Action Alert

Room still available in Ft. Benning this weekend....

Making a last minute decision to join the mobilization to close the SOA and you still need a hotel room? Most of the hotels in and around Columbus, Georgia are sold out for the weekend but SOA Watch Austin has 20 rooms at the new Country Inn (exit 10 I-185) available. Contact Ken at 512 750-4647 or surfersanta@yahoo.com if you would like a room (2 queen beds, non smoking, $85 per room).

Coulee Progressives are taking a bus from LaCrosse: Contact: Cathy Van Maren, Phone: 608-788-4039; cvmaren@mwt.net -  or Guy Wolf at wolfclan3@centurytel.net;  Website: http://www.CouleeProgressives.org

November 20-22, 2009 – Converge on Fort Benning, Georgia. Click here to view the schedule of events! Mass Mobilization to Shut Down the School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC)!

The military coup by SOA graduates in Honduras has once again exposed the destabilizing and deadly effects that the School of the Americas has on Latin America. The actions of the school’s graduates are unmasking the Pentagon rhetoric and reveal the anti-democratic results of U.S. policies. It is time for a change towards justice. From November 20-22, 2009, thousands will vigil at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, to stand up for justice, to shut down the School of the Americas and to end the oppressive U.S. foreign policy that the school represents.

Other WNPJ members from throughout the region are traveling to SOA next week.Watch for reports.

Nov 11 and 12: "Coal Country" on WI's dirtiest energy source

Here's another reason to support a carbon free, nuclear free energy future: Wisconsin buys coal mined by blasting the tops off of Appalachian mountains and dumping the debris in the valleys!

Learn more by watching "Coal Country," a documentary that includes the voices of working miners, coal company officials and environmental activists, and focuses on mountaintop removal mining, a devastating and controversial practice that's leveled over 500 Appalachian mountains.

WNPJ's Carbon Free, Nuclear Free campaign is pleased to co-sponsor two Madison showings of "Coal Country": On Wednesday, November 11, at noon in Room 328 NW of the State Capitol, and on Thursday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. at the Goodman Community Center at 149 Waubesa Street.

1) Environment: Speaking tour asks: Can Wisconsin afford more nukes?

Avenging Angels graphicWisconsin urgently needs to reduce its carbon footprint while providing safe, secure, dependable and affordable energy. One proposed solution is to build new nuclear reactors -- but can Wisconsin afford them? Former U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) commissioner vice-chair of the Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists Peter Bradford says no.

Bradford will be in Wisconsin this week, giving talks in La Crosse, Milwaukee and Madison. (Details below)

Related story: Milwaukee Dems vote Carbon Free, Nuclear Free

Reviving the true meaning of Veterans Day: 11/11 in Madison, Milwaukee and Janesville

November 11, the day we now call Veterans Day, began as Armistice Day, marking the end of hostilities on the Western Front on the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" that brought an end to the First World War. In Britain, it is still a tradition to observe two minutes of silence at 11:00am on Nov. 11, in memory of the tens of millions killed in what was once mistakenly known as "The war to end all wars".

After WWII, the anti-war overtones of Armistice Day were considered inconvenient to those who wanted us to celebrate our new superpower status, and in the United States the day was renamed "Veterans Day", becoming an occasion for parades and flag-waving.

Please join with those of us who want to revive the message of peace of Armistice/Veterans Day, with an observance of two minutes of silence at 11:00am, and by participating in one or more of the events below:

Veterans for Peace calls for surge in resistance to Afghanistan escalation

VFP's Afghanistan Statement - Oct. 25, 2009

Veterans For Peace has urged its chapters to demonstrate opposition to the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan by doing two things:

(1) Take actions listed below within the next several days, before President Obama decides to escalate the war in Afghanistan, and (2) Plan acts of even greater resistance during the two days following such a decision.

Artists use mud to protest Dept. of Corrections policy

Why deny used books to prisoners?
MADISON—Wisconsin artists partnered with Wisconsin Books to Prisoners to protest the Department of Corrections’ ban against prisoner’s receiving used books from commercial vendors such as Rainbow Bookstore in Madison.…  And they did it with ecological street art.         

2009/10/05:Nuclear energy debate Wednesday on Wis Public Radio

Al Gedicks, director of the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council and a WNPJ board member, will be on Wisconsin Public Radio Wednesday from 7 to 8 a.m. to debate whether Wisconsin's so-called nuclear power "moratorium" should be repealed. A supporter of the repeal bill will also appear with him on the statewide Joy Cardin show.

You can join the conversations each weekday morning by using the toll-free call-in number 1-800-642-1234 (Madison Listeners please use 263-1890). You can also e-mail comments and questions to talk@wpr.org

2009/09/29: Wisconsin Democracy campaign e-lert

 
    E-LERT
September 29, 2009

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In this update:
1. Clock keeps ticking, justice keeps waiting in Jensen case
2. Time has come for Supreme Court election reform
3. A dozen essential nutrients for democracy
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Clock keeps ticking, justice keeps waiting in Jensen case

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