Antiwar/Antimilitarism

Call to Action: April 8 Pentagon Action for Peace "Disarmageddon"

By the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance

The U.S. military is the entity most responsible for destabilizing our environment.  There are innumerable reasons for this, including these examples: the exorbitant use of fossil fuels, depleted uranium weapons, worldwide transport of weapons and personnel, unlimited air travel, engagement in war and the possession, upkeep and transport of nuclear weapons.

U.S. Wars rage on in Iraq and Afghanistan, causing immeasurable human suffering.

Berkeley City Council passes resolution in support of Bradley Manning

This week, the Berkeley City Council passed a resolution in support of alleged Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning, calling for an "immediate end to the cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment" that Manning has been subjected to while pointing out that Manning has not been convicted of anything. A copy of the statement will be sent to the Marine brig commander at Quantico, Virginia, where Bradley Manning is being held in maximum security solitary confinement.

John LaForge: New START plays fast, loose with nuke numbers

John LaForge of Nukewatch, a longtime WNPJ member group based in northern Wisconsin, writes in a Capital Times opinion column that the new START treaty to reduce nuclear weapons uses some voodoo math to get to its new totals, and actual reductions are very small.

Peace activists greet Obama

Representatives of Wisconsin peace organizations visited the Lakeshore area Wednesday during President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Manitowoc, the Manitowoc newspaper reported.

Steve Books of Mount Horeb and Caroline Greenwald of Madison, representing Veterans for Peace, Clarence Kailin Chapter 25, Madison, and the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, brought their message of peace to the park at South Eighth and Quay streets in Manitowoc as people lined the streets waiting for the president’s motorcade.

PSR's Jeff Patterson a 'Madison hero'

Dr. Jeff Patterson, national president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, is among those chosen as Madison heroes by writers for Isthmus, the alternative weekly. Patterson, at right in photo, founded the Wisconsin PSR chapter (a WNPJ member group) in the early 1980s and has worked for nuclear disarmament and warned of the dangers of nuclear power.

WNPJ Blog: Prosecute the torturers

Bonnie Block is a founding member and former Chair of WNPJ and a participant in Fast for Justice 2011, a nationwide campaign organized by Witness Against Torture to call attention to those now being held without trial at Gauntanamo and other U.S. military sites. Nine days into a liquids-only fast, she writes to her Senators, Herb Kohl and Ron Johnson, to demand "an investigation by an independent prosecutor in an effort to bring to justice all those complicit in torture" and to remind them of Martin Luther King's warning:

"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it."
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Plan to join an antimilitarism action in DC - in April

Judge dismisses all charges against 131 White House protesters

A federal judge has dismissed all charges against 131 antiwar protesters who were arrested on December 16 at the White House. The protest was organized by Veterans for Peace and included many veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, along with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. Those who participated in the action stated that the dismissal was "clearly a victory for opposition to undeclared wars which are illegal under international law, have led to the destruction of societies in Iraq and Afghanistan, bled the US Treasury in a time of recession, and caused human rights violations against civilians and combatants."   (Full press release below.)

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