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  • Still Thirsting For Justice On Thursday, August 11, more than 250 people crowded into St. Francis Catholic Church in Milwaukee for the "Thirsting for Justice" event.  No one complained about the heat and humidity after WISDOM President Rev. Willie Brisco reminded them that hundreds of people sit in windowless, solitary confinement cells with no air conditioning all day every day in the summer heat - not just for a couple of hours. The crowd heard riveting testimonies from men who had recently been in the Fox Lake Correctional Institution, who spoke of water with a foul taste and unidentified bits of something solid floating in it, and who had no other option but to purchase water at a very high price from the canteen. The ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2016, 2:33 PM by Sophia Webmaster
  • Thirsting for Justice! You are invited to an important event: Thirsting for Justice Thursday, August 11 6:00 to 8:00 pm St. Francis Catholic Church, 1928 N. 4th St., Milwaukee, WI   The event will call attention to the multiple systems problems in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, highlighting the poor, perhaps dangerous quality of the water in some older Wisconsin prisons.  Besides the problem of Contaminated Water, you will hear explanations and first-person testimonials about: Excessive Crimeless Revocations, resulting in thousands of prison admissions each year for people who have not been convicted (or in many cases charged) with a crime; Lack of Compassionate Release for elderly and seriously ill inmates; A broken Parole System, keeping many long-term parole eligible ...
    Posted Aug 3, 2016, 12:13 PM by Sophia Webmaster
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What: Pubic Forum on Criminal Justice Reform in Wisconsin
When: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
 Where: New Berlin Public Library
15105 W Library Lane
New Berlin, WI 53151
Time: 7:00 - 8:30PM

Speakers include EXPO members (Ex-Prisoners Organizing), members of SOPHIA’s Treatment Instead of Prison (TIP) Task force, WISDOM’s Old Law and Compassionate Release Work group, and state and local politicians.

Watch the SOPHIA website and emails for more information.

For more information contact: SOPHIA TIP Taskforce Member Rebecca Moczulewski at or 262.909.9125

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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