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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.

New restaurant guide rates workplace quality

The Workers' Rights Center and the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice in Madison, two WNPJ member groups, have published a new guide to Madison restaurants that focuses on employment conditions rather than food quality.

According to Patrick Hickey, director of the Workers' Rights Center, "We're really holding up those employers that go above and beyond. Hopefully by highlighting them, the other restaurants will see something they can aspire to."

Read the entire article here.

Milwaukee rally: Idle No More!

Milwaukee Rally: Idle No More!
Fri., Jan. 18, 3rd & Wisconsin Ave.
11:30 am, in front of Grand Avenue Mall - Contact

"Killing by Remote Control: Drone Warfare" 4-part series in Eagle River, Monday evenings

Learn more about U.S. killer drones on Monday evenings from Jan 28 to Feb 18 (6:30 - 8:30 pm) at Many Ways of Peace, 217 S. Main St. in downtown Eagle River.  All welcome!  The first talk is by Pat Chaffee, a Catholic sister from Racine who recently visited Pakistan with a Code Pink delegation to hear how drone warfare impacts communities there.

See below for details on this and other upcoming programs:

WNPJ members write in local media

Thanks to these WNPJ members for educating their communities and raising important issues through letters to the editor.  Click the titles below to read their messages in full.

Gene Farley: Abusing the planet threatens us all - "We all need jobs — jobs that pay a living wage and don’t misuse the planet."

Vincent Kavloski: Rebuked nuns are defenders of common good, dignity - "They are experienced practitioners of interfaith inquiry and dialogue — something our fractured world needs more than ever to avert fanaticism and violence"

Peggy Wireman: Sporting heritage Bill a threat to many park users - "If a hunter shoots and misses, some bullets can keep on going for up to a mile. So if you want to see spring flowers, kayak when the rivers are high in April or enjoy the late fall leaves, you risk being shot..."

Peggy Wireman: As guns kill kids, we cut resources - "We grieve for the 20 children killed last week but ignore the fact that on an average day 11 children and youth are slain using firearms."

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