In the News

Two letters by WNPJ members

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

Toxic tar sands oil threaten WI waters, Great Lakes

"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 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.

Activists arrested decrying killer drones at CIA, including Joy First and Phil Runkel of WI

LANGLEY, VA – Fifty people protested killer drones at the main gate of the CIA today, and six individuals were arrested.  The action was organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR], a group that has been active in challenging U.S. invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries, abolishing torture, closing Guantanamo, and bringing an end to drone warfare. 

WNPJ members in the news: Compassion, campaign disclosure and Medicaid funding

Meditation is not the pathway to compassion. "Meditation does not make one more compassionate. I wish dearly that it were otherwise," says Rick Vogle of Alliance for Animals, A WNPJ member group. He goes on to criticize the Dalai Lama and Richard Davidson, director of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at UW-Madison and a friend of the Dalai Lama and meditation proponent. Davidson's work is involves invasive studies of monkey brains. The Dalai Lama supports such work and eats meat, practices Vogle believes are incompatible with the compassion for all sentient beings Buddhism promotes.Capital Times, 6/8/13.

Covering ground to ground the drones media coverage

WNPJ member group Voices for Creative Nonviolence's recent "Covering Ground the Ground the Drones" peace walk brought concerns and facts about drone warfare to people across Iowa and beyond.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reported:  "The 14-day anti-drone march from Rock Island to Des Moines has drawn activists from here in Iowa City and as far away as England.

WNPJ members write in local media

WNPJ members continue to write.  Click on the author to see the entire letters.

Henry St. Maurice: Armed civilians would not have helped in BostonWisconsin State Journal, 4/27/13

Rick Bogle: Henry Vilas Zoo not appropriate home for giraffesWisconsin State Journal, 5/25/13. Rick Bogle is co-executive director of Alliance for Animals, a WNPJ member group.

WI religious groups call for immigration reform

WNPJ member groups the Wisconsin Council of Churches and Voces de la Frontera, along with WISDOM, a congregation-based social justice network, expressed strong support for comprehensive immigration reform.  "Throughout our state’s history, Wisconsin’s faith communities have been blessed and enriched by immigrants, whether they arrived from Europe before statehood or more recently from Latin America, Southeast Asia, or elsewhere," stated the groups.

Mining and Other Environmental News

Recent articles on environmental issues in Wisconsin. Please click on the titles to read the entire articles.

Band of Ojibwe Begin Occupation of Penokee Hills: "The LCO harvest camp is small — five acres as compared to the four and a half miles proposed for the mine here. But LCO tribal elder Melvin Gasper says that this is not just a way to protest the mine plans, but also to get in the way by occupying part of it. Gasper says this is an exercise of their 1842 treaty rights in the Ceded Territory of northern Wisconsin to hunt, fish and gather." Mike Simonson, Wisconsin Public Radio. For more info on the camp, see the separate page here.

Wisconsin is testing ground for mining industry response to opposition: "The highly unpopular iron mine giveaway bill is not only a major rollback of environmentally protective mining laws, it is also a well-funded mining industry assault on the grass-roots environmental, sport fishing and tribal movement that mobilized tens of thousands of Wisconsin citizens to oppose Exxon’s destructive Crandonmine at the headwaters of the Wolf River and enact Wisconsin’s landmark “Prove It First” Mining Moratorium Law in 1998," says Al Gedicks. And the world is watching to see what happens in the face of "the massive public uproar against this project." Al Gedicks, The Capital Times, 3/7/13. Al Gedicks is executive secretary of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council, a WNPJ member group.

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