Rockford, Feb. 21: Building A Movement To Fight Racism, Police Terror, Deportations, & The Capitalist Prison System

Building A Movement To Fight Racism, Police Terror, Deportations, & The Capitalist Prison System

Across the country Black and Brown people face violence, incarceration, and murder at the hands of the police and prison system. From Black Lives Matter taking on killer cops to immigrant youth standing against ICE, people have been building a movement to challenge these racist institutions.

How can we continue to build this movement?

Join the discussion with a panel of speakers including:
*Local activists & community organizers
*Pam Africa – of the MOVE Organization & Free Mumia Abu-Jamal
*Lamont Lilly – Vice Presidential candidate of Workers World Party

420 N. Main Street
Emerson House of the Mendelssohn Center
Free & open to the public
Hosted by Workers World Party
Contact info:
facebook.com/rockfordwwp
424-262-3478
rockford@workers.org

Chicago, Feb. 20: Building a movement to fight racism, police terror & the capitalist prison system

Building a movement to fight racism, police terror & the capitalism prison system

Black and Brown people in the United States live in a brutal police state, subject to terror, incarceration, violence, or death on a daily basis. We have seen inspiring resistance, from Black Lives Matter to the heroic fight back by Latino youth against ICE. How can we build and strengthen this movement? What will it take to win?

Join these Black Liberation Movement veterans, community organizers, and activists for a community discussion:

•Pam Africa – of the MOVE Organization, Millions for Mumia Abu Jamal
•Lamont Lilly – Vice Presidential candidate of Workers World Party
•Chairman Fred Hampton Jr – of the Prisoners of Concience Committe/Black Panther Party Cubs
•Dorothy Pinkney – wife of Michigan political prisoner Rev. Edward Pinkney
•Daphne Jackson – Chicago community freedom fighter (and other speakers fighting the U.S. raids and deportations of migrants and other people’s struggles TBA)

The event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by Workers World Party Chicago
(312) 620-2305 ChicagoWWP@gmail.com

Chicago Workers World Party

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UW Marquette: Students For Justice in Palestine Presents Movie Showings During Israeli Apartheid Week

We all know the saying ‘a picture can say a thousand words’. But what about a video? More specifically, a documentary? We are excited to show a few short documentaries about Palestine as a part of our Israeli Apartheid Week!

The documentaries to be shown include:

– Stone Cold Justice: a documentary on the Palestinian children in Israeli military detention:

– Area C: Instead of transferring to Palestinian control, the biggest ‘Area’ in the West Bank remains firmly in Israeli hands –> put together by AlJAzeera

– Roadmap to Apartheid: There are many lessons to draw from the South African experience relevant to conflicts all over the world. This film is as much a historical document of the rise and fall of apartheid, as it is a film about why many Palestinians feel they are living in an apartheid system today, and why an increasing number of people around the world agree with them.

Milwaukee, Feb. 27: 2016 Founder’s Day Gathering: BLACK VOICES MATTER!, Honoring Dr. James Cameron

INFO & TICKETS: bit.ly/1LtC6T8

Please join us in celebrating the civil rights legacy of ABHM’s founder, Dr. James Cameron, at our annual Gathering for Racial Repair and Reconciliation.

This year’s program, Black Voices Matter! An Evening of Arts and Culture, dramatizes the historic and enduring struggle against violence and oppression by black artists and writers.

5:00pm – Doors open with the

  • Unveiling of a new museum exhibit about Dr. Cameron’s Life & Writings, created by the Milwaukee Public Library
  • Release, sale and signing of the new illustrated and expanded edition of Dr. Cameron’s inspiring memoir, A Time of Terror: A Survivor’s Story, published by LifeWrites Press.

6:00pm – Curtain rises for Black Voices Matter!

  • Safe – a historic 1-act anti-lynching protest play – performed by the Hansberry-Sands Theatre Company
  • The Survivor’s Story – readings from written wisdom of Dr. James Cameron – performed by ABHM Head Griot Reggie Jackson
  • A Walk with Ida B. Wells – a 1-woman play based on the advocacy of journalist Ida B. Wells – performed by Marti Gobel, Actor/Director/Teaching Artist

Black Voices Matter! will be narrated by Robert Smith, UWM Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Inclusion & Engagement. An Audience Talkback follows the performance, moderated by Milwaukee talk radio show host Eric Von.

A Time of Terror: A Survivor’s Story will be released to the public for the first time at this event. The book, which retails at $24.99, will be available at an event discount of $20 for 1 copy or $30 for 2 copies, when pre-ordered with a ticket. (If you want more than 2 copies, please write to us at sales@atimeofterror.info.)

Books at the event: A limited number of books will be available for purchase immediately following the performance, so it is best to pre-order books with your tickets by 2/21. Pick up your pre-ordered book at the event by showing your ticket.

The late Dr. Cameron’s son, Virgil, will be on hand to sign books, along with the writers (Reggie Jackson, Dr. Robert Smith, Dr. Fran Kaplan) who contributored new material to this expanded edition.

To read excerpts from the book or for more information, click here.

Educators & Community Members in Milwaukee & Nationwide Walk-In For Public Education

Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association
Schools and Communities United
Stop the Takeover of MPS

Find your Wisconsin public school on this list and please RSVP and share with friends. One hundred nine Milwaukee Public Schools have signed up to “walk in” on Wednesday alone! They’ll be joining over nine hundred public schools in almost 40 cities nationwide in what will be a historic day in the name of quality public schools that serve and value all students.

‪#‎CommunitySchools‬ ‪#‎noMPStakeover‬

[Photo: Joe Brusky]

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STOP THE MPS TAKEOVER!! 6-9-15 — at Story Elementary. [Photo: Joe Brusky]

PETITION: Oppose the Anti-Immigrant Bills AB 450 and SB 533!

SIGN HERE: http://onewisconsinnow.org/act/voces2/

The Wisconsin state legislature is considering racist legislation that could make Wisconsin a hostile environment for immigrants.

AB 450 would lead police and public employees to investigate immigration status and detain undocumented people for deportation. SB 533 seeks to block a program created last year to provide local identification cards to Milwaukee residents who cannot obtain Wisconsin state ID because of immigration status or lack of documents or money.

These bills are part of a broader effort to make Wisconsin hostile to immigrants. Wisconsin’s economy depends on immigrants, and immigrant communities enrich our state’s culture.

Take a moment right now to urge Governor Walker and your lawmakers to oppose these bills.

Please enter your information to get started. And thanks for taking action. Together we can make sure these misguided bills never become law.

SIGN HERE: http://onewisconsinnow.org/act/voces2/

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Madison, Feb. 18: A Day Without Latinos and Immigrants in Wisconsin

For Immediate Release

Contact:

Joe Shansky (414) 218-3331

Thursday, Feb. 18 – A Day Without Latinos and Immigrants in Wisconsin

Latinos, immigrants, students, workers, business owners and allies will unite across Wisconsin to defeat racist, anti-immigrant legislation

AB450/SB369 would lead police to investigate people’s immigration status and detain undocumented people for deportation

SB533/AB 723 would block counties statewide from issuing local identification cards to people who cannot access state ID

WASHINGTON – Who: Thousands of immigrant families, students, religious leaders, supporters, Wisconsin Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, We Are All Milwaukee Coalition, Voces de la Frontera

What: Wisconsin Day without Latinos and Immigrants 2016: Massive mobilization on the Capitol in Madison, student walk-outs, business closings, families and workers’ march to defeat AB450/SB369 and SB533/AB723

When: Thursday, February 18th. Mobilization on the Capitol begins at 10am

Where: Assemble at State Capitol in Madison, State Street entrance

Why:  Throughout January and February, more than 1000 Latino Wisconsinites and supporters have come to the Capitol to oppose anti-immigrant legislation. Various committees of the Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly have now passed SB 533 and AB450/SB369, two bills that severely restrict local control and aim to make Wisconsin more hostile to immigrants. On Tuesday, February 16th, the full Assembly will vote on both bills, and the Senate is expected to vote shortly after.

In an attempt to stop the bills, Wisconsin immigrant communities are calling for THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH, TO BE A DAY WITHOUT LATINOS AND IMMIGRANTS IN WISCONSIN. Dozens of businesses have committed to close and workers are organizing in cities and towns throughout Wisconsin to go to the Capitol on the 18th instead of work. Parents are taking their kids out of school and students statewide are organizing walkouts.

“I am part of a group organizing so all the students walk out from the high schools and middle schools in Madison on the 18th,” said Yaritza Brito, 17, a student at Memorial High School in Madison. “If we all fight together, hand in hand, this law will not defeat us. We have to keep walking with our heads high. The Latino community has so much pride, and we cannot let these people who hate us see us crying and on our knees, begging them not to do this. We need to make a stand.”

Diverse businesses will close on the 18th ranging from cheese factories, tattoo shops, coffee shops, daycare centers, nail salons, restaurants, tax preparation centers, law firms, and others. Numerous workers in construction, hotels, manufacturing, and agriculture will not work and instead march.

“We are closing our business on the 18th so all of our employees can march because our business depends on the Latino community,” said Miguel Garza, owner of MG Multiservicios, a tax preparation service that has been open for 16 years in Milwaukee and Madison. “We want to see all of our community doing well and living without fear. Our economy depends on immigrant workers and their families who are targeted by these laws. Right now at MG we are working hard to help people prepare their taxes. Many of our clients have social security numbers, and other do not, but they comply with government requirements to report their tax contributions through an Individual Tax Identification Number. So contrary to what some people think, immigrants do contribute, and they want to be ready when immigration reform is passed.”

“We are inviting everyone to mobilize on the Capitol in Madison on Thursday, February 18th, at 10am,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera. “We must oppose two anti-immigrant laws rapidly moving through the state legislature that will become laws if we don’t unite as a community to stop them. One bill allows any public employee to inquire about immigration status, and if someone is charged with a crime, which includes something as simple as driving without a license or not paying traffic citations, that person could be arrested and turned over for deportation. We have seen cases, even before these bills have passed, where people with no criminal record have ended up in detention and deportation. The other law would block counties from issuing local identification cards statewide.

“In 2006 we defeated the Sensenbrenner bill by mobilizing a massive Day without Latinos. It is urgent that we do the same on February 18th.  One day without work, one day without school, one day without shopping to show the economic power of Latinos and immigrants in this state. We invite all Latinos, immigrants, and people of all races to come together to defeat these discriminatory laws.  It is no coincidence that these types of laws are also being introduced in North Carolina, Florida, and Arizona. These bills are being driven by politicians aligned with the American Legislative Exchange Council in an attempt to preempt local control and continue the shameful legacy of criminalization of immigrant workers and their families.”

Interview opportunities:   Workers, students, and business owners involved in the organizing are available for interviews from now until February 18th

For more information, visit our website at: www.vdlf.org

National news clip from Univision

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Voces de la Frontera is Wisconsin’s leading immigrant rights group – a grassroots organization that believes power comes from below and that people can overcome injustice to build a better world.

[Photo: Joe Brusky]