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WNPJ member groups are fired up! So many events and action alerts this week of Sept. 10th...

Updated: Sep 11, 2023





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:



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SPOTLIGHT on a NEW WNPJ member group, Unity of Appleton!

Sunday, September 17 is a special day for the Fox Cities area around Appleton. We are celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace with an event in Erb Park, 1800 Morrison St. - from 1-4 PM. There will be things to do for folks of all ages! Face painting, games, arts and crafts for the kids, with live music, popsicle cart, peace pole painting and more for adults. Community organizations will also be present. A representative of the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice will speak about the importance of peace in our lives and our need to become peacemakers. We’ll even have a story teller from the Oneida Nation. Please join us as we celebrate the motto: peace begins with me! Contact: unity@unityofappleton.org or Fred Depies freddepies@gmail.com ********************************************

You are welcome to a Zoom Sample Workshop on the "Peace Education Program" - hosted by Echo Valley Hope

Tuesday, September 12

OR

Thursday, Sept 14th - both from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Echo Valley Hope, a Wisconsin based nonprofit advancing sustainability and peace, has teamed with “The Peace Education Program” to offer the program to organizations and individuals throughout Wisconsin. https://tprf.org/peace-education-program/

The Peace Education Program is a free 10-week course that empowers individuals by helping them reach their own inner strengths. Themes include: peace, appreciation, inner strength, self-awareness, clarity, understanding, dignity, choice, hope and contentment. The Peace Program can be made available to your faith organization, school, community group, etc. The ninety -minute sample workshops will give you a first hand look at how the course is run.


TPRF Peace Education Program - Introduction and Sample Workshop

Dates: Tuesday, Sept. 12th

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Central Time

Meeting ID: 868 4725 6745

Passcode: 728309

OR

TPRF Peace Education Program - Introduction and Sample Workshop

Dates: Thursday, Sept. 14th

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Central Time

Meeting ID: 872 0830 4662

Passcode: 83237

After registering, a confirmation email will be sent to you. For more: contact Dena Eakles 608-606-4450, Dena.eakles@gmail.com *******************************************************

SPOTLIGHT on the WI Poor People’s Campaign events on Sunday Sept. 17th * Candlelight Vigil for those cut from Medicaid - Madison, Beloit, Oshkosh Sunday, September 17 Across the country, millions of people, including children, are losing access to healthcare through Medicaid as a result of a bipartisan decision to return to an inadequate re-enrollment process that is overly complicated and has unrealistic limits on income. In Wisconsin, in the first few months of re-qualifications, two-thirds of people up for renewal have lost their BadgerCare coverage. While some are being determined to be ineligible based on too-strict regulations that are outdated, others haven’t been able to complete the complex process. Meanwhile, our legislators continue to refuse funds to expand BadgerCare to cover more people, and those with private insurance continue to face high copays and deductibles, denials of coverage, and mounting medical debt. This is policy murder. Join us during the Nonviolent Medicaid Army week of action as we hold vigils for our healthcare and for our lives.

On Sunday, September 17th at 7pm we will come together in Beloit, Madison, Oshkosh, and anywhere else that a group would like to gather. Locations and details below in the EVENTS section: We will create a space to mourn the loss of our care and loved ones, call attention to this act of policy violence and death and let folks in our communities know that none of us is alone - we are building a movement to end this violence and poverty together. Madison contact: Megan and Danielle at ppcdaneco@gmail.com ; Beloit contact: Sally at Sallymccoy46@gmail.com ; Oshkosh contact: Sarah at sarah.b.weintraub@gmail.com or Joyce at jeffrohn@gmail.com *********************************** Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups:


VIRTUAL Mon, Sept 11th, 10 am - 12 noon UN In the News Discussion Group - monthly meeting. This group meets on-line on the 2nd Monday of each month. They meet in Fitchburg in-person the 4th Monday of each month. Questions? Agenda and readings for the day? Contact Sam Romano for the zoom call-in details. sromano@charter.net


MADISON and VIRTUAL Mon Sept 11, 7 - 8:10 pm Energy for All: Climate Justice & Energy Burden in Wisconsin - with 350 WI.

In person: Madison Friends Meetinghouse, 1704 Roberts Ct.— OR — ONLINE VIA ZOOM: Register in advance for the meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting via computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Understanding disparities in energy burden is one way 350 Wisconsin can engage in climate justice issues. Please join us online or in person (in Madison) for this monthly meeting. https://350wisconsin.org/monthly-meetings/


VIRTUAL - Monthly Meeting of WI People's Party. Invited speaker, Nick Romos, of the WI Democracy Campaign - to talk about Fair Maps and gerrymandering. Every month the Wisconsin People's party has a statewide 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 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82658778485

www.withepeople.net

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82658778485

mikeb.mpp@gmail.com.

VIRTUAL Tues Sept 12th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm "Wisconsin's curriculum requirement on American Indian studies" via zoom. Taking a Faithful Stand for Equity will host a two-part series on Wisconsin's curriculum requirement on American Indian studies. Tonight our presenter will be David O'Connor, David J. O'Connor, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) in northern Wisconsin.

In January 2012, he became the American Indian Studies Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). In David's role at DPI, he supports school districts' efforts to provide instruction on the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin's American Indian nations and tribal communities, often referenced as Wisconsin Act 31, and the education of Native American students. This initiative is co-sponsored by the Creating Beloved Community team: Wisconsin Council of Churches, WISDOM, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin Council of Rabbis, and MICAH. Register here. Additional information from wifaithvoices4justice@gmail.com SINSINAWA Tues Sept 12th, 7 - 8 pm "When God Was a Bird" Presentation - at Sinsinawa Mound Center, County Road Z. Mark Wallace, Professor in the Department of Religion, will be leading this presentation, weaving together scripture, theology, philosophy and personal stories of sacred nature. Wallace will present a model of God in Christianity as a creaturely, avian being who signals the presence of spirit in everything, human and more-than-human alike. Registration ends September 11, and the fee is $10 per person. Contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at https://sinsinawa.org/moundcenter 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. VIRTUAL Tues Sept 12th, 7 - 8 pm Wisconsin Cuba Coalition Monthly meeting - via zoom. E-mail WiCubaCoalition@gmail.com to request a link to the Zoom meeting. We welcome all those who support ending the U.S. economic blockade/embargo and favor normalized relations between our two nations, including normal two-way travel and trade and allowing US people to send remittances to Cuba as with other countries.

MILWAUKEE Wed Sept. 13th, 12 noon - 1 pm ANTI-GUN Vigil. Meet at Dunham Sports store, 2027 S. 108th St. Dunham advertises and sells guns and assault rifles. “Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.” CASA MARIA CATHOLIC WORKER. https://CasaMariaCatholicWorker.weebly.com

SINSINAWA Wed Sept 13th, 6 - 7:30 pm The History of Yoga and Christianity -Sinsinawa Mound Center, County Road Z. While yoga started out as an obscure practice thousands of years ago in India, it is now a worldwide phenomenon. But how did yoga make its way out of India? Is yoga appropriate for Christians to practice? Did you know that there are numerous forms of Christian Yoga which are now taught around the world? Join local yoga teacher and presenter, Jim Earles, at Sinsinawa Mound on Wednesday, September 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., for a sweeping historical presentation with fun and interesting facts about yoga and Christianity. Registration ends on September 11, and the fee is $10 per person. Contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at https://sinsinawa.org/moundcenter 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.



EAU CLAIRE Fri Sept 15th 5 - 6 pmn Monthly Peace Stand - Hwy 93 & Golf Road. The 3rd Friday of each month is Peace Stand time in Eau Claire, going on since 2004. We visit one another and sometimes we sing. Stand and be counted. Mark Helpsmeet is with Northern Spirit Radio, a member group of WNPJ. Contact for more information: helpsmeet@usa.net

VIRTUAL Fri-Sat, Sept 15th - 16th Building Community Beyond Barriers with Citizens Climate Lobby. A people-centered conference focused on building leaders, encouraging dialogue, promoting understanding, and building bridges of collaboration to address needed climate solutions. Our world is changing in dramatic and consequential ways and the climate emergency requires everyone's participation to ensure the creation of a collective future that benefits all. Our event will kick off with a reception on Friday, Sept. 15th, 6 pm for a chance to get to know each other. The one day virtual conference is Saturday, Sept. 16th, 12 noon - 5:30pm. This conference is organized and led by CCL’s Affinity Action Teams including: Asian Pacific, Climate and Culture, Differently ABLED, Environmental Justice, Higher Education, Latinos, LGBTQIA+ and Allies OUTreach, Listening to Indigenous Voices, Peace Corps, People of the Global Majority, and Youth. Learn more about the Action Teams on CCL Community. More information can be found on our website, https://citizensclimatelobby.org/climate-change-conferences/inclusion/ . Any questions please email conference.inbox@citizensclimate.org

SINSINAWA Sat Sept 16th, 9 am - 12 noon Wood Painting: Fall Gnome - Sinsinawa Mound Center, County Road Z. Join us at Sinsinawa Mound for a morning of painting. Sarah Barnes, an artist from Iowa, will guide you step-by-step how to paint on a wood cut out. All supplies will be provided for you. The fee is $35 per person, and registration ends on September 13. Contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at https://sinsinawa.org/moundcenter 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. SINSINAWA Sat Sept 16th, 9:30 am- 12:30 pm Meeting Alzheimer’s: Effective Communication, Connection & Care - Sinsinawa Mound Center, County Road Z. Join us at Sinsinawa Mound for this enlightening, engaging workshop about Alzheimer’s. It can be difficult to communicate and connect with people who have Alzheimer’s or dementia. They may say or do things that don’t make sense, or they may become upset or angry for reasons we don’t understand. Knowing creative ways to react and respond can make a big difference in the quality of their lives and enhance their on-going relationships with caregivers. Learn effective skills for caregiving, connect with other caregivers, and have some fun with Rev. Dr. Jade Angelica who is the Founder and Director of Healing Moments for Alzheimer’s. Registration ends September 13, and the fee is $35 per person. Contact Arrangements at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at https://sinsinawa.org/moundcenter 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. MENOMINEE Sat Sept 16th, 12 noon - 7 pm Coalition to Save the Menominee River Water Celebration - Meet at the Menominee Marina this year (not Stephenson Island). We will be raffling a kayak and our yearly homemade guitar by one of our board members, as well as additional raffle chances. There will be games and speakers. Questions? Contact: Nancy Stencil, Chair, Coalition to Save the Menominee River. 715.581.7983 jointherivercoalition@gmail.com MILWAUKEE Sat Sept 16th, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action Weekly Stand for Peace - Meet at West Forest Home Avenue & South 43rd Street. Each week, a different vigil site in Milwaukee. Bring your signs for peace! Questions? Contact Peace Action WI -info@peaceactionwi.org or see https://www.peaceactionwi.org MADISON and VIRTUAL Sat. Sept 16th & 17th, 1 - 3 pm each day * Solidarity Summit! - Social Justice Center, Williamson Street. On zoom* and anywhere any local group wants to gather (we'll be at the Social Justice Center in Madison WI). *unless we manage to find a good and more values-aligned web meeting tool that can handle more than a handful of people, we'll use zoom. If you have a good solution instead, let us know! and check our website for details closer to the event... Saturday: For newcomers, and people who want easy open conversation, this is a Getting to Know You session. We'll give overviews of the HUMANs and the summit, and hear from each of you, and chat more about whatever topics are compelling to you. Sunday: This second session of the summit will focus in on Communities of Place and Communities of Practice. We'll have 2 facilitated breakout sessions where people can dive into how to realize more dreams through connecting various cooperators - one session organized by geography, the other by interest area (justice, food, travel, housing). We'll regroup to process what we've learned and how we can operationalize it. From Humans United in Mutual Aid Networks (HUMANs) Contact steph@stephanierearick.com for the zoom code.

VERONA Sun Sept 17th, 8 am - 6 pm Bike the Barns - hosted by the FairShare CSA Coalition! Meet at Badger Prairie County Park, Maple Grove Drive, Verona. Proceeds benefit Fair Share and its Partner Share Program, which helps low-income families afford farm-fresh veggies. Bikers will depart from Badger Prairie Count Park near Verona and visit four different farms. The event also includes farm tours, gourmet food, craft libations, on-farm activities, and live music. For more info and to register, visit: https://www.csacoalition.org/bike-the-barns . Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop - jepeck@wisc.edu

MADISON Sun Sept 17th, 10:30 am March for Peace in Ukraine and a World BEYOND War at the Willy Street Parade - Meet first at 926 Williamson Street. Bring the kids! Bring the adults! Rsvp if you'd like warabolition@gmail.com

MADISON Sun Sept 17th 10:30 am 350 Wisconsin’s Stayin’ Alive flash mob will be at the Willy Street Fair. Meet Up Point: Parking lot behind 211 S. Patterson St. Look for 2 big bird sculptures. Come join the parade, following the flash mob. Carry a banner, wear a critter hat, show up in your own fun-loving animal costume, and/or help move the Chariot of the Great Turning. September 17 is also the March to End Fossil Fuels in New York City. But if you can’t make it to NYC, bring your positive energy for climate change action to the Willy Street parade. contact@350wisconsin.org

Appleton Sun Sept 17th, 1 – 4 pm Celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace, Erb Park, 1800 Morrison St. There will be things to do for folks of all ages! Face painting, games, arts and crafts for the kids, with live music, popsicle cart, peace pole painting and more for adults. Community organizations will also be present. A representative of the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice will speak about the importance of peace in our lives and our need to become peacemakers. We’ll even have a story teller from the Oneida Nation. Please join us as we celebrate the motto: peace begins with me! Contact: unity@unityofappleton.org

MADISON Sun Sept 17th 7 - 8 pm Candlelight Vigil for those cut from Medicaid - with the WI Poor Peoples Campaign - Meet at Triangle Community Ministry, Braxton Place. We are part of the Non-Violent Medicaid Army (NVMA) and are planning events as part of a national Week of Action September 17-23rd. We will be holding a candlelight vigil to draw attention to the hundreds of thousands of people in Wisconsin who are at risk of losing healthcare coverage this year due to Medicaid Cut-Offs. Contact ppcdaneco@gmail.com for more details. *************************************************

SAVE the DATE: Saturday, October 28th in Appleton. Join us for the Annual WNPJ Fall Assembly. Interested in planning, contact Dena.ealkes@gmail.com

If you’re a member of WNPJ, or a contact of a member group – you are eligible to be on the Board! Do you have a vision for peace and justice? The Board meets virtually once a month. Join us! info@wnpj.org ******************************************************* If your group would like to get your events posted in the weekly e-bulletin – JOIN US! https://www.wnpj.org/membership ********************************************

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. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4daaa929a5fac34-wnpj#/ The Farmers Market opening date is April 15th – 7 am to 1 pm …and runs through November 11, 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 info@wnpj.org ****************************************

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