Wisconsin Voices Updates and Partner Events
Please find in our email:
- Wisconsin Voices Fundraising Convening Save the Date
- Partners Please Sign Up to be a Member on New Wisconsin Voices’ Website
- Wisconsin Voices Report
- Upcoming VAN Training – State Voices
- Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee Orientation – Urban Underground
- Re-Entering Motherhood Brunch – Clean Slate
- Racial Justice Summit Call for Proposals – YWCA
- UWM Summer Institute on Campus/Community Partners – UW-Milwaukee
- Project Director – MICAH
- League of Women Voters WI Annual Meeting
- Alleviating Poverty: Who’s Responsible? – WISDOM, Citizen Action, Wisconsin Council of Churches, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
- St. Louis Activist will be The Keynote Speaker for MICAH Gala
- How to Bring Your Campaign Into the Digital Age – The Campaign Workshop
- Evidence Based Approaches to Preventing Gun Violence – WAVE
Wisconsin Voices Fundraising Convening Save the Date
Wisconsin Voices would like to invite you to Save the Date for our 2015 Spring Convening! We will discuss the state of fundraising in Wisconsin, hear from local funders, and learn best practices in fundraising.
What: Wisconsin Voices Fundraising Convening
When: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Where: Urban Ecology Center, Menomonee Valley Branch, 3700 W. Pierce Street, Milwaukee, WI
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sign Up on Wisconsin Voices’ Website to Get Access to Calendar and Resources
Partners don’t forget to take out a moment to sign up as a member to our new website.
- Members Only Area with a Private Network Events Calendar and Resource Library
- You will need to go through a simple sign up and be approved. You can even use your Google or Facebook sign in. Sign up here!
- You’ll be hearing a lot more about the Resource Library, with research, templates, webinar copies and more all stored here.
- Add your organization’s events and meetings in the events calendar so we have a complete picture of what’s going on.
Wisconsin Voices Report
2014 Year in Review
Please take some time to read the Wisconsin Voices 2014 Report. Big thanks to our partners, funders and allies for helping us to make 2014 great. We look forward to doing greater things this year as we prepare for 2016!
Upcoming VAN Training
Every week in May, State Voices is offering at least three VAN trainings. Areas include: Introduction to VAN, Phone Services like predictive dialer calls, Mini VAN, and Reporting Tools and Evaluation. Members can sign up on our Events Calendar Page, or by clicking on one of the links below. Please email Colleen at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or more information.
New VAN Training: Data Entry
Learn the different ways to enter data into the VAN with this upcoming webinar series.
Mon, May 25th 2:00 PM ET
Thur, June 11th 3:00 PM ET
Mon, June 22nd 2:00 PM ET
Fri, July 10th 12:00 PM ET
Sign up here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.
Introduction to the VAN
Every Wednesday at 1pm Eastern Time.
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VAN Reporting Tools and Evaluating your 2014 Programs
Mon, May 18th 2:00 PM ET
Thur, Jun 5th 3:00 PM ET
Mon, June 15th 2:00 PM ET
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Using Phone Services in VAN
Today, May 21st 3:00 PM ET
Mon, Jun 1st 2:00 PM ET
Thur, Jun 18th 3:00 PM ET
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Today, May 21st 12:00 PM ET
Mon, June 8th 2:00 PM ET
Thur, June 26th 3:00 PM ET
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Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee Orientation
This is an amazing opportunity to create a Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee and Urban Underground would love for you to be a part of their team. Read below for a description of what they are trying to do. If you can’t make it personally, please consider a representative from your agency. Call Sharlen Moore with questions, 414-975-6100.
We can improve public safety and better long-term outcomes for Milwaukee County juveniles and their families by: reducing the number of juveniles in secure detention, eliminating the disproportionate representation of juveniles of color in secure detention, achieving systematic reform of juvenile detention practices, and developing appropriate and effective detention alternatives for juveniles who should be held in secure detention.
The Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee will be a group of community advisors, agency staff members, and technical assistance persons who will investigate racial disparities at key decision points in Milwaukee County’s juvenile justice system and develop, recommend, monitor and track effective policies and practices to reduce disparities.
It will be the goal of the group to assure that all decisions affecting youth who come in contact with the juvenile justice system are made objectively, without racial bias, thus reducing further penetration of youth of color into the system.
The group will be to promote practices and reduce the improper use of detention for youth of color at all contact points at intake through discharge based on objective data and clear understanding of the purpose of detention.
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Re-Entering Motherhood Brunch
To attend the event please visit the Event Brite Re-Entering Motherhood Brunch.
Racial Justice Summit Call for Proposals – Deadline Next Friday
Interested in presenting at the YWCA’s 2015 Racial Justice Summit on October 1 & 2? Check out our Call for Proposals webpage to get all the details on submitting your workshop proposal. Proposals are due by noon on 5/29.
We are looking for workshops in the following areas:
- Movement Building/Organizing
- Sustaining the Movement: self-care for racial justice advocates, activists, and practitioners
- Showcasing system-level initiatives
- Understanding implicit bias/racial anxiety/stereotype threat
UWM Summer Institute on Campus / Community Partnerships
YOU ARE INVITED:
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee would like to invite you to our Community Engaged Scholars (CESN) Summer Institute on June 1 from 8:30am-2:30pm. At this event we will spend time together talking, brainstorming, and strengthening our campus / community partner relationship by enjoying a World Cafe event.
WHAT IS A WORLD CAFE AND WHAT DOES IT ACCOMPLISH?
A “World Cafe”, is a conversation-inspiring
WHAT WILL THE EXPERIENCE BE LIKE?
The World Cafe process is going to be facilitated by the Dean of the UWM Zilber School of Public Health, Dr. Magda Peck. We will set up our Kenilworth Square INOVA Gallery space as a cafe. Participants will enjoy beverages and snacks at small “cafe” tables which seat 3-5 people. Participants will discuss, doodle, and make lists that inspire how we engage for great community impact for the future. Every 30 minutes or so, participants rotate to another table, and build on the lists, doodles, maps, and discusses that those previously at the table made on the “table clothes”.
WHAT ARE THE THREE PROVOCATIVE QUESTIONS WE WILL ANSWER?
All three of the questions relate to the how we deepen our partnerships to have a greater impact for the public good. We will ask about our current partnerships between our agencies and the campus make a difference, what even greater impact would look like, and how do we transform our practice to achieve more?
ANY OTHER INFORMATION?
There will be complimentary lunch for community partners, faculty, staff, and researchers. The lunch will end 1:00pm, and those interested are welcome to stay for a post-lunch presentation by Dr. Kevin Clark from George Mason University, who is the Director of their Center for Digital Media, Innovation, and Diversity. He will describe initiatives in other communities that utilize digital technologies which are making a difference in peoples lives.
HOW DO I RSVP FOR THE EVENT?
If you would like to attend this Summer Institute, simply send an email to Laurie at email@example.com with the name of your organization, and the names and email addresses of those from your agency that will be there!
There is. no cost for this event, but space is limited to 100 participants (the first 50 community partners and first 50 UWM faculty and staff members) who register. We look forward to seeing you at this event, reflecting on our work together this year, and building our plans for the future.
Please contact me Laurie Marks, Executive Director of UW-Milwaukee Center for Community-Based Learning Leadership and Research 414.229.3161 (office), 414.759.5500 (mobile) or for more information visit their website www.community.uwm.edu.
Project Director Job Announcement – MICAH
Objective: Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH) seeks a dynamic, experienced individual to coordinate our Safe Surrender Initiative. This position is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and includes travel within and occasional out-of-state.
Organizational Background: MICAH, founded in 1988, is a congregation-based organization, affiliated with WISDOM and Gamaliel, made up of 40 congregations from 13 faith traditions. MICAH works on justice issues such as jobs and economic development, quality education, immigration policy reform, and mass incarceration. MICAH is a multi-racial, interfaith organization committed to addressing justice issues that have an impact on the community and on the members of MICAH congregations. MICAH’s goal is to empower people to act together in pursuit of justice, and to organize so that people of many traditions can come together to speak with one voice for justice.
Project Background: Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program is funding Safe Surrender Initiative led by MICAH. The Safe Surrender Initiative encourages people with outstanding arrest warrants — through coordinated community organizing media and community outreach efforts —to voluntarily surrender themselves to authorities at a faith-based location.
This program, used successfully in many cities across the country, allows people with outstanding low-level felony or misdemeanor warrants to surrender and have legal issues resolved in a safe setting, i.e. a church. Many non-violent fugitives wanted for low-level felonies desire a second chance at life but are fearful of turning themselves in to authorities. Additionally it is a way to build trust between law enforcement and communities where police relations are strained and to build healthy neighborhoods.
Project Director Position Description
In consultation with the Executive Director, the Project Coordinator will plan, lead, manage and administer all of aspects of the Safe Surrender Initiative.
Project Director has overall responsibility of building relationships between the criminal justice partners, community partners, and the resident. This person will also need to work with and building relationships with the media.
The Project Director will lead and direct the Steering Committee over the duration of the Initiative. The Project Director will also work with MICAH Neighborhood team leaders to insure the building of the community relationships takes place.
The Project Director is expected to demonstrate leadership, a high level of comprehension of the criminal justice system and the legal system. Project Director is responsible for working directly with the evaluator and academic partner to assure that all research activities are conducted according to the IRB approved protocol. Additionally the position is expected to build trust between the criminal justice partners and the
community as well as build the capacity of MICAH and the partnering organizations.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Works under the direct supervision of the Executive Director.
- Leads monthly meetings of the Steering Committee.
- Participates in research and evaluation activities with the academic partner.
- Generates and distributes a written report each month for the MICAH Executive Director and the Steering Committee.
- Responsible for building strategic campaigns, and crafting messaging materials.
- Participates in regular MICAH staff meetings and in WISDOM staff meetings.
- Maintains strong relationships with the pastors of participating congregations.
- Be the driving force to create and implement a Safe Surrender Policy.
- Build the capacity of MICAH and partnering community organizations.
- Assists with identification and hiring of Neighborhood Team Leaders
- Works with the Youth Organizer to direct the Neighborhood Team Leaders in developing teams.
- Helps to shape and guide the objectives and actions of neighborhood teams
- Engages in ongoing One on One relational meetings with criminal justice partners and community partners.
- Works with Executive Director on funding strategies, including developing relationships with funders and writing grants.
- Manages and reports on current grant.
The ideal Coordinator will have a unique combination of skills and interests that include strong knowledge in the criminal and legal system. The Coordinator should have a strong sense of the racial climate of Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin.
- Law Degree preferred.
- A demonstrated commitment to the shared values of MICAH and has experience working on social justices issues.
- Experience with working on Criminal Justice issues.
- Demonstrates experience in either labor, community, political or faith-based organizing.
- Experience coordinating coalitions and work groups.
- Experience with and commitment to working on racial justice issues and/or working in communities of color.
- Experience and understanding of local and statewide policy development.
- Experience and understanding with message framing, development and implementation of the narrative. Experience gaining earned media; and use of social media.
- Excellent and proven written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
- Able to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse groups of people.
- Strong creative strategic thinking skills.
- Strong work ethic and personal time management skills.
- Willingness to work evenings and weekends.
- Excellent Project management skills.
- Able to work in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple projects and meeting deadlines.
Salary: This is a full-time position and offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package provided.
Reporting: This position reports to the Executive Director of MICAH
To Apply: Please email (1) a cover letter describing how your skills, experience and values are a good fit for this position,(2) a resume, and (3) Writing Sample (grant report, policy report, press release). Send to Sahvana Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
League of Women Voters WI Annual Meeting
The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is one of 25 organizations endorsing an “alternate budget” plan which avoids deep cuts for education, healthcare services and natural resources without raising state taxes. If you live in Green Bay, you can learn more about the Better Choices plan at a press eventWednesday morning, 10 a.m. at the Brown County Public Library.Join us at the LWV state Annual Meeting in Ashland, June 5-7! The deadline to get the LWV rate at the Hotel Chequamegon has been extended to this Friday, with only 5 rooms still available. Call now to reserve your room. The deadline to register for the meeting is May 20.Click here for information and registration.An upcoming meeting of the Wisconsin Supreme Court may be awkward as two justices claim to be the Chief. According to the Wisconsin Historical Society, an election 160 years ago was so close that for a brief time we had two governors. The story behind that mix-up has election fraud by one candidate followed by corruption by the other.
Alleviating Poverty: Who’s Responsible?
Join us for one of our 2 1/2 hour regional poverty forums this spring as we bring together leaders in the faith community and others to:
- learn about poverty in Wisconsin;
- consider theologically the role of individual and collective responsibility in alleviating poverty;
- begin developing broad goals for poverty alleviation in our state.
Co-sponsored by WISDOM, Wisconsin Council of Churches, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, Citizen Action Education Fund and other local partners.
We hope you can attend one of these poverty forums:
May 19, 1 pm-4 pm
First English Lutheran Church
402 N 3rd Ave, Wausau
May 23, 11 am – 1:30 pm
Sikh Temple (limit 25 participants-you must RSVP)
7512 S Howell Ave, Oak Creek
June 3, 9 am – 11:30 am
Westside Moravian Church
1707 South Oneida St, Green Bay
June 5, 1-4 pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
1120 Cedar St, Eau Claire
June 9 9:30 am-11:30 am
Brew City Church
1036 N Van Buren St, Milwaukee
June 13 9, am-11 am
All Saints Catholic Church
4051 N 25th St, Milwaukee
June 25, 7 pm – 9 pm
Lake Park Synagogue
3207 North Hackett Ave, Milwaukee
Planning to attend? We encourage you to RSVP, by clicking on the link below, as soon as possible. There is no charge. Please indicate which Forum you will be attending on the RSVP.
St. Louis Activist will be the Keynote Speaker at the MICAH Gala
St. Louis civic leader, minister and activist, Rev. Starsky D. Wilson will be the keynote speaker when the Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH) holds its annual gala May 21 at the Italian Community Center.
“Building Racial Justice through Inclusion” is the theme for the event. MICAH will honor with their To Do What is Just Award Karyn Rotker, Sr Staff Attorney of the ACLU of Wisconsin, and Attorney Dennis Grzezinski for their outstanding service representing MICAH and the Black Coalition of Wisconsin and winning $1.3 from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for new bus routes to connect inner city residents to jobs in the suburbs.
In 2014, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed Rev. Wilson co-chair of the Ferguson Commission to study the underlying conditions and make policy recommendations to help the region progress through issues exposed by the tragic death of Michael Brown, Jr.
Wilson is pastor of Saint John’s Church (The Beloved Community) in St. Louis. He is also president and chief operating office of Deaconess Foundation, a faith-based, grant- making organization devoted to making child well-being a civic priority in the St. Louis region. Wilson earned a bachelor of arts in political science from Xavier University of Louisiana, master of divinity from Eden Theological Seminary, and is pursuing a doctor of ministry degree at Duke Divinity School. He is the winner of numerous awards including among others the St. Louis Business Journal “40 Under 40” and the Urban League Young Professionals Civic Engagement and Social Justice Award.“
Rev. Wilson is a man of faith and principles who has tremendous insight into many of the issues that affect creating a more just society for all people,” said the Rev. Willie Brisco, MICAH president. “We are excited to bring to Milwaukee this African-American leader from a community angry and frustrated in the wake of the white police officer killing an unarmed black man. We face the same issues in here and must unite and learn from each other. I am looking forward to hearing about Rev. Wilson’s experiences in the struggle for justice and how he sees us moving forward as a nation in stemming the blight of racism, injustice and inequality.”
“We are looking forward to an engaging, informative, and uplifting event,” said Catoya Roberts, MICAH executive director and lead organizer. “We invite the public to join us and welcome the support of our many friends.”
Tickets for the evening Gala, which will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, are $50 and can be purchased by calling MICAH at 414-264-0805.
Media Contact: Catoya Roberts, MICAH lead organizer
May 27th @1pm: Planning a winning advocacy strategy online and in person: What are the basics for a winning advocacy campaign. With Dan Smith.
June 10th @1pm: Goal setting for digital advertising: How to make sure you’re getting the most out of your digital advertising program.
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Evidence-Based Approaches to Preventing Gun Violence
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