State Dept. reverses visa denial for peace activist

Reversing their earlier decision, U.S. Consular officers  have now issued a visa for Dr. Wee Teck Young (left) to come to the U.S. for a multi-state speaking tour as part of the U.S.-Mexico “Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity” organized by Global Exchange. Dr. Young prefers to go by the name Hakim, a name bestowed on him after he served as a public health doctor among refugees on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the Dari language, “Hakim” means “learned one and local healer.” The visa approval  comes after Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Global Exchange, and Fellowship of Reconciliation urged their members and supporters to contact the State Dept. on Hakim's behalf. Responding to the news, Hakim said, "Your support letters to me and to the U.S. Embassies in support of my U.S. visa re-application encourage me deeply in my wish and work for global peace. Your acts of love show me that without extending our hand to one another, neither simple nor difficult steps towards a better, non-violent world could be taken successfully."

WNPJ Local Cost of War Calculator highlights misplaced priorities

What's Mazomanie's share of the three new aircraft carriers the Navy wants to build? How much money got sucked out of Cross Plains' local economy to fund the new F-35 fighter program? The Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice Local Cost of War Calculator provides the answers to questions like this.  Click here to try out a test version of the calculator, with data for more than a dozen Dane County communities. Coming soon: an expanded database to cover more than 700 communities, large and small, in every county in the state.

Washington Post: Iraq War Veteran Uses Music to 'Come Home' Again

Jason Moon, a Milwaukee veteran of the Iraq war who was honored by WNPJ with a Peacemaker of the Year award in 2009, is featured in a national Associated Press story reprinted by the Washington Post, the latest installment in a series taking a closer look at this latest generation of war veterans as they return to civilian life, and the effect this is having on them, their families and American society. 
Moon is the founder of Warrior Songs, a non-profit organization using music to help veterans heal. 
Read the AP story here.

VFP marches in Milton

Vets for Peace members received an enthusiastic reception at the 4th of July parade in the Rock County town of Milton.

The VFP contingent included members from around southeast Wisconsin, a "Peace is Patriotic" parade float, and "No More War" signs. Video by VFP member Norman Aulabaugh.

More arrests at Hancock AFB in drone protest

15 people were arrested June 28 at the gate to Hancock Airbase in Syracuse, N.Y., where they held large banners and signs protesting the military's use of hunter-killer drones.

Pittsburgh Bring Our War $ Home resolution

Passed by a unanimous vote of the Pittsburgh City Council, October 18, 2011:

Resolution to Bring the Troops and War Dollars Home

Philadelphia Bring Our War $ Home resolution

Passed by the Philadelphia City Council on June 21st, 2012 by a vote of 15-2:

RESOLUTION:  Calling on Congress to Redirect Military Spending to Domestic Priorities

Ecuador to withdraw from SOA/WHINSEC

Ecuadoran President Rafaeal Correa (left) has announced that Ecuador will no longer send its soldiers to the School of the Americas (now named the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.) Correa made his decision after meeting with a delegation from SOA Watch, which has documented the many crimes and human-rights abuses committed by Officers who have graduated from the school. Ecuador joins Venezuela, Uruguay, Argentina and Bolivia, who have all pulled out of the SOA.

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