In the News
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.
Penzeys Spices owner weighs in on Indian mascot bill. Bill Penzey, the owner of Penzeys Spices of Wauwatosa, was upset about the proposed change in state law making it more difficult to remove racist school logos and mascots, so he sent a letters explaining his position to residents of Mukwonago, where the current controversy originated. Included with the letters were boxes of spices. "He showed people how to be good neighbors across cultural and racial line," said Barbara Munson, chair of the Indian mascot and logo task force of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. She describes the letters as "a thoughtful, educational piece of advocacy." Jessica Vanegeren, The Capital Times, 10/23/13. Barbara Munson is co-chair of the board for WNPJ.
Members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR] have been active in challenging U.S. invasions and attacks of Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries. Frequently NCNR members have been arrested, and then in court speak out against such U.S. policies. On May 23, 2013 members of NCNR filed a criminal complaint with the U.S. attorney’s office in Alexandria, Virginia against the CIA’s use of drone strikes to assassinate people in various countries, including Pakistan. The citizen activists never received a response.
Subsequently, NCNR gathered some 200 signatures on a letter to CIA Director John Brennan seeking a meeting to discuss ending the assassination program. Again there was no response. On June 29, 2013 six activists went to the Central Intelligence Agency hoping to arrange a meeting with CIA officials. While a CIA representative accepted the letter, he would not speak with the petitioners. So these petitioners engaged in a die-in to represent the victims of the assassination program. The police then arrested Joy First, Mt. Horeb, WI, Malachy Kilbride, Arlington, VA, Max Obuszewski, Baltimore, MD, Phil Runkel, Milwaukee, WI, Cindy Sheehan, Vacaville, CA, and Janice Sevre-Duszynska, Lexington, KY, and charged them with “enter or remain on installation without authorization.” Now they are scheduled for trial.
Six recent articles. Click on titles to read the entire articles.
UW-Madison women to receive award: UW-Madison is honoring seven women with its Outstanding Women of Color award. Among them is WNPJ board member Karma Chavez, assistant professor of communication arts.The Wisconsin State Journal, 9/19/13.
State, ACLU reach accord on access policy: More than two and a half years since the Solidarity Sing Along began as an informal gathering of protesters in the capitol rotunda, the state and the ACLU have reached an agreement on rules to apply to all gatherings in the rotunda. Groups of less than 12 people can gather with no notification; groups over 12 must make a reservation but will not be liable for actions taken by individuals over which the group has no control.
WNPJ members continue to express their opinions in the local papers. Please click on the authors' names to read their letters.
Norman Aulabaugh: Veterans offended by arrests of Capitol singers. Capital Times, 8/22/13.Norman Aulabaugh is a member of Veterans for Peace, a WNPJ member group.
Eve Galanter: Celebrate Women's Equality Day at Sunprint. Wisconsin State Journal, 8/26/13. Eve Galanter chairs the Wisconsin Women's Network, a WNPJ member group.