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Register today - for WNPJ's Annual Spring Assembly - plus events and Action Alerts across WI with WNPJ groups - 5/13 - 5/20

Updated: 12 hours ago

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"

Some highlights:

·  Dena Eakles will talk about the work of WNPJ's recently created Environmental Justice Task Force, made possible by a BEA grant, and make connections between environmental issues and war. 

·  This will be an opportunity for WNPJ member groups to present a 'report from the field' , make connections, and share how they have been responding to the war in Gaza-Israel.

·  A special tribute will be presented in memorium to Carl Sack - a mapmaker for justice.

Connect on your own or meet with a group to connect to Zoom at one of the satellite locations in Keshena ore Madison. Form your own group and let us know!  We can reimburse for treats.

Register here --->

Join Zoom Meeting here....

or Dial in: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 882 7806 1787 Passcode: 666570

·  Madison: Madison Friends Meeting House. With a potluck at noon!

··  Keshena: College of the Menominee Nation. Campus Commons

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 Worker Justice Wisconsin

MADISON Thurs May 16, 8 – 10 am Worker Justice Wisconsin's annual Faith Labor Breakfast. At First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave.

This is a time for labor and faith communities to gather and share our collective passion for worker justice.

Our 2024 theme, Sprouting the Seeds of Solidarity, means cultivating our relationships with one another to fight oppression in the workplace. Like trees in a forest, we grow together in unity to achieve a world where all workers are treated with dignity and respect by their employers and have a real voice in the workplace. When employers try to cut us down and divide us across language, nationality, race, or religion, we come together in solidarity in defense of our collective purpose rooted in justice. Sprouting the Seeds of Solidarity requires nurturing, patience, and love, but the harvest is well worth the struggle.

Moving forward in 2024 and beyond, Worker Justice Wisconsin aims to intensify the wage theft campaign through targeted door-knocking and community trainings, expand collective action efforts in the construction industry, and support worker-owned cooperatives while strengthening partnerships with faith, labor, and community organizations. Join us to find out how you can get involved with our work! Learn more here:




MADISON Fri May 17, 6 – 11 pm Black Brilliance Gala: A Celebration of Our Unsung Heroes . Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street. 

We at Urban Triage are delighted to extend a warm invitation to you for our first and highly anticipated Black Brilliance Gala This extraordinary event promises an evening of elegance, celebration, and empowerment as we come together to honor the achievements and contributions of the those in our community. With an inspiring lineup of speakers, captivating performances, and dining, our Black Brilliance Gala is set to be an unforgettable experience.

This is not just a gala; it's a gathering of minds, spirits, and hearts committed to fostering diversity, inclusion, and excellence.

To reserve your tickets, simply click here. Early purchase is recommended as seating is limited. Join us as we celebrate the vibrancy, resilience, and brilliance of the Black community. Your presence will contribute to making this event an exceptional and meaningful affair.  


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

UW Madison - Friday, May 10

...and at UW-Milwaukee:




Tell EPA to BAN Open Burning of PFAS, Toxic Munitions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting public comment on proposed regulations that will allow for the open burning and detonation (OB/OD) of waste explosives. In communities across America, open burning and detonation of energetic hazardous waste results in the uncontrolled release of toxic heavy metals, PFAS, energetic compounds, perchlorate, nitrogen oxides, dioxins and other carcinogens to the environment, placing the health of our soldiers, workers and neighbors at risk.

 How and Where to Submit a Comment:

The DEADLINE for public comment is Monday May 20, 2024.

Comments can be submitted through the online form on the Federal Register website.

Suggested talking points:

Only a BAN on OB/OD will:

·         Prevent the uncontrolled release of PFAS and other toxic and carcinogenic emissions to the environment.

·         Incentivize the development of newer safer treatment technologies.

·         Readily secure federal funding for the deployment of alternative technologies.

·         Encourage the development and transition to “green” munitions.

·         Protect the integrity and sustainability of natural systems including soil, water, air and biodiversity.

·         Prevent the uncontrolled release of emerging unregulated toxic chemicals like RDX and PFAS.

·         Only a BAN will provide fair and equitable treatment for all communities by protecting ALL communities. 

The full URL for the Federal Register website is

From Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger |



WNPJ member group events….

Throughout the state: Mon May 13th – various times and locations: Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Rallies:

WDC Statewide Tour: Our Vote, Our Ballot Box Rally

Working people in Wisconsin deserve to have a voice for our families and futures. Expanding access to the ballot box for all eligible voters — including through drop boxes— gives all of us more options for getting a say to protect our freedoms. Join us as the Wisconsin Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments to bring Ballot Drop Boxes back to Wisconsin on Monday, May 13th at a rally NEAR YOU!


Madison: 9:00am at 2 E. Main St, Madison, WI 53703 

Wisconsin State Capitol

Floor Above Ground Level


Milwaukee10:30am at 2727 W. Fond Du Lac Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53210

Milwaukee Public Library Center Street Branch


Green Bay: 12:00pm at 100 S. Jefferson St, Green Bay, WI 54301

Brown County Courthouse


Eau Claire12:00pm at 203 S Farwell St, Eau Claire, WI 54701 

Eau Claire City Hall

Courtyard Entrance


Wausau: 12:00pm at 407 Grant Street, Wausau, WI 54403

Wausau City Hall



MADISON Mon May 13, 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.


VIRTUAL Tues May 14, 6:30 pm Taking a Faithful Stand for Equity webinar.  A welcome back Professor Gloria Ladson-Billings who will speak on: DEI: Why the Backlash? In the last few years, the anti-CRT forces have turned their attention to DEI – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  DEI training helps people understand issues such as unconscious bias, anti-racism, systems of oppression, and strategies to honor diversity in the workplace. Diversity Offices ensure that workplaces and schools adhere to best DEI practices. Please register here.

VIRTUAL Tues May 14, 7 pm Monthly MADSA General Membership Meeting – via zoom. We will be talking about next steps for the Abolish School Lunch Debt campaign, as well as the Palestinian solidarity encampment protests, and consider endorsing Francesca Hong for State Assembly. See you there! Check with organizers for the mtg zoom link. 

VIRTUAL Tues May 14, 1 – 2 pm PFAS Community Discussion Presented by Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center. Join us for this virtual event “ PFAS in Harvestable Goods”,  Learn more about PFAS and how it is affecting harvestable goods such as fish and wild rice. Register here: . Sent to WNPJ by Mary Kay Baum


MADISON Wed May 15, 4:30 – 7 pm Banners Up for Palestine for Nakba Day. Join MRSCP at West Lawn & Monroe Street in the plaza by Trader Joe’s with your signs, flags, banners and kuffiyas in remembrance of the Nakba. Check here for updates.

MILWAUKEE May 15, 5:30 pm Nakba March and Rally. Meet at


It has been 76 years since the Nakba, or catastrophe, when over 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes by the Zionist terrorists.

Today, as the illegal and illegitimate occupation state of Israel bombs Rafah (a tiny sliver of land where over a million Palestinians in Gaza have been forced to shelter) and continues to steal land in the West Bank, we staunchly condemn the continued displacement of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

We come together on Wednesday to honor the lives lost and land stolen, and to call for an end to the siege on Gaza, an end to this grotesque genocide, a dismantling of the illegitimate apartheid state and the Palestinian’s right to return.


MONTICELLO, MN Wed May 15, 6 pm  Public Comment Period Opens on Plan to Run Monticello Reactor 20 Additional Years: Two public meetings to deal with questions about the Draft EIS. An in-person meeting will be held May 15, 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.

VIRTUAL Wed May 15, 6:30 – 7:30 Wisconsin PPC Statewide Meeting. On Zoom Join PPC folks across the state to learn more about how the "waking the sleeping giant" report informs our strategy and tactics this election season. Discover ways to connect with folks in your area and see tools that will help us as we reach out in our communities. We will also share updates on our WI delegation to the Mass Poor Peoples and Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls on June 29th, 2024 – You can find more info on how to join us here: Register at to join us!

VIRTUAL Wed May 15, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Path to Peace Introduction - via zoom. You are welcome to participate in this introductory meeting – to learn about a free, ten-week Zoom educational program on peace in June and July. Topics include: peace, hope, appreciation, inner strength, clarity, choice, understanding, self awareness, dignity, contentment. Registration Link for the introduction:  . Please register in advance. Questions? 608-606-4450. Contact

MADISON Wed May 15, 6 pm Business Meeting of Veterans for Peace #25. Check with organizers for the venue. Brad Geyer 920-650-0052 

ON-AIR Wed May 15, 5 pm Nakba Day commemorated on WDRT. Dena Eakles has interviewed two UWM students who have been involved in organizing the encampment in Milw. They are members of student groups, Muslim Student Association and Students for Justice in Palestine. Listen in and share it. It will air on WDRT.ORG on Nakba Day.

Then it will be available as a podcast to share. Contact:

MADISON Thurs May 16, 8 – 10 am Worker Justice Wisconsin's annual Faith Labor Breakfast. At First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave. This is a time for labor and faith communities to gather and share our collective passion for worker justice….See more above under Spotlights….


LaCROSSE Thurs May 16, 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 Thurs May 16, 12 noon – 1 pm Anti-ROTC Vigil. Meet Across from the library at Marquette U on W. Wisconsin Ave.  Organized by Casa Maria Catholic Worker House. Contact Shad Muss

EAU CLAIRE Fri May 17, 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:


MADISON Fri May 17, 6 – 11 pm Black Brilliance Gala: A Celebration of Our Unsung Heroes . Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street.  See Spotlight above to learn more!

MADISON Sat May 18, 12 noon – 3 pm with free luncheon -   Panel: Highlighting the Impact of the Climate Crisis, Conflict, Economics, and Covid on Women - Christ Presbyterian Church, East Gorham Street. Dane County Chapter of the United Nations Association-USA welcomes you to join us at our upcoming event. This year’s one-day, in-person, women’s summit will address how the four major crises as identified by the National UNA-USA  of our polycrisis era adversely impact women all over the world more severely than any other group. In other words, the conference will look at the climate crisis, conflict, the gloomy global economic outlook, and lingering Covid-19 effects through the lens of their impact on women. Click here to register  . More information at


MILWAUKEE Sat May 18, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Capitol and Teutonia. Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. 

VIROQUA Sat May 18, 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! 

MILWAUKEE and VIRTUAL Sat May 18, 10 – 11:30 am Global Affairs Forum: The Quest For Peace In Ukraine Stalemate Ahead in Russia – Ukraine War. Zao MKE Church, 2319 E Kenwood Blvd. Supported by The United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee and the UW-Milwaukee Institute of World Affairs.  Free & Open to the Public. Zoom link: . To attend by phone only: 1.312.626.6799 Zoom ID: 823 7658 2389 Password: 456430. For more information, contact: Gary Shellman at 414.228.1854 

VIRTUAL and in Superior, Kashena, and Madison – Sat. May 18th 1 – 3 pm  WNPJ’s Annual Spring Meeting….see the SPOTLIGHT above to register and learn more.

RACINE Sat May 18, 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!


MADISON Sun May 19, 11 am – 7 pm WORTstock 2024! - Warner Park, 2930 North Sherman Avenue. WORT 89.9 FM is back for another spirited celebration of community radio! Enjoy live music in a variety of styles, food and craft vendors, info tables, arts and crafts, games, a prize raffle and the WORT Boutique. Plus, the Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild returns for the 20th Annual No Crap on Tap! Live performers include: 12:00 Noon Son del Atlantico (Afro-Colombian) 1:20 pm Strings to Roam (bluegrass and roots) 2:40 pm BlueStem Jazz presents Undisclosed Sims (psych jazz) 4:00 pm Roscoe Foster & The Rascal Theory (blues) and 5:30 pm Boiled in Lead (Celtic rock from Minneapolis) with Special Appearance by FORWARD! Marching Band! More info? Visit: Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop


VIROQUA Sun May 19, 2 – 5 pm Gathering for Environmental, Justice, Democracy and Peace. Eckhart Park. You (and your organization) are invited to participate in this gathering. There will be a chance for you to table, at no cost. We will have a few speakers followed by an open forum for discussion on issues that are important to all of us. We are hoping to have representation and information from the wide array of organizations in our area. Environmental, Justice, Democracy and Peace / anti-war orgs are welcome to attend.

Community building, education, and action are the hoped for outcomes of our time together. Hopefully some music and food, too. Please let us know if you can make it, and if you would like to help spread the word, invite others, etc. Dena Eakles, Forest Jahnke, Jen Schmitz - the planning team. This is one stop of Building Unity's democracy tour around the state. 608-606-4450




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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