December 1, 2017: Stop the Cuts to UW Superior! A Phone and Email Zap

Five-minute action you can take on Friday, December 1st, 9am-12pm to support UWS students, faculty and staff! Use the below scripts (or your own words) to call and email UWS administrators and tell them to stop the cuts!

See this letter for more context and info: https://goo.gl/forms/t1u5a5RAefFs9djH2

Contact Info:
Chancellor Renee Wachter
rwachter@uwsuper.edu
ph. 715-394-8221

Interim Provost Jacalyn Weissenburger
jweissen@uwsuper.edu
ph. 715-394-8449

Interim Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Brenda Harms
bharms1@uwsuper.edu
ph. 715-394-8155

**Take three minutes and *CALL* each of the above numbers. Feel free to use the below script or your own words!**

Phone script:
I am calling to express support for the overwhelming community opposition to your recent decisions to shutter 9 majors, 15 minors, and 1 master’s program and to place 15 other programs on warning — nearly one third of your institution’s total programs. Your decision explicitly targets programs where students tend to engage in critical, creative inquiry and independent thinking to make sense of the world. Don’t deny UWS students the kind of quality, rigorous, and expansive education that is becoming increasingly restricted to the upper classes. Please listen to your students and your wider community, and rescind this decision by Monday, December 11th.

**Then, take an additional minute or two to send an *EMAIL* to the above addresses. Feel free to copy and paste the below template or send your own!**

Email template:
Dear Chancellor Wachter, Interim Provost Weissenburger, and Interim Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Harms,

I am writing to express support for the overwhelming community opposition to your recent decisions to shutter 9 majors, 15 minors, and 1 master’s program and to place 15 other programs on warning — nearly one third of your institution’s total programs. Your decision explicitly targets programs where students tend to engage in critical, creative inquiry and independent thinking to make sense of the world.

Your public moves make it clear that the source of your decisions are rooted elsewhere than the best interests of University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS) students, staff, and faculty. Justifications for denying UWS students a quality, rigorous, and expansive education have included:
*claims that first generation college students — 46 percent of your student population — are not intelligent enough to make choices about what they desire to study,
*spinning a summer “taskforce”, which focused only on minors and specifically made no recommendations to remove programs, to argue that faculty were involved in an “ongoing [decision-making] process” to make the cuts,
*shifting the blame for the need for program cuts away from your own and the state’s political agenda and onto poor faculty advising and teaching without any evidence to back this up,
*and claims that the decision will not affect faculty jobs because faculty will be asked to teach outside their areas of expertise (which will aid in enrollment how, exactly?).

Don’t deny UWS students the kind of quality, rigorous, and expansive education that is becoming increasingly restricted to the upper classes. Please listen to your students and your wider community, and rescind this decision by Monday, December 11th.

Sincerely,
[your name, affiliation]

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Boston School Bus Drivers, USW Local 8751: Power to EDUCAMOS and the all the courageous Puerto Rican Workers! Cancel The Debt! Reparations NOW! End The Jones Act!

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Boston School Bus Drivers’ Union, USW 8751 / District 4
25 Colgate Rd. • Roslindale, MA 02131
Telephone (617) 524-7073 Fax (617) 524-1691
http://www.BostonSchoolBusUnion.org
_______________________________________________

EDUCAMOS – un sindicato de verdad November 28, 2017

President Eva Ayala

P.O. Box 642

Comerío, Puerto Rico 00782

RE: USW Local 8751 says, “Solidarity Forever with EDUCAMOS!”

Dear President Eva Ayala,

It is with outrage and inspiration that we in Boston have followed EDUCAMOS’s daily struggles over

these past two months to fight school closings and privatization, defend the peoples’ rights to fully-funded education in the face of the devastating hurricanes and austerity attacks of PROMESA, Secretaries of Education DeVos and Keleher and the colonial U.S. government, now lead by the arch-racist Donald Trump.

We applaud your mighty efforts – teachers and school workers alongside students and their families –

in the face of severe government and bankers’ demands to cut the budgets. We see your demonstrations and writings, our sisters and brothers, and the obstruction from all of the military and police who have been sent from U.S. cities in a futile attempt to stop the Puerto Rican peoples’ just struggle to recover, rebuild and live free of colonial oppression.

In Boston – colonial home of Puerto Rico’s district court, the Boston Group (hired guns for school

privatization), the Blackstone Group (funders of the hotel and casino gentrification devastation in your island) and Baupost Group (whose vulture extortionist Seth Klarman “owns” $911 million of Puerto Rico’s “debt” to Wall Street) – our union is marching and providing a sound-truck to the Raíces Borikén Collective’s December 17th rally and march, “Decolonize Puerto Rico”. While thousands of families have been forced out of Puerto Rico in recent months – many of whose children are now riding our school buses in Boston – we will continue to fight with you in the hopes that our combined efforts will soon end this criminal plot of forced migration of your people from your land and your nation.

While we realize that it is a small drop in the bucket relative to your needs, our members voted unanimously to send you the enclosed check for $2,000 as a symbol of our great respect for and solidarity with your work.

Cancel the Debt, Now! $Trillions in Reparations for Puerto Rico, Now! End the Jones Act, Now!

Power to EDUCAMOS and the all the courageous Puerto Rican Workers!

FLOC SUES NC OVER LAW STRIPPING RIGHTS FROM 100,000 WORKERS

http://www.floc.com/wordpress/floc-sues-nc-over-law-stripping-rights-from-100000-workers/

On November 15, FLOC a coalition of civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit challenging a state law that guts the ability of farmworkers to organize and make collective bargaining agreements with employers.

The lawsuit argues that the North Carolina Farm Act of 2017 impedes farmworkers’ First Amendment right to participate in unions, and asserts that the law is discriminatory, as more than 90 percent of the state’s agricultural workers are Latino. The Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed that the government cannot impose special burdens on expressive associations such as unions.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of FLOC and two FLOC members. It was filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the North Carolina Justice Center, and the Law Offices of Robert J. Willis. The groups are asking the court to block implementation of the law as the challenge proceeds.

“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. Companies like Reynolds American should be embarrassed that growers in their supply chains are attacking the very farmworkers who make their companies’ wealth,” said FLOC President Baldemar Velasquez.

More than 100,000 farmworkers provide labor to North Carolina farms, helping to generate more than $12 billion for the state economy. The vast majority are Latinos and work seasonally, many under temporary H2A visas.

The law bars farmworker unions from entering into agreements with employers to have union dues transferred from paychecks — even if the union members want it, and even if the employer agrees to the arrangement. Because North Carolina is a so-called “right-to-work” state, dues deductions can only occur when individual workers choose to have dues deducted. Many of FLOC’s members are guest-workers who lack ready access to U.S. bank accounts, credit cards and other means of making regular union dues payments, and they therefore rely on dues transfer arrangements to pay their union dues. If those arrangements become invalid, the union will be required to divert most of its limited resources to collecting dues individually from each worker.

The law also prohibits agricultural producers from signing any agreement with a union relating to a lawsuit, such as a settlement in which an employer agrees to recognize a union, or a collective bargaining agreement that includes a promise not to sue. FLOC has used such voluntary agreements with employers to secure critical improvements in working conditions at farms, such as higher wages and an end to exploitative recruitment fees and blacklisting. In addition, FLOC has successfully challenged tobacco giants, such as Reynolds American, Inc. to acknowledge their responsibility for the conditions workers face in their supply chains. The new law introduces major obstacles to FLOC’s ability to renew its existing agreements and pursue more in the future.

The groups are asking the court to declare the law unconstitutional under the First and Fourteenth amendments. They are also asking the court to grant preliminary and permanent injunctions, restraining state officials from enforcing the law.

The law’s primary sponsor was State Sen. Brent Jackson, who owns Jackson Farming Company and was recently sued for wage theft by Latino farmworkers who were helped by FLOC. State Rep. Jimmy Dixon, an owner of Jimmy Dixon farm in Duplin County, was the only legislator to speak in favor of the anti-worker provisions in the bill on the House floor. He said the law was necessary because “there seems to be a growing wave of folks that are interested in farm labor.”

http://www.floc.com/wordpress/

JFLO at PR

On November 15, FLOC a coalition of civil rights groups filed a federal lawsuit challenging a state law that guts the ability of farmworkers to organize and make collective bargaining agreements with employers.

http://www.floc.com/wordpress/

NYC, December 2: Zimbabwe after Mugabe: Struggle for sovereignty vs imperialism

Hosted by Workers World Party

You are invited to a New York City Workers World Party meeting:

Hear Monica Moorehead, WWP Secretariat member and founding member of U.S. Out of Southern Africa Network, which protested U.S. corporate and bank complicity with apartheid during the 1980s.

Plus, report from WWP 2017: Young revolutionaries breaking the chains of capitalism

Video from National Day of Mourning 2017

Updates on:
Sun. Dec. 3 International Day of People with Disabilities
https://www.facebook.com/events/145556362836498/

Sat. Dec. 9 Free Mumia Demo in Philadelphia
Bus leaves NYC at 7:30am
For bus tickets, contact Gil ( gilobler@gmail.com) ASAP.

For info: 212.627.2994
http://workers.org/

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Urgent Action: Contact US Embassy Honduras and Congress to Stop All Support for Juan Orlando Hernandez

Urgent Message from Members of the Task Force on the Americas’ Delegation Currently in Honduras
 
We, an international delegation sponsored by La Voz de los de Abajo, CODEPINK, and the Honduras Solidarity Network, urge you to contact the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa as well as your Congressional and Senate representatives to demand that the US stop all support (political and economic) for Juan Orlando Hernandez as he attempts to steal the election to extend his dictatorship.
Feel free to use the following observations from our delegation, which is currently in Honduras, as talking points.
  • Since the days leading up to the election to now, Honduras has been in a constantly escalating state of militarization and intimidation intended to strike fear into those willing to vote against Juan Orlando Hernandez and the National Party.
  • Two members of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Marco Lobo and Eric Mejia, have shared statements that Salvador Nasralla’s lead in the vote is irreversible.
  • Despite this, there has been an unprecedented delay in the official announcement of the winner of the election.
  • As the delay persists, there are widespread reports on social media of voter fraud to benefit Juan Orlando Hernandez and the National Party.
  • This includes a video of piles of blank ballots being stamped en masse for Juan Orlando Hernandez and incidences of scattered violence around the country as National Party forces try to gain control of ballot boxes (including stabbings, shootings, kidnappings, and other forms of threats and intimidation)
  • According to social media reports, Une TV’s broadcast building (which has recognized Salvador Nasralla as the President Elect of Honduras) has been circled by either military or police.
  • These are all signs of a dictatorship and are not reflective of fair, democratic elections.
In all of the meetings we have had with social movement leaders since the first TSE announcement of Nasralla’s lead (and apparent victory), they all said that Juan Orlando Hernandez is likely very surprised by this result and warned that he does not want to give up power and will do anything he can do to stay in power. The militarization and weapons of war that our delegation observed on Election Day give weight to the alarms being sounded. Furthermore, right now, organizations and people from across Honduras are mobilizing to go to Tegucigalpa to recognize and defend Salvador Nasralla and the Alliance to End the Dictatorship as the rightful winner of the election.
We urge you to support the Honduran people in their effort to stand up to Juan Orlando Hernandez’s voter fraud, intimidation, and dictatorship by contacting the US Embassy and your elected officials with the demand that all support end now.
US Embassy Tegucigalpa
011-504-22385114
011-504-22369320
US Capital Switchboard (to contact your Senators and Representatives)
(202) 224-3121

TAKE ACTION! Join Defend Durham National Call-In Day – Thursday, November 30, 2017

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Call 919-808-3010 and tell the Durham County District Attorney to drop ALL the charges!

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On August 14, 2017, in the wake of fascist violence in Charlottesville, anti-racist fighters in Durham tore down a confederate statue because the state of North Carolina refused. They now face felony charges for their righteous action. Tell District Attorney Roger Echols: Tearing down white supremacy is not a crime!

Then join us Dec. 5 to PACK THE COURT at the next hearing:
www.facebook.com/events/1983733975245436/

The courts prosecuting our brave comrades for battling the Confederacy are trying to wear us all down with delays and continuances. But we won’t stop fighting. We hope you won’t either.

#DefendDurham #DoItLikeDurham #TakeEmDown

Tear Down Racism Durham September 12, 2017

Madison, November 30: Justice for Jason Pero-Stop State Violence Against Native People

Hosted by Madison Nlg

17 West Main Street, Madison, WI Department Of Justice Building, 4:30 P.M. 

14 year old Jason Pero was shot and killed by an Ashland County Deputy in front of his home in Odanah Wisconsin on the Bad River reservation November 8. Neighbors and relatives challenge the official story put out by the Wisconsin Dept. of Justice and their videos contradict the officer’s claim that he was in danger from a middle school kid with a knife. The Bad River tribe has demanded a federal investigation. Come bring lights, drums and songs to remember this young singer, drummer and keeper of his Anishinabe peoples’ traditions. Demand justice for him and protection for indigenous people across the world as we close out Native American Heritage month in the U.S.A. Our heritage should no longer excuse violence against our indigenous relatives. We will begin at Wisconsin DOJ’s office on West Main Street and proceed to the US Attorney’s office on West Washington Avenue.

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