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Wisconsin has the highest rate of African-American incarceration of any state in the nation

This week, the highly-respected Sentencing Project released a report on the rate of imprisonment for African American people in the US.  You can read it here:  The Color of Justice: Racial and Ethnic Disparity in State PrisonsYou can read an article about the report here: Wisconsin Watch articleThe report shows that in our country, an African-American person is five times more likely to be incarcerated in a state prison than a white person is.  Amid this grim national picture, Wisconsin again has the highest rate of African-American incarceration of any state in the nation.  Nationally, one out of every 81 Black people is in prison; in Wisconsin, it is one out of every 36.  While only about 6% of Wisconsin residents are African-American, 42% of the state prison population is African-American.

Abandoning Yemen? UN Human Rights Council action silences Yemeni human rights victims * Essay by Kathy Kelly

Monday, October 11, marked the official closure of the U.N. Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen (also known as the Group of Experts or GEE). For nearly four years, this investigative group examined alleged human rights abuses suffered by Yemenis whose basic rights to food, shelter, safety, health care and education were horribly violated, all while they were bludgeoned by Saudi and U.S. air strikes, drone attacks, and constant warfare since 2014. 

Fall Newsletter for the Richland Center-Santa Teresa Sister City Project

Fall newsletter for the Richland Center-Santa Teresa Sister City Project

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES with Dane Sanctuary Coalition

The Dane Sanctuary Coalition’s (DSC) ’s Volunteer Driver Program is looking for volunteers who are occasionally available to provide rides for immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees. Rides could be to appointments in Milwaukee or Waukegan with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or every now and then to Immigration Court in Chicago.

Hundreds Call on EPA to Stop Open Air Burning of PFAS and other Toxic Chemicals

Today, more than 260 people – representing more than 100 environmental and social justice organizations from the U.S. and its territories – co-signed an open letter calling on U.S. EPA Administrator Michael Regan to end the dangerous practice of open air burning and detonation to treat hazardous munitions wastes, including PFAS-laden flares.


On poverty, inequality, healthcare, education and social insurance, why is the United States an outlier from what are considered societal norms in other wealthy countries?  One answer is the enormous amount of money the U.S. spends on militarism.

Dena Eakles has a Conversation with Jane Kavaloski about nonviolence, international peace work and F35's

Please take some time to listen to this week's WDRT 91.9 fm Driftless Community Radio show 'Conversations'. Dena Eakles of Echo Valley Hope has a regular "conversation" show on WDRT 91.1 in SW Wisconsin. This week she chose as her guest, Jane Kavaloski, a peace and justice advocate and active member of the WNPJ member group, Interfaith Peace Working Group. Jane shared highlights of her life's experiences and observations of the power of nonviolent resistance from her international work. They wrapped up their conversation talking about a 'postcard' - and the campaign to halt the deployment of F-35's to Wisconsin.

Concerned about climate warming? You Can Accomplish So Much in Two Hours/Month!

If you live in Madison and can allocate up to two hours per month to very promising climate action in your community, then the Madison Alder Liaison team (of 350 Madison) is for you.

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