Peace and Justice Calendar
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Caravans for the Climate!
Support the “Wisconsin 6” for a Celebration of Hope
Thursday, Mar 4, 11:30 AM
Grace Lutheran Church, 2006 60th St, Kenosha, WI
The WI 6 are fasting for 22 consecutive days to focus public attention and spark action for climate protections in this year's Wisconsin State Budget. Members of the Kenosha Five are Rev. Jonathan Barker, pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha; Andy Berg, County Board Supervisor and Executive Director of Garden of Eatin' - Kenosha; Justin Blake, community leader and founder of Black Underground Recycling; Joe Cardinali, former Kenosha County Board Supervisor and community activist; Tory Lowe, Milwaukee community advocate and activist.
Jill Ferguson, Peace Action Wisconsin Steering Committee member, grandmother of eight and soon-to-be great-grandmother, a life-long peace and racial justice activist will be joining the 22 day fast for climate justice. She will address pollution created by US military activities in Wisconsin- the planned stationing of the F-35 Nuclear-capable fighter jets at Truax field in Madison, the Lockheed Martin production of four LCS Combat warships in Marinette, Oshkosh Defense-Tactical Vehicle Manufacturer, WI, the Volk Field Air National Guard Base for Drone Warfare Training, the 60,000 acre Fort McCoy US Army Installation near Sparta and many other production sites for the military industrial complex.
Climate Justice for Wisconsin is a hopeful vision for our community where everyone has a livable future; equal opportunity for good paying green jobs; and environmental justice with clean air, land, and water for everyone.
Car caravans from Beloit, Delavan, Janesville, Madison, Milwaukee, and other communities will join the “Wisconsin 5” to witness their last bites of food; share in a blessing of the fast by faith leaders; and be part of the press conference, rally, and climate justice march around the old Chrysler Motors plant. Portions of this event will be live streamed on the Building Unity Facebook page. Please “Like” and share this event on Facebook.
Milwaukee area folks are warmly invited to join the caravan and/or be part of a brief reception/send off at/from the Milwaukee Peace Center, 1001 Keefe E. Avenue. This Caravan will depart by 9:55 AM, leave Racine by 10:50 AM, and arrive at Grace Church, 2006 6th St. in Kenosha, by about 11:20 PM.
The event in Kenosha will be outdoors and safely distanced. Please wear a mask.
Caravan stops and schedule information can be found HERE.
Please, RSVP HERE.
Saturday, March 6th - Press Conference with the “Wisconsin 6” at the State Capitol Facebook Event: Click HERE
10:00 AM - Fasting for Climate Justice - Fast, Pray, Act
Join the Lutheran Office for Public Policy, the "Wisconsin 6," and other climate leaders as we advocate together for climate and environmental protections in this year's Wisconsin State Budget. This nonpartisan event will be hosted on the west corner (State St. corner) of the Wisconsin State Capitol building at 10:00am on Saturday, March 6th. All are welcome! Masks and social distancing are required. LOPPW, the Wisconsin Five, and the rest of the Fasting for Climate Justice Team ask you to consider attending Saturday's press conference and support in any way that you are able, including fasting for the day of the event or for just a single meal. Meditative prayers and vocally advocating for climate justice are other ways to show your support.
To sign on as an endorser of the “WI 6” Fast, click HERE.
This solidarity action is being sponsored by Building Unity, Peace Action WI, Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice, Veterans for Peace Chapter 102-Milwaukee, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom-Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, and more… Call Pam at 414-269-9525 if your group would like to be added to our list of cosponsors.
A Global Demand to 35 Governments: Get Your Troops Out of Afghanistan Thank You to 7 That Already Have
The governments of Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, and US all still have troops in Afghanistan and need to remove them. These troops range in number from Slovenia's 6 to the United States' 2,500. Most countries have fewer that 100. Apart from the United States, only Germany has over 1,000. Only five other countries have more than 300.
Governments that used to have troops in this war but have removed them include New Zealand, France, Jordan, Croatia, North Macedonia, Ireland, and Canada.
We plan to deliver a big THANK-YOU to every government that removes all of its troops from Afghanistan, along with the names and comments of every signer of this petition.
We plan to deliver a demand to remove all troops to every government that has not done so, along with the names and comments of every signer of this petition.
The U.S. government is the ring-leader, and the bulk of its killing is done from the air, but — given the deficiency in democracy in the U.S. government, which is now on its third president who promised to end the war but hasn't — it is critical that other governments withdraw their troops. Those troops, present in token numbers, are there to legitimize behavior that could otherwise be recognized as lawless and outrageous. A government lacking the courage to reject U.S. pressure has no business sending any number of its residents to kill or risk dying in a U.S./NATO war.
This petition will be signed by people in each nation involved in the war, including the nation of Afghanistan.
Please sign the petition, add comments if you have anything to add, and share with others. If you want to be part of delivering the petition to a particular government, contact World BEYOND War.
Bolivia, Recovering from COVID and the Coup
March 3 @ 6:00 PM CT
Since Luis Arce became president on November 2020 the country is faced with a “double crisis” of COVID-19 and economic recession, exacerbated by the failed and, what some local activists call, the “genocidal” policies of the coup government.
The economy is expected to contract by 7.3 percent in 2020, and poverty is expected to increase by near nine percentage points, from 22 to 31 percent.
In recent weeks Bolivia has been hit by a fierce second wave of the virus that has brought its hospitals and cemeteries to the point of collapse. The country also has one of the lowest rates of vaccination in the world because the coup government failed to secure timely delivery of the vaccine.
After securing a deal with China to buy 400,000 doses and receive another 100,000 doses in donation, President Arce declared “We now see light at the end of the tunnel as the government will start mass vaccination in the end of February”. Bolivia also signed agreements with Russia for its Sputnik V vaccine and with India’s Serum Institute for the AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 shot.
Join us to learn about Bolivia’s struggle to recover from the nightmare of the November 2019 coup as well as discuss recent regional political events.
- Adriana Guzman Arroyo is a leader of the Anti-Patriarchal Communitarian Feminism in Bolivia. She will speak with us from La Paz.
- Leonardo Flores is a Latin American policy expert and campaigner with CodePink.
- Kevin Young, Professor of History at UMASS Amherst. He is the author of the book “Blood of the Earth: Resource Nationalism, Revolution, and Empire in Bolivia” (2017)
Sponsoring organizations: Latin America Solidarity Coalition of Western Massachusetts and the Latin America Working Group of MAPA
The Mauritanian - Film Screening with Q&A
Join the movement to #CloseGITMO and be a part of a conversation about The Mauritanian, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley, Tahar Rahim, and Jodie Foster.
Based on a true story, The Mauritanian follows attorney Nancy Hollander, her associate and a military prosecutor who uncover a far-reaching conspiracy while investigating the case of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, tortured over 3 years during the Bush administration, and unjustly imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for fourteen years. Watch the trailer here.
Special guests will introduce the film at 3pm EST. Following the screening we will have a live Q & A with Mohamedou Ould Slahi and Nancy Hollander - the real people played by Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster.
RSVP below to receive your link to the community Zoom gathering and Q & A session.
The first 300 people to RSVP will receive a free ticket to watch the film; you can watch the film before Saturday or between the introduction and the Q and A. Those who rsvp after the first 300 will receive a link to rent the film to watch and will also receive the link to the live intro and Q & A.
This event is co sponsored by World Can't Wait, Peaceful Tomorrows, Veterans for Peace, No More Guantanamos, Peace Action at the New School in Manhattan, World Beyond War, IPS, The People's Forum, Meta Peace Team, United For Peace and Justice and more.
CONTACT: Angela · [email protected]
Nuclear Disarmament- from Peace Action Maryland
The danger of nuclear war is real and growing — we are marching to the brink of a catastrophe that threatens all of humanity. Maryland Peace Action supports “Back from the Brink: The Call to Prevent Nuclear War” and is a member of Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland.
Back from the Brink is a national grassroots initiative seeking to fundamentally change U.S. nuclear weapons policy and lead us away from the dangerous path we are on. The Back from the Brink Call lays out five common-sense steps that the United States should take to reform its nuclear policy. We are asking individuals and organizations throughout Maryland to endorse The Call and build support for the U.S. government to adopt it as its highest national security priority. Join the effort and help build a safer world for our children to inherit.
Back from the Brink Policy Goals
Check out this great video about the cost of nuclear weapons, compared with some things we could be purchasing instead.
- Renounce the option of using nuclear weapons first
- End the sole, unchecked authority of any U.S. president to launch a nuclear attack
- Take U.S. nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert
- Cancel the plan to replace its entire nuclear arsenal with enhanced weapons
- Actively pursue a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals
The Doomsday Clock
On January 23, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists reset the “Doomsday Clock” to eleven seconds to midnight, the closest to midnight it has ever been in its 73 year history, representing how near these scientists believe the world is to apocalyptic destruction.
We support the recent letter calling for an end to nuclear weapons. Now is the time to resist the likelihood of destruction of life on earth.
No Spending on Nuclear Weapons
In the coming months, Congress will be considering budget and appropriations bills to fund the Pentagon. Instead of spending billions of dollars on modernizing intercontinental ballistic missiles that only increase the likelihood of accidental nuclear war, Congress should prioritize spending on fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change.
Tell your members of Congress to put people and planet first by halting nuclear modernization efforts and cutting the bloated Pentagon budget.
Justice for Palestinians March 25, 2021 at 7 PM
Sandra Tamari of the Adalah Justice Project
Bridging between the United States and Palestine
As a Palestinian organization in the United States with a strong connection to organizing in Palestine, Adalah Justice Project connects people, campaigns and messaging in both contexts. Adalah Justice Project works to facilitate coordination and conversations between the US and Palestine. Partners in Palestine are seeking more information about movement work in the United States, not only on issues related to Palestinian rights, but also on other social justice movements, lessons learned from other organizations, and parallels between the two contexts. To fulfill this need for deeper understanding, AJP organizes webinars, convenings, and conversations to enable robust conversations between movement organizers in Palestine and the United States.
Janan Najeeb, Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition
Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition (MMWC) operates four key projects
Our Peaceful Home (OPH) is Culturally Specific Family Peace Program Serving Muslim Families.
Urge President Biden to Reverse Trump Administration's Cruel Policy towards Cuba
We need a big turnout to show the Biden administration and Congress that the Cuba advocacy and solidarity community is a powerful force that isn't going to stop until this embargo is ended for once and for all!
In the Senate a bill in support of normalizing all diplomatic and trade relations between the United States and Cuba has been introduced by Senator Wyden of Oregon.
Contact your senators to urge their support.
Special Stand for Peace in 2018 to Stop the Saudi War in Yemen
“Yemen is the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis”
If you were unable to attend the Stand for Peace, you can help the Yemeni people by donating to the Yemen Relied and Reconstruction Foundation: https://yemenfoundation.org/
Global Days of Action on Military Spending Protest
Saturday, April 17, 2021, Noon- 1 PM
US Army Reserve Drill Center 4850 W Silver Spring Dr, Milwaukee, WI
Milwaukee action during the International Peace Bureau’s Global Days of Action on Military Spending.
The sequester that has long tied U.S. spending for essential social services to the level of military spending has expired. We can now cut military spending without cutting spending for public health, housing, food assistance and green jobs. After a year-long pandemic, with all of the deaths and suffering it has caused, there is broad public and Congressional support for reducing military spending to revitalize the economy.
It’s time to end $1 trillion a year being spent wars and the military, and for reductions in the Pentagon’s $2 trillion plan to upgrade the U.S. nuclear arsenal and its delivery systems, and not to spend $100 billion to replace U.S. first strike and vulnerable land-based ICBM’s.
We have a new and growing Congressional Defense Spending Reductions Caucus, committed to cutting at least 10% of the Pentagon’s budget. Use your social networks to spread the word and find allies; Reach out to groups in your country and to other organizations in your sector; Form a national coalition!
ORGANIZE & JOIN!