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, Indigenous Warrior Society (of WI), 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 are currently working on a local issue in our community, a Sustainability Commission for the City of Green Bay. This campaign seeks to urge the City of Green Bay to create an Advisory Commission on Sustainability to explore sustainability initiatives that can be implemented in Green Bay. Because state and national institutions are unresponsive to sustainability issues, particularly related to climate change and energy, local governments have both an opportunity and imperative to step up and implement grassroots solutions that will allow our communities to do our part to mitigate climate change. Many cities throughout the nation and Wisconsin have made strides in the past decade, but Green Bay is not one of them. In order to fully realize the potential our city can have to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and provide a more sustainable, livable, and healthy community, a collaborative space needs to be established to realize our options. Click here to view the one pager.

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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    Save the Date!

    Save the Date!

    We are very excited to announce that our 14th Annual JOSHUA Banquet will be on Friday, November 2nd at the Tundra Lodge Resort & Conference Center! Please make sure you add this to you calendar, and stay tuned for more details!

    Every year we have a team come together to plan the annual JOSHUA banquet; but this year we're going to do things a bit differently. We are going to form smaller committees to really focus on one aspect of the banquet to make the whole banquet stronger than ever before. I ask you think about if there is one or two areas that you can really bring your strengths. By dividing up the work; it will make the work easier for everyone, as well as require less meetings for all! Please take a minute to consider where your talents can be used to help strengthen JOSHUA and the 2018 14th Annual JOSHUA Banquet. Click here to fill out the form.

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    Internship Opportunity

    Are you or someone you know looking for an internship?

    Internship Opportunities: Summer and Fall 2018

    JOSHUA seeks interns for course credit for Summer and Fall of 2018

    About JOSHUA (Justice Organization Sharing Hope United for Action):
    JOSHUA is an interfaith social-justice systemic change organization. We are grassroots and non-profit (501c3), focusing our work in the Brown County and surrounding areas of Wisconsin. JOSHUA is a coalition of faith communities in Brown County dedicated to building and deepening relationships within and among faith communities. It empowers and equips people to work together on issues of justice and community building. JOSHUA builds relationships in the public and private sector in order to advance issues, which represent our common faith values. We seek to identify and take action on root causes of poverty, oppression and injustice. For more information about JOSHUA go to: www.joshua4justice.org

    Internship Responsibilities:
    Interns will learn more about the operations of nonprofit organizations and will work closely with experienced professional staff. Intern(s) will gain skills in organizing, fundraising, public policy, and advocacy.

    Reporting to the Community Organizer, the Program Intern(s) will work to pass and defend top issues by: 1) engaging citizens on mental health, prison reform, and environmental justice issue campaigns, 2) generating and tracking media coverage; 3) recruiting a new generation of members to our social networking sites; 4) encouraging on-line supporters to take action and volunteer 5) updating media contacts; and 6) assisting with issue research.

    Skills Required:

    • Organized with strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Ability to conduct research on-line or through traditional media.
    • Database management experience and event planning skills a plus.
    • Independently motivated and enjoy working with people. 
Details 
    • Interns will work from the Green Bay office of JOSHUA, located at 130 St Matthew Street, Green Bay WI 54301. Interns can arrange to work remotely.
    • Interns may earn 2-4 course credits (typically, students earn 1 credit for every 3-4 hours worked per week). The position is unpaid. Internships not for class credit also available upon request.
    • Interns are responsible for finding a faculty sponsor and meeting all internship requirements of the college or university. 
To Apply 
Please send a letter of interest and resume to Rachel Westenberg at rachel.wisdomwi@gmail.com Call 920-360-3538 with any questions. 
Deadline 
Positions are Limited. Early Applications will be given preference.

    JOSHUA is looking for summer and fall interns for 2018! Check it out here: Internship Opportunities Summer and Fall 2018

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    Mental Health Awareness Month - QPR Training

    To acknowledge Mental Health Awareness month, our May monthly meeting will be a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training provided by Korina Aghmar from Brown County Health Department.

    Registration is NOT needed to attend but VERY helpful when planning materials for the training. Registration form here: http://www.joshua4justice.org/justice-committees/mental-health/qpr/

    Suicide Prevention Workshop
    Learn the warning signs of suicide and how to help someone in need.
    QPR; Questions, Persuade, Refer
    Just as people are trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to questions, persuade, and refer to help someone.

    Anyone who is interested can attend this important training on Thursday, May 3rd 2018 at 6pm at West Side Moravian Church (1707 S Oneida Street, Green Bay, WI 54304)

    Hosted by the: JOSHUA Mental Health Task Force

    More than 700 people die by suicide every year in Wisconsin. Many of those are in Brown County - learn how you can help!

    **Please note the change in time from our usual starting time.

    This event is free and open to the public.

     

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    Brown County Conservation Alliance Honors JOSHUA

    Last night (Wed, March 28th 2018) , Natasha Winkler (JOSHUA Environmental Justice Task Force Chair) and Jim Soletski (JOSHUA Leadership Team Member) accepted an award on behalf of the Environmental Justice Task Force at the Brown County Conservation Alliance Awards. JOSHUA was honored for our work over the last year around environmental justice, specifically around the Back 40 Mine. A huge thank you to the Brown County Conservation Alliance for honoring us last night with this amazing award.

    We have just started our work and have so much more yet to accomplish, if you would like to join us, make sure you come to our next meeting click here to learn more!

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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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