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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. Cell available beginning at 5:00 pm and after the program.

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.

Animal in a Cage

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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

Community Forum on Excessive SupervisionJoin us for this special event during the ESTHER-Fox Valley Prison Reform Task force meeting that will include a presentation on Columbia University Justice Lab’s paper on mass supervision in Wisconsin.

Following the presentation, a panel discussion will take place featuring people who have been directly impacted by Wisconsin’s horrific, racist system of mass supervision.

NOTE: Childcare will be provided.

Read more about the Justice Lab’s research and conclusions here.

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.

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.

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