Spotlight on a WNPJ Member Group - Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars

On Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of 9/11, our hearts are weary after 20 years of the “forever wars” and skyrocketing Pentagon budgets.  So many innocent children, women, and men have been killed, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Yemen, and so many other places in the Middle East and Africa.  And we are no closer to bringing peace.  War WAS NOT the answer!  Special Event this next week, Saturday, Sept 11 in Madison* Our Hearts are Weary - MOBILIZATION AGAINST MILITARISM:

 Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars at the Madison Farmer's Market *  Capitol Square                   

 We demand an end to the ever-increasing military spending and war!

 8:00 am – noon:  FLY KITES, NOT DRONES! Join us at the King St. corner of the square. We will be at the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice/ WNPJ table.  We will have kites, leaflets, buttons, and other information.

10:00 am:   ALL ARE WELCOME AS WE gather for a rally outside Senator Baldwin’s office at 30 West Mifflin St. (near the State St. corner of the square).

Senator Baldwin, stop voting for the War Machine, fund human needs, and lead us to a peace economy!

The U.S. government spends more on the military than the next top eleven countries combined.  And we are no closer to bringing peace!

The F-35’s, one of the biggest boondoggles in military history, are looking to come to Madison.  And we are no closer to bringing peace!

As we move closer and closer to ecocide, the military remains the biggest source of pollution on earth.  And we are no closer to bringing peace!

Suicide, PTSD, and moral injury is a huge problem for our veterans who have been emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually damaged from our wars.  And we are no closer to bringing peace!

Senator Tammy Baldwin, along with so many other Democrats and Republicans, does not represent our desire to bring an end to the “forever wars”.  We have no party for peace.  We only have a War Party!  Sen. Baldwin actively worked to bring the F-35s to Madison, she does not provide strong support for policies to make the world green, she backs economic policies that support militarism, and she continues to vote for the obscene military budget.

We need to tell her we have had enough. 

Either represent us or get out.

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To be part of this event and to cosponsor, contact Joy or Bonnie -  608-437-7581


More about the Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the WarsT

This group formed in 2011 to protest Drones at Volk Field, WI.................

Camp Williams/Volk Field is a National Guard facility where testing and training for the RQ-7 Shadow 200 drones is being conducted. The monthly vigils are organized by the Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, a group that practices nonviolent civil resistance against the illegal and immoral policies of our government. They join an increasing number of activists all over the country who are speaking out against drone warfare.

Joy First, Monona, said, “Our government is working towards normalizing and desensitizing us to drone warfare. No US soldiers are killed and so we are supposed to accept it as a "good" style of warfare, but we have to open our eyes and realize that our government is killing innocent children, women, and men - all in our name. Drone warfare is illegal and immoral and we must call on our government to stop it immediately.

Drone whistleblower, Daniel Hale,who had been working on the drone program as a member of the military, and who was recently sentenced to jail for 4 years for telling the truth about the drone program, says that 90% of the people killed by drones are innocent.  That statistic should make everyone stand up and demand an end to the program,  And sadly, this program, started by Bush II and continued by Obama and Trump, still continues under Biden, continuing to kill innocent children in a war that was supposed to have ended.

The activists have been holding the vigil monthly since December 2011 and plan to continue to vigil on the 4th Tuesday of each month. It is the deaths of so many innocent children, women, and men that is so egregious, inspiring the activists to speak out. Though the U.S. government tries to cover it up, there is documentation in 2012 to suggest that 700 or more innocent people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, and other places around the world have been killed by drones since 2004. (See the The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) for extensive documentation of drones killings.)

The activists also maintain that drone warfare is illegal, going against the UN Charter, the Geneva Conventions, the Hague Conventions, and the principles of the Nuremburg Tribunal. It constitutes extra-judicial killing, killing without any kind of due process, and is often based on faulty evidence.

Arrests have been made - as the activists attempt to peacefully walk onto the base to hand-deliver a letters to those in command. They have been charged with disorderly conduct and have had court appearances at the Juneau County Courthouse in Mauston. To learn more: see

Long-time activist Bonnie Block, a member of Madison Pledge of Resistance and Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice talked about the importance of going to Camp Williams, stating, “I join in this monthly vigil because I cannot let drone warfare continue without my protesting it. Extrajudicial killing with unmanned drones is wrong. Even if our protest doesn't stop the drone training facility from being built we can at least make visible our human concern for the well being of others. And we can model the hopefulness that totally rejects war as a way to resolve our conflicts.”


Contact information for the MONTHLY EVENT:





4th Tuesday of each month -    3:30-4:30 pm

We need YOU there

We must continue to stand against all forms of US Militarism.  Please join us to stand against drones.

 The vigil at Volk Field is a legal vigil where we will be on public property.  As always, it will be a solemn vigil, remembering the victims of US government drone attacks.

DIRECTIONS - To get to the vigil, take the Camp Douglas exit off Interstate 90/94 between Mauston and Tomah.  When you exit take County Rd. C to the northeast.  You will see the base straight ahead, but follow County Rd. C to the right and within a few blocks is a picnic wayside where you can park.  The wayside is open for the summer and bathrooms are available.

 THE VIGIL - We will gather at the wayside around 3:15 for introductions and to review the plan for the vigil, and then process together to the gates of the base where we will hold a solemn vigil for one hour to remember those killed by drones.  Participants can stand in silence or read poems and stories about the effects of drone warfare.  It is important that the voices of the victims be brought to the gates of Volk Field.

 Bring posters if you can. 

 A WORD ABOUT THE WEATHER – If you have questions about the vigil because of the weather, please make sure to call Joy at 608 239-4327 or Bonnie at 608-256-5088 for an update.

 CARPOOLING -  If you are interested in carpooling to Volk Field from Madison, please contact Bonnie at 608-256-5088.

 Mark your calendar.  We usually vigil on the 4th Tuesday of every month.  If you have any questions please call or email Joy at 608 239-4327 or or Bonnie at 608-256-5088 or .


Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars
Contact: Joy First
Address: 9635 Overland Rd, Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
Phone: 608-437-7581