FELMERS O. CHANEY ADVOCACY BOARD

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Virtual Meeting: Wednesday, January 19, 2022

5:30pm

Felmers Chaney Advocacy Board (FCAB) Stands with:

ACLU against expanding Wisconsin's systems of mass incarceration and building a new prison

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Book Club Reading:

The Second Chance Club: Hardship & Hope After Prison by Jason Hardy

FCAB Stands with Parkland & 80% of Wisconsinites on Universal Background Checks and Extreme Risk Protection Orders

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DR. R.L. MCNEELY 

 

 

 

DR. R.L. MCNEELY, ESQUIRE

FCAB’s Reverend Ellwanger: 40 Years Helping Ex-Cons Rejoin Society

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Report: 8 out of 10 MPD 'stop and frisks' are not justified

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Wisconsin's Incarceration Crisis

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Deitch-- Recommended Strategies for Sheriffs and Jails to Respond to the COVID-19 Crisis

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FCAB Covid-19 Compassionate Release Letter to Gov Evers

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FCAB Letter to FPC: Immediately Ban Chokeholds

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Reverend Joe Ellwanger Wins National Association of Social Workers Public Service Award

Congratulations Reverend Ellwanger!

COVID-19 FCAB Letter to Evers and Carr

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Members of the Felmers Chaney Advocacy Board

"When the prison gates slam behind an inmate, he does not lose his human quality; his mind does not become closed to ideas; his intellect does not cease to feed on a free and open interchange of opinions; his yearning for self-respect does not end; nor is his quest for self-realization concluded. If anything, the needs for identity and self-respect are more compelling in the dehumanizing prison environment. Whether an O. Henry writing his short stories in a jail cell or a frightened young inmate writing his family, a prisoner needs a medium for self-expression. It is the role of the First Amendment and this Court to protect those precious personal rights by which we satisfy such basic yearnings of the human spirit." - Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall, concurring opinion in Procurnier v Martinez 416 U.S. 396 (1974).

OUR PURPOSE, GOALS & MISSION

FCAB is dedicated to advocating in behalf of reducing recidivism, enhancing re-integration, and to lowering state budget costs due to incarceration. Additionally, it is dedicated to disseminating to the lay public and to decision-makers pertinent information that can assist in achieving those goals, and it serves as a contact point with the community at large to share information and respond to issues that are brought to the board's attention.

Mission Management. FCAB shall achieve its goals by maintaining a continual awareness of the conditions, needs, and concerns of the broader Milwaukee Metropolitan Community; and by the coordination of its activities, within a framework of collaboration with affiliated and selected other organizations and with community groups having a similar purpose. All of FCAB's activities shall be conducted in a manner consistent with, and in compliance with, the purpose, objectives, and limitations as set forth in the by-laws.

As of March 3, 2015, the Felmers O. Chaney Advocacy Board (FCAB) is an independent body and is not affiliated with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections or any other governmental body or institution. FCAB is an advocacy board comprised of private citizens guided by a shared concern for social justice, corrections policy, and the successful re-entry of former inmates as they return to their communities. All documents on this site pre-dating March 3, 2015 are historical and in reference to FCAB’s prior incarnation as a Wisconsin Department of Corrections affiliated citizens advisory board.

Click on the History tab for a chronology of the evolution of the Board.

OUR BOARD MEMBERS

Executive Committee

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WENDY VOLZ DANIELS
Acting Chair

Executive Committee

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REV. JOSEPH ELLWANGER
2nd Secretary

Executive Committee

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ATTY. LARRY R. COTE

1st Vice Chairman

Executive Committee

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ATTY. BARBARA BECKER
1st Treasurer

Executive Committee

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DR. R.L. MCNEELY, ESQUIRE
Chairman Emeritus

Executive Committee

SHARON F. SKINNER, PH.D.
2nd Treasurer

Executive Committee

GEORGETTE WILLIAMS
1st Secretary

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In Memory Of Felmers O. Chaney
(1918-2021)

Affiliate Member

Sherman Park Community Association (SPCA)

Associate Members

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DR. DAN BLINKA, ESQUIRE
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CINDY WILLIAMS

Associate Members

Eduardo Borda, Esq.

Hon. Jonathan Brostoff, Esq.

Hon. Christopher Dee, Esq.

Atty. Reyna Morales

Fred Royal

Danielle Shelton, Esq.

Atty. Tearman Spencer

Dr. Stan Stojkovic

Cindy Williams

Associate Members

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ANGELA TURNER
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HONORABLE KRISTY YANG

Standing Members

Molly Collins

David McGinnis

Hon. Lindsey Draper

​James Hall, Esq.

 

Dr. Thomas LeBel

David McGinnis

Atty. N. Lynette McNeely

Patricia Obletz

Prison Initiative

Task Force

 

Robert Smith (chair)

Michael Carriere

Sharon Skinner

Dave McGinnis  Georgette Williams

Dan Blinka

 

Assist in program development; fundraising

 

Technology & Communication Committee

 

Sharon Skinner (chair)

Barbara Becker

Cindy Williams

James Hall

N. Lynette McNeely

Stan Stojkovic

 

Prepare “Reasons to Join FCAB” Document and any other Orientation Materials

Solicit New Members Per

Needs of Board

Committee to Regularize Contributions to FCAB’s Treasury for Website & Other Expenses as They Emerge

Acknowledge via Flowers, etc., Those Experiencing Duress

Podcasts

Keep FCAB Website Current

 

 

 


 

 

FCAB Committees
2021

Secretary Meeting

Committee

 

Wendy Volz Daniels

Rev. Joe Ellwanger

Tina Freiburger

Tom LeBel

Dave McGinnis 

Stan Stojkovic

 

Meet with DOC

Secretary on quarterly basis.

Present FCAB’s Recommendations to Secretary

 

Prison Oversight

Wendy Volz Daniels (chair)

Rev J. Ellwanger

Tom LeBel

Gretchen Schuldt (Turners)         

 

Explore Issues; Disseminate Info; Promote legislation

 

Explore Oversight

Police Oversight

 

Molly Collins

Fred Royal

Book Club

 

Georgette Williams (chair)

Wendy Volz Daniels

Tom LeBel

Sharon Skinner

 

Read Pertinent Books; Educate FCAB; Promote Get-to-Know Each Other Readings/Socials

Revocations

Committee

 

Rev. Joe Ellwanger

Tom LeBel

 

Publicize

How to Reduce

Unneccesary Revocations

 

Promote probation to be used more frequently as alternative to imprisonment; reform victimless revocations; modify earned release standards; give technical parole violators punishments other than prison.

 

Disseminate information vis op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, advertised panel discussions, radio and T.V. appearances, town hall meetings, etc.

 

Legislative

Committee

 

Wendy Volz Daniels

Dave McGinnis

 

FCAB Interface w/ Rep. Goyke’s Office

 

Publicize facts as disclosed in Goyke’s presentation both countywide and statewide via pamphlet; work in conjunction w/ Goyke’s office on other projects such as a webpage w/ everyone’s web sites and basic info

Re-Entry Committee

Rev. J. Ellwanger

Wendy Volz Daniels

 

Juvenile Justice (NEW)

Wendy Volz Daniels (chair)

Tina Freiburger

 

Wisconsin Decarceration Platform Representative

Gretchen Schuldt

 

Mental Health Committee (New)

Dave McGinnis (chair)

Patricia Obletz

Lindsey Draper

N. Lynette McNeely

Sharon Skinner

 

Community Justice

Council Representative

Dave McGinnis

 

Fire & Police Commission Representative 

vacant

 

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HOW TO CONTACT US

Felmers O. Chaney Advocacy Board (FCAB)
joe.ellwanger@gmail.com
414-795-2343

 

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OUR BOARD MEMBERS

Executive Committee

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WENDY VOLZ DANIELS
Acting Chair
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DR. R.L. MCNEELY, ESQUIRE
Chairman Emeritus
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ATTY. BARBARA BECKER

Standing Members

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CINDY WILLIAMS
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ATTY. LARRY R. COTE

Associate Members

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REV. JOSEPH ELLWANGER

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HONORABLE KRISTY YANG

Georgette Williams

1st Secretary


Rev. Joseph Ellwanger

2nd Secretary

 

 

In Memory Of: Felmers O. Chaney (1918-2012)


 

Atty. Larry R. Cote

1st Vice-Chairman
 

Atty. Barbara Becker

1st Treasurer

Sharon F. Skinner

2nd Treasurer


 

Affiliate Member:
 

Sherman Park Community
Association (SPCA)

Molly Collins

Hon. Lindsey Draper

Dr. Tina Freiburger

Mary Ann Hack
 

James Hall, Esq.

 

Edith Hudson
 

Dr. Thomas LeBel
 

Dr. Dan Blinka, Esq.

Eduardo Borda, Esq.
 

Hon. Jonathan Brostoff, Esq.
 

Hon. Christopher Dee, Esq.

 

Atty. Reyna Morales

Danielle Shelton, Esq.

Atty. Tearman Spencer

Dr. Stan Stojkovic

Angela Turner

Hon. Kristy Yang, Esq.

David McGinnis

Atty. Lynette McNeely

Susan Rose

Karen Royster

Dr. Sharon F. Skinner

Jenny Tasse
 

Wendy Volz-Daniels

Cindy Williams

Prison Initiative

Task Force

 

Robert Smith

Sharon Skinner

R.L. McNeely

Assist in execution;

fundraising

 

Technology Committee

 

Sharon Skinner

Stan Stojkovic

Barbara Becker

N. Lynette McNeely

 

Keep FCAB Website Current

 

Cite and Release

 

Vacant

 

Explore  Cite-and-Release Issues; Disseminate Information

 

Cite and release refers to citing folks for minor offenses like shoplifting which, if they are detained and/or incarcerated, instead, frequently leads to folks losing their jobs, employment, and to problems in Children’s Court

 


 

 

FCAB Committees

2020

Secretary Meeting

Committee

 

Larry Coté

Rev. Joe Ellwanger

Tom LeBel

Dave McGinnis

R.L. McNeely

Stan Stojkovic

Holly Ryan (OCLP)

Wendy Volz-Daniels

 

Meet with DOC

Secretary on quarterly basis.

Present FCAB’s

Recommendations to Secretary

 

Oversight Boards

Wendy Volz-Daniels

Kay Koneazny

Mary Ann Hack

Dave McGinnis

Rev J. Ellwanger

Tom LeBel

Larry Coté

Gretchen Schuldt (Turners)        

 

Explore Issues; Disseminate Info; Promote legislation

 

Explore Oversight

Police Oversight

Vacant

Revocations

Committee

 

Rev. Joe Ellwanger

Tom LeBel

Larry Coté

 

Publicize

How to Reduce

Unneccesary Revocations

 

Promote probation to be used more frequently as alternative to imprisonment; reform victimless revocations; modify earned release standards; give technical parole violators punishments other than prison.

 

Disseminate information vis op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, advertised panel discussions, radio and T.V. appearances, town hall meetings, etc.

 

Cheers/Sunshine

Committee

 

Cindy Williams

Jenny Tasse

 

Acknowledge via Flowers, etc., Those Experiencing Duress

Podcast Reps.

 

N. Lynette McNeely

Sharon Skinner

 


 

 

Book Club

 

Mary Ann Hack

Wendy Volz-Daniels

Georgette Williams

Tom LeBel

Sharon Skinner

 

Read Pertinent Books; Educate FCAB; Promote Get-to-Know Each Other Readings/Socials

 

Rep Goyke Liaison

 

Wendy Volz-Daniels

Reyna Morales

 

FCAB Interface w/ Rep. Goyke’s Office

 

 Publicize facts as disclosed in Goyke’s presentation both countywide and statewide via pamphlet; work in conjunction w/ Goyke’s office on other projects such as a webpage w/ everyone’s web sites and basic in

 

Contributions Committee

 

Sharon Skinner

Barbara Becker

Mary Ann Hack

 

Committee to Regularize Contributions to FCAB’s Treasury for Website & Other Expenses as They Emerge

Re-Entry Committee

Vacant

Nominations Committee

 

Barbara Becker

James Hall

Jenny Tasse

 

Solicit New Members Per Needs of Board

 

 

Milwaukee Turners Liaison

 

Holly Ryan

 

Interface with Milwaukee Turners

 

Create anti-mass incarceration alliance w/ other organizations; Reduce prison population by ½ in 10 years; put on book events w/ nationally recognized speakers

 

Orientation Committee

 

Barbara Becker

Cindy Williams

 

Prepare “Reasons to Join FCAB” Document and any other Orientation Materials

Members. FCAB members shall serve as voting members of FCAB; serve on committees as appointed; have ad hoc and other duties that assist FCAB in achieving its objectives; and be expected to attend all FCAB meetings. All FCAB voting members shall serve FCAB in their individual capacities: No voting members serve FCAB in their professional capacities.

The principal officers of the Board shall be a chairman, 1st vice-chairman, 2nd vice-chairman, 1st secretary, 2nd secretary, and treasurer. The Board may have other officers or assistant officers as the Board may from time to time elect. Any two or more of said offices may be held by the same person, except that the offices of chairman, 1st vice-chairman, and 2nd vice-chairman, may not be held by the same person, the offices of chairman, 1st and 2nd secretary, may not be held jointly, and the treasurer may not simultaneously hold the office of chairman.

Associate Members. FCAB associate members shall be non-voting members of FCAB who are expected to assist FCAB from time to time on a pro tempore basis to achieve FCAB's purpose and goals as same are identified herein in Section 2.01. Associate members are eligible to serve on committees as appointed, but are not expected to attend all meetings of the Board. Associate members are expected to be opinion leaders, either lay or professional, such as community advocates, religious leaders, politicians, or others possessing special expertise or organizational affiliations useful to the accomplishment of FCAB's purpose and goals, such as, but not limited to, research social scientists, foundation officials, professional fundraisers, and grant persons. Associate members are not required to reside within Milwaukee’s PMSA. Associate members may be removed from FCAB by a simple majority vote.

Members. FCAB members shall serve as voting members of FCAB; serve on committees as appointed; have ad hoc and other duties that assist FCAB in achieving its objectives; and be expected to attend all FCAB meetings. All FCAB voting members shall serve FCAB in their individual capacities: No voting members serve FCAB in their professional capacities.

The principal officers of the Board shall be a chairman, 1st vice-chairman, 2nd vice-chairman, 1st secretary, 2nd secretary, and treasurer. The Board may have other officers or assistant officers as the Board may from time to time elect. Any two or more of said offices may be held by the same person, except that the offices of chairman, 1st vice-chairman, and 2nd vice-chairman, may not be held by the same person, the offices of chairman, 1st and 2nd secretary, may not be held jointly, and the treasurer may not simultaneously hold the office of chairman.

Associate Members. FCAB associate members shall be non-voting members of FCAB who are expected to assist FCAB from time to time on a pro tempore basis to achieve FCAB's purpose and goals as same are identified herein in Section 2.01. Associate members are eligible to serve on committees as appointed, but are not expected to attend all meetings of the Board. Associate members are expected to be opinion leaders, either lay or professional, such as community advocates, religious leaders, politicians, or others possessing special expertise or organizational affiliations useful to the accomplishment of FCAB's purpose and goals, such as, but not limited to, research social scientists, foundation officials, professional fundraisers, and grant persons. Associate members are not required to reside within Milwaukee’s PMSA. Associate members may be removed from FCAB by a simple majority vote.