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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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Upcoming Events!

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We have two upcoming events in the next few weeks to keep you involved into the beginning of the summer. The first is EXPO Criminal Justice Reform Canvassing next Monday evening and the next is the WISDOM Gubernatorial Candidate Forum the following Monday in Pewaukee. Both events are great opportunities to both inform others of current criminal justice reform issues and learn more yourself, Read More…

Welcome to our newest intern!

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Hello everyone! My name is Catherine, and I’m JONAH’s new intern for this spring. You may have seen my name as the author of the last few posts so I figured it was about time I introduced myself! I’m a 23-year-old college student at UWEC, studying English and Communications, and also pursuing a Women’s Studies certificate. Read More…

Commit to Ending Child Poverty in Wisconsin!

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Back in December, over 50 people met at DeLong Middle School to kick off the statewide campaign to end child poverty in Wisconsin. This is a very important issue for us to address since, in Wisconsin, 1 in 5 children live in poverty. Twenty percent of the population of our children being at poverty level is not a statistic we should feel comfortable with, Read More…

Thank You To All Those Who Contribute To Our Celebration!!

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Thank you to all who organized, helped, and participated in the JONAH 10th Anniversary Celebration. You are most appreciated! A few special shout outs to Paul Savides who chaired the Yearbook Committee, to Julie Lepp, who chaired the 10th Anniversary Celebration, and to Betty Hurst, who chaired the Silent Auction Committee. Read More…

JONAH Leadership Message

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JONAH’s President, Rev. Sandra McKinney, has the following message regarding JONAH Leadership:
With mutual understanding the JONAH Executive Committee ended the position Brandon Buchanan held with the organization. Brandon was with JONAH for eight months, and he brought important ideas and actions to the organization. JONAH will continue it’s work in the Chippewa Valley with volunteer leadership as we have done in the past. Read More…

Thanks to our new Facebook editor, Annika Sorterberg!

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Annika Sorterberg has volunteered to help JONAH by becoming the JONAH Facebook Editor! Thanks, Annika! Your technology skills as well as your English and Spanish skills are greatly appreciated.
Anyone who has justice information and/or photos (especially photos), please send them to Annika at annikasort@gmail.com
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Health Impact Assessment Shows Crimeless Revocation is Harmful

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Attendees at the December 14 JONAH Press Conference learned first hand how harmful crimeless revocation can be on individuals, families, and communities.
David Liners, Executive Director of WISDOM, JONAH’s parent organization, explained that crimeless revocation places people on parole or probation in jail without their having broken any additional laws. A simple traffic ticket can result in incarceration. Read More…

The Stedman Step-Up Fund

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The Stedman Step-Up Fund, established to honor the memory of the late John Stedman, raises money to provide a scholarship to the Gamaliel Weeklong Leadership Training, where attendees can learn the skills necessary to become leaders in their communities.  It would be an understatement to say that John, the former JONAH Organizer, was passionate about social justice, Read More…

Interview with Sarah Ferber

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Recently, Sarah Ferber became the new Chippewa Valley EXPO Organizer. To get to know her better, we asked her some questions about her interest in EXPO, future plans for the group, social justice, and more. You can read Sarah’s responses below.

What interests you most about leading the EXPO group?

I am interested in helping other formerly incarcerated individuals find their voice and become engaged in our community. Read More…

Stedman Step-Up

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As many of you know, former JONAH Organizer John Stedman died unexpectedly earlier this year.  The Stedman Step-Up Fund was established to honor his memory.  The Stedman Step-Up Fund raises money to provide a scholarship to the Gamaliel Weeklong Leadership Training, where attendees are able to learn the skills necessary to become leaders in their communities. Read More…