WNPJ members in the news

 

WNPJ members talk the talk and walk the walk. Click on titles to read the entire articles and letters. For oft-arrested priest, social justice calling carries a priceOn May 17, two anti-drone activists accepted the open invitation to the public and attended an open house at Volk Field, a military facility near Fort Douglas, Wisconsin, that trains soldiers to "pilot" Shadow drones.They were both arrested when in the middle of the tour they attempted to hand out leaflets encouraging readers to examine their attitudes about the use of drones in war and intelligence gathering.

 

Father Jim Murphy, one of the arrestees, views his activism as an important part of his religion. “Faith is not just about getting to heaven,” Murphy said. “It’s also about transforming our world.” The Wisconsin State Journal, 6/29/14. Jim Murphy and Bonnie Block, the other arrestee, are members of the Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, a WNPJ member group. Mary Beth Schlagheck: The Rev. Jim Murphy lives by his convictions: The Wisconsin State Journal, 7/3/14. Mary Beth Schlagheck is a member of the Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, a WNPJ member group.

Project's price tag could hit $135M. County officials list improving conditions for mentally ill  and addicted inmates among the reasons for building a new county jail, one that comes with a hefty price tag. But Linda Ketcham, executive director  of the Madison-area Urban Ministry (MUM), says “individuals with mental illness don’t belong in jail; they need treatment and services so that jail is not our community response. Advocates for people with mental illness have concerns about spending an excessive amount on a building while community services keep getting cut.” The Wisconsin State Journal, 6/27/14. MUM is a WNPJ member group. 

Veterans for Peace discuss VA health care, funding: Local Veterans for Peace activists met to discuss the lack of support returned veterans receive as a result of under-funding and under-staffing of the VA. "What we have is a massive meat grinder. We put in young men and women at the top of the meat grinder.The military, the Department of Defense, all these good politicians who never go to war but think war is just wonderful are grinding that handle on that meat grinder. And out of the bottom of that meat grinder comes men and women who are slightly messed up, or are dead," said Buzz Davis."It seems as though when we go to fight, we get what we need, but once we return, it’s a different story," added Will Williams. The Capital Times, 6/19/14. Buzz Davis and Will Williams are members of Veterans for Peace #25 - Madison, a WNPJ member group. 
Anti-drone warriors have there say in BH: A group of activists is walking from Boeing headquarters in Chicago, Illinois to Battle Creek, Michigan to raise consciousness about drone warfare. "It's a whole new experience of war. They (drones) actually spend days hunting, stalking their prey - and they get to know a person. That person's body is blown to bits on the screen without much certainty: 'Was this person really involved in anything that would harm the security of the U.S.?" asks Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, the group that organized the walk. The Herald Pallidium, 6/10/14. Voices for Creative Nonviolence is a WNPJ member group.
"Free Trade" Champions Betray us All: "Free trade defines an agreement that has as a first (and sometimes only) priority, the best interests of corporations namely, their profits. At what expense those profits are taken is apparently of little concern to the trade negotiators and in particular the corporate representatives that are active participants in the otherwise secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations," writes Jim Goodman of Family Farm Defenders. "Fair trade on the other hand would put the interests of people and the environment ahead of corporate profit. Fair trade would protect jobs rather than off-shoring them as has historically happened after passage of all free trade agreements." Common Dreams, 6/2/14. Family Farm Defenders is a WNPJ member group.

Many elderly women struggle with poverty: "While aging in place tends to be more achievable for healthy seniors, elders who face health issues are just as deserving of the dignity and independence that comes with living in their own homes," writes Amanda Ward of  the Wisconsin Women's Network. "Aging in place puts fewer burdens on the state than moving into assisted living facilities, which cost an average of $38,220 annually for a single occupant." The Capital Times, 5/21/14. The Wisconsin Women's Network is a WNPJ member group.