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WNPJ receptionDon't miss WNPJ's Fall Member Assembly and Awards Reception in Madison, this Saturday, Oct 8!

We have a full day, with the Assembly (11 am - 2:30 pm) featuring Al Gedicks, Bad River Tribal Council Chair Mike Wiggins and Jessica Koski of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community speaking on "Extreme Mining in Wisconsin."

The Awards Reception (2:30 - 5 pm) includes a mini-Solidarity Sing-Along, Ed Garvey, Lifetime Achievement Award winner Senator Fred Risser and, of course, Winona LaDuke!

Click here for event details, and read on to learn about our Peacemakers of the Year.

  • Senior Peacemaker: Madison resident Dr. Judith Ladinsky will be recognized for more than three decades of work to promote public health in Vietnam. In 1980 Dr. Ladinsky joined with other scientists and health professionals to form the U.S. Committee for Scientific Cooperation with Vietnam, collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars-worth of medical supplies, medicines, medical books, and equipment for Vietnamese hospitals, traveling to Vietnam more than 100 times, and working with research teams in the study of malaria, diabetes, and Japanese encephalitis. In addition to this work, Dr. Ladinsky has helped to bring Vietnamese doctors to the UW-Madison and has helped dozens of Vietnamese students come to the UW System schools for study.
  • Adult Peacemaker: Athens resident Tony Shultz, operates Stoney Acres Community Supported Agriculture. Tony began his public advocacy for family farms and against corporate agribusiness while a student at the UW-Madison, and has combined his work as a farmer and farm advocate with a strong belief in worker rights, most recently organizing a Farmer Labor Solidarity Tractorcade that coincided with the March 12th rally at the State Capitol, considered by many to be the largest rally in Wisconsin history. Tony and his partner, Kat Becker, both serve on the board of Family Farm Defenders, a WNPJ member group.
  • Youth Peacemaker: Racine resident Christian Pacheco has distinguished himself though his work on behalf of the DREAM Act, legislation that would enable undocumented youth to pursue a college education in the United States. In 2010, in a speech to a rally of more than 200 people in front of Congressman Paul Ryan's Racine office, Christian took the courageous step of making public his own undocumented status, explaining that he was brought to the United States from Mexico by his parents when he was just 5 years old. Describing himself as "undocumented and unafraid," Christian has since spoken before a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Banquet about Dr. King's commitment to social justice and how it is related to the struggle for immigrant rights today and has organized a meeting with his own State Senator, Van Wanggaard, to oppose Governor Walker's plan to strip in-state tuition rights from undocumented Wisconsin resident students.

WNPJ co-foundersCongratulations to our Peacemakers, and to Dennis Bergren, who will receive a special award recognizing his advocacy on behalf of LGBT prisoners!

This year, our Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Senator Fred Risser, who co-founded WNPJ, along with Frank Boyle, Nan Cheney and Midge Miller.  "The Wisconsin State Capitol is, and has always been, the people's building," said Senator Risser in early March, when he and the other "Fighting 14" Senators were still in Illinois.

Senator Risser has been a lifelong advocate for progressive causes.  His many accomplishments include establishing the state recycling program and the first urban state park, Governor Nelson.  He's been recognized for his labor, animal rights and environmental advocacy, and continues to work to return the People's House to the people's business.

Click here for more information about Saturday's events, and go here to RSVP for one or both!