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WNPJ member group events and Action Alerts for the week of Nov. 5th

Updated: Nov 4, 2023

WNPJ + Alert on Hamas/Palestine/Israel + SPOTLIGHT on the annual Family Farm Defender Celebration + VFP #102 in Milwaukee on Armistice Day + Become a Welcomer to WI + other statewide events… *********************************** The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 80 member groups around Wisconsin. **********************

WNPJ member groups and affiliates issue Statements and Action Alerts on Hamas/Palestine/Israel. See the developing list here: *******************************

SPOTLIGHT on Family Farm Defenders Annual Event in Spring Green

2023 John Kinsman Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize Award Dinner and Celebration! In memory of legendary organic pioneer and food sovereignty advocate, John Kinsman, Family Farm Defenders is proud to celebrate beginning farmers each year with a prize in his honor!

Sat. Nov. 11th 5:00 – 8:00 pm Round Barn Lodge, E4830 U.S. Hwy 14 in Spring Green.

5:00 pm Reception and Socializing ; 5:30 pm Welcome and Local Harvest Dinner (catered by Lisa Buttenow & the Branding Iron in Lime Ridge); 6:00 pm Keynote Address: "Food, Land, and Justice: Lessons from the Driftless Area to the World” – with Curt Meine, Senior Fellow, Aldo Leopold Foundation and the Center for Humans and Nature; 6:45 pm John Kinsman Prize Award Ceremony! Suggested donation - $35 per person (children are free!) To RSVP and purchase advance tickets send a check to: FFD, P.O. Box 1772, Madison, WI 53701 or make an online donation at:

Family Farm Defenders also welcomes sponsors of the John Kinsman Prize! Sponsors will be thanked in the evening program and prize sponsors of $100+ will also receive two free complimentary tickets to the event. More info? #608-260-0900 or visit the Facebook event:


SPOTLIGHT on Milwaukee VFP #102 Saturday. Nov 11, 7 pm

Please save the date, Nov. 11, for Veterans for Peace #102 annual Armistice Day event at Milwaukee City Hall, and help us reclaim the day as one to promote peace, not celebrate militarism, as Veterans Day too often seems to do. We hope your organization will join us as an endorser of the event. The only thing that entails is a willingness to help publicize the event and encourage your members to participate, and allowing us to list you with other endorsers on promotional materials.

If your organization would like to endorse, simply reply to our email and tell us how you would like to be listed. Our recent experience with the Golden Rule peace boat visit, with 15 organizations involved, showed again what can happen when we collaborate. Thank you for all you do to promote peace and justice on a daily basis. Contact: MKE Vets for Peace , Bill Christofferson, 414-587-6577

Register here for the webinar.

Speakers: Medea Benjamin, co-founder of national women-led peace group CODEPINK, and Mark Denning, educator, lecturer and curriculum specialist in Native American history and culture, Music by Holly Haebig and Harvey Taylor. Free public event. Note – there are updates to the endorsing groups – see this FB event to lean more. All welcome. Facebook event: *

******************************************************* Special Spotlight this week – Become a Welcomer - sent to WNPJ by member, Kathi Seiden-Thomas. See

*********************************** Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups:

VIRTUAL: Mon Nov 6, 7 pm Non-profits! Interested in information concerning a FREE FCC application for your own Low Power FM radio station? Join a Q&A video chat. Todd Urick from the grassroots radio advocate nonprofit Common Frequency discusses the opportunity to apply for a FCC license in WI, filing dates of Dec 6th - 13th. This filing opportunity happens once every ten years and mainly only evangalistic churches apply. You don't need to know anything about radio, have money, or any radio equipment to submit a request to the FCC. This presents a unique opportunity for Wisconites to bolster democracy and voter education. Send an email to to RSVP and obtain a link for the chat. Supported by Tynnetta and Debra from the WNPJ Board.

VIRTUAL Mon Nov 6, 7 - 8:30 pm Webinar: Climate Safe Pensions for Wisconsin: Divest from Fossil Fuels! Part of the Monthly meeting of 350 Wisconsin. ONLINE VIA ZOOM: Register in advance for the meeting here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting via computer, tablet, or smartphone. Members of Climate Safe Pensions for Wisconsin. are working to get the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) to move the state retirement system out of financially risky and environmentally irresponsible fossil fuel investments. Our speakers, Peter Knotek and Anne Steinberg, will share what they’ve learned while researching SWIB’s holdings, meeting with SWIB staff, talking with many other Wisconsin Retirement System members, and participating in the international pension divestment movement.

VIRTUAL Tues Nov 7, 7 – 8 pm Rooted in a Healthy Climate' webinar - with 350 WI. Join 350 to learn about what the Farm Bill is, how it could support farmers, communities, sustainable agriculture, affordable food, and the climate! We'll have experts from the agriculture, climate, and justice communities speaking about why it's important to advance farming practices that a good for small family farmers and the planet, while also keeping healthy foods within reach for all.

VIRTUAL Tues Nov 7, 7 – 8 pm Webinar: Recovering a Hidden History: Indigenous Power and Culture in the Mid-Continent – Sinsinawa. Author, Bob Morrissey, will be leading the discussion. This talk reorients our understanding of the mid-continent as an Indigenous heartland. Focusing on the land of the modern corn belt, the former tallgrass prairies, Bob Morrissey explains what made this place so special in the pre-settler past. He explores aspects of those cultures, and concludes with reflections on recent projects by those Indigenous Nations to revitalize certain practices, including language, ecology, and especially art. Registration ends November 6, and the fee is $10 per person. Contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at for more information.

WASHINGTON DC Wed Nov 8, 12 – 1 pm Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal Public Witness Day of Action. Silence & passivity cannot be an option! Join our action outside the offices of a Merchant of Death. We know about the crimes of war contractor-profiteers and because we know, we must act! A system which allows impunity and profit from war crimes, including the maiming and killing of combatants and non-combatants alike, is nothing but violent, filthy, rotten, and lousy! Within the last year, people have delivered subpoenas to the corporate offices and corporate directors of weapons manufacturers Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, and General Atomics. There are a handful of people from Wisconsin who will be taking the train out to participate in this action. Please let Joy know if you are interested. Peace, Joy

VIRTUAL Wed Nov 8, 6 - 8 pm Webinar: Beating Guns: Hope for People Weary of Violence. Nuns Against Gun Violence hosts a free webinar with author and activist Shane Claiborne. Following Mr. Claiborne’s presentation, two women religious will address how their congregations are addressing gun violence. Sr. Patricia Millen, OSF will address how her congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, took a corporate stance on gun violence. Sr. Annette McDermott, SSJ will discuss the outreach of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield to the people of Springfield after a recent episode of gun violence. No need to register. Just click on the ZOOM link a few minutes before the presentation. Meeting ID: 826 3093 6976 Passcode: XT4GxD.

Nuns Against Gun Violence is a coalition of Catholic Sisters (including CSA) and their allies that affirms the value of human life through prayer, education, and advocacy for common sense, evidence-based, gun violence prevention. Formed in 2023, the coalition consists of more than 40 congregations of Catholic Sisters and allied organizations. Sent to WNPJ by Tracy Abler, Justice Coordinator, Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes.

LACROSSE Thus Nov 9, 12 noon – 1 pm Weekly Women in Black Peace Vigil. Main St & 4th Street South, A weekly vigil for peace every Thursday from noon to 12:30. Contact Deborah Buffton

MADISON Thurs Nov 9, 7 – 8 pm Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice - Fall 2023 Interfaith Intersections - Mt Zion Baptist Church, 2019 Fisher St. This program brings people together to hold intentional conversations on a variety of topics related to faith. Goals: to deepen relationships among people of different faith, hold rich conversations on different topics, & learn about faiths other than your own. Panelists come from Buddhist, and Jewish communities, on the topic: what does your faith teach about death and dying? - If you would like to be a panelist, please contact Rabbi Bonnie Margulis at Contact the organizer for a zoom option.

MADISON Sat Nov 11, Dane County High School Climate Conference; Find Your Voice - Take back your future. Madison College, Wright Street. This year's youth climate conference will soothe your climate anxiety and inspire you to take action. You will hear success stories, discover the ways Dane County has hope for the climate crisis, create a climate plan of action that keeps you energized, make meaningful connections with other passionate high schoolers, network with organizations that want to help you succeed, and strengthen your voice both as a high schooler and as an activist. All Dane County high schoolers are invited, regardless of experience! Free Admissions, Free Lunch, Free Parking! Register here: Co-sponsored by the UNA USA Dane County Chapter: Sam Romano

SINSINAWA Sat Nov 11, 9 am – 4 pm Autumn Wild Skills Day – Sinsinawa Mound Center, County Road Z. Join Nicholas WazeeGale, a certified Wilderness Guide, for a day in the Sinsinawa woods and fields. In this adventurous day workshop, we will learn to recognize and follow the tracks of local wildlife, make a warm fire, cook food, learn of shelter, wayfinding and safety in the outdoors, find and utilize wild foods of fall, learn about proper gear and clothing for comfort in the cold, and more! This workshop has limited capacity so sign up quickly. Registration ends November 8, and the fee is $65 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 Nov 11, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE. KK and Lincoln. Each Saturday, a different location. Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceaction

SPRING GREEN Sat. Nov. 11, 5 – 8 pm * 2023 John Kinsman Beginning Farmer Food Sovereignty Prize Award Dinner and Celebration! Round Barn Lodge (E4830 U.S. Hwy 14) See SPOTLIGHT above for more details.

MILWAUKEE Sat Nov 11, 4 pm Annual City Wide Veterans Celebration. At the JAK Foundation, 7814 West Appleton St. Co-sponsored by SOULS. Contact Tynnetta Jackson at 414-616-3114

MILWAUKEE Sat Nov 11, 7 – 8 pm Veterans for Peace - Armistice Day event – Milwaukee City Hall, East Wells Street. See Spotlight above for details. Facebook event:

VERONA Sun Nov 12, 4 – 5 pm Moms Demand Action - meet-up. Kismet Books, North Main Street, Casual in-person meet-up. Reserve your spot here:

MADISON Sun Nov 12, 6 – 8:30 pm Evening with World BEYOND War – What should be done to end the war in Ukraine? - The Crossing Campus Ministry, University Avenue. FREE. Music, spoken word, a panel on ending the war in Ukraine, and a bit of livestream of the Merchants of Death War Crimes Tribunal in Washington DC. Contact:

Watch for videos and updates from the Annual WNPJ Fall Assembly held in Appleton Oct. 28th:

"Every Drop Counts: Coming Together for Water


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 is the last week! 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: "Like" us and follow us!

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