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by Joy First, April 27, 2015
As I traveled to DC to risk arrest in an action organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) I was feeling both nervous, but also knowing this is what I needed to be doing. This would be my first arrest since I was arrested at the CIA in June 2013, and served a one-year probation sentence after an October 2013 trial. Taking almost two years off from risking arrest helped me to really examine what I was doing and why, and I was committed to continuing to live a life in resistance to the crimes of our government.
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On April 1, 2015 a six person jury found me guilty of trespassing at the Volk Field Open House because I handed out leaflets with four questions about drone warfare in the parking lot of the Wisconsin National Guard Museum. National Guard personnel deemed that “propaganda” sight unseen. The result was my arrest, being charged with trespass, pretrial motions to greatly limit the evidence I could present to the jury and ultimately the trial. The fine was $232 but I felt I couldn’t in good conscience pay it.
by Kathy Kelly, April 11, 2015
Lightning flashed across Kentucky skies a few nights ago. "I love storms," said my roommate, Gypsi, her eyes bright with excitement. Thunder boomed over the Kentucky hills and Atwood Hall, here in Lexington, KY's federal prison. I fell asleep thinking of the gentle, haunting song our gospel choir sings: "It's over now, It's over now. I think that I can make it. The storm is over now."
I awoke the next morning feeling confused and bewildered. Why had the guards counted us so many times? "That was lightning," Gypsi said, giggling. The guards shine flashlight in our rooms three times a night, to count us, and I generally wake up each time; that night the storm was also a culprit.
TEACH RESPECT NOT RACISM
Background: The use of racist and derogatory “Indian” sports mascots, logos, and symbols has perpetuated negative stereotypes of America’s first peoples. Rather than honoring Native peoples, these caricatures and stereotypes contribute to a disregard for the diverse cultural heritages of Native peoples.
We've got to stick together!
These little guys need your help. Please sign the online petition urging National Parks to support conservation of the Badger Ammo lands, not an ATV track and gun range. Together, we can save the songs of Badger.
1. Did you know that the US military and the CIA are using Predator Drones armed with 100-lb. Hellfire missiles to carry out remote control killings in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen and now Syria?
WNPJ members continue to make and write the news, Please click on title to read the entire articles or letters.
Judith Laitman: A Jewish grandmother's plea to Barack Obama. In this op-ed, Judith Laitman calls on President Obama to stop acting as "Israel's apologist-in-chief" and to earn his Nobel Peace Prize.The Capital Times, 7/25/14. Judith Laitman is a member of the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, a WNPJ member group.
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Environmentalists work to stop Enbridge expansion: Madison 350 is requesting that Dane and other Wisconsin counties require bonding on the Enbridge pipeline that is proposed to carry tar sand oil across Wisconsin. “There is nothing in state or federal law that protects communities against a spill,” said Peter Anderson, a member of the group. “The oil spill laws that the federal government has do not apply to tar sand oil spills.” The Capital Times, 7/10/14. Madison 350 is a WNPJ member group.
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WNPJ is partnering with Groundwork to create a toolkit for holding livingroom and community conversations across the state. We are hoping to have 25 in January in honor of MLK day January 19th. Stay tuned for more details.
Action Alert 2: International March Against Monsanto
Action Alert 3: Strategies for Rural and Small Town Organizing for Racial Justice
Action Alert 1: Stand with McDonald's workers as they travel to the annual shareholder's meeting
WNPJ's first User's Manual is designed to help WNPJ member groups and individual members make greater use of the services we offer, including: statewide lobby days, event publicity, weekly action alerts, WNPJ work groups, meetings and awards and website features like In the News and Success Stories. Printed copies of the WNPJ Users Manual are free to member groups and individual members, or read the full Users Manual online here...
WNPJ members make their voices heard. Please click on Authors to read the entire letters.
Al Gedicks: Obama needs to listen to Wisconsin tribes. Wisconsin State Journal, 6/21/14. Al Gedicks is the executive secretary of the Wisconsin Resources Council, a WNPJ member group.