Action Alert for Jan. 11, 2017

Action Alert 1: Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebrations 
Action Alert 2: Food, Agriculture & Climate: Problems, Solutions & Consumer Choices
Action Alert 3: No guns in schools!
Action Alert 4: Join a WNPJ Committee

Action Alert 1: Martin Luther King Jr Day Celebrations

Background: The Meaning of The King Holiday BY CORETTA SCOTT KING

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example — the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit. Read more.

Take Action:  Find an observance in your area and attend. WNPJ will be at the celebration at the Overture Center in Madison on Monday evening. If you attend, stop by and say hi!


Action Alert 2: Food, Agriculture & Climate: Problems, Solutions & Consumer Choices - Prairie du Sac

Background: Our food and farm systems both change and are changed by climate, but consumer choices can drive the adoption of climate friendly agriculture. Sauk County Conservation Coordinator, Aaron Pape’s presentation will highlight how no-till farming, cover cropping and managed intensive rotational grazing (MIRG) can sequester carbon in the soil, restore our nation’s degraded waterways and improve farmers’ bottom lines over time. He will also lead a discussion on how consumer choices can improve the agriculture climate equation. Free and open to the public!

Take Action:  Tuesday. January 17, 2017 7:00 pm River Arts Center Gallery – Sauk Prairie High School (105 9th St. in Prairie du Sac).

Contact for more info:  608-576-7438


Action Alert 3: No guns in schools!

Background: The new legislative session has just begun, and already the “guns anywhere” extremists in the state legislature are making headlines with their plans to allow guns in Wisconsin’s schools. But Speaker Vos stressed to reporters that lawmakers must listen to the will of the people.  Well, ok! Let’s make sure Rep. Vos hears our voices, loud and clear: “No guns in schools!” These proposals would force us to accept guns on the grounds of our K-12 schools, as well as in classrooms, college dorms, and at our kids’ sporting venues – exactly the places guns don’t belong. You and I – and the vast majority of Wisconsinites – know that legislators aren’t pushing this “guns in schools” agenda for the safety of our children. They are pandering to the gun lobby. Last year, we sparked enormous public backlashes that stopped these dangerous “guns in schools” bills. Now, we have to step up and do it again – for our kids.

Take Action: Click here to send a message, telling legislative leadership to reject these dangerous, reckless proposals. 

Contact for more info: Jeri Bonavia


Action Alert 4: Join a WNPJ Committee

Background: WNPJ has a really exciting year with lots of growth and change projected for our organization. We are all well aware of the critical times we will be entering starting in January, which means WNPJ needs as much input as possible to strengthen our organization. We just welcomed our new Board of Directors and committee leads at the end of 2016 so this is a great time for our general members to identify a focus area/committee they'd like to join. We hope to have folks from outside of Madison the committees. We will be using various media to make attendance feasible for everyone to participate. Below is a list of committees with brief descriptions that we hope you can join. Once you figure out where you'd like to be, reply to this email and we will connect you with the person heading that committee. You are more than welcome to join whichever committees you choose, however, some committees that need more support include Board Development, Event Planning, and Racial Justice Tipping Point. 

Board Development - Identifying areas of improvement, Coordinating trainings for the board (advocacy, racial justice, disability development, anti-racism training, etc.) 

Communications - Updating social media and website work on newsletter, Regular communication with member organizations, Creating and maintaining a centralized place (web?) for trainings and current news 

Event Planning - Spring and fall events, Spring steering committee, Fall assembly, MREA, Other events can arise with the outreach membership relationships committee.

Fundraising - Identifying grant opportunities and major donors, Fundraising events

Outreach Membership Relationships - Regularly evaluate how we are serving our member organizations, serve as a liaison for member organizations to network, Providing support and training to member organizations.

Racial Justice Tipping Point Campaign - Education and Organizational Development, Direct Action, Base Building  

Take Action:  Please respond by Tuesday, January 24th. We look forward to working with you all in 2017!

Contact for more info: Liz Bruno & Jessica Williams, WNPJ Co-chairs,