Milwaukee, October 8, 2018: CLOSEmsdf Anti-Anniversary

CLOSEmsdf Anti-Anniversary

17 years ago on October 8th the State of Wisconsin in what can only be described as poor judgement opened the dungeon doors on Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF).

In those 17 years, 17 people have died at MSDF several due to negligence and several more under suspicious circumstances. On their 17th Anniversary we say “:ENOUGH”. #NOTONEMORE

Please join us as we commemorate the lives lost at MSDF with altars created in their memory. Come see the faces & hear the stories of:
Wallace Williams
Robert McKinney
Cynthia Smith
Rodney Thornton
Russell Lee Murray
Moses Black
Jose Casarez
Myron Weston
John Olsen
Jeremy Cunningham
Peter Fengier
Jamie Medina
James Daczyk
James Wilborn – Beloved EXPO Founder
Michael Moore
Jesse Davis
Bruce Morgan

We are seeking the families of these individuals to help assist with details for the altars, please inbox EXPO or #CLOSEmsdf if you have contact information or if you are family.

Schedule of Events for Oct. 8, 2018
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Altars on display on N. 10th Street & State St.
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Vigil (Location TBA)
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Building Lightening (tentative) & refreshments Wilborn Park, SW corner of N. 10th Street & State Street.

IF you would like to volunteer to create an altar for one of our Honorees, please contact Robert or Peggy at 1-262-320-7729 .

Thank you.

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El presente de Detroit podría ser el futuro de PR / From Detroit to Puerto Rico, Smash Austerity!

Si las medidas de austeridad que impulsan la Junta de Control Fiscal (JCF) y el Gobierno Central continúan por el mismo camino expertos esperan que Puerto Rico sufra la misma crisis que agobia a la ciudad de Detroit.

Según reveló el activista Jonathan Roberts, en estos tiempos, Detroit enfrenta problemas en tres ámbitos: el agua, las viviendas y la educación.

“La quiebra ha envenenado nuestras aguas, destruido nuestras casas, robado nuestras pensiones y privatizado nuestras escuelas. El costo de nuestra quiebra fue $18 mil millones pero no compara con los $72 mil millones de la deuda en Puerto Rico. Pero el proceso en Detroit ya está pasando aquí”, previno Roberts, quien junto a Jerry Goldberg, forman parte de la organización “Moratorium Now”.

El exlíder estudiantil graduado de la Universidad de Harvard expuso que debido a las medidas de austeridad el sistema público de agua en Detroit cayó en deterioro tras su venta en los procesos de quiebra que enfrentó esa ciudad en el 2013.

“Como PROMESA, cualquier decisión en el Departamento de Agua en Detroit se controla por los hombres más reconocidos por los dioses del capitalismo, los bancos y los inversionistas”, expresó Roberts.

El presente de Detroit podría ser el futuro de PR

Diversos panelistas discuten las similitudes y diferencias entre la bancarrota que enfrentó la ciudad de Detroit y Puerto Rico (Richard I. Colón Badillo / NotiCel)

US Anti-Iran Summit Coincided with Foreign-based Terror Attack in Iran Killing 25


Tehran (GPA) – Terrorists in Iran launched an attack on a parade on Saturday killing 25 — including a four-year-old girl. Unsurprisingly, the group claiming responsibility for the massacre has links to foreign entities in Saudi Arabia and their allies.

Also on Saturday, Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, spoke at an “Iran Uprising Summit” in New York City’s Time Square supporting efforts to overthrow Iran’s revolutionary government. The summit included supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and other groups that share Washington’s goal of overthrowing Tehran.

“The people of Iran obviously have now had enough,” Giuliani said on Saturday. “The sanctions are working. The currency is going to nothing … these are the kinds of conditions that lead to successful revolution.”

Giuliani spoke to members of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK, a group Washington only recently removed from their foreign terrorist list — likely in efforts to plot so-called “regime change” in Tehran in broad daylight rather than behind closed doors. John Bolton, Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, has strong links to the MEK, which has killed over 17,000 civilians terror attacks over the group’s tenure.


Milwaukee, November 19, 2018: Fight Prison Torture!

Hosted by Milwaukee IWW

Fight Prison Torture

814 W Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 5-6:30 P.M. (Milwaukee Public Library)

Two IWW members will be at Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin, meeting room 2A, on Monday, November 19, 5:00-6:30 PM. They will be working on some of the activity they regularly do for the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, supporting the campaign against arbitrary regulations at Columbia Correctional, coalition efforts to shutdown the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility, and connecting different networks inside prison walls. Our work includes research, writing letters, data entry, and developing ideas for disrupting the horror that is the Wisconsin prison system. Come by if you want to see what’s involved with this organizing, ask questions, and maybe get involved in this. Free coffee and snacks are provided. Let us know if you need a ride to be able to attend. This gathering will be followed by our strategy meeting at 6:30, visitors are welcome to attend this as well.

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Madison, WI — On Friday and Saturday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested dozens of people in their homes and workplaces across Wisconsin, terrorizing immigrant communities from Wausau to Milwaukee. As of Saturday afternoon, organizers have confirmed that ICE arrested at least 9 people in the Madison area, and at least one person each in Wausau, Green Bay, and Milwaukee, with those numbers likely to rise. According to community members, heavily armed ICE agents falsely identified themselves as police in some instances.

“Agents surrounded the house while the family was getting ready for the day,” said Giselle Vera, whose uncle Erick Gamboa Chay was detained by ICE on Friday in Milwaukee. Gamboa Chay and his wife have three children, ages 8, 4, and 1. “They banged on his door claiming to be police, but actually they were ICE. Now my uncle’s kids keep asking when their dad is going to come back. His youngest son has sickle cell anemia and requires constant care. His wife cannot work outside the home because she cares for him and the other two children. This is devastating to his kids and to our family.” Gamboa Chay appears to have come to ICE’s attention after being stopped for driving without a license. ICE is denying him bond.
“On Friday morning, my husband was driving to work with our son and four coworkers,” said Angela Betancourt, whose husband of 29 years Jesús Enciso was detained by ICE near Madison. “My son was driving because he has a license. Agents in two cars pulled them over, made everyone get out and asked for all their documents. They took away the five men including my husband. I don’t know why ICE would detain him. He is a hard worker, he provides for our family. We have not been able to communicate with him. We are very sad and we need him here with us.” Angela and Jesús have three children.
“We call on ICE to return the people they have arrested to their families,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera. “These raids, along with the ICE raids in Racine last month, are part of the Trump Administration’s escalation of their white nationalist-inspired campaign of state terror against immigrant families. Whatever protections there used to be, ICE is ignoring them. ICE is separating breadwinners from their families, they’re taking away caregivers from sick children and parents. ICE and their political enablers are not recognizing the humanity of these families – but we do, and we’re going to fight this. We will put our bodies on the line to make sure ICE does not have free reign to terrorize our communities.
“This is happening 45 days before important elections,” continued Neumann-Ortiz. “We invite voters across Wisconsin to defend immigrant families from politicians who are enabling these escalated attacks. We encourage everyone who has been affected by these raids to call 414-643-1620. At the state level, these raids show why restoring access to driver licenses for immigrant families must be a priority for the legislature in 2019, because ICE is using this as a way to target people for deportation.”
Contact: Sam Singleton-Freeman, 414-469-9206,

Maduro Grants Citizenship to All Migrants In Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Tuesday the government is naturalizing all of its immigrants as citizens.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro decreed on Tuesday to naturalize all immigrants in Venezuela during a speech in which he rejected Trump’s comments against his government and in support of a military coup against the socialist leader.

“I will proceed to sign a decree where I make legal 8,381 immigrants from various parts of the world and support the migration of the world,” Maduro said at a meeting with international representatives visiting Venezuela.

He emphasized that by signing the decree he is naturalizing 5,781 citizens from the Colombian movement. In addition, 207 immigrants from Ecuador, 253 from Haiti, 56 from Italy and 357 from Syria are being welcomed by the Venezuelan government. There are 92 Portuguese, 392 from Peru, 63 from Spain, and 118 from Chile, among other countries.

The Venezuelan leader dared U.S. President Donald Trump to do the same and legalize Latin American immigrants as per his own example.

“I make public the request that President Trump sign a decree establishing the legality of all Latinos and Caribbeans who live in the United States,” said Maduro.

In addition, the Venezuelan head of state will request US$500 million from the United Nations to support Plan Vuelta a la Patria and to support Colombian and Ecuadorean immigrants and other nationalities living within the country.


Viewpoint: Towards a Sustainable Peace in the Horn of Africa

Despite negotiations and agreements imperialist military forces set to remain in region

Another agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea signed in Jedda, Saudi Arabia on September 16 represents a new page in the shifting political alignments in this area of East Africa.

Previously on July 9 a document was signed by the leaders of the Horn of Africa states in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea. This most recent agreement is designed to expand the initial understanding between Addis Ababa and Asmara leading to greater cooperation in the efforts to put an end to the state of war which has lasted for twenty years.

Military conflict erupted in 1998 after a dispute over Badme on the border of the two countries resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of soldiers and civilians in several major battles over a period of two years. In 2000 the Algiers Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities was brokered by the-then Organization of African Unity (OAU, now the AU), the United Nations, European Union (EU) and the Algerian government.

The Algiers Agreement established a Boundaries Commission and a Claims Commission aimed at working out the disagreement over Badme. Although the Ethiopia-Eritrea Boundaries Commission (EEBC) issued a ruling in 2003, the decision was rejected by the Ethiopian government. Although there was relative peace over the issue for the last decade-and-a-half, the overall situation remained tense until the diplomatic offensive which has been in the works since July.

This latest accord is framed as a peace and friendship treaty which was brokered by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat. As of July it appears as if Ethiopia has relinquished its claim to Badme….

Ethiopia Oromo population greet returning OLF members in Addis Ababa in Sept. 2018

Ethiopia Oromo population greet returning OLF members in Addis Ababa in Sept. 2018