Report on the UNAC 2017 Conference

As activists met in Richmond, VA for the UNAC conference entitled “Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad: Building a Movement Against War, Injustice & Repression,” the US military was shooting down another Syrian plane from the skies over Syria, and the cop who murdered Philando Castile was being acquitted.  Despite these realities, the conference and the movement took a huge step forward, as over 300 people registered for the conference, bringing together people from 31 states as well as nine foreign countries: Canada, Columbia, Hungary, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and Venezuela.  The conference was the most diverse by age, race and geography of any antiwar conference or meeting in recent history.
Hosted in Richmond by the UNAC-affiliated Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality, the Friday night through Sunday conference presented a number of panels and workshops on the wars abroad and the wars at home on people of color, workers, immigrants, Muslims and others. The entire conference was professionally live-streamed and recorded by Other Voices, Other Choices, with producer Wilton Vought.  The recordings can be seen and heard here:
This was the first time that UNAC attempted a conference in the South and away from the major East Coast metropolitan areas.  This was due to the number of groups from the South that have recently joined UNAC and an increased pace of struggle in that area of the country.


Support Farm Workers in North Carolina

Farmers Elected to State Legislature Seek to Stop Farmworker Union’s Progress

S615 continues decades long effort to deny farmworkers freedom of association

Contact: Justin Flores,, 704-577-3480


June 28, 2017, Raleigh, NC –State Rep. David Lewis of Dunn, NC, a tobacco farmer in Eastern NC was pushing Senate Bill 375, which focuses on stopping farmworkers from organizing for better wages and working conditions. Not having the votes to pass the bill, Rep. Jimmy Dixon, a farmer from Warsaw, NC snuck it in as an amendment to the Farm Bill, S615, which was passed without opportunity for full discussion.

The bill has two parts: 1. It makes it illegal for farmers who have signed union agreements to deduct dues from union members who want to pay dues, seeking to weaken the only farmworker union in the state, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) 2. The bill makes it illegal for farmworkers to ask growers to sign an agreement with their union as part of settling wage or other legal violations, making it more difficult for farmworkers to achieve union agreements that include wage increases, job security, benefits, and improved working conditions. This, FLOC believes, is occurring in retaliation for a series of lawsuits their members have brought over the past few years, seeking to end wage theft, intimidation, and retaliation across Eastern NC.

Farmworkers are excluded from the National Labor Relations Act, face exceptions in the minimum wage, child labor, and workers compensation laws, among others. Farmworkers are covered by the state’s so called Right to Work law, which forces unions to spend money representing non-members, and more recently, were the victims of the “Agricultural Right to Work” law, passed in 2013 in response to FLOC’s tobacco campaign.

“Farmers have many ways to come together and improve their lives, such as trade associations and cooperatives; it is unfair for them to try and stop their own workers from doing the same by passing laws to make it illegal. Politicians that are also growers shouldn’t pass self-serving laws simply because they don’t want their workers to unionize. With the continuation of Jim Crow era laws that aim to stop a now almost entirely Latino workforce from organizing, this is an affront to freedom of association and smacks of racism.” said FLOC President Baldemar Velasquez.

FLOC is a farmworker union that represents over 10,000 farmworkers in NC, SC and OH. Since 2007, the union has been calling on tobacco purchasers, such as Winston-Salem based Reynolds American to spend more money buying US tobacco to support growers and improve conditions for the tobacco farmworkers in their supply chain.


Justin Flores

Vice-President, Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO

PO Box 560

Dudley, NC 28333


NYC, July 2: Cultural Festival: 100 Years of the October Revolution

Hosted by International League of Peoples’ Struggle – ILPS US

Join us on Sunday, July 2nd for a cultural festival to mark the centennial commemoration of the October Revolution! There will be art, readings, multi-media, perofrmances, and many more expressive works that will carry the Commemoration’s theme: “Advance the Global People’s Resistance! Carry Forward the Vision and Tasks of the Great October Socialist Revolution!”

DATE: Sunday, July 2nd
TIME: 10 AM doors open, 11AM-5PM
PLACE: 39 Eldridge Street, 4th Floor, Chinatown NYC
$5 entrance fee


The year 2017 marks the centennial of the revolution under the leadership of the Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks) on October 25, 1917 (in the old-style or Julian calendar), in which the masses of workers, peasants and soldiers seized political power from the Russian big bourgeoisie after the Tsarist autocracy was overthrown earlier in February 1917. Amidst the destruction of World War I, the toiling masses proceeded to build and defend the socialist order in Russia and nearby nations in what is now known as the Great October Socialist Revolution (GOSR) — although the shift to the new-style or Gregorian calendar reset the date to November 7. Despite the restoration of capitalism after a long period of revisionism in the Soviet Union, the GOSR continues to inspire generations of the working class to fight for socialism and unite with the peasantry in the struggle for democracy and against all forms of oppression in many parts of the world.

The current international situation, as 2017 opens and unfolds, is a constant reminder that the basic contradictions in the world today remain as those that confronted the proletarian revolutionaries a century ago. The global capitalist system faces worsening crises and threats of new financial meltdowns. These crises have deep-going impacts on economies and social classes. The failure of the neoliberal project has spawned a relentless critique of capitalism from many directions. While there is no world war today as there was in 1917, the drums of war are getting stronger in many parts of the globe, regional and proxy wars are intensifying, and fascist movements and state terrorism are on the rise.

As a result, social discontent and mass struggles are intensifying across the world, and proletarian-led national liberation movements are persevering in several countries. While there is no ripening revolutionary upheaval in capitalist countries today as there was in Europe at the end of World War I, there is renewed and growing public interest in socialism and Marxism (and the Marxist-Leninist critique of capitalism and imperialism), and the toiling masses are looking for militant leadership in the face of weakened proletarian revolutionary parties.

The significance, lessons, legacy and continuing validity of the October Revolution are expected to become major topics of global discourse (in media, academe, political parties, and social movements) by the second half of 2017. This trend will be strengthened further by renewed public awareness of Lenin’s State and Revolution and Imperialism: the Highest State of Capitalism. These two works will mark their 100th anniversary of publication also in 2017, alongside Marx’s Das Kapital (vol. 1), which will mark its 150th anniversary.

These conditions offer all socialist and anti-imperialist forces an opportunity (and a daunting challenge as well) to quickly redouble efforts in raising public awareness of the GOSR’s continuing legacy and in raising the level of unity against monopoly capitalism and for socialism.

ILPS Lenin July 2 2017 NYC


Voces de la Frontera

“We defeated this bill last year, with the Day Without Latinxs, and now we’re going to do it again!” #NoHate #NoAB190

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman | | 414.469.9206

AB190 would have local law enforcement act like Immigration agents

MADISON, WI, JUNE 28, 2017 – On Wednesday, hundreds of immigrant families and supporters lobbied and protested against AB190/SB275, a bill introduced by Wisconsin Republicans to have local law enforcement act like immigration agents. Wisconsin Republicans have introduced the bills, which are a copycat of Texas’ new anti-immigrant law SB4, and are very similar to AB450, which was defeated through the Day without Latinxs & Immigrants general strike of February 2016.

Community members visited the offices of Governor Walker and every legislator to deliver milk cartons saying “Got Milk? Not without Immigrants / Keep Famlies Together / No AB190.” The group held a rally in the early afternoon featuring a diverse lineup of speakers including dairy workers and farmers, religious leaders, elected officials, and representatives of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin and the American Civil Liberties Union.

“Wisconsin is the dairy state thanks to the strength of immigrant workers,” said Miguel Estrada, a dairy worker from Manitowoc and member of Voces de la Frontera. “Manitowoc produces 13% of the dairy in Wisconsin. I want to ask Governor Walker, without us, who will do this difficult, necessary work? Many people are leaving because of Trump and programs like 287g and now AB190, but we need to stay calm.  We will keep fighting against this bigotry and hatred.”

“AB190 seems to be an affront to all dairy farmers,” said John Rosenow, a dairy farmer from Waumandee. “In recent times, the last 20 years or so, we, Wisconsin dairy farmers, have found someone who wants to do what we love. Their names are Roberto, Armando, Gregorio, and others like them. This bill would have police profile these workers instead of welcoming them into our communities. This is not something that will make the dairy industry thrive but it is something that will restrict growth and in the end reduce jobs. We dairy farmers wonder why the legislature is not trying to create a welcoming atmosphere for our employees knowing that a hostile climate will impact our ability to make a living.”

“We are opposed to any policies like AB190 that will endanger the lives of undocumented and immigrant victims of domestic violence by coercing local law enforcement into acting in the best interests of ICE, rather than the people they are sworn to protect,” said Chase Terrier, Public Policy Coordinator of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. “We all deserve equal protection under the law. Our leaders must stand with undocumented and immigrant survivors by opposing the policies that marginalize victims and make them less likely to report crimes. We are all safer when the vulnerable among us are not forced into the shadows of society.”

“It is vital that we again make driver’s cards available to Wisconsin immigrants,” said State Rep. Peter Barca, the Assembly Minority Leader. “We’ve had enough of the anti-immigrant bills! Sit on ’em, will you? It’s so unfortunate that some legislators continue to persist with destructive and divisive legislation like AB190.”

“Critical rights under our constitution apply to everyone in our country,” said Chris Ott, Executive Director of the ACLU of Wisconsin. “The ACLU supports sanctuary cities and opposes forcing local police to join federal immigration work. This makes everyone less safe by making immigrants fear any contact with the police, even if they need help or want to report an accident or crime. It is racist, and will increase unconstitutional racial profiling. We are proud to work alongside Voces de la Frontera in court, in Congress, and in the Wisconsin Capitol.”

A representative read a statement from Bishop Paul Erickson of the Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. “To force local law enforcement personnel to enforce a broken and destructive immigration system will violate each of these principles, causing vulnerable people to fear any engagement with the very people who are dedicated to protecting and serving them,” said Bishop Erickson. “The proposed legislation will result in people, families, and communities being less safe, and will make it much more difficult for us to work together to create the just and free society that I hope we are all committed to.”


Sacramento Central Labor Council Unanimously Endorses Resolution To Support Workers In Mexico, USA, and Canada With No Borders No Walls! – Stop NAFTA On 6/26/17

Whereas, there is an attack on immigrant workers documented and undocumented in the United States and NAFTA has been used to pit US workers against Mexican workers to benefit multi-national Corporations from the US and around the world, and

Whereas, the escalating attack on immigrant workers and people of color is a threat to all workers and organized labor in the United States, the immigrant community and their children in schools are being terrorized by ICE and the racist attacks on immigrants, and

Whereas, NAFTA has been used to privatize railroads, telecom, oil, education and the dismantling of Mexico’s agricultural industry causing forced migration of 18 million people from their homelands in Mexico.  The US and other multi-nationals Corporations have colluded with the Mexican government using NAFTA to prevent unionization at the 1500 maquiladora factories in Mexico, and

Whereas, the privatization of land has forced hundreds of thousands of indigenous people off their indigenous homeland as many as 80,000 farmworkers and their families forced to move outside their communities, towns, cities, and Northern states to find work often under horrible inhumane working conditions that are designed to enslave people/workers, like the Driscoll’s corporation in Baja, Mexico and other subsidiary farms, and

Whereas, the Trump administration is increasing the militarization of the border of the United States and Mexico that is dividing families and children from their parents, relatives, and grandparents who have not been in reachable contact in many cases over 20 years, and

Whereas, the Trump administration has said that the Mexican people are responsible for for the failure of NAFTA, and the US will renegotiate NAFTA allowing US multi-nationals and businesses to expand, exploit, and renegotiate this agreement without the input of unions, human rights environmental organization groups, and health and welfare coalitions to improve the agreement, rather the Trump administration will use this opportunity to further attack workers in Mexico, US, and Canada, and

Whereas, the same companies and multi-nationals that pushed NAFTA will be in charge of renegotiating NAFTA to benefit these same corporations and to further the expansion of the “Guest Workers” programs, and to further privatization and deregulation without the input of unions, and workers, and

Whereas, labor should support the unification of workers in Mexico, US, and Canada against the same multi-nationals and union busters that are weakening workers in the world, and the US labor force should call for the cancellation of NAFTA and for the nationalization of property and lands expropriated from the people of Mexico, and

Therefore Be It Resolved, the US unions need to support full unionization of workers in Mexico and Canada by building direct worker-solidarity by enforcing actions and international strike-actions in US, Mexico, and Canada as all three countries are under attack, and working for the same multi-nationals, thus preventing NAFTA to be “reformed” to benefit global multi-nationals thieving off the poorest labor force in particular Mexico, US, and Canada no longer, and

Be It Further Resolved, LCLAA Sacramento calls for united solidarity action of workers in Mexico, United States, and Canada for the cancellation of NAFTA, and calls for an end to the massive ICE attacks on immigrant workers documented and undocumented in the US, and

Be It Further Resolved, an international conference as part of on the need for unity of US, Mexican and Canadian workers and people on July 29, 2017 in Sacramento and LCLAA Sacramento calls for all California LCLAA chapters, unions, Labor Councils, immigrant rights organizations, LGBTQ, environmental, women’s, student, religious faith,Civil & human rights organizations to support and join this conference and,

Be It Further Resolved, LCLAA Sacramento calls for concurrence of this resolution by the Sacramento Labor Council and all affiliated bodies.

Introduced by:  Labor Council for Latin American Advancement

(LCLAA-AFL-CIO)— Sacramento Chapter.

Endorsed by Sacramento Central Labor Council AFL-CIO

Stop The Raids Madison March 4 2017

Milwaukee, July 7: Emergency Rally Against the Racist Travel Ban!

Hosted by Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump

6-8 P.M. Corner of Howell & Layton, Milwaukee

On Thursday, the Supreme Court’s disastrous decision to deny entry to the United States from six countries – unless the travelers can prove a “bona fide relationship” to our country – will take effect.

We oppose any concession to Trump’s racist agenda. The Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling is a dangerous move, and depending on their final ruling in October could lead to damage that would take decades to undo.

Join us for a rally on the southeast corner of Howell and Layton, right outside of Mitchell Airport at 6:30pm.

No Ban! No Wall! Legalization for all!

Milwaukee says ‘Hands Off Cuba and Venezuela!’

By Workers World Milwaukee bureau posted on June 26, 2017

In a spirited display of internationalism, dozens of Milwaukee residents participated in a “Trump, Hands Off Cuba and Venezuela” rally June 24 at the U.S. Federal Courthouse.

Speakers from the Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Latin American Solidarity Committee, Stop the Wars Committee, Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement, Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba and Workers World Party denounced the Trump administration’s latest efforts to tighten the U.S. blockade against socialist Cuba, to escalate attacks on people’s Venezuela and to support the banks’ takeover of Puerto Rico.

The rally honored the late president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez. As buses driven by members of Amalgamated Transit Local 998 rolled by the rally site, speakers noted that current President Nicolás Maduro is a former bus driver.

Speakers and literature portrayed Cuba and Venezuela as beacons for the world’s poor and oppressed, highlighting their numerous advances in housing, literacy, health care, food, culture, sports, LGBTQ and women’s rights, food production and more.

In contrast, within the USA, oppressed people in particular suffer daily from lack of access to basic human needs and face epidemic levels of police terror. These occur despite Trump’s, and before him Obama’s, rhetoric and lecturing other nations on “human rights.”

Just days before the June 24 rally, the police officer who murdered 23-year-old African-American Sylville Smith last August in Milwaukee, was acquitted by a jury. Smith is one of dozens of Black and Brown people the Milwaukee police have killed, raped and terrorized with impunity in just the last few years.

In socialist Cuba, on the contrary, people of African descent, Indigenous and other oppressed people, women and LGBTQ people are guaranteed basic human rights. Efforts are ongoing to overcome 500 years of colonialism and neocolonialism on the island. Similar efforts are being made in Venezuela.

Speakers noted how Venezuela now uses its oil profits to benefit the poor and working people of that country. Even in the United States when oil prices were high, many workers benefited from the free or discounted oil that Venezuela’s state-owned company CITGO provided. Especially during winter, access to this subsidized heating oil was a life-and-death matter.

In the spirit of the late President of Cuba, Fidel Castro, the June 24 Milwaukee rally brought together a united front of poor and working people to declare to Trump and his Wall Street backers: End the U.S. Blockade of Cuba Now! Hands Off Venezuela! U.S. Out of Puerto Rico!

Week of Action June 25-30 for the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act!

A message from Ms. Babette Grunow of the Milwaukee-based Latin American Solidarity Committee: LASC in conjunction with the Honduras Solidarity Network and Witness for Peace is taking part in a week of actions for the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act. This week on June 28th also commemorates the coup in 2009 which ushered in a series of governments that have persecuted human rights activists and violated human rights. Please join us in taking at least one of these actions during the week. Also check out our Facebook page for interesting articles.

From June 25th to June 30th, Witness for Peace, in collaboration with other organizations, will be coordinating a Week of Action to support the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, HR 1299.

Check out the ways to engage, below, and let us know if you or your organization can participate in reaching out to your community!  We’ll be in touch as the week approaches, to make sure you have the resources to take action in support of the Berta Cáceres Act.

Sunday, June 25th

Kick off the Week of Action by joining a webinar coordinated by the Honduras Solidarity Network: register for the webinar here.  Consider hosting a viewing party in your community!

Monday, June 26th

Join Berta’s family in calling for the Berta Cáceres Act.  Learn more about Berta’s life and legacy, the broader human rights crisis in Honduras, and the connections to US-funded militarization and ongoing security aid. Write to your Member of Congress and help us circulate a video about Berta and the importance of the bill on social media.

Tuesday, June 27

Engage communities that are important to you, to help build awareness about the ongoing violence in Honduras and ensure their support for the Berta Cáceres Act. Organize your faith community, labor union, or other community organization to endorse the bill.

Wednesday, June 28

On the anniversary of the 2009 coup d’etat, join us in amplifying the voices of Hondurans calling for justice for Berta and demanding an end of military support for the Honduran state. Participate in our social media campaigns to publicly contact your Representative, and help Honduran organizations share their calls for justice.

Thursday, June 29

Join our friends at the Sierra Club in exploring the details of Berta’s assassination and honoring her life as an environmentalist, feminist, and visionary leader. Help us circulate their recent article about Berta’s life, assassination, and trial by sharing on social media and sending to your Representative.

Friday, June 30th

Finish the week by making and sharing your own video about the need for the Berta Cáceres Act. Help circulate other videos by posting them on social media and sharing them with your friends and Members of Congress, with the tags #justiceforberta and #bertacaceresact

We’ll be sending more information about the specific focus of each day of the Week of Action, and our webpage for the Berta Cáceres Act will have information about each day’s focus. Thank you for your advocacy!

In solidarity,

Witness for Peace

Solidarity with Chicago Dyke March: Oppose Zionist “pinkwashing”

The Chicago Dyke March, an annual social justice-oriented queer community celebration, is under attack by the mainstream media for asking several pro-Zionist individuals to leave the June 24 march.

The organizers of the Chicago Dyke March have issued the following statement:

“Yesterday, June 24, Chicago Dyke March was held in the La Villita neighborhood to express support of undocumented, refugee, and immigrant communities under threat of deportation. Sadly, our celebration of dyke, queer, and trans solidarity was partially overshadowed by our decision to ask three individuals carrying Israeli flags superimposed on rainbow flags to leave the rally. This decision was made after they repeatedly expressed support for Zionism during conversations with Chicago Dyke March Collective members. We have since learned that at least one of these individuals is a regional director for A Wider Bridge, an organization with connections to the Israeli state and right-wing pro-Israel interest groups. A Wider Bridge has been protested for provocative actions at other LGBTQ events and has been condemned by numerous organizations ( for using Israel’s supposed “LGBTQ tolerance” to pinkwash the violent occupation of Palestine.

The Chicago Dyke March Collective is explicitly not anti-Semitic, we are anti-Zionist. The Chicago Dyke March Collective supports the liberation of Palestine and all oppressed people everywhere. From Palestine to Mexico, border walls have got to go!”


URGENT: Defend Democracy At Work, Stop Anti-Union Power Grab by Right Wing Legislators in North Carolina

North Carolina Worker Power June 2017

Defend Democracy At Work!
Stop the Power Grab by Right Wing Legislators!
Legislators Push Bill to Eliminate Union Payroll Deduction

Call-in Day of Action, Mon., June 26

Rep. David Lewis, Chair House Rules Committee – 919-715-3015
Speaker of the House, Rep. Tim Moore – 919-733-3451

(Leave a message if they don’t answer)

All North Carolina public workers’ right to organize is under severe attack.  A bill, SB 375,  to eliminate voluntary union payroll dues deduction for all public sector organizations has passed the NC Senate, it is now scheduled to be in the House Rules committee on Monday, June 26.  Last week our call-in day got it removed from the committee agenda, but it has now been re-entered for discussion this Monday.

Without payroll deduction to fund employee organization, workers are left without their best defense to address the quality of public services and working conditions– the right to organize and speak-out.   NC, like many states across country, has seen a steady erosion of funds for public education, health care, food and nutritional supplemental support and all public services.  Workers organizing to address their working conditions, is the first line of defense for quality services and quality jobs.

The NC State Legislature has also been steadily working to take power away from local governmentsby preempting their ability to defend residents and workers. House Bill 2 was the most publicized effort when the state took away local governments’ ability to pass protections for transgendered people, and use it to divide and attack all workers. They also eliminated ability of local governments to pass resolutions to raise wages for companies in their jurisdictions. Efforts have also been made to take away authority of the City of Charlotte for their airport, the City of Asheville of their water system, as just a few examples. Now they want to eliminate union payroll deduction and take power from local governments to hear from their own employees’ organizations.

This is a further attack on workers’ human rights!  
Public sector workers in NC are already denied the right to collectively bargain, which the United Nations International Labor Organization ruled is a violation of workers’ fundamental human rights. Organizations directly impacted by SB 375 include UE local 150-NC Public Service Workers Union, NC Association of Educators, International Association of Firefighters, Teamsters local 391, State Employees Association of NC and others.

Make the call to the NC House of Representatives today to tell them to oppose SB 375!

Attend House Rules Committee meeting Monday, June 26 at 4:30pm room 1228 in Legislative building!  Wear a yellow shirt ! 


Rep. David Lewis, Chair House Rules Committee

Speaker of the House, Rep. Tim Moore

Call script:

Hello, my name is ______________________ .  I am calling on Rep. Lewis and Rep. Moore to oppose Senate Bill 375 to eliminate union payroll deduction.   The state has taken enough power away from workers and local governments. This is another attack on our democracy!  Workers organizing is our best defense for quality public services.  Vote no to SB 375!

(Leave a message if they don’t answer)
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