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Voice your Opposition to the Felony Trespass Law that makes it a felony to trespass on the property of an energy provider.


On Wed, December 11, there will be 2 town hall meetings where you can ask your state legislators about issues including the outrageous Assembly Bill 426, the Felony Trespass Law' which will stifle dissent to fossil fuels. It passed with sponsorship by Assembly person Chris Sinicki (D) , Sen Larsen and Rep. Brostoff voted against it. It was signed int law by Gov Evers (he should have vetoed it !).
Milwaukee Eastside Town Hall:
2 - 3:30 PM
Eastside Library
2320 N. Cramer
Milwaukee WI 53211
Bay View Neighborhood
5:30 - 7 PM
Tippecanoe Church
125 W. Saveland Avenue
Milwaukee WI 53207
Sen Chris Larson, 608-266-7505
Rep Jonathan Brostoff 608-266-0650
Rep Chris Sinicki 608-266-8588
Here is analysis of awful Assembly Bill 426 and Senate Bill 386
     
September 5, 2019 - Introduced by Senators WanggaardOlsenNassBewley and
Schachtner, cosponsored by Representatives SteffenFieldsKuglitsch,
TuslerGundrumRodriguezKulpSkowronskiBornVruwink and
Sinicki. Referred to Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.
1An Act to amend 943.01 (2k) (a) 1. a., 943.01 (2k) (a) 3., 943.143 (1) (a) 1. a.,
2943.143 (1) (a) 3. and 943.143 (1) (b); and to create 943.01 (2k) (a) 6., 943.01
3(2k) (c), 943.143 (1) (a) 6. and 943.143 (3) of the statutes; relating to:
4trespassing on the property of an energy provider and providing a penalty.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, it is a Class H felony to trespass on the property of an energy
provider or to cause damage to the property of an energy provider if the actor
intended to or caused an interruption or impairment of services provided by the
energy provider. Under this bill, the definition of “energy provider” is expanded to
include a company that operates a gas, oil, petroleum, refined petroleum product,
renewable fuel, or chemical generation, storage transportation, or delivery system.
Because this bill creates a new crime or revises a penalty for an existing crime,
the Joint Review Committee on Criminal Penalties may be requested to prepare a
report.
    

On Tue, Nov 19, 2019 at 10:49 PM Erik Sperling of Just Foreign Policy <erik@justforeignpolicy.org> wrote:. 

 

We are circulating a letter in Congress now. I've pasted those details below.  We NEED people like Rashida Talib, Barbara Lee, Gwen Moore -- and any other champions that folks may be connected to -- on this letter. So anything you  can do to do outreach to Congressional offices would be huge. To give you a sense of how horrific the climate is on the Hill right now around this, check out this pretty irritating article: https://thehill.com/policy/international/americas/471180-sanders-doubles-down-on-bolivia-coup-few-follow-suit

Getting a good turnout on this letter would really go a long way to change the narrative and support Bernie's terrific comments.We did two blasts to our list with petitions, one targeting the NYT for endorsing the coup, and one targeting members of Congress.  Thanks 

  https://www.change.org/p/nytimes-retract-your-endorsement-of-the-military-coup-in-bolivia

https://www.change.org/p/congress-condemn-the-military-coup-in-bolivia

 

 

 

Related Legislative Issues
 

Letter Urging Trump Administration to Reverse Dangerous Bolivia Policy

Sending Office: Honorable Henry C. "Hank" Johnson, Jr.
Sent By: Chelsea.Grey@mail.house.gov

 

 

 

 

Request for Signature(s)

Administration’s Support for Military-backed Regime and Silence on Violent Repression Contributes to Spiraling Crisis

Current Signers (4): Hank Johnson, Ilhan Omar, Susan Wild, Raúl Grijalva

Deadline Wednesday, November 20, COB

Dear Colleague,

Please consider signing a letter to Secretary Pompeo expressing concern over statements and actions of Trump administration officials that have contributed to the escalating political and human rights crisis in Bolivia following the contested elections in October 2019.

About two dozen Bolivians have been killed, and hundreds more wounded by security forces using live ammunition against demonstrators after the country’s elected president, Evo Morales, resigned under pressure from the military. The Trump Administration has fully embraced an unconstitutional power grab that installed far-right conservative leader Jeanine Añez, who called indigenous religion “satanic” and declared that “the bible has returned to the palace”, sparking fears among Bolivia’s indigenous majority. Añez issued a decree exempting the military from prosecution for their actions to repress demonstrators, and has threatened to arrest pro-Morales legislators and journalists for “sedition”.  

The letter urges the Trump Administration to change course and support democracy and human rights, by calling for the restoration of constitutional order and an end to all persecution and attacks targeting indigenous people and supporters of Evo Morales. Further, the letter urges support for new elections that permit all parties to fully participate, and calls for the Administration to denounce racist rhetoric and attacks against Bolivia’s indigenous majority. Lastly, the letter also expresses concern over the Trump Administration’s repetition of unsubstantiated claims made by the OAS that further polarized the country. 

For any questions, or to add your name, please contact Chelsea Grey in Rep. Johnson’s office, at Chelsea.Grey@mail.house.gov or 5-1605. 

Sincerely,

Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.

Member of Congress

________________________________________________________________________________________________

Letter Text:

Secretary Pompeo,

 

We are deeply concerned that recent statements and actions on the part of senior Trump Administration officials are contributing to an escalating political and human rights crisis in the Plurinational State of Bolivia following contested elections held on October 20, 2019.  


On November 10, Bolivia’s democratically elected president, Evo Morales, announced that he was stepping down after the commander of Bolivia’s armed forces called on him to resign. In a live television broadcast, Morales stated that a coup was underway and that he was resigning in order to avoid further bloodshed and unrest. Other resignations of top officials followed, resulting in a dangerous constitutional power vacuum. On November 12, opposition Senator Jeanine Añez declared herself President of Bolivia, in violation of Bolivia’s constitution. She received immediate support from the high command of the country's armed forces. 


Over the last week, Morales allies have faced attacks and threats and anti-coup protests have been violently repressed by security forces, resulting in numerous deaths and injuries according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Bolivia’s de facto authorities have issued a decree exempting members of the military from prosecution as they engage in the violent suppression of demonstrations. Morales meanwhile has received asylum in Mexico and pro-Morales legislators and journalists have been threatened with arrest for “sedition.”


Given this context, we are troubled by statements from Administration officials, including President Trump, that welcome these developments in Bolivia that bear all the hallmarks of a military coup d’Etat. On November 11, the White House released a statement saying that “Morales’s departure preserves democracy” and that “we are now one step closer to a completely democratic, prosperous, and free Western Hemisphere.” On November 12,  Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Michael G. Kozack recognized Senator Añez as “interim constitutional president of Bolivia.” The Administration has been silent as demonstrations made up largely of indigenous Bolivians have been fired at with live ammunition. 


We urge you to consider an immediate change in course and to take action to support democracy and human rights in Bolivia.  While there is legitimate debate surrounding Morales' decision to run for a fourth term, it is simply not acceptable for the U.S. administration to welcome the forced removal of a democratically-elected leader before the end of their mandate. Our government should call for the prompt restoration of constitutional order, and for an immediate end to all persecution and attacks targeting leaders and supporters of Evo Morales and his political party. Additionally, we call for the adoption of protective measures for those facing threats.


Your Administration should support calls for dialogue mediated by the United Nations and other international bodies. It should also support new elections and work with other countries in the region to ensure adequate conditions that guarantee that every voter and every candidate can safely and freely participate in the next election campaign and electoral process. The legitimacy of Bolivia’s government will depend on whether former President Morales’ party, which continues to be supported by millions of Bolivians, can fully participate in these elections. 


We wish to also express our concern regarding statements made by officials from the Organization‌ ‌of‌ ‌American‌ ‌States‌ ‌(OAS),‌ a multilateral organization that receives the majority of its funding from the U.S. government. In particular, unsubstantiated and misleading statements made by the OAS electoral mission in Bolivia on October 21, which subsequently were echoed by the State Department, contributed to further polarization at a moment in which violent politically-motivated incidents were taking place throughout the country. United States officials should exercise greater caution and assess the merits of Organization of American States officials’ claims before repeating them, particularly when post-election tensions are high.


Finally, we are deeply dismayed that the Administration has failed to denounce racist attacks targeting Bolivia’s indigenous communities and their symbols, such as the Wiphala pan-indigenous flag which is one of the country’s official flags. Evo Morales was Bolivia’s first indigenous president and Bolivia’s 2009 constitution enshrines rights and protections benefiting indigenous peoples that experienced centuries of oppression and racist discrimination. Self-declared interim President, Jeanine Áñez has a history of appalling statements about indigenous people, including tweeting comments that refer to indigenous religious rituals as “satanic”, and after supplanting former President Morales, she declared that “The bible has returned to the palace”. Your Administration should be publicly critical of attacks and racist hate speech targeting members of indigenous communities and call for the constitutional rights of Bolivia’s peoples to be respected.  


Bolivia’s escalating crisis threatens to spiral into violent internal conflict. The Administration’s current approach is dangerously misguided and could well contribute to a further breakdown in the rule of law in Bolivia and a full-blown humanitarian emergency, with large migrant outflows.  We strongly urge you to revise this approach and support the prompt restoration of constitutional order, dialogue between opposing political factions, fair and inclusive elections and respect for the human and cultural rights of all Bolivians.  


Sincerely,



Current Signers:

Hank Johnson

Ilhan Omar

Susan Wild

Raúl Grijalva

 
 
 

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Emergency Rally!  Against the Military Coup in Bolivia!

Special Stand for Peace 

Saturday, Nov.16, Noon, at Martin Luther King, Jr. and Locusts St.

Party for Socialism & Liberation, Peace Action of WI, WI Bail Out the People Movement, Women's  International League for Peace and Freedom, Veterans for Peace of Milwaukee-Chapter 102, and many others

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Dreaming of Freedom: Stories of Palestinian Liberation
Oct. 26, Saturday at 6:30 -9 PM
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 n Astor, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Come hear Yousef Aljamal, A Gaza-Palestinian justice activist, writer and scholar, who is on a speaking tour of the US. Learn about the incarceration of Palestinian children by the Israeli military and the ongoing crisis in Gaza, which has endured 13 years of continuous seige.
Hosted by Jewish Voice for Peace- Milwaukee, Milwaukee Palestine Action Network, US Palestinian Community Network, Co-sponsored by Peace Action of WI
Child Detention: Palestine to Milwaukee to the US- Mexico Border
Oct. 26, Sat, 2-4 PM
Mitchell St Public Library, 906 W Mitchell St
Palestinian activist Yousef Abjamal and local Milwaukee activists will discuss the connections between child detention in Palestine and detention of migrant children on the US- Mexico border.

ACTION ALERT

National Call-in Day for Korea Peace
Tuesday, October 8, 2019.

The American Friends Service Committee, Korea Peace Network, Korea Peace Now! Grassroots Network, Peace Treaty Now, United for Peace and Justice, and Win Without War are jointly announcing a National Call-in Day for Korea Peace, on Tuesday, October 8, while our Congress members are back in their local District Offices.

On this important day, please take just 3 minutes to call your District Office and urge your House Representative to co-sponsor H. Res. (House Resolution) 152: Calling for a formal end to the Korean War. The Korean War -- now 70 years-old -- is the longest continuing US conflict in the world. It’s time to end it, and we need your help!

 

SUGGESTED SCRIPT A (For those who have not co-sponsored H Res 152
Hi, my name is ____, calling from ____(city/town)____. I’m calling to urge Representative _____ to co-sponsor House Resolution 152: Calling for a formal end to the Korean War.

You can use any (or all) of the following options for supporting arguments:

  • The Korea issue is bigger than Donald Trump or Kim Jong-un. We should not lose sight of what’s at stake: the lives of 80 million Koreans in North and South Korea and 28,500 US troops in South Korea. Also, there are tens of thousands of Korean Americans who have family members in South and North Korea who will be impacted. For lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, we must end the Korean War with a formal peace agreement now, so that genuine diplomacy can begin. Please urge Representative __________to co-sponsor and support H.Res.152.  Thank you.
  • The American public is tired of endless wars. It’s time to shift our national priorities from war to jobs and human needs at home. The Korean War -- now 70 years-old -- is the longest US conflict in the world. Let’s finally end the Korean War so that genuine diplomacy can begin. Please urge Representative __________to co-sponsor and support H.Res.152. Thank you.


SUGGESTED SCRIPT B (For those who have already co-sponsored)

Hi, my name is ____, calling from ____(city/town)____.  I want to thank Representative _________ for co-sponsoring House Resolution 152: Calling for a formal end to the Korean War.  I appreciate (her/his) support very much and hope (she/he) will find opportunities to urge other colleagues in the House to do the same, as well as voice support for Korea peace in public statements and presentations whenever possible. We need more champions for peace in Korea!  Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

CAMPAIGN NONVIOLENCE

DEMONSTRATION AGAINST WAR

SEPT. 16, 2019, 5-6 PM

Milwaukee Lakefront- Bradford Beach Overpass

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Sponsored by Peace Action of Wisconsin

Co-sponsors: Veterans for Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Building Unity, United Nations Association of Milwaukee, Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice, Racine Central America Solidarity Coalition, Friends Committee on National Legislation- Milwaukee, Palestine Action Network- Milwaukee, WI Cuba Coalition, and more tba

For information: peaceactionwi.org, 414-269-9525

 

 

 

 

UNFOLD ZERO Newsletter
 
 
In 2013, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) declared September 26 to be the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Nuclear Abolition Day).

The UNGA resolution establishing the day calls for progress on a nuclear weapons convention – a global treaty involving both nuclear-armed and non-nuclestates in the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons under strict and effective international control.

Civil society is encouraged to organise events or take action on this day to promote the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. See below for suggested actions. 
 

UN High Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament

The United Nations General Assembly will host a High Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament at the UN Headquarters on September 26. UN Member States will be represented by their Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers or UN Ambassadors. The event will aslo be live-streamed on http://webtv.un.org/.

A limited number of NGOs will be able to attend the event. In addition, the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs will select two representatives from civil society to speak. Registration and application to speak closes on August 23. Click here to register.

Suggested Action: Encourage your Prime Minister/President to participate in the Sep 26 UN High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament, and to use this opportunity to call on all states to commit to never launch a nuclear war, and to negotiate an agreement for the the complete elimination of nuclear weapons (nuclear weapons convention);

           
Kekhashan Basu, Youth Ambassador for the World Future Council and member of the Abolition 2000 Youth Network, was one of the two civil society representatives selected to speak at the UN High Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament last year (2018).


The Man who Saved the World

September 26 is also the anniversary of the incident in 1983 when a nuclear war was almost launched due to malfunctions in the Soviet nuclear weapons early warning system, which erroneously detected a US ballistic missile attack against Moscow. The incident is graphically portrayed in the award winning docu-drama ‘The Man who Saved the World.’

Suggested action: Organise a screening of ‘The Man who saved the World’ or other local event for Nuclear Abolition Day

                                                                   


Global week of action on Peace, Climate, SDGs and Nuclear Abolition

The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons falls in the same week as the UN International Day for Peace (Sep 21), the UN Climate Summit (Sep 23) and the UN Summit on SDGs (Sep 24-25).

As such, peace, development and climate action networks are cooperating with nuclear abolitionists on a Global Week of Action on Peace, Climate, Sustainable Development and Nuclear Abolition, Sep 21-27.

Suggested action: Join the Move the Nuclear Weapons Money campaign to cut nuclear weapons budgets, end investments in nuclear weapons (including investments by your bank, city, pension fund, university, sovereign wealth fund etc…), and shift these budgets and investments to promoting peace, protecting the climate, ending poverty and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. 
 

List of Nuclear Abolition Day events and actions around the world

UNFOLD ZERO is compiling a list of Nuclear Abolition Day events and actions around the world. Please click here to inform us of your event or action.

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