When Ordinary People do Extraordinary Things

By Eric Hansen, Wisconsin-based author and activist

A few years back I walked 1,700 miles while researching Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula books, experiencing firsthand many of the magnificent shorelines, sparkling streams and memorable natural areas the current crude oil invasion threatens.

It is heartbreaking to imagine globs of spilled tar sands crude oil smothering those places — or an oil train explosion decimating one of our communities.

Fortunately, during that research I also learned of the antidote for the crude oil invasion we face: the powerful grassroots citizen conservation campaigns that time and again have protected our region from ill-advised industrial schemes.

Among those inspiring stories:

Ojibwe leader Walter Bresette and the Bad River Train Blockade (look it up and you may be smiling for days).

Wisconsin tribes and citizens blocking Exxon’s plans for a dangerous mine on the headwaters of the Wolf River — and then pivoting to mobilize notably lopsided votes in the legislature for a historic, “prove it is safe first” mining law.

Michiganders, with help from allies such as Aldo Leopold, campaigning to protect that timeless landscape we know today as the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

Similar stories are sprinkled throughout our region’s history and they are well worth seeking out.

Stories empower us and illuminate the path ahead.

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Growing a Peaceful Future Youth Film Festival

Thanks to our host, Althea René, and everyone who came out to support the Growing a Peaceful Future Youth Film Festival. For those of you still wanting to donation to the scholarship fund, please click here.

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Mother Earth is Weeping for her Children: The US Military Must Stop Environmental Ecocide

by Joy First, April 27, 2015

As I traveled to DC to risk arrest in an action organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) I was feeling both nervous, but also knowing this is what I needed to be doing.  This would be my first arrest since I was arrested at the CIA in June 2013, and served a one-year probation sentence after an October 2013 trial.  Taking almost two years off from risking arrest helped me to really examine what I was doing and why, and I was committed to continuing to live a life in resistance to the crimes of our government.

My Five Days in "POD A" at the Juneau County Jail

Bonnie Block   Contact: blbb24@att.net

On April 1, 2015 a six person jury found me guilty of trespassing at the Volk Field Open House because I handed out leaflets with four questions about drone warfare in the parking lot of the Wisconsin National Guard Museum.  National Guard personnel deemed that “propaganda” sight unseen.  The result was my arrest, being charged with trespass, pretrial motions to greatly limit the evidence I could present to the jury and ultimately the trial.  The fine was $232 but I felt I couldn’t in good conscience pay it.

The Storm Is Over

by Kathy Kelly, April 11, 2015

Lightning flashed across Kentucky skies a few nights ago. "I love storms," said my roommate, Gypsi, her eyes bright with excitement. Thunder boomed over the Kentucky hills and Atwood Hall, here in Lexington, KY's federal prison. I fell asleep thinking of the gentle, haunting song our gospel choir sings: "It's over now, It's over now. I think that I can make it. The storm is over now."

I awoke the next morning feeling confused and bewildered. Why had the guards counted us so many times? "That was lightning," Gypsi said, giggling. The guards shine flashlight in our rooms three times a night, to count us, and I generally wake up each time; that night the storm was also a culprit.

“INDIAN” MASCOTS: Your part in ending a legacy of racism


Background: The use of racist and derogatory “Indian” sports mascots, logos, and symbols has perpetuated negative stereotypes of America’s first peoples. Rather than honoring Native peoples, these caricatures and stereotypes contribute to a disregard for the diverse cultural heritages of Native peoples.


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