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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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Gubernatorial Forum

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On Monday, December 11th, Eau Claire will host several Gubernatorial candidates for a forum.  This is the first time that an event like this has been held in northwestern Wisconsin for an upcoming election and is an exciting opportunity to hear where our candidates stand. 

The current list of scheduled candidates is:
     Andy Gronik (D)
Bob Harlow (D)
Dana Wachs (D)
Jeff Rumbaugh (D)
Kelda Roys (D)
Kurt Kober (D)
Mahlon Mitchell (D)
Matt Flynn (D)
Mike McCabe (D)
Ryan Cason (R)
Tony Evers (D) 

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This We Believe: On the Transformative Power of Words

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Words hold weight, and when used effectively, have the power to heal, help, and inspire.  But how do we find the right words to address the most pressing moral issues of our day?  How can we “preach the gospel” of tolerance, diversity, and inclusivity without moralizing the message? Join representatives and religious scholars from a spectrum of faiths for a conversation and craft talk on how we can change our world for the better, Read More…

A Request For Photos

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If you happened to take any photos at the 10th Anniversary Celebration please send them to Donna Raleigh, at
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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…

Burrachos Fundraiser For JONAH

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Mark your calendars now to enjoy a meal at Burrachos on December 5th, between 4 pm and 8 pm. Burrachos is located at 5314 Prill Road, near Kohl’s and Oakwood Mall, so you can combine a meal with your holiday shopping spree! Burrachos will donate 25% of guest check when you mention JONAH or present this invite to the cashier. Read More…

EXPO Organizer Report From Sarah Ferber

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Expo Organizer Report
Take a look at Sarah Ferber’s report on her experiences as the new organizer, as well as an update on what EXPO has been working on recently, and the great opportunities that their new location offers!
Sarah Ferber:
“It has been an exciting year of growth and learning as the Chippewa Valley EXPO Organizer.  Read More…

Message From The JONAH President

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President’s Report – JONAH (Joining Our Neighbors Advancing Hope)
JONAH obtains new office space in downtown Eau Claire!
Effective September 1, 2017, JONAH has new digs at 307 S. Farwell, Suite 202, in Eau Claire. We are sharing a large office space (each having our own room) with Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative and Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. Read More…

JONAH 10th Anniversary Celebration Is Coming Up!

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Interview with Julianne Lepp
In anticipation of JONAH’s 10th anniversary, JONAH intern Max Martinson conducted an email interview with Julianne Lepp, who is the leader of the JONAH planning team and a Unitarian Universalist minister. Find their conversation!
“What role do you play in JONAH, and how do your beliefs align with JONAH’s message?”
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Clean Water Forum

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Explore the issues surrounding protecting Wisconsin’s ground and surface water
The forum will feature a farmer/clean water activist, a UW-Extension educator, and a lake resident/activist.

Lynn Utesch, Kewaunee County farmer and clean water activist, is known statewide for his sustainable, environmentally friendly farming and his opposition to factory farms polluting surface waters and acquifers around the State – Read More…

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Join UWEC Associate Professor of Sociology and Communications Peter Hart-Brinson and journalist Julian Emerson as they lead a discussion on homelessness and its far reaching impact.

Hart-Brinson will kick off the evening with a discussion of the Pulitzer Prize winning book Evicted by Matthew Desmond which follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Read More…