Updated: Oct 8
The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 79 member groups around Wisconsin. **********************
Success story! The Madison City Council voted unanimously in favor of a “Back from the Brink” nuclear disarmament-divestment resolution on 10/3/23.
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) Wisconsin and 16 other organizations, including WNPJ, urged the City to pass the Resolution. Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and 12 Alders co-sponsored the Resolution. See the Mayor’s blog: http://www.cityofmadison.com/mayor/blog/divesting-from-nuclear-weapons/ . Madison is now the third largest city in the US to limit investments in and/or contracts with nuclear weapon producers. Learn more: https://www.wnpj.org/post/madison-is-now-the-third-largest-us-city-to-limit-investments-nuclear-weapons-producers ************************************ SPOTLIGHT on WNPJ’s Annual Fall Assembly - for all members and allies! "Every Drop Counts: Coming Together for Water" Saturday, October 28, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free with donations accepted.
We're meeting at the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E. Philip Lane, Appleton - as well as virtually. You are welcome to join us in-person or via zoom.
Register here: https://www.wnpj.org/post/2023-fall-assembly
We are working with local organizations to bring pressing issues for consideration and we will be celebrating efforts and victories.
The assembly is dedicated to the work of Dawn Sturdevant Baum - https://www.wichmannfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/dawn-sturdevant-baum
Peacemaker of the Year Award to Bill Christofferson of Milwaukee, lead organizer for The Golden Rule. Introduction by Mark Foreman of Milwaukee Vets for Peace. (photo credit, Sue Ruggles): https://www.wnpj.org/post/wnpj-to-present-the-2023-annual-peacemaker-of-the-year-award-to-bill-christofferson-of-milwaukee
Music and slides to remember our George Paz Martin - "We Are Family". Here is the link to the memorial celebration, film editing by Dan Folkman, https://youtu.be/fQai9vF7QV4
Screening of 'Sold Down the River' video, introduced by John Peck, Lynn and Nancy Utesch https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2295197430753159
Guest Speaker, Dean Hoegger of Clean Water Action Council will present: 'Using Local, State, and Federal Laws to Protect the Waters of NE Wisconsin ' https://www.cleanwateractioncouncil.org
Rights of Nature Wisconsin Initiative presentation with Terry Dawson and WISDOM’s David Liners – and a petition to sign. https://secure.everyaction.com/DQmEhEf3pE2eFAMwsuwQIw2
WNPJ business meeting. WNPJ members who would like to sit on the WNPJ Board for 2023 -24, please send us some information about yourself. We meet virtually, once a month. Send to: email@example.com. Food and sharing, member group tabling, and more! If you'd like to help plan the event, contact Board member Dena Eakles at firstname.lastname@example.org and watch https://www.wnpj.org/post/2023-fall-assembly for new developments! *********************************** Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups:
FOND DU LAC Mon Oct 9th, 5:30 - 6:30 pm Film Screening of “The Invisible Class” - Stayer Center, South National Avenue. What is going on?! The documentary “The Invisible Class: The Story of Homelessness in America” explores what it truly means to be homeless in America, challenging stereotypes and examining the systemic cause of mass homelessness in the wealthiest nation in the world. This event is co-sponsored by United Way Fond du Lac, Holy Family Catholic Community, and the Congregation of Sisters of St Agnes (CSA). Following the film, attendees will engage in conversation about homelessness in Fond du Lac and will have an opportunity to learn how they can support the new warming shelter opening November 15th! No registration required. CSA Justice email@example.com MADISON Tues Oct 10th, 12 noon - 1 pm Rally in Response to Waupun's Months-Long Lockdown - Wisconsin State Capitol, East Main Street. Waupun Correctional Institution has been on a 5-month long lockdown. People have been kept in their cells 24 hours each day since March in deplorable conditions.MO SES/WISDOM will be conducting a rally on this issue. Attend if at all possible, share this with your contacts. If you have any further questions and/or comments, please feel free to contact James Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (608)556-9830. SINSINAWA Tues Oct 10th, 5 - 6 pm Forest Ecology at the Mound . Join us to hike and learn all about forest ecology in our little slice of the Driftless. Laurana Snyder, Sinsinawa Mound’s Horticulturist and Farm Coordinator, will be leading the hike. This is an outdoor activity, and we will be hiking on and off trail so be sure to bring sturdy hiking boots and weather appropriate clothing. Please register by October 9, and the fee is $10 per person. Contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at https://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.
VIRTUAL Tues Oct 10th, 5:30 pm Crawford Stewardship Project's CAFO Committee meeting. CSP will discuss and provide information about township “CAFO Operations Ordinances”. Protect your township from industrial ag. These are becoming the go-to way for our rural communities to set higher standards for the industry than the minimal regulations provided by state permitting and the restrictive Livestock Siting Law.
Our struggle to work through the existing state and county permitting process for Roth Feeder Pig II has shown clearly that if we want to address the many community concerns about these operations, other avenues must be pursued. Most importantly, these ordinances must be done proactively, as any existing permits will be grandfathered in, so don’t wait until a proposal hits to act!
Contact for zoom links: Crawford Stewardship Project <email@example.com
VIRTUAL Tues Oct 10th, 7 - 8:15 pm Native Book Discussion: The Round House: A Novel - (on-line event with Sinsinawa)—Join Eric Anglada, Sinsinawa's Ecological Programming Coordinator, via Zoom to discuss Louise Erdrich's novel. Erdrich transports readers to Ojibwe territory in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family. Riveting and suspenseful, this is arguably Erdrich’s most accessible novel. Registration ends October 9 and the fee is $10 per person. Contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at https://sinsinawa.org/moundcenter for more information. MADISON Wed Oct 11th, 12:30 - 1:30 pm Presentation by Doug Bradley “We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War” , Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ. This is a free, in-person event, part of their monthly luncheon program. To register, please email Steve Sheets at firstname.lastname@example.org . “We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War” places popular music at the heart of the American experience in Vietnam. The presentation explores how and why U.S. troops turned to music as a way of connecting to each other and the World back home and of coping with the complexities of the war they had been sent to fight. It also demonstrates that music was important for every group of Vietnam veterans—black and white, Latino and Native American; men and women; officers and “grunts”—whose personal reflections drive the book’s narrative. Sent to WNPJ by Vets for Peace in Milwaukee - email@example.com VIRTUAL Wed Oct. 11th, 7:00 pm Virtual Welcome to Moms Demand Action for New Volunteers. Are you interested in learning more about the organization, RSVP here https://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/53090/signup/ Lindsey Buscher (she/her) firstname.lastname@example.org MILWAUKEE Thurs Oct 12th, 5:30 - 7 pm Lincoln Rice's presentation of his book: The Ethics of Protection: Reimagining Child Welfare in an Anti-Black Society. Meet at the Lion's Tooth, 2421 South Kinnickinnic Avenue. For more information, contact: Casa Maria Catholic Worker. email@example.com MADISON and VIRTUAL Thurs Oct 12th, 7 - 8 pm Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice - Fall 2023 Interfaith Intersections: "What are the most foundational tenets of your faith tradition?". At Madison Baha'i Faith, 324 W Lakeside St. This program brings people together to hold intentional conversations on a variety of topics related to faith. Goals: to deepen relationships among people of different faiths, hold rich conversations on different topics, and learn about faiths other than your own. Please join us. Contact Rabbi Bonnie Margulis at firstname.lastname@example.org for the zoom link, as needed.
CUSTER Sat Oct 14th, 10 am - 4 pm Fall Clean-up! Midwest Renewable Energy Association. We’re preparing our site for the colder months, and we would love your help. Please dress for the weather as all tasks will take place outdoors. Warm up with our wood-burning masonry heater and enjoy a cozy lunch available for all participants. Equipment for tasks will be available but we invite you to consider bringing tools for your personal use. We ask that you RSVP for the event: email@example.com MILWAUKEE Sat Oct 14th, 12 noon - 1 pm Weekly Stand for Peace. King/North. Each week, a different vigil site in Milwaukee. Bring your signs for peace! Questions? Contact Peace Action WI -firstname.lastname@example.org or see https://www.peaceactionwi.org MADISON Sat Oct 14th, 5 - 6 pm “Let’s Get Together!” community event with 350 WI - Meet at The Biergarten, Olbrich Park, 3527 Atwood Ave. Join 350 Wisconsin 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 Clasens European Bakery, Underground Meats, Farmer John and Banzo. To register, contact: email@example.com
MILWAUKEE Sun, Oct. 15th, 10 am Out of the Darkness Community Walk with Moms Demand Action. Meet at Veterans Park , 1010 N LINCOLN MEMORIAL Dr. The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about. Please join our Metro Milwaukee local group to honor those lives affected by suicide.Please wear your red shirt. If you need a shirt, contact Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org . RSVP here https://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/56519/signup/ Sent to WNPJ by Lindsey Buscher (she/her) email@example.com MADISON Sun Oct 15th, 10 - 11 am. "Deciding What’s True in a Polarized World" – Badger Talk with Michael Wagner. Prairie Unitarian Universalist, Whenona Drive. This presentation will review research on fake news, fact-checking, selective exposure to like-minded media outlets and describe the implications for our democracy. Prof. Michael W. Wagner is the Louis A. Maier Faculty Development Fellow at the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication. More info? Visit the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1083707935933105/ Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop - firstname.lastname@example.org
MADISON Sun. Oct 15th, 2 – 4 pm Celebrate Palestine’s Olive Harvest! Tenney Park Shelter (402 N. Thornton Ave.) Enjoy delicious Palestinian snacks and desserts - sample olives, olive oil & zaatar; shop for Palestinian olive oil, olive oil soap and beautiful hand-crafted treasures; door prizes include olive oil and hand embroidery! Learn about the struggles of Palestinian farmers and families, and how you can help build the Madison-Masafer Yatta Olive Grove. Cassandra Dixon will be present, reporting on her recent journey to the courts in Israel. For more info, visit the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1075991123765006/
VIRTUAL Sun. Oct. 15th, 2 pm Q&A from Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon: "Israelism". Focusing on the stories of two young Americans raised to defend Israel at all costs, Israelism traces their awakening to Israel's dehumanization of Palestinians and the ongoing violence of the occupation. The film explores the past, present, and future of the relationship between American Jews and Israel, as growing numbers question whether support for Israel should condition and define their Jewish identity. Watch the film for free then join the Q&A Discussion on Oct. 15. You must register here to join the discussion & receive access to the film. You will get a confirmation email from Zoom with a link to the meeting and a link with to watch the film. (Save this confirmation letter as the meeting link is unique to your email). Sent to WNPJ by Madison Rafah Sister City Project: email@example.com
Upcoming: The Introduction to the Peace Education Class offered by Echo Valley Hope will continue on Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 pm CST. The intro is free, as are all of the ten classes in the series, and will be held via zoom. This is a wonderful program dedicated to an individual's discovery of inner strength. It is suitable for organizations and groups to share in community. You need to register for the class in advance at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tcOuhqzgoGteqOQ0khZnlkZwU6eT2CYah *******************************************************
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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 mid Nov. 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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