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Green Bay sisters are going solar for convent: The Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross are building a large solar facility at it's Green Bay convent. Included in the plans is a foot path designed to educate the public about solar energy. “We hope the community, school groups and business will find the site educational and will be inspired," said Sister Donna Koch, president of the Fransiscan community. The Green Bay Press-Gazette, 5/6/14. The Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross is a WNPJ member group.

Activist in Jail for Opposing Drones at Volk Field

Joyce Ellwanger, Milwaukee peace activist and WNPJ Lifetime Achievement Award winner, began serving a five-day jail stay in Mauston, Wisconsin, county seat of Juneau County, on May 5, rather than pay a fine of $250, levied by a Juneau County judge for trespassing at the entrance to Volk Field on May 28,2013.

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Despite the recent (and very welcome) thaw, Mike McCabe calls for more sunshine and Voces de la Frontera for more compassion. Click on titles to read the entire stories.

Community members, leaders attend Fast for Families forum to talk about immigration issues. Voces de la Frontera is hosting a Wisconsin tour of Fast for Families, a group promoting awareness of immigration issues, connections between immigrants and non-immigrants, and immigration reform.

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photo of faculty memberWNPJ members remain active. Please click on titles to read entire articles.

As the song goes, "Give Peace a Chance." The Dane County United Nations Association just named Dr. Vincent Kavaloski its Global Citizen of the Year. Dr. Kavaloski, a professor of philosophy at Edgewood College where he specializes in the Philosophy of Peace. He has dedicated much of his career to teaching nonviolence. "Obtaining peace through non-violent means takes work," Dr. Kavaloski says. "You have to work hard against the war movement if you want peace." J. Patrick Reilly, The Dodgeville Chronicle, 2/20/14. The Dane County UNA is a WNPJ member group.

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February has been frigid, but WNPJ members and groups stay active. Click on titles to read the entire stories.

Citizens Peacefully Defy G-Tac's "Off-Limits" Zone

About 50 people gathered on Sunday, February 16, to call on Gogebic Taconite to respect the rights of the Bad River Ojibwe and halt all mining activity in the Penokee Hills. Those who were present crossed the boundary into Managed Forest land officially deemed "closed" under a special law passed for G-Tac's benefit last fall, allowing them to close off land around a mine site that would normally allow public access without paying significant tax penalties required of all other MFL landowners.

Two groups marched from either end of the site along State Highway 77 to converge on the access road being used by G-Tac for exploratory drilling and bulk sampling activity. The group sang songs and people walked into the sunny, snow-filled woods along the access road, an old railroad siding. Although everyone who came crossed into the "forbidden zone," no police showed up and nobody was cited for trespassing.

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Mansour (center): "I don't want to say that I am shocked when I arrived in the States, but I came from an unbelievable place."Despite the "chilly" weather, WNPJ members stay active. Click on titles to read the entire articles.

Madison-Rafah Sister City Project ambassador impressed by local youth facilities: "Every place I visited here is amazing.... But I don't like this weather," said Anees Mansour, director of the Rachel Corrie Cultural Center for Children and Youth in Rafah, while visiting  Madison as the guest of the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project.

Jeff Patterson, co-founder of PSR Wisconsin, dies

We're very sad to hear, via member group PSR-Wisconsin, that Dr. Jeff Patterson, a warm and wise man devoted to human health, the environment, and the abolition of nuclear weapons, has passed.  Below is PSR's statement on his loss.

Jeff Patterson, DO, Madison physician and professor was an indefatigable champion serving Physicians  for Social Responsibility (PSR) Wisconsin and will be sorely missed by all who knew and worked with him. Jeff passed away on Thursday night, January 23, of a heart attack.

Dr. Patterson's first work with PSR was to establish the Madison PSR chapter. With two other founding members and students at the UW medical school, they challenged the concept of a “winnable nuclear war.” Hundreds of people joined to formalize the Madison PSR chapter in 1983. Jeff remained very active in the chapter throughout three decades, and particularly enjoyed providing direction to interested medical students and nurturing their understanding of humanitarian ethics and activism. 

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