Call the congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121. Ask for your House rep. You can find their name here. When the receptionist answers, ask for the foreign affairs staff member. If they are not available, leave them a voice message, or just tell the receptionist.
Weds. March 13, NOON- 1PM- Ash Wednesday and Valentines Day
Marquette Union Library on Wisconsin Ave
Sponsored by the Milwaukee Catholic Worker
Women in Black Weekly Peace Vigil
Thursday, March 7,15, NOON-12:30 PM
La Crosse, WI at Main St & 4th St
Contact Deboral Buffton [email protected]
NATO is planning a big celebration of 75 years of itself, with meetings beginning July 9, 2024, in Washington, D.C., at which we can expect many presidents, prime ministers, foreign secretaries, and weapons dealers.
We are planning a summit on Saturday July 6 and a rally on Sunday July 7, as well as various other actions in the days before and after that weekend — including working with allies planning a peace walk from Maine to join us in Washington, D.C. with events all along the way.
We say yes to peace and no to NATO!
We favor the abolition of NATO.
Monthly Peace Stand- Eau Claire
Friday, March15, 5PM-6PM
Meet at Trunk &n Gulf Road on the 3rd Friday of the month.
The UNA of Greater Milwaukee invites you to an online celebration of the “2024 International Women’s Day”
“Inspire Inclusion: Invest in Women”
Saturday – March 16th, 2024 from 10 AM – 11:30 AM
Rickey Gard Diamond, Founder of an Economy of Our Own Bernadette Karanja, Chief Equity Officer City of Milwaukee, and Bianca Shaw, President of Wisconsin Women’s Network
They will present their views on a gender-equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. The theme of their presentations is “We can forge women's equality. Collectively, we can all ‘inspire inclusion,’ celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness about discrimination, and take action to drive gender parity.”
Attend Virtually Through the Following Zoom Link
Rickey Gard Diamond, now a Ms. Magazine columnist, began learning about economic systems as a single mom on welfare. She edited a newspaper on poverty issues while getting an education, and in 1985, became the founding editor of Vermont Woman, where she continued as a contributing editor for 34 years. She taught writing and literature at Vermont College for over 20 years, publishing fiction and non-fiction. Her novel Second Sight, and her short story collection, Whole Worlds Could Pass Away, include class, gender, and money troubles.Accep ted for a writing residency at Hedgebrook, she worked on a new story-based feminist economic primer, including cartoons illustrated by Peaco Todd. She wondered why money, race, and sex seemed intertwined, with billionaires mostly white males, and the poorest most often women of color.
The resulting book, Screwnomics: How the Economy Works Against Women and Real Ways to Make Lasting Change was published by SheWritesPress in 2018 and won the Independent Book Publishers Award Silver Medal in 2019 for Women’s Issues. Her Ms. column, Women Unscrewing Screwnomics, focuses on women making change in a field exclusively male until recently. She founded An Economy of Our Own, a network of feminist writers and change-makers dedicated to women's joined efforts to transform an economy waged as war to one that wages healthy lives
Bianca Shaw is an innovative Director, Policy Advisor, and Senior Strategist with more than 16 years of leadership experience and progressive public service in non-profit, state, and local governance. Bianca has designed and managed social service, economic development, and community advocacy programs. She is an Executive Consultant who has influenced both state and local policy programs. She is adept at crafting and executing a vision to transform communities and create effective social change. Bianca's mission is to help individuals move from poverty and low-income situations to middle-income and stability. She is a proud graduate of the WI Women’s Network Policy Institute 2017 cohort.
Bernadette Karanja is The Chief Equity Officer of the City of Milwaukee and is appointed by Mayor Cavalier Johnson to head the Office of Equity and Inclusion. In this role, she oversees the city’s racial equity and inclusion efforts, the Office of Workforce Development, the city’s small business development program, and serves as a liaison to the Equal Rights Commission. Ms. Karanja is a Kenyan American who immigrated to the United States 22 years ago. Prior to immigrating to the US, she was a business owner. As a result of this experience, she has a unique understanding of the challenges of managing a business. Ms. Karanja has over two decades of workforce development experience, 17 have been in senior management roles and seven of have been in small business inclusion work. Ms. Karanja is a hands-on leader, adept at driving for results, motivating people, and capable of moving from higher-level planning to tactical collaboration. Examples of her leadership efforts include integrating regional workforce development models into Fatherhood, Healthy Relationships, Re-entry, and Head Start models including Mayor Barrett’s Compete Milwaukee Program, and DirectConnectMKE, Milwaukee Common Council’s first workforce development social media platform.
Co-sponsored by: Peace Action of WI & Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom
For more information, contact:
Martha Collins: 414.435.6482 /
Pam Richard: 510.542.7688 / [email protected]
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Also, at Marquette's Raynor Memorial Library. April 3-17.
Marquette Center for Peacemaking and exhibit curator Ron Carver helped get this exhibit to Milwaukee. It will be on display in the lobby of Marquette's Raynor Memorial Library. April 3-17. The larger exhibit will be in Madison, but we will be able to share speakers, films and other programming.
April 3: Grand opening event with My Lai photographer Ron Haeberle, national VFP President Susan Schnall, and activist/author/scholar David Cortright at noon at Marquette's Alumni Memorial Union's Lunda Room.
April 4: Chuck Searcy and Ngo Thien of Project RENEW, which works to locate and remove mines, bombs and other unexploded ordnance in Quang Tri Province, will speak. Room to be announced.
April 15: Author Le Ly Hayslip, whose memoir, When Heaven and Earth Changed Places, was the inspiration for.Oliver Stone's film, Heaven and Earth, wll tell of her experiences as a war refugee. Beaumier Suites at Raynor Memorial Library, 4:30 pm.
July 15–August 19, 2024
Poor People's Army March
Also known as the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, the mission of the nonviolent Poor People’s Army is to keep people alive and to build a cooperative economy and society. Endorsed by Veterans For Peace, the two-week Poor People's Army March will go from Mikwaukee – site of the Republican National Convention (July 15) – to Chicago – site of the Democratic National Convention (August 19). The march will ‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 103: Israeli army attacks vicinity of southern Gaza hospital, kills 7 in West Bank drone strikes deliver the same message to both conventions: "We reject corporate greed and demand an end to poverty."
TBD: meet at 7:30am Weekday Coffee and Banner Drop for Palestine
Hosted by Milwaukee 4 Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace Milwaukee
Location: Meet at Colectivo Lakefront, walk to bridge over Lincoln Memorial Parkway
Details: We start the new year with more energy and a louder voice. Please join JVP Milwaukee and Milwaukee4Palestine on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:30 am for a morning coffee and then a banner drop at 8 am. We cannot stop. We will not stop.TBD
TAKE ACTION TO STOP US RETALIATION FOR ICJ RULING IN
SOUTH AFRICA v. ISRAEL
Email and call your congressional reps.
Capitol Hill switchboard: 202-224-3121
Sample Script: Hello, my name is __________ and I am your constituent in zip code ___________. Please issue a statement (email, social media post) urging the Biden administration to restore funding to UNRWA, the UN relief agency providing the bulk of humanitarian relief–water and food– to the imprisoned Palestinian people under Israeli assault in Gaza. To cut off funding for UNRWA at Israel’s request is to threaten 2.3 million Gazans with mass starvation and turn Gaza into an extermination camp. Demand the White House fund UNRWA and not undermine the World Court order demanding provision of humanitarian aid. The US must not commit genocide in my name. Thank you.
Summary of the UNWRA situation from the BBC News:
The 2023 Nobel Peace Prize- awarded to jailed women's rights activist, Narges Mohammadi.
She is an Iranian physicist/engineer who has been working for women's rights in Iran for several decades and for her outspoken leadership she is in prison with a sentence of 31 years and 150 lashes
Her daughter and son accept the prize on her behalf, following several music pieces (some Iranian) and a speech by the chair of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee who outlines the reasons for Narges receiving the prize.
Her 17 year old twins give her lecture in French and you can read the English version here (they live in Paris with their father and have not seen their Mother in last 8 years):
PEACE ACTION WI
Demand that Gwen Moore call for an immediate ceasefire, no more weapons to Israel.
Office of WI Congressional Rep Gwen Moore, Phone: (414) 297-1140
VIGIL FOR PEACE IN PALESTINE ON DEC 19, 2023
At the Office of Gwen Moore, video of constituents "Speaking their names," including 1yr-olds who died under Israeli attacks on Gaza. The office ignored multiple calls from the lobby to meet with a representative. Face to face they rejected any dialog with our group. Many Peace Action members live in Gwen Moore's district.
also see-The Wisconsin Coalition for Justice in Palestine
URGENT! Call Congress: Stop the Gaza Genocide
Over 2 million Palestinian people trapped in Gaza are living through genocide in real time, as Israel bombs and starves them. Your solidarity is vital.
Representatives Cori Bush, Rashida Tlaib, Andre Carson, Summer Lee, and Delia Ramirez have just introduced a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire and for humanitarian assistance to be allowed to enter Gaza. It is essential that we generate thousands of calls to elected officials asking them to support this life-saving resolution for a ceasefire.
TAKE ACTION: Call your members of Congress. It's extremely important to urge them to support this ceasefire.
Fill in your information and click "Call me.”
You'll receive a phone call on the number you provided and be patched through to your representatives' and senators' offices, one after the other. After you speak to one office, press * (star) to be connected to your next representative, until you've called all three. If you don't get through, leave a voicemail.
Note that we should be thanking Reps. Bush (MO-01), Tlaib (MI-12), Carson (IN-07), Lee (PA-12), Ramirez (IL-03), Bowman (NY-16), Watson Coleman (NJ-12), García (IL-04), Jackson (IL-01), Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Omar (MN-05), Pressley (MA-07), and Velázquez (NY-07) for their support of the resolution.
SCRIPT 1 FOR SENATORS:
My name is [YOUR FIRST & LAST NAME], and I'm a constituent of [SENATOR'S NAME]. I'm calling about Palestine and Israel. The senator must take immediate steps to deescalate, by calling for a ceasefire, pressuring Israel to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza, and refusing to send any additional weapons or funding to the Israeli military. I am asking the senator to publicly call for a ceasefire along the lines of the resolution in the House led by Cori Bush and Rashida Tlaib.
Any more military funding to Israel will further fuel violence by actively arming the Israeli government. This is a genocide. The senator must take action now to stop Israel's genocide against Palestinian people in Gaza and end all U.S. complicity in Israel's violence,
SCRIPT 2 FOR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES:
My name is [YOUR FIRST & LAST NAME], and I'm a constituent of [REPRESENTATIVE'S NAME]. I'm calling about Palestine and Israel. The representative must take immediate steps to deescalate, by calling for a ceasefire, pressuring Israel to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza, and refusing to send any additional weapons or funding to the Israeli military. I urge the Representative to add their name to to the ceasefire resolution introduced by Reps. Bush and Tlaib and co sponsored by 11 other Representatives.
This is a genocide. The representative must take action now to stop Israel's genocide against Palestinian people in Gaza and end all U.S. complicity in Israel's violence.
Women's Earth and Climate Network
Indigenous leaders urge Biden to shut down Line 5 pipeline due to ‘imminent’ threat. Peace Action WI has signed on.
President Biden has the authority to make the call to Shut down Line 5
Vienna’s International Summit for Peace in Ukraine Issues a Global Call for Action
Medea Benjamin on June 12, 2023 in Common Dreams
“The institutions established to ensure peace and security in Europe fell short, and the failure of diplomacy led to war," attendees said in a joint declaration. “Now diplomacy is urgently needed to end the war before it destroys Ukraine and endangers humanity.”
To amplify their call for a ceasefire, Summit participants committed themselves to organizing Global Weeks of Action—protests, street vigils and political lobbying—during the days of September 30-October 8.
National Priorities Project
Report: The Warfare State: How Funding for Militarism Compromises Our Welfare
In FY 2023, out of a $1.8 trillion federal discretionary budget, $1.1 trillion — or 62 percent— was for militarized programs. That includes war and weapons, law enforcement and mass incarceration, and detention and deportation.
Less than $2 out of every $5 in federal discretionary spending was available to fund investment in people and communities, including primary and secondary public education, housing programs, child care programs, federal disaster relief, environmental programs, and scientific research.
The U.S. spent $16 on the military and war for every $1 that was spent on diplomacy and humanitarian foreign aid.
The vast majority of militarized spending was for weapons, war and the Pentagon, at $920 billion.
Only $56 billion was spent for international affairs, diplomacy, and humanitarian foreign aid.
We celebrate the life’s work of Daniel Ellsberg, who died on Friday, June 16, 2023.
In his farewell letter he urged all whistleblowers and peacemakers around world to continue the struggle for truth-telling and world peace. He helped end the Vietnam War by publishing the "Pentagon Papers", revealing the lies and corruption that got the US into that war. His book, "Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner", reveals how Pentagon planning for nuclear war included sacrificing the lives of 100's of millions of people.
Special Stand for “Daniel Ellsberg Week,” April 24-30. We celebrate the life’s work of Daniel Ellsberg, and to take action in support of whistleblowers and peacemakers, and to call on state and local governments around the country to honor the spirit of difficult truth-telling. His book, "Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner", reveals how Pentagon planning for nuclear war included sacrificing the lives of 100's of millions of people. He recently wrote a public letter disclosing that he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, with only three to six months to live
Antiwar Activists Publish Ceasefire in Ukraine Petition in Washington, DC newspaper on Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Peace Action WI delivered the Peace in Ukraine appeal letter to Gwen Moore's office, Ron Johnson's Office and Tammy Baldwin's office.
To Presidents Biden, Putin and Zelensky:
IT’S TIME TO STOP THE KILLING AND DEVASTATION. CEASEFIRE & PEACE NEGOTIATIONS NOW!
The war in Ukraine has taken hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian and Russian lives, uprooted millions, contaminated land, air and water and worsened the climate crisis.
The longer the war goes on, the greater the danger of spiraling escalation which can lead to a wider war, environmental devastation and nuclear annihilation.
The war diverts billions that could be addressing urgent human needs.
Total military victory cannot be achieved by either Russia or Ukraine. It is time to support the calls by Pope Francis, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres, Presidents Lula de Silva of Brazil, Erdoğan of Turkey, Xi of China, and others for a ceasefire and a negotiated end to this calamitous war.
Stop the killing, agree to a ceasefire and begin negotiations!
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS)
Socialist Education Project (SEP) presents its 4th Monday Webinar
Recording: Vijay Prashad, “The Rise of ‘The Darker Nations’ in the 21st Century: Responses to Crises of War, Poverty, and Environmental Disaster”
Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian, editor, and journalist. He is the chief editor of LeftWord Books and the director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. He is a senior non-resident fellow at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China. He has written more than 20 books, including "The Darker Nations" and "The Poorer Nations." He recently published a revised version of his groundbreaking book, “The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World,” New Press, August, 2022 which he will discuss followed by quhttps://www.facebook.com/fvc4pnj/estions and comments
Monthly Vigil in Appleton
Houdini Plaza, West Lawrence St, Appleton, WI
US congresswoman Betty McCollum (D) introduces bill
"Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act"
The measure, backed by 17 Democrats, would ban US assistance to Israel from contributing to detention of Palestinian children.
The legislation prohibits Israel’s government from using U.S. taxpayer dollars in the Occupied West Bank for the military detention, abuse, or ill treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention; the seizure and destruction of Palestinian property and homes in violation of international humanitarian law; or any assistance or support for unilateral annexation of Palestinian lands in violation of international humanitarian law.
For Total Cost of War Since 2001, taxpayers in the state of Wisconsin are paying $127.25 billion.