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What's coming up this week of Oct. 16th - for WNPJ groups

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 79 member groups around Wisconsin. ********************** WNPJ member groups and Affiliates issue Statements and Action Alerts on Hamas/Palestine/Israel.

See the developing list here....including World BEYOND War, UNA, Madison Friends, Madison Rafah Sister City Project, WILPF, Palestine Partners, Veterans for Peace, Peace Action, Interfaith Peace Working Group, Unitarian Universalists, PoorPeople's Campaign, Family Farm Defenders, as part of La Via Campesino, Congregation of Sistersof St. Agnes, Madison Democratic Socialists of America, Building Unity, and more....

“Our hearts are with all of the victims and their families, and we hope for the safe return of those held captive, and for the safety of the civilians trapped inside Gaza… Together, we must retain our humanity, and value all life as sacred and cherished… The only solution is ending the occupation, uniting Israelis and Palestinians and focusing our collective efforts on achieving peace.”

If your WNPJ member group issues a statement - please send to to be added to this growing list. *******************************

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 We're meeting at the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E. Philip Lane, Appleton - as well as virtually. No registration fee, donations accepted. You are welcome to join us in-person or via zoom. Register here:

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 -

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):

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,

Screening of 'Sold Down the River' video, introduced by John Peck, Lynn and Nancy Utesch

Guest Speaker, Dean Hoegger of Clean Water Action Council will present: 'Using Local, State, and Federal Laws to Protect the Waters of NE Wisconsin '

Rights of Nature Wisconsin Initiative presentation with Terry Dawson and WISDOM’s David Liners – and a petition to sign. 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: Food and sharing, member group tabling, and more! If you'd like to help plan the event, contact Board member Dena Eakles at and watch for new developments! *********************************** Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups:

VIRTUAL Thurs Oct. 19, 6:30 pm The Introduction to the Peace Education Class offered by Echo Valley Hope. The intro is free, as are all of the ten classes in the series, and will be held virtually 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: Two members of WNPJ offer their perspectives on the Peace Classes: From Judy M: I look forward to spending an hour in community digging deep to find the peace that resides in each one of us. Moderated by a skilled volunteer with The Peace Education Program, we watch videos, take time to reflect, and are assigned special projects to think about. This program is free - and powerful! I especially enjoy the videos, often filmed in foreign lands, showing the connection all humans have in this quest for peace.

From Timothy C: The format, rhythm, and tone of the classes make for a very peaceful experience. The short videos are a beautiful blend of peaceful imagery, music, and the clear and irrefutable message that the power to be at peace is within us all. The opportunities to reflect and share our experience help solidify the things that we are learning. I'm very much looking forward to continuing this course and recommend it to others who are seeking inner peace. For more information contact, Dena Eakles at or 608-606-4450 MADISON Mon Oct 16, 12 noon - 1:05 pm Arab Women's Revolutionary Art: Between Singularities and Multitudes - Ingraham 206, UW-Madison. Profesor Nevine El Nossery will discuss her latest book in which she explores the ways women in the contemporary Middle East and North Africa have re-imagined revolutionary discourses through creativity and collective action as a means of resistance. More information here. Madison-Rafah Sister-City Proj - MADISON Tues Oct 17, 11am - 3:30 pm MOMS DEMAND ACTION - Advocacy Day at the Capitol. RSVP here . Lindsey Buscher (she/her)

VIRTUAL Tues Oct 17, 4 - 5 pm Attend an upcoming virtual information session to learn about how you can volunteer to welcome refugee families through Alight’s Sponsorship Program. Alight, formerly known as the American Refugee Committee, is a global nonprofit with decades of experience working to build a meaningful life for and with those who have been displaced. Alight is a partner to the Welcome Corps, a new federal resettlement program that expands our country’s capacity to resettle refugee families from around the world by matching them with welcomers who have signed up to help them settle softly. Welcomers (aka “Sponsors”) receive customized support from the Alight team every step of the way. Sign up for an upcoming virtual information session in the link below to learn more.

For other questions, contact Kathi Seiden-Thomas at

MADISON Tues Oct 17, 5 - 6:30 pm We Elevate Together - JustDane's 50th Yr Celebration. TruStage Insurance Agency, Mineral Point Road. Join us as we kick off our 50th Anniversary with a discussion about the impact JustDane has made in the community through collaborative efforts. Angela Russell will host the discussion amongst key community members. This event is free, but registration is required by October 11th.To register, go here: You can also contact us at or 608-256-0906 to register.Looking forward to seeing you there! MILWAUKEE Wed Oct 18, 12 noon - 1 pm Anti-Gun Vigi. Meet at Dunham's Sports, S 108th St. Dunham advertises and sells guns and assault rifles. Contact Casa Maria for mor information: MADISON Wed Oct 18, 6 - 7 pm Monthly Meeting of Madison Chapter of Veterans for Peace #25. Madison Public Library - Sequoya, 4340 Tokay Blvd. Contact: Bradley Geyer. MT.HOREB Wed Oct 18, 7 - 8 pm Screening of The Ants and the Grasshopper - At the Community Center (107 N. Grove St) Following the screening will be a discussion of the documentary about climate change and global solidarity Zambian farmer, Anita Chitaya. She has a gift; she can help bring abundant food from dead soil, she can make men fight for gender equality, and she can end child hunger in her village. Now, to save her home from extreme weather, she faces her greatest challenge: persuading Americans that climate change is real! More info? Visit: . Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop VIRTUAL Thurs Oct 19, 6:30 - 7:30 pm WISDOM's training on local elections - Join WISDOM for a free training on local elections by our affiliate, Congregations United to Serve Humanity (CUSH) Organizer, Lori Hawkins. She will discuss positions and responsibilities of important elected officials in our community. You can register by contacting this email: EAU CLAIRE Fri Oct 20, 5 - 6 pm Monthly Stand for Peace. 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 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:

STANLEY Sat Oct 21, 8 am - 5 pm. Community Conference for Small Towns of Chippewa Valley and Beyond. At Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 147 E 4th Avenue. WISDOM's affiliate, Joining our Neighbors Advancing Hope (JONAH) is proud to present a community conference. Are you a rural or small town leader seeking to make change in your community? Join fellow rural leaders from all over Wisconsin to: Gain leadership tools; Talk about issues that are relevant to WI small towns; Connect with other small town leaders; Hear from impacted speakers; Find collaborative action to improve our communities across Wisconsin. Along with exciting conversations, there will be workshops covering topics such as digital equity to how incarceration impacts women and much more! Whatever community issue interests you, we are looking forward to learning more about it as connect together. You can find the full agenda and the registration link here. The entire event is also offered in Spanish! Childcare is provided at no extra cost. Cost for the full day, including breakfast and lunch is $30! Contact: David Liners, WISDOM Executive Director MADSION Sat Oct 21, 2 pm - 6 pm Sharefest 2023! Open Mic. Social Justice Center, 1202 Williamson Street. Storytelling, spoken word, music, comedy! Skill shares – tools to for mutual aid to improve our community and for restorative justice. Free food and drinks! Plus, annual board meeting and elections for Madison MAN Coop. More info? Visit: or call 608-443-8229 VIRTUAL or SINSINAWA Sat Oct 21, 9am - 12 noon Webinar: Women Doctors of the Church - —Join us in person or via Zoom to learn about the women doctors of the church. Mary Ellen Green, OP, will lead this program. Of all those named by the Roman Catholic Church as doctors, only four are women. Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, and Theresa of Lisieux. Each has a remarkable story that will open up new spiritual dimensions for you. Please register by October 18, and the fee is $30 per person. Contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at 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. ONTARIO Sat Oct 19, 10 am - 12 noon Transitioning to Solar - workshop at Echo Valley Hope Farm, County Highway F. We will build on our knowledge of solar and battery storage. Discuss simple ways to lower your electric bill and programs and rebates that may be available to you as we all move toward renewable energy. We will have DIY handouts and share information on classes and where you can additional information. Samantha Laskowski, Board Vice President of Vernon County Energy District will be available for Q&A. For more info: 608-606-4450 or MILWAUKEE Sat Oct 21, 12 noon - 1 pm Weekly Stand for Peace. Capitol & Oakland. Each week, a different vigil site in Milwaukee. Bring your signs for peace! Questions? Contact Peace Action WI or see MADISON Saun Oct 22, 11 am - 1 pm UNA-USA Dane County's annual UN Day Celebration. Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, John Nolen Drive. UNA is excited to announce our annual UN Day Celebration is back in person at the Monona Terrace in Madison. This year's theme is "Environmental Sustainability and Human Rights". Please join us. We will hold a Global Market Silent Auction, host keynote speaker Dr. Sumudu Atapattu and award the 2023 Global Citizen award winner, Wisconsin Watch. Registration is available here: . For more information, contact: ******************************************************* If your group would like to get your events posted in the weekly e-bulletin – JOIN US! ********************************************

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 15 – 7 am to 1 pm …and runs through mid-November 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 **************************************** Interested in a yard sign? WNPJ has yard signs available! See our new Facebook page: "Like" us and follow us!



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