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WNPJ member groups Celebrate MLK Week - with Action Alerts and Events, Jan 15 - 22

Updated: Jan 18

The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization

supporting the work of 82 member groups around Wisconsin. 



39th Annual Madison & Dane County MLK Day Observance: January 15, 2024

 5:00 PM – Freedom Songs Sing-Along | 6:00 PM – Program

Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street

The King Coalition was established in the fall of 1985 as a community group to plan the official City of Madison and Dane County observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday along with other events to commemorate the life and accomplishments of Dr. King. The Coalition consists of representatives from religious communities, organized labor, the UW-Madison, United Way, peace groups, service organizations, city and county government, and other individuals committed to equal rights and justice for all people. Coalition activities are made possible through public and private financial sponsorship, in-kind, and volunteer support.

Welcoming Guest Speaker, Terrence Roberts:

Terrence Roberts made history as one of the “Little Rock Nine.” He attended segregated elementary, junior, and high schools until 1957, when he volunteered to help desegregate Little Rock Central High School. His first attempt to enter the school was stopped by the Arkansas National Guard and an angry mob of 400 people. A second attempt several weeks later was met with a mob that had grown to 1,000 people. The next day, President Dwight Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas National Guard and dispatched members of the 101st Airborne Division to accompany the students to school for the remainder of the year.

Dr. Roberts went on to a successful academic career that included earning a PhD. He and the other Little Rock Nine were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bill Clinton. 

The program will also feature the MLK Community Choir and presentation of the 2024 MLK Humanitarian Awards by Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Justice Program and March

Monday Jan. 15, 2024, 1 pm- 3 pm

St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1927 Vel R. Phillips Ave, Milwaukee

23rd Annual Gathering to honor Dr. King's teachings

on the three great evils of racism, materialism and militarism.

1:00 pm - Program

 2:30 pm - March to Dr. King’s Statue 

1700 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive (just north of Walnut St.)

Sponsored by the Milwaukee Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Coalition



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Action Alert

Welcome to WNPJ's newest member group, Wisconsin for Environmental Justice.

We hope our other 81 member groups across Wisconsin will sign their petition - demanding accountability for the climate crisis!


The Catholic Multicultural Center (CMC) and Pastorate 21 (Our Lady Queen of Peace and St. Thomas Aquinas Churches) are teaming up to study Pope Francis’s letter Laudate Deum, which offers people of faith a strong call to action to care for the earth and for one another. This apostolic exhortation is a sequel to Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, and can be found at: "Laudate Deum": Apostolic Exhortation to all people of good will on the climate crisis (4 October 2023) | Francis (

 The free, four-week interactive study will feature presenters from across the US and the world, poems, prayers, songs, and group discussion time. It will be offered Wednesdays, January 17 through February 7, from 6:30-7:35 PM on Zoom. For more details, please contact Laura Green at the CMC: or 608-441-1180. 

This information was provided to WNPJ by Dennis Collier - 608-516-1656 of the member group Pax Christi. - 608-516-1656 



WNPJ member groups and affiliates issue Statements and Action Alerts on Hamas/Palestine/Israel


Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups:

VIRTUAL Mon Jan 15, 11 am COVID19 Community Safety – virtual discussion. Your friends, elders, students, colleagues, and family need protecting from the latest COVID19 wave. You, too, deserve to be safe and in community this spring! Join this Zoom call to meet folks in the Madison area who care about preventing respiratory disease; to order free masks, air purifiers, and share resources on the spot; learn about multilayered protections; and to share the tools and knowledge your community has developed for keeping safe from COVID19. To register visit:  Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop - 

MADISON Mon Jan 15, 12 noon – 1 pm Monday Noon Vigil for Peace – Meet at the corner of MLK, Jr. Blvd and Doty St.  This is a holiday. For more information, call Tim at 608-630-3633.

MADISON Mon Jan 15, 39th Annual Madison & Dane County MLK Day Observance. 12:00 – 5:00 PM | Madison Central Library. The King Coalition, in partnership with the Urban League of Greater Madison, City of Madison, Dane County, MSCR, Madison Out of School Time (MOST), Madison Public Library, and others is pleased to invite middle school youth to attend the MLK Day Youth Call to Service. Engaging workshops, lunch, and an event t-shirt will all be provided at no cost. Registration is limited to youth groups serving middle school youth. Space is limited. For more information, please contact Andrew Schilcher at  5:00 PM – Freedom Songs Sing-Along | 6:00 PM – Program at the Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street. Learn more at

Special note: WNPJ will be tabling at the evening event in Madison at the Overture Center!


MILWAUKEE Mon, Jan 15, 1 pm 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Event. At St. Francis Church, 1927 Vel R. Phillips Ave. Sent to WNPJ by  Casa Maria Catholic Worker 

MADISON Mon. Jan. 15,  5 – 6:30 pm Lights Up For Palestine! Corner of State St. and W. Dayton Please join us in respectfully asking our community to call on their elected representatives to demand a permanent ceasefire in Gaza as we celebrate the birthday of Dr. King. Sent to WNPJ by Madison-Rafah Sister-City Proj  

MADISON Tues. Jan. 16, 4:30 pm – 6 pm Lights Up For Palestine! Univ. Ave. and Prospect Ave. - Campus Drive Overpass. Please join us in respectfully asking our community to call on their elected representatives to demand a permanent ceasefire in Gaza. Sent to WNPJ by Madison-Rafah Sister-City Proj  


VIRTUAL Tues Jan 16, 5 pm  Conversation with Ana María Rodríguez Valencia The Board of Directors of the Colombia Support Network invites you to participate in our next speaker-series conversation. Dr. Rodríguez Valencia is a lawyer and human rights defender with extensive experience in advocacy before bodies of the universal system for the protection of human rights, particularly before the Human Rights Council, the special procedures and treaty monitoring bodies of the UN, and broad experience in articulation processes with local, national and international organizations. She will provide an update on her work as the leader of the Colombian Commission of Jurists (CCJ), the legal issues Colombians and the government are facing today, and the practical implications of "Total Peace" To sign up for the event, receive the Zoom link, and write any questions for the speaker, please fill out the form here.   


MADISON Wed Jan 17, 6 pm  Monthly business meeting of Veterans for Peace #25 . VIRTUAL this month, due to the cold. Contact for the zoom link:  920-650-0052  Clarence Kailin, Chapter 25  - Veterans for Peace Madison 


 VIRTUAL Wed Jan 17, 7 pm Crawford Stewardship Project CAFO Committee meeting. This is now a VIRTUAL meeting only:  via Zoom Meeting ID: 774 440 0739    +1 312 626 6799. Join us to discuss and provide information about township “CAFO Operations Ordinances” and our upcoming event, Planning for Stewardship. Learn from Lisa Doerr's slide presentation highlighting her citizen group's experience passing an Operations Ordinance in five townships in Polk County. Let's make 2024 a year of protecting our townships from unwanted changes. Join us to learn our strategy, be prepared, and start this ball rolling in your 

LaCROSSE Thurs Jan 18, 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. 


This event POSTPONED unitl March 10th, due to weather related problems.

MADISON Thurs Jan 18, The Dane Sanctuary Coalition Steering Committee Presentation. The event will be in person at Beth Israel Center, 1406 Mound St and also livestreamed and/or on Zoom. This report-back is from members of Beth Israel Center on their recent volunteer trips to Casa Alitas in Tucson.  Throughout October, groups of volunteers from Beth Israel Center journeyed to Tucson to volunteer at Casa Alitas, a migrant welcome center. As the crisis at our border increases, the needs for help at Casa Alitas and similar migrant centers will only increase. Join us and hear about the volunteers’ experiences and how the trip came together.  


EAU CLAIRE Fri Jan 19, 5 – 6 pm Monthly Peace Stand in Eau Claire. Meet at Wisconsin 93 Trunk & Golf Road. The 3rd Friday of each month is Peace Stand time in Eau Claire, going on since 2004. We gather with signs at Hwy 93 & Golf Road, 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: 


MADISON Register by Fri Jan 19 for the event on Thurs Jan 25, 9:30 – 2:30 pm  DACA Advocacy Day . At Bethel Lutheran Church (312 Wisconsin Ave. The Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin is sponsoring a day of advocacy to urge our Wisconsin legislature to pass four bills that will help DACA recipients to: Receive professional licenses to be teachers, nurses, electricians, plumbers, etc.- Pay in-state tuition if they have lived in Wisconsin at least 12 months prior to the semester and are DACA recipients -Receive a tax credit to help defray the cost of renewing their DACA status every two years.- Become police officers and sheriff’s deputies. Wisconsin Faith Voices is co-sponsoring the event. REGISTER HERE by Jan 19


MILWAUKEE and VIRTUAL Sat Jan 20, 10 – 11:30 am UNA of Greater Milwaukee Presentation:  Doug Savage, Director of the Institute of World Affairs at UW-Milwaukee, on The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Civics Education. Attend In-Person at Zao MKE Church – 2319 E. Kenwood Blvd. – Milwaukee or Virtually Through the Following Zoom Link Phone Only: 1.312.626.6799     Zoom id: 839 0161 4973    Zoom passcode: 361713 . Free & Open to the Public. In his presentation, Doug Savage will explore how international frameworks such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Declaration of Human Rights are being used by the UW-Milwaukee Institute of World Affairs to help K-12 students analyze and engage with global-to-local issues. For more information, contact Jerry Rousseau


MILWAUKEE Sat Jan 20, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Each Saturday, a different location. Today meet at E Brady St & N Farwell Ave. Join us. Bring your signs. 


VIROQUA Sat Jan 20, 11 am - 12 noon Driftless Palestinian Solidarity Weekly Vigil. Meet at Decker and Main. Action Alert: The Driftless Palestinian Solidarity group has written a petition to demand that Senator Tammy Baldwin support a ceasefire in Gaza. We are trying to get this initiative going throughout the state of WI. If your group is interested in getting signatures, please email Thank you for your help!




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