Message from Pastor Betty Rendon in Bogota

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Here is a message posted by Pastor Betty Rendon, who landed yesterday in Bogotá after being deported from the United States. Not surprisingly, in the middle of her suffering, she is planning to launch a new ministry… please take the time to read:

“Thank you God and thank you to all of you who are praying for peace and justice.

These are the suitcases prepared by ICE for people arriving in their destination cities. The only items in these suitcases are papers…letters received by people we love, and the medicine we receive.

I think it is necessary to develop a Ministry in the Colombian consulate that provides better care and a better welcome to these people who arrive with broken hearts, without suitcases, without clothes, without possibilities of making a call and without money to eat and buy the passage to finish arriving at the destination place. Each person has felt violently attacked by ICE, either because they violently entered their home or were attacked at their place of work, on the street, or in their car. The prisons seem purgatory, a place you only hear the crying and the gnashing of teeth.

I am now in Bogota because I found a good Samaritan. A family that has given me solidarity and support. Thank you, Beautiful family for all your care.”

Pastor Betty Rendon

Estas son las maletas preparadas por ICE para las personas que llegan a sus ciudades de destino. Estas maletas contienen: sólo papeles, cartas recibidas por personas que amamos y la medicina que recibimos. Yo pienso que es necesario desarrollar un Ministerio en el consulado Colombiano que brinde mejor atención y de una mejor bienvenida a estas personas que llegan con el corazon roto, sin maleta, sin ropa, sin posibilidades de hacer una llamada y sin dinero para comer y comprar el pasaje para terminar de llegarl lugar de destino. Cada persona se ha sentido atacada violentamente por ICE, ya sea porque entraron violentamente a su casa o fueron atacados/as en su lugar de trabajo, en la calle o en su carro. Las cárceles parecen purgatorios dinde solo se escucha el llanto y el crujir de dientes. Yo ahora estoy en Bogota porque encontré un buen Samaritano. Una familia que me ha brindado solidaridad y apoyo. Gracias Familia hermosa por todos sus cuidados

More information: Racine Interfaith Coalition (RIC)

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Support Grows To Close The Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF)

Sheryl McFarland, member of “Just Leadership USA” talks with Jerome Dillard about the efforts by that group to close the Milwaukee County Secure Detention Facility, a prison used primarily to house parole revoked, but released, ex-incarcerated individuals. The center has experienced 1 death per year of its 18 year existence, and the group is working with Governor Evers’ administration to move residents to community facilities.

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Kenosha, June 5, 2019: Creating Safe Spaces: lgbtq+ and ally workshop

The LGBT Center of SE WisconsinCreating Safe Spaces: lgbtq+ and ally workshop

Please join the LGBT Center training team for a night at the Kenosha Library North, 1500 27th Avenue. Bring your questions and get ready to learn some new vocabulary just in time for Pride!


June 10: Talk Saves Lives: Resources for the LGBTQ Community

June 11: Rainbow Renegades Meeting

June 23 Racine Pride Day

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UN Recognizes Venezuela Among Top Nations For Right To Housing

“The GMVV continues to be an example to the world that housing in Venezuela is a social right, rather than a commodity,”

The United Nations has recognized Venezuela as one of the top countries for guaranteeing people’s right to housing at the first UN-Habitat Assembly taking place in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi.

Venezuela’s Minister for Habitat and Housing Ildemaro Villarroel announced the statement Tuesday via his Twitter account. UN-Habitat is the U.N.’s highest decision-making body on the subject of sustainable urban development and housing.

During the first day’s sessions of the assembly, which runs from May 27 until May 31, the Venezuelan government made a presentation on the scope of its social program since it was first conceived.

The Venezuelan official also used the social media platform to call attention to a meeting he held with the director of UN-Habitat Maimunah Mohd Sharif.

“In it, we talked about the achievements of the Great Housing Project Venezuela (GMVV) and the challenges to sustaining this socialist mission,” Villarroel said.

This event brings together 193 United Nations members, and the achievement of Venezuela’s social program will be showcased to for all to see.

“The GMVV continues to be an example to the world that housing in Venezuela is a social right, rather than a commodity,” said the Venezuelan minister.

The Venezuelan official explained through Twitter that the Venezuelan delegation held meetings with representations from various countries.

In another tweet, he highlighted the meeting with the Minister of Housing and Urban Planning of the Algerian Republic. “We are sharing successful experiences in housing construction, and we are coordinating technical visits to both countries to learn about each other’s strengths in the area,” he said.

To date, the GMVV has fulfilled one of the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Since 2011, the government of Venezuela has granted more than 2,640,000 dignified homes to Venezuelan families.

Ildemaro Villarroel, Minister for Housing and Habitat, and his team