WNPJ Action Alerts - Our energy future, bringing war dollars home and more

Action Alert 1: Join a vital discussion of Wisconsin's energy future
Action Alert 2: Urge the Dane County Board to vote on War Dollars Home
Action Alert 3: Oppose effective death sentence for 82 year old nun
Action Alert 4: Remove the exception for prison slavery from the Constitution


Action Alert 1: Join a vital discussion of Wisconsin's energy future
Background: For years, ratepayers and municipalities concerned about proposed high-voltage transmission lines have been asking important questions about Wisconsin's energy policy.  Thanks to their perseverance, despite a lack of information from utilities and the Public Service Commission, a special bipartisan legislative meeting on energy policy will be held next Tuesday.  Participants will call for greater public and local government participation and for a two-year moratorium on high-voltage transmission lines, among other suggestions, and will hear from innovative energy specialists from Massachusetts and Oregon.
Take Action: Attend the special bipartisan legislative meeting on Wisconsin's energy future on Tuesday, December 11, from 1 to 3 pm in the state Capitol building in Madison.  A networking meeting will follow, from 3 to 5 pm.  Buses are being organized from the Vernon / Monroe / Juneau County area to Madison - call 608-625-4949, email type@mwt.net or check the SOUL of the Kickapoo website for bus details.
Contact for more info: SOUL of the Kickapoo, 608-625-4949, soulofthekickapoo@gmail.com




Action Alert 2: Urge the Dane County Board to vote on War Dollars Home
Background: In mid-October, a "Bring Our War Dollars Home" (BOW$H) resolution was introduced to the Dane County Board.  If passed, the resolution would add Dane County to a growing list of communities and groups - including the city of Milwaukee and the AFT-Wisconsin labor union - that have officially urged the U.S. Congress and President to redirect bloated military spending to meet human needs at home.  Yet the resolution continues to languish in the Board's executive committee, which has repeatedly failed to schedule it for a vote.
Take Action: If you live in Dane County, contact your Board supervisor and urge her / him to support the BOW$H resolution and to demand that the executive committee hold a vote on it.  If your supervisor is on the executive committee (member list here), urge her / him to call for a vote.
Contact for more info: WNPJ, 608-250-9240, diane@wnpj.org




Action Alert 3: Oppose effective death sentence for an 82 year-old nun
Background: A group of anti-nuclear activists are facing 16 years in prison for a nonviolent civil disobedience action at the nuclear weapons facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  The activists, including 82 year-old nun Sister Megan Rice and two military veterans, brought household hammers, a Bible, flowers, bread and other harmless items to the Oak Ridge facility.  The group, which calls itself "Transform Now Plowshares," hammered on the facility to symbolize the disarming and abolition of nuclear weapons.  The U.S. Justice Department is considering additional charges against the activists which could increase their potential prison sentence to 65 years.
Take Action: Click here to sign an online petition urging the U.S. Attorney General to refuse to consider additional charges against the peace activists.
Contact for more info: Loaves and Fishes Catholic Workers, 218-728-0629, obedsinduluth@yahoo.com




Action Alert 4: Remove the exception for prison slavery in the Constitution
Background: Did you know that the U.S. Constitution allows for slavery - enforced work without pay - in prisons?  The Thirteenth amendment states:  Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, EXCEPT AS A PUNISHMENT FOR CRIME WHEREOF THE PARTY SHALL HAVE BEEN DULY CONVICTED, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Take Action: Click here to sign a petition posted on the White House website to amend the U.S. Constitution to remove the exception allowing slavery in U.S. prisons.
Contact for more info: Wisconsin Books to Prisoners, 608-233-3170, camymatthay@gmail.com