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Race based mascot bill heads to governor

 Senate Bill 25, the race-based mascot, logo and nickname bill, passed the Assembly in a final  53-45 vote on Tuesday night, April 20, and will go to Gov. Jim Doyle to be signed into law. The bill provides a means of resolving discrimination complaints based on the use of race-based 'Indian" logos, mascots and team names through a form of mediation provided by the Department of Public Instruction.

The bill's success was the result of a years-long effort by Wisconsin's native American citizens and their allies, led by the Wisconsin Indian Education Association Indian Mascot and Logo Task Force, headed by WNPJ Board member Barb Munson.

Holy Wisdom building wins highest energy/environmental rating

Holy Wisdom Monastery, a WNPJ member group, has just received word of attaining a platinum LEED rating.

The USGBC (United States Green Building Council) affirmed the green nature of the new monastery building by awarding it a platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) rating.
 

MD Senate passes bill to protect student info from recruiters

On Wednesday, the Maryland Senate passed, by a vote of 24-23, a bill to prohibit military recruiters from automatically receiving information about students who take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. The bill has already passed the Maryland legislature's lower house by a vote of 102-37, and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to sign the bill into law soon.

New Zealand Peace protesters win acquittal on charges of damaging U.S. spy base

Protesters in 2008 punctured a cover at the Waihopai satellite station in New Zealand. Photo: New Zealand Herald

In New Zealand, three peace activists have been found not guilty of breaking into and damaging a spy base used in the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq. In April 2008, the three activists entered the Waihopai facility and deflated a plastic dome used to cover a satellite dish.

After the verdict, one of the three acquitted activists, Dominican friar Peter Murnane, said they acted to help mitigate the human suffering caused by the Iraq war.

WNPJ supports a water-filter project in Iraq

The Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ) donated funds for a water purifier filter in a school in Iraq last December. Sami Rasouli of the Iraqi-American Reconciliation Project, MN - has a goal of installing 1,000 water purifiers in Iraqi Schools - can you help? If your group is interested in supporting a water purifier system in Najaf, Iraq - please contact: Sami Rasouli, Muslim Peacemaker Teams, Najaf, Iraq through www.reconciliationproject.org

Deer Isle, ME first in nation to vote "Bring Our War $ Home"

Last week, the citizens of Deer Isle, a town of about 1900 residents off the coast of Maine, voted at their annual town hall meeting in favor of a resolution that "commands Maine's member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the second Maine Congressional District to oppose all legislation brought before the U.S. House of Representatives that provides further funding of the U.S. warfare and U.S. military occupation in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan." The resolution passed with a 67% "yes" vote.

Healthy Youth Act Now Law

 

Great news--Governor Doyle signed the Healthy Youth Act into law! The Healthy Youth Act will ensure that public schools use comprehensive sex education programs that are medically accurate, age-appropriate, and proven effective to reduce rates of unintended pregnancy and STDs among teens.

Mascot bill signed; puts school logos to the test

Governor Doyle signs race-based mascot bill, witnessed by students from Prescott High
 

Gov. Jim Doyle has signed into law SB25, requiring the Wisconsin Department of Instruction to set up a process to mediate disputes about schools that use race-based mascots. Noting that Wisconsin is the first state in the nation to enact legislation of this sort, Barb Munson of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association said, "I have seen the best spirit of Wisconsin in action - people of all ages, races and ethnicities working together to make things better for all the children in our state."  Full WIEA statement here, Wisconsin Radio Network report here.

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