WNPJ members making news: the sing along and more

WNPJ members and groups continue to make the news. Please click on the title to read the entire articles.

Kathy Liska: Why I attend the Solidarity Sing Along. Kathy Liska, one of the "gentle, angry people" who sing daily at the Capitol explains why she sings. "Our Wisconsin Constitution protects our rights to assemble in our rotunda, which is designed to provide a public forum. Our right to free speech is clear: Article 1, Sec. 4: 'The rights of the people peaceably to assemble to consult for the common good, and to petition the government or any department thereof shall never be abridged.'” The Capitol Times, 7/30/13. Kathy Liska sings with the Solidarity Sing Along, a WNPJ member group.

Dane County to buy restored prairie for $929K. The Benedictine Sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Westport have began restoring the prairie around the monastery in the 1990s. Dane County is expected to buy 60 acres of the prairie and keep it wild in perpetuity. In addition to its own beauty, the restored prairie helps in the efforts to clean up Lake Mendota.  “It’s a natural filter for our lakes,” said Sister Mary David Walgenbach, one of the sisters living there. Wisconsin State Journal, 7/19/13. The Holy Wisdom Monastery is a WNPJ member group.

Newton father to appear at remembrance. Robbie Parker, whose 6-year old daughter was shot to death in the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, will be speaking at an event to commemorate the Aug. 5 attacks at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek Wisconsin last year. He was invited by Pardeep Kaleka of Unite to Serve, whose father was killed in the temple shootings. The men see similarities in the shootings and hope to help others process their grief. Wisconsin State Journal, 7/27/13. Unite to Serve is a WNPJ member group.
Counties look to deal directly with feds. In an effort to get federal aid offered for Medicaid expansion that was rejected by the Wisconsin Legislature, twenty Wisconsin counties decided to deal directly with the federal government, leaving the state to function merely as a conduit for the money. This will enable the state to say "We're not going to take the money, but we'll enable you to get it," said Robert Kraig, executive director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin Wisconsin State Journal, 7/31/13. Citizen Action of Wisconsin is a WNPJ member group.
Vegan lifestyle will benefit environment. A letter to the editor by Lynn Pauly, co-executive director of Alliance for Animals and the Environment, a WNPJ member group. Wisconsin State Journal, 7/30/13