In the News
February has been frigid, but WNPJ members and groups stay active. Click on titles to read the entire stories.
About 50 people gathered on Sunday, February 16, to call on Gogebic Taconite to respect the rights of the Bad River Ojibwe and halt all mining activity in the Penokee Hills. Those who were present crossed the boundary into Managed Forest land officially deemed "closed" under a special law passed for G-Tac's benefit last fall, allowing them to close off land around a mine site that would normally allow public access without paying significant tax penalties required of all other MFL landowners.
Two groups marched from either end of the site along State Highway 77 to converge on the access road being used by G-Tac for exploratory drilling and bulk sampling activity. The group sang songs and people walked into the sunny, snow-filled woods along the access road, an old railroad siding. Although everyone who came crossed into the "forbidden zone," no police showed up and nobody was cited for trespassing.
Despite the "chilly" weather, WNPJ members stay active. Click on titles to read the entire articles.
Madison-Rafah Sister City Project ambassador impressed by local youth facilities: "Every place I visited here is amazing.... But I don't like this weather," said Anees Mansour, director of the Rachel Corrie Cultural Center for Children and Youth in Rafah, while visiting Madison as the guest of the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project.
We're very sad to hear, via member group PSR-Wisconsin, that Dr. Jeff Patterson, a warm and wise man devoted to human health, the environment, and the abolition of nuclear weapons, has passed. Below is PSR's statement on his loss.
Jeff Patterson, DO, Madison physician and professor was an indefatigable champion serving Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) Wisconsin and will be sorely missed by all who knew and worked with him. Jeff passed away on Thursday night, January 23, of a heart attack.
Dr. Patterson's first work with PSR was to establish the Madison PSR chapter. With two other founding members and students at the UW medical school, they challenged the concept of a “winnable nuclear war.” Hundreds of people joined to formalize the Madison PSR chapter in 1983. Jeff remained very active in the chapter throughout three decades, and particularly enjoyed providing direction to interested medical students and nurturing their understanding of humanitarian ethics and activism.
WNPJ member groups are active and keep turning up in the news. Click on titles to read the entire articles.
How the Washington Post distorts Colombia: In this essay, Jack Laun of the Colombia Support Network, describes United States government complicity in the use of paramilitary forces in Colombia's "dirty war" against both guerillas and noncombatants, including an attack on the Peace Community of Apartado in 2005. He also examines how U.S. policy favors the profits of huge corporations over the needs of Colombia's poor. Counterpunch, 1/15/14. See also Jack's comments in Why US policy towards Colombia lacks integrity, coherence on the Voice of Russia, American edition. The Colombia Support Network is a WNPJ member group.
Four articles to close out the old year. Click on titles to read entire articles.
Student leader loves role: Colin Bowden, president of the MATC Student Senate and a member of Madison's Community Block grant Committee was the subject of a recent "Know your Madisonian" column. Asked what he'd be doing in five years he replied "Helping improve people’s lives. That’s the major thrust no matter what it is."
Gene Farley dies. Gene Farley, medical activist and founder of the Linda and Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainabilty, died Friday, November 8 at age 86. Gene and his wife Linda, who died in 2009, were perpetual activists for health care for everybody and strongly advocated for a single-payer health care system. Both of them were physicians who practiced family medicine, often in underserved areas. Read memorial articles by Dennis Punzel of the Wisconsin State Journal, and John Nichols and Ed Garvey of the Capital Times. The Linda and Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustailabilty is a WNPJ member group.
Al Gedicks and Dave Blouin wrote articles for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Lacrosse Tribune to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the grassroots victory of a diverse grassroots coalition over the controversial mine project in Crandon, Wisconsin. Both articles draw parallels to the current mining controversy over mining in the Bad River watershed. Al Gedicks is executive secretary of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council, a WNPJ member group, and winner of the 2013 WNPJ lifetime achievement award.