Action Alerts: May 18th - Worker, Environmental, and Racial Justice

Action Alert 1:Stand with McDonald's workers as they travel to the annual shareholder's meeting
Action Alert 2: International March Against Monsanto
Action Alert 3: Strategies for Rural and Small Town Organizing for Racial Justice
Action Alert 1: Stand with McDonald's workers as they travel to the annual shareholder's meeting

Background: Will you stand with McDonald's workers as they travel to the annual shareholder's meeting near Chicago on May 20th
In less than two weeks, hundreds of McDonald's workers from around the country will converge on the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook where McDonald's corporate headquarters is located. 
The national Fight for $15 campaign is organizing thousands of underpaid workers and their allies to march on the shareholder's meeting, in solidarity with McDonald's workers who will demand to be heard as they press for a $15 an hour starting wage and the right to unionize.
Will you get on the bus from Madison or Milwaukee to Oak Brook and support McDonald's workers as they continue to fight for fair pay and union rights? 
Patrick is 20 years old, and his family has lived in a motel for more than a year because discriminatory housing practices in Madison make it nearly impossible to find a landlord who will rent to them. Most of Patrick's 40 hours a week, at $7.75 an hour, goes to pay for their motel room, where 3 adults and 3 kids share two beds in one room. He's going to Oakbrook on May 20th to demand a raise. Will you have his back?
Cost: FREE - the bus is paid for, and we'll provide a boxed lunch
Time commitment: All day, Wednesday, May 20th, 9am - 7pm
Schedule from Madison: 
8:45am - bus departs from 2707 E. Washington, Madison (parking lot of Madison public library - Hawthorne branch)
9:15am - bus departs from 2300 S. Park St., Madison (parking lot of Villager Mall)
9:45am - possible pick up in Stoughton
12pm - 3pm - Rally and march with Rev. Barber from Moral Mondays movement, McDonald's workers, outside of McDonald's shareholders meeting in Oak Brook, IL
5pm - Return to Madison. 
PLEASE RSVP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to Brian Rothgery at 608-219-2064 or by email at
Schedule from Milwaukee: 
9 and 9:30am - buses departs from Wisconsin Jobs Now, 1862 W Fond du lac Ave.
One of the buses will make stops in Racine and Kenosha. 
Take Action: PLEASE RSVP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Will you make a commitment to bring at least one other person with you? Let us know. 
Action Alert 2: On May 23, 2015, activists around the world will, once again, unite to March Against Monsanto.

Background: Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects. In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-lead research on the long-term effects of GMO products. Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.

Take Action: There are several marches occurring in Wisconsin with new ones being added.  For a an updated list, click here.
Contact for more info:
Action Alert 3: Strategies for Rural and Small Town Organizing for Racial Justice

Background: The SURJ Basebuilding team is excited to invite you a national conference call, Strategies for Rural and Small Town Organizing for Racial Justice onTuesday, May 26th, 5pm PT/6pm MT/7pm CT/8pm ET.

Please join us to hear from rural organizers from around the country on strategies for outreach, moving into action, and sustaining the work. Rural and small town organizers will also share on the way they weave values into their work, particularly calling folks in, building trust and long-term relationships, and identifying white people's mutual interest with people of color in ending racism.

We especially welcome rural and small town organizers to join us for resource sharing and discussion of how you are engaging your communities to act against racism and white supremacy, what's working in your organizing, and challenges that you are facing.

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
5pm PT/6pm MT/7pm CT/8pm ET
Make sure to register here for your call-in code.

This call is a part of the SURJ Spring Basebuilding series on capacity building and strengthening our local work. Calls will be every fourthTuesday of the month at 5pm PT/6pm MT/7pm CT/8pm ET. Please mark your calendars for the following:

Tuesday, June 23rd- What does it mean to organize from a place of mutual interest?

Tuesday, July 28th- How can campaigns help us to build our base?

Contact for more info:We base the themes of our calls on challenges, successes, and questions that emerge from organizing on the ground locally. If you have a suggestion for a theme for an upcoming call, please get in touch! Or if you are interested in learning more about the SURJ Basebuilding team, or in working with us to help plan these next calls, please email us at

For other upcoming events,
please visit for a full listing of events by WNPJ members and allies.

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Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice

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Madison, WI 53703
(608) 250-9240