In the Face of Janus, AFL-CIO Launches Nationwide Ad Campaign Calling on Working People to Organize

Major ad buy seizes on wave of collective action.

See the ad HERE.

The AFL-CIO today announced a major, national print and digital ad campaign calling on workers to join together in the face of continued corporate assaults on the freedom to join together in union.

An open letter to working people, penned by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, will run in USA Today, the Washington Post and regional newspapers in nine states, including Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Massachusetts.

Trumka’s letter offers an urgent call to action: “If you want a raise, better benefits and the dignity of having a voice on the job, we’re saving a seat for you. Join us—be a part of the fight to build a brighter future for you, your family and working people everywhere.”

An accompanying digital ad campaign will target workers online and direct them to, a new website that outlines efforts by wealthy corporate interests to take away the freedoms of working people.

Additionally, the website offers background on Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, an upcoming Supreme Court case funded by the Koch brothers to deprive teachers, firefighters and other public-sector workers of their freedom to join together. It also offers resources for forming a union and information about ongoing organizing campaigns.

This comes as a wave of collective action has continued to sweep the country. As striking teachers march and secure raises even in anti-labor states, working people from all backgrounds are embracing the power of solidarity. Unions’ approval rating has broken above 60%, while dissatisfaction with corporations has risen to similarly high levels.

Young people, who are disproportionately impacted by corporate-driven policy decisions, have been leading the most recent surge in unionization. Of the 262,000 new union members last year, more than three-quarters were under the age of 35.

This trend has continued steadily into 2018. Last month, nearly 15,000 workers organized unions in a single week, ranging from nurses and flight attendants to Harvard graduate workers.

“From the boardroom to the steps of the Supreme Court, a dark web of corporate interests is trying to stop us with everything it has,” writes Trumka. “But no matter what any CEO or lobbyist does, we’re standing up for the freedom to join together in a union.”

Contact: John Weber (202) 637-5018

June 5, 2018: Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES)‎ Racine Leadership Meetings

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Racine Leadership Meetings

Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES)

You think that you have what it takes to be a core leader and want to be one?

Join us for Tuesday Leadership meetings 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Core Leaders: this is a great opportunity to develop relationships and friendships with those from different schools!

There’s always pizza :)\

Contact your organizer!

Address: 2100 Layard Ave

Milwaukee, June 23, 2018: The Cuba Caravan is Coming to Town

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The Cuba Caravan is Coming to Town

Progress had been made…Let’s keep it rolling!
Demand freedom to travel an end to the embargo!

[There’s still time to join this year’s caravan to Cuba! DEADLINE TO APPLY: May 1ST 2018 See or call 212-926-5757 ext. 6]

Join us Saturday, June 23, 2018. At Central United Methodist Church, 639 N. 25th St. Milwaukee, 53233

5:00 pm Pot Luck Dinner, 6:30 pm Program

Caravan Speaker: Gail Walker, Executive Director, IFCO/Pastors for Peace

Also: Dare to Dream: A 30-minute documentary about Cuba’s Latin American Medical School

Sponsored by Pastors for Peace, 212-926-5757; Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba,; 273-1040
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Across the U.S. June 2, 2018: Abolish ICE. Shut down all 24 ICE field offices

Abolish ICE. Shut down all 24 ICE field offices

As of now there are protests planned for 6 out of the 24 ICE field offices this weekend. Here’s a map of where they are. We have hosts for Detroit, Baltimore, Denver, near Chicago (Kenosha), El Paso and Boston. Please attend one of these events if you are anywhere nearby!

We are looking for hosts for the other locations. If you haven’t hosted an event before, or if you are unsure about doing it on such short notice, you are needed! Even if your event simply consists of people standing along the sidewalk near the field office and holding signs, that would help our movement significantly. If you are more ambitious, you could pass out flyers about why we are there, or have an open mic (“open bullhorn” sufficient).

These are protests calling for the abolition of ICE and CBP. No more separating children from their mothers at the border. No more releasing children to human traffickers because you really just don’t care about them. No more taking dads from their US citizen children and wives. No more physical and sexual abuse. No more raids. No more terror. Immigration is not a problem—that’s a lie. The unequal distribution of our society’s resources and terrible political leadership IS a problem.

We need you to step up! Send a PM if you can do it.

Here is the main event page with links to the local events:


Milwaukee, July 14, 2018: Heal The Hood MKE block party and Resource Fair!

Heal The Hood MKE block party and Resource Fair!

Join us as we bring resources and entertainment straight to the block for our July Heal the Hood MKE Block Party and Resource Fair. There will be resources for housing, health, education, youth activities, and much more. There will be FREE FOOD, raffles, 30+ vendors, a children’s corner and more!

July 14th 2018, 12pm to 6pm, located on 10th and center!

For more information or to register as a vendor, email us at or visit
To sign up to volunteer, please email

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Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast

Listen to the Mon. May 28, 2018 special edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. The program features our regular PANW report with dispatches on the recent polls in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela resulting in the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro; the Congress of South African Trade Unions Central Executive Committee has issued a statement in the aftermath of its meeting; the African Union Commission Chair says that this year’s Africa Day focused on the need to end corruption; the aftermath of primary elections in Zimbabwe indicate the need for adherence to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) protocols. In the second and third hours we continue our monthlong focus on African Liberation. We highlight the role of AFRICOM and the plight of modern day African states. Finally we review the Haitian Revolution through an interview with historian Gerald Horne about his book the Black Jacobins.

Milwaukee, June 5, 2018: Protest Israel’s Ambassador

Protest Israel’s Ambassador in Milwaukee


750 N Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee, 11 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. 

Since March 30th, Israeli snipers and military have killed at least 113 unarmed Palestinian in Gaza, and wounded more than 12,000. On May 14 alone, 19 medics were shot. Now one of Netanyahu’s closest allies, Ron Dermer, is coming to Milwaukee! Dermer is also close to Trump relative Jared Kushner, who withheld his role in funding illegal settlements on the West Bank, while Trump has put him in charge of bringing “peace” to the Middle East. Our taxes are paying for these murders. We cannot be silent.

Protest Israel’s Ambassador in Milwaukee

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Maduro wins Venezuela election by landslide

By Andrew Mayton posted on May 23, 2018

With an overwhelming 68 percent of the votes cast, President Nicolás Maduro was re-elected president of Venezuela on May 20 for a six-year term, starting at the end of the year.

Despite Maduro’s clear and clean election, Venezuela and its Boliviarian government were immediately denounced by U.S. imperialism and its reactionary allies in Latin America and Europe. On the other side, the Cuban, Bolivian and Salvadoran governments congratulated Maduro, and the Chinese and Russian governments recognized Maduro’s victory and called for no intervention against his government.

Speaking from the balcony of the Miraflores Palace, Maduro said, “It has been a heroic, beautiful, popular victory forged in the struggle.”

“I’m the president of all the Venezuelans,” he added. “I call for a dialogue process. Permanent dialogue is what ­Venezuela needs.”

“The revolution is here to stay!” Maduro later told the crowd, promising to prioritize the country’s economy and socioeconomic development during his new term and fight off imperialism — the external forces that tried to derail the country’s election. (TeleSur, May 20)

Milwaukee, May 24, 2018: Stand For A Budget That Honors MPS Students & Classrooms

Hosted by Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association

Stand For A Budget That Honors MPS Students & Classrooms

5225 W Vliet, Milwaukee, 6:30 P.M.

No more tattered textbooks, torn carpet, and crowded classrooms! We need to show to #fightforfunding. Thursday is our next opportunity to speak in support of an MPS budget that honors the district’s students and classrooms. There is still time for the budget to be amended so let’s make sure we’re their to demand the best budget possible.

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