Head of Puerto Rico Electrical Workers’ Union Demands Corruption Probe of Whitefish Energy Contract

https://www.democracynow.org/

Democracy Now! has just returned from Puerto Rico, where we interviewed Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo, head of the Puerto Rico electrical workers’ union, just as the island’s governor announced he was instructing the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA, to cancel its controversial $300 million contract with the tiny Montana-based company Whitefish Energy. The move came after enormous pressure and scrutiny of the contract to reconstruct Puerto Rico’s electrical power grid devastated by Hurricane Maria. Whitefish Energy is based in the tiny hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The head of the private equity company that backs Whitefish, Joe Colonnetta, was a Trump campaign donor. All of this comes as a leaked copy of the contract sparked even further outrage last week, when it revealed that the terms barred penalties for work delays and prohibited the project from being audited.

https://www.democracynow.org/

NYC, November 1, 2017: Rally at the U.N. for Cuba

1 P.M. Dag Hammarskjold Plaza

JOIN WITH PROTESTS ACROSS THE US, CANADA, AND WORLDWIDE ON NOVEMBER 1! YOUR PRESENCE IS A VOTE IN SOLIDARITY WITH OUR NEIGHBORS IN CUBA!

AFTER THE RALLY, MARCH with us to the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations on 38th Street and Lexington Ave.

DEMAND THE NORMALIZATION OF US-CUBA RELATIONS!

ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 1, the United Nations General Assembly will debate and vote on a crucial resolution condemning the US policy of aggression against Cuba, the 50-year-old economic, commercial, and financial embargo. Last year’s vote was 191-0 with the US and Israel abstaining. Support for the Resolution has been overwhelming for over 20 years.

SAY NO TO A POLICY of aggression and hostility against the Cuban people. SAY NO to the ongoing assault on our right to travel to Cuba and the right of Cubans to visit the US. Support full people-to-people interchange with all sectors of society.

JOIN US IN SOLIDARITY with the sovereign nation of Cuba at a peoples’ rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza across from the United Nations right after the vote. A report on the vote will be presented at the rally.

List of cities so far where actions will take place:
ATLANTA, BAY AREA, BOSTON, CHICAGO, HALIFAX, HARTFORD
JOHANNESBURG-PRETORIA, MONTREAL, NEW YORK CITY, QUEBEC CITY, TORONTO, TWIN CITIES VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON, DC

For more information: 917-887-8710
Sponsored by a Solidarity Coalition of Organizations and Activists in New York City, New Jersey, and Albany.
www.us-cubanormalization.org

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Milwaukee, November 4: MTEA Recertification Phone Banking Parties

Sign up today to help recertify the MTEA!

Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association

Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd-3fMKDhTSSaJMR2dOTUUIiWZnLNVPQjN5LUuCUeqiFYlSfw/viewform

Thousands of MPS educators need to vote “YES” to Recertify the MTEA between noon, Nov. 1 and noon, Nov. 21. If someone does not vote, their vote is counted as NO.

To reach every eligible voter we need your help! Grab some colleagues and sign up for a Recertification Phone Banking Party at the MTEA! Have fun during the kick-off weekend brunch or try your luck at recert phone bank bingo.

Sign up today! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd-3fMKDhTSSaJMR2dOTUUIiWZnLNVPQjN5LUuCUeqiFYlSfw/viewform

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Milwaukee, October 30: Standing Strong for a Student & Classroom Centered Budget

Hosted by Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association

5130 W Vliet Street, Milwaukee, 7:30 P.M. 

MPS has a large budget shortfall and is planning a pay freeze for all employees. We MUST stand together and demand the school board:

SAY YES TO
• Class sizes that enable teachers to connect one-on-one with each student
• Well-rounded curriculum at EVERY school with arts, phy. ed., and music
• A budget that honors the AGR Board Policy
• Full funding of a salary schedule and raises for educational assistants
• Steps and a cost of living increase for every MPS educator
• Increasing administrative fees for privately operated MPS charter schools
• Raising the cost of leases on privately operated MPS charter schools

SAY NO TO
• Cuts to front-line educators
• Cuts to our students and classrooms
• Excessive use of no-bid contracts
• Additional layers of administration

We need those who signed up for the Rapid Response Team and anyone else able to attend this meeting to make sure we keep the pressure on the board to make the right choices. This meeting will immediately follow the special bilingual education special session that is scheduled from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

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Photo: Joe Brusky