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WNPJ member group Spotlights and events for August 7th 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: *******************************

SPOTLIGHT on Veterans for Peace The annual Veterans For Peace National Convention will be held August 25-27. For the third year in a row, it will be held online due to continuing concerns about Covid-19. VFP’s online conventions have been terrific, and accessible to even more VFP members, friends, and allies. This convention promises to be particularly outstanding and will include keynote addresses from Irish Member of the European Parliament, Clare Daly, international economist Jeffrey Sachs, and nonviolence activist Kathy Kelly. There will also be excellent panel presentations on a variety of urgent situations facing the world today. Find more information on the Convention schedule and how you can participate here. HOME | VFP Convention ******************************************************

The Golden Rule, a historic ship sailing for a Nuclear-Free World, will visit Milwaukee Sept 1st.

Join us at Lakeshore State Park – 500 N. Harbor Drive – Milwaukee, WI make plans over the Labor Day weekend to visit the Golden Rule. The Golden Rule, a storied sailboat that helped bring about an end to atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons, will visit Milwaukee September 1st – 4th, 2023 as part of a 15-month, 11,000-mile voyage to inform and educate the public about the dangers of nuclear weapons proliferation.

The boat will be docked at Lakeshore State Park, on the downtown lakefront between Discovery World and Milwaukee World Festival grounds. It will be open to the public for visits and tours.

Public events will be held, and speakers/crew members will be available for presentations at schools, churches, or other venues. Contact Milwaukee Veterans For Peace to arrange a visit or presentation, including a video about the boat and its history.

By the time it reaches Milwaukee, Golden Rule will have been sailing for nearly a year on the Great Loop. It started in Minnesota, on the mighty Mississippi, on its way to the Gulf, the Atlantic Seaboard, and eventually the Great Lakes. It has been warmly welcomed all along the route, with mayoral proclamations, music and thanks from grateful Marshall Islanders, and scores of public events to spread the word about the danger nuclear weapons proliferation poses to our planet.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the boat, meet the crew, and learn about how to get involved.

Milwaukee Schedule For The Golden Rule Boast Visit Friday – September 1st, 2023

· 10 AM: Welcoming News Conference at Discovery World – 500 N. Harbor Drive – Milwaukee · 11 AM – 12 Noon: Boat visits and tours by news conference participants and attendees · 12 Noon – 4 PM: Boat visits by the public at Discovery World · 6 PM – Potluck dinner organized by Peace Action Wisconsin and the UNA of Greater Milwaukee at ZAO Milwaukee Church – 2319 E. Kenwood Blvd. Milwaukee. Contact: Pam Richard (email) 414.269.9525 (Phone)

Saturday – September 2nd, 2023

· 2 PM – 5 PM: Party at Lakeshore State Park – 500 N. Harbor Drive – Milwaukee, WI at the Golden Rule boat slip. · 2 PM – 5 PM: Boat visits/tours of the Golden Rule. · Music produced by Flagship Wisconsin with folksingers David HB Drake, Rick Fitzgerald, John Higgens, and Others · Light snacks will be available. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. · The Rain Date is on Sunday (September 3rd) from 2 PM – 5 PM.

Sunday – September 3rd, 2023

· 1 PM – 4 PM Boat visits/tours at Lakeshore State Park – 500 N. Harbor Drive –Milwaukee, WI at the Golden Rule boat slip.

Monday – September 4th, 2023 – Labor Day

· 1 PM – 5 PM: Boat visits/tours of the Golden Rule at Lakeshore State Park – 500 N. Harbor Drive –Milwaukee, WI at the Golden Rule boat slip. · LABORFEST, sponsored by Milwaukee Area Labor Council, is on the nearby Summerfest grounds · We are working to provide transportation from Laborfest to the Golden Rule during the festival.

Tuesday – September 5th, 2023

· The Golden Rule departs for Racine, WI. The time is to be determined · There is the possibility of a flotilla sendoff organized by Flagship Wisconsin.

Learn more about the Golden Rule at: Sign up to volunteer or crew Helen Jaccard – Golden Rule Project Manager – 206.992.6364 Follow the journey of the Golden Rule at: ************************************************* Sponsoring Organizations

· Milwaukee Veterans For Peace – Chapter 102 · Peace Action Wisconsin · Physicians For Social Responsibility Wisconsin · Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice · Madison Veterans For Peace – Chapter 25 · United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee · Milwaukee Turners at Turner Hall · Milwaukee Friends Meeting · Interfaith Conference of Greater MKE · WI Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba · Casa Maria Catholic Worker Community · Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice · Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom-Milwaukee

The Golden Rule will also dock in Sheboygan on August 26th , 1 – 4 pm:

AND - here's a great article in this month’s Progressive magazine on the 'Golden Rule'. There’s an article by Alfed Meyer, former Chair of WNPJ in this magazine, too. Check it out!

Veterans for Peace, Chapter 102, Contact Bill Christofferson at 414.486.9651

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

MADISON Mon Aug 7th, 6 - 8 pm * 350 Wisconsin’s Summer Picnic. At Brittingham Park, 829 W. Washington Ave. It’s a great time to meet 350 folks, new and old. Invite a friend who is interested in climate activism to come eat with us. It’s a potluck, so please bring a dish or beverage to share. We don’t want to buy paper plates, so please bring your own plate, silverware, and cup. The drinking fountains and bathrooms at the park will be operational. Please keep any beverages non-alcoholic to fit with park regulations. With the great playground nearby, it’s a family-friendly event — all are welcome. The park is right off the Capital City Trail, so consider riding your bicycle. The lakefront can have a cool breeze – which sounds lovely given all the hot weather we have been having. But if it’s cool out, you may want to bring an extra layer of clothing. The picnic replaces our monthly meeting for August. Regular monthly meetings with a zoom link resume in September (on September 11, a week late due to the Labor Day holiday). Contact: Julia Isaacs

SINSINAWA Tues Aug 8th, 7 - 8:15 pm Native Book Discussion: Susan Power, The Grass Dancer: A Novel - Sinsinawa Mound Center, County Road Z. Eric Anglada will be leading the discussion. Inspired by the lore of her Indigenous heritage, Susan Power has forged a novel of interconnected stories rich with drama and infused with the magic of the everyday. “The Grass Dancer” reveals the harsh price of unfulfilled longings and the healing power of mystery and hope. In this thrilling book, Power takes readers on a journey through both past and present in a tale as resonant and haunting as an ancestor’s memory, and as promising as a child’s dream. Registration ends on August 7, and the fee is $10 a 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 Wed, Aug 9th, 8 pm Nagasaki Day Commemoration. Meet at the Lincoln Park Canoe Launch (Picnic Area 3) for a Ceremony and floating of Traditional Japanese Lanterns on the Milwaukee River. Peace Action of WI

SINSINAWA Sat Aug 12th, 9:30 am - 4 pm Retreat: “Hagia Sophia”: Thomas Merton’s Magnificent Poem of Contemplation in Action. Sinsinawa Mound Center, County Road Z. Paula Hirschboeck will be leading this retreat. The renowned monk and mystic, Thomas Merton, helps us deepen into the life of Sophia. In his prose-poem “Hagia Sophia” he offers us the beauty of words to reveal the wisdom beyond words, Sophia. In this day-long retreat, Paula Hirschboeck will guide us in exploring and practicing each phase of Merton’s experience of Sophia. He invites us into four phases of contemplative practice: initial awakening, surrender, dark unknowing and entering the world as Sophia, the mercy of God in us. Presentation, conversation, and mindful activities honoring silence will support our day together. Registration ends on August 10, and the fee is $60 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 Aug 12th, 12 noon - 1 pm Weekly Peace Action "Stand for Peace" - Meet at 27th/National. Each week, a different vigil site in Milwaukee. Bring your signs for peace! Questions? Contact Peace Action WI - or see

VIRTUAL Mon Aug 14th 7 - 8 pm Wisconsin People's party statewide monthly meeting - via zoom. Every month the Wisconsin People's party has a meeting open for all curious people who agree on one thing: get money out of politics. The rest is negotiable, but as long as corporations can buy their voice in politics we have no real democracy. Via zoom: ******************************************************* 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 Spring and summer at the Capitol Square. The Farmers Market opening date is April 15th – 7 am to 1 pm …and runs through the Fall 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 ****************************************

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