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WNPJ member groups, alerts and events for the week of March 19th

Updated: Mar 18, 2023


Alert from Safe Skies, Clean Water WI:A ttention All Safe Skies Protecters!

There is something significant we can do right now here in Wisconsin to make the world a safer place for all. We can stop the F-35 nuclear-capable fighter jets from being stationed at Truax Field in Madison, which experts say would make Madison a nuclear target.


But time is running out. The killer jets are scheduled to arrive this coming May, so we less than two months to turn the tide. We need all hands on deck if we are to succeed. We need to exert as much public pressure as possible on our Governor, County Executive and Senator Baldwin. These are the three people who have the power to prevent this abomination.


Safe Skies wants to implement two general strategies which we will briefly summarize here.


Strategy 1:

Save Our Children Campaign


There are 59 schools and daycares within three miles of Truax Field! A substantial body of scientific research indicates that military jet noise can result in hearing disruption and hearing loss, which affects children’s attention, concentration and memory. This impacts their reading and math comprehension, which can cascade into poor overall academic performance and lack of motivation. Chronic exposure to high levels of aircraft noise can also exacerbate symptoms of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adults.


Strategy 2:

Nonviolent Direct Action




This is not the time to be shy or meek. It is time to be bold and courageous. Whether you are more comfortable reaching out to others to get them involved, helping to disrupt the status quo, or offering support to disruptors, all are equally important right now. You may want to consider venturing outside of your comfort zone.





Safe Skies, Midwest Catholic Workers, and Madison World BEYOND War will be hosting events during the Faith & Resistance Gathering, from March 24th to 27th – addressing F35s and more.




Learn more about the public events & RSVP here:


Or, call or email Safe Skies organizer, Tom Boswell, and we will connect you to other people and get you involved.


tomboswell2002@yahoo.com – 608/718-7312


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WISDOM SEEKING CANDIDATES impacted by lack of commutations of sentences in Wisconsin


In efforts to raise awareness of the lack of commutations of sentences in the state of Wisconsin, WISDOM is seeking a case to lift up to the attention of the public and the Governor’s office. It is our hope that bringing to light a specific individual will help urge Governor Evers to establish a Commutations Committee to begin to review cases of disproportionate sentencing.


If you would like to present your incarcerated loved one as a possible candidate for the initial publication, send the following information to commutationsubcommittee@gmail.com by March 24th, 2023. Please note that if your loved one is not selected for this initial campaign, we may still reach out to you for future publications. ( Please note: Eligible candidates have not yet had their first parole review.)


· Full name, DOC number and current institution name

· Age at time the crime was committed

· Exact crime(s), sentence length(s) and sentencing date

· Parole eligibility date and length of time incarcerated, so far

· List of all programs completed (include certificates if available)

· List of all conduct reports and dates received with a brief description of the incident (include images of the reports)

· Other evidence that the individual has been rehabilitated (letters from judges, DOC documentation, etc.)

· Your name and the best number to reach you at, should we need further information during the selection process

In Solidarity, David Liners, WISDOM Executive Director - office@wisdomwisconsin.org

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Save the Date! Saturday, May 6th. This is our Annual WNPJ Spring Assembly! All welcome to come share their social justice & just transition success stories! We'll be meeting at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve near LaFarge (and providing a zoom/recorded event option). This is our chance to hear about the activities of Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice member groups; form a nominating committee for Officers and WNPJ Board member recruitment; and to conduct any necessary Network business. It's an outreach event, too, as we will be inviting Driftless area member groups and their affiliates to speak about environmental and other issues they share in common. Watch for details! If you'd like to be involved with planning, contact the WNPJ at info@wnpj.org. ********************************************* Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups: (Read about more upcoming events here: https://www.wnpj.org/event-calendar) SINSINAWA MOUND Mon Mar 20th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Wild Church: Spring Equinox Event with Fire and Song -Eric Anglada, Sinsinawa’s Ecological Programming Coordinator, will be leading the event. Fire and song, ritual and community, prayer and quiet: this inclusive, outdoor gathering is centered on honoring this day of equal light and dark. We will meet inside the main entrance and proceed outdoors. No registration is required and a free will offering is welcome. Contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter. 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. VIRTUAL Mon Mar 20, 7 pm Annual Meeting of the Richland Center – Santa Teresa Sister City Project via zoom. We will be presenting reports from the president and treasurer and will be presenting a slide show on the current state of our projects in Santa Teresa. We will also hold elections for board members and officers for the upcoming year. If you are interested in attending, please reply to this email. santateresascp@gmail.com .You can go to the Events Page on our website (www.santa-teresa.org) for the meeting agenda and other documents. MADISON Tues Mar 21st, 9:30 am - 2:15 pm Join the Wisconsin and Faith in Place day of action to advocate for hunger relief, climate justice, and clean water in the Wisconsin State Budget. Meet at the First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Avenue(lunch included) There is no charge but any donation would be welcome on the day of the event to help defray costs. REGISTER today! https://www.loppw.org/evrplus_registration/. Sent to WNPJ by WI Faith Voices for Justice - wisconsinfaithvoicesforjustice.org VIRTUAL Tues Mar 21st, 3 pm Tough Talk #2 with the Madison Mutual Aid - Coop via zoom. Practice talking about tricky topics, with host Randy Coloni and facilitator Jennifer Warnick. Contact info@madisonman.coop or call 608 443-8229. to get the zoom link. VIRTUAL "Raising Earth Care" Webinar - Green Ramadan Campaign 2023. Tuesday, March 21 - 5 pm. Contact Huda Alkaff at interfaith.earth@yahoo.com to register. Video from last year's event! https://youtube.com/watch?v=ExijY5P7dJg&si=EnSIkaIECMiOmarE MILWAUKEE Thurs Mar 23rd, 12 noon – 1 pm Anti-Gun Vigil at Dunham’s Sports. 2550 S. 108 St. Guns produce violence and death. Coordinated by Casa Maria Catholic Worker <casamariamke@gmail.com> UW-MADISON – Fri Mar 24th, 4 – 6 pm ‘350 WI Art Collective’ Preparing for Earth Day! Meet at Library Mall near Walgreens, every Friday afternoon until Earth Day, April 21st. Join us for speakers, an art project, free food and, most of all, to support the next generation of climate activists. Then on Earth Day, April 22, the students will be holding a rally at Library Mall, followed by a march up State Street. Stay tuned for details about that.350 Wisconsin - 350wisconsin@350wisconsin.org MILWAUKEE Sat Mar 25, 12 noon Peace Action WI Weekly Stand for Peace. Meet at Capitol/Teutonia. Each week, a different vigil site in Milwaukee. Bring your signs for peace! Questions? Contact Peace Action WI - info@peaceactionwi.org EAU CLAIRE Sat Mar 25, 1 - 2 pm Building Unity Wisconsin Tour for Justice and Democracy. The Wisconsin Tour for Justice and Democracy Schedule: Sat. 3/25 - State Supreme Court Candidate Forum in Eau Claire Area - Location: TBD - 1:00 PM Sat. 4/1 - State Supreme Court Candidate Forum in La Crosse Area - Location: TBD - 1:00 PM Sun. 4/2 - Tues. 4/4 - “Get-out-the-Vote for Justice Rallies” on the way to and in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Times and Locations: TBD - Works to bring together Wisconsin based groups together for the causes of peace, justice, sustainability, and democracy. buildingunitywisconsin.org/buildingunitywi@gmail.com General Election - April 4. MADISON Fri Mar 24 and Sat Mar 25 Film Screening and Public Talk at the Catholic Worker Faith & Resistance Gathering,

Friday Night Film at 7:00 pm – Madison Veterans for Peace present the new documentary Theaters of War: How the Pentagon and CIA took Hollywood (1 hr 28 min). Bradley Geyer of Madison Veterans for Peace, Chapter 25, will lead discussion at intermission and following the film. Location: Madison Christian Community, 7118 Old Sauk Road, Madison.

Saturday Afternoon Panel Discussion

March 25 – 1:30 – 3:00 pm Location: Madison Christian Community, 7118 Old Sauk Road, Madison

Moderator, Rebecca Kemble, Former Alder, Water Protector, Activist

  • Kathy Kelly, Board President, World BEYOND War

  • Vicki Berenson, Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin

  • Steven Klafka, Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin

Topic: Why should we ground the F-35 fighter jet and abolish war? Panelists: Kathy Kelly, Board President, World BEYOND War , Vicki Berenson, Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin ,Steven Klafka, Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin. Learn more and register here. Contact: warabolition@gmail.com . MADISON Sun Mar 26 Public Talk at the Catholic Worker Faith & Resistance Gathering, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish, 602 Everglade Drive, Madison

Panelists Danaka Katovich, Ground the F-35 Program Coordinator & National Co-Director, CODEPINK Women for Peace & Brian Terrell, Strangers & Guests Catholic Worker & Nevada Desert Experience. Learn more and register here . Contact: warabolition@gmail.com MADISON Sun Mar 26 12 noon - 4 pm Really REALLY Free Market! Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, South Brearly Street. Do you have items, clothing, books, food, seeds, skills, gifts, talents, services, love, listening, etc. of value that you’re willing to give away freely? Could you use some support, community and/or aid right about now? Nothing at this market is bought or sold! Any and all forms of sharing and aid welcome. Hosted by the Madison Infoshop. jepeck@wisc.edu Wauzeka. Sun Mar 26th, 2 - 4 pm "Sold Down the River" - The Direction of Agriculture in Rural WIMeet at the Village Hall. Agriculture is an extremely important part of our heritage, community, economy, and environment here in the Driftless Area. There are some tough conversations that need to be had regarding how we, as a community, would like to see the future of agriculture play out. To have your voice heard on this matter, join this Crawford Stewardship Project meeting. Contact: Crawford Stewardship Project <csp.county@gmail.com>


MADISON Mon Mar 27th. Direct actions and the war abolition walk at the Catholic Worker Faith & Resistance Gathering. CODEPINK: Women for Peace will be with us and we’ll drop this banner together Monday. This event will be a weekend of relationship-building, reflection, music, art, meals and direct action opposing F-35 fighter jets, militarism and war. All are welcome at the film on Friday evening, March 24th, the public talks on Saturday and Sunday afternoons March 25-26, and at the direct actions and the war abolition walk on Monday morning. Details below. We need you and your friends and relations on Monday, March 27! Stay tuned and check back to this website for details on when and where all who can commit to nonviolence are welcome to come on Monday morning to be part of the vigils, the war abolition walk, and to support those doing the direct action. To be part of the whole weekend of events: The focus of the weekend gathering is preparing for a resistance direct action that we will do on Monday, March 27. Want to be part of that? Please rsvp here and plan to be with us on Saturday and Sunday afternoon especially. During those times, we’ll listen to speakers, do nonviolence training, and form affinity groups to plan and act together. We hope that many Madison-area activists will participate. It will be a chance for us to support and learn from seasoned anti-militarism movement leaders who will be coming here from all over the US. We’ll send a detailed weekend schedule to people who rsvp. Learn more here: https://www.safeskiescleanwaterwi.org/save-the-date-march-24-27-catholic-worker-faith-resistance-gathering-no-f-35s/ Veterans for Peace, Safe Skies Clean Water WI and Madison for A World Beyond War member groups of WNPJ are co-sponsoring this event - as are Casa Maria Catholic Worker House, Mary House and Anathoth. https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/madison-for-a-world-beyond-war. Contact: warabolition@gmail.com *****************************


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