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Events around WI for the week of July 8th with WNPJ member groups

WNPJ + MUSIC for the WATER + Coalition to March on the RNC in Milwaukee and the Dems in Chicago + CAFO Meeting in SW Wisconsin + WDC Advice on Voting in August + other statewide events

LA POINTE, MADLEINE ISLAND Sat July 13, 11 am – 5 pm  MUSIC for the WATER Annual Event. Join us for another revival of Madeline Island, a vision of good will for all nations and people to come celebrate with a colorful offering of regional art, music, and camaraderie.

For over 10,000 years Madeline Island was the place for Indigenous vendors traveling waterways of North America, from Niagara Falls in the East to the Columbia River in the West. Moningwaane’akaaning was a crossroads of historic empires and civilizations.

Once the Council Grounds capital of the Ojibwe Nation, the island hosted fishing camps, ancient villages, games of chance, la crosse and snow snakes, agricultural and trade markets, an abundance of food and medicine from the woods, dugout/birchbark canoe construction, and seasonal events from treaty payouts and great festivals of song, dance and celebration.

For more information contact  / 715-558-2991.




CONFRONTING THE CONVENTIONS.  GOP in Milwaukee, Dems in Chicago.  VFP is non-partisan; we are protesting at both. 


Veterans for Peace Milwaukee Chapter Action Alert:

The Coalition to March on the RNC 2024 consists of over 50 local and national grassroots, community, and labor organizations. The Coalition is leading the mass family-friendly rally and march on the first day of the Republican National Convention at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Monday, July 15th, 2024.

Points of unity:

 Fight the racist and reactionary Republican agenda!

 Defend women's and reproductive rights!

 Demand peace, justice, and equity for all!

 Stand with Palestine!

Follow us on social media to stay involved in the movement!

MKE Vets for Peace 


July 15–August 19. Poor People's Army March. Endorsed by Veterans for Peace, the two-week Poor People's Army March will go from Milwaukee – site of the Republican National Convention (July 15) – to Chicago – site of the Democratic National Convention, August 19.

From the Poor People’s Campaign:r quest for a transformed, inclusive, and peaceful USA, a resounding call to march has emerged. We seek your

endorsement and support for the Poor People’s Army March on the 2 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. 

The USA, the most advanced empire in history, stands at a crossroads. This march transcends discontent; it's a movement rooted in understanding complex societal issues, challenging the existig political order, envisioning a future prioritizing humanity over profit.***************************************************

Roth Feeder Pig II CAFO Update from Crawford Stewardship Project  Informative Crawford County Land Conservation Committee Meeting July 9th in Prairie du Chien

At the June meeting, Dave Troester (Crawford Co Conservationist) mentioned that the two year permits given to Roth Feeder Pig II to construct and populate their operation will be expiring in August, and no signs of construction have been noted at the proposed site on Harvest Lane. The county has heard nothing further from the owner/operators, and is requesting a report at the July meeting.  This is an opportunity for supporters to come and hear what AV Roth and your county Land Conservation Committee have to say about Roth Feeder Pig’s bid to become the largest hog CAFO in the state.


The meeting will take place on July 9th, at 9am.Please consider attending either virtually (each individual must ask Amy Oppriecht for the link: or 608-326-0272 during business hours) or in person at the County Administration Building (225 N Beaumont Rd, Prairie du Chien) in room #215.The Soil and Water Conservation meeting when this discussion will be held starts immediately after the Land Use meeting which starts at 9am, so we suggest signing in or showing up at 9:00am or 9:30am at the latest to ensure you catch this part.We are calling for interested parties to come largely to listen, recognizing that this is not a public hearing, though a few concise comments at the end would be appropriate.  Crawford Stewardship Project <


Are you wondering about the August 13th WI Ballot? Here’s a SPOTLIGHT on our member group, the WI Democracy Campaign – and their advice on the Constitutional Amendments!


Breaking Down the August Constitutional Amendments

For more information about the August Amendments, check out this toolkit 

❌ Question 1: “Delegation of appropriation power. Shall section 35 (1) of article IV of the constitution be created to provide that the legislature may not delegate its sole power to determine how moneys shall be appropriated?” 

❌ Question 2: “Allocation of federal moneysShall section 35 (2) of article IV of the constitution be created to prohibit the governor from allocating any federal moneys the governor accepts on behalf of the state without the approval of the legislature by joint resolution or as provided by legislative rule?” 

These questions are difficult to understand. They were written intentionally, in ambiguous language, to over-simplify and conceal their intent—consolidate power into the legislative branch.   

There are lawmakers in the state legislature who want to pass another set of anti-democratic amendments in August that will allow lawmakers to stonewall the Governor by forcing the Governor to receive legislative approval (both the senate and the assembly) before the Governor can spend federal dollars that are appropriated to Wisconsin.  

We do not need red tape when emergencies and natural disasters happen in Wisconsin.  

If these constitutional amendments were to pass, what happens when the legislature is gridlocked, or if they are out of session when a natural disaster happens?  

Wisconsin families would suffer. 

Wisconsinites should not have to wait because the legislature decided to create an artificial barrier when it wasn’t necessary in the first place. 

State statute already provides budgetary and fiscal authorization to the legislature.  

Approving these amendments will have unintended consequences and cement them into our constitution.  

Stop messing with our constitution already. Vote NO in August on all the constitutional amendments on your ballot.  



WNPJ member group events….

MADISON Mon July 8, 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 Monday July 8, 5:30 – 6:30 pm Boost Voting Turnout!350 Wisconsin Relational Post Carding training. Society of Friends (Quakers), 1704 Roberts Ct. RSVP Here!  Hosted in collaboration with the Working Families Party. The Relational Post Carding program is a unique and effective way to reach out to your friends and family with a personalized message to turn them out to vote. By taking a selfie and sending a postcard featuring your picture, you can remind and persuade those close to you to vote NO on the dangerous August ballot questions that threaten our state. Research shows that people are more likely to pay attention to and be influenced by messages from friends, especially when they are personalized in this way.  If you can’t make this session, there’s a Virtual Session - Thursday, July 11, Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Zoom Registration Link: Register Here 


PRAIRIE DU CHIEN and VIRTUAL, Tues July 9, 9 am   Informative Crawford County Land Conservation Committee Meeting.  See details above in the Spotlight section..

VIRTUAL Tues July 9,  2 - 3 pm  Monthly zoom call for WNPJ's Environmental Justice Check-In. The calls occur the second Tuesday at 2 pm every month. The zoom link is always the same and is offered below. These calls are a chance for EJ organizations to draw attention to their activities, petitions, actions and more. It is an opportunity to learn from one another and to bring focused awareness to the most important actions occurring in a given month. We are seeing the importance of these communication and are hoping more people can join the discussion. Please be prepared to offer a 3- 5 minute synopsis of your organization's efforts and participate in the think-tank that occurs among us towards EJ. If you would like to have your efforts listed in the agenda please contact;  at least one week before the call. Join Zoom Meeting  Meeting ID: 881 4337 0873


VIRTUAL Tues Jul 9, 6:30 pm Taking a Faithful Stand for Equity webinar -  Recent Supreme Court Decisions.  The United States Supreme Court has handed down decisions this year, and is about to release their last decisions of this session, that will affect our ability to stay safe from gun violence, access health care, hold up the separation of church and state, and more.  Join us on July 9 at 6:30 to hear from former US Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin James Santelle as he unpacks these decisions for us. Register here for the July 9 webinar.


VIRTUAL Wed July 10, 2 – 3 pm Weekly Line 5 Public Comment Support with Britnie Remer of 350 Wisconsin.  Now through August 4th, the U.S. Army Corps is taking public comment on Enbridge’s proposed Line 5 expansion in northern Wisconsin. This is a significant opportunity to tell the Corps and the Biden Administration about our concerns regarding this risky project! If you’re feeling stuck in the process, need help with talking points, or are just looking for general support as you write your comments, feel free to virtually drop in and chat with Britnie, our Fossil Fuel Organizer, on Wednesdays through the end of July.    Learn more on Facebook.


LaCROSSE Thurs July 11, 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.  

VIRTUAL  Thurs July 11, 6:30 – 7:30 pm WILPF Monthly Book Circle Conversation. Let’s Talk about….Master, Slave, Husband, Wife; An Epic journey from Slavery to Illyon Woo. For questions or more information on getting the zoom link, send a message to Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-Madison 608-609-7961

MILWAUKEE Sat July 13, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: King and Locust Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs.   

VIROQUA Sat July 13, 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 July 13, 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!

LA POINTE, MADLEINE ISLAND Sat July 13, 11 am – 5 pm  MUSIC for the WATER Annual Event. Join us for another revival of Madeline Island, a vision of good will for all nations and people to come celebrate with a colorful offering of regional art, music, and camaraderie. Learn more in the Spotlight above…  / 715-558-2991.


VERONA Sat July 13, 3 – 6 pm  Farley Center Summer Market. 2299 Spring Rose Rd. Exciting news! We have added some new vendors for our July 13 Farley Center Summer Market! Get ready to shop local and support small businesses. We are featuring our beekeeping program with a 4:00 tour by Farley Center Beekeeper Patrick Norby and music by Country Road PD/Daithi Wolfe and Prentice Berge. Can't wait to see you there!  

 OJIBWE CEDED TERRITORY Sat July 13 – Fri July 19 The Healing Circle Run.  Gaawiin gidinigaazisiin Anishinaabe gidaaw, The Healing Circle Run is a prayer for healing. It is an opportunity to pray for healing for ourselves, our families, our communities, our nation, Aki and all our relatives. This 7-day run connects 10 tribal nations throughout the Ojibwe Ceded Territory. Join us as we run our homelands, or walk/run in prayer and unity from wherever you are. If you have any questions about Healing Circle Run 2024, please contact  or (715) 682-6619.


MILWAUKEE Sun July 14, 1 - 6 pm "Rally for Democracy," in Milwaukee. At the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts at 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. . Purchase your $5 ticket here in advance. Understand the dangers and fallacies of white Christian nationalism; Advocate for our true common faith values': Support democracy and help build a beloved community. National Speakers:

·  Rev. Al Sharpton (National Action Network)

·  Ms. Amanda Tyler (Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

·  Rev. Bryan Massingale (Fordham University Center for Ethics Education)

·  Rev. Jim Wallis (Georgetown University Center on Faith and Justice)

A livestream will also be available for those who cannot attend in person. Purchase your ticket here in advance.

Contact: For more information, contact us at (414) 264-0805 or via email at


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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.

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