Milwaukee, August 27: Sherman Park Cookout & Milwaukee Wide BLACK Forum

Sherman Park Cookout & Milwaukee Wide BLACK Forum

End of Summer Cookout & Milwaukee Wide Black Forum

Saturday, August 27
11 A.M. – Cookout Starts
1-2:30pm – Conversation

Do you work with Black youth in Milwaukee? Are you interested in lending your voice and talent to supporting in building a better city? Join us for an End of Summer Cookout and Black Forum.

The event is meant as a gathering space for people to:

1) Get to know each other and what we do in the city
2) Discuss how we can support our youth
3) Share resources and strategies for building a stronger network of Black organizations in Milwaukee

PLEASE BRING:
Grills for cooking
Food for sharing
Beverages for drinking
Utensils (plates, cups, forks, napkins, garbage bags, etc.)

This event is connected to the Program in the Parks Community Cookout. FB Message me or email kantara.souffrant@gmail.com for information.

PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY

Shermap Park Black Forum August 27 2016

Do not remove the non-profit status of IFCO/Pastors for Peace

https://www.change.org/p/do-not-remove-ifco-pastors-for-peace-non-profit-tax-status

STOP the IRS and SAVE IFCO

The IRS plans to revoke our non-profit status.

We know that you have always supported our mission in IFCO.

You can help us now, please stop what you are doing and sign the petition which sends an email message to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen asking him to end this politically-motivated attack on IFCO.

(and also to Pres. Obama and our friends in Congress)

This attack by the U.S. government makes no sense in light of the significant moves of both the Obama and Castro administrations to normalize relations between our two countries.

Why IFCO matters?

We are one of the nation’s oldest faith-based civil rights organizations and the first ecumenical foundation founded by and for people of color.

Since 1992 we have also sent 26 humanitarian aid caravans to Cuba, and have done so without a license as a matter of faith and conscience.

IFCO has taken on responsibility for recruiting and shepherding young students from the United States to study medicine at the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba.

Stop the IRS from bullying IFCO for helping the people of Cuba and allow us to continue our life-saving humanitarian work.

Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization

A response by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) to the attack on the antiwar movement from Terry Burke published in “In These Times”

https://www.unacpeace.org/

“…Burke believes that the primary feature of the Syrian conflict is fighting between two camps of Syrians.  However, this is not the case.  Syria has been invaded by extremists such as ISIS and al Nusra.  Tens of thousands of mercenaries have poured into this small country to overthrow the government, a goal which the US and NATO share.  They have been supported by bombings, logistics and harsh sanctions against Syria from the US and NATO.  Though the US has claimed it is there to attack the extremists, there had not been much damage to them until Russia entered the fighting and then, in a matter of weeksthe tide turned. The oil that ISIS takes from Syria and uses to help fund their operations has been left untouched by the U.S and its allies until Russia started bombing their oil operations.

The antiwar movement can agree on non-intervention and self-determination.  Aligning with those anti-Assad Syrians who support US intervention in Syria can only divide and weaken our movement, which needs to be united today, perhaps more than ever.

We urge the antiwar movement to reject the ideas that Terry Burke presents in her article and demand that the US and NATO stop the bombing, stop the sanctions, stop the flow of weapons and stop the funding.  This will stop the extremist groups.  Then the people of Syria can alone decide their fate.” https://www.unacpeace.org/

Milwaukee, August 25-27: Rummage sale to support families of incarcerated people!

Rummage sale to support families of incarcerated people!

Bienaventurados Ministry provides an incredible amount of real solidarity to families of incarcerated people, including supporting Rosa – Waupun hunger striker Cesar DeLeon’s mother. They are having a big rummage sale on the south side this Thurs-Sat; the money raised will be used for envelopes, stamps, phone calls, back-to-school expenses of children of incarcerated people, etc & continuing their extremely valuable work. GO CHECK IT OUT! Volunteer, donate time, items or $, say hello & show your support.

THURSDAY ,AUGUST 25 8 A.M. –1P.M. 1P.M. –7P.M.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 8 A.M. –1P.M. 1P.M. –7P.M.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 8 A.M. –1P.M. 1P.M. –6P.M.
FAMILY POTLUCK DINNER You are invited to join us for a time of fellowship and celebration. Saturday 6 P.M.
RUMMAGE SALE ADDRESS: 1552 W. OKLAHOMA AVE.
MARIA S. PRADO 414-254-4055

Supporting the Fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline

https://lrinspire.com/2016/08/19/supporting-the-fight-against-the-dakota-access-pipeline-by-matt-remle/
by Matt Remle

“…What is happening in North Dakota and the efforts of the Oceti Sakowin and others is about many things; stopping the desecration of sacred, cultural and burial sites, honoring treaty rights, defending Ina Maka (mother earth) and protecting water. It is also about a clash of value systems, one that values material profit and greed and one that values its connection in understanding that we are but a part of creation instructed with certain responsibilities towards the health and welfare of all life and future generations.

In Lakota, we call water mni wiconi, the literal translation being “it gives me life.” Remember that water, mni, is every beings first medicine. Know water, know life. No water, no life. Together we can stop the Dakota Access pipeline, together we can help heal our Nations.”

Matt Remle is an editor and writer for Last Real Indians and LRInspire. Follow @wakiyan7

Bismark pipeline

Sept 9, 2016 Nationwide Prisoner Action

http://peoplespowerassemblies.org/sept-9-2016-nationwide-prisoner-action/

The below info is from iwoc. For a listing of actions around the country, goto supportprisonerresistance

Prisoners from across the United States have released this call to action for a nationally coordinated prisoner workstoppage against prison slavery to take place on September 9th, 2016.

This is a Call to Action Against Slavery in America

In one voice, rising from the cells of long term solitary confinement, echoed in the dormitories and cell blocks from Virginia to Oregon, we prisoners across the United States vow to finally end slavery in 2016.

On September 9th of 1971 prisoners took over and shut down Attica, New York State’s most notorious prison. On September 9th of 2016, we will begin an action to shut down prisons all across this country. We will not only demand the end to prison slavery, we will end it ourselves by ceasing to be slaves.

In the 1970s the US prison system was crumbling. In Walpole, San Quentin, Soledad, Angola and many other prisons, people were standing up, fighting and taking ownership of their lives and bodies back from the plantation prisons. For the last six years we have remembered and renewed that struggle. In the interim, the prisoner population has ballooned and technologies of control and confinement have developed into the most sophisticated and repressive in world history. The prisons have become more dependent on slavery and torture to maintain their stability.

Prisoners are forced to work for little or no pay. That is slavery. The 13th amendment to the US constitution maintains a legal exception for continued slavery in US prisons. It states “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” Overseers watch over our every move, and if we do not perform our appointed tasks to their liking, we are punished. They may have replaced the whip with pepper spray, but many of the other torments remain: isolation, restraint positions, stripping off our clothes and investigating our bodies as though we are animals.

Slavery is alive and well in the prison system, but by the end of this year, it won’t be anymore. This is a call to end slavery in America. This call goes directly to the slaves themselves. We are not making demands or requests of our captors, we are calling ourselves to action. To every prisoner in every state and federal institution across this land, we call on you to stop being a slave, to let the crops rot in the plantation fields, to go on strike and cease reproducing the institutions of your confinement.

This is a call for a nation-wide prisoner work stoppage to end prison slavery, starting on September 9th, 2016. They cannot run these facilities without us.

Non-violent protests, work stoppages, hunger strikes and other refusals to participate in prison routines and needs have increased in recent years. The 2010 Georgia prison strike, the massive rolling California hunger strikes, the Free Alabama Movement’s 2014 work stoppage, have gathered the most attention, but they are far from the only demonstrations of prisoner power. Large, sometimes effective hunger strikes have broken out at Ohio State Penitentiary, at Menard Correctional in Illinois, at Red Onion in Virginia as well as many other prisons. The burgeoning resistance movement is diverse and interconnected, including immigrant detention centers, women’s prisons and juvenile facilities. Last fall, women prisoners at Yuba County Jail in California joined a hunger strike initiated by women held in immigrant detention centers in California, Colorado and Texas.

Prisoners all across the country regularly engage in myriad demonstrations of power on the inside. They have most often done so with convict solidarity, building coalitions across race lines and gang lines to confront the common oppressor.

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Forty-five years after Attica, the waves of change are returning to America’s prisons. This September we hope to coordinate and generalize these protests, to build them into a single tidal shift that the American prison system cannot ignore or withstand. We hope to end prison slavery by making it impossible, by refusing to be slaves any longer.

To achieve this goal, we need support from people on the outside. A prison is an easy-lockdown environment, a place of control and confinement where repression is built into every stone wall and chain link, every gesture and routine. When we stand up to these authorities, they come down on us, and the only protection we have is solidarity from the outside. Mass incarceration, whether in private or state-run facilities is a scheme where slave catchers patrol our neighborhoods and monitor our lives. It requires mass criminalization. Our tribulations on the inside are a tool used to control our families and communities on the outside. Certain Americans live every day under not only the threat of extra-judicial execution—as protests surrounding the deaths of Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland and so many others have drawn long overdue attention to—but also under the threat of capture, of being thrown into these plantations, shackled and forced to work.

Our protest against prison slavery is a protest against the school to prison pipeline, a protest against police terror, a protest against post-release controls. When we abolish slavery, they’ll lose much of their incentive to lock up our children, they’ll stop building traps to pull back those who they’ve released. When we remove the economic motive and grease of our forced labor from the US prison system, the entire structure of courts and police, of control and slave-catching must shift to accommodate us as humans, rather than slaves.

Prison impacts everyone, when we stand up and refuse on September 9, 2016, we need to know our friends, families and allies on the outside will have our backs. This spring and summer will be seasons of organizing, of spreading the word, building the networks of solidarity and showing that we’re serious and what we’re capable of.
Step up, stand up, and join us.
Against prison slavery.
For liberation of all.

Find more information, updates and organizing materials and opportunities at the following websites:

-SupportPrisonerResistance.net
FreeAlabamaMovement.com
https://iwoc.noblogs.org/

WI, August 24-26: Phone Zap For Hunger Strikers

Please take 2 minutes to call Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and put pressure on them to stop their life-threatening abuse of hunger strikers.

Who to Call:
1) Waupun Correctional Warden Brian Foster- (920) 324-5571 brian.foster@wisconsin.gov

2) DOC secretary Jon Litscher: 608-240-5000 jon.litscher@wisconsin.gov

Sample Script: “LaRon McKinley and Cesar DeLeon are on hunger strike against solitary confinement at Waupun They are not being given clean water which is putting their lives at risk. The department of corrections needs to provide them both with bottled water. You should also end this hunger strike by meeting their core demand, capping solitary confinement at one year.”

When to Call: Anytime you can, maximum impact 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM central time. For maximum impact, call daily August 24–26, Wednesday-Friday to put continued pressure. Please call for as many days as you are able, every bit helps.

Background:
According to a letter from hunger striker LaRon McKinley, the Dying to Live hunger strike against solitary confinement at Waupun Correctional Institution (WCI) has become a serious health crisis after seventy-six days. On August 15, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WI DOC) decided to suspend the force feeding they have subjected the prisoners to since June 17. They allowed McKinley and Cesar DeLeon, the two most committed hunger strikers, to go without food or water for 72 hours, until they were severely dehydrated. Then they tube fed them again on Thursday August 18. A sudden intake of calories by a starved and dehydrated person causes violent metabolic shifts, leading to a potentially fatal condition called refeeding syndrome. WI DOC has begun a regimen that is very likely to cause refeeding syndrome, a shifting of electrolytes and fluid balance that can lead to acute heart failure.

McKinley suspects the DOC is intentionally keeping them on the brink of death. According to his letter, after 42 hours without food or water—because they refused to drink Waupun’s polluted water, he and Cesar DeLeon, “were diagnosed as seriously dehydrated, and the tube feeding was then recommended, but this time they made us both go exactly 30 more hours, to exactly 72 hours each. Seventy Two hours without water is a well known and medically held time limit that would and is generally believed to kill most people.”
More information including scans of prisoner letters describing the situation at: http://solitarytorture.blogspot.com/2016/08/hunger-strike-at-critical-point-needed.html

Here is a “How-To” video for calling prisons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=251DPVDQ17A (the example used is a lot longer than what’s expected for this call, but it shows how the process can often look like)
An injury to one is an injury to all.

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August 13, 2016. Waupun prison, Waupun, Wisconsin