March 24 National Conference to Defeat Austerity in Detroit to Emphasize Programmatic Approach to Economic Crisis

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire,

Despite the claims of prosperity and full employment, millions are living in poverty and distress

March 24 will be an important date for the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and more than 50 other organizations and individuals who have endorsed the National Conference to Defeat Austerity (NCDA) in Detroit. The gathering is being held at the Historic St. Matthews-St. Joseph’s Church located on Woodward Avenue in the North End section of town.

This event is an outcome of several local developments in the city where hundreds of thousands of residents have seen their standards of living dropped precipitously amid massive layoffs in retail and service sectors along with the ongoing property tax foreclosure epidemic and the rising rents across broad sections of the municipality. A corporate media narrative which promotes the city as making significant progress after emerging from what was in actuality an illegal bankruptcy during 2013-14, often overlooks the plight of the majority African American working class population, many of whom are mired in poverty.

The NCDA concept arose after the Moratorium NOW! Coalition mobilized people surrounding the World Conference of Mayors held at the MGM Grand Casino Hotel from October 23-27 last year. This same propaganda fostered by the billionaire ruling class headed by Quicken Loans owner Dan Gilbert and the Illitch Companies, sought to utilize the World Conference of Mayors to spread blatant misrepresentation of the social and economic situation in Detroit.

A facebook page with registration information and other resources can be reached at: Defeat Austerity Although registration is free the conference will accept donations for printed materials and food. Hosted by Moratorium NOW! Coalition and Defeat Austerity

March 24 2018 Detroit

Milwaukee, March 17, 2018: May 1 Planning Meeting / Planeaciones para 1ro de Mayo

Hosted by Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES)and Voces de la Frontera

Junta para planear el 1ro de mayo
sábado 17 de marzo, 2pm
Voces de la Frontera, 1027 S 5th St
Info: 414-643-1620

Acompáñanos para platicar sobre preparaciones importantes para la marcha del 1ro mayo para los derechos de los inmigrantes, trabajadores y estudiantes. Exigimos al Sheriff Severson de Waukesha que no convierta sus sheriffs en agentes de Inmigración por 287g, al gobernador Walker que devuelva las licencias de conducir a los inmigrantes y que se ponga un alto a las deportaciones. ¡Ven!


May 1st Planning Meeting
Saturday, March 17th, 2pm
Voces de la Frontera, 1027 S 5th St
Info: 414-643-1620

Join us to talk about important preparations for the May 1st March for Immigrant, Worker & Student Rights. We demand Waukesha County Sheriff Severson not turn his deputies into ICE agents through 287g; that Governor Walker return drivers’ licenses to Wisconsin immigrant community members; and not one more deportation! Join us!

Global May 1 Strike

Open Letter in Support of Mediation in Venezuela, Not Sanctions


We urge the United States and Canadian governments to immediately remove their illegal* sanctions against Venezuela and to support efforts at mediation between the government of Venezuela and the nonviolent segments of the political opposition.

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals in the US and Canada, support hemispheric relations based on respect for the sovereignty of all peoples of the Americas. We are deeply concerned by the use of illegal sanctions, whose effect falls most heavily on the poorest and most marginal sectors of society, to coerce political and economic change in a sister democracy.

Polls in Venezuela show that the large majority of Venezuelans oppose sanctions, regardless of their opinion of the Maduro government. Sanctions merely complicate efforts by the Vatican, Dominican Republic, and other international actors to mediate a resolution to the deep polarization in Venezuela. Moreover, sanctions undermine efforts of the democratically elected government and Constituent Assembly to address critical economic issues and determine their own political destiny.

Despite the high-minded rhetoric of officials in Washington and Ottawa, it is not a genuine concern for democracy, human rights, and social justice that drives the belligerent interventionist posture towards Caracas. From President Obama’s admittedly untrue presidential decree that Venezuela represents a national security threat to the United States, to UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s declaration that Venezuela is “an increasingly violent narco-state” that threatens the world, the use of hyperbole in diplomatic situations seldom contributes to peaceful solutions on the world stage.

It is no secret that Venezuela, unlike Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Egypt, or Saudi Arabia, is targeted for regime change by the US precisely because of Venezuela’s leadership in resisting US hegemony and the imposition of the neoliberal model in Latin America. And of course, Venezuela holds the largest oil reserves in the world, attracting more unwanted attention from Washington.

The US and Canada tried and failed to use the Organization of American States (OAS) to build a bloc to hypocritically evoke the Democratic Charter against Venezuela. Recently, Luis Almagro, the rogue Secretary General of the OAS, went so far as to publicly support the swearing in of a parallel Supreme Court unconstitutionally appointed by opposition legislators and allowed them to use the OAS headquarters in Washington DC for their ceremony – without the approval of any OAS member state. Almagro has thereby delegitimized the OAS, emboldened the most extreme and violent elements of the Venezuelan opposition, and side-lined efforts at mediation.

The US-Canadian sanctions represent a cynical use of coercive economic power to attack a nation that is already dealing with hyperinflation and shortages of basic commodities. While said to be in the name of advancing democracy and freedom, the sanctions violate the Venezuelan peoples’ basic human right to sovereignty, as outlined in the UN and OAS Charters.

We call on the political leaders of the United States and Canada to reject overheated rhetoric and to contribute to the search for real solutions to Venezuela’s political and economic problems. We urge the US and Canadian governments to rescind their sanctions and support the mediation efforts pursued by the Chancellor of the Dominican Republic Miguel Vargas, the President of Dominican Republic Danilo Medina, former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the Vatican, and supported by a growing number of Latin American nations.

* Chapter 4 Article 19 of the OAS Charter states: No State or group of States has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other State. The foregoing principle prohibits not only armed force but also any other form of interference or attempted threat against the personality of the State or against its political, economic, and cultural elements.



UNITED STATES Noam Chomsky Danny Glover, Citizen-Artist Estela Vazquez, Executive Vice President, 1199 SEIU Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton, Archdiocese of Detroit Jill Stein, Green Party

Peter Knowlton, General President, United Electrical Workers Dr. Frederick B. Mills, Department of Philosophy, Bowie State University Dr. Alfred de Zayas, former Chief, Petitions Dept, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Medea Benjamin, co-founder, Code Pink Dan Kovalik, Counsel, United Steelworkers Union

Clarence Thomas, ILWU Local10 (retired) Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, President, National Lawyers Guild Chuck Kaufman, National Co-Coordinator, Alliance for Global Justice James Early, Articulation of Afro Descendants in Latin America and the Caribbean Gloria La Riva, coordinator, Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee

For full list click on this link:


Take Action to End Exploitation at LA’s port

Together with our coworkers we are honoring those that marched and gave their lives on Bloody Sunday in Selma, AL, in 1965. We marched with our coworkers and community allies to send a clear message to the companies we work for, and also to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, that the time to take action is now!

SIGN OUR PETITION today to LA Mayor Garcetti to insist he take action to put an end to racial discrimination, wage theft, and exploitation at the City’s port.

We work at the Port of Los Angeles as warehouse workers and port truck drivers. We ensure that products you purchase from companies like Amazon and Target are handled carefully and delivered in a timely manner. Our coworkers at the Cal Cartage warehouse and NFI port trucking companies work hard each and every day and we expect more from our elected officials like Mayor Garcetti.

On March 8, we commemorated the anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the landmark 1965 civil rights march in Selma to end racial injustice. We marched together with the Our People | Our Port coalition from the Port of Long Beach to the Port of Los Angeles.

All we want is for our families and children to grow up with a bright future. We want to receive the wages we work so hard for, to be recognized as employees worthy of dignity, and to not be forgotten as people of color slaving away at America’s ports while experiencing Jim Crow racism and intolerable sharecropping conditions.

I need your help by signing our petition today calling for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to stand on the side of bravery and take swift action in support of port workers like us.

We won’t stop demanding this and fighting until every port driver and warehouse worker is treated with the dignity and respect every worker deserves. Just like Dr. King,  we believe that all labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance.

In solidarity,

Dwayne Wilson, NFI/Cal Cartage
Omar Alvarez, XPO Logistics


Graduate Employees’ Organization at U of Illinois at UC With Solidarity Beats Back Concessions, Wins Contract

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Dear GEO Members,

We have a contract! All of the ballots have been tallied and 98% of GEO members voted to approve the contract. This means the strike is over and that we can all return to work.

Once the new contract has been properly formatted we will send out the full document and post it on the GEO website.

As part of the new contract, the bargaining team created a plan for how to make up hours lost due to striking. Please contact your immediate supervisor to create a plan for making up lost hours. If your work was scabbed, you may not be able to make up lost hours. Make up hours must be completed before March 30, 2018. Please contact the GEO if you have any questions or concerns!

Congratulations on a successful strike, everyone! Thank you for all of your hard work.

In Solidarity,
Graduate Employees’ Organization, GEO
809 S. 5th St., Geneva Room
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-344-8283

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Columbus, OH March 12, 2018: #FreeTheBlackPride4


3/2 UPDATE: Sentencing date is March 13 @ 10:00 AM, so the#FreeTheBlackPride4 National Day of Action is now Monday March 12!


The Columbus Division of Police have been relentless in their repression and destruction of Black life. In the past four years, they have shot and killed 28 people, 21 of them Black.

In June 2017, the #BlackPride4 disrupted the Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade to protest police brutality and the widespread violence against QTPOC, and they were immediately targeted and arrested by Columbus’ notoriously violent police force. On February 12th, 2018, three of the #BlackPride4 were found guilty for 6/8 of their charges. Wriply Bennet, a Black trans woman, was found guilty of the most charges.

Stonewall Columbus has repeatedly evaded accountability for the violence that happened at Pride. Recently, they have gone so far as to testify AGAINST the #BlackPride4 during trial, directly aiding in the criminalization of Black queer and trans people.

Our sick city has made examples of the #BlackPride4 for long enough, and the stakes are higher than ever. As the #BlackPride4 face sentencing soon, we need to declare that #ColumbusIsGuilty — guilty of racism, transphobia, and police brutality. For the #FreeTheBlackPride4 National Day of Action, we are calling for a rally to take place outside City Hall to show solidarity with the #BlackPride4 and continue to shame CPD and Stonewall for their blatant disregard for Black lives. We invite community members from Columbus and beyond to raise their fists and raise their voices against the violence that plagues our city.

Monday March 12th at 5:00 PM @ City Hall
Bring signs. Be ready to chant. Wear comfortable shoes and WEAR ALL BLACK.

If you or your organization want to co-sponsor or speak at this event, please message us!

#ColumbusIsGuilty FreeTheBlackPride4 #ShameOnCPD#ShameOnStonewall

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