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WNPJ members in the news

WNPJ members and their work are making news across the state:

  • "We are talking about a form of discrimination that the public schools are condoning, [the] school district is condoning and that [is] teaching generation after generation of our children to tolerate stereotyping," explained Barb Munson, co-secretary of the WNPJ Board (left, with Winona LaDuke).  She was responding to Mukwonago residents' request that the state Supreme Court strike down the law that established a complaint process for race-based logos and mascots, in an attempt to keep their "Indian Chief" mascot.
  • "The Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability outside Verona has been helping farmers of color, especially those with Hmong and Latino backgrounds, with the process of starting CSAs," or community supported agriculture programs, reported the Isthmus.  For more information and to sign up for the CSA, visit the Farley Center website.
  • "Every year, the choir sounds great, and every year I assume they have a few people like me in it," WNPJ member and former staffer Steve Burns told the Wisconsin State Journal about his first time participating in Madison's Martin Luther King Jr Community Choir.
  • Alliance for Animals' Rick Bogle spoke out against the requirement that Dane County land be open to animal trapping.  "A very few of us want to go out and set traps," he told the Wisconsin State Journal. "We think the mandate is biased and undemocratic."

Hundreds attend Save Our Water - No Unsafe Mines rally

Saturday's rally in support of clean water, treaty rights, Wisconsin's "prove it first" mining safeguards and a healthy, sustainable economy drew hundreds of people to the state Capitol.

"The bill that's before the legislature now sets a very dangerous precedent for our state's environmental laws," WNPJ's Carl Sack told WXOW from La Crosse.  Other media covering the rally included WORT 89.9 FM, the Badger Herald and Daily Cardinal.

In related news, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign analysis shows that supporters of mining deregulation gave Governor Walker $11.34 million and state legislators $4.25 million since 2010.

Photo:  Members of the Bad River Tribe address the crowd at the state Capitol on January 26.  Click here to see other pictures from the rally.

Voces de la Frontera named most valuable grass-roots group

John Nichols chose WNPJ member group Voces de la Frontera as the most valuable grass-roots group in his 2012 most valuable progressives list. In addition to their work to organize and defend immigrant workers, Nichols cites their work with anti-war and gay rights groups, defense of public workers, campaign to overturn the voter ID law, and fight a discriminatory redistricting plan. Read the article here.

Capitol police have protester watch list

Members of the Solidarity Sing Along, a WNPJ member group, and other protesters at the Capitol noticed that the Capitol Police were taking notes as they observed the noontime protests. The Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative filed an open records request and obtained a list of Sing Along participants maintained by the police.

"This looks llike a blacklist to me of people who are exercising their constitutional rights," says state Rep. Chris Taylor, who participates in the Sing Along and is included on the list. "The fact that they’re spending time tracking with this level of detail, monitoring people who are just showing up at the Capitol with sign or to sing a song, it absolutely ridiculous." Read the article here.

Charges against Solidarity Sing Along member dropped

Two recent Capital Times articles on the ongoing saga of the Capitol police vs the Solidarity Sing Along, a WNPJ member group, report that the charges against Jason Huberty, a sing along participant and Capitol protester, have been dropped. “They’ve been throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks, and so far nothing has been sticking. It’s all been sliding off the wall,” said Robert Jambois, a lawyer who is representing many of the Capitol protesters.

The prosecutors tried to prevent Huberty from invoking his First Amendment rights in his trial. But the charges were dropped when Dane County Circuit Judge Julie Genovese ruled that the administrative rule under which Huberty was charged applies only to those who conduct demonstrations or other events, not participants. Jambois believes most charges against participants will be dropped, but conductors of the Solidarity Sing Along may still be vulnerable. To read the entire articles, click below.

"Prosecutors dismiss some charges against Capitol protester"

"Court ruling could mean sing-along participants get a break"

WI activists risking arrest in DC to call attention to killer drones

WASHINGTON, DC –   Phil Runkel, Milwaukee, and Joy First, Mt. Horeb, are joining other activists from across the country in an action of nonviolent civil resistance in Washington, DC on Monday. The action is being organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) during the inauguration, calling attention to the hypocrisy of President Obama taking an oath to uphold the constitution while he continues to ignore its most basic principles through his extra-judicial killing of innocent children, women, and men, including US citizens, through drone warfare.

John Nichols picks Voces de la Frontera as most valuable grass-roots group

WNPJ member groupVoces de la Frontera made John Nichols' .2012"most valuable progressives"progressive honor roll. In addition to their primary mission of "organizing and defending immigrant workers," Nichols cites their alliances with the anti-war and pro-gay rights movements, their work to overturn Wisconsin's voter ID law and support for the Palermo Pizza workers among other issues. Read the entire article here.

Mark Pocan, GSAFE set up scholarship fund

Congressman-elect and WNPJ member Mark Pocan is using the $20,000 remaining in his state campaign account to start a scholarship fund.

He's working with the Gay-Straight Alliance for Safe Schools or GSAFE, a WNPJ member group, to award the scholarship to students who have helped to make their school climates better for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students.

Read the entire article here.

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