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WNPJ is Connecting the Dots - the week of March 18th; events and action alerts




WNPJ is Hiring! + SPOTLIGHT on Defending Wisconsin's Sacred Waters from Dangerous Mine Proposals + Action Alert from Superior + WISDOM special training + other statewide events

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The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization

supporting the work of 85 member groups around Wisconsin. 





WNPJ is hiring: We’re looking for a Spring Newsletter Coordinator: What does that entail? Gather content for the Spring 2024 WNPJ Network News, edit as needed and create a finished document with articles and images (PDF). Arrange for printing and assist with mailing or arrange with volunteers. The layout can be done with a simple word processor (see examples at https://www.wnpj.org/newsletter). The timeline is somewhat flexible as long as it's sent out this spring. Time required is estimated at 10-20 hours, and there is the potential for coordinating future fall and spring newsletters. Members of the WNPJ Board will supervise and provide necessary resources, suggestions and some content. This is a temporary contract position which pays $20/hour, Contact info@wnpj.org with your interest and skills and experience.

 

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Spotlight on the WNPJ member group WI Resource Protection Council





        

Al Gedicks Webinar: Defending Wisconsin's Sacred Waters from Dangerous Mine Proposals

Monday, 18 March, 6  - 8 pm

Supported by Great Waters Group - Sierra Club

The Great Waters Group represents Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties in southeast Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Michigan. 





New plans for exploratory drilling for copper and gold deposits northwest of Medford mark the beginning of yet another round in the fight to protect Wisconsin’s waters. Meanwhile, Back 40 Mine opponents remain vigilant. Presenter Dr. Al Gedicks has been instrumental in uniting Wisconsin’s tribes with grassroots rural mine opponents to form winning coalitions.

Meet Dr. Al Gedicks:

Dr. Al Gedicks is an environmental sociologist and Indigenous rights activist and scholar. He has written extensively about Indigenous and popular resistance to ecologically destructive mining and oil projects. In 1977 he founded the Center for Alternative Mining Development Policy and assisted the Mole Lake Sokaogon Ojibwe Tribe in successfully resisting Exxon's proposed metallic sulfide mine upstream from the tribe's wild rice beds. His documentary film about the Crandon mine battle, Keepers of the Water, won the Best Environmental Film award at the Red Earth American Indian Film Festival in Oklahoma City in 1997.

He is the executive secretary of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council and presently working with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin and the Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River to oppose the proposed Back Forty metallic sulfide mine next to the Menominee River on the Wisconsin-Michigan border.

Register online 

https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7013q000002HwsnAAC&mapLinkHref Zoom link will be emailed before the program. Contact:  jasmine.viges@gmail.com  (414) 702-7452

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And there’s a film coming your way this month – with screenings in Ashland, River Falls, Milwaukee and Madison – Don’t miss it!  Check out the dates and theaters here:


Bad River – a Story of Defiance.  https://www.badriverfilm.com/the-film/ 

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ACTION ALERT!


Sign the Petition to oppose the proposed NTEC Power Plant in Superior, WI

IF YOU ARE NOT A CITY OF SUPERIOR RESIDENT, you may still sign the petition. Your signature will be collected and submitted separately from the residents of the City of Superior.

We, the undersigned concerned residents of the City of Superior, urge officials to oppose the proposed NTEC Power Plant.This project endangers our community's health, threatening increased rates of asthma, respiratory infection hospitalization rates, and COPD hospitalization rates. (Source: National Institutes of Health research). Additionally, pollutants from gas plants have already outpaced those from coal plants as contributors to death in 19 states. (Source: Harvard research).

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Spotlight on the WNPJ member group - WISDOM: https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/wisdom-wisconsin


NEW FREE TRAINING. Join the IVE Team for School of Democracy's session Thursday, March 21 – 6:30 – 7:30pm:

“Online to Offline Organizing” led by WISDOM's Digital Organizer Amanda Ali!

You will learn about digital tactics to move people from online spaces to offline and encourage them to take action and engage with your organization. Link below to register.

Who is this training for?

·         Organizers, Faith Leaders, Executive Directors, Presidents, Board Members, Digital Organizers

·         Beginners passionate about organizing

·         Leaders with a commitment to protecting our democracy

·         People who have an interest in electoral politics

·         Anyone interested in strengthening their digital skills

Once you register, you will receive a separate email from Zoom with a Zoom link. For questions, please contact Amanda Ali at aali@wisdomwisconsin.org .

 

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     WNPJ member groups and affiliates issue Statements and Action Alerts on Hamas/Palestine/Israel




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Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups:


MADISON Mon Mar 18, 12 noon – 1 pm Monday Noon Vigil for Peace – Meet at the corner of MLK, Jr. Blvd and Doty St. For more information, call Tim at 608-630-3633.  


VIRTUAL Mon Mar 18, 6 – 8 pm Al Gedicks Webinar: Defending Wisconsin's Sacred Waters from Dangerous Mine Proposals. Learn more in the Spotlight above…..

 

On-AIR! Mon Mar 18, 9 – 10 am Somos Voces Radio Show on La Movida. On the air at 94.5 FM & 1480 AM . Join Madison organizers and hosts, Nindik and Stephanie, during Voces’ new monthly Spanish language radio show! We speak with Lupita from La Movida Radio and cover the latest updates from our statewide organizing and campaigns. Each show features a variety of topics with special guests and opportunities for call-ins and questions. The show airs live on 94.5FM (Dane County) and is broadcast on Facebook Live. Please support our efforts by listening, and or sharing on Facebook. Facebook Live at @LaMovidaMadison / @VocesDeLaFronteraWI vdlf@vdlf.org 

 

VIRTUAL Mon Mar 18, 6 – 7”30 pm Worker Justice Wisconsin Annual Meeting. Join us and help us celebrate WJW's 2023 accomplishments and partnerships with community, faith, and labor allies! Join the zoom call here -  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88680154780 ...¡Acompáñenos el lunes 18 de marzo para nuestra Reunión Anual! 🌟 ¡Venga y celebre los logros y asociaciones de Justicia Obrera Wisconsin con la comunidad, la fe y nuestros aliados laborales en el 2023!Esta reunión se llevará a cabo virtualmente en Zoom aquí: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88680154780... info@workerjustice.org


MADISON Tues Mar 19, 5 – 6:30 pm JustDane Reentry Service Fair - Madison College South, 2429 Perry St. Meet with local vendors offering resources. Food, too! Contact Mark at mark@justdane.org 


MILWAUKEE Tues Mar 19, 7 – 8 pm CHAPTER MEETING of Milwaukee's Veterans for Peace Chapter #102. St Johns On The Lake. Contact:  vfpchapter102@gmail.com


LaCROSSE Thurs Mar 21, 12 noon - 12:30 pm Weekly Women in Black Peace Vigil. Meet at Main St & 4th Street South. A weekly vigil for peace every Thursday. Contact Deborah. dbuffton@yahoo.com 

 

MILWAUKEE Thurs Mar 21, 12 noon – 1 pm Anti -Gun Vigil. At Dunham Sports store, 2550 S. 108th St. Dunham advertises and sells guns and assault rifles. Organized by  Casa Maria Catholic Worker casamariamke@gmail.com 


MADISON Thurs Mar 21, 7 pm Wild & Scenic Film Festival – Where Activism Gets Inspired! Barrymore Theater (2090 Atwood Ave). Hosted by the River Alliance of Wisconsin. Tickets are $24.50 in advance. For more info, visit: https://barrymorelive.com/event/wild-scenic-film-festival-2024/  Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop  peckjone@gmail.com 

 

MILWAUKEE Sat Mar 23, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: King and North. Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace 


VIROQUA Sat Mar 23, 11 am - 12 noon Driftless Palestinian Solidarity Weekly Vigil. Meet at Decker and Main. Action Alert: The Driftless Palestinian Solidarity group has a petition to demand that Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson support a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and end financial aid to Israel's military.  If your group is interested in getting signatures, please email  driftless.solidarity@gmail.com. Thank you for your help! 


RACINE Sat Mar 23, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace. 909 Dr Martin Luther King Dr. Supported by the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice. We have signs, banners and flags available for all. Check out our website, http://racinepeace.wordpress.com    for weather concerns. Free Palestine!


VERONA Sun Mar 24, 9:30 – 11 am Farley Center/Natural Path Sanctuary Bird Walk with Badgerland Bird Alliance.  Farley Center land, the Natural Path Sanctuary.  THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO 20 ATTENDEES - register on the link below. Set amidst 25 acres of woods and meadows on Farley Center land, the Natural Path Sanctuary is the first cemetery in Dane County, Wisconsin that exclusively follows natural and green burial practices. The nature preserve encompasses a diverse variety of habitats, including a pond and rocky ridges. We will explore the sanctuary on an early spring morning, looking and listening for birdlife. We will also be joined by staff who can share more about the history and management of this meditative place. As a reminder, spring weather in Wisconsin can be inconsistent, so be sure to bundle up with layers and wear appropriate shoes for possibly icy, muddy, or wet conditions. Feel free to also bring a water bottle to stay hydrated, binoculars, and/or field guide. The field trip leader will share a checklist of all identified birds after the event. Kaitlin Svabek, field trip leader (ksvabek@madisonaudubon.org) ACCESSIBILITY. Want to use an all-terrain, outdoor wheelchair for this field trip? Access Ability Wisconsin offers them for free! APPROXIMATE DISTANCE: 1-3 miles; can be adjusted based on participants’ needs and desires RSVP REQUIRED https://madisonaudubon.org/all-events/2024/03/24/birding-natural-path-sanctuary?fbclid=IwAR1hRg1C17ZInxn0EV66Vf7JshuAsQSbJinhffOD_TIzQowl0xlsgC-G-Z8

 

VIROQUA Sun Mar 24, 2 – 3 pm GAZA! Presentation & Community conversation about the current catastrophe and its origins. At the Vernon County Historical Society, 410 S Center Ave. Sponsored by Driftless Palestinian Solidarity dena.eakles@gmail.com 

 

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Join WNPJ!WNPJ welcomes individual members and groups!


For individuals, join at a sliding scale rate of $35/year – or whatever fits your budget!


For between $50 - $75/year, a WNPJ membership keeps your group connected with peace and justice efforts and helps keep the Network going - and growing!https://www.wnpj.org/membership


We help our member organizations reach a wider audience by amplifying your peace and justice events and actions on our listserve and Facebook page. Membership also provides access to our community tabling opportunities, our online toolbox of peace and justice resources, and a community that cares about your peace and justice journey.

 

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Here's an opportunity for WNPJ member groups!


WNPJ member groups can sign up for a Saturday opportunity to TABLE at the Dane County Farmers Market – this Spring and summer at the Capitol Square. The Farmers Market opening date is April 13th – 7 am to 1 pm …and runs through Nov. 9th on Saturdays.

Bring your own table and hand-outs to the King Street corner of the Square, site #10, next to the VFP #25 table! You can't sell anything at the non-profit table, but donations to your group are acceptable.

Questions? Contact info@wnpj.org

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