Early Voting Now Underway In Wisconsin

Early voting is underway in Wisconsin. You can now cast an in-person absentee ballot for the November 6 elections at your local municipal clerk’s office.

Find your Early Voting Times and Locations: Cities, towns and villages set their own dates and hours for in-person absentee voting.  Check the dates and hours for early voting in your area by contacting your municipal clerk. Many early voting locations end on close business Friday, November 2. Milwaukee and Madison will continue early voting until Sunday, November 4.

Bring Your ID: You will need to bring a photo ID with you to cast an early ballot. Information about acceptable photo IDs can be found at www.bringit.wi.gov.

Make Sure You’re Registered: You can register to vote at your local municipal clerk’s office until the close of business on Friday, Nov. 2. You can also register to vote at your polling place on election day. You must provide proof of residence such as a valid driver’s license, utility bill, pay stub, or residential lease agreement. More proof of residence documents can be found here.

Problems at the Polls? Call the Election Protection hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Early voting is quick and easy. Request a ballot in person at your local early voting location, fill out your ballot and hand the ballot to staff who will sign and seal your ballot. After you cast your ballot for working family candidates, help us encourage others to get to the polls by volunteering with our Labor 2018 program. Stop into one of our union locations to make calls, knock doors and get out the vote!


Milwaukee, November 5, 2018: End Prison Slavery!

Hosted by Milwaukee IWW

End Prison Slavery

Two IWW members will be at Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin, meeting room 2A, on Monday, November 5, 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.

If you are interested in this event and can’t make this time or location, please post in this event, message us or send an email at iwoc.milwaukee@gmail.com We will schedule the next event to work for your schedule, or followup one-on-one. Also contact us if you would need childcare, translation or other accommodations to be able to attend this event. You can also fill out this online survey to volunteer for specific tasks: https://bit.ly/2vyZam9 You can get more information on Wisconsin prison conditions and resistance to them at our website: https://wisconsinprisonvoices.org/

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New offensive in Trump’s war on transgender people

Trans protest, Washington, D.C., October 22.


By Cassandra Devereaux

In the latest assault by the Trump administration on transgender rights and the dignity of transgender persons, it has been revealed via a leaked memo that the Department of Health and Human Services is planning to enact a guideline that will restrict the definition of a person’s sex to that recorded on the original copy of their birth certificate. The effect of this will strip away the civil rights afforded to transgender people under Title IX as well as adversely impact the rights of intersex persons.

Protests against the bigoted HHS guideline have taken place across the country, from New York City and Washington, D.C., to Oakland, California, and Los Angeles, and a growing list of places in between. “We won’t be erased!” is the main battle cry as trans people (and their supporters) fight for their very lives in the face of Trump’s new plan.

The hostility toward transgender people by this craven administration is nothing new. Indeed, rescinding civil rights protections for the trans community has been a priority from the beginning. A month after the 2017 inauguration, it turned back protections that allowed students to use bathroom facilities according to their self-identified gender. This has been a vital protection for a community that regularly suffers violence in public restrooms.

Then, Trump attempted to ban transgender people from military service. While U.S. military might serves to impose imperialist rule over the global south, the “poverty draft” has been a means of survival and subsistence for oppressed peoples. Transgender people, especially those of color, suffer profound economic disenfranchisement and this path out of poverty must be acknowledged.

The cruelty of this act was appreciated by those enacting it. The Washington Post quoted an unnamed senior official who spoke of their political opponents by saying, “It will be fun to watch some of them have to defend [transgender service members].” Ultimately, the courts overturned this ban. The proximity of this latest assault on trans rights to the swearing in of far-right Supreme Court justice and sexual offender Brett Kavanaugh, after nearly two years of stacking the courts with reactionary judges, is noteworthy.

This proposed HHS guideline says that the legal category of sex (and therefore gender as well) is to be based on science, but it lacks scientific insight. There’s still much to understand on the matter, but neurological studies indicate that there are near-identical activation patterns and structures in the brains of both trans and cisgender women, as distinct from those of cisgender and trans men. The same patterns hold true for transgender and cisgender men. This points to the fact that transgender identity has a biological basis, meaning this policy will be in defiance of science. But, of course, this has never been about science.

Fight back against bigotry and violence

Trans lives are too often brief ones. Half of transgender people suffer from depression and/or anxiety. Forty-one percent report having attempted suicide, nine times the rate of their cisgender peers. The number of completed suicides among the trans population is unknown.

The murder rate, too, is unknown, largely due to misgendering in police reports and in the media. At the time of this writing on October 24, there have been 22 known trans murder victims in 2018, most of whom were trans women of color. Hate, and the social and material disenfranchisement that flows from it, costs lives.

The rights to be suppressed by this HHS action are, by and large, those that were won by applying pressure to the previous presidential administration. This illustrates the unavoidable truth that rights won through bourgeois electoral politics are fickle. What is given one day may be easily taken away the next.

The very real possibility of the repeal of Roe v. Wade and the loss of abortion rights and bodily autonomy for half the population is another chilling example. This is because we are at the mercy of the mercurial whims of the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie, of which any President is only the head.

When explaining this action, Trump, a self-described nationalist, said the HHS proposal is to “protect all Americans.” In saying this, he reveals what he hopes to uphold, and who is a threat. More to the point, it’s a statement of who he intends to live in the country he claims to be making great, and who he wants to stop existing.

Real liberation cannot be won in our ballot boxes today; only a temporary respite of certain oppressions can be achieved. Division and oppression are the nature of the capitalist imperialist system. They have kept us at each other’s throats in order to keep us from turning against them, our true oppressors. This awful system can be dismantled only with solidarity across lines of oppressions and of those who stand with us.

In order to defend ourselves and those we hold closest to our hearts, we must come together as a class and as oppressed peoples in solidary and self-defense. We must protect each other, love each other, and fight together shoulder to shoulder. We must be a united fist thrust forth in defiance of the rich and powerful.

It’s time we come together and get to work.

Cassandra Devereaux is a Bay Area (California) transgender activist and Communist Workers League organizer. https://fighting-words.net/

Milwaukee, October 25, 2018: We Won’t Be Erased: Rally for Resistance

We Won’t Be Erased: Rally for Resistance

200 E Wells Street, Milwaukee City Hall, 5-7 P.M.

We won’t be erased. And we will be heard!

Milwaukee Pride is partnering with leading LGBTQ organizations to demonstrate our resistance to ANY attempted erasure of transgender lives or legal status in America. Read our press release: http://bit.ly/rallyT18

An attack on any of us is an attack on all of us. This is no longer a time to watch, wait and say “it can’t happen here.” This is a time for unity and community. This is a time to support our trans, gender non-conforming and non-binary friends and family.

This is a time for ACTION.

Meet us at the City Hall archway (Water at Wells) at 5:00 p.m. for a rally featuring local LGBTQ leaders, followed by early voting (for Milwaukee residents) until 7:00 p.m.

We thank our proud partners FORGE, Diverse & Resilient, ACLU of Wisconsin, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, ZAO Milwaukee Church, Courage MKE, the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Fair Wisconsin, Milwaukee LGBT Community Center and the Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission for standing united against hate, discrimination and exclusion against any aspect of the LGBTQ community.