Peace and Justice Calendar 


STAND FOR PEACE Saturdays at Noon 

November: 

  27: Port Washington/Silver Spring 

December

     4: Layton/76th

    11: Hwy 100/North

    18: Port Washington/Silver Spring

    25: Christmas

Wear masks and social distance


Statement of Respect to Milwaukee Native Nations
We acknowledge in Milwaukee that we are on traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk and Menominee homeland along the southwest shores of Michigami, North America’s largest system of freshwater lakes. The Milwaukee, Menominee and Kinnickinnic rivers meet here, the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida, Mohican and other  nations remain.

On Nov 15, 2021, President Biden issued the Executive Order on Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice for Native Americans and Addressing the Crisis of Missing or Murdered Indigenous People.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/11/15/executive-order-on-improving-public-safety-and-criminal-justice-for-native-americans-and-addressing-the-crisis-of-missing-or-murdered-indigenous-people


Remembering the Victims of Kyle Rittenhouse

As the harvest is gathered for traditional and non-traditional Thanksgiving repasts this week, there is much on our minds. After the acquittal of vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse on Friday in the death of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and serious wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, our hearts go out to the victims' families. We are reeling from the lack of accountability in the tragic deaths and injury that took place during the Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August 2020. 

As Peace Action members, wherever we are, we can use this time to rededicate ourselves to our mission: demonstrating solidarity with all the threads of the social justice and peace movements and continuing to educate ourselves and others so that our work is grounded and clear-eyed. Let us continue to center our work for non-violent resolution to conflict on those affected by the violence of military domination, weapons of mass destruction, poverty, and racism. 

Peace Action New York State


Mourn the Ahmadi family and Call for end to drone warfare 

"Don't Look Away".

Volk Field Nov 29, 2021 at 3:30 PM

Errant U.S. Drone Strike Killed 10 Members of Their Family. They're Still  Awaiting Compensation | The Daily Chronicle

We acknowledge and mourn the Ahmadi family who were brutally killed by US drones in Afghanistan on August 29, 2021.  This family lost ten of their loved ones, including seven children, in what was called a "botched" attack by the US government.  This is a tragedy that happens all too often.  Over 90% of the people killed by US drones are not the ones who were targeted.  Hundreds of thousands of innocent lives have been lost in these attacks, including so many children.

   
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The international group, Ban Killer Drones, are calling for vigils and remembrances on November 29, marking the 3-month anniversary since the attack and murder of members of the Ahmadi family with the theme "Don't Look Away".

In Wisconsin, we will gather at Volk Field on Monday Nov. 29 at 3:30 for an hour vigil at the gates of the military base.  We will have signs that read "Don't Look Away", pictures of the Ahmadi children, and flyers to distribute.

If you cannot make it to Volk Field, please consider doing something in your community on November 29 or the two days preceding in the weekend before.  You could print out the flyer and distribute it (Attached below)..  If you let me know I can send you files with pictures of the children that you can print out and hold.  If nothing else, talking to friends and families about US drone warfare is important.

If you do something in your community, please take pictures and send to me along with a short narrative about what you did at [email protected]

We are all so caught up in so many things, but it is so important to remember that the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and other places, where the US continues to murder innocent  people with drones, have no voice and no power.  

WE MUST SPEAK OUT FOR THEM.

*Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars
Contact: Joy First
Address: 9635 Overland Rd, Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
Phone: 608-437-7581
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: http://nodroneswisconsin.blogspot.com/


Massachusetts Peace Action

Lebanon: Economic Crisis, Political Gridlock — with Rania Khalek

Thu December 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Thawra.. (Revolution). On October 17, 2019 the people of Lebanon took to the streets to fight for their basic human rights.

The normalized daily life of the average Lebanese family includes limited electricity, crumbling healthcare, and a nonexistent future for an entire generation of children. The devaluation of the Lebanese pound has caused many to make the choice of whether to buy milk or to pay for electricity.

The mobilization of youth demanding basic rights with no foreign political intervention had led corrupt political parties to make the excuse of how embassies are funding the revolution. This sparked a violent response from the corrupt government and ruling political parties.

RegisterJoin  journalist and political activist Rania Khalek on Thursday December 2nd at 4pm EST to discuss how corruption and greed have led to the deterioration of Lebanon.  Register to attend.

You can view our previous interviews with Rania Khalek on Syria (January 2021) and Palestine (May 2021).

Moderated by Norhan Alshihabi (Legislative Intern of MAPA).

World Nuclear Survivor Forum December 2-3, 2021 

 Virtual event 

link: https://nuclearsurvivors.org

On December 2-3, 2021, Peace Boat and ICAN will bring together nuclear survivors and impacted communities around the world to virtually meet, learn from each other and input into the upcoming first Meeting of States Parties of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the World Nuclear Survivors Forum 2021. The forum will be live streamed to allow people around the world to learn from nuclear survivors, and take action for nuclear justice and a world free of nuclear weapons.  While registering is not required, you can RSVP below to receive a reminder about the Forum and how to access it on the day. For the full programme and more information go to nuclearsurvivors.org 

 

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WILL WE BE NEXT?

US rehearsed dropping nuclear weapons 20km from Russian border – Moscow

US rehearsed dropping nuclear weapons 20km from Russian border – Moscow
American nuclear-capable bombers have flown dozens of sorties across Eastern Europe in the past few weeks as part of drills designed to probe Russian readiness in case of an atomic war, Russia's defense minister has claimed.

Speaking after a meeting his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, in Moscow on Tuesday, Sergey Shoigu said that there has been “a significant intensification of activity from US strategic bomber aviation near the borders of Russia.”

According to him, “over the past month, around 30 missions have been flown near the borders of the Russian federation, around two and a half times more than in the same time period last year.”

Shoigu added that recent American exercises, codenamed Global Thunder, saw “ten strategic bombers practicing their ability to use nuclear weapons against Russia at almost the same time from the west and the east. The minimum distance from our border was 20km.”

At the same time, the Russian Armed Forces chief said that the relationship between his country and China was becoming increasingly important “during a time when geopolitical turbulence and the risk of conflict are growing.”

The minister’s comments come amid growing tensions with NATO over Ukraine, with Kiev claiming that a buildup of Russian troops across the shared frontier could be a precursor to an invasion.

Moscow denies that it is planning such an offensive, insisting that “the movement of some of our military equipment or army units across the territory of the Russian Federation is exclusively our business.”

On Monday, the country’s top foreign intelligence agency, the SVR, issued a statement accusing the US of orchestrating a disinformation campaign playing up the risk of conflict.

In a statement, officials said that it was painting “a terrible picture of how hordes of Russian tanks will start crushing Ukrainian cities,” and that Washington is using diplomatic channels to “share with its allies and partners absolutely false information about the concentration of forces on our territory in advance of a military invasion of Ukraine.”

Both Russia and NATO have accused each other of stepping up warplane flights close to the border, and last year Moscow blasted a “provocative” move from Washington to dispatch American B-1B nuclear bombers into Ukrainian airspace for the first time in history. Russian fighter jets and anti-air rockets were scrambled in response.

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While mainstream western media have been spending their time concern trolling about a “missing” Chinese tennis player who is not actually missing, hardly any coverage has gone toward NATO’s announcement that if the new German government does not continue to allow US nuclear weapons on its soil those weapons will be relocated to the east of Germany. This would put them closer to Russia’s border, a major provocation of Moscow and yet another step forward in the western empire’s steadily escalating game of nuclear brinkmanship.

“Germany can, of course, decide whether there will be nuclear weapons in (its) country, but the alternative is that we easily end up with nuclear weapons in other countries in Europe, also to the east of Germany,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said last week.

“Should NATO decide to move U.S. nuclear weapons to Poland, for example, that would likely be seen as a step towards angering Moscow by bringing them closer to the Russian border,” Reuters reports.

Meanwhile the US is considering sending more weapons to Ukraine as tensions mount between Moscow and Kiev, and Vladimir Putin is warning that western powers are ignoring Russia’s red lines which are meant to serve as a deterrent to prevent escalation into full-blown nuclear war. The cold war against China has been continually ramping up as well and appears likely to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Half of Americans would now reportedly favor going to war against Russia in defense of Ukraine and a majority would now favor going to war with China in defense of Taiwan. These drastic spikes in opinion are not an accident; the consent has been forcefully manufactured by an aggressive propaganda campaign against those two nations. They are not manufacturing that consent for fun; they are doing it for a reason.

While mainstream western media have been spending their time concern trolling about a “missing” Chinese tennis player who is not actually missing, hardly any coverage has gone toward NATO’s announcement that if the new German government does not continue to allow US nuclear weapons on its soil those weapons will be relocated to the east of Germany. This would put them closer to Russia’s border, a major provocation of Moscow and yet another step forward in the western empire’s steadily escalating game of nuclear brinkmanship.

“Germany can, of course, decide whether there will be nuclear weapons in (its) country, but the alternative is that we easily end up with nuclear weapons in other countries in Europe, also to the east of Germany,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said last week.

“Should NATO decide to move U.S. nuclear weapons to Poland, for example, that would likely be seen as a step towards angering Moscow by bringing them closer to the Russian border,” Reuters reports.

Meanwhile the US is considering sending more weapons to Ukraine as tensions mount between Moscow and Kiev, and Vladimir Putin is warning that western powers are ignoring Russia’s red lines which are meant to serve as a deterrent to prevent escalation into full-blown nuclear war. The cold war against China has been continually ramping up as well and appears likely to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Half of Americans would now reportedly favor going to war against Russia in defense of Ukraine and a majority would now favor going to war with China in defense of Taiwan. These drastic spikes in opinion are not an accident; the consent has been forcefully manufactured by an aggressive propaganda campaign against those two nations. They are not manufacturing that consent for fun; they are doing it for a reason.


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As negotiations resume regarding the Iran Nuclear issue on November 29, CFPA is pleased to sponsor a Webinar from 2:00-3:30 PM on Sunday, December 5. The speaker will be Amb. Hossein Mousavian, former spokesperson for Iran's nuclear negotiation team, who is currently a Middle East Security and Nuclear Policy Specialist at Princeton University.

As Senator Cory Booker stated in a recent meeting Rev. Bob Moore was a part of, the choice with the Iran nuclear issue boils down to diplomacy OR war.  Amb. Mousavian will point the way toward chosing diplomacy, not war. 

Space at this free zoom event is limited so you are urged to register as soon as possible to secure your spot.

To register for this event, please click the button below. After you have registered, you will be taken to another form that must be completed in order to receive the Zoom link!

Event Information

Event Date 12-05-2021 2:00 pm
Event End Date 12-05-2021 3:30 pm
Cut off date 12-05-2021 2:00 pm
Individual Price This event is free.
Location Zoom


December 8, 2021, 3 PM Central Time

This free, public webinar will cover the history of U.S. sanctions on Iran, whether they have had the intended effects (and what those are), what effects they have had, what the status is of the JCPOA nuclear agreement, and new ideas for activism to end the sanctions.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER.

The event will include presentations, followed by Q&A, from these presenters:


Gareth Porter 
is a member of World BEYOND War’s Advisory Board. He is an independent investigative journalist and historian who specializes in U.S. national security policy. Among his books is Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, published by Just World Books in 2014. He was a regular contributor to Inter Press Service on Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan from 2005 to 2015.   His original investigative stories and analysis are published by Truthout, Middle East Eye, Consortium News, The Nation, and Truthdig, and reprinted on other news and opinion sites. Porter was Saigon bureau chief of Dispatch News Service International in 1971 and later reported on trips to Southeast Asia for The Guardian, Asian Wall Street Journal and Pacific News Service. He is also the author of four books on the Vietnam War and the political system of Vietnam. He has taught Southeast Asian politics and international studies at American University, City College of New York and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.


Dr. Assal Rad
 is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). She graduated with a PhD in Middle Eastern History from the University of California, Irvine in 2018. Her PhD research focused on Modern Iran, with an emphasis on national identity formation and identity in post-revolutionary Iran. With this background, Assal works with the NIAC policy team on research and writing related to Iran policy issues and U.S.-Iran relations. Assal joined NIAC in January 2019. After working with NIAC in California as a volunteer on election and voting campaigns in 2018, Assal joined the team in order to further this work and embolden the voices of Iranian Americans. Her writing can be seen in Newsweek, Independent, the National Interest, and Responsible Statecraft, and she has appeared as a commentator on the BBC, Al Jazeera, BBC Persian and NPR.


Richard Broinowski was a diplomat in the Australian Embassy in Tehran in the early 1970s and has since written two books about nuclear weapons, as well as several articles about the JCPOA. His book Fact Or Fission: The Truth About Australia's Nuclear Ambitions is to be updated and republished next year.


Dr. Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, a native of Iran, is a public health advocate and a human rights activist. She is an award-winning environmental toxicologist who received the 2015 Rachel Carson Prize for her work on uranium contamination in Iraq and its public health catastrophic consequences. Her groundbreaking research in the toxicology of war contaminants has received international recognition. The BBC, the Guardian, the Independent, CNN, and NBC have extensively reported on her discoveries.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER.

 


Sign the petition to ask our Yemen champions in the Senate to force a vote on the Saudi weapons sale! After you sign, you can retweet the link to the petition here.

 Tragically,the Biden administration has actually maintained critical U.S. support for the Saudi bombing and blockade of Yemen, even as the latest figures indicate that 75 percent of Yemeni children face acute malnutrition.  

The Biden administration has recently announced two new weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, including a $650 million sale of missiles that can help the Saudis maintain the air blockade of Yemen’s airport. Leading international humanitarian organizations say that the airport blockade has killed 32,000 Yemenis who couldn’t fly out to receive medical care, and it also causes an “almost complete halt to commercial cargo such as medicine, medical supplies and equipment coming into the country.”

Over 100 members of the House and Senate have called on the Biden administration to use their leverage to force an end to the Saudi blockade and war. The administration has refused to use that leverage. This weapons sale amounts to a green light for the war.

You can help in just 60 seconds by signing and sharing our petition that urges our best Senate champions on Yemen to introduce a “resolution of disapproval” to force a vote to reject this unacceptable weapons sale.

We only need one Senator to introduce the resolution that can force a vote. Ask Senators Bernie Sanders, Rand Paul, Chris Murphy, Elizabeth Warren, and Mike Lee to do so today!


Dear Pamela --

 Rep. Betty McCollum, alongside nine other members of Congress, introduced House Resolution 751 condemning the Israeli government’s designation last week of six prominent human rights and civil society groups, including DCIP, as terrorist organizations.

Please contact your representatives urgently and insist that they sign on to Rep. McCollum's resolution condemning this criminalization of our human rights work. We must send a clear message to the Biden administration.

Tell your lawmaker to sign on to Rep. McCollum's resolution »

After contacting your elected officials, please sign and share our global petition calling on international leaders to swiftly and strongly condemn these actions by the Israeli government.

Sign and share the petition to #StandWithThe6 »

We are grateful once again for Rep. McCollum's bold leadership condemning this decision, and we resolve to continue defending Palestinian children and exposing human rights violations inherent in Israel’s military occupation of Palestinians—we are not going anywhere.

Khaled Quzmar

Khaled Quzmar
General Director
Defense for Children International - Palestine


Support Humanitarian Assistance to North Korea

The Enhancing North Korea Humanitarian Assistance Act (H.R.1504/S.690) would ease the delivery of much-needed humanitarian aid to the DPRK. This would not only help save lives, but it would also advance diplomacy and engagement with North Korea, which is necessary to end decades of hostilities and bring lasting peace to the Korean Peninsula.

Tell your representatives to support the delivery of humanitarian aid to North Korea by co-sponsoring the Enhancing North Korea Humanitarian Assistance Act. Personalize your email message for greater impact.


Congresswoman Lee Introduces Resolution to Monitor and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the U.S. Military. Barbara Lee’s legislation demands that the U.S. military account for its heavy carbon bootprint and track, reduce and report greenhouse gas emissions for all operations, including troop deployments, overseas bases and bombings. Gwen Moore is a co-sponsor.

  1. The carbon bootprint of the US military, larger than that of many countries. 
  2. The wars for oil and other resources – how they support the fossil fuel-based status quo.
  3. The unequal burden of both climate crisis and militarism on people of color, the poor, and future generations.
  4. The resources spent on militarism and war – redirect to respond to the existential threat of climate crisis.

 
Because it's 100 seconds to midnight,
 
The threat of nuclear war is now higher than it was during the Cold War.
That’s according to former Defense Secretary William Perry -- who is no peacenik.  
 
That’s why it’s more urgent than ever that our Representatives institute a policy of No First Use and No Sole Authority in order to reduce the grave peril posed by nuclear weapons. Ask your Senators and Representative and Congressional leadership to support legislation to institute a United States policy of No First Use of nuclear weapons.
 
It’s important that we act now. President Joe Biden's Nuclear Posture Review is underway, and it will determine his administration’s approach to nuclear policy. If we want to avoid a devastating nuclear war, we need to demonstrate broad public support for a policy of No First Use. Call and Email Congress to tell them to support a No First Use policy for nuclear weapons! 
 
There are two bills in Congress, the Markey-Lieu Bill (S.1148, HR.669) and the Warren-Smith Bill (S.1219, HR.2603), that would institute a No First Use Policy. These bills should be uncontroversial for anyone who wants to avoid a potentially disastrous nuclear war. Yet, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer haven’t used their leadership to make sure these bills get a vote. Call on your Representatives to institute a policy of No First Use and demand that Pelosi and Schumer bring the bills to a vote! 
 
 
The Midwest Nuclear Disarmament Working Group
(Chicago Area Peace Action, Peace Action Wisconsin, Union of Concerned Scientists, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Peace Action Michigan)
 
P.S. Don't forget to take action right now!
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Vote NO on the $8 TRILLION Pentagon Budget. Vote YES to fund $3.5T for healthcare, education, and green jobs!

This is URGENT. 📧Email and ☎️Call your Senators to tell them: we CAN afford healthcare, education, and green jobs! The people and planet CAN’T afford an $8 Trillion  Pentagon budget!

The Senate is poised to pass an outrageous $8 Trillion Pentagon budget [which is the cost over the next decade] in November. 😠Over HALF of that budget will go directly into the pockets of notorious war profiteers. 

At the same time, Senators are saying we “can’t afford” to pay $3.5Trillion [over the next decade] for healthcare, education, and green jobs and are threatening to cut funding for these programs IN HALF. 

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Sanders Senate Floor Speech on Defense Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Wednesday delivered remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate ahead of consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act. Sen. Sanders’ remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below: “M. President, day after day, here on the floor and back in their states, many of my colleagues tell the American people how deeply

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As your constituent, I’m reaching out to ask that you vote NO on the outrageous $780 billion National Defense Authorization Act and commit to passing a $3.5T reconciliation bill that funds healthcare, education, and green jobs.



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    commented 2019-11-05 09:45:34 -0600 · Flag
    I Have A Suggestion Peace Action of WI Annual Membership Meeting and Chili Supper On November 19th I Don’t Like Chili Of Any Kind I Never Liked It Since I Was A Kid So Next Year I Suggest It Be A Spaghetti Supper Or Something Else And Spaghetti Can Also Be Served Meat And Vegetarian