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ML STUDY GROUP: STALIN EDITION!
**Invite Friends and Comrades**
Marxist-Leninist Study Group is a discussion series for people hoping to learn more about socialism.
It is held the first Monday and third Wednesday of every month, light snacks and beverages provided.
If you are not available in person, tune in using Facebook Live to participate!
“Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.”
Stalin’s Interview with H. G. Wells (September 1937)
For the 10th Marxist-Leninist Study Group, we will be reading Marxism and the National Question (written January 1913):
– Intro & Chapter 1-4
~Total: 35 pages
All readings can be found for free at this link below:
In Durham, NC, protesters destroyed a confederate statue. Is that a useful rallying point, or is it a distraction from more pressing material issues? That’s one question in an enlightening discussion with labor organizer, UW PhD student, WWP member (and Carolina transplant) Griffin Bur.
We didn’t promise you any websites this time, but we did promise Takiyah Thompson event details:
Madison, Sun. Feb. 4, 2-4pm, 2146 E. Johnson St., James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Church.
Chicago, Sat. Feb. 3, 37 S Ashland, United Electrical (UE) workers hall Chicago, 6-8 pm Oh look, we do have a link!
New York City
Saturday, January 27, 3:00-6:00 PM
Demonstration, Union Square
Called by Honduran activists and supported by International Action Center
For more info 212-633-6646
Friday, Jan 26
Rally For Democracy & Against Repression in Honduras
Fri 4:30 PM · U.S. Department of State · Washington
Monday, January 29 7:00 PM
5920 Second Ave., Detroit 48202
Special presentation to the weekly meeting of Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice
“Fuera JOH! — The people of Honduras resist U.S.-backed dictatorship”
For more info 313-680-5508
Saturday, Jan 27
January 27 10:30am – 12:00 pm Teach-In on Honduras
Grace Place 637 South Dearborn
12:00- 2pm Protest Action Downtown Chicago
Portland: Saturday, January 27
Banner drop over I5 N overpasses Time place TBA
Minneapolis : Tuesday, January 23 at 6pm-7:30 pm
Forum on Resistance Movement and Human Rights Struggles in Honduras
Hoversten Chapel Augsburg College
Called by Witness for Peace
San Francisco Bay Area
Saturday, January 27 1pm – 4pm
Rally at 24th Street and Mission sponsored by numerous organizations including Hondurans Against the Dictatorship
Dublin, Ireland (FYI)
Saturday, Jan 27
Solidarity with Honduras:No to dirty elections & US interference
Sat 2 PM UTC · The Spire
1236 S Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, 9 A.M. – 3 P.M.
Nuestra reunión anual será sábado, el 27 de enero de 2018, de las 9am a 3pm en la Iglesia Luterana de la Ascensión (1236 S Layton Blvd en Milwaukee).
Decidiremos nuestras metas para el próximo año y elegiremos el liderazgo para Voces de la Frontera y Voces de la Frontera Action. Almuerzo y cuidado de niños otorgados.
Platicaremos de nuestra lucha por el Dream Act, las campañas para detener AB190 y 287g y las elecciones de 2018.
El tiempo de hacer nominaciones para la Mesas Directivas de Voces de la Frontera y Voces de la Frontera Acción es ampliado hasta el 2 de enero. Debe haber sido miembro por más de un año y estar actualizado en su cuota anual para nominar o ser nominado. Para nominarse a si mismo u otro miembro a las mesas directivas, manda un correo electrónico a Nancy Flores a email@example.com, o llame al 608-358-0565.
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Our Annual Meeting will be on January 27th, 2018, from 9am to 3pm at Ascension Lutheran Church (1236 S Layton Blvd in Milwaukee).
We’ll decide on our goals for the coming year and elect leadership for Voces de la Frontera and Voces de la Frontera Action. Lunch and childcare provided.
We’ll discuss our fight for the Dream Act, the campaigns to stop AB190 and 287g, and the 2018 elections.
The nominations period for the 2018 Voces de la Frontera and Voces de la Frontera Action Boards of Directors has been extended to January 2nd. You must have been a member for more than a year and be current in your dues to nominate or be nominated. To nominate yourself or another member to the Voces or the Voces Action Boards, please email Nancy Flores at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 608-358-0565.
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In response to the continuing march of military aggression by the USA and to put an antiwar agenda back on the table of activists, we are calling for an Women’s (and allies) March on the Pentagon tentatively sent for the 51st anniversary of the 1967 big antiwar event in DC and subsequent march on the Pentagon that had 50,000 people!
Save the date! Working People’s Day of Action is Feb. 24
Mark your calendars to attend the Working People’s Day of Action on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
Attacks against working people are mounting! From proposed anti-worker ballot initiatives in Ohio to a national court case that could make the entire nation Right to Work, working people and their union rights are under attack. But workers aren’t standing down!
The Working People’s Day of Action, taking place in 10 cities across the nation on Feb. 24, is about demanding an end to the rigged economy.
On January 31, Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi will mark her 17th birthday behind bars – as the next Israeli military court hearing is convened against her. Ahed is one of 360 Palestinian children in Israeli prison and nearly 6,200 total Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. As her birthday approaches, take action on January 26-30 to stand with Ahed and demand her freedom and that of her fellow imprisoned Palestinians!
Ahed is imprisoned – along with her mother Nariman – in an attempt to suppress Palestinian organizing and resistance to occupation. The Tamimis are leaders in the indigenous anti-colonial land defense and popular resistance in the village of Nabi Saleh, a Palestinian village of 600 people that has been targeted for land theft and even the confiscation of their spring by the illegal Zionist settlement of Halamish.
Ahed and Nariman Tamimi have been imprisoned since December 19 after a video of Ahed slapping an Israeli occupation soldier – who had slapped her while occupying her land and family home while suppressing a village demonstration – went viral on social media. For nearly all of her life, Ahed has been in direct confrontation with occupation forces who have repeatedly invaded her home; arrested and imprisoned her father, brothers, cousins and other relatives; killed her cousin and her uncle; attacked the village with tear gas and other weaponry, including the rubber-coated metal bullet shot into the face of her 15-year-old cousin, Mohammed, shortly before the video was filmed.
There has been a global upsurge of outrage at the ongoing imprisonment of Ahed. Protests, letter-writing campaigns, petitions and actions in cities around the world have demanded her freedom and that of her fellow Palestinian prisoners. Her case has also highlighted the ongoing, systematic imprisonment of Palestinian children; approximately 700 are brought before military courts each year, and Palestinian kids seized by Israeli forces are frequently subject to beatings, abuse, and interrogations without parents or lawyers present in violation of the law.
The resistance of the Palestinian people has never been quelled by arrests or repression, and it must be clear that we, around the world, stand alongside the Palestinian people as they defend their entire land and people. This includes standing with Ahed Tamimi and all detained and jailed Palestinian prisoners in their struggle for liberation for themselves, their people, and their occupied homeland.
Protests are already being organized in the upcoming days in Copenhagen, Montevideo, Marseille, Paris, Nimes, Lyon, Athens, Manchester, Waterford, Berlin, Auckland and Arlington and on January 30 in New Yorkand Washington, DC. Join the global protest with your own action!
- Demand your government officials intercede for the release of Ahed, 350 imprisoned Palestinian children and over 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners. On January 26, 29 and 30, call your country’s officials and urge them to act:Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop: +61 2 6277 7500
Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland: +1-613-992-5234
European Union Commissioner Federica Mogherini: +32 (0) 2 29 53516
New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully: +64 4 439 8000
United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson: +44 20 7008 1500
United States President Donald Trump: +1-202-456-1111
In the United States, call your member of the House of Representatives to support H.R. 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. Tell them specifically about Ahed’s arrest, and urge them to act for her release. Tell them to pressure Israel to free Ahed and other detained Palestinian kids. Call the House switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your Representative’s office.
- Write to Ahed. While Zionist jailers frequently censor Palestinian prisoners’ mail, it can help bolster morale and even send a message to the jailers and censors themselves. Write to Ahed Tamimi, HaSharon Prison, Ben Yehuda P.O. Box 7, 40 330 Israel. If you gather with other supporters to send Ahed letters and birthday cards, you can also take the opportunity to write your government officials, demanding they intercede for her release.
- On January 30 or as close as possible, organize or join a protest for Ahed. Demonstrate outside your local Israeli embassy, consulate or mission, at a public square or government building, or against a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign target. You can drop a banner or put up a table to support Ahed and other Palestinian political prisoners. You can also bring signs and flyers about Ahed to local events about Palestine and social justice. Please tell us your plans so we can help promote them, then send us pictures and reports of your actions, by messaging them to us on Facebook or sending us an e-mail.
RESOURCES FOR ACTION:
Posters for printing at your protest:
Free Ahed Tamimi and all Palestinian Prisoners (Download PDF)
Honduran democracy activist Edwin Espinal Robelo has been detained by authorities. Even though he is a civilian, he is scheduled to appear before a military tribunal this week. Espinal has been denied the right to meet with his lawyer.
Edwin Robelo Espinal has a long history advocating against the government that came into power as the result of a right-wing coup in 2009. He is a staunch defender of the Honduran people’s human and voting rights. Because of this history, he has been the target of threats and intimidation by state security forces and of slander in the media. He has been receiving protective measures since July 2010, when they were requested by the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights. Espinal has been framed on charges of arson and property destruction during a January 12, 2018 protest in Tegucigalpa. Honduras has been the site of large demonstrations due to the November 26, 2017 presidential election that Honduran popular movements and international observers have widely denounced as rigged.
According to Victoria Cervantes, member of the Honduras Solidarity Network and the Alliance for Global Justice Board of Directors,
“Edwin Espinal Robelo is a well-known activist since the 2009 coup; part of the motorcycle riders that have escorted all the protests since then and a community organizer activist in his neighborhood in Tegucigalpa. His fiancée, Wendy Avila was killed by the massive tear gas attack against protesters supporting President Zelaya’s return to Honduras in front of the Brazilian Embassy in September 2009. He has been harassed, detained, threatened, had his home arbitrarily searched, and been the target of numerous social media slanderous campaigns organized by the government and its hired trolls.”