Milwaukee, December 11, 2019: MTEA Educational Assistant / ESP 150 Appreciation Celebration

MTEA Educational Assistant / ESP 150 Appreciation Celebration

All Educational Assistants, Safety Assistants, Parent Coordinators, Interpreters. Children’s Handicap Assistants, Kitchen Staff, and Building Service Helpers.

Please join the Milwaukee Educational Assistant Association for a night of celebrating Educational Support Professionals.
THIS EVENT IS COMPLIMENTARY FOR ALL EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT AND ESP 150 MEMBERS and $10 for guests or other union members. Checks can be made payable to MTEA and dropped off at the MTEA office at 5130 W. Vliet St. Please note “ESP 2019” on the check.

There will be appetizers, a raffle, and a cash bar available. Registration is required by December 6th, 2019.


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President Maduro puts the Venezuelan armed forces on alert due to intelligence showing possible Colombian military attack.

Note: President Maduro has put the Venezuelan military on high alert due to intelligence information indicating the Colombian government intends to create a conflict at their common border to justify a military attack.

There are two reasons for this. First, the Colombian government is facing massive protests over its neoliberal policies. A military conflict would be a distraction from these protests. Second, this week the US is seeting to activate an OAS treaty, the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) against Venezuela and needs a justification.

Below is an action alert sent out by the Solidarity Committee with Venezuela NYC

Urgent Call! No War!

How to Reach Congress:

Urgent call. Call your congressional representatives, NOW! tell them that you don’t want any military intervention in Venezuela for peace on the continent we require action.
Colombia has convened for this December 3, [Tues.] a summit for the activation of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) against Venezuela.
In the context of the conflicting Latin American reality, this call constitutes a new danger for peace, democracy and the right of self-determination of the peoples in the region.
It is urgent for US citizens and people around the world to pronounce itself against this conclave that intends to undertake a military aggression against Venezuela, which would benefit the regional control plans of US imperialism and allow the ruling oligarchies in the countries of the so-called Lima group [Lima Group – Wikipedia] to evade their responsibilities against economic, political and social crises that are going through, due to the disasters caused by the neoliberal model.
In solidarity,
William Camacaro
Solidarity Committee with Venezuela NYC

President Trump began openly talking about a military attack on Venezuela in August 2017. The Trump administration has done all it can to remove President Maduro from office. Repeated coup attempts have failed. The Venezuelan government closely monitors all aspects of these US attacks, with its allies Colombia and Brazil, and has thwarted them by taking precautionary actions. KZ

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National Day of Mourning – November 28, 2019

What is the National Day of Mourning

The National Day of Mourning takes place on the fourth Thursday of November. If this date sounds familiar to you, it’s because the fourth Thursday of November also coincides with Thanksgiving in the U.S. Every year on the National Day of Mourning, Native American people in New England gather together to protest. To them, Thanksgiving serves as a reminder of the unjust treatment that Native Americans have received since the 1620 Plymouth landing.

History of the National Day of Mourning

The National Day of Mourning reminds us all that Thanksgiving is only part of the story. Native Americans, since 1970, have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts, to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving Day. 
Pilgrims landed in Plymouth and established the first colony in 1620. As such, it’s the oldest municipality in New England. Many Native Americans, however, don’t celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving, to them, is a brutal reminder of “the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture.” 
They participate as a way to honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. “It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.”
The United American Indians of New England (UAINE) sponsors this event. They maintain that the Pilgrims arrived in North America and claimed tribal land for their own, as opposed to establishing a mutually beneficial relationship with the local inhabitants. UAINE members believe that these settlers “introduced sexism, racism, anti-homosexual bigotry, jails, and the class system.”
The National Day of Mourning generally begins at noon and includes a march through the historic district of Plymouth. While the UAINE encourages people of all backgrounds to attend the protests, only Native speakers are invited to give these speeches about the past, as well as current obstacles their people have overcome. Guests are asked to bring non-alcoholic beverages, desserts, fresh fruits and vegetables, or pre-cooked items. The protest is open to anyone, and has attracted other minority activists.