EXPO, EX-Prisoners Organizing

Who is EXPO?

EXPO (EX-Prisoners Organizing) works to end mass incarceration, eliminate all forms of structural discrimination against formerly incarcerated people, and restore formerly incarcerated people to full participation in the life of our communities.

EXPO emerged in 2014 when formerly incarcerated people from around Wisconsin began to gather to discuss what it would look like to have our own statewide organization. Previously imprisoned women and men lead EXPO. Our members provide support to each other and organize to change Wisconsin’s unjust penal system. We receive support from family members of currently and formerly incarcerated people and allies who have not experienced incarceration. EXPO has active chapters in Milwaukee, Madison, and Eau Claire and we are developing chapters in Racine, Kenosha, Beloit, Green Bay, the Fox Cities, and Wausau. EXPO is a project of WISDOM, a statewide organization that links faith communities to work for justice.

Check out EXPO’s Facebook page and follow on Twitter!
You can contact EXPO directly: expogroupwi@gmail.com.
You can make a contribution directly to EXPO/WISDOM here.
Here is the link to EXPO Radio: http://www.riverwestradio.com/show/expo-ex-prisoners-organizing/

Accomplishments: EXPO members have helped lead campaigns that prompted policymakers to:
• ban the box for federal jobs;
• ban the box for jobs in the City of Madison, City of Milwaukee and City of Racine;
• expand funding for Wisconsin’s Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) Program;
• reduce the use of solitary confinement in Wisconsin prisons; and
• expand funding for Wisconsin’s transitional jobs program.

Formation: EXPO Leaders have participated in 2-day (Friday evening and all day Saturday) leadership training events.  18 EXPO Leaders participated in a first ever “Week-long Leadership Training” in Milwaukee in June, 2015: Dozens of EXPO leaders have completed this specialized training since then.  Many have completed a Fellowship Program designed to sharpen organizing skills and build the network. This is the first training of its kind held anywhere in the U.S., with the exclusive goal of empowering formerly-incarcerated people to build a powerful organization that can have a voice in the future of the criminal justice system.

You can get involved:
• join a local EXPO chapter;
• participate in an EXPO leadership development program;
• join a ROC Wisconsin policy workgroup;
• join a local ROC Wisconsin Task Force;
• ask an EXPO leader to give a presentation to your organization, congregation, or class;
• make a tax-deductible contribution to WISDOM to support the work of EXPO.
Contact expogroupwi@gmail.com to get started!

Press Coverage:

Compassionate on Crime: To overcome stigma Wisconsin prisoners share stories at Capitol The Capital Times 2-Mar-17 http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/compassionate-on-crime-to-overcome-stigma-wisconsin-prisoners-share-stories/article_c20113e5-624e-502a-8f2a-bc8a1b6c73e3.html
Those hoping to change incarceration laws declare Wednesday Day of Empathy The Capital Times 1-Mar-17 http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/those-hoping-to-change-incarceration-laws-declare-wednesday-day-of/article_e7d8835f-59c0-5ef0-8ca8-343354a126db.html
Seeking redemption: Former addicts share their stories Leader-Telegram 28-Feb-17 http://www.leadertelegram.com/News/Front-Page/2017/02/28/Seeking-redemption?fb_comment_id=1470331309657294_1470786416278450
Report details those on crimeless revocations in prison in Wisconsin The Capital Times 23-Dec-16 http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/report-details-those-in-prison-on-crimeless-revocations-in-wisconsin/article_ee856e7a-54e9-5a14-968e-16fb8778fe03.html
I lost my job, my scholarship, and my apartment Urban Milwaukee 14-Dec-16 http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2016/12/14/op-ed-i-lost-my-job-my-scholarship-and-my-apartment/
Organization of ex-prisoners expands reform discussion with new chapter in Green Bay NBC 26 28-Sep-16 http://www.nbc26.com/news/organization-of-ex-prisoners-expands-reform-discussion-with-new-green-bay-chapter
Faith Groups Try to Send Bottled Water to Prisoners Shepherd Express 16-Aug-16 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-28296-faith-groups-try-to-send-bottled-water-to-prisoners.html
Ex-Cons and Family Members Share Their Stories During EXPO’s Community Forum The Milwaukee Courier 2-Jul-16 http://milwaukeecourieronline.com/index.php/2016/07/02/ex-cons-and-family-members-share-their-stories-during-expos-community-forum/
EX-Prisoners Organize for Prison Reform in Wisconsin WUWM 28-Jun-16 http://wuwm.com/post/ex-prisoners-organize-prison-reform-wisconsin#stream/0
Wisconsin force-feeding solitary inmates to end hunger strike RT America 28-Jun-16 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWWArR95YUo
Crimeless Revocation: A Failed Policy Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service 23-Jun-16 http://milwaukeenns.org/2016/06/13/crimeless-revocation-a-failed-policy/
Advocates Urge Senator Johnson to Support Criminal Justice Reform Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights 25-Feb-16 http://www.civilrights.org/press/2016/sen-johnson-call-sentencing-reform.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/
Social justice group raises concerns over Dept. of Corrections policies WKOW 27 4-Feb-16 http://www.wkow.com/story/31146822/2016/02/Thursday/social-justice-group-raises-concerns-over-dept-of-corrections-policies
What 11 Years in Prison Taught Me The Nation 14-Jan-16 https://www.thenation.com/article/what-11-years-in-prison-taught-me/
Ex-Cons Advocate for Prison Reform Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service 8-Dec-15 http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2015/12/08/ex-cons-advocate-for-prison-reform/
Time to restore voting rights Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service 30-Nov-15 http://milwaukeenns.org/2015/11/30/time-to-restore-voting-rights/
Wisconsin Should Ban the Box This Year Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 13-Oct-15 http://archive.jsonline.com/news/opinion/wisconsin-should-ban-the-box-this-year-b99595877z1-332571952.html
WISDOM Commissions EXPO EX-Prisoners Organizers Gamaliel 2-Aug-15 http://www.gamaliel.org/News/IntheNews/tabid/244/PostID/428/Default.aspx
Commissioning of WISDOM’s first class of
EXPO Fellows, June, 2015.