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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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Meet the Intern: Paula

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Hello, everyone! My name is Paula Montes and I am the other new JONAH intern. I call Green Bay, WI my hometown, but I am originally from Puerto Rico. I am a senior at UW-Eau Claire pursuing a double bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science. I hope to wrap up my undergrad years this May. Read More…

Action Event on High-Risk Drinking

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Date: Thursday, September 22nd
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Location: The Chippewa Room of L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St, Eau Claire, WI 54701
JONAH, in collaboration with Eau Claire Healthy Communities’ High Risk Drinking Prevention Action Team, is hosting this event concerning high-risk drinking.  We invite you to join us in exploring and discussing effective strategies to address and deter high-risk alcohol use.  Read More…

Introductory Post: Austin

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Hi all!  My name is Austin Hogan and I am a new JONAH communications intern.  I am studying linguistics and philosophy at UW-Eau Claire and will be graduating this winter.  I enjoy reading, playing music, and taking late night walks through town.  One of my main interests relates to the nature of the social structures that frame and guide our daily lives, Read More…

JONAH’s 9th Annual Celebration: The Welcome Table!

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Mark your calendar now so you are sure to attend JONAH’s 9th Annual Celebration: 
The Welcome Table!
Date: Sunday, October 23rd
Time:  4:00-6:30pm
Location: Eau Claire Children’s Theater, 1814 N. Oxford Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54703
Silent Auction Begins at 4:00PM    
Tickets: $25
Each year JONAH (Joining Our Neighbors Advancing Hope) welcomes all to take a seat at our social justice table to celebrate the past year’s accomplishments and gain energy for ongoing justice work. Read More…

Update on Wisconsin Prisoners Fasting in Protest of Solitary Confinement and How to Help

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Bernie Gonzales,, who lives in Waukesha and helps keep people up to date on what is the current status of the fasting prisoners who are protesting the abuse of Solitary Confinement provides this report.
The fasting continues. Cesar de Leon, one of the first fasters, has been in defacto Solitary Confinement for 6 to 7 years. Read More…

JONAH is Hiring a Half-time Community Organizer

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Do you know someone who is passionate about social justice and who would make a great JONAH Community Organizer? If so, please pass this job description on to that person! Or to several people! Or you may want to apply! Here is the general description of the position. The details are found in the job description. Read More…

Interfaith Prayer Service

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Mark your calendar for the third Interfaith Prayer Service to be held in Eau Claire, WI!
Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Cedar Street, Eau Claire, WI
Prayers by representatives of the many diverse faiths in the Chippewa Valley will be shared. This is also a chance to learn more about some of our lesser known faith communities. Read More…

“How long, O God?”: JONAH’s Response to the Dallas Shootings

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July 9, 2016
“How long, O God?”
On behalf of the members of JONAH, I wish to communicate our deep shock and grief at the deaths of the officers from the Dallas police who were assassinated while protecting a peaceful protest in that city. We pray for their families; we pray for peace; and once again, Read More…

UW-Eau Claire Honors Class Students Send Tributes to John Stedman

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Many people may not know that John Stedman, who died unexpectedly in June, team-taught a UW-Eau Claire Honors Class with Dr. Ruth Cronje. John enjoyed this endeavor and loved working with the students as they collected data for a social justice research project. Here are excerpts from the tributes students sent upon hearing of John’s passing. Read More…

Share Your Story at the Whirled Table

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Stories reveal our common values, aspirations, and interconnectedness. They also help us to appreciate our differences.
Did you know that in Madagascar ripe mangoes are picked using a long stick? I didn’t, until Mita described his first return journey to his native land and mentioned his goal to someday use a pole to pick a ripe mango in Madagascar.  Read More…