Milwaukee, July 29: Medicare-for-All Rally on Birthday of Medicaid/Medicare

Hosted by Citizen Action of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals

9620 West Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, 11 A.M. – 12 NOON

With the Affordable Care Act’s repeal still being debated in a deeply divided Senate, people might be wondering what they can do to protect healthcare. Yes, we have to fight the terrible healthcare bill in Washington, D.C., but we must also work toward quality, affordable healthcare for everyone. This Saturday we will do both.

This weekend is the 52nd birthday of Medicaid and Medicare. At the event, we’ll show you what you can do now to protect Medicaid (and all of the ACA), and how we can move toward a Medicare-for-All system in the future.

Come tomorrow and hear more about Citizen Action’s Healthcare for All Co-Op and voter engagement efforts related to healthcare, including the innovative “Badgercare Public Option” proposal that’s being worked on right now here in Wisconsin.

Hosts: Citizen Action of WI, WI Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, SEIU Healthcare WI

Contact Healthcare for All Co-Op Organizer, Katie Dunn, with questions: 262 227 4212, katie.dunn@citizenactionwi.org

Medicare Rally Birthday July 29 2017

March with MTEA on LABOR DAY – Laborfest 2017

Hosted by Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association

Celebrate Labor Day with your MTEA sisters and brothers! Wear your MTEA green and meet at Zeidler Park at 10:30am on Monday, Sept. 4. At 11am, we will march to Summerfest grounds for Laborfest 2017.

FREE FOOD AND DRINK TICKETS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THE FIRST 100 MTEA MEMBERS WHO RSVP. You must be present at Zeidler Park to receive your food and drink tickets.

Click here to reserve your tickets: http://mtea.weac.org/event/labor-day-mtea-2017/

For more info on Labor Day 2017 in Milwaukee: https://www.facebook.com/mkelabor/

MTEA Labor Day 2017 Milwaukee

ON THE EVE OF THE JULY 30TH CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY, WE SAY: U.S. HANDS OFF VENEZUELA!

http://iacenter.org/5321/on-the-eve-of-the-july-30th-constituent-assembly-we-say-u-s-hands-off-venezuela/

http://iacenter.org/

STAND WITH THE BOLIVARIAN

REVOLUTION AND

PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO

Take action:

The situation in Venezuela today is urgent.  THere is a growing danger that the United States’ 45th President, Trump, is preparing not only deadly sanctions but also a full-scale military intervention in that country.

What is at stake in Venezuela today is who will win the struggle between the rich and poor, between those who have little and those who want it all.  Will the impoverished masses be able to control their own destinies or will Wall Street and the oil companies prevail?

Progressives and revolutionaries in the U.S. and around the world must come to the defense of Venezuela immediately. This is no time to question the Venezuelan government or impose conditions. Our only task here in the United States is to expose US’ role and demand that U.S. imperialism stops immediately its counterrevolutionary efforts in Venezuela.

Chavez Presente, Maduro Presidente

Since the advent of the Bolivarian Revolution with the election of President Hugo Chavez in 1998, the U.S. government has worked around the clock to undermine this process.  President Chavez before his tragic death in 2013 lifted the aspirations of the Venezuelan masses and awoke a movement of the poor and marginalized.  This movement, which won access to education and healthcare that had been historically denied to the people, especially benefited Afro-Venezuelans and Indigenous people.

Fast-forward to the present and it is clear that Wall Street, the Pentagon and the rich elite in Venezuela are working to carry out a destabilization campaign that evokes US wars against the revolutionary movements in Central America during the 80’s.

It is a fact that Washington, Trump and the US oil companies want to destroy the Bolivarian Revolution so that they can take control of that country’s vast oil wealth.  For this, they fund right wing terrorist organizations in Venezuela, align neighboring countries like Colombia and Mexico to wage hostile campaigns, launch a worldwide media campaign to defame the Venezuelan government and use international bodies created by the US to attack progressive developments in the Americas, like the infamous Organization of American States. They want to crush any movement that wants to break from the chains of imperialism and fight for their people, not for profits.

More than 40 years ago, a CIA coup expert developed 198-methods to overthrow a government.  Most of these methods, if not all, have been used against the Bolivarian Revolution.

All the news accounts in the New York Times and Washington Post are part of an international campaign to misinform, confuse and derail not only the revolutionary process but its allies.

The right-wing elite, mainly white, in collaboration with Washington has organized economic disruption, stolen and hoarded food, harassed and killed public officials, broken the law, destroyed buildings and structures that were meant to offer services for the masses, boycotted elections and even set fire to pro-government people, many of them Afro Venezuelans. They have hired paramilitaries to do their dirty work, using even children as attackers.

A non-convential war is being waged against Venezuela  

The disinformation campaign, trying to install a parallel government against President Maduro’s government and all the terroristic actions, amounts to a war against the people.  And in a war, there can only be two sides.  There is no in between in a war.  At a time when the lives of people are at stake, there can be no room for confusion.

Stand with the Bolivarian Revolution, Stand with Maduro

Those of us in the U.S. or around the world fighting in defense of immigrants and refugees, in the Black Lives Matter movement, against war and climate change, for healthcare, education, union rights and better wages must come forward for Venezuela.

On July 30, President Maduro’s administration will hold elections for representatives to a Constitutional Assembly that will improve the current 1999 Constitution by deepening and preserving the gains of the revolution. Those representatives will be chosen from every sector of the population, including Afro Venezuelans, Indigenous, people with disabilities, etc. The purpose is also to establish the real power of the revolution, the Peoples’ Power.

On July 17th, the US 45th President ominously issued a threatening statement on Venezuela: “The United States will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles” he declared. “If the Maduro regime imposes its Constituent Assembly on July 30, the United States will take strong and swift economic actions”. And in another step towards aggression, on July 26, the US Treasury Department issued sanctions against 13 high officials of the Venezuelan government, military and state oil company PDVSA, adding that any person elected on July 30 to the Constitutional Assembly will also be added to this list.

This is a dangerous call to war because sanctions, it must be remembered, are nothing but a form of war.  

ON THE EVE OF THE CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY IN VENEZUELA, SEND A MESSAGE TO THE US’s 45TH PRESIDENT, THE OAS AND WALL STREET:

HANDS OFF VENEZUELA!

To contact the 45th President:

Call the President

PHONE NUMBERS

Comments: 202-456-1111

Switchboard: 202-456-1414

To email the 45th click here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call

To contact the Organization of American States:

Organization of American States

17th Street and Constitution Ave., NW

Washington, D.C., 20006-4499

United States of America

Main Telephone: 1 (202) 370 5000 or (202) 370-5437

Fax: 1 (202) 458 3967

Or email:   OASPress@oas.org 

Statement Issued by the International Action Center, http://iacenter.org/

To contact us visit iacenter.org or call 212-633-6646

Venezuelan President Maduro top left. Photos from June 24, 2017 “U.S.: Hands Off Venezuela & Cuba (and Puerto Rico)” protest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Southern Workers Assembly Summer 2017 Newsletter: MISSISSIPPI auto workers on road to historic union vote!

SWASummer2017Newsletter

http://southernworker.org/

Southern Workers Assembly

The Southern Workers Assembly (SWA) is a network of local unions, worker organizations, and organizing committees, committed to building rank-and-file democratic social movement unionism (unionism with a social justice agenda, defined by and accountable to the rank-and-file) as a foundation for organizing, uniting and transforming labor power throughout the South.

SWA Core Principles: Rank-and-file democracy; national and international labor solidarity; organizing the unorganized; fighting all forms of discrimination; building a Southern labor congress; and building labor’s power for independent political action.

SWA Core Demands: Repeal Taft-Hartley and Right-to-Work laws, and collective bargaining rights for all workers.

PO Box 46263
Raleigh, NC 27620
Tel: 252-314-2363
info [at]southernworker.org

 

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http://southernworker.org/

Viewpoint: Lessons from the Detroit July 1967 Rebellion and Prospects for Social Transformation – Part I

https://www.newsghana.com.gh/viewpoint-lessons-from-the-detroit-july-1967-rebellion-and-prospects-for-social-transformation-part-i/

Read this historical review written by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, on the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Rebellion of July 1967. This first installment of a four part report chronicles some aspects of the sociopolitical dynamics leading up to the monumental events of five decades ago when 164 Black Rebellions erupted across the United States. The unrest in Detroit was the largest of such outbreaks in United States history. This analytical examination was published by News Ghana based in West Africa. An entry on its website says: “News Ghana is Ghana’s leading online news publication for business executives in West Africa and around the continent. We carry news analysis, documentary & business news and sports news worldwide to a larger audience and also focus on developmental issues on Africa, Investment in Africa’s Infrastructure, Health & Education, Roads & Railways, Energy, Transport, etc. News Ghana is updated with increasing depth and frequency. Today, the site is updated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. News Ghana will stimulate and expand the national conversation, reporting the news as it breaks, while providing a platform where readers and contributors may have an imprint on public policy, influence public opinion and ultimately, contribute towards bringing the change that we desire in our country, Ghana.”

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UAW: Support Nissan Workers in Mississippi As They Get Set To Vote August 3-4, 2017

https://uaw.org/stand-nissan-employees-late/

Next week marks the culmination of one of the biggest civil rights battles in a generation. Thousands of people who work at Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi factory will vote whether to join together in union to improve their jobs and communities.

Veteran auto assemblers are uniting to protest dangerous conditions, insecure permatemp jobs, and punishing schedules. Nissan is responding with an ugly unionbusting campaign to suppress the voices and dignity of its predominantly Black workforce.

It’s no accident that Nissan’s factories in the South are the only ones in the world where its employees do not have a union. Corporations deliberately move factories to states like Mississippi to take advantage of weak worker protections.

Nissan uses fear and misinformation to bully men and women at the Canton plant into voting against a fair return on their work. Managers are screening an anti-union video on a continuous loop in the break room, pulling individuals into intimidating one-on-one meetings, and threatening that Nissan will close the plant if auto assemblers join in union. Corporate executives are attempting to take away people’s freedom to vote in a fair election. 

We don’t have much time left. Nissan employees will vote on August 3 and 4. We can expect that Nissan will do everything in its power to prevent working people from standing up for family-sustaining jobs in the next week unless the corporation feels enough public pressure to stop.

Don’t wait a minute longer. Urge Nissan to respect the civil rights of its working people and their demands for a fair union election.

UAW

 

Sovereignty and Peace for Venezuela

http://www.venezuelasolidarity.co.uk/

Venezuela’s current wave of extreme right wing violence and wanton destruction aims at creating conditions of chaos in the country so as to bring about external intervention. The wave of violence, the efforts to isolate Venezuela diplomatically, and the external interference in its internal affairs have one and only aim, ‘regime change’.

  • Demand full respect for international law and unconditional support for Venezuela’s right to self-determination and sovereignty
  • Rejection of any form of interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs, especially from the US; international law ought to be respected
  • Condemn any illegal, violent and unconstitutional attempt to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro.
  • Support UNASUR, the Vatican, former presidents Zapatero, Leonel Fernández and Martín Torrijos (of Spain, Dominican Republic and Panama respectively) and the five countries that have formally joined the process in order to bring about peace in Venezuela through dialogue.
  • Any existing difference or disagreement that may exist between Venezuela and the US to be addressed and resolved through constructive engagement and diplomacy

SPONSORS:
Estela Vazquez
Vice President 1199-SEIU

Andre Francois
President Local 8751, Boston School Bus Union

Steve Kirschbaum
Vice President Local 8751, Boston School Bus Union

SUPPORTED BY: 
Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle NYC; International Action Center; Answer Coalition; International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ); United National Anti-war Coalition; Workers World Party; Cuba Solidarity; International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity; FMLN NY

If you want support this initiative please send an email to cbalbertolovera@gmail.com

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Briefing on National Constituent Assembly
Article “What is happening in Venezuela?’
Article ‘Right Wing terrorism in Venezuela’
Rejection of Trump’s threats against Venezuela
Social progress continues: Venezuela on Track to Build 3 Million Homes for Country’s Working Class

Human Rights Day: Thousands of reasons to celebrate in Cuba

http://www.granma.cu/idiomas/ingles/cuba-i/11diciembre-derechos.html

http://www.granma.cu/idiomas/ingles/

Among the reasons to celebrate are Cuba’s achievements in the protection of children, as highlighted by UNICEF

Innumerable children, young people and members of mass organizations led Human Rights Day celebrations in Cuba. Squares and parks across the country played host to diverse activities, including debates and discussions in various universities.

Among the topics discussed were access to information and communications technology, which in Cuba are at the service of the people; internet connectivity, which is currently being facilitated and prioritized at social and community centers and institutions; as well as current efforts to combat subversion through the use of such technologies.

It is precisely younger generations, which figure among the high priority groups with regard to social policies, who raised their voices in song on a day of various activities which included book sales, dances and sporting events.

Among the reasons to celebrate are Cuba’s achievements “in the protection of children,” as highlighted by UNICEF, while UNESCO, in its most recent global Education For All Monitoring Report (2012), positioned Cuba in 16th place based on its educational development indices. http://www.granma.cu/idiomas/ingles/

50 years after Revolution in Cuba