D.C., January 18, 2018: Indigenous Peoples March

Indigenous Peoples March

On January 18, 2019 we are uniting Indigenous peoples across the world to stand together to bring awareness to the injustices affecting Indigenous men, women and children. Indigenous peoples from North and South America, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean are a target of genocide. Currently, many Indigenous people are victims of voter suppression, divided families by walls and borders, an environmental holocaust, sex and human trafficking and police and military brutality with little or no resources and awareness of this injustice. We Must Unite and Help!! Indigenous Peoples March

We are inviting a call to action of defenders & believers of human and environmental rights to join us in Washington, D.C. on January 18, 2019 (which is the day before the Women’s March). This will be the first step of uniting our communities, tribes, nations for a universal cry for justice from the grassroots level up. This march is the beginning of building strong coalitions to make our homes, families, and lands a safe, protected, and clean place to live. It starts with us! Indigenous Peoples March

Please join us and help bring awareness regarding the following;

Missing and Murdered Indigenous women – Since 2016 there are over 7,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women. Within the first 6 months of 2018 there are 2,758 women reported missing[TJ1] . Even within Latino communities there are over thousands of women in sex and human trafficking. We need to bring this genocide and modern-day slavery to a national and international platform.

Native Lives Matter – For every 1 million Native Americans, an average of 2.9 of them died annually from 1999 to 2015 as a result of a “legal intervention,” according to a CNN review of CDC data broken down by race. The vast majority of these deaths were police shootings. But a few were attributed to other causes, including manhandling. That mortality rate is 12% higher than for African-Americans and three times the rate of whites. This treatment of police brutality amongst Indigenous people must stop. With lack of awareness and resources, many Indigenous families aren’t getting the justice they deserve. Indigenous Peoples March

Honor Our earth…Respect Our Treaties – President Trump’s first order of business was to sign for the Dakota Access Pipeline and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Dakota Access Pipeline The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members have been fighting to stop the oil from flowing into the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAP). A camp of “water protectors” in the bayou of Louisiana are getting arrested as they protect their lands and bayou on the tail end of the Dakota Access pipeline that is currently being built.

The Keystone XL Pipeline will go along the Mississippi River and affect all of our water. Keystone scheduled to be built 2019, will illegally be scheduled to be built on Native American-owned lands and private landowners. Indigenous Peoples March

Big Bear Ears Monument Trump administration and investors are disregarding treaties to gain profit from a mining project. This project will destroy our Big Bear Ears monument, a sacred site to many Southwestern tribes. The above noted are just a few of the occurrences where Trump is dishonoring our treaties to steal lands for profit. The government is also dishonoring tribal treaties due to the building of a wall near the US border. Indigenous Peoples March

Hispanics are being denied and border tribes are being affected by the disregard of our historical agreements. Additionally, treaties are not honored in Caribbean communities (where Columbus set foot first and slaughtered millions of Indigenous peoples). Puerto Rico still hasn’t received the aide they need. We must unite to save our lands, waters and people. Indigenous Peoples March

Protect Our Children – From the Indian Welfare Act to Immigration, Indigenous children from Central and South America are put in cages. They are also separated from their families and put into adoption agencies. Agencies are still coming into Native American reservations to illegally adopt and assimilate Native children. The treatment of Indigenous children is unlawful and we must save our children.

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Indigenous Peoples March

Free CeCe Documentary

https://www.freececedocumentary.com

You can rent or buy FREE CeCe! now on Vimeo On Demand: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/freecece

On her way to the store with a group of friends, Chrishaun Reed “CeCe” McDonald was brutally attacked. While defending her life, a man was killed. After a coercive interrogation, CeCe was incarcerated in a men’s prison in Minnesota. An international campaign to free CeCe garnered significant support from media and activists, including actress Laverne Cox. Cox signed on as executive producer of FREE CECE!, committed to exploring the role race, class, and gender played in CeCe’s case. In the end, CeCe emerged not only as a survivor, but also as a leader.

Documentarian Jac Gares pushed past the everyday narratives of victimhood surrounding the lives of transgender people, to spotlight the way CeCe and other trans people are leading a growing movement fighting for the rights of transgender people everywhere. CeCe’s powerful story highlights the groundswell of voices questioning the prison industrial complex and calling for its disassembly.

FREE CECE! is directed and produced by Jac Gares and executive produced by Laverne Cox. Slobodan Randjelovic also served as producer. Original music is by Jordana LeSesne with editing by Erik Satre.

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CeCe McDonald

Milwaukee, December 7, 2018: Fight Back Friday!

Hosted by Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association and Riverwest Public House Cooperative

815  E Locust Street, Milwaukee, 4 p.m.

We love working in Milwaukee Public Schools, but know our days are also challenging and stressful. That’s why Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA) welcomes all MPS educators and education workers to the Riverwest Public House Cooperative for “Fight Back Friday.” This event will be held on the first Friday of every month from 4pm to 6pm, and will offer local educators and education workers a space to connect, rejuvenate, and advocate for our students and profession.

Every month we will feature a different activity or speaker to keep the event fresh. Come and join others fighting to make our public schools the best possible place for our students.

We will be discussing a submission process to create a new logo for the event at our first event so come and enjoy a beverage (Public House will offer a drink special), catch up on union and public education advocacy, and meet other awesome MPS folks! This event is free and open to the public.

 

 

MTEA Milwaukee Labor Day September 4 2017

Solidarity With Illinois Nurses on Strike!

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Rally in Solidarity with Striking UIH Licensed Practical Nurses

1740 W Taylor Street, Chicago

LPNs at UIC are going on an indefinite strike on Nov. 15th at 7AM to protest unfair labor practices committed by UI Health! Please come stand with the LPNs on Nov. 15th (and every week day that the strike continues) from 2:30-3:30PM at 1740 W. Taylor St. for our picket line and solidarity rally! Join the nurses and local representatives in calling on management to stop their illegal practices!

What’s been going on?

Not only is management engaging in illegal bargaining tactics they are also adamantly pursuing a contract that would establish a second-class status for LPNs, denying them the same rights and protections awarded to all other union UIH employees. UIH is taking advantage of the recent Janus v. AFSCME supreme court decision and fighting to be able to fire any LPN at will and change working conditions at their whim without the union having any ability to contest it. Management’s positions are blatant attempts to undermine the basic ability union members at UIC have to advocate for themselves and their rights.

Additionally, LPNs are woefully underpaid and UIH is unable to fill 15 positions, out of a total 50, due to low wages. Yet management’s wage proposal would start LPNs at $18/hr, a full $7/hr below the starting average for an LPN in the region. This severe underpayment and second class contract is especially disturbing considering the LPN unit is made up exclusively of women and people of color.

LPNs on the INA Bargaining Committee explicitly told UIH representatives that they see this attack on their rights and protections (protections that all other UIH unions have) as inherently racist and sexist, especially considering LPNs primarily serve black and brown communities on Chicago’s South and West Side.

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US-Saudi Coalition Launches Direct Attack on Hodeidah but Yemenis Resist Advances

https://geopoliticsalert.com/

Throughout the past three and a half years, the United States and other Western countries have provided the international coalition against Yemen with weapons, fuel, and ground troops. The United States also provides logistical and intelligence support for selecting airstrike targets.

Saudi coalition airstrikes routinely target civilians, vital infrastructure, and densely populated areas such as markets, homes, water treatment facilities, factories, buses, hospitals, funerals, weddings, and more. According to a recent report from a United Nations independent group of experts, the coalition’s use of precision-guided missiles combined with their “double-tap” attacks indicate that the attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure are entirely intentional.

At this point, it doesn’t seem like the US-backed Saudi and Emirati coalition will be able to pry Hodeidah port from Yemeni control before the planned ceasefire and peace talks in December.