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What's happening with WNPJ member groups statewide the week of May 15th?

Updated: May 14, 2023

WNPJ + Friendshipment to Cuba Visits Milwaukee + Creation Water Walk in Green Bay + Action Alert on Suicide Prevention for MKE VFP + other statewide events…


May 19 Benefit to send medicines to the people of Cuba

On Friday, May 19, at 6 PM, Milwaukeeans will gather to raise money to send medicines to the embargoed people of Cuba, at Zao MKE Church, 2319 East Kenwood Blvd., MKE 53211. The program will begin with a potluck dinner and Cuban music from 6 to 7 PM, with a program from 7 to 8 PM. This will welcome and send off this year’s Pastors For Peace Friendshipment to Cuba, continuing over 30 years of support for the people of Cuba, often as acts of civil disobedience. During the same 30 years, the United Nations General Assembly every year has almost unanimously condemned the continued US economic blockade of Cuba, which was tightened during the pandemic and continues today. Cuba is now experiencing severe shortages of food, medicine and fuel, and sharply increased emigration to the U.S. as a result.

In addition to hearing from a representative of the Pastors' Friendshipment Caravan, the program will feature Dr. Alexandra Skeeter of Milwaukee, a recent graduate of Cuba’s international medical school in Havana, which offers tuition free education to qualified students from over 60 nations in the developing world, and to US students of color especially.

Original Afro-Cuba art and other items will be available for a donation.

This event is organized locally by the Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba, The Coalition was founded in 1994, inspired by organizers’ first-hand witness of serious food and material shortages in Cuba, alongside the commitment of Cuban people to endure. The Coalition’s mission and points of unity include respect for Cuba’s sovereignty, and opposition to artificial obstacles between the peoples of the U.S. and Cuba and to all means of economic or other coercion.

More information is available at the Coalition’s website:, facebook page:, or via email to

To make tax deductible donations directly to IFCO/Pastors for Peace, see:


ACTION ALERT from the Milwaukee Chapter of Veterans for Peace

WE SUPPORT WI's SUICIDE PREVENTION BILL. Our Chapter of VFP asked a WI State Senate committee Wednesday 5/3/23 to support a bill to help prevent suicides in Wisconsin, which now claims a victim every 10 hours, one in five of whom is a veteran.

Senate Bill 205 would provide grants to organizations and local governments aimed at preventing suicides by training people in firearms-related jobs to recognize signs of potential suicide victims, providing suicide prevention materials and – most importantly – encouraging temporary, voluntary storage of firearms for gun owners who may be at risk or considering suicide.

We believe the program will save the lives of veterans and others who may be at risk. Seventy per cent of veteran suicides are by firearm.

Our Veterans for Peace Chapter in Milwaukee is a member of the Veteran Suicide Prevention Task Force, which began in early 2020 with the urgent need to decrease veteran suicides in Wisconsin, chaired by Dr. Berger, Chief of the Mental Health Division of the Zablocki VA Medical Center and in collaboration with the War Memorial Center, Veterans Health Coalition, Medical College of Wisconsin, and many community partners passionate about helping Wisconsin veterans.

One of the task force’s existing programs is a gun shop project and safe storage program, in which nearly 40 Wisconsin firearms dealers already participate, promoted by Wisconsin gun shops and the Captain John D. Mason Veteran Peer Outreach Program, on behalf of the Southeastern Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Taskforce and Our chapter is also a member of the Southeastern Central Wisconsin Task Force On Veteran Suicide Prevention.

Senate Bill 205 could build on that existing program and expand public awareness and the availability of safe storage facilities. And, as a result, it could save more lives. Please support this effort and ask your state legislators to support passage of Senate Bill 205.


GREEN BAY Sat through Mon, May 27-28-29 Calling all Water Walkers and Water Protectors to the Creation Water Walk. Central meeting place, Wise Women Gathering Place at 641 Comanche Ave. #H. Learn more at: * WE DO THIS FOR THE WATER ❤ *


Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups:

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RADIO Mon May 15th, 7 - 8 pm David Williams on the Access Hour - a presentation about the 75th anniversary of the Founding of the State of Israel, the 1948 War, and the Expulsion of the Palestinians. For more info, email WORT-fm radio does have a program archives, too, if you miss this live show.

SINSINAWA Tues May 16th, 6 - 7 pm Legacy of Agriculture at Sinsinawa: 175 Years of Farming. Sinsinawa Mound Center, County Road Z. Laurana Snyder, Sinsinawa Mound’s Horticulturist and Farm Coordinator, will be presenting Legacy of Agriculture. Farming has been a way of life at the Mound since 1847, when Father Samuel Mazzuchelli founded the order of Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. This talk will walk you through the past legacy of farming at Sinsinawa and explore where the future of farming is taking us. Please register by May 15 and the fee is $10 per person. Contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at for more information.

MIDDLETON Wed May 17th, 10 am - 2 pm Spring Meeting for Church Women United. Holy Wisdom Monastery, County Highway M

This will be an in-person event! Women in local units are invited to join the state board for a day of sharing news from our units ... looking ahead to state assembly ... making plans, setting goals for our state. There will also be time to enjoy the peaceful setting of the monastery, visit with CWU friends, and complete a simple “service activity.” Lunch will be served in the

monastery dining room. The Spring Meeting will be funded by our CWU Recognition and Memorial Fund. It is offered at no charge to CWU members who wish to take part in the day. Those attending may choose to make a donation to the R&M to offset some of the cost.

MADISON Wed May 17th, 4pm Madison Mutual Aid Garden Party! Meet at the Social Justice Center and carpool to the locations, or bring your bike. Yes, it’s a fun party in a garden setting and yes it’s also a work party! We’ll start some work on a couple gardens by Wingra bike path and the Arboretum, and make plans for how we keep the fun and growing rolling. Contact:Stephanie Rearick <

MADISON Wed May 17th, 6 pm Veterans For Peace - Monthly Meeting. Meet at Midvale Community Lutheran Church, 4329 Tokay Boulevard. South entrance (only open door.)Rooms 31-33 on lower level. Stairs to the right. Park wherever in their lot. For peace & justice, Brad Geyer 920-650-0052

MADISON Thurs May 18th, 7 - 8:30 pm “Faith as a moral compass” at Interfaith Intersections. At Temple Beth El, 2702 Arbor Drive. This program brings people together to hold intentional conversations on a variety of topics related to faith. Panelists come from Catholic, Bahai, and Nature/Spiritualist traditions This program is offered free of charge, but donations to cover costs are always appreciated! Please RSVP here. Organizer:

EAU CLAIRE Fri May 19th, 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. Contact for more information:

MADISON Fri May 19th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Liberated to the Bone: A community conversation with Susan Raffo! At A Room of One’s Own, 2717 Atwood Avenue. Liberated to the Bone author, Susan Raffo, will join Liz Bruno, Gery Paredes Vasquez, and Cynthia Lin - Madison community members and students of healing justice - in a discussion about healing and liberation at all levels of being and belonging. Take an opportunity to practice listening to your aliveness and embodied wisdom, and join the dialogue toward building transformative, relational movement spaces. For more info, visit: Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop

MILWAUKEE Fri May 19th, 6 - 7 pm '33rd Friendshipment Caravan" is heading to Cuba - with a stop in Milwaukee. Zao MKE Church, 2319 E Kenwood Blvd. IFCO’s 33rd Friendshipment Caravan is heading to Cuba July 15-29, 2023.They will be stopping at cities on the routes to address public meetings, talk to the media and raise money to purchase priority medicines to take with us to Cuba. Check out the routes below to see if we are coming to your community, but if not some of the events will be broadcast on Zoom for you to join virtually! Contact: Sent to WNPJ by WI Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba.

MILWAUKEE Sat May 20th, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI Weekly Stand for Peace. North 92nd Street & West Burleigh Street. Each week, a different vigil site in Milwaukee. Bring your signs for peace! Questions? Contact Peace Action WI - or see

VERONA Sat May 20th, 1 - 2:15 pm "Beni Daiko" concert at the Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability. - Spring Rose Road. If you missed the "Beni Daiko" concert last year at the Center, you have another chance to experience this Japanese Taiko Drumming Group from Madison! Suggested donation of $10 - all proceeds go to the musicians. PLUS!

12:00-1:00 - General Tour (free) by Farley Center with Board Member Jeanne Meier

2:30-3:30 - Food Forest Tour (free) by Farley Center/NPS Staff Member Kalev Kristjuhan.

Like pizza? Farley Center Farmers Chandy and Jen Karnum will be selling their homemade pizza made with fresh, organic ingredients grown at the Center! Farley Center honey will be available to purchase, too.

MADISON Sun May 21st, 3 - 6 pm Retirement Party for Tar Sands Team organizer Phyllis Hasbrouck! Garner Park, 333 S Rosa Rd.

Phyllis has had an amazing, inspirational career as an organizer for so many different causes, and we’re so grateful for everything she’s done for 350 Wisconsin. Phyllis, we all wish you the absolute best in your retirement! Join us at a party to celebrate Phyllis! It will be a community meal, so if you’d like to bring a dish or drinks to share, please sign up at Please bring your own plate or bowl and cutlery to reduce our use of disposable products. 350 Wisconsin

MADISON Sun May 21st, 11 am - 7 pm WORTStock 2023! - Madison festival at Warner Park, 2930 N Sherman Ave. Come support Madison’s greatest Community Radio Station 89.9 FM! Delicious local food (no crap on tap beverages!), live music, info and craft booths, kids activities, and much more! For details, visit: Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop

Looking Ahead!

MILWAUKEE Thurs May 25th, 8 - 4 pm Jeri Bonavia, Founder and Executive Director of Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE) to speak at Emergency Gun Violence Summit at the Hyatt Regency. Register today at Your group can be listed as a co-sponsor! Contact WAVE at :

And learn more about this event at

Volunteers Welcomed! MADISON VFP'S MEMORIAL MILE. This year Madison Veterans for Peace "Memorial Mile" tombstone display will move to South Park Street, on the lawn of the South Central Labor Temple. If you are interested and able to help set up and/or take down the tombstones, please come help! Installation will be Saturday May 27 at 9 am and we should be done by 11 am. Take-down will be Saturday June 3 at 9 am. Thank you. John Fournelle 608-438-7480.

VIRTUAL Wed. May 31st 3:00 – 5:00 pm Uniting for Wisconsin’s Civic Health – virtual introductory workshop! Are you, or is someone you know, interested in stronger Wisconsin communities, bridging across difference, and deepening and broadening civic engagement? Or, already working on a project to improve your community? If so, we invite you to participate in a state-wide conversation. This is part of the Civic Health of Wisconsin Initiative and will be facilitated by Urban Rural Action, which has experience supporting constructive dialogue and collaboration in a diverse range of U.S. communities. For more info and to apply for this program, visit: . Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop –


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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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