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  • WNPJ member groups have events and alerts around WI for the week of July 15th! Check it out here...

    WNPJ + Ride for Gaza! + Referendums on the Ballot! + March on the RNC in Milwaukee and to the Dems in Chicago + Water Quality Hearing ALERT! + Urban Triage Kick Back event + Climate Emergency planning for July 22nd + other statewide events *********************************** Annual fundraising bike ride for Gaza! Madison Sunday, 21 July 10:30 am - 01:00 pm 402 N Thornton Ave, MRSCP,  Palestine Partners  and  Madison Jewish Voice for Peace  invite you to join us on the Madison Team for this annual fundraising bike ride. This is a family-friendly flat ride using Madison bike paths for a casually-paced, eight-mile roundtrip route with a refreshment break at  Olin Park . We'll assemble at the  Tenney Park Pavilion  on the east side beginning at 10:30 am, with push off at 11 am & return to Tenney by about 12:15 pm. Other activities will continue at Tenney throughout. Rain or shine, but will be canceled if it becomes thunder & lightning. Advance registration  by June 30 assures you a ride T-shirt and helps us meet our financial goals, but it's not required to participate. For registration link and complete information, including how you can support the ride team even if you can't ride,  click here .Whether you are riding or not, this will be a fun family event with ongoing activities at Tenney including live music, kiddo and adult bike decorating, paper kite crafts and temporary watermelon and Palestine flag tattoos. Refreshments will be served and there will be sales tables with Palestinian crafts, kuffiyehs, yard signs, olive oil soap and zaatar...and of course Palestinian olive oil. If you have any questions, please reply to Madison-Rafah Sister-City rafahsistercity@yahoo.com     ********************************** Did your absentee ballot arrive in the mail this week? You may want to know what WAVE Education has to say on these referendum questions! These upcoming referendums threaten checks and balances in the Wisconsin State Constitution! They give sole power to the legislature for spending federal funds, block timely funding for emergency response, and create more gridlock in the legislature.  WNPJ member groups Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, WAVE Educational Fund, and Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice strongly encourage Wisconsinites to Vote NO on all the constitutional amendments that will appear on the ballot in August and November later this year.  ❌ Question 1: “ Delegation of appropriation power . Shall section 35 (1) of article IV of the constitution be created to provide that the legislature may not delegate its sole power to determine how moneys shall be appropriated?”  ❌ Question 2: “ Allocation of federal moneys . Shall section 35 (2) of article IV of the constitution be created to prohibit the governor from allocating any federal moneys the governor accepts on behalf of the state without the approval of the legislature by joint resolution or as provided by legislative rule? More information here: ·         https://www.wivotesno.org/   ·         https://www.wisdc.org/news/press-releases/142-press-release-2024/7612-wisconsin-organizations-urge-voters-to-vote-no-on-august-constitutional-amendments   ·         https://www.wisdc.org/news/commentary/7597-why-are-we-changing-the-wisconsin-constitution-again   ***************************************** CONFRONTING THE CONVENTIONS.   GOP in Milwaukee, Dems in Chicago.  VFP is non-partisan; we are protesting at both.    Veterans for Peace Milwaukee Chapter Action Alert: The Coalition to March on the RNC 2024 consists of over 50 local and national grassroots, community, and labor organizations. The Coalition is leading the mass family-friendly rally and march on the first day of the Republican National Convention at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Monday, July 15th, 2024. Points of unity:  Fight the racist and reactionary Republican agenda!  Defend women's and reproductive rights!  Demand peace, justice, and equity for all!  Stand with Palestine! Follow us on social media   to stay involved in the movement! MKE Vets for Peace   vfpchapter102@gmail.com   ******************************************************** July 15–August 19.  Poor People's Army March.  Endorsed by Veterans for Peace, the two-week Poor People's Army March will go from Milwaukee – site of the Republican National Convention (July 15) – to Chicago – site of the Democratic National Convention, August 19. Quest for a transformed, inclusive, and peaceful USA, a resounding call to march has emerged. We seek your endorsement and support  for the Poor People’s Army March on th2024 Republican and Democratic National Conventions.  The USA, the most advanced empire in history, stands at a crossroads. This march transcends discontent; it's a movement rooted in understanding complex societal issues, challenging the existing political order, envisioning a future prioritizing humanity over profit.    ************************************** Public Hearing Scheduled On Prioritizing Work On Surface Water Quality Standards The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing and informational webinar to gather input on which topics related to surface water quality standards should be top priorities for work over the next three years.This is part of the DNR’s Triennial Standards Review process to determine how the DNR should focus available resources to ensure the health of Wisconsin lakes, rivers and streams.The hearing webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 17 at 2 p.m. Participants can join via a Zoom link or by phone. The meeting link or toll-free phone number and written materials describing the topics can be accessed on the DNR website.Members of the public will have the opportunity to testify at the hearing. Registration will take place when joining the meeting via the Zoom link. Any attendees phoning in may verbally notify the hearing officer that they would like to make a statement, and the hearing officer will verbally ask for the information on the Hearing Appearance form.Comments must be received on or before July 26, 2024. Written comments may be submitted by email or U.S. mail and will have the same weight and effect as oral statements presented at the public hearing. Please submit written comments and any questions on the Triennial Standards Review to: Wisconsin Department of Natural ResourcesATTN: Jenni Kempf, WY/3101 S. Webster St.Madison, WI 53703If you have further questions, please contact Jenni Kempf at  JenniL.Kempf@wisconsin.gov . Alert sent to WNPJ by Crawford Stewardship Project < contact@crawfordstewardship.org ********************************************   MADISON Sat July 20 2 – 7 pm Urban Triage Annual Kick Back Event. In Penn Park, 2101 Fisher St. Hey everyone! It's that time of year again....and we are so excited to see all of you there! Get ready for a sizzlin' summer kick back filled with music, food, and good vibes. Mark your calendars and come join us for a day of fun and community. You won't want to miss this!  info@urbantriage.org   #UrbanTriageKickback  #CommunityEvent  #SummerVibes   ************************************************* Climate Emergency Day (7/22/24) is a global day of action that has been organized and supported by the international climate group - Climate Clock . It is a day where climate activists all over the world will demand that the human family addresses the climate emergency. In Wisconsin, a number of climate justice groups are coming together to plan for statewide actions including at the State Capitol and in other Wisconsin communities.   Building Unity would love to collaborate with you to make sure that your community is taking part in this global call for climate sanity. You can go here for more info: https://tinyurl.com/CED-WI-Info  or call Building Unity at 608-630-3633.  Drop in on our planning meeting Thursday July 18th at 5:00 pm: Via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/98978154120 passcode:  679954   Timothy Cordon - 608-630-3633 *************************************************   WNPJ member group events…. MADISON Mon July 15, 12 noon – 1 pm Monday Noon Vigil for Peace – Meet at the corner of MLK, Jr. Blvd and Doty St. For more information, call Tim at 608-630-3633   VIRTUAL Mon July 15, 8 pm Moms Demand Action! Wisconsin Statewide July Meeting. Register here:  Questions? Contact Kellie.snooks@gmail.com MADISON Tues July 16, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Grounded Resistance & Resilience to U.S. Political Violence: A National Conversation on Faith-Rooted Peacebuilding. (location upon registration) Panelists include: Imam Makram El-Amin, Al Maa'uun, Masjid Al-Nur; Pardeep Kaleka, Oak Creek Gurdwara, Serve2Unite; Rev. Breanna Illene, Wisconsin Council of Churches; Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights; Rev. Mark Thompson, Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference. Moderated by: Rev. Tuhina Rasche, Faith in Public Life. Registration is required to attend and closes on July 12th. For more info contact Madison Infoshop peckjohne@gmail.com  or visit this site.   VIRTUAL Wed July 17, 2 pm Public Hearing Scheduled On Prioritizing Work On Surface Water Quality Standards – Alert sent to WNPJ by Crawford St ewardship Project contact@crawfordstewardship.org  . To learn more, see SPOTLIGHT above…. VIRTUAL Wed July 17, 2 – 3 pm Weekly Line 5 Public Comment Support with Britnie Remer of 350 Wisconsin.   Now through August 4th, the U.S. Army Corps is taking public comment on Enbridge’s proposed Line 5 expansion in northern Wisconsin. This is a significant opportunity to tell the Corps and the Biden Administration about our concerns regarding this risky project! If you’re feeling stuck in the process, need help with talking points, or are just looking for general support as you write your comments, feel free to virtually drop in and chat with Britnie, our Fossil Fuel Organizer, on Wednesdays through the end of July!. Register here :    Learn more on Facebook.   MADISON Wed July 17, 5 pm JustDane's Reentry Service Fair. At Madison College Goodman South campus. Plan to attend and connect with local vendors who are looking to help. There will be housing, treatment, support, education, employment, & transportation vendors available. justdane.org MADISON Wed July 17, 6 pm Monthly business meeting of Veterans for Peace#25. At Sequoya Library [3rd Wednesday]. Contact:  Bradley Geyer  geyerb@yahoo.com   VIRTUAL Thurs July 18, 6 – 7:30 pm Faith in Place July Monthly Call  "Inclusion in Sustainability."  Join us for our monthly call  which will explore the connection between environmental sustainability and social justice. Our discussion will seek to uncover the barriers that marginalized communities face within the environmental movement and look for ways to make the movement more supportive and just. The registration link is: bit.ly/monthly-call-july2024 LaCROSSE Thurs July 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. dbuffton@yahoo.com    EAU CLAIRE Fri July 19, 5 – 6 pm Monthly Peace Stand – 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, we visit one another and sometimes we sing. Stand and be counted. Contact for more information: helpsmeet@usa.net   MADISON Fri. July 19,  5:00 pm Beehive Design Collective – Art, Storytelling, and Discussion!   Sequoya Public Library (4340 Tokay Blvd) . A wildly motivated, all-volunteer, activist arts group “cross-pollinating the grassroots” with collaborative, anti-copyright images as educational and organizing tools. Word-to-image translations of complex global stories informed by affected communities, the Beehive’s graphics campaigns have had major impacts in social and environmental movements. The bees have distributed over a quarter million copies of their prints, and have been invited to present their work on every continent. Their Mesoamerica Resiste graphic took 23 members of the collective over 9 years to complete, and they've recently published a rhyming storybook to complement "The True Cost of Coal." Event is free, though donations are welcome. More info? Visit:  https://beehivecollective.org/   Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop peckjohne@gmail.com LUCK Sat July 10, 1- am – 12 noon Multi-Enterprise Pasture Walk – Anathoth Community Farm, 740 Round Lake Road, south of Hwy 48. From Luck, take Hwy 48 east 8 miles, turn right or south on Cty E, drive about 2 miles, then turn right on Round Lake Road. Drive about 2 miles to the farm. From Cumberland, take Hwy 48 about 12 miles, then turn left or south on Cty E. Watch for the signs. The NW Wisconsin Graziers Network and UW-Madison Extension invite you to a multi-enterprise pasture walk. This educational event will emphasize, clipping pastures of excess growth, bee and pollinator habitat, multi-species direct marketing, making baleage, grazing for meat production, regenerative agriculture and watershed protection. For more information, contact Mike or Barb at 715-472-8721, Michael Geissinger, the regional UW-Madison Extension Nutrient Management Specialist at 608-640-0650 or Lynn Johnson 715-225-9882 at NW Graziers. anathoth@lakeland.ws   MILWAUKEE Sat July 20, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE:   Chavez (16th)/Greenfield. Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org     VIROQUA Sat July 20, 11 am - 12 noon Driftless Palestinian Solidarity Weekly Vigil .  Meet at Decker and Main. Action Alert: The Driftless Palestinian Solidarity group has a petition to demand that Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson support a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and end financial aid to Israel's military.  If your group is interested in getting signatures, please email   driftless.solidarity@gmail.com . Thank you for your help!  RACINE Sat July 20, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace. At NW corner of Highways 31 and 20. Park in the SW corner of the Kohl's parking lot, near the AT&T store. Supported by the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice. We have signs, banners and flags available for all. Check out our website,    for weather concerns. Free Palestine! MADISON Sat July 20 2 – 7 pm Urban Triage Annual Kick Back Event. In Penn Park, 2101 Fisher St. Hey everyone! It's that time of year again....and we are so excited to see all of you there! Get ready for a sizzlin' summer kick back filled with music, food, and good vibes. Mark your calendars and come join us for a day of fun and community. You won't want to miss this!  info@urbantriage.org   #UrbanTriageKickback  #CommunityEvent  #SummerVibes   ******************************************************* Join WNPJ! WNPJ welcomes individual members and groups! For individuals, join at a sliding scale rate of $35/year – or whatever fits your budget! For between $50 - $75/year, a WNPJ membership keeps your group connected with peace and justice efforts and helps keep the Network going - and growing! https://www.wnpj.org/membership We help our member organizations reach a wider audience by amplifying your peace and justice events and actions on our list-serve and Facebook page. Membership also provides access to our community tabling opportunities, our online toolbox of peace and justice resources, and a community that cares about your peace and justice journey.    *********************************************** Here's an opportunity for WNPJ member groups! WNPJ member groups can sign up for a Saturday opportunity to TABLE at the Dane County Farmers Market   – this Spring and summer at the Capitol Square. The Farmers Market opening date is April 13th – 7 am to 1 pm …and runs through Nov. 9th on Saturdays. Sign up for your spot today Bring your own table and hand-outs to the King Street corner of the Square, site #10, next to the VFP #25  table! You can't sell anything at the non-profit table, but donations to your group are acceptable. Questions? Contact 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   Join WNPJ – www.wnpj.org   The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 86 member groups around Wisconsin.  **************************************** Interested in a yard sign? WNPJ has yard signs available!  yardsigns@wnpj.org (facebook icon image) See our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WisNPJ   "Like" us and follow us! Questions? Contact info@wnpj.org   ********************************* Find photos and updates from the May 18th WNPJ Annual Spring Meeting here ! The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 86 member groups around Wisconsin.  *********************

  • Events around WI for the week of July 8th with WNPJ member groups

    WNPJ + MUSIC for the WATER + Coalition to March on the RNC in Milwaukee and the Dems in Chicago + CAFO Meeting in SW Wisconsin + WDC Advice on Voting in August + other statewide events LA POINTE, MADLEINE ISLAND Sat July 13, 11 am – 5 pm  MUSIC for the WATER Annual Event.  Join us for another revival of Madeline Island, a vision of good will for all nations and people to come celebrate with a colorful offering of regional art, music, and camaraderie. For over 10,000 years Madeline Island was the place for Indigenous vendors traveling waterways of North America, from Niagara Falls in the East to the Columbia River in the West. Moningwaane’akaaning was a crossroads of historic empires and civilizations. Once the Council Grounds capital of the Ojibwe Nation, the island hosted fishing camps, ancient villages, games of chance, la crosse and snow snakes, agricultural and trade markets, an abundance of food and medicine from the woods, dugout/birchbark canoe construction, and seasonal events from treaty payouts and great festivals of song, dance and celebration. For more information contact  skabewis@hotmail.com    / 715-558-2991.   ********************************   CONFRONTING THE CONVENTIONS.   GOP in Milwaukee, Dems in Chicago.  VFP is non-partisan; we are protesting at both.    Veterans for Peace Milwaukee Chapter Action Alert: The Coalition to March on the RNC 2024 consists of over 50 local and national grassroots, community, and labor organizations.  The Coalition is leading the mass family-friendly rally and march on the first day of the Republican National Convention at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Monday, July 15th, 2024. Points of unity:  Fight the racist and reactionary Republican agenda!  Defend women's and reproductive rights!  Demand peace, justice, and equity for all!  Stand with Palestine! Follow us on social media  to stay involved in the movement! MKE Vets for Peace   vfpchapter102@gmail.com   ******************************************************** July 15–August 19.   Poor People's Army March.  Endorsed by Veterans for Peace, the two-week Poor People's Army March will go from Milwaukee – site of the Republican National Convention (July 15) – to Chicago – site of the Democratic National Convention, August 19. From the Poor People’s Campaign: r quest for a transformed, inclusive, and peaceful USA, a resounding call to march has emerged. We seek your endorsement and support  for the Poor People’s Army March on the 2 Republican and Democratic National Conventions.  The USA, the most advanced empire in history, stands at a crossroads. This march transcends discontent; it's a movement rooted in understanding complex societal issues, challenging the existig political order, envisioning a future prioritizing humanity over profit. *************************************************** Roth Feeder Pig II CAFO Update from Crawford Stewardship Project   Informative Crawford County Land Conservation Committee Meeting July 9th  in Prairie du Chien At the June meeting, Dave Troester (Crawford Co Conservationist) mentioned that the two year permits given to Roth Feeder Pig II to construct and populate their operation will be expiring in August, and no signs of construction have been noted at the proposed site on Harvest Lane. The county has heard nothing further from the owner/operators, and is requesting a report at the July meeting.  This is an opportunity for supporters to come and hear what AV Roth and your county Land Conservation Committee have to say about Roth Feeder Pig’s bid to become the largest hog CAFO in the state.   The meeting will take place on July 9th, at 9am. Please consider attending either virtually  (each individual must ask Amy Oppriecht for the link:  amy.oppriecht@co.crawford.wi.gov  or 608-326-0272 during business hours)  or in person at the County Administration Building  (225 N Beaumont Rd, Prairie du Chien)  in room #215.The Soil and Water Conservation meeting when this discussion will be held starts immediately after the Land Use meeting which starts at 9am, so we suggest signing in or showing up at 9:00am or 9:30am at the latest to ensure you catch this part. We are calling for interested parties to come largely to listen, recognizing that this is not a public hearing, though a few concise comments at the end would be appropriate.  Crawford Stewardship Project < contact@crawfordstewardship.org Check out this moving 18 min documentary on CAFOs and communities in Western Wisconsin!   ************************************************************ Are you wondering about the August 13th WI Ballot? Here’s a SPOTLIGHT on our member group, the WI Democracy Campaign – and their advice on the Constitutional Amendments!       Breaking Down the August Constitutional Amendments For more information about the August Amendments, check out this  toolkit   ❌ Question 1: “ Delegation of appropriation power . Shall section 35 (1) of article IV of the constitution be created to provide that the legislature may not delegate its sole power to determine how moneys shall be appropriated?”  ❌ Question 2: “ Allocation of federal moneys .  Shall section 35 (2) of article IV of the constitution be created to prohibit the governor from allocating any federal moneys the governor accepts on behalf of the state without the approval of the legislature by joint resolution or as provided by legislative rule?”  These questions are difficult to understand. They were written intentionally, in ambiguous language, to over-simplify and conceal their intent—consolidate power into the legislative branch.    There are lawmakers in the state legislature who want to pass another set of anti-democratic amendments in August that will allow lawmakers to stonewall the Governor by forcing the Governor to receive legislative approval (both the senate and the assembly) before the Governor can spend federal dollars that are appropriated to Wisconsin.   We do not need red tape when emergencies and natural disasters happen in Wisconsin.   If these constitutional amendments were to pass, what happens when the legislature is gridlocked, or if they are out of session when a natural disaster happens?   Wisconsin families would suffer.   Wisconsinites should not have to wait because the legislature decided to create an artificial barrier when it wasn’t necessary in the first place.  State statute already provides budgetary and fiscal authorization to the legislature.   Approving these amendments will have unintended consequences and cement them into our constitution.   Stop messing with our constitution already.  Vote NO  in August on all the constitutional amendments on your ballot.  wisdc@wisdc.org    *****************************************   WNPJ member group events…. MADISON Mon July 8, 12 noon – 1 pm Monday Noon Vigil for Peace  – Meet at the corner of MLK, Jr. Blvd and Doty St. For more information, call Tim at 608-630-3633 MADISON Monday July 8, 5:30 – 6:30 pm Boost Voting Turnout!350 Wisconsin Relational Post Carding training . Society of Friends (Quakers), 1704 Roberts Ct. RSVP Here!  Hosted in collaboration with the Working Families Party. The Relational Post Carding program is a unique and effective way to reach out to your friends and family with a personalized message to turn them out to vote. By taking a selfie and sending a postcard featuring your picture, you can remind and persuade those close to you to vote NO on the dangerous August ballot questions that threaten our state . Research shows that people are more likely to pay attention to and be influenced by messages from friends, especially when they are personalized in this way.  If you can’t make this session, there’s a Virtual Session - Thursday, July 11, Time:  5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Zoom Registration Link:  Register Here   contact@350wisconsin.org     PRAIRIE DU CHIEN and VIRTUAL, Tues July 9, 9 am    Informative Crawford County Land Conservation Committee Meeting.   See details above in the Spotlight section.. VIRTUAL Tues July 9,  2 - 3 pm   Monthly zoom call for WNPJ's Environmental Justice Check-In.  The calls occur the second Tuesday at 2 pm every month. The zoom link is always the same and is offered below. These calls are a chance for EJ organizations to draw attention to their activities, petitions, actions and more. It is an opportunity to learn from one another and to bring focused awareness to the most important actions occurring in a given month. We are seeing the importance of these communication and are hoping more people can join the discussion. Please be prepared to offer a 3- 5 minute synopsis of your organization's efforts and participate in the think-tank that occurs among us towards EJ. If you would like to have your efforts listed in the agenda please contact;  dena.eakles@gmail.com    at least one week before the call. Join Zoom Meeting  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88143370873    Meeting ID: 881 4337 0873   VIRTUAL Tues Jul 9, 6:30 pm Taking a Faithful Stand for Equity  webinar -  Recent Supreme Court Decisions.   The United States Supreme Court has handed down decisions this year, and is about to release their last decisions of this session, that will affect our ability to stay safe from gun violence, access health care, hold up the separation of church and state, and more.  Join us on July 9 at 6:30 to hear from former US Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin James Santelle as he unpacks these decisions for us. Register here for the July 9 webinar.   VIRTUAL Wed July 10, 2 – 3 pm Weekly Line 5 Public Comment Support with Britnie Remer of 350 Wisconsin.   Now through August 4th, the U.S. Army Corps is taking public comment on Enbridge’s proposed Line 5 expansion in northern Wisconsin. This is a significant opportunity to tell the Corps and the Biden Administration about our concerns regarding this risky project! If you’re feeling stuck in the process, need help with talking points, or are just looking for general support as you write your comments, feel free to virtually drop in and chat with Britnie, our Fossil Fuel Organizer, on Wednesdays through the end of July.     Learn more on Facebook.   LaCROSSE Thurs July 11, 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. dbuffton@yahoo.com    VIRTUAL  Thurs July 11, 6:30 – 7:30 pm  WILPF Monthly Book Circle Conversation. Let’s Talk about…. Master, Slave, Husband, Wife; An Epic journey from Slavery to Freedom....by Illyon Woo.  For questions or more information on getting the zoom link, send a message to Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-Madison wilpfmadison@gmail.com   608-609-7961  http://wilpfmadison.org/ MILWAUKEE Sat July 13, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE :  King and Locust Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org     VIROQUA Sat July 13, 11 am - 12 noon Driftless Palestinian Solidarity Weekly Vigil .   Meet at Decker and Main.  Action Alert : The Driftless Palestinian Solidarity group has a petition to demand that Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson support a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and end financial aid to Israel's military.  If your group is interested in getting signatures, please email   driftless.solidarity@gmail.com . Thank you for your help!  RACINE Sat July 13, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace.  At NW corner of Highways 31 and 20. Park in the SW corner of the Kohl's parking lot, near the AT&T store. Supported by the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice. We have signs, banners and flags available for all. Check out our website,    for weather concerns. Free Palestine! LA POINTE, MADLEINE ISLAND Sat July 13, 11 am – 5 pm  MUSIC for the WATER Annual Event.  Join us for another revival of Madeline Island, a vision of good will for all nations and people to come celebrate with a colorful offering of regional art, music, and camaraderie. Learn more in the Spotlight above….skabewis@hotmail.com    / 715-558-2991.   VERONA Sat July 13, 3 – 6 pm  Farley Center Summer Market.  2299 Spring Rose Rd. Exciting news! We have added some new vendors for our July 13 Farley Center Summer Market! Get ready to shop local and support small businesses. We are featuring our beekeeping program with a 4:00 tour by Farley Center Beekeeper Patrick Norby and music by Country Road PD/Daithi Wolfe and Prentice Berge.   Can't wait to see you there!   programs@farleycenter.org      OJIBWE CEDED TERRITORY Sat July 13 – Fri July 19 The Healing Circle Run.  Gaawiin gidinigaazisiin Anishinaabe gidaaw, The Healing Circle Run  is a prayer for healing. It is an opportunity to pray for healing for ourselves, our families, our communities, our nation, Aki and all our relatives. This 7-day run connects 10 tribal nations throughout the Ojibwe Ceded Territory. Join us as we run our homelands, or walk/run in prayer and unity from wherever you are. If you have any questions about Healing Circle Run 2024, please contact hcr@glifwc.org   or (715) 682-6619. https://glifwc.org/hcr/   MILWAUKEE Sun July 14, 1 - 6 pm "Rally for Democracy," in Milwaukee.  At the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts at 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. .  Purchase your $5 ticket here in advance.  Understand the dangers and fallacies of white Christian nationalism; Advocate for our true common faith values' :  Support democracy and help build a beloved community.  National Speakers: ·  Rev. Al Sharpton (National Action Network) ·  Ms. Amanda Tyler (Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty) ·  Rev. Bryan Massingale (Fordham University Center for Ethics Education) ·  Rev. Jim Wallis (Georgetown University Center on Faith and Justice) A livestream will also be available for those who cannot attend in person.  Purchase your ticket here in advance. Contact:  For more information, contact us at (414) 264-0805 or via email at  weallbelong@wisdomwisconsin.org . ******************************************************* Join WNPJ! WNPJ welcomes individual members and groups! For individuals, join at a sliding scale rate of $35/year – or whatever fits your budget! For between $50 - $75/year, a WNPJ membership keeps your group connected with peace and justice efforts and helps keep the Network going - and growing! https://www.wnpj.org/membership We help our member organizations reach a wider audience by amplifying your peace and justice events and actions on our list-serve and Facebook page. Membership also provides access to our community tabling opportunities, our online toolbox of peace and justice resources, and a community that cares about your peace and justice journey.    *************************************** Here's an opportunity for WNPJ member groups! WNPJ member groups can sign up  for a Saturday opportunity to TABLE at the Dane County Farmers Market  – this Spring and summer at the Capitol Square. The Farmers Market opening date is April 13th – 7 am to 1 pm …and runs through Nov. 9th on Saturdays. Sign up for your spot today Bring your own table and hand-outs to the King Street corner of the Square, site #10, next to the VFP #25  table! You can't sell anything at the non-profit table, but donations to your group are acceptable. Questions? Contact 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       Join WNPJ – www.wnpj.org   **************************************** Interested in a yard sign? WNPJ has yard signs available!  yardsigns@wnpj.org See our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WisNPJ   "Like" us and follow us! Questions? Contact info@wnpj.org   Find photos and updates from the May 18th WNPJ Annual Spring Meeting here ! The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 86 member groups around Wisconsin.  *********************

  • What's happening the first week of July with WNPJ member groups!? Check it out here!

    WNPJ + 350 Wisconsin Art Collective Meeting + Silent Art Auction to Benefit Madison Rafah Sister City Projects + ACTION ALERT from CSWAB to Ban PFAS + other statewide events ***********************************l The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 86 member groups around Wisconsin.  ************************************************* What do street theater, climate grief, and critter hats have in common? They are all pieces of the many projects being coordinated by 350 Wisconsin's Art Collective. For the July virtual monthly meeting, come hear from Art Collective leads Russ Bennett and Dianne Brakarsh about the multi-pronged activities of the Art Collective. They will share their goals for the group and how you can get involved. WHAT: 350 Wisconsin July Monthly Meeting WHEN: Monday, July 1, 2024 at 7 pm ONLINE VIA ZOOM: Register in advanc e for the meeting . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting via computer, tablet, or smartphone. Check out some of the work of the Art Collective here !      ***************************************************   Art on Display Starting June 21 at Java Cat Coffee Shop in Madison and Online Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP) is partnering with more than 25 artists to present a silent art auction in response to the worsening humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza. Bidding will open online at 8 am CT on June 28 and run until July 8 on more than 50 works of art, with proceeds going to Middle East Children’s Alliance  (MECA)  for immediate purchase and distribution of desperately needed humanitarian aid in Gaza.  Many of the artists represented are Wisconsin based, and their donated work includes photography, acrylic and mixed media paintings, pottery, textiles, prints, and embroidery. Available pieces can be viewed here .   ***************************************************.   ACTION ALERT from CSWAB: Organizations Invited to Co-Sign Letter to White House Please join California Communities Against Toxics and Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger (CSWAB) in calling for a national  BAN  on open burning PFAS and hazardous munitions wastes! To see the letter and add your ORGANIZATION , click here .   L aura Olah | Executive Director, Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger  |  www.CSWAB.org ********************************************   WNPJ member group events…. MADISON Mon July 1, 12 noon – 1 pm Monday Noon Vigil for Peace  – Meet at the corner of MLK, Jr. Blvd and Doty St. For more information, call Tim at 608-630-3633 VIRTUAL Mon Jul 1, 7 pm   350 Wisconsin July Monthly Meeting – on the Art Collective.  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. Check out some of the work of the Art Collective here !   See more in the Spotlight above…. MADISON Tues July 2, 5:30 – 7 pm  Humanitarian Aid for Gaza: Silent Auction Artists Meet-and-Greet. At Java Cat Coffee Shop, 4221 Lien Road. Madison-Rafah Sister-City Project rafahsistercity@yahoo.com  . Read more about the Silent Auction above, in the Spotlight section…. VIRTUAL Wed July 3, 2 – 3 pm Weekly Line 5 Public Comment Support with Britnie Remer of 350 Wisconsin.   Now through August 4th, the U.S. Army Corps is taking public comment on Enbridge’s proposed Line 5 expansion in northern Wisconsin. This is a significant opportunity to tell the Corps and the Biden Administration about our concerns regarding this risky project! If you’re feeling stuck in the process, need help with talking points, or are just looking for general support as you write your comments, feel free to virtually drop in and chat with Britnie, our Fossil Fuel Organizer, on Wednesdays through the end of July!. Register here :    Learn more on Facebook.   LaCROSSE Thurs July 4, 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. dbuffton@yahoo.com   (It’s a holiday – please check with organizers) MILWAUKEE Sat July 6, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE :  76th and North. Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org     VIROQUA Sat July 6, 11 am - 12 noon Driftless Palestinian Solidarity Weekly Vigil .   Meet at Decker and Main.  Action Alert : The Driftless Palestinian Solidarity group has a petition to demand that Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson support a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and end financial aid to Israel's military.  If your group is interested in getting signatures, please email   driftless.solidarity@gmail.com . Thank you for your help!  RACINE Sat July 6, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace.  At NW corner of Highways 31 and 20. Park in the SW corner of the Kohl's parking lot, near the AT&T store. Supported by the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice. We have signs, banners and flags available for all. Check out our website,    for weather concerns. Free Palestine! APPLETON Sat July 6, 11 am – 12 noon Fox Valley Peace Coalition Monthly Vigil - 100 West Lawrence Street All welcome. Meets the first Saturday of each month. Contact: Ronna Swift ronnajean61@gmail.com     ******************************************************* Join WNPJ! WNPJ welcomes individual members and groups! For individuals, join at a sliding scale rate of $35/year – or whatever fits your budget! For between $50 - $75/year, a WNPJ membership keeps your group connected with peace and justice efforts and helps keep the Network going - and growing! https://www.wnpj.org/membership We help our member organizations reach a wider audience by amplifying your peace and justice events and actions on our list-serve and Facebook page. Membership also provides access to our community tabling opportunities, our online toolbox of peace and justice resources, and a community that cares about your peace and justice journey.     Here's an opportunity for WNPJ member groups! WNPJ member groups can sign up  for a Saturday opportunity to TABLE at the Dane County Farmers Market  – this Spring and summer at the Capitol Square. The Farmers Market opening date is April 13th – 7 am to 1 pm …and runs through Nov. 9th on Saturdays. Sign up for your spot today Bring your own table and hand-outs to the King Street corner of the Square, site #10, next to the VFP #25  table! You can't sell anything at the non-profit table, but donations to your group are acceptable. Questions? Contact info@wnpj.org *************************************************** If your group would like to get your events posted in the weekly e-bulletin  – JOIN US!     Join WNPJ – www.wnpj.org   https://www.wnpj.org/membership   Interested in a yard sign? WNPJ has yard signs available!  yardsigns@wnpj.org See our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WisNPJ   "Like" us and follow us! Questions? Contact info@wnpj.org   Find photos and updates from the May 18th WNPJ Annual Spring Meeting her e ! The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 86 member groups around Wisconsin.  *********************

  • WNPJ member groups have events and Action Alerts for the week of June 24th!

    WNPJ + Poor People’s Moral March on Washington + Faith in Place joins WNPJ + Petitions to Sign from MRSCP + Action Alert to Stop Line 5 + World BEYOND War action in Madison + other statewide events *********************************** . The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is organizing around an agenda to expand democracy to all people and end the crisis of death by poverty and low-wealth, which kills 295,000 people each year. We are crying loudly that somebody is hurting our people, and we won’t be silent anymore. We’re counting on you! Will you bring yourself and your community to DC on June 29th? Wisconsin Poor People's Campaign wisconsin@poorpeoplescampaign.org At the Wisconsin PPC, we know that the trip to D.C. may be more than folks can commit to but we encourage you to tune in to the livestream, if you are able and consider gathering to watch this amazing non-violent action in community! If you would like to be part of our voter outreach, please complete this Get Involved form. ********************************** SPOTLIGHT on the new WNPJ member group, Faith in Place Our Vision People of diverse faiths and spiritualities leading the environmental movement to create healthy, just, and sustainable communities for all. Our Mission Empower people of diverse faiths and spiritualities to be leaders in advancing environmental and racial justice, providing resources to educate, connect, and advocate for healthier communities. Learn more about the work of this group at https://www.faithinplace.org/who-we-are Contacts: Cindy Shepherd cindy@faithinplace.org Tanya Crothers-Lewis tanya@faithinplace.org Muhammad Shahzad Hussain shahzad@faithinplace.org **************************** ACTION ALERTS from Madison Rafah Sister City Project: Sign these petitions! Petition No. 1: Demand that UBS Divest from Elbit Systems Global bank UBS increased its shares in Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest weapons maker, by a staggering 875% in the first quarter of this year. Petition No. 2: Demand that Citibank Stop Financing Israel's Genocide in Gaza Since October 2023, Citi has supported Israel’s war machine by financing a $500 million bond to Israel and billions of dollars in bonds to war profiteers Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Petition No. 3: Tell President Biden and Wisconsin's Representative & Senators: Ceasefire! Stop sending weapons to Israel! Restore funding & open the borders for humanitarian aid in Gaza. Madison-Rafah Sister-City Project - rafahsistercity@yahoo.com ********************************************* ACTION ALERT from 350 Wisconsin: Update! The deadline to submit written public comment to the Army Corps of Engineers is now extended through August 4th! https://350wisconsin.org/ LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD Written Comments to the US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, Regulatory Division, 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E1500, St. Paul, MN 55101-1678 Email to: CEMVP-WiL5R-CDD-Comments@usace.army.mil . Want to learn more: Join this virtual call! VIRTUAL Wed June 26, 2 – 3 pm Weekly Line 5 Public Comment Support with Britnie Remer of 350 Wisconsin.  Now through August 4th, the U.S. Army Corps is taking public comment on Enbridge’s proposed Line 5 expansion in northern Wisconsin. This is a significant opportunity to tell the Corps and the Biden Administration about our concerns regarding this risky project! If you’re feeling stuck in the process, need help with talking points, or are just looking for general support as you write your comments, feel free to virtually drop in and chat with Britnie, our Fossil Fuel Organizer, on Wednesdays through the end of July!  Register here.  More information here. ****************************************************** Madison for World BEYOND War Action Alert War profiteers in Madison this week! They are not welcome! War profiteers, including Lockheed, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman are having a secret symposium in Madison this coming week, June 24th - 27th. It will be hosted at Monona Terrace, and the building will be closed to the general public. Most of the sessions and presentations are led by defense contractors, Defence Department officials and representatives of various branches of the US military. Furthermore, thematically, this symposium is heavily dominated by topics of weapon development, such as hypersonic missile technology, advanced materials, and missile defense. This event is restricted to government and government contractors only; is not advertised and is not open to the press or general public. They want to be unnoticed! So let’s not let them fly under the radar! Monday 6/24, Tuesday 6/25 12pm - Madison for WBW is planning to be present in the MLK blvd block between E Wilson and E Doty. The goal and details are being defined; but the fundamental issue remains the same: the war industry causes global death and destruction of all life, suffering, loss of a future and we stand against it. Wednesday 6/26 - War Profiteers Out of Madison! – Rally & March | Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement (wibailoutpeople.org) "The City of Madison is hosting a private weapons manufacturer conference at Monona Terrace this week. Corporate fat cats from Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Northrop Grumman, and others will claim this is about national defense, and is being held in secret for national security. But these companies make bombs that are killing thousands in Gaza and elsewhere and destroying the climate. The Monona Terrace is partially funded by the city, which means the City of Madison is using taxpayer money to bring these war criminals to our community instead of funding public transit, healthcare, housing, and other things regular people in our city need. This is DESPITE the city council passing a ceasefire resolution last year. We demand Madison put its money where its mouth is and stop profiting from genocide and climate collapse. Join us on Wednesday, June 26, 2024 to say “War Profiteers out of Madison” Meet at the MLK Jr Street entrance to the Monona Terrace at 5 pm for a rally and march. Please understand that plans above are being worked on as we write. Details as places, times, engagements are being discussed in the coalition.   They will be communicated daily on instagram: stay tuned!  If you are not linked to Instagram, please email to warabolition@gmail.com  to let us know that you want to be informed. Create your own sound bite message against the war industry: what is your main reason to oppose it (many choices…); make your own sign of dissent to wave. Send us a picture of that slogan, we’ll collect them. ********************************************************************************** WNPJ member group events for this week…. MADISON Mon June 24, 12 noon – 1 pm Monday Noon Vigil for Peace – Meet at the corner of MLK, Jr. Blvd and Doty St. For more information, call Tim at 608-630-3633 MADISON Mon June 24, 5 pm Madison DSA Rally to Support Free School Meals. Doyle Admin Bldg, 545 W Dayton. Meet across the street on the grass lawn in front of the Kohl Center for a discussion and pizza at 5 before a 6 - 8 pm School Board meeting. You can comment on-line speak at the meeting, too. Contact: dsamadison@gmail.com to learn how. VIRTUAL Mon June 24, 5:30 – 6:30 pm Phone Banking for Gun Sense Candidates with Moms Demand Action.  To learn more and to register,  click here: EAU CLAIRE Mon June 24, 6 – 8 pm Transformational Justice Leadership Development Training with WISDOM, 202 W Grand Ave. To join, please register here.  Join us for a development training that promises to activate your leadership potential and educate you about the criminal legal system in Wisconsin! This event is free to attend and lunch will be provided. Training highlights include: ·         Becoming an effective leader ·         Building relationships with allies and impacted persons ·         Understanding transformational justice For questions, please contact WISDOM's Transformational Justice Mark Rice at ricermark@gmail.com. David Liners, Executive Director, office@wisdomwisconsin.org MILWAUKEE Tues June 25, 7 pm  Monthly Chapter Meeting of Veterans for Peace. Meet at St. John’s on the Lake. vfpchapter102@gmail.com VIRTUAL Wed June 26, 11 am “Live From Ramallah: Virtual Delegation with Eyewitness Palestine”. Join this Eyewitness Palestine webinar, featuring a special virtual delegation led by Wafa Hourani, who will take you around Ramallah on a custom tour of the city.  Registration here.  Contact:  Madison-Rafah Sister-City Project rafahsistercity@yahoo.com VIRTUAL Wed June 26, 2 – 3 pm Weekly Line 5 Public Comment Support with Britnie Remer of 350 Wisconsin.  Now through August 4th, the U.S. Army Corps is taking public comment on Enbridge’s proposed Line 5 expansion in northern Wisconsin. This is a significant opportunity to tell the Corps and the Biden Administration about our concerns regarding this risky project! If you’re feeling stuck in the process, need help with talking points, or are just looking for general support as you write your comments, feel free to virtually drop in and chat with Britnie, our Fossil Fuel Organizer, on Wednesdays through the end of July!. Register here   Facebook event here: MADISON Wed June 26, 5 pm War Profiteers Out of Madison! – Rally & March | Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement (wibailoutpeople.org). Meet at the MLK Jr Street entrance to the Monona Terrace . "The City of Madison is hosting a private weapons manufacturer conference at Monona Terrace this week. Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Northrop Grumman, and others will claim this is about national defense, and is being held in secret for national security. But these companies make bombs that are killing thousands in Gaza and elsewhere and destroying the climate. The Monona Terrace is partially funded by the city, which means the City of Madison is using taxpayer money to bring these war criminals to our community instead of funding public transit, healthcare, housing, and other things regular people in our city need. This is DESPITE the city council passing a ceasefire resolution last year. We demand Madison put its money where its mouth is and stop profiting from genocide and climate collapse. Join us on Wednesday to say “War Profiteers out of Madison”. Bradley Geyer <geyerb@yahoo.com Madison Veterans for Peace - World Beyond War - DSA JVP and more.... MADISON Thurs June 27, 9:15 am Rally with the WI Democracy Campaign. NEW LOCATION: State Capitol  in the Senate Parlor (2 E. Main St., Madison, Senate Parlor, 201SE) The Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) hosts its first in-person meeting of the year. Bob Spindell still sits on the Wisconsin Elections Commission after nearly stealing the 2020 presidential election as a fake elector. Sign up here to join us for the rally. Nick Ramos/Wis Democracy Campaign mail@wisdc.org WHITEWATER Thurs June 27, 6 PM Moms Demand Action Care Cards Meeting. To learn more and to register,  click here. LaCROSSE Thurs June 27, 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. dbuffton@yahoo.com MILWAUKEE Fri June 28, 6 – 8 pm  "Recognizing Redemption: Pathways to Rehabilitation and Parole" . At the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, 2620 W. Center St. (and Zoom.) You can join in-person or via Zoom. Join us to learn about how old law and commutations in Wisconsin impacts people today and what it's all about. Register in advance here.  Questions? David Liner at WISDOM office@wisdomwisconsin.org MADISON Sat June 29, 10 – 5 pm  MRSCP & Palestine Partners at the International Festival . Overture Center on State Street.  Once again we invite you to view and purchase beautiful Palestinian crafts at Overture Center's International Festival. Celebrate Madison's rich cultural heritage with more than 30 free performances by Dane County artists. Featuring cuisines from around the world, stunning arts and crafts available for purchase, and opportunities to learn about many local businesses with global connections. Some online options available. NOTE: The Festival runs for two days, but MRSCP and Palestine Partners will only be there on Saturday. Contact: Madison-Rafah Sister-City Project rafahsistercity@yahoo.com MADISON Sat June 29, 10 AM, Canvassing for Gun Sense Candidates with Moms Demand Action. To learn more and to register,  click here MILWAUKEE Sat June 29, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Santa Monica/Silver Spring ( near the Whitefish Bay Farmers' Market)  Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace VIROQUA Sat June 29, 11 am - 12 noon Driftless Palestinian Solidarity Weekly Vigil. Meet at Decker and Main. Action Alert: The Driftless Palestinian Solidarity group has a petition to demand that Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson support a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and end financial aid to Israel's military.  If your group is interested in getting signatures, please email  driftless.solidarity@gmail.com. Thank you for your help! RACINE Sat June 29, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace. At NW corner of Highways 31 and 20. Park in the SW corner of the Kohl's parking lot, near the AT&T store. Supported by the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice. We have signs, banners and flags available for all. Check out our website, for weather concerns. Free Palestine! Washington DC Sat and Sunday, June 29-30…. Wisconsin Poor People's Campaign wisconsin@poorpeoplescampaign.org At the Wisconsin PPC, we know that the trip to D.C. may be more than folks can commit to but we encourage you to tune in to the livestream, if you are able and consider gathering to watch this amazing non-violent action in community! If you would like to be part of our voter outreach, please complete this Get Involved form. NEW! Sundays…..The Wisconsin Coalition for Justice in Palestine   welcomes all peace organizations to join the “We Are the Red Line” campaign. It is a campaign which began in Detroit and is now national. It unifies our efforts towards ceasefire in Palestine and reminds our elected officials that United States’ support of Israel has gone too far. Every Sunday at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee, the Coalition and partners will vigil at 1 pm with red ribbons, shirts, and signs declaring our unity to see peace. Everyone is welcome and we encourage you to vigil where ever you are. We Are the Red Line! Contact dena.eakles@gmail.com ******************************************************* Join WNPJ!WNPJ welcomes individual members and groups! For individuals, join at a sliding scale rate of $35/year – or whatever fits your budget! For between $50 - $75/year, a WNPJ membership keeps your group connected with peace and justice efforts and helps keep the Network going - and growing!https://www.wnpj.org/membership We help our member organizations reach a wider audience by amplifying your peace and justice events and actions on our listserve and Facebook page. Membership also provides access to our community tabling opportunities, our online toolbox of peace and justice resources, and a community that cares about your peace and justice journey. Here's an opportunity for WNPJ member groups! WNPJ member groups can sign up for a Saturday opportunity to TABLE at the Dane County Farmers Market – this Spring and summer at the Capitol Square. The Farmers Market opening date is April 13th – 7 am to 1 pm …and runs through Nov. 9th on Saturdays. Sign up for your spot today! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4daaa929a5fac34-wnpj#/ Bring your own table and hand-outs to the King Street corner of the Square, site #10, next to the VFP #25 table! You can't sell anything at the non-profit table, but donations to your group are acceptable. Questions? Contact 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 Join WNPJ – www.wnpj.org **************************************** Interested in a yard sign? WNPJ has yard signs available!  yardsigns@wnpj.org See our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WisNPJ "Like" us and follow us! Questions? Contact info@wnpj.org Find photos and updates from the May 18th WNPJ Annual Spring Meeting here! https://www.wnpj.org/post/2024-spring-assembly The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 86 member groups around Wisconsin. *********************

  • Are you going up to Central Wisconsin for the MREA Fair next weekend? Learn about this event and more WNPJ events for the week of June 17th!

    WNPJ + Volunteer with 350 Wisconsin at the MREA Energy Fair in Custer +  Action Alert on a neighbor’s nuclear power plant + Poor People’s Moral March on DC + other statewide events ***********************************l The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 85 member groups around Wisconsin. ************************************************* Join 350 Wisconsin at the MREA Energy Fair in Custer! 350 Wisconsin and sister organization 350 Wisconsin Action will be one of many exhibitors at this year's Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) Energy Fair! We are looking for 8 volunteers to fill tabling shifts at various times during the Fair. Our table will include a display for people to learn more about us, flyers for folks to take with them, any current petitions to sign, and a signup for our email list and volunteer interest. This is a great opportunity to welcome folks to our movement! WHEN: Saturday, June 22 WHERE: MREA Fairgrounds, Custer, WI  https://www.midwestrenew.org/ Organized by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), The Energy Fair is celebrating 33 years of bringing people together to learn about sustainability and clean energy, connecting with others, and taking action toward a sustainable future. Featuring educational workshops, clean energy and sustainable living exhibitors, events for the whole family, the rise up and race 5K, live music, food, and fun all day. Take part in the area’s longest running event of its kind! Learn more and buy your tickets at: TheEnergyFair.org If you'd like to carpool from Madison, the Sierra Club Wisconsin Chapter is sending a bus from Madison to the Fair - details and signup here! Dena Eakles of Echo Vally Hope and John Peck of Family Farm Defenders will be at the Fair, too. Look for them!  contact@350wisconsin.org ********************************************** Action Alert from Nukewatch: We need your urgent action to protect public health and the environment from the dangers of the Monticello nuclear reactor in Minnesota. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering a license extension for the reactor, owned by Xcel Energy, despite recent revelations of massive and ongoing safety concerns. Please take a moment to send a message urging the NRC to reject Xcel's application for a license extension. Xcel's plan to continue operating the Monticello reactor until it is 80 years old is reckless and ignores the numerous age-related issues identified by federal regulators. We cannot afford to prioritize profits over public health and safety. We need your help to stop the relicensing of the Monticello reactor. The NRC is now accepting public comments until June 25, 2024. You can use the template provided within the action, or personalize your message by adding one sentence at the top to share your concerns for more impact. Your voice matters, and together, we can make a difference. Thank you for standing up for public health and safety. https://nirs.salsalabs.org/monticelloaction/index.html... More information from the WNPJ member group Nukewatch  https://nukewatchinfo.org/ and NIRS - https://www.nirs.org/ ************************************ . The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is organizing around an agenda to expand democracy to all people and end the crisis of death by poverty and low-wealth, which kills 295,000 people each year. We are crying loudly that somebody is hurting our people, and we won’t be silent anymore. We’re counting on you! Will you bring yourself and your community to DC on June 29th? Wisconsin Poor People's Campaign wisconsin@poorpeoplescampaign.org At the Wisconsin PPC, we know that the trip to D.C. may be more than folks can commit to but we encourage you to tune in to the livestream, if you are able and consider gathering to watch this amazing non-violent action in community! If you would like to be part of our voter outreach, please complete this Get Involved form. ********************************** WNPJ member group events…. MADISON Mon June 17, 12 noon – 1 pm Monday Noon Vigil for Peace – Meet at the corner of MLK, Jr. Blvd and Doty St. For more information, call Tim at 608-630-3633 MADISON Mon June 17, 4:30 pm : Kids Summer Palestine Book Club set to begin at Sequoyah Library - Introductions and learn about Palestine + activities/crafts  Contact: Madison-Rafah Sister-City Projectrafahsistercity@yahoo.com MILWAUKEE Mon June 17, 10 am Roundtable on Democracy with WI Democracy Campaign, SOULS to the Polls and US Capitol Police Office Harry Dunn and others. MATC Main Campus, Main Building M616, 700 W State Street.  Join us for a conversation about protecting our right to vote and fighting back against authoritarianism by RSVPing here: PROTECT DEMOCRACY ROUNDTABLE RSVP VIRTUAL Tues June 18, 5:30 pm Wisconsin Moms Demand Action Phone Banking for Gun Sense Candidates. To learn more and to register, visit:https://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/?akid=&zip= MADISON Tues June 18, 5 – 6:30 pm Just Dane's June 18th Reentry Service Fair. At Madison College Goodman South Campus, 2429 Perry St., Madison, WI www.justdane.org MADISON Wed June 19, 5 – 6:30 pm Join Madison Rafah Sister City Project for a drive-time event to keep Palestine in the public eye – Law Park. Wear your kuffiyehs and bring flags, banners and signs. We'll have some of our yard signs that you can take home for a donation. rafahsistercity@yahoo.com MILWAUKEE Thurs June 20, 12 – 1 pm  Casa Maria Monthly ANTI-GUN VIGIL. Meet at Dunham’s Sports Shop, 2550 S. 108th St. Assault weapons are made to kill or maim, not to protect others.   More than 1.07 million firearms were reported stolen between 2017 and 202, with 96% from private individuals according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Contact: Shad Muss shadmuss1983@gmail.com MILWAUKEE Thurs June 20, 12 noon – 1 pm WAVE’s On-Line Book Discussion – with Author Dominic Erdozain of "One Nation Under Guns". In person at 400 N Water St. And register for a zoom link below. Together we’ll delve into America's complex relationship with firearms to better understand how our history has brought us to where we are today. Register now to receive a Zoom link on the day of the event.  If you’d like to read the book leading up to the discussion, you can grab a copy at your local library or order it here!  admin@waveedfund.org LaCROSSE Thurs June 20, 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. dbuffton@yahoo.com VIRTUAL Thurs June 20, 7 pm The United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee encourages you to participate in a webinar on “From Our Hearts to Cuba”. CUBA'S ECONOMIC SITUATION IS SERIOUS. WE NEED TO DEMONSTRATE OUR SOLIDARITY NOW! Learn about our fundraising campaign to send 300 urgently need pacemakers to Cuba! Campaign with us to remove Cuba from the “State Sponsors of Terrorism” (SSOT) List! Featuring DR. HELEN YAFFE - Author & University of Glasgow Professor BOB SCHWARTZ - Executive Director of Global Health Partners A CUBAN GUEST SPEAKER FROM THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aVJ5tzKpSzi-0Vj0B_x7Zw#/registration For more information, contact Art Heitzer: artheitzer@gmail.com (he/him) / Mobile Phone:  414.628.2547 MADISON Thurs June 20, 6 – 7 pm  Wisconsin Interfaith Voter Engagement Campaign “Pray with your feet, Pray with your vote”  – In person meeting at First Unitarians 900 University Bay Dr. More information. kristis@fusmadison.org. We will bring together people of all faiths with the common goal to educate and engage the general electorate for today and future generations. Through this work, we can build greater understanding and stronger ties amongst the different faith communities that join in this unique partnership. We will empower our supporters and volunteers to take action through voting, advocating for their rights, and holding all stakeholders accountable. WIVEC will share our plans for the current election season and how you and your congregation can get organized and involved. We have something for everyone! Please join us at one of the congregations - Kenosha, Madison, Appleton, Milwaukee If you live too far, please contact our Statewide Interfaith Organizer, Rhonda Lindner, at rhonda@thi-milwaukee.org , and she will help you establish a meeting point in your area! Register here: VIRTUAL Fri June 20, 6 – 7 pm Veterans For Peace No Nukes Webinar: Nuclear Power and Weapons in a Time of Rising Tensions. Panelists: William Hartung, an expert on US military spending; Linda Pentz-Gunter, founder of Beyond Nuclear; and Greg Mello, director of the Los Alamos Study Group. Please register here. Sent to WNPJ by Veterans for Peace - national office vfp@veteransforpeace.org MADISON Fri June 21, 3 – 3:45 pm Ensemble Shamaali performs at Make Music Madison. At the James Reeb Unitarian Church, 2146 East Johnson Street. Stop by and support Ensemble Shamaali, which has been SO generous this year in helping MRSCP send humanitarian relief to Gaza. Details here. Contact: Madison-Rafah Sister-City Project rafahsistercity@yahoo.com EAU CLAIRE Fri June 21, 5-6 pm Monthly Peace Stand. Wisconsin 93 Trunk & 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. Contact for more information: helpsmeet@usa.net MADISON Fri June 21, 7 pm Liberation Shabbat is Back!  Meet at Lucia Crest Park. . The Liberation Shabbat started at the student encampment on library mall is back. Please bring folding chairs or blankets to sit on. For more information see this instagram post. Contact: Madison-Rafah Sister-City Project rafahsistercity@yahoo.com CUSTER Sat June 22 – all day - MREA Renewable Energy Fair – Custer, WI. 350.org seeking volunteers for their tabling. See Spotlight above. Bus ride options from Madison. Dena Eakles of Echo Vally Hope and John Peck of Family Farm Defenders will be at the Fair, too. Look for them!….contact@350wisconsin.org MILWAUKEE Sat June 22, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Farwell and North. Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace VIROQUA Sat June 22, 11 am - 12 noon Driftless Palestinian Solidarity Weekly Vigil. Meet at Decker and Main. Action Alert: The Driftless Palestinian Solidarity group has a petition to demand that Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson support a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and end financial aid to Israel's military.  If your group is interested in getting signatures, please email  driftless.solidarity@gmail.com. Thank you for your help! RACINE Sat June 22, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace. At NW corner of Highways 31 and 20. Park in the SW corner of the Kohl's parking lot, near the AT&T store. Supported by the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice. We have signs, banners and flags available for all. Check out our website, http://racinepeace.wordpress.com    for weather concerns. Free Palestine! MADISON Sat June 22, 6 pm Building Unity Monthly Gatherings BUGS - James Reeb UU Congregation - 2146 E. Johnson St . On the 22nd day of each month in the Madison-area, groups and individuals that believe in peace and justice are coming together to share fellowship, information, and support at monthly Building Unity Gatherings (BUGs). Bring food or a beverage to share if you can but it is not necessary. Help spread the word by sharing this Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/share/QBSdJcoDJHfRXUie/  A number of Wisconsin Communities have begun working on getting their own monthly Building Unity Gatherings going. Where will the next BUG pop up? If you’d like to help get Building Unity Gatherings going in your part of Wisconsin, please let us know - We can help. Call Building Unity at 608-630-3633 MADISON Sat June 22, 7 am – 2 pm Gaza Protest – with Interfaith Peace Working Group  - At the Farmers Market on the Square, King St. corner. interfaithpeaceworkinggroup@gmail.com ******************************************************* Join WNPJ!WNPJ welcomes individual members and groups! For individuals, join at a sliding scale rate of $35/year – or whatever fits your budget! For between $50 - $75/year, a WNPJ membership keeps your group connected with peace and justice efforts and helps keep the Network going - and growing!https://www.wnpj.org/membership We help our member organizations reach a wider audience by amplifying your peace and justice events and actions on our listserve and Facebook page. Membership also provides access to our community tabling opportunities, our online toolbox of peace and justice resources, and a community that cares about your peace and justice journey. Here's an opportunity for WNPJ member groups! WNPJ member groups can sign up for a Saturday opportunity to TABLE at the Dane County Farmers Market – this Spring and summer at the Capitol Square. The Farmers Market opening date is April 13th – 7 am to 1 pm …and runs through Nov. 9th on Saturdays. Sign up for your spot today! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4daaa929a5fac34-wnpj#/ Bring your own table and hand-outs to the King Street corner of the Square, site #10, next to the VFP #25 table! You can't sell anything at the non-profit table, but donations to your group are acceptable. Questions? Contact 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 Join WNPJ – www.wnpj.org **************************************** Interested in a yard sign? WNPJ has yard signs available!  yardsigns@wnpj.org See our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WisNPJ

  • The Week of June 10th - WNPJ member groups - statewide Events and Action Alerts.

    PETITION TO SIGN: Wisconsin Transit Riders Alliance advocates for public transit in Wisconsin. https://witransitriders.org/ We're working on a petition for Governor Evers to proclaim Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2024 A Week Without Driving . Watch for updates! https://americawalks.org/campaigns/week-without-driving/ If you can drive or afford a car, you may not understand what it’s like to rely on walking, rolling, transit and asking for rides. But for nearly a third of people living in Wisconsin – people with disabilities, young people, seniors, people who can’t afford cars or gas or prefer not to drive – this is our every day. A Week Without Driving is a challenge to learn firsthand about the barriers and challenges that nondrivers face in hopes of creating more accessible communities for all. WWD is a new challenge put on by America Walks that we are promoting. Wisconsinites could come together to advocate for more transportation options in their local communities. Please sign our petition.YOU CAN FIND US ON FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/groups/189958811633915/ ******************************* What's in this issue? WNPJ + Action Alert from Wisconsin Transit Riders Alliance + Juneteenth Celebration in Madison +  PRIDE events + Poor People’s Moral March on DC the end of June + ACTION ALERT on ENBRIDGE LINE 5 WISCONSIN + other statewide events *************************** MADISON - A full day of celebration, reflection, tradition, and pride for the African-American community awaits! You are all warmly invited to attend, as well as volunteer, at the 35th annual Juneteenth Celebration on June 15th, in Penn Park. Sent to WNPJ by First Unitarians. Volunteers - please sign up here: https://volunteersignup.org/3RHAC . For carpooling, you can email kristis@fusmadison.org . ************************************ Check out Building Unity’s growing listing of Wisconsin Pride Events at the link below: https://tinyurl.com/WisPride24 Special Thanks to our partners Wisconsin Unitarian Universalist State Action Network for starting this compilation. If you know of events that we can add, please call Building Unity at 608-630-3633. ******************************* . The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is organizing around an agenda to expand democracy to all people and end the crisis of death by poverty and low-wealth, which kills 295,000 people each year. We are crying loudly that somebody is hurting our people, and we won’t be silent anymore. Our votes are not a show of support but are our demands! We demand a 3rd Reconstruction in this country and on June 29th at 10am we will once again return to Pennsylvania Ave and 3rd Street NW in Washington, DC for the Mass Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls to ensure that our elected leaders in Washington hear us clearl We’re counting on you! Will you bring yourself and your community to DC on June 29th? Wisconsin Poor People's Campaign wisconsin@poorpeoplescampaign.org At the Wisconsin PPC, we know that the trip to D.C. may be more than folks can commit to but we encourage you to tune in to the livestream, if you are able and consider gathering to watch this amazing non-violent action in community! If you would like to be part of our voter outreach, please complete this Get Involved form. ************************************** And LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD Written Comments to the US Army Corps due July 5, 2024 to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, Regulatory Division, 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E1500, St. Paul, MN 55101-1678 Email by 11:59 pm Central Time on July 5, 2024, to: CEMVP-WiL5R-CDD-Comments@usace.army.mil ************************************** Here is Dena Eakles statement in Ashland June 4th - about Line 5 - to the US Army Corps re: Enbridge: There comes a time when clear thinking people must admit that the course of exploitation and usury is no longer viable. And when those people come to that conclusion, it's vital they ensure a change of course that is just, equitable and sound. Make no mistake that's why many of us are here or writing to you - and our resistance is growing and will continue to grow. Both the current Line 5 and the proposed Line 5 expansion pose potential threats to drinking water and ecosystems. Both violate tribal rights. Line 5 is operating nearly 20 years past its lifespan. And we know, the Great Lakes hold 95 percent of the surface freshwater in the United States. A pipeline breach will be catastrophic. These facts alone should be enough to end the discussion and the existence of Line 5 and its reroute. But too many of us still believe the propaganda of the oil industry and are frightened about a change of course. You, (the U.S. Army Corp). have an enormous responsibility: to provide stop gap measures and allow clear thinking to prevail. By ordering a federal Environmental Impact Statement for all portions of Line 5 within your jurisdiction, you can educate the public on the true risks of the pipeline. By reviewing Enbridge’s record of misrepresenting risks, violating permits, spilling oil, and covering up environmental damage you can counter the lack of oversight and enforcement that has allowed injustices to prevail. You have the opportunity and the responsibility to reverse the lack of knowledge that has led to this needless destruction of our environment. Line 5 threatens the entire region. Shutting down Line 5 would create the opportunity for all of us to justly transition to safer, more sustainable energy. As I said before our resistance is growing and will continue to grow. Please help us. Thank you.   Dena.eakles@gmail.com  Contact for Echo Valley Hope ********************************** WNPJ member group events the week of June 10th…. MADISON Mon June 10, 12 noon – 1 pm Monday Noon Vigil for Peace – Meet at the corner of MLK, Jr. Blvd and Doty St. For more information, call Tim at 608-630-3633. MADISON Mon June 10, 11 am – 2 pm War Abolition Walk for Daniel Ellsberg – This week marks the one year anniversary of the death of Daniel Ellsberg, renowned scholar and activist whose release of the Pentagon Papers sparked a national crisis of conscience during the Vietnam War. Defuse Nuclear War, Rootsaction Education Fund and Ellsberg Initiative for Peace and Democracy are calling for a week of action honoring peacemaking and whistleblowing from June 10 - 16.. This walk will include a stop at the historic Madison Monday Noon Vigil for Peace at Doty St. and MLK, Jr. Drive. Our focus will be our cry for permanent ceasefire and a just peace process in Palestine and beyond. More details to be announced as the time draws closer! Susan, Stefania & Janet warabolition@gmail.com MADISON Mon June 10, 7 – 8:30 pm Annual Celebration of WI Faith Voices for Peace. At the First United Methodist Church, Wisconsin Avenue. We are excited to welcome our keynote speaker, Rachel Laser, President and CEO of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Ms. Laser will share with us the important work of Americans United to protect our First Amendment right to worship as we please, free from government interference. Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, in our efforts to build bridges among faiths and to create a more just, equitable, and compassionate society, is proud to continue our work and to further our partnerships, nationally and locally, with sister organizations who share our values. Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/872624582617?aff=oddtdtcreator. A Zoom option is also available at a discounted price for those unable to join us in person. The Zoom link will be sent by the end of the day on June 9. Learn more here. MILWAUKEE Tues, June 11, 11 am Community Prayer “We Are Milwaukee”. At City Hall 200 Wells St. Join us as a community comes together to lift each other in prayer for "We Are Milwaukee".  Supported by WGLB Radio 414-578-1560. Sent to WNPJ by Tynnetta Jackson of SOULS - souls4com@gmail.com       414-944-1083 VIRTUAL Tues June 11, 2 pm Monthly zoom call for WNPJ's Environmental Justice (EJ) -  Check-in. The calls occur the second Tuesday at 2 pm every month. The zoom link is always the same and is offered below. These calls are a chance for EJ organizations to draw attention to their activities, petitions, actions and more. It is an opportunity to learn from one another and to bring focused awareness to the most important actions occurring in a given month. We are seeing the importance of these communication and are hoping more people can join the discussion. Please be prepared to offer a 3- 5 minute synopsis of your organization's efforts and participate in the think-tank that occurs among us towards EJ. If you would like to have your efforts listed in the agenda please contact; dena.eakles@gmail.com at least one week before the call.      Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88143370873 Meeting ID: 881 4337 0873 Dial by your location • +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) • +1 309 205 3325 US Meeting ID: 881 4337 0873 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdWFBPNVzB LaCROSSE Thurs June 13, 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. dbuffton@yahoo.com MILWAUKEE and VIRTUAL Sat June 15, 10 – 11:30 am Forum on "The most important issues for the United Nations and for the UNA of Greater Milwaukee Chapter." Distilled from the 2024 UNA-USA Leadership Summit in Washington, DC “The World Needs the UN – the UN Needs US” .Free & Open to the Public. Attend In-Person at Zao MKE Church – 2319 E. Kenwood Blvd. – Milwaukee(Across the street from the UWM Student Union) or Virtually Through the Following Zoom Linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/82929743423?pwd=N0hpY5LglGWvDSC5ZojAMR1Gt9dMDq.1To attend by phone only: 1.312.626.6799     Zoom ID: 829 2974 3423    Passcode: 085 856Plus . For more information, contact Steve Watrous:  watrous@uwm.edu /  414.429.7567. https://www.unamilwaukee.org/ MILWAUKEE Sat June 15, 1 – 2 pm Voces de la Frontera Monthly Meeting - 1027 S 5th St, +1 414-643-1620. vdlf@vdlf.org vdlf.org. All welcome. MADISON - A full day of celebration, reflection, tradition, and pride for the African-American community awaits! You are all warmly invited to attend, as well as volunteer, at the 35th annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 15th, in Penn Park. Sent to WNPJ by First Unitarians. Volunteers - please sign up here - https://volunteersignup.org/3RHAC  . For carpooling, you can email kristi@fusmadison.org  See spotlight above for the schedule of events…….. MADISON Sat June 15, 10:45 – 6 pm WI Poor Peoples Campaign is part of the Juneteenth Parade & Celebration - 633 W Badger Rd. Parade starts at 10:45am at Fountain of Life Church (633 W Badger Road). Juneteenth Celebration at Penn Park (2101 Fisher St) from Noon-6pm. Poor Peoples Campaign will be walking in the parade (wear your PPC t-shirts and bring your PPC signs!) and will have a table at the park. If you're interested in joining us for the parade or volunteering at the table, email us at ppcdaneco@gmail.com MILWAUKEE Sat June 15, 10 am – 2 pm Transformational Justice Leadership Development Training via WISDOM - 2821 Vel R. Phillips Ave. Please join by registering here. Join us for a development training that promises to activate your leadership potential and educate you about the criminal legal system in Wisconsin! This event is free to attend and lunch will be provided. For questions, please contact WISDOM's Transformational Justice Mark Rice at ricemark@gmail.com. office@wisdomwisconsin.org MILWAUKEE Sat June 15, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Sherman and Burleigh. Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace VIROQUA Sat June 15, 11 am - 12 noon Driftless Palestinian Solidarity Weekly Vigil. Meet at Decker and Main. Action Alert: The Driftless Palestinian Solidarity group has a petition to demand that Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson support a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and end financial aid to Israel's military.  If your group is interested in getting signatures, please email  driftless.solidarity@gmail.com. Thank you for your help! RACINE Sat June 15, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace. At NW corner of Highways 31 and 20. Park in the SW corner of the Kohl's parking lot, near the AT&T store. Supported by the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice. We have signs, banners and flags available for all. Check out our website, http://racinepeace.wordpress.com    for weather concerns. Free Palestine! **************************************** The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 85 member groups around Wisconsin. Join WNPJ!WNPJ welcomes individual members and groups! For individuals, join at a sliding scale rate of $35/year – or whatever fits your budget! For between $50 - $75/year, a WNPJ membership keeps your group connected with peace and justice efforts and helps keep the Network going - and growing!https://www.wnpj.org/membership We help our member organizations reach a wider audience by amplifying your peace and justice events and actions on our listserve and Facebook page. Membership also provides access to our community tabling opportunities, our online toolbox of peace and justice resources, and a community that cares about your peace and justice journey. Here's an opportunity for WNPJ member groups! WNPJ member groups can sign up for a Saturday opportunity to TABLE at the Dane County Farmers Market – this Spring and summer at the Capitol Square. The Farmers Market opening date is April 13th – 7 am to 1 pm …and runs through Nov. 9th on Saturdays. Sign up for your spot today! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4daaa929a5fac34-wnpj#/ Bring your own table and hand-outs to the King Street corner of the Square, site #10, next to the VFP #25 table! You can't sell anything at the non-profit table, but donations to your group are acceptable. Questions? Contact 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 Join WNPJ – www.wnpj.org **************************************** Interested in a yard sign? WNPJ has yard signs available!  yardsigns@wnpj.org See our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WisNPJ "Like" us and follow us! Questions? Contact info@wnpj.org Find photos and updates from the May 18th WNPJ Annual Spring Meeting here! https://www.wnpj.org/post/2024-spring-assembly *********************

  • WNPJ the week of June 3rd! Wear ORANGE to Prevent Gun Violence + Weaving the Web with WNPJ  + Rallies in LaCrosse & Ashland to stop NTEC and Line 5 + Palestine Partners Sale + other events

    Wear Orange Milwaukee/National Gun Violence Prevention Weekend: Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at Safe and Sound Gun violence prevention is really about one thing: people. You and I understand that all people deserve to live a life free of violence and that we must rally together with this message. That’s why we’d like to invite you to join us and others across the country to observe National Gun Violence Prevention Weekend, June 7-9. On Friday, June 7, people across the country will wear orange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and, throughout the weekend, events across Wisconsin will offer opportunities to come together in solidarity.  Here are some of the Wisconsin events; come add your voice to the thousands across the country! Events in Milwaukee, Madison, Racine and Whitewater….. ************************** MILWAUKEE -  Join with WAVE, Safe and Sound, Brady, Moms Demand Action, Milwaukee’s Office of Community Wellness and Safety, and others to support survivors and speak out against gun violence. This year’s events will include a candlelight vigil to honor and remember loved ones taken by gun violence, and a press conference and peace walk to raise awareness and build our community of survivors and advocates. Candlelight Vigil at Safe and Sound 4422 W Leon Terrace Friday, June 7, 6:00 p.m. Press Conference and Peace Walk at Safe and Sound 4422 W Leon Terrace Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. press conference 10:00 a.m. Safe Summer pledge signing 11:00 a.m. peace walk 12:00 p.m.  hj@waveedfund.org **************************** MADISON - Community Gathering at Galaxy Park 132 Milky Way - Friday, June 7, 5:00 p.m. For the third year in a row, Dane County Moms Demand Action, Public Health Madison Dane County, and Focused Interruption are partnering for Wear Orange to bring attention to the issue of gun violence in our local community. This year’s event centers around healing a local community impacted by violence. A memorial mural–a collaboration between DAMA (Developing Artist Murals and Alliances), the residents of Harmony Apartments, and the wider community–will be unveiled during the evening. Please join us for this family-friendly community event with food trucks, kids’ activities, music, and guest speakers. ************************************* Racine - Community Rally and Lyric Contest on Sam Johnson Parkway across from Monument Square -  Friday, June 7, 12:00 p.m. Come together with Racine County and Voices of Black Mothers United for a community rally and lyric contest. Are you a rap artist, singer, or poet? The event will include a lyric contest, with the winner announced on June 7 at the rally. ********************************* Whitewater - Elevator Pitch Meeting at the Community Engagement Center 1260 W Main St - Friday, June 7, 5:30 p.m. On Wear Orange weekend, join Moms Demand Action for an interactive training session to practice how we talk about gun safety and gun violence prevention. Babysitting and snacks will be provided. Ready to go out and raise awareness? Need to get your “elevator pitch” ready?! Let’s learn the words of our movement and practice in a safe environment, while getting to know fellow volunteers. For more information, contact: admin@waveedfund.org ********************************************* VIRTUAL Thurs June 6, 12 noon – 1 pm Weaving the Web - WNPJ's monthly virtual Drop-in Hour. Meets the first Thursday of each month. All welcome!  Hosted today by Dena Eakles, coordinating work throughout the state on Environmental Justice and Militarism…. ….Questions?  info@wnpj.org Zoom link https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89361313008?pwd=UmxCOUcxL3ZFb244aXp0SnBVTFRSZz09. Meeting ID: 893 6131 3008 - Passcode: 797041; +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) ************************************ ASHLAND Tues June 4, 11 am – 3 pm and 4 pm – 8 pm Army Corp Public Hearing on Line 5 – Northwood Technical College, 2100 Beaser Avenue. Public input needed! 350WI.org will help coordinate transportation and will follow-up with transportation logistics, talking points, and event information. This is an opportunity to tell the USACE and the entire Biden administration about your concerns around the Line 5 pipeline.  Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSewQYDn.../viewform For more info,  contact@350wisconsin.org Rally to Stop NTEC Wednesday, June 5, 9 am - 11:30 am Outside of the La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse Goals: · Demonstrate opposition to NTEC with a gathering of 50 or more people · Hand out information to Dairyland annual meeting attendees encouraging them to ask difficult questions of the utility · Receive press coverage to further statewide opposition to gas including NTEC specifically RSVP: https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7013q0000029NH1AAM Sent to WNPJ by Dena Eakles dena.eakles@gmail.com ******************************************** Laila's Palestinian Embroidery and Jewelry Sale - Madison Sunday, June 9, 1:30-3:30 at Madison Quaker Meeting, 1704 Roberts Ct Shop for beautiful Palestinian embroidery and jewelry made by women in the Al Khalil/Hebron area and meet my friend Laila who is visiting from Palestine!! Enjoy delicious Palestinian snacks. This is a great chance to support women in Palestine by purchasing a beautiful and unique pair of earrings or an embroidered bag, scarf or household item for yourself or a friend. Laila Hasan will be available to chat with you about the women who make the beautiful items she is selling during her time here in the US, and the occupation's impact on the lives of women and families in the West Bank.Contact Cassandra Dixon - of Palestine Partners https://www.facebook.com/events/s/lailas-palestinian-embroidery-/1240584167348675/ ******************************** ACTION ALERT in MADISON – for the week of June 1st to June 6th from Building Unity Petition to End the Genocide Project We can't sit back and allow our country to support a genocide any longer.It is time for all of us, elected leaders and we, the people, to take a stand. * Print, sign, and ask your friends, neighbors, family, workmates, and elected representatives to sign our petition:https://docs.google.com/.../1VJ2ENQ.../edit... (You can find a sample letter and contact info here: https://docs.google.com/.../1-i4T5gXZ_21eBUnaUc0.../edit...) * Like, share, and comment on this Facebook Event/Post * Show up at all or any of the upcoming events in and around Wisconsin's State Capitol: (If anyone wants to help expand the actions to locations beyond Madison, let us know - 608-630-3633. We will be updating this event page as more events become known to us.) Sat. 6/1 - WI State Capitol Rotunda -10:00 am - 2:00pm - Vigil & Fast to End the Genocide. Mon. 6/3 - Corner of Doty St. and MLK, Jr. Blvd - Noon - 1:00pm - Vigil & Fast to End the Genocide. Mon. 6/3 - Meet at Doty and MLK, Jr. Proceed to City County Building 210 MLK, Jr. Blvd.1:00 - 2:00 pm. We will take our petition around to city and county leaders and staff. Tue. 6/4 - WI State Capitol Rotunda - Noon - 6:00pm - Vigil & Fast to End the Genocide. We will take our petition around to state leaders and staff. Wed. 6/5 - WI State Capitol Rotunda - Noon - 6:00pm - Vigil & Fast to End the Genocide. We will take our petition around to state leaders and staff. Thur. 6/6 - WI State Capitol Rotunda - Noon - 5:00pm - Vigil & Fast to End the Genocide. We will take our petition around to state leaders and staff.5:00 pm - "Break the Fast Potluck" - Bring food, beverages, &/or funds for humanitarian relief in Gaza to a potluck in the State Capitol. Activities that will unfold in the days that follow are still being planned. Please check back to the Facebook page for updates about the days following June 6th. For more information or to help with improving this campaign or our promotional materials, please call Building Unity at 608-630-3633. BuildingUnityWi@gmail.com ********************************************* WNPJ member group events…. MADISON Mon June 3, 12 noon – 1 pm Monday Noon Vigil for Peace – Meet at the corner of MLK, Jr. Blvd and Doty St. For more information, call Tim at 608-630-3633 VIRTUAL and MADISON Mon June 3, 7 – 8 pm, 350 Wisconsin’s Annual Meeting! – Meet at Madison Friends Meetinghouse, 1704 Roberts Ct.  Hear from our co-executive directors and members of our board about our accomplishments over the past year and hear more about what we're looking forward to doing in the next year. Also on the agenda for this meeting? Elections for the Board and Coordinating Council! In order to vote you must have either: Donated at least $5 between June 1, 2023 and April 19, 2024. You can donate here. OR attended at least 3 Monthly Meetings. Questions? Contact  contact@350wisconsin.org  608-492-1667 for the zoom link. VIRTUAL Mon June 3 – 10 am SRWN Webinar with Kristina Garfinkel on the CA 2024 November Ballot Measure to Prohibit CAFOs. Kristina will join the zoom call at 11:00 to discuss the Campaign's Ordinance which defines CAFO and calls for a 3-year CAFO phase-out, worker training and retaliation protection. While Wisconsin doesn't have a referendum process, Kristina has great insights for us about messaging on complex CAFO issues, coalition building and opposition tactics.. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89957530872  Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network  SRWN https://sustainruralwisconsin.org/ ASHLAND Tues June 4, 11 am – 3 pm and 4 pm – 8 pm Army Corp Public Hearing on Line 5 – Northwood Technical College, 2100 Beaser Avenue. Public input needed! 350WI.org will help coordinate transportation and will follow-up with transportation logistics, talking points, and event information. This is an opportunity to tell the USACE and the entire Biden administration about your concerns around the Line 5 pipeline.  Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSewQYDn.../viewform For more info,  contact@350wisconsin.org MADISON Tues June 4, 6 pm Screening of “Light” as part of the Madison Anti War Film Series – Madison Central Library, 201 W Mifflin St, Room 302.  This brand-new documentary about Palestine is from the unarmed civilian accompaniers of Community Peacemaker Teams (May 2024, 69 mins, trailer is here), and “Israel’s Shocking AI Tools & Ukraine’s Surveillance of Journalists” (April 2024, 24 mins, Al Jazeera’s Listening Post) Social time at 6:00, films roll at 6:30 pm, then discussion following with Cassandra Dixon who has been part of many CPT accompaniment delegations to Palestine. RSVP if you can to warabolition@gmail.com. Donations welcome for Community Peacemaker Teams and Middle East Children’s Alliance. Hosted by Madison Veterans for Peace and Madison for a World BEYOND War. LaCROSSE Wed June 5, 9 – 11:30 am Rally to Stop NTEC….see Spotlight above  RSVP: https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7013q0000029NH1AAM MADISON – Wed June 5 – Registration deadline for the June 10th event: Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice  - Annual Celebration, June 10, 2024 from 7:00 to 8:30 at First United Methodist Church in Madison.  This year’s event will be bittersweet, as it will be our opportunity to say goodbye to our founding Executive Director, Rabbi Bonnie Margulis. Former Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes will be making a special presentation to Rabbi Margulis to thank her for her years of dedicated service. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wisconsin-faith-voices-for-justice-annual-celebration-tickets-872624582617 VIRTUAL Thurs June 5, 12 noon Webinar: "What's New in Rights of Nature?"  with WISDOM. You can learn about the surprising progress that has been made here in Wisconsin, and around the world. More importantly, you can learn more about what kinds of commitments we need from those who want to represent us in Madison next year. You can register for the webinar here. wisdomactionnetwork@gmail.com MADISON Thurs June 5, 5 – 6:30 pm Banners Up For Palestine Drivetime Demonstration. Law Park on Lake Monona. Bring your signs & flags and wear your kuffiyehs as we once again stand together to keep opposition to Israel's war on the people of Gaza in the public eye. Madison-Rafah Sister-City Proj rafahsistercity@yahoo.com LaCROSSE Thurs June 6, 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. dbuffton@yahoo.com VIRTUAL Thurs June 6, 12 noon – 1 pm Weaving the Web - WNPJ's monthly virtual Drop-in Hour. Meets the first Thursday of each month. All welcome! ….see the Spotlight above…. info@wnpj.org Zoom link https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89361313008?pwd=UmxCOUcxL3ZFb244aXp0SnBVTFRSZz09 . Meeting ID: 893 6131 3008 - Passcode: 797041; +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) VIRTUAL Thurs June 6, 6:30 – 7:30 pm WILPF Monthly Book Circle Conversation . The first Thursday of each month. Let's talk about...The book tonight: Less is More; How Degrowth Will Save the World.... by Jason Hickel. Join us at Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-Madison. For questions or more information on getting the zoom link, send a message to: wilpfmadison@gmail.com   608-609-7961   http://wilpfmadison.org MILWAUKEE, MADISON, RACINE, WHITEWATER Fri and Sat June 7 – 8  – Wear Orange to prevent Gun Violence events…..see the spotlight above for details…… MADISON War Sat June 8th,  9 – 11 am War Abolition Bike Ride – Join us for all or part! The ride will be short, family friendly, and at a moderate pace, including loops around the Farmers Market and Monona Bay. We'll post more details soon on our website and Instagram. Want to come? Can you help? Please drop us a line warabolition@gmail.com MILWAUKEE Sat June 8, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: 92nd and North. Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace VIROQUA Sat June 8, 11 am - 12 noon Driftless Palestinian Solidarity Weekly Vigil. Meet at Decker and Main. Action Alert: The Driftless Palestinian Solidarity group has a petition to demand that Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson support a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and end financial aid to Israel's military.  If your group is interested in getting signatures, please email  driftless.solidarity@gmail.com. Thank you for your help! RACINE Sat June 8, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace. At NW corner of Highways 31 and 20. Park in the SW corner of the Kohl's parking lot, near the AT&T store. Supported by the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice. We have signs, banners and flags available for all. Check out our website, http://racinepeace.wordpress.com    for weather concerns. Free Palestine! VERONA Sat June 8, 2:45  - 6 pm Farley Center Summer Market.  They are looking for volunteers to help with parking. All the parking volunteers will receive a Farley Center t-shirt for their help! Please e-mail programs@farleycenter.org if you can help out. https://www.facebook.com/events/922031722562438/?ref=newsfeed Laila's Palestinian Embroidery and Jewelry Sale - Madison - Sunday, June 9, 1:30-3:30 at Madison Quaker Meeting, 1704 Roberts Ct –  See Spotlight above….. MILWAUKEE Sun June 9, 1 pm Voces de la Frontera in the PRIDE Parade. Meet at 1027 S. 5th St.. Join the Voces delegation. Find details in: Milwaukee Pride Parade w/ Voces ************************************** Keshena citizens gathered, ate wild rice together, and engaged in meaningful discussion following the screenings of the documentary Bad River May 28-29. Find out where you can see this powerful film from WNPJ Board member, Mary Kay Baum marykbaum@gmail.com ........then work to stop Line 5! ******************************************************* Join WNPJ!WNPJ welcomes individual members and groups! For individuals, join at a sliding scale rate of $35/year – or whatever fits your budget! For between $50 - $75/year, a WNPJ membership keeps your group connected with peace and justice efforts and helps keep the Network going - and growing!https://www.wnpj.org/membership We help our member organizations reach a wider audience by amplifying your peace and justice events and actions on our listserv and Facebook page. Membership also provides access to our community tabling opportunities, our online toolbox of peace and justice resources, and a community that cares about your peace and justice journey. ************************************************************ Here's an opportunity for WNPJ member groups! WNPJ member groups can sign up for a Saturday opportunity to TABLE at the Dane County Farmers Market – this Spring and summer at the Capitol Square. The Farmers Market opening date is April 13th – 7 am to 1 pm …and runs through Nov. 9th on Saturdays. Sign up for your spot today! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4daaa929a5fac34-wnpj#/ Bring your own table and hand-outs to the King Street corner of the Square, site #10, next to the VFP #25 table! You can't sell anything at the non-profit table, but donations to your group are acceptable. Questions? Contact 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 Join WNPJ – www.wnpj.org **************************************** Interested in a yard sign? WNPJ has yard signs available!  yardsigns@wnpj.org (facebook icon image) See our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WisNPJ "Like" us and follow us! Questions? Contact info@wnpj.org Find photos, videos and updates from the May 18th WNPJ Annual Spring Meeting here! https://www.wnpj.org/post/2024-spring-assembly The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 85 member groups around Wisconsin.

  • WNPJ has events and Action Alerts across Wisconsin for the week on May 27th!

    WNPJ + Screening of Bad River, a story of defiance + Videos of the Spring Assembly on-line + Sign the w4ej Petition + Job Posting with Crawford Stewardship Project + other statewide events *************************** Screening of the documentary BAD RIVER – …..a story of defiance - TWO FREE screenings of Bad River coming to the Menominee Indian High School Theater in Keshena on Tuesday AND Wednesday evenings, May 28th - and 29th! (note: the event on May 29th is an added event!) Bad River chronicles the Wisconsin-based Bad River Band and its ongoing fight for sovereignty, a story which unfolds in a groundbreaking way through a series of shocking revelations, devastating losses, and a powerful legacy of defiance and resilience. All are welcome! Doors to this free event will open at 5:30pm, with a wild rice dish being served in the dining area, providing an opportunity to connect with others prior to the film. The powerful feature-length documentary will begin at 6:00pm, holding space for discussion at the end. Attendees are encouraged to gather again for refreshments after the film, with no rush to leave this unique time together. Sincere Thanks goes to: The Bad River Band and their ongoing and uniting effort to save Lake Superior Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ) Family Farm Defenders Yip Harburg Foundation Rights of Nature of Wisconsin Menīkānaehkem Menominee 4-H Club Esther Fox Valley College of Menominee Nation Menominee Indian School District Family and Community Engagement Center (FACE) and many individual donors, including those donating on the evening of the event. At least 50% of all profits are donated to the Bad River Band. The Menominee Indian High School is located approximately 6.5 miles north of Shawano on WI-47/WI-55 on the West side of the highway. Find driving directions HERE. To learn more about how you can show this documentary in YOUR community, contact WNPJ Board member, Mary Kay Baum * marykbaum@gmail.com  608-935-5834. The film Bad River is also available in VIMEO, for personal use for about $22. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/badriverconsumerversion ************************************ Find photos and updates from the May 18th WNPJ Annual Spring Meeting here! https://www.wnpj.org/post/2024-spring-assembly Check out these videos of the Assembly here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrXY2qqaaoI&list=PLXHZWg-An_6wGD9_FYjEkDEAVfB_XDo3x ************************************************************************************* AND…..our Spring Newsletter is published! Network News, May 2024 https://www.wnpj.org/_files/ugd/141f52_542eed680a23470abae31cb71d757e02.pdf *********************************** The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 85 member groups around Wisconsin. **************************** ACTION ALERT  from WI for Environmental Justice! We're looking for people who care about the Environment and want to take ACTION! Go to w4ej.org and sign the petition. Wisconsin for Environmental Justice Seeks to Protect Planet for Future Generations Formed in 2002, Wisconsin for Environmental Justice is a coalition that recognizes the urgent need for action. We aim to build a statewide community of organizations and individuals that can effectively bring about the change needed to meet the challenge of climate warming. This coalition will consist of environmental, farming, union, faith, tribal, youth groups, and private citizens who feel this change is necessary. The overriding goal of the organization is to protect the planet for future generations. Our strategies are two-fold: ·         First, to increase the public’s awareness of the connection between fossil fuels and climate change. ·         Second: to urge action by decision-makers on the litigation front. We want the State of Wisconsin and its cities and counties to pursue litigation for damages caused by the fossil fuel industry. With the recent court filings by the City of Chicago just weeks ago, a quarter of Americans now live in cities and states taking fossil fuel corporations to court. The state of California preceded Chicago last September, demanding that oil companies fund efforts to recover from extreme weather. In December, Native American tribes on the Washington coast became the first indigenous people to sue in court over the costs of responding to climate-related risks from rising seas, flooding, and ocean acidification. According to Grist magazine, cities, states, and tribes have filed around 30 lawsuits seeking to force the fossil fuel industry to pay for the costs of climate change. Read more here: https://www.wnpj.org/environmental-justice And SIGN the PETITION.... https://www.w4ej.org/petition to demand accountability for the climate crisis. Together, we can protect our planet for future generations. By Dean Muller dean.muller@yahoo.com ********************************** SEEKING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Crawford Stewardship Project is a grassroots 501c3 non-profit founded in 2007 to protect Crawford and neighboring counties from threats of polluting/extractive industries, to promote sustainable land and water use, environmental justice, and local control of natural resources. The position requires residence in the local area, and is initially part-time with the potential to become full time as funding permits. Home office & reliable transportation is required. Flexible work hours. See full job description Send resume with letter of interest to edieehlert63@gmail.com ********************* WNPJ member group events….across Wisconsin MADISON Sat. May 25th through Sat. June 1st Olbrich Park Memorial Mile Display! – hosted by Madison Vets for Peace. Since 2007 this event has served to remind our community of the costs of war by erecting over 6,000 tombstones along Atwood Ave. at Olbrich Park. If you can help install and/or take down the display, please contact: jhfour@gmail.com MADISON Mon. May 27, 1 pm Annual Memorial Day Peace Rally. At Gates of Heaven Synagogue – James Madison Park (302 E. Gorham)– hosted by Veterans for Peace, Clarence Kailin Chapter #25. Keynote Speaker, Robert Koehler – on Reaching for Peace Beyond Our Certainties. With music by Old Cool and Bagpipes by Sean Michael Dargan. Contact geyerb@yahoo.com MADISON Mon May 27, 12 noon – 1 pm Monday Noon Vigil for Peace – Meet at the corner of MLK, Jr. Blvd and Doty St. For more information, call Tim at 608-630-3633.  (It’s a holiday, so check with organizers!) VOLK FIELD at CAMP DOUGLAS Tues May 28, 3:45- 4:45 pm Monthly VIGIL AGAINST THE DRONES OUTSIDE THE GATES OF VOLK FIELD. Please join us for this vigil. We must keep vigilant and continue to speak out against killer drones. Our first vigil against drone warfare was at Volk Field on December 1, 2011, and so we are starting our 13th year of vigiling. The vigil at Volk Field is a legal vigil where we will be on public property. As always, it will be a solemn vigil, remembering the victims of US government drone attacks.  We hope to see you at the vigil. If you can’t come this time, mark your calendar. We usually vigil on the 4th Tuesday of every month. If you have any questions about the weather or commute directions  please call or email Joy at 608 239-4327 or joyfirst5@gmail.com  or Bonnie at 608-256-5088 or blb24@earthlink.net  Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars Keshena Tues May 28, 6 – 8 pm Screening of the documentary, Bad River….see SPOTLIGHT above…. VIRTUAL Wed May 29, 11 am Live from Haifa Webinar and Tour, featuring a special virtual delegation led by Khulood Basel, who will take us around Haifa on a custom tour of the city. Khulood will take us around the Palestinian neighborhood of Wadi Salib, where families who remained during the Nakba and those who were able to return from forced displacement re-settled. From Eyewitness Palestine. Don't miss this special virtual delegation to see the remarkable and ancient port city and learn more about its incredibly rich history with a uniquely qualified Palestinian native tour guide! REGISTER HERE., Sent to WNPJ by Madison Rafah Sister City Project rafahsistercity@yahoo.com VIRTUAL Wed May 29, 7 pm Webinar with 350.org on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) work . A recent poll made clear that 350 Wisconsin supporters would like to learn more about our  (JEDI) work and our recently released JEDI Roadmap. In response, we are hosting a special online meeting on Wednesday, May 29, to explain our JEDI work and invite discussion about our plans. 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. Contact: contact@350wisconsin.org LaCROSSE Thurs May 30, 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. dbuffton@yahoo.com VIRTUAL Thurs May 30, 4 pm Crawford Stewardship Project Township Action Team meeting. Bring your questions and get inspired by what other local municipalities are doing to steer our communities towards stewardship. Comprehensive Planning is in process in many of our townships. Annual meetings have passed. What will come of all this? What we make of it!  Stay tuned on how we can encourage and support our local municipalities in protecting what locals most value: the water, the air, the land, and the beauty and community we belong to. We have both general advice as well as specific ordinances to propose to address some of the hottest issues facing our rural communities today, with a particular focus on the opportunity to more strictly regulate Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations before they set up in your community.  We will host this meeting via Zoom : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7744400739 contact@crawfordstewardship.org MILWAUKEE Sat June 1, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace VIROQUA Sat June 1, 11 am - 12 noon Driftless Palestinian Solidarity Weekly Vigil. Meet at Decker and Main. Action Alert: The Driftless Palestinian Solidarity group has a petition to demand that Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson support a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and end financial aid to Israel's military.  If your group is interested in getting signatures, please email  driftless.solidarity@gmail.com. Thank you for your help! APPLETON Sat June 1, 11 am – 12 noon Fox Valley Monthly Stand for Peace -  Houdini Plaza, West Lawrence Street. Every month - the first Saturday! Bring your signs! Contact:  Ronna Swift ronnajean61@gmail.com RACINE Sat June 1, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace. At NW corner of Highways 31 and 20. Park in the SW corner of the Kohl's parking lot, near the AT&T store. Supported by the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice. We have signs, banners and flags available for all. Check out our website, http://racinepeace.wordpress.com    for weather concerns. Free Palestine! ******************************************************* Join WNPJ! The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 85 member groups around Wisconsin. WNPJ welcomes individual members and groups! For individuals, join at a sliding scale rate of $35/year – or whatever fits your budget! For between $50 - $75/year, a WNPJ membership keeps your group connected with peace and justice efforts and helps keep the Network going - and growing!https://www.wnpj.org/membership We help our member organizations reach a wider audience by amplifying your peace and justice events and actions on our listserv and Facebook page. Membership also provides access to our community tabling opportunities, our online toolbox of peace and justice resources, and a community that cares about your peace and justice journey. Here's an opportunity for WNPJ member groups! WNPJ member groups can sign up for a Saturday opportunity to TABLE at the Dane County Farmers Market – this Spring and summer at the Capitol Square. The Farmers Market opening date is April 13th – 7 am to 1 pm …and runs through Nov. 9th on Saturdays. Sign up for your spot today! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4daaa929a5fac34-wnpj#/ Bring your own table and hand-outs to the King Street corner of the Square, site #10, next to the VFP #25 table! You can't sell anything at the non-profit table, but donations to your group are acceptable. Questions? Contact 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 Join WNPJ – www.wnpj.org **************************************** Interested in a yard sign? WNPJ has yard signs available!  yardsigns@wnpj.org See our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WisNPJ "Like" us and follow us! Questions? Contact info@wnpj.org

  • WNPJ's 2024 Spring Assembly with a focus on Environmental Justice!

    On May 18th, the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice gathered from all corners of the state for our Spring 2024 Assembly focused on the theme "Environmental Justice - Confronting Extreme Extraction and Ending Resource Wars on Indigenous and Frontline People". Dena Eakles gave an introduction and talked about the work of WNPJ's recently created Environmental Justice Task Force, providing important grounding for the featured speakers. Elizabeth Bjork, with the Milwaukee Anti War Committee, then discussed militarism, environmental degradation, and the connection to Wisconsin. Britnie Remer, organizer with 350 Wisconsin, talked about the Line 5 pipeline in northern Wisconsin, the threats it poses, and the battle that the Bad River Band has been fighting for over a decade to remove the pipeline from their reservation. Finally, Lee Sandok Baker (LWV-Douglas County), Christina Kintop (LWV-Douglas County), and Lynn Wohwend (Neighbors Against NTEC) explained how they have organized around the proposed $1B Nemadji Trail Energy Center (NTEC) gas plant in Superior, WI. The purpose of this annual spring meeting is to offer a program to set our WNPJ goals and vision for the year ahead, with input from our member groups and allies."Reports from the Field" allowed member groups to update us on their activities. Tom Steery provides updates from WNPJ member organization WI for Environmental Justice. Al Gedicks provides updates from WNPJ member organization WI Resource Protection Council. Shel Gross provides updates from WNPJ member organization Madison Friends Meeting. Timothy Cordon provides updates from WNPJ member organization Building Unity. Kathy Walsh provides updates from WNPJ member organization Madison Rafah Sister City Project. Steve Watrous provides updates from WNPJ member organization UNA USA Milwaukee. Dena Eakles provides updates from WNPJ member organization Echo Valley Hope. Mary Kay Baum provides updates from WNPJ member organization Wise Women Gathering. We are looking for members of a nominating committee for new board members, who will begin their term this fall. If you're interested in serving on the board or nominating committee, let us know at info@wnpj.org. Action Alerts & Events Attend the Line 5 Public Hearing Tuesday, June 3 @ 11am-3pm & 4pm-8pm Northwood Technical College, Ashland SIGN UP HERE Learn more about Line 5 HERE NTEC and Dairyland: Make the Connection Thursday, May 23 @ 6:30pm via Zoom RSVP HERE Rally to Stop NTEC Wednesday, June 5 @ 9am-11:30am Outside of the La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse RSVP HERE Tell USDA: No federal loans for new fossil fuel gas plant! Support the "People Over the Pentagon" Act Take Action with "Summer of Heat on Wall Street" WNPJ will be at the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair in Custer, WI on Saturday, June 22nd! Family Farm Defenders will be hosting a workshop on “Climate Change to Climate Justice", plus other WNPJ groups will be attending. If you would like to attend as a volunteer please contact info@wnpj.org! If you have an event or Action Alert to send out through WNPJ, send it to info@wnpj.org!

  • Events and Action Alerts with WNPJ member groups the week of May 20th - throughout Wisconsin!

    WNPJ + Creation Walk over Memorial Day Weekend + VFP Madison Seeking Volunteers for Memorial Mile + Line 5 Action Alert + UW Encampment Resolutions + other statewide events *********************************** Creation Water Walk - Ellison Bay to the Kewaunee River along Lake Michigan We Do This for the Water..... Three day walk over Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 - 27 Departing on May from 25th from Porte des Morts Park, Kenosha Drive, Ellison Bay - walking along the shore of Lake Michigan to the mouth of Kewaunee River Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/WiseWomenGP/ Sponsored by Wise Women Gathering Place https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/wise-women-gathering-place ********************************************* Annual Memorial Mile with Veterans for Peace #25 – Madison. Looking for volunteers! Veterans for Peace Annual Display for Memorial Day - Madison Saturday, 25 May 09:00 am - 11:00 am Olbrich Park, Atwood Avenue Save these dates for the Memorial Mile event! Join us in putting up simulated grave markers at Olbrich Park 9 am on Saturday May 25 and bringing them down Saturday June 1st. Please share around Dane County and Madison. Stop by the display on Atwood Avenue throughout the week. If you can commit to help, please RSVP to jhfour@gmail.com ******************************************** ACTION ALERT For more than a decade, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has been fighting to remove the Line 5 oil pipeline from their homeland in northern Wisconsin. Although a federal judge ruled in their favor, agreeing that Enbridge, a multi-billion dollar Canadian corporation, is illegally trespassing on the Bad River Band’s reservation, the company wants to expand the pipeline just outside of the reservation’s borders. For Enbridge, this keeps the oil and the profits flowing. But for the rest of us, it puts the Great Lakes, and everything that depends on them, at risk of a wholly devastating oil spill. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now barreling ahead on the federal permitting process without understanding the project’s dangers to Wisconsin and Tribal waters. By skipping an important mandated part of the environmental review, they are ignoring the facts, and placing the watershed, Tribal rights, and the people of northern Wisconsin in immense danger. Take action now and urge the Army Corps to delay their public hearing until the State of Wisconsin and the Bad River Band weigh in! https://act.350wisconsin.org/a/usace-dea-action-alert... TAKE ACTION! This reroute project is not a solution. Line 5, and the 23 million gallons of crude oil and gas it carries every day, will continue to threaten the entire region. Shutting down Line 5 would have almost no impact on jobs, or fuel supplies and prices in Wisconsin, making it a prime opportunity to transition justly to safer, more sustainable energy. We know that an oil spill could eviscerate local economies and generations of cultural practice and identity for members of the Bad River Band, who have relied on the wild rice, the fish, and the watershed for centuries. Before rushing to invest in a risky pipeline that will prolong our fossil fuel reliance decades into the future, putting us even further behind, the Army Corps must do a proper environmental review. Stand with the Bad River Band and send a letter to the U.S. Army Corps today to delay the public hearing and give both Wisconsin and the Band a chance to weigh in. In solidarity, Britnie Remer (she/her) Fossil Fuel Organizer | 350 Wisconsin P.S. Although this hearing should not be taking place right now, we need to be prepared. Please save June 4th, 2024 in your calendar and let us know how you’d like to participate in these public input opportunities. Have Questions? contact@350wisconsin.org  608-492-1667 ************************************ Find photos and updates from the May 18th WNPJ Annual Spring Meeting here! https://www.wnpj.org/post/2024-spring-assembly The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 85 member groups around Wisconsin. ******************************************************************* Updates on UW encampments and Gaza protests - resolutions found in Wisconsin! Milwaukee - https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/education/2024/05/12/uw-milwaukee-strikes-deal-with-protesters-to-taken-down-encampment/73666887007/ Give your feedback to the UW-Milwaukee Chancellor https://uwm.edu/chancellor/comments-feedback/ Madison - https://news.wisc.edu/agreement-reached-to-resolve-library-mall-tent-encampment/ https://www.wnpj.org/post/thank-you-to-uw-madison-students-for-the-gaza-genocide-divestment-encampment-from-world-beyond-war To learn more about this student protest work in Milwaukee, listen to this WDRT interview of two Palestinian students from the encampment with Dena Eakles https://www.wdrt.org/2024/05/14/palestinian-voices-the-student-encampment-at-uw-milwaukee/ Dena is a board member of WNPJ and the Wisconsin Coalition for Justice in Palestine, You can read about her efforts to bridge the rural / urban divide here. https://wisconsinmuslimjournal.org/peace-activist-bridging-the-divide-in-rural-wisconsin/ ******************************** WNPJ member group events…. FITCHBURG Mon May 20, 10 am – 12 noon UN in the News Discussion Group - monthly meeting. Meet at the Fitchburg library on 5530 Lacy Road, about two blocks east off Fish Hatchery Road. Questions? Agenda and readings for the day? Contact: Sam Romano sromano@charter.net MADISON Mon May 20, 12 noon – 1 pm Monday Noon Vigil for Peace – Meet at the corner of MLK, Jr. Blvd and Doty St. For more information, call Tim at 608-630-3633. FOND DU LAC Mon May 20, 6 pm Democracy Bus Tour Stop with Building Unity. Brothertown Indian Nation Community Center - 311 Winnebago Dr. The Brothertown People are hosting this Tour Stop. Join us to lean a little about the rich history and culture of the Brothertown Nation as well as how you can help them obtain designation as a Federally recognized Sovereign Native Nation. There will also be time for one of the Tour's "All Peoples' Forums" and opportunity for all of us to speak to the most pressing issues of our time. There will be food and beverages and time to learn about a variety of justice opportunities Doors will open at 5:45pm and the event will start at 6:00pm. For more information or if your group would like to be a added to the growing list of co-sponsors of this event, please call Building Unity at 608-630-3633. MADISON Tues May 21, 5 – 6:30 pm JustDane Reentry Service Fair by Journey Home -At Madison College Goodman South Campus, 2429 Perry St. In partnership with United Way of Dane County, JustDane's Journey Home program presents a Reentry Service Fair for individuals recently released from prison to get connected to resources. Vendors will present about the opportunities that they can offer people reentering, after incarceration. Food will be provided. https://justdane.org/events/ VIRTUAL Wed May 22, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Path to Peace Introduction Session– virtual. Following this introductory session, you are welcome to participate in a free, ten-week Zoom educational program on peace June 5 – July 31. Topics include: peace, hope, appreciation, inner strength, clarity, choice, understanding, self awareness, dignity, contentment. Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqf-mtqTsqGNZbmiqJ1Pze9Y1aIHlq8WKs   Questions? Contact dena.eakles@gmail.com MADISON Wed, May 22, 6 pm BUGS Meeting and Potluck – of Building Unity. Meet at James Reeb Unitarian Church 2146 E. Johnson St.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1666655970809185/ Participants will be encouraged to attend the following event a few blocks away at 7 pm, supporting Gaza relief.  Contact: Timothy Cordon, Building Unity Coordinator, 608-630-3633 MADISON Wed May 22, 7 – 10 pm Grassroots to Gaza presents a night of music for humanitarian aid to Gaza. The Bur Oak, 2262 Winnebago Street.  Featuring: Moonboot, The Takeaways and 20 Minute Mission. Suggested $10 donation: All proceeds go to Middle East Children's Alliance for immediate humanitarian assistance to Gaza. Sponsored by Madison-Rafah Sister City Project and WORT Learn more about Middle East Children's Alliance or make a donation at http://Tinyurl.com/madisontogaza.  Sent to WNPJ by chrepairs@gmail.com  http://madisonrafah.org MILWAUKEE Thurs May 23, 12 noon – 1 pm Anti-Gun Vigil -  Dunham's Sports, 2550 South 108th Street. Organized by Casa Maria Catholic Worker House, Contact Shad Muss - shadmuss1983@gmail.com LaCROSSE Thurs May 23, 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. dbuffton@yahoo.com VIRTUAL - Thurs May 23, 1 - 2 pm Training Webinar; Engaging the In-Prison Community. Join WISDOM and the IVE Team for School of Democracy's session led by David Murrell, WISDOM's Prison In-Reach Coordinator, who will discuss with us strategies to engage the in-prison community and people who were formerly incarcerated around elections and issues to stake a claim in gaining and retaining political power. Who is this training for? Organizers, Faith Leaders, Executive Directors, Presidents, Board Members, Digital Organizers and any other person within WISDOM, its affiliates or partner organizations Beginners passionate about organizing Leaders with a commitment to protecting our democracy People who have an interest in electoral politics Anyone interested in strengthening their digital skills Keep an eye out for our upcoming trainings on our website and social media @wisdomwisconsin on X, Facebook and Instagram. For any questions, please contact WISDOM's Digital Organizer, Amanda Ali at aali@wisdomwisconsin.org. -The WISDOM Training Team SHEBOYGAN Thurs May 23, 5:30 – 7:30 pm Democracy Bus Tour Stop with Building Unity. Join us for one of the Tour's "All Peoples' Forums" and opportunity for all of us to speak to the most pressing issues of our time. There will be food and beverages and time to learn about a variety of justice opportunities. For more information or if your group would like to be added to the growing list of co-sponsors of this event, please call Building Unity at 608-630-3633. VIRTUAL Thurs May 23, 6 pm Energy for Everyone: Take Back Our Power Teach-in - virtually with 350.org. Fossil fuel utilities are blocking the transition to renewable energy and ruthlessly profiting off of the American people. Join members of the 350 Network Council–local 350 groups from across the country–for a conversation about utilities and the climate crisis. Register Now! . During the teach-in, we’ll hear from leaders from across the US–from New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Colorado, and San Diego. We’ll hear stories about campaigns targeting utilities that have won against all odds, campaigns that lost but learned valuable lessons, and exciting campaigns that are just getting off the ground. Let’s do this, contact@350wisconsin.org VIRTUAL Thurs May 23, 6:30pm  NTEC and Dairyland -  Free educational zoom. Presented by WNPJ Environmental Justice, Sierra Club, Neighbors Against NTEC and League of Women Voters - Douglas County. Please join in an hour long conversation regarding the natural gas plant proposed to be built in Superior, WI.  The $700 million Nemadji Trail Energy Center will come with an enormous environmental cost and is being driven in part by Dairyland Power Cooperative. Contact here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87408287819. Sent to WNPJ by Dena Eakles dena.eakles@gmail.com VIRTUAL Thurs May 23, 7 pm Break the Bonds; Divest from Israel Bonds, Invest in Freedom - Webinar Jewish Voice for Peace invites you to join them and partner organizations for an Israel Bonds divestment campaign launch event and teach-in.  More info & registration here. There has never been a more important moment to campaign to end U.S. support for the Israeli apartheid and the Israeli military’s genocide of Palestinians. Billions in “Israel Bonds”–direct loans to the Israeli military and government–are being purchased by our local governments, state governments, unions, pension funds, religious institutions, and other institutions every day. Together, we can withdraw key support for violence against Palestinians by demanding that our community institutions stop buying Israel Bonds. Come learn from organizers about Israel Bonds and Israel Bonds divestment, including what you can do in your community to break the bonds with genocide and apartheid! Sent to WNPJ by Madison-Rafah Sister-City Project rafahsistercity@yahoo.com MADISON Friday May 24, 5-7pm Madison Mutual Aid Coop Monthly Potluck .  At the Social Justice Center on Williamson St.  Want to offer something? Let us know what you'd like to bring, see what's on the menu, or offer or request a workshop. Here's a signup spreadsheet. Or just show up, we want your presence more than anything else. Thanks for reading and we hope to see you soon! Director of the Madison MAN Cooperative, offspring of the late great Dane County TimeBank -steph@at-home.coop MILWAUKEE Sat May 25, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Lincoln Memorial/La Fayette Hill. Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace VIROQUA Sat May 25, 11 am - 12 noon Driftless Palestinian Solidarity Weekly Vigil. Meet at Decker and Main. Action Alert: The Driftless Palestinian Solidarity group has a petition to demand that Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson support a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and end financial aid to Israel's military.  If your group is interested in getting signatures, please email  driftless.solidarity@gmail.com. Thank you for your help! RACINE Sat May 25, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace. At NW corner of Highways 31 and 20. Park in the SW corner of the Kohl's parking lot, near the AT&T store. Supported by the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice. We have signs, banners and flags available for all. Check out our website, http://racinepeace.wordpress.com    for weather concerns. Free Palestine! Along the Shore from Ellison Bay – May 25 – 27 Creation Water Walk - Ellison Bay to the Kewaunee River along Lake Michigan. We Do This for the Water..... Three day walk over Memorial Day Weekend. Learn more from the Spotlight above . MADISON Sat May 25th 9 – 11 am Atwood Park. Join VFP Madison to set up for the weeklong annual Memorial Day display – see more above at the SPOTLIGHT… ******************************************************* Join WNPJ!WNPJ welcomes individual members and groups! For individuals, join at a sliding scale rate of $35/year – or whatever fits your budget! For between $50 - $75/year, a WNPJ membership keeps your group connected with peace and justice efforts and helps keep the Network going - and growing!https://www.wnpj.org/membership We help our member organizations reach a wider audience by amplifying your peace and justice events and actions on our listserve and Facebook page. Membership also provides access to our community tabling opportunities, our online toolbox of peace and justice resources, and a community that cares about your peace and justice journey. *********************************************************************** Here's an opportunity for WNPJ member groups! WNPJ member groups can sign up for a Saturday opportunity to TABLE at the Dane County Farmers Market – this Spring and summer at the Capitol Square. The Farmers Market opening date is April 13th – 7 am to 1 pm …and runs through Nov. 9th on Saturdays. Sign up for your spot today! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4daaa929a5fac34-wnpj#/ Bring your own table and hand-outs to the King Street corner of the Square, site #10, next to the VFP chapter #25 table! You can't sell anything at the non-profit table, but donations to your group are acceptable. Questions? Contact 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 Join WNPJ – www.wnpj.org **************************************** Interested in a yard sign? WNPJ has yard signs available!  yardsigns@wnpj.org See our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WisNPJ "Like" us and follow us! Questions? Contact info@wnpj.org

  • Thank you to UW-Madison students for the Gaza genocide divestment encampment - from World BEYOND War

    Our statement from Madison for a World BEYOND War is in the Daily Cardinal and will be printed in the June edition of Isthmus. Read below.... Did you follow the events of the UW-Madison students’ Gaza divestment encampment? We of Madison for a World BEYOND War found what happened there extremely inspiring. Of the many things we witnessed, the conduct of the students was a true ray of hope in our murky future. We saw young people capably imagining & creating a better world. One thing in particular jumps out for us from all that happened in those twelve days of encampment, and that is the way it ended. Negotiation is the reasonable, diplomatic & humane alternative to violent conflict. So we love that the students successfully negotiated with UW-Madison administrators steps towards the university’s divestment from the companies that are profiting from the genocide in Gaza. We have been demonstrating in the streets and sitting in at legislators’ offices calling for negotiations to end all of the forever wars the U.S. is arming, at collosal human, environmental and economic expense. Most recently, of course, our focus is Ukraine and Palestine. You can learn about our war abolition work at www.worldbeyondwar.org/madison The students moved UW-Madison to address systems of oppression and harm. The students wrote about their agreement, “Together we made a very large machine move in a small way, but that is always the hardest step.” Details on what they negotiated towards ending the genocide are here - https://www.instagram.com/sjpuwmadison/ We do and will support them all the way. We have no doubt in these young people’s dedication and capability. Thank you students! Stefania Sani, Susan Freiss and Janet ParkerMadison for a World BEYOND War *********************************************************** Updates on "Take to the Streets' training workshops by World BE'yOND WAr - Madison Last Wednesday, we brought in trainers Julie and Mohammed from Community Peacemaker Teams and the Des Moines Catholic Worker who led a debrief for people who experienced the police violence at the encampment, and a nonviolence training called "Take to the Streets." We are so grateful to the amazing trainers, and all who participated. We may ask Julie and Mohammed to come again to train since we have a growing list of people who want to participate. Details here. Register here if you might want to be part of a future training, date TBD. World BEYOND War chapter session on using social media: World BEYOND War holds regular meetings for people active in our chapters around the world. This Saturday, May 18 from 11 am - 12:20 pm is a session on using social media effectively for activism. We will hear examples from our staff organizers and from chapters about how they are using different social media platforms to amplify their work, and then we will have time for Q&A and discussion to hear from all chapters about their experiences using social media. Drop us a note at warabolition@gmail.com to attend. Susan, Stefania & Janetwarabolition@gmail.com

  • WNPJ groups have events and Action Alerts this week of April 29th....Check it out here.

    Action Alert for Monday, April 29th, 9 am - from Madison Rafah Sister City Project and World Beyond War - Madison: On Monday, April 29 starting at 9 am there will be a large demonstration on Library Mall at UW-Madison protesting UW complicity in war crimes in Gaza and against the repression of student protests taking place around the country. MRSCP will be there and we urge everyone to turn out. Note: The University administration has already been issuing press statements (and students report receiving emails) threatening potential "consequences" for students in light of recent campus protests across the country. Community support is crucial to protect students from targeted retaliation and to try to prevent the kind of police violence that we are seeing at some of these protests. So try to attend, and if you can't, please spread the word. Madison-Rafah Sister-City Proj ****************************************** SPOTLIGHT on Voces de la Frontera Prepare For A Day Without Latinx and Immigrants on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 Voces’ annual statewide May Day general strike and mass march returns this year on Wednesday, May 1st in Milwaukee! More announcements to come, but for now, mark your calendars and see details below: Where: We will gather and initiate the march from the Voces Milwaukee office at 1027 S 5th Street. The main program and endpoint will be at the Fiserv Forum at 401 W Juneau Ave where the Republican National Convention will be held in downtown Milwaukee. Agenda / Route: Rally kick-off at 9:30 a.m., the march starts at 10:30 a.m., and once at our destination, our program will conclude around 1:00 p.m Transportation: Buses and ride shares are available for participants joining from outside Milwaukee. Please contact your local organizer. Demands: Our message this year to employers, big businesses, and local, state, and federal elected officials:  If you profit from our work, recognize our humanity! We are also specifically demanding that the Biden Administration end support for the war in Gaza, end 287g, and expand work permits for immigrants and asylum seekers. At the state level, we are calling on Wisconsin representatives to restore state driver's licenses in 2025 after historic state elections that will finally reflect the will of the people. vdlf@vdlf.org ******************************* Weaving the Web - WNPJ's monthly virtual Drop-in Hour. Hosted this day by Erika Bach and Mary Kay Baum – featuring updates on the film, BAD RIVER! Don’t miss it. Thursday, 02 May, 12:00 pm - 01:00 pm…..the first Thursday of each month All welcome! Zoom info: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89361313008?pwd=UmxCOUcxL3ZFb244aXp0SnBVTFRSZz09. Meeting ID: 893 6131 3008 - Passcode: 797041; +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)   Organizer: office@wnpj.org ******************************************* The annual spring meeting of theWisconsin Network for Peace and Justice is on Saturday, May 18, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Join WNPJ for the 2024 Spring Assembly!Our 2024 theme is "Environmental Justice - Confronting Extreme Extraction and Ending Resource Wars on Indigenous and Frontline People"Connect on your own via zoom or meet with a group to connect to Zoom at one of the satellite locations in Superior, Keshena, and Madison. Let us know if you have a satellite group forming in YOUR community. Some locations may offer social/potluck/networking opportunities. It's free, and open to all! Register here ---> https://bit.ly/WNPJSPRING24 ·  Madison: Madison Friends Meeting House ·  Milwaukee: TBD ·  Keshena: College of the Menominee Nation ·  Superior: Ball room at the Old Post Office, 1401 Tower Ave. The purpose of this annual spring meeting is to offer a program to set our WNPJ goals and vision for the year ahead, with input from our member groups and allies."Reports from the Field" will allow member group contacts five minutes to update us on their activities. Let us know if you want to speak for your member group on the registration form.We will choose a nominating committee for new board members, who will begin their term this fall. If you're interested in serving on the board or nominating committee, let us know at info@wnpj.org. ************************* Webinar on Line 5: Join us to learn more about the Line 5 pipeline, the risks it poses, and what actions you can take to raise awareness. We will begin with a grounding by Aurora Conley, Bad River Ojibwe, who will speak about the cultural significance of the land and water. Britnie Remer from 350 Wisconsin will then present on the Line 5 pipeline, providing an overview of the history through the current moment, as well as outline some actions that anyone can take to get involved. WHEN? Thursday, May 2nd, 6:30pm,  virtual via Zoom. Register here --- https://tinyurl.com/WNPJL5 Zoom link will be emailed prior to the event to those who register. Contact: dena.eakles@gmail.com ******************************************************************* UPDATE from April 27th from our WNPJ member, Cassandra Dixon. The Freedon Flotilla was NOT allowed to sail to Gaza this week. Cassandra will be returning home to Wisconsin for now. To learn why this has happened....see https://www.wnpj.org/post/cassandra-dixon-of-mary-house-and-palestine-partners-leaves-for-gaza-next-week Please call Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Mark Pocan to demand that Congress pressure for the prompt delivery of this life-saving cargo. Israel’s deadly campaign has been possible thanks to years of unconditional funding from the U.S. The least our elected officials can do now is exert American influence to insist on safe passage for this humanitarian mission. And remind them that they had at least one constituent (MRSCP member Cassandra Dixon) on board. Rep. Mark Pocan DC Office (202) 225-2906, Madison Office (608) 258-9800, Send a message using his contact form here. Senator Tammy Baldwin DC Office (202) 224-5653, Madison Office (608) 264-5338, Milwaukee Office (414) 297-4451, Other offices here,  Send a message using her contact form here Senator Ron Johnson DC Office (202) 224-5323,  Madison Office: (608) 240-9629, Other offices here. Send a message using his contact form here. ******************************** The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 85 member groups around Wisconsin. ******************************* WNPJ Newsletter DEADLINE – May 1st! We’re inviting your ideas and stories for the 2024 Spring issue of Network News! Tom Boswell is the new editor of our WNPJ newsletter. Send what you have to tomboswell2002@yahoo.com by the May 1st deadline! https://www.wnpj.org/newsletter ******************************* WNPJ member group events this week…. MADISON Mon Apr 29, 12 noon - 1 pm Interfaith Prayer Vigil  - UW- Madison Library Mall. An interfaith prayer vigil will be held on the University of Wisconsin Library Mall for victims of the Israeli war on Gaza, the Israeli attacks in the West Bank and the October 7 Hamas attack on Israelis. Members of the Friends Meeting of Madison, the Madison Mennonite Church, Jewish Voice for Peace and other communities of faith and conscience will gather to call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza and an immediate halt to US military assistance to Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. https://www.interfaithpeacewg.org MADISON Mon Apr 29, 12 noon – 1 pm Monday Noon Vigil for Peace – Meet at the corner of MLK, Jr. Blvd and Doty St. For more information, call Tim at 608-630-3633. MILWAUKEE Wed May 1 – MAY DAY events – with Voces de la Frontera – see Spotlight above…. MADISON Wed May 1, 8 – 9:30 am Gather the Community Breakfast with WILPF. 107 Sutherland Ct.  RSVP to carol.wilson.622@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Join local author Christa Bruhn to deepen our understanding of how Palestinians have been forced to live in Israel’s shadow. The Palestine Question is a microcosm of the failure of the modern world to live up to principles of democracy, human rights, and the Rule of Law. Palestinians are vulnerable to state violence and restrictions that have culminated in widespread death, destruction, and environmental desecration, all in the name of Israel’s national security.  Vegetarian meal with vegan options upon request. Served in the Cohousing Great Room  The cost of breakfast is $20, with a sliding scale of $10 - $20. Cash or checks accepted. Funds are used to provide an honorarium to our guest speaker and to further the work of Madison WILPF MADISON Wed May 1, 5 – 9 pm  May Day Pizza and Music Benefit for Gaza -  Giant Jones Brewing, South Brearly Street,913 E Main Suite 9. All proceeds go to Middle East Children's Alliance for immediate humanitarian assistance to Gaza. Sponsored by Madison-Rafah Sister City Project and WORT. Learn more about Middle East Children's Alliance or make a donation at http://Tinyurl.com/madisontogaza . Sent to WNPJ by chrepairs@gmail.com  http://madisonrafah.org VIRTUAL Thurs May 2,6:30 pm Webinar on Line 5, via zoom. Join the Environmental Justice Coalition to learn more about the Line 5 pipeline, the risks it poses, and what actions you can take to raise awareness. We will begin with a grounding by Aurora Conley, Bad River Ojibwe, who will speak about the cultural significance of the land and water. Britnie Remer from 350 Wisconsin will then present on the Line 5 pipeline, providing an overview of the history through the current moment, as well as outline some actions that anyone can take to get involved. Register here --- https://tinyurl.com/WNPJL5 Zoom link will be emailed prior to the event to those who register. Contact: Dena.eakles@gmail.com MADISON Thurs May 2, 6 – 8 pm JustDane Community Reentry Simulation. Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 W Wisconsin Avenue. Help us create a Just and Equitable Community. Attendance is FREE & open to the public & participants are required to register. dani@justdane.org https://www.signupgenius.com/go/CommunitySimulation#/ The  Community Reentry Simulation was developed by JustDane in 1998 and has been conducted across the country. The simulation is a hands-on experience designed to provide participants with insights into the reentry process. Attendees will navigate through various simulated scenarios, each representing different aspects of life after incarceration, including housing, employment, healthcare, and community relationships. This unique simulation is an opportunity for community members, policymakers, and stakeholders to gain a deeper understanding of the complex issues faced by people returning home after incarceration and to engage in meaningful conversations about how to create a more supportive and inclusive community for individuals rejoining society. JustDane believes that fostering empathy and awareness is crucial to breaking down barriers and building a more compassionate and equitable society. By participating in this simulation, attendees will gain valuable insights into the systemic challenges faced by those with a history of incarceration and explore potential solutions to create a more just community for all. VIRTUAL Thurs May 2, 12 noon – 1 pm WNPJ’s Weaving the Web Drop-in Hour….see spotlight above. info@wnpj.org LaCROSSE Thurs May 2, 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. dbuffton@yahoo.com VIRTUAL Thurs May 2, 6:30- 7:30 pm WILPF Monthly Book Circle Conversation . The first Thursday of each month. Let's talk about...the book tonight: The Unihabitable Earth; Life Without Warming by David Wallace-Wells. For questions or more information on getting the zoom link, send a message to:wilpfmadison@gmail.com 608-609-7961 http://wilpfmadison.org/ MILWAUKEE Sat May 4, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Howell and Layton. Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace VIROQUA Sat May 4, 11 am - 12 noon Driftless Palestinian Solidarity Weekly Vigil. Meet at Decker and Main. Action Alert: The Driftless Palestinian Solidarity group has a petition to demand that Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson support a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and end financial aid to Israel's military.  If your group is interested in getting signatures, please email  driftless.solidarity@gmail.com. Thank you for your help! RACINE Sat May 4 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace. At NW corner of Highways 31 and 20. Park in the SW corner of the Kohl's parking lot, near the AT&T store. Supported by the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice. We have signs, banners and flags available for all. Check out our website, http://racinepeace.wordpress.com    for weather concerns. Free Palestine! APPLETON Sat May 4, 11 – 12 noon Fox Valley Monthly Stand for Peace -  Houdini Plaza, West Lawrence. Every month - the first Saturday! Bring your signs! Organizer: Ronna Swift ronnajean61@gmail.com APPLETON Sat May 4th, SAVE the DATE for the Building Unity Spring Unity Summit -  “May the Fourth be with you!” (and, may YOU be with US!). Be a Star - Resist all Wars, on this and every Day! It will be an all day event, will also be the 15th Annual Grassroots Festival. It will be held on the Lawrence University Campus in Appleton, Wisconsin. More info here: https://wigrassrootsnetwork.com. If you are interested in spending Friday and/or Saturday nights in a house in Appleton with other Building Unity activists, please call Building Unity at 608-630-3633. BuildingUnityWi@gmail.com MILWAUKEE Sat May 4, 7:30 – 9:30 pm Casa Kemnitz Jam for Casa Maria. The Coffee House, 2717 East Hampshire Street. Be part of a long-running CoffeeHouse tradition and bring your voice, instrument, a poem or story, or simply come to listen share, and contribute. Your donations will help Casa Maria, an intentional community, dedicated to following the tradition of the Catholic Worker movement.  Casa Maria currently runs four houses. They perform such services as: taking in single mothers and their children who are in need of housing; providing longer-term housing to families and women who need more support; and giving temporary living space for workers, refugees, asylum seekers, and others facing difficulties within the immigration system. http://casamariacatholicworker.weebly.com/ ********************************* Are you going to be in Madison Sunday May 5th? Here's a benefit event for WNPJ! 11:00am – 5:00pm 1834 Rutledge Street, Madison As part of the Marquette-Atwood Neighborhood Art Walk, Vicki Berenson will be donating proceeds from her pottery sales to Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice. See more of Vicki's work at ceramicantics.com! Thanks! MADISON  Sun May 5, 2:30 pm Podcast Launch – “The Talk – Conversations with African American and Jewish Teens”. At Temple Beth El, 2702 Arbor Drive.  In 2023, nine high school students embarked on a project to create a joint podcast series in which they would share their lived experiences as Jewish and African American teens growing up in Dane County, Wisconsin. They call the series “The Talk”. Conversations over five episodes range from sharing information from their respective cultures about food, clothing, music, and faith traditions, to discussions around the education system, to comparing notes about racism and antisemitism and what it is like to grow up African American and Jewish in a predominantly white and Christian society.  Discussions were lively, sometimes serious, sometimes funny, sometimes joyful.  Episode Topics: • Traditions and Differences • Current Issues • Growing Up in Wisconsin • Representations and Perceptions • The Talk  The Talk is now available for viewing on YouTube and for listening on Spotify or on Amazon Music-Audible.  Join us on May 5 for a press conference and launch party. Meet the amazing young people who created the podcast and hear their experiences during the project. Register here by May 3.   The podcast is a joint project of Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice and 100 Black Men of Madison. We are grateful to the Jewish Federation of Madison for their generous support of this project! wifaithvoices4justice@mail.mailchimpapp.com MUKWONAGO Sun May 5, 4 pm A Conversation on Justice in Palestine From Three Faith Perspectives.  Hosted at: Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 211 Main Street . A rare opportunity to listen, learn, and reflect: Listen in as Mr. Othman Atta,  a director of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, Rabbi Michal Woll of Congregation Shir Hadash of the Reconstructionist Tradition, and Rev. Dr. Lisa Bates-Froiland of Redeemer Lutheran Church, ELCA, engage in conversation around the current situation in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank.  After their conversation, there will be a moderated time for lifting questions and insights.  Refreshments will follow so we can linger longer to meet and greet each other. Sent to WNPJ by Interfaith Peace Working Group -  Jerry Folk jerrylfolk55@gmail.com ******************************************************* Join WNPJ! WNPJ welcomes individual members and groups! For individuals, join at a sliding scale rate of $35/year – or whatever fits your budget! For between $50 - $75/year, a WNPJ membership keeps your group connected with peace and justice efforts and helps keep the Network going - and growing! https://www.wnpj.org/membership We help our member organizations reach a wider audience by amplifying your peace and justice events and actions on our listserve and Facebook page. Membership also provides access to our community tabling opportunities, our online toolbox of peace and justice resources, and a community that cares about your peace and justice journey. *********************************************** Here's an outreach opportunity for WNPJ member groups! WNPJ member groups can sign up for a Saturday opportunity to TABLE at the Dane County Farmers Market – this Spring and summer at the Capitol Square. The Farmers Market opening date is April 13th – 7 am to 1 pm …and runs through Nov. 9th on Saturdays. Sign up for your spot today! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4daaa929a5fac34-wnpj#/ Bring your own table and hand-outs to the King Street corner of the Square, site #10, next to the VFP #25 table! You can't sell anything at the non-profit table, but donations to your group are acceptable. Questions? Contact 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 Join WNPJ – www.wnpj.org **************************************** Interested in a yard sign? WNPJ has yard signs available!  yardsigns@wnpj.org See our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WisNPJ "Like" us and follow us! Questions? Contact info@wnpj.org ********************************************** In this issue: WNPJ + Spotlight on Voces de la Frontera May Day Action + WNPJ’s Weaving the Web + Register  for the May 18th WNPJ Spring Meeting  & Line 5 Webinar + ACTION ALERT for the Gaza Flotilla + other statewide events ***********************************

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