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Berkeley City Council passes resolution in support of Bradley Manning

This week, the Berkeley City Council passed a resolution in support of alleged Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning, calling for an "immediate end to the cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment" that Manning has been subjected to while pointing out that Manning has not been convicted of anything. A copy of the statement will be sent to the Marine brig commander at Quantico, Virginia, where Bradley Manning is being held in maximum security solitary confinement.

Breaking News: Mubarak Steps Down - Solidarity with the people of Egypt!

Tahrir Square, February 1Click here for more coverage of the Celebrations!

One of many reasons why the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice and its member groups advocate for a more just U.S. foreign policy is to open up space for democratic movements worldwide.  With that in mind, WNPJ has signed onto CODEPINK's statement of solidarity with the Egyptian people, who are giving their government, our government and the world a lesson in democracy:

Go here to join WNPJ in telling President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the U.S. Congress to stand with the Egyptian people..

Judge dismisses all charges against 131 White House protesters

A federal judge has dismissed all charges against 131 antiwar protesters who were arrested on December 16 at the White House. The protest was organized by Veterans for Peace and included many veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, along with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. Those who participated in the action stated that the dismissal was "clearly a victory for opposition to undeclared wars which are illegal under international law, have led to the destruction of societies in Iraq and Afghanistan, bled the US Treasury in a time of recession, and caused human rights violations against civilians and combatants."   (Full press release below.)

Loans for new nukes stopped again

From the Nuclear Resource and Information Service:

THANK YOU! You've done it again! You sent more than 15,000 letters to Congress in December and made many, many phone calls to stop $8 billion in taxpayer loans for new nuclear reactor construction. And the final government funding bill, signed by President Obama, contains not one dime for new nukes!

Government drops charges against Pentagon protesters

Federal prosecutors have decided to dismiss all charges against WNPJ member Joy First, of Monona, WI, and Max Obuszewski of Baltimore, MD, who were arrested at the Pentagon on August 9, 2010 while attempting to deliver a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. The letter called for an end to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and an end to US military policies that are destroying our planet. First and Obuszewski are members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, which is planning another action of nonviolent civil resistance at the Pentagon on April 8, 2011.

Vets for Peace opens Milwaukee food pantry

The Homeless Veterans Initiative sponsored by Milwaukee Veterans for Peace Chapter 102, a WNPJ member group, continues to grow. Partnering with St. John's Lutheran Church at 5500 W. Greenfield Ave, the homeless program has opened the first veteran food pantry in Milwaukee. The doors will open every Tuesday morning to the 100+ veterans that Veterans for Peace has been delivering food to every week.

Wisconsin Books to Prisoners brings books to LGBT prisoners nationwide

In 2007 Wisconsin Books To Prisoners began a LGBT Project thanks to a starter grant from the New Harvest Foundation of Madison.  This project sends new and used books to LGBT prisoners nationwide, addressing an often marginalized and mistreated segment of the national prison system.  New Harvest has twice renewed its support during which the Project has grown from seven prisoners who had requested LGBT materials in mid 2007 to over 860 LGBT prisoners who have received at least one package of books today.  WBTP is grateful to NHF and also to OutReach LGBT Community Center in Madison for their support and continued donations.

Family Farm Defenders wins national recognition

The Community Food Security Coalition is pleased to present  FFD  the 2010 Food Sovereignty Prize at the 14th Annual Conference, Food, Culture & Justice in New Orleans, Louisiana. The award ceremony took place on Monday, October 18. Since 1994, Family Farm Defenders has worked tirelessly in the name of food sovereignty for farmers, fishers and laborers around the world. Congrats to this WNPJ member group.....John Kinsman and John Peck and all - jepeck@wisc.edu
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