Stand Against the Takeover of Pulaski High School


Pulaski High School is under attack!

MPS administration has a board item on the agenda for the Oct. 13th SASI Committee school board meeting. The item gives a privately-run charter school, Carmen, a contract for 15 years to have 200 seats in Pulaski High School. Pulaski is a public high school and we refuse to allow it to be taken over by a non-instrumentality charter school. Non-instrumentality charters schools do not have to hire certified educators or honor I.E.P.s and are beyond the direct control of our elected School Board.

Join us Oct 13 to publicly testify against this Takeover

STOP THE MPS TAKEOVER!! 6-9-15 — at Story Elementary. [Photo: Joe Brusky]

STOP THE MPS TAKEOVER!! 6-9-15 — at Story Elementary. [Photo: Joe Brusky]

Support Rev. Pinkney!

New prison address in Marquette, MI

URGENT: Call MDOC Director to Urge Rev. Pinkney’s Safe Return Down State

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 6am, without notice to him or his family, political prisoner Rev. Edward Pinkney was transferred from Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, MI, to Kinross C.F. in the Upper Peninsula. The next day he was transferred to Marquette Branch Prison in Marquette, MI–nearly 500 miles from his wife and supporters in southern MI.

Call Michigan Department of Corrections Director Heidi Washington to express your concern about Rev. Pinkney’s safety and to urge his return down state. Here’s a script you can use or adapt:

“My name is _______ and I’m calling from __________. I’m calling about Rev. Edward Pinkney, ID #294671. On Tuesday he was suddenly transferred from the Lakeland facility to Marquette, 500 miles from his family. I am concerned about the Reverend’s health and welfare. He needs to be brought back down state where his wife and attorney will be able to visit him while his appeal continues.”

Phone number: 517-241-7238 (Sandy Simon, Director Washington’s assistant)

Try to call during business hours, ideally on Friday, 10/9. If you’re not allowed to speak directly to Director Washington, leave a message with her assistant.

We do not know why Rev. Pinkney was transferred. We do know that transfers require the trial judge’s permission

Please send letters to:
Marquette Branch Prison
Rev. Edward Pinkney N-E-93 #294671
1960 US Hwy 41 South
Marquette, MI 49855

Please donate at (Donate button) or send checks to BANCO:
c/o Dorothy Pinkney
1940 Union St.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Rev. Edward Pinkney, Benton Harbor, MI

Rev. Edward Pinkney, Benton Harbor, MI

SIGN for Hep C Treatment for Mumia and 10,000 PA Prisoners

Please sign a petition to save the life of Mumia Abu-Jamal & 10,000 other Pennsylvania prisoners suffering from hepatitis C!

Send messages to the Pennsylvania Governor, Secretary of Health and Secretary of Corrections demanding Pennsylvania policy makers allow political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and an estimated ten thousand other prisoners in PA infected with hepatitis C to receive proper health care, including treatment with a new direct-acting, anti-viral medication which has a 95 percent cure rate.

Amnesty International and other human rights organizations say Abu-Jamal was unfairly convicted in the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia policeman.  A solidarity movement won his removal from death row, but he is still in prison and will die of medical neglect from untreated hepatitis C unless state officials are forced to give him proper treatment.  Furthermore, as an innocent man, he should be released from incarceration.

The PA Department of Corrections currently has no standard procedure for treating prisoners with this disease which, if left untreated, can lead to diabetes, heart disease, liver failure and even death.

Untreated Hep C in the state’s prisons is spread to the broader population outside when prisoners return home. Called a “silent epidemic”, hepatitis C has a disproportionate impact on impoverished communities and people of color, and increases public health care costs.

A protocol for treating prisoners suffering from hepatitis C is reportedly being hammered out by officials from the PA Dept of Corrections and the PA Dept of Health.  Doctors, nurses and other health care providers have urged officials to treat HCV-infected prisoners with the new effective cure.

Now – as officials are considering how prisoners with hep C will be treated – is the time to raise our voices!   PLEASE SIGN NOW.

International Action Center and International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Hepatitis C Treatment Campaign

c/o Philadelphia International Action Center 215-724-1618
801 S. 48th St, Philadelphia PA 19143


Coalition For Justice: Milwaukee, October 15 Mass Meeting & October 13 Meeting at WI Black Historical Society Museum

From the Coalition For Justice:

Next week we have decided to reschedule the mass meeting to THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15TH, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at All Peoples Church, 2600 N. 2nd Street to attend another event we hope you all can attend with us!

On TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13th from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) we will meet at Wisconsin Black Historical Society Museum, 2620 W Center Street, Milwaukee for their FREE event: From Till to Hamilton: The Changing Face of Anti-Black Violence. They will talk about who Roy Bryant, Christopher Manney, and Robert Bates are. They are all white men who have killed unarmed black men. Presenters will share history and culture exploring the issue these three men represent. If you are able to attend this event please park in lot off 27th Street north of Center, behind building.

We look forward to seeing you next week Tuesday and Thursday.


Hell NO Sergio! NO To Two-Tier! Solidarity With UAW Workers Building ‘Culture Of Struggle’

From the Autoworker Caravan:



No to two tier. No to three, four many tiers for Mopar, axle, temporary workers, new hires…this must stop! Wage parity now!

No to AWS. No to the new attendance/tardy procedure. No to a questionable healthcare co-op with no guarantee that our benefits won’t be changed. No to trades consolidation. No to raises that don’t keep up with inflation, COLA eliminated and bonuses that we might or might not get. No to freezing pensions four more years.

No to moving work around and cutting jobs. If we lose car production we lose jobs, plain and simple. This musical chairs game they are talking about involves retooling to be even more productive so that fewer workers will be needed for the next generation of vehicles. Our job and income security language was gutted in 2007 and 2009. Put it in writing: our jobs stay.

And no to more super-exploitation of workers in Mexico—or elsewhere. That’s another tier.
If we don’t get justice we will keep voting no! We aren’t being stirred up by outsiders. We are intelligent workers and we are more than ready to walk the picket for a just contract.
Let’s come together and talk about the next steps.

Autoworker Speakout and Strategy session
Sunday, October 11, 2:00 PM
Call for location in Detroit
Sponsored by: Autoworker Caravan / Martha: 216-534-6435 / Union Labor Donated


UAW members & allies march in the

UAW members & allies march in the “Jobs, Justice, Peace” protest August 2010, Detroit. [Photo: WI BOPM]