150 communities join in call for end to Iraq, Afghanistan occupations

On the March 20 weekend,  residents of more than 150 communities, large and small, came together to mark the beginning of the 8th year of the U.S. occupation of Iraq and to demand that the billions of dollars now being spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan occupations be redirected to human needs here at home. Nineteen events took place in Wisconsin alone.  Videographers at the Peace, Justice and Environment Project collected footage from around the country to create this video.

2010/03/22: Badger Herald: City examines military force in Middle East

The campus Badger Herald reports: Various area activist groups came together Saturday afternoon to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the war in Iraq and protest the United States’ continued involvement in Afghanistan. The rally was organized by the Madison Area Peace Coalition and drew around 200 individuals from the community and representatives from such groups as the South

2010/03/17: Adopting a 1960s flavor, Madison holds a teach-in on the war

On Friday night some UW-Madison students will gather in a classroom, choosing to attend a war policy debate instead of — or at least before — a keg party. It may sound more befitting the UW campus of the 1960s, but that's kind of the point. (Photo of 1960s teach-in from Wis. State Journal.) UW-Madison is hosting a "teach-in" on the war in Afghanistan this weekend, reviving a practice common during the campus' turbulent Vietnam War years.

2010/03/21: Green Bay Press Gazette: Tell the Assembly to Safeguard the Guard

An opinion column by WNPJ Chair Jim Draeger, Oshkosh Deputy Mayor Tony Palmeri, and Liberty Tree Foundation Executive Director Ben Manski:

For the first time in recent history, citizens of Wisconsin have the opportunity to help answer the question, "Who decides about war?" Read it here.

Report from Palestine: Soldiers attack, traumatize family

Cassandra Dixon, pictured, of WNPJ member group Mary House reports from Palestine:

On 15 March 2010, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz published an article by Amira Hass which details an attack in At-Tuwani two months ago. During the attack, two squads of Israeli soldiers injured and traumatized several members of a Palestinian family. Footage of that

Maryland "Bring the Guard Home" does its homework

The week of March 8 was an important one for activists in two states working to reform federal use of their states' National Guards, with hearings scheduled before both the Maryland and Wisconsin legislatures on "Safeguard the Guard" legislation.

New Zealand Peace protesters win acquittal on charges of damaging U.S. spy base

Protesters in 2008 punctured a cover at the Waihopai satellite station in New Zealand. Photo: New Zealand Herald

In New Zealand, three peace activists have been found not guilty of breaking into and damaging a spy base used in the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq. In April 2008, the three activists entered the Waihopai facility and deflated a plastic dome used to cover a satellite dish.

After the verdict, one of the three acquitted activists, Dominican friar Peter Murnane, said they acted to help mitigate the human suffering caused by the Iraq war.

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