Peace and Justice Calendar
STAND FOR PEACE Noon to 1 PM. Please wear masks and social distance.
April 17: Lift the Blockade on Cuba! LaFayette Hill/Lincoln Memorial
April 24: Capitol/Oakland
May 1: May Day with Voces de la Frontera! 6th/Mitchell
May 8: Howell/Layton Black Lives Matter Solidarity Stand
Peace Action WI is hosting Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin for a panel discussion:
The F-35 Can't Help US Thrive or Even Keep US Alive
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 7 PM CT
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Madison peace activists, environmental groups and community members have been fighting for years against bringing the F-35 to Wisconsin. The National Guard Bureau plans to bring 2 squadrons of 18 F-35 joint strike fighter stealth aircraft (+ 2 back-up aircraft) to the Madison airport as a tactical aviation base will make life unbearable for a large number of Madison and other Wisconsin residents with excruciating noise levels, four times louder the current F-16 aircraft. F-35 engine emissions will cause thousands of tons of deadly pollution. It will emit almost 50,00 tons of global warming causing carbon dioxide- at a cost of $44,000 per flight-hour. The F-35 is the most expensive weapon in history, with a projected lifetime cost of $1.7 trillion.
Rosanne Greco, retired Air Force Colonel who spent 30 years in active service and specialized in strategic intelligence, nuclear weapons and arms control. She is the former chair of the South Burlington City Council and has been fighting for over seven years to prevent the basing of the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter Jets at the ANG base in that city as a leader of the Save Our Skies Vermont coalition.
Eugenia Highland Granados is the director of the Restorative Justice Department at the YWCA in downtown Madison. She is a key leader of the Eken Park Resistance, a neighborhood-based organization challenging the racism, militarism and environmental injustice of the F-35 basing project.
Tom Boswell has been a community organizer and peace activist since his days as an undergraduate at Marquette University during the Vietnam War. He was active with the Mobilization for Survival and Pledge of Resistance in Milwaukee, while also working as a neighborhood organizer. He is the founding organizer for the Safe Skies Clean Water Coalition, which has been fighting to prevent the basing of a squadron of F-35s at Truax Field in Madison for the past two years.
The F-35’s Block 4 Upgrade Includes America’s New Tactical Nuke
- US Senator Tammy Baldwin: Contact Info or call (608) 264-5338 – Madison or (202) 224-5653 – DC – Ask her to WITHDRAW her support for F-35s at Truax
Stand for a Livable Climate
Friday, April 16 , 2021 12:00 - 1:00 pm
We believe there can be a future for the next generations and Justice for Native People
CHASE AND WELLS FARGO BANKS Water St & Wells St
DIVEST FROM FOSSIL FUELS! STOP THE DIRTY OIL PIPELINES!
Wells Fargo has the third most fossil fuel investments of all banks in the world, and is a lead financier of the tar sands industry.
Frontline Dakota Access and Line 3 pipeline youth and organizers are heading to D.C. Our demand is clear. Joe Biden, it's time to #BuildBackFossilFree-- shutdown DAPL and Stop Line 3. For too long, Indigenous communities have been forced to bear the burden of society's addiction to fossil fuels and the devastating impacts on our land, sky, and water. It's time to honor our treaties that have been ignored and shut down DAPL and stop Line 3. #FrontlinesToDC #FrontlinesSaveLives
Click here https://www.stopline3.org/biden
Saturday, April 24th, 6pm - 8:00pm
Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice: Then and Now
6:00: “Dine & Share”, an informal virtual potluck
6:30 – 8:00: Music, spoken word and video
- 30th Anniversary Program/ Member Organizations share some of their work/ Fellowship
Caravan to Lift the Blockade on Cuba SUNDAY APRIL 25, 2021
MEET at 1 PM in the PARKING LOT of the MITCHELL PARK DOMES
The caravans were started in Miami by Cuban American families who want to travel, trade, and have normal exchanges with their loved ones in Cuba. Only the US government stands in the way! Join us in saying, “After 60 years, it is TIME NOW to end the BLOCKADE!”
Organized by the Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba.
Endorsed by Peace Action of Wisconsin, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, End the Wars Coalition
SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2021 AT 12 PM CDT – 2 PM CDT
VOCES DE LA FRONTERA MILWAUKEE presente! MAY DAY
517 East Wisconsin Avenue Suite 408 Milwaukee, WI 53202
Watershed to Watershed: Lessons from the Back Forty Mine Resistance
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7 PM CDT
Duluth for Clean Water invites you to a discussion with organizers resisting the Back Forty Mine, a sulfide ore project proposed on the bank of the Menominee River. The coordinated efforts of this group recently resulted in the denial of the project's Wetland Permit. We can learn from their success. Registration link below!
Peace Action WI presents:
People Over the Pentagon- Cutting the Defense Budget
Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 7 pm CT
Watch the Code Pink Webinar with Cong. Reps. Mark Pocan and Barbara Lee.
We will follow with a discussion on the problem of egregious military spending. We will include information from the War Resisters League and the National Priorities Project.
WASHINGTON, D.C. On Mar, 16, 2021, co-chairs of the Defense Spending Reduction Caucus, Reps Barbara Lee (D-CA), Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Marine veteran Rep Jake Auchincloss (D-MA9), led a letter of 50 colleagues to President Biden urging him to decrease the Pentagon’s budget by at least 10% in his forthcoming proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2022. Under Donald Trump, the defense budget ballooned to $740 billion—a more than 20% increase during his tenure. Over 535,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID-19. Last year’s NDAA authorized $738 billion in defense spending for FY20, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) got 1/90th of that: less than $8 billion.
“We are facing a crisis in this country and billions of dollars in defense spending increases won’t solve it,” said Congressman Pocan. “Year after year, we see taxpayer dollars line the pocket of defense contractors instead of supporting the American public. The enemy we’re fighting right now is COVID-19, so our sole focus should be on expanding testing, tracing and treatment, funding towards vaccine development, and relief for the American people.
“As we face a global pandemic and unprecedented economic crisis, the needs of American families far outweigh the need to continue feeding our bloated military defense budget. Now is the time to show the American people that the Biden-Harris administration prioritizes their health, housing, education, and jobs over billions more towards forever wars abroad.” said Rep. Lee.
In 2020, an amendment to the NDAA was introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Senate that would save $74 billion, which is more than the total budgets of the CDC, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Park Service and the Department of Housing and Urban Development combined. And in a new poll from Data for Progress, 57 percent of people said they would support cutting the defense budget by 10 percent and reallocating the funds to the CDC and other domestic needs.
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Washington, DC – Today, Res. Ro Khanna (CA-17), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), and Mark Pocan (WI-02) led 76 of their colleagues in calling for the Biden Administration to publicly increase pressure on Saudi Arabia to lift the blockade on Yemen immediately, unilaterally, and comprehensively.
The blockade has been a leading driver of Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe since 2015 and has contributed to shortages of fuel, affordable food, clean water, electricity and transportation. The World Food Programme projects 400,000 Yemeni children under the age of 5 could die from acute malnutrition this year as the Saudi-led war and blockade continues.
“We ask you to take additional steps to publicly pressure Saudi Arabia to lift this blockade immediately, unilaterally, and comprehensively,” the lawmakers wrote. “This must include guaranteeing that humanitarian and commercial imports can freely enter Yemen; entrusting security oversight to the UN Verification and Inspection Mechanism for Yemen (UNVIM); fully permitting flights in and out of Sana’a airport; and ensuring that and crossings for commercial and civilian traffic are permanently opened.”
The lawmakers continued, “Every day that we wait for these issues to be resolved in negotiations is another day that pushes more children to the brink of death…We strongly support a comprehensive political settlement that addresses all aspects of the conflict, including a nationwide ceasefire, currency stabilization, and payment of government salaries. At the same time, a U.S demand to end the blockade must occur independently of negotiations, particularly given that recent Saudi bombings of Sana’a and the Houthis’ offensive on Marib have cast the fate of those talks into doubt.”
The letter has been endorsed by the following organizations: Friends Committee on National Legislation, Just Foreign Policy, Demand Progress, Win Without War, Peace Action, Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation, Freedom Forward, Democracy for the Arab World Now, Yemeni Alliance Committee, Action Corps.
TAKE ACTION to end the blockade NOW (FCNL)
End the U.S.-Backed Saudi Blockade of YemenPresident Biden must pressure Saudi Arabia to end its blockade on Yemen. Urge your members of Congress to join this important letter