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Events and Action Alerts for the week of Nov. 27 with WNPJ member groups! Lots going on!

Updated: Nov 24, 2023

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

supporting the work of 80 member groups around Wisconsin.

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SPOTLIGHT on Palestine Products found at the Madison 27th Annual Fair Trade Holiday Festival - Sat. Dec. 2nd!



Sat. Dec. 2nd 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Monona Terrace (1 John Nolen Dr.)

We're back and we're in person - right next door to the Dane County Farmers Market. Let us be your best choice for good karma socially responsible gift giving! More info? https://www.fairtrademadison.org/


Be sure to join MRSCP, Palestine Partners, Madison Playgrounds for Palestine and dozens of other great fair trade vendors at Madison's annual Fair Trade Holiday Festival. This year more than ever we ask you to help Palestinians to remain and thrive on their land by buying the great variety of beautiful and useful products that our three groups are able to bring to you. In spite of the situation, we do have a good supply of embroidery, ceramics, olive wood products, earrings, Hirbawi keffiyehs, olive oil, olive oil soap, zaatar, and more. We will also be promoting awareness of the crisis in Palestine, and raising funds for Gaza relief & the Madison-Masafer Yatta Olive Grove. Madison Rafah Sister City Project http://www.madisonrafah.org

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SPOTLIGHT on Building Unity – In Milwaukee


Fall Unity Summit - with Building Unity in Milwaukee

We are Rising UP! We are Building a Unity Plan!

Saturday, 02 December, 10:00 am - 07:00 pm

4201 N 27th St 7th floor, Old North Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI 53209, USA


Building Unity (BU) - The name of a multi-group project with the goal of facilitating a more united Wisconsin-wide movement for peace, justice, sustainability, and democracy.


Wisconsin Unity Plan Project - The latest BU collaboration project by BU partners. Pulling together a diverse collection of Wisconsin groups and communities with the goal of creating the Wisconsin Unity Plan: (https://tinyurl.com/WIUnityPlan).


Current Highlights of the Wisconsin Unity Plan (also referred to as the Unity Plan or UP) - This evolving and living document will highlight our shared statewide intentions to build a strong participatory democracy that will lead us toward the more rational and moral choices of world peace, social justice, and ecological sanity.

More info: www.buildingunitywisconsin.org or call Building Unity at 608-630-3633

************************** Madison - Palestine Solidarity Week: Dec 2nd - 10th

Learn more and register here.....https://linktr.ee/solidaritymadison



WNPJ member groups and affiliates issue Statements and Action Alerts on Hamas/Palestine/Israel See the developing list here: https://www.wnpj.org/post/statements-from-wnpj-groups-and-their-national-affiliates-on-palestine-israel-hamas


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Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups:


FITCHBURG Mon Nov 27, 10 am - 12 noon UN Monthly Discussion Group - Meet at the library, 5530 Lacy Road. (This group meets on-line on the 2nd Monday of each month. Contact Sam Romano for the zoom call-in details.) This group meets on the 4th Monday of the month. Questions? Agenda and readings for the day? Please bring along concerns and topics you’d like to discuss or share information with us ahead of meeting. Contact: Sam Romano sromano@charter.net


Camp Douglas, Volk Field Tues Nov 28, 3:45 – 4:45 pm Monthly Vigil Against the Drones . To get to the vigil, take the Camp Douglas exit off Interstate 90/94 between Mauston and Tomah. When you exit take County Rd. C to the northeast. You will see the base straight ahead, but follow County Rd. C to the right and within a few blocks is a picnic wayside where you can park. The wayside is now closed for the winter, but you can legally park on the side of the road. There are no bathrooms available during the winter months. We need YOU there. Arrive at the wayside around 3:30 so we have time for introductions and to process to the base together.


WE MUST BRING THIS TERROR THAT THE US GOVERNMENT REIGNS DOWN ON OTHERS TO AN END! The vigil at Volk Field is a legal vigil where we will be on public property. As always, it will be a solemn vigil, remembering the victims of US government drone attacks.

We will gather at the wayside around 3:30 for introductions and to review the plan for the vigil, and then process together to the gates of the base where 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 are interested in carpooling to Volk Field from Madison, please contact Bonnie at 608-256-5088. We usually vigil on the 4th Tuesday of every month. 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


MILWAUKEE Wed Nov 29, 12 noon - 1 pm ANTI-GUN Vigil. Meet at Dunham's Sports, S 108th St. Dunham advertises and sells guns and assault rifles. Sponsored by Casa Maria Catholic Worker House. www.facebook.com/CasaMariaCatholicWorker/


MADISON Wed Nov 29, 7 pm UNA-USA Dane County Annual Membership Meeting. At Christ Presbyterian Church. East Gorham St. The agenda will include presentation of the revised bylaws as well as board nominations. See https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/united-nations-association---dane-county-chapter


MILWAUKEE Wed Nov 29, 7 pm Veterans for Peace #102 November chapter meeting. At St. John's On the Lake, 1800 N Prospect. Contact: MKE Vets for Peace vfpchapter102@gmail.com


LaCROSSE Thurs Nov 30, 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 Buffton (check with organizers – as this is a holiday) dbuffton@yahoo.com


MADISON Thurs Nov 30, 6 - 7 pm Vets for Peace #25 and WORLD BEYOND War Madison: Anti-war Film series "Theaters of War". Meet at the Madison Public Library - Central, West Mifflin Street, Rm 302. The film tonight is "Theaters of War: How the Pentagon and CIA took Hollywood" . Discussion following the films. If you’ve seen Top Gun or Transformers, you may have wondered: Does all of that military machinery on screen come with strings attached? Does the military actually get a crack at the script?


Theaters of War digs deep into a vast new trove of recently released internal government documents to bring the answers to these questions into sharp focus. Traveling across America, filmmaker and media scholar Roger Stahl engages an array of other researchers, bewildered veterans, PR insiders, and industry producers willing to talk. In unsettling and riveting detail, he discovers how the military and CIA have pushed official narratives while systematically scrubbing scripts of war crimes, corruption, racism, sexual assault, coups, assassinations, and torture. From The Longest Day to Lone Survivor, Iron Man to Iron Chef, and James Bond to Jack Ryan, Theaters of War uncovers an alternative “cinematic universe” that stands as one of the great Pentagon PR coups of our time. As these activities gain new public scrutiny, new questions arise: How have they managed to fly under the radar for so long? And where do we go from here? We hope you’ll join us! Questions, ideas, RSVP? warabolition@gmail.com


MADISON Sat Dec 2, 8 am – 3 pm Madison’s 27th Annual Fair Trade Holiday Festival! At Monona Terrace (1 John Nolen Dr.) We're back and we're in person - right next door to the Dane County Farmers Market. Let us be your best choice for good karma socially responsible gift giving! More info? https://www.fairtrademadison.org/ Info sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop – jepeck@wisc.edu and by Madison Rafah Sister City Project


MILWAUKEE Sat Dec 2, 10 am – 7 pm We are Rising UP! We are Building a Unity Plan! 4201 N 27th St 7th floor, Old North Milwaukee. See details above on the Building Unity Spotlight.


APPLETON Sat Dec 2, 11am – 12 noon Fox Valley Monthly Stand for Peace. Houdini Plaza, West Lawrence Street. Every month - the first Saturday! Bring your signs! Organizer: Ronna Swift ronnajean61@gmail.com


MILWAUKEE Sat Dec 2, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Meet at East Locust Street & North Oakland Avenue. Each Saturday, a different location. Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace


VIROQUA Sat Dec 2, 11 am - 12 noon Driftless Palestinian Solidarity Weekly Vigil. Meet at Decker and Main. Action Alert: The Driftless Palestinian Solidarity group has written a petition to demand that Senator Tammy Baldwin support a ceasefire in Gaza. We are trying to get this initiative going throughout the state of WI. If your group is interested in getting signatures, please email Debbie.a.dudek@gmail.com. Thank you for your help!


RACINE Sat Dec 2, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Stand for Ceasefire in Irael and Palestine. Meet at 909 Dr Martin Luther King Dr . We have signs and banners for all! JOIN US today and on Dec. 9th and 16th! We also remind everyone to continue to call your representatives a number of times a week—-for a CEASEFIRE NOW. Contact: ww.facebook.com/RacineCoalitionforPeaceJustice/


VIRTUAL Mon Dec 4, 6:30 pm – 8 pm Learning about Peace – with Echo Valley Hope. Isn’t it time we study peace for a change? Echo Valley Hope will offer The Prem Rawat’s Foundation’s (free) Intro to The Peace Education Program. Clarity, appreciation, inner strength, self-awareness, understanding, dignity, choice, hope, peace and contentment. These are the topics of a free ten-week, video based and interactive course on peace that is used worldwide in schools, prisons, senior centers, veterans groups and more. If you would like to get a first hand look at how the course is run, please register in advance: https://bit.ly/46GQtEh . For more information: Contact Dena Eakles 608-606-4450, dena.eakles@gmail.com

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