Demand Takeover of Milwaukee Public Schools Be Taken Out of 2015-17 State Budget

We need to flood state legislators as they deliberate over the budget. PLEASE MAKE THOSE CONTACTS and SHARE THIS POST.

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URGENT! The full legislature will be taking up the state budget this week and we need to demand the removal of the harmful Takeover of Milwaukee Public Schools from the budget.

PLEASE send emails, leave voice mails or directly contact legislators to DEMAND the TAKEOVER OF MPS be TAKEN OUT OF THE BUDGET.

Legislative Contacts http://bit.ly/1H2O02W

Gov. Scott Walker, (608) 266-1212, govgeneral@wisconsin.gov, walker.wi.gov/contact-us

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester), (608) 266-9171, rep.vos@legis.wisconsin.gov

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau),

(608) 266-5660, sen.fitzgerald@legis.wisconsin.gov

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Mr. Frederick Douglas: “What to the slave is the Fourth of July?”

“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy—a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on this earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.”

Douglass, Frederick, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?,” speech given to the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society, Rochester Hall, Rochester, New York, on July 5, 1852. Douglass Archives of American Public Address, Northwestern University <http://douglass.speech.nwu.edu/doug_a10.htm>

AFSCME Council 32 Stands With Transit Workers

AFSCME Council 32, representing thousands of public and private sector employees across Wisconsin, proudly stands with Milwaukee County Transit workers in their fight for dignity and fair treatment.

Council 32’s Executive Board voted on Wednesday to support ATU Local 998’s work stoppage. The Board commends ATU members for their courage in the face of efforts to undermine their workplace rights and undercut public safety by the transit system’s unwise attempt to expand the use of part-time drivers.

AFSCME members understand that devaluing the work of full-time professionals reduces the quality of public services that Wisconsin citizens expect and deserve.

Council 32’s Executive Board fully supports ATU Local 998’s principled stand and urges all Wisconsin workers to stand with our brothers and sisters for as long as it takes to win this important fight.

July 2 at ATU 998 rally at Milwaukee County Courthouse [Photo: WI BOPM]

July 2 at ATU 998 rally at Milwaukee County Courthouse [Photo: WI BOPM]

Milwaukee, July 8: Coalition For Justice Mass Meeting

Calling All Concerned Community Members:

Please join us Wednesday July 8, 2015 at All Peoples Church as we get set to convene our first mass meeting of the summer. There have been many issues arising in our city that demand attention, and we want to ensure that we are united in our approach to making Milwaukee a better place tomorrow than it is today.

This meeting will focus on some of the gaps we have in our organization. we are looking to fill some roles with individuals who are dedicated to the fight for justice and want to be core planners for our approach to the work. We will also be discussing our plans for the rest of the summer.

Please join us, and bring a friend. We have an opportunity to change this city! Lets be the change.

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at TheCoalitionForJustice@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing your there. Bring your thoughts.

Logistics:
What: Mass Meeting
Where: All Peoples Church (2600 N. 2nd. St)
When: Wednesday July 8, 2015
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
About: Justice!

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Madison, July 6: Four Month Funeral for Tony Robinson and All Killed by Police

YGB Action: Funeral Procession on the 4 Month Anniversary of Tony Robinson’s Death

Join us Monday July 6th at 5:00 pm at the parking lot on the corner of First St and E. Washington Ave. Young Gifted and Black will be holding a funeral procession for Tony Robinson and others who have been killed by the police on the 4 month Anniversary of Tony’s death. Shut it Down NYC is holding a solidarity action on this day in collaboration with YGB.

The recent killing of 9 people in Charleston and the spreading of fires burning Black churches is directly related to police killings of Black people. Ultimate disregard for Black life is shown every 24 hours when a police officer kills another Black person without consequence. Just as Matt Kenny was not charged with murder and was given his job back, so is the response across the country when similar murders happen by law enforcement. This institutional validation of the killing of Black people only supports white supremacist civilians to carry out terrorism against Black people.

Matt Kenny would have lost his job the first time he killed someone in 2007 if it were up to community members and Tony Robinson would still be alive. Rather than being charged with murder for killing an unarmed teenager, rather than being fired, Matt Kenny is now training other officers. We can not let him train other police officers to kill more unarmed young Black men. He must be fired and charged.

Join us as we drive in a funeral procession to key spots to show the injustce that has been done and the need for community control of the police. We believe that the only way that we can have any justice in the broken system of policing is one in which police are from the communities that they serve, and community members have direct control over hiring, firing, and setting priorities, policies and practices.

Justice for Tony Demands:

1) Dual track UN investigation into 1) the killing of Tony Robinson and others killed by police violence and 2) the gross racial disparities in Madison and Dane County.

2) Community Control over the Police: The community must have direct control over hiring and firing of police, and in setting priorities, policies and practices of the police in their community. The police must be from the communities that they serve

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