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How are WNPJ member groups organizing the week of Sept. 18th? Check it out here!

Updated: Sep 18, 2023




WNPJ + Solidarity with 'Stop Cop City' + Update on Cassandra Dixon’s hearing in Palestine + Spotlight on 350 Wisconsin + UN International Day of Peace + other statewide events…


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SAVE the DATE: Saturday, October 28th in Appleton. Join us in-person or virtually for the Annual WNPJ Fall Assembly. Interested in planning, contact Dena.eakles@gmail.com *********************************** The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 79 member groups around Wisconsin.


Here are Spotlights and Events listings for many of our member groups: *******************************

(photo credit to the https://atlsolidarity.org/#why site) ACTION ALERT: This is a call to stand in solidarity with the 61 'Stop Cop City' (aka Defend the Atlanta/Weelaunee Forest) co-defendants who have been indicted on bogus RICO charges in a highly political prosecution against a broad social movement fighting deforestation and police militarization in Atlanta. We extend particular solidarity to one of these co-defendants, one of our own: Ph.D. student Hannah Kass, jointly affiliated with the Department of Geography and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hannah is also a volunteer with the WNPJ member group, Madison Infoshop. This alert was sent to WNPJ by John Peck of the Infoshop - jepeck@wisc.edu . Read the full story here: https://www.wnpj.org/post/solidarity-statement-free-hannah-her-co-defendants Sign a petition to the Attorney General and the District Attorneys of Fulton County and Dekalb County, demanding they drop the charges: https://forms.gle/DV43zBLthiB13B6T9 Donate to the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, a bail and legal defense fund for forest defenders: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/contribute-to-the-atlanta-solidarity-fund ********************************

Cassandra Dixon of the WNPJ member group Mary House returned to Israel for a hearing on her assault in Palestine last spring. You can read her full report here: https://www.wnpj.org/post/update-from-cassandra-s-hearing-related-to-her-assault-in-palestine . Cassandra asks in response you will consider this chance to sponsor an olive tree, at a cost of $24 per tree, to be planted in Masafer Yatta in the coming planting season as an act of solidarity with these families who are struggling every day to hold on to their land. Please visit https://tiny.one/MadisonOliveGrove . ************************* SPOTLIGHT on 350 Wisconsin and their TWO events this week in Madison!

MADISON Thurs Sept 21st, 5 - 7:30 pm WHAT: “Let’s Get Together!” community event with 350 Wisconsin. Meet at the Biergarten at Olbrich Park, 3527 Atwood Ave for a fun, casual gathering to build solidarity with fellow climate activists and community members. Enjoy the beautiful weather and views of Lake Monona. Whether you're a long-time supporter or just getting to know us, we'd love to see you! In addition to great beer, ytou can enjoy classics from local favorites like Clausens European Bakery, Underground Meats, Farmer John and Banzo. contact@350wisconsin.org

Interested in joining a public rally in Madison in support of affordable solar power? Join 350 Wisconsin on Saturday, September 23, 10:00 am - 01:00 pm at the Dane County Farmers' Market, East Main Street. This will be 350 WI’s debut of their Art Collective’s newest dance, celebrating solar and renewable energy! In solidarity, Stephanie Robinson & Emily Park - 350 Wisconsin Co-Executives. Have questions? contact@350wisconsin.org 608-492-1667 *********************************** Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups:

MADISON and VIRTUAL Sun. Sept. 17th through Fri. Sept 23rd Join in on Cap Times Idea Fest 2023– Guests include: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, former PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff and former Wall Street Journal journalist Albert Hunt. For a full schedule and to register, visit: https://captimesideafest.com/ Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop - jepeck@wisc.edu

MADISON Tues Sept 19th, 5 - 6:30 pm JustDane Service Fair. At the Village on Park - Villager Mall, Atrium Community Rooms, 2300 S. Park St. In partnership with United Way of Dane County, JustDane's Journey Home program presents a Reentry Service Fair for individuals recently released from prison to get connected to resources. September's focus will be Education, Residence and Employment. Vendors will present about the opportunities that they can offer people reentering, after incarceration. Food will be provided. Contact: JustDane info@justdane.org MILWAUKEE Wed Sept 20th, 12 noon - 1 pm Anti-ROTC Vigil - Meet at Marquette University at M.U. Library on Wisconsin Ave. HALF of the proposed Pentagon budget — approximately $443 BILLION — is estimated to flow directly to weapons contractors like Raytheon, General Dynamics, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and others who have amassed more than $7 TRILLION from taxpayers over the past twenty years.----- 60 Minutes. Organizer, Casa Maria Catholic Worker House - don2roberta@yahoo.com VIRTUAL Wed. Sept. 20th 12:00 Noon What Is Antiracism (And Why It Means Anticapitalism)? - online presentation with Arun Kundnani. He has been active in antiracist movements in Britain and the United States for three decades. He is a former Editor of the journal Race & Class and was a scholar-in-residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at New York Public Library. Hosted by the UW Havens Wright Center for Social Justice. To register, visit: https://havenswrightcenter.wisc.edu/event/arun_kundnani_2023/ Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop - jepeck@wisc.edu MADISON Thurs Sept 21st, 10 am - 3 pm WAVE Educational Fund 2023 Day of Action for Gun Violence Prevention! This is the most important action you can take this year to end gun violence. Join WAVE and a host of partner organizations in Madison. The day will begin with training for legislative visits, so you feel comfortable talking to your legislators in the afternoon. If you'd rather not speak with your officials, you can still show up to demonstrate our strength in numbers! Register now, https://secure.everyaction.com/2jfOfOz9x0eHs-kvRUvIyw2 and WAVE will contact you with additional details! Contact: Heidi Johnson (she/her)(414) 909-1231. VIRTUAL Thurs, Sept. 21st, 11 am Eyewitness Palestine Presents: "Art Under Occupation". This second installment of their monthly educational Zoom series will feature Palestinian creatives like Sliman Mansour, Saleh Bakri & more. Register here for Art Under Occupation (Note: There is a donation requested, but if you can't afford it there's an option at the link.) Madison Rafah Sister City Project http://www.madisonrafah.org VIRTUAL Thurs, Sept. 21st, 5:30 - 7:30 pm on line Screening and Panel Discussion of the film "Boycott". Join Churches for Middle East Peace and Just Vision for a virtual screening of the film Boycott, with a discussion to follow. "Boycott" traces the impact of state legislation designed to penalize individuals and companies that choose to boycott Israel due to its human rights record. Registration and full information here. Madison Rafah Sister City Project http://www.madisonrafah.org MADISON Thurs Sept 21st, 5 - 7:30 pm WHAT: “Let’s Get Together!” community event with 350 Wisconsin. Meet at the Biergarten at Olbrich Park, 3527 Atwood Ave for a fun, casual gathering to build solidarity with fellow climate activists and community members. Enjoy the beautiful weather and views of Lake Monona. Whether you're a long-time supporter or just getting to know us, we'd love to see you! In addition to great beer, you can enjoy classics from local favorites like Clausens European Bakery, Underground Meats, Farmer John and Banzo. contact@350wisconsin.org ****************************************** UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE......

MADISON Thurs Sept 21st, 5 - 7:45 pm World BEYOND War- Letter-to-the-editor-writing Gathering. Hawthorne Public Library, 2707 E Washington Ave. We had a VERY successful Letter Party on August 17. Five antiwar letters that we wrote that evening have been published! Read them in the Wisconsin State Journal. Join us for this Letter Party, this event tonight will have a film too. warabolition@gmail.com MILWAUKEE Thurs, Sept 21st, 6 - 7 pm Presentation: Share Kindness, Onstage and Off: Compassionate Action in a Troubled World. Weasler Auditorium, Marquette University, 1506 W Wisconsin Ave. A presentation on Global Playback Theatre's theme of promoting kindness with several improvised, short-form theatrical sketches. Hosted by Marquette University Center for Peacemaking . About the play: Taking place on the United Nations-designated International Day of Peace, this stage-based, theater event will include a presentation about the Global Playback Theatre project and the dire need for kindness in our world, as well as several improvised short-form theatrical sketches based on audience members' own stories. The performers include Asheville Playback Theatre co-founder Raphael Engel, Milwaukee native author/actor/activist Paul McComas, and noted Chicago Playback members Christina Melgar and Allison Sokolowski. Tickets are free. Registration: https://www.facebook.com/events/694846356017921/?ref=newsfeed MILWAUKEE Thurs, Sept 21st, 7 pm UN International Day of Peace 2023; Peace Action WI Teach-In. Zao Church, 2319 E Kenwood Blvd. Guest Speaker Ray Mc Govern, Raymond McGovern, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer turned political activist. McGovern was a CIA analyst from 1963 to 1990, and in the 1980s chaired National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the President's Daily Brief. He received the Intelligence Commendation Medal at his retirement, returning it in 2006 to protest the CIA's involvement in torture. McGovern's post-retirement work includes commenting for Consortium News, RT, and Sputnik News, among other outlets, on intelligence and foreign policy issues. In 2003 he co-founded Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). Prof Jeffery Sachs and former CIA intelligence analyst Ray McGovern presented at the U.N. Security Council Feb. 21, 2023, on the Nord Stream 2 destruction. Right now, there is a heightened risk of nuclear war with Russia over NATO expansion and the war in Ukraine, and with China because of continuing military build-up by Japan, South Korea and the US in the Pacific region. Ray will speak on the important issues concerning the war in Ukraine and the many dangers it imposes. We’ll have a discussion with community participation after Ray speaks. Sponsored by Peace Action WI https://peaceactionwi.org

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SINSINAWA Sat. Sept 23rd, 9 am - 9 pm "It’s Okay, Boomer, It’s Going to Be Okay: Reflections and Reassurance for the Journey Ahead" - Sinsinawa Mound Center, County Road Z. Join us for a presentation on the boomer generation with Thom Dennis, D. Min., LCPC, FT. The generation born between 1946 and 1964 has often been described as optimistic and idealistic. Over the years we’ve worked hard and played hard and certainly left our mark on history. Despite the younger generations’ call for us to move aside, our world is desperately in need of a wisdom born of lived experience. As we strive to remain engaged and vital, this program offers perspective and the chance for dialogue about how our own spirituality and worldviews are being invited to evolve as we take our steps forward in faith. Registration ends on September 18, and the fee is $25 per person. Contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at https://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. MADISON Sat Sept 23rd, 10 am – 1 pm Public Rally in support of affordable solar power! at the Dane County Farmers' Market, East Main Street. Join 350 Wisconsin at their debut of their Art Collective’s newest dance, celebrating solar and renewable energy! In solidarity, Stephanie Robinson & Emily Park - 350 Wisconsin Co-Executives. Have Questions? contact@350wisconsin.org 608-492-1667 MILWAUKEE Sat Sept 23rd, 12 noon - 1 pm Weekly Peace Action "Stand for Peace" - Meet today at Capitol/Teutonia .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 SINSINAWA Sat. 23rd, 2 - 3:30 pm Wild Church: Fall Equinox - Sinsinawa Mound Center, County Road Z. Eric Anglada, Sinsinawa’s Ecological Programming Coordinator, will be leading Wild Church: Fall Equinox at Sinsinawa Mound. Fire and song, ritual and community, prayer and quiet: this inclusive, outdoor gathering is centered on honoring this day of equal light and dark. In a time of planetary upheaval, it is crucial to recover our elemental sense of connection and kinship with Creator and Creation. We are inspired by Celtic tradition and the Wild Church movement. We will meet at Cavanaugh Park which is located on the west end of our campus across from the sisters’ cemetery. Drive through the St. Clara Academy entrance next to the Post Office on County Road Z. Stay to the left which leads out to Cavanaugh Park and the Sisters’ Cemetery. No registration is required and a free will offering is welcome. Contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at https://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. MADISON Sun Sept 24th, 3 - 4:30 pm Madison Watch Party for WBW's conference -- No War 2023: Nonviolent Resistance to Militarism. RSVP to warabolition@gmail.com for location. Debate: Is War in Ukraine Justified? In this 1.5 hour friendly debate, moderated by Marcy Winograd of CODEPINK, we’ll hear 3 perspectives debated: 1) Russia had no choice but to invade Ukraine, argued by former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, 2) Ukraine had no choice but to fight Russia, argued by journalist James Brooke who works as the Ukraine/Russia columnist for The New York Sun, and 3) Russia and Ukraine both had options better than war, argued by WBW Executive Director David Swanson. Debate: Is War in Ukraine Justified? Sent to WNPJ by Madison World BEYOND War. MADISON Mon Sept 25th 7-8pm Madison Area Bus Advocates in-person meeting. Central Public Library, West Mifflin Street, in room 104. MABA will be holding its first in-person meeting in over three and a half years. It ideally will have a virtual option. Watch for updates. Contact: Susan De Vos info@busadvocates.org

VIRTUAL Mon Sept 25th, 7 pm Zoom Meeting on Understanding "Wisconsin Rights of Nature Campaign." Organized by WISDOM. About a year ago, we launched the "Wisconsin Rights of Nature Campaign." After a couple of general presentations, a core group of about 25 leaders has continued to meet regularly, to better understand Rights of Nature, to develop some materials and resources, and to pilot some activities. We now have a website, a brochure, and are on the verge of having a Rights of Nature resolution passed by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. We invite you to join us for this Zoom event to learn more about the campaign and what has been done. More importantly we want to share a vision for the future of the campaign and show ways, large and small, that people can get involved. Rights of Nature is a movement rooted in the indigenous community that calls for legal recognition and protection of the natural world. It is a recognition that lakes, rivers, forests and animals have a right to exist, to evolve and to thrive. They also have a right to remedies when they are harmed. It is an end to the dangerous assumption that the natural world is ours to consume and exploit, without recognizing its intrinsic value. We need only look at global warming, mass extinction and water crises of all kinds to recognize that our assumptions have to change. Register for the event. One thing you can do immediately is to sign our petition below urging elected officials to adopt rights of nature laws, and share it with friends and neighbors. Sign the petition . Sent to WNPJ by WIDOM. office@wisdomwisconsin.org VIRTUAL Mon Sept 25th 7 pm Virtual kickoff meeting for 350 WI fall bank actions. Are you tired of seeing big banks continue to fund fossil fuels and climate destruction? If so, join the Divest and Defund team in shutting down local Chase banks in Madison and potentially Milwaukee this fall. We are seeking volunteers for a variety of action and support roles. Register here for the Zoom link to the meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email . At our kickoff meeting, we will: Prepare you for participating in or supporting Nonviolent Direct Actions at the banks; Give an overview of planned actions in October; Form into groups who will carry out actions . Info at Divest.defund@350wisconsin.org . ******************************************************* If your group would like to get your events posted in the weekly e-bulletin – JOIN US! https://www.wnpj.org/membership ********************************************

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 See our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WisNPJ "Like" us and follow us!

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