Environmental Justice

This group of environmental warriors first came together on Wednesday, February 15th 2017 about the Back Forty Mine. This JOSHUA table brought together members from the Ho-Chunk, Oneida, and Menominee tribe, as well as members of ally groups such as Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters and River Alliance of Wisconsin, and JOSHUA member and partner congregation members. This group identified the need to educate the Greater Green Bay Area about the Back Forty Mine, and held a community forum called “Save Our Water” on Saturday, June 3rd 2017. After educating the public and JOSHUA congregations on this issue, this group was able to help unanimously pass the #nobackfortyresolution in Brown County, with the assistance from Brown County Supervisor Staush Gruszynski. Our group then traveled to Door County to work with leaders in the Door County Area to organize the passing the #nobackfortyresolution in Door County.

Our group decided that there is too much work to do around environmental justice in Brown County, to just disband after accomplishing our goals with the Back Forty Mine. We decided to take some action on a statewide issue, the Prove it First mining law. We co-hosted a public forum with Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters and River Alliance of Wisconsin featuring guest speakers, Al Gedicks (Wisconsin Resource Protection Council), Seth Hoffmeister (Northeast Organizer for Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters), Allison Werner (River Alliance of Wisconsin), and Brother Steve Herro (St Norbert Abbey). We had over twenty community members attend to learn about and take action on the issue. This brought several new members to our table.

 In September, our task force had a presentation from the Citizen Climate Lobby, which was very educational. After a lively discussion, our task force will be decipher a new local environmental justice issue to cut and bring action around. Our Environmental Justice Task Force has brought many new community leaders around the table that are now a key leader within this task force. As well as bringing new leaders to the table, many of the leaders from our Environmental Justice Task Force participated in our one-day leadership training, and are now working to build this task force further.

We remain up for the challenge… will you join us? Are you up for the challenge? Join us the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6pm at West Side Moravian Church. You can contact us for more information at: joshua4justice@gmail.com

Prove It First Mining Law Summery –

For 20 years, Wisconsin’s waters, public lands, and wildlife have been protected by the “Prove It First” mining law. That law requires mining companies to provide specific proof a sulfide mine can run for 10 years and be closed for 10 years without polluting groundwater and surface waters with acid drainage. In 20 years, no mining company has provided the proof!


Back Forty Mine Quick Facts –

-Aquila Resources wants to develop an open pit (2000ft wide x 750ft deep) a massive gold, zinc, and sulfide mine 150ft from the Menominee River Which forms the boundary between Wisconsin and Michigan.
-The Menominee River is the largest river system in the Upper Peninsula with a 4000 sq mile drainage system.
– The Menominee River is culturally significant as a major prehistoric travel corridor for indigenous peoples and the source of Creation for the Menominee Indian Tribe.
– The Menominee River watershed supports sturgeon spawning, strong populations of small mouth bass, walleye, northern pike, and trout.
-Dewatering the mine pit can lower ground water levels around the mine harming the Shakey Lakes Savanna, a 1520 acre natural are, part of the Escanaba state forest.
-Metallic sulfide mines in the United States will pollute up to 27 million gallons of fresh water per year. The main reason is acid mine drainage which occurs when mineral deposits containing sulfides are exposed to the air and water during excavation.
-The mine poses a major threat to the Menominee Indian Tribe’s cultural resources, 22 of there known cultural sites are within the project area. Including Burial mounds, prehistoric garden beds and prehistoric village sites.


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    JOSHUA Sustaining Membership

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    We have started 2018 off with lots of action. From public forums, to board retreats, and actively working on issues of mental health, prison reform, and environmental justice we continue to build JOSHUA to be a powerful organization of change in Brown County Wisconsin.

    With all action there is always a cost. That is why from March 1st 2018- April 30th 2018 we are having a Sustaining Member Campaign. JOSHUA’s strength comes from our numbers and from our solidarity. Just imagine:  if JOSHUA had 150 members giving an average of $20 each month, JOSHUA would have an additional $36,000 every year to dedicate to the fight of doin’ justice.

    We are well aware that some of you already contribute monthly and your support is greatly appreciated. When you originally decided to become a monthly sustainer, we are sure it was based upon your financial position at that time. As you continue to assess your charitable contributions you may be interested in expanding your commitment to JOSHUA.

    In the past some members had difficulty remembering when their annual membership contribution was due. With a monthly contribution you are always up to date.

    Please consider becoming a sustaining member of JOSHUA as we continue to fight for justice in Brown County WI.

    Thank you in advance for your ongoing support,

    Jim Soletski and Amy Bozzacco
    JOSHUA Leadership Team

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    Last Call for Banquet Tickets!

    Last Call for Banquet Tickets!

    Good Morning Everyone!

    I hope this email finds you all well! Happy banquet week! We are so excited to see so many of you at our 13th Annual JOSHUA Banquet this Friday, November 10th. If you have not gotten your tickets yet, fear not, you can get them until the end of the business day today (Monday, November 6th).

    You still need tickets?

    1) Buy them online (https://squareup.com/store/joshua-justice-organization-sharing-hope-united-for-action/) at our online store, and scroll down to events.

    2) Stop into St Matthew Parish Center today, between 8am-4pm to purchase your tickets there.

    If you are not able to attend the JOSHUA 13th Annual Banquet, please consider making a donation. The critical work we do in our local Brown County Community depends heavily on the generosity and shared vision of our supporters. Please consider helping JOSHUA in our continued efforts to keep “doin’ justice” with a fully tax-deductible gift.

    You can donate online today by clicking here.

    Or by sending a check made out to JOSHUA to our office 130 St Matthew Street Green Bay, WI 54301.

    Hope to see you all at the banquet to celebrate another year of JOSHUA  "doin' justice"!

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    Night Out with Joshua at Qdoba

    Come out to break bread, share in community, and support an amazing organization.
    Tuesday December 12th

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