Action Alert

2009/09/01 E-LERT from the WI Democracy Campaign

E-LERT from the WI Democracy Campaign
September 1, 2009


In this update:
1. Opponents of independent DNR gave Doyle millions, backers gave thousands
2. WDC: State's new online campaign finance reporting system a "mess"
3. Major newspapers call for redistricting reform

Doyle got millions from opponents of DNR bill, thousands from backers

2009/08/26:Madison citizens organize to defend free speech and "tabling"

Madison police have become increasing aggressive against nonprofit groups who set up literature tables on public property, issuing fines of several hundred dollars to some groups. In response, citizens are organizing to defend their free speech rights, and are calling for a clarification of the public ordinance being used against the "tablers." A fact sheet prepared by WNPJ groups Peregrine Forum and Madison-Area Peace Coalition explains the legal issues and argues for a free and vibrant exchange of ideas in public spaces. Read more...

2009/10/03:Join us in honoring lifetimes of commitment

2009/08/26: Many Ways of Peace has an Open House - Eagle River

2009 Nominations for YOUTH Peacemaker open - through August 26th!

Do you know someone in your community - under the age of 30 - who is doing important peace and justice work? The 2009 WNPJ Peacemaking Committee wants to hear from you, before August 26th, 2009! Go to READ MORE and complete the form, then e-mail it to

(photo) Karen Drydykk of UW-Whitewater accepts the 2008 Youth Peacemaking award, in Milwaukee, Oct. 2008.

Future Cities Conference in Madison

Nov. 5 - 8 Conference on Future Cities 2009 - Madison. REGISTER ON- LINE! Inn on the Park and the Capitol meeting rooms. Local Democracy in Action - for a post-carbon, post-nuclear, greener world!  Future Cities 2009 will stimulate municipal efforts to engage citizens in their local democracies to pormote a shift from carbon and nuclear sources of energy, to a transition from war spending to a peace economy.

2009/08/17:First-hand report on UN working group on mercenaries: Afghanistan is the new private contractor gold mine.


Dan Kenney, contact for a WNPJ member group - reports: I attended a closed door workshop with the UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries around the world last month. It was part of their two week visit to the United States. The workshop was held at the UN Church building in UN Plaza. The International Peace Institute hosted the session. It was a large group. Folks from the International Peace Institute, five members of the UN Working group, Human Rights First, International Committee of the Red Cross, several academics from UW at Madison, Columbia, Harvard, etc, lawyer types, a representative from the International Peace Operations Association (IPOA) and Center for Constitutional Rights. There was also a lawyer there who represented pmscs in lawsuits filed against them by their victims. She had some interesting perspectives about the industry's role in foreign affairs.

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