September 5, 9am: Mass March & Rally | September 6, Time TBA: Strategy Conference
“It would be a betrayal of everything Reverend Pinckney stood for, I believe, if we allowed ourselves to slip into a comfortable silence again”—President Barack Obama (6/26/15)
In recent weeks, the Mother Emanuel AME Church community and the family of Walter Scott have shown the world the radical possibilities of resilience, love, and forgiveness. However, as the President reminded us at Senator Pinckney’s funeral, real healing will take hard work.
Guns inflicted the fatal wounds of April and June, but racism, poverty and the politics of rancor and discord have long inflicted grave wounds on the state’s poor and most vulnerable people. This Labor Day weekend, people of faith and conscience will come together in Charleston to remember our fallen friends and to reflect on the racism and hatred that lay at the root of their deaths, as well as the violence that tears away at the fabric of our communities.
Specifically, the gathering will call for an end to racist violence and the transformation of our commemorative landscape—our monuments, markers, and historic sites—to fully reflect South Carolina’s traditions of diversity and democracy. We will also come together to honor Clementa Pinckney and to affirm the moral principles that he stood for as pastor and public servant. These include:
An end to discriminatory policing
Expanded voting rights
A living wage and collective bargaining rights for all working people
Affordable healthcare and Medicaid expansion
Quality education as a basic human right
An end to gun violence
Out of this mass gathering and a one-day strategy conference, we will build on the efforts of many grassroots organizations who have worked tirelessly and often thanklessly over the years to bring about a better South Carolina.
If you believe that an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, and if you understand that what happened at Emanuel AME has implications far beyond Charleston, and if you believe that we can build a movement together to save South Carolina’s soul and the soul of the nation, then join us as we proclaim “Forward Together, Not One Step Back!”
Issued by: International Longshoremen’s Association, Local 1422
11:30-12:20. “Understand the CPS Bureaucracy and the Attack on Poor Families.” Led by Amada Morales and Mikel Komba.
12:30-1:00 PM. Lunch, free food provided.
1:00-1:50 PM. Panel of affected mothers, speaking out against CPS injustice.
2:00-2:50 PM. Viewing of the video: “DHS: Give Us Back our Children” and discussion. Led by Pat Gowens.
3:00-3:50 PM. Prisoner letter writing (this is a monthly IWW session). Led by Jacob Glicklich and Emily Malone
This event is in the large meeting room of the Center Street library, located at 2727 W. Fond Du Lac, Milwaukee, WI.
*Resistance Skillshares are a series of participatory workshops that provide immediate & practical techniques for combating power and supporting solidarity. This skillshare will focus on building support networks for and among families being torn apart by Child Protective Services.
Rasmea Defense Committee – Press Statement
“…Rasmea did not receive a fair trial, so the appeals court must reverse the conviction and grant a new one,” said Nesreen Hasan of the Rasmea Defense Committee. “Besides the legal mistakes made by the trial judge, we also know that she was arrested and falsely accused only because she has devoted her whole life to defending the rights of her people, the Palestinians. She never committed any crime.”
It is expected that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit will hear oral arguments in Cincinnati sometime in September. The Rasmea Defense Committee, which is made up of over 70 organizations from across the country, will be mobilizing her supporters to be there. Just last month, Black Liberation icon Angela Davis spoke in support of Rasmea in Chicago, pledging that she also would do everything she could to ensure #Justice4Rasmea.
For more information, visit www.justice4rasmea.org.
Send a birthday card now. Call in day next Thursday, July 30
Two things you can do:
1 National Call-In Day for Colombian revolutionary and U.S. political prisoner Simon Trinidad
Call the White House on Trinidad’s 65th Birthday:
Thursday, July 30, 2015, 8am-5pm Eastern Time
Phone: (202) 456-1111
Please eave a message for President Obama. Say: “Please President Obama, give Simon Trinidad a birthday surprise by freeing him to participate in the Colombian peace negotiations. Support peace in Colombia! Free Simon Trinidad!”
2 Send Simon Trinidad a Happy Birthday Card at the Florence Colorado Supermax prison known as the “Guantanamo of the Rockies”.
Trinidad is held in solitary confinement violating his human rights. Trinidad is held as a political prisoner by the U.S. government under Special Administrative Measures (SAMS), meaning his rights are more restricted than other prisoners. The FARC is saving a chair for Trinidad as one of the top five negotiators at the peace table.
Send the birthday card to:
Mr. Simón Trinidad, 27896-016
a/k/a Juvenal Ovidio Ricardo Palmera Pineda.
US Penitentiary Florence-ADX
P.O. Box 8500
Florence, CO 81226-8500
Unity statement of the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera (Simon Trinidad)
We support the Colombian Peace Process and the people’s movements of Colombia in the struggle for peace with justice. We call for an end to the repression of the Marcha Patriótica and other social movements and groups in Colombia now.
We demand the U.S. release Simon Trinidad
Ricardo Palmera, popularly known as Simon Trinidad in Colombia, is a political prisoner of the U.S. government. Simon Trinidad is being tortured in solitary confinement in the Florence, Colorado supermax prison. Trinidad beat the U.S. government in three out of four court trials.
As the negotiations between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People’s Army (FARC-EP) and the Colombian government continue in Cuba, Simon Trinidad is needed in the process. Trinidad participated in past negotiations, represents the people’s movement history, and is essential to the outcome. The FARC-EP is demanding Trinidad (Ricardo Palmera) be present at the peace talks table. For a lasting peace with justice in Colombia, the U.S. government must release Simon Trinidad.
We demand an end to Plan Colombia
We oppose the U.S. interference and military intervention in Colombia, called Plan Colombia. We demand the U.S. government stop funding, arming, training, and directing the Colombian military. Bring the U.S. military advisors and troops in Colombia home now, and end the extraditions of Colombians to the U.S.
The National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera at http://www.freericardopalmera.org/ or
For press interviews Tom Burke – 773-844-3612 or Info@freericardopalmera.org