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Food Co-op in Rachel Corrie's hometown joins boycott of Israeli goods

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement took another small step forward last week with a vote by the Olympia, Washington Food Co-Op to boycott all Israeli goods, with the lone exception of "Peace Oil"  - an olive oil produced by Palestinian farmers. Olympia is the hometown of peace activist Rachel Corrie, who was murdered by an Israeli bulldozer as she was attempting to protect Palestinian homes from demolition. Co-op board member Rob Richards hopes to see other co-ops follow Olympia's example, saying, "I am trying to be realistic - the Olympia Food Co-Op boycott is not going to change the Israeli policy, but I believe that these small drops will eventually have an effect. I would like to see more co-ops joining the boycott and more voices involved." Read more...

Madison Fruits & Nuts wins city approval

A plan to put "edible landscaping" in Madison city parks won the approval of the Madison city Parks Commission last week, over an earlier proposal to require volunteer groups planting fruit and nut trees to buy $1 million of liability insurance for each public park site where the trees would be planted. More than three dozen people came to the Parks Commission hearing to speak out in favor of fruit and nut trees in city parks, and in the end, all but one of the commissioners voted in favor of permitting the trees to be planted without the liability insurance requirement. 

Milwaukee School Board votes to join Arizona boycott

WNPJ member group Voces de la Frontera reports on the Milwaukee School Board's vote to join the growing Boycott Arizona movment:


As MPS parents and children held signs reading, "Wisconsin is Not Arizona" the Milwaukee Public School Board, representing 82,500 students, the largest and most ethnically diverse public school system in Wisconsin, voted 5-2  with one abstention to condemn Arizona's racial profiling legislation, SB1070, and HB2281 which bans ethnic studies. The Board also voted to support a national boycott of Arizona until these laws are repealed.

Monona resident Joy First among 24 protesters acquitted after anti-torture protest at Capitol

Activists with the organization Witness Against Torture are celebrating a courtroom victory today, after a Federal Judge acquitted 24 protesters who had been charged with “unlawful entry with disorderly conduct” in connection with demonstrations atthe US Capitol on January 21,2010 - the date by which President Obama had promised the closure of the Guantanamo detention camp. Monona resident and WNPJ member Joy First, of Madison Pledge of Resistance (left, with Cindy Sheehan) was among those who took part in the protest.

Peace groups shut down 'Army Experience' center permanently

Army announcement made just days before planned protest.   

A coalition of thirty peace groups has proven triumphant in their goal of forever shutting down the “Army Experience Center” in a suburban shopping mall in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the Army plans to permanently close the facility.

In Wisconsin, peace groups were successful in greatly scaling back a "Virtual Army Experience" exhibit, a smaller traveling version of the video game-based recruitment effort, at Milwaukee's  Summerfest in 2008 and 2009.

WNPJ Blog: A Guantánamo detainee in your town? Two Massachusetts towns say "yes"

Four former Guantánamo prisoners
now relocated to Bermuda

Since the opening of the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, a well-orchestrated propaganda campaign has stoked our fears of those held in the prison, who have been routinely referred to as the "Worst of the worst." After President Obama announced a plan to transfer Guantanmo prisoners to a prison within the U.S., the fear-mongering kicked into high gear and Congress capitulated, blocking funds for the transfer, based on the irrational belief that no prison could be secure enough to protect us from Guantánamo's super-terrorists.

But some towns are now shaking off the fear and fighting back against the fear-mongers with an unusual tactic: Town-hall resolutions that invite the Federal government to relocate a released Guantánamo detainee in their town.

Alliance for Animals bus ads, billboards promote vegan diet

WNPJ member group Alliance For Animals has launched a "Simply Vegan" campaign with a splashy billboard and bus ads that direct people to a new website,

“Adopting a vegan diet is the best thing you can do for the planet, for your health, and of course for the animals,” says Lynn Pauly, Co-Director of Alliance for Animals. “We hear people say that they would go vegan if it were easier. Our website is a perfect example of how simple it really is to embrace a plant-based diet.”

Governor signs Indian mascot bill into law

Gov. Jim Doyle has signed a bill to create a statewide procedure for handling complaints over race-based mascots and logos in schools. Under the bill, SB 25, a school district resident may file a complaint about a local mascot with the state Department of Public Instruction.

The local school board would then have to establish at a hearing that the mascot or logo is not discriminatory, or face changing the offending symbols within 12 months.  

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