Peace activists to march in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Gazette

Peace activists, including those with the Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, will march about 90 miles — from the Dane County jail to Volk Field in Douglas — to protest the military’s deployment of drones.

The Wisconsin Air National Guard is headquartered at Volk. Pilots on the base are trained to remotely operate drones used for reconnaissance, surveillance and targeting.

The march is set to take place Aug. 18–25, with walkers traveling about 12–16 miles a day.

A vigil is planned at the gates of Volk Field on Aug. 25.

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• FARMRAISER FUN: Milwaukee-based Victory Garden Initiative holds a FarmRaiser at 4 p.m. on Sept. 19 at Concordia Gardens on Milwaukee’s near west side. The event features music and local restaurants offering takes on VGI fresh produce. For more, go to victorygardeninitiative.org.

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• TO D.C. FOR THE DOGS, AND MORE: Animal rights advocates gather outside Washington, D.C. July 30–Aug. 2 for a national conference. Organizers plan a series of lectures, workshops, strategy sessions and a marketplace. For more, go to arconference.org.

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