Unrest in Pakistan: Moving beyond US national interest

Kathy Kelly and Joshua Brollier of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a WNPJ member group, report after a recent visit to Pakistan:

With 60 million people living in poverty and many more living just above the poverty line, the people of Pakistan have priorities that do not include acting as a proxy to fight U.S. wars against purported terrorists. (Photo: Workers fired from Bureau of Labor Statistics.)

2010/06/16: The Nation: Wis. Democratic Party Tells Congress: Reject More War Spending

Working with Progressive Democrats of America, anti-war delegates to the state convention of the Wisconsin Democratic Party passed a floor resolution urging Congress to block Obama's  "emergency" proposal to spend an addition $33 billion to maintain the pay for the U.S. military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"This is a major shift in thinking on the part of a lot of the Dem party base, who only a year ago were refusing to oppose the war in Afghanistan, arguing that we needed to support President Obama and his plans for escalation of the war," says Steve Carlson, a veteran peace activist, WNPJ member  and PDA organizer.

"Gaza Blockade Quiz" intrigues and informs Madison farmers-market shoppers

Madison activists have responded to the Israeli blockade of Gaza - and the recent killings of humanitarian activists in the enforcement of that blockade - with a creative tactic: a "Gaza Blockade Quiz" that asks shoppers at Madison's popular Capitol farmer's market to identify items banned in Gaza from a table of ordinary household products.

Monona resident Joy First among 24 protesters acquitted after anti-torture protest at Capitol

Activists with the organization Witness Against Torture are celebrating a courtroom victory today, after a Federal Judge acquitted 24 protesters who had been charged with “unlawful entry with disorderly conduct” in connection with demonstrations atthe US Capitol on January 21,2010 - the date by which President Obama had promised the closure of the Guantanamo detention camp. Monona resident and WNPJ member Joy First, of Madison Pledge of Resistance (left, with Cindy Sheehan) was among those who took part in the protest.

WNPJ Blog: A Guantánamo detainee in your town? Two Massachusetts towns say "yes"

Four former Guantánamo prisoners
now relocated to Bermuda

Since the opening of the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a well-orchestrated propaganda campaign has stoked our fears of those held in the prison, who have been routinely referred to as the "Worst of the worst." After President Obama announced a plan to transfer Guantanmo prisoners to a prison within the U.S., the fear-mongering kicked into high gear and Congress capitulated, blocking funds for the transfer, based on the irrational belief that no prison could be secure enough to protect us from Guantánamo's super-terrorists.

But some towns are now shaking off the fear and fighting back against the fear-mongers with an unusual tactic: Town-hall resolutions that invite the Federal government to relocate a released Guantánamo detainee in their town.

The World Cup of economic and military warfare

Kathy Kelly and Joshua Brollier of WNPJ member group Voices for Creative Nonviolence report from Afghanistan: “Our situation is like a football match. The superpower countries are the players, and we are just the ball to be kicked around.” This sentiment, expressed by a young man from North Waziristan, has been echoed throughout many of our conversations with ordinary people here in Pakistan and in Afghanistan. Most are baffled that the United States, with the largest and most modern military in the world, can’t put a stop to a few thousand militants hiding out in the border regions between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

WNPJ Blog: Report from LZ Lambeau

WNPJ and VFP member David Williams reports back from LZ Lambeau, a three-day long "Welcome home" to Vietnam-era vets held at Green Bay's Lambeau field. In the event, David sees an effort to "Rehabilitate the memory and lessons of the Vietnam War from a 'lost' war which should have never been fought to an honorable war which was not properly appreciated at the time", all in a effort to "eradicate the last vestiges of the 'Vietnam Syndrome' and build public acceptance for massive and prolonged U.S. military involvements in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere." Read and comment here...

UFPJ: Demand cutoff in aid to Israel in response to Israeli military killings of Free Gaza flotilla activists

Video of Duluth protest,left.


WNPJ member Joyce Guinn of Germantown in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: U.S. policy change warranted.

WNPJ member Sister Vergine Lawinger of the Racine Dominicans in a letter to the Journal Sentinel: U.S. Must Act

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