Radiance of Resistance: Madison’s 2018 tribute to Rachel Corrie

On Sunday April 8th, the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project will host, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-Madison will be co-sponsoring the annual commemorative benefit for Rachel Corrie at the St. James Catholic Church, 1128 St. James Ct. Madison, WI 53715. This year featuring a visit from Cindy and Craig Corrie, Rachel’s parents, and representatives of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), the group Rachel was volunteering with on March 16, 2003 when she was run over and killed by an Israeli soldier driving a militarized Caterpillar bulldozer as she protested the demolition of a Palestinian family home in Rafah. Continue reading “Radiance of Resistance: Madison’s 2018 tribute to Rachel Corrie”

Sister Simone Campbell comes to Madison!

On Saturday April 7, from 7-9pm, Sister Simone Campbell will be speaking in the Anderson Auditorium at Edgewood College, 1000 Edgewood Dr. Madison, WI.

Sr. Simone Campbell is the initiator of the well-known Nuns on the Bus project and Executive Director of NETWORK Social Justice lobby in Washington, DC. An engaging speakers, Sr. Simone will give us an informed view of what is happening in Congress as the federal budget is formed, especially how that moral document affects how much of our money goes to military defense and how that impacts all other budget priorities.She promises to engage all of us in the discussion and study of this crucial topic.  Free and open to the public. WILPF-Madison is co-sponsoring!

Here is the link to the flyer for the event! Sr Simone_Hope and Hunger Flyer

Here’s a link to the press release that will includes some spoilers of what Sr. Simone Campbell will be talking about! SimoneC_press release for 4-7

Talk by Activist, Author, and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Father John Dear

Coming up this Wednesday, April 4th, Father John Dear will be doing a talk and book signing, called They Will Inherit the Earth, at James Reeb Universalist Unitarian Congregation (2146 E. Johnson St. Madison, WI 53704). Doors open at 6:30pm, talk begins at 7pm. This event is sponsored by the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project!

A note from the hosts:

In his landmark work, author, activist and Nobel peace prize nominee Father John Dear connects the way of active nonviolence and solidarity with Creation. He shows how our global epidemic of violence and war could only lead to catastrophic climate change. In this time of terrifying climate chaos, Fr. John Dear shares his own personal journey from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to the high desert of New Mexico where he now lives off the grid on a remote mesa. He shares his experience serving as a pastor in the mission church at Yosemite; encounters with New Mexican indigenous women who live at one with the earth while resisting nuclear weapons production at Los Alamos; his experience at Standing Rock in North Dakota, resisting the pipeline; reflections on the work of environmental leader Bill McKibben and Pope Francis’ monumental encyclical on the environment.
Rev. John Dear is a long time peace activist, lecturer and teacher, and is the author of 35 books including Thomas Merton Peacemaker, Lazarus Come Forth!, Living Peace: The Nonviolent Life, and The Beatitudes of Peace. He has been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He works with CampaignNonviolence.org and the Vatican Nonviolence Initiative. For more information or to register visit John Dear Event.

WILPF-Madison Supports Dane Sanctuary Coalition!

As of January 2018, WILPF-Madison is an official supporting organization of the Dane Sanctuary Coalition. This makes sense because sanctuary cities promote peace between law enforcement and ALL members of our communities. Check out the write up in our Spring newsletter!

A couple of things Dane Sanctuary Coalition has been talking about, and that we support:

Continue reading “WILPF-Madison Supports Dane Sanctuary Coalition!”

Check out our Spring Newsletter!

Also linked on the Publications page, here’s are most recent Newsletter! See what we’ve been up to!

*If you’ve been involved in any WILPF-related activities, we’d love to hear more about it – feel free to write a little something and include a photo if possible and either submit it to us via our contact page or email Karen Pope directly a kosbornepope@gmail.com

A moving article about teen solidarity against gun violence

First published in the progressive, and then by Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Kathy Kelly reports on why gun control shouldn’t stop at the US border in her moving piece titled Teen Solidarity Against the Merchants of Death.

“The outrage now directed toward the National Rifle Association should also challenge all assaults made by the U.S. military.”

Click the links to read more

Photo caption: Afghan Peace Volunteers celebrate the International Day of Peace in September 2017

Documentary Screening: Circle Up!

The Dane County Timebank is presenting Julie Mallozzi’s Circle Up, an award-winning documentary on justice, forgiveness and the cycle of violence. It will be showing at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery on March 10th at 2pm.

“After the brutal slaying of her teenage son, Janet Connors reaches out to her son’s killer to offer a chance for forgiveness. They team up with a group of mothers of murdered children to help young people in their community break the chain of violence and revenge. Circle Up is a call to action for reframing approaches to crime and punishment through the lens of restorative justice, forgiveness, and accountability.”

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director. Learn more on the Facebook event page and watch the trailer here

Hope to see you there!