People of faith united by a passion for justice,
commitment to community and a practice of hope

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SOPHIA Presents

2018 Annual Fundraising Breakfast and Silent Auction

Details and Ticket

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WISDOM Supports a Clean Dream Act

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SOPHIA opposes 287 (g) Application by Sheriff

Learn more about 287(g)

WDJT - Milwaukee

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Waukesha Patch

Nov 7, 2017

Rev. Kraemer's 11-7-17 Letter to editor

Nov 15, 2017

Sheriff's immigration proposal moves forward

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Words of WISDOM Newsletter (2)

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Sophia Events Calendar

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SOPHIA - Anti-Hate Vigil - Sept. 2017

Nearly 60 people turned out for SOPHIA’s Ant-Hate Prayer Vigil on the corner outside First Congregational United Church of Christ on Set. 21. Speakers from Muslim, Jewish, Latino, African-American, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Unitarian Universalist communities offered prayers and inspiration, as well as support for marginalized members of our society who are increasingly under attack.

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"Choking in the Weeds"

"Our democracy has been under attack since the passage of the Civil Rights Act through subsequently passed nefarious legislation, creating a suffocating condition in our communities of low wage jobs, gentrification, poor public education, mass incarceration, deportations, and the largest wealth divide in modern history. In addition, this past election has created a wave of anxiety and uncertainty among progressives. There is a call for a shift in community organizing and the faith community has to be in the front of this shift.Read the entire speech...

Rev. John C. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D. | Gamaliel Network
Chair, Board of Directors

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View the 2017 Prayer Breakfast Fund Raiser Year Book (PDF) here

Slides from the 2017 Prayer Breakfast - Fund Raiser

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Brisco, Miller, Kraemer: Address state's transit needs in budget

Read the article from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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Sign For a Responsible Transportation Budget!

SOPHIA Transit Task Force

  • Better Transportation for a Stronger Economy
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 11:45 AM by SOPHIA Administrator
  • Transportation Budget Solutions
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 11:37 AM by SOPHIA Administrator
  • In June 2015, SOPHIA launched its newest task force: Public Transportation. The ultimate goal is to advocate for an integrated and regional multi-modal transportation system that allows people access to jobs, health care services, and other personal activities necessary for a fully human life.  We join with and support state-wide efforts with other WISDOM affiliates, agencies and non-profits concerned with issues relating to public transportation. Independence is important to everyone. Public transportation provides a solution for anyone who cannot drive due to age, disability or income. SOPHIA believes that these members of our community should not be ignored. The Wisconsin state budget for transportation is shrinking, raising concerns for public transportation in the future. The dominant focus of the legislature is on roads and freeways. SOPHIA provides a ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2017, 9:27 AM by SOPHIA Administrator
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Rally in downtown Waukesha

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Immigration rally in Kenosha WI

  • Words of WISDOM Newsletter, WINTER, 2018 Enjoy this edition of Words of WISDOM, an e-newsletter that shares updates from the WISDOM affiliates, as well as contact and website information.  Lots is going on in all the affiliates; building power as a statewide organization! Click on the links for the update.Words of WISDOM. RIC, RacineRIC Kicks Off Their 25th Year!Read MoreWords of WISDOM. MICAH, MilwaukeeMICAH Celebrates 30 Years!Read MoreWords of WISDOM. ESTHER, Fox Valley3 Big Events in One Month!Read MoreWords of WISDOM. NAOMI, WausauKathi Zoern Wins New Justice Award!Read MoreWords of WISDOM. JONAH, Chippewa ValleyJONAH Welcomes Grace Lutheran Church!Read MoreWords of WISDOM. JOSHUA, Green BayJOSHUA Explores Alternatives to Corrections ...
    Posted Feb 21, 2018, 10:50 AM by SOPHIA Administrator
  • New Race to Justice Campaign Join the Race to Justice!!!The Leadership of the Restore Our Communities (ROC Wisconsin) Campaign feels that 2018 is the year when we will make some significant progress in the effort to reform Wisconsin’s Criminal Justice system!  We know that work for racial and economic justice is a marathon, but inside that big race the ROC Wisconsin team believes it is time for a sprint! And so we announce the Race to Justice Campaign to raise many voices calling for serious reform and demanding that our broken "corrections" system be addressed by all who want our votes in November.The first step in the Race to Justice is a series of local training and organizing gatherings.  For four hours ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2018, 2:27 PM by SOPHIA Administrator
  • WISDOM is Making a Difference! WISDOM is making a difference!1) WISDOM held a very successful Forum on Revocations in Madison on January 17.  More than 150 WISDOM members over-filled the hall at Grace Episcopal Church, along with eight candidates for Governor and one candidate for Lieutenant Governor.  About 3,000 people are sent to prison each year for Crimeless Revocations, not because they have been convicted of a new crime, but for failure to comply with a rule of supervision.  At the Forum, we heard from faith leaders. We heard from experts in public health and sociology.   And we heard from the people who have been the victims of the senseless and outdated practice of Crimeless Revocation.Then, we heard from those who ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2018, 5:17 PM by SOPHIA Administrator
  • On Lincoln Hills Last week Governor Walker announced a plan for future reforms in our adult and juvenile corrections systems. Essentially, it would be to close down the troubled Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile facilities, and to convert them into an adult facility that would specialize in AODA treatment.  This would help alleviate the backlog of people awaiting AODA treatment in the system, many of whom would become eligible for early release if they get it. It would also relieve some overcrowding in the prisons, meaning we could stop talking abut building a new prison and maybe start talking about closing one.  The Governor’s plan also calls for building smaller facilities for youth in several places in the state; a plan ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2018, 2:17 PM by SOPHIA Administrator
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SOPHIA office located at 100 E Broadway Waukesha WI 53186

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Rally at Cutler Park, Waukesha, WI. Feb. 2017

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   Meet Bernie Gonzalez
SOPHIA's Community Organizer ...

Bernardo Gonzalaz

SOPHIA Community Organizer

  • A day with out immigrants

    A Day without Latinos and Immigrants:


    At least 30,000 people were at attendance.  That cold Wisconsin winter was filled with energy, optimism, culture and brotherhood.  Local Mexican restaurants were handing out food and drinks,  I also had the opportunity to observe and record a wonderful group of young kids performing an Aztec traditional dance.


    On February 18th, 2016 many organizations gathered in Madison our state capitol to protest anti-immigrant bills.  Bill ab450 on the assembly had passed and was headed to the senate as bill sb369. The other bill sb533 had passed both assembly and the senate and into the governor’s desk for signature.


    Because of the controversy of this legislation and the fear it created among the immigrant community, it created an opportunity to find out what exactly the Immigrant community has to offer this wonderful state of Wisconsin. 


    On that day the majority of Latino Immigrants had the spot light on them.  The media coverage was vast and many employers and consumers really missed our brothers and sisters at their place of employment.  Restaurants were short staffed, some factories closed out their production lines completely and dairy farms were operating on a skeleton staff just to name a few.  It was certainly an eye opening experience to many Wisconsin employers. 


    The immigrant community is a vital part of our economy.  The dairy industry is extremely dependent on the immigrant workforce.  It is estimated that 80% of the workforce is immigrant labor and a 40.3 Billion dollars per year industry. 


    By creating legislation that makes Wisconsin a hostile environment to our immigrant community we are at jeopardy of losing this wonderful workforce we have come to take for granted.  Prime examples of legislation that created the immigrant community to flee happened in Arizona, Georgia and Alabama.  These states have suffered tremendous economic hardships. 


    On March 15th 2016 the senate had the last session for the year.  The big test for the immigrant community of Wisconsin was about to take place.  Would bill ab450/sb369 be introduced for a vote? Will it pass?  Will all the hard work and the incredible display of solidarity be in vain?  The answer to all is NO.  The bill was not introduced and therefore it died in the senate.  This was a huge victory to the immigrant community.  Many will be able to have a good night sleep, cancel the possibility of moving to more “friendly” state and continue with life’s goals and dreams. 

    Posted Mar 27, 2016, 9:20 AM by Bernie Gonzalez
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SOPHIA office located at 100 E Broadway Waukesha WI 53186

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"Think Global, Act Local"

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