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WNPJ member group events and Action Alerts for the Week of April 1st....

Updated: Mar 31



VOTE! + WNPJ welcomes new member group, Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network + Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibits dates/locations + Weaving the Web + 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. 

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IMPORTANT Wisconsin Constitutional Amendments on the April 2 ballot!!!

 

If passed, two Constitutional amendments on the current ballot would limit the ability of election administrators to adequately fund and conduct elections. If passed, they are binding and cannot be vetoed.

 

The non-partisan League of Women Voters offers this information: https://my.lwv.org/wisconsin/vote-no-2-april-constitutional-amendments

Go to https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/ to make sure you are registered with your current address, and have what you need to vote. Early voting has already begun and you can find locations and hours here: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/Vote-Absentee-In-Person 

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WNPJ welcomes new member organization:

Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network


Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network is a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to preserving the environment while maintaining the health and economic vitality of rural communities.

 

 

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Spotlight on the Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibit - three weeks in April in both Madison AND in Milwaukee. 

 

MADISON

Tuesday, Apr 2, 5 – 6 pm Waging Peace in Vietnam Opening Reception and Panel on “Soldiers in Revolt” Dissent and Resistance Within the Armed Forces, Wisconsin Historical Society, State Street, Madison.

Host John Nichols and moderator Al McCoy. Panelists include:

·        Susan Schnall, national president, Veterans for Peace;

·        Ronald L. Haeberle, former Army photographer of the iconic My Lai Massacre photographs;

·        David Cortright, Professor Emeritus and special advisor for policy, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame. Author and editor of over 20 books including Waging Peace in Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans who Opposed the War.

 

To see a full list of all the events going on in Madison, including film screenings and panel discussions, go to https://www.wnpj.org/post/waging-peace-in-vietnam-exhibit-and-events-in-april-madison

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And, in MILWAUKEE: “Waging Peace in Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans who Opposed  the War.” 

 

April 3-17: Exhibit at Marquette’s Raynor Memorial Library, Milwaukee.  Opening event at noon, April 3, at Alumni Memorial Union, Lunda Room (1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.)This special Soup with Substance panel will include: Susan Schnall, national president, Veterans for Peace; Ronald L. Haeberle, former Army photographer of the iconic My Lai Massacre photographs; David Cortright, Professor Emeritus and special advisor for policy, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame. A light lunch of soup and bread will be provided. Free and open to the public.

 

April 4:  Waging Peace in Vietnam Panel. A War Without End: Legacies of the American War 12:30-1:45 pm, Marquette Alumni Memorial Union, Room, 227 1442 W. Wisconsin AvePanelists:  Ngo Xuan Hien, communications manager, Project RENEW; which is locating and disarming unexploded ordnance; Chuck Searcy, co-founder and international advisor to RENEW; Heather Bowser, founder of Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance, advocacy for offspring of Vietnam Veterans exposed to Agent Orange. Light snacks will be provided. Free and open to the public.

 

April 15: Peacemaker in Residence & Waging Peace in Vietnam Keynote

A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace4-5 pm, Marquette’s Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier Suites BC, 1355 W. Wisconsin Ave. Le Ly Hayslip, Vietnamese-American author, philanthropist, peace activist, and speaker, will deliver the closing keynote of the Waging Peace in Vietnam series at Marquette. She is the author of two memoirs—When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace—which were adapted into the film Heaven & Earth, written and directed by Oliver Stone. Since 1986, she has founded two charitable organizations: the East Meets West Foundation and the Global Village Foundation. Free and open to the public.

For more information about Milwaukee’s events, contact:

Bill Christofferson, 414-587-6477


 

       

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WNPJ's Weaving the Web - all welcome!




VIRTUAL Thurs Apr 4, 12 noon – 1 pm WNPJ’s Weaving the Web Drop-in Hour – with Debra Gillispie. All welcome! Zoom info:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89361313008?pwd=UmxCOUcxL3ZFb244aXp0SnBVTFRSZz09. Meeting ID: 893 6131 3008 - Passcode: 797041; +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) Contact: office@wnpj.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 Apr 1, 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 Apr 1, 7 – 8:15 pm  350 Wisconsin Webinar Mtg “ The transformative potential of the Inflation Reduction Acton”.  The IRA could accelerate climate action in Wisconsin—if we take full advantage of the opportunities. At our April 1 Monthly Meeting, Kathy Kuntz, Director of the Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change, will talk about what the IRA means for Wisconsin. She will outline the opportunities available to individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and local governments under this landmark legislation.  ONLINE VIA ZOOM: Register in advance for the meeting: http://tinyurl.com/350-monthly-mtg Contact: https://350wisconsin.org   julia.isaacs@350wisconsin.org 


MADISON Tues Apr 2, 5 – 6 pm Waging Peace in Vietnam Opening Reception and Panel on Dissent and Resistance Within the Armed Forces, Wisconsin Historical Society, State Street – see info above..


VIRTUAL Thurs Apr 4, 12 noon – 1 pm WNPJ’s Weaving the Web Drop-in Hour – with Debra Gillispie. All welcome! Zoom info:  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89361313008?pwd=UmxCOUcxL3ZFb244aXp0SnBVTFRSZz09. Meeting ID: 893 6131 3008 - Passcode: 797041; +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) Contact: office@wnpj.org 


LaCROSSE Thurs Apr 4, 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 Apr 4, 12:30 – 1:45 pm  Waging Peace in Vietnam Panel. A War Without End: Legacies of the American War.  Marquette Alumni Memorial Union, Room, 227 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.  See detail above ….

VIROQUA Thurs Apr 4, 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 

 

VIRTUAL Thurs, April 4, 6:30 pm (6:00 for visiting beforehand) WILPF Book Circle Conversation Let's talk about... The book tonight: Hell of a Book, A Novel by Jason Mott – virtual WILPF Book Circle conversation. An African-American author sets out on a cross-country book tour to promote his bestselling novel. That storyline drives Jason Mott's novel and is the scaffolding of something much larger and more urgent: since his novel also tells the story of Soot, a young Black boy living in a rural town in the recent past, and The Kid, a possibly imaginary child who appears to the author on his tour. For login details, email: wilfpmadison@gmail.com 


VIRTUAL Thurs Apr 4, 6:30 – 7:30 pm “The Power of Storytelling” with Dane County Poor People's Campaign. Our stories are powerful and can be an amazing tool to not only build the movement, but change the narrative. There are 140 million poor and low-income people in this country and we all have a story to tell.  Are you interested in telling your own story or helping others to share theirs? We'll discuss why we share our stories + how to do it in the most impactful and effective ways possible. Register here for your zoom link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/storytelling-training...

 

MADISON Fri Apr 5, 12 noon:  Panel on “A War Without End: Legacies of the American War in Vietnam and Among American Veterans”, Wisconsin Historical Society, State Street. With Ngo Xuan Hien, communications manager, Project RENEW;  Chuck Searcy, co-founder and international advisor to Project RENEW; and Heather Bowser, founder of Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance, advocacy for offspring of Vietnam Veterans exposed to Agent Orange. Special guests Mike Boehm and Brad Geyer. See more info above….


MADISON  Fri Apr 5, 8 am Wisconsin Peace Institute Conference Conference at Edgewood College, Predolin rotunda. "RESOURCE WARS"- Conflict & Peacebuilding in a World of Environmental Challenge. Join students, academics, activists, community members and organizations from around the state for this participatory event exploring: Local & Global Environmental Challenges | Peacebuilding for Sustainable Change | Environmental Equity in a Post-Colonial World | Faith-Based Responses to Climate Change | and Much More. Same day registration - no fee - lunch included. For more info contact: John Fields, at jfields@edgewood.edu or at 608-663-3407. Sent to WNPJ by Maureen McDonnell <mowisdom@gmail.com>


WHITEFISH BAY Fri Apr 6, 6 pm Author/theologian Jim Wallis on Christian Nationalism and The False White Gospel. At United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, 819 East Silver Spring Drive.  Organized by the We All Belong Campaign of MICAH, this event is free and open to the public. Jim will be addressing the alarming and dangerous rise of white Christian nationalism and its perverse distortion of the Gospel with reference to his new book The False White Gospel (to be released on April 2).  Register in advance for this event at bit.ly/FWGospel. This event can be viewed online through the website of the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay: umcwfb.org Sent to WNPJ by WISDOM  office@wisdomwisconsin.org  


APPLETON Sat Apr 6, 11 am – 12 noon Fox Valley Monthly Stand for Peace  Houdini Plaza, West Lawrence Street. Every month - the first Saturday! Bring your signs! Organizer: Ronna Swift ronnajean61@gmail.com 


MILWAUKEE Sat Apr 6, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: 43rd and Forest Home. Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace 


VIROQUA Sat Apr 6, 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 Apr 6, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace – Stand for Palestine. At NW corner of Highways 31 and 20. Park in the SW corner of the Kohl's parking lot, near the AT&T store. 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!


MADISON Sun Apr 8, 7 – 8:30 pm Dane Sanctuary Coalition General Meeting - At First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive. Our keynote speaker is Mary Campbell, director of AMMPARO - Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities - the ELCA (Lutheran) Church's national immigrant justice initiative. Mary will share with us the amazing work AMMPARO does for migrants and refugees around the world, and update us on what AMMPARO is seeing at our own border and around the country. Also at the gathering, we will hear reports from the DSC steering and advocacy committees, a treasurer's report, and a report from our volunteer driver program. Congregations will have the opportunity to share the great work they are doing, including trips to the border and to Tucson which several congregations have recently sponsored.  Please RSVP by April 1 to let us know you will be joining us! RSVP here - https://forms.gle/wvUJ9RD74uUfH9Cj9 rabbibonnie@charter.net  

 

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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.

 




 

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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