July 27, 2018: Demand an End to Unite the Right!

Hosted by Students for a Democratic Society (National)

Demand an End to Unite the Right

The National Park Service has given initial approval to an application from Jason Kessler to hold a “white civil rights rally” on Aug. 11 and 12. Meant as a second “Unite the Right” rally, one year after violent white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Va. The event was a blatant demonstration of absolute racism and white male terrorism, leading to the death of activist Heather Heyer.

We will not stand for this.

Call the National Park Service of DC’s permit office at 202-245-4715, and demand this violent, terrorist rally be shut down!

Hi, my name is_______. I’m calling to ask that the upcoming Unite the Right rally being held on Pennsylvania Ave have its access to the space revoked. Last year’s riot in Charlottesville was an explicit demonstration of racist terror and led to a woman’s violent death, there is no reason to let this event continue. Thank you.

Demand an End to Unite the Right

WI CHARLOTTESVILLE Smash White Supremacy 8 13 2017

US Military Ordered to Host Massive Immigrant Concentration Camps

We believe that all military personnel have a moral and legal obligation to refuse to comply with any order that involves collaboration with these camps.

Actual concentration camps are in the process of development at military bases across the Southern United States. This isn’t the first time in US history that facilities are being constructed and used to imprison large numbers of a persecuted minority in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities (the definition of a concentration camp). Previous examples of this are now infamous, such as the so-called Japanese internment camps. We’re now on the brink of adding a new chapter to this dark history.

Potential locations have been identified as:

  • Tornillo Port of Entry, Texas – capacity 360 teenagers CURRENTLY ACTIVE
  • Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas – capacity 45,000
  • Fort Bliss, Texas
  • Dyess Air Force Base, Texas
  • Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas – capacity 20,000
  • Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Air Station, California – capacity 47,000
  • Navy Outlying Field Wolf and Silverhill, Alabama – capacity 25,000
  • Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, Arizona
  • Concord Naval Weapons Station, California – capacity 47,000 CANCELLED

Military officials, in response to pressured deadlines from the White House, have stated that these camps can begin to be operational by mid-August. Estimates are that capacity for another 10,000 people can be added each month. The White House’s stated timeline of 45 days out from June 27th has local base commanders scrambling and caught unaware.

In addition to providing the land, military personnel will construct the camps while private agencies will manage the operations. While this simplified explanation of operations seeks to minimize the military’s role, it omits the endless capacities in which the armed forces will surely be facilitating the functioning of these camps such as with water, electricity, sewage, trash, and all of the other services to go allow with sustaining tens of thousands of immigrant detainees.

The military is strictly prohibited from domestic policing as stated in the constitution yet military personnel are being drafted into doing just that with this rising domestic enforcement of immigration policy. Just because Trump/Sessions Co. declares a war on immigrants, doesn’t make it an actual war. Being quite clearly an illegal order, the question is who will refuse to aid and abet?

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Solidarity With The AFGE! Fight Union Busting!

https://www.afge.org/

On #RedforFeds Day, July 25, our union and members across the country are taking the administration to court and will be in the streets to protest his union-busting, democracy-busting executive orders.

We will be hosting a rally in front of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia where our attorneys will be making oral arguments that afternoon. We’re expecting hundreds of public servants at the event wearing red protesting the administration’s attempt to silence workers and remove our rights.

  • If you cannot make it to D.C. on July 25, we’re asking you to host an event back home.
  • But wherever you are, please wear red or a red item to show solidarity with your union brothers and sisters and take a picture to share on social media with the hashtag #RedForFeds.
  • You can RSVP for our Day of Action rally in Washington, D.C. here.
  • Share this flyer and encourage your coworkers and friends to join us in Washington, D.C.

For more resources and to see which cities are hosting events and participating in #RedforFeds, visit www.afge.org/redforfeds and follow the #RedforFeds hashtag on Twitter.

Members of Congress are also joining the fight on #RedforFeds Day. In the House and Senate, there will be a special order and morning business session where legislators will be offered the opportunity to speak out against the harmful orders and need for an apolitical civil service system.

Why #RedforFeds

On May 25, the administration issued three executive orders that chip away at due process and collective bargaining rights for federal employees and impede employee representation at the job site.

Three days later, AFGE filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. That suit has since been joined with several other unions, an amicus brief from Congressional leaders protesting the president’s decision, as well as support from lawmakers speaking out.

These executive orders are a direct assault on our apolitical civil service system and are nothing but thinly veiled attempts at busting unions and rolling back workplace rights across the country.

Our union is thankful that so many elected officials have seen right through these orders for what they are, and appreciate them standing up to the administration to try and stop them.

 

Milwaukee community activist Vaun Mayes freed from federal custody, as supporters question legitimacy of still pending charges

https://milwaukeestories.org/2018/07/11/community-activist-freed-from-federal-custody-as-supporters-question-legitimacy-of-charges/

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Mayes, looking relieved, reunited with Booker and Taylor outside. He tied his red, green and black durag back into place under the gaze of two photographs straddling the courthouse entrance — one of President Donald Trump; the other, Vice President Pence.

“Now,” Mayes said, “I can fight.”

The United States Attorney’s Office and Milwaukee Police Department did not respond to requests for comment.⬩

Isiah Holmes co-authored this report

Africa: Contradictions between Regional Security and Imperialist Interventions

Global Research, July 18, 2018

On July 1-2, 2018, the 31st Ordinary Summit of the African Union (AU)was held in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott under the theme of “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”

This gathering took place amid the burgeoning challenges facing the African continent involving the efforts to realize a meaningful peace process in the Republic of South Sudan, an ongoing independence movement to liberate the Western Sahara from Moroccan occupation, gender equality and end to violence against women, the recently-announced African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the role of imperialism as it relates to the question of national and regional security.

USA | Activists Call On-going Saudi-led Coalition War on Yemen a Genocide

Wednesday 18 July 2018

https://tinyurl.com/y7m38b2u

US activists denounced the on-going Saudi-led coalition war on Yemen, which is supported by their country’s administration, where they described it as “a war of genocide”.

The rally was sponsored by several organizations including One Hamtramck, the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI), Women in Black, Peace Action of Michigan, among others.

Hamtramck, a municipal enclave of Detroit on the east side, has the largest concentration of Yemenis in the U.S. Hamtramck is a majority Muslim area and has a very diverse population from many regions of the world.

The participants expressed their anger over the war on Yemen and the US participation alongside the Saudi-led coalition, which would make the “American people disgusted if they knew the truth about what the US is doing to Yemen in their name (..) Not only does the US sell weapons, but they enforce the blockade with naval ships throughout the Red Sea,” as activist Randi Nord said in her speech during the rally.

She added that today marks the 1200 day of Saudi-led coalition war on Yemen, where 37000 were killed and thousands of houses, schools, farms, institutes, and markets are destroyed, while tens of thousands died of hunger, malnutrition, and lack of medication.”

Nord stressed that “we do have troops there (Yemen), and our taxpayers are funding this war, and not only that, but the United States provides logistical support to select airstrike targets.”

Another activist said that “we should say no to the war on Yemen,” while her male colleague stressed on the notion that “standing in solidarity with Yemen is a moral issue.”

Abayomi Azikiwe, protester who filmed the rally, said on a facebook post that the Yemenis are suffering from a blockade and a genocidal war coordinated by Washington and implemented by Saudi Arabia and UAE, under the rubric of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) utilizing United States manufactured warplanes, bombs, intelligence coordinates and diplomatic cover.

He added “At least 30,000 people have died since the beginning of the relentless bombings and ground offensive in March 2015. The country, the poorest in the Middle East, has been struck by the worst cholera epidemic in the world infecting hundreds of thousands of children and adults.”

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Photo taken July 12, 2018 by Abayomi Azikiwe in Hamtramck, MI

Milwaukee, July 19, 2018: Community Forum: Restoring Driver Licenses to Wisc. Immigrants

Hosted by Voces de la Frontera

Community Forum: Restoring Driver Licenses to Wisc. Immigrants

1027 S 5th Street, Milwaukee, 6 – 7 P.M. 

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ESPAÑOL ABAJO

Restoring Access to Driver’s Licenses for Immigrants in Wisconsin
Thursday, July 19th, 6pm
1027 S 5th St, Milwaukee
Special guests State Rep. David Crowley, Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa

Join us on July 19th at 6pm at Voces to plan the fight to restore driver licenses for immigrants in Wisconsin!

In the 2019 Wisconsin legislative session, State Representatives JoCasta Zamarripa and David Crowley will introduce legislation to ensure that the right to drive in Wisconsin is not denied to anyone based on their immigration status or income.

Since 2007 following the implementation of Jim Sensenbrenner’s federal REAL ID legislation, immigrants have been unable to obtain or renew a driver’s license in Wisconsin. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of US Citizens in Wisconsin have had their licenses suspended or revoked solely because they lack the money to pay punitive fines, and not due to any traffic points violations.

Denying Wisconsinites the right to drive makes our roads less safe and harms our economy. Lack of driver licenses for immigrants has increased racial profiling and led to the separation of immigrant families.

Under Trump, ICE agents have increasingly targeted people stopped for driving without a license. ICE has gone to people’s homes, detained people at work, and arrested people coming to the courthouse to pay fines. Police and sheriffs in some places have arrested community members for driving without a license and turned them over directly to ICE. It has to stop.

¡Queremos licencias! Join us on July 19th to begin this campaign. Visit vdlf.org/drivercards for more info.
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Devolviendo el acceso a las licencias de conducir para inmigrantes en Wisconsin
Jueves, 19 de julio, 6pm
1027 S 5th St, Milwaukee
Invitados especiales representantes estatales David Crowley y JoCasta Zamarripa

¡Únase a nosotros el 19 de julio a las 6pm en Voces para planificar la lucha para restaurar las licencias de conducir para los inmigrantes en Wisconsin!

En la sesión legislativa de 2019 en Wisconsin, los representantes estatales JoCasta Zamarripa y David Crowley presentarán legislación para garantizar que el derecho de conducir en Wisconsin no es negado a nadie sólo por su estatus migratorio o ingresos.

Desde el 2007, después de la implementación de la legislación federal REAL ID de Jim Sensenbrenner, los inmigrantes no han podido obtener ni renovar una licencia de conducir en Wisconsin. Al mismo tiempo, cientos de miles de ciudadanos estadounidenses han sufrido la suspensión o revocación de sus licencias únicamente porque carecen el dinero para pagar multas punitivas, y no debido a infracciones de puntos de tráfico.

Negando el derecho de conducir en Wisconsin aumenta el peligro en las carreteras y perjudica nuestra economía. La falta de licencias de conducir para inmigrantes ha aumentado el perfil racial y la separación de familias inmigrantes.

Con Trump, los agentes de ICE han perseguido a personas paradas por manejar sin licencia. ICE ha ido a las casas de las personas, ha detenido a personas en el trabajo y ha arrestado a personas que han ido a las cortes para pagar multas. Policías y sheriffs han arrestado a miembros de la comunidad por conducir sin licencia y los han entregado a ICE. Esto no es aceptable.

¡Queremos licencias! Únase a nosotros el 19 de julio para comenzar esta campaña. Visita vdlf.org/es/drivercards para más información.