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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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Poverty Summit Action Teams Unveil Plans

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Poverty Summit Action Teams Unveil Plans
When: Thursday, April 6th 

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm; doors open at 6:00 
Where: Grace Lutheran Church, 202 W Grand Ave. (downtown Eau Claire)
 
On Thursday, April 6th, the Poverty Summit Action Teams will unveil their Action Plans!
These Action Plans are the result of hundreds of ideas, Read More…

Madison Action Day

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Madison Action Day Is Here! 

When: Thursday, March 30th 

Time: Buses leave at 6 am
Where: Immanuel Lutheran Church 3214 Golf Road, Eau Claire
 
Time to Get On the Bus!
On Thursday, March 30th 2017, over 800 people from across the state of Wisconsin all a part of WISDOM, will gather at the state capitol to advocate and educate representatives about issues in the purposed state budget. Read More…

What’s in Store for JONAH this 2017

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What’s in Store for JONAH this 2017
 
As we step into the new year, JONAH is proud to welcome Rev Sandra McKinney as its newly appointed president. Though officially elected on January 9th, 2017 for a two year term, McKinney has been involved with JONAH since its beginnings in the Chippewa Valley back in 2007. Read More…

Introducing Spring 2017 JONAH Intern

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Hello! My name is Lindsey Lecheler, and I am the new JONAH communications intern for this spring! I am currently studying creative writing with a minor in psychology at UWEC, and have plans to graduate this May. I have a rather artistic side, so in my free time you will often find me working on personal writing pieces, Read More…

There is No Chairperson for the Parole Commission

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The following message is from David Liners, Executive Director of WISDOM:
There is No Chairperson for the Parole Commission
That might not sound very urgent to you, but it is very urgent for the 3,000 people in Wisconsin’s prisons who are eligible for Parole.  No one can be released on parole without the approval of the Chairperson of the Parole Commission.  Read More…

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…

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…

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…