Milwaukee, September 5: Laborfest

FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Come celebrate Labor Day with those who created it: organized workers at the festival built with volunteers and donations. #LABORFESTMKE

Starting with a parade at Carl Zeidler Square Wisconsin Union Memorial in Downtown Milwaukee featuring union affiliates, partners and allies (get ready to catch the candy thrown out of the trucks by the Teamsters!) at 11 am, the festival opens at noon at the Summerfest grounds with free entertainment all day long for the kids and family.

Featuring:
Classic Car show
Entertainment Shows for Children
Grappling (Wrestling)
Live Music
Food and Beverages available for purchase
Raffle tickets to win CASH PRIZES. Grand prize is a Brand New Harley-Davidson motorcycle union-made in MILWAUKEE!

We hope to see you Monday, September 5 as we celebrate our national DAY OFF together. And, if you think of it, please bring a pair of NEW SOCKS for those in need for our SOCK DRIVE for local charities and MPS schools.

Take care! IN SOLIDARITY,
The Milwaukee Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Madison, September 5: Laborfest ’16

Join your union sisters and brothers and folks from all over the Madison area in celebrating workers on Labor Day!

The People Brothers Band is headlining! Come out to dance, enjoy good food and beer, and visit with old and new friends. LaborFest ’16 also features a show by the Red Hot Horn Dawgs!

For the kids we’ll have face painting, a bounce house, a caricature artist, magic show and balloons.

Be a part of Solidarity Roll Call at 2pm! Bring a union poster/banner, or use our materials on site to make one.

As always, SCFL’s Community Services Committee will hold its Labor Day Collection to help students who are homeless in MMSD Transition Education Program. We are collecting deodorant, small bottles of laundry detergent, liquid body wash, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand/body lotion, and food gift cards. Find the collection box at the SCFL Table! Thank you!

If you are a local union or community organization and you’d like to have an informational table at the event, message South Central Federation of Labor for more info.

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Wauwatosa, September 3: Fundraiser for Jay Anderson’s Family

September 3 BBQ for Jay Anderson who was killed by Wauwatosa cops this summer. Dinners will be available for sale: Hot dogs Brats and Hamburger with Spaghetti and Bake Beans with Carmel apple cheesecake or a red velvet Brownies with a water or a soda. Donated items for Jay’s family appreciated. Also a meet and greet with paw patrol mascot Chase Marshall and Sky… This event will be at Madison Park on 100 and Glendale right off Hampton Avenue. More info: https://www.facebook.com/justicefordontre

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Veterans For Peace: STOP THE WAR IN SYRIA! Don’t be fooled by war propaganda!

https://www.veteransforpeace.org/our-work/position-statements/stop-war-syria-dont-be-fooled-war-propaganda/

Recently, a compelling photo of a bleeding and seemingly confused young Syrian boy seated in an ambulance in Aleppo was widely distributed and commented upon in domestic and international news media.  In response, some journalists have called for the Obama Administration to “take action,” including bombing government military targets in Syria.

Veterans For Peace feels great sympathy for all of the victims in Syria, and for all who have lost family members, friends and loved ones in this terrible war.

Many of us are veterans of military conflicts that were sold to the American public with emotionally compelling but misleading messages and images. We recognize and denounce the manipulation of selected images of human suffering as propaganda used to justify yet further military violence, which will only lead to more death and suffering. Why are we not seeing images of suffering on both sides of the war in Syria?  Why is an image of an injured boy used to call for yet more violence?

The “no fly zones” and “safe zones” that some pundits are calling for in Syria are acts of war that would lead to more violence and destruction, as happened in Libya, a nation that was virtually destroyed by a so-called “humanitarian intervention.”

“No-fly zones” and “safe zones” would put U.S. Air Force pilots in direct military confrontation with Russian Air Force pilots, leading to a dangerous military escalation between two nuclear powers – an existential threat to all life on earth.

The widely seen photo of the young Syrian boy is just the latest and most graphic example of the psychological warfare being waged against public opinion in the U.S. and worldwide.  Almost every day, the media misrepresents the conflict in Syria as a fight between democracy-loving “rebels” and the “brutal dictator Assad.”  What is actually happening in Syria is foreign intervention to destroy the last secular, multi-religious nation in the Middle East.  Violent extremist groups are receiving arms, training, and support from the United States, and billions of dollars from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, two undemocratic monarchies who have their own reasons for seeking “regime change” in Syria.

We believe that the only way to resolve the crisis in Syria and to assist the victims of this conflict is to end the fighting, not to escalate it. The Syrian people have the right to elect their leaders and to determine their own future.

We call on the United States government to cease all military, political and economic assistance to armed opposition groups in Syria and to take actions to pressure US allies to do the same.

Veterans For Peace further calls for an end to all economic sanctions against Syria, especially of medicines, including much needed cancer medicines.

We call on the U.S. government to provide massive humanitarian assistance for the millions of Syrian refugees, and to allow more Syrian refugees into the United States.

The Syrian Government has the right to defend itself from foreign aggression and the “regime change” schemes of the United States and its allies.  We call on the all parties to do their utmost to avoid killing innocent civilians.

It is time to bring the Syrian war to an end.  It is time to begin the hard work of healing the wounds of the terrible war that has been imposed upon the people of Syria.  We must take responsibility for the role of our own government.  We must allow the people of Syria and the Middle East to live in peace.

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National Association of Letter Carriers Black Lives Matter Solidarity Resolution

Whereas: Over the past year, Black communities and their allies across the country have been in almost continuous rebellion against police brutality, focusing their protest on the police killings of unarmed Black men, and

Whereas: From their response to the Ferguson, Missouri, death of Mike Brown, to that of Eric Garner in New York City, to that of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, the “Black Lives Matter” movement has been challenging systematic racial profiling, harassment, mass incarceration, and brutality against working class Black communities by city police departments, and

Whereas: Analysis by the American Civil Liberties Union shows that police are killing an average of three people a day and that a Black man is 21 times more likely to be killed by police than a white man; and

Whereas:  The labor union movement has mobilized solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, most recently in a May 1st strike by the International Longshoreman’s Association local 1422 and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union local 10 against racist police brutality, in solidarity with the Baltimore uprising, under the slogan “an injury to one is an injury to all,” and

Whereas:  The American Postal Workers Union issued a statement during the Ferguson rebellion which stated, in part — “Unions stand for good living-wage jobs for all workers, respect for and equality of all people, and justice in the workplace and in the neighborhoods in which we live. As postal workers, we live and work in every community across the nation, including Ferguson. At a time when we are reaching out to the people throughout the nation to defend the public Postal Service and good union jobs, we must also stand with our communities. Martin Luther King put it so well when he said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” and

Whereas: The labor movement is also often harassed and victimized by police, especially on picket lines and during strikes and protests, and

Whereas: The joining of the labor movement with the Black Lives Matter movement  to resist police brutality can only strengthen each, therefore be it

Resolved:  That the National Association of Letter Carriers declare its solidarity with the aims of the Black Lives Matter movement for racial justice and police accountability and seek to educate its members about our common struggle.

Resolution adopted by 5,400 letter carrier delegates at the 70th Biennial Convention of the NALC, Los Angeles, CA, August 15, 2016