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

Milwaukee, September 16: Community Conversation with Monica Moorehead, Presidential Candidate for Workers World Party

Community Conversation with Monica Moorehead, Presidential Candidate for Workers World Party

Friday, September 16  / 6:30—8 :30 P.M.

African American Women’s Center

(Former Carpenter’s Union Hall)

3020 W Vliet, Milwaukee, WI

Free and open to the public

FLIER:  Monica Moorehead Madison Milwaukee September 2016 Half Sheet

Monica Moorehead has been an activist and organizer for more than four decades. Moorehead has long been a supporter of people’s struggles in Wisconsin including the 2011 people’s occupation of the state capitol in Madison to fight for union rights, the struggle for justice for Tony Robinson and Dontre Hamilton and others killed by cops, joining protests against the right-wing Bradley Foundation, supporting the latest Milwaukee rebellion by Black youth and defending Black Lives Matter organizations such as the Coalition For Justice and Young Gifted and Black. Moorehead and her Vice Presidential candidate Lamont Lilly are on the 2016 presidential ballot in Wisconsin.

A member of Workers World Party since 1975, Moorehead now sits on the Party’s national secretariat and is a managing editor of Workers World newspaper. She was WWP’s candidate for president of the United States in 1996 and 2000; in 1996 and 2016 she sought the nomination of the Peace & Freedom Party in California.

Born in Alabama during segregation, Moorehead became politically active as a teenager in Hampton, Va., distributing the Black Panther Party newspaper. She was banned from her high school band for refusing to play the racist song “Dixie.” A graduate of Hampton Institute [now University], Moorehead is a former kindergarten teacher.

She is a founding member of Millions for Mumia of the International Action Center—an anti-death-penalty project—and she co-chaired the historic May 7, 2000 rally of 6,000 people in Madison Square Garden Theater demanding freedom for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Moorehead has written extensively on the prison-industrial complex and anti-racist issues. She co-authored “Mumia Speaks– An Interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal.” She wrote the pamphlet “South Africa—Which Road to Liberation?” and the essay “What Is a Nation?” in the book “A Voice from Harper’s Ferry.” She edited the 2007 book “Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle.”

She is a co-coordinator of the International Working Women’s Day Coalition in New York City. She is also an executive board member of the International Women’s Alliance—a global network of women organizers and women’s organizations that fight imperialism, racism, sexism and all forms of oppression.

Moorehead has represented Workers World Party on many international solidarity trips including South Africa, Iraq, Cuba, Nicaragua, North Korea, South Korea, France the Dominican Republic, the Philippines and the U.S. internal colonies of Puerto Rico and Hawai’i. From the movements against racism, police killings and mass incarceration; to the struggle against imperialist war and neocolonialism; to solidarity with Cuba, Palestine, Zimbabwe, the Philippines, the DPRK, and all peoples struggling for self-determination and sovereignty; to the struggles for women’s and LGBTQ liberation; to battles for union rights, disability rights, environmental justice—from local struggles to international movements, Monica Moorehead has devoted her entire life to the great cause of building a better world.

Chicago, September 15: Black/Revolutionary/Socialist: Discussion with Monica Moorehead, Presidential Candidate

Black/Revolutionary/Socialist: Discussion with Monica Moorehead, Presidential Candidate

Join community activists for an open discussion with Monica Moorehead, a Black revolutionary socialist woman running for president. Moorehead’s campaign is in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, defends the Milwaukee Rebellion against cops murdering Black people, and fights for a system that puts people before profit. Neither Trump nor Clinton represent us – both parties are pro-war, anti-immigrant, anti-Black, anti-LGBTQ, anti-woman, and anti-worker. Together, we can organize in the streets for our collective liberation.

Free and open to the public

Hosted by Chicago Workers World Party & the Moorehead Lilly Presidential Campaign

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August 29 – September 2: Dying To Live Hunger Strike Crisis

Please take 2 minutes to call Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and request that he make the DOC give the hunger strikers at Waupun access to bottled water.

Who to Call:
Governor Scott Walker (608) 266-1212 govgeneral@wisconsin.gov

Sample Script: “LaRon McKinley and Cesar DeLeon are on hunger strike against solitary confinement at Waupun They are not being given clean water which is putting their lives at risk. The department of corrections needs to provide them both with bottled water. You should also end this hunger strike by meeting their core demand, capping solitary confinement at one year.”

When to Call: Anytime you can, maximum impact 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM central time. For maximum impact, call daily August 29–Sep 2, Monday-Friday to put on continuous pressure. Please call for as many days as you are able, every bit helps.

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Laborfest 2016 — #LaborfestMKE

http://milwaukeelabor.org/2016/08/08/laborfest-2016-laborfestmke/

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.

Milwaukee, August 27: Sherman Park Cookout & Milwaukee Wide BLACK Forum

Sherman Park Cookout & Milwaukee Wide BLACK Forum

End of Summer Cookout & Milwaukee Wide Black Forum

Saturday, August 27
11 A.M. – Cookout Starts
1-2:30pm – Conversation

Do you work with Black youth in Milwaukee? Are you interested in lending your voice and talent to supporting in building a better city? Join us for an End of Summer Cookout and Black Forum.

The event is meant as a gathering space for people to:

1) Get to know each other and what we do in the city
2) Discuss how we can support our youth
3) Share resources and strategies for building a stronger network of Black organizations in Milwaukee

PLEASE BRING:
Grills for cooking
Food for sharing
Beverages for drinking
Utensils (plates, cups, forks, napkins, garbage bags, etc.)

This event is connected to the Program in the Parks Community Cookout. FB Message me or email kantara.souffrant@gmail.com for information.

PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY

Shermap Park Black Forum August 27 2016