Call In Day – Green Bay Correctional Institute

On Monday, November 25th 2019 we are asking you to participate in our statewide Call-In Day for Green Bay Correctional Institution. We are asking everyone to place three calls. One to the governor, one to their state representative, and their state senator.

Script for calling legislators: Hello, my name is {your name} from {your city} and I am calling about the Green Bay Correctional Institute. I am calling to ask for your support in decommissioning this facility. Additionally, I would like to have your commitment to reducing Wisconsin’s prison population. Wisconsin does not need more prisons–we need less. I request Wisconsin invests in programs that will uplift Wisconsinites and rebuild our communities, not build more prisons. Thank you.

o Governor Evers, 608-888-1665
o Call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472 to find and contact your state senator and representative. You can also go online and find our who your legislators are by going here.

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December 2019 Prayers for Justice

December 2019: Mindful of our community’s Families, and the struggles and challenges some face, we pray…

December 1.  For single-parent families, adoptive families, foster families, and for households that are communities of friends; for elderly persons living in their own homes, in retirement communities, and in nursing institutions. 

December 8.  For persons who are lonely or have no family; for persons who are estranged from their families; for persons who are grieving the loss of a loved one; and for all who need to feel the love of God. 

December 15.  For the care and protection of infants, children, and youth; and for the intimate knowledge that each one is a beloved child of God. 

December 22.  For an end to child abuse; for healthy relationships between children and their caregivers; for families going through divorce; and for all in the midst of life transitions.

December 29.  For peace, reconciliation, forgiveness and accord among family members, whatever the distance, and however old the hurt or grievance.

For more about our prayer project, Prayers for Justice, click here.

November 2019 Prayers for Justice

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November 2019: Mindful of those struggling with issues surrounding housing and homelessness, we pray…

November 3.  For the homeless and the hungry, for the provision of safe, affordable housing and low cost nutritious food, for the personal safety, dignity, and well- being of those who are unable to work.  For the shelters of the greater Green Bay area,that they may be places of love, acceptance, dignity and empowerment for all those they serve. 

November 10.  For the unemployed and underemployed, for suitable work, living wages, and fair benefits for all workers in our community; and for sufficient employment to make healthy family life possible. 

November 17.  For safe and affordable housing for all in our community.

November 24.  For the inclusion of all (regardless of race, age, or residency) in the economy of our area; for effective, affordable, regional public transportation to support job access.

For more about our prayer project, Prayers for Justice, click here.

A Conversation about Green Bay Correctional

We have a billion dollar decision to make.

Join us on Thursday, November 21st 2019 at 6pm at Saint Matthew Church (130 Saint Matthew Street, Green Bay WI 54301)

Welcome to Wisconsin where, in many communities, being taken away to jail or prison is more common than being sent off to college. The prison population in this state has more than tripled since 1990, burdening taxpayers, compromising public safety and hindering justice.

The Green Bay Correctional Institute (GBCI) was constructed in 1898. It may require substantial capital improvements. A May 3, 2019 report of the Legislative Audit Bureau reported that many believe its antiquated design is not conducive to the efficient operation of a modern prison. The report said that, among Wisconsin’s prisons, GBCI is the best candidate for closure. The Allouez Village Board has unanimously supported the distribution of a petition supporting the decommissioning of GBCI.

It is clear that, after 121 years, GBCI is nearing the end of its useful life. That means that Wisconsin’s Governor and State Legislature have a big decision to make: Will our state spend $1 billion over the next 20 years to build and operate a new prison, or will we join the states around the nation that are reducing their prison populations? Will we spend $1 billion another prison, or will we invest $1 billion over the next 20 years on the programs that can uplift our people, reduce crime, and re-build our communities?

Our conversation will include a presentation and testimony by David Liners, WISDOM State Director, Sarah Ferber, EXPO (Ex-Incarcerated Persons Organizing) Associate Director, and Carl Fields, EXPO Community Organizer. We will also have legislative updates. This event is free and open to the public.

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Internships with JOSHUA

We are really pleased to announce our internships with JOSHUA. We are now taking applications for Spring and Summer semester for 2020. Click download or view below to see description and how to apply.

Internship Opportunities: Spring and Summer 2020

JOSHUA seeks interns for course credit for Spring and Summer 2020 semesters.

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 housing, 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.
❖  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.