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January 26, 2022
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Appeal Court Stays Dropbox Ban and
Assistance with Absentee Ballot Delivery
On Monday, January 24th the 4th District Court of Appeals unanimously issued a stay in a case that would have prohibited the use of dropboxes and assistance in delivering an absentee ballot for the Feb. 15 primary election.  This means that drop boxes will remain in place and voters in need will be able to ask a trusted person to deliver their ballot on their behalf through the February 15 Spring primary elections.  

Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, co-lead of the Wisconsin Interfaith Voter Engagement Campaign (WIVEC) (along with Wisconsin Council of Churches), is a party to the underlying lawsuit, Teigen vs the Wisconsin Election Commission. We are gratified that the appeals court saw fit to issue this stay, thus avoiding a lot of unnecessary confusion among voters and work for our already-taxed election officials. However, there is still much to be done. The stay only is in force through the Feb. 15 primary. 

The lawsuit, which attacks the use of dropboxes and also the ability of voters to receive assistance in delivering their absentee ballots, is being appealed.

WIVEC remains committed to supporting the use of drop boxes and decries the original ruling by Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren to remove them.  WIVEC continues to assert that ballot drop boxes should remain accessible to every voter regardless of age, disability, or where they live.  Furthermore, the use of drop boxes in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic assured that voters could remain safe and the election remained valid. Additionally, we stand with the rights of voters, especially those living with disabilities, to have the assistance of the trusted person of their choice to deliver their absentee ballots for them.

WIVEC stands with all people of all faiths and will continue to work toward an equitable and just future for all of Wisconsin.
Lift the Blood Donor Ban
The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in over a decade, posing a concerning risk to patient care. The Red Cross has had less than a one-day supply of critical blood products in recent weeks – well below the ideal five-day supply. 

However, in the midst of this crisis, the Red Cross continues to implement an outdated, unscientific, policy that subjects gay and bisexual men to discriminatory screenings and imposes a three-month deferral on donations. 

It is estimated that, without this deferral, as many as 360,000 men might donate blood, saving millions of lives.

Please join with GLAAD in calling for an end to this policy!

But also, during this blood crisis, if you are able, please make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 
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Volunteer Opportunity -
WFVJ is Seeking a Treasurer
Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice is seeking a volunteer Treasurer to join our Board. The ideal candidate will be a CPA with experience working with non-profit accounting, or a willingness to learn.  Duties include managing bi-monthly payroll, filing quarterly federal and state reports, preparing the annual 990 and WI State reporting, preparing annual W-2s and 1099s, and preparing monthly statements of account for the board of directors.  Familiarity with Quickbooks Online a plus. Time commitment is approximately 2 hours/month, plus time needed to prepare annual tax filings.  

If interested, or to learn more, please contact WFVJ Executive Director
Rabbi Bonnie Margulis at or 608-513-7121.
Help Me Celebrate My Birthday!
I am celebrating a milestone this year as I turn 60 on January 14. My grandmother would say it’s a ‘special birthday’ – any birthday ending in a zero was ‘special’. I hope you will join me in marking this ‘special’ milestone.
You likely know two important things about me:

1. I am a tireless advocate for justice. I will not stop until all lives are valued and respected, including black and brown lives.
2. I have been doing this work for over four decades. I have seen the vast inequities in our society that have, at long last, been laid bare. And I know it is past time for all people of faith to stand up and say “Enough!”.
My goal is to mark this event by securing 60 gifts for WI Faith Voices for Justice from all of you who share my passion for justice.

Donate what you can, give once or twice, share with others you know. My goal is to reach 60 gifts by February 15, 2022.

Donate on Facebook or at

We have critical work to do in 2022 to address racial equity, voting rights, worker rights and immigration justice. This work is only possible if we have the funding.

Thank you for joining me in championing justice as I celebrate turning 60.

With Gratitude,

Rabbi Bonnie
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