250 Common Ground leaders attended the City of Milwaukee 2009 Budget Hearing

Last night, 250 Common Ground leaders attended the City of Milwaukee 2009 Budget Hearing held by the Mayor and Common Council.  We arrived in the Council Chambers before the doors opened.  Upon entering, we filled two and one-half of the three sides.  Five CG leaders eloquently spoke of the need for the Common Council to invest an additional $500,000 into the Summer Youth Jobs program (Rev. Bobby Sinclair, Rev. Rolen Womack, Ken Hanson, JoAnn Craft, and Traven Wilder).    Their testimony amplified the letter written from Eileen Asbell published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday morning (scroll down page).

Both WTMJ4 and the Milwauke Journal Sentinel documented our action last night.

NEXT STEPS
As we constantly teach, CG takes action to get a specific, focused reaction.  The next week will focus on getting a budget amendment introduced on October 30 to place an additional $500,000 for the Summer Youth Jobs program.  To do this, we need those leaders who live in the City of Milwaukee to contact their Common Council member for the district in which they live.  We will contact you in the next few days to ask you to call or write a letter to your Alderperson.

Thank you all for your hard work on this campaign.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR CG INVOLVEMENT
In addition, below you will find additional opportunities for CG efforts over the next weeks.  Please keep in mind the deadline for the next round of Common Ground U is Friday, October 31.   Contact us at carol.treadwell@commongroundwi.org for a Common Ground U brochure.

COMMON GROUND U:
TRACK 1
WHEN
Tuesdays, November 11, 18 and December 2
6:00 PM (sharp) – 9:00 PM
Optional dinner served @ 5:30
WHERE
Trinity Episcopal Church
1717 Church Street

Wauwatosa, WI 53213
TRACK 2
WHEN
Saturdays, November 8 and 15
8:15 AM (sharp) – 1:00 PM
A continental breakfast will be provided
WHERE
St. Frances Cabrini Church
1025 South 7th Ave.
West Bend, WI 53095

 YOUTH/JOBS MEETING
Tuesday, October 28, Progressive Baptist Church, 8324 W. Keefe Avenue, Milwaukee, 7:00 PM -8:30 PM

HOUSING
Meeting – Thursday, October 23, Pilgrim UCC, 1621 2nd Ave., Grafton, 6:00 PM-700 PM
Action – November 3, Grafton Village Board Offices

 NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS
Amani Neighborhood – Friday, October 24, Greater New Birth Church, 2207 W Center St, Milwaukee, 5:30 PM
 
Sherman Park – Tuesday, October 28, Yeshiva Elementary School, 5115 W Keefe Ave, Milwaukee, 6:45 PM-8:15 PM

HEALTH CARE
Please contact Bob Connolly at bconnolly@jamescompany.com if you are interested

UNDERSTANDING THE PRESENT DAY ECONOMIC SITUATION WORKSHOP
Monday, December 1, Zion Rock Baptist Church, 10230 W Fond Du Lac Ave, Milwaukee, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

BUILDING A COMMON GROUND CORE TEAM WORKSHOP

Tuesday, December 9, Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church, 2366 N 80th St, Milwaukee, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM