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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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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…

JONAH and EXPO Participate in Solidarity Day

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JUNE 21ST WAS SOLIDARITY DAY IN WISCONSIN
WISDOM, JONAH OF THE CHIPPEWA VALLEY, AND WESTERN WISCONSIN EXPO STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH WAUPUN PROTESTERS
On Tuesday, June 21st at 5:30pm in Phoenix Park, 20 citizens gathered along with other prisoner advocacy groups across Wisconsin to stand in solidarity with the men who have been refusing to accept food in protest of injustice in the use of Solitary Confinement is Wisconsin prisons. Read More…

Tribute to John Stedman, 1949-2016

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On Sunday, June 5, 2016, the JONAH Community heard the sad and shocking news that our JONAH organizer, John Stedman, died after suffering a massive heart attack.
John’s passing leaves a huge hole in many lives.  Of course, there is John’s wife and daughter, Sharon and Malia.  There are the members of First Presbyterian Church, where John was more than a pillar.  Read More…

New Federal Regulations Will Soon Affect Pay Day Lenders

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Last month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  issued a report on online payday loan payments  and plans to release a set of regulations governing the industry in the near future. These regulations will require the lender to assess the borrowers ability to repay before giving a loan. They will also limit the lenders’ access to borrowers’ Read More…

N’TOSAKE Sponsors Training Program for Women

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Change doesn’t just happen. We make it happen, if we have the right tools.
N’TOSAKE is a leadership development program giving women the tools to affect change in their lives, congregations or organizations, and in their communities. N’TOSAKE is a South African name that means “She who walks with lions; she who carries her own things.”
On September 15-17, Read More…

Immigration Myths and Facts

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There are a lot of misconceptions and stigmas about immigrants in the United States. Here are some facts you can use to combat myths that you may hear about our immigrant neighbors.
MYTH: Immigrants are a drain on our social services.
FACT: By paying taxes and Social Security, immigrants contribute far more to government coffers than they use in social services. Read More…