People of Faith United for Justice
People of Faith United for Justice is a day-long gathering to learn, discuss, pray and advocate together for social justice issues of importance to all the people of Wisconsin. As a new legislature starts work on the next state budget, our representatives need to hear our values, priorities, and concerns. Together, we can ensure that our commitment to compassion and justice is reflected in that budget.
8:00 am - Registration and Refreshments at Bethel Lutheran Church
9:00 am - Morning Plenary Issue Briefing at Bethel Lutheran and First UMC
Noon - Lunch
1:00 pm - Legislative Visits at Capitol
4:00 pm - Advocacy Day Concludes
2015 Priority Issues
- Criminal Justice Reform
- Safety Net Issues including drug testing, Medicaid expansion and long-term care
- Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants
- Public Transit Issues
Hannah Rosenthal, CEO and president of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, has spent her career successfully advocating for social and economic justice. She has demonstrated an ability to build relationships within and between communities, creating unique connections with local, national and international influencers. Prior to joining the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Hannah served as Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism in the US State Department, as Executive Director of the Chicago Foundation for Women, one of the largest women’s funds in the world, as Executive Director, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and as founding Executive Director of Wisconsin Women’s Council.
Hannah is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and studied for the rabbinate in Jerusalem and California. She has long been active in public policy in Wisconsin, serving in support roles to a Wisconsin State Representative and a Wisconsin Member of Congress, as well as heading a Wisconsin state agency and a regional federal agency.
Currently she represents the at-large community as a congressionally appointed Commissioner on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and serves on the Committee on Holocaust Denial and State-Sponsored Antisemitism of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Rev. Everett Mitchell’s life focus has been examining the relationship of the church to social issues, such as poverty, war, incarceration and immigration. His favorite quote, “Do not follow the path that has been given, instead go to where there is no path and leave a trail” exemplifies his community leadership and passion for social justice. Rev. Mitchell is Director of Community Relations, UW Madison and Pastor, Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church, Madison and is a graduate of Morehouse College and Princeton Theological Seminary. He also received his J.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison and prior to his current position with the University worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Dane County. He has served congregations in the National Baptist, American Baptist, Full Gospel, Lutheran and United Methodist, Presbyterian, and Episcopalian traditions.
Co-Sponsors: Wisconsin Council of Churches, Wisconsin Faith Voices For Justice, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Lutheran Office for Public Policy, Madison Area Urban Ministry, Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Jewish Federation of Madison, Wisconsin Jewish Conference and WISDOM
You are encouraged to register in advance but day-of registration will be accepted.
Over 900 people of different faiths are expected to attend this year’s event.
There is no parking available at Bethel Lutheran Church. Participants should plan to park nearby at the State Street Capitol Garage located at N Carroll St and W Johnson St, across the street from Madison College