Success Story

Contaminated Badger soil will be removed

Thanks to decades of informed advocacy by Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger (CSWAB) and others, the WI Department of Natural Resources is supporting the most thorough clean-up option for contaminated soil at the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant near Baraboo.

"Keeping in mind the future use of the site as the Sauk Prairie Recreation Area, this cleanup is protective of human health for even the most sensitive populations," a DNR official told the Wisconsin State Journal.

The DNR will hold a public open house on June 26 at 6 p.m. at the Ruth Culver Library, 540 Water St., Prairie du Sac.  "We are taking the extra step of holding this open house because of the widespread interest and the long history of public involvement in the Badger cleanup effort," explained the DNR's regional director.

Mukwonago schools to change race-based logo

"Wisconsin's Supreme Court has denied an appeal from two Mukwonago residents who challenged the process by which the state ordered the town's school district to drop its" race-based team name and logo, reports the Milwaukee Journel Sentinel.

The Court's decision means that the state Appeals Court's ruling, in favor of the change, stands.

The school's race-based team name and logo was examined, following a community complaint made under Act 250, a law passed after decades of advocacy by the Wisconsin Indian Education Association, students, civil liberties and anti-racism groups, among others, and supported by WNPJ.

Illinois becomes 14th state to back overturning Citizens United

The Illinois General Assembly passed a resolution "call[ing] upon the United States Congress to propose and send to the states for ratification a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC, Speech v. FEC, Buckley v. Valeo and other related cases that allow for unlimited election spending."

Illinois is the 14th state to support overturning the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, which found that unlimited and undisclosed corporate spending on elections was protected by the First Amendment.  Nearly 500 local municipalities across the country have passed similar resolutions.

If you think Wisconsin should follow our southern neighbor's example, click here to sign a petition calling for a statewide advisory referendum on Citizens United.

Winter Schools changes its race-based logo

"After much debate, a western Wisconsin school district will change its Native American logo," reports WEAU-TV.

Winter School District Administrator Penny Boileau said, "If we're offending our students, neighbors, friends, it's not appropriate, it's time to change."

Public input is being sought on a new logo, while sports teams are now using a "W."

"It's a step forward where we can start to heal and grow with that collaboration," Boileau explained.

Madison encouraging fossil fuel divestments

The fossil fuel divestment campaign organized locally by 350 Madison, a WNPJ member group, can celebrate a victory.

"Mayor Paul Soglin announced Thursday that Madison will join nine other U.S. cities in a campaign to encourage divestment of city funds from the fossil fuel industry," reports the Wisconsin State Journal.

"Soglin said Madison doesn't have any funds invested in fossil fuel companies but will introduce a resolution encouraging the Madison School District, Dane County, UW-Madison, the state and other local governments to divest their holdings."

WNPJ member Susan Freiss speaking at the Jane Addams Children's Book Awards

4/27 Sat 9:30 am - 12 noon "Inheriting Legacies of Peace and Justice" Jane Addams Children's Book Awards - Chicago.  At the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 South Halsted St.  First awarded in 1953, the Jane Addams Children's Book Awards honor exemplary children's literature that most effectively promote peace, social justice, world community, and gender and racial equality to young readers.

First U.S. city passes anti-drone resolution

On February 4th, Charlottesville, Virginia, became the first U.S. city to pass a resolution against drones.

The resolution resolves that the city:  "endorses the proposal for a two year moratorium on drones in the state of Virginia; and calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt legislation prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a Federal or State court, and precluding the domestic use of drones equipped with anti-personnel devices, meaning any projectile, chemical, electrical, directed-energy (visible or invisible), or other device designed to harm, incapacitate, or otherwise negatively impact a human being; and pledges to abstain from similar uses with city-owned, leased, or borrowed drones."

Dane County Board passes Bring Our War $$ Home resolution!

On January 10, the Dane County Board passed a "Bring Our War Dollars Home" (BOW$H) resolution introduced by Supervisor Kyle Richmond and drafted with help from WNPJ, on a vote of 26 supporting, 5 opposing and 5 absent or abstaining.  The resolution urges the President and Congress to redirect resources from the excessive U.S. military budget, to fund housing, jobs, veterans, infrastructure, debt reduction and environmental programs, and encourages other local governments to pass similar resolutions.

Dane County becomes at least the 15th community across the country to pass resolutions.  See how much wars and weapons have already cost your community with WNPJ's "cost of war" counter.

Interested in passing a BOW$H resolution in your community?  We'd love to help!  Contact us at 608-250-9240 or diane<at>wnpj<dot>org.

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