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Cecilia Zarate-Laun, Founder of the Colombia Support Network, Passes

Madison - Cecilia Lucia Zarate-Laun passed away on Sunday, February 5, at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison with her husband and 3 sisters present. She was born on May 10, 1945 in Santander Province in Colombia. The eldest of 5 sisters, she completed high school in Bucaramanga and graduated in Nutrition from the National University of Colombia in Bogota in 1966.

WNPJ Board Members Take a Trans-affirming Stance

Our statement: This is a statement that we were planning to put out to explain why WNPJ would be pulling sponsorship if Thistle performed at the Pipeline Fighters Benefit concert.  We were then informed that she removed herself from the lineup out of fear for her own safety from previous threats she had gotten.  Yesterday we saw statements from Thistle saying that Z! has forced WNPJ to pull out which is untrue and an example of her furthering transphobia.

Personal account from a legal observer just home from Standing Rock

Friends,
I have returned from Standing Rock with my mind blown, my heart broken and my spirit troubled with foreboding of a deepening tragedy. Volunteering as a legal observer with the Water Protector Legal Collective I witnessed several confrontations between Water Protectors (WP) and law enforcement: national guard, sheriffs and private security (LE).

Statewide Network Commits to Continuing Work for Justice in the Face of Hate

Wisconsin Network For Peace and Justice (WNPJ) recognizes and stands in unity with those experiencing and feeling an increased amount of violence and push back in these uncertain times. Given the increased amounts of hate crimes following the election, we expect an increase in personal attacks as well as institutional violence through policy following the inauguration. WNPJ has been an ally and leader of movements to end racism, deportation, war, mass incarceration, and privatization of education.

U'wa: EarthRights updates, Appeal for Berito

During his first trip to the US, Berito visited Madison to meet with relatives of Ingrid Washinawatok organized by CSN.

Michigan mine threatens Menominee Nation’s sacred sites

By Al Gedicks

Imagine an open pit mine deeper than the height of Wisconsin’s tallest building, Milwaukee’s U.S. Bank tower. The depth of that pit, a mere 150 feet from the Menominee River (a major Lake Michigan tributary that forms the Wisconsin-Michigan border and flows into Green Bay) would exceed 700 feet. The pit would be 2,000 feet wide and 2,500 feet long. That would be the enormous size of the controversial open pit gold and zinc sulfide mine recently given preliminary approval by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Report from Odessa: Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine

By the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)

At the end of World War Two, the city of Odessa in present-day Ukraine was declared a Hero City by the Soviet Union for its determined resistance to Nazi occupation. It’s a designation still valued by the people of this metropolis of a million people on the western shore of the Black Sea.

TAA in Solidarity with student, staff, and faculty protest again racist hate crimes

A press release and statement on behalf of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Assistants' Association (TAA) in solidarity with today's student, staff, and faculty protest against racist hate crimes and continued inaction by University of Wisconsin-Madison administration and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department.

Press Release - April 21, 2016

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