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.
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
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)
with issue research
❖ 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 email@example.com Call 920-360-3538 with any questions. Deadline:
are Limited. Early Applications will be given preference.
JOSHUA is celebrating 15 years of doin’ justice and we want you to join in the celebration. On Friday, October 11th 2019 we will be having our annual banquet. Our evening will include a stunning silent auction, clergy cake off, raffle, cash bar, and so much more. Our keynote speaker for the evening will be Steve Meyer.
You can get your tickets any of the following ways:
-Buy your tickets online. To get your tickets online click here. -Get your tickets from any JOSHUA Board Member or at any JOSHUA meeting. -Visit the Saint Matthew Parish Center which is open Monday – Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday 9:30 am to Noon and get your tickets there.
Our silent auction committee is hard at work planning for our 2019 banquet, celebrating JOSHUA’s 15th year of doin’ justice. We need YOUR help! We are looking for donations of items or baskets. Whether you own a business or want to donate a favorite item, service, or basket full of treats we want your help making this silent auction the most profitable in JOSHUA’s history so we can further our mission and work in our community.
Please look at our silent auction materials below. We are asking all silent auctions items be turned into the JOSHUA office by Friday, September 27th 2019. Just give us a call and we would be happy to pick up your donation. Donations can also be dropped off (Monday – Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Friday 9:30 am to Noon) or mailed directly to the JOSHUA office at the following address. Please enclose the attached filled out donation form with your donation:
JOSHUA Attn: Banquet Committee 130 Saint Matthew Street, Green Bay WI 5430
We are pleased to announce that Steve Meyer will be our keynote speaker for the evening. Steve Meyer is a paradox or, as he describes himself, a man who lives in the gap between teeth. He is credited with developing RiverMapping metaphorical elicitation, a process of uncovering inner experience that was featured in Harvard Business Review, and is the author of the book God Plays a Purple Banjo (2019, Twenty-Third Publications, a division of Bayard Books). Steve is co-founder of StreetLights Outreach and Whatsoever You Do, Inc, a past president of the Ecumenical Partnership for Housing, an ordained deacon in the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, and he serves on the Executive Committee and the Board of Regents for St. John’s University Graduate School of Theology and Seminary. Most importantly, Steve is a father of three boys and a husband of one wife.