Milwaukee, Nov. 3: Fire and Police Commission Meeting: Speak Out

Flood the room, speak out, and show your support.

Under Wisconsin law and the Milwaukee City Charter, the Fire and Police Commission oversees all aspects of Fire Department and Police Department operations. The Commission sets overall policy while the chief of each department manages daily operations and implements the Commission’s policy direction and goals. Specific Commission functions also include:

-establishing recruitment and testing standards for positions in the Fire and Police Departments,
-hearing appeals by members of either department who have been disciplined by their Chief,
-independently investigating and monitoring citizen complaints,
-DISCIPLINING EMPLOYEES FOR MISCONDUCT

Thursday, November 3, folks from the community will share stories during the public comments portion of the Fire and Police Commission meeting, about their concerns in regards to Milwaukee Police engagement and demanding that the Fire Police Commission step up and do their job in regards to the pressure on the DA’s office, the Milwaukee Police Dept or whomever about reelasing the video of Sylville Smith’s and Jay Anderon’s murder.

We invite you out to SPEAK OUT!

Please arrive by 5 p.m. to City Hall, Room 301-B to ensure you are able to sign in and prepare to share your story at the start of their 5:30 p.m.

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‘Plymouth,’ Nov. 24: National Day Of Mourning

http://www.uaine.org/

Since 1970, Native Americans and our supporters have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.

47th National Day of Mourning: November 24, 2016
12:00 noon
Coles Hill Plymouth, MA

http://www.uaine.org/

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NYC, Nov. 11-13: Workers World Party National Conference

The elections are not the last word — keep fighting for socialism!

Join Workers World Party and hundreds of activists from around the country and the world for the annual WWP National Conference on Nov. 11-13 in New York.

2016 has seen nothing short of an assault on the movement for justice, liberation and self-determination. But it has also been an incredible year of struggle, where the most militant people have risen up to say no more to exploitation, violence and repression, all facilitated by capitalism.

The conference will come only days after the presidential elections. Working and oppressed people will, without a doubt, be disappointed by the results. But where will we go from there? How will we channel our righteous rage and frustration into action? These are the questions we will take up as we honor the brave young people, communities and organizers who have confronted power and are claiming the future.

Regardless of who becomes the next president of the United States, we know that the truth remains: So long as the U.S. has the ability to terrorize Black and Brown people at home and abroad, so long as workers can barely afford to live, so long as LGBTQ people and women are under attack, so long as the politicians, bosses and bankers rule our lives, we must fight, fight, fight!

If you are interested in learning about and discussing why we must keep fighting for socialism, join Workers World Party at the Malcolm X & Betty Shabazz Center in New York City — the historical site of the Audubon Ballroom, where Malcolm X was assassinated on Feb. 21, 1965.

The annual WWP National Conference will convene revolutionaries and organizers from the frontlines of struggles, from Black Lives Matter to Palestine Solidarity, from anti-war to Fight for $15, from the LGBTQ struggle to women’s liberation and immigrants’ rights.

We lift up the struggles that need solidarity, not only here in the U.S. but also around the world — to end the blockade still on Cuba, end U.S. war aggression in Syria, stop the subversion of Venezuela, and show solidarity with migrants to the U.S. and the European Union. We lift up the banners of internationalism and socialist unity to build toward a revolution that will liberate all workers and oppressed people.

We choose ourselves — not the warmonger Hillary Clinton who called Black youths “predators,” not the hate-mongering billionaire Donald Trump who nurtures Klan and Nazi types. We choose solidarity — not the state’s tools of division, not the comfort of isolation.

We choose the movement — not the lies of the election, not the idea that the powers that be will fall on their own. We choose a path to revolution — not the lure of a softer, kinder capitalism, not another day of chains and cages. Let us continue to build the movement against capitalism, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia and more!

Black Lives Matter! Defend Native sovereignty! Abolish the police! Smash capitalism! LGBTQ liberation now! End women’s oppression! Free Palestine! The working class has no borders!

http://www.workers.org/wwp/

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Standing Rock Sioux Call for NoDAPL Solidarity Demonstrations at Hillary’s Campaign Offices

http://standwithstandingrock.net/standing-rock-sioux-call-nodapl-solidarity-actions-hillarys-campaign-offices/

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is sending a delegation of 10 youth leaders to Hillary’s Campaign HQ in NYC to respectfully demand that our future President stand with them against the Dakota Access Pipeline. They are calling for solidarity demonstrations at Hillary campaign offices across America.

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Milwaukee, November 7: Prisoner Support 101: Intro, Updates and Letter Writing

Join us at the small meeting room of the Center Street Library on Monday, November 7. The first part of the event is introduction to hunger strike and other resistance happening inside the WIsconsin prisoner system. Part two involves writing to incarcerated people, participating in mass mailings, pen pal writing and brief letters of support.

Food and drinks are provided, childcare is available upon request. Prisoner support sessions happen at this location and time every 1st and 3rd Monday.

To get more involved, respond to this survey form, to identify activity you are able and interested in doing, we will connect you to specific tasks that can help the work along:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jIToClitl8JErcqDRPNdOB_FY2jwgXlNncV8nVI_81E/edit

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Bayan USA: From the Philippines to Standing Rock: Water is Life, Land is Life, Fight for Self-Determination

http://bayanusa.org/from-the-philippines-to-standing-rock-water-is-life-land-is-life-fight-for-self-determination/

BAYAN USA, a progressive anti-imperialist alliance made up of over 20 Filipino mass organizations from all over the US, are being represented today by two organizations–one from the youth and student sector, Anakbayan East Bay in Ohlone lands (also known as San Francisco Bay Area), California, and the other from the New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP) in Lenape lands also known as NYC, to stand in solidarity with the deepest indignation with Standing Rock, and the Sioux Dakota and Lakota indigenous peoples in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. We are here to carry messages of love, hope, solidarity, and resistance from our homeland, the Philippines, which is comprised of dozens of distinct ethnolinguistic tribes and national minorities. We stand with you—the water and land protectors of North Dakota, as the U.S. government continues to prioritize corporate interests over your autonomy, self-determination and ancestral relationship to the land and water. We stand with you in resistance against the U.S. military state and its violent dispersal of your people, trumped-up charges, and human rights abuses, which have not been covered by mainstream, corporate media. We stand in solidarity, as police deploy military-grade equipment, including armored vehicles, surveillance helicopters, planes, drones, and attack dogs—knowing that this state repression is endemic to U.S. imperialism and the suppression of resistance all over the world.

We saw this global complex come full circle at Urban Shield held in the Bay Area—a regional, national and global weapons expo and SWAT training that brought together law enforcement agencies and first responders in order for them to learn how to better repress, criminalize, and militarize black and brown communities. We can see these tactics here on Dakota land and in our homeland, the Philippines. Similar to the 280 indigenous tribes that have united here at Standing Rock, SANDUGO, an alliance of national minority groups in the Philippines held a protest at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, against U.S. imperialist plunder and militarization and are fighting to defend their ancestral lands and right to self-determination. Just yesterday, they were violently dispersed with water cannons, teargas, and over 50 people were injured when a police van was used as a weapon to run over people repeatedly. The brute force from the Philippine military and police to protect the U.S. embassy is in line with maintaining US imperialism over the rights and welfare of the Filipino people. From our homeland in the Philippines to the militarization of communities by Urban Shield, to the killing of Berta Caceres in Honduras, and to defending indigenous rights in Standing Rock, we denounce the criminalization of resistance and stand with the protectors of land, water, and human dignity all over the world. Next we’d like to read a message from our indigenous comrades from the International Indigenous People’s Movement for Self-Determination & Liberation in the Philippines...

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Charlotte Uprising: NATIONAL CALL-IN TO GET RAYQUAN OUT

Workers World Party is circulating the following appeal from Charlotte Uprising:


NATIONAL CALL-IN TO GET RAYQUAN OUT

Rayquan Borum is a 21-year old Black man and father being framed by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department for the murder of Justin Carr. Dozens of eye-witnesses have given consistent accounts that Justin Carr, a protester, was killed by the CMPD in front of the Omni Hotel on September 23, one day after police shot and killed Keith Scott, father of seven. Rayquan has suffered countless abuses from the correctional officers since his arrest. He is being denied accessibility to safe food, proper hygiene, and human contact. He has reported finding hair and other debris in his food! These are human rights violations! This is illegal! You can read our full statement here.

We need the help of everyone in our community to protect Rayquan and get him out of solitary confinement, as soon as possible.

The Sheriff’s Office is the only entity that can get him out. Call all day, blast thier social media, let them know injustices will NOT be tolerated any longer!

Numbers to call:

Chief Deputy Felicia McAdoo980.314.5009
Mecklenberg County Sheriff’s office: 704.336.2543
NC Attorney General, Roy Cooper: 919.605.1629

What to Say:

Hello, my name is _______

I am calling to demand the immediate removal of Rayquan Borum from solitary confinement. Rayquan was framed for the murder of Justin Carr and is now being denied access to human contact including visitation and phone calls, as well as proper hygeine and sanitary food. We demand an immediate end to Rayquan’s repression behind bars and that all people arrested in connection with the Charlotte Uprising be released and all charges dropped.

The nation is watching, and we will continue to expose these abuses and demand justice for Rayquan and all Charlotte Uprising political prisoners.

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