Funeral Plans Set for Slain Pastor, State Senator Mr. Clementa Pinckney

Charleston, SC (WLTX) – Funeral plans have been set for Clementa Pinckney, the South Carolina state senator and pastor who was murdered Wednesday during the church shooting in Charleston.

Pinckney will be laid to rest Friday at St. James AME Church in Marion, South Carolina. Prior to the burial, however, there will be several days to honor the lawmaker and spiritual leader.

On Wednesday, Pinckney’s body will lie in state from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Capitol rotunda of the South Carolina State House in Columbia. Pinckney, who was 41-years-old, served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1997 to 2000 before he was elected to the Senate in 2001.

On Thursday, a service will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. John AME Church in Ridgeland. From 6-8 p.m. that same day, there will be a ceremony at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, the house of worship that he led for five years, and the site of this week’s tragedy. That event is scheduled to take place from 6-8 p.m.

On Friday, there will be a larger service at TD Arena at the College of Charleston at 11 a.m., the day before he will be buried. TD Arena is the same venue that hosted a prayer vigil Friday night.


Madison & Milwaukee June 26 & 27: Conversations with Pam Africa: The MOVE 9, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Political Prisoners & State Violence

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Conversations with Pam Africa: The MOVE 9, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Political Prisoners & State Violence

Pam Africa

Pam Africa, Minister of Confrontation for MOVE and Chairwoman of the uncompromising International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, will visit Madison and Milwaukee Wisconsin June 26-27.Pam Africa is a longtime political activist and MOVE leader. The MOVE organization has faced government persecution for decades including having numerous members unjustly placed in prison since the late 1970’s and a bombing of its home by city officials and police in 1985 that killed 13 of its members.

Sister Africa will demand the freedom of political prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier and the MOVE 9 and speak out against state violence against communities of color such as the massacre of 9 African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina by a white supremacist terrorist.

During her speaking tour, Ms. Africa will be joining those fighting back against union-busting and austerity in Wisconsin.

Events free and open to the public

Friday, June 26, 10 a.m.
Black Lives Matter panel @ NCOBRA Conference
African American Women’s Center
3020 W Vliet Street, Milwaukee

Friday, June 26, 6:30 p.m.
Memorial Union @ UW Madison
800 Langdon St, Madison
Sponsored by Young Gifted and Black Coalition 

Saturday, June 27, 11 a.m.
Political Prisoners panel @NCOBRA conference
African American Women’s Center
3020 W Vliet Street, Milwaukee

Saturday, June 27, 1-3 p.m.
Nation of Islam, Mosque No. 3
4202 North Teutonia Ave., Milwaukee 

Visit and talk with Pam at this event:

Saturday, June 27, 6 p.m. Potluck
Central United Methodist Church
639 N 25th Street, Milwaukee
WI Cuba Coalition, Cuba Caravan visit

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Natonal Network On Cuba statement on Charleston Massacre

The National Network on Cuba extends our solidarity to the survivors and condolences to the families of the victims of the racist terror attack on Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The Mother Emanuel AME Church is a symbol and example of African-American communities who have fought racism and oppression from before the first slave ships left the coast of Africa to the Black Lives Matter movement today. A founder of this church, Denmark Vesey, was hanged for planning a rebellion to end slavery.

The corporate media’s uniform script is predictable. Once again the portrayal is of an individual reprehensible act. There is a different public discourse presented for people of African descent and other people of color. A white shooter is portrayed as a disturbed individual: in Columbine, in Tucson, in Oklahoma City, in Raleigh, N.C. in Milwaukee, but if someone has an Arab name, they are immediately labeled an international terrorist conspirator and they and all people who look like them are assumed guilty.

Where is the outcry, the signs, full front page declarations, “WE ARE ALL PASTOR PINCKNEY!” “ WE ARE ALL MOTHER EMANUEL AME CHURCH” “WE SAY NO TO RACISM” like the ones that followed the Charlie Hebdo killings in France?

The emblems of the racist apartheid regime in South Africa and white settler Rhodesia now Zimbabwe displayed on the shooter’s Facebook page could not show his allegiance to white supremacy and oppression more clearly. This racist massacre could never happen in Cuba because the very foundation of that country is based on respect for humanity and collective care for each other. In Cuba these words are not just phrases but something they practice daily.  These basic principles of solidarity between people also extends to the world where time and time again Cuba has been the shining example of sending brigades to help fight against diseases and they are first responders when a disaster happens. Cuba never asks for anything in return like when they sent military assistance to Angola in the 1980s to help defeat the racist South African Army.

The National Network on Cuba stands with the people of Charleston and says no to racism and white supremacy.

Nalda Vigezzi
Banbose Shango
Franklin Curbello
Cheryl LaBash
Alicia Jrapko

Durham, North Carolina June 20, 2015 [Photo: WWP]

Durham, North Carolina June 20, 2015 [Photo: WWP]

Milwaukee, June 19 (Juneteenth): Know Your Rights: When Dealing with Police (Info Sessions)

Calling All Concerned Community Members:

Do you know your rights when dealing with police? Do you know whats “legal” and “illegal”? If so, come get a refresher course. If not, join us as we learn our rights regarding police interactions/stops in our community.

It’s our duty to get informed, and it is equally as important to share this information with those we know and love. The info presented at the sessions will ensure that you are equipped to stop the abuse of police power in our communities. It is our goal to ensure that you are treated with dignity and respect, and treated fairly no matter your race, gender, sexuality, and/or socioeconomic status.

Session Info:
For your convenience and to accommodate a number of community members who want this information we will host two sessions on June 19th. Sessions will last about 45 mins. Snacks and Know Your Rights T-Shirts will be available for guest who attended the class. The first session will begin at 2:00pm and the second session will begin promptly at 3:00pm.

Date: June 19
Where Clinton Rose Senior Center (3045 N Dr Martin Luther King Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53212)
Time: Session 1 (2:00-3:00pm), Session 2 (3:00-4:00pm)