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  • What's happening with WNPJ groups the week of Feb 19th! Check it out! Welcome to 2 new member groups – Urban Triage and Clean Water Action Council  + Spotlight on Crawford Stewardship Project

    *********************************** We welcome our newest WNPJ member groups: Urban Triage Inc. https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/urban-triage%2C-inc AND… Clean Water Action Council https://www.cleanwateractioncouncil.org/ ********************************************** SPOTLIGHT on Crawford Stewardship Project https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/crawford-stewardship-project "Planning for Stewardship" – Seneca Opportunities for protection of values and priorities exist at the township level. You don't have to drive very far to see the effects of environmental injustice brought on by large industries and unplanned development. Whether it be from high capacity transmission lines, cell towers, frac sand mining facilities or factory farms, these industries have no mandates to protect the values and priorities of the local residents. Even poorly planned residential development causes environmental and economic issues. The time to take action to protect the area we call home is before unwanted changes are established. Local governments at the township level have the opportunity to pass ordinances that can secure protections not provided at the state level. The state laws do not take into consideration the varied needs of the natural resources and geology of an area, nor the values of the local families. Instead, the laws are one-size-fits-all laws for the entire state of Wisconsin. So, it's up to us to protect our unique region. Join Crawford Stewardship Project, Crawford County Land Conservation Department and Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission Sunday, February 25, 3 - 5:30 pm at Seneca School, 202 Main Street, for an informative event of presentations and discussion titled, "Planning for Stewardship". Please encourage your Town Board Supervisors and Planning Commission members to attend. csp.county@gmail.com ********************************************************** WNPJ member groups and affiliates issue Statements and Action Alerts on Hamas/Palestine/Israel See the developing list here, including a new statement from Family Farm Defenders: 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 Feb 19, 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 Tues Feb 20, 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/ VIRTUAL Wed Feb 21, 7 – 8:30 pm New Member Orientation and Interest Meeting of DSA Madison Zoom Registration  Join DSA today! For more information: dsamadison@gmail.com LaCROSSE Thurs Feb 22, 12 noon - 12:30 pm Weekly Women in Black Peace Vigil. Meet at Main St & 4th Street South. A weekly vigil for peace every Thursday. Contact Deborah. dbuffton@yahoo.com EAU CLAIRE Fri Feb 23, 5 – 6 pm Monthly Peace Stand. 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 MILWAUKEE Sat Feb 24, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Each Saturday, a different location. Today meet at Howell and Howard. Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace VIROQUA Sat Feb 24, 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 Feb 24, 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 Feb. 24th 1 pm Stand With Ukraine – United for Victory Rally! WI State Capitol Today marks the second anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Join us in solidarity with the people of Ukraine as they face a full-scale invasion, bravely defending their sovereignty and the principles of freedom and democracy. More info? Visit the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1713825465762994/  Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop - peckjohne@gmail.com MADISON Sun. Feb. 25 10 am Political Dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinean Conflict . Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society (2010 Whenona Dr.). This Badger Talk will explore the ups and downs of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over time, the current strategies of the participants, and where it is likely to go from here. Presenter is UW Prof. Nadav Shelef, Israel Studies and Political Science. His current projects focus on understanding how homelands change and the conditions under which religious parties moderate their positions. Info? https://www.facebook.com/events/3134827846812422/ Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop peckjohne@gmail.com MADISON; On Saturday, March 2, 2024, Wisconsinites from all corners of the state will be gathering in Madison 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? 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. ******************************************************* Join WNPJ! We're an umbrella organization of 82 member groups and individuals across Wisconsin. www.wnpj.org 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 this SPring and summer in Madison! WNPJ member groups can sign up for a Saturday opportunity to TABLE at the Dane County Farmers Market – this spring/summer/fall 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 ********************************************************** You can open any of our weekly WNPJ e-Bulletins from the archive and copy the web address to share with others. Sign up for your weekly copy here: https://wnpj.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=1bbaa12186f8b135587d81292&id=c41d504d4c ************************************ 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

  • World Beyond War - Madison - Events for the week of Feb 12th. Will You Free My Palestine?

    This week the Wisconsin Coalition for Justice in Palestine is holding actions around the state against US funding to Israel and US aggression in the region. On Wednesday, can you join us in Madison? Weds, Feb 14 - Vigil, Walk & Fast - Stop Sending Weapons Around the World & Reinstate UNRWA Funding 12 noon - 30 W Mifflin St, 7th floor - Vigil inside Baldwin's office and make antiwar valentines for Senators Baldwin and Johnson, and Rep Pocan. 12:30 pm - War Abolition Walk from 30 W Mifflin St to Library Mall. 1:00 pm - Vigil at Library Mall and offer valentines for people to sign. 1:45 - War Abolition Walk back to Baldwin's office to deliver more valentines at 2 pm. RSVP if you can to warabolition@gmail.com, or just show up for any part.  If you can visit Senator Johnson or Rep Pocan's offices to deliver valentines, please drop us a line at warabolition@gmail.com. As always, check the Madison Rafah Sister City Project website for more ways to be active. Thursday - Ceasefire Resolution at the Dane County Board You are invited to come out to support 3 resolutions: 2023 RES-333, CALLING FOR A CEASEFIRE IN GAZA https://bit.ly/42BWdh92023 RES-314,  CONDEMNING ANTISEMITISM IN THE DANE COUNTY COMMUNITY AND BEYOND (Support either the Huelsemann or Miles Sub)2023 RES-321, CONDEMNING ISLAMOPHOBIA IN THE DANE COUNTY COMMUNITY AND BEYOND Executive Committee Meeting (https://bit.ly/3wiN0OI) Thursday, February 15, 2024 5:00 PM - Attend in person at the City County Building, Room 354 or Register by 4:30 pm to attend via zoom at https://bit.ly/4bAvV2Y County Board Meeting (https://bit.ly/3HZudKQ) Thursday, February 15, 2024 7:00 PM - Attend in person at the City County Building, Room 201 or Register by 6:30 pm to attend via zoom OR you can email the board with your comments and support atCounty_Board_Recipients@countyofdane.com Today the Senate approved $95 billion more for weapons to kill people in Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan. Bernie Sanders and 26 Republicans voted no. Tammy Baldwin voted yes. Next the bill will come before the House. From Bernie Sanders - “The United States, whether we like it or not, is deeply complicit in what is going on in Gaza right now: Those are our weapons that are killing children in huge numbers, that are destroying homes in huge numbers.” ... “This bill provides $10 billion dollars more in U.S. military aid for the Netanyahu government to continue its horrific war against the Palestinian people. That is unconscionable. That is why I will be voting NO.” Hope in Bad Times Do you know this quote from Howard Zinn? "To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based onthe fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also ofcompassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize inthis complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, itdestroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times andplaces - and there are so many - where people have behaved magnificently,this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sendingthis spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, inhowever small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future.The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as wethink human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us,is itself a marvelous victory." Howard Zinn (You Can't Be Neutral on aMoving Train: A personal history of our times, p. 208) Peace and love,Janet & Stefania, warabolition@gmail.com

  • What's happening the week of Feb 12th across WI - with WNPJ member groups! And sign on to the Gaza Petition!

    “Making a Planet-Friendly Farm Bill” MT.HOREB Mon Feb 12, 7 pm Hybrid Meeting of 350.org on the Farm Bill . Mt Horeb Community Center, 107 N Grove St. The federal Farm Bill isn't just vitally important to farmers, it impacts every American community— urban, suburban and rural. ....more details in the Events section, below: Sent to WNPJ by 350.org and Family Farm Defenders.... ************************ Spotlight on Interfaith Peace Working Group Sign on today! Wisconsin Communities of Faith and Conscience Call for an Immediate Ceasefire and Peace Negotiations in the Holy Land What follows is a statement on the tragedy in Gaza developed by the 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. –Interfaith Peace Working Group We, members and leaders of communities of faith and conscience in Wisconsin, have joined together to bring a unified moral voice to the human catastrophe in Gaza and the increasing violence throughout Israel and Palestine. We represent the voices of many others in our local communities of faith and conscience who grieve the deaths of so many human beings in what many of us call the “Holy Land.” We grieve both the decades of Israeli occupation and oppression in the West Bank and Gaza and the violent attacks of Palestinian groups on Israelis. We are horrified by the brutal October 7th Hamas attack on Israelis. We are also horrified by the retaliatory massacre by Israel’s powerful Defense Forces of tens of thousands of people in Gaza and the West Bank. Our hearts go out to both the Israelis and Palestinians who have lost loved ones and to the Palestinians who are still suffering from Israel’s continued attacks on Gaza. This is what we know has occurred in the land that holds so many stories central to our understanding of our Creator God: ·         On October 7, 2023, over 1100 Israelis and foreign nationals, nearly two thirds of whom were civilians, were killed, tortured or taken forcefully to Gaza to be used as hostages by Hamas. ·         In retaliation, tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza, two thirds of whom are women and children, have been and are being killed. ·         2.3 million people in Gaza have suffered the total destruction of their communities. Entire neighborhoods, schools, houses of worship, cultural centers and even hospitals have been destroyed. All has been turned to rubble. ·         The civilians of Gaza are being deliberately deprived of clean water, food, shelter, medicine, and medical care. Without these basic necessities, many of those who survived the bombings and displacements are starving, freezing or dying of illnesses brought on by the conditions created by Israel’s massive military attack on Gaza. ·         Attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank by settlers provided with guns by the Israeli government and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have also increased, resulting in injury, displacement, and death. As people of faith, we believe we must bring our various faiths to bear on this disaster by: ·         Uplifting the Torah value of t’selem Elohim, the Divine Image. Every human life is a reflection of God and has infinite value. ·         Uplifting the value of the agape love of Jesus, an active, unconditional and inclusive love that is built on justice for all of God’s children. ·         Uplifting the value of ‘adl (justice). The Quran calls upon us to “uphold justice and bear witness to God, even if it is against yourselves, parents or close relatives.” We plead with our communities to save precious human lives on all sides of this conflict by: ·         Petitioning the President and Wisconsin’s US senators and congressional representatives to demand that they support an immediate and permanent ceasefire, an immediate end to US financial and military support for Israel’s continued attacks on Gaza, an increase in humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza, and an end to settlers’ and Israeli Defense Forces’ attacks on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. ·         Calling on our government to insist on the safe release of all Israeli and international hostages being held by Hamas and all Palestinians being held by Israel for acts of nonviolent political resistance or protest. ·         Urging our governmental leaders to convene or participate in an international conference convened by others to work towards the development of a just and lasting peace agreement in the Holy Land. We believe that such an agreement must guarantee the human rights and security of all the region’s inhabitants. To do so, it must include provisions that ensure authentic Palestinian self-determination and deny governing authority to any persons or organizations that support genocidal actions against the Palestinian or Jewish people. ·         Rejecting and denouncing all forms and expressions of antisemitism and Islamophobia in our communities, especially in the rhetoric of politicians and White Christian Nationalists. We invite all people and communities of faith and conscience to sign this statement and join the effort to bring about an immediate, permanent ceasefire in Gaza and a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. interfaithpeaceworkinggroup@gmail.com https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/interfaith-peace-working-group *********************************** Silent Auction for Emergency Aid to Gaza on Feb. 14th - Valentine's Day Event by Madison-Rafah Sister City Project and Palestine Partners Silent online auction starts Valentine's Day at Noon and ends February 29 at 5pm. 100% of proceeds will go immediately to Middle East Children’s Alliance to provide emergency food, water, shelter and medical care in Gaza. The auction is free and open to the public. It can be viewed now, and bidding will start Valentine's Day at noon at http://32auctions.com/GazaRelief. https://www.facebook.com/events/778935360937352?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[]%7D ***************************** Be a part of history - join us for a day of nationally coordinated actions! On March 2, 2024, Wisconsinites from all corners of the state will be gathering in Madison 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? 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 Join our February statewide meeting pep + prep rally Follow us on Facebook + RSVP and share the Facebook event for 3/2! Talk with your congregation, union, or other organization about coming to 3/2 as a group or spreading the world. Contact us if you would like help reaching out to organizations. 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. ************************ Madison Arcatao Sister City Project Gathering - Madison The 2024 Madison Arcatao Sister City Project'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? Come to our annual informal gatherings/reunions! Where: Finca Salvadoran Cafe, 2500 Rimrock Rd #105, Madison Dates: Saturday, February 17 and/or March 16 Time: 10 AM-12 PM Or you can text Joan at 608 556-0717 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 ******************************** 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 Feb 12, 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. MT.HOREB Mon Feb 12, 7 pm Hybrid Meeting of 350.org on the Farm Bill “Making a Planet-Friendly Farm Bill”. Mt Horeb Community Center, 107 N Grove St. The federal Farm Bill isn't just vitally important to farmers, it impacts every American community— urban, suburban and rural. This massive legislation shapes national policies dealing with everything from nutrition and hunger to climate change and natural resource conservation. Following up on our panel last November, we will be holding another panel discussion in Mt Horeb! Learn how to influence the Farm Bill to promote agricultural practices that are good for farmers, the land, air and water quality, consumers, and the climate. Then, take action with us as part of the event! Our speakers will be Margaret Krome, Senior Policy Expert for the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute; Daron Von Ruden, President of the Wisconsin Farmers Union; and 350 Wisconsin’s own Mike McCabe! We are co-hosting this event with Southwest Wisconsin Area Progressives, Wisconsin Farmers Union, Blue Jean Nation, and the Farley Center. member group of WNPJ This will be a hybrid event, on Monday, February 12th at 7:00pm. Please contact Michael Friend at mjfriend0316@gmail.com if you are coming via zoom, for the link. See you there! 350wisconsin@350wisconsin.org VIRTUAL Tues Feb 13, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Webinar: Attorney Adam Voskuil from Midwest Environmental Advocates will discuss CAFO regulations and moratoriums. Register online. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-review-of-local-regulations-and-moratoriums-for-cafos-in-wisconsin-tickets-769844414367   In recent years, several local governments have adopted measures to address the impacts of concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, on the environment. This presentation will review those efforts and discuss one of the most common starting points for local governments that are considering regulating CAFOs within their borders: a moratorium. A moratorium is a temporary suspension or prohibition on an activity. In this context, a CAFO moratorium can put a pause on CAFO development for a short period of time as the local government considers its options for regulations. Register here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-review-of-local-regulations-and-moratoriums-for-cafos-in-wisconsin-tickets-769844414367)  Questions? contact@cleanwateractioncouncil.org MADISON and VIRTUAL Tues Feb 13, 7 – 8:30 pm February General Membership Meeting of DSA-Madison. Social Justice Center, 1202 Williamson St. Hybrid Zoom Option For more information: dsamadison@gmail.com VIRTUAL Tues Feb 13, 7 pm UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Join UNA USA Dane County via zoom with February's Guest Lecturer Heather Phelps from the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education. Heather will address UN Sustainable Development Goals 13, Climate Action,  and 7 Affordable and Clean Energy. Click Here to join the meeting  UNA USA Dane County  unausadanecounty@gmail.com MILWAUKEE Wed Feb. 14, 12 noon – 1 pm ANTI-ROTC VIGIL. Meet  in front of Marquette University Library on Wisconsin Ave. Casa Maria Catholic Worker casamariamke@gmail.com LaCROSSE Thurs Feb 15, 12 noon - 12:30 pm Weekly Women in Black Peace Vigil. Meet at Main St & 4th Street South. A weekly vigil for peace every Thursday. Contact Deborah. dbuffton@yahoo.com EAU CLAIRE Fri Feb 16, 5 – 6 pm Monthly Peace Stand. 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 MILWAUKEE and VIRTUAL Sat Feb 17, 10 – 11:30 am   The UNA of Greater Milwaukee presentation by Candice Owley: COP28: An Eyewitness Report on the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference, plus the Annual Business Meeting. Attend In-Person at Zao MKE Church – 2319 E. Kenwood Blvd. Free & Open to the Public or Virtually https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7165675210?pwd=WjJUcTE3c0gwd1NhQndab3dFQ3hRQT09#success  https://www.unamilwaukee.org/ MADISON - Sat Feb 17, 10 - 12 noon Madison Arcatao Sister City Gathering See details above in the Spotlight section.... Where: Finca Salvadoran Cafe, 2500 Rimrock Rd #105, Madison Dates: Saturday, February 17 and/or March 16 Time: 10 AM-12 PM   info@mascp.org MILWAUKEE Sat Feb 17, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Each Saturday, a different location. Today meet at Sherman and North. Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace VIROQUA Sat Feb 17, 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 Feb 17, 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 Feb 17th 11 am - 3:30 pm Screening of TWO Envionmental Films: The Marquee Cinema at Union South, 1308 W Dayton St #245. Join 350.org WI for two environmental films on plastic pollution and the climate crisis at the Marquee Cinema at UW-Madison! The first film, "Plastic China," begins at 11 AM and the second film, “How to Let Go of The World," begins at 1:15 PM. A panel discussion, featuring 350 Wisconsin and Sustain Dane, will be held after both films at 2:30 PM. This insightful event is a collaboration between Waste Less Films with UW-Madison student organizations: Ethical and Responsible Business Network (ERBN) and Social and Environmental Business Advocates (SEBA). WHAT: Waste Less Films WHEN: Saturday, February 17 Learn more about each movie and buy tickets below! Plastic China This film follows 11-year-old Yi-Jie, an unschooled girl from a YI minority family, working in a recycling workshop far from her mountain village home, yearning for an education. The film explores the challenges these families face as they hand-recycle waste, making tough choices to survive and revealing the enduring global issues we all share. How to Let Go of the World Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox traveled to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away? We hope to see you there! -All of Us at 350 Wisconsin contact@350wisconsin.org Rally and March for Gaza - Sunday, Feb 18th 2 pm MILWAUKEE Meet at COUNTY COURTHOUSE PLAZA, 930 W WELLS ST More information at info@peaceactionwi.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. If your group would like to get your events posted in the weekly e-bulletin – JOIN US! https://www.wnpj.org/membership The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 82 member groups around Wisconsin. ********************************************************** You can open any of our weekly WNPJ e-Bulletins from the archive and copy the web address to share with others **************************************** 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

  • Notify WI Faith Voices for Justice if you're interested in being a panelist on one of the upcoming Interfaith Intersections events

    Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice is excited to announce our 2024 Interfaith Intersections events.  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 If you would like to be a panelist for any of these events, email Rabbi Bonnie Margulis wifaithvoices4justice@gmail.com

  • Sign on today! Wisconsin Communities of Faith and Conscience Call for an Immediate Ceasefire and Peace Negotiations in the Holy Land

    Dear Peacemaking Friends,What follows is a statement on the tragedy in Gaza developed by the 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. –Interfaith Peace Working Group We, members and leaders of communities of faith and conscience in Wisconsin, have joined together to bring a unified moral voice to the human catastrophe in Gaza and the increasing violence throughout Israel and Palestine. We represent the voices of many others in our local communities of faith and conscience who grieve the deaths of so many human beings in what many of us call the “Holy Land.” We grieve both the decades of Israeli occupation and oppression in the West Bank and Gaza and the violent attacks of Palestinian groups on Israelis. We are horrified by the brutal October 7th Hamas attack on Israelis. We are also horrified by the retaliatory massacre by Israel’s powerful Defense Forces of tens of thousands of people in Gaza and the West Bank. Our hearts go out to both the Israelis and Palestinians who have lost loved ones and to the Palestinians who are still suffering from Israel’s continued attacks on Gaza. This is what we know has occurred in the land that holds so many stories central to our understanding of our Creator God: On October 7, 2023, over 1100 Israelis and foreign nationals, nearly two thirds of whom were civilians, were killed, tortured or taken forcefully to Gaza to be used as hostages by Hamas. In retaliation, tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza, two thirds of whom are women and children, have been and are being killed. 2.3 million people in Gaza have suffered the total destruction of their communities. Entire neighborhoods, schools, houses of worship, cultural centers and even hospitals have been destroyed. All has been turned to rubble. The civilians of Gaza are being deliberately deprived of clean water, food, shelter, medicine, and medical care. Without these basic necessities, many of those who survived the bombings and displacements are starving, freezing or dying of illnesses brought on by the conditions created by Israel’s massive military attack on Gaza. Attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank by settlers provided with guns by the Israeli government and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have also increased, resulting in injury, displacement, and death. As people of faith, we believe we must bring our various faiths to bear on this disaster by: Uplifting the Torah value of t’selem Elohim, the Divine Image. Every human life is a reflection of God and has infinite value. Uplifting the value of the agape love of Jesus, an active, unconditional and inclusive love that is built on justice for all of God’s children. Uplifting the value of ‘adl (justice). The Quran calls upon us to “uphold justice and bear witness to God, even if it is against yourselves, parents or close relatives.” We plead with our communities to save precious human lives on all sides of this conflict by: Petitioning the President and Wisconsin’s US senators and congressional representatives to demand that they support an immediate and permanent ceasefire, an immediate end to US financial and military support for Israel’s continued attacks on Gaza, an increase in humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza, and an end to settlers’ and Israeli Defense Forces’ attacks on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. Calling on our government to insist on the safe release of all Israeli and international hostages being held by Hamas and all Palestinians being held by Israel for acts of nonviolent political resistance or protest. Urging our governmental leaders to convene or participate in an international conference convened by others to work towards the development of a just and lasting peace agreement in the Holy Land. We believe that such an agreement must guarantee the human rights and security of all the region’s inhabitants. To do so, it must include provisions that ensure authentic Palestinian self-determination and deny governing authority to any persons or organizations that support genocidal actions against the Palestinian or Jewish people. Rejecting and denouncing all forms and expressions of antisemitism and Islamophobia in our communities, especially in the rhetoric of politicians and White Christian Nationalists. We invite all people and communities of faith and conscience to sign this statement and join the effort to bring about an immediate, permanent ceasefire in Gaza and a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. interfaithpeaceworkinggroup@gmail.com https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/interfaith-peace-working-group

  • 'Gather the Community' Breakfast with WILPF in Madison + Racine Dominicans offer grant opportunities + Madison Transit Equity Day + Ceasefire Action Alerts + other statewide events

    Events and Alerts for the week of Feb. 5th. The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 80 member groups around Wisconsin. SPOTLIGHT on WILPF-Madison 'Gather the Community' Breakfast - with WILPF in Madison Wednesday, 07 February 08:00 - 09:30 am 107 Sutherland Ct – Linden Co-Housing Reserve your spot by responding to wilpfmadison@gmail.com Join us and invite interested friends! Gather for a homemade buffet breakfast and to talk about: JUST MONEY $Money to clean up PFAS $Money for family services $Money for modest housing. Why Not? Somehow a mighty human invention, money, has been twisted away from human and planetary needs. Eco-systems are being ransacked. Between interest, inflation and taxes, we all are serving the billionaires and fearing the next crash. Fortunately that secret twist has been identified and it is fixable. Our guest speaker, Mary Sanderson, will pinpoint the problem and invite us to work for a historically grounded plan that addresses it directly. She will also introduce vibrant allied projects modeling how money can work for the common good. The Alliance For JUST MONEY, WILPF’s Women, Money & Democracy Committee, and Move To Amend invite us to challenge corruption and dystopia at their roots. Mary Sanderson - of Madison WILPF and WNPJ, a Raging Granny, retired postal worker & Spanish Medical interpreter - was feeling like all our peace & justice efforts were just spinning wheels until 2017 when the underlying private money system came to her attention. Money reformers are excited imagining healing futures that will be possible with permanent, debt-free money. And, of course, there will be good food besides! Vegetarian meal with vegan options upon request. Served in the Cohousing Great Room. RSVP now to reserve a place: wilpfmadison@gmail.com The cost of the breakfast is $20, with a sliding scale of $10 - $20. Funds are used to provide an honorarium to our guest speaker and to further the work of Madison WILPF. Sponsored by Women's International League for Peace and Freedom – Madison. All are welcome. https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/women's-international-league-for-peace-and-freedom---madison-branch ***********************************************************lling all Wisconsin- Forward Community Investments is excited to announce a new strategic granting partnership with long-time partner The Sisters Racine Dominicans offering grants – Application deadline March 30th, 2024: https://www.wnpj.org/post/wnpj-member-groups-2024-grant-opportunities-through-racine-dominicans-mission ******************************** Spotlight on Madison Area Bus Advocates: Madison Transit Riders Observe Transit Equity Day 2024 On Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, in honor of Rosa Parks’ Birthday, advocates will gather for a Day of Action on Public Transportation as a Civil Right at the closed bus stop on University Ave. near its intersection with Lake St. at 11:30 AM. Advocates call for a first-rate transit system with both rapid and local buses that better balance the goals of ridership, coverage, accessibility, environmental sustainability, and organizational efficiency. They call for a transit system with equitable access everywhere, including to infill, old and new peripheral developments. They call for drastic cuts to our emissions of greenhouse gasses and conversion of our economy to renewable non-emitting energy sources. Public transit is a public service, not a business. Its purpose is to get people where they need to go and should not focus primarily on ridership or profit. Frequent service without reasonable access to people of all abilities is not transit equity. BRT service should enhance, rather than be at the expense of, local routes. More transparency in the budgeting of public transportation. We need city, county, state and federal legislation that increases (1) public funding for transit, (2) the accessibility of public transit for people with disabilities, and (3) opportunities for transit-related jobs that pay family-supporting wages, provide good benefits, and give workers the opportunity to organize a union and bargain collectively without employer pressure and intimidation. More information is available at: https://www.labor4sustainability.org/transit-equity-2024/ https://www.madisonbusredesign.org/home https://www.busadvocates.org/positions/TED2024-MABA-Res.html https://witransitriders.org/positions/we-celebrate-transit-equity-day/ https://1kfriends.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/ProclamationTransitEquityDay.pdf Sent to WNPJ by Susan DeVos of the WNPJ member group: busadvocate@gmail.com https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/madison-area-bus-advocates ********************************************* 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. ********************** More ways to act on ceasefire: Check out this Let Kindness Win Blogpost by WNPJ Board member,  Dena Eakles   https://www.wnpj.org/post/the-challenge *************************************** ACTION ALERT from World BEYOND War Madison: Please write these WI State Senators to allow this WI bill - Senate Joint Resolution 92 -  to go forward! Sen.LeMahieu@legis.wisconsin.gov , Sen.Kapenga@legis.wisconsin.gov ....and write your own legislators to co-sponsor! The bill is here, with co-sponsors so far noted. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/.../related/proposals/sjr92 ****************************************** Example: Hello friends on staff of Senators LeMahieu and Kapenga -I am  writing today as the bloodshed continues in Israel and Palestine. The war needs to end. Would you please allow Senate Joint Resolution 92 to move forward in the Wisconsin Legislature? The resolution is a sensible one, calling for an end to the mass murder that is war. Over 10,000 children have been killed and half the buildings in Gaza have been damaged or destroyed. Bombing of civilians creates more terrorists than it kills. Janet Parker, Madison for a World BEYOND War https://worldbeyondwar.org/madison/ warabolition@gmail.com ********** Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups: MADISON Mon Feb 5, 11:30 am Day of Action on Public Transportation as a Civil Right - at the closed bus stop on University Ave. near its intersection with Lake St. In honor of Rosa Parks’ Birthday. Read more in the Spotlight above….. MADISON Mon Feb 5, 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 Feb 5, 7 – 8:10 pm Climate justice, resident science, and the Chicago Heat Mapping project - with 350.org.  Join 350 Wisconsin to learn more about the unequal impacts of summer heat on Chicago’s different neighborhoods. 350 Wisconsin is pleased to welcome Lonette Sims, chair of the People’s Response Network (PRN), and Dr. Howard Ehrman, PRN co-founder, to discuss the 2023 Chicago Heat Mapping Project. Working with resident scientists to create a map of localized measurements of temperatures, the project found a differential of 22℉ between different neighborhoods on July 28, 2023. Under-resourced, redlined African American and Latino neighborhoods experienced the most dangerous temperatures, with the greatest concentrations of heat islands and far less green infrastructure or air conditioning. Lonette and Howard will talk about their experiences, give an overview of the project’s key findings and share thoughts about how these findings can be used to save lives. ONLINE VIA ZOOM: https://tinyurl.com/monthly-mtg-reg  https://350wisconsin.org/monthly-meetings/ julia.isaacs@350wisconsin.org MADISON – Thurs Feb. 8 , 8 – 9:30 am WILPF Breakfast Gathering – see the Spotlight above….. VIRTUAL Thurs Feb 8, 12 noon to 12:30 pm WAVE Legislative Advocacy Update; COMMUNITY EVENT. Get status updates on our top priority policies (as well as the ones we must stop!) and the actions you can take over the next few weeks to have the greatest possible impact. We’ll tell you what we’re hearing from the Governor, our friends at the White House, and our closest legislative allies. Register today, and you'll receive a Zoom link the day of the event. Nick Matuszewski  nm@waveedfund.org MADISON Thurs Feb. 8, 7:30 pm 20th Annual Bob Marley Birthday Party and Food Pantry Benefit! Crystal Corner (1302 Williamson St.)  Join us for a community dance party to shake away the winter blues and support Healthy Food for All Dane County. Featuring DJ Kayla Kush, DJ El Serpentine, and the Real Roots Rockers Band. Suggested donation of $5 at the door with a non-perishable food item ($7 without). Plus a raffle with lots of prizes! More info? visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1065256824794888/ Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop peckjohne@gmail.com LaCROSSE Thurs Feb 8, 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 MIDDLETON Fri Feb 9, 10:30 – 11:30 am Badger Talk: What Does Lake Ice Seasonality Tell Us About Climate Change? -  Attic Angel Community, 8301 Old Sauk Rd. Because human observers have recorded the dates of ice on and ice off on many lakes around the world, lake ice provides a view of what is happening, well before direct climate measurements of temperature were available. In Wisconsin and other states some records began as early as the 1850s. So what do these records tell us? In this Badger Talk Emeritus Prof. John Magnuson, founder of the UW Center for Limnology, will talk about the changes and variability in ice cover in Wisconsin lakes from the 1850s to the present. He will also discuss the value of lake ice to us largely for cultural reasons and as a measure of what is happening to climate. Info? https://www.facebook.com/events/941106277585030/  Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop   madisoninfoshop@gmail.com MADISON Sat. Feb. 10, 1 pm STOP THE HATE: BUILD PEOPLE'S UNITY – Rally and March! UW-Madison Library Mall (700 block of State St. This emergency event is in direct response to the neo-Nazi “Blood Tribe” march and attempted recruitment rally that was held in Madison on Nov. 18th, 2023. This same terrorist organization menaced an LGBTQ community event in Watertown last year. These attacks (encouraged by fascist politicians and their corporate bosses) continue to create a climate for hate. Our public institutions and public spaces need to be defended from the likes of the "Blood Tribe,” the "Proud Boys” as well as think tanks like the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation that oppose free thought, truth and diversity, worker's rights, unions, safety laws, healthcare for all, environmental safety and any regulations that infringe on rich people's profits. Join us (and bring your friends, neighbors, fellow students and co-workers) to resist the hate and participate in this proactive action to continue building a stronger, more engaged people's movement in Madison and beyond. More info? Visit Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=785121540309788&set=a.648227117332565 Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop peckjohne@gmail.com MILWAUKEE Sat Feb 10, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Each Saturday, a different location. Today meet at Port Washington and Silver Spring. Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace VIROQUA Sat Feb 10, 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 Feb 10, 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! ******************************************************* WNPJ seeking those with special skills......​ If you have the time and interest in Environmental Justice, WNPJ is looking to contract with people able to help with social media, educational zoom events, and ongoing website development. As we endeavor to build a strong coalition of Environmental Justice organizations throughout Wisconsin, your help will be invaluable. Interested? If you’re a UW-Madison student, this job may be available through your work-study program. Contact: dena.eakles@gmail.com ********************************************************** You can open any of our weekly WNPJ e-Bulletins from the archive and copy the web address to share with others. ******************************* 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

  • The Challenge

    Olive fields in as-Samu. I get it. No one wants to hear about the slaughter of innocent people day in and out. No one wants to hear that women and children are the highest casualties of the nearly 27,000 dead and 66,000 wounded. No one wants to believe the United States could be on the wrong side of this devastation, even as the International Criminal Justices’ nearly unanimous decisions to deter Israel may implicate us in acts of genocide. We still want to believe we’re the good guys. And on top of the slaughtering of innocents with our bombs, the United States government has led nine of its allies to halt funds to the UN agency, UNWRA, that provides supplies to six million Palestinians in Gaza, the occupied West Bank and those who are refugees in neighboring countries. Our government took no time to consider if the allegations leveled at the agency were true or not, nor did we consider the suffering we would be subjecting to innocent lives. Seems we are unable to slow Netanyahu’s reign of terror, but are quite capable of derailing food and life saving provisions to survivors. And while the cries for permanent ceasefire echo around the world, there’s still a deafening silence in the media of our country. So here’s the challenge. Its time we stop waiting for our government to do the right thing. Its time we demand of our clergy and all humanitarian agencies and organizations to unite in one voice denouncing this senseless violence. We must break free of the propaganda that allows us to sleep walk through this blood bath. If you recognize that you have a voice and that every life counts, step up to your humanity and find a way to say, “No more”. Here are some things that you can do: If you are of a Christian faith, urge your clergy to help save lives. Here is a petition by Mennonites that welcomes all Christians to stand in conscientious objection to the violence of war. If you live in Wisconsin, learn about and participate in the rallies, press releases, and actions happening around the state at the Wisconsin Coalition for Justice in Palestine. With over 60 diverse organizations educating about and uplifting Palestine while demanding ceasefire and an end to occupation. Learn from Palestinians, not the media. Friends of Tent of Nations. FOTONNA provides grassroots support through the Tent of Nations, a peace project located on Daher’s Vineyard – a 100-acre farm located about six miles from Bethlehem in the West Bank. Listen to my interview with Akram Abed on WDRTCommunity Radio show, Conversations, to understand life from a Palestinian point of view. Sign petitions calling for ceasefire by Amnesty or OXFAM or a host of local and national organizations that are working towards that end. Challenge your own personal beliefs and the indoctrination that allow us to go immediately to war and violence. Challenge your legislators to find peaceful solutions. We can do this. But it will take everyone who cares to speak up. Let Kindness Win blogpost Feb 1, 2024 - by WNPJ Board member, Dena Eakles https://letkindnesswin.com/ Photo compliments of Wikimedia Commons share alike license.

  • Walt Bresette, Ojibwe leader and environmental hero, in Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame 

    Sandy Lyon and Walt Bresette at the acid train blockade on the Bad River Ojibwe reservation. | Photo by Kathy Olson, published with permission. By Al Gedicks, agedicks@eagle.uwlax.edu https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/wi-resources-protection-council. ENVIRONMENT, Jan 31, 2024 Ojibwe environmental and treaty rights activist Walt Bresette will be inducted posthumously into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame (WCHF) in a virtual ceremony on April 17, 2024. Bresette will join over 100 members inducted since the Hall of Fame’s  inception, including Aldo Leopold, Nina Leopold Bradley, John Muir, Gaylord Nelson and Menominee Nation environmentalist Hilary Waukau, Sr. Bresette (1947-1999) was a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, and a long-time treaty rights and environmental activist, author, artist, storyteller, organizer and public speaker. He was an outspoken advocate for Ojibwe treaty rights who asked people to come to the spring boat landings in northern Wisconsin during the spearfishing conflict (1980s-1990s). Walt wondered why people chose to go so far away to show support for others when there were urgent calls for solidarity closer to home. Bresette said, “You don’t have to go to Nicaragua to witness, you can witness in your own backyard.” Walt was a founder of the Witness for Non-Violence for Treaty and Rural Rights in Northern Wisconsin, modeled on the group Witness for Peace, which was active during the Central American wars (especially in the Contra-backed areas of Nicaragua). The Wisconsin witnesses documented anti-Indian harassment and violence at the boat landings. By 1992, the efforts of the witnesses and a federal court injunction against anti-Indian harassment decreased the violence at the boat landings. Bresette was a prolific organizer who brought together Native American and rural white communities through organizations like the Midwest Treaty Network, the Upper Great Lakes Green Network and the Wisconsin Greens. He said that the fight between Natives and non-Natives over the walleye harvest diverted attention from the far more significant pollution threat to the Wisconsin fishery for both groups from proposed metallic sulfide mining. One of his most powerful messages was that Ojibwe treaty rights provided the greatest environmental protection against destructive metallic sulfide mining, like the Crandon and Ladysmith mining projects, in the ceded territory of the Lake Superior Ojibwe tribes. This was not because the tribes had a direct claim to minerals –—they definitely did not — but because mining threatens the environment, and a threat to the environment is a threat to Ojibwe fishing, hunting and gathering rights. Treaty rights provide the Ojibwe tribes with legal standing in federal courts to protect the habitat of fish, deer and wild rice. Bresette was a leader in the successful resistance to the controversial Crandon mine next to the Sokaogon Ojibwe reservation (2003) and he led the grassroots campaign to enact Wisconsin’s “Prove It First” Mining Moratorium law. The law, signed by Governor Tommy Thompson on Earth Day, 1998, prohibited the opening of a new mine in a sulfide ore body until a mining applicant could prove they had not polluted surface water or groundwater in any of their previous mines in the U.S. or Canada. As a non-violent Ogichidaag (protector of the people), Bresette was active in the opposition to the Rio Tinto/Kennecott copper mine next to the Flambeau River near Ladysmith, Wisconsin. In 1991, the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe and the Sierra Club obtained a preliminary injunction against mine construction because the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) had failed to conduct an environmental assessment for endangered resources in the Flambeau River. Despite the restraining order, Kennecott continued construction activity at the site. Bresette said that the State of Wisconsin had failed to protect the interests of the Lake Superior Ojibwe and decided to take action to protect the environment. I witnessed Bresette climbingover a 10-foot security fence at the Flambeau mine site carrying a club once used by Black Hawk, and “counted coup” on a giant earth mover. The act of hitting the machine was a symbolic scoring of victory against one’s enemies but did no physical damage. In his trial for trespassing on mining company property,  Bresette said the mining permit was illegal because the State of Wisconsin did not consult the Lake Superior Ojibwe about their treaty rights in the fishery of the Flambeau River before it issued the mining permit. I interviewed Bresette for my documentary film, Anishinaabe Niijii (Friends of the First People), about the Indian and environmental resistance to the proposed Flambeau mine. Bresette and his good friend Sandy Lyon were co-founders of Anishinaabe Niijii. He said, “Someday our children are going to rise up and say, ‘Where were you when they poisoned my river?’”  His words were prescient. The mine operated from 1993 to 1997. A Flambeau River tributary that crosses part of the reclaimed project site remains polluted to the present day. Bresette and the Ogichidaa from the Bad River Ojibwe reservation were more successful in 1996 when they blockaded trains traveling through the reservation carrying sulfuric acid to a nearby copper mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Ogichidaa were concerned that the tracks were unsafe and that a spill from tankers would poison reservation water and the largest wild rice stand in the Great Lakes region. The blockade lasted 28 days and prevented the transport of sulfuric acid across the reservation as a federal mediator conducted talks between the Ogichidaa, the tribe and the railway. The blockade and the assertion of tribal sovereignty protected the Bad River’s sacred wild rice beds and won the support of surrounding communities. Walt was a charismatic storyteller who was a regular keynote speaker at the many Protect the Earth festivals, organized by Sandy Lyon, on Indian reservations throughout northern Wisconsin.  His vision of a Seventh Generation Constitutional Amendment adopted the Iroquois concept that required Iroquois leaders to think about how today’s decision will affect the seventh generation into the future. The amendment promoted “the rights of the people to use and enjoy air, water, sunlight, and other renewable resources determined by the Congress to be common property, nor shall such use impair their availability for the future generations.” Sandy Lyon summarized Bresette’s influence eloquently in a radio tribute broadcast on Woodland Community Radio WOJB-FM on the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation: “He was like the North Star and the people followed him.” https://www.newsfromthestates.com/article/walt-bresette-ojibwe-leader-and-environmental-hero-wisconsin-conservation-hall-fame%C2%A0

  • What's coming up with events of WNPJ member groups Jan 29th - Feb. 4th

    WNPJ + Weaving the Web + Spotlight on member group Northern Spirit Radio + Jewish Voice for Peace-Madison joins WNPJ + other statewide events WNPJ’s Weaving the Web Spotlight Join WNPJ Board member Erika Bach on Thursday, February 1st at 12 noon – for a drop-in Conversation Hour All welcome!  Learn more at office@wnpj.org Zoom info: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89361313008?pwd=UmxCOUcxL3ZFb244aXp0SnBVTFRSZz09. Meeting ID: 893 6131 3008 - Passcode: 797041; +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) ********************************************** Spotlight on the WNPJ member group -  Northern Spirit Radio https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/northern-spirit-radio Northern Spirit Radio promotes world healing by broadcasting inspirational and educational voices of peace and social justice using the language of personal story, music, and spirituality.  We directly produce two programs, Spirit in Action and Song of the Soul, which are syndicated to community radio stations across the country and distributed as podcasts. Here's an example of a recent podcast called: Vision, Utopia, & Big Questions - Martin Schoenhals & Jeremy Lent | Northern Spirit Radio You can find more podcasts at  https://www.northernspiritradio.org/spirit-action For more information, contact: helpsmeet@usa.net *********************************************************** WNPJ welcomes new member group: Jewish Voice for Peace – Madison The Madison chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace is speaking out and organizing in support of dignity, human rights and equality for Israelis and Palestinians. Contact: Samantha Bosco . Local Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jvpmadison/ Email: madison@jvp.org National website: https://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/take-action/ ****************************** 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. *************************************** WNPJ is seeking those with special skills: If you have the time and interest in Environmental Justice, WNPJ is looking to contract with people able to help with social media, educational zoom events, and ongoing website development. As we endeavor to build a strong coalition of Environmental Justice organizations throughout the state, your help will be invaluable. Interested? Contact dena.eakles@gmail.com (image: Image: "They tried to bury us, but they didn't know we were seeds." poet Dinos Christianopoulos. In the 1990s the proverb was translated into Spanish and used by the Zapatistas, an indigenous people's movement in Mexico fighting for sovereignty.) ********************************************* The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 82 member groups around Wisconsin. ********************************************************** You can open any of our weekly WNPJ e-Bulletins from the archive and copy the web address to share with others. ********************************************************** Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups: MADISON ongoing event: World BEYOND War Vigils at Tammy Baldwin's Office – Madison. At West Mifflin Street. Various days and times each week. Check with warabolition@gmail.com for specifics. Those who gather at these  vigils are asking  Tammy Baldwin to vote YES for a permanent ceasefire and NO on more weapons for Israel. Call when you arrive at 608-630-3633 or 608-228-9096 or 608-217-2248 so WBW-Madison can open the building's front door for you. Senator Baldwin's staff are there and will listen to you. Sign up for a time to read names of the dead, offer words, music, silence, or whatever you are inspired to do.  warabolition@gmail.com. MADISON Mon Jan 29, 12 noon – 1 pm Monday Noon Vigil for Peace – Meet at the corner of MLK, Jr. Blvd and Doty St. For more information, call Tim at 608-630-3633. VIRTUAL Mon Jan 29, 7 – 8 pm Presentation from the Dane Sanctuary Coalition Steering Committee. Budget 2024 and opportunity for Q&A with the steering committee on DSC programs. This event is open to all members of DSC congregations and organizations – Share with your members! On Zoom. Register here -https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAscOqsrDsvE9BmlSwHYzPdLGq4hpEFZYHr Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, Executive Director Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, 608-513-7121 MILWAUKEE Wed Jan 31, 12 noon – 1 pm ANTI-GUN VIGIL. Meet at Dunham Sports store, 2027 S 108th St, West Allis. Dunham advertises and sells guns and assault rifles. Casa Maria Catholic Worker casamariamke@gmail.com LaCROSSE Thurs Feb 1, 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 Feb 1, 12 noon – 1 pm WNPJ’s Weaving the Web Drop-in Hour. See the Spotlight above…. WAUSAU Thurs Feb 1, 8:30 – 2 pm Panel on Housing Justice and Congregational Futures. At St Michael’s Parish, 611 Stark St. The way we gather is in a season of transition. Many faith communities have large buildings that were used in an era when congregations were larger and had busier schedules with events happening throughout the week. Some believe they may conclude ministry in that place in the next 5-10 years. It is time for us to re-examine our buildings and ask how they can continue to serve our communities. One widespread community need across Wisconsin is safe, affordable housing. We have begun to imagine what it would look like if faith communities used our assets such as buildings, people, and faith that calls us to love our neighbor to advocate for housing justice in our cities? Faith communities in north central Wisconsin are invited to join together to share, listen, and dream about how they could have an impact on their communities through housing justice - Register here for free –https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/WisconsinCouncilofChurches/HousingSummitWausau2.html Sponsored by: Wisconsin Council of Churches, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, NAOMI, WISDOM, and WISCAP. MADISON Thurs Feb 1, 6 – 8 pm End the Lockdowns and Justice Reinvestment Community Forum. At First Unitarian Society of Madison at 900 University Bay Avenue. Join us to meet Madison elected officials, learn about WISDOM’s End The Lockdowns Campaign and provide input on transformational justice priorities in Wisconsin. This event follows a successful event in Milwaukee on December 20 with elected officials. WISDOM’s End The Lockdowns Campaign seeks to raise awareness on the detrimental effects of lockdowns to people who are incarcerated in Wisconsin’s prisons and their loved ones, urging Governor Tony Evers to use his authority to take action. It aims to close prisons, reduce the prison population and reinvest spending into community resources that decrease crime and strengthen communities. Currently, we are awaiting response from Madison legislators on who are able to attend.  Register in advance at this link. https://secure.everyaction.com/_c8HI4yPdEOcEJdYKttexA2? Broadcast will be live streamed on WISDOM, MOSES and EXPO’s Facebook pages. For inquiries about the event, you can email WISDOM Transformational Justice Campaign Coordinator Mark Rice at ricermark@gmail.com. VIRTUAL Thurs Feb 1, 6: 30 – 7:30 pm WILPF Monthly Book Circle -Conversation. Let's talk about...the book tonight: A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy by Nathan Thrall. Sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in Madison -For questions or more information on getting the zoom link, send a message to: wilpfmadison@gmail.com , 608-609-7961, http://wilpfmadison.org/ MILWAUKEE Sat Feb 3, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Each Saturday, a different location. Today meet at Layton Blvd (S. 27th) + National. Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace APPLETON Sat Feb 3, 11 – 12 noon Fox Valley Monthly Stand for Peace. Meet at Houdini Plaza, West Lawrence Street. Every month - the first Saturday! Bring your signs! Organizer: Ronna Swift ronnajean61@gmail.com VIROQUA Sat Feb 3, 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 Feb 3, 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! ******************************************************* 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

  • New Oral History explores how Madison got its First Official Sister City in 1986

    Bombs were falling on Arcatao, El Salvador when Madison’s Common Council voted to make it Madison’s first sister city on April 1, 1986. Eight activists recount the events leading up to this moment in a new oral history published in the online Living History Project sponsored by Madison Public Library (MPL). View the collection at https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/resources/living-history-project. Today, Madison, Wisconsin has ten sister cities around the world. Sister cities engage in mutually beneficial partnerships. While some sister city relationships focus on cross-cultural understanding, the Madison-Arcatao partnership is also rooted in solidarity and accompaniment, providing direct economic and political support to the Arcatao community. In 1986, Wisconsin was a sanctuary state, Madison was a sanctuary city and asylum seekers from Guatemala and El Salvador were fleeing the US financed bombings, massacres, torture and kidnappings in their countries. Antonio Portillo, a young man from Guatemala found sanctuary in Madison and told his horrific story at hundreds of community gatherings between 1983-4. His purpose in being so public was to educate Madisonians about what the US government was perpetrating on the local population of his country and in El Salvador. He starts his story this way: “My father was a community activist helping people get running water and electricity. At that time in Guatemala, if you proposed anything that had to do with justice, you were labled a communist and sentenced to death.” Other interviews in this collection include leaders in the sanctuary movement, community activists and Common Council alders at the time. Alder Billy Feitlinger explained his support of the official sistering resolution this way: “ This was an issue that was a moral imperative …part of the purpose of the resolution was to raise public awareness that it was a very bad thing that the American government was involved financially and militarily in El Salvador.” The stories in this collection illuminate a unique period of history and will be of special interest to anyone interested in the history of Madison, the history of El Salvador, or community involvement in the struggle for social justice. Members of Madison Arcatao Sister City Project (MASCP) answered the recent call for proposals from the MPL and collected the interviews and materials. MASCP celebrates its 37th anniversary this year by sponsoring another trip, June 9-16, to El Salvador for any interested community members. Contact: Joan Laurion, 608 556-0717, joan.laurion@gmail.com Website: www.mascp.org

  • WNPJ seeking those with special skills......

    If you have the time and interest in Environmental Justice, WNPJ is looking to contract with people able to help with social media, educational zoom events, and ongoing website development. Image: "They tried to bury us, but they didn't know we were seeds." poet Dinos Christianopoulos. In the 1990s the proverb was translated into Spanish and used by the Zapatistas, an indigenous people's movement in Mexico fighting for sovereignty. As we endeavor to build a strong coalition of Environmental Justice organizations throughout Wisconsin, your help will be invaluable. Interested? Contact: dena.eakles@gmail.com

  • WNPJ member groups: 2024 GRANT OPPORTUNITIES through RACINE DOMINICANS MISSION

    About Racine Dominicans The Racine Dominicans , a WNPJ member group, are Committed to Truth and Compelled to Justice, a mission that has been the cornerstone of their life and work. For more than 160 years, the Racine Dominicans have continued to build on the foundation started by Mother Benedicta and Mother Thomasina through their tireless work to serve those in the margins. In addition to traditional roles in the field of education, the Racine Dominicans served as health care professionals, social workers, prison ministers, community organizers, environmentalists, counselors, administrators, cooks, pastoral ministers, artists, spiritual directors, musicians, peace activists, researchers, college professors, writers and more. About the Program To further this mission and the work of justice, the Sisters have partnered with FCI to create the 2024 Racine Dominicans Mission Grant Program. THIS PROGRAM WILL OFFER TEN (10) ONE TIME $50,000 GRANTS TO NONPROFITS PURSUING WISCONSIN BASED AND FOCUSED PROJECTS TACKLING CRITICAL ISSUES IN THE AREAS OF: Immigration & Migration: Projects that will help provide services to directly support & assist the immigrant or migrant population Affordable Home Ownership Solutions: Projects or programs that will increase individual ownership and/or help provide pathways to ownership amongst disadvantaged persons and families Climate Equity: Environmental projects that mitigate damage to air, water, and soil that serve disadvantaged populations that typically challenged with accessing similar services or support Open to 501(c)(3) organizations (or projects fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization) with consideration given to projects that meet the following criteria: Serving an unmet or under met need Actively collaborating with other organizations or municipal partners to amplify impact Working to address racial equity within the scope of the project Inclusion of an educational component to raise awareness Project will advocate for systemic change and long-term impact Proximity to Racine will be preferred between projects of equal merit In addition, applicants must be able to provide evidence of the organizations solvency, ability to carry out it’s mission, and capacity to deploy funding to execute the project within a reasonable timeframe (12-18 months). Those considered ineligible to participate include: Individuals Capital campaigns Endowments For-profit entities Partisan political efforts READY TO JOIN FCI AND RACINE DOMINICANS IN THE FIGHT FOR A BRIGHTER, MORE EQUITABLE FUTURE FOR WISCONSIN? TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. APPLICATION PERIOD: JANUARY 30TH – MARCH 30TH, 2024 Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPrTREqGtQ2QR1tucEiNgnyzaN4pus450SMxkjxsLA3LJQXA/closedform

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