Nov. 10-11 & Nov. 13-14: Anti-Mining Speakers from El Salvador in Milwaukee

UW-Milwaukee Union room 260 Nov. 13, 6:30 pm
Featuring Brother Domingo Solis
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Free and open to the public

Main public event:  Marquette U, Wed., Nov. 14, 7 pm,
Cudahy building room 1, featuring Marvin Garcia and Jan Morrill.

The issues: corporate responsibility, fair trade vs. the CAFTA right for foreign investors to sue governments, the environmental and religious movement trying to save El Salvador’s people and fragile ecosystem.

For info: Steve Watrous, MCALM, Milwaukee, 414-429-7567, Babette Grunow 414-447-8369

All of the speakers will be coming to Good Shepherd parish for the 4:30 pm Saturday mass and to the St. Sebastian’s Sunday morning masses.

They will also be appearing in Madison, Eau Claire and Fray Domingo, 13th of November at Carroll University and at UWMilwaukee at 6:30 pm Union 260.
Brother Domingo Solis would be available for an interview on Nov. 13 during the afternoon and Marvin Garcia would be available on Nov. 14. Both would be available on the weekend.

Various Stops, Oct. 22-31: WI AFL-CIO’s ‘Stand Up For Medicare & Medicaid Ambulance Tour’

From the WI AFL-CIO,

The Stand Up For Medicare and Medicaid Ambulance Tour will be crisscrossing the state in the days leading up to November 6 Election to raise awareness of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s scary plans for healthcare.  Join us at an event near you!

Ambulance Tour Schedule:

•    1:00 pm, Monday, October 22, Green Bay Labor Temple, 1570 Elizabeth Street
•    6:00pm, Wednesday, October 24, La Crosse Hmong Cultural Center, 1815 Ward Street
•    Noon, Thursday, October 25, Bray Center, 924 Center Street, Racine
•    5:30pm, Friday, October 26, Wausau Labor Temple, 318 S. 3rd Ave
•    TBA, Wednesday, October 31, Paul Ryan District Office, 20 S. Main Street #10, Janesville

These family-friendly events are designed to draw public attention to and educate voters on the harmful Romney/Ryan healthcare plan. Bring your friends and family to learn about the consequences of the Romney/Ryan plot to gut healthcare.

In Solidarity,

Phil Neuenfeldt, President

Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer


Boycott Crystal Sugar!

From the AFL-CIO:

The CEO and board members of American Crystal Sugar (ACS)—the nation’s largest sugar beet processor—have blocked 1,300 workers from their jobs for more than a year, denying them incomes and health care benefits.

What’s worse, ACS made record profits last year and paid CEO David Berg $2.4 million in compensation. All this while workers and families struggle to make ends meet, small businesses—that rely on workers to keep the doors open—have been forced to close, and sugar beet farmers are making less and being forced to “turn under” their crops.

Sign our boycott pledge to let CEO Berg and ACS board members know you won’t stand for their corporate greed.

American Crystal Sugar products being boycotted include American Crystal Sugar bags of sugar labeled Crystal Sugar and Target Private Label sugar in Target stores in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

Sign the Petition here:


Oct. 22, Milwaukee: Citizens Tribunal Against Police Brutality


PDF of Release:

For more information contact:

Brian Verdin  414-241-4608 or

Citizens’ Tribunal

October 22nd, Monday, 5:30 to 8 pm

DNR Building, 2300 N. MLK Dr.

With the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) under federal investigation for the Derek Williams case and the arrests of MPD officers for illegal strip and cavity searches, a Citizens’ Tribunal will be held on October 22nd from 5:30 to 8 pm at the DNR Building, 2300 N. MLK Dr.

The Citizens’ Tribunal will focus on the “patterns and practices” of the MPD in calling for a broader federal investigation of MPD civil and human rights illegalities to establish long over-due institutional reforms and the removal of Chief Flynn.

The tribunal will present a history and analysis of the MPD and document testimony from family representatives of citizens that have had their rights violated, been brutalized or killed by the police.  Organizers for the tribunal are asking community members to come forward and contribute to the testimonials that will be taken that evening.

October 22nd is the 17th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality and the Criminalization of a Generation and is sponsored by



Oct. 15, Milwaukee: Colombian Banana Workers Visit Milwaukee

On Monday, October 15, two Colombians from the Bananeras De Uraba fair trade farm will be in Milwaukee as part of National Fair Trade Month:  Jorge William Restrepo & Felipe Echeverri Zapata. We’re splitting them up for the four events below.

They will share with us the benefits fair trade has brought to their farm, and why you might consider socially responsible banana shopping. Mostly in English.

Jorge is a long-time union activist and Felipe is a son of the farm’s owner.  All events are free and open to the public. This tour is sponsored by Fair Trade Towns USA.