History and Mission of WNPJS

The Wisconsin Network for Peace, Justice & Sustainability (WNPJS) was founded in 1991 as a coalition of activist groups and citizens of conscience within Wisconsin.

 

Mission

Wisconsin Network for Peace, Justice & Sustainability advances a sustainable world free from violence and injustice by connecting, engaging, and strengthening member groups and serving as a catalyst for community organizing and education.

 

Vision Statement

A peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

 

Values Statement

  • We welcome all people in a collaborative effort for social justice.
  • We value coalition building and support grassroots efforts within our communities.
  • We work through consensus to find common ground.
  • We respect and celebrate the dignity of all humans and of all life.
  • We uphold the virtues of compassion and nonviolence.
  • We are passionate about creating a just, vibrant, peaceful, and sustainable world, for ourselves and future generations.
  • Our vision of justice includes ending all systems of oppression.
  • We recognize that racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression are systemic and we must challenge those oppressions in all of our work.
  • Peace is possible.

 

Annual reports

Click to download our "State of the Network 2016," reporting on WNPJS' activities, accomplishments and finances for the year.

To see our previous annual reports, click on the year: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

 

Bylaws

WNPJS' Bylaws were last revised at the Member Assembly on October 11, 2014 in Madison.  Click here to see the current Bylaws.

 

Origins

On February 23, 1991, more than 350 people representing over 60 communities throughout the state responded to a call from Representative Frank Boyle and crowded into the Assembly Chambers of the State Capitol to gather strength from one another in their frustration and concern about the Gulf War.

On that day, the ground war began.

Out of that gathering arose the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice. Since that time, the Network has grown to include over 170 peace, human rights, religious, labor, and environmental organizations throughout the state.

Founder and Wisconsin State Representative Frank Boyle of Superior said in February, 1991:

"The country's ethical compass has snapped. We're careening through violent military adventures abroad, converting this country into a two-class state of rich and poor, vastly increasing the inequalities in education, health care and employment, all of which feeds a social disintegration creating hopelessness, violence and crime. Instead of awareness and feeling, we're given platitudes and thought control. This country is in deep trouble. Knowledgeable and courageous people joining together can demand a new course and stop this disintegration. That's the definition of patriotism!"

Bonnie Block, Nan Cheney (1930 - 2010) and Judy Miner compiled a history of WNPJ. Please let us know if there is something important missing from this listing, by calling (608) 358-2940 or emailing office@wnpj.org.


Membership

The Membership of WNPJS is of two categories: individual members and member organizations. For details, please see our "Join us!" page.

In 2012, WNPJS membership consisted of over 160 member organizations and 400 individual members. A board representing a broad range of interests, experience, and localities meets several times per year. Organizational contacts meet to set directions for the organization. Depending on capacity, the Network hires paid staff as well as work-study students. Several "staff" volunteers, in addition to other volunteers, help with special projects.

WNPJ is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. Contributions to WNPJS are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

We work for these things in common:

  • alternatives to militarism
  • economic justice
  • grassroots democracy
  • global community
  • respect for diversity
  • sustainable agriculture/development
  • a safe, clean environment
  • lifestyles of active nonviolence
  • human rights for all