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  • An Open Letter to Senator Tammy Baldwin: A Shameful Vote on Gaza

    On Tuesday January 16, the US Senate killed Senate Resolution 504, submitted by Sen. Bernie Sanders, calling for basic oversight of U.S. weapons to Israel. Only 11 senators had the courage to vote in favor even though a clear majority of Americans want an end to this bloody war. Sen. Baldwin, to your everlasting shame, you ignored your constituents and joined Sen. Ron Johnson and the others who made the cruel choice to keep giving Israel a free pass to commit mass murder. Our sister city of Rafah is being bombed, shelled, and overwhelmed with more than a million starving, thirsty, sick and wounded civilians --including some 500,000 children -- fleeing death and the total destruction of their lives. The projects that the citizens of Madison have so generously supported in Gaza over the last 21 years have been destroyed, damaged or rendered inoperable by Israel with weapons provided by our own tax dollars. Prominent among these is the Atfaluna Society for the Deaf, a children's school and adult crafts workshop, which was completely destroyed when Israel deliberately blew up the entire neighborhood where it was located. Are the people that our hands were extended to still alive and intact, searching desperately in the cold and wet winter of Gaza for food, water, medicine, shelter, the bodies and body parts of missing relatives? Or are they among the 25,000 already confirmed dead, the 7,000 buried under the rubble, the 62,000 enduring their wounds without benefit of medical care, painkillers, or anesthetics to relieve the pain of amputations and caesarean sections? We don't even know. We are angered and devastated beyond words that you -- who have the unmitigated gall to call yourself a Progressive when asking for our votes -- lacked the courage to even investigate whether Israel is using taxpayer-provided weapons to commit war crimes in Gaza in violation of US law. As Ahmad Abuznaid of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights said, “Every senator who has voted to let Israel off the hook, refusing to conduct the most basic oversight for U.S. weapons, is deeply complicit in Israel’s mass killings of Palestinians in Gaza. History will remember how you fueled bloodshed during a genocide.” Senator Baldwin, in the name of all that is decent, compassionate and just, how many more must suffer and die before you take action? When will it be enough? Rowan Atalla Amy Atalla-Hill Tsela Barr Cassandra Dixon Lisa Masri Barbara Olson Donna Wallbaum Kathy Walsh MRSCP recommends this excellent writer who is chronicling her life under the bombs in Rafah. https://electronicintifada.net/people/khuloud-rabah-sulaiman Sent to WNPJ 1/19/24 by MRSCP Madison Rafah Sister City Project

  • Upcoming events for WNPJ member groups the week of January 22nd

    Building Unity Spotlight Building Unity Gatherings (BUG's) are events where people committed to peace, justice, sustainability, and democracy can come together, share information, and find ways to collaborate. This Winter / Unity Summit will be attended virtually via Zoom. Guest speakers will include: * Janan NaJeeb on Peace * Tamra Oman on Justice * Anakwet (Guy Reiter) on Sustainability (the Rights of Nature) * Tomika Vukovic on Democracy We will also hear from other partners in our growing coalition. Pam Richards will speak about the anniversary of the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons. We will also explore and expand our proposed 2024 unity plan: Our Spring Tour of Community Forums across the state Our Calendar of Solidarity and Transformation - Ending the war on Palestinians - NAACP Climate Summit in Feb - March 2 w/ PPC - Launch of the Spring Tour - Earth Day (4/20-22) - Spring Festival and Unity Summit (4/27) - May Day with Voces de La Frontera - Juneteenth Everywhere - MREA Energy Fair - Building Unity on Rock Island (7/2 - 7/9) - Summer Summit - Peace Day (9/21) - Indigenous Peoples Day (10/14) - GOTV - Election Day Weekend Celebrations - Fall Summit To Register, please sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/UnitySummitReg. You will receive a reminder on the day of the summit. For questions, comments, ideas, or concerns, please call Building Unity at 608-630-3633 ********************************************** All Critters Art Build and Potluck- Ashland Let’s get together for an art build to prepare for future actions to #StopLine5! Led by local organizers and the 350 Wisconsin Art Collective and Tar Sands Team, this two-day event will be an opportunity to create critter hats and other eye-catching art for the fight against Line 5. Arrive at Bohemian Hall in Ashland at 10am on Saturday, January 27, and come back the following day to complete your project or take it home to finish. All supplies will be provided. All are welcome! There will be frybread and a potluck from 1:00 to 3:00pm on both days. Bring a dish to pass and enjoy great food and conversation with neighbors. The event is FREE to attend, we just ask you to RSVP so we can plan for supplies. https://www.facebook.com/events/906601160834258 WHAT: All Critters Art Build & Potluck WHEN: Saturday, January 27, & Sunday, January 28, 10:00am – 6:00pm WHERE: Bohemian Hall, 319 11th Ave. E., Ashland, WI 54806 RSVP HERE: tinyurl.com/allcritters *************************************************** 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 next week for WNPJ groups: FITCHBURG Mon Jan 22, 10 am UN in the News monthly discussion group. At the Fitchburg public library. 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. Another major topic we can discuss is the upcoming proceedings in the International Court of Justice where South Africa supported by several countries is charging Israel of perpetrating the crime of genocide against the Palestinians in Gaza. Also continuing our discussion about ongoing conflicts in Sudan and the Congo. Finally, we can discuss the adoption of UN General budget and how late payers are affecting the work of the United Nations. Questions? Contact Sam Romano of the UNA USA Dane County chapter. sromano@charter.net MADISON Mon Jan 22, 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 22 - Building Unity Summit. Read more in the Spotlight above…. CAMP DOUGLAS Tues Jan 23, 3:45 – 4:45 MONTHLY VIGIL AGAINST THE DRONES, OUTSIDE THE GATES OF VOLK FIELD. We are starting a new year.  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 starting our 13th year of vigiling. WE MUST BRING THIS TERROR THAT THE US GOVERNMENT REIGNS DOWN ON OTHERS TO AN END! 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. DIRECTIONS - To get to the vigil, take the Camp Douglas exit off Interstate 90/94 between Mauston and Tomah.  When you exit take County Rd. C to the northeast.  You will see the base straight ahead, but follow County Rd. C to the right and within a few blocks is a picnic wayside where you can park.  The wayside is now closed for the winter, but you can legally park on the side of the road.  There are no bathrooms available during the winter months THE VIGIL - We will gather at the wayside at 3:30 for introductions and to review the plan for the vigil, and then process together to the gates of the base where we will hold a solemn vigil for one hour to remember those killed by drones.  Participants can stand in silence or read poems and stories about the effects of drone warfare.  It is important that the voices of the victims be brought to the gates of Volk Field. Bring posters if you can.   If you have questions about the vigil because of the weather, please make sure to call Joy at 608 239-4327 joyfirst5@gmail.com or Bonnie blb24@earthlink.net at 608-256-5088 for an update before you make the long drive.. Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars VIRTUAL Wed Jan 24, 12 noon – 1 pm WISDOM Virtual Lunch and Learn Webinar. WISDOM's Digital Organizer Amanda Ali and EveryAction Coordinator Katie Olson will be hosting. These quarterly events are open to the public and WISDOM community to take an hour out of your time during lunch and invest it in learning with us in 2024! Our first session will be about optimizing your campaign through digital tools. Register for the event in advance here ! Once you register, you will receive a Zoom confirmation email. This is free to attend, so please share with anyone else you think would be interested! Let's invest in ourselves and get to learning! office@wisdomwisconsin.org MILWAUKEE Wed Jan 24. 12 noon – 1 pm ANTI-ROTC VIGIL Meet in front of M.U. Library on Wisconsin Ave. Casa Maria Catholic Worker casamariamke@gmail.com VIRTUAL Wed and Thurs, Jan 24 & 25, WISDOM is diving all into 2024 with two new campaign and voting trainings in January! Two different events but both equally important. The first is a Virtual Lunch and Learn: Optimizing Your Campaign on January 24 at 12 p.m. CT through Zoom. You can join WISDOM's digital team to discuss how digital tools can create momentum in your campaign.  Register in advance In order to prepare for the upcoming 2024 elections, WISDOM is excited to have relaunched School of Democracy last September! The fourth event in our series is a training with our affiliate, FREE's Director Peggy West-Schroder on State Elections on January 25 at 6:30 p.m. CT through Zoom. Come learn about important upcoming elections, what's at stake for 2024 and how you can make a difference by using your voting power. You can register in advance here or click the link below! Register in advance School of Democracy and WISDOM will host many trainings in the upcoming year so keep an eye out in your inbox for future updates! For questions, please contact WISDOM's Digital Organizer, Amanda Ali, at aali@wisdomwisconsin.org. WEBINAR: Wed Jan 24, 12 noon A Conversation with Robert Herbst- "Israel, South Africa, Genocide and the International Court of Justice" Register Here. South Africa sued Israel for genocide in the International Court of Justice (“ICJ”) late last year.  On January 11 and 12, the court heard its initial arguments on South Africa’s claim for preliminary relief, styled Provisional Measures. Robert Herbst and Michael Spath will be discussing the case and its political, moral and religious implications for Palestinians, Israelis, and their American supporters in our first webinar of 2024. Viewers will get some understanding of (1) how genocide is defined in the Genocide Convention to which South Africa and Israel are both signatories, (2) the allegations of genocidal intent and genocidal acts detailed in South Africa’s 84 page complaint, styled an Application, which has now also been joined by others, including Turkey and Malaysia, (3) Israel’s response, (4) the nature of these proceedings before the ICJ, its jurisdiction and possible outcomes.  Come join us! Robert Herbst is a member of Jewish Voice for Peace, as well as a veteran international human rights attorney, arguing cases in Sierra Leone and other countries.  He and Michael Spath are co-chairs of ICAHD-USA. Michael Spath is the Executive Director of the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace and a member of UCC-PIN and the Global Kairos for Justice Coalition.  He and Robert Herbst are co-chairs of ICAHD-USA. Sent to WNPJ by Madison-Rafah Sister-City Project rafahsistercity@yahoo.com LaCROSSE Thurs Jan 25, 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 Jan 25, 7 pm Webinar: 1992 Peace Accords and the February 2024 elections in El Salvador.  In El Salvador, President Bukele’s State of Exception strips people of their rights and continues with no end in sight. The government has imprisoned over 73,000 people, including some from our sister community of Arcatao. There are detailed reports of torture, medical neglect, and death in prisons. President Bukele is defying the constitution and running for re-election on February 4, 2024. Join MASCP for a conversation with CRIPDES, our Salvadoran Sistering partners, to learn more. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tfuGvpz0tHdPBv9QXzINKHqAeN2f96ruT#/registration Madison Arcatao Sister City Project -  info@mascp.org WEBINAR: Thurs 25 Jan 5:30 - 06:30 pm From terror to transformation. From the organization: King and Breaking Silence. This event sent to WNPJ by Dena Eakles of Echo Valley Hope - dena.eakles@gmail.com. Dena writes: "This webinar is presented by an organization I respect for their depth of coverage in wonderful webinars on social injustice." Learn more: Can the violence in Palestine-Israel become a turning point for humanity? Register at https://kingandbreakingsilence.org. MADISON Thurs Jan 25, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm DACA Advocacy Day. At Bethel Lutheran Church (312 Wisconsin Ave).  The Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin is sponsoring a day of to urge our Wisconsin legislature to pass four bills that will help DACA recipients to: Receive professional licenses to be teachers, nurses, electricians, plumbers, etc. – ie, Pay in-state tuition if they have lived in Wisconsin at least 12 months prior to the semester and are DACA recipients - Receive a tax credit to help defray the cost of renewing their DACA status every two years -Become police officers and sheriff’s deputies. Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice is co-sponsoring, as is WISDOM. Register by January 19. https://www.loppw.org/evrplus_registration/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=10 MADISON Thurs Jan 25, 5:30 pm Antiwar Movie Series – 2 films. At the Madison downtown central public library.   The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the US (2016, 45 min) PLUS & My Neighborhood (2012, 25 min) Socialize and tabling plus a movie discussion, plus free popcorn. Co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace and World Beyond War Madison.  Contact:  Brad Geyer 920-650-0052 Veterans for Peace Madison - Clarence Kailin, Chapter 25   https://madisonvfp.org/ RHINELANDER Thurs Jan 25, 6 – 8 pm  Northwoods Community Forum. Nicolet College . For Our Future, with support of Project North, Northwoods Area Progressives, and Nicolet College, are holding a casual event to get people together! This will be an opportunity for small businesses, local non-profits, and individuals active in the community to share what they are working on, and to network and connect with others. Here is the Facebook event, and a link to sign up to attend.  https://fb.me/e/49Yv6XWXh Sign-up link: https://secure.everyaction.com/WaxlzK9lhESZF0Ott3G-QA2 Announcement sent to WNPJ by Building Unity: BuildingUnityWi@gmail.com MILWAUKEE Sat Jan 27, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Each Saturday, a different location. Today meet at 76th and North. Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace VIROQUA Sat Jan 27, 11 am - 12 noon Driftless Palestinian Solidarity Weekly Vigil. Meet at Decker and Main. Action Alert: The Driftless Palestinian Solidarity group has written a petition to demand that Senator Tammy Baldwin support a ceasefire in Gaza. We are trying to get this initiative going throughout the state of WI. If your group is interested in getting signatures, please email  driftless.solidarity@gmail.com. Thank you for your help! VIRTUAL Sat Jan 27, 2 – 4 pm United for Peace and Justice Midwest Planning Call.  The Regional Gathering held in March 2023 was informative and energizing. There's certainly a lot going on in The Great Lakes area and a lot that still needs to happen. Now, it's time to get together and discuss our next steps and prepare for 2024! Please join us on January 27th at 2:00 p.m. for a 2-hour Zoom. Register here. Remember to Share this info with your networks! United For Peace and Justice info.ufpj@gmail.com ASHLAND Sat and Sun Jan 27 – 28 All Critters Art Build & Potluck . Bohemian Hall, 319 11th Ave. E. RSVP HERE: tinyurl.com/allcritters  See the Spotlight above….. ******************************************************* If your group would like to get your events posted in the weekly e-bulletin – JOIN US! https://www.wnpj.org/membership ******************************************** Join WNPJ – www.wnpj.org *********************************** The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 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

  • The 2024 MASCP trip to El Salvador is scheduled for June 9-16, 2024.

    Interested in traveling to El Salvador with MASCP? The theme this year is water quality, water rights, and what the world's sugarcane production has to do with water and environmental quality in El Salvador. Come to Finca Coffee (2500 Rimrock Rd, Madison, on January 20, February 17, or March 16 from 10-noon for a great cup of Salvadoran coffee and Salvadoran quesadillas (yum!), visit with friends of MASCP, and learn about the upcoming trip to Arcatao in June 2024. On the trip, 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 of course, we’ll renew friendships in Arcatao where our sister city is fighting to retain control of their water and avoid privatization. In 2023, our trip included Eunice Gibson, in her 80’s, Daniel Quintanilla, not quite 20, and all the decades in between. Anyone is welcome! US El Salvador Sister City Staff will make all the arrangements for us in El Salvador. At Finca Coffee, there will be a table reserved for our group. Past MASCP travelers are encouraged to come share their experiences. Old friends and new friends are welcome. It’s an MASCP reunion, discussion and planning meeting for our 2024 trip all rolled into one. See our MASCP 2024 Delegation on our website. Madison Arcatao Sister City Project MASCP info@mascp.org

  • Milwaukee Faith Leaders Call for Ceasefire and Lasting Peace in the Holy Land - Jan 2024

    We, faith leaders in Milwaukee, as signed below, have joined together to bring a unified moral voice to the growing catastrophe in Gaza and increasing violence throughout Israel and Palestine. We are religious and lay leaders of the three Abrahamic Religions of the world (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) as well as Eastern religious traditions. We represent the voices of many who grieve the death of innocent human beings in a land called holy by our traditions. We mourn the decades of occupation and oppression, of terrorism and military violence. We are anguished by the October 7th Hamas attack on Israel and by the brutal and ongoing death and destruction brought upon the people of Gaza and the West Bank by Israel. Time and again it has been demonstrated that there will be no military solution to this conflict. This is what we know has occurred in the land that holds so many stories central to our understanding of our creator God: ● Tens of thousands of innocent civilians, the vast majority Palestinian, have been killed, including over 10,000 children. ● Over 2.3 million people in Gaza have been displaced from their homes, with no shelter, no safe place to flee, and the total destruction of their community, including entire neighborhoods, schools, houses of worship, cultural centers and even hospitals. All has been turned to rubble. ● The civilians of Gaza continue to suffer from lack of clean water, lack of food, lack of medical facilities and the lack of other basic human needs. With little shelter or clothing during cold winter months, many will freeze if they are not killed by bombs or they do not die of thirst, hunger or disease. ● Attacks on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank have also resulted in significant injury, displacement, and death. This includes actions by the IDF as well as by settlers who have been provided arms by the Israeli government. As leaders of various faiths, we believe we must: ● Uplift the Torah value of t’selem Elohim, the Divine Image. Every human life is a reflection of God and has infinite value. ● Uplift the value of the agape’ love of Jesus. An active love that is built on justice for all of God’s children. ● Uplift 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.” As Jews, as rabbis, as Christians, pastors and priests, as Muslims, imams and lay leaders, as Buddhists, as human beings—we are pleading with our communities to rise through despair and grief to save valuable human lives on all sides of this conflict and to call for a complete ceasefire now, brokered by the United Nations. ● We call for an end to all bombing and ground war.. ● We call for an end of settler and IDF violence in the Occupied West Bank. ● We call for the release of all Israeli and international hostages being held in Gaza and all civilian Palestinians being held by Israel. ● We call for the immediate flow of aid to Gaza for humanitarian relief. ● We call for immediate engagement by the international community toward a just and lasting peace in Israel-Palestine. We place a great deal of blame for the current conflict on the international community’s failure to find a diplomatic solution to the conflict and their failure to implement international laws and conventions, with the U.S. government playing a very destructive role by vetoing scores of international resolutions meant to address or resolve the conflict. As Americans, we call upon our leaders to stop supporting and enabling this nightmare. Ceasefire is the only way to prevent more death and destruction. We call on Senator Tammy Baldwin, Senator Ron Johnson and Representative Gwen Moore to reflect on the suffering of the victims of war, especially the children, and to change their stance from a temporary “pause” on the killings to a “ceasefire.” We make a stand for a sustainable peace, now. This peace must include a fight against rising antisemitism and Islamophobia in our communities. We invite all people of faith as well as others of good conscience to join us in this call for a complete ceasefire NOW! Signed (organizations listed for identification purposes only), Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah Religious Director ISM Othman Atta, Executive Director Islamic Society of Milwaukee Rabbi Michal Woll Congregation Shir hadash Rev. Karen S. Hagen PCUSA - retired Wisconsin Christians for Justice in Palestine Rev. Jonathan Jacobs Redeemer Lutheran Church - ELCA Wisconsin Christians for Justice in Palestine Rev Barbara Rasmussen ELCA - retired Wisconsin Christians for Justice in Palestine Janan Najeeb Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition Rev. Rachel Young Binter ELCA Lutheran Campus Ministry Rev. Sarah Stobie Bay Shore Lutheran Rev. Dr. Kate Jones Lead Pastor Wauwatosa Ave United Methodist Church, Wauwatosa, WI Father Thomas Mueller Orthodox Church in America St Maria of Paris Chapels Ministry Rev. Joseph W. Ellwanger Hephatha Lutheran Church Rev. Michelle Townsend de López Cross Ev. Lutheran-ELCA Reverend Tory V. Topjian Senior Minister Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church Pastor Richard D. Shaw, D.Min. St. Matthew C.M.E. Church Bishop Paul Erickson Greater Milwaukee Synod, ELCA Rev. Jane B. Anderson, Associate Conference Minister Wisconsin Conference UCC Rev. Lisa S. Heckman Presbyterian Church (USA) Pastor Rev. Reirin Gumbel Milwaukee Zen Center Reverend Christine Wilke Evangelical & Reformed United Church of Christ, Waukesha Rev. Mindi Welton-Mitchell Executive Minister, American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin Dean Daniels Retired Director of the Office for Worship Former Director of the Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee Rev. Karl-John Stone Mount Pleasant, WI Jon M. Sweeney Codirector, The Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology Rev. Christie Melby-Gibbons Moravian Church Western District Tricklebee Cafe Teresa Howell-Smith, Pastor United Church of Christ Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom Senior Minister First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee Rev. Dena McPhetres Unitarian Universalist First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee Rev. Dr Ebenezer K. Insor, Southeast DS Wisconsin United Methodist Conference Rose Stietz, OP Catholic Member of Racine Dominicans Rev. Dennis Jacobsen Hephatha Lutheran Church Rev. Alexander M. Jacobs ELCA Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Gaulke ELCA Rev. Mary Martha Kannass ELCA Hephatha Lutheran Church Rev. Erik David Carlson Unitarian Universalist Bradford UU, Kenosha, WI Rev. Claire Beutler-Cruise United Church of Christ Eleanor Harris (Rep to MICAH) Milwaukee Friends Meeting Rev. David Rebey Breaking the Chains Church, Milwaukee and Kenosha Rev. Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson, Minister of Religious Education First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee Lisa Hart, Associate Conference Minister Wisconsin Conference UCC Rev. Dr. Steven W. Hecky Retired Minister United Church of Christ Rev. J. Eric Kirkegaard Peace United Church of Christ, Kewaskum Rev. Shelby Perez United Church of Christ UW Health--Trauma Chaplain Rev. David J Gaeth Greendale Community Church United Church of Christ Rev John C Helt Retired Pastor United Church of Christ Rev. Tara L. Tetzlaff Christ Church, UCC - Bayview, Milwaukee Pastor Bridget Hill United Church of Christ Rev Nikkeya Berryhill Bethel Bethany UCC Rev. Leanne Rose UCC Rev. Meredith Anderson UCC Bethel-Bethany Milwaukee Rev. Meredith Anderson UCC Bethel-Bethany Milwaukee Rev. Emma Landowski, BCC United Church of Christ Ascension Columbia St. Mary's - Ozaukee, Hospital Chaplain Carly Gaeth, Licensed Minister New Hope UCC & Faith UCC Rev. Kelsey Peterson Beebe United Church of Christ Jill Haberman, Peace and Justice Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi Rev. Glenn A. Danz United Church of Christ Rev. Dr. Bob Gross, OCC United Church of Christ Rev. Rachel Bauman Associate Conference Minister Wisconsin Conference United Church of Christ Rev. Deborah A Payden Retired clergy - United Church of Christ Mark Peters ParishConsultant (retired) Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee Rev. Dale Stohre, retired UCC Rev. Kelly R. Fowl United Methodist Shared Ministry Pastor Our Lord’s and Caldwell United Methodist Churches Rev. Jennifer C.M. Dawson Retired clergy - United Church of Christ Rev. James F.D. Martin Retired clergy - United Church of Christ Michael Whiteley, Moderator First Congregational Church of Genesee - UCC Rev. Dr. Bobbie Groth Unitarian Universalist Congregations of SE WI Pastor James Phillips Blessed Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church Rev. Ashley Nolte, Pastor Pilgrim United Church of Christ Pastor Brian Hooper ELCA Br. David Hirt, OFM Cap Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order Rev. Dr. John A Jones IV Associate Regional Minister-Education American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin Rev. Marty Coons PC(USA) - Retired Miriam Brown, OP Catholic Sinsinawa Dominican Rev. Dr. Lisa Bates-Froiland ELCA Nicole Blanks Presbyterian Church (USA) Pastor Andrew Oren UCC (retired) Annemarie Adsen(rep to IFCGM) Milwaukee Friends Meeting Rev. Gail Brodersen-Heins ELCA Sent to WNPJ 1/17/2024 by Jerry Folk of the member group: Interfaith Peace Working Group https://www.interfaithpeacewg.org/

  • Flood the phones of Sen Tammy Baldwin - with a Call for Peace - Jan 15 - 16!

    Jewish Voice for Peace Madison, in coordination with the Madison-Rafa Sister City Project is urging Wisconsinites statewide to flood the phones of Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Monday 1/15 and Tuesday 1/16 insisting that she vote in support of Bernie Sanders’ Senate Resolution 504 Ways to contact Sen. Baldwin: Call BOTH her DC and her local offices DC (202) 224-5653 Madison (608) 264-5338 Milwaukee (414) 297-4451 La Crosse (608) 796-0045 Green Bay (920) 498-2668 Ladysmith (715) 832-8424 Eau Claire (715) 832-8424 Fill out and send her online "contact me" form What to Say: Hello, my name is [FIRST AND LAST NAME], and I'm a constituent of Senator Tammy Baldwin. I've been following South Africa's irrefutable evidence against Israel at the Hague, and I'm extremely alarmed that my tax dollars have been funding genocide. I'm calling to demand that the Senator call for a permanent ceasefire and stop arming Israel. The Senator must VOTE YES on Sen. Bernie Sanders's resolution S.Res.504 to stop weapons to Israel, and VOTE NO on the $106 billion spending package to fund weapons to Israel and border militarization. I don't want my tax dollars to fund genocide. The Senator should be funding care for our communities, like housing, education, and healthcare, NOT killing. I'm urgently asking the Senator to call for a permanent ceasefire now. The Senator must take immediate action to stop this genocide and end Israel's siege on Gaza. —--- You can also speak from your heart on the matter if that suits you! Please share widely with your personal networks! https://www.facebook.com/jvpmadison/

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

    The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 82 member groups around Wisconsin. **************************** MADISON - 39th Annual Madison & Dane County MLK Day Observance: January 15, 2024 5:00 PM – Freedom Songs Sing-Along | 6:00 PM – Program Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street https://mlkingcoalition.org/ The King Coalition was established in the fall of 1985 as a community group to plan the official City of Madison and Dane County observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday along with other events to commemorate the life and accomplishments of Dr. King. The Coalition consists of representatives from religious communities, organized labor, the UW-Madison, United Way, peace groups, service organizations, city and county government, and other individuals committed to equal rights and justice for all people. Coalition activities are made possible through public and private financial sponsorship, in-kind, and volunteer support. Welcoming Guest Speaker, Terrence Roberts: Terrence Roberts made history as one of the “Little Rock Nine.” He attended segregated elementary, junior, and high schools until 1957, when he volunteered to help desegregate Little Rock Central High School. His first attempt to enter the school was stopped by the Arkansas National Guard and an angry mob of 400 people. A second attempt several weeks later was met with a mob that had grown to 1,000 people. The next day, President Dwight Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas National Guard and dispatched members of the 101st Airborne Division to accompany the students to school for the remainder of the year. Dr. Roberts went on to a successful academic career that included earning a PhD. He and the other Little Rock Nine were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bill Clinton. The program will also feature the MLK Community Choir and presentation of the 2024 MLK Humanitarian Awards by Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. MILWAUKEE - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Justice Program and March Monday Jan. 15, 2024, 1 pm- 3 pm St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1927 Vel R. Phillips Ave, Milwaukee 23rd Annual Gathering to honor Dr. King's teachings on the three great evils of racism, materialism and militarism. 1:00 pm - Program 2:30 pm - March to Dr. King’s Statue 1700 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive (just north of Walnut St.) Sponsored by the Milwaukee Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Coalition info@peaceactionwi.org ********************************************************** You can open any of our weekly WNPJ e-Bulletins from the archive and copy the web address to share with others. ********************************** Action Alert Welcome to WNPJ's newest member group, Wisconsin for Environmental Justice. https://www.w4ej.org/contact We hope our other 81 member groups across Wisconsin will sign their petition - demanding accountability for the climate crisis! Sign here: https://www.w4ej.org/petition ***************************** The Catholic Multicultural Center (CMC) and Pastorate 21 (Our Lady Queen of Peace and St. Thomas Aquinas Churches) are teaming up to study Pope Francis’s letter Laudate Deum, which offers people of faith a strong call to action to care for the earth and for one another. This apostolic exhortation is a sequel to Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, and can be found at: "Laudate Deum": Apostolic Exhortation to all people of good will on the climate crisis (4 October 2023) | Francis (vatican.va). The free, four-week interactive study will feature presenters from across the US and the world, poems, prayers, songs, and group discussion time. It will be offered Wednesdays, January 17 through February 7, from 6:30-7:35 PM on Zoom. For more details, please contact Laura Green at the CMC: Laura@cmcmadison.org or 608-441-1180. This information was provided to WNPJ by Dennis Collier - 608-516-1656 of the member group Pax Christi. - 608-516-1656  https://www.wnpj.org/member-organizations-list/pax-christi---madison- *************************************************** 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: VIRTUAL Mon Jan 15, 11 am COVID19 Community Safety – virtual discussion. Your friends, elders, students, colleagues, and family need protecting from the latest COVID19 wave. You, too, deserve to be safe and in community this spring! Join this Zoom call to meet folks in the Madison area who care about preventing respiratory disease; to order free masks, air purifiers, and share resources on the spot; learn about multilayered protections; and to share the tools and knowledge your community has developed for keeping safe from COVID19. To register visit: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEpd-mgrz0sGdWhhVh7Q2PDWvVGdWcsADY7#/registration  Sent to WNPJ by Madison Infoshop - peckjohne@gmail.com MADISON Mon Jan 15, 12 noon – 1 pm Monday Noon Vigil for Peace – Meet at the corner of MLK, Jr. Blvd and Doty St.  This is a holiday. For more information, call Tim at 608-630-3633. MADISON Mon Jan 15, 39th Annual Madison & Dane County MLK Day Observance. 12:00 – 5:00 PM | Madison Central Library. The King Coalition, in partnership with the Urban League of Greater Madison, City of Madison, Dane County, MSCR, Madison Out of School Time (MOST), Madison Public Library, and others is pleased to invite middle school youth to attend the MLK Day Youth Call to Service. Engaging workshops, lunch, and an event t-shirt will all be provided at no cost. Registration is limited to youth groups serving middle school youth. Space is limited. For more information, please contact Andrew Schilcher at aschilcher@ulgm.org.  5:00 PM – Freedom Songs Sing-Along | 6:00 PM – Program at the Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street. Learn more at   https://mlkingcoalition.org/ Special note: WNPJ will be tabling at the evening event in Madison at the Overture Center! MILWAUKEE Mon, Jan 15, 1 pm 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Event. At St. Francis Church, 1927 Vel R. Phillips Ave. Sent to WNPJ by  Casa Maria Catholic Worker casamariamke@gmail.com MADISON Mon. Jan. 15,  5 – 6:30 pm Lights Up For Palestine! Corner of State St. and W. Dayton Please join us in respectfully asking our community to call on their elected representatives to demand a permanent ceasefire in Gaza as we celebrate the birthday of Dr. King. Sent to WNPJ by Madison-Rafah Sister-City Proj  rafahsistercity@yahoo.com MADISON Tues. Jan. 16, 4:30 pm – 6 pm Lights Up For Palestine! Univ. Ave. and Prospect Ave. - Campus Drive Overpass. Please join us in respectfully asking our community to call on their elected representatives to demand a permanent ceasefire in Gaza. Sent to WNPJ by Madison-Rafah Sister-City Proj  rafahsistercity@yahoo.com VIRTUAL Tues Jan 16, 5 pm  Conversation with Ana María Rodríguez Valencia The Board of Directors of the Colombia Support Network invites you to participate in our next speaker-series conversation. Dr. Rodríguez Valencia is a lawyer and human rights defender with extensive experience in advocacy before bodies of the universal system for the protection of human rights, particularly before the Human Rights Council, the special procedures and treaty monitoring bodies of the UN, and broad experience in articulation processes with local, national and international organizations. She will provide an update on her work as the leader of the Colombian Commission of Jurists (CCJ), the legal issues Colombians and the government are facing today, and the practical implications of "Total Peace" To sign up for the event, receive the Zoom link, and write any questions for the speaker, please fill out the form here. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc_C9zxMnRxsEtVD8Kgqqnktmmwy4S5d5iftVgA9P2qaYE0PQ/viewform?usp=sf_link MADISON Wed Jan 17, 6 pm  Monthly business meeting of Veterans for Peace #25 . VIRTUAL this month, due to the cold. Contact for the zoom link:  920-650-0052  Clarence Kailin, Chapter 25  - Veterans for Peace Madison geyerb@yahoo.com VIRTUAL Wed Jan 17, 7 pm Crawford Stewardship Project CAFO Committee meeting. This is now a VIRTUAL meeting only:  via Zoom Meeting ID: 774 440 0739    +1 312 626 6799. Join us to discuss and provide information about township “CAFO Operations Ordinances” and our upcoming event, Planning for Stewardship. Learn from Lisa Doerr's slide presentation highlighting her citizen group's experience passing an Operations Ordinance in five townships in Polk County. Let's make 2024 a year of protecting our townships from unwanted changes. Join us to learn our strategy, be prepared, and start this ball rolling in your townshipcsp.county@gmail.com LaCROSSE Thurs Jan 18, 12 noon - 12:30 pm Weekly Women in Black Peace Vigil. Meet at Main St & 4th Street South. A weekly vigil for peace every Thursday. Contact Deborah. dbuffton@yahoo.com This event POSTPONED unitl March 10th, due to weather related problems. MADISON Thurs Jan 18, The Dane Sanctuary Coalition Steering Committee Presentation. The event will be in person at Beth Israel Center, 1406 Mound St and also livestreamed and/or on Zoom. This report-back is from members of Beth Israel Center on their recent volunteer trips to Casa Alitas in Tucson.  Throughout October, groups of volunteers from Beth Israel Center journeyed to Tucson to volunteer at Casa Alitas, a migrant welcome center. As the crisis at our border increases, the needs for help at Casa Alitas and similar migrant centers will only increase. Join us and hear about the volunteers’ experiences and how the trip came together. EAU CLAIRE Fri Jan 19, 5 – 6 pm Monthly Peace Stand in Eau Claire. Meet at Wisconsin 93 Trunk & Golf Road. The 3rd Friday of each month is Peace Stand time in Eau Claire, going on since 2004. We gather with signs at Hwy 93 & Golf Road, we visit one another and sometimes we sing. Stand and be counted. Mark Helpsmeet is with Northern Spirit Radio, a member group of WNPJ. Contact for more information: helpsmeet@usa.net MADISON Register by Fri Jan 19 for the event on Thurs Jan 25, 9:30 – 2:30 pm  DACA Advocacy Day . At Bethel Lutheran Church (312 Wisconsin Ave. The Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin is sponsoring a day of advocacy to urge our Wisconsin legislature to pass four bills that will help DACA recipients to: Receive professional licenses to be teachers, nurses, electricians, plumbers, etc.- Pay in-state tuition if they have lived in Wisconsin at least 12 months prior to the semester and are DACA recipients -Receive a tax credit to help defray the cost of renewing their DACA status every two years.- Become police officers and sheriff’s deputies. Wisconsin Faith Voices is co-sponsoring the event. REGISTER HERE by Jan 19 https://www.loppw.org/evrplus_registration/?action=evrplusegister&event_id=10 MILWAUKEE and VIRTUAL Sat Jan 20, 10 – 11:30 am UNA of Greater Milwaukee Presentation:  Doug Savage, Director of the Institute of World Affairs at UW-Milwaukee, on The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Civics Education. Attend In-Person at Zao MKE Church – 2319 E. Kenwood Blvd. – Milwaukee or Virtually Through the Following Zoom Link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83901614973?pwd=ekxVWEU2UWtQdjFha0xQODNzUm5xUT09By Phone Only: 1.312.626.6799     Zoom id: 839 0161 4973    Zoom passcode: 361713 . Free & Open to the Public. In his presentation, Doug Savage will explore how international frameworks such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Declaration of Human Rights are being used by the UW-Milwaukee Institute of World Affairs to help K-12 students analyze and engage with global-to-local issues. For more information, contact Jerry Rousseau   jerroldbrousseau@gmail.com MILWAUKEE Sat Jan 20, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Each Saturday, a different location. Today meet at E Brady St & N Farwell Ave. Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace VIROQUA Sat Jan 20, 11 am - 12 noon Driftless Palestinian Solidarity Weekly Vigil. Meet at Decker and Main. Action Alert: The Driftless Palestinian Solidarity group has written a petition to demand that Senator Tammy Baldwin support a ceasefire in Gaza. We are trying to get this initiative going throughout the state of WI. If your group is interested in getting signatures, please email  driftless.solidarity@gmail.com. Thank you for your help! ******************************************************* If your group would like to get your events posted in the weekly e-bulletin – JOIN US! https://www.wnpj.org/membership Here’s your chance to read Network News https://www.wnpj.org/newsletter *********************************** Videos of the 32nd WNPJ Annual Fall Assembly are now available: "Every Drop Counts: Coming Together for Water https://www.wnpj.org/post/2023-fall-assembly ******************************************** 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

  • Action Alert from Palestine Partners - Make a phone call!

    On the heels of South Africa's powerful testimony at the International Court of Justice and right after this Saturday'smassive demonstrations in DC and San Francisco, news comes that Sen. Bernie Sanders' resolution (SR 504) to require the US government to investigate and potentially restrict US military aid to Israel is scheduled to come up for a vote on Tuesday, January 16 at 5:30 pm ET. Here is a good analysis of the resolution & its potential impact. Also this one from Huffpost. MRSCP is suggesting that all coalition members to try to take action on Tuesday to pressure Sen. Tammy Baldwin to support this resolution.  Baldwin is among a group of about a dozen Senators who might possibly be persuaded to support it. Some ideas for action include visits to, vigils or demonstrations at her offices around the state, phone calls to BOTH her DC and especially her local offices (numbers listed below) as well as using her online "contact me" form to express your support for the resolution (especially as it seems lately in DC you just get the recording.) DC  (202) 224-5653 Madison  (608) 264-5338 Milwaukee  (414) 297-4451 La Crosse (608) 796-0045 Green Bay (920) 498-2668 Ladysmith (715) 832-8424 Eau Claire (715) 832-8424 In Madison there be a vigil at Baldwin’s office Cassandra Dixon - contact for Palestine Partners Chrepairs@gmail.com 608-445-0357 she/her Black Lives Matter

  • Help Organize Building Unity’s Democracy Tour this Spring in Wisconsin

    You're Invited: Please help Building Unity’s Democracy Tour to inspire and activate voters and build our statewide movement for peace, justice, sustainability and democracy. Please read the invitation below. The Ask: The Building Unity Democracy Tour hopes to be making stops in each of Wisconsin’s 33 Senate Districts, between March 15th and May 31st. To make this goal, the tour will have to make three stops each weekend - one on Friday evening, one midday on Saturday and one on Saturday evening. The Democracy Tour will increase voter turnout and strengthen grassroots movements for peace, justice, sustainability, and democracy. Please review the draft tour map above and and consider helping us secure one or both of the following in or near your Wisconsin State Senate district: A place where the “UnityMobile” could park for five or six days serving as a billboard advertising the upcoming tour stop events. (this could be a driveway, a parking lot, or even on the street.) A place where people can gather indoors for the community forum or some other event. This could be a house of worship, a library meeting room, a community center, etc. Please call one of our Democracy Tour Coordinators: Charlie Uphoff at 608-213-6063 or Tim Cordon at 608-630-3633 if you could help with either of these requests. In addition to helping us find venues and/or a parking place for the “UnityMobile,” we are also looking for organizational partners to help endorse and promote the tour. Please fill out this form if your group would like to help make this tour possible. There is no financial requirement. You can view our growing list of partners here. Lastly, we are also hoping to find a few people who would be comfortable driving the 34' Unity Mobile for some of the tour. Time is of the essence. Depending on the responses to this request, we will determine if we can organize this tour by January 22nd. On Monday, January 22nd, between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Building Unity will be hosting a VIRTUAL Winter Unity Summit. (We hope that you will join us. Register here. The Democracy Tour will follow the lead of local communities. Please share any suggestions you might have regarding your community's tour stop event(s). Thank you for your consideration! The Democracy Tour Planning Committee: Rebecca Alwin - Raging Grannies, Building Unity, and WI Grassroots Network Tim Cordon - Building Unity Charlie Uphoff - Building Unity & Oregon Area Progressives Montre Moore - NAACP - Wisconsin State Conference of Branches Environmental Justice Committee, and Building Unity

  • Urgent Action Alert to Stop Line #5

    From 350 WI Tell the USACE: 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% 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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 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. Click HERE https://wisconsin-350.salsalabs.org/ArmyCorpsLine5reroute/index.html ......to tell the USACE to stop allowing Enbridge to gamble with the Great Lakes, and to conduct the most thorough environmental review possible. Questions? Contact: britnie.remer@350wisconsin.org

  • Wisconsin for Environmental Justice joins WNPJ....sign their petition!

    Welcome to WNPJ's newest member group, Wisconsin for Environmental Justice. https://www.w4ej.org/contact We hope our other 80 member groups across Wisconsin will sign their petition - demanding accountability for the climate crisis! Sign here: https://www.w4ej.org/petition

  • WNPJ groups celebrate MLK holiday.... statewide. Events from Jan 8 - 15

    Cultivating Beloved Community Dr. Martin Luther King knew that Beloved Community was essential for change. The Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice allows us to create and maintain that Community. Need inspiration? Take a stroll through our Facebook page to see postings of the 81 member organizations that are the Network. Need connection? Read what thoughtful and kind activists are doing throughout this state, much of it in real time and often available via zoom or live broadcasting. From environmental issues to ending the nightmare of prisons and war you can find people and organizations doing compelling work. Need information? The treasuries of researched materials from PFAS to clean energy, nuke watch to labor reform and so much more are readily available. Need to take action? Every organization could use some help. Find the one that calls to you and offer your skills. www.wnpj.org As we celebrate Dr. King’s life, we can pay homage for more than one day. We can shake off the lethargy of hopelessness and get busy answering his call: “Life's most persistent and urgent question is,'What are you doing for others?" Perhaps the best we can do is invite people in and widen the circle of Peace. Spotlight from WNPJ Board member, Dena Eakles Jan 2023 ********************************************************** The WI Network for Peace and Justice is the umbrella non-profit organization supporting the work of 81 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. ********************************** Join the: MLK Community Choir, Madison! The MLK Community Choir has been an integral part of the official Madison & Dane County King Holiday Observance for many years. The Choir is unique in bringing together community members regardless of musical background for the purpose of performing at this event. It is directed by acclaimed musicians Leotha and Tamera Stanley. No audition is required. To join the Choir community members simply need to attend two rehearsals: Tuesday, January 9 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, January 13, 11:00 AM. Both rehearsals are at Mt. Zion Baptist Church | 2019 Fisher Street, Madison The Dane County MLK coalition is an affiliate member of WNPJ https://mlkingcoalition.org/ 39th Annual Madison & Dane County MLK Day Observance: January 15, 2024 5:00 PM – Freedom Songs Sing-Along | 6:00 PM – Program Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street https://mlkingcoalition.org/ WNPJ will be tabling at this event - Look for us! ****************************** 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. ***************************************** Emergency Summit for Gaza: Ceasefire, Saving Lives, Building Peace In Chicago, with Jesse Jackson, Rabbis Arthur Waskow & Phyllis Berman, & more. 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM FRIDAY, January 12 and  10:00 AM to 1:00 PM SATURDAY, January 13 VIRTUAL REGISTRATION Fellowship of Reconciliation is proud to be partnering with Rev. Jesse Jackson in calling for an Emergency Summit on Gaza. Sent to WNPJ by Peace Action WI https://www.peaceactionwi.org/ *************************************** Upcoming Events this week for WNPJ groups: MADISON Mon Jan 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 Jan 8, 5 - 6 pm Lights up for Palestine! - McKee Road and Maple Grove Road. Please join us to call for a permanent ceasefire. From Madison-Rafah Sister-City Project rafahsistercity@yahoo.com VIRTUAL Mon Jan 8, 7 pm Witnessing Global Climate Action at COP 28. Please join 350 Wisconsin on to hear a firsthand perspective on the COP28 UN climate summit. Learn what happens at these global climate summits beyond what’s captured by mainstream media. Our speaker, Heather Phelps, recently journeyed to Dubai to witness the global negotiations. She will share her experience as a climate observer with an NGO. She will tell us what happens beyond the high-level talks, focusing on the work of committed people and organizations building global networks around issues such as global youth activism, clean energy, and faith perspectives on climate. ONLINE VIA ZOOM: Register in advance for the meeting at https://tinyurl.com/monthly-mtg-reg  https://350wisconsin.org VIRTUAL Tues Jan 9, 6:30 pm Taking a Faithful Stand for Equity's Webinar on Wisconsin's curriculum requirement on American Indian studies. Our presenter will be David O'Connor, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) in northern Wisconsin. In January 2012, he became the American Indian Studies Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). In David's role at DPI, he supports school districts' efforts to provide instruction on the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin's American Indian nations and tribal communities, often referenced as Wisconsin Act 31, and the education of Native American students. REGISTER HERE . Find resources on Indigenous Education and Wisconsin here. The Creating Beloved Community Leadership Team: •    Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee •    MICAH •    Wisconsin Council of Churches •    Wisconsin Council of Rabbis •    Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice •     WISDOM wifaithvoices4justice@gmail.com VIRTUAL Tues Jan 9, 7 pm UNA USA Dane County DISTINGUISHED LECTURE series.....presentation  by the 2023 UNA Dane Global Citizen Award Winner - Wisconsin Watch.  Dee J. Hall, former managing editor, will present on the topic of how journalism about forced prison labor in China and the beneficiaries, including companies in the US/Wisconsin, underscore the value of small, non-profit newsrooms and quality journalism. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86856973633?pwd=S0F6d2ppMkpzaXo2UjhmY2drdHZ4Zz09#success https://www.unadane.org/ MADISON and VIRTUAL Tues Jan 9, 7 – 8:30 pm DSA monthly General Membership Meeting.  At the Social Justice Center and on Zoom.  We will be hosting a conversation with Dane County Supervisor Heidi Wegleitner, as the Electoral Working Group brings a possible endorsement of her reelection campaign to the chapter. dsamadison@gmail.com VIRTUAL Wed Jan 10, 11 am - 350.org Climate and Militarism Webinar . Join 350.org for a conversation discussing how militarism is deeply intertwined with the climate crisis. From the direct emissions of sprawling militaries like the US’s massive network of bases, to the detrimental impacts war has on international cooperation and the resources it takes away from climate finance, militarism is antithetical to building a just and collective transition away from fossil fuels. Yet, militarism is too often left out of conversations about the climate crisis. During the webinar, renowned climate journalist Dharna Noor will moderate a discussion with Dr. Neta Crawford (Costs of War Project), Ramon Mejia (About Face & Grassroots Global Justice Alliance), Ashley LaMont (Honor the Earth), and Zaki Mamdoo (350.org).  Register HERE . English and Spanish options. Sent to WNPJ by Madison Rafah Sister City Project rafahsistercity@yahoo.com VIRTUAL Wed Jan. 10, 12 Noon - 1:30 pm  WEBINAR: From Guantánamo to Gaza: Resisting State Violence and Occupation.  From Center for Constitutional Rights: January 2024 marks 22 years of U.S. detention of Muslim men and boys at the Guantánamo Bay prison. Thirty Muslim men remain at the notorious facility, and most have never been charged with a crime despite spending decades behind bars, and none have ever had access to a fair trial. Unjust detention, torture and abuse, the demonization and dehumanization of Muslims under the guise of national security, and impunity are essential pieces of why Guantánamo remains a subject of our continued attention, especially as Guantánamo is how and why such brutal and unlawful practices are replicated around the world.  Join us for a webinar focusing on these threads and the manifestations and connections to state violence, arbitrary detention, and occupation in Iraq and Palestine. Together with formerly incarcerated people, lawyers, and advocates, we will learn, build community, and take action to disrupt the U.S. government’s power to suspend human rights, while elevating our collective demands for justice, accountability, and transformation. Registration and more information here.  Sent to WNPJ by Madison-Rafah Sister-City Project rafahsistercity@yahoo.com LaCROSSE Thurs Jan 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 RACINE Fri Jan 12, 11 am MLK Wreath Laying Ceremony – From the Racine Interfaith Coalition: https://www.facebook.com/ricracine/ CANCELLED due to snow: MADISON Fri. Jan. 12, 4:30 pm MLK Free Community Dinner!  At UW Gordon Dining and Event Center (770 W. Dayton St.) For more info, visit the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1030185928258370/ MILWAUKEE Sat Jan 13, 12 noon - 1 pm Peace Action WI - Weekly STAND for PEACE: Each Saturday, a different location. Today meet at King and Locust. Join us. Bring your signs. info@peaceactionwi.org    https://www.peaceactionwi.org/stand_for_peace VIROQUA Sat Jan 13, 11 am - 12 noon Driftless Palestinian Solidarity Weekly Vigil. Meet at Decker and Main. Action Alert: The Driftless Palestinian Solidarity group has written a petition to demand that Senator Tammy Baldwin support a permanent ceasefire in Gaza. If your group is interested in getting signatures, please email us at driftless.solidarity@gmail.com .  Thank you for your help! ******************************************************* If your group would like to get your events posted in the weekly e-bulletin – JOIN US! https://www.wnpj.org/membership *********************************** Videos of the 32nd WNPJ Annual Fall Assembly are now available: "Every Drop Counts: Coming Together for Water https://www.wnpj.org/post/2023-fall-assembly ******************************************** 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

  • Organization sign-on letter from Palestine Partners

    Organizational Sign-on Letter Calling on States to Support South Africa's Genocide Convention Case Against Israel at the ICJ PLEASE NOTE: THIS LETTER IS ONLY FOR ORGANIZATIONS, MOVEMENTS, UNIONS AND OTHER GROUPS, NOT FOR INDIVIDUALS TO SIGN. THANK YOU! A note for organizations: On December 30, a group of organizations including the Black Alliance for Peace, the Palestinian Assembly for Liberation, Popular Resistance, CodePink, Progressive International, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), the National Lawyers Guild, Samidoun, Veterans for Peace, Gaza Freedom Flotilla, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (US Section), World Beyond War, The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center (CMMLK) Cuba, Project Enduring Peace, and others met urgently to support efforts to end the genocide of Palestinians. While there are many legal and human rights-focused groups working to end genocide using various legal interventions, we saw a need to build organizational support by human rights, anti-colonial, anti-imperialist and other groups as a way to increase public pressure. We invite your organization to sign this open letter calling for nations to submit Declarations of Intervention to the International Court of Justice in support of South Africa's excellent case invoking the Genocide Convention against Israel. Such Declarations can be submitted at any time and will increase the likelihood that a finding of the crime of genocide by the Court is backed up by enforcement. At present, we are gathering organizational (not individual) endorsements. We urge you to share this internally with organizations that may be supportive of this effort. Once we have gathered a significant number of endorsements, the letter will be published. We appreciate your endorsement and any support you can provide to gather as many signing organizations as possible. SIGN-ON LETTER TEXT: We, the undersigned organizations, commend South Africa on its Application to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) invoking the Genocide Convention against Israel. We now urge other countries to reinforce this strongly worded and well-argued complaint by immediately filing a Declaration of Intervention with the ICJ, also called the World Court.Many countries have rightly expressed their horror at the State of Israel's genocidal actions, war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed against Palestinians. Israeli Occupying Forces have bombed hospitals, residences, United Nations refugee centers, schools, places of worship and escape routes, killing and injuring tens of thousands of Palestinians since October 7, 2023. More than half of the dead are women and children. Israeli leaders have made brazenly genocidal statements openly declaring their intention to permanently and completely displace Palestinians from their own land. South Africa is correct in charging that under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Israel's actions "are genocidal in character, as they are committed with the requisite specific intent … to destroy Palestinians in Gaza as a part of the broader Palestinian national, racial and ethnic group." Parties to the Genocide Convention are obliged to act to prevent genocide; therefore, action must be immediate. A Declaration of Intervention filed with the ICJ in support of the South African case against Israel is one way to ensure that all acts of genocide are stopped and those responsible are held accountable. Israel’s killing, injuring, traumatizing, and displacing large numbers of Palestinians and denying water, food, medicine, and fuel to an occupied population meet the criteria for the crime of genocide. If a majority of the world’s nations call for a ceasefire, yet fail to press for prosecution of Israel – what is to stop Israel from ethnically cleansing all Palestinians? For that matter, what is to stop other nations from repeating a horror of this magnitude?We urge national governments to immediately file a Declaration of Intervention in support of the South African case against Israel at the International Court of Justice to stop the killing in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Resources: Here is an example of a Declaration of Intervention by the Maldives in the Myanmar case. There are many other examples. Organizational Signers: Black Alliance for Peace Popular Resistance, USA Palestinian Assembly for Liberation CODEPINK, USA Progressive International Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, US Section World Beyond War International Association of Democratic Lawyers National Lawyers Guild, USA US Boats to Gaza Gaza Freedom Flotilla Roots Action, USA Veterans for Peace, USA Project Enduring Peace, USA Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Palestine Section PEN International-Palestine Peace, Justice, Sustainability, NOW!, USA Friends of Latin America, USA Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center(CMMLK), Cuba Proceso de Comunidades Negras (PCN), Colombia Women's March Global - Region of the Americas Landless Workers Movement MST, Brazil Federation of Mexican Workers and Unions (Confederación de Trabajadores y Sindicatos de Mexico) Venezuelan Popular Feminist Movement (Plataforma de Feminismo Popular de Venezuela) Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAR), Western Hemisphere The Latin American and Caribbean Council on Popular Education (CEAAL) The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy - MIFTAH Kenyans for Palestine Tatuy Tv, Venezuela Asociación Ecuatoriana de Amistad con el Pueblo Saharaui (AEAPS) Centro de Documentación en Derechos Humanos Segundo Montes Mozo S.J., Ecuador Comité Internacional Paz, Justicia y Dignidad a los Pueblos, Cuba/USA Euskadi, Cuba Comité de Solidaridad con la Causa Árabe, Spain Palestina Toma la Calle, España Coordinadora por la Paz, la Soberanía la Integración y la No Injerencia CPAZ Movimiento Social de DDHH, Ecuador Centro de Estudios e Investigación sobre Mujeres, Spain Fórum de Política Feminista, Spain Partido Comunista de los Trabajadores de Argentina Plataforma de Solidaridad con la Causa Palestina (Venezuela) Foro Itinerante de Participación Popular, Venezuela Asociación Gremial de Abogados y Abogadas de Argentina Convocatoria SEGUNDA INDEPENDENCIA de Argentina Agrupación ESPERANZA Revolucionaria y Socialista, Argentina Red de Intelectuales y Artistas en Defensa de la Humanidad- Capitulo Paraguay Conseil National des Comités Populaires (CNCP Martinique) Instituto Simón Bolívar para la Paz y la Solidaridad entre los Pueblos, Venezuela Plateforme Haitienne de Plaidoyer pour un Developpement Alternatif (PAPDA), Haiti Women Democratic Front, Pakistan Teaching Palestine: Pedagogical Praxis and the Indivisibility of Justice, Palestine/International Feminist Conversations Kenya (FCK) Syrian Center For Media and Freedom Of Expression SOLI (Red de Lucha Por la Paz y Solidaridad Internacional) Puerto Rico ALBA Movimientos, Latin America Asociación de Mujeres Campesinas y Populares AMUCAP-C, Paraguay Alianza Latinoamericana Por Palestina contra el Apartheid Liga Mexicana por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos, LIMEDDH Justice for All, USA Venezuelanalysis Diáspora Pa’lante Collective, Puerto Rico Coletivo Advogadas e Advogados pela Democracia (CAAD), Brazil Naco Nius México. M. N. N. ARCH Jerusalem (Geneva, Switzerland) PAL Commission on War Crimes, Justice, Reparations and Return Women Advancement for Economic and Leadership Empowerment in Africa (WAELE AFRICA) Geneva Council For International Affairs and Development Casa Tecmilco, México Surgentes, colectivo de DDHH (Venezuela) Izquierda Libertaria - Chile Amigos de la Tierra América Latina y el Caribe (ATALC) Scandinavian Institute for Human Rights/Haytham Manna Foundation French Observatory for Human Rights Union of Palestinian Organizations of Latin America (UPAL) Amman Center for Human Rights Studies (ACHRS), Jordan Syrian Medical Committee Horan Rencontre por la Citoyennete, France International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights - IIPJHR, Switzerland Fórum Latino Palestino, Brazil Syndicat National des Journalistes Tunisien (SNJT), Tunis Muslim Journal, USA Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists Ordre National des Avocats de Tunisie Kuagro Ri Changaina, Colombia Alkarama (Movimiento de Mujeres Palestinas), Spain Raíces (Grupo cultural raíces de Guasá), Ecuador Comisión Étnica para la Paz y la Defensa de los Derechos Territoriales, Colombia International People's Assembly Arab American Civic Council Movimiento de Pequeños Agricultores, MPA Brazil Federación Nacional de Cooperativas Agropecuarias (FENACOA), Colombia Asociación Colombiana de Economistas Negras - Mano Cambiada Sindicato Aeroespacial SP, Brazil The Literacy Project, USA Sindicato na Televisão, Brazil JUST (International Movement for a Just World), Malaysia MLN - Movement for Liberation from Nakba, Malaysia JUST-IS  Interfaith Solidarity for Justice and against Militarism, Pakistan Center for the Study of Islam and Decoloniality, Pakistan Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space New York Peace Council Law for Palestine Palestinian Feminist Collective CAGE International Vocesenlucha - Comunicación Popular, Spain/Latin America Asociación Alnakba, Venezuela Mujeres por la Paz Sodepau Pais Valencia Jubileo Sur/Américas Acción Ecológica, Ecuador Nación Andaluza Tunisian National Bar Association Palestine Ceasefire Dayton, USA Red de Ambientalistas Comunitarios de El Salvador RACDES Haqooq-e-Khalq Party, Pakistan Congreso de los Pueblos, Colombia Marcha Mundial de las Mujeres Macronorte, Perú La Vía Campesina Jornada Continental por la Democracia y contra el Neoliberalismo Geneva Centre for Democracy & Human Rights One Justice - France International Jurists Union - Geneva Global Legal Alliance for Palestine Southern Anti-Racism Network Mütter gegen den Krieg Berlin-Brandenburg PeaceWorks Brunswick Maine, USA Trident Ploughshares Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (UK) Trade Justice Alliance, USA Movimiento por un mundo sin guerras y sin violencia (MSGySV) Veterans For Peace, Ireland Chapter Observatorio de Derechos Humanos de los Pueblos Observatorio por el Cierre de la Escuela de las Américas en Chile Jordanian Federation of Independent Trade Unions Asociación Americana de Juristas Engineers Association - Jerusalem Center (Palestine) Medical Association - Jerusalem Center (Palestine) Palestinian Dental Association (Palestine) Pharmacists Association - Jerusalem Center (Palestine) Palestinian Nursery and Midwifery Association (Palestine) Agricultural Engineers Association - Jerusalem Center (Palestine) Palestinian Bar Association (Palestine) Palestinian Contractors Union (Palestine) Veterinarians Syndicate - Jerusalem Center (Palestine) Palestinian Union of Psychologists and Social Workers (Palestine) Sínodo luterano salvadoreño Green Mountain Solidarity With Palestine Sahel fondation The International Commission for Supporting the Rights of the Palestinian People “Hashd” Rockland for Palestine University Network for Human Rights Charlottetown Mutual Aid Rede Jubileu Sul Brasil Movimiento Estudiantil Cristiano de Cuba Colectivo Voces Ecológicas COVEC, Panamá National Network on Cuba, USA Public Intellectuals for Social and Spare Change, USA National Lawyers Guild - St. Louis Chapter North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, USA The Peace Pentagon / Oracle Institute, USA Our Revolution - North Dakota, USA Peace Action Montgomery, USA United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), USA All-African People's Revolutionary Party Friends of the Congo Socialist Action USA The Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Oil and Gas Action Network, USA Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights Mom vision prodeca foundation (MVPF), Senegal Pan-Afrikan Liberation Program, USA Suffolk University Students for Justice in Palestine, USA Black Radical Christians, USA Frente Antiimperialista Internacionalista, Spain Environmentalists Against War, USA Democratic Socialists of America - International Committee Georgia Human Rights Clinic, USA Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (MIRA), USA Cooperation Jackson, USA National Jericho Movement, USA Asociación Interpueblos Estado Español Black Workers for Justice (BWFJ), USA American Muslims for Palestine-Richmond VA Chapter, USA Peace Action of San Mateo County, USA Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), USA Friendship Office of the Americas HUMANITAS: The Africana Ethical Society This action alert for organizations was sent to WNPJ by Cassandra Dixon of our WNPJ member group, Palestine Partners: palestinepartners4justice@gmail.com

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