Wisconsin peace activists put drone warfare on trial

Raging Grannies take a stand against dronesOn September 24, seven peace activists from across Wisconsin who were arrested during a drone protest at Camp Williams / Volk Field had their first court date in nearby Mauston.  (Photo of the Raging Grannies supporting the drone protesters by Joyce Ellwanger, defendant and WNPJ Lifetime Achievement Award winner.)

Joy First explained, "We were arrested by the Juneau County Sheriff just inside the gates of the base on April 24 after peacefully walking onto the base to hand deliver a letter to base commander, Col. Gary Ebben.  We have been vigiling at the base monthly since December 2012, and sending letters to Col. Ebben stating our urgent concern about the training they are doing in operating Shadow drones.  Our letters have been ignored and so on April 24 we decided to try to hand deliver a letter.  We were arrested, handcuffed, and transported to Mauston, the county seat of Juneau County.  There we were processed and charged with criminal disorderly conduct and released."

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Wisconsin joins call for no more Hiroshimas

August 6th is the anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, an attack that killed nearly 200,000 people, the vast majority of them civilians. An estimated 200,000 additional Hiroshima residents died in the years to follow from cancer caused by the radiation from the bomb. On August 9th, the U.S. bombed the city of Nagasaki, killing nearly 100,000 more. Each year, people around the world mark Hiroshima day as a day to remember the horrific effects of the atomic bomb, and to call for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Four Wisconsin cities - Milwaukee, Lacross, Dodgeville and Madison - will be joining in these solemn remembrances with "Lanterns for Peace" events. Details below... (Photo: Marc Becker.)

State Dept. reverses visa denial for peace activist

Reversing their earlier decision, U.S. Consular officers  have now issued a visa for Dr. Wee Teck Young (left) to come to the U.S. for a multi-state speaking tour as part of the U.S.-Mexico “Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity” organized by Global Exchange. Dr. Young prefers to go by the name Hakim, a name bestowed on him after he served as a public health doctor among refugees on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the Dari language, “Hakim” means “learned one and local healer.” The visa approval  comes after Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Global Exchange, and Fellowship of Reconciliation urged their members and supporters to contact the State Dept. on Hakim's behalf. Responding to the news, Hakim said, "Your support letters to me and to the U.S. Embassies in support of my U.S. visa re-application encourage me deeply in my wish and work for global peace. Your acts of love show me that without extending our hand to one another, neither simple nor difficult steps towards a better, non-violent world could be taken successfully."

WNPJ Local Cost of War Calculator highlights misplaced priorities

What's Mazomanie's share of the three new aircraft carriers the Navy wants to build? How much money got sucked out of Cross Plains' local economy to fund the new F-35 fighter program? The Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice Local Cost of War Calculator provides the answers to questions like this.  Click here to try out a test version of the calculator, with data for more than a dozen Dane County communities. Coming soon: an expanded database to cover more than 700 communities, large and small, in every county in the state.

Washington Post: Iraq War Veteran Uses Music to 'Come Home' Again

Jason Moon, a Milwaukee veteran of the Iraq war who was honored by WNPJ with a Peacemaker of the Year award in 2009, is featured in a national Associated Press story reprinted by the Washington Post, the latest installment in a series taking a closer look at this latest generation of war veterans as they return to civilian life, and the effect this is having on them, their families and American society. 
Moon is the founder of Warrior Songs, a non-profit organization using music to help veterans heal. 
Read the AP story here.

VFP marches in Milton

Vets for Peace members received an enthusiastic reception at the 4th of July parade in the Rock County town of Milton.

The VFP contingent included members from around southeast Wisconsin, a "Peace is Patriotic" parade float, and "No More War" signs. Video by VFP member Norman Aulabaugh.

More arrests at Hancock AFB in drone protest

15 people were arrested June 28 at the gate to Hancock Airbase in Syracuse, N.Y., where they held large banners and signs protesting the military's use of hunter-killer drones.

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