Madison, Feb. 26: Vigil For The Water, Stop Open-Pit Mine! / Night of A Thousand Drums

7 PM the night before the Senate votes on SB1 (tentatively Tuesday night)
Lady Forward – State Street and Capitol Square

We will provide some candles, but may run out, so please bring your own and 1 or 2 extra if you can!

A Senate vote on the open pit iron mining bill, AB/SB1, could come as early as Tuesday. Bring signs to tell the Senate not to support G-Tac’s destruction of the Penokee Hills, Bad River, and Lake Superior.

Overpass Light Brigade, Idle No More, and the Solidarity Singers may be present. Stay tuned.

ALL are welcome. Sponsored by Madison Action for Mining Alternatives. Endorsed by:
SDS Stevens Point
Solidarity Singalong
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice
Madison National Lawyer’s Guild

ALSO: From Paul DeMain: “Night of a Thousand Drums at the State Capital this Tuesday. Tribes and drummers from all over WI will be there to protest the mining bill and keep mining corps out of the Bad River watershed.” Join us. Don’t sit back and let The Plunderers have their way without a fight.


Chicago, Feb. 25: Condemn the killing of prisoner Arafat Jaradat / Call-In to the White House

Israel has TORTURED and KILLED another Palestinian in prison!  Do Palestinian lives have any value to the U.S.  government?

Maan News Agency reports that political prisoner Arafat Jaradat was beaten and hanged for many hours on end in Israeli custody, this according to his lawyer, Kameel Sabbagh. And an autopsy conducted in Israel in the presence of Palestinian officials revealed that the 30-year-old Jaradat had six broken bones in his neck, spine, arms and legs.

As we call for the release of Samer Issawi and the other Palestinian hunger strikers and prisoners, and protest yet another representative of the Israeli Occupation Forces and criminal government INVITED to the U of C, this news demands that we respond like the thousands of Palestinians already demonstrating back home.
Join us Monday, February 25, as we Protest Former Israel Defense Forces officer at the University of Chicago

Stop Israel’s Killing Machine
Free All Palestinian Prisoners Now

WHEN: Monday, February 25, 2013, at 5:45 PM

WHERE: U of C’s International House
1414 E. 59th Street, Chicago

Please wear black, bring a flashlight or candle, and come prepared to raise your voices in chants.  We will have signs, or you can make your own.

We again call on all activists, especially those in the U.S., to call President Obama and the State Department on Monday, February 25th, from 9 AM to 5 PM EST, to take action.

“My name is _____ from __________ and I demand that the US administration intervene for the immediate release of Samer Issawi, the other hungers strikers, and all the Palestinian administrative detainees and political prisoners held by Israel.”

1) Call President Obama at 1-202-456-1111

2) Call US Secretary of State John Kerry at 1-202-647-4000 (pick option 4 for the operator and ask to leave a message for Kerry) and the Office of Near East Affairs at 1-202-647-7209 (you will get transferred to Marguerite Pickett to leave a message)

There will also be a campaign on Twitter, as there has been for multiple days, at 2 PM CST, to demand the release of Samer Issawi. Check @samerissawi1 for the hashtag to use.

For updates on the worldwide campaign, follow “The Free Samer Issawi Campaign” page on Facebook 

Issawi had been detained by Israeli authorities without any charge whatsoever. He had been released from prison in October 2011 as a part of the Shalit prisoner swap, but was detained again without charge on 7 July 2012 and has been refusing food since August 2012 to protest his detention. He is still in critical condition. He is losing his vision, vomiting blood and lapsing in and out of consciousness.



Support Dr. Aafia Siddiqui

The Peace Thru Justice Foundation is promoting three events you can participate in:

1. Friday, March 8, 2013, Rally to support Dr. Siddiqui, Embassy of Pakistan, 3517 International Court, Washington DC, 20008, 3PM to 5PM

2. Friday, March 29, 2013, Protest rally to demand “Free Aafia Siddiqui!” US District Court, 501 W. 10th Street, Fort Worth, Texas (10th and Lamar St., Burnette Park), 3PM to 5PM

3.Saturday, March 30, 2013, Protest March and rally “Free Aafia Siddiqui!” FMC Carswell, Fort Worth, Texas, 12 Noon

Please Sign the IAC petition for Dr. Siddiqui:


Feb. 22-24: 70 Communities to Rally for Army Whistle-Blower Bradley Manning Facing Life Behind Bars This weekend

This weekend, more than 70 cities worldwide are marking PFC Bradley Manning’s 1,000th day in jail without a trial. Supporters are holding rallies, marches, live performances, art installations, and other creative events to raise awareness about the young Army private. The coordinated actions span five continents, with events planned throughout the U.S., across Europe, and as far as South Korea, Portugal, Uganda, and Australia. For example, hundreds in New York City will see a theater production based on Bradley’s own words, followed by a rally at Times Square.

“While criminal bankers enjoy immunity because they are ‘too big to fail,’ and now even to jail, a heroic young man faces life in prison for exposing the truth. This global outpouring of concern in protest of Bradley’s 1,000th jail of imprisonment is inspiring,” noted Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist Project Director and Bradley Manning Support Network Steering Committee member.


Milwaukee, Feb. 27: “Pull The Pork” From the Pentagon

3rd & Wisconsin, 3 p.m.

Everybody out!

Demand Congress invest in people, not the Pentagon!

We’ll gather at 3rd and Wisconsin and march to Sen. Ron Johnson’s office.

Funding for our communities and vital programs are on the chopping block – if Congress doesn’t act quickly, it’ll be working families who pay most dearly.

Join Peace Action and allies to defend our communities and demand the reduction of the wasteful, bloated Pentagon budget — pull the pork!

This event is held as part of a national day of action to Pull the Pork from the Pentagon budget. Let your voice be heard!

Sponsors include Peace Action WI, Citizen Action WI, WI Jobs Now, SEIU, Progressive Democrats of America (Milwaukee County), Democratic Party (Milwaukee County), Green Party WI, and more!