Skip to main content

Prison Reform

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

Posted in

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.

“Locking Up Our Own”: A Talk by James Forman, Jr.

Date: 
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 7:30pm
Location: 
Lawrence University Wriston Hall Auditorium (S. Lawe St. south of the Library)

James Forman Jr., author of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction for Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, will deliver a talk that explores the rise of mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on people of color. The talk will be followed by a signing of his book, which is hailed as “superb and shattering” by The New York Times.

James Forman Jr. headshot

Forman explores how the war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers and seeks to understand why. His exploration began when Forman served as a public defender in Washington, D.C. After he failed to keep a 15-year-old out of a juvenile detention center, he wondered how the mayor, the judge, the prosecuting attorney, the arresting officer, even the bailiff—all of whom were black—could send so many of their own to a grim, incarcerated future.  

Now a professor at Yale Law School, Forman will explore the answers in his talk.  He will show how good intentions and pressing dangers of the last 40 years have shaped the get-tough approach in the culture at large and in black neighborhoods.

This event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.

[The text of this article draws heavily from the LU press release about this event, found here: http://go.lawrence.edu/hwst]

Fox Cities Lights of Hope

Posted in
Date: 
Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 5:00pm
Location: 
City Park, 500 E Franklin St, Appleton

faces of addiction and recovery quiltThis event is the fourth annual gathering to raise awareness of the local impacts of addiction and to bring light and support to families affected by addiction.

The three 2018 Wisconsin Faces of Addiction and Recovery Quilts will be on display, showing the names and faces of 577 people who have died because of addiction. Red squares indicate someone who is in active addiction, gray squares indicate someone is incarcerated for addiction, and white squares feature people who are in recovery, which shows hope and success!

Bev Kelley-Miller and Natalie Coenen, members of the ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force, will share their stories. Senator Tammy Baldwin will also attend to share her own family’s story about how the addiction crisis hits close to home and to highlight the efforts of event organizers in lighting the way and supporting families touched by the crisis. 

Read more about the event on its Facebook page: www.facebook.com/events/1235016109967182/

WISDOM Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

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

WISDOM Logo

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

Posted in
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

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

Over-Incarceration in Wisconsin: “Inmate 501”

Posted in
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

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

heroin highway lecture series banner

No Charge. Tickets Required.

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

Heroin Highway Lecture Series: Recovery Coaches vs. Sponsors

Posted in
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/

Syndicate content