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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
WNPJ members and groups continue to make the news. Please click on the title to read the entire articles.
Kathy Liska: Why I attend the Solidarity Sing Along. Kathy Liska, one of the "gentle, angry people" who sing daily at the Capitol explains why she sings. "Our Wisconsin Constitution protects our rights to assemble in our rotunda, which is designed to provide a public forum. Our right to free speech is clear: Article 1, Sec. 4: 'The rights of the people peaceably to assemble to consult for the common good, and to petition the government or any department thereof shall never be abridged.'” The Capitol Times, 7/30/13. Kathy Liska sings with the Solidarity Sing Along, a WNPJ member group.
After Capitol police arrested 22 Solidarity Singers on Wednesday, July 24, the crowd in the state Capitol rotunda swelled for the noontime musical protest.
On Thursday, about 300 people came to sing, in defiance of the police crackdown. "Rights are just like muscles... If you don’t use them, they atrophy," one singer told the Progressive.
When he was arrested the previous day for singing, 85 year-old union supporter and former farmer Tom Kemble said he was "proud to be among what I would call distinguished people who have been arrested previous to me."
In a statement, the Madison chapter of the National Lawyers Guild explains how the police are distorting a recent court ruling to justify the mass arrests of the singers.
Milwaukee was one of 10 cities nationwide where immigrants and advocates protested the "border surge" in the U.S. Senate's immigration reform bill, thanks to WNPJ member groups Voces de la Frontera and Peace Action.
A last-minute amendment added a $47 billion “border surge” that would create one of the most costly and militarized border zones in the world over the next 10 years. The measure would add "20,000 border patrol agents to the more than 21,000 currently deployed, adding 700 more miles of border wall and adding 18 drones to patrol the border," reports NBC Latino.
Peggy Wireman on gun control: Let doctors decide what to discuss with patients. Wisconsin State Journal, 6/27/13. Please click on title to read the letter.
Janet Parker on Rhythm & Booms: Smaller is better. I am glad Rhythm & Booms will be scaled back this year. Let's create a Warner Park July 4th
"Proposals for a massive expansion of tar sands crude oil shipments on and around the Great Lakes do not make sense," writes WNPJ member Eric Hansen in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Canadian company Enbridge is trying to "quietly network thousands of miles of pipelines -- a system that would lock in both Wisconsin and our region as a major transportation corridor to ship tar sands crude oil overseas to the world market for decades to come." At risk are "Lakes Superior and Michigan as well as the Bois Brule, Namekagon, Chippewa, Wisconsin, Fox and Rock rivers."
"Profit and jobs would go to Canada. Crude oil would go overseas. Toxic risk would stay here, sprinkled throughout our region in the crude oil spills, air quality and public health impacts," adds Hansen.
On July 14, the Oil and Water Don't Mix rally (featuring 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben) in Michigan will call attention to the dangers of tar sands oil to the upper Midwest. There will be a bus leaving from Green Bay -- click here for details.