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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."

WAVE quoted in articles on gun violence

WNPJ member group Wisconsin Anti-violence Effort (WAVE) is doing vital work to end gun violence.

Two recent Wisconsin State Journal articles quoted WAVE on gun violence and gun control issues.  The first article, on guns in Wisconsin, cites a WAVE poll that suggests that "Wisconsin has a high rate of gun ownership, with a little less than half of Wisconsin households having guns."  The second article reports on WAVE director Jeri Bonavia's January 9 meeting with Vice President Biden.

Is the Capitol crackdown fading?

"Capitol Police appear to have scaled back their crackdown on the Solidarity Singers, the group of lunchtime protesters who gather four times a week in the Capitol rotunda (and one day outside) to lampoon Republicans through song," wrote reporter Steve Elbow in the Capital Times.

Since its humble beginnings in March 2011, the Solidarity Sing-along has maintained a daily presence in the People's House, in support of labor and civil rights.  Initially launched by WNPJ, the Sing-along is now a member group.

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