Good works and commentary by WNPJ members

WNPJ members and member groups continue to contribute their time and their thought. Please click on titles to read entire articles.

A Fresh Take on Giving.  Homeless or other needy people can now enjoy a snack  on State Street thanks to WNPJ member group the Autonomous Solidarity Organization and generous customers. The program called Suspended Coffee is now available at the Bakers' Window, and organizers hope it will spread to other businesses.  “There are still people that care. It’s a good program. It’s awesome,” said Mike Cozens as he enjoyed a croissant recently. Wisconsin State Journal, 4/8/13.

Ain't nothin' like the real thing: Adoptive moms can breastfeed, with some added effort. Before she adopted her daughter, Masha, WNPJ board member Janet Parker found a La Leche League book, Breastfeeding an Adopted Baby and Relactation.  "I actually didn't realize it was possible to breastfeed an adopted child, but when I learned about it I thought I would give it a try," says Parker. "Having those times every day of calm and close time with my baby is really special. All those benefits are equally important for a child who is adopted." Masha is now 7 months old. Isthmus,

Push for divestment to get rid of fossil fuels. "If investors question the wisdom of putting their money into fossil fuels, we can slow the growth of dirty energy. If they decide to invest in green energy instead, we can simultaneously spur the growth of renewable energy," says Madeleine Para, co-coordinator of 350.org's Madison chapter, a WNPJ member group. The Capital Times, 4/1/13.

Know Your Madisonian: Stint in Mali helped shape Democracy Campaign’s Mike McCabe. "I think the most important contribution we make is just helping to hold power accountable by shining light in dark places at the Capitol," says  Mike McCabe, director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a WNPJ member group. Wisconsin State Journal, 4/4/13

Don’t turn off the melting pot. "In our 10 years of assisting low-income, mostly immigrant, workers, we have seen the negative consequences of Congress’ failure to address the flaws and failures in our immigration system," says Patrick Hickey, director of the Workers’ Rights Center, a WNPJ member group. "So let’s pass a strong comprehensive immigration reform bill because it’s the right thing to do and what is best for the United States." The Capital Times, 4/6/13.

Immigration Supporters On Road To Capitol.  Immigration advocates from Wisconsin are on the way to Washington D.C. to  participate in a national immigration lobby day. “It's been a long journey. It's not over yet, but there is a level of seriousness and political opportunity there hasn't been in the past,” says Christine Neumann-Ortiz of the WNPJ member group Voces de la Frontera. Wisconsin Public Radio News, 4/10/13.