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Wisconsin's Congressional War and Peace Scorecard

 

Which Wisconsin member of Congress has signed on to Representative Jim McGovern's bill requiring an "exit strategy" for Afghanistan? Who voted for war funding the last time it came to a vote? Which Wisconsin Congressional Representative is the closest approximation to the Gold Standard of anti-war members of Congress, Ohio's Dennis Kucinich?

Thank Representatives Baldwin and Moore for speaking out against Gaza blockade - and other WNPJ Action Alerts

More than 50 members of Congress have written a letter to President Obama about the humanitarian crisis caused by the Israeli blockade of Gaza. The letter states: "The blockade has severely impeded the ability of aid agencies to do their work to relieve suffering... has devastated livelihoods [and] entrenched a poverty rate of over 70%." The letter goes on to note that "the ban on building materials is preventing the reconstruction of thousands of innocent families' damaged homes." Two members of the Wisconsin Congressional delegation, Tammy Baldwin (202-225-2906) and Gwen Moore (202-225-4572), have signed on to the letter.

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Bill on racist school mascots needs a push

More than 30 schools in Wisconsin still use "indian" logos or mascots, but when native people in these communities raise objections to these racist symbols, they are often met with hostility and even threats of violence. Senate Bill 25/Assembly Bill 35 (.pdf) would create a process by which the Department of Public Instruction can review complaints about racist school mascots, and attempt to resolve these issues in a fair manner. Watch students from Prescott, WI study the issue - and come to the hearing in Madison. 
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Tell Army to drop AWOL charges against single mom - and other WNPJ Action Alerts

In early November 2009, Specialist Alexis Hutchinson (left), a single parent with a one-year old son, missed her unit's deployment to Afghanistan because her arrangements for childcare fell through at the last moment, due to circumstances beyond her control. The Army initially allowed for an extension of time to find another option; however, the extension was revoked. Spc Hutchinson understood that that her son, Kamani, would be taken away from her and placed in the county foster care system. Facing the real risk of permanently losing her parental rights, Spc Hutchinson went AWOL for approximately 24 hours and missed her unit’s deployment. Now the Army has filed four separate court martial charges against Specialist Hutchinson.
Action Step: Courage to Resist has started an online petition for people to register their support for Ms. Hutchinson. Personal letters to Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Phillip, Deputy Commanding General of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, GA (address here...) are also urgently needed.

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2010/01/16 "Fast for Justice" calls attention to torture, unlawful imprisonment

Starting on January 11, the eighth anniversary of the first shipment of prisoners to the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to January 22, the first anniversary of President Obama's pledge to close the Guantanamo prison, more than 150 concerned citizens around the U.S. will be fasting to call attention to U.S. policies of illegal detention, torture, outsourcing of torture, and drone killings in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Several WNPJ friends and allies are participating in the fast, which was organized by the national organization Witness Against Torture. Below are some reports from the fasters:

Martin Luther King Day events scheduled throughout the state this week

"This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of people normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. speech at Riverside Church, April 4, 1967

Many events are scheduled throughout the state this coming week to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To see all the events, including Racine, Eagle River, Milwaukee, Madison, Stevens Point and Spring Green, go to "Read More" below....

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