Milwaukee, March 19: No Confidence: Christopher Manney Appeal Hearing

Calling All Concerned Community Members:

Dontre Hamilton was shot 14 times in Red Arrow Park on April 30, 2014 by Milwaukee police officer Christopher Manney. Manny was subsequently fired from the force; however, not for the murder of Dontre, but for violating Hamilton’s constitutional rights by performing an out of policy pat down. The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission is directly responsible for hearing the appeal of Christopher Manney. We are asking that everyone come out on March 19th to hear this case. This could be a turning point in our city, and we want our city government officials feel our presence. Please join us for this hearing. Space is limited so please get there early. If you have any questions please email us at TheCoalitionForJustice@gmail.com or give us a call at 414.375.9330.

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From the FPC:

The Christopher Manney disciplinary appeal hearing has been scheduled to start on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 4:30 p.m. until approximately 9:00 p.m. If needed, the hearing will continue on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. until approximately 9:00 p.m., and on Saturday, March 21, 2015, beginning at 9:00 a.m. until approximately 6:00 p.m.

The hearing will be conducted at the City of Milwaukee Municipal Court, Branch 1, located at 951 N. James Lovell Street in Milwaukee. The hearing is open to the public. Because there is limited seating in the courtroom, a live audiovisual feed will be streamed into the Municipal Court lobby and on City Channel 25.

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Madison, March 17: Vote in Action: Money for Jail or for Community

The issue of whether or not to spend money on the jail has come to a vote and it’s time for Madison to stand up and let the County Board know that we want that money spent on black lead initiatives that will help address the root causes of the racial disparities in Dane County.

We’re calling on our County to make history by divesting in the prison system and investing in community.

We continue to push for our demands:

That the County abandon all plans to renovate or build a jail and instead invest that money in our communities.

That the County invest in black led initiatives as Blacks are the most impacted by racial disparities.

That the County free 350 black people incarcerated due to crimes of poverty.

That the County end solitary confinement. It is inhumane and unjust.

Rise Up! Justice4tony merges with Coalition For Justice and WisconsinJobsNow on a National Day of Action to fight social injustice. Young, Gifted and Black Coalition brought everyone together at Department of Corrections to shut down major throughway E. Washington Ave before marching to the Governors Mansion [Photo: Leslie Amsterdam]

Rise Up! Justice4tony merges with Coalition For Justice and WisconsinJobsNow on a National Day of Action to fight social injustice. Young, Gifted and Black Coalition brought everyone together at Department of Corrections to shut down major throughway E. Washington Ave before marching to the Governors Mansion [Photo: Leslie Amsterdam]

Madison, March 14: Funeral Services for Tony Robinson to be Held at East High School

Visitation will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, with a service at 4 p.m., East High School, 2222 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53704

Robinson’s mother, Andrea Irwin, speaking at a rally on the East Side Wednesday afternoon March 11, said the funeral would be open to the public. “I want everyone to be there,” she said.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/fergusontomadison

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United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) 2015 Conference May 8-10

http://www.unacconference2015.org/

The world is being ravaged by endless U.S. wars, both open and secret; life-threatening global warming and environmental destruction; devastating poverty and disease. Here at home we face unprecedented attacks on labor, immigrants, the poor and oppressed; a massive and racist prison-industrial complex; the increasing militarization of the police and an epidemic of police abuse as in Ferguson, Mo.; widespread domestic spying and an expanding “national security state”; trillions of dollars spent on the military to police the world and bail out the corporate 1 percent while we face severe attacks on the basic necessities of life. It’s time for a massive, independent, united response!

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Message From the WI AFL-CIO: Forward In Solidarity

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Political attacks against working families are marching across the United States.   From Michigan to Indiana, Missouri to West Virginia – working people and their unions are facing extremist politicians who rather do the bidding of those who fund their campaigns than the people they took an oath to serve.

Unfortunately, Wisconsin’s democracy is the latest victim of out-of-state special interests calling the shots in statehouses across the country.  Gov. Walker signed Right to Work into law Monday but we will never give up and we will never stop fighting for the rights of all working people.

Share this graphic to tell us you’re in and that you will never stop fighting for Wisconsin working families and all who labor.

We cannot remain silent, we cannot give up, we must continue to organize and educate union members and non-union members.  When out-of-state influencers are calling the shots, it is working families and our entire middle class that loses.

Share our strong graphic.  Let’s remind politicians that they work for the people.  And that working together, the people will prevail.

In four years, Gov. Walker has sharply taken Wisconsin in the wrong direction.  From cuts to schools, raising taxes on the poor, attacking voting rights, mismanaging a jobs agency,  eroding collective bargaining rights for public and private sector workers and failing to take advantage of nation-wide job growth – Gov. Walker has stomped on Wisconsin’s economy and on the values and traditions we hold sacred.

Share this graphic and keep the fight alive. 

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Five Bigger Threats to US Citizens than Venezuela

teleSUR: http://tinyurl.com/nxpfth9

President Barack Obama has issued an executive order declaring that Venezuela “constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security … of the United States” and declared “a national emergency to deal with that threat.”

Venezuela has been at the forefront of those countries offering socially just alternatives to free-market extremism across Latin America in recent years, using its vast oil wealth to invest in its people.

This transformation has faced ongoing opposition. Obama’s latest remarks appear a blatant attempt to whip up fear among the U.S population to justify further government aggressions against the resource rich South American country.

Venezuela poses no threat to the U.S and in reality U.S. citizens face real threats at home every day.

Racist Policing: Race-related deaths of unarmed black men killed by policemen have shocked the world in recent years. A USA Today report released in August last year showed that on average 96 unarmed black men were killed every year between 2006 and 2012. So far in 2015, police killings include a homeless man in Los Angeles, a mentally-ill man in Atlanta and a 19 year old unarmed man in Wisconsin.

Widespread Poverty: In 2013, some 45.3 million U.S. citizens lived below the poverty line.  According to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, over 20 percent of children in the U.S. live in poverty, threatening the lives of the youngest ones. This poverty has deadly consequences: according to a report released by Columbia University, approximately 245,000 deaths in the United States in the year 2000 were caused by poverty.

Climate Disaster: For decades the global academic community has reached a consensus that climate change is real and that humanity is at stake if nothing is done to mitigate its effects. Phoenix, Louisville, Hawaii, Alaska, Texas, New York, Utah, San Diego and Miami are amongst the biggest U.S. cities currently being affected by climate change; some of them risk of disappearing altogether due to rising water; yet Florida state recently banned the use of the term.

Gun Crime: According to a Penn University study, more than 32,000 people per year died between 1980 and 2006 from gun-related deaths. There are currently around 310 million non-military firearms in the United States, which accounts for nearly one per person. There were almost 40 shootings in schools across the U.S. between 2014 and February 2015.

Arming Foreign Terrorists: During the Cold War, the United States financed, armed and trained a group of Islamists, led by Osama Bin Laden, to attack the pro-Soviet Afghan government. Bin Laden and his men later became al-Qaida, notorious for launching the 9/11 attacks against the U.S. Despite declaring a war on terrorism, and now fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, U.S. weapons supplies have beefed up the Islamic State group’s arsenal and many opposition fighters armed in Syria – financed and trained by Washington and its allies– subsequently joined the Islamic State group, creating an obvious danger to the U.S.

More coverage: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/index.html

http://venezuelanalysis.com/

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Milwaukee, March 20: The Youth Need to Be Heard! Stop the Cuts to Education!

On Friday, March 20, from 10am to 5pm, the Joint Finance Committee is holding their ONLY public hearing on the state budget that will slash hundreds of millions of dollars from our public schools.We are calling on ALL youth in the Milwaukee area to flood Pitman Theater as soon as school ends. The voice of the youth needs to be heard!

https://www.facebook.com/YESstudents

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Madison, March 14: Funeral services for Tony Robinson to be Held at East High School

Visitation will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, with a service at 4 p.m., East High School, 2222 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53704

Robinson’s mother, Andrea Irwin, speaking at a rally on the East Side Wednesday afternoon March 11, said the funeral would be open to the public. “I want everyone to be there,” she said.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/fergusontomadison

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