What We're Reading - We Raise Foundation


At We Raise Foundation, our name speaks to an emphasis on raising consciousness of issues, community leadership, and the capital required to create communities free from poverty, violence, and inequality. We seek to be part of the solution by educating ourselves about these issues within our own communities and connecting with thought leaders who bring about change. Our board of directors and staff continue to read a variety of articles and books and we invite you to learn more about the issues with us.
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Issue Articles

“America’s Massive Misdemeanor System Deepens Inequality.” Equal Justice Initiative. Posted January 9, 2019.

“Charity in the Age of Trump: How to Minimize Taxes and Maximize Impact,” by Ashlea Ebeling. Forbes. Posted April 10, 2018.

“From generation to generation: The challenge facing Milwaukee and similar high-poverty cities goes beyond education, crime and jobs,” by John Schmid. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Posted March 23, 2017.

“Gates Focuses on Schools While Examining US Poverty Issues,” by The Associated Press. Washington’s Top News. Posted on February 13, 2018.

“Philanthropy — The Forgotten Investment Asset,” by Kris Putnam-Walkerly. Forbes. Posted February 7, 2018.

“The U.S. Can No Longer Hide From Its Deep Poverty Problem,” by Angus Deaton. The New York Times. Posted on January 24, 2018.


Decarcerating America: From Mass Punishment to Public Health by Ernest Drucker

The Forgotten Luther  by Carter Lindberg and Paul Wee

A Framework for Understanding Poverty: A Cognitive Approach by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Ministries of Mercy by Rev. Timothy Keller – This book links the ministry of mercy and how people of God demonstrate that in effective ways.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

The Power of Proximity: Moving Beyond Awareness to Action by Michelle Ferrigno Warren. Click here for the accompanying study guide.

Rethinking Incarceration by Dominique DuBois Gilliard

$2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer


13th – a Netflix Original documentary. This film looks at the progression from slavery to reconstruction to Jim Crow to segregation to the war on drugs and mass incarceration of people of color and the prison-industrial complex

Milwaukee 53206 – This film chronicles the lives of those living in the ZIP code that incarcerates the highest percentage of black men in America, up to 62%. The film examines Milwaukee’s ZIP code 53206 to illuminate the story of people from across the United States who live with the daily affects of mass incarceration.

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