A Moral Declaration for America from the Poor People's Campaign:
To the people of this nation, our struggles are inextricably linked. The extremists are winning by default and by shallow margins of victory. We must use all the tools available to us to fight voter suppression, and we must also commit to mobilizing the 20 million poor and low-wealth people who did not vote in the past election because they have been disabused of their importance to our democracy.
History teaches us that where false hatred fueled by greed has caused government leaders to falter in favor of a few, moral social justice movements have always stepped up to steer the nation back on course. Until that miraculous day when the rights of human beings are respected without the need for enforcement, it is up to the people of moral conscience to provide the unwritten checks and balances necessary for good governance. This nation is ours to make over and over again for as long as justice takes.
Forward Together, Not One Step Back!
Bishop William J. Barber II, Founding Director, Center for Public Theology and Public Policy at Yale Divinity School.
Here is more information about the WI Poor People's Campaign: https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/wi-poor-people's-campaign
The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 78 member groups around Wisconsin. Read about our Spotlights and events listings for many of our member groups: ******************************* Note: The WNPJ Spring ’23 Newsletter is now available for your perusal! We've mailed it to subscribers but is also posted here: https://www.wnpj.org/post/wnpj-spring-2023-newsletter *************************** Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups:
MADISON Tues Jul 18th, 5 - 6:30 pm JustDane Service Fair. At the Village on Park - Villager Mall - Atrium Community Rooms, 2300 S. Park For more information, see www.justdane.org
SiNSINAWA Wed Jul 19th 3 - 4 pm The Windows of Queen of the Rosary Chapel: A Story of Faith in Color, Light and Glass ( 3 parts) - Sinsinawa Mound Center, County Road Z. 3 opportunities. Join S. Priscilla Wood, OP, Director of the Office of Arts and Cultural Heritage, for a sitting tour of these “jewels in the crown” in our chapel at Sinsinawa Mound. Learn not only the special techniques used but the story that each window contains as each takes the viewer on a journey through faith. This event will be held on Wednesday, July 19, August 23 and September 20 at 3 p.m. This is open to the public and admission is free. Contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at www.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. MILWAUKEE Thurs Jul 20th, 12 noon - 1 pm Monthly Anti-Gun Vigil. Dunham's Sports, South 108th Street, West Allis. Stand with Casa Maria Catholic Worker House: email@example.com EAU CLAIRE Fri Jul 21st, 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, we visit one another and sometimes we sing. Stand and be counted. Mark Helpsmeet is with Northern Spirit Radio, a member group of WNPJ. Contact for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
MADISON Fri Jul 21st 6 - 7 pm Refugee Benefit Dinner. At First Unitarian Society, University Bay Drive. Support Four Lakes Welcome Corps while enjoying delicious foods from around the globe. To learn more, see https://www.fourlakeswelcomecorps.org/ MILWAUKEE Sat Jul 22nd, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI Weekly Stand for Peace. Meet at North Farwell Avenue & East Brady Street. Each week, a different vigil site in Milwaukee. Bring your signs for peace! Questions? Contact Peace Action WI - email@example.com or see https://www.peaceactionwi.org MADISON Sat Jul 22nd 10 am – 8 pm “Wisconsin Justice Summit” . At the First United Methodist Church, 302 Wisconsin Ave. Justice activists from all over WI are coming together to forge a strategic plan that will include action for Peace, Justice, Sustainability, and Democracy! The following leaders have signed on to help guide it so far: Judge Everette Mitchell Rep Francesca Hong Emily Park, 350 Wisconsin Rev. Jerry Folk, Interfaith Peace Working Group To help us build momentum for the July 22nd Wisconsin Justice Summit, we have launched the Campaign for Love, Unity, and Equity (C.L.U.E.) Please endorse this campaign and the Wisconsin Justice Summit by going here: https://tinyurl.com/CLUESignUpForm
Using our “Flier for All of Us” we are showing up and supporting the actions of our partners in hopes of building powerful movement momentum for the summit on July 22. Register to take part in the summit by going here: https://tinyurl.com/JusticeSummitRegistration Share our Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/RLg68QZ8. Visit and share this Summit info page: https://tinyurl.com/WIJusticeSummitInfo . For more information about how you can help make this Summit an exciting turning point for peace, justice, sustainability and real democracy, call Building Unity at 608-630-3633. Need Madison housing – or can you host in Madison – call Tim at 608-630-3633. MADISON Sun Jul 23rd, 5 - 8 pm Potluck for Safe Skies supporters! Demetral Park, North 6th Street. We've been at it for more than 3 years. COVID really made it difficult for us to come together in community during so much of that time. It's past time to do that. We've worked so hard to oppose those darn fighter jets and get someone to clean up our water, we deserve to have some good times together. If you have been a supporter in any way: Wrote a letter, attended an event, recorded a video, spoke at an event, signed a petition, canvassed neighborhoods, helped with publicity, planned, displayed a yard sign, contributed writing, music or art, educated your neighbors, spoke or submitted testimony at public hearings & meetings, monitored noise levels, donated or raised money, assisted with legal work and more... .......we welcome you to join us for a potluck, to celebrate the movement we've created, commiserate our struggles, and energize for the future! We'll provide non-alcoholic drinks and disposable tableware. No alcohol or glass containers are allowed. No amplified sound. This is not an event for the general public, but feel free to bring your friends & families. From Vicki, Hannah, Celeste, Harry, Anne and the rest of us at Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin. ----Join an open discussion at: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/no-f-35s-in-madison . Learn more at www.safeskiescleanwaterwi.org VIRTUAL Mon Jul 24th, 7 - 8 pm - 350 Wisconsin is hosting a virtual training on Divestment! Do you bank with Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, or Citibank? Or do you have close friends or family who do so? These four banks loan billions to the fossil fuel industry. If we bank with them, our money is being used to fund climate chaos. But as customers, we can do something about it. We will teach bank customers how to advocate for climate justice. We’re inviting bank customers — and friends and family of bank customers — to come to this training to learn how to meet with local branch managers to send a message up to the bank CEOs who are funding climate chaos. VIA ZOOM: Register in advance for the meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpf-ysqj4rGNywI2L8mFjK5NOmKIF6INDD#/registration ******************************************************* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org ****************************************
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