In the News

Controversial for-profit, Everest College, to close

Less than two years after opening its doors over the objections of a local alderwoman and the college union, the for-profit Everest College of Milwaukee announced it was closing. "In its short term of operation, it managed to bring to fruition all the worst elements of the the worst-case scenario that community activists and union leaders - like Michael Rosen, president of AFT Local 212 at the nearby Milwaukee Area Technical College - had raised alarms about," reported the American Federation of Teachers union.  AFT Local 212 is a member group of WNPJ.  Read the entire article here.

SOUL of the Kickapoo questions high-voltage transmission line

At the final open house on the 345-kilovolt Badger Coulee line held at the Waunakee Village Center, representatives of American Transmission Co. and Xcel Energy answered questions from Wisconsin residents on their plans for the Badger Coulee line. But SOUL of the Kickapoo member and WNPJ Board co-chair Dena Eakles leafletted outside the meeting. Dena was passing out leaflets from two citizens groups — Juneau County Decline the Lines and SOUL of the Kickapoo.  She says a "she wants a full-scale study by the state Public Service Commission on the need for the line 'rather than just accepting something people are telling us we need.'"  Read the entire article here.

WNPJ members and friends write in local media

A sample of WNPJ members letters to the editor and opinion pieces:

Peggy Wireman: Low wages keep many hard workers in 47%

Patricia Hammel (Madison National Lawyers Guild) and Charles Uphoff (Madison Institute) express opinions on the presidential election.

Genie Ogden: Fighting the singalong costs taxpayers money.

Dr. Jack C. Westman: Air pollution is major public health problem.

To read letters, click on the authors's names.

Shift U.S. spending priorities; save state jobs

Mike Helbick"On Oct. 25, Oshkosh Corp. announced that 450 employees will find themselves without jobs in January," writes Mike Helbick of Peace Action Wisconsin in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel column.

"The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the need for all-terrain, mine-resistant vehicles prompted Oshkosh Corp. to aggressively ramp up its production between 2008 and 2011. ...  As the wars wind down ... now is the time for diversification and a long-term plan for good, union jobs," adds Helbick, who notes that military spending is "a very low job creator," even during wartime.  (Photo: Mike Helbick at WNPJ's member assembly)

Which candidates support bringing our war dollars home?

Of the candidates appearing on ballots across Wisconsin, who is willing to call out runaway war and weapons spending?

To find out, the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ), a coalition of 166 member organizations from across the state, conducted a one-question survey of state candidates.  WNPJ is a non-partisan, non-profit organization and does not endorse candidates.

Please see below for the responses we received from candidates running for U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, State Senate and State Assembly, to our "war dollars home" survey question. 

The heat is on the Capital singalong

Under orders from new Chief David Erwin, the Capital police have been ticketing "leaders" of the Solidarity Singalong who continue to sing without permits in the Capital rotunda from Monday through Thursday each week. "Singalong members, most of whom are gray-haired retirees or public employees on their lunch hours, have refused to apply for permits, citing concerns about liability exposure contained in the permit policy and their belief that the constitution allows for people to petition the government without first getting approval from the government." Read the entire article here.

More support needed for investments in green energy

Madeleine Para of Citizens Climate Lobby responded to an article on Epic's green energy investment in the Wisconsin State Journal saying more is needed. "We need to stop subsidizing fossil fuels and give renewable energy a level playing field so businesses with fewer resources than Epic can also invest in green energy." Read her entire letter here.

Epic invests in green energy

Madeleine Par of the Citizens Climate Lobby recently responded to an article in the Wisconsin State Journal to express gratitude to Epic for it's investment in green energy. But she notes that more is needed.

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