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What's coming up for WNPJ member groups the week of August 13th!

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

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: *******************************

SPOTLIGHT on the work of member groups:

WISDOM and WI Faith Voices for Justice

VIRTUAL event - Wed Aug 16th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm Taking a Faithful Stand for Equity. This two-part series is a presentation about Wisconsin's curriculum requirement on American Indian studies. Twice in grades K-8 and once in grades 9 to 12, school boards are required to include in the social studies curriculum instruction in the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the federally recognized American Indian tribes and bands located in Wisconsin.

A legislative study committee has introduced a bill this session (Assembly Bill 209/Senate Bill 198) that would require incorporating American Indian studies into the state model academic standards, and require the Department of Public Instruction to develop informational materials about the requirement for distribution to school boards, administrators, teachers, etc. It would also modify the related requirements for teaching licenses.

On Wednesday August 16, we will hear from Brian Ward, an educator and activist who lives in Teejope (occupied Ho-Chunk Land known as Madison, Wisconsin), and has lived and worked on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota Nation. He has also worked with Indigenous people in Guatemala and Peru. His master's thesis work focused on the representation of Indigenous people in K-12 classrooms with a look at the broader societal influence and the solutions states have attempted to remedy these issues. He contributed to the book 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History and his writing focusing on Indigenous and environmental issues has appeared in The Nation, Truthout, New Politics, Science for the People, and more.

On Tuesday September 12, our presenter will be David O'Connor, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) in northern Wisconsin. In January 2012, he became the American Indian Studies Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). In David's role at DPI, he supports school districts' efforts to provide instruction on the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin's American Indian nations and tribal communities, often referenced as Wisconsin Act 31, and the education of Native American students.

We hope to see you at both of these meetings! Register for the Wednesday, August 16 meeting (6:30 pm. on Zoom) HERE.

This initiative is co-sponsored by the Creating Beloved Community team: Wisconsin Council of Churches, WISDOM, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin Council of Rabbis, and MICAH. *********************************************** SPOTLIGHT on WNPJ member group - Nukewatch:

Congratulations are in order! Nukewatch's John LaForge is getting the word out about the illegality of the US nuclear bomb stationed in Europe in an interview on Democracy Now today 8/10/23! ​Check it out! *********************************

A special event Saturday, August 19th:

Youth-led Line 5 Protest - Madison

The Line 5 Pipeline runs through Native American land in Northern WI, and a spill could contaminate Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron and devastate the drinking water for thousands of people, plants and wildlife. The company that runs Line 5 has had major oil spills all over the country and we don't want to be next. The WI DNR has the power to shut down Line 5 right now.

Join ACE high school students in Madison, WI on Saturday August 19th at 10am outside the north end of the capitol building as we urge people to sign our petition demanding the WI DNR to shut down this dangerous pipeline. Dena Eakles of the WNPJ Board will be there, too! We will march 5 minutes down the road to the DNR offices and host a press conference where WKOW-27 and NBC-15 will be in attendance to hear from 5 youth speakers. We will have a climate countdown clock with us, a makeshift pipeline, water bottles full of water that looks like it has been contaminated with oil, banners and signs and so much more! We will finish at 12pm. Register here:



Wisconsin State Organizing Director

Marco Marquez

Action for the Climate Emergency


*********************************** Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups:

VIRTUAL Mon Aug 14th 7 - 8 pm Wisconsin People's party statewide monthly meeting - via zoom. Every month the Wisconsin People's party has a meeting open for all curious people who agree on one thing: get money out of politics. The rest is negotiable, but as long as corporations can buy their voice in politics we have no real democracy. Via zoom: (note: this is a new updated zoom link!)

MILWAUKEE Tues Aug 15th, 7 pm Monthly Meeting of Milwaukee Veterans for Peace. Meet at St Johns On The Lake, 1800 N Prospect Ave . We are meeting early this month to review plans for the Golden Rule visit Sept. 1-4 pm . Please attend if you can. MKE Vets for Peace

MADISON Tues Aug 15th, 7 - 8:30 pm A Reading with Najib Azad - Catholic Multicultural Center - 1862 Beld St. Afghan author, professor, and political figure Najib Azad will talk about his book "Beyond Evacuation: from the Himalayas to the Statue of Liberty". Najib was the press secretary to the former Afghan president. He has an interesting and heart-wrenching story to tell about his own family's evacuation, in addition to providing commentary on the political situations in Afghanistan on the beautiful sides of Afghanistan we rarely hear about. All are welcome to this free event! RSVPs appreciated but not required to attend. See the event web page to RSVP: . More information is available at: . Sent to WNPJ by Pax Christi -

MADISON Wed Aug 16th, 6 pm Madison's Vetrans for Peace Monthly Meeting - at Sequoya Library 4340 Tokay Blvd. Contact:

MILWAUKEE Thurs Aug 17th, 1 - 2 pm Monthly Anti Gun Vigil. Meet at Dunham's Sports, S 108th St. From Casa Maria Catholic Worker House in Milwaukee

MADISON Thurs Aug 17th, 6 - 7:45 pm Madison's World Beyond War social gathering and planning meeting - Hawthorne Public Library, 2707 E. Washington. Do you want to get better at convincing people that war is never the answer? We'll be preparing letters-to-the-editor, guest editorials, and/or talking points for being interviewed or debating. Bring your ideas and tough questions! Our topic is “effects of militarism.” During the gathering, we will help each other with information, resources, and articulation of our individual arguments. You can use a “hook” that grabs the reader’s attention: a local or personal angle, or a reference to something already in the headlines. Voice-to-text will help us write quickly. You'll go home with a draft or a finished piece to submit to media outlets. And, this just in ... we are a majority! 55% of people in the US want Congress to stop funding the war in Ukraine (CNN poll, August 4). More information here:

EAU CLAIRE Fri Aug 18th, 5 - 6 pm Monthly Peace Stand. Meet at 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, 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: SINSINAWA Sat Aug 19th, 10 am - 3 pm Healing Haunted Histories - on County Road Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque. Eric Anglada, Sinsinawa’s Ecological Programming Coordinator, will be leading the retreat. We live in a land that is haunted, where the spirit of past colonial violence and Native dispossession is still present among us. This retreat will explore the hauntings of this continent, region and landscape, while delving into practical ways of healing. This is both an inward and an outward journey. To prepare for the event, please research your family history and bring that information to the retreat. The fee is $30 per person, and registration ends on Thursday, August 17. Contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at for more information.

MADISON Sat Aug 19th, 7 am - 1 pm World BEYOND War - tabling at the Madison Farmers Market. King Street corner of the Square. Stop by the table at the Dane County Farmers Market and see what you can do to make a more peaceful world! Contact Janet or Stefania: MILWAUKEE Sat Aug 19th, 12 noon - 1 pm Weekly Peace Action "Stand for Peace" - Meet at South 1st Street & West Pittsburgh Avenue. Each week, a different vigil site in Milwaukee. Bring your signs for peace! Questions? Contact Peace Action WI or see PRAIRIE DU CHIEN Sat Aug 19th, 1-4 pm Karst Exploration! - with Crawford Stewardship Project - Meet at 326 S Buchanan St. Join CSP and "Rock Man" Phil Burgess on an adventure through time and space as we explore local karst features and Phil's impressive collection of rocks and fossils from the area! Come learn the stories of these artifacts and what they have to teach us about our history and hydrology. Contact:

CUSTER Sat Aug 19th, 3 - 7 pm Rural Roots Festival. At the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), Deer Road. Sent to WNPJ by Leah Jesse, Rural Director, MADISON Mon Aug 21st, 5 - 7 pm INTERFAITH PRIDE SERVICE - At Bethany United Methodist Church, 3910 Mineral Point Rd. Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice is excited to announce our second annual Interfaith Pride Service. Please gather with us for an interfaith event to celebrate and support the LGBTQIA+ community. Organizations will table starting @ 5:00PM.

INTERFAITH PRIDE SERVICE @ 6:30PM. This service centers Queer voices and celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community and our allies. Co-sponsors (list in progress)Bethany United Methodist Church, Pres House, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice... For information about congregational co-sponsorship of this event, contact Manato Jansen at . *******************************************************

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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. 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 ****************************************

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