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Inspiration Marks Madison Action Day 2013

View of podium on Capitol steps at Madison Action Day 2013More than 900 People of Faith United for Justice from all around Wisconsin – including 80 from the ESTHER – traveled to Madison on March 14 to bear witness to the importance of social justice and to ask our legislators to support 1) funding for treatment instead of prison (11x15); 2) public transit; and 3) accepting federal funds to expand Medicare.

Under the carved wooden beams and bright stained glass windows of Bethel Lutheran Church’s sanctuary, Rev. Bryan Massingale from Marquette University movingly proclaimed why people of faith had to stand for justice and especially for Treatment Instead of Prison.

At a chilly rally on the Capitol Steps, bishops and pastors of different faiths warmed us with the beauty of their inspiration. Educated by issue workshops and guided by our faith traditions, we shared our concerns with legislators and aides.

Participants were clearly inspired, as their comments show:  • “It was great to be in the company of so many people who were committed to representing faith positions before their legislators.”  • “I was most inspired by the size of the group from around our state with a common commitment. It was very moving.”  • “The interfaith talks at the rally were great!”

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