Packed House of Educators at Chicago Teachers Union Temple Building Then March of Thousands October 14

Chicago Teachers Union

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CTU and SEIU Local 73 members packed the Chicago Temple Building where they rallied before taking to the streets for a march through downtown in advance of their Thursday strike date.

#FairContractNow #REDforED #PutItInWriting

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Chicago education workers carry a “Fighting for the Schools Chicago Students Deserve” banner through downtown during the Stand Up for Education Justice Rally and March. Workers go on strike Thursday to win a budget that provides for their students and classrooms.

Parachute design: Claudio Martinez

 

Milwaukee, October 24, 2019: CLOSEmsdf October Picket

CLOSEmsdf October Picket

901 N 9th Street, 11:30 A.M. – 1 P.M., Milwaukee County Courthouse

Why do we picket?
1. To educate people on the inhumane conditions at MSDF.
2. To memorialize the 18 people who have died in MSDF since it opened.
3. To let WI taxpayers know that each day someone spends in MSDF for a crimeless rule violation costs us $100.84 vs $40 to treat that person in the community where their job, housing & support systems stay secure.
4. To hold Governor Tony Evers to his campaign promises. He told the Journal Sentinel he thinks MSDF should close “as soon as possible”. It is possible right now, and he can do it himself, with a few just and necessary policy changes.

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Please join us during the lunch hour on Thurs Oct 24 out front of the courthouse. If enough people turn out, we may expand the picket to the state office building on 6th and Wells, where the DOC has community supervision offices.

Parking is metered or nearby public lots. If you don’t mind walking a couple blocks, its often easier to find free parking on the other side of the freeway.

We’ve been holding down this monthly picket since the spring of 2017. A coalition of Milwaukee organizations have joined up to shut down MSDF. This facility is a building within a building, where captives have no access to fresh air or sunlight. They are triple bunked in lockdown cells for over 20 hours a day. There is no outdoor rec. The facility was built and is run using funds that should be used for diversionary programs to keep people out of jail, instead it’s being used to keep them on supervision under arbitrary and vindictive probation and parole officers.

We take this action in solidarity with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, who has called for monthly actions on (or near) the 23rd of every month to bring attention to 23 hour a day lockdowns. http://www.nrcat.org/about-us/take-action-current-legislation/563-together-to-end-solitary

Can’t come?

SIGN THE PETITION!!!!

If you haven’t signed the petition yet yourself, please do here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/its-time-to-close-milwaukee-secure-detention-facility-msdf

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Milwaukee, October 26, 2019: Dreaming of Freedom: Stories of Palestinian Liberation

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Dreaming of Freedom: Stories of Palestinian Liberation

Come meet and hear from Yousef Aljamal, a Gaza-Palestinian rights activist and scholar who is on a speaking tour in the U.S., including Milwaukee! He will share stories and analysis about the incarceration of Palestinian children, many of whom languish in Israeli jails for years without charge, and the situation in Gaza, which has endured 13 years of continuous siege. Join us at 6:30p for a Palestinian meal, followed by Yousef’s talk. All welcome.

Yousef grew up in a refugee camp in #Gaza and lived through the three major assaults that Israel launched on the Strip in 2008, 2012, and 2014. Yousef’s family fled their home in 1948 from Israeli military forces, and he subsequently grew up in Al-Nuseirat refugee camp in southern Gaza, attending schools run by UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency). He earned his BA from the Islamic University of Gaza and is currently working on a PhD in International Relations at Sakarya University in Turkey. For several years he ran the Hashim Yeop Sani Library in Gaza’s Center for Political and Development Studies.

Yousef recently translated into English the book Dreaming of Freedom: Palestinian Child Prisoners Speak and he contributed a short story to the anthology Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine. Both books will be for sale at the event.

Don’t miss hearing this powerful voice from #Gaza. Please let us know if you are “going.”

The venue is wheelchair accessible. Please email us at milwaukee@jewishvoiceforpeace.org if there are other ways we can strive to make the space accessible.

The U.S. tour is sponsored by Just World Educational.

Co-sponsors: USPCN Milwaukee

SPC: PRESIDENT TRUMP HEADLINES A FESTIVAL OF BIGOTRY AND HATE (Family Research Council’s “Values Voter Summit”

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This week, some of the nation’s most extreme anti-LGBTQ groups, leaders and elected officials are gathering in Washington D.C., for the Family Research Council’s “Values Voter Summit” — a festival of bigotry and hate.

Hosted by the FRC — an anti-LGBTQ hate group — this annual event brings together a rogues’ gallery of far-right extremists, including hate groups like ACT for America, the American Family Association and the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

This year, President Trump will return to headline the event, as he did in 2017. He is the only sitting president to lend the prestige of the White House to this gathering of extremists.

The Southern Poverty Law Center named the FRC a hate group in 2010 because it spread demonizing lies about LGBTQ people – portraying them as sick, evil, perverted, incestuous and a danger to the nation. Its president, Tony Perkins, has said that pedophilia “is a homosexual problem,” a claim that has been debunked by the American Psychological Association. He has also called the “It Gets Better” campaign “disgusting” and claimed it’s an effort to recruit children “into that lifestyle.”

“Donald J. Trump is not inclined to address the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry against him, but he apparently has plenty of time to speak at the 2019 Values Voter Summit. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is set to make his speaking debut as well, providing this administration with a captive audience that shares similar views.

Heidi Beirich, director of SPLC’s Intelligence Project, said:

President Trump is not inclined to answer questions raised by the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry, but he apparently has plenty of time to speak at the 2019 Values Voter Summit. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is set to speak, too, making his debut before a captive audience that shares similar views.

Given the fact that this gathering reunites some of the most extreme groups on the right under the guise of “pro-family” issues, Trump’s attendance exposes the Family Research Council’s annual event as a vehicle used to promote this administration’s hate-filled agendas against immigrants and American Muslims, among many others.

This is also illustrated by a roster of speakers and exhibitors who frequently target the LGBTQ community with abusive innuendos and blatant lies. Their determination to dehumanize LGBTQ people has forced the need for legislation like the Equality Act, which will secure basic human rights such as fair housing, financial equity, health care equality, and physical safety for LGBTQ people.

Trump is the only sitting president to ever speak at the Values Voter Summit and to unapologetically support the hateful rhetoric on display at the conference. His supporters claim to defend old-fashioned American values, but their rhetoric and actions embody modern-day bigotry – and Trump is their ringleader.

SPLC defines a hate group as an organization that, based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities, has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics. The organizations on our hate group list vilify others because of their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity — prejudices that strike at the heart of our democratic values and fracture society along its most fragile fault lines. The FBI uses similar criteria in its definition of a hate crime.

Here is more information about FRC and why it is a hate group and the Values Voter Summit:

Trump returns to Values Voter Summit

Family Research Council

Tony Perkins

Read our Open Letter Against Hate

Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin

10 Things to Know About FRC and Tony Perkins

Yes, the FRC and ADF Are Hate Groups. Here’s Why!

Anti-LGBTQ ideology

Explore our Hate Map—In 2018, we tracked 1,020 hate groups across the U.S.

FAQ on Hate groups

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Green Bay, Wisconsin April 27, 2019 / Photo: WI BOPM

Milwaukee, October 17, 2019: ICE out of MKE Rally and Public Comment

ICE out of MKE Rally and Public Comment

Voces de la Frontera

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Enough delay. Join us as we rally for action for the Fire and Police Commission (FPC) to act now and take a stand on the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) collaboration with ICE.

We rally at Milwaukee City Hall, 200 E Wells Street, this Thursday 4:30 pm. There will be a public hearing at 5:30 pm.

Pre-fill out your name below to make a public comment.

The FPC PolicyCommittee originally planned to consider changes to SOP130 on Sept. 26th, but cancelled their meeting last minute and have not responded to requests to reschedule. This is why we rally.

Sign to give public comment: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vTDjPNwNESJtTqkSION9412KiQGjKWEShuZlGCwLTfA/edit?usp=sharing

Sign petition: https://vdlf.org/iceoutofmke/

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Acompáñenos (una vez más) para una manifestacion en el Ayuntamiento para exigir que la Comisión de Bomberos y Policía (FPC) tome una posición definitiva sobre la colaboración de los Departamentos de Policía de Milwaukee (MPD) con Inmigración y Control de Aduanas en el arresto de un padre de tres y único proveedor de su familia, José de la Cruz.

Como muchos de ustedes saben, la Comisión de Bomberos y Policía originalmente estaba planeando votar sobre esta política el 26 de septiembre, sin embargo, decidieron cancelar su reunión el día anterior y no han respondido a las solicitudes de las comunidades para reprogramar.

Por favor registrese para dar comentario publico: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vTDjPNwNESJtTqkSION9412KiQGjKWEShuZlGCwLTfA/edit?usp=sharing

Firma nuestra peticion si aun no lo ha hecho: https://vdlf.org/iceoutofmke/

ICE out of MKE Rally and Public Comment

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