Urgent: Donate to Support 20 Anti-Mountain Top Removal Activists Held on $500,000 Combined Bail

Dear Friends—Our folks in West Virginia have an urgent situation.  Twenty people are in jail for acts of civil disobedience in shutting down the largest mountaintop removal mine site in North America. We need to raise money ASAP!

One of the arrestees includes 20 year old Dustin Steel who was arrested, beaten by police, badly injured, and has been refused hospital care. We want to get Dustin out of jail today in order to get him medical care. Dustin is the son and grandson of West Virginia coal miners and it’s completely outrageous the treatment he has received at the hands of law enforcement.

You can see a video of Dustin speaking the day before the actions here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SEqcqKBzW9A

All of these brave activists are being held on a $25,000 per person bail.Donate now, and share with your friends!

Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/mj-legal

BTW- I donated $25 and would love to have some folks match me.

Thanks, Scott Parkin

Rainforest Action Network

Senior Organizer, Coal Finance


221 Pine St #500

San Francisco, CA 94104 USA

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August 27, Tampa: March on the RNC

Perry Harvey Snr Park 1200 N. Orange Ave Tampa, FL
The Coalition to March On The RNC cordially invites you to March On The RNC! Join groups such as GetEQUAL, Students for a Democratic Society and CODE PINK as WE DEMAND:Good Jobs,
Affordable Education,
Equality and Peace

Say NO to the Republican Agenda!
Money for human needs, not for corporate greed!

On August 27, 2012, while the Republican National Convention selects a candidate for president, we will be marching in the streets of Tampa, Florida demanding good jobs, healthcare, affordable education, equality and peace. We will let the entire world know, “We have had enough of the endless attacks on the rights of working people and our standard of living!” We will defend Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. We will defend ourselves against union-busting. We will defend our children’s right to an affordable, quality education. We want money spent on human needs, not on wars overseas and corporate greed.

On Monday, the attention of the entire world will be focused on Tampa, Florida. The Republican National Convention brings together some of the worst politicians that this country has to offer. We’re calling on all those ready to fight back against the attacks launched by the Republican Party and their corporate masters to take to the streets and demand a better future for our families, our communities and our children.

For More Info:


LGBTQ People Are Part of 99%! – National Call for a LGBTQ Contingent at March on Wall Street South


This is a National Call to Build a LGBTQ contingent for the March on Wall St South. Please forward widely as possible to all online lists and social media sources to spread the word and get endorsements. Thank you!

LGBTQ people are part of 99%!  –   A National Call to LGBTQ people from LGBTQ members of the Coalition to March on Wall St. South, to build a National LGBTQ Contingent

Sunday, September 2, 2012 Charlotte, North Carolina

We demand equal access to employment, housing, healthcare and education discrimination NOW! Equal Rights Now!

Show Your Outrage over Passing of North Carolina’s Anti-LGBTQ Marriage Amendment 1!

Free LGBTQ activists CeCe McDonald& Bradley Manning!

To Become an Endorser email mowsslgbt@gmail.com

LGBTQ People need Equal Rights and Economic Justice


Stop Grand Jury Repression in the Northwest: Take action / Call-In Day 8-1

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression is circulating a statement from the Portland-based Committee Against Political Repression on how you can help the political activists who have been subpoenaed to appear before a Seattle Grand Jury August 2. If your group has not yet signed the solidarity statement, reprinted below, please do so. We know that repression us growing in this country. It is vital that all progressive people unite and defeat this attack on the people’s movement.

Call In Day 8/1 & Action Steps to “Stop Grand Jury Repression in the Northwest:”



August 4: Carpool from Madison to Support Palermo’s Workers


Locked-out Palermo’s Pizza factory workers in Milwaukee are fighting a hard battle for union recognition and workplace safety, and battling against victimization of the largely-immigrant workforce by the bosses. Come support their picket! We’ll be out there from 10AM – 1 PM on August 4, so we’ll leave the Wilmar Center at 8:30 and return by 3:30. If you need a ride, contact Marty Kerein at 608-523-4018. For more info on the strike, visit http://www.vdlf.org/. Donations are also desperately needed; please visit https://www.wepay.com/donations/183059.

Support Palermo’s Workers

The Palermo’s Workers Union is demanding that Palermo recognize the Palermo’s Workers Union, re-instate the workers who were fired or replaced for participating in the strike, stop threatening immigrant workers, improve unsafe working conditions and negotiate a labor contract.

Since the strike began, thousands of supporters have and continue to join the picket line, numerous fundraisers have raised thousands of dollars for the striking workers, thousands of pounds of food and beverages have been donated to the strikers and their families and much more.

The picket line schedule is: Monday through Friday: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm and Saturday: 10 am-1 pm. at Palermo’s headquarters, 3301 W. Canal Street in Milwaukee.

Supporters are also engaging in the distribution of boycott literature to area businesses; they meet M-F at 5:30 pm at Voces de la Frontera 1027 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee and leaflet until 8 pm.

For more information: www.sliceofjustice.com and www.vdlf.org. Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/boycottpalermos. Petition: http://signon.org/sign/tell-palermos-pizza-stop.


Speak out against FBI raids & Grand Jury Repression in Oregon and Washington

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression is circulating the following statement on FBI raids and grand jury repression in Portland, Oregon and in Olympia & Seattle in Washington.

We urge all progressive organizations to sign on to this statement. To add your group’s name to the solidarity statement, please send an email to: nopoliticalrepression@gmail.com.

Current signers can be seen at our website: http://www.stopfbi.net/

Thank you,


Tell PNC Bank to Negotiate Immediately with Yin Wong to Stop Foreclosure

Yin Wong is a 64 year old disabled woman fighting eviction in San Francisco. She’s lived in her home since 2001 and never missed a mortgage payment. Her payments were automatically deducted from her bank account and sent to the lender. Originally, her mortgage was with National City Bank, then PNC (Pittsburgh National Corporation) bought National City lock stock and barrel in 2008 but no one ever told Yin to change where her payments were to be sent. The first notice she ever got was a November 2009  foreclosure notice from PNC accompanied by a returned payment from First National. She tried to pay, but they refused her payment. With the help of community organizations and now Occupy, she’s been fighting ever since. Now she’s scheduled to be evicted this coming Wednesday.

Could this have something to do with the fact that with the new high-tech boom, San Francisco real estate prices have started to rise again? We don’t know, but we’re asking people to call PNC at the numbers and with the message below:

* PNC CEO James E. Rohr right now at 412-762-2294 (may transfer to
Executive Complaint Office voicemail) or 412-963-6133 (home)
* PNC Bank President William Demchak at 917-348-1173 (cell)
* PNC Senior Vice President Thomas Hyland at 212-527-3938
* PNC Bank Vice President of Corporate Communications Fred Solomon at

“Please negotiate immediately with San Francisco resident Yin Wong and her daughter Wai Cheung (PNC mortgage customer loan #0002043106) about how to keep their family in their Bayview home. After PNC purchased their mortgage loan from National City Mortgage, they received no notification of the purchase so their EFT payment didn’t make it to PNC, which rapidly foreclosed on their home and has tried several times to evict them. They have always been prepared to pay their mortgage, so please negotiate with them and settle this matter fairly.”

For updated information see: http://occupytheauctions.org/wordpress/?cat=108


‘Inside the Money Machine’ by Minnie Bruce Pratt


This is poetry for the “immense majority’—for those who work for a living, out of the house or at home, from the laundromat to the classroom, from the blue-collar construction sites to the white-collar desk jobs.

These fresh, gritty and passionate poems are about the people who survive and resist inside “the money machine” of the 21st -century capitalism: those who’ve looked for work and not found it, who’ve held a job but wanted more out of life, who believe a better world is still possible.

Inspired by the poetic prose of the Communist Manifesto, Inside the Money Machine draws its power from Pratt’s own working life and grass-roots organizing, and the struggles of neighbors, co-workers, political activists and loved ones.

In the tradition of the socially-engaged poetry of Muriel Rukeyser and Langston Hughes, Nazim Hikmet of Turkey and pablo Neruda of Chile, these poems speak to the unfinished work of this moment in history, in a way that poetry seldom does.

Inside the Money Machine urges: ‘Let us follow ourselves into a present not ruled by the past.’
Praise for Inside the Money Machine:

“Minnie Bruce Pratt peels away at capitalism, ‘the money machine,’ which is also the war machine. ‘Inside the Money Machine’ is stunning anti-capitalist poetics in action.”
–Don Mee Choi, author of The Morning News Is Exciting
“Minnie Bruce Pratt so compellingly identifies the tough times ‘Inside the Money Machine.” This book of poems is also hope, guiding us toward dignity, self-respect and clarity.”
–Rigoberto González
“This is gritty new work by one of North America’s best poets. Each poem reveals the sweat and labor of the many who are trying to get by in this tough, new world where big corporations and Wall Street are sucking all of our humanity dry. These poems are the voices of ourselves crying out.”
–M.L. Liebler, poet & editor of Working Words: Punching the Clock & Kicking Out the Jams
“An utterly riveting book of poems and a necessary book to read. Pratt’s scrutiny is constantly keen and inviting, and shifts deftly and humanely between reportage and lyricism. I realize these poems are all true. Pratt’s imagination is true.”
–Michael Burkard
Inside the Money Machine

Is available from:

Carolina Wren Press
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-560-2738
Fax: 919-560-2759