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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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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…

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…

Interview with Brandon Buchanan

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In the interest of getting to better know Brandon Buchanan, JONAH’s new Organizer, we asked him to tell us a little bit about himself, his hobbies, his interest in JONAH and social justice in general, and more. You can read Brandon’s responses below.

Why are you interested in being the JONAH Organizer?

For anyone who knows me, 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…

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…

How to Use Facebook to Benefit JONAH

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Facebook is a great medium to share information. With just one click of a button you can instantly share to everyone on your friends list a status, photo, article, or video. Even better, people can then share things that you post to everyone on their own friends list. This makes Facebook the perfect platform to spread awareness of the current events, Read More…