January 14-16 will be a Weekend to Call for Racial Equity and an End to Mass Incarceration in WI * PLUS, MLK events statewide Jan. 17

The recent report from the Sentencing Project, The Color of Justice: Racial and Ethnic Disparity in State Prisons, was a wake-up call for all of us. It pointed out that Wisconsin continues to have the highest rate of African American incarceration in the nation - by a rather wide margin. When WISDOM and EXPO leaders met to talk about how to respond, they decided not to have a big press conference or action.  The response we need is much more long-term than that.  It needs to be big and sustained, just like the problem it seeks to address. (photo credit to the Washington Post)

The weekend of January 14-16 (Jan 16 is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day) will be a Weekend to Call for Racial Equity and an End to Mass Incarceration. 

Let WISDOM know if your congregation or group wants to participate!

In late November, dozens of WISDOM leaders came together and agreed to the following plan:

The weekend of January 14-16 (Jan 16 is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day) will be a Weekend to Call for Racial Equity and an End to Mass Incarceration.  Already, dozens of congregations and groups have agreed to participate.  For some, it will be the sermon; for some, an announcement; for some, the theme of an Adult Study group.  Others are finding other creative ways to engage. For all those who ask, EXPO members and leaders of the WISDOM campaign to reform our criminal legal system will be available to speak. 

Let WISDOM know if your congregation or group wants to participate!

For your calendar: One invitation that will go out on the Weekend to Call for Racial Equity and an End to Mass Incarceration will be for people to participate in a 5-Week Training on the Criminal Legal System.  The training will be via Zoom, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Thursdays, from January 27 through February 24.  It will be a chance for new people to learn about the system, from the "School to Prison Pipeline" through Extended Supervision.  New leaders are welcome!  The training will not just educate about the system but will also help people find a way they can plug into the effort for change.

For more information, contact the WNPJ member group:

Address: 2821 N 4th St Ste 534, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: 414-831-2070
E-Mail: office@wisdomwisconsin.org

Other events on the weekend of the MLK Holiday:
"Racism - Where Do We Go From Here?"
 21st Annual MLK Justice Program on Zoom - January 17th, 7pm  -
Panel of local leaders for Racial Justice.
Words of Dr. King and music performed by local actors and musicians.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will have a safe, virtual gathering on Zoom. 
Register here for access to the zoom link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/218176711417
Sponsored by Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Coalition of Milwaukee area
(more than 40 peace, justice and community organizations)
Contact: George Martin, 414-745-5740

Jan 17th
6:00PM – 7:00PM

37th Annual MLK Day Observance

Hosted by the King Coalition

Official Madison & Dane County MLK Day Observance featuring Ilyasah Shabazz, Daughter of Malcolm X.

The 37th annual Madison-Dane County MLK Day Observance will take place virtually on Monday, January 17.  This annual observance includes presentation of the MLK Humanitarian Award by City of Madison Mayor, Satya Rhodes-Conway and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. Noted musician Leotha Stanley will again lead the MLK Community Choir. The event will feature keynote speaker Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and award-winning author, educator, and producer. 

Instructions to view the virtual ceremony will be posted soon.... 

*King Coalition of Madison and Dane County
Address: 2222 S Park St., Madison WI 53713
Phone: 608-213-7907 
E-mail: info@mlkingcoalition.org 
Website: https://www.facebook.com/kingcoalition

Registering for Marian University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Prayer Meeting!

On Monday, January 17, 2022, Marian University will host a virtual community prayer meeting in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The program will be held from 8:00 – 9:00am CST via Zoom. The ceremony will include a prayer, moment of silence for world religions and peace, and presentation of the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award. City of Fond du Lac Police Chief, Aaron Goldstein, will be the keynote speaker. Registration is required and available online at www.marianuniversity.edu/mlk or contact Paula Knueppel at pjknueppel76@marianuniversity.edu with questions. A Zoom link to attend the prayer meeting will be provided via email one week prior.

"The time is always right to do the right thing. If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.” – Martin Luther King Jr.


This MLK weekend, January 14 - 17, there will be a FREE VIRTUAL EVENT with over 30 documentaries, musical performances, interviews, and panel discussions that speak to Dr. King’s still unanswered question: Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?  

Four excellent labor-related films are in the line-up for this weekend’s online World House Documentary Film Festival.

Click here to register to receive an email with the full program and instructions on how to watch the films and join the webinar.

At the River I Stand: The 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike and the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther KingSaturday, Jan. 15.

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin
Bayard Rustin was one of the first "freedom riders,” and an adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and A. Philip Randolph.  Bayard was denied his place in the limelight for one reason – he was gay. Saturday, Jan. 15.

Love and Solidarity: Rev. James Lawson & Nonviolence in the Search for Workers’ Rights  Love & Solidarity is an exploration of nonviolence and organizing through the life and teachings of Rev. James Lawson, who provided strategic guidance while working with Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, Jan. 16.

Reparations explores the four-century struggle to seek repair and atonement for slavery in the United States. Black and Asian Americans reflect on the legacy of slavery, the inequities that persists, and the critical role that solidarity between communities has in acknowledging and addressing systemic racism in America. Sunday, Jan. 16.

Click here to register.  


There are numerous events and Action Alerts related to this MLK Holiday weekend:

Deliver For Voting Rights!
Martin Luther King III, Arndrea Waters King, and Yolanda Renee King and over 80 organizations have launched Deliver For Voting Rights. To honor the MLK legacy and meet the urgent moment to save our democracy, Deliver For Voting Rights will mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by calling on President Biden and the Senate to urgently pass federal voting rights legislation, including the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and ensure the Jim Crow filibuster doesn’t stand in the way. 

Organizations are invited to add their power to the effort by becoming a partner and amplifying it online with this toolkit (featuring a video based on Dr. King’s “How Long? Not Long” call and a MoveOn Petition)
Sent to WNPJ by 
Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice
Address: 7118 Old Sauk Rd., Madison, WI 53717
Phone: 608-513-7121