Madison, January 23: #BlackLivesMatter Self-Determined Community

EVENT: http://tinyurl.com/kfqq4zp

The Young Gifted and Black Coalition presents a day of Political Education and protest.

We will begin at 4:00PM at UW Elvehjem building–Room L160. Located next to the Chazen Museum—with Max Rameau speaking on Community Control of the Police.

*Why it IS needed?
*How we can make it happen!!!

Following our political education and community engagement session—WE WILL TAKE IT TO THE STREETS.

At 7PM we will gather in front of Chazen Museum.

YGB is committed to educating the public and empowering Black communities in Madison WI.

It is time to take Power from the State and Transfer it to the PEOPLE!!!!!

Thus we demand:

1) That the $8 Million proposed for the jail study be taken off the table, and invested in resources and initiatives led by the Black community.

2) The immediate release of 350 Black people who are currently incarcerated for crimes of poverty and that they remain out!!

3) End solitary confinement. Solitary confinement exacerbates mental health problems for all people.

Silence = Violence

We NO longer will participate in the oppression of OUR people.

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and protect one another. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” Assata Shakur

Please join us.

For more information on the event, search for #BlackLivesMatter Self-Determined Community Control or “Ferguson to Madison” on Facebook.

Email: FergusonToMadison@gmail.com

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Milwaukee, January 24: Mr. Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of Pan African Newswire, On Riverwest Radio

Join Gary Grass, Babette Grunow and Alan Eisenberg this Saturday, January 24 at 8 p.m. for the Grasse is Greener on Riverwestradio.com. Our guest will be Mr. Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan-African Newswire, http://panafricannews.blogspot.com/. He will discuss MLK Day 2015 and the Selma movie, the State of the Union address, the escalating renewed war in Iraq and Syria, the demonstrations against Charlie Hebdo in Africa, Black Lives Matter and related issues.

Detroit-based Mr. Abayomi Azikiwe, known in particular for his activism and journalism on behalf of the African diaspora, is a frequent contributor to multiple publications internationally including RT, http://rt.com/, Press TV, http://www.presstv.ir/.

Mr. Azikiwe is a Contributing Editor to the weekly newspaper Workers World, http://www.workers.org/. His contributions to works such as the pamphlet “U.S. Hands Off Libya,” are circulated worldwide: http://www.workers.org/ebooks/Libya2011.pdf

As an activist in Detroit, Mr. Azikiwe is a co-founder of the Moratorium NOW Coalition, http://moratorium-mi.org/ and the Michigan Emergency Coalition Against War  & Injustice (MECAWI), http://www.mecawi.org/. Both of these organizations have been leading the fight against the banks and corporations ongoing destruction of this majority Black and working class Midwestern city. Campaigns Mr. Azikiwe’s organization’s have been involved in include the fight for a moratorium on foreclosures and water shut offs and the banks looting of Detroit’s public resources including the theft of retiree pensions.

Since the February 2011 state capitol occupation in Madison, Mr. Azikiwe has been a frequent visitor to Wisconsin including participating in the May Day march in Milwaukee in 2011 and a supporter and guest of the Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement for various speaking engagements. Mr. Azikiwe will speak next at a February 7, 2015 Workers World Party forum in Chicago: EVENT: http://tinyurl.com/qa5ffn8 FLIER: http://tinyurl.com/nmqo7dj

Mr. Abayomi Azikiwe of the Pan African Newswire and the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice (mecawi.org).

Mr. Abayomi Azikiwe of the Pan African Newswire and the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice (mecawi.org).

March in downtown Detroit, July 2014. [Photo: Abayomi Azikiwe]

March in downtown Detroit, July 2014. [Photo: Abayomi Azikiwe]

Racist Violence, Police Brutality, Black Liberation

ARTICLE: http://tinyurl.com/kvv9duw

A tremendous series of mass demonstrations across the United States, Canada and the world since last summer against racist violence and police brutality has shaken the corridors of the ruling class. Hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets from Missouri and California to Boston, Toronto, London and New York City.

What does the brutal police repression of African American and Latinos communities have to do with the economic devastation caused by the banks in the city of Detroit?

Why is the corporate-oriented city administration and governor ordering the shut-offs of tens of thousands of household water services and forcing hundreds of thousands more out of their homes due to unnecessary tax foreclosures?

How can the ruling class backed up by the courts justify the attacks on retirees and the wholesale theft of public assets, while the public sector is being privatized with billions of dollars being turned over to banks and corporations under the guise of an illegal bankruptcy that has further institutionalized national oppression and economic inequality in majority African American cities in Michigan?

Event: The Black Liberation Struggle & the Fight for Socialism
Date: Sat. Jan. 24, 2015, 5-8 p.m.
Location: 5920 Second Ave. at Antoinette, Near WSU
Speaker: Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan-African News Wire and
Contributing Editor of Workers World Newspaper
Sponsor: Workers World Party Detroit Branch
URL: workersworlddetroit.org
Contact: 313-671-3715

To participate in this discussion and answer these burning questions please attend this important meeting this Sat., Jan. 24 from 5-8: p.m.

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Milwaukee, January 22: Pack Fire & Police Commission Meeting, No Reinstatement For Killer Cop Christopher Manney!

https://www.facebook.com/justicefordontre

From the Coalition For Justice:

Calling All Concerned Community Members!!! We Need You!!! Show Up!!!

We’ve gotten word that the Fire and Police Commissioners are thinking about giving Christopher Manney his job back. WE CANNOT ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN! We are asking that all of you, this community; come out and let these commissioners know that we do not want officers who brutalize, murder, oppress, and repress our people on the police force of this city.

Please come out let your presence be felt and heard.

If weather permits, we will gather at Red Arrow Park at 5pm to do our justice circle, then head over to City Hall (if not we will just meet in the atrium of City Hall). Be aware that the meeting is subject to change location. We will keep you updated.

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Organizing After the (Rasmea) Odeh Verdict

ARTICLE: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/01/rasmea-odeh-verdict-organizing/

How to support the Rasema Odeh campaign: http://www.stopfbi.net/

“…Let us continue to lift Odeh up precisely because she has never labored to gain a platform of her own, to stand on a pedestal over others, or to become a celebrity. Instead, she meticulously crafted and protected organizing spaces so that more and more people could come in and gain strength.

Pulling Odeh into the cyclone of fetishization will only do her and her struggle a huge disservice. Continuing her legacy requires growing a politics of the collective as we organize tirelessly for her release and for her appeal, as part and parcel not only of her liberation but also of ours — and Palestine’s.”

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