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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.
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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.
Thanks to Joshua Brollier, a co-coordinator with WNPJ member group Voices for Creative Nonviolence, for this timely piece. He has participated in delegations and peace-building efforts in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt and Palestine, and studied Arabic in Syria from September 2010- February 2011.
To those who think the United States should intervene in Syria,
Remember this is the same United States which:
is still deeply involved in two failed wars of aggression in Iraq and Afghanistan that have lasted for over a decade without coming to a conclusion.
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Solidarity Singalong isn't about permits, it's about whose voices get heard. "Campaign funders such as the Koch brothers and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce don’t have to come to the Capitol to be heard — they get invited to the governor’s mansion and he listens," writes frequent Solidarity Sing Along participant and Raging Granny Bonnie Block.The sing along is an attempt to get the "voice of the people" heard. Wisconsin State Journal, 8/15/13. The Solidarity Sing Along and the Raging Grannies are both WNPJ member groups. (Bonnie and two other Grannies, along with a Madison Alder and Progressive editor Matt Rothschild, were later arrested for singing.)
Capitol crackdown could put a strain on lawyers. Lawyers who are representing
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Honoring and Educating: The Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability, a WNPJ member group, is hosting a weekend of events August 16 - 18 to celebrate the legal transfer of the property from executive director Gene Farley to the center. Featured will be a dinner, "Feast from the Fields," with food from its farm incubator. The Farley Center also has a peace and justice center and a green cemetery. "It's really about community," says center facilitator Susan Corrado to explain the unique combination of programs at the center. Isthmus, 8/1/13.
Temple attack united victim's son, ex-racist: After the shootings at the