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Events across Wisconsin - the week of May 6th - supported by WNPJ members and groups

Updated: May 7

WNPJ + Register TODAY for the May 18th WNPJ Spring Meeting + SPOTLIGHT on UW Gaza Protests +  MRSCP Action Alert + Annual Mothers’ Day Luncheon in Milwaukee + how to see "Bad River" + other statewide events


The annual spring meeting of theWisconsin Network for Peace and Justice is on

Saturday, May 18, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Join WNPJ for the 2024 Spring Assembly!Our 2024 theme is "Environmental Justice - Confronting Extreme Extraction and Ending Resource Wars on Indigenous and Frontline People"Connect on your own, or meet with a group to connect to Zoom at one of the satellite locations in Superior, Keshena, Milwaukee, and MadisonSome locations may offer social/potluck/networking opportunities. It's free, and open to all!

Register here --->

·  Milwaukee: TBD

The purpose of this annual spring meeting is to offer a program to set our WNPJ goals and vision for the year ahead, with input from our member groups and allies."Reports from the Field" will allow member group contacts five minutes to update us on their activities. Let us know if you want to speak for your member group on the registration form.We will choose a nominating committee for new board members, who will begin their term this fall. If you're interested in serving on the board or nominating committee, let us know at


SPOTLIGHT on UW protests. WNPJ member groups involved with witnessing for peace and negotiations include Madison Rafah Sister City Project, Jewish Voice for Peace, World BEYOND War – Madison, WILPF, Echo Valley Hope, Building Unity, Veterans for Peace #25 – and others…


The Needle is Moving Toward Peace –

by Dena Eakles, posted May 2nd 

As of April 30, 98 universities were engaged in civil disobedience across the US - with three more slated to begin over the next few days.

This is not a one off.

 These people are clear and determined. They've learned from history and from this very ugly present moment. This uprising of love and desire for peace is student led - with the support of their communities - family, clergy, faculty and more. They have absorbed the lessons of history and are putting everything on the line to say "no more".

And what precisely is the "no more"?

They're demanding an end to the genocide of Palestinian people, but not stopping there. They're demanding their universities and colleges stop feeding the military industrial complex and divert the money towards peace building.

By and large the encampments have been peaceful. But you don't hear much about the peaceful. You hear about 1,000's of arrests. You don't read about ongoing debates between city and university police or how a few universities have negotiated with the students in good faith.

Now we see how Wisconsin will handle the students. This early morning brought a wave of militarized police following the orders to shut down the Madison encampment.

I've been on the receiving end of militarized police with batons. I've witnessed provocateurs - both within and outside movements. They attempt to disrupt the peaceful - with intention or with ignorance. We can't be distracted by sideshows.

This is an important and defining moment. These students have taken the passion of the 60's and added the layered learnings of indigenous struggle, nonviolent actions, and the unnerving confidence of ones who know they're on the right side of history.

Beyond a doubt the needle is moving towards peace. And they are reminding us once again that there is another way. The question always remains, will we take it?

I was in Madison for the beginning of the encampment. I was impressed with the manner in which the students conducted themselves and cared for one another. They are working hard to break free from the tyranny of violence that robs this country of everything good. This action by authorities was not warranted. – Posted on  Dena’s ‘let kindness win’ blog


Action Alert from Madison Rafah Sister City Project:

The UW-Madison encampment organizers are also asking everyone to make these four phone calls in protest of the police action. Please insist that all charges against those arrested be dropped and that no further police action against peaceful protestors be taken.

  • Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin (608) 262-9946 Option 4

  • Dean of Students Christina Olstad (608) 263-5700

  • Interim Campus Police Chief Brent Plisch (608) 890-2730

  • Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett: 608-266-4022 (remind him that he's elected)




CANCELLED - this weekend of events is cancelled in light of the UW-Madison Encampment.

CANCELLED - Fri. May 11 - Sat. May 12 - United Madison 24-hour Gaza action

 JVP, Jewish Voice for Peace, Madison DSA, Madison for a World BEYOND War, and the Madison Rafah Sister City Project are uniting again to advocate for an immediate ceasefire, a permanent cessation of hostilities, and an end to all US military aid and tactical support to Israel.

Contact for more information


SPOTLIGHT on Peace Action WI –

Mother's Day Afternoon Peace Luncheon - Milwaukee

Sunday, 12 May, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Art Bar, 722 E Burleigh St

·        Mother’s Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe Read by Julie Byrnes Enslow

·        Founder of the original Mother's Day in 1870, Julia Ward Howe called upon the women of the world to come together to work for the eradication of war.

·        Music by vocalist Dorothy James

·        Special guest speaker on the plight of mothers and children in Gaza.

·        Homemade Desserts - Cash Bar


$25.00 per person- Fundraiser for Peace Action Wisconsin- limited seating. Reservations: 414-269-9525 or email



 'Bad River' is now available for individual screenings through vimeo - and most of the $22 viewing fee goes back to the Bad River folks. Check it out. Questions? Or would you group like to have a public showing? Contact Mary Kay Baum

'Bad River', the powerful new documentary film written and directed by award-winning filmmaker, Mary Mazzio and narrated by Indigenous activist and model Quannah ChasingHorse and award-winning actor Edward Norton, chronicles the Wisconsin-based Bad River Band and its ongoing fight for sovereignty, a story which unfolds in a groundbreaking way through a series of shocking revelations, devastating losses, and a powerful legacy of defiance and resilience. This inspiring project brings us through an epic sweep of history into the present, with a David vs. Goliath battle to save Lake Superior, the largest freshwater resource in America. As Eldred Corbine, a Bad River Tribal Elder declares: “We gotta protect it… die for it, if we have to.”  


WNPJ member group events….

MADISON Mon May 6, 12 noon – 1 pm Monday Noon Vigil for Peace – Meet at the corner of MLK, Jr. Blvd and Doty St. For more information, call Tim at 608-630-3633.

MADISON Tues May 7, 12 noon – 3 pm Event by Maeqtekuahkihkiw Metaemohsak Inc., Woodland Women. At the Wisconsin State Capitol . #May5th is the National Day of Awareness for #MMIWG and Woodland Women are working in collaboration with Wisconsin Women's Council and the Wisconsin Task Force for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women to center families and survivors in this heart work we do to support and stand with them in healing. This event promotes that support and healing by bringing awareness and testimony to the truths of our people and the violence that happens to us. We want to include all of our relatives that have gone missing and have been murdered. This includes our brothers and our two spirit relatives. We will #WraptheCapitol in red with our ribbon skirts, dresses, and ribbon shirts with song and prayer. All families are welcome to come speak. Please let us know how we can support you in that. #MMIWG2S #MMIW #MMIP #MMIR #MaehkīwEnāhpes #RedDress Sent to WNPJ by Peace ACcion WI - 

Keshena - Wed May 8.... throughout the day - Building Unity's "UnityMobile" and the Democracy Tour is coming to the Menominee Nation. Join us at the Cultural Learning Center at the College of the Menominee Nation for pizza, refreshments, fellowship, and an opportunity to explore creating a united response to the violent forces of colonialism, militarism, racism, extractive capitalism, etc... Please call Building Unity at 608-630-3633 with questions.

 VIRTUAL Wed May 8, 1 pm  Public Comment Period Opens on Plan to Run Monticello Reactor 20 Additional Years: Two public meetings to deal with question about the Draft EIS. A virtual meeting/teleconference will be May 8, 2024, at 1 p.m. and an in-person meeting will be held May 15, 2024, at 6 p.m., at the Monticello Community Center in Monticello, Minn.  Contact John LaForge – 715-491-3813, ; and Kelly Lundeen – 715-933-1941,  for more information on the zoom link.

MADISON and VIRTUAL Thurs May 9, 7 – 8:30 pm WI Faith Voices for Justice Interfaith Intersection event - ”Forgiveness”. Bahai Center, 324 W Lakeside St, This program brings people together to hold intentional conversations on a variety of topics related to faith. An important aspect of this program is that our panelists are lay people, not clergy or academics. Therefore, panelists will address the topics speaking from their own understanding of their faith but not speaking for their faith. Please volunteer if you're interested in being a panelist. PLEASE RSVP HERE. 


VIRTUAL Thurs May 9, 6:30 – 7:30 pm  Basebuilding: Community Mapping & Organizing Conversations with the Poor People’s Campaign. On Zoom RSVP for 5/9 Basebuilding Educational Meeting. During our time together we will learn how to utilize the practice of community mapping to help us understand where we meet our base. Additionally, we'll discuss how to engage in organizing conversations that set us up in the best ways possible to cultivate deep, meaningful relationships with those we meet, and to develop ourselves and others as leaders in the movement to end poverty.


LaCROSSE Thurs May 9, 12 noon - 12:30 pm Weekly Women in Black Peace Vigil. Meet at Main St & 4th Street South. A weekly vigil for peace every Thursday. Contact Deborah. 

MILWAUKEE Sat May 11, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Saint Paul and Water. Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. 

MADISON May 11, 3 – 4:30 pm Dane County Poor People's Campaign Gathering. We'll meet outdoors in the community space between the Brittingham and Karabis buildings at the Triangle - 755 Braxton Place. Join us to connect with others in the Madison area as we share updates and make plans for organizing this year and beyond! We will have food and fun and would love to see you there.


VIROQUA Sat May 11, 11 am - 12 noon Driftless Palestinian Solidarity Weekly Vigil. Meet at Decker and Main. Action Alert: The Driftless Palestinian Solidarity group has a petition to demand that Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson support a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and end financial aid to Israel's military.  If your group is interested in getting signatures, please email Thank you for your help! 

RACINE Sat May 11, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace. At NW corner of Highways 31 and 20. Park in the SW corner of the Kohl's parking lot, near the AT&T store. Supported by the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice. We have signs, banners and flags available for all. Check out our website,    for weather concerns. Free Palestine!

MILWAUKEE Sun May 12, 3 – 4 pm  Mother's Day Afternoon Peace Luncheon. Art Bar, 722 E Burleigh St. See the Spotlight above….

REGISTER BY MAY 12th for this event to be held on the 16th! MADISON Thurs May 16, 6 – 8 pm  Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Annual Gathering – Meet at the Black Business Hub, 2352 S. Park Street. We have an exciting panel of experts who will discuss the Future of Redistricting & Fair Maps in Wisconsin.

·         Angela Lang – Black Leaders Organizing Communities

·         Julie Keown-Bomar – Wisconsin Farmers Union

·         Jeff Mandell – Law Forward

·         Jacob Carrel – National Redistricting Foundation

Doors open at 5:00 and the program begins promptly at 6:00. Go here for additional information and to register by no later than Sunday, May 12: Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Annual Gathering Registration. Feel free to share widely including on Facebook. We look forward to this opportunity to express our appreciation for your support for our collaborative efforts to build real democracy in Wisconsin and beyond, as well as to welcome Nick Ramos to the helm. Beverly Speer/Wisconsin Democracy Campaign 



Join WNPJ!WNPJ welcomes individual members and groups!

For individuals, join at a sliding scale rate of $35/year – or whatever fits your budget!

For between $50 - $75/year, a WNPJ membership keeps your group connected with peace and justice efforts and helps keep the Network going - and growing!

We help our member organizations reach a wider audience by amplifying your peace and justice events and actions on our listserve and Facebook page. Membership also provides access to our community tabling opportunities, our online toolbox of peace and justice resources, and a community that cares about your peace and justice journey.



Here's an opportunity for WNPJ member groups!

WNPJ member groups can sign up for a Saturday opportunity to TABLE at the Dane County Farmers Market – this Spring and summer at the Capitol Square. The Farmers Market opening date is April 13th – 7 am to 1 pm …and runs through Nov. 9th on Saturdays.

Bring your own table and hand-outs to the King Street corner of the Square, site #10, next to the VFP #25 table! You can't sell anything at the non-profit table, but donations to your group are acceptable.

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