A Call for A National Conference to Organize a Fightback to Defeat Austerity! Stop the war by the banks, corporations and government on the workers and poor! Saturday March 24, 2018, Detroit

Moratorium NOW! Coalition

http://moratorium-mi.org/

We want to extend an invitation to all progressive activists and organizations to participate in the National Conference to Fight Austerity in Detroit on Saturday March 24.  The purpose of the national conference is to map out a strategy for defeating the war being waged by the banks, corporations and government against the workers and oppressed.  Capitalism cannot continue unchallenged while our very lives are being jeopardized by the ruling elites who are determined to grow richer and more powerful at our expense, whipping up white supremacy, an anti-immigrant offensive attacks on women and anti-LGBTQ bigotry to keep our class divided.

Detroit along with colonized Puerto Rico has been at the epicenter of bank imposed austerity against the workers and oppressed in this hemisphere. But every U.S. city from Chicago to Baltimore to Cleveland to Baltimore to Milwaukee, from New York City to Oakland and Seattle, has felt the brunt of this attack in the form of cutbacks, school closings, mass transit cuts, water shutoffs, gentrification and destruction of public service unions.

The Trump tax plan and Pentagon War build-up continues the massive transfer of wealth to the rich at the expense of the poor.  This war by the banks and on the workers and poor is an international phenomenon spanning every continent. On March 24, we will hammer out a program on how to fight back against the war by the corporations, the banks and their lackeys in government at all levels on the workers and poor.

The conference will take up topics such as:

* The Destruction of our Communities by the Banks. * Tax giveaways to Dan Gilbert and the Ilitch business empire and gentrifiers everywhere.* The Trump Tax plan — A declaration of war by and for the rich on the workers and the poor.* The Pentagon War Buildup — funded by destruction of social services.* Continuing Water Shutoffs and Mass foreclosures. *The Destruction of public educations through defunding and privatization.* Mass layoffs at retail stores, restaurants, business offices and plant closings* Fighting for a real living wage for all workers* Challenging racism, sexism and LGBTQ oppression* Defending Immigrant Rights* Challenging mass incarceration and prison slave labor * Defending Puerto Rico where much the population remains without electricity because of mass robbery by the banks* The need for a universal healthcare program* Public transportation and accessibility for all within the urban and rural areas. *The growth in extreme poverty and homelessness.* Environmental Justice and the end to the poisoning of the poor. *Full rights for persons with disabilities.

The Conference will discuss these issues in depth from the perspective of how they all are products of a capitalist system where profits are everything and people mean nothing.  We will mobilize support for making May Day 2018 an anti-Austerity Day, as well as lending solidarity to the Poor Peoples Campaign. We will outline a program of action in solidarity with all movements working for social change and transformation.

Initiated by the Moratorium Now! Coalition. For information or to endorse:  contact 313-680-5508 – moratorium-mi.org — moratorium@moratorium-mi.org  Endorsed by:  Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA); Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan (ROC-MI); Fronteras Nortenas; Elena Herrada, Detroit School Board Member in Exile; Teresa Kelly, former editor, Michigan Citizen Newspaper; Detroit MLK Day committee; Reverend Ed Rowe; Lila Cabbil, People’s Water Board; National Action Network, Detroit chapter; Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement, Workers World Party

Moratorium NOW! Coalition

http://moratorium-mi.org/

The Right-wing Bradley Foundation Plots to Destroy Unions

https://dc37blog.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/the-right-wing-bradley-foundation-plots-to-destroy-unions/

“…The Bradley Foundation’s effort to build what it calls a “conservative infrastructure” throughout the country is in sync with the goal of the libertarian brothers David and Charles Koch to transform the political landscape of the United States. Bradley — with $835 million in assets in 2016 — is as large as the three Koch-family foundations combined.

This political transformation sought by the right’s network has many dimensions. Foundations promote a right-wing ideological perspective as they advise politicians and spew out position papers on government policy. Conservative groups on university and college campuses are creating a new generation of activists and zealots.

Unions, of course, are targeted because they have a powerful ground force that supports Democratic candidates; gives workers a voice in the workplace; protects government services and fights for political freedoms and a shared prosperity, an effort that could put an end to the country’s Great Depression-like inequality.

Often working outside of the public eye, the foundations are a hidden but key force in the effort of the radical right to solidify the power of the 1 percent, corporations and conservative ideologues in the United States.

It’s up to unions and other progressive organizations to stop them.

This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of Public Employee Press.

Madison, Feb. 4, 2018: DO IT LIKE DURHAM! BLACK LIBERATION MONTH COMMUNITY DISCUSSION WITH TAKIYAH THOMPSON

Workers World Party Wisconsin

https://www.workers.org/

Defend Durham

MADISON – Freedom Fighter Takiyah Thompson will be the keynote speaker Feb. 4, 2018 at a Black Liberation Month Community Discussion at 2146 E Johnson Street beginning at 2 p.m. This event is sponsored by Workers World Party Wisconsin and is free and open to the public.

Due to months of people’s protests, felony charges were dropped January 11, 2018 against Thompson and her co-defendants but the courts continue political maneuvers designed to both weaken the movement and punish rightful dissent. On Feb. 19, 2018 Thompson along with other anti-racist activists, will return to court in Durham, North Carolina to face trial on misdemeanor charges stemming from August 14 when a Confederate monument in Durham was torn down.

“The events of August 14 were acts of community service and defense. We have to remember what happened just two days before in Charlottesville, Virginia., when white supremacists terrorized, occupied, and brutalized its residents. Heather Heyer was murdered, and many other anti-racist activists were injured,” said Sam Olson, of Workers World Party Wisconsin. “The eleven now facing charges in Durham have done their service to the community. We call on Durham District Attorney Roger Echols to immediately drop all of the charges.”

Through a campaign launched by #DefendDurham, thousands across North Carolina and the United States have signed petitions and participated in multiple call-in days to drop the charges. The case has garnered national and even international attention, with many unions and other progressive organizations submitting statements noting the significance of the Durham actions and pledging support to beat the charges.

“Removing symbols of white supremacy from our community is not a crime. What happened on Aug. 14 was a service to the Durham community and an example of taking righteous action, a small step to correct centuries of injustice,” said Olson.

On Feb. 4 in Madison, Thompson, a member of Workers World Party and a student at North Carolina Central University, will describe her experiences. And along with other speakers, Thompson will make the connections between the legacy of Jim Crow laws in North Carolina which are increasingly being promoted in Wisconsin by those such as Governor Scott Walker and Art Pope who is now Chair of the Board of the Milwaukee-based right-wing Bradley Foundation.

THE MONEY BEHIND ART POPE…: https://www.facingsouth.org/2016/05/art-popes-money-helped-create-north-carolinas-bath

THE RIGHT-WING BRADLEY FOUNDATION PLOTS TO DESTROY UNIONS: https://dc37blog.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/the-right-wing-bradley-foundation-plots-to-destroy-unions/

MORE INFO:

Workers World Party Wisconsin

https://www.workers.org/

Defend Durham

 

 

 

 

Chicago, Feb. 5: Marxist-Leninist Study Group

Hosted by Chicago Workers World Party

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!
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“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)
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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:
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/stalin/works/1913/03a.htm

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The Grass Is Greener on Riverwest Radio January 27, 2018: #DefendDurham

http://www.riverwestradio.com/episode/the-grass-is-greener-0447-griffin-bur-on-race-and-class/

http://www.riverwestradio.com/show/the-grass-is-greener/

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!

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HONDURAS IN CRISIS – THE PEOPLE SAY JOH MUST GO! Solidarity Actions in the U.S. and Worldwide January 26-29, 2018

http://www.hondurassolidarity.org/

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

DC:

Friday, Jan 26

Rally For Democracy & Against Repression in Honduras

Fri 4:30 PM · U.S. Department of State · Washington

Detroit:

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

Chicago:

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/1770188146618476/

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

Atlanta’s progressive, community radio station WRFG 89.3FM will feature the resistance struggle in Honduras on two programs.
On Saturday, Jan. 27, the second hour of Beyond Borders from 6-7pm will feature interviews from Honduras as well as with SOA Watch organizers on the people’s resistance movement in the Central American country. The program guests and hosts will delve into the history of US involvement in backing elitist, undemocratic forces in Honduras as well as the growing unity of workers, indigenous, rural communities, LGBTQ, women, youth and student organizations to advance their own agenda.
This weekly program brings liberation news and analysis on movements and developments in Central and South America and the Caribbean from the perspective of those involved on the ground.
On Monday, Jan 29, from 4:30-4:55pm, The Labor Forum will hear from UAW #869 Trustee and Executive Board member, Martha Grevatt, about her experiences as an election monitor in 2013, witnessing fraudulent practices and voter intimidation. She will address the parallels to the current mass resistance to electoral corruption, repression and poverty engulfing the country. Her remarks will stress the need for worker solidarity, particularly from those living in the US, to stand firmly with the people’s movements in Honduras.
The Labor Forum brings news and analysis by, for and about the working class in the US and internationally, whether in prisons, retired, youth, unionized, unemployed, low-wage or in the underground economy.
WRFG 89.3 FM broadcasts at 100,000 watts, is available online at wrfg.org and has a mobile app.

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