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Organizer Reflection: 1-to-1’s to the Rescue!

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For many years I thought that self-reflection and prayer
were enough to get me through times where I felt overwhelmed, uncertain, or needed
help – where growth was necessary.  Learning
1-to-1s in JONAH has taught me so much about the importance of true
relationships with others. It has shown me how my relationships can really
support, Read More…

Why Should You Care about Affordable Housing?: Get to know JONAH’s Affordable Housing Task Force

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A city’s story of inequality is told according to who can pay the rent. In Eau Claire, that story shows a city in crisis. Our task force answers the question of who is worthy of a home—everyone deserves safe affordable housing.

JAHTF began it’s work last fall by advocating for a City Council Public Hearing to address the urgent need for affordable housing in any our community. Read More…

Update on State Budget — URGENT ACTION NEEDED

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First, JONAH would like to THANK all volunteers who have submitted testimony, attended listening sessions, and spoke at the JFC Hearings.  Your efforts to share your stories and energy have made an impact and we at JONAH are extremely grateful for you!

Now there is more work to do – and urgently!

The budget for 2019-2021 is in the hands of the Joint Finance Committee. Read More…

New Volunteer Introductions – UW Students Join the Immigration Task Force Team

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Benny Ramirez

“Hola todos! My name is Benny Ramirez: first year at UW-Eau Claire. I am a Latin American Studies major with a minor in Economics and a topical minor in Environmental Justice. I was introduced to community organization/movement back home in Madison, where I served in spaces like Academia Latina and Centro Hispano. Transitioning into Eau Claire has been a challenge because Latino/as lack explicit visibility in our community. Read More…

From the Organizer… What Change Making Looks Like: From M.A.D. to Budget Testimony

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Madison Action DayI attended my first Madison Action Day (M.A.D.) last week, along with 35 other JONAH and local EXPO members.  It was a tremendously positive and powerful experience. The day made me so very thankful for those that attended, those that spoke, those that organized, those that listened, and for all the work we do.   Read More…

2019 – A Powerful Start to the Child Poverty Task Force

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The JONAH Child Poverty Task Force formed in mid-January with a great turnout at its first meeting. One of the first actions of the group was to work toward presenting a resolution to the Eau Claire County Board in support of reducing child poverty and racial disparity by one-half in the next ten years. After both the Health Department and Human Services boards passed the resolution, Read More…

President’s Reflection on Leadership

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Years ago, in the late 1980’s, I could not think of myself as a leader; in fact it was one of the first things I would say I was NOT. Leadership seemed to be an inherent and natural quality of the few and the powerful, and I certainly did not feel I had it – whatever “it” was. Read More…

Madison Action Day Registration

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Please join us in mass as we share our issues for 2019, alongside all WISDOM affiliates in WI, with legislators at the capital. This is important as they are preparing to set the state budget for the next two years. We need your voice and your presence! We heavily encourage bringing your youth – others have benefited from this education in the past and enjoyed it. Read More…

My Experience as JONAH’s Intern

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Before this internship, I was not aware of the social justice issues facing our community. Like many people, I was caught up in my own world and could not see or comprehend that there were these issues outside of my world. I am now well aware of the issues that the community is facing and know how important it is to volunteer my time to make the community a better place to live. Read More…

JONAH Organizer Comments on Non-Violence

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“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”Mahatma Gandhi, whom this gathering is in honor of, said this. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
This thought sums up my feelings about nonviolence.
The definition of nonviolence goes something like, “using peaceful means, not force, Read More…