Lamont Lilly in his own words

Lamont Lilly is on the front lines for justice, personally, putting his feet, his head, his heart, and his words out there daily. This Durham based writer and thinker was the 2016 Workers World Party, Vice-Presidential Candidate. He is a journalist and a poet.

LL: Well, as the great woman warrior Ramona Africa once stated, “Don’t be afraid to be a revolutionary. We have nothing to lose.”

Those who have nothing to lose, have nothing to fear. But we do have to get better organized. As freedom fighters, we also have to multiply. We need more people, more bodies, more minds, more skill sets. But at least people are having some real conversations, now. You know, I think ignorance is the largest purveyor of fear. Once we dismantle the ignorance, we can get some freedom, some justice, some liberation. But we have to be honest with each other and listen to each other.


Mr. Lamont Lilly

Detroit, September 2, 2017: Justice for Desmond Grimes!

Members of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) at their Monday night meeting voted unanimously to hold a demonstration on Sat. Sept. 2 at 1:00pm to demand justice for Desmond Grimes, a 15-year-old youth killed as a result of being tased by the Michigan State Police on the east side of Detroit.

Grimes was unarmed when he was chased on a ATV and shot with a taser gun plunging to his death. The Michigan State police officer involved has not been arrested on indicted. Instead he has been granted paid leave.

Although the Detroit police claim they are conducting an “independent investigation” if this had been a resident who caused an officer’s death undoubtedly a suspect would have been detained with no bail and subjected to a swift prosecution.

We will also demand that tasers be banned in the city and that no military hardware from the Pentagon be utilized after the lifting of the partial ban by President Trump.

In addition, we condemn the president’s pardon of Chief Arpaio in Arizona, along with the justice department’s suspension of consent decrees involving police departments across the United States. These measures are giving a green light to law-enforcement agencies to utilize lethal force against civilians.

This protest action will take place at 1:00pm on Woodward at Congress next to the beginning of the Q-Line route near City Hall.

All progressive organizations in the city are encouraged to endorse and attend.


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Madison, September 4: LaborFest 2017

Hosted by South Central Federation of Labor

SCFL will celebrate Labor Day with its annual LaborFest celebration. NATTY NATION and Chris Plata with Extra Hot will perform. Union members and folks from all over Madison and South Central, WI will gather to enjoy music, dancing, cold beer and good food. The event is free and open to the public. Family-friendly activities include magic shows, face painting, a bounce house, balloon twister, and a caricature artist.

For more information: Contact the SCFL office at 608-256-5111. Or email

In honor of the late SCFL Exec Board member Elliot Copan, we will be raffling off a 2004 Harley Davidson trike. Proceeds will be going to cancer research and our Workers Memorial Stage fund.

Check out our great performers!

This year we are featuring a Harley Davidson Raffle to honor SCFL’s former executive board member and our friend, Elliott Copan, who passed away earlier this year.

In honor of Elliott, his wife together with the Labor Union have come together to raffle off his Harley Davidson in his memory. Elliott was a strong believer in volunteering and giving to many charitable causes. Honoring his altruistic spirit, all proceeds from the raffle will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Research for Esophageal Cancer, and the Workers Memorial & Stage on the Madison Labor Temple grounds.

The raffle drawing will take place at South Central Federation of Labor’s LaborFest 2017 and is open to all residents of Wisconsin. You need not be present to win. Raffle tickets can be purchased online at or in the SCFL office (room #228 at the Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St.). If you would like to sell raffle tickets to your Local, family, and friends, please email

See flyer with more details in event posts below.

We ask our community partners to host informational tables at the event to highlight the important work you and your organization do all year. Tables are free for SCFL affiliates but we ask for $40 from community partners..

If you would like a table, please email or find the form posted on this page. Please fill it out and send the form via mail with a check, or email the completed form to and pay online at the SCFL store. The due date is August 25th.

Madison LaborFest September 4 2017

Milwaukee, September 4, 2017: LaborFest

Hosted by Milwaukee Area Labor Council

FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Come celebrate Labor Day with those who created it: organized workers at the festival built with volunteers and donations. #LABORFESTMKE

Starting with a parade at Carl Zeidler Square Wisconsin Union Memorial in Downtown Milwaukee featuring union affiliates, partners and allies. at 11 am, the festival opens at noon at the Summerfest grounds with free entertainment all day long for the kids and family.

Classic Car show
Entertainment Shows for Children
Grappling (Wrestling)
Live Music
Food and Beverages available for purchase
Raffle tickets to win CASH PRIZES. Grand prize is a Brand New Harley-Davidson motorcycle union-made in MILWAUKEE!

For Local Unions to download paperwork for this event go to

We hope to see you Monday, September 4 as we celebrate our national DAY OFF together. And, if you think of it, please bring a pair of NEW SOCKS for those in need for our SOCK DRIVE for local charities and MPS schools.

The Milwaukee Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Border Patrol, Suspend the Checkpoints During Hurricane Harvey

Why is this important?

When Tropical Storm Sandy hit New York City, immigration enforcement announced that the highest priority was promoting “life saving and life promoting activities, the safe evacuation of people who are leaving the impacted area, and the maintenance of public order.”

With that in mind, it suspended any immigration enforcement activity associated with the evacuation because of recognition of the deadly risk and public disorder that would cause.

With Hurricane Harvey approaching, Border Patrol has announced its intention to keep check points open: causing extreme traffic, endangering drivers, and potentially making people who need to evacuate decide to stay behind in the storm out of fear of interaction and interrogation.

Demand the suspension of checkpoints so that all drivers know that they can get to safety quickly and securely.

Sign the petition here:


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