Madison Action Day 2023: Help us make a big impact

What is it?

Madison Action Day is the time once every other year where the entire WISDOM network across Wisconsin, groups like JONAH doing faith-based grassroots organizing to address root cause of social justice issues, during the WI State Budget planning season, to learn about each other’s issues and talk to legislators about changes they can make to positively impact those issue and help them better understand those issues through stories. JONAH takes a bus down for the full day, and it is a good opportunity for those who haven’t experienced this type of civic engagement. Youth are welcome to attend with an adult. Anyone from Western Wisconsin is welcome to attend with us whether they are a JONAH member or not.

Why is it important?

In a democracy, we have a social contract to support the rights and freedoms of others to ensure those rights and freedoms for ourselves. Social equity requires fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, which can be attained by identifying and eliminating barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. When we understand the root causes of disparities within our society, we act to increase justice and fairness within institutions and work toward the fair distribution of resources. The most successful approach to ensure social equity is to share your story with legislators so they can make informed decisions. They cannot be experts in all areas and haven’t experienced what you have!

Description of Day

Area residents from all over board a bus or carpool to arrive in Madison at 9am for a Plenary session – a gathering in an auditorium of 1,000 people to hear from speakers, unite in solidarity and learn about issues around the state. Then we break off for lunch and planning of legislative visits. We March all together toward up the capitol steps and are inspired and motivated at a rally on the capitol steps. Then affiliate groups speak to their legislators. After reconvening they board their vehicles and head home. Debriefing and follow-up occurs.


5:45am estimtated time Bus leaves from Eau Claire

9:30-11am Plenary event

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30 Rally on the steps

1-4pm legislative visits

4:30 Bus leaves from Madison

8:30 estimation bus arrival time in Eau Claire

Registration and cost

REGISTER ASAP – By April 1 ideally at 

$25 to attend MAD

$15 to ride the bus

$10 t-shirt

Scholarships are available.

$$$ Scholarships funds are needed. Sponorships for the bus are needed! $$$

Pictures of previous years

WISDOM Trainings to help prepare!

Thursday March 9, 6:30 pm Telling your Story

Thursday March 23, 6:30 pm: Working with Legislators

Thursday April 13, 6:30 pm: Madison Action Day Orientation

To register for any or all of the first four trainings: WISDOM 2023 Spring Trainings

To register for April 13:  Madison Action Day Orientation and Preparation


This committee is going around the state looking to hear from residents their input on the budget. They are coming to Eau Claire! We need you to speak at this event! Contact us if you will attend and someone will coach you on how to best present what you want to say. Visible supporters are also needed. This committee makes some important final decisions so they need to hear us also!

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 UW-Eau Claire, Davies Student Center
Ojibwe Grand Ballroom (Third Floor) 77 Roosevelt Ave., Eau Claire