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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 offenses 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 Lisa Hanneman.

COVID-19 in Wisconsin Prisons: A Day of Action on May 20

View of State Capitol from DroneA Call to Action from WISDOM Executive Director David Liners:

Dear WISDOM Leaders,

This Wednesday (May 20) at 11 am, it will be time for WISDOM to Storm the Capitol. That is when we need everyone who is concerned about the health of the people in our prisons to contact Governor Evers. Let him know that this is the time to use the authority he has as Governor to safely reduce our prison population by at least 25%, starting with the elderly, the sick, those who pose no danger to society, and those who are due to come home soon anyway.

Please sign up here: https://forms.gle/ANMkArvsCqTPqcLPA

On the form, you can let us know how you will contact the Governor – by e-mail, by phone, on Facebook, or any way you are comfortable. We will send you back some ideas: talking points, memes, facts, that you can incorporate into your message.

Please share this with others. We need the Governor to understand that there are thousands of us, from all parts of the state, who are very concerned about the inevitable spread of COVID-19 in our prisons, endangering incarcerated people as well as the thousands of people who work in the prisons.

A recent report by the Legislative Reference Bureau made it very clear that Governor Evers has the authority to commute sentences, to grant pardons, and even to defer punishment – and that his authority is only limited by his own policies. You can read that report here: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/misc/lrb/lrb_reports/prisoners_emergency_release_4_7.pdf

So, please sign up, please spread the word, and please take action on Wednesday at 11 am to STORM THE CAPITOL.

David Liners
WISDOM
414) 736-2099

ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force

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Monday, May 4, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force ZOOM Meeting

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Monday, April 6, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force

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Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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St. Marks Lutheran Church, 140 S Green Bay Rd, Neenah

The program for this meeting of the Task Force is the “Know Your Rights” event co-sponsored by the ACLU of Wisconsin and ESTHER.

Smart Justice Lobby Day

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 11:30am - 2:00pm
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Wisconsin State Capitol, 2 E Main St, Madison

Smart Justice Lobby Day January 29, 2020

Join the ACLU of Wisconsin’s Smart Justice Campaign, WISDOM, EXPO, ESTHER and others at the State Capitol on January 29 to call for change in our criminal justice system.

ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force

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Monday, January 6, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Monday, March 2, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Monday, June 1, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Monday, July 6, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Monday, August 3, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Monday, September 7, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Monday, October 5, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Monday, November 2, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Monday, December 7, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Zoom Meeting

Leave us a message at https://esther-foxvalley.org/prtf to receive the Zoom link.

“No Vacancy” – Less Incarceration: Smart Criminal Justice Reform

Date: 
Monday, October 21, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 1617 Pine St, Appleton

IssueCover of Rep. Evan Goyke's No Vacancy Plan

Do we build more prisons and/or send people to out-of-state institutions at a high cost to taxpayers, or do we institute reform?

State Rep. Evan Goyke, District 18, Milwaukee, will make the case for criminal justice reform. This can be done in a smart way that will benefit our corrections system, save tax-payer dollars, reduce crime and increase public safety.

Presentation & Panel Discussion on:

Invest in Neighborhoods
Prevent Homelessness
Pay for Crime Reduction Without Raising Taxes
Reduce Prison Admissions
Increase Prison Releases
Increase Success on Supervision

Panel:
Megan Novak, Legislative Dir., Americans for Prosperity
—WI
Bernie Vetrone, Dir., Outagamie Cty. Criminal Justice Treatment Services
Melissa Ludin, Expert Lived Experience & Regional Organizer ACLU Smart Justice
State Rep. Evan Goyke, Milwaukee District 18

Read about Rep. Goyke’s Plan here.

Mental Health Task Force

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Date: 
Friday, September 6, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Angies Main Café, 132 S Main St, Shawano, WI

MENTAL HEALTH TASKFORCE

All Voices Welcome!

WE ARE CALLED TO ACTION TO INCREASE EQUALITY AND FAIRNESS WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY!

Friday, September 6th, 2019 6:00-7:30PM

Angies Main Café
132 S. Main Street
Shawano

Families with children having emotional or cognitive disabilities who need advocacy in school, and people who have been formerly incarcerated, or families with loved ones who are incarcerated should attend this meeting. Your feedback is important!

Investing in Wisconsin's Future through Criminal Justice Reform

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Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
FVTC-Oshkosh Riverside Campus, 150 N Campbell Rd, Oshkosh / Room #133

Investing in Wisconsin’s FutureThe purpose of this event is show how a Wisconsin future that benefits all Wisconsinites requires criminal justice reform in our state. The event will cover critical issues like:

  • Barriers to employment following incarceration
  • The Wisconsin epidemic of crimeless revocation – the process by which thousands of Wisconsin residents are sent to prison each year despite not having committed a crime

There will also be an informative panel discussion featuring individuals directly impacted by the criminal justice system and people working for change on both sides of the political aisle.

RSVP appreciated but not required: https://go.peoplepower.org/event/action_attend/20343

Cosponsored by ACLU of Wisconsin, as part of its Smart Justice campaign, and ESTHER’s Prison Reform Task Force.

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

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