Milwaukee, April 26: Tribute to Ms. Rosa Parks’s Life of Activism

For Immediate Release March 29, 2013                                            

Contact:  Tish Minor, NAACP Milwaukee Branch, 414-562-1000

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Tribute to Ms. Rosa Parks’s Life of Activism

Friday, April 26, 7 pm

Central United Methodist Church (25th St. & Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee)

On Friday, April 26, at 7:00 pm, a diverse group of community organizations will sponsor a celebration of the lifelong activism of Rosa Parks, with special guest Jeanne Theoharis, author of The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks, at Milwaukee’s Central United Methodist Church, 639 N. 25th Street (at Wisconsin Avenue). The event is free and open to the public, with free off street parking south of the church.

According to MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, “At last, Jeanne Theoharis answers the question, who was Rosa Parks? The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks will undoubtedly be hailed as one of the most important scholarly contributions to Civil Rights history ever written.” Julian Bond, Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP, also praised Theoharis’s new biography: “In the first sweeping history of Parks’ life, she shows us a long-time activist, committed to fight white supremacy from her earliest days, and continuing that fight when her notoriety forced her to relocate to Detroit.… Rosa Parks not only sat down on the bus, she stood on the right side of justice for her entire life.”

This event will include music and light refreshments, visual displays of artwork related to  Rosa Parks from AYZHA Fine Arts Gallery and others, and a discussion of The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks through a talk and live interview format with author Jeanne Theoharis.  A book signing will occur after the program.

Jeanne Theoharis is professor of political science at Brooklyn College of CUNY. She received her AB in Afro-American studies from Harvard College and a PhD in American culture from the University of Michigan. She is the author or coauthor of six books and numerous articles on the Black freedom struggle and the contemporary politics of race in the United States.

The sponsors include: the NAACP, Milwaukee Branch; Wisconsin African American Women’s Center; YWCA Southeast WI; Amalgamated Transit Union 998, AFL-CIO; Peace Action WI; AYZHA Fine Arts Gallery; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; Central United Methodist Church; Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition; National Lawyers Guild, Milw.; Progressive Democrats of America, Milw. County; ACLU of WI Foundation; Vietnam Veterans Against the War; Peace Learning Center; Greater Milw. United Nations Assn.; and Veterans for Peace.  

For more information, call (414) 562-100 or 964-5158.

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Milwaukee, April 14: Penokee Mine Resistance

April 14 – 6 p.m., Riverwest Public House Cooperative

815 E Locust Street, Milwaukee
Food Sovereignty and Treaty Rights
This last event will be a Potluck Dinner (bring something to share)

Rick Whaley was active in the movement which heroically protected Native Spearfishers threatened by racist vigilantes in the Ceded Territories of Northern Wisconsin.

STOP THE PENOKEE MINE! IDLE NO MORE!

Why is there a mad rush to mine iron in the Penokees of Ashland and Iron Counties? Overturning all Wisconsin’s hard won and world-renowned environmental protections as well as Native Treaty Rights makes this number one on Walker’s and State Republicans’ agenda. The Bad River flows through the iconic Copper Falls State Park, the Penokees, and then through the Bad River Ojibwa Reservation’s unique Wild Rice Sloughs and into Lake Superior. Walker and Co. plan to dump mountains of mine waste into pristine waters, permanently turning wilderness to an “industrial sacrifice zone”. What has happened to fundamental democracy when the local population, both Native and non-Native, are overwhelmingly opposed to the mine but shut out from even a token hearing, while Wisconsin’s new mining law was written by the mining company?

6pm// Free
2-for-1 drinks at 7pm
21+ Unless accompanied by a parent

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Save the Date, Philly March & Rally: On April 24 Free Mumia Now!

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                SAVE THE DATE!

Mumia’s 59th Birthday!

Philadelphia’s City Hall Area, Gathering at Love Park
Details to be announced

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 11 AM
Rally, March, and Other Events to Be Announced

WE DEMAND:
   DISTRICT ATTORNEY SETH WILLIAMS—
      RELEASE MUMIA NOW!
         END POLICE TERRORISM!

The Philadelphia DA’s Office: A History of Injustice and Oppression

  • Ed Rendell (1978-1986)
  • Ron Castille (1986-1991)
  • Lynne Abraham (1991-2010)
  • Seth Williams (2010-present)

Partial list of sponsors and endorsers:
International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal, 215-921-8914 (Philadelphia Innocence Project)
Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC), www.freemumia.com, 212-330-8029
International Action Center, 147 West 24th Street, 2nd Floor, 212-663-6646
Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal, www.emajonline.com

Professor, Author and Activist Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Professor, Author and Activist Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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