At the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in the '80s and '90s Kris Penniston was involved in Rock Against Reagan (Madison 1984); Integrated Liberal Studies; Progressive Student Network; Women's Transit Authority; Afro-American Studies Department.
Kris Penniston was a founding member of the Progressive Student Network in 1980.
'70s Anti-Apartheid network
Joe Iosbaker December 5, 2013 ·
This plaque is among my most treasured possessions. Remember Nelson Mandela! Continue the struggle against apartheid in Israel! Victory to the liberation struggles of oppressed nations!
— with Dennis O'Neil, Lester Dragstedt, Lynne Adrian, Tracy Van Quaethem, Carol DeProsse, Richard Berg, Jim Potter, John A. Smith, Daniel Hughes, Mike Ascroft, Bob Hearst, Andrew Harvey, Josef Ignatious Fortier, Amy Kratz, Bob Cotter, Craig Perrin, Mike Price, Michael Turnure, Patrick Kearns, Kris Penniston, Stephanie Weiner, Judith Mentzer, Chris Iosbaker, Joe Burns, Bridgette Sheridan, Prexy Nesbitt, Tomas de Bourgha, Kit Bonson, Brenda Barton, Anne Evens, Juliet Holt Klinger, Michael Harvey, Saed Abu-Hijleh, Chip Young, John Stonebarger, Robin Potter, Barbara Ransby, Keith L. Perry, Mick Kelly, Tom Wilson, Beau Barry, Amy Smith, Lj Yanney, Richard Saks, Bruce Nestor, Hermalee Webb and Bethany McIvor.
In 1988 Kris Penniston served on the Freedom Road Socialist Organization Student Commission.
FRSO Womens Commission
Boycott Coke Campaign
In 2004, contacts for the UW-Madison boycott Coke campaign, were Kris Penniston or Sara Augustine. Penniston wte an article for FightBack! News, '"Colombian Union Activist Speaks Against Coca-Cola", December 31, 2004, about the visit to Madison of Colombian trade unionist Luis Adolfo Cardona.
- To kick off its ‘Boycott Coke’ campaign, the newly formed Colombia Action Committee at the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted Cardona on Oct. 16, the National Student Day of Action against Coca-Cola. A captivated audience of students and activists heard about Colombian paramilitary atrocities against workers in Colombia - atrocities supported and condoned by U.S. corporations such as Coca-Cola. While in Madison, Cardona also met with leaders of an area church group interested in promoting social justice and workers’ rights. Cardona’s visit to the Madison area was part of a tour sponsored by the Colombia Action Network.