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WNPJ events for the week of Oct. 22nd: register today for the WNPJ Fall Assembly 10/28

Updated: Oct 22, 2023

Events and Action Alerts for the week of Oct. 22nd: WNPJ + Member Group Statements on Hamas/Palestine/Israel + Register TODAY for WNPJ’s Annual Fall Assembly in Appleton + Celebrate the 20 Year Anniversary of the Crandon Mine Closure + other statewide events… *********************************** 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 information about the newly formed group: Wisconsin Coalition for Justice in Palestine As we all struggle to understand the dynamics of Hamas invasion of Israel and Israel’s response, here is a brief statement from UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. "UN condemns complete siege of Gaza | Israel-Palestine conflict | Al Jazeera." Sent to WNPJ from Sam Romano - of the UNA USA Dane County Chapter. *******************************

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: . Car-pooling options may be available. Check that box on the registration form if you’re interested.

The assembly is dedicated to the work of Dawn Sturdevant Baum -

Opening prayer with Sharon Day….a Water Walker and the Executive Director of the Indigenous People's Task Force

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!

We encourage people to travel to the Crandon Mine site this afternoon after today's program - to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the success of coalitions coming together to get that mine closed! Read about the details below, in the Events section. *********************************** Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups: FITCHBURG Mon Oct 23, 10am - 12 noon UN Monthly Discussion Group. Meet at Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road. Questions? Agenda and readings for the day? Contact: Sam Romano

MADISON Mon Oct 23, 5 - 7 pm Vigil for Gaza. Meet at the corner of West Lawn and Monroe streets on Madison's near west side, just east of Trader Joe's. Stand with Gaza. Mourn the dead. Stand with Gaza. Bring signs and candles. Contact: Cassandra Dixon

MILWAUKEE Tues Oct 24, 11:30 am - 1 pm Contemplative Prayer to End Racism. St Bakhita Catholic Worker 3138 N. 2nd Street. For more information, contact: Casa Maria Catholic Worker - CAMP DOUGLAS Tues Oct 24, 3:45 - 4:45 pm VIGIL AGAINST THE DRONES OUTSIDE THE GATES OF VOLK FIELD. DRONES KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE! We need YOU there. Arrive at the wayside around 3:30 so we have time for introductions and to process to the base together. WE MUST BRING THIS TERROR THAT THE US GOVERNMENT REIGNS DOWN ON OTHERS TO AN END! The vigil at Volk Field is a legal vigil where we will be on public property. As always, it will be a solemn vigil, remembering the victims of US government drone attacks. Participants can stand in silence or read poems and stories about the effects of drone warfare. It is important that the voices of the victims be brought to the gates of Volk Field. Bring posters if you can. Car-pooling options. Need directions? Contact Joy at 608 239-4327 or or Bonnie at 608-256-5088 or Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars MILWAUKEE Tues Oct 24, 6:30 - 8 pm Film Director - and Screening: Inside Biden's Cuba Policy. Milwaukee Liberation Center, 1029 W Historic Mitchell Street. There are 3 chances to see/meet award-winning Cuban journalist & filmmaker Liz Oliva Fernandez, with previews of new documentaries by Belly of the Beast Cuba on Tuesday and Wed in Milwaukee. Also, on Wednesday, October 25: 1:30-3PM, at Downtown MATC Main Building, Rooms M612-M614, 1015 N. 6th St. AND, on Wednesday, October 25, 5-6:30PM, UWM STUDENT UNION, Room E240 (2nd floor, near the Union Cinema), 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. Sponsored by The Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba MADISON Wed Oct 25, 8 am - 9:30 am Gather the Women Breakfast - with WILPF. Linden Cohousing Great Room, 107 Sutherland Ct. Join us and invite interested friends! $15. RSVP to reserve your spot by responding to: . Buffet breakfast and program: Lauren Cohen of Moms Demand Action - Dane County. Gun Violence Prevention. Let's learn, let's talk, let's act. Vegetarian meal with vegan options upon request. MILWAUKEE Wed Oct 25, 12 noon - 1 pm ANTI-ROTC VIGIL. Meet at Marquette Universit,y Raynor Memorial Libraries, West Wisconsin Avenue. For more information, contact: Casa Maria Catholic Worker. MILWAUKEE Thurs Oct 26, 12 noon - 1 pm Letter-writing gathering with WAVE - to prevent gun violence. Brown Deer Public Library, West Brown Deer Road. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has proposed a new rule that could drastically reduce the number of gun sales that may take place without a background check. This could be a massive step forward in keeping guns out of the hands of people who, by law, are prohibited from owning them. Before agencies adopt rules, they accept comments from the public. Right now, the ATF is accepting comments on this proposed rule. But here’s the rub: the pro-gun lobby is working to flood the ATF with “public” comments opposed to this lifesaving rule! We need to show the ATF where the public really stands! And that’s why it’s critical that you weigh in. Reserve your spot now. Contact: Nick Matuszewski -

ON-AIR RADIO - Thurs Oct 26, 9 - 10 am Dena Eakles in conversation with Cassandra Dixon. On WDRT 91.9fm

You can hear Cassandra and Dena's conversation about Palestine and Mary House and more when it airs on WDRT 91.9 fm or streaming on (website). It will also be archived as a podcast there and on www.

MADISON Thurs, Oct 26, 5 - 6 pm World Beyond War Vigils, Schenk's Corner Suites, Winnebago Street. Madison for World Beyond War continues the vigils against the violence in Gaza; of the US government, we demand an immediate stop to the transfers of weapons and military support to the Israeli government. Equally, we demand an immediate and unlimited delivery of humanitarian aid into Gaza. The public is invited to join.

MADISON Thurs Oct 26, 6 - 8 pm Screening of "National Bird" in the Anti-war Film Series supported by World BEYOND War and VFP #25. Madison Public Library - Central, 201 West Mifflin Street. The film is about illegal drone murders. The documentary follows three whistleblowers who break the silence around the secret U.S. drone wars. Discussion following the film will be led by Brad Geyer of Madison Veterans for Peace, and Joy First and Bonnie Block from Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars. We hope you’ll join us! Questions, ideas, RSVP?

MILWAUKEE Fri Oct 27, 10 am Celebration of Rights of Nature Resolution. Urban Ecology Center, 3711 W. Canal St. WISDOM and the commmittee are excited to announce that Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley will sign the resolution recently passed by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, supporting the Rights of Nature movement. The resolution calls for the rights of waterways and habitats to be respected as valuable, as having a right to exist, evolve and to receive a remedy when harmed. The resolution is the first of its kind for any Wisconsin county! Besides County Executive Crowley, speakers will include other elected officials, faith leaders from MICAH and WISDOM, Native American leaders from Menikanaehkem and elsewhere. Join us to celebrate this remarkable resolution:

CRANDON Sat Oct 28, all day 20th Anniversary of the Crandon Mine Purchase - Address for morning: 9713 Sand Lake Road (this address is directly across from the former mine entrance, we will have balloons to mark it). If the weather is too cold (less than 34 degrees) we will have everything at the Mole Lake Lodge Conference Center for the morning itinerary. "The end of this month marks the 20th anniversary of the historic victory over the controversial Crandon mine project adjacent to the Mole Lake Sokaogon Ojibwe Reservation. Veterans of that 28-year (1975-2003) battle against the Crandon metallic sulfide mine will gather on the Mole Lake Reservation to commemorate the grassroots environmental, sportfishing and tribal victory over the world’s largest energy company (Exxon) and the world’s largest mining company (BHP Billiton)." Check the facebook page for more details or contact: Tina Van Zile - SINSINAWA Sat Oct 28, 10 am - 3 pm Whole-Making with Our Ancestors. Sinsinawa Mound Center, County Road Z. Join us for learning and discussion on ancestors. Through the passing along of information, guided meditation, conversation, and gentle ceremony, participants will receive insight, ask questions, and be shown sets of tools, all intended to help in the continuing process of whole-making. Participants are asked to bring with them the names of their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, if able. Registration ends October 25, and the fee is $40 per person. Contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at for more information. AND: Sat Oct 28, 10 - 11 am Forest Ecology at the Mound. Birds, bugs, and beauty galore! Find all this and more at the Mound. Join Laurana Snyder, Sinsinawa Mound Horticulturist and Farm Coordinator, to hike and learn all about forest ecology in our little slice of the Driftless. 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. We will also proceed in any type of weather. Registration ends October 26, and the fee is $10 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. MILWAUKEE Sat Oct 28, 12 noon - 1 pm Weekly Stand for Peace. Meet at West Oklahoma Avenue & South 27th Street. Each week, a different vigil site in Milwaukee. Bring your signs for peace! Questions? Contact Peace Action WI or see APPLETON Sat Oct 28th 10 am – 1 pm Join us at WNPJ’s Fall Assembly! Virtually, too. Register here: *******************************************************

If your group would like to get your events posted in the weekly e-bulletin – JOIN US! Share this weekly e-bulletin with your friends. They can sign up here: ******************************************** 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 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:

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