Viewpoint: Ivory Coast Grants Amnesty to 800 People as Elections Approach

Simone Gbagbo

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire
Tuesday August 28, 2018

“…Western financial publications cite the nine percent annual growth rate as the largest in the West Africa region. Nonetheless, this activity derives from foreign direct investment fostered by transnational corporations and banks on terms favorable to imperialism. Such an approach to development is not sustainable due to the dependent character of the Ivorian national economy.

The instability inherent is such a development agenda has been revealed over the last four years with the plunge in energy, agricultural and mineral prices of these commodities on the western capitalist dominated global markets. This decline in oil and natural gas prices was engineered by the U.S. under the Obama administration where the overproduction of these resources cut export earnings to emerging economies precipitously.

Many of these same states have been thrown into recession and uncertainty. Currency values consequently are lowered with the concomitant unemployment and poverty soon to follow.

The current situation calls for the resumption of dialogue and negotiations across the political spectrum in Ivory Coast. Moreover, the release of former President Gbagbo and the others held in the Netherlands by the ICC should be a focus of the PFI and other parties as a means to enhance national unity and the realization of genuine economic development and territorial sovereignty.”

Ivorian supporters of Laurent Gbagbo and the FPI

Oshkosh, September 5, 2018: National Day of Action Against Police Crimes

Hosted by United Action Oshkosh

United Action OshkoshNational Day of Action Against Police Crimes – Oshkosh, WI

n solidarity with the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, United Action Oshkosh and others in the Fox Valley are holding a rally in front of the Public Safety Building on Jackson Street in Oshkosh. The rally will be held at 5:30 pm on September 5, 2018. 

The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression in coordination with the National Committee Against Police Crimes is calling upon its allies, friends and all the various strands of the peoples’ movements to stand up to demand justice for Laquan McDonald, who was brutally shot 16 times execution style by Chicago Police Department officer Jason Van Dyke on the night of October 20, 2014. In solidarity with them, we will rally to support of the people’s efforts in Chicago to hold Officer Jason Van Dyke accountable for the murder of LaQuan McDonald.

The efforts in Chicago highlight the issues of police violence that has pervaded our nation and even our home of Oshkosh, WI. It is up to the people to hold these officers accountable for the murder of innocent people, particularly those of the black and brown community who are killed at a higher rate across the country. Isaiah Tucker was murdered by officers in our city, and they have not been held accountable for his killing to this day. We must take up to the fight for police accountability to ensure safety for all citizens.

Join us on September 5 in solidarity with justice!


Milwaukee, September 3, 2018: LaborFest

Hosted by Milwaukee Area Labor Council

Labor Fest 2018

Stand in solidarity with other union sisters and brothers to honor and celebrate labor on Labor Day!

Parade kicks off from Zeidler Square at 11am and marches down to the Summerfest Grounds. Free admission and family friendly!

Annual raffle for the Grand Prize Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Car show. Live Music. Food and Drinks. Kids Area. Adult Bingo. Wrestling. And More.

Call the Milwaukee Area Labor Council with questions- 414-771-7070.

Racine, September 6, 2018: EXPO (EX-Prisoners Organizing) Meeting

Hosted by Racine Interfaith Coalition (RIC)

2302 De Koven Avenue, Racine

Meets first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

(Next meetings: September 6, October 4, November 1 and December 6)

EXPO (EX-Prisoners Organizing) works to end mass incarceration, eliminate all forms of structural discrimination against formerly incarcerated people, and restore formerly incarcerated people to full participation in the life of our communities.

EXPO emerged in 2014 when formerly incarcerated people from around Wisconsin began to gather to discuss what it would look like to have our own statewide organization. Previously imprisoned women and men lead EXPO. Our members provide support to each other and organize to change Wisconsin’s unjust penal system. We receive support from family members of currently and formerly incarcerated people and allies who have not experienced incarceration. EXPO has active chapters in Milwaukee, Madison, and Eau Claire and we are developing chapters in Racine, Kenosha, Beloit, Green Bay, the Fox Cities, and Wausau. EXPO is a project of WISDOM, a statewide organization that links faith communities to work for justice.


Madison, September 14, 2018: TAA Welcome Back Social!

Hosted by TAA – Graduate Worker Union of UW-Madison

TAA – Graduate Worker Union of UW-MadisonTAA Welcome Back Social!

601 University Avenue, Fluno Center, 4-7 P.M. 

Hello new and returning graduate students!

Please join us on Friday, September 14 from 4 to 7pm for the TAA’s annual Welcome Back Social! The event will be held at the Fluno Center, located at 601 University Ave, Madison, WI 53715.

The Welcome Back Social is a great opportunity to connect and re-connect with grads from all across UW’s campus. Whether you’re already a union member, or union curious, this event is open to you. There will be plenty of food and drink provided by the union, and so we invite grads to bring partners and their kids. For attendees with small children, there will be a childcare option so you can have a chance to mingle!

Moreover, the Social is a great opportunity to turn in membership cards (also known as blue cards) or ask questions about what it means to be a member of the TAA.

Come and inaugurate the new academic year with us!

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TAA – Graduate Worker Union of UW-MadisonTAA Welcome Back Social!

Philly, August 29, 2018: Mumia Abu-Jamal: Pre-Hearing Press Conference

Hosted by Mobilization4Mumia

Mobilization4MumiaMumia Abu-Jamal: Pre-Hearing Press Conference

1501 Cherry Street, Philly, 3:30 P.M.

Come through to hear our group of International Supporters explain their support of MUMIA!
Mirielle Fanon-founder of the International Franz Fanon Foundation
Rachel Wolkenstein-Legal Advocate and Activist for Mumia since 1987
Roger Wareham-Lawyer and U.N. Human Rights Activist
Claude Pujol-Professor, Author , Le Collectif Francais
George Ciccariello-Maher- Professor, Author
Ant Smith-Philly for REAL Justice, teacher
Empress Phile-Activist, Black Power Conference
Keith Cook-Mumia’s brother, District Director, NC NAACP State Conference

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Milwaukee, October 13, 2018: CLOSEmsdf Leadership Development

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RSVP for this training at

Attention People Who Are Committed to Building Safer, Stronger, and Healthier Communities!

You are invited to #CLOSEmsdf Leadership Development.

When: Saturday, October 13, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Welford Sanders Enterprise Center, Suite 108
2821 N. Vel R. Phillips Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53212

This day, sponsored by the #CLOSEmsdf Campaign, will offer:

Training on becoming a more effective leader;

Fellowship with other people who are working for justice;

A chance to learn about the #CLOSEmsdf Campaign, and how you can be a part of it.

#CLOSEmsdf is a statewide organizing movement. The #CLOSEmsdf Campaign Coalition is now 49 organizations strong. The campaign is demanding that Wisconsin policymakers

Cut Wisconsin’s correctional population in half;

Stop incarcerating people for crimeless rule violations;

Close Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility;

Redirect resources saved to the communities that have been the most disproportionately harmed by mass incarceration and mass supervision.

Visit for more information about the campaign.

The training is free of charge, and includes lunch and snacks.

For more information, contact Mark Rice at 608-843-0171

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