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JONAH - Joining Our Neighbors, Advancing Hope, a grassroots organization, comprised primarily of diverse faith communities, seeks to bring people in the Chippewa Valley into relationship and empower one another to build a healthier and fairer community for us all.

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Understanding the Societal Narratives

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At the 2-day WISDOM Retreat in January, attendees heard the terms “Current Dominant Narrative” and “Equity Narrative” as related to race, poverty and power in the United States. What do these and how do they affect those thirsting for social justice?
Onegreenplanet.org has a definition of dominant narrative that makes it easy for us to understand. Read More…

Help Get Out the Vote!

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We’re confident that JONAH Journal readers are also regular voters. However, it’s important to convince others to vote. As you are persuading others to vote (not who to vote for; just to VOTE) here’s some information you may want to share.
When do we need to register by?
You can register any time before the day of elections and also on election day. Read More…

JONAH Leadership Retreat Discusses Societal Narratives

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Twenty JONAH (Joining Our Neighbors, Advancing Hope) supporters gathered Tuesday, February 9, 2016, to answer–not for the first time–the questions: Who/What is JONAH? What is JONAH about? What does JONAH want to accomplish?
JONAH consists of supporters from Chippewa Valley faith communities working toward social justice not by providing charity but by seeking to answer the “whys.” Why are families living in their cars? Read More…

Wisdom President Weighs In on Incarcertaion

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On Monday January 25th President Obama announced that he will be reforming the way solitary confinement is used and implemented within the federal prison system. He believes that solitary confinement is being overused and can cause lasting psychological consequences. Some of the reforms include banning solitary confinement for juvenile offenders, no longer using solitary confinement as a response to low-level infractions, Read More…

Become a JONAH Lightning Team Member!

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JONAH is seeking individuals to form a Lightning Team to respond rapidly to local and statewide issues such as:

Ending Mass Incarceration & Criminal Justice reform
Immigration reform
Transit
Affordable Housing
Global Warming
Payday Lending
Public Health

Expectations for the JONAH Lightning Team include:

Willingness to meet periodically as a Team
Willingness to keep up-to-date on one or more issue areas
Willingness to contact legislators when timely action is required
Willingness to travel on occasion for hearings and other time-sensitive events
Willingness to engage in local as well as statewide issues

Responsibilities for the JONAH Lightning Team may include:

Contact your legislators or local government officials by phone or email
Spread the word through social media
Write a letter to the Editor
Volunteer to staff a JONAH booth at local events
Attend local listening sessions
Travel to Madison or a Congressional District Office to have face-to-face conversations with legislators or staff
Testify at public hearings
Give presentations on JONAH or particular JONAH / WISDOM issues (training available)

The JONAH Lightning Team members:

Maintain a non-partisan posture when representing JONAH or WISDOM
Listen & Read More…

Next Meeting For Eco-Spirituality Group: Feb. 6th

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If you are interested in the new community group, the Eco-Spirituality Working Group, you can still join to discuss environmental issues from a spiritual/religious perspective. The group is discussing Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment, Laudato Si. Everyone is welcome; however, it is necessary to RSVP as the discussion room is limited to 20 people. Read More…

JONAH Needs YOUR Support

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A Shared Challenge – Building an Equitable Community
Won’t you please join the JONAH family of supporters by giving a year-end contribution to keep this social justice initiative alive in our community? To discover how your contributions are used, see our JONAH End Of Year Appeal 2015. Thank you for your generosity. Read More…

Support the Road Safety Bill: Driver’s Cards for Undocumented Immigrants

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Support Driver Cards for Undocumented Immigrants in Wisconsin
This is a road safety bill!

Identical bills to allow our undocumented neighbors to drive legally have been introduced in the State Senate (SB 258) and the Assembly (AB 343). Here is more information on the bill and what you can do to help get this bill passed. Read More…