Antiwar/Antimilitarism

California sings to Madison peace vigilers

A recent report in the Progressive Magazine about Madison Vigil for Peace made its way to California, where it inspired this musical tribute from the Mill Valley Seniors for Peace. The Madison vigil outside the King St. post office is now entering its 30th year, while Mill Valley has been vigiling for "only" nine years.

New 'Bring Our War $ Home" flyers

Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice is proud to join the national Bring Our War $ Home campaign, and will be working to make the connection between lavish war spending overseas and austerity budgets at home. Key goals and strategies for the Wisconsin campaign are outlined here.

Working with WNPJ member group Weekly Vigil for Peace, we've developed a new half-sheet flyer with key facts about military spending.  Click here to download a .pdf copy, click here to download an MS Word copy.

Bring Our War $$ Home - Goals and strategies

Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice is proud to join the national Bring Our War $ Home campaign, making the connection between lavish war spending overseas and austerity budgets at home. Key goals and strategies for the Wisconsin campaign are outlined below.

Wisconsin State Journal: Activists mark 30 years of protesting for peace

Members of Madison's Weekly Vigil for Peace were featured in a front-page story in the Wisconsin State Journal, as their vigil heads into its 30th year. Vigil founder, WNPJ member and WNPJ past chair Mary Beth Schlagheck said, "To be that presence in the public square — it just seems so American to me." Gene Schubert, a WNPJ member and retired state economist who started attending the vigil in 1982, said, " It's a radical idea, disarmament, but it still needs to be said." (Photo: John Hart, Wisconsin State Journal) Read the full story and comment...

Senate votes for accelerated withdrawal from Afghanistan

In a surprising vote, the Senate passed by a voice vote an amendment authored by Colorado Senator Jeff Merkley (left) that requires the President to "expedite transition of responsibility for military and security operations to the government of Afghanistan and provide a plan to Congress for bringing troops home faster within 90 days of passage of the resolution." The Obama administration has previously stated a committment to "transition" the Afghanistan combat mission to Afghan forces by the end of 2014, while also planning to keep U.S. troops and bases in the country past that date. The Senate vote calls for the President to present a plan for an earlier withdrawal of U.S. forces, but does not require a set timetable. Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies described the vote as a sign that "the message of the longstanding and still rising U.S. majority — 63 percent in the most recent polls want to end the war in Afghanistan — is finally being heard in the Senate."

Chuck Baynton in Journal Sentinel: 'Veterans honorably call for peace'

WNPJ member Chuck Baynton writes in the Mlwaukee Journal Sentinel: We all know what a 21-gun salute is. How would it feel to replace it with a 21-flower salute?

Kathy Kelly on WNPJ blog: Overcoming contradictions

 

Is a youngster in Afghanistan as valuable as one of the Obama children? Of course. Kathy Kelly, writing from Australia, puts it into perspective.

Read it here.

Duluth News Tribune: Iraq delegation asks for help with health care

Seven Iraqi doctors and one journalist visited Minnesota from Oct. 16 to Nov. 3 to build relations between health-care professionals, universities and medical organizations. Here, Dr. Intisar Ogal (from left), Dr. Hassan Al-Azzam, Dr. Azar Maluki and Dr. Mahdi Al-Faraaon speak at the Duluth Public Library. Their appearance was part of a “Navigating the Aftermath” tour which has reached eight Minnesota communities this year with art, film and dialogue on the Iraq War, its consequences and Iraq’s future. The tour has been organized with the assistance of of Sami Rasouli of Muslim Peacemaker Teams and the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project. Read the full story here...

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