MOSES NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER ROC Wisconsin Campaign Launch! WISDOM is continuing to push for changes in the state's parole system. They are calling on the state Department of Corrections to release the names of the more than 2,000 paroleeligible inmates. MOSES members joined more than a hundred other activists from churches across the state on Tuesday in Madison to launch a "prayer for reform campaign." Some MOSES members attended a press conference in the afternoon, while others distributed ROC literature to all of the Wisconsin legislators. Karen Julesberg of MOSES stated, “the press conference was energizing, informative and gave a real sense that WISDOM is making a difference by making things forward. WISDOM is passionate and cares. It was good to hear what is happening. I know that I am part of something larger than my own effort.” Lisa Munro also from MOSES commented, “I was heartened by successes of WISDOM, the federal order to ban the box on federal employment applications, the decrease in solitary confinement in Wisconsin and I was challenged by the needs that still exist getting more people released on parole by ending crimeless revocations.” On the whole, everyone reported being refreshed and inspired by Tuesday’s events. Let’s keep this momentum going!
The Testimonial Project
Excerpts from a letter written by Rudy Bankston to his daughter. Rudy was serving a life sentence and wrote to his daughter at the birth of her first child. Rudy was incarcerated for most of his daughter’s life. One of the last prison letters I wrote to my daughter:
“The way you see yourself now, as a grown woman, was shaped early in life, in the years you were a little girl… Women learn from their mothers what it means to be a woman. If a woman is comfortable with her own femininity, her beauty, her strength, then chances are good that her daughter will be too… Whether good or bad, whether redemptive or destructive, our relationships with our mothers affected us to the core of our beings, helping to shape us into the women we have become… If you want to understand any woman, you must first ask about her mother and then listen carefully.” Stasi Eldredge