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Events and Action Alerts for the week of April 15th!

Updated: Apr 11

WNPJ + Spotlight on 350 WI and  Earth Day events + Peace in Gaza + SAVE the date May 18th for a WNPJ Spring Meeting on Environmental Justice + other statewide events

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The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization

supporting the work of 85 member groups around Wisconsin. 

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SPOTLIGHT on 350 Wisconsin on Earth Day…


Art Collective Earth Week Celebrations in Madison….with 350 Wisconsin

Please consider joining the Art Collective at one or both of the following Earth Week kick-off celebrations!

 

Saturday, April 20 at 10am, a group of rather unusual visitors will appear at the Dane County Farmers’ Market, on the North Hamilton plaza of the capitol square.  These out-of-town “visitors” will be urging people to consider climate change in their voting choices, but all will transpire in an  unexpected way.  We would LOVE to have you join us, either to help hold a banner or to be a smiling face in the crowd. We also need help with tabling!  This is a great opportunity to educate folks about 350 Wisconsin and the important work that we do.

 

Later that day, we invite all to participate in an Earth Day procession and rally with students from around Wisconsin.  We’ll meet at East Campus Mall at 1pm, march to Library Mall and then down State Street to a brief rally on the Capitol steps that will begin around 2pm.  We’d love to have as many folks as possible wearing “critter hats” to show our support for these young adults who are facing down the climate crisis with great resolve.  contact@350wisconsin.org  

 To join us for either of these events, please sign up here:


 

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WNPJ member groups and affiliates issue Statements, Events, Action Alerts on Hamas/Palestine/Israel

(image at Marquette University – from Peace Action WI)

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SAVE the DATE: Saturday May 18th from 1pm - 3 pm, for WNPJ’s Annual Spring Meeting – We will be meeting in satellite locations and connecting via zoom in Appleton, Milwaukee, Madison and maybe more….

The WNPJ Spring Steering Committee Meeting is coming up in May for contacts of our 85 member groups, plus interested members. The purpose of this annual Spring meeting is to set our goals and vision for the year ahead, with input from our member groups.  

"Reports from the Field" will allow member group contacts to give a five minute update on their activities. We will also be choosing a nominating committee for Board members. 

Our theme for 2024 will be influenced by Environmental Justice - confronting extreme extraction and ending resource wars (on Indigenous and Frontline People).

Watch for registration materials and local gatherings. We’ll send out a list of member groups by region – so you can find others who may want to gather near you for a WNPJ virtual event on the 18th!  Funds for snacks available.  Let us know if you would like to host a gathering! info@wnpj.org

 

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Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups:


MADISON Mon Apr 15, 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.  


MILWAUKEE Mon Apr 15, 4 – 5 pm  Peacemaker in Residence & Waging Peace in Vietnam Keynote; A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace. Marquette’s Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier Suites BC, 1355 W. Wisconsin Ave. Le Ly Hayslip, Vietnamese-American author, philanthropist, peace activist, and speaker, will deliver the closing keynote of the Waging Peace in Vietnam series at Marquette. She is the author of two memoirs—When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace—which were adapted into the film Heaven & Earth, written and directed by Oliver Stone. Since 1986, she has founded two charitable organizations: the East Meets West Foundation and the Global Village Foundation. Free and open to the public. For more information about Milwaukee’s events, contact: Vfpchapter102@gmail.com

 

VIRTUAL Mon Apr 15, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Webinar: Online to Offline Organizing.  Join the IVE Team for School of Democracy's session led by Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, Executive Director of Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice to learn more about how faith communities and leaders can play a role in electoral cycles and civic engagement. Who should attend? Organizers, Faith Leaders, Executive Directors, Presidents, Board Members, Digital Organizers and any other person within WISDOM, its affiliates or partner organizations, beginners passionate about organizing, leaders with a commitment to protecting our democracy, people who have an interest in electoral politics, and anyone interested in strengthening their digital skills. Register here. For any questions, please contact WISDOM's Digital Organizer, Amanda Ali at aali@wisdomwisconsin.org


MADISON Tues Apr 16, 7 pm A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace, WI Historical Society, 816 State Street. Talk and book signing of her memoir When Heaven and Earth Changed Places, by Le Ly Hayslip, Vietnamese-American author, philanthropist, peace activist, and speaker, with Norman Stockwell, interlocutor. Part of the VFP Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibit.  Further information: Judy Karofsky judykarofsky@gmail.com Phone: 608-770-5600

 

LaCROSSE Thurs Apr 18, 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. dbuffton@yahoo.com 


MILWAUKEE Thurs Apr 18, 12 noon – 1 pm  Anti-ROTC Vigil. Meet in front of Marquette University Library on Wisconsin Ave. No Christian institution should be teaching our young that it is okay to kill people called enemies by our government. Sent to WNPJ by Casa Maria Catholic Worker House – www.casamariacatholicworker.weebly.com   


EAU CLAIRE Fri Apr 19th, 5 – 6 pm Monthly Peace Stand - Wisconsin 93 Trunk & Golf Road. The 3rd Friday of each month is Peace Stand time in Eau Claire, going on since 2004. We gather with signs at Hwy 93 & Golf Road, 5-6 pm, we visit one another and sometimes we sing. Stand and be counted. Contact for more information: helpsmeet@usa.net 


MADISON Sat Apr 20, 10 am through 3 pm – 350 Earth Day events….see the Spotlight above for details….


MILWAUKEE Sat Apr 20, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Farwell and North. Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace 


VIROQUA Sat Apr 20, 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  driftless.solidarity@gmail.com. Thank you for your help! 


RACINE Sat Apr 20, 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, http://racinepeace.wordpress.com    for weather concerns. Free Palestine!


Sunday April 21, 2 pm: Screening of the movie: Hunting in Wartime, directed by Samantha Farinella. Screening at the WI Historical Society, 816 State Street. A documentary film exposing the mistreatment of patriotic Native American soldiers while they served in Vietnam and upon their return to the United States. Introduced by Samantha Skenandore, tribal advocate. Part of the VFP Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibit. Further information: Judy Karofsky judykarofsky@gmail.com Phone: 608-770-5600

 

VIRTUAL Sun Apr 21, 3 -  4:30 pm  Screening of “Common Ground” and discussion with Pat Skogen, hosted by the Christine Center! From the filmmakers of Kiss the Ground comes the follow-up documentary, Common Ground, winner of the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival, which explores how regenerative agriculture can help heal the soil, our health and the planet. The discussion will be facilitated by Pat Skogen, long-time Wisconsin Farmers Union leader, educator and organic dairy farmer, who is a fierce advocate for family farms and rural communities and works to organize against the growing number of CAFOs invading Wisconsin’s countryside. The film can be watched online prior to the discussion between April 19th and 21st. For more info and to register, visit: https://christinecenter.org/community-in-action/  Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop peckjohne@gmail.com

 

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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!https://www.wnpj.org/membership

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.

 

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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.

Questions? Contact info@wnpj.org

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