Antiwar/Antimilitarism

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.

2010/03/31: Capital Times: Phil Haslanger: Activists embrace nonviolence in world’s hot spots

Phil Haslanger writes about a pair or peacemakers, Josh Brollier of Voices for Creative Non-Violence, and Sister Pat Chaffee or the Racine Dominicans(both WNPJ member groups). WNPJ initiated the work to bring these two to Madison in March, with many WNPj member groups supporting this effort. (Photo by Phil Haslanger.) Read Haslanger's column about their work.

Kathy Kelly: Pacified

Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Non-Violence, a WNPJ member group, writes: If the U.S. public looked long and hard into a mirror reflecting the civilian atrocities that have occurred in Afghanistan, over the past ten months, we would see ourselves as people who have collaborated with and paid for war crimes committed against innocent civilians who meant us no harm... It’s worthwhile to wonder, how did we become this pacified? 

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