Antiwar/Antimilitarism

Wisconsin Residents Contact Representatives in Congress to Call for End to Drone Warfare

Members of the Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars and Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice organized a statewide lobby week against drone warfare during which time visits or calls were made to all eight Congressional offices around the state between January 15-21 as we commemorated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., prophet for peace and nonviolence.

The Future We Deserve: A Wisconsin Without War

 

                                    

Resolution on Economic Conversion and Just Transition to a Sustainable Economy

RESOLUTION ON ECONOMIC CONVERSION AND JUST TRANSITION TO A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY - passed by the South Central Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO on December 16, 2013

 

WHEREAS, Pentagon spending is projected to decrease into the future and such decreases have already begun; and

Love letter to friends on Jeju Island, from Dr Hakim and the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul

Dear friends on Jeju Island: Sung Hee, Paco, Silver, Sister Stella, Dr Park and many others at Gangjeong Village,

I lived in a gorgeous agricultural village in Bamiyan Province of Afghanistan for seven years and like yourselves on Jeju Island in South Korea, every morning, I woke up to a window scene of ‘heaven’.

No eyes would believe that wars had brought ‘hell’ to occupy this land.

I imagine you walking on the simple yet unpolluted paths in Gangjeong Village and that if you stopped for a little breather, you’ll be caressed and cared for by the tree shadows with their sunlight, the chatty play of the neighbourhood children, and the wafts of floral perfume dancing by.

Neither you nor the villagers I lived among would want to lose your aviary-like homes to Greed.

Madison Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends - BOW$H "minute"

Minute to support the Bring Our War $ Home campaign of the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice - approved by the Madison Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends November 3, 2013:

 

Activists (2 from Wis.) go on trial for demanding an end to the CIA'S killer drone program

Members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR] have been active in challenging U.S. invasions and attacks of Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries.  Frequently NCNR members have been arrested, and then in court speak out against such U.S. policies. On May 23, 2013 members of NCNR filed a criminal complaint with the U.S. attorney’s office in Alexandria, Virginia against the CIA’s use of drone strikes to assassinate people in various countries, including Pakistan. The citizen activists never received a response. 

Subsequently, NCNR gathered some 200 signatures on a letter to CIA Director John Brennan seeking a meeting to discuss ending the assassination program.  Again there was no response. On June 29, 2013 six activists went to the Central Intelligence Agency hoping to arrange a meeting with CIA officials.  While a CIA representative accepted the letter, he would not speak with the petitioners.  So these petitioners engaged in a die-in to represent the victims of the assassination program.  The police then arrested Joy First, Mt. Horeb, WI, Malachy Kilbride, Arlington, VA, Max Obuszewski, Baltimore, MD, Phil Runkel, Milwaukee, WI, Cindy Sheehan, Vacaville, CA, and   Janice Sevre-Duszynska, Lexington, KY, and charged them with “enter or remain on installation without authorization.”  Now they are scheduled for trial.

On United States Intervention in Syria: Remember a Few Things

Thanks to Joshua Brollier, a co-coordinator with WNPJ member group Voices for Creative Nonviolence, for this timely piece.  He has participated in delegations and peace-building efforts in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt and Palestine, and studied Arabic in Syria from September 2010- February 2011. 

To those who think the United States should intervene in Syria,

Remember this is the same United States which:

  • is still deeply involved in two failed wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan that have lasted for over a decade without coming to a conclusion.

Victory for Iraqi labor rights!

"Anyone who doubts whether international labor solidarity makes a difference should speak to Hassan Juma'a Awad, President of the Iraq Federation of Oil Unions (IFOU)," reports US Labor Against the War.

"Months after the Ministry of Oil lodged a criminal complaint against Brother Juma'a and after seven or more postponements, his case was finally heard by a Basra count. ... In 30 minutes the court decided to drop the charges. The company lawyer and the prosecutor repeated the accusations against Hassan but could produce no evidence that the Iraqi economy suffered any damage as a consequence of strikes by oil workers over broken promises, unsafe working conditions and lack of respect for their rights."

The Federation of Oil Unions in Iraq stated, "This is an accomplished victory for supporters of freedom of trade union work and supporters of the freedom to work and assemble in Iraq and all over the world, and is the best proof that international and domestic solidarity is capable of reestablishing free and legal trade union work."

WNPJ was one of 164 organizations from around the world that signed onto a statement in support of Hassan and labor rights in Iraq.

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