Antiwar/Antimilitarism

"What's your share of a U.S. soldier?"

Using a Congressional Budget Office estimate that it costs $1 million to send one soldier to Afghanistan for one year, the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice has developed a handy web tool that enables any taxpayer to see a graphic display of the fraction of a U.S. soldier that his or her federal taxes have paid for.

For example, using the web tool, a married couple with two children and an annual income of $75,000 can see that the $540 in federal taxes deducted from their paychecks every month would pay for seven-tenths of one percent of the cost of sending one soldier to Afghanistan. Try it yourself here...

Feingold to offer Afghanistan withdrawal bill

US Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin,left, and Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts will introduce legislation soon calling for a "flexible timetable" for the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, Tom Hayden reports in The Nation. "The coordinated effort, the first of its kind during the Afghanistan war, is reminiscent of similar House-Senate proposals that eventually succeeded in winning majority support during the Vietnam War," Hayden writes.

2010/04/07: Capital Times: Rebel with a cause: Joy First gets arrested — again and again — in name of peace

A long profile in the Capital Times profiles WNPJ member Joy First, and includes many others who practice nonviolent civil resistance in Wisconsin. The summary: Monona resident Joy First, a 55-year-old grandmother, is a hard-core activist, one of only a handful in Wisconsin who take the old-school approach to dissent: confront authority, then don't back down.

Cassandra Dixon headed home from Palestine; Her final report

From Cassandra Dixon, left, WNPJ member from Mary House, Wisconsin Dells, who has been in Palestine:

Hi Friends -- I hope you're well!!  I'm nearly done with my time here and will be home in about a week, so want to thank you all for your kindness and good thoughts during this time!  I've pasted below the team's March Update - and thank you again!!  cassandra
 

Badger Herald: Safeguarding the Guard sparks discussion

An opinion column by UW-Madison student Steve Horn in the campus Badger Herald, supporting the Safeguarding the Guard legislation being promoted by WNPJ and other groups, has sparked some discussion, including a letter from a National Guard member who seems to misunderstand the legislation, which would apply to future federal callups, not troops now activated.

Predicting forty years worth of war and wasted lives: Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Beyond Vietnam" speech

Forty-three years ago, on April 4, 1967, exactly one year before the date of his death, Martin Luther King Jr., gave a speech that remains one most powerful statements against U.S. militarism ever given. In the speech, entitled "Beyond Vietnam -- A Time to Break Silence," King looked forward, demanding Americans address the root causes of our constant war-making, predicting our future with almost uncanny accuracy:

Good Friday report from Palestine

WNPJ member Cassandra Dixon, left,  of Mary House reports from Palestine:

Hi friends -- I hope you're well - best wishes for Good Friday and Easter, and the full moon.

Yesterday the people in Tuba Village, near Tuwani, experienced a terrible search of their homes by Israeli Special Forces police who claimed that settlers believed the villagers had stolen two goats and somehow hidden the among the household belongings in the homes of two families. Twenty soldiers, in eight vehicles arrived in the village of about 50 people in mid morning. 

Cassandra Dixon's Good Friday report from Palestine

WNPJ member Cassandra Dixon, left, of Mary House reports from Palestine:

Hi friends -- I hope you're well - best wishes for Good Friday and Easter, and the full moon.

Yesterday the people in Tuba Village, near Tuwani, experienced a terrible search of their homes by Israeli Special Forces police who claimed that settlers believed the villagers had stolen two goats and somehow hidden the among the household belongings in the homes of two families.

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