WNPJ members in the news

Five articles about WNPJ members and groups. Click on the titles to read the whole articles.

Penzeys Spices owner weighs in on Indian mascot bill. Bill Penzey, the owner of Penzeys Spices of Wauwatosa, was upset about the proposed change in state law making it more difficult to remove racist school logos and mascots, so he sent a letters explaining his position to residents of Mukwonago, where the current controversy originated. Included with the letters were boxes of spices. "He showed people how to be good neighbors across cultural and racial line," said Barbara Munson, chair of the Indian mascot and logo task force of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. She describes the letters as "a thoughtful, educational piece of advocacy." Jessica Vanegeren, The Capital Times, 10/23/13. Barbara Munson is co-chair of the board for WNPJ.

Utilities file applications for Badger Coulee transmission line.  Despite continuing opposition, the American Transmission Co. and Xcel Energy have filed an application to go ahead and build the Badger Coulee transmission line. How the Citizens' Utility Board  rules on the application will have “profound consequences on Wisconsin’s energy future,” according to Rob Danielson, secretary of the energy planning and information committee in the Vernon County town of Stark. He and other opponents want alternatives such as conservation and renewable energy to be considered. Judy Newman, The Wisconsin State Journal, 10/23/13. Rob Danielson is a WNPJ board member and secretary of SOUL of Wisconsin, a WNPJ member group.

"Were you there?" Protesters from Latin America clash with a mining company's lawyer.   Anti-mine activists from the United States and El Salvador held a protest/press conference at the law offices of Machulak, Robertson and Sodos to raise awareness of pollution caused by mining in El Salvador by Commerce Group, a client of the law firm. John Machulak, lawyer for the firm, spoke with protesters on the porch and disputed their claims. Commerce Group had mined in El Salvador until forced out in 1978. They then sued for $100 million in lost profits under CAFTA.  Matt Hrody, MilwaukeeMag, 10/8/13. Steve Watrous of the Milwaukee Fair Trade Coalition, a WNPJ member group, helped organize the rally.

Rally seeks changes in laws limiting undocumented workers rights.  About 135 people participated in a rally held by Voces de la Frontera outside the Kenosha County Detention Center calling for an end to deportations of illegal immigrants and changes in immigration law.  “We’re here to show we’re just as important, and, whether we’re here legally or not, we all have rights,” said Alfredo Moreno, a member of Voce's student chapter. John Krerowicz, Kenosha News, 10/4/13. Voces de la Frontera is a WNPJ member group.
Wisconsin groups join national call for immigration reform. Voces de la Frontera has planned rallies in Wisconsin in conjunction with the League of United Latin American Citizens call for immigration reform in Washington D.C. The rallies in Wisconsin are focused on getting Rep. Paul Ryan to introduce a new immigration bill opening a pathway to citizenship for immigrants. Georgia Pabst, The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, 10/3/13. Voces de la Frontera is a WNPJ member group.