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!
“It has been an exciting year of growth and learning as the Chippewa Valley EXPO Organizer. We are grateful for steadfast community support we have received. Our inaugural fundraiser was a great success, allowing us to send four leaders to a weeklong leadership training, and two leaders to N’tosake women’s leadership training in Kansas City. We also sent two leaders to Washington DC for Gamaliel’s Facing Race and Power Summit where we were privileged to speak with Senator Ron Johnson about criminal justice reform issues, and Senator Tammy Baldwin about the Stronger Way Act.
Locally, I continue to push forward and advocate for people with conviction histories to have a seat at tables where decisions are being made around criminal justice reform. Chippewa County Criminal Justice Collaborating Council opened one of those seats to me as an official voting member this spring. I serve on their Evidence Base Decision Making Team and High Volume Work Group. I also attend Dunn County’s Treatment Court Advisory Board Meetings. Overall, the Chippewa Valley is making great strides with treatment alternatives and diversion programs, and we continue to strive to be better.
Statewide, we are partnering with MICAH of Milwaukee and Fox Cities EXPO on the #dontforgetaboutus campaign, which focuses on women’s incarceration issues. Women are the fastest growing demographic in the criminal justice system, and with that comes great impact on children and families. It is my personal goal to make sure that as we move forward with the fight to end mass incarceration, the women and girls who are impacted will NOT be forgotten.
We moved our office space to a new and improved downtown location- 307 S Farwell Street, Suite 202. Not only is the location prime, but we are also sharing office space with two other great organizations: League of Conservation Voters, and Citizens Action Organizing Cooperative. This move is great for future collaborations, and for my personal growth as an organizer. The sky is limitless with this shared space. I can’t wait to see what happens next with EXPO!”