In the News

Drones, sanctions and the prison industrial complex

By Brian Terrell, a Catholic Worker and Co-Coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a WNPJ member group

In the final weeks of a six month prison sentence for protesting remote control murder by drones, specifically from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, I can only reflect on my time of captivity in light of the crimes that brought me here. In these ominous times, it is America’s officials and judges and not the anarchists who exhibit the most flagrant contempt for the rule of law and it is due to the malfeasance of these that I owe the distinction of this sabbatical.

WNPJ members in the news

WNPJ members comment on important issues.

Global Warming:  WNPJ member Eric Hanson compares today's efforts to earlier conservation movements. "Conservation, whether the relatively complex notions of catastrophic global climate change or the familiar concepts of contour plowing or catch and release fishing, boils down to the common-sense goodness of one theme: What we have today we also want to be here for tomorrow."  Read his article here. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/22/13.

Gun Control:  Two letters to the editor by WNPJ members. Click on their names to view their letters.

WNPJ members featured in the news

The New Yorker magazine recently reported on a ceremony held in the village of My Lai, Vietnam, to commemorate the massacre that took place there forty-five years ago. It featured the life journey Mike Boehm, a Viet Nam veteran who founded Winds of Peace, Projects in Viet Nam, a WNPJ member group,  to help the people of My Lai. “I dug up some old photos and there were children outside a primitive, dirt-floored school. I was looking at those photos and I saw what we had done. ...Those kids are now adults and their children now go to one of our new schools.” Read the story here.

Photo: Mike Boehm accepting the UNA -USA Global Citizen Award, 2008.

And the Capital Times interviewed Madeleine Para, of, a WNPJ member group concerned with climate change. “With a problem as big as climate change, if our government doesn’t move on it, all the other important things that are going on will not be sufficient,” said Para. read the interview here.

Good works and commentary by WNPJ members

WNPJ members and member groups continue to contribute their time and their thought. Please click on titles to read entire articles.

A Fresh Take on Giving.  Homeless or other needy people can now enjoy a snack  on State Street thanks to WNPJ member group the Autonomous Solidarity Organization and generous customers. The program called Suspended Coffee is now available at the Bakers' Window, and organizers hope it will spread to other businesses.  “There are still people that care. It’s a good program. It’s awesome,” said Mike Cozens as he enjoyed a croissant recently. Wisconsin State Journal, 4/8/13.

Ain't nothin' like the real thing: Adoptive moms can breastfeed, with some added effort. Before she adopted her daughter, Masha, WNPJ board member Janet Parker found a La Leche League book, Breastfeeding an Adopted Baby and Relactation.  "I actually didn't realize it was possible to breastfeed an adopted child, but when I learned about it I thought I would give it a try," says Parker. "Having those times every day of calm and close time with my baby is really special. All those benefits are equally important for a child who is adopted." Masha is now 7 months old. Isthmus,

Solidadrity Sing Along in the news

WNPJ member group Solidarity Sing Along has been in the news a lot lately.  Here are some recent articles and letters: 

Frequent singer Sue Nelson (also of WNPJ member groups Rock Valley Fellowship of Reconciliation and Habiba Chaouch Foundation) writes to the Wisconsin State Journal, "Singing truth to power has been one of the joys of my life. Members of the Solidarity Sing Along have been singing over the noon hour at the Capitol for more than two years." 

WNPJ members make and comment on news

WNPJ members continue to make news! Please click on titles to read entire articles.

Dan S. Wang: Indie bookstores foster sense of community. The Capital Times, 3/20/13. Dan is board president of Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative, a WNPJ member group. (Photo: author Cecile Pineda (center) with Pam Kleiss (left) of Physicians for Social Responsibility - Wisconsin and Bonnie Urfer of Nukewatch (right), both WNPJ member groups)

Al Gedicks: Wisconsin is testing grounds for mining industry response to opposition. The Capital Times, 3/7/13. Al is executive secretary of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council, a WNPJ member group. He is also the author of “Resource Rebels: Native Challenges to Mining and Oil Corporations."

John Kinsman: Did state lawmakers even read the mining bill?  The Wisconsin State Journal, 3/15/13. John is president of WNPJ member group Family Farm Defenders.

Mike Helbick: Cuts threaten Milwaukee, our economy. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3/6/13. Mike Helbick is program director with Peace Action-Wisconsin, a WNPJ member group.

For-profit colleges put on notice. AFT On Campus, 3/1013. Two years ago Michael Rosen, president of AFT 212 at MATC (a WNPJ member group), spearheaded a campaign to oppose for-profit Everest College's plans to move into Milwaukee. Although the initial effort was not successful, many of Rosen's fears were born out and the city passed an ordinance limiting financial aid to for-profit enterprises. In addition,  Everest's parent organization "agreed to pay off all loans of students who dropped out of the college."

Widespread environmental violations at WI frac sand mines

Almost 20% of Wisconsin's 70 operating frac sand mines and processing plants were cited for environmental violations in 2012, according to data obtained by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. 80 to 90 percent of sand industry operators were issued letters of noncompliance, a reversal of the typical statistics for a regulated industry, according to DNR air management engineer Marty Sellers.

WNPJ members write in local media

A sample of letters written by WNPJ members in the local media. Please click on titles to see the entire stories.

Nancy Giffey: What next after nuns' sanctions? The Capital Times, 12/26/12

Mitzi L. Duxbury: Tax guns annually, just like vehicles. The Capital Times, 1/7/13

Kevin Corrado: Natural burials are another choice. Wisconsin State Journal. 1/21/13. Kevin Corrado is with the Farley Center for Peace, Justice & Sustainability, a WNPJ member group.

Al Gedicks and Dave Blouin: Mining dangers. Isthmus, 1/24/13. Al Gedicks is the executive secretary of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council, a WNPJ member group.

Dr. Ann T. Behrmann and Dr. Robert Block: Include health effects in mining bill. Wisconsin State Journal, 2/22/13. Dr. Behrmann and Dr. Block are with the Physicians for Social Responsibility - Wisconsin, a WNPJ member group.

Patricia Hammel: Jobs from mine will be limited, if it is even built. Wisconsin State Journal, 2/23/13. Patricia Hummel is with National Lawyers Guild - Madison Chapter, a WNPJ member group.

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