MRSCP asks you to contact University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Vice Provost Patrick Sims in support of the recent resolution by the Associated Students of Madison (ASM) calling for divestment and investment transparency.
Because this broad social justice resolution included support for Palestinian lives affected by the Israeli occupation, it was immediately repudiated by Chancellor Blank and is the target of a pressure campaign by supporters of Israel. UW-Madison Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace-Madison have asked people to support the resolution.
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We especially need UW-Madison students, parents of students, and alumni to contact them. Be sure to mention if you fall into these categories.
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and please report your call or e-mail to RafahSisterCity@yahoo.com.
Finally, please add your name to the online petition that we will give to both UW officials below.
May 5, 2017
Rebecca Blank , Chancellor, UW-Madison
Patrick Sims, Vice Provost for Diversity and Climate, UW-Madison
Dear Chancellor Blank and Vice Provost Sims:
The pro-Israel letter 100 U.S. senators sent to the U.N. fails to mention Israel's illegal occupation or settlements
Ben Norton & Adam Johnson, AlterNet, May 2, 2017
Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr
All 100 members of the U.S. Senate sent a letter to the United Nations on April 27 that spread misleading pro-Israel myths. Included as signatories were the Senate’s two progressive leaders, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
AlterNet repeatedly contacted the offices of Sanders and Warren with a request for comment. Neither replied.
The 725-word letter does not mention Israel’s illegal military occupation of Palestinian land, which marks its 50th anniversary this June. Nor does it acknowledge Israel’s illegal colonization of Palestinian territory through ever-expanding settlements.
Even the U.S., Israel’s closest ally, has agreed at the U.N. that Israel’s occupation and settlements are flagrant violations of international law. The senators’ letter glosses over this elementary fact, and does not even acknowledge the existence of the Palestinian people.
The bipartisan senatorial campaign against the U.N. was led by hard-right neoconservative Republican Marco Rubio and Reagan-Republican-turned-Democrat Christopher Coons.
Understanding the Current Crisis &
Building Social Justice in the Midwest
FORWARD is an annual gathering of community activists, students, and educators committed to social justice.
This year’s gathering, which will take place on the weekend of June 2-3 at Edgewood College on the shores of Lake Wingra in Madison, WI, will focus on the current crisis and its implications for the struggle for social justice in the Midwest.
For Program and Registration details, please click on the links below:
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Madison College – Downtown
211 N Carroll St, Room 240
The Madison College Journalism Program, WORT-FM Community Radio, and The Progressive magazine present a live talk and book signing with Amy Goodman from Democracy NOW. The free event celebrates the paperback release of Democracy NOW – 20 Years Covering the Movements Changing America. Books will be available for purchase from Room of One’s Own Bookstore.
9 AM – 4:30 PM
Kickapoo Valley Reserve
3661 State Hwy 131
La Farge, WI 54639
Join the CONVERSATION
Join the Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice (WNPJ) and WNPJ member groups for our annual Spring Assembly Meeting. This year’s meeting will focus on Divesting & Investing on core issues impacting our communities.
More details at the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice.
Student council also approved resolution calling for community control of police
The Badger Herald, Apr 27, 2017,
Peyton David/The Badger Herald
After five hours of debate and nearly 50 people appearing before open forum, the University of Wisconsin Associated Students of Madison unanimously approved the contentious divestment proposal.
The heated resolution resulted in a 24-0-2 vote Wednesday evening.
Originally introduced in a March 29 meeting, the proposal was tabled indefinitely after six hours of debate and more than 60 people appearing before an open forum.
In the original resolution, Jewish students expressed in the March 29 open forum that they felt targeted since the legislation called to divest from several Israeli companies. To reflect the need of divesting from corporations and to keep from alienating Jewish students, ASM later amended the new legislation to focus on ending UW’s support of corporations that profit from human rights violations.
The amended resolution highlights divesting from banks and private prisons that profit off of minority oppression and rebuke corporations that engage in resource extraction from indigenous lands without consent, harming indigenous people’s way of life, divesting from fossil corporations, border walls and arms manufacturers.