Oct. 11 - Madison, WI: WNPJ's Annual Assembly will be held at Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ from 1-4:30 with awards banquet from 5-7. We will be honoring John Peck and Mary Beth Schlagheck with life-time achievement awards. Our Assembly will be focused on overcoming racial disparities. Please join us! Also, please make a nomination for our Dennis Bergren LGBTQ Advocate and Peacemaker of the Year award HERE.
Action Alert 1: For peace in Palestine and Israel
Action Alert 2: Nukes aren't clean power
Action Alert 3: Who are the peacemakers?
WNPJ members continue to make and write the news, Please click on title to read the entire articles or letters.
Judith Laitman: A Jewish grandmother's plea to Barack Obama. In this op-ed, Judith Laitman calls on President Obama to stop acting as "Israel's apologist-in-chief" and to earn his Nobel Peace Prize.The Capital Times, 7/25/14. Judith Laitman is a member of the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, a WNPJ member group.
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Environmentalists work to stop Enbridge expansion: Madison 350 is requesting that Dane and other Wisconsin counties require bonding on the Enbridge pipeline that is proposed to carry tar sand oil across Wisconsin. “There is nothing in state or federal law that protects communities against a spill,” said Peter Anderson, a member of the group. “The oil spill laws that the federal government has do not apply to tar sand oil spills.” The Capital Times, 7/10/14. Madison 350 is a WNPJ member group.
Action Alert 1: For peace in Palestine
Action Alert 2: Stop the Penokee mine
Action Alert 3: Require a vote on Iraq policy
Action Alert 4: Send in awards nominations
Action Alert 1: For peace in Israel / Palestine
Action Alert 2: Support veterans' health care
Action Alert 3: Penokee Hills DVD available
Action Alert 4: OutReach community awards
WNPJ members talk the talk and walk the walk. Click on titles to read the entire articles and letters.
For oft-arrested priest, social justice calling carries a price: On May 17, two anti-drone activists accepted the open invitation to the public and attended an open house at Volk Field, a military facility near Fort Douglas, Wisconsin, that trains soldiers to "pilot" Shadow drones. They were both arrested when in the middle of the tour they attempted to hand out leaflets encouraging readers to examine their attitudes about the use of drones in war and intelligence gathering. Father Jim Murphy, one of the arrestees, views his activism as an important part of his religion. “Faith is not just about getting to heaven,” Murphy said. “It’s also about transforming our world.” The Wisconsin State Journal, 6/29/14. Jim Murphy and Bonnie Block, the other arrestee, are members of the Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, a WNPJ member group.
Action Alert 1: Stop the frac sand trucks
Action Alert 2: Support Church divestment
Action Alert 3: Who voted against war spending?
Action Alert 4: Raise Dane County's minimum wage
WNPJ members keep making the news. Click on titles to read the entire articles.
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Al Gedicks: Obama needs to listen to Wisconsin tribes. Wisconsin State Journal, 6/21/14. Al Gedicks is the executive secretary of the Wisconsin Resources Council, a WNPJ member group.
Action Alert 1: Carbon fee call in day
Action Alert 2: Nuclear out of climate action plan
Action Alert 3: Nominate a global citizen
Action Alert 4: Raise Dane County's minimum wage
The Workers' Rights Center held a picket at La Baguette on the westside of Madison on Tuesday, June 3. Two weeks ago, a former cook from the French bakery on the far west side, came to the WRC because his employer said he would not give him his last check because he didn't give two weeks' notice when he quit. When the WRC staff person called the business, the owner acknowledged that they were not paying the worker his last two weeks' pay because he did not give them enough notice.
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Many thanks to all who joined us in La Crosse on Saturday for WNPJ's member assembly and 13th annual awards reception, with special thanks to our host Tracy Littlejohn and the Hmong Cultural and Community Center!
Our awardees included (from left to right in the picture) Peacemaker of the Year - Adult Babette Grunow, Lifetime Achievement Award winner Al Gedicks, Peacemaker of the Year - Senior Pat Popple, and Peacemaker of the Year - Youth Key Jackson. (Not pictured is our Dennis Bergren LGBTQ Advocacy Award winner Sharon Whitney, who was unable to attend.)
To see more pictures from the day, click here.
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