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  • WNPJ member groups have events and Action Alerts for the week of APril 8th!

    WNPJ + Action Alert – Save our Water! + and,SAVE the Date May 18th for a WNPJ annual mtg + JustDane celebrates its 50th + Rachel Corrie Remembrance Event + Cassandra is going to Gaza + other statewide events *********************************** The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 85 member groups around Wisconsin. *********************** TAKE ACTION NOW! This is a critical moment: President Biden’s administration has the power to weigh in on a pivotal decision that could protect the Great Lakes for generations to come. CLICK HERE to urge him to take a stand and support the Bad River Band. In solidarity, Britnie Remer - 350 Wisconsin Fossil Fuel Organizer - britnie.remer@350wisconsin.org ****************************** SAVE the DATE: Saturday May 18th  early afternoon for WNPJ’s Annual Spring Meeting  up North as well as virtual watch-parties in Appleton, Milwaukee, Madison and maybe more…. The WNPJ Spring Steering Committee Meeting is coming up in May, meant for contacts of our 85 member groups, plus interested members. The purpose of this annual Spring meeting is to set our goals and vision for the year ahead, with input from our member groups.  We’ll be listening, as our group contacts report on what their groups are doing “Reports from the Field” …and how we can work together for more impact on issues that unite us.  We’ll be choosing a nominating committee for Board members, too, at this meeting – and we’ll have a program.  Our 2024 theme will be  Environmental Justice - confronting extreme extraction and ending resource wars (on Indigenous and Frontline People). Watch for registration materials and meeting time and places. We’ll be sending out a list of member groups by region – so you can find others who may want to gather near you for a WNPJ virtual event on the 18th! WNPJ can supply these gatherings with some funds for treats!  Let us know if you’re having a gathering! info@wnpj.org And……WELCOME: WNPJ has hired two new people in contract positions to assist our all-volunteer communications team! Meet Tom Boswell – coordinating the Spring newsletter for WNPJ. Tom is a long-time Wisconsin activist working on Safe Skies WI. The newsletter deadline is yet tbd. If you have anything to submit, send it to info@wnpj.org and we’ll forward it Tom’s way! Meet Britnie Remer – She will share her skills in the areas of social media and graphic design, plus event planning ….as we work toward Economic Justice in our state.   britnieremer@gmail.com ************************************ SPOTLIGHT on WNPJ member group JustDane! Did you know?! JustDane's 50th Anniversary event is April 11th! Father Boyle of Homeboy Industries will be presenting at our celebration! Their work in Los Angeles corresponds with the work JustDane has been doing in Dane County. Come hear about their amazing contributions to supporting the people in their community and helping build a safer community! 6 – 8:30 pm at the Madison College Mitby Theater in Madison. We look forward to celebrating this milestone with our supporters, volunteers and the community! Order tickets here: https://JustDane50th.eventbrite.com For contact information – see https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/justdane ************************************ And, on Gaza….. MADISON Sun Apr 14, 1:30 – 3:30 pm  Remembering Rachel Corrie event. At Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E. Gorham St. Free & open to all, donations to the Middle East Children’s Alliance welcome. Join Madison Rafah Sister City Project for Madison's annual event honoring the life of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old peace activist from Olympia, WA who was crushed to death in Rafah on March 16, 2003 by a US-made Caterpillar armored D-9 bulldozer driven by an Israeli soldier as she stood against the demolition of a Palestinian home. As Israel crushes the lives of millions in Gaza, we believe that Rachel’s wish now would be that we do all in our power to end the genocide in Palestine. The event will include readings from Rachel’s writings, a video message from her parents Craig and Cindy, and time to write and call congress and the White House to demand an immediate and permanent ceasefire, opening of Gaza to unlimited and adequate humanitarian aid, and an end to US support of the Israeli military. Music by Ensemble Shamaali, featuring the oud, drum and flute. Desserts and beverages will be served. Palestinian crafts, olive oil & olive oil soap will be available for purchase, as will children's books about Palestine and books by and about Rachel Corrie. https://www.facebook.co m/events/371565802454413/?ref=newsfeed Contact: chrepairs@gmail.com   http://madisonrafah.org *************************** Cassandra Dixon, contact for Palestine Partners and Mary House is going to Gaza on an aid flotilla, leaving next week. Cassandra writes: If you would like to donate towards the cost of this travel,  you can mail a check to me at Cassandra Dixon, 3579 County Road G, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, or donate via GoFUndMe by clicking the button below, or at https://tinyurl.com/cassandratogaza, or Venmo me @Cassandra-Dixon-11 . Anything raised above the costs of travel will go to the larger costs of funding the flotilla. Contribute here.  Thanks and love, - Cassandra *************************** WNPJ member group events…. MADISON Mon Apr 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 Mon Apr 8, 5:30 pm Antiwar Film Series: Screening of John Pilger's The Coming War with China. Central Library, Rm 302, 201 W. Mifflin St. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace #25 - World Beyond War Madison. Contact: Bradley Geyer  geyerb@yahoo.com MILWAUKEE POTLUCK Dinner Mon Apr 8, 6 – 9 pm Potluck and  "All People's Forum". At Zao MKE Church - 2319 E. Kenwood. Join Building Unity for the 7th Wisconsin State Senate District Democracy Tour Stop. At this and each of our 35 + Tour Stops, local activists and leaders will host a community forums on the existential issues of our time: PEACE, JUSTICE, SUSTAINABILITY, & DEMOCRACY. All are welcome to participate, share information, and learn about the next steps for our movement to grow our UNITY & PEOPLE POWER. Tour Schedule is still in formation but the current form can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/Spring-Tour-Schedule. This schedule, our Tour Stop Facebook event pages, and our website - www.buildingunitywisconsin.org - will all be updated with information about the tour as it becomes available. Volunteers are needed at all of the stops across Wisconsin! Help us make this tour what it needs to be - a massive wake-up call, a call to action, and an opportunity to collaborate and organize with the other groups and individuals in our area. And, of course, we will do all that we can to make sure that Wisconsinites are registered and ready to vote! To help or for more information, call Building Unity at 608-630-3633. MADISON Tues Apr 9, 8 am – 5 pm The WI Idea Conference! - hosted by the Morgridge Center for Public Service. UW-Madison, Union South (1308 W. Dayton) This year’s theme, ”Community University Partnerships for Stronger Communities,” intends to build understanding and highlight examples of robust community university partnerships, while also increasing capacity for such partnerships and strengthening bridges between UW and Wisconsin communities. This event is great for community-oriented academics, as well as community members in the public or nonprofit sector. Breakfast and lunch included. To register and for more info, visit: Wisconsin Idea Conference – Morgridge Center for Public Service – UW–Madison   Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop peckjohne@gmail.com VIRTUAL Tues Apr 9, 7 pm  UNA USA Dane County Monthly Meeting:  Dr. Ryan Westergaard, MD, PhD, MPH on “Vaccines and Public Health: Past, Present and Future”.  Dr. Westergaard serves as Chief Medical Officer, and State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases, Wisconsin Department of Health. This free virtual presentation will address vaccines and public health, exploring the past present and future. The intersection of public health and the health of the community, lessons learned and how we must pivot and change in our approach to health care will be discussed.  Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87505514532?pwd=NFgrR2dGMGxEbTkxTms2YkpIWjU2Zz09#success . Learn more about UNA USA Dane County: https://www.unadane.org/upcoming-events.html MADISON Tues Apr 9, 4:30 – 6 pm Madison Community Event Addressing Youth and Gun Violence. At the Lussier Community Education Center.  Madison high schoolers will be leading an event to address the gun violence that has taken the lives of their family and peers. We are calling on you to please help promote this event so these high schoolers feel that their voices are being heard! Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. Jonah Frumkin - jonahf@werhize.org  || 202-695-0615 MADISON Tues Apr 9, 7 pm Screening of the movie: The War at Home, with director Glenn Silber. Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State St. Part of the Waging Peace in Vietnam series of events.  https://www.wnpj.org/post/waging-peace-in-vietnam-exhibit-and-events-in-april-madison MADISON and MILWAUKEE Wed Apr 10, 7 pm Screening of the movie:  Sir! No Sir! with director David Zeiger. Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State St. Part of the Waging Peace in Vietnam series of events.  https://www.wnpj.org/post/waging-peace-in-vietnam-exhibit-and-events-in-april-madison.  Join this event live-streamed from the Raynor Library meeting site at Marquette University in Milwaukee. MILWAUKEE Thurs Apr 11, 9 am – 12:30 pm United Nations Schools of International Learning (UNSIL) WORLD FAIR. At the Baird Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Avenue. Sponsored by the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation. Click on the following link to be a volunteer for this event. https://bit.ly/UNSIL2024. Interact and learn with MPS 4th – 8th-grade students as they present on nearly 1,500 research projects about the member countries, organs, cultures, and goals of the United Nations.  Our young people are excited to share their work with you! The UNSIL program is presented in partnership with the Annette J. Roberts & Joan R. Robertson Fund for World Peace, World Law, and Peace Education at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. For more information, contact Annette Robertson at: annettejoanrobertson@gmail.com (email) or 414.332.3303 (phone) .  Sent to WNPJ by UNA USA Milwaukee - UnaMilwaukeewi@gmail.com MADISON and VIRTUAL Thurs Apr 11, 7 – 8:30 pm WI Faith Voices for Justice Interfaith Intersection event - ”Fasting and Self-denial”. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5701 Raymond Rd. This program brings people together to hold intentional conversations on a variety of topics related to faith. An important aspect of this program is that our panelists are lay people, not clergy or academics. Therefore, panelists will address the topics speaking from their own understanding of their faith but not speaking for their faith. Please volunteer if you're interested in being a panelist. Please join us. ·         May 9 - forgiveness - person to person; person to God; at the Bahai Center, 324 W Lakeside St, Madison ·         Sept. 12 - what is your faith’s "high holy day" - location TBD ·         Oct. 17 - cycle of times/seasons in different traditions; location TBD ·         Nov. 14 - giving thanks; Sugar River United Methodist Church, 415 W Verona Ave, Verona PLEASE RSVP HERE. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeyVkki4VyxMj71M62T-77nTjh7WAIlpT0bY_fHRNf6dyuHkw/viewform If you would like to be a panelist for any of these events, email Rabbi Bonnie Margulis wifaithvoices4justice@gmail.com LaCROSSE Thurs Apr 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 VIROQUA Thurs Apr 11, 2 – 3 pm GAZA! Presentation & Community conversation about the current catastrophe and its origins. At the Vernon County Historical Society, 410 S Center Ave. Sponsored by Driftless Palestinian Solidarity dena.eakles@gmail.com MILWAUKEE Fri Apr 12,6:30 pm  Potluck and Film  "The War on Cuba". At Peace Action WI, Zao MKE Church, East Kenwood Boulevard. peaceactionwi@gmail.com MILWAUKEE Sat Apr 13, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: 51st and Silver Spring. Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace VIROQUA Sat Apr 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 Apr 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, http://racinepeace.wordpress.com    for weather concerns. Free Palestine! VERONA Sat Apr 13, 1-2:30 pm The Dine' and Uranium Presentation with Omie Baldwin and Cathy Middlecamp. Farley Center, 2299 Spring Rose Road. Register to programs@farleycenter.org. This presentation is co-sponsored with the Physicians for Social Responsibility Wisconsin. Presenter: Omie Baldwinis retired as the Student Service emerita in the University Counseling and consultation Service/University Health Services at UW-Madison. As a counselor and as an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, she and her colleague, Cathy Middlecamp, designed and taught the course "Uranium and American Indians. The first chemistry course, to meet the campus wide ethnic studies requirement. She is past board member of the Farley Center. Presenter: Cathy Middlecamp is professor emerita in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and an affiliate of the Department of Chemistry. From 2015 to 2020, she also served as the director for education and research at the Office of Sustainability. Her scholarship lies at the intersection of science, people, and the planet. For her teaching and work bringing science to the general public, she has received awards at the local, state, and national levels. As a professor, she sought to engage students in learning chemistry in real-world contexts, including chemistry that related to radioactive substances. https://nelson.wisc.edu/staff/middlecamp-cathy/ https://www.facebook.com/events/1507115409867113 MADISON Sun Apr 14, 1:30 – 3:30 pm  Remembering Rachel Corrie event. At Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E. Gorham St. Free & open to all….see more in the Spotlight above…. https://www.facebook.com/events/371565802454413/?ref=newsfeed MADISON and MILWAUKEE Sun Apr 14, 7 pm Screening of the movie: The Whistleblower of My Lai, documentary on the Kronos Quartet’s making of the opera My Lai, plus live performance by Vanessa Vo, Kronos Quartet soloist. traditional Vietnamese instruments. Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State St. Part of the Waging Peace in Vietnam series of events.  https://www.wnpj.org/post/waging-peace-in-vietnam-exhibit-and-events-in-april-madison. Join this event live-streamed from the Raynor Library meeting site at Marquette University in Milwaukee. ******************************************************* 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

  • Update on 4/27 - The Freedom Flotilla is NOT allowed to sail to Gaza. Cassandra Dixon of Mary House and Palestine Partners is coming back to WI...

    NEWS UPDATE - Sat. April 27th: Hello all, I am heartbroken to pass on the news that our flotilla will be unable to sail for Gaza at this time due to Israel’s intense pressure to prevent the breaking of the siege on Gaza and the delivery of the flotilla’s  5500 tons of desperately needed aid.  We are returning to our home countries while the Freedom Flotilla Coalition works to find another way for us to sail. Below is today’s statement by the coalition, and yesterday’s statement of support from  UN experts who had hoped to see the flotilla depart for Gaza. Love Cassandra Dixon Chrepairs@gmail.com *******************************************************8 Press Conference: Under Israeli Pressure, Guinea Bissau Moves to Withdraw Flotilla Flags / Coalition statements, Featured, News, Press releases / By alex For immediate release, Saturday April 27 On Thursday afternoon, the Freedom Flotilla Coalition was contacted by the Guinea Bissau International Ships Registry, requesting an inspection of our lead ship – Akdenez. This was a highly unusual request as our ship had already passed all required inspections; nevertheless, we agreed. The inspector arrived on Thursday. On Friday afternoon, before the inspection was completed, the Guinea-Bissau International Ships Registry (GBISR), in a blatantly political move, informed the Freedom Flotilla Coalition that it had withdrawn the Guinea Bissau flag from two of the Freedom Flotilla’s ships, one of which is our cargo ship, already loaded with over 5000 tons of life-saving aid for the Palestinians of Gaza. In its communication informing us of this cancellation, the GBISR made specific reference to our planned mission to Gaza. It also made several extraordinary requests for information, including confirmation of the ships’ destination, any potential additional port calls, and the discharge port for humanitarian aid and estimated arrival dates and times. It further demanded a formal letter explicitly approving the transportation of humanitarian aid and a complete manifest of the cargo. Again, this is a highly unusual move from a flagging authority. Normally, national flagging authorities concern themselves only with safety and related standards on vessels bearing their flag, and are not concerned with the destination, route, cargo manifests or the nature of a specific voyage. Just like when you register your car, the authorities don’t require you to detail to them where you are going. Sadly, Guinea-Bissau has allowed itself to become complicit in Israel’s deliberate starvation, illegal siege and genocide of Palestinians in Gaza. Israel is showing the world the extent to which it will go to deny Palestinians the aid they need to stay alive, in direct contravention of International Humanitarian Law, UN Security Council resolutions, and two orders of the International Court of Justice. Israel is only allowed to get away with this because we have an international order where law does not apply equally, where people are not valued the same, where might equals right. The US has hijacked international law and is violating its own laws in order to protect Israel at every turn. A leaked USAID memo states that famine in Gaza is inevitable, changes could reduce but not stop widespread civilian deaths. It also states that USAID assesses the government of Israel does not currently demonstrate necessary compliance with US law required to receive U.S. military aid. Nevertheless, last week, the US Congress passed and Biden signed a $26 billion aid package for Israel. It is this kind of naked impunity, over decades, that has brought us to this point where Israel can carry out a genocide, that includes a public declaration by Israel’s leaders that it is going to deliberately starve children, and not only not face consequences, but also involve a majority of world governments in its crimes. While our governments claim to care about Palestinian lives, but are complying and even enforcing a situation where a state that has been found to be plausibly committing a genocide, is allowed to control what, if any, life-saving aid gets to the people trying to stay alive. Yesterday, the UN Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Food, on the Right to Housing, and on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories issued a statement stating that civil society initiatives like the Freedom Flotilla are important precisely because governments are not complying with their obligations under international law and many of these governments are even complicit in Israel’s siege and genocide. The statement affirmed that ours was a legitimate challenge to Israel’s control over the delivery of aid to Gaza and it demanded safe passage for our flotilla. However, without a flag, we cannot sail. But, this is not the end. Israel cannot and will not crush our resolve to break its illegal siege and reach the people of Gaza. The people of Gaza and all of Palestine remain steadfast under the most horrific, unimaginable conditions. We take strength from their incredible, inexplicable ability to maintain their humanity, dignity and hope when the world has given them no reason to do so. It is our responsibility to keep that hope alive. We will sail. link to all of the Freedom Flotilla’s  social media https://linktr.ee/freedomflotillacoalition UN experts demand safe passage for Freedom Flotilla’s humanitarian mission to Gaza GENEVA (26 April 2024) – UN experts today demanded safe passage for the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, whose ships departing Türkiye will be carrying 5,500 tonnes of humanitarian aid and hundreds of international humanitarian observers to the besieged Gaza Strip. “As the Freedom Flotilla approaches Palestinian territorial waters off Gaza, Israel must adhere to international law, including recent orders from the International Court of Justice to ensure unimpeded access for humanitarian aid,” the experts said. They issued the following statement: “Two hundred days into Israel’s siege and genocidal violence, including an unprecedented starvation campaign against the Palestinian people in Gaza, the situation continues to deteriorate. After a 17-year blockade against Gaza, Israel has now created a famine by cutting off the regular supply of water, food and critical goods into Gaza, destroying livelihoods, the food system and civilian infrastructure. Failing to comply with its humanitarian obligations as the occupying power, Israel is also restricting humanitarian aid, intentionally bombarding humanitarian convoys, and targeting both aid workers and civilians seeking aid. The Freedom Flotilla Coalition is a civilian peaceful initiative whose ships departing Türkiye will be carrying 5,500 tons of humanitarian aid and hundreds of international humanitarian observers to the besieged Gaza Strip. Comprising a diverse coalition of human rights activists, including lawyers, doctors, nurses, journalists, parliamentarians and politicians, the convoy aims to deliver life-saving aid directly to the besieged people of Gaza, legitimately challenging Israel's control over the entry of humanitarian assistance. Besieging a civilian population is unlawful. The Freedom Flotilla Coalition’s demands include an immediate, unconditional, and permanent ceasefire, unrestricted access to humanitarian aid, and an end to the illegal blockade of the Gaza strip. The convoy is scheduled for imminent departure. The Flotilla is a material manifestation of international support for the ongoing Palestinian struggle for freedom and self-determination, and the internationally recognised right to receive humanitarian aid without interference or hindrance. Support for the Palestinian people’s human rights is acute under the current conditions of genocide*,* domicide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. We are witnessing purposefully induced famine amid the wholesale destruction of homes and hospitals. Disease is quickly spreading because millions of people were forced out of their homes, targeted, maimed or wounded, and left unable to be treated in highly unsanitary conditions, and are now living in makeshift and overcrowded shelters. The level of trauma and distress will impact Palestinians for generations. Countries are not complying with their obligations to end Israel’s genocide and starvation in Gaza. In fact, many countries continue supporting Israel with weapons, funds and political support: this may make them complicit in Israel's genocide and starvation. This is why civilians, like the Freedom Flotilla participants, are increasingly showing their solidarity by protecting and fulfilling Palestinian human rights through direct action. They express the will of a global movement, especially sustained by youth worldwide, to bring the horrors in Gaza to an end – in the interest of both Palestinians and Israelis. The Freedom Flotilla has the right of free passage in international waters and Israel must not interfere with its freedom of navigation, long recognised under international law. As the Freedom Flotilla approaches Palestinian territorial waters off Gaza, it is essential for Israel to adhere to international law, including recent orders from the International Court of Justice to ensure unimpeded access for humanitarian aid. In 2010, Israel intercepted and attacked the Freedom Flotilla’s civilian ships in international waters, killing 10 passengers and wounding many others. At the time, the Freedom Flotilla had attempted to break the Israeli blockade by delivering humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza. We are especially concerned for the safety of the participants of the Freedom Flotilla in light of Israel’s repeated targeted attacks against UN and civilian humanitarian missions. Israel should remember that the world is closely watching and refrain from any hostility against the participants of the flotilla.” *The experts: The experts: Michael Fakhri, Special Rapporteur on the right to food; Francesca Albanese, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967; and Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Ms. Tlaleng Mofokeng, Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN human rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms. Special Procedures mandate-holders are independent human rights experts appointed by the Human Rights Council to address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. They are not UN staff and are independent from any government or organisation. They serve in their individual capacity and do not receive a salary for their work.https://reliefweb.int/report/occupied-palestinian-territory/un-experts-demand-safe-passage-freedom-flotillas-humanitarian-mission-gazaThe Flotilla is set to Sail April 26th!! (update from 4/24/24) We have completed all technical and crewing requirements in order to launch the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza on Friday April 26, 2024. Our final group of participants are undergoing the required nonviolent direct-action training today. Our Flotilla will carry over 5000 tons of life-saving aid and hundreds of human rights observers. We are working diligently to move our boats to a port in Istanbul where the paperwork procedures for hundreds of participants can be completed, to allow for boarding beginning on Friday morning. “The Freedom Flotilla has the support of millions around the world who are outraged at the failure of our governments to protect the Palestinians people from Israel’s genocidal actions, including the deliberate starvation of over two million people,” said Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) Steering Committee member Zohar Chamberlain-Regev. Huwaida Arraf, U.S. human rights attorney and FFC Steering Committee member added, “Governments must refuse to collaborate in maintaining Israel’s illegal siege on Gaza by obstructing the Flotilla in any way. We call on the governments of the 40 countries represented on this Freedom Flotilla to uphold their obligations under international law and demand that Israel guarantee the flotilla safe passage to Gaza.” #BreaktheSiege ************************************************************************************* ACTION ALERT from Monday, April 22nd The 2024 Freedom Flotilla is about to get underway to Gaza.  MRSCP member Cassandra Dixon will be on board. In the first of two missions planned for 2024, multiple vessels will sail for Gaza, carrying 5000 tons of desperately needed humanitarian aid and hundreds of international human rights observers. In this video message retired Col. Ann Wright introduces and explains the aims of the Flotilla. You can see updates and follow the progress of the boats at the Flotilla's website at https://freedomflotilla.org/. Links to all of the Flotilla's social media platforms and resources are here. Israel has vowed that the Flotilla will never reach Gaza.  In light of what happened to earlier flotillas, most infamously the Mavi Marmara, it is critical that our government hear from us demanding that everyone including the American citizens on board be protected and that the Flotilla be allowed to deliver its aid. Please tell U.S. lawmakers to protect this nonviolent emergency mission by signing this joint petition from American Muslims for Palestine, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), and the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. Then please call Senators Baldwin and Johnson, and Cassandra's Rep. Mark Pocan, and insist that they do all they can to protect the people sailing to Gaza and allow this emergency aid to be delivered. Also when you call, ask Senators Baldwin and Johnson to oppose the massive military aid bill that the House approved on Saturday which the Senate is expected to vote on by Tuesday. (Rep. Pocan voted against the Israel portion of this aid, along with Rep. Tom Tiffany.  All other Wisconsin representatives including Rep. Gwen Moore voted FOR the aid to Israel.) Please call the DC offices first. 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 From Madison-Rafah Sister-City Proj ******************************************************************* Update April 19th - by Cassandra Dixon, Organizer Hello and thank you!! We are in Istanbul, hoping to sail to Gaza on the 24th. I am beyond grateful to all of you for the chance to be here with people from more than 30 countries, and boats containing 5500 tons of aid, including 8 ambulances, food, anesthesia, medicines, maternity kits and more. Here is yesterday’s press release from the flotilla, and links for video of the press conference, and where to follow the flotilla on Instagram. Thank you !! Cassandra Lots of new videos about the flotilla on our GazaFreedomFlotilla instagram https://www.instagram.com/gazafreedomflotilla/ including our International press conference this morning on board our ship: https://www.instagram.com/p/C57-3qICwyz/ Press Release for April 19, 2024 "International participants arrive to sail with Freedom Flotilla to Break the Siege" https://freedomflotilla.org/2024/04/19/press-conference/ More News About the Flotilla: Why the Flotilla? Video with Ismail of Mavi Marmara Association with view of the ships https://www.instagram.com/p/C53ZevJL5aK/ Metro TV Indonesia with video of IHH warehouse operations and loading humanitarian supplies in trucks to go to the cargo ship in Merkez, Turkey. (8 minute video)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IgsPoZf6Ic ************************************************************************ BACKGROUND! From Cassandra, earlier this month: Much to my amazement, I’ve been accepted to go along on the Freedom Flotilla’s emergency humanitarian aid flotilla to Gaza. I’ll be leaving Madison on April 11, and would be grateful for your help. The UN Food agency has said that famine is imminent in northern Gaza. Virtually everyone in Gaza is struggling to get enough food, and around 677,000 people — nearly a third of the population of 2.3 million — are experiencing the highest level of catastrophic hunger. If Israel broadens its offensive to the city of Rafah, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed, the fighting could drive over a million people — half of Gaza’s population — into catastrophic hunger. The maritime corridor and floating pier to be built by the U.S. are dangerous distractions from the fact that Israel continues to obstruct the entry of aid through the land borders, prevent the distribution of lifesaving aid, particularly in the north of Gaza, and prohibit the entry of anesthesia, maternity kits, water purification systems and more. The maritime corridor will be controlled by Israel, which will decide what type and how much aid is allowed to enter Gaza. In response, the Gaza Freedom Flotilla Coalition will sail a large cargo ship carrying thousands of tons of humanitarian aid, as well as passenger ships, carrying civilians from around the world—journalists, doctors, aid workers, and more—straight to Gaza.  While we will carry much needed aid, the flotilla will also serve to directly challenge Israel’s naval blockade and siege of Gaza, and it’s  message and mission is one of solidarity and support for Palestinian freedom by breaking the illegal Israeli siege of Gaza. At this critical time—when the International Court of Justice has found that Israel is plausibly committing genocide, humanitarian aid organizations report that Israel continues to obstruct efforts to get aid into Gaza, and our own government is failing so miserably to prevent the intentional starvation of thousands of Palestinian children,  it is beyond time for civil society to step in and address this humanitarian crisis.  I have every hope that a way will open and these  thousands of tons of humanitarian aid will reach the people who so desperately need it. I’m deeply grateful for your support, and for all our continuing efforts to push our administration to restore UNRWA funding, end military funding to Israel,  and demand a permanent ceasefire and the opening of border crossings so that aid that is waiting just 10 minutes away can begin to reach those who are starving. If you would like to donate towards the cost of this travel,  you can mail a check to me at Cassandra Dixon, 3579 County Road G, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, or donate via GoFUndMe by clicking the button below, or at https://tinyurl.com/cassandratogaza, or Venmo me @Cassandra-Dixon-11 . Anything raised above the costs of travel will go to the larger costs of funding the flotilla.Thanks and love,Cassandra Contribute here. https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/mary-house https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/palestine-partners

  • WNPJ member group events and Action Alerts for the Week of April 1st....

    VOTE! + WNPJ welcomes new member group, Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network + Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibits dates/locations + Weaving the Web + other statewide events *********************************** The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 85 member groups around Wisconsin. ************************************** IMPORTANT Wisconsin Constitutional Amendments on the April 2 ballot!!! If passed, two Constitutional amendments on the current ballot would limit the ability of election administrators to adequately fund and conduct elections. If passed, they are binding and cannot be vetoed. The non-partisan League of Women Voters offers this information: https://my.lwv.org/wisconsin/vote-no-2-april-constitutional-amendments Go to https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/ to make sure you are registered with your current address, and have what you need to vote. Early voting has already begun and you can find locations and hours here: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/Vote-Absentee-In-Person ************************************** WNPJ welcomes new member organization: Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network is a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to preserving the environment while maintaining the health and economic vitality of rural communities. Contact: Forest JahnkeE-mail fjahnke@crawfordstewardship.orgWebsite: https://sustainruralwisconsin.org/ ************************************ Spotlight on the Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibit - three weeks in April in both Madison AND in Milwaukee. Co-sponsored by Veterans for Peace #25 and #102 and the Marquette Center for Peacemaking Contact: judykarofsky@gmail.com  or Vfpchapter102@gmail.com MADISON Tuesday, Apr 2, 5 – 6 pm Waging Peace in Vietnam Opening Reception and Panel on “Soldiers in Revolt” Dissent and Resistance Within the Armed Forces, Wisconsin Historical Society, State Street, Madison. Host John Nichols and moderator Al McCoy. Panelists include: ·        Susan Schnall, national president, Veterans for Peace; ·        Ronald L. Haeberle, former Army photographer of the iconic My Lai Massacre photographs; ·        David Cortright, Professor Emeritus and special advisor for policy, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame. Author and editor of over 20 books including Waging Peace in Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans who Opposed the War. To see a full list of all the events going on in Madison, including film screenings and panel discussions, go to https://www.wnpj.org/post/waging-peace-in-vietnam-exhibit-and-events-in-april-madison ********************* And, in MILWAUKEE: “Waging Peace in Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans who Opposed  the War.” April 3-17: Exhibit at Marquette’s Raynor Memorial Library, Milwaukee.  Opening event at noon, April 3, at Alumni Memorial Union, Lunda Room (1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.)This special Soup with Substance panel will include: Susan Schnall, national president, Veterans for Peace; Ronald L. Haeberle, former Army photographer of the iconic My Lai Massacre photographs; David Cortright, Professor Emeritus and special advisor for policy, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame. A light lunch of soup and bread will be provided. Free and open to the public. April 4:  Waging Peace in Vietnam Panel. A War Without End: Legacies of the American War 12:30-1:45 pm, Marquette Alumni Memorial Union, Room, 227 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave. Panelists:  Ngo Xuan Hien, communications manager, Project RENEW; which is locating and disarming unexploded ordnance; Chuck Searcy, co-founder and international advisor to RENEW; Heather Bowser, founder of Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance, advocacy for offspring of Vietnam Veterans exposed to Agent Orange. Light snacks will be provided. Free and open to the public. April 15: Peacemaker in Residence & Waging Peace in Vietnam Keynote A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace, 4-5 pm, Marquette’s Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier Suites BC, 1355 W. Wisconsin Ave. Le Ly Hayslip, Vietnamese-American author, philanthropist, peace activist, and speaker, will deliver the closing keynote of the Waging Peace in Vietnam series at Marquette. She is the author of two memoirs—When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace—which were adapted into the film Heaven & Earth, written and directed by Oliver Stone. Since 1986, she has founded two charitable organizations: the East Meets West Foundation and the Global Village Foundation. Free and open to the public. For more information about Milwaukee’s events, contact: Vfpchapter102@gmail.com Bill Christofferson, 414-587-6477 ************************ WNPJ's Weaving the Web - all welcome! VIRTUAL Thurs Apr 4, 12 noon – 1 pm WNPJ’s Weaving the Web Drop-in Hour – with Debra Gillispie. 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) Contact: office@wnpj.org ****************************************************** WNPJ member groups and affiliates issue Statements and Action Alerts on Hamas/Palestine/Israel See the developing list here: https://www.wnpj.org/post/statements-from-wnpj-groups-and-their-national-affiliates-on-palestine-israel-hamas Petitions to sign https://www.change.org/p/sign-and-share-this-urgent-petition-calling-for-a-ceasefirenow-in-gaza-and-israel and phone calls to make. Go to the Madison Rafah Sister City sites: http://madisonrafah.org/   and/or https://www.facebook.com/madisonrafah to learn more. ******************************** Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups: MADISON Mon Apr 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 Apr 1, 7 – 8:15 pm  350 Wisconsin Webinar Mtg “ The transformative potential of the Inflation Reduction Acton”.  The IRA could accelerate climate action in Wisconsin—if we take full advantage of the opportunities. At our April 1 Monthly Meeting, Kathy Kuntz, Director of the Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change, will talk about what the IRA means for Wisconsin. She will outline the opportunities available to individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and local governments under this landmark legislation.  ONLINE VIA ZOOM: Register in advance for the meeting: http://tinyurl.com/350-monthly-mtg Contact: https://350wisconsin.org   julia.isaacs@350wisconsin.org MADISON Tues Apr 2, 5 – 6 pm Waging Peace in Vietnam Opening Reception and Panel on Dissent and Resistance Within the Armed Forces, Wisconsin Historical Society, State Street – see info above.. VIRTUAL Thurs Apr 4, 12 noon – 1 pm WNPJ’s Weaving the Web Drop-in Hour – with Debra Gillispie. 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) Contact: office@wnpj.org LaCROSSE Thurs Apr 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 MILWAUKEE Thurs Apr 4, 12:30 – 1:45 pm  Waging Peace in Vietnam Panel. A War Without End: Legacies of the American War.  Marquette Alumni Memorial Union, Room, 227 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.  See detail above …. VIROQUA Thurs Apr 4, 2 – 3 pm GAZA! Presentation & Community conversation about the current catastrophe and its origins. At the Vernon County Historical Society, 410 S Center Ave. Sponsored by Driftless Palestinian Solidarity dena.eakles@gmail.com VIRTUAL Thurs, April 4, 6:30 pm (6:00 for visiting beforehand) WILPF Book Circle Conversation Let's talk about... The book tonight: Hell of a Book, A Novel by Jason Mott – virtual WILPF Book Circle conversation. An African-American author sets out on a cross-country book tour to promote his bestselling novel. That storyline drives Jason Mott's novel and is the scaffolding of something much larger and more urgent: since his novel also tells the story of Soot, a young Black boy living in a rural town in the recent past, and The Kid, a possibly imaginary child who appears to the author on his tour. For login details, email: wilfpmadison@gmail.com VIRTUAL Thurs Apr 4, 6:30 – 7:30 pm “The Power of Storytelling” with Dane County Poor People's Campaign. Our stories are powerful and can be an amazing tool to not only build the movement, but change the narrative. There are 140 million poor and low-income people in this country and we all have a story to tell.  Are you interested in telling your own story or helping others to share theirs? We'll discuss why we share our stories + how to do it in the most impactful and effective ways possible. Register here for your zoom link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/storytelling-training... MADISON Fri Apr 5, 12 noon:  Panel on “A War Without End: Legacies of the American War in Vietnam and Among American Veterans”, Wisconsin Historical Society, State Street. With Ngo Xuan Hien, communications manager, Project RENEW;  Chuck Searcy, co-founder and international advisor to Project RENEW; and Heather Bowser, founder of Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance, advocacy for offspring of Vietnam Veterans exposed to Agent Orange. Special guests Mike Boehm and Brad Geyer. See more info above…. MADISON  Fri Apr 5, 8 am Wisconsin Peace Institute Conference Conference at Edgewood College, Predolin rotunda. "RESOURCE WARS"- Conflict & Peacebuilding in a World of Environmental Challenge. Join students, academics, activists, community members and organizations from around the state for this participatory event exploring: Local & Global Environmental Challenges | Peacebuilding for Sustainable Change | Environmental Equity in a Post-Colonial World | Faith-Based Responses to Climate Change | and Much More. Same day registration - no fee - lunch included. For more info contact: John Fields, at jfields@edgewood.edu or at 608-663-3407. Sent to WNPJ by Maureen McDonnell WHITEFISH BAY Fri Apr 6, 6 pm Author/theologian Jim Wallis on Christian Nationalism and The False White Gospel. At United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, 819 East Silver Spring Drive.  Organized by the We All Belong Campaign of MICAH, this event is free and open to the public. Jim will be addressing the alarming and dangerous rise of white Christian nationalism and its perverse distortion of the Gospel with reference to his new book The False White Gospel (to be released on April 2).  Register in advance for this event at bit.ly/FWGospel. This event can be viewed online through the website of the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay: umcwfb.org Sent to WNPJ by WISDOM  office@wisdomwisconsin.org APPLETON Sat Apr 6, 11 am – 12 noon Fox Valley Monthly Stand for Peace  Houdini Plaza, West Lawrence Street. Every month - the first Saturday! Bring your signs! Organizer: Ronna Swift ronnajean61@gmail.com MILWAUKEE Sat Apr 6, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: 43rd and Forest Home. Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace VIROQUA Sat Apr 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 Apr 6, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace – Stand for Palestine. 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 Sun Apr 8, 7 – 8:30 pm Dane Sanctuary Coalition General Meeting - At First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive. Our keynote speaker is Mary Campbell, director of AMMPARO - Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities - the ELCA (Lutheran) Church's national immigrant justice initiative. Mary will share with us the amazing work AMMPARO does for migrants and refugees around the world, and update us on what AMMPARO is seeing at our own border and around the country. Also at the gathering, we will hear reports from the DSC steering and advocacy committees, a treasurer's report, and a report from our volunteer driver program. Congregations will have the opportunity to share the great work they are doing, including trips to the border and to Tucson which several congregations have recently sponsored.  Please RSVP by April 1 to let us know you will be joining us! RSVP here - https://forms.gle/wvUJ9RD74uUfH9Cj9 rabbibonnie@charter.net ******************************************************* 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

  • Coming up April 2nd - WNPJ member groups sponsor 'Waging Peace in Vietnam' Exhibits - statewide (3/25/24 e-bulletin)

    Are you registered and ready to vote on April 2nd, Wisconsin? There are TWO important constitutional amendments on this April ballot. WNPJ as a 501c3 can't tell people how to vote but we can encourage you to take a look and see what these amendments are about! **************************************** The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 85 member groups around Wisconsin. ************************************ Spotlight on the Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibit - three weeks in April in both Madison AND in Milwaukee. Co-sponsored by Veterans for Peace #25 and #102 and the Marquette Center for Peacemaking Contact: judykarofsky@gmail.com  or Vfpchapter102@gmail.com ************************************************************ MADISON: US Soldiers and Veterans who Opposed the War; Wisconsin Historical Society 816 State St., Madison, Wisconsin 53706 During America’s War in Vietnam, tens of thousands of GIs and veterans created a robust movement in opposition to the war. Yet its history is largely unknown. The Waging Peace in Vietnam exhibit and its companion book show how the GI movement unfolded, from the numerous anti-war coffeehouses springing up outside military bases, to the hundreds of GI newspapers giving an independent voice to active soldiers, to the stockade revolts and the strikes and near-mutinies on naval vessels and in the air force. It’s time to set the record straight. Exhibit photographs and informational panels will be on display in the Wisconsin Historical Society lobby, April 1-21. Tuesday, Apr 2, 5 – 6 pm Waging Peace in Vietnam Opening Reception and Panel on “Soldiers in Revolt” Dissent and Resistance Within the Armed Forces, Wisconsin Historical Society, State Street, Madison. Host John Nichols, moderator Al McCoy. Panelists include: ·        Susan Schnall, national president, Veterans for Peace; ·        Ronald L. Haeberle, former Army photographer of the iconic My Lai Massacre photographs; ·        David Cortright, Professor Emeritus and special advisor for policy, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame. Author and editor of over 20 books including Waging Peace in Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans who Opposed the War. To see a full list of all the events going on in Madison, including film screenings and panel discussions, go to https://www.wnpj.org/post/waging-peace-in-vietnam-exhibit-and-events-in-april-madison ********************* And, in MILWAUKEE: “Waging Peace in Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans who Opposed  the War.” April 3-17: Exhibit at Marquette’s Raynor Memorial Library, Milwaukee.  Opening event at noon, April 3, at Alumni Memorial Union, Lunda Room (1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.)This special Soup with Substance panel will include: Susan Schnall, national president, Veterans for Peace; Ronald L. Haeberle, former Army photographer of the iconic My Lai Massacre photographs; David Cortright, Professor Emeritus and special advisor for policy, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame. A light lunch of soup and bread will be provided. Free and open to the public. April 4:  Waging Peace in Vietnam Panel. A War Without End: Legacies of the American War 12:30-1:45 pm, Marquette Alumni Memorial Union, Room, 227 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave. Panelists:  Ngo Xuan Hien, communications manager, Project RENEW; which is locating and disarming unexploded ordnance; Chuck Searcy, co-founder and international advisor to RENEW; Heather Bowser, founder of Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance, advocacy for offspring of Vietnam Veterans exposed to Agent Orange. Light snacks will be provided. Free and open to the public. April 15: Peacemaker in Residence & Waging Peace in Vietnam Keynote A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace, 4-5 pm, Marquette’s Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier Suites BC, 1355 W. Wisconsin Ave. Le Ly Hayslip, Vietnamese-American author, philanthropist, peace activist, and speaker, will deliver the closing keynote of the Waging Peace in Vietnam series at Marquette. She is the author of two memoirs—When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace—which were adapted into the film Heaven & Earth, written and directed by Oliver Stone. Since 1986, she has founded two charitable organizations: the East Meets West Foundation and the Global Village Foundation. Free and open to the public. For more information about Milwaukee’s events, contact: Vfpchapter102@gmail.com Bill Christofferson, 414-587-6477 ************************ WNPJ member groups and affiliates issue Statements and Action Alerts on Hamas/Palestine/Israel See the developing list here: https://www.wnpj.org/post/statements-from-wnpj-groups-and-their-national-affiliates-on-palestine-israel-hamas Petitions to sign https://www.change.org/p/sign-and-share-this-urgent-petition-calling-for-a-ceasefirenow-in-gaza-and-israel and phone calls to make. Go to the Madison Rafah Sister City sites: http://madisonrafah.org/   and/or https://www.facebook.com/madisonrafah to learn more. *************************************** Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups: MADISON Mon Mar 25, 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. FITCHBURG Mon Mar 25 10 am UN in the News discussion group. At the Fitchburg public library. This group meets the  4th Monday of each month -  We'll be discussing several important foreign policy topics and concerns for 2024. These include the Israeli war on Gaza, climate change, the continuing war in Ukraine, migration trends and major elections in 2024. Questions? Contact Sam Romano of the UNA USA Dane County chapter. sromano@charter.net MADISON Mon Mar 25, 6 – 9 pm Screening of Israelism. Madison Central Library, Room 301. When two young American Jews raised to unconditionally love Israel witness the brutal way Israel treats Palestinians, their lives take sharp left turns.  They join a movement of young American Jews battling the old guard to redefine Judaism’s relationship with Israel, revealing a deepening generational divide over modern Jewish identity. More information here. You may also want to check out this interview with the film-makers from The Intercept, both audio and transcript are included.  http://www.madisonrafah.org VIRTUAL Tues Mar 26 11 am Webinar: “How to Fight the Climate Crisis and Militarism”, with Veterans For Peace and 350.org ;  a training on taking action on climate and militarism. The presentation will focus on how US militarism and wars worsen the climate crisis, and how peace and climate activists can take action together, especially by participating in the No MAS (No Military Air Shows) campaign. Please click here to register: bit.ly/protest-airshows. Contact: geyerb@yahoo.com VOLK FIELD  Tues Mar 26 3:45  - 4:45 pm Monthly VIGIL AGAINST THE DRONES. Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Independence Drive, Camp Douglas Please make this vigil part of your new monthly routine. 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 into 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. Bring posters if you can. If you have any questions please call or email Joy at 608 239-4327 or joyfirst5@gmail.com or Bonnie at 608-256-5088 or blb24@earthlink.net MADISON Wed Mar 27 6 – 7 pm Mutual Aid Tools for Healthy Business and Organizing. At the Social Justice Center 1202 Williamson and on meet.coop https://ca.meet.coop/syb-qar-wz9-f48 - click the green ‘join’ button when you arrive. The Madison Mutual Aid Network (MAN) Cooperative has some new capacities that can benefit our local economic ecosystem. We'd like to share them with you in a one-hour session where we also learn your needs and offers, and see what priorities would best serve our local community. Tools include timebanking, price-based mutual credit, clearing of invoices, the Common Good fee-free debit card, a Common Fund pool of money for loans or emergencies; plus tech tools for contact management, outreach, invoicing, membership management, project management, and more. Please invite people you think would benefit, or places you do business with! steph@at-home.coop LaCROSSE Thurs Mar 28, 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 Thurs Mar 28, 12 noon – 1 pm Anti ROTC Vigil -  Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries, West Wisconsin Avenue.  Organized by Casa Maria Catholic Worker casamariamke@gmail.com MILWAUKEE Sat Mar 30, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Cesar Chavez (16th) and Greenfield. Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace VIROQUA Sat Mar 30, 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 Mar 30, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace. 909 Dr Martin Luther King Dr. 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 Mar 30, 6 pm Jewish Voice for Peace Madison Vigil in memory of Aaron Bushnell.  In James Madison Park, E Gorham St. Bushnell was an active duty member of the US military that self-immolated in protest of the US war machine profiting from genocide in Gaza.  This is  an opportunity for our community to come together, remember Aaron, and advocate for justice and change. madison@jvp.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 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

  • Marquette Center for Peacemaking and Vets for Peace Chapter #102 Sponsor WAGING PEACE Events in Milwaukee in April

    MILWAUKEE: “Waging Peace in Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans who Opposed  the War.” April 3-17: Exhibit at Marquette’s Raynor Memorial Library, Milwaukee.  Opening event at noon, April 3, at Alumni Memorial Union, Lunda Room (1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.)This special Soup with Substance panel will include: Susan Schnall, national president, Veterans for Peace; Ronald L. Haeberle, former Army photographer of the iconic My Lai Massacre photographs; David Cortright, Professor Emeritus and special advisor for policy, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame. A light lunch of soup and bread will be provided. Free and open to the public. April 4:  Waging Peace in Vietnam Panel. A War Without End: Legacies of the American War 12:30-1:45 pm, Marquette Alumni Memorial Union, Room, 227 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave. Panelists:  Ngo Xuan Hien, communications manager, Project RENEW; which is locating and disarming unexploded ordnance; Chuck Searcy, co-founder and international advisor to RENEW; Heather Bowser, founder of Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance, advocacy for offspring of Vietnam Veterans exposed to Agent Orange. Light snacks will be provided. Free and open to the public. April 15: Peacemaker in Residence & Waging Peace in Vietnam Keynote A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace, 4-5 pm, Marquette’s Raynor Memorial Library Beaumier Suites BC, 1355 W. Wisconsin Ave. Le Ly Hayslip, Vietnamese-American author, philanthropist, peace activist, and speaker, will deliver the closing keynote of the Waging Peace in Vietnam series at Marquette. She is the author of two memoirs—When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace—which were adapted into the film Heaven & Earth, written and directed by Oliver Stone. Since 1986, she has founded two charitable organizations: the East Meets West Foundation and the Global Village Foundation. Free and open to the public. For more information about Milwaukee’s events, contact: Vfpchapter102@gmail.com Bill Christofferson, 414-587-6477

  • WNPJ is Connecting the Dots - the week of March 18th; events and action alerts

    WNPJ is Hiring! + SPOTLIGHT on Defending Wisconsin's Sacred Waters from Dangerous Mine Proposals + Action Alert from Superior + WISDOM special training + other statewide events *********************************** The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 85 member groups around Wisconsin. WNPJ is hiring: We’re looking for a Spring Newsletter Coordinator: What does that entail? Gather content for the Spring 2024 WNPJ Network News, edit as needed and create a finished document with articles and images (PDF). Arrange for printing and assist with mailing or arrange with volunteers. The layout can be done with a simple word processor (see examples at https://www.wnpj.org/newsletter). The timeline is somewhat flexible as long as it's sent out this spring. Time required is estimated at 10-20 hours, and there is the potential for coordinating future fall and spring newsletters. Members of the WNPJ Board will supervise and provide necessary resources, suggestions and some content. This is a temporary contract position which pays $20/hour, Contact info@wnpj.org with your interest and skills and experience. ************************************ Spotlight on the WNPJ member group WI Resource Protection Council Al Gedicks Webinar: Defending Wisconsin's Sacred Waters from Dangerous Mine Proposals Monday, 18 March, 6  - 8 pm Supported by Great Waters Group - Sierra Club The Great Waters Group represents Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties in southeast Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Michigan. New plans for exploratory drilling for copper and gold deposits northwest of Medford mark the beginning of yet another round in the fight to protect Wisconsin’s waters. Meanwhile, Back 40 Mine opponents remain vigilant. Presenter Dr. Al Gedicks has been instrumental in uniting Wisconsin’s tribes with grassroots rural mine opponents to form winning coalitions. Meet Dr. Al Gedicks: Dr. Al Gedicks is an environmental sociologist and Indigenous rights activist and scholar. He has written extensively about Indigenous and popular resistance to ecologically destructive mining and oil projects. In 1977 he founded the Center for Alternative Mining Development Policy and assisted the Mole Lake Sokaogon Ojibwe Tribe in successfully resisting Exxon's proposed metallic sulfide mine upstream from the tribe's wild rice beds. His documentary film about the Crandon mine battle, Keepers of the Water, won the Best Environmental Film award at the Red Earth American Indian Film Festival in Oklahoma City in 1997. He is the executive secretary of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council and presently working with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin and the Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River to oppose the proposed Back Forty metallic sulfide mine next to the Menominee River on the Wisconsin-Michigan border. Register online https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7013q000002HwsnAAC&mapLinkHref Zoom link will be emailed before the program. Contact:  jasmine.viges@gmail.com  (414) 702-7452 ********************************** And there’s a film coming your way this month – with screenings in Ashland, River Falls, Milwaukee and Madison – Don’t miss it!  Check out the dates and theaters here: Bad River – a Story of Defiance.  https://www.badriverfilm.com/the-film/ ************************ ACTION ALERT! Sign the Petition to oppose the proposed NTEC Power Plant in Superior, WI IF YOU ARE NOT A CITY OF SUPERIOR RESIDENT, you may still sign the petition. Your signature will be collected and submitted separately from the residents of the City of Superior. We, the undersigned concerned residents of the City of Superior, urge officials to oppose the proposed NTEC Power Plant.This project endangers our community's health, threatening increased rates of asthma, respiratory infection hospitalization rates, and COPD hospitalization rates. (Source: National Institutes of Health research). Additionally, pollutants from gas plants have already outpaced those from coal plants as contributors to death in 19 states. (Source: Harvard research). https://secure.everyaction.com/3WQYV9Ag6kqg36602fWtNg2?fbclid=IwAR3M3lUpzooST9354B8e7ewt993P5UFXoYXucVdhItq150DVTy-RyX40XzQ *************************************** Spotlight on the WNPJ member group - WISDOM: https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/wisdom-wisconsin NEW FREE TRAINING. Join the IVE Team for School of Democracy's session Thursday, March 21 – 6:30 – 7:30pm: “Online to Offline Organizing” led by WISDOM's Digital Organizer Amanda Ali! You will learn about digital tactics to move people from online spaces to offline and encourage them to take action and engage with your organization. Link below to register. Who is this training for? ·         Organizers, Faith Leaders, Executive Directors, Presidents, Board Members, Digital Organizers ·         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 Register here: https://bit.ly/schoolofdemocracymarch Once you register, you will receive a separate email from Zoom with a Zoom link. For questions, please contact Amanda Ali at aali@wisdomwisconsin.org . **************************************************** WNPJ member groups and affiliates issue Statements and Action Alerts on Hamas/Palestine/Israel See the developing list here: https://www.wnpj.org/post/statements-from-wnpj-groups-and-their-national-affiliates-on-palestine-israel-hamas Petitions to sign https://www.change.org/p/sign-and-share-this-urgent-petition-calling-for-a-ceasefirenow-in-gaza-and-israel and phone calls to make. Go to the Madison Rafah Sister City sites: http://madisonrafah.org/   and/or https://www.facebook.com/madisonrafah to learn more. *************************************** Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups: MADISON Mon Mar 18, 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 Mar 18, 6 – 8 pm Al Gedicks Webinar: Defending Wisconsin's Sacred Waters from Dangerous Mine Proposals. Learn more in the Spotlight above….. On-AIR! Mon Mar 18, 9 – 10 am Somos Voces Radio Show on La Movida. On the air at 94.5 FM & 1480 AM . Join Madison organizers and hosts, Nindik and Stephanie, during Voces’ new monthly Spanish language radio show! We speak with Lupita from La Movida Radio and cover the latest updates from our statewide organizing and campaigns. Each show features a variety of topics with special guests and opportunities for call-ins and questions. The show airs live on 94.5FM (Dane County) and is broadcast on Facebook Live. Please support our efforts by listening, and or sharing on Facebook. Facebook Live at @LaMovidaMadison / @VocesDeLaFronteraWI vdlf@vdlf.org VIRTUAL Mon Mar 18, 6 – 7”30 pm Worker Justice Wisconsin Annual Meeting. Join us and help us celebrate WJW's 2023 accomplishments and partnerships with community, faith, and labor allies! Join the zoom call here -  https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88680154780 ...¡Acompáñenos el lunes 18 de marzo para nuestra Reunión Anual! 🌟 ¡Venga y celebre los logros y asociaciones de Justicia Obrera Wisconsin con la comunidad, la fe y nuestros aliados laborales en el 2023!Esta reunión se llevará a cabo virtualmente en Zoom aquí: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88680154780... info@workerjustice.org MADISON Tues Mar 19, 5 – 6:30 pm JustDane Reentry Service Fair - Madison College South, 2429 Perry St. Meet with local vendors offering resources. Food, too! Contact Mark at mark@justdane.org MILWAUKEE Tues Mar 19, 7 – 8 pm CHAPTER MEETING of Milwaukee's Veterans for Peace Chapter #102. St Johns On The Lake. Contact:  vfpchapter102@gmail.com LaCROSSE Thurs Mar 21, 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 Thurs Mar 21, 12 noon – 1 pm Anti -Gun Vigil. At Dunham Sports store, 2550 S. 108th St. Dunham advertises and sells guns and assault rifles. Organized by  Casa Maria Catholic Worker casamariamke@gmail.com MADISON Thurs Mar 21, 7 pm Wild & Scenic Film Festival – Where Activism Gets Inspired! Barrymore Theater (2090 Atwood Ave). Hosted by the River Alliance of Wisconsin. Tickets are $24.50 in advance. For more info, visit: https://barrymorelive.com/event/wild-scenic-film-festival-2024/  Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop  peckjone@gmail.com MILWAUKEE Sat Mar 23, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: King and North. Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace VIROQUA Sat Mar 23, 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 Mar 23, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace. 909 Dr Martin Luther King Dr. 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 Sun Mar 24, 9:30 – 11 am Farley Center/Natural Path Sanctuary Bird Walk with Badgerland Bird Alliance.  Farley Center land, the Natural Path Sanctuary.  THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO 20 ATTENDEES - register on the link below. Set amidst 25 acres of woods and meadows on Farley Center land, the Natural Path Sanctuary is the first cemetery in Dane County, Wisconsin that exclusively follows natural and green burial practices. The nature preserve encompasses a diverse variety of habitats, including a pond and rocky ridges. We will explore the sanctuary on an early spring morning, looking and listening for birdlife. We will also be joined by staff who can share more about the history and management of this meditative place. As a reminder, spring weather in Wisconsin can be inconsistent, so be sure to bundle up with layers and wear appropriate shoes for possibly icy, muddy, or wet conditions. Feel free to also bring a water bottle to stay hydrated, binoculars, and/or field guide. The field trip leader will share a checklist of all identified birds after the event. Kaitlin Svabek, field trip leader (ksvabek@madisonaudubon.org) ACCESSIBILITY. Want to use an all-terrain, outdoor wheelchair for this field trip? Access Ability Wisconsin offers them for free! APPROXIMATE DISTANCE: 1-3 miles; can be adjusted based on participants’ needs and desires RSVP REQUIRED https://madisonaudubon.org/all-events/2024/03/24/birding-natural-path-sanctuary?fbclid=IwAR1hRg1C17ZInxn0EV66Vf7JshuAsQSbJinhffOD_TIzQowl0xlsgC-G-Z8 VIROQUA Sun Mar 24, 2 – 3 pm GAZA! Presentation & Community conversation about the current catastrophe and its origins. At the Vernon County Historical Society, 410 S Center Ave. Sponsored by Driftless Palestinian Solidarity 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

  • A busy week coming up for WNPJ member groups! Check out WNPJ's weekly e-bulletin - starting March 11.

    WNPJ + Action Alert to Protect the Great Lakes + Spotlight on MASCP and their Summer Tour to El Salvador + Voces de la Frontera comes in as a new member group + other statewide events *********************************** The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 83 member groups around Wisconsin. ************************************ Action Alert – Sign this 350 WI petition today – to save the Great Lakes! Deadline to sign is Monday, March 11th!!! Tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Don't Take Shortcuts on Line 5! As far as national treasures go, the Great Lakes rank near the very top - there’s no question that these pristine freshwater lakes are a pillar in the survival of not just our region, but our planet. Every year, access to clean, fresh water diminishes due to drought, lack of rain, pollution, and more. So why would anyone ever gamble with 84% of North America’s surface freshwater? Enbridge, a Canadian multinational oil company with a long track record of highly destructive environmental disasters, and operator of the deteriorating 70-year-old Line 5 pipeline, is doing just that. As they continue to run a dangerous, outdated tar sands oil pipeline, the company is seeking permission from the USACE to reroute 41 miles of pipeline around the Bad River Band Reservation, where it has been operating illegally for over a decade, threatening tribal sovereignty and treaty rights. It’s more clear now than ever - if we want the planet to continue to be livable, we have to stop our reliance on fossil fuels. This expansion is not a solution and it’s far past time to #ShutDownLine5. Tell the USACE to stop allowing Enbridge to gamble with the Great Lakes, and to conduct the most thorough environmental review possible. Signatures will be delivered in-person to the USACE office in DC on 3/13 - CLICK HERE to add your name! https://wisconsin-350.salsalabs.org/ArmyCorpsL.../index.html Questions? Contact Britnie at britnie.remer@350wisconsin.org And there’s a film coming your way this month – with screenings in Ashland, River Falls, Milwaukee and Madison – Don’t miss it!  Check out the dates and theaters here: Bad River – a Story of Defiance.  https://www.badriverfilm.com/the-film/ ************************************** SPOTLIGHT on the Member group – Madison Arcatao Sister City Project MADISON Sat Mar 16, 10 am – 12 noon Madison Arcatao Sister City Project Gathering. Finca Coffee, 2500 Rimrock Rd #105. The 2024 MASCP's trip to El Salvador is scheduled for June 9-16, 2024 and you are invited to join us! We sponsor these trips for three reasons: 1-      Offering the opportunity to people in Madison to experience our sister city for themselves, 2-      Renewing our friendship with the people of Arcatao and be witness to the joys and challenges of their lives 3-      Bringing current personal stories from Arcatao and El Salvador to the Madison community and to Wisconsin’s representatives in Congress. The theme this year is water quality, water rights, and how sugar cane production affects water and environmental quality in El Salvador. To explore these areas, we’ll be talking with social justice activists in San Salvador, visiting the organized southern community of Las Anonas where sugar cane is produced, and renewing friendships in Arcatao where our sister city is fighting to retain control of their water and avoid privatization. We’ll be exploring El Salvador, too. Some options are hiking El Boqueron, the volcano outside San Salvador, visiting Shicali Cerámica, a pottery workshop in El Salvador, and exoloring St Romero’s home, chapel, and meditation garden. Join the group now and help plan our itinerary! As usual, we’ll be traveling with US El Salvador Sister City (USESSC) staff member, Zulma Tobar, who will be making all our travel, housing and activity arrangements in El Salvador. Depending on air fare, the total cost should be under $2000. This amount includes all meals, transportation, visits and home stays as well as a payment to USESSC for the organizing, guiding and interpreting. Last year the total cost was around $1700. Interested? Have questions? Want more information? Friends of MASCP, past travelers to El Salvador, curious about MASCP, lovers of great coffee and pupusas? You are all invited to these gatherings! See you there! info@mascp.org or you can text Joan at 608 556-0717 https://www.mascp.org/ (photo: MASCP volunteers-  Marilee Sushoreba and Barb Alvarado) ****************************** WNPJ welcomes VDLF – Madison to our organization. Voces de la Frontera is a membership-based community organization led by low-wage workers, immigrants and youth whose mission is to protect and expand civil rights and workers’ rights through leadership development, community organizing and empowerment. We strive to create a world where all people live free of poverty and discrimination, have access to safe, dignified work, quality education, and health care; where immigrants can cross borders with dignity; and human rights and workers’ rights are respected; where government is truly “of the people”, and all families thrive. Contact: Stephanie Janeth Salgado Altamirano stephaniejsa123@gmail.com (608)250-9982  https://vdlf.org/ **************************************** WNPJ is hiring: We’re looking for a Spring Newsletter Coordinator: What does that entail? Gather content for the Spring 2024 WNPJ Network News, edit as needed and create a finished document with articles and images (PDF). Arrange for printing and assist with mailing or arrange with volunteers. The layout can be done with a simple word processor (see examples at https://www.wnpj.org/newsletter). The timeline is somewhat flexible as long as it's sent out this spring. Time required is estimated at 10-20 hours, and there is the potential for coordinating future fall and spring newsletters. Members of the WNPJ Board will supervise and provide necessary resources, suggestions and some content. This is a temporary contract position which pays $20/hour, Contact info@wnpj.org with your interest and skills and experience. **************************************************** WNPJ member groups and affiliates issue Statements and Action Alerts on Hamas/Palestine/Israel See the developing list here: https://www.wnpj.org/post/statements-from-wnpj-groups-and-their-national-affiliates-on-palestine-israel-hamas Petitions to sign https://www.change.org/p/sign-and-share-this-urgent-petition-calling-for-a-ceasefirenow-in-gaza-and-israel and phone calls to make. Go to the Madison Rafah Sister City sites: http://madisonrafah.org/   and/or https://www.facebook.com/madisonrafah to learn more. *************************************** Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups: MADISON Mon Mar 11, 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 Mar 11, 7 pm The 2024 annual meeting for the Richland Center-Santa Teresa Sister City Project. The meeting will be conducted via Zoom. If you are interested in joining, please reply to this email and request an invitation. santateresascp@gmail.com  https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/richland-center---santa-teresa-sister-city-project VIRTUAL Tues Mar 12, 6:30 pm A Path to Peace….supported by member group Echo Valley Hope. Join us for a virtual Introduction to TPRF'S Peace Education Program. Peace Education Is a free, ten week, interactive zoom class that helps individuals discover their inner strength. Subjects include: peace, appreciation, clarity, understanding, self awareness, choice, dignity, and contentment. Learn more: https://tprf.org/peace-education-program/ LaCROSSE Thurs Mar 14, 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 Mar 14, 7 – 8 pm Webinar Know Your Co-op; Own Your Co-op - with Sierra Club, Vernon Co Electric District, and WNPJ's Environmental Justice team. Contact dena.eakles@gmail.com for registration and zoom info. EAU CLAIRE Fri Mar 15, 5 – 6 pm Monthly Peace. Meet at Trunk and Golf Road, Wisconsin 93 - The 3rd Friday of each month is Peace Stand time in Eau Claire, going on since 2004. We gather with, we visit one another and sometimes we sing. Stand and be counted. Mark Helpsmeet is with Northern Spirit Radio, a member group of WNPJ. Contact for more information: helpsmeet@usa.net MADISON Fri Mar 15, 7 pm Kick-off for the Building Unity Democracy Tour.  Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park.  The bus is going to 33 districts in 3 months.  Please join the tour whenever and wherever you can! We are still working on scheduling tour stops. Let us know if you can help in your part of Wisconsin. BuildingUnityWi@gmail.com MILWAUKEE Sat Mar 16, 10  - 11:30 am Webinar: “Inspire Inclusion: Invest in Women” – with UNA of Greater Milwaukee’s celebration of the “2024 International Women’s Day”.  Rickey Gard Diamond, Bernadette Karanja, and Bianca Shaw will present their views on a gender-equal world.  A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.  A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive.  A world where difference is valued and celebrated. The theme of their presentations is “We can forge women's equality.  Collectively, we can all ‘inspire inclusion,’ celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness about discrimination, and take action to drive gender parity.” Attend Virtually Through the Following Zoom Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88650140165?pwd=bElvK1Q0bFFuMlNyK2hNRzF4YkM4UT09 Co-sponsored by:  Peace Action of WI & Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom info@peaceactionwi.org MILWAUKEE Sat Mar 16, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Capitol and Oakland. Each Saturday, a different location.  Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace VIROQUA Sat Mar 16, 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 Mar 16, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace. 909 Dr Martin Luther King Dr. 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 Mar 16, 10 am – 12 noon Madison Arcatao Sister City Project Gathering. Finca Coffee, 2500 Rimrock Rd #105. …..See the Spotlight above….. ******************************************************* 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

  • Waging Peace in Vietnam Exhibit and events in April - Madison

    Special events in Madison during April.... including an Essay Contest for UW-Madison students. There will be exhibits and events in Milwaukee and Oshkosh, too. Co-sponsored by Veterans for Peace #25 and #102 and the Marquette Center for Peacemaking Soldiers and Veterans who Opposed the War Apr 1, 2024 to Apr 21, 2024 Wisconsin Historical Society 816 State St., Madison, Wisconsin 53706 During America’s War in Vietnam, tens of thousands of GIs and veterans created a robust movement in opposition to the war. Yet its history is largely unknown. The Waging Peace in Vietnam exhibit and its companion book show how the GI movement unfolded, from the numerous anti-war coffeehouses springing up outside military bases, to the hundreds of GI newspapers giving an independent voice to active soldiers, to the stockade revolts and the strikes and near-mutinies on naval vessels and in the air force. It’s time to set the record straight. Exhibit photographs and informational panels will be on display in the Wisconsin Historical Society lobby, April 1-21. Scheduled Events and Participants All programs will be in the Wisconsin Historical Society auditorium Tuesday April 2, 5 PM: Opening reception, with talk: "Soldiers in Revolt" -Dissent and Resistance Within the Armed Forces, jpst John Nichols, moderated by Al McCoy - with Susan Schnall, national president, Veterans for Peace; Ronald L. Haeberle, former Army photographer of the iconic My Lai Massacre photographs; David Cortright, Professor Emeritus and special advisor for policy, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame. Author and editor of over 20 books including Waging Peace in Vietnam: U.S. Soldiers and Veterans who Opposed the War. Friday April 5, noon: A War Without End: Legacies of the American War in Vietnam and Among American Veterans, by Ngo Xuan Hien, communications manager, Project RENEW; Chuck Searcy, co-founder and international advisor to Project RENEW; Heather Bowser, founder of Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance, advocacy for offspring of Vietnam Veterans exposed to Agent Orange guests Mike Boehm and Brad Geyer Tuesday April 9, 7 PM: Movie: The War at Home, with director Glenn Silber Wednesday April 10, 7 PM: Movie: Sir! No Sir! with director David Zeiger Sunday, April 14, 7 PM: Movie: The Whistleblower of My Lai, documentary on the Kronos Quartet’s making of the opera My Lai, plus live performance by Vanessa Vo, Kronos Quartet soloist. traditional Vietnamese instruments. Tuesday April 16, 7:00 PM A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace, talk and book signing of her memoir When Heaven and Earth Changed Places, by Le Ly Hayslip, Vietnamese-American author, philanthropist, peace activist, and speaker, with Norman Stockwell, interlocutor Sunday April 21, 2 pm: Movie: Hunting in Wartime, directed by Samantha Farinella. A documentary film exposing the mistreatment of patriotic Native American soldiers while they served in Vietnam and upon their return to the United States. Introduced by Samantha Skenandore, tribal advocate. Further information: Judy Karofsky judykarofsky@gmail.com Phone: 608-770-5600 ********************************************* For UW-Madison Students: deadline April 25th! seasia@seasia.wisc.edu

  • The week of March 4th: WNPJ + Peace Teach-in + Weaving the Web Drop-in Hour + Clean Water Action Council tip + A Path to Peace class registration + other statewide events

    Spotlight on WNPJ member groups: Interfaith Peace Working Group, Peace Action WI, and World BEYOND War They are inviting you to an online teach-in on media activism:“Make War Visible ... And End It” …. with Norman Solomon, author of the book War Made Invisible: How America Hides the Human Toll of Its Military Machine.  Tuesday, March 5th – 7 pm Kathy Kelly, President of World BEYOND War will introduce journalist and activist Norman Solomon -- As wars continue in Gaza, Ukraine, and elsewhere, efforts to stop them are up against a powerful military-industrial-media complex in the United States. No matter how much coverage of war comes through mainstream news outlets, the human realities of war are scarcely conveyed. Cosponsored by the RootsAction Education Fund. Join Zoom Meeting https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlfuyrrDMoGdSwBfeKXSMwV9OSebr_8Hg5 ****************************** JOIN WNPJ for our Monthly Weaving the Web Virtual Drop-in Hour – Thursday, Mar 7th, 12 noon. Board member, Mary Kay Baum is hosting today’s call! 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)  info@wnpj.org ************************** Our member group Clean Water Action Council reminds us that Wisconsin's Focus on Energy offers multiple energy-saving packs full of a variety of efficient home products for every room and need—all sent straight to your doorstep for FREE! https://focusonenergy.com/residential/energy-saving-packs contact@cleanwateractioncouncil.org *************************** Register today – for this course, A Path to Peace: VIRTUAL First session - Tues Mar 12, 6:30 pm ….supported by member group Echo Valley Hope. Join us for a virtual Introduction to TPRF'S Peace Education Program. Peace Education Is a free, ten week, interactive zoom class that helps individuals discover their inner strength. Subjects include: peace, appreciation, clarity, understanding, self awareness, choice, dignity, and contentment. Learn more: https://tprf.org/peace-education-program/ **************************************************** See the developing list here: https://www.wnpj.org/post/statements-from-wnpj-groups-and-their-national-affiliates-on-palestine-israel-hamas Petitions to sign https://www.change.org/p/sign-and-share-this-urgent-petition-calling-for-a-ceasefirenow-in-gaza-and-israel and phone calls to make. Go to the Madison Rafah Sister City sites: http://madisonrafah.org/   and/or https://www.facebook.com/madisonrafah to learn more. *************************************** Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups: *********************************** The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 83 member groups around Wisconsin. ************************************ MADISON Mon Mar 4, 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 Mar 4, 6:30 pm "What’s On My Ballot – Spring 2024 Elections" Webinar. You can register in advance here. This webinar is cosponsored by the Wisconsin Council of Churches, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, WISDOM, the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, MICAH, the Wisconsin Council of Rabbis, the Wisconsin Public Education Network, and the Wisconsin Interfaith Voter Campaign. On April 2, Wisconsinites will be voting for much more than the presidential primary. The election will also include: Two referenda to change the Wisconsin constitution in ways that will affect how our elections are run. Many Wisconsin School Districts will be voting on school funding referenda. We will be joined by our friends from the Wisconsin Public Education Network who will help us understand more of what's at stake there. And more!  Sent to WNPJ by David Liners office@wisdomwisconsin.org MADISON and VIRTUAL Mon March 4, 7 – 8:15 pm EcoEanxiety, Climate Grief and Solastalgia – talk with Mirtha Pacheco, hosted by 350 Wisconsin Friends Meeting House (1704 Roberts Court) and zoom option. Mirtha Pacheco is the Outreach Program Coordinator with the Loka Initiative of the UW’s Center for Healthy Minds. The Initiative’s mission is to “support faith-led environmental and climate efforts locally and around the world by helping build capacity of faith leaders and culture keepers of Indigenous traditions, and by creating new opportunities for projects, partnerships and public outreach.” For more info and to register for login details, visit: https://350wisconsin.org/monthly-meetings/ MADISON Tues Mar 5, 9 am – 3 pm WISDOM is celebrating International Women's Day with our partner, FREE. At the Wisconsin State Capitol (Gar Hall Room 413 N).  FREE focuses on the unique issues of women who have experienced incarceration. FREE works to end the shackling of incarcerated, pregnant women and girls and ensures dignity before, during and after childbirth through Wisconsin's first doula program. Join leaders to advocate for improved housing options, health care, birth experiences and dignity for incarcerated women and girls as well as women in reentry in honor of International Women's Day. There will be a continental breakfast and lunch provided as well as a t-shirt. Be sure you register in advance through this link  For questions, you can email Peggy West-Schroder at peggy@freemvmnt.org. Sent to WNPJ by WISDOM office@wisdomwisconsin.org MADISON Tues Mar 5, 5:30 – 7 pm Building Community and Collective Healing Shared  Threads: Stories that Weave Us Together - Chrysalis Inc, 1342 Dewey Court.  Promoting mental health and substance use recovery in our community by supporting work opportunities that encourage hope, healing, and wellness. We are so excited to be hosting our 2nd annual Storytelling Event. We are so grateful to have Araceli Esparza as our emcee for the evening. Araceli is a motivational speaker, podcast host, Chicana poeta, consultant and the founder of Midwest Mujeres Collective. We invite you to attend this FREE event. Click here to reserve your spot at Shared Threads! rischall@workwithchrysalis.org VIRTUAL Tues Mar 5, 7 pm  Online Teach-in on Media Activism: “Make War Visible…and End it” See spotlight above for zoom details. MADISON Thurs Mar 7, 10 am – 4 pm  Wisconsin's Day of Empathy at the Wisconsin State Capitol.  Day of Empathy is the nation’s largest day of action for criminal justice reform, & this wouldn’t be possible without everyone’s collective effort in fighting for what’s right. It brings together people from all walks of life who have been negatively impacted by America’s criminal justice system – from survivors of violent crime to those who are currently incarcerated individuals to the loved ones on the outside who advocate for their freedom and systemic reforms, from children of incarcerated parents to people on mass supervision to all community members impacted by crime, public safety issues, and violence. Join us for a legislative day at the Wisconsin State Capitol to uplift your voice alongside justice impacted people, families, allies to discuss with legislators how supervision (probation, parole and extended supervision) should be changed to transform our state towards public safety and thriving communities for all people. There will be a panel, live Supervision Simulation and Educational Legislative Visits. Sign up through this link. Contact Peggy West-Schroder at peggy@freemvmnt.org or David Liners of WISDOM office@wisdomwisconsin.org LaCROSSE Thurs Mar 7, 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 Mar 7, 12 noon – 1 pm WNPJ’s Weaving the Web Drop-In Hour. 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)  info@wnpj.org DE PERE Thurs Mar 7, 6 – 8 pm End The Lockdowns Community Forum – at the St. Norbert  Mulva Library, 3rd St.  Join WISDOM for the Forum with JOSHUA-Green Bay and ESTHER-Fox Valley. Join us to meet Green Bay elected officials, learn about WISDOM’s End The Lockdowns Campaign and provide input on transformational justice priorities in Wisconsin. Confirmed panelists include Sara Williams, JOSHUA Community Organizer, Dant'e Cottingham, EXPO - EX-incarcerated People Organizing Interim Executive Director and Representative David Steffen (R-Assembly District 4). Register in advance:  https://bit.ly/greenbayendthelockdowns MADISON Thurs Mar 7,  3 pm Watchdogs: The Role of Political Commentary in Our Democracy – talk with John Nichols, Madison College, Rm. A2025 – Truax Campus (1750 Wright St.) John Nichols is a national correspondent for The Nation and associate editor of the Capital Times. Part of the Writer's Life Lecture Series. Nichols is a prominent figure in political journalism, known for his insightful commentary and in-depth analysis of American politics. He has covered a wide range of political issues, from grassroots movements to presidential campaigns, with a keen focus on social justice and progressive values. More info? Visit: https://www.theonlineclarion.com/e-newsletter/2024/02/14/renowned-journalist-john-nichols-to-speak-at-madison-colleges-writers-life-series/  Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop peckjohne@gmail.com VIRTUAL Thurs Mar 7, 6:30 – 7:30 pm WILPF Monthly Book Circle Conversation - The first Thursday of each month. The book tonight: American Prison; a Reporter's Undercover Journey into the business of Punishment - by Shane Bauer. 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/ MADISON and VIRTUAL Thurs Mar 7, 7 – 8:30 pm WI Faith Voices for Justice Interfaith Intersection event. 7118 Old Sauk Road. This program brings people together to hold intentional conversations on a variety of topics related to faith. An important aspect of this program is that our panelists are lay people, not clergy or academics. Therefore, panelists will address the topics speaking from their own understanding of their faith but not speaking for their faith. Please volunteer if you're interested in being a panelist. Please join us: (all events are Thursday nights, 7:00 to 8:30 in person and on Zoom) ·         March 7 – Sin; at Madison Christian Community, 7118 Old Sauk Road, Madison ·         April 11 - fasting/self-denial; location TBD ·         May 9 - forgiveness - person to person; person to God; at the Bahai Center, 324 W Lakeside St, Madison ·         Sept. 12 - what is your faith’s "high holy day" - location TBD ·         Oct. 17 - cycle of times/seasons in different traditions; location TBD ·         Nov. 14 - giving thanks; Sugar River United Methodist Church, 415 W Verona Ave, Verona PLEASE RSVP HERE. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeyVkki4VyxMj71M62T-77nTjh7WAIlpT0bY_fHRNf6dyuHkw/viewform If you would like to be a panelist for any of these events, email Rabbi Bonnie Margulis wifaithvoices4justice@gmail.com VIRTUAL Sat Mar 9, 10 – 11:45 am  Annual Meeting of WI Transit Riders Alliance. In the first hour of the zoom call, we will hear about the special jobs-oriented FlexRide Milwaukee project from Dave Steele, Executive Director of MobiliSE. There will be time for questions and discussion after the presentation. Our annual business meeting of the WI Transit Riders will begin at 11:00 a.m. We’ll be updating our bylaws and Strategic Plan, hearing reports of our current situation and generally launching ourselves into another year. https://witransitriders.org/events/annual-meeting/  Register at https://tinyurl.com/WTRA0324  Contact: Susan DeVos https://witransitriders.org/ info@witransitriders.org VIROQUA Sat Mar 9, 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 Mar 9, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace. 909 Dr Martin Luther King Dr. 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! MILWAUKEE Sat Mar 9, 12 noon – 1 pm Weekly Stand for Peace with Peace Action WI. St. Paul and Water.  Each week a different venue. Bring signs. Contact: info@peaceactionwi.org MADISON and VIRTUAL Sun Mar 10, 7 – 8 pm  Casa Alitas Presentation - Beth Israel Center, 1406 Mound St. Please join Beth Israel Center and the Dane Sanctuary Coalition  for a presentation from members of Beth Israel Center on their recent volunteer trips to Casa Alitas in Tucson. Throughout October, groups of volunteers from Beth Israel Center journeyed to Tucson to volunteer at Casa Alitas, a migrant welcome center. As the crisis at our border increases, the needs for help at Casa Alitas and similar migrant centers will only increase. Join us and hear about the volunteers’ experiences and how the trip came together. The event will be in Madison and also on Zoom. Please RSVP by March 8 using this google form: https://forms.gle/363KwRqsxQwyV3Q59. Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice -  Dane Sanctuary Coalition Steering Committee. ******************************************************* 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

  • "Waging Peace in Vietnam": Special Exhibits and Events in Madison, Milwaukee and Oshkosh in April. Watch for updates....

    WNPJ member groups are co-sponsoring this month-long series of exhibits and events throughout Wisconsin. Pax Christi-Madison, World BEYOND War - Madison, Veterans for Peace #25 Madison, Madison Friends Meeting, Physicians for Social Responsibilty - Madison, Veterans for Peace #102, and Marquette Center for Peacemaking. MILWAUKEE The Veterans for Peace Chapter of Milwaukee #102 has these events planned April 2 - 17, working with Marquette's Center for Peacemaking: WAGING PEACE IN VIETNAM EXHIBIT will be  on display in the lobby of  Marquette's Raynor Memorial Library lobby. All events are free and open to the public. April 3: Grand opening event with My Lai photographer Ron Haeberle, national VFP President Susan Schnall, and activist/author/scholar David Cortright at 12:00 noon at Marquette's Alumni Memorial Union's Lunda Room. April 4: Chuck Searcy and Ngo Thien of Project RENEW, which works to locate and remove mines, bombs and other unexploded ordnance in Quang Tri Province, will speak. Room/time to be announced. April 15: Author Le Ly Hayslip, whose memoir, When Heaven and Earth Changed Places, was the inspiration for Oliver Stone's film, 'Heaven and Earth', wll tell of her experiences as a war refugee. Meet in the Beaumier Suites at Raynor Memorial Library, 4:30 pm. -- Watch for more updates here! Veterans for Peace Chapter 102 vfpchapter102@gmail.com

  • On Fair Maps and Redistricting - from Mary Kay Baum and WDC

    BUILD UPON RECENT YEARS We can now be glad with the changes made in redistricting this year. Much of this improvement started in past years of working intensely for fair maps for all. WNPJ and its members were very active for Fair Maps in 2021-2022 cooperating along with many other organizations. These included events, testimonies and YouTubes involving Justice Peche, Dan Folkman, Dan Russler, Joe Miller, Paddy Brzezinski, Paul DeMain, Sarah Hinkley, WI Progress North, etc. Our emphasis was front line communities. This brought us to study and understand and encourage dozens of maps being submitted to the People's Maps Commission emphasizing fairness for indigenous populations. TODAY'S IMPROVEMENT AND ITS CHALLENGE The 2023-24 year benefited from the new map leadership of  the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes (M.A.I.N.) and the Lac du Flambeau Tribe. If nothing else, let us follow the fairness presented by their briefs, a court that “strives to preserve and keep intact local governments and political subdivisions such as counties and municipalities surely should pay the same respect to Tribal governments and their American Indian reservations. “ Like the Wright Map, endorsed by Native groups, the Governor's Map kept the reservations whole and united as much as humanly possible. The far North is also much more fair than before. The older Northern districts were typically cut vertically separating tribes. But now there is much more connecting across the North horizontally in or near wild rice country. But to this day, the regular media and the public in general were not yet covering or emphasizing this principle. Our job is to continue to work for this requirement in future maps. Many states have formally required redistricting to preserve reservations as legitimate, long-standing sovereign communities recognized federally that should be kept whole within assembly and senate districts. We can work now so our policies become legal requirements. EXAMPLES OF RECENT WRONGDOING Ten Wisconsin Tribes  through the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes and Lac du Flambeau Tribe Amicus Brief remind us that,"the map that the Wisconsin Legislature proposed in 2021 and that this Court adopted in 2022 divided and broke apart Wisconsin’s Indian reservations, disrespecting Tribal communities of interest. For example, the Forest County Potawatomi Community was split across two assembly districts; the Lac du Flambeau Reservation was, too. The Oneida Nation was fractured across three assembly districts, as was the St. Croix Chippewa Indians’ reservation. And the reservations of the St. Croix Chippewa and amicus curiae the Lac du Flambeau Tribe were each needlessly sliced by senate-district boundaries, as well." EXAMPLES OF ANCIENT BEGINNINGS Much farther back in the 1820s, the Stockbridge-Munsee, pushed west from New York, asked to obtain some land for their use. The Menominee agreed to a US treaty that shared some of their land which adjoined what is now the Menominee Middle Village in Red Springs township of Shawano County.  All the Stockbridge Munsee are within Red Springs or Bartelme Townships of Shawano County.  So redistricting to also include some more of Shawano County into the same Assembly District honors the significant Community of Interest around these two reservations and their Shawano neighbors. Interestingly,  our work on restoring Stockbridge Munsee and all Menominee reservations was satisfied in 2022.  Still some of the 2023 maps (Legislature and Clarke) kept thiem separated. The possibility of  flipping back and forth is terrible. SPECIAL CELEBRATION FOR THREE TRIBES Joe Miller of the Stockbridge Munsee, Michael Fish, Jr of the Menominee, and George Swamp of the Oneida are pictured here with Governor Evers above. These three recognized how their respective Reservations will, for the first time, be each whole and yet together within one Senate District! They look forward to their voices and values being heard more strongly in the Legislature due to the Governor's Map just adopted. Mary Kay Baum 608/935-5834 821 W Browning, Appleton, WI 54914 marykbaum@gmail.com ************************************************************* From the WI Democracy Campaign: Dear Friend, This week, we made history because of you. After years of our collective hard work and our organization’s leadership within the Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition, we have ended the partisan gerrymander that has disenfranchised Wisconsin voters for years [Pictured: Gov. Evers proudly displays 2023 Wisconsin Act 94 with Fair Maps Coalition partners and WDC Executive Director Nick Ramos jubilantly at his side.] We couldn't have achieved this without your support and dedication to our organization. For the first time in years, Wisconsinites will have the opportunity to have their voices heard at the ballot box through representation that is reflective of the will of the people. We made it clear: Politicians shouldn't pick their voters; it should be the other way around. Even though we have made a HUGE step in the right direction, our work is not finished. Our next step? Wisconsin must adopt a nonpartisan, independent redistricting process so that we can avoid political power grabs. You can support our work going forward: https://www.wisdc.org/get-involved/donate Nick Ramos, Executive Director ramos@wisdc.org

  • Events and Action Alerts from WNPJ member groups the week of Feb. 26th. Check it out!

    WNPJ + Poor People’s Campaign and Madison Rally + ACTION ALERTS from IPWG on Gaza AND from Clean Water Action Council & Citizens Climate Lobby on the environment + other statewide events *********************************** MADISON; On Saturday, March 2 at 10 am at the State Capitol…. Wisconsinites from all corners of the state will be gathering to take part in a day of nationally coordinated actions at over 30 statehouses across the country. Together, we will use our collective voice to demand an end to poverty and lift up ALL of the interlocking injustices that we face as poor and working-class people. Will you join us? Here’s a reason someone from Beloit will be in Madison on March 2nd. Check it out! Wisconsin PPC leader and coordinating committee member Rodolfo Abarca, from Beloit, shared why he will be in Madison on March 2nd! With 140 million poor and low-wealth people in America (the wealthiest nation on earth) we know that poverty is a moral failure of our leadership and we won’t be silent anymore. Chronic poverty is the 4th leading cause of premature death in this country - more than gun violence and car accidents. It doesn’t need to be this way, and as the majority, we can make a difference. Want to get involved? Here's how you can take part in this mobilization: There are many volunteer opportunities leading up to, as well as on the day of, the march and mass assembly. No prior experience is needed! Please CLICK HERE to fill out the form and be involved in this historic day. RSVP HERE for the March 2 Assembly and March SIGN UP to volunteer on March 2nd Follow us on Facebook + RSVP and share the Facebook event for 3/2! Car-pooling options: Buses will be departing from Beloit, Milwaukee, and Racine! Do you want to ride the bus? Sign up here: To ride from Milwaukee    To ride from Beloit     To ride from Racine A sliding scale donation of $0-15 is suggested for bus tickets — pay what you can. Need a ride from a different part of the state? Email us at wisconsin@poorpeoplescampaign.org to be connected to carpools to the best of our ability. ************************************************** Urgent Action Alert on Gaza….. Dear Peacemaking Friends, What follows is a statement on the tragedy in Gaza developed by the WNPJ member group Interfaith Peace Working Group. If you agree with this statement, we encourage you to sign it and be a part of this peace witness of people and communities of faith in Wisconsin. You can read the statement below and add your name by clicking here. https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSdxwBglewRg8x.../viewform Please share this statement with others whom you think might be interested in signing it. –Interfaith Peace Working Group interfaithpeaceworkinggroup@gmail.com **************************************** ACTION ALERT from Clean Water Action Council and Citizens Climate Lobby As early as this week the WI State Senate and then the Assembly will be voting on Assembly Joint Resolution 6 (AJR6), which proposes a constitutional amendment that would shift control over federal funds received by the state from the Governor to the State Legislature. As authorized by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, massive federal funding for clean energy development, green jobs, and climate resilience is coming into Wisconsin already, and much more is ahead. The proposed amendment could severely jeopardize Wisconsin’s timely access to those funds and so its transition to a clean energy economy. To amend Wisconsin’s constitution, the proposed amendment must be approved by the legislature in two consecutive sessions and then approved in a state-wide referendum. It has already been approved by the previous legislature. If it’s approved by the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly again, a referendum for its approval will be held this coming November. So, please– 1. Find the email addresses of your State Senator and State Representative. Enter your address beneath the “WHO ARE MY LEGISLATORS?” heading, click on “Find Your Legislator,” and then click on your district. https://legis.wisconsin.gov/ 2. Send emails to both of them urging them to oppose AJR6. Here’s a sample message that you can cut and paste. (You can, of course, modify it as you see fit, or come up with your own.) Dear [Senator][Representative][______________] I am deeply concerned about the proposed Assembly Joint Resolution 6 (AJR6). This resolution poses a significant threat to Wisconsin's ability to efficiently accept and allocate federal funds, jeopardizing timely access to critical investments in clean energy initiatives and emergency response. I strongly urge you to oppose AJR6 and ensure that Wisconsin's access to federal funds remains efficient, responsive, and aligned with the state's urgent needs. [Your name] [Your address IS VERY IMPORTANT SO THEY KNOW YOU ARE A CONSTITUENT] 3. Send an email with the message “Done!” to this email address: CCLWisco@gmail.com as soon as you’ve taken this highly commendable action. ************************************************ See the developing list here: https://www.wnpj.org/post/statements-from-wnpj-groups-and-their-national-affiliates-on-palestine-israel-hamas Petitions to sign https://www.change.org/p/sign-and-share-this-urgent-petition-calling-for-a-ceasefirenow-in-gaza-and-israel and phone calls to make. Go to the Madison Rafah Sister City sites: http://madisonrafah.org/   and/or https://www.facebook.com/madisonrafah to learn more. *************************************** The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 82 member groups around Wisconsin. ************************************ Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups: MADISON Mon Feb 26, 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 Feb. 26,, 6:30 – 8:00 pm Lights up for Palestine Vigil – before the Journey Freedom concert. Corner of N. Frances and W Dayton St. More info? Visit: http://madisonrafah.org/ FITCHBURG Mon Feb 26, 10 – 11 am 'UN in the News' Monthly Discussion. Fitchburg public library. UN in the News discussion group meets the 4th Monday of each month -We'll be discussing several important foreign policy topics and concerns for 2024. These include the Israeli war on Gaza, climate change, the continuing war in Ukraine, migration trends and major elections in 2024. Questions? Contact Sam Romano of the UNA USA Dane County chapter  sromano@charter.net VOLK FIELD Tues Feb 27th 3:45 – 4:45 Monthly Vigil to Ground the Drones - End the Wars. Camp Douglas near Mauston.  More info - Joy First, 608 239-4327, Joyfirst5@gmail.com MILWAUKEE Wed Feb 28, 12 noon – 1 pm ANTI-GUN VIGIL. 2027 S 108th St at Dunham Sports store. Dunham advertises and sells guns and assault rifles. Casa Maria Catholic Worker casamariamke@gmail.com LaCROSSE Thurs Feb 29, 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 APPLETON Sat Mar 2, 11 am – 12 noon Fox Valley Monthly Stand for Peace. Houdini Plaza, West Lawrence Street. Every month - the first Saturday! Bring your signs! Organizer: Ronna Swift ronnajean61@gmail.com MADISON Sat Mar 2, 10 am Poor Peoples Campaign Assembly and March. Meet at the State Capitol. For details, see the SPOTLIGHT above…. MILWAUKEE Sat Mar 2, 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 Mar 2, 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! MADISON Sat Mar 2, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm Sara Alvarado: Healing Through Storytelling Workshop. At First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Dr. Afte r the 10AM book talk at First Unitarian Society, join author and storyteller, Sara Alvarado, for a reflective workshop on the practice of healing through writing and storytelling. Bring your notebook and pen (or a computer) and learn ways to uncover stories that offer healing and liberation. Your story matters. Payment of $20 can be made by writing a check to FUS and noting the event, paying at the door with cash or check. Sign Up Here:  http://tinyurl.com/writewithsara MILWAUKEE Sat Mar 2, 12 noon – 1 pm Weekly Stand for Peace with Peace Action WI. 76th and Layton.  Each week a different venue. Bring signs. Contact: info@peaceactionwi.org RACINE Sat Mar 2, 12:30 – 1:30 pm Weekly Stand for Peace. 909 Dr Martin Luther King Dr. 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! www.wnpj.org 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 in Madison has an opening date of 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 **************************************** 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! 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