WNPJ members in the news

February has been frigid, but WNPJ members and groups stay active. Click on titles to read the entire stories.

Judge blasts Walker administration for altering solidarity singer citations: The ineptitude of the Walker administration and the Capitol Police in prosecuting the Solidarity Sing Along singers was made apparent again when Circuit Court Judge John Markson derided the administration for altering charges against some protestors without properly filing the amended charges. The Capital Times, 2/7/14. The Solidarity Sing Along is a WNPJ member group.

Study: Walker rakes in out-of-state money: According to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, 54% of Wlaker's campaign donations originated out of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin State Journal, 2/5/14. The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign is a WNPJ member group.

Judge orders cost-benefit analysis for prosecuting Solidarity Sing Along cases: Governor Scott Walker and the Capitol suffered their second major setback in their legal struggle against the Solidarity Singers when Circuit Court Judge Peter Anderson ordered a cost-benefit analysis before continuing hearings on the charges against six Capitol  protesters."For example, you’ve got all these defendants, and they have time, they have lawyers. That’s a cost," he said. "You’ve got a bailiff, sometimes you’ve got more than one bailiff. We’ve got the court staff. We’ve got two assistant attorney generals. We have witnesses. All of those are significant costs. And if we’re doing it 400 times — to accomplish what? That’s what I’d like you to be able to apprise me of.” The Capital Times, 2/3/14. The Solidarity Sing Along is a WNPJ member group.

Menominee tribal leader promises 'positive' speech: Wisconsin tribal leaders hope to improve the very tense relationships that have developed between the tribes and the Walker administration. Among the issues the tribes find contentious is the bill signed by Walker that makes it difficult to rid schools of American Indian mascots, a bill that Barb Munson of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association says is "racist." The Wisconsin State Journal, 2/3/14. Barb Munson is a WNPJ board member.

Standing on Principal:  Family Farm Defenders is featured in this article on advocacy. Martha Claasen, Willy Street Co-op Reader, February, 2014. Family Farm Defenders is a WNPJ member group.

And two Letters to the Editor and a short article. Please click on titles to read the letters.

Lynn Ketchum: Thanks, Mark Pocan for campaign bill. The Capital Times, 2/9/14. Lynn Ketchum is a member of the Madison-area Urban Ministry, a WNPJ member group.

Bonie Block, Z! Hawkeness and Joy First: Stop training drone pilots in Wisconsin. The Capital Times, 1/29/14. Bonnie Block and Joy First are members of the Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, a WNPJ member group. Z! Hawkeness is WNPJ's Bring our War $ Home organizer..