January 22, 2016: Day of Action in Solidarity with Trans Prisoners — Milwaukee

January 22 2016 is the first international day of action in solidarity with trans prisoners.

With that in mind, Milwaukee IWW invites you all to take part in a discussion about mass incarceration, the challenges trans people face outside & inside prisons, and how people on the outside can practically act in solidarity with trans prisoners.

This discussion will be facilitated by IWW member Miles. Immediately following the discussion will be a letter-writing workshop, facilitated by IWW member Sachin, where we can all write letters to trans people in prisons. All letter-writing supplies, including a PO Box #, paper, pen, & postage will be provided free of cost.

This event is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be provided. People are welcome to coordinate rideshares on the event page here.

MILWAUKEE TURNERS CALL FOR U.S. TO ADMIT REFUGEES AND REJECT FEAR AND ISOLATION

CONTACT:
Art Heitzer
artheitzer@gmail.com
633 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1410, Milwaukee, WI 53203 USA
414-273-1040, ext. 12; fax 414-273-4859

December 22, 2015, Milwaukee, WI. Milwaukee’s oldest civic organization cited the early settlement of Milwaukee by refugees from Germany in support of a public statement calling on the U.S. and Wisconsin to welcome their proportional share of Syrian and other refugees. The Milwaukee Turners was founded by refugees who fled Germany after the failed democratic revolution in 1848, the same year Wisconsin became a state.

Noting the significant support that these German immigrants provided to the early years of the Republican party, including the election of Abraham Lincoln, the statement also briefly cites examples of fear and prejudice in the U.S. against German Americans during World War I, the denial of rights to newly freed African-Americans starting right after the Civil War, and the exclusion of Jews and other refugees from Europe during the Holocaust.

The statement contrasts the current position of Germany, which has welcomed one million refugees this year, including many highly educated Syrians, with the “the unconstitutional and xenophobic pronouncements which are being accepted as part of mainstream U.S. political dialogue.” It cites the powerless pledges of numerous governors including Wisconsin’s, to block refugees from Syria, and the fact that “multiple leading presidential candidates—not just one–have suggested a religious test” to exclude Muslims “or admit only those who can prove themselves to be Christian.”

Turner Board President Art Heitzer noted reports showing a sharp rise in attacks on Muslims in the U.S. as one reason the statement was important. “I am gratified that the Board passed this unanimously,” he added, “including our commitment to support the full civil rights of all of our neighbors.”

The statement concludes, “We call on all Wisconsinites, including the vast majority of us who are of immigrant stock, to support humane and safe admission of our proportional share of refugees from Syria and other nations. They will make our nation stronger, and to do otherwise is to play into an atmosphere of fear and isolation, and to fuel the flames of intolerance both at home and abroad.”

The full statement can be seen at the Milwaukee Turners website: www.milwaukeeturners.org.

Venezuelan Elections & The Danger of War

“…The forces that want to destroy Venezuela, remove it from the international oil markets, and force it back into dependency and poverty, are in a position to exacerbate this crisis.

As Wall Street pushes for an explosion of violence in South America, all Venezuelans, regardless of their feelings about the PSUV and its policies, will soon be facing great challenges. They must try to hold their country together and hold on to the political structures and economic gains that have been created since the birth of Chavismo in 1999. With the election results as an opening, Wall Street is ready to intensify its efforts to tear down the Bolivarian movement. As has been demonstrated in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and Syria, the goal is not simply to destroy the country’s independent and defiant leaders. The imperialists’ aim is to destroy Venezuela.”

Caleb Maupin (http://calebmaupin.info) is a political analyst and activist based in New York. He studied political science at Baldwin-Wallace College and was inspired and involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.
First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/12/19/will-south-america-explode/

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And from TeleSur: “A Revolution That Will Not Die:” http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Venezuela-A-Revolution-That-Will-Not-Die-20151217-0023.html

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks at a public event in Caracas Feb. 12, 2015. A coup plot against the Venezuelan president was thwarted that day. | Photo: AVN

NYC, December 20: Say NO to Racist Trump and His Media Megaphone

#TrumpFascism #NoTrumpZone #TrumpRacism #DumpTrump
RALLY at 2pm – 5th Ave & 56th St, MARCH at 4pm – 6th Ave to FOX News, then Herald Square – 34th St & 6th Ave.
TRUMP: WE SAY NO TO RACISM

Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the country is only the latest outrageous example of his racism. The time has come for us to come together and say ENOUGH!

A coalition of student, Muslim, antiwar, immigrant and anti-racist groups are having a demonstration Sunday to oppose the racism being promoted 24/7 by his campaign and the media. It will start at Trump Tower and march to New York’s CNN headquarters.

“Our outrage over the racism that is polluting the media must be galvanized into mass mobilization so that the world can see that progressive people will not tolerate racism,” said Larry Holmes of the Peoples Power Assemblies. “We will not allow Paris, or San Bernadino to be used as an excuse for racism and repression.”