In the News
WNPJ members comment on important issues.
Global Warming: WNPJ member Eric Hanson compares today's efforts to earlier conservation movements. "Conservation, whether the relatively complex notions of catastrophic global climate change or the familiar concepts of contour plowing or catch and release fishing, boils down to the common-sense goodness of one theme: What we have today we also want to be here for tomorrow." Read his article here. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/22/13.
Gun Control: Two letters to the editor by WNPJ members. Click on their names to view their letters.
The New Yorker magazine recently reported on a ceremony held in the village of My Lai, Vietnam, to commemorate the massacre that took place there forty-five years ago. It featured the life journey Mike Boehm, a Viet Nam veteran who founded Winds of Peace, Projects in Viet Nam, a WNPJ member group, to help the people of My Lai. “I dug up some old photos and there were children outside a primitive, dirt-floored school. I was looking at those photos and I saw what we had done. ...Those kids are now adults and their children now go to one of our new schools.” Read the story here.
Photo: Mike Boehm accepting the UNA -USA Global Citizen Award, 2008.
And the Capital Times interviewed Madeleine Para, of 350.org, a WNPJ member group concerned with climate change. “With a problem as big as climate change, if our government doesn’t move on it, all the other important things that are going on will not be sufficient,” said Para. read the interview here.
A Fresh Take on Giving. Homeless or other needy people can now enjoy a snack on State Street thanks to WNPJ member group the Autonomous Solidarity Organization and generous customers. The program called Suspended Coffee is now available at the Bakers' Window, and organizers hope it will spread to other businesses. “There are still people that care. It’s a good program. It’s awesome,” said Mike Cozens as he enjoyed a croissant recently. Wisconsin State Journal, 4/8/13.
WNPJ member group Solidarity Sing Along has been in the news a lot lately. Here are some recent articles and letters:
Frequent singer Sue Nelson (also of WNPJ member groups Rock Valley Fellowship of Reconciliation and Habiba Chaouch Foundation) writes to the Wisconsin State Journal, "Singing truth to power has been one of the joys of my life. Members of the Solidarity Sing Along have been singing over the noon hour at the Capitol for more than two years."
WNPJ members continue to make news! Please click on titles to read entire articles.
Dan S. Wang: Indie bookstores foster sense of community. The Capital Times, 3/20/13. Dan is board president of Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative, a WNPJ member group. (Photo: author Cecile Pineda (center) with Pam Kleiss (left) of Physicians for Social Responsibility - Wisconsin and Bonnie Urfer of Nukewatch (right), both WNPJ member groups)
Al Gedicks: Wisconsin is testing grounds for mining industry response to opposition. The Capital Times, 3/7/13. Al is executive secretary of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council, a WNPJ member group. He is also the author of “Resource Rebels: Native Challenges to Mining and Oil Corporations."
John Kinsman: Did state lawmakers even read the mining bill? The Wisconsin State Journal, 3/15/13. John is president of WNPJ member group Family Farm Defenders.
For-profit colleges put on notice. AFT On Campus, 3/1013. Two years ago Michael Rosen, president of AFT 212 at MATC (a WNPJ member group), spearheaded a campaign to oppose for-profit Everest College's plans to move into Milwaukee. Although the initial effort was not successful, many of Rosen's fears were born out and the city passed an ordinance limiting financial aid to for-profit enterprises. In addition, Everest's parent organization "agreed to pay off all loans of students who dropped out of the college."
Almost 20% of Wisconsin's 70 operating frac sand mines and processing plants were cited for environmental violations in 2012, according to data obtained by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. 80 to 90 percent of sand industry operators were issued letters of noncompliance, a reversal of the typical statistics for a regulated industry, according to DNR air management engineer Marty Sellers.
A sample of letters written by WNPJ members in the local media. Please click on titles to see the entire stories.
Nancy Giffey: What next after nuns' sanctions? The Capital Times, 12/26/12
Mitzi L. Duxbury: Tax guns annually, just like vehicles. The Capital Times, 1/7/13
Kevin Corrado: Natural burials are another choice. Wisconsin State Journal. 1/21/13. Kevin Corrado is with the Farley Center for Peace, Justice & Sustainability, a WNPJ member group.
Al Gedicks and Dave Blouin: Mining dangers. Isthmus, 1/24/13. Al Gedicks is the executive secretary of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council, a WNPJ member group.
Dr. Ann T. Behrmann and Dr. Robert Block: Include health effects in mining bill. Wisconsin State Journal, 2/22/13. Dr. Behrmann and Dr. Block are with the Physicians for Social Responsibility - Wisconsin, a WNPJ member group.
Patricia Hammel: Jobs from mine will be limited, if it is even built. Wisconsin State Journal, 2/23/13. Patricia Hummel is with National Lawyers Guild - Madison Chapter, a WNPJ member group.
WNPJ member groups are taking action, speaking out and making a difference across Wisconsin! If you've made the news, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save Our Unique Lands (SOUL) co-filed "a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to try to halt the Wisconsin link ... of CapX2020, a series of more than 700 miles of high-voltage transmission lines from the Dakotas to Wisconsin," reported the Wisconsin State Journal. (Photo, left: SOUL members discuss energy policy with state Sen. Shilling.)