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Submitted by admin on Sun, 04/25/2010 - 9:24am
Wisconsin Representatives Tammy Baldwin and Gwen Moore provided two of only 11 "no" votes in the House of Representatives on a bill expanding sanctions against Iran. The bill would make U.S. parent companies liable for the acts of their non-U.S. subsidiaries that engage in trade with Iran and "Restore prohibitions on imports of carpets and certain food products." Perhaps more important than the actual content of the legislation was the bill's role in feeding an escalating PR campaign that could lead us to war.
Submitted by staff on Thu, 03/11/2010 - 2:41pm
On March 9, 2010, more than 30 veterans and supporters turned out in support of Assembly Bill 203, a bill to give the Wisconsin Governor the authority to review all federal orders for Wisconsin Guard troops, and to refuse any deployment order determined to be unlawful. Below is the written testimony of one of the participants, Steve Books of Mt. Horeb, who served in the Wisconsin National Guard from 1980-1985.
Submitted by staff on Thu, 03/11/2010 - 2:38pm
On March 9, 2010, more than 30 veterans and supporters turned out in support of Assembly Bill 203, a bill to give the Wisconsin Governor the authority to review all federal orders for Wisconsin Guard troops, and to refuse any deployment order determined to be unlawful. Below is the written testimony of one of the participants, Jane Kavaloski of Dodgeville.
Submitted by staff on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 1:26pm
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."
Submitted by staff on Sat, 03/26/2011 - 2:04pm
Thanks to a grassroots campaign on her behalf, Afghan human rights activist and former Member of Parliament Malalai Joya has now been granted a visa by the U.S. State Department, a little over a week after her visa application was initially rejected. Joya, an outspoken critic of the war in Afghanistan, was informed by State Department officials that she would not be allowed into the U.S. for an extensive speaking tour because she “lived underground” and was “unemployed,” even though she had been granted visas 4 times over the past several years (Joya, who has spoken against the control of the Afghan government by corrupt warlords, is often forced to go into hiding in response to death threats she has received.) Although the State Department's delay caused her to miss events scheduled for New York and Washington DC, she was able to appear in Boston on March 25th in a joint appearance at Harvard with Noam Chomsky to present "The case for withdrawal from Afghanistan."
Submitted by staff on Tue, 05/21/2013 - 12:28pm
A bill proposed by a bipartisan group of state representatives would require law enforcement officials to get a search warrant before using drones for surveillance, and ban drone surveillance by private citizens in non-public places, where there is "expectation of privacy," reports the Capital Times.
Bonnie Block of the Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, a WNPJ member group, applauds the bill but wishes it would go further.
"We have militarized the police and the use of drones is just another part of that," she said. "It is very worrisome to me that they need military-style weapons for local law enforcement agencies."
Submitted by staff on Wed, 12/22/2010 - 8:51pm
The news media are calling it a victory for President Obama -- the Senate's 71-26 vote to ratify the START treaty with Russia to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in the world.
Call me naive, but why should that be a victory for Obama?
Why on earth should preventing a nuclear war be a partisan issue?
Why isn't this fairly small step in the direction of peace a victory for the human race?
Submitted by staff on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 2:45pm
WNPJ member group the Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, along with Madison Pledge of Resistance, are helping to circulate the following sign-on letter, initiated by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR), to CIA Director John Brennan regarding U.S. drone warfare.
Individuals and those representing organizations can add their names by emailing Max at email@example.com
The letter will be delivered in mid-May.
Submitted by staff on Mon, 11/05/2012 - 3:47pm
"On Oct. 25, Oshkosh Corp. announced that 450 employees will find themselves without jobs in January," writes Mike Helbick of Peace Action Wisconsin in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel column.
"The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the need for all-terrain, mine-resistant vehicles prompted Oshkosh Corp. to aggressively ramp up its production between 2008 and 2011. ... As the wars wind down ... now is the time for diversification and a long-term plan for good, union jobs," adds Helbick, who notes that military spending is "a very low job creator," even during wartime. (Photo: Mike Helbick at WNPJ's member assembly)
Submitted by staff on Wed, 05/18/2011 - 10:22am
Nukewatch activist Bonnie Urfer (left), a resident of Luck, Wisconsin, is one of eight "nuclear resisters" now being held in jail in Georgia awaiting sentencing on Federal charges. Urfer was one of twelve activists who crossed over on to the federal side of the fence at the Y-12 nuclear weapons complex in Oak Ridge, at the conclusion of Resistance for a Nuclear Free Future, a protest against the Y-12 facility's role in the manufacture of nuclear weapons. Take Action: Send your letters of support to: (note new address!) Bonnie Urfer, ID 8957- Irwin County Detention Center-132 Cotton Dr, Ocilla, GA 31774. (include your return address on the envelope) - Accounts have been set up to allow the defendants to make purchases from the prison commissary. Contributions for that purpose should be sent to Sue Ablao, Ground Zero Center For Nonviolent Action, 16159 Clear Creek Road NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370. Donations should be by check, made out to "Sue Ablao" with a note that the donation is for the use of the Y-12 protesters.