Director of Adult Faith Formation and Social Justice at Good Shepherd Parish in Menomonee Falls. Contact parish director, Deacon Sandy Sites, for details – firstname.lastname@example.org.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESOURCES
Please share these resources with anyone who would benefit from them.
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services Safer at Home website
- Safer at Home Order
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee are distributing grocery bags containing food for 5 days (5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners)
- Milwaukee Public Schools provide free meals to students
- Let's talk about Viruses
- Milwaukee County Transit System is suspending fare collection until further notice
- PBS Wisconsin will provide educational programming for kids on weekdays between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Faces of Migration
ACTIONS AND ISSUES
Donate to the Catholic Charities' Archwide Food Drive through May!
The food drive is taking place at the Adult Day Center, 1919 N. 60th St. Learn more about needed items here.
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We Can't Go Back to "Normal"
As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on we are hearing a lot of talk about when things will "go back to normal." Some say it will be a few weeks; some say a few months; some say it will be deep into 2021. We know, though, that if we stand together we can use this time to do much better than that.
As WISDOM, we do not want things to go back to the way they were. This health crisis has exposed some ugly truths that were there long before the virus. COVID-19 has revealed the massive racial and economic disparities that many seemed not to have noticed before. The pandemic made it apparent that we already had politicians who are so partisan as to prioritize electoral advantage over the health and lives of their fellow citizens. We had way too many people in our prisons long before the current crisis, and prison was already an inappropriate, unhealthy place for very many of them.
People who are shocked by the disproportionate damage COVID-19 has done in low-income communities and among people of color think now is the time to ask, "why?" We know why. And, we have known it for a long time. Now is the time to act.
Read Rev. Willie Brisco's full article here.
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COVID-19 and the Wasting Disease of Normalcy
“But what of the price of peace?” asked Jesuit priest and war resister Daniel Berrigan, writing from federal prison in 1969, doing time for his part in the destruction of draft records. “I think of the good, decent, peace-loving people I have known by the thousands, and I wonder. How many of them are so afflicted with the wasting disease of normalcy that, even as they declare for the peace, their hands reach out with an instinctive spasm in the direction of their loved ones, in the direction of their comforts, their home, their security, their income, their future, their plans — that twenty-year plan of family growth and unity, that fifty-year plan of decent life and honorable natural demise.”
From his prison cell in a year of mass movements to end the war in Vietnam and mobilizations for nuclear disarmament, Daniel Berrigan diagnosed normalcy as a disease and labeled it an obstacle to peace. “’Of course, let us have the peace,’ we cry, ‘but at the same time let us have normalcy, let us lose nothing, let our lives stand intact, let us know neither prison nor ill repute nor disruption of ties.’ And because we must encompass this and protect that, and because at all costs — at all costs — our hopes must march on schedule, and because it is unheard of that in the name of peace a sword should fall, disjoining that fine and cunning web that our lives have woven… because of this we cry peace, peace, and there is no peace.”
Read Brian Terrell's full article here.
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Solidarity in the Age of Pandemic
We are at a critical threshold in this time of pandemic. What happens next will say a lot about who we are, about how seriously we take our values and our faith, about what kind of society we will be, or what we will have learned, from this crisis.
The new issue of New York Magazine focuses on one of the many glaring disparities in our country highlighted yet again by crisis: Inequality: Are You Rich Enough to Survive This Pandemic – The Vulnerable, the Virus, and America’s Willful Blindness. The pandemic burst into a world already made, shaped and configured by an industrial growth economy that has presented us with plenty worry and impending crises of all kinds, from climate change to extinction threats, from toxic contamination of food, water, and air to war and extreme social conflict, and from mass migration to population density that is no longer sustainable if we insist on the lifestyles of the affluent and wealthy. It burst into a world already marked by racism, ethnic hatred, and gross forms of social and economic injustice.
It burst in and exposed and exacerbated every one of these cultural and social fissures. And it found this nation woefully unprepared and, for the most part, with leadership not exactly up to the challenge.
Read Margaret Swedish's full article here.
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The Catholic Coalition for Migrants and Refugees (CCMR) was forced by the pandemic to cancel all activities and plans for March and April, and we still don't know what the future will bring. We do know that we need to be ready to react at a moment's notice to any announcement about DACA, so watch and be ready. But for now our planned public action is postponed. You can still get regular updates if you get on our mailing list.
To be part of CCMR, sign up here. Visit the CCMR facebook page here.
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Elections and Voting
We in Wisconsin have two more elections to prepare for this year, one on August 11 and the NovemberWe in Wisconsin have two more elections to prepare for this year, one on August 11 and the November presidential election. We can leverage voting in these upcoming elections starting now.
Voter Purge: Over 200,000 Wisconsin voters may be purged from the rolls by July. Please keep up with the news to know how the courts decide this issue. People may need help to reregister for the upcoming elections.
Absentee voting: Because confusion and mishaps occurred in the April 7 election, groups are organizing to educate voters about the process of applying for and completing an absentee ballot in advance of the August 11 primary. A handout about signing up for mail-in voting is available (https://www.legendsvote.org/?smd_process_download=1&download_id=9983) and more information can be found here. Please consider distributing the information in your parish or congregation.
Nomination Papers required before June 1: Every seat in the state assembly, the even numbered districts in the state senate, and Districts 1-8 for representatives in Congress are up for reelection in the fall elections. Some incumbents have an opponent. To be placed on the ballot, Congressional candidates need 1000 signatures, state assembly candidates 200 signatures and state senate 400. Candidates now have their nomination papers available that you can sign at home and return.
Check the current state representatives for your district either by calling the legislative hotline, 800-362-9472 or searching the state legislature website, legis.wisconsin.gov. You can find your representative in Congress at house.gov. If you do not support the incumbents in your district, check if they have opponents at https://elections.wi.gov/sites/elections.wi.gov/files/2020-04/Candidates%20Tracking%20By%20Office%20%28as%20of%2004.17.2020%29.pdf
Call to request nomination papers, or download some directly from a candidate’s website or Facebook page. When everyone in your household has signed each form, fill out the information under "Certification of Circulator" toward the bottom of the form. Aim to mail them at the latest by May 26. Candidates must send them on to Madison with an arrival date of June 1, 2020.
Supermarket Legends (a volunteer voting promotion group) has more suggestions available on their website: http://LegendsVote.org presidential election. We can leverage voting in these upcoming elections starting now.
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For the first time, you can choose to complete the census online, by phone, or by mail. Find out more about each of these methods below: here.