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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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Wednesday- Film Series at Woodland Theater

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Matewan is the first film in a five part Labor Film Series
Local educators, historians, activists, union members and progressive students and alumni join in solidarity and sponsor a film series centered on workers organizing and forming alliances. Each film offers a distinctiveness. Workers uniting to protect and improve their working and living conditions is the cohesion. Read More…

Great Rivers 2-1-1 Presentation

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Great Rivers 2-1-1 Resource Presentation
Many community members, at different points in their lives, can use a little help—whether it’s parenting concerns, putting food on the table, dealing with an abusive situation, or just making ends meet. Great Rivers 2-1-1 can help make the connections, find answers and prevent problems from getting more serious. 
Join the Hunger Prevention Coalition for Eau Claire County during a presentation about Great Rivers 2-1-1 services. Read More…

JONAH Justice Team Training – Monday, October 16th!

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JONAH Faith Community Team Training
When: Monday, October 16, 6:30 – 8 pm
Where: First Congregational UCC on Broadway Street in Eau Claire
Does your faith community have a CORE Team? A Peace and Justice Committee? Or, a Social  Justice Committee? If so, this training is for you and the team/committee members! If not, this is a great time to bring some interested people and form your team. Read More…

“Save the Menomonie River” Tour: Sulfide Mining Discussion

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The Chippewa Valley has a great opportunity to engage in a sulfide mining discussion with long-time activists Dr. Al Gedicks and Anahkwet (Guy Reiter) on Tuesday October 10th at 7pm at the Eau Claire Public Library (Eau Claire Room).
Hosted by The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Dr. Gedicks and Anahkwet will be stopping in Eau Claire on their state-wide “Save the Menomonie River” Read More…

Save the Date – A Community Conversation: Reentry and Recovery

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A Community Conversation:
Reentry and Recovery Peer Support after Incarceration, Homelessness, or Inpatient Treatment
Come join fellow community members in a conversation about how it would look to have individuals returning to the community from jail, homelessness, or inpatient treatment be supported by peers who have been through those
very same obstacles. We are seeking input from stakeholders of all types; Read More…

Max’s Intro

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My name is Max Martinson, and I’m an English major at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. I’m a senior, and I am very fond of all of the memories I have had in this community, and with all of the people I have met in my brief time here in Eau Claire. I’m very excited to be interning with JONAH this semester, 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
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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…