Action Alerts for the week of Dec. 21st

 

Action Alert 1: Celebrate a Memorable Moment in History this week: the Christmas Truce of 1914                                                          

Action Alert 2: Contact Voices for Creative Nonviolence about Kathy Kelly Sentence of 3 months for Drone Protest                                

Action Alert 3: Fix our broken gun laws - stand up for all victims of gun violence                                                                                        

Action Alert 4Take part in 'The Longest Night Homeless Persons' Memorial Service' in your community.

 

  

 

Action Alert 1:  Celebrate a Memorable Moment in History this week: the Christmas Truce of 1914. 
Background:
 Veterans for Peace nationally is calling for us to remember the truce: During World War I, the soldiers on the Western Front did not expect to celebrate on the battlefield, but even a world war could not destroy the Christmas spirit.During World War I, on and around Christmas Day 1914, the sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding faded in a number of places along the Western Front in favor of holiday celebrations in the trenches and gestures of goodwill between enemies. On Christmas Eve, many German and British troops sang Christmas carols to each other across the lines, and at certain points the Allied soldiers even heard brass bands joining the Germans in their joyous singing. At the first light of dawn on Christmas Day, some German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines across no-man's-land, calling out "Merry Christmas" in their enemies' native tongues. At first, the Allied soldiers feared it was a trick, but seeing the Germans unarmed they climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the enemy soldiers. The men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings and sang carols and songs. There was even a documented case of soldiers from opposing sides playing a good-natured game of soccer. The so-called Christmas Truce of 1914 came only five months after the outbreak of war in Europe and was one of the last examples of the outdated notion of chivalry between enemies in warfare. It was never repeated—future attempts at holiday ceasefires were quashed by officers' threats of disciplinary action—but it served as heartening proof, however brief, that beneath the brutal clash of weapons, the soldiers' essential humanity endured.
Contact: See http://www.veteransforpeace.org/our-work/remembering-christmas-truce/to learn about events in your communities celebrating the truce, including an event in Madison on Monday, Dec. 22nd. 
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Action Alert 2: Contact Voices for Creative Nonviolence about Kathy Kelly's Prison Sentence of of 3 months  - for Protesting Drone Warfare

Background: On December 10, a federal magistrate found Chicagoan Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker, of Kansas City, MO guilty of criminal trespass to a military installation as a result of their June 1 effort to deliver a loaf of bread and a citizens’ indictment of drone warfare to authorities at Whiteman AFB. Judge Matt Whitworth sentenced Kelly to three months in prison and Walker to one year of supervised probation. 
In testimony, Kelly, who recently returned from Afghanistan, recounted her conversation with an Afghan mother whose son, a recent police academy graduate, was killed by a drone as he sat with colleagues in a garden. “I’m educated and humbled by experiences talking with people who’ve been trapped and impoverished by U.S. warfare,” said Kelly. “The U.S. prison system also traps and impoverishes people. In coming months, I’ll surely learn more about who goes to prison and why.”
Watch the VCNV website for updates on how to contact Kathy Kelly - and what you can do in support of the Afghan people, prison justice and ending drone warfare.
 
Contact: Voices for Creative Nonviolence - 773 619 2418 or see 
http://vcnv.org/
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Action Alert 3: Fix our broken gun laws - stand up for all victims of gun violence
Background: 
In the two years since the horrific massacre at Sandy Hook, in Newton, MA - at least 66,000 Americans have been killed with guns. But there is reason to hope. People across the country are taking action. And the tide is turning -- from Washington state, where voters just chose to fix their background check system, to right here in Wisconsin, where the only important gun bill to pass in 2014 was a lifesaving reform we fought for. The best way you can show your support is to show you’re willing to keep taking action. Stand up for Newtown and all victims of gun violence. Changing our gun culture and restoring the values Wisconsin was built on won’t happen through moments of silence alone. Ending gun violence, here and across the country, will take all of us -- standing up and speaking out for as long as it takes. It starts with you. It starts right now. Learn more about what you can do at the WAVE website: http://waveedfund.org/  The Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort Educational Fund - WAVE -  is a WNPJ member group.
Contact: wave@waveedfund.org
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Action Alert 4: Take part in 'The Longest Night Homeless Persons' Memorial Service' in your community.
Background: This annual event has been commemorated nationally since 1990 and brings attention to the growing tragedy of homelessness across the country. In 2013 more than 140 memorials were held across the U.S.. The service reminds us that every year members of our community, brothers and sisters, sons, fathers, husbands, wives and children die while they are homeless. Too often their deaths are invisible, there is no obituary, no funeral. The Longest Night Service is an opportunity to remember, honor, celebrate and mourn the passing of those in our community who have died. For information about the Memorial event in Madison on Dec. 21st, contact Linda of Madison-area Urban Ministry at 608-256-0906 - and see the details of this event below..

 

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Some upcoming events, statewide
Please visit wnpj.org/calendar for a full listing of events by WNPJ members and allies.

  • Madison: Longest Night Memorial event, Sun 12/21 3 - 4 pm. Meet at the Capitol square at the intersection of East Main/South Pinckney and King Streets, by the marble bench. Houseless individuals, members of local faith communities and representatives from social service agencies as well as the general public will gather on the longest night of the year to remember and honor people who died without shelter in Dane County and elsewhere this year. The service will include music, prayer, reflections and remembrances of our neighbors who have died this year and who were homeless. The service will conclude at 4:00 then those who are able will walk to the men's shelter at Grace Episcopal Church to wait in community with the men seeking shelter there for the night. Members of the community are invited to attend and if able to bring donations of warm gloves, socks, hats and thermal underwear for donation to the men's and women's shelters. This year we will have a horse drawn hearse lead a procession around the capitol. Individuals who would like to add a name to the list of those to be remembered can add names at time of event. For more information contact  Linda at 608-256-0906.
  • Madison:  WILPF &VFP #25 Join the Noon Vigil - to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the WWI Christmas Truce. Mon 12/22, 12 noon to 1 pm. Meet outdoors, at the corner of MLK Ave, outside the downtown post office. All welcome to this 100th anniversary of the WWI Christmas Truce - when the troops put down their arms, on all sides - and sang and ate and played soccer together.  It's also known by Weihnachtsfrieden and Trêve de Noël. You can read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_truce. Co-sponsored by WILPF &VFP #25. Contact books24u@aol.commbspeace1@charter.net orkosbornepope@gmail.com
  • Racine: Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice annual dinner meeting.Thurs 1/15 , 5:30 pm, probably at the Brew House, in the Racine harbor.  Info: Dick Kinch,  racinepeace@yahoo.com.
  • Ontario: Peacemaker Gathering, Sat 1/17 at Echo Valley Hope. Seehttp://echovalleyhope.org/events.html to learn more. Contact: (608) 337-4871