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Here's what's coming up for WNPJ groups NEXT week - June 26 - July 7th.

Updated: Jun 25, 2023


WNPJ + Joyous Pride to all from FUS + Ice Cream Fundraiser in Richland Center + Seeking Donations for JustDane + other statewide events… ********************************



The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 76 member groups around Wisconsin. Here are Spotlights and events listings for many of our member groups: www.wnpj.org *******************************


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SPOTLIGHT on the First Unitarian Society - Madison Joyous Pride to all! As we celebrate Pride this month, and again, in August, may we call to mind these words by poet Sharon Wylie:


Wholeness You are welcome here, all of you Every part of you beautiful just the way you are Here you do not need to be something more or something less No holding back, no hiding No exerting yourself, no trying to do more or be more You have inherent worth and dignity Nothing to prove here, Nothing to prove to me or the person sitting next to you or to the children or to anyone You don’t have to try and be witty or more quiet or more outgoing You are beautiful; every part of you beautiful just the way you are You do not need to change anything about yourself to be welcome here: Your skin, your hair, your belly, your limbs, your face— all beautiful just the way they are You are extraordinary Each and every one of you different from each and beautiful in your own beautiful way, Breathtaking.

"In the last few years states have advanced a record number of bills that attack LGBTQ rights, especially transgender youth. The ACLU is tracking these attacks and working with our national network of affiliates to support LGBTQ people everywhere." -Source ACLU

Currently, 491 anti-LGBTQ Bills are being watched. Not all will pass, but their mere existence is harmful to all of us. We cannot be silent. For more, visit the ACLU website here: https://www.aclu.org/legislative-attacks-on-lgbtq-rights Sent to WNPJ by the Reproductive Freedom Team at First Unitarian Society - which has decided to encompass issues of gender and gender affirming care in their social justice work. To get involved, please contact First Unitarian Society of Madison - kristis@fusmadison.org ***********************************************

SPOTLIGHT on the Santa Teresa Sister City Project of Richland Center: If you're in Richland Center on Friday evening, June 30, consider stopping by the Kilian Meyer shelter in Krouskop Park (1050 N. Orange Street) to enjoy a meal and support the Sister City Project. Serving from 5-7:30 PM. Menu includes barbeque, rice and beans, salads, root beer floats, ice cream sundaes with all the toppings. Free will offering - all money raised at this event goes toward our work in Santa Teresa, Nicaragua. https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/richland-center---santa-teresa-sister-city-project ******************************

Guests at JustDane's Healing House often come there with the bare minimum. Please help us provide some items to make them feel comfortable. The Program Coordinator has developed a wish list of items they need. Slippers, baby lotion, batteries and more: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c44a9ac29abf9c07-healing3#/ Please only donate NEW items, as the Healing House serves people who are recuperating and can't accept used items.

Please sign-up to donate and drop off the smaller items at the Healing House: 303 Lathrop St., Madison, WI 53726. Questions? Contact Jean Alt at jean@justdane.org or (608) 256-0906. https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/justdane *************************** Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups:

MILWAUKEE Tues Jun 27th, 7 - 8 pm. Veterans for Peace Monthly Meeting. Saint John's On The Lake, North Prospect Avenue. Please make note and plan to join us, in person or via Zoom. For more information: vfpchapter102@gmail.com

VOLK FIELD Tues Jun 27th 3:45 – 4:45 Monthly Vigil Against the DRONES! – Camp Douglas. Arrive at the wayside around 3:30 so we have time for introductions and to process to the base together. Our regular vigils at Volk Field are part of a larger worldwide campaign to bring an end to drone warfare. We will hold a solemn vigil for one hour to remember those killed by drones. Participants can stand in silence or read poems and stories about the effects of drone warfare. It is important that the voices of the victims be brought to the gates of Volk Field. Bring posters if you can. If you have any questions please call or email Joy at 608 239-4327 or joyfirst5@gmail.com or Bonnie at 608-256-5088 or blb24@earthlink.net. Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars


VERONA Thurs Jun 29th, 12 noon Farm Bill session with Representative Mark Pocan - Verona public library. For more information contact John Peck of the Family Farm Defenders - jepeck@wisc.edu - https://familyfarmers.org/

MILWAUKEE Thurs Jun 29th 12 noon - 1 pm ANTI-GUN Vigil - Dunham's Sports, S 108th St, West Allis. The Gun Violence Archive reports nearly 17,500 people across the U.S. have been killed by firearms so far this year, with 70 separate mass shootings in the month of May. Dunham advertises and sells guns and assault rifles. If we continue to support gun violence and those who make and proliferate them people who profit from these will keep making and distributing them in our society, and the more people will die from guns and other assault weapons. “Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.” Casa Maria Catholic Worker casamariamke@gmail.com

SINSINAWA Fri Jun 30th, 9 am - 3 pm No Child Left Inside: Weekly Day camp for kids. Sinsinawa Mound Center, County Road Z. Eric Anglada, Sinsinawa’s Ecological Programming Coordinator, will be leading this weekly day camp. These day-long camps in June and July, open to ages from 7 to 11, will be filled with games, exploration, story-telling, hiking, plant identification and more. Participants should be ready to learn about themselves and nature, get some exercise and have lots of fun. Children should bring their own water bottle, lunch, snack and hat. We will spend the entirety of the day outdoors. Registration ends on the Wednesday prior to each Friday. The fee is $30 per day camp or $120 for all five camp sessions. Contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at https://www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter for more information. Sinsinawa Mound, the motherhouse for the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, is located in southwest Wisconsin on County Road Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque.

MILWAUKEE Sat Jul 1st 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI Weekly Stand for Peace. Each week, a different vigil site in Milwaukee. Bring your signs for peace! Questions? Contact Peace Action WI - info@peaceactionwi.org or see https://www.peaceactionwi.org

VIRTUAL Thurs Jul 6th, 12 noon - 1 pm WNPJ's Weaving the Web

First Thursday of each month, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm All are welcome to drop in the first Thursday of each month - ....no agenda, just people who care about peace and justice showing up to connect. Contact office@wnpj.org with questions, Zoom Meeting Information:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89361313008?pwd=UmxCOUcxL3ZFb244aXp0SnBVTFRSZz09

VIRTUAL Thurs Jul 6th, 6 - 8 pm WILPF Monthly Virtual Book Club. We'll talk about... "Lessons in Chemistry". To get the zoom link, reply to: wilpfmadison@gmail.com

SINSINAWA Fri Jul 7th, 9 am - 3 pm No Child Left Inside: Weekly Day camp for kids. Sinsinawa Mound Center, County Road Z. Eric Anglada, Sinsinawa’s Ecological Programming Coordinator, will be leading this weekly day camp. These day-long camps in June and July, open to ages from 7 to 11, will be filled with games, exploration, story-telling, hiking, plant identification and more. Participants should be ready to learn about themselves and nature, get some exercise and have lots of fun. Children should bring their own water bottle, lunch, snack and hat. We will spend the entirety of the day outdoors. Registration ends on the Wednesday prior to each Friday. The fee is $30 per day camp or $120 for all five camp sessions. Contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at https://www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter for more information. Sinsinawa Mound, the motherhouse for the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, is located in southwest Wisconsin on County Road Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque.


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WNPJ member groups can sign up for a Saturday opportunity to TABLE at the Madison Farmers Market – this Spring and summer at the Capitol Square. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4daaa929a5fac34-wnpj#/ The Farmers Market opening date is April 15th – 7 am to 1 pm …and runs through the Fall on Saturdays. Sign up for your spot today! Bring your own table and hand-outs to the King Street corner of the Square, next to the VFP #25 table! Questions? Contact info@wnpj.org ****************************************

Interested in a yard sign? WNPJ has yard signs available! yardsigns@wnpj.org


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Special thanks to volunteer Kathy Esposito for her volunteer work putting the WNPJ weekly e-bulletin together!

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