Richard Collins murdered by a white supremacist days before his college graduation

University of Maryland’s Black Student Union just started a petition titled: “Honor Richard Collins III and punish hate speech at University of Maryland.”

Here’s why this is important: 

We are saddened and frightened by what happened to Richard Collins III when he was visiting our campus at University of Maryland. Collins, was waiting at a bus stop for his uber when a white UMD student and member of “Alt-Reich” a neo-nazi Facebook group, Sean Urbanski, approached him and stabbed him to death.

With Trump, and his team of white supremacists in the White House emboldening racists to act upon their hate we sadly are not that surprised by such fatal and racist actions like this. But, when they happen so close to home, on your campus a place where you are supposed to feel safe it is absolutely frightening. We send our condolences to the family of Richard Collins III who was graduating from college, at Bowie State this week.

In mourning this hateful murder we are also organizing and asking that the University of Maryland administration take steps to make campus safer for Black students and less of a safe haven for neo-nazis, and white supremacists like Sean Urbanski.

Join UMD students as we continue to pressure the administration to expand the consequences for hate speech and make the Code of Student Conduct in regard to hate speech less vague.

Students in UMD’s Black Student Union, NAACP, Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society, Community Roots, Ethiopian-Eritrean Student Association, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Muslim Political Alliance, American Indian Student Union and Pride Alliance have been pressuring the administration to make it clear that hate speech is not welcomed on UMD’s campus. However, the university has not responded to demands for policy changes that would show a commitment to making the campus safer for Black students and other minority groups.

When consequences for hate speech are not strong it tells students like Sean Urbanski that hate and bigotry is okay. It makes white supremacist students comfortable on campus, validated, and creates space for violent, racist attacks like what happened to Richard Collins III to occur.

Unfortunately multiple racially charged events have occurred over the past few years on UMD’s campus and we have voiced our concerns to the administration, but they’re being dismissed by the President’s office, the Provost’s Office and Student Affairs. Due to this the organizations listed above along with other student activists came together to form a group called Protect UMD, but as we can see with the murder of Richard Collins III UMD is not yet the safe campus that we want it to be.

While University President Wallace Loh has expressed his condolences and sadness over the murder of Richard Collins III it is not enough. That’s why we are calling for actions. Join us in demanding that UMD take hate speech seriously and punish those students who engage in it under the Code of Student Conduct

Richard Collins III was killed on campus Saturday night because of the color of his skin. If the university continues to be unresponsive to the demands of Black students, and other students of color, and doesn’t seriously listen to our concerns and grievances we are worried that hateful acts like this could become the norm.

President Loh has continuously reinforced an environment that tolerates hate speech by reducing student organizing efforts and instead encouraging more discourse. Not all situations require more discourse, some call for action! It’s time for Loh to recognize that. We need a president that supports diversity, acknowledges threats, and implements preventive policies that cultivate a safe and secure environment for all students on campus — not just white ones.

Students at UMD have been organizing for years to change the way the university is run so that Black students, and other students of color, can feel safe on campus. We did not want it to get to this. The university must respond with action now!

Racism is not out of the ordinary for UMD’s campus: 

  • In 2007 a noose was found hanging outside the Black cultural center, Nyumburu Cultural Center
  • In 2014 students protested the university’s police department’s hyper-militarization. campus police weaponry includes a $65,000 armored truck, 50 M16 rifles, two transport vehicles, and 16 12-gauge shotguns. However, all of the police weaponry remains
  • In 2016 UMD campus police broke up an off-campus party of mostly Black students using excessive force and pepper-spray
  • Just a few months ago, on March 13th, white nationalist posters were posted around campus
  • Racist rhetoric like “deport dreamers” and “build a wall” have been written in chalk outside of the Student Union building
  • On April 27th, 2017 a noose was hung on campus inside Phi Kappa Tau’s fraternity house, a mostly white fraternity

Racism is a trend at University of Maryland and the administration has allowed it to fester! It allows people like Sean Urbanski to thrive and for Black students on campus, whether visiting or part of the student body, to feel scared and know that they are unsafe!

Join us in demanding that UMD’s President Loh increase the punishment for students engaging in hate speech and make the Code of Student Conduct in regards to hate speech more explicit.

Thank You,

University of Maryland’s Black Student Union


Defend Venezuela

According to a May 3 Reuters article, “An influential group of Republican and Democratic U.S. senators introduced sweeping legislation … to address the crisis in Venezuela, including sanctioning individuals responsible for undermining democracy or involved in corruption.”

The quote cited needs translation, as it really means: Some top Senate millionaire hawks want to grab workers’ taxes to overthrow the elected, popular government of Venezuela.

That U.S. imperialism works to undermine the Bolivarian government in Caracas is nothing new. Washington even promoted a military coup against Hugo Chávez in 2002. The Venezuelan people smashed the coup and strengthened Venezuela’s revolution.

Earlier and much greater funding for the U.S. efforts at regime change — that is, counterrevolution — have been buried in the budgets of the CIA, AID and other organs of undercover imperialist intervention disguised as promoters of “democracy.” Now, Senate promoters of imperialist intervention like Republicans Marco Rubio and John McCain and Democrats Ben Cardin and Dick Durbin are giving the U.S. covert effort the Senate’s open blessing.

Anyone who thinks the Senate aims to save democracy should think again about its agenda. Soon, the Senate will reach some rotten compromise on the new “Health Care” Act. The millionaire senators will determine how many million U.S. residents too poor to pay medical costs should be kicked into the nearest grave.

Does the Senate really aim to stop governmental corruption? It could start by doing something to stop the Trump family gang from profiting on everything from casinos to golf courses to stays at hotels with the presidential brand.

No, what the Senate is taking aim at is Venezuela’s sovereignty and independence. The Senate hates any attempt by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to better the lives of the poor people of that country at the cost of the oligarchs and imperialism.

In collusion with Venezuela’s rich and reactionaries, U.S. imperialism has disrupted the country’s economy. In collusion with the corporate media, it has exaggerated the depth of the crisis to create a pretext for intervention. In collusion with the Organization of American States — another U.S. creation — it has targeted the Venezuelan government for “regime change.”

For those who want to defend the independence of countries to the south of the United States, it is essential at this time to defend the Bolivarian government of Venezuela from this imperialist attack.

Down with the Senate plan for sanctions!

U.S. hands off Venezuela!

¡Chávez presente! ¡Maduro presidente!


BDS: Support Mass Palestinian Hunger Strike, Advocate for a Military Embargo of Israel

Hundreds of Palestinian political prisoners are now approaching their critical sixth week on hunger strike, and they have made an urgent appeal for international solidarity. As they hit Day 40 of their courageous Dignity Strike on May 26, the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) calls for intensifying global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns to amplify the prisoners’ legitimate and just demands.

ACT NOW. Click here or see below for some ideas on what you can do.

In particular, the BNC calls for immediate international action towards implementing a comprehensive military embargo on Israel, similar to that imposed against apartheid South Africa in the past. International bodies — including banks, private military corporations, research centers, universities and governments — must stop enabling Israel’s military and security apparatus, and stop facilitating the development of Israeli military technology. As long as military ties continue, the international community is effectively sending Israel a clear message of approval to continue its severe violations of international law, including its violations of basic prisoners’ rights.

This is a critical moment — with every passing hour, Palestinian hunger strikers are risking death. Their health is rapidly deteriorating as they maintain their commitment to assert their dignity and win their internationally recognized rights. A comprehensive military embargo on Israel is long overdue and as urgent as ever.

Palestinians have come together in remarkably strong support of the Dignity Strike. There have been two general strikes with mass participation across historic Palestine. The general strike on Monday, May 22 was the largest since the first Intifada (1987-1993). Rallies and creative actions are happening on a daily basis in Palestinian refugee camps across the region. Those living under Israeli military occupation are also demonstrating in the streets, shutting down Jewish-only settlers’ roads, bringing work and traffic to a standstill and refusing the entry of Israeli products into supermarkets. Across solidarity tents the slogan “boycott your jailer” rings loud.

International action is needed to support and sustain these inspiring grassroots mobilisations as Israel has responded with its predictable use of brutal military force and repression. At least one demonstrator, 23-year old Saba Abu Ubeid, has been killed by an Israeli sniper. A second young man at a solidarity march was shot in the head by an Israeli settler.

ACT to support the Dignity Strike. There are many ways. On May 26, Day 40 of the Dignity Strike:

  1. Join the #BDS4DignityStrike social media campaign. Share this image widely using the hashtag #BDS4DignityStrike.
  2. Organize a banner drop or street action in your community or campus to raise awareness about the Dignity Strike and call for a military embargo. Use #BDS4DignityStrike to share pictures from your action.
  3. Do your research and launch a divestment campaign. Your bank or pension fund are likely to have collaboration with Israeli military companies. Pressure them to divest.
  4. Start a campaign for your university to cut all ties with Israel’s military industry. Universities often conduct joint military or dual-use research with Israel or with weapons companies that supply the Israeli military.
  5. Write to your elected officials, multilateral bodies and the UN to raise the issue of the Dignity Strike and build pressure to exclude Israeli military companies from contracts and eventually impose a military embargo on Israel.
  6. Create your own BDS-related action. Don’t limit yourself to this list.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) again and again reaffirms its full support for the Dignity Strike. We call on people of conscience and citizen groups to take urgent action, mainstreaming and escalating military embargo campaigns as an effective nonviolent means of holding Israel accountable to international law and ending its fatal impunity.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Visit our website and follow us @BDSmovement

Palestine Hunger Strike

Hunger Strikes Renewed At Wisconsin Prisons


Message:PLEASE HELP US Get out of this torture!!
Many under 25 Years old, soon to be released after having no treatment or training while in prison and will get very little support upon leaving prison.

1)(coming)Sign our petition- 290 signatures so far -we are going for 1000(started with hunger strike last year but still relevant)

2)Help us strategize on how to build an effective campaign that will bring treatment and rehabilitation back to WI prisons. (email FFUP at if interested in working with us)

3) help us spread the word- send this link to your contacts and local media . This site will evolve as we gather more :
click here

or type  this in your browser:

3) send a prisoner a nurturing note/letter
you can use FFUP’s address for your return address, just make sure we have your real address if you want to read inmate’s response/we will forward.
your name; c/o FFUP ;29631 Wild Rose Drive; Blue River, WI 53518
Names of strikers we have so Far

A) Green Bay Correctional Institution(GBCI); PO Box 19033, Green Bay, WI 54301

Tommie Carter 389297
Matthew Richard 259590
William Jones 473038
Jermaine McKinney 442501
Altreo Scott 540123
Victor Brown 529809
B) Waupun Correctional Institution (WCI);PO Box 351; Waupun, WI 53963
David Claudio 289694,

Timothy Sidney 480019,
Jack Williams 271433
Alex Javier Lopez-Smith 559448
C)WSPF;PO Box 9900; Boscobel, WI 53805
Jimmy Chandler describes conditions, “about ten on strike”(typing coming)


Alex javier Lopez-Smith 559448, WCI  22 Years old!!

Birth year 1995/out date 6 10 2018

I’m writing to tell you there is four people on hunger strike. Their names are David Claudio 289694, Timothy Sidney 480019, Jack Williams 271433 and Alex Javier Lopez-Smith 559448.

We’re pretesting how the C/o officers are treating us. And I’m protesting the psychologist not sending me back  to WRC for prerelease and trauma group before I go home june 10, 2018. Doctor N Stewart paying games even though the psychologist and social worker in WRC say I can benefit from these groups before I’m released. Can you please check into this. And they put me in segregation for supposedly disobeying orders, disrespect, For something I didn’t do. 
Above in original letter

Many Disturbing reports from WCI
The worst: Joseph Beahm , Guard with record of most assault complains is now heading the Segregation unit at WAUPUN
# see 2014 articles by Bill Lueders of the WI center for Investigative Journalism

# Darnial Craig and Vandelle Over describe assaults and fear- they ask for help getting to the media as they are still in danger

#Darnial Craig description of incident directly after it happened

We are LOOKING for Help and ideas for getting this guard off the unit ( along with all the rest of the reforms needed) Idea for start- petition drive targeting Sergeant Beahm.

Timothy Sidney describes Life in WCI and more on Sergeant Beahm:
Timothy Sidney 480018 WCI
Birth Year 1988/ out 5 23 19
Letter 5 10 17 typed
I write in regards to mental health, my mental health! I been incarcerated a little over 7 years and I’m worst! Long story short 2011 until 2012 I had not one scar on my body, now my body will tell you7 years worth of cruel unusual acts in scars! From 2012 until 2015 I was housed in segregation form Waupun , to Boscobel , to Green Bay, to WRC , back to Waupun! As I write you this letter I’m currently housed in Waupun seg unit on strike, Cause I’m subject to all type of cruelty, aged trays, Impartial Hearing, Excessive force, dirty cell guards, not mental health treatment  for my PTSD, So I cut  a lot for grounding, COR’s here in their seg building, CO Beahm , CO Demers, CO Pole are putting razor blades, unprescribed pills in my cells even in my observation cell before being placed on suicide watch and I’m sending proof enclosed in this letter ,some people want a way, some want lawsuits , some want revenge, but I just want help, treatment because I go home soon and I don’t want to go home like this, so please reach out because I’m to the point of no return! Another thing I think you should know is I was housed in seg from 2012 to 2015 off ticket for overdosing and cutting and my records speak for they self this is no lie  your reading. The charges was wither misuse of medication or disfigurement.  All I ask is that you reach , because I need to be touched. Well thank you for your tine and I hope I didn’t take too much of it.
Original PDF :

SOME DETAILS CONTINUED:  GBCI ( Green Bay Correctional Institution)
Jovan Williams 575056, GBCI born 1993 out date 10 17 27
Luis C Granados  1991. GBCI   out date :6 16 17 OUT IN A MONTH!!

WI AFL-CIO Supports Striking AT&T Workers, Join A Picket Line Near You!

Brothers and Sisters,

Today, 40,000 AT&T workers, including many in Wisconsin, walked off the job after failure to reach a fair union contract with AT&T Mobility. Workers have been at the bargaining table for months fighting for good jobs against a company dead set on lining its pockets at the expense of the workers who make them billions.

Join Communication Workers of America (CWA) families on the picket line in Wisconsin Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Find a picket line near you.

This will be the biggest strike in the United States since 40,000 Verizon workers walked out last year, and may be the biggest strike of retail workers at a national company in U.S. history. The strike would include 21,000 retail and call center workers at AT&T Wireless across the country, and 17,000 AT&T West landline and DIRECTV workers in California and Nevada, along with landline workers in Connecticut. Workers will return to work on Monday.

CWA families are striking to protect their jobs (which are being outsourced left and right), preserve affordable health care, and stop their wages from stagnating.

Please sign up here to join a picket line either Friday, Saturday or Sunday!

If you can’t join us on the picket line, click here now to send an email to CEO Randall Stephenson to say you stand with workers fighting for good jobs.

Wireless workers at AT&T have seen their salaries eroded year after year and their benefits get more and more expensive. It’s getting almost impossible to make ends meet working at AT&T Mobility.

And this isn’t just about AT&T, which is the 10th largest company in the country and made $13 billion in profits last year – we have to take a stand to say working people can’t be used and abused while companies make billions off our backs.

This fight is bigger than AT&T, this is about working people standing up to corporate power for good jobs and a better future. I hope you’ll join AT&T workers on the picket line this weekend.

In Solidarity,

Phil Neuenfeldt, President

Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer

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