Plymouth, MA November 23, 2017: 48th Annual Day Of Mourning

Save the date for the 48th annual National Day of Mourning.
Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 12 noon at Cole’s Hill in Plymouth, MA

WHAT IS NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING?
An annual tradition since 1970, Day of Mourning is a solemn, spiritual and highly political day. Many of us fast from sundown the day before through the afternoon of that day (and have a social after Day of Mourning so that participants in DOM can break their fasts). We are mourning our ancestors and the genocide of our peoples and the theft of our lands. NDOM is a day when we mourn, but we also feel our strength in action. Over the years, participants in Day of Mourning have buried Plymouth Rock a number of times, boarded the Mayflower replica, and placed ku klux klan sheets on the statue of William Bradford, etc.

WHEN AND WHERE IS NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING?
Thursday, November 23, 2017 (U.S. “thanksgiving” day) at Cole’s Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 12 noon SHARP. Cole’s Hill is the hill above Plymouth Rock in the Plymouth historic waterfront area.

WILL THERE BE A MARCH?
Yes, there will be a march through the historic district of Plymouth. Plymouth agreed, as part of the settlement of 10/19/98, that UAINE may march on Day of Mourning without the need for a permit as long as we give the town advance notice.

PROGRAM: Although we very much welcome our non-Native supporters to stand with us, it is a day when only Indigenous people speak about our history and the struggles that are taking place throughout the Americas. Speakers will be by invitation only. This year’s NDOM is dedicated to all our relatives – including those in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean and in Mexico — who are devastated by hurricanes, climate destruction and earthquakes. We will also have a special message from Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier. #WaterIsLife
Please note that NDOM is not a commercial event, so we ask that people do not sell merchandise or distribute leaflets at the outdoor program. If you have literature to distribute, you are welcome to place it on a literature table at the social hall following the speak-out and march. Also, we ask that you do not eat (unless you must do so for medical reasons) at the outdoor speak-out and march out of respect for the participants who are fasting. Finally, dress for the weather!

SOCIAL: There will be a pot-luck social held after the National Day of Mourning speak-out and march this year. Preference for first seatings will be given to Elders, young children and their caretaker, pregnant people, Disabled people, and people who have traveled a long distance to join National Day of Mourning. Please respect our culture and our wish to ensure that these guests will be the first to be able to sit and eat. With this understanding in mind, please bring non-alcoholic beverages, desserts, prepared fresh fruit & vegetables, and pre-cooked entrée items (turkeys, hams, stuffing, vegetables, casseroles, rice & beans, etc.) that can be easily re-warmed at the social hall prior to the social. Our amazing kitchen crew makes great food, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan dishes, too, but if you have special dietary needs, please bring something that will suit you so you will not be unhappy. Thank you.
Kitchen volunteers: Please contact us via info@uaine.org to offer your services.

TRANSPORTATION: Please check the facebook event page for 48th National Day of Mourning 2017 https://www.facebook.com/events/187901245087869 for updates on transportation, including possible buses and carpooling. We do not recommend MBTA service as it is limited on a holiday.

DONATIONS: Monetary donations are gratefully accepted to help defray the costs of the day.
https://www.youcaring.com/uainenatldayofmourningindigenousp…

Milwaukee, October 27, 2017: MTEA “Standing Strong” Solidarity T-Shirt Day

Hosted by Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association

We haven’t held a union t-shirt day in a long time and with our union recertification election starting Wednesday, November 1st and our current campaign to win a better budget we have a lot of union pride to exude. Ask every member in your building to wear their union green to remind them of your school’s coming union recertification election voting event. Be sure to take a staff photo that you can post on this event page as well. These photos will help kick off another successful union recertification election while publicly displaying the pride we have in our union.

Shirts can be purchased at the MTEA office for $10. Please send your order to the link below first so we can make sure we have the size you’re looking for in our inventory.

http://mtea.weac.org/about-us/contact-us/submit-your-t-shirt-order/

#UnionStrong

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After a Month of Obstruction by the Trump Administration, Jane Doe Gets Her Abortion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 25, 2017

Chrissy Faessen, 703-828-7769, chrissy@conwaystrategic.com

WASHINGTON — After more than a month after she made her decision, Jane Doe was able to obtain an abortion this morning.  She was able to get the abortion care after an appeals court in Washington, D.C., issued a decision late yesterday, clearing the way for a federal district court to issue an order requiring the Trump Administration to stop blocking her access and to allow her to get the care she requested.

Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, had this reaction:

“Justice prevailed today for Jane Doe. But make no mistake about it, the Administration’s efforts to interfere in women’s decisions won’t stop with Jane,” said Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project.  “With this case we have seen the astounding lengths this administration will go to block women from abortion care. We will not stop fighting until we have justice for every woman like Jane.”

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Statement from Jane Doe, via her guardian

My name is not Jane Doe, but I am a Jane Doe.

I’m a 17-year-old girl that came to this country to make a better life for myself. My journey wasn’t easy, but I came here with hope in my heart to build a life I can be proud of. I dream about studying, becoming a nurse, and one day working with the elderly.

When I was detained, I was placed in a shelter for children. It was there that I was told I was pregnant. I knew immediately what was best for me then, as I do now – that I’m not ready to be a parent. Thanks to my lawyers, Rochelle Garza and Christine Cortez, and with the help of Jane’s Due Process, I went before a judge and was given permission to end my pregnancy without my parents’ consent. I was nervous about appearing in court, but I was treated very kindly. I am grateful that the judge agreed with my decision and granted the bypass.

While the government provides for most of my needs at the shelter, they have not allowed me to leave to get an abortion. Instead, they made me see a doctor that tried to convince me not to abort and to look at sonograms. People I don’t even know are trying to make me change my mind. I made my decision and that is between me and God. Through all of this, I have never changed my mind.

No one should be shamed for making the right decision for themselves. I would not tell any other girl in my situation what they should do. That decision is hers and hers alone.

I’ve been waiting for more than a month since I made my decision. It has been very difficult to wait in the shelter for news that the judges in Washington, D.C. have given me permission to proceed with my decision. I am grateful for this, and I ask that the government accept it. Please stop delaying my decision any longer.

My lawyers have told me that people around the country have been calling and writing to show support for me. I am touched by this show of love from people I may never know and from a country I am just beginning to know – to all of you, thank you.

This is my life, my decision. I want a better future. I want justice.

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AFL-CIO Resolution 50: War Is Not the Answer

WHEREAS, in 2005, the AFL-CIO Convention passed a historic resolution calling for the rapid withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, and an end to the country’s occupation; and

WHEREAS, in 2011, the AFL-CIO Executive Council declared that American troops must be brought home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and that the militarization of our foreign policy has proven to be a costly mistake; it is time to invest at home; and

WHEREAS, now 75% of Americans believe the “result of the war in Iraq was not worth the loss of American lives and other costs”; and

WHEREAS, the eventual cost to taxpayers for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars will top $4 trillion; and

WHEREAS, since 2001 the United States has used military force in numerous countries, leading to the death of an untold number of civilians, the destruction of infrastructure, a massive number of refugees and the destabilizing of sovereign nations–—there are now military threats directed against Iran and North Korea, with a potential death toll in either country in the millions and which, in the case of North Korea in particular, involve the threat of nuclear war; and

WHEREAS, while the United States ranks first by far in military spending, it ranks 7th in literacy, 20th in education, 25th in infrastructure quality, 37th in quality of health care, 31st in life expectancy, and 56th in infant mortality; and

WHEREAS, 6,831 United States military personnel have died in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and about one million have been injured. There are over 39,000 homeless military veterans; on any night, more than 1.4 million are at high risk of homelessness, of which 9% are women, and 20 military veterans/active duty military take their own lives each day; and

WHEREAS, it is vital that the workers and our unions promote a foreign policy independent of the political interests and foreign policy of Wall Street and corporate America;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the AFL-CIO promotes and advocates for a foreign policy based on international solidarity of all workers, mutual respect of all nations and national sovereignty, and calls upon the president and Congress to make war truly the last resort in our country’s foreign relations, and that we seek peace and reconciliation wherever possible; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the AFL-CIO calls upon the president and Congress to bring the war dollars home and make our priority as a nation rebuilding this country’s crumbling infrastructure, creating millions of living wage jobs and addressing human needs such as education, health care, housing, retirement security and jobs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the AFL-CIO will advocate for the necessary federal funding to meet the needs of veterans by providing them comprehensive services for health care, housing, education and employment, and to establish outreach to at-risk veterans who may not be availing themselves of existing programs.

Solidarity with the MTEA & community supporters fighting for a people’s – not banker’s – school budget! Sign Up For Rapid Response Team and Other Activities

Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association

In a powerful showing of strength, hundreds of MTEA members, parents, and community members flooded the MPS School Board auditorium October 24, 2017 to protect our students from harmful budget cuts.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our schools!

To keep up the pressure, we need everyone to sign up for a rapid response shift to future board meetings.

Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfDEdSB-iig_kvIVd…/viewform

Dates where the school board could introduce or take votes on budget amendments include: Thurs., Oct. 26; Mon., Oct. 30; Tues., Oct. 31; or Thurs., Nov. 2. Sign up for as many as you can!

Rapid response means that you will attend one of these meetings given 24 hours notice.

The first night we need people to attend is the full board meeting tomorrow, Thursday, October 26 at 6:30pm.

We Will Not Be Silenced!

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Photo: Joe Brusky

Milwaukee, October 26: Daniel Karpowitz, author of College in Prison

Hosted by Confronting Mass Incarceration

2559 N Downer, Milwaukee (Boswell Book Company), 7 P.M.

he author will also be part of a panel Thurs. at 4pm in S120 MATC Student Center, 700 W. State St., MKE. See all events at http://tinyurl.com/y94w58f6.

As part of the Milwaukee Turners’ curated Mass Incarceration series, Daniel Karpowitz of the Bard Prison Initiative appears at Boswell to talk about his book College in Prison: Reading in the Age of Mass Incarceration.

College in Prison chronicles how, since 2001, Bard College has provided high-quality liberal arts education – with courses ranging from anthropology to Mandarin to advanced mathematics – to New York State prisoners who, upon release, have gone on to rewarding careers and elite graduate and professional programs.

Drawing upon fifteen years of experience as a director of and teacher within the Bard Prison Initiative, Daniel Karpowitz tells the story of BPI’s development from a small pilot project to a nationwide network. At the same time, he recounts the educational histories of individual students, tracking both their intellectual progress and the many obstacles they must face.

Daniel Karpowitz is the director of policy and academics for the Bard Prison Initiative and lecturer in law and the humanities at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. He also the cofounder of the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison, an organization that launches and cultivates college-in-prison programs across the country.

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Milwaukee, October 29: Defend Abortion Access

Hosted by Milwaukee General Defense Committee

1428 N Farwell, Milwaukee, 2:30 P.M. (Affiliated Medical Services)

The Milwaukee General Defense Committee is calling for a counter-demonstration of the right-wing anti-abortion organization 40 Days for Life. 40 Days for Life “is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power…to end abortion.” They attempt to steer patients away from accessing safe and legal healthcare with messages of shame, and divert them to non-medical religious “counseling.” They will be at Affiliated Medical Services on Sunday October 29 at 3pm.

We typically do not confront these people at clinics to reduce the stress level for patients who are attempting to enter the clinic. On Sunday October 29, however, the clinic will be closed, so we’ll be taking a stand for free, safe, on-demand abortion in our community. Join us to show that Milwaukee won’t stand for their messages of shame. Our bodies are our own!

Affiliated is in need of comfortable and warm clothes for patients. Mostly winter coats, but also sweatshirts, yoga pants/sweatpants, long t-shirts, and new socks/underwear. If you have anything to give, please bring it with you on Sunday!

The Milwaukee General Defense Committee is not affiliated with or sponsored by Affiliated Medical Services.

The General Defense Committee is the community self-defense arm of the Industrial Workers of the World. The Milwaukee IWW is a member-run union for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our industries. and in our communities.

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LABOR-COMMUNITY CALL TO ACTION: Oppose White Supremacy, Support Dropping All Charges On Durham Arrestees & repeal of GS 100-2.1 / Join the National Call-In Day on November 14, 2017

PDF OF UE LOCAL 150 “CALL TO ACTION” LEAFLET: Labor Durham Call-In Day 11-14-17

http://ue150.org/

https://www.facebook.com/UE150/

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United Electrical Workers Local 150 (North Carolina Public Service Workers Union)

National Call-In Day on November 14 as the Durham 15 stand trial!

Call Durham County District Attorney ROGER ECHOLS at: (919) 808-3010

Call NC State Senate President Phil Berger at: (919) 733-5708

  1. Urge the state Legislature to repeal the 2015 law GS § 100-2.1 that prohibits local governments from removing Confederate statues and other vestiges of white supremacy.
  2. Drop all criminal charges for the 15 anti-racist activists arrested for the events in Durham related to the toppling of the Confederate statue.

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UE150, NC Public Service Workers Union calls on the labor movement to stand in solidarity with the growing people’s movement that is challenging the racist rooted system that allows public monuments to white supremacist ideals and values in the form of Confederate statues to stand. On August 14, some residents took down the supremacist Confederate soldier statue in front of the Durham Courthouse. While everyone may not agree with this tactic, the state laws prevented the ability of people to address concerns to take down statues to their local governments. This occurred just two days after Nazi’s and KKK rallied in a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA to defend Confederate statues and killed an anti-racist protester, Heather Heyer.

The Durham action was another powerful expression of people’s anger and disgust with how the system uses its power to remind Black, Brown and oppressed people of their “place” and ongoing oppression and exploitation. Some feel they should take matters into their own hands when governments attempt to stop progressive social change. In 2015, the Republican-dominated NC State Legislature passed a bill that took away authority from local city and county governments to remove Confederate statues from their property, GS § 100-2.1. This is the same state Legislature that the US Supreme Court ruled gerrymandered voting districts based on race with “laser-like precision”. The state Legislature also passed similar legislation – HB2 — that eliminated local governments’ power to protect trans-gendered people from hate crimes, or enact protections for workers from abusive employers, like raising the minimum wage and improving working conditions for contractors.

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NC Public Service Workers Union, UE local 150
For information about how to support this resolution, call 919-876-7187

http://ue150.org/

https://www.facebook.com/UE150/

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Durham, North Carolina September 12, 2017 / Photo: WI BOPM