Trump Cancels Visit to Milwaukee, Activists Declare: “Stay Out We Don’t Want Your Racist Kind Here”

PRESS STATEMENT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 31, 2017

Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump

Today, Milwaukee let the world know that Trump is not welcome here.

The Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump is thrilled that Trump has been forced to cancel his visit to Milwaukee, one of his first press events outside of Washington D.C. Fearing a massive protest, Trump was forced to cancel his event after a massive backlash from the community over his scheduled appearance at Harley-Davidson. The location of Trump’s event, which was supposed to remain secret, was leaked by activists and a rally was planned outside the Harley-Davidson plant in Menominee Falls. Thousands of people from all walks of life were prepared to protest Trump’s visit and condemn his hateful speech and policies. The Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump organized a call-in protest to Harley-Davidson that resulted in a denial from Harley-Davidson, followed by an announcement from the White House that the trip was cancelled. Trump’s unpopular policies have ignited an unprecedented resistance movement that will block his every move. We hope our success in Milwaukee sets the tone for the rest of Trump’s Presidency, wherever he goes, there will be resistance!

AFSCME Council 32: Say NO to Hate at UW Madison & Everywhere!

http://www.afscme32.org/

Sign petition: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/say-no-to-hate

UW System President Ray Cross

When a white supremacist group surfaced at UW Madison, AFSCME members said NO. Racism has no place in our public universities. It has no place in our state or in our nation.

AFSCME members will never be silent in the face of hate.

Please join with us in sending a message to the entire UW System. We stand in solidarity with all students, staff and community members — regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability or political belief.

We stand in solidarity with any community member who feels threatened by prejudice or hate. Know that you are not alone. We stand with you.

We say NO to hate.

Sign petition: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/say-no-to-hate

http://www.afscme32.org/

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UW-Madison Student Coalition for Progress Emergency Declaration: NO to hate, NO bigotry, and NO to the white supremacist “alt-right” on our campus!

Student Coalition for Progress – Madison

In light of recent events by a self-described member of the American Freedom Party to organize a student chapter at UW-Madison, a group of students, alumni, community members, faculty, and staff from a wide range of backgrounds and political perspectives have joined together as the Student Coalition for Progress to stand united in our opposition to white supremacy at UW-Madison.

The American Freedom Party is a white supremacist organization and stands opposed to a multiracial, pluralistic society. The group’s official Facebook page features an article published by “Conservative-Headlines.org” describing the party’s platform: “The American Freedom Party, formerly known as the American Third Position, is a registered political party that is described as representing the interests and issues of White people. The party’s platform includes prioritizing white supremacy values and promoting a strong anti-immigration stance.” UW-Madison Chancellor similarly acknowledged that the American Freedom Party is “a recognized hate group.

We, the Student Coalition for Progress, issue the following declaration:

1.) We oppose white supremacist values and will actively resist any attempt to organize around them within the UW-Madison community. We call upon all UW-Madison community members to immediately join in these efforts.

2.) The term “alt-right” is a euphemism for white supremacy. The term “alt-right,” short for alternative right, was meant to indicate a rejection of the norms of contemporary conservatism, and specifically its embrace of colorblindness, and its acceptance of the terrain of a post-Civil Rights Movement world where racial messages had to at least be communicated in a non-racial register. The alternative right is “alternative” because it explicitly embraces the politics of white supremacy that the mainstream right must conceal. White supremacist ideology promotes the political, economic, and/or physical subjugation or elimination of all peoples by the white race. This goal is necessarily predicated upon the destruction or marginalization of entire categories of humans. We reject any so-called distinction between “alt-right” and white supremacy.

3) We demand Chancellor Blank to reconsider her position on the notion of enhanced criminal background checks for future UW-Madison applicants. This is not an issue of lax criminal background checks. Rather, the attempted formation of a hate group on campus is part of a recognizable pattern of white supremacy and racist violence at the UW-Madison that must be urgently addressed by administration and the broader UW-Madison community before it escalates further. In just the past two years, spectators at a Badgers football game wore a costume depicting Barack Obama wearing a noose, a student in a dining hall was pushed, spat on, and subjected to racist verbal abuse; a campus fraternity was sanctioned for failing to address “persistent reports of discriminatory behavior”, to name only a handful of the 84 individual reports of hate incidents at UW-Madison in the 2015-2016 school year alone. It is clear that there is an emerging pattern of white supremacist violence on campus which violates the UW-Madison’s stated mission to “Embody, through its policies and programs, respect for, and commitment to, the ideals of a pluralistic, multiracial, open and democratic society.”
The call for increased criminal background checks of UW-Madison applicants is a misdiagnosis of the problem.

In fact, further consideration of criminal history in the application process would almost certainly hinder UW-Madison administration’s ability to fulfill their commitment to “embodying the ideals of a…multiracial…society.” Research shows that underrepresented groups such as Black Folks and Latinos would are already disproportionately harmed by the consideration of criminal history in the application process because these groups are searched, arrested, and incarcerated at disproportionately higher rates than other racial groups—nationally, Black Folks are incarcerated at least 8 times as often than White People, and Wisconsin itself is among the national leaders in rate of Black imprisonment. We urge Chancellor Blank to reconsider her position on criminal background checks so as to be in keeping with her commitment to the UW-Madison Mission Statement to “Embody, through its policies and programs, respect for, and commitment to, the ideals of a pluralistic, multiracial, open and democratic society.”

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The Student Coalition for Progress calls upon all UW-Madison students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members to join together in resistance to white supremacy on campus and beyond, and urge you to stand with us in affirming the our commitment to an open and multiracial campus. We say NO to hate, NO bigotry, and NO to the white supremacist “alt-right” on our campus! Student Coalition for Progress – Madison

Detroit, March 25-26, 2017: Fight Back Conference, Resistance Against Racism and Capitalism, the Struggle for Socialism

Join Workers World Party in Detroit, Michigan along with other Midwest WWP branches for a fightback conference on the resistance against racism and capitalism, and the struggle for socialism where we’ll discuss:

*Ending the police war on Black & Brown people & defending the Black Lives Matter movement

*Stopping the raids & deportations & disarming ICE & the police

*Defending queer and trans people, fighting for LGBTQ liberation  and women’s rights now

*Fighting imperialism from Syria to Africa, for a free Palestine, and building international solidarity

*Abolishing capitalism and fighting for revolutionary socialism

*The struggle in the Midwest against powerful reactionary state apparatuses and a direct ruling class offensive

*The economic, political, and social war waged against Detroit, a former stronghold of workers’ power and black liberation

*Combating the emboldened right wing and rising fascist movement

*Fight For Standing Rock and other indigenous struggles

Racist police repression, raids and deportations, and the attacks on working class and oppressed people cannot be ended, once and for all, until the decaying capitalist system, which is becoming more and more desperately dependent on state repression, is ended. Capitalism must be replaced with a system that is based on meeting human needs, not exploitation to make profits: socialism.

These and other pressing struggles of the day — along with the experiences, observations, and questions of those in attendance — will be the basis of the conference.

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Janesville, Feb. 4: NoBan NoWall: Picket Paul Ryan’s Office

Saturday, Feb. 4, 20 S Main Street, Janesville, 12 Noon
The signing of President Trump’s executive order has affected thousands – refugees seeking asylum and protection who have already been approved for visas, parents barred from reuniting with their families, legal permanent residents being denied the ability to return to school or work, and refugees fleeing persecution being forced to return to their countries to death and violence. It is the logical extension of his xenophobic, anti-Muslim rhetoric. At the same time, further militarization and new construction along the Southern border of the United States risks the lives of many and threatens to further violate the human rights of millions.

We stand in solidarity with the tens of thousands of protestors across the country demanding human rights and dignity for refugees and immigrants and a reversal of these inhumane executive orders. We are heartened by the temporary stays halting parts of President Trump’s executive order.

To this end, we will picket outside the Janesville office of Paul Ryan – the Speaker of the House of Representatives – to call on him to exert his and his party’s influence to ensure that President Trump follows the rule of law and democratic norms.