May 3: Mass Incarceration and Sentencing Policy in Wisconsin: Explaining and Addressing Over-Imprisonment

May 3, 2017

6:30-8:30 pm

The Red Gym, UW Madison


Professor Michael O’Hear, U.W. Milwaukee

Professor Cecilia Klingele, U.W. Madison Law School

Talib Akbar, Vice-President of MOSES and a former prisoner


May 6 Monthly Meeting

Please join us for our monthly meeting.

9:30  Coffee and Fellowship

10:00 Meeting

James Reeb Unitarian Universalist

2146 East Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53704 United States
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May 9 WISDOM Prison Prevention Conference Call

5:00-6:00 pm

Call: 712-432- 1601

Use code 423950

The prison population in Wisconsin has more than tripled since 1990. Wisconsin has the highest black male incarceration rate in the country. Half of African American men in their 30s in Milwaukee County have been in state prison. Incarceration is expensive and comes with additional social costs. We can keep people out of prison:

Join our work to:

  • Increase funding for Treatment Alternatives and Diversions (TAD). A 2012 study showed that by fully funding the state’s Treatment Alternatives and Diversions fund, Wisconsin could keep 3,000 people per year out of the state’s prisons, and more than 27,000 from ever going to jail.
  • Reform Wisconsin’s sentencing laws. Inordinately long prison sentences do nothing to enhance safety, they are extremely costly, and they reduce the odds that the offender will be successfully re-integrated back into the community when she/he is released.
  • Keep all 17 year-olds in the juvenile system.

May 9 WISDOM Solitary Confinement Conference Call


4:00-5:00 pm

Please join our work to greatly reduce the use of solitary confinement. More than 15 days in solitary confinement is torture. It magnifies mental health issues and destroys people. Other states and nations have learned to get by without it, we can too.

Tel:  712-432-1601

Use code: 423950

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

MOSES Meeting December 3rd

Dec 3, 2016
First Unitarian
900 University Bay Dr,
Madison, WI 53705

9:30 Networking
10:00 Program

MOSES December 3rd Meeting

First Unitarian

900 University Bay Dr, Madison, WI 53705

9:30 Networking

10:00 Program

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Position Description: MOSES Community Organizer


The individual we seek for the full time position as Organizer for MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality, and  Solidarity) is community centric,  passionate and committed to ending racial  and economic inequity and reforming the criminal justice system in Wisconsin.  This person will lead in building strong relationships with congregations and organizations  sharing this goal. This position will require flexible hours, evenings and weekends. Pay range is $40,000- $42,000, with good health insurance and 3 weeks of annual vacation.


MOSES is one of 11 affiliates of WISDOM, a statewide organization. (See It is a growing and energetic community organization, currently including 20 faith-based and nonprofit organizational members and many committed individuals. (See and Facebook MOSES: Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality and Solidarity.)


Key Responsibilities

  • Build strong relationships with the MOSES leadership board, to understand their goals and vision for MOSES;
  • Recruit, train and support a diversity of people (including congregation leaders, formerly-incarcerated persons, persons with a great range of income, education and experience) to be effective, collaborative leaders in MOSES and effective advocates for systemic change;
  • Regularly attend meetings of all MOSES Task Groups and Committees, and communicate and coordinate their efforts with other MOSES members and allies;
  • Ensure that all MOSES committees, activities and meetings of are in accord with its mission;
  • Coordinate advocacy with governmental agencies, including monitoring relevant legislative actions;
  • Work collaboratively with all affiliate organizations in the WISDOM network;
  • Collaborate with and monitor efforts of the fund raising committee;
  • Undertake other responsibilities as assigned by the President.

Necessary Skills and Abilities:

  • Understanding of the criminal justice system and ability to relate respectfully and empathetically especially with the most vulnerable members of our community;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated skills in building consensus;
  • “Self-starter,” with proven ability to convert goals into strategies and an action plan;
  • Understanding of how public policy is made and of how to impact that process;
  • Respect for and interest in persons and communities of various faiths;
  • Experience in  training and community organizing;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including  the ability to translate policy and legislation into summaries understandable to the non-specialist;
  • Must have willingness, ability, license and vehicle for frequent travel throughout the state.

The immediate supervisor for position is the President of MOSES, additional support will be provided by the personnel committee.  For oversight and professional development, the MOSES Organizer is expected to participate in the WISDOM Organizing Staff, and to meet regularly with the WISDOM State Director.  

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter (addressed to “Community Organizer Hiring Committee”)

   by July 31, 2016 to We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage everyone with these passions and qualities to apply.