In the past, the Transformational Justice Task Force (TJTF) has facilitated the establishment of treatment courts in Brown County. Most recently, in partnership with the Green Bay Police Department and Spiritual Leaders Caucus, prayer circles have been held across the city as a way to be a presence in the community after gun violence.
Also, in partnership with the Green Bay Police Department, the TJTF facilitated the establishment of an Office of Violence Prevention within the City of Green Bay Mayor's Office. The city is partnering with the National Institution of Criminal Justice Reform (NICJR) to create the Office of Violence Prevention and implement a gun violence reduction strategy. In addition, along with other justice reform organizations, the TJTF successfully opposed the Department of Corrections' proposed single vendor for the Wisconsin prison system.
The group meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 6 PM. Use the button below to send us a message to get on the email list!
Recently hosted the Solitary Confinement Experience
Working on cohosting the Prison Doula Project with FREE
Consistent efforts to address mass incarceration and conditions in jail / prison
GBCI Prayer Vigils to End the Lockdowns, stopping the torture of people already being punished
Working on monthly forums and collaborations with elected officials to address closing GBCI and prison conditions
Our Transformational Justice Team has begun work on implementing monthly town hall meetings, discussion panels, and bipartisan meetings for “Across the Aisle '' discussions to close GBCI. These town halls and task force meetings would initiate the inclusion and leadership of impacted individuals to a greater degree. This past October Transformational Justice team instituted a subcommittee group, GBCI Leadership Team, to ensure we keep pressure on decision makers while maintaining media attention as we tackle the closure of the facility.
Led by our Organizer, Sara Williams
This is a new task force that began in January of 2024.
JOSHUA’s Housing Task Force has begun work once again and has quickly started a subcommittee group (Brown County Housing Advocacy Fellowship) The first meeting of this subcommittee has already happened, there were 20 people in attendance and dozens more have already reached out to join. This task force will then continue to work with the Greater Green Bay Blueprint to Prevent and End Homelessness through the implementation of the Housing Policy Institute which would train people who have been affected by housing inequities on how to advocate for themselves. All of these initiatives are in the works currently and have multiple community partners on board, such as our affiliate in the Fox Valley, ESTHER; WISDOM & Winnebago County Health Department.
This group meets on the second Tuesday of each month. See the calendar using the button below. We'd love to have you and hear your input!
JOSHUA's Immigration Task Force was formed in 2022.
Our First-Generation Immigrants and Refugee Celebration Picnic at Bay Beach in June of 2022 celebrated and welcomed those who immigrated to our community recently. Over fifty children, their parents and sponsors enjoyed free rides provided by Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich. Treats and a cake were provided by Kwik Trip, Festival Foods, Schreiber Foods.
Future community meetings will determine the issues JOSHUA will focus on in the future. Join us with your energy and ideas.
Led by Nancy Slattery
Efforts by select JOSHUA members to participate in WISDOM’s phone banking in
support of drivers cards for immigrants and DACA recipients to become law
The Environmental Justice Task Force (EJTF) was greatly active for much of 2021 and 2022. While the task force worked largely on the establishment of a Sustainability Commission in the City of Green Bay in recent years, we focused on rallying the community together in an effort to protect our water. We held a rally in opposition of the oil pipelines, and circulated a petition for Green Bay City Council to pass a resolution in support of clean water and treaty rights. Although this did not pass, the group persevered.
Participating in the March Forth to Earth Day beginning on March 4th for eight weeks until Earth Day, rallies were held in cities across Wisconsin to demand a more sustainable and equitable future. Several of our JOSHUA task force members participated. The task force also led a community clean up and held the annual electronic recycling event.
A recent issue the group chose to work on was a project related to the coal piles in downtown Green Bay. Through canvassing training and months of research, the hope was to educate the public on the environmental effects of moving the coal to Green Bay’s fresh water estuary. However, we’ve had to regroup our thoughts and work on something different.
Currently, the EJTF is on a hiatus. Message us if you have interest in being an active member of the environmental task force! Our statewide network, WISDOM, has an active environmental justice group and helps to pioneer the newly formed Rights of Nature movement.