April 25: Breakfast-2-Go Fundraiser

When: Tuesday, April 25th from 7:00-9:00 a.m.

What: Fresh brewed coffee and a variety of homemade muffins

Where:  Park Bank parking lot on Park Street

Stop in for coffee and a variety of delicious muffins while you support the MOSES mission to reform the criminal justice system and restore our communities.

Many thanks to Carmel Jackson of Melly Mel’s Catering for baking the muffins and brewing the coffee.

Thanks to Just Coffee for donating the coffee and to Park Bank for the use of their parking lot.

April 6: EXPO Panel at Edgewood College

EXPOThursday, April 6th

6:00-7:30 pm

Anderson Auditorium at Edgewood College

As a final event of the Common Reading of The New Jim Crow, panelists from EXPO will share experiences of incarceration and re-entry upon release.

MOSES Religious Leaders Caucus Program

Visiting an incarcerated person is not an act of charity.

It is an act of justice.

We invite you to…  Listen. Challenge your beliefs. Share. Join our work for justice.


MOSES Religious Leaders Caucus Informational Program

Please join Dane County faith leaders for an informational program featuring County Jail Chaplain Christa Fisher and Rev. Stephen Marsh of Lake Edge Lutheran Church as they challenge the common belief that people are incarcerated as a result of one bad mistake or one poor choice.

You will learn how and why incarceration is a consequence of a lifetime of unaddressed, compounding trauma embedded in cultural and civic institutions that not only deprive people of opportunities to heal from the trauma they have endured, but also blame them for it.

When: Thursday, March 30th, 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Where: Bethel Lutheran Church, Fireside Gallery
(Use the parking lot entrance and follow stairway to lower level.)

A light breakfast buffet will be provided.


Madison Action Day: March 30th

Nearly 1,000 people of faith from across Wisconsin will gather at the state capitol to advocate for criminal justice reform to be reflected in the proposed state budget.

Breakfast (including special breakfast for religious leaders) and networking.

Breakout sessions, lunch, march around the Capitol, press conference, and meetings with state representatives.

Cost: $25 (includes light breakfast and lunch)


Flyer for Printing



MPOLIS – Moral Political Organizing Leadership Institute and Summit
From: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Host:  Pastor Walter Lanier
Location: Progressive Missionary Baptist Church
8324 W. Keefe Avenue, Milwaukee, WI
Limited Space -REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Contact Montre Moore, 414-639-0000

A MORAL REVIVAL – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Host: Pastor Patrick Keen, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church                                                               3022 W. Wisconsin Avenue (Entrance and Parking off Wells)                                                       Limited Space – TICKETS REQUIRED: Pastor Boyd, 414-507-1115

Moral Political Organizing Leadership Institute and Summit from 9-2 PM at the  Progressive Missionary Baptist Church and he will give an evening presentation at 7 PM at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.  Both events are free but will require tickets.  See the attachment for directions on getting tickets.

 Revival Time for a Moral Revolution of Values is a national, multi-state tour to redefine morality in American politics.  The Revival promotes a broad social justice agenda that centers on five key issue areas: the economic liberation of all people; access to quality education for every child; healthcare access for all; criminal justice reform; and assurance that historically marginalized communities have equal protection under the law.  Revival’s goal is to support state-based fusion movements to combat extremism in state and national politics, and to be a catalyst for a resurgence of activism in order to end poverty, racial inequalities, and the most pressing issues in our country.


Volunteer Opportunities with the Youth Court and the Jail!!!

First: Youth Court Facilitation Fall Training Series, 10/8 and 10/15

The TimeBank  Youth Court Team would like to invite you to an upcoming training series for adults who are interested in helping out at the TimeBank Youth Court sessions.  We want to be sure everyone is feeling confident about their role at the session and would like to provide the opportunity for people to gain new skills in facilitating the sessions.  We are currently running youth court sessions in all four Madison High Schools and Verona High School, as well as at two new community sites – Fountain of Life Church on West Badger Rd, and James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Church on East Johnson St.  With the recent expansion, we are in need of more adults who are interested in working with youth helping at the sessions.

We’ve got two trainings on the books for people who want to help at the youth court sessions.  The first one is on Saturday, October 8th from 10-12 at the Social Justice Center (1202 Williamson St – conference room).  In this training we will do a hands on mock youth court session where we will train people who are interested in being advocate judges, greeters, and notetakers on the logistics of how to run a session.  We will focus on the details and roles of adults in helping to ensure a successful session.  We will talk about what preparations should look like, questioning, and different agreement options.

The second training is on Saturday, October 15th from 10-12, also at the Social Justice Center.  In this training we will focus on different facilitation tips and techniques that can be used to address different situations that may arise during a session.  Things like how to set the tone, how to redirect in a positive way, how to ensure a safe space for everyone, and how to keep everyone on track and focused.  Both trainings will address when and how it is appropriate for adults to step in and redirect, guide, and give input.  The goal of this training series is to help give adults an understanding of our philosophy, the tools to facilitate a session with confidence, and improve everyone’s understanding of what we can do through youth court.

Please rsvp to lorrie@danecountytimebank.org to reserve your spot.
Saturday, October 8, 2016 – 10:001202 Williamson St, Conference roomMadison53703

The Adult Restorative Justice Program is going to be expanding County-wide and will need more Peacemakers to support the program—–upcoming training:

Peacemakers are integral participants of the restorative justice process who attend “circles” and assist the respondent in making amends to the victim. Trainings will be scheduled on 10/24, 10/27, 11/01 (changed from 10/31), and 11/03 (this one may be optional) from 5-9pm, totaling about 12-16 hours- a meal will be served during the evening. The training will be conducted by Jonathan Scharrer, a professor at UW law school, and food will be provided!

If you are interested in participating contact Frances Leonard —fmleonard@wisc.edu or Ron Johnson (Coordinator for the Program) at the Restorative Justice office– 608-630-1214 Johnson-hs.Ronald@countyofdane.com

Training for Tutoring in the Jail coordinated by the Madison Area Jail Ministry

Sign Up for Fall Training Three half-day sessions in October. Dates: October 8th, 15th and 29th. Times: 8:30 am -12:30 pm Location: Grace Episcopal Church 116 W. Washington Ave. Madison

Visit DaneJailTutors.org and complete the online form Or contact us atDaneJailTutors@gmail.com(608) 571-7323

The Jail Tutoring Project is supported by the Madison Area Jail Ministry, a non-profit organization that serves people in the Dane County Jail, their families and communities.

The Jail Tutoring Project is not a program of Dane County.

DaneJailTutors@gmail.com (608) 571-7323

Become a Tutor at the Dane County Jail Vision

We hold that literacy is a fundamental human right, essential to the ability to improve one’s quality of life.

We work towards a vision of basic reading, writing, math, and cultural competency skills for any person who finds him or herself incarcerated in the Dane County Jail. We believe in the life-serving value of selfexpression and effective communication; we seek to build literacy skills alongside a sense of pride, competence, hope, self-worth, and joy.

DaneJailTutors@gmail.com (608) 571-7323






Please join us for our Annual Celebration from 1PM to 4PM at Red Riley Barn and Retreat Center at 8283 North Riley Road in Verona Wisconsin.

There will be a drum circle, testimonials and live music. Please bring a dish to pass as well as plates and silverware to eat with. We are trying to make this a waste free event! Please contact mosesmadisonstaff@gmail.com if you have any questions or need a ride.

MOSES Picnic Event

Restorative Justice: Accountability and Community Event May 17th


Restorative Justice: Accountability and Community

Engaging the Community in a Non-punitive Approach to Crime

May 17, 2016

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Urban League of Greater Madison

2222 S. Park Street, Madison

Jonathan Scharrer, Director, Restorative Justice Project, Frank J. Remington Center, UW-Madison Law School—The philosophy and practice of Restorative Justice in Wisconsin

Ron Johnson, Coordinator, Dane County Community Restorative Court—A Restorative Justice alternative for 17- to 25-year-olds with a misdemeanor violation*

David Raasch, member and former Chief Judge of Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation– The Native American spirituality roots of Restorative Justice

Ismael Ozanne, Dane County District Attorney—Local Law enforcement support for the Dane County Restorative Court

Shelia Stubbs, Dane County Board of Supervisors, District 23–Dane County Board support for Restorative courts

Joan Duerst OP, Moderator; Chair of MOSES Religious Leaders Caucus

*Other Restorative Justice/Practices Programs in Dane County include: Prison Ministry Project, Metropolitan

Sponsored by MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality and Solidarity)


Prison Ministry Project

1st Congregational United Church of Christ

Madison Area Urban Ministry

Wisconsin Council of Churches



In preparation for this event, here is an article on the topic:

Why do I Teach Restorative Justice to Law Students





Preschool to Prison Pipeline: A Local Perspective

Join MOSES Madison and the CommNS for a panel discussion and conversation facilitated by Kristin Forge, Child Care Specialist at Center for Families.

Thursday, March 10, 6:00 pm

Central Library, West Mifflin Madison Wisconsin, on the 3rd Floor

Panel Members include:

Pam Oliver, UW- Madison, Professor of Sociology

Predicting prison populations via 3rd grade reading skills is a myth; rather interrelations among poverty, discrimination and inter-group conflict, crime, and schooling are better predictors. Racial disparities are not explained away by educational differences.

Donna Hart-Tervalon, Contributing author of Courageous Conversations and retired Consultant for the Department of Public Instruction
Hart-Tervalon will share stories from her informal study in which she visited several jails and prisons in Wisconsin and interviewed people about their educational experiences.
Caliph Mauab’El, Co-Founder of Breaking Barriers Mentoring/Executive Coordinator of Voices Beyond Bars and formerly incarcerated individual.

Mauab’El will share experiential experience both as a young man in the school system, and as a formerly incarcerated individual who has co founded a youth mentoring program

Deb Anderson, Current MMSC teacher at the Metro Madison School

Anderson will focus on the second chance bill, which allows minors to waive into adult court and also how early inclusion of police within schools is setting up a bad precedent for children with increased interactions with them

There will be a chance for discussion after the panel! Bring a friend.

Community Conversation


MOSES will be tabling an event at the Central Library March 3rd, called ARTISTS IN ABSENTIA. Artist in Absentia will be featuring the art, writing, music, and dramatic work of artists from Oakhill Correctional Institution. The art will be on display from March 3–31, 2016 in THE BUBBLER, Madison Public Library – Central Branch at 201 W Mifflin St, Madison Wisconsin.

The opening reception is Thursday March 3, 6–8:30 p.m. with a documentary preview screening at 7 p.m.
There will be a silent charity auction of the art and texts throughout the evening and into the next day. This is an initiative of the Oakhill Prison Humanities Project.