Spotlight on WNPJ member group - UNA USA Greater Milwaukee Chapter

As part of the United Nations Association of the United States of America, (UNA-USA), The United Nations Association – Milwaukee Chapter is a group of men and women that advocate for peace and justice throughout the world. The chapter believes that the United Nations is a vital force to help cultivate a peaceful world, and the chapter supports the United Nations’ mission through education, inspiring and mobilizing the Milwaukee community. The chapter has no staff and depends on volunteers and modest membership dues to support activitiesPlease join us! 

Our Greater Milwaukee Chapter is involved with these projects:

  • The UNA-GM has the only Milwaukee monthly forum series on global issues, on zoom for now and open to the public.  We had a powerful panel for International Women's Day in March and recent speakers include John Nichols and Sheldon Lubar.
  • We have a program in the Milwaukee Public Schools and work with the Model UN program.
  • We are quite involved in Milwaukee's End the Wars Coalition, which is pushing elected officials to cut the military budget, get out of the Yemen war, and more.
  • Several chapters members attend the annual National Summits of the UNA-USA.

 More about the UNA-USA: For over seventy years, the UNA-USA has been working towards its mission, and has relied on chapter networks, youth involvement, advocacy efforts, education programs and public events throughout the country. Along with its sister organization, the Better World Campaign, the two organizations comprise the largest coalition of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the word. Beginning in 1943, the UNA-USA emerged from the League of Nations Association, which first advocated for the implementation of the American adherence to the Dumbarton proposals that helped pave the way to the creation of the United Nations. 

One of the most prominent members was the former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. She pressed the United States to join and support the United Nations Association in the 1950’s and became the US’s  first delegate. She served as the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights and oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Roosevelt’s role was crucial to the furthering of the American involvement for the United Nation. In 1964, the UN Association combined with the US Committee for the United Nations, which was comprised of 138 national organizations supporting the work of the United Nations, to ultimately create the UNA-USA. 

 The Milwaukee chapter helps further the goals of the United Nations Association of the United States of America in the greater Milwaukee area. As for action items, one particular element of advocacy that the Milwaukee chapter participates in are the Stands for Peace. Standing in solidarity with the Milwaukee-based organization, Peace Action of Wisconsin, the Stands for Peace take place every Saturday, from 12pm to 1pm to advocate for peace and an end to US military interventions overseas. 

One particularly exciting event that is coming up is on April 10th -  the United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee is hosting a virtual program, “How Do We Respond to Today’s Challenges?” on Zoom and presented by the UNA of Greater Milwaukee’s Global Citizen Awardees. The event will take place on Saturday, April 10th from 10 am – 11:30 am, where the awardees will share insight on  issues they have been involved in for a long time: immigration, desegregation, public education and building inclusive, compassionate, and non-violent communities. The event is free and open to the public; and prior registration is required. To register, visit: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtfu6prjkpHNafOk4K0wKWo5dp49_G2LQ5

For more information on the event, Contact Jack Murtaugh at murtaughwi@aol.com (email) or 414.272.6883 (Phone) or Steve Watrous: watrous@uwm.edu


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United Nations Association - Milwaukee Chapter

Contact: Dan O'Keefe 

Address: PO Box 511638, Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone: 414-688-0694 or 414-332-3303
E-Mail: danok@att.net  Website: http://unamilwaukee.weebly.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNAGreaterMilwaukee/

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Article submitted by WNPJ volunteer Ambar Cornelio