Edgewood College and full-time Restorative Justice Coach Roderick “Rudy” Bankston was wrongly convicted and handed a life sentence in his youth. Deeply wounded and experiencing a severe identity crisis, he turned his prison cell into a classroom. Today he is an educator, activist, and published author. His powerful story about his experience as a survivor of the school-to-prison pipeline offers key insights into the paradox of resiliency fueled by systemic injustice.

Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by ESTHER, EXPO and Appleton Sanctuary Outreach Ministry.

More info: iamweclassics.com

No New Prisons in Wisconsin: Rally at the Capital

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Date: 
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
Location: 
116 W Washington St, Madison, WI + State Capital

Over-Incarceration in Wisconsin: “Inmate 501”

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Date: 
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, 1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton

Rep. Evan GoykeMeeting will be held in Room HS114 A/B. Use Entrance 16.

Rep. Evan Goyke (18th District - Milwaukee) will be joined by formerly incarcerated individuals to talk about the financial and human costs—including being shipped out of state—of over-incarceration in Wisconsin. Goyke is the author of a plan (“Inmate 501”) and legislative package to convert Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools from juvenile corrections centers to AODA facilities for adults. (The plan was first presented publicly on November 29, 2017, more than a month before Governor Walker spoke about a similar approach.)

You can find Rep. Goyke’s analysis and plan here. A video of the November 29 presentation may be found here.

Click here to find WISDOM's extensive report on Crimeless Revocations.
Click here to download the Executive Summary.
Click here to download personal stories by victims of Wisconsin's unjust revocations policy.

Heroin Highway Lecture Series: Panel of Treatment Options

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Date: 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, 1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton

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No Charge. Tickets Required.

For complete information, see https://www.facebook.com/events/1530239120424230/

Heroin Highway Lecture Series: Recovery Coaches vs. Sponsors

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Date: 
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, 1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton

heroin highway lecture series bannerPresentation by Mandy Suthers, DarJune Recovery Communith Center.

No Charge. Tickets Required.

For complete information, see https://www.facebook.com/events/1530239120424230/

Race to Justice - Northeast Wisconsin

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Date: 
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 
West Side Moravian Church, 1707 S Oneida St, Green Bay

ROC Wisconsin LogoThis event is part of the Race to Justice campaign, a series of local training and organizing gatherings being held this spring in locations around the state, with a focus on justice system reform in Wisconsin as an issue in the 2018 gubernatorial and state legislative races.

You are invited if you are a current ROC (Restore Our Communities) Wisconsin leader, ally, friend, or simply want to get involved. We will get clear about some of the many issues; we’ll practice telling our stories and hearing the stories of the people who have been most affected; we’ll get ourselves organized; and we’ll make plans for the next six months.

There is no charge for the the event. A light lunch will be available for a small donation.

Car pooling is being organized from the Appleton area. Meet in the parking lot at the east-side Target Store (1800 S Kensington Dr, Appleton, WI 54915-4136) at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 28.

See this event on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/events/133749154114779/

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