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...

WNPJ Blog: Finding the right words for Iraq

Last Friday, President Obama announced that the military would begin a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, saying, “After nearly nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over. Our troops will definitely be home for the holidays.” Not surprisingly, corporate media chose to highlight the responses of Republican Presidential candidates like Michelle Bachman (who thinks Iraqis need to pay us back for their “liberation”) rather than listening to the people who had struggled to prevent the Iraq war in the first place, and who had spent the past eight years trying to make a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq a reality. Read the rest and comment here...

Berkeley City Council says "Close Guantánamo"

On Tuesday evening, Berkeley’s City Council approved a resolution calling for the closure of Guantánamo Bay Prison and welcoming detainees who have been cleared as posing no danger to the U.S., but who cannot safely return to their home countries. Berkely joins the Massachusetts towns of Amherst and Leverett, which adopted similar resolutions in 2009 and 2010. Nancy Talanian, the executive director of No More Guantánamos, said, "Dozens of innocent men remain in Guantánamo simply because they cannot safely return to their home countries, and U.S. allies rightly question why they must welcome all of them when the U.S. refuses to take any.  Berkeley's resolution is a necessary step toward closing the prison with justice and restoring our country’s commitment to human rights."

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