Milwaukee, March 7: Phone Zap: Waupun prison censorship

Short form:
Tuesday, March 7, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Call Waupun Correctional at (920) 324-5571, and ask to be transferred to the mailroom.
Sample Script: “I am calling to ask you to reconsider your censorship in Waupun Correctional mailroom. Your facility has consistently blocked access to the prisoner publication Voices From Behind Wisconsin Prison Gates. By blocking this you are smothering prisoners voices. Other facilities have let this publication in, we are asking you to do the same.”

They may ask you to identify which prisoners this publication was sent to. If challenged on this, say “It has gone to many people on the inside. Other prisons in Wisconsin have not blocked this. Why is Waupun censoring this publication?”

Context:
Voices Behind Wisconsin Prison Gates is a publication written by people incarcerated in Wisconsin, it provides a way for people who are incarcerated to talk to teach other about problems they experience, to be less isolated, and less vulnerable to abuse by prison authorities.

The latest issue can be seen online here: http://bit.ly/2leH8vM

More context on the conditions of abuse and restriction at Waupun Corectional Institution: http://wisconsinwatch.org/tag/waupun-correctional-institution/

More information on Milwaukee’s Incarcerated Worker Organizing Committee can se seen here: http://talkin.mkegmb.org/organizing/incarcerated-worker-organizing-committee

If you want to help, you can also fill out survey form identifying tasks that you can do to be part of the movement against prison abuse:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jIToClitl8JErcqDRPNdOB_FY2jwgXlNncV8nVI_81E

Here is a “How-To” video for calling prisons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=251DPVDQ17A (the example used is a lot longer than what’s expected for this call, but it shows how the process can often look like)

If you’re participating internationally, you can make an international voice call to the US very cheaply using google voice / hangouts. When you make a call, please post in the facebook thread how it went to provide more information to people and remind others to take a minute to call-in.

An injury to one is an injury to all. Please contact us if you have additional concerns.

March 5: International day of action called to condemn war crimes in Donbass

https://redstaroverdonbass.blogspot.com/2017/02/international-day-of-action-called-to.html

By Greg Butterfield, Workers World

Since late January, people living in the Donbass mining region of eastern Europe have been battered by the worst wartime bombing from neighboring Ukraine in nearly two years. Schools, hospitals, water treatment facilities and chemical plants have been targeted, as well as residential homes in cities and villages along the front line.

Nearly 10,000 people have been killed in the region since a right-wing coup overthrew the elected government of Ukraine in 2014.

Photo: 101life.net- The Lost Children of Donbass
In response to the intensified attacks, people have been taking to the streets, from Russia and Italy to South Africa and Britain, demanding an end to war crimes by the U.S.-backed regime in Kiev.

More than 230,000 residents of the independent Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk and thousands internationally have also signed a petition to leaders of Russia, Germany and the United States, demanding that they force Ukraine to abide by the Minsk peace agreement.

Despite signing this agreement in 2015, President Petro Poroshenko’s government continues to violate it every day.

Meanwhile, the new administration in Washington – which raised expectations of a peaceful resolution to the Ukrainian crisis in the Russian-speaking world with Donald Trump’s campaign overtures to Moscow – has taken an increasingly belligerent tone, threatening a new nuclear arms race while condemning non-existent Russian “aggression” in Ukraine at the United Nations and reassuring NATO allies of its commitment to the imperialist alliance.

South African trade unionists protest in solidarity with Donbass.
Photo: WFTU

Now an international day of action has been called for Sunday, March 5, to press the demand for an end to Ukraine’s war, which is enabled by U.S. funding and NATO military training and assistance.

Protesters will also call for Ukrainian President Poroshenko to be charged with war crimes at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Actions are planned in at least 16 cities in Europe, Asia and North America, at Ukrainian embassies, United Nations sites and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) offices.

In New York, Solidarity with Novorossiya & Antifascists in Ukraine, a project of the International Action Center, has called for a picket at the United Nations on March 5 at 12 noon. Protesters will gather at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza at 1st Avenue and 47th Street, across from UN headquarters.

There, anti-war and anti-fascist activists will also demand freedom for Alexander Kushnarev, who was arrested by the Ukrainian Security Service on February 23. Kushnarev’s son Gennady was among at least 48 people killed in the fascist massacre at the Odessa House of Trade Unions on May 2, 2014. This latest attack on the victims’ families is part of Kiev’s campaign to cover up its complicity in the massacre.

For more information on the protest, visit No2NATO.org. At the website, readers can also find out how to sign the international petition.

Milwaukee, Feb. 25: We can’t afford to stay silent, Rally 4 Our Healthcare

WI AFL-CIO, http://www.wisaflcio.org/

Working people across the country are flooding their legislators’ town halls this week to demand that Congress not take health care away from tens of millions of people.

In Wisconsin, union members, healthcare workers, patients and community members are rallying on Saturday, February 25, at the IBEW Local 494 office, 3303 S 103rd St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53227, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Join the movement to save affordable healthcare, ‘Rally 4 our Healthcare’ Saturday!

It’s hard to believe, but some extreme legislators want to carry out a quadruple threat against health care in America. They want to repeal the Affordable Care Act coverage without providing anything close to a decent replacement. They’re planning to slash the Medicaid program that provides essential services to children, people with disabilities and the elderly, as well as end Medicare as we know it. On top of this, they want to impose a new tax on workplace health benefits that will come directly out of workers’ paychecks and lead many to lose the coverage we get through our jobs.

But these legislators are now feeling the pressure. Some, like Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Ron Johnson, have even refused to hold town halls just to avoid their constituents. But with health care coverage for tens of millions on the line, we can’t let them ignore us.

Will you take a minute to call your representative right now and demand he or she protect our health care?

Click here or dial 1-855-976-9914 to call your representative now and tell her or him to keep workers’ coverage free from taxes and to save our health care.

The more we hear about the Republican health care plan, the worse it gets. If Republicans repeal the ACA, 30 million Americans could lose health care coverage and millions more will face less affordable and less accessible health care.

And the “replacement” they’ve promised? It would impose a huge new tax on the health benefits of workers and end Medicare and Medicaid as we know them.

The bottom line is their plan will cost working people more, cover fewer families and literally endanger the lives of people who need critical care. Affordable health care coverage is a life-or-death issue for many families—and with so much at stake, we can’t afford to stay silent.

We need to send our leaders a powerful message: We won’t let them gut our health care. Join the rally in Milwaukee Saturday or call today to demand that your representative do the right thing and protect our care!

Click here or dial 1-855-976-9914 now to call your representative and demand he or she protect health care for working people.

In Solidarity,

Phil Neuenfeldt, President

Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer