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

Manitowoc, June 8, 2019: Crusaders Of Justicia Membership Meeting

Crusaders Of Justicia

1124 Washington Street, Manitowoc

Come join us June 8th at jenns java for our monthly membership meetings where we will discuss the progress we have made and what we can all do to achieve the future we want together! The meeting starts at 5 pm and will be held in the back room.

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At May Day in Madison, WI May 1, 2019 / Photo: WI BOPM

Free Chrystul Phone Zap

Free Chrystul Phone zap

Chrystul has been incarcerated for almost one year to this date for acting in self-defense. Kenosha County DA Michael Graveley has the power to drop all charges against Chrystul right now so that Chrystul can heal from her trauma with her family and loved ones. Help us remind Graveley via phone and/or email that he has the ability to help Chrystul’s healing journey begin by freeing her to her family and loved ones!

Chrystul Kizer is a black teenage survivor of violence. At only 17-years old, she was charged with multiple felonies for defending herself from an older white man who has been accused of ongoing physical and sexual abuse of not only Chrystul, but multiple other young girls. A resident of Milwaukee, WI, Chrystul spent her 18th birthday incarcerated in the Kenosha County Jail, where she remains confined. If convicted, Chrystul could face a sentence of life in prison. Chrystul needs the opportunity to be supported in safe, healing spaces in the community – not the prospect of additional trauma, assault, and solitary confinement in a Wisconsin penitentiary.

Recent campaigns to free criminalized survivors have highlighted how gender-based violence such as sexual assault is linked to the prison industrial complex. Survived and Punished cites ACLU figures in reporting that almost 60% of people confined in women’s prisons across the United States and up to 94% of some women’s prison populations have a history of physical or sexual abuse prior to incarceration. In addition, we know that policing and prisons disproportionately impacts communities of color. However, these campaigns have illustrated the power of people to raise awareness, make demands, and free survivors.

This is a call to demand that the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office drop all charges and release Chrystul immediately. Please direct your calls and emails to the DA’s office on May 31st, the day before Chrystul’s next court date.

Contact Michael Graveley, Kenosha County District Attorney
Phone: (262) 653-2687

Sample Script:

“Hello, my name is [name] and I’m calling from [location]. I am calling in support of Chrystul Kizer. You have charged Chrystul for defending herself from physical and sexual abuse. I am demanding that as District Attorney you use your power to drop all charges against Chrystul and release her immediately.

Chrytsul was only 17 years old when she defended her life from abuse and violence. Removing Chrystul from her family and community of support serves no one. Prosecuting her just furthers the violence and trauma she has experienced during her young life.”

Donations support transportation to court, Chrystul’s commissary and other costs her family incurs during this time.

Chrystul Kizer #3007646
Kenosha County Jail
1000 55th St.
Kenosha, WI 53140

Please do not include any profanity or inciteful language in your letters to ensure that they reach her.

#FREEChrystul #SurvivedandPunished

Free Ricardo Fierro! Contribute to Fundraiser


Longtime community leader and volunteer, Ricardo Fierro, was taken into custody by Immigration Custom Enforcement (ICE) on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at his home in Racine, Wisconsin.

Fierro is best known in the Racine, WI community as the former local director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In recent years, Fierro served on the City of Racine Mayoral Advisory Board, Immigration Task Force Chairman for the Racine Interfaith Coalition, the Racine Unified School District Middle School Transformation Committee and the RUSD Diversity and Equity Task Force.

Fierro was elected president of local council 347 of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and enthusiastically participated in a host of volunteer activities too numerous to mention.

Ricardo and his family need your help now more than ever.

As the main source of income for his family of seven children, his mother and physically disabled brother, Ricardo’s detention has presented an unimaginable hardship to his family and loved ones.

Ricardo and his family are in desperate need of donations for his legal defense, as well as food, shelter and transportation  for his family during this stressful time.

The fight to return Ricardo to his family and the Racine community requires your help today.

More information: Racine Interfaith Coalition (RIC)

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We stand with Darnisha Wright. Join us! #StandWithDarnisha


During our strike, Markham Elementary Kindergarten teacher Darnisha Wright was viciously attacked and choked by OUSD Director Jumoke Hinton Hodge.

Mrs. Wright complained to OUSD about the attack, and now her position with OUSD has been terminated.

Mrs. Wright is a highly qualified African American teacher dedicated to serving low-income students of color in the community where she lives.

We stand with Darnisha Wright. Join us! #StandWithDarnisha



#CLOSEmsdf One Day Leadership Development

Join us for this one-day leadership development training. Hear updates from key leaders on the #CLOSEmsdf campaign, learn how to become a more effective leader, and find fellowship with other people working for justice in the community.

Saturday, June 15: 10am – 2pm

Welford Sanders Enterprise Center

2821 N. Vel R. Phillips Ave, Suite 108

Milwaukee, WI 53212

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

For more information and to reserve your place, contact JLUSA Campaign Coordinator Sharyl McFarland:

Gamaliel Leadership Training

Gamaliel is an international organizing institute established to train leaders and organizers for the increasingly difficult task of building strong, stable and effective institutionally-based power organizations that can transform congregations and communities.

The organization will be hosting an intensive weeklong training event from Sunday, June 23 to Saturday, June 29at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, WI. Training cohorts during the week include:

National Leadership Training

The focus of this training is for you to reflect upon what it means to be a leader in the public arena. The emphasis throughout will be on engagement with the participants along with some learning by doing, including hands-on skill practice sessions, feedback from peers and faculty.

Entrenamiento de Liderazgo (Spanish)

El enfoque de este curso de entrenamiento, realizado enteramente en español, es que usted reflexione en lo que significa ser un lider en la arena pública.

EXPO Training

Following the same National Leadership Training curriculum, this cohort is reserved for people with conviction histories.

Weeklong training costs about $700 per person for room and board and materials. For more information, including scholarship opportunities, contact the WISDOM office at The deadline for online registration is Friday, June 14.

Sincerely, The #CLOSEmsdf Team