May 19-21, 2017: Joe Mshahwar and Randi Nord in Chicago, Madison & Rockford, U.S. Out of Syria & Yemen! Money For Human Needs Not War!

CHICAGO May 19: 410 W Chicago Ave., Jesse White Community Center, Rm. 132, 6:30 P.M. https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoWWP/

MADISON May 20: 953 Jenifer Street, 2-4 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/workersworldpartywisconsin/

ROCKFORD May 21: 420 N Main Street, 1 P.M. https://www.facebook.com/rockfordwwp/

ALL EVENTS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

http://www.workers.org/

Join us at a public forum to discuss the origins and significance of the bloody wars raging in Syria and Yemen. Speakers will include Joe Mshahwar, a young Syrian activist with the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, and Randi Nord, a journalist who covers the Middle East for Geopolitics Alert. https://www.facebook.com/GeopoliticsAlert/ https://www.facebook.com/MECAWI/

Our panel will dig behind the headlines to address why the U.S. government is spending billions of our tax dollars to seek the violent overthrow of Syria’s democratically elected president, Bashar al-Assad, and the defeat of Yemen’s Popular Resistance Coalition. What was the real reason for Trump’s cruise missile attack on Syria’s Shayrat airbase? Why is the U.S. supporting Syrian offshoots of the very terrorist groups that Trump claims to oppose? Why is the U.S. arming Saudi Arabia with planes and bombs used to massacre tens of thousands in Yemen, one of the world’s poorest countries?

Our speakers will answer these questions as they expose the role of the western oil companies, big banks, and arms makers in promoting the continued bloodshed in Syria and Yemen. We also will discuss how we in the Midwest can build a movement to demand money for human needs, not for racism & war.

Joe Mshahwar Detroit April 2017

 

GeoPolitics Alert: EXCLUSIVE: Breaking Down The Economic War on Venezuela

http://geopoliticsalert.com/exclusive-breaking-economic-war-venezuela-photos

Caracas (GPA– There is a lot of negative press lately in the US concerning Venezuela and the country’s current financial crisis. We here at Geopolitics Alert have also noticed that within the alternative media audience there is a willingness to believe some of these stories despite the usual attitude of distrust of the mainstream media. This article is intended to clear up some of the common lies spread in the US media and shed some light on the real causes of the current turmoil in Venezuela.

Venezuela has been in the cross-hairs of the United States for years now since the election of Hugo Chavez in 1998. Chavez was considered a threat to the US domination of South America soon after he took office on a mandate of expelling the multi-nationals and putting control of the wealth of his country in the hands of the people who elected him.

Venezuela had one resource in particular that makes them such a desirable target for theft and exploitation by US corporations; a massive amount of oil. A common misconception is that Hugo Chavez made the decision to nationalize Venezuela’s oil, but the process actually began in 1976.

Chavez just used the system already in place to take the government from having partial ownership of oil resources, to total ownership. Chavez decided that instead of Venezuela only taking a minority share of the profits from their own oil – previously used to enrich a small group of elites willing to collaborate with the oil companies – he would take all of the oil revenue, using it to enrich the lives of the people of Venezuela. The oil giants Total, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and ExxonMobil – because of course – hated this development that inevitably led to the loss of their control over another country’s resources and the revenue they always feel entitled to…

GEOPOLITICS-ALERT Venezuela May 2017

Milwaukee, June 4: UBLAC Mass Meeting

Hosted by UBLAC Milwaukee

We are thankful for community partners like COA/Holton Youth and Family Center and Urban Underground that open their doors for grassroots organizations like UBLAC to host their meetings.

The last space we hosted included a dope potuck that created an organic space for folx to come begin relationship building. We will continue to create opportunities for people to build as we move forward with next steps.

We invite you, and please consider bringing a friend, to our next mass meeting on Sunday, June 4th at Urban Underground as we continue building a foundation that aligns with our mission to equip, connect, and educate Black communities with resources and opportunities that will provide a sustainable enviornment free from oppressive systems.

Mission: Uplifting Black Liberation and Black Communities (U.B.L.A.C) will equip, connect, and educate Black communities with resources and opportunities that will help provide a sustainable environment free from oppressive systems. This begins by using education about potential impact on the community, and how to heal from post- traumatic slave syndrome.

Vision:
Through outreach and collaboration, UBLAC will help Individuals foster understanding about liberation through knowledge and application in order to generate independent living and thinking.

 

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Rockford, May 19: March 4 Justice (M4J) #BLM

Hosted by Rockford Youth Activism and Hear Da ROC Cry

Black Lives Matter.

If we don’t get no justice, then they don’t get no peace.

The march is a response to the recent police violence in our Rockford community and black communities across the country. We are against white supremacy and police as a white supremacist institution. This march will be unapologetically black. We demand that money go to our communities and schools instead of putting more police on the streets to terrorize black folks as our Mayor Tom McNamara wants to do. McNamara says that Rockford has a “culture of crime” while not addressing the fact that our black community unemployment rate is 28.9% and the poverty rate for black people in our community is 43.1% (Huffington Post). Police violence and hate crimes under the Trump administration have soared. Jeff Sessions and the DOJ recently decided not to persecute any officers for the murder of Alton Sterling. We need justice. This is not a time to sit idly by.

We want black community control of the police now. We want police demilitarization now. We want justice for all black bodies murdered now. We want end to stop and frisk.

If you are a cop supporter or sympathizer, this is not the rally/March for you to attend; you will be removed for such actions as they endanger the POC involved and the resistance against the racist system of policing. Black voices will be focused. White allies are encouraged to attend but also realize that this is a black centered event.

Share and tell your friends. #WeComingWeReady #FTP #NoJusticeNoPeace #BlackLivesMatter #BlackPower

 

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May 19-21: Madison Stands with AT&T Workers – Picket Solidarity

Hosted by Support Striking AT&T Mobility Workers – Madison WI

3902 E Washington Ave., Madison, WI

SIGN PETITION: http://tinyurl.com/md8mshh

40,000 retail, call center, and landline workers at AT&T represented by the Communication Workers of America (CWA) will walk off the job Friday at 2:00 PM Central if they haven’t won a fair union contract by then. As community members and workers, we are organizing to mobilize community solidarity to support the strike. When AT&T workers fight for decent living standards, they’re fighting for all of us, and it’s up to us to fight for them too!

Please join us in supporting the AT&T retail workers locally in Madison! There are 3 Madison retail locations walking off the job on Friday at 2PM. They will be uniting at a single AT&T store location on 3902 East Washington Ave.

We will be meeting at 1:30pm (a half hour before the workers walk off the job) in order to welcome them to the picket lines!

The Official picket times for Friday and Saturday are:

2PM-6PM Friday
10AM-2PM Saturday
Sunday (TBD)

Please consider bringing things like coffee, water, and snacks for the workers on the picket line!

Please “Like” and follow our page for more information, and share this event widely to draw as much community support as possible! Additionally, you can learn more about the strike here: www.UnityAtMobility.com

 

Solidarity Actions Needed! Tell U.S. Company, Delta Apparel to Give 25 Injured Honduran Workers Their Jobs Back!

The Honduran Women’s Collective is asking for letters, calls, tweets, and facebook messages, be sent to Delta Apparel to insist that they give 25 fired workers, their jobs back. See action and info below. Sample letter below.

Between April 5-7, 2017, U.S.-based company, Delta Apparel fired over 40 workers that suffer from musculoskeletal injuries, from their factory in Villanueva, Cortés, Honduras. Most have worked with the company for over 10 years. 25 of the 40 workers have refused to accept any settlements, and are demanding that Delta Apparel give them their jobs back.

Without their jobs, the injured workers cannot access needed medical benefits and treatments, including operations, medicines, and rehab. Since they were fired, CODEMUH and the workers have organized protests and gatherings outside of Delta’s factory.  Let’s make Delta Apparel listen to them!

The 25 workers – 22 women and three men – have received medical diagnoses that demonstrate that the injuries they suffer from, have been largely caused by the repetitive assembly line work in the factories. The diagnoses of work-related injuries requires Delta to relocate workers inside the factory in order to reduce the risk factors that caused the injuries in the first place. Delta refused to do this, and instead fired the workers, using their injuries and diagnoses as the justification! This is in clear violation of Honduran law, which is already weakly enforced given the power of foreign companies, and the high rates of impunity and corruption in the Honduran government.

The Honduran Women’s Collective (CODEMUH) and 25 recently fired employees are requesting that international organizations and individuals, send letters, email, call, tweet and Facebook, the U.S.-based company, Delta Apparel.  Delta Apparel’s headquarters is in Greenville, South Carolina, and is a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.

Call, tweet, facebook, and write Delta Apparel and demand:

  1. That Delta Apparently reinstate the 25 fired workers, without conditions and without delay.
  2. That the company abide by Honduran law, and relocate the 25 workers to positions in the factories that do not expose them to the risk factors that caused their injuries in the first place.

CONTACT INFO:

Delta Apparel, Corporate Headquarters:

322 South Main Street, Greenville, South Carolina 29601,

Tel: 864-232-5200

Email: investor.relations@deltaapparel.com

Twitter: @DeltaApparel

Facebook: Delta Apparel

Write the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa (SmithJA6@state.gov) and insist that they follow-up with Delta Apparel and the Honduran government to ensure the workers’ voices are heard.

In all communications, please send a copy to CODEMUH at mujeresfem@codemuh.hn. Also demonstrate your solidarity for the workers on CODEMUH’s facebook (Codemuh Codemuh)

__________________

SAMPLE LETTER

Delta Apparel

Corporate Headquarters:

322 South Main Street

Greenville, South Carolina 29601

Tel: 864-232-5200

Email: investor.relations@deltaapparel.com

Twitter: @DeltaApparel

Facebook: Delta Apparel

May 8, 2017

Dear CEO and President Robert W. Humphreys,

It has come to our attention that Delta Apparel fired over 40 Honduran employees in early April 2017 from their Delta Apparel Honduras factory in Villanueva, Cortes. Of the 40 fired employees, 25 workers – 22 women and 3 men – are demanding that Delta Apparel give them their jobs back. All 25 workers are injured with work-related injuries like musculoskeletal disorders, as diagnosed by the Honduran Social Security Institute (IHSS), Without their jobs, they cannot access the expensive and specialized medical treatment they need for their injuries.

Delta Apparel knows that these workers are injured and simply wants to rid itself of a problem that the conditions in their own factory created! Delta justified firing the workers because of the diagnoses that the workers have been given by the IHSS, that legally requires the company to relocate them inside the factory in order to reduce the physical stress and risk factors that caused their injuries in the first place. Delta Apparel refuses to do this. Instead, Delta has refused in various hearings held by the Honduran Ministry of Labor to give the 25 workers their jobs back. The Honduran Women’s Collective (CODEMUH) have been organizing protests, gatherings, and providing legal support for the fired workers. We demand that their voices be heard!

All fired employees have worked with the company for between 10-19 years, and all require immediate and specialized medical assistance as a result of the injuries they have developed on Delta’s assembly lines. The 25 employees want their jobs back in order to have medical coverage in the Social Security Institute.

We demand that Delta Apparel abide by Honduran law and act as a “socially responsible” company as it claims to be! Give the 25 workers their jobs back, without delay or conditions and relocate them inside the factory so they are no longer at risk of further injury!

Sincerely,

Your Name

Cc: Jason Smith, Human Rights and Labor Representative, US Embassy in Tegucigalpa; SmithJA6@state.gov; CODEMUH, mujeresfem@codemuh.hn; Honduras Solidarity Network, honsolnetwork@gmail.com;