WNPJ fall assembly and awards reception - La Crosse

Event Dates: 

Sat Oct 5 - WNPJ's fall member assembly and awards reception, from 1 to 7 pm at the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association in La Crosse (1815 Ward Avenue, click for map)

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Donations by check are also welcome; please make out to "WNPJ" and mail to WNPJ, 122 State St #405A, Madison, WI 53703



1 - 4:30 pm - WNPJ member assembly, opening with a welcome from Hmong Center Director Xong Xiong, and including a panel on the Bring Our War Dollars Home campaign; break-out sessions on peace/anti-militarism, the environment, immigrant rights and anti-racism; and votes on WNPJ's proposed budget and Board slate for 2014 and revised Bylaws (click here for the budget and Board slate proposals; and click here for proposed changes to WNPJ's Bylaws)


5 - 7 pm - WNPJ awards reception, with traditional Hmong food and refreshments, emceed by Ho-Chunk Nation President Jon Greendeer and honoring Al Gedicks with our Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by Joe and Joann Elder) and our other awardees:

  • Youth Peacemaker of the Year Key Jackson, with the Educational Justice Coalition
  • Adult Peacemaker of the Year Babette Grunow, with groups including the Midwest Coalition Against Lethal Mining, WI Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba and WI Bail Out the People Movement
  • Senior Peacemaker of the Year Pat Popple, with the Frac Sand Sentinel
  • Dennis Bergren LGBTQ Advocacy Award winner Sharon Whitney, with PFLAG

For decades, Al Gedicks has researched, wrote and organized for indigenous rights and against destructive mines.  This fall marks the tenth anniversary of the grassroots victory for the Wolf River and against the Crandon mine, a movement in which Al was deeply involved.

Al is the Executive Secretary of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council, the author of Resource Rebels: Native Challenges to Mining and Oil Corporations and The New Resource Wars: Native and Environmental Struggles Against Multinational Corporations, and a retired sociology professor at UW-La Crosse.  His activism for treaty rights and the environment continues, as he actively opposes the proposed Penokee Hills open-pit iron mine.


Tabling space is available free to WNPJ member groups, on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information or to help plan the event, contact WNPJ at 608-250-9240 or diane@wnpj.org.