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  • Save the Date: Thursday, August 11 Thirsting for Justice A Public Forum on Issues Related to Criminal Justice Thursday, August 11th 6pm-8pm St. Francis Catholic Church, 
1927 N. 4th St. Milwaukee Free and open to the public WISDOM Leaders will address the various issues related to Wisconsin’s prisons. Bring packs of bottled water for the Fox Lake prison to relieve Inmates of the problems with the contaminated water.
    Posted Jul 20, 2016, 3:21 PM by Sophia Webmaster
  • Specific help for the Prisoners Since early June, some of the prisoners in Wisconsin’s solitary confinement units have been refusing to accept food, as a protest against their prolonged isolation and inhumane treatment by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC).  It is extremely difficult to communicate with people in solitary confinement, but many letters have been received and we know that at least two of the inmates have continued their food refusal until now, more than five weeks since they began.  We know there are others that have joined in at different times, but getting exact numbers has been impossible as the DOC has refused to provide those.A central concern of the prisoners is the practice of “Administrative Confinement.”  This is a category ...
    Posted Jul 13, 2016, 4:45 PM by Sophia Webmaster
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Leadership Training

Saturday, July 16, 2016
9 am to 1 pm
La Casa de Esperanza
410 Arcadian Ave
Waukesha, WI 53186

SOPHIA and WISDOM will be holding a Leadership Training for anyone aspiring to learn more about community organizing and other aspects of social justice.
This training will give you a taste of the Week-long National Training by GAMALIEL.
Join us whether you are a beginner or veteran in the pursuit of justice and equality.
Training will be held in the back room of the Café Esperanza Restaurant. Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided. $25 fee
To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Bernie Gonzalez at 262-443-7831
or via email at

DYING TO LIVE – Humanitarian Food Refusal Campaign

In Madison
– Friday, June 10 at Noon

In Milwaukee
– Saturday, June 11 at Noon

for further information
Contact Bernie Gonzalez at or 262-443-7831

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David Liners and Bernie Gonzalez from the Wisdom and Sophia project talk about the conditions found in Wisconsin's correctional system. Watch this on MPTV.

"Day without latinos, Madison Wisconsin"

Task Force Updates: Transit


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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