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WNPJ member group Action Alerts and Events for the week of Sept 3rd - and beyond!

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:

ACTION ALERT from WI Faith Voices for Justice: Wisconsin's Childcare Crisis: Take Action! Governor Evers has called for a special session of the legislature to take place on September 20, 2023 to restore funding for vital programs. The Joint Finance Committee had stripped essential funding for numerous programs from the Governor’s biennium budget proposal. Cuts included: funding to shore up Wisconsin’s childcare system (which is on the brink of crisis) and funding for paid family medical leave, which would help Wisconsin families care for sick children, elderly parents, and their own health - without losing income or risking their jobs. When the federal childcare support enacted during the pandemic ends, 2,110 childcare programs are predicted to close. This will leave up to 87,000 children's parents without childcare, forcing some to leave the workforce. Programs that don't close will be raising tuition about 25% (average of $50 per child per week). This may be cost prohibitive for many. Please call your state Senator and Assembly member today and tell them to vote yes on Sept. 20 for robust funding to address this crisis! Find your legislator here.

Additionally, Congress must vote to fund childcare nationally. Please call Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson , and the rest of the Wisconsin congressional delegation and urge them to vote for $16 billion in federal support for childcare. Thank you for taking action! From the WI Faith Voices for Justice ****************************** SPOTLIGHT on WNPJ: VIRTUAL Thurs Sept 7th, 12 noon - 1 pm Weaving the Web - WNPJ monthly virtual drop-in Hour. All are welcome to drop in the first Thursday of each month - agenda, just people who care about peace and justice showing up to connect. Dena Eakles and Vicki Berenson facilitating. Contact with questions. Zoom Meeting Information: Meeting ID: 893 6131 3008 Passcode: 797041 +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

AND.....SAVE the DATE!

On Saturday, October 28, WNPJ will hold the annual Fall Assembly in Appleton. We are working with local organizations to bring pressing issues for consideration and we will be celebrating efforts and victories. You are welcome to join us live or via zoom. Details are forthcoming. Questions? Contact WNPJ-uniting hearts and minds to promote sustainable peace and justice on the earth and to all people. ***********************************

Two past Chairs of WNPJ showed up on the dock in Milwaukee this week - as The Golden Rule anti-nuke boat sailed into Wisconsin harbors! Bill Christofferson and Alfred Meyer!

Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups:

MADISON Mon Sept 4th, 12 noon - 5 pm Labor Fest 2023! - Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St. Live music from VO5 and The Periodicals. Solidarity Roll Call at 2:00 pm, many info tables, plus magic shows, bounce house, face painting and balloon twisting for kids. Food and drink will be available for purchase. SCFL's Community Services Committee will also be collecting gift cards of all types to help homeless students in the MMSD Transition Education Program (TEP) Info? Visit the Facebook event: Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop - GOLDEN RULE PEACE BOAT VISIT to Milwaukee. Sept. 1- 4. The Golden Rule, a historic sailboat, visits Milwaukee as part of an 11,000 mile voyage. Free boat visits and tours 1-4pm at Lakeshore State Park. Shuttle service available from Milwaukee’s Laborfest. Sponsored by Veterans For Peace. INFORMATION: Bill Christofferson, 414-587-6577, RACINE Tues Sept 5th, 4:15 - 5: 15 pm The Golden Rule Sails into Racine. Reefpoint Marina, Christopher Columbus Causeway. Contact Sonali Knotek of the Racine Peace and Justice Coalition:... . Facebook: VIRTUAL Thurs Sept 7th, 11 am - 12 noon WEEKLY WEBINAR series - 'Radiation Basics' — a five week dive from September 7 -- October 5. Promoted by Nukewatch, 740A Round Lake Road, Luck, WI 54853(715) 472-4185 * You get pre-recorded presentations, and weekly ZOOM MEETINGS. TOPICS FOR THIS CLASS: WHAT IS RADIATION? CANCER AS OUTCOME; SOURCES OF EXPOSURE; RISKS; DO WE NEED TO TIGHTEN SAFETY LIMITS? Registration required -- Details here: The discussion sessions, led by Mary Olson and Cindy Folkers will be dynamic and include time for participants to network and work together to identify areas where each needs additional information. These are classes, not webinars, and the goal is for each participant to come away with a strong grasp of the topics. This class is for people who want to be able to understand government, industry and scholarly articles better. It is not really introductory, though we are glad to work with anyone who has the interest to join. There is no considered question that is unwelcome. Beyond Nuclear and Gender and Radiation Impact Project offer these classes together, we charge fees on a sliding scale $30--$300, you decide. Scholarships available. VIRTUAL Thurs Sept 7th, 12 noon - 1 pm Weaving the Web - WNPJ monthly virtual drop-in Hour. All are welcome to drop in the first Thursday of each month - agenda, just people who care about peace and justice showing up to connect. Facilitated by Dena Eakles and Vicki Berenson this month. Contact with questions. Zoom Meeting Information: Meeting ID: 893 6131 3008 Passcode: 797041 +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) VIRTUAL Thurs Sept 7th, 6 - 8 pm WILPF Monthly Virtual Book Club - "The Dawn of Everything:A New History of Humanity" by David Graeber & David Wengrow. Respond to this email address to get the link This is a hefty read. If you can, read at least the first, fourth, and last chapters. "Graeber and Wengrow offer a history of the past 30,000 years that is not only wildly different from anything we’re used to, but also far more interesting: textured, surprising, paradoxical, inspiring . . . It aims to replace the dominant grand narrative of history not with another of its own devising, but with the outline of a picture, only just becoming visible, of a human past replete with political experiment and creativity."―William Deresiewicz, The Atlantic "A fascinating, radical, and playful entry into a seemingly exhaustively well-trodden genre, the grand evolutionary history of humanity. It seeks nothing less than to completely upend the terms on which the Standard Narrative rests . . . erudite, compelling, generative, and frequently remarkably funny . . . once you start thinking like Graeber and Wengrow, it's difficult to stop."―Emily M. Kern, Boston Review For questions or more information contact Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom: 608-609-7961 MILWAUKEE and ZOOM Sat Sept 9th, 10 - 11:30 am UNA Program: “What is the Milwaukee Sister Cities Program?”: A Presentation by Alexander P. Durtka, Jr. Sister Cities State Coordinator for Wisconsin. Attend In-Person at Zao MKE Church –2319 E. Kenwood Blvd. – or Virtually through the Zoom Link The presentation will explore the various aspects of Sister Cities globally and locally and how one might be part of the picture. Another presenter is Nevenka Lutzow Balic who has taken part in the Zadar, Croatia - Milwaukee Sister City program since 2015. She will share the details of this particular relationship to provide an example of why this program is successful. Free & Open to the Public. For more information, contact Dan O’Keefe 414.688.0694 (Phone) / (email) MADISON Sat Sept 9th, 7 – 2 pm Veterans for Peace #25 at the Dane County Farmers Market – look for their table at the King Street corner of the Square. They are there every Saturday through Nov. 11th! Learn about Veterans for Peace and their local meetings, sign petitions to end war, and more. Contact: Brad Geyer - ONTARIO Sat. Sept 9th 10 am - 12 noon Transitioning to Solar - workshop at Echo Valley Hope Farm, E14604 County Rd. 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. (part of a series of workshops on Aug 26th, Sept.9th, AND Oct. 21st) For more info: 608-606-4450 or MILWAUKEE Sat Sept 9th, 12 noon - 1 pm Weekly STAND FOR PEACE. Meet at Lake Drive and Silver Spring today. Each week, a different vigil site in Milwaukee. Bring your signs for peace! Questions? Contact Peace Action WI or see ******************************************************* 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 summer and fall, through Nov. 11th at the Capitol Square. Look for the Veterans for Peace #25 table nearby at the King Street corner of the Square each Saturday...... Sign up for your spot today! Bring your own table and hand-outs….. Questions? Contact ****************************************

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