Free Pavel Grigorchuk – Освободить Павла Григорчука

Free Pavel Grigorchuk – Освободить Павла Григорчука

Join Jose Maria Sison, Berta Joubert-Ceci, Gloria Verdieu, Alexey Albu, Stanislav Retinsky, the United Communist Party of Russia and many more to demand freedom for Pavel Grigorchuk, courageous fighter against oligarchy and fascism, currently jailed in dangerous conditions in Moldova.

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March 4 – May 3, 2019: North America Nakba Tour

Welcome once more to Umm Akram and Amena ElAshkar! Our guests have arrived, and the first event for the 2019 North America Nakba Tour will take place Monday, March 4 in Bethesda, Maryland.

Check out our schedule for the first week of the Tour:

Events are being organized in more cities throughout the South and Midwest – but we still have gaps in our schedule. You can help to make sure the critically important voices of these stateless Palestinian refugee women are heard in your community! 

In 2016 the Nakba Tour brought 21-year-old Amena ElAshkar and 86-year-old Nakba survivor Mariam Fathalla to 26 venues in North America.  In 2017, Amena journeyed with 85-year-old Khawla Ibrahim to another 29 venues. This year, Amena is returning with Umm Akram (Mariam Fathalla), now 89, to share her personal story of the most tragic event in Palestinian history.

On May 14, 1948, as Zionist leader David Ben Gurion was proclaiming a Jewish state in Palestine, his troops drove out the inhabitants of the ancient Palestinian town of al-Zeeb. 18-year-old Mariam Fathalla (Umm Akram) was one of them. She and her young husband fled to Lebanon. By year’s end the 4,000-year-old community had been leveled. More than half of all Palestinians were killed or expelled and more than half the cities, towns and villages disappeared, a crime that Palestinians call al-Nakba (the Catastrophe). Now 89 years old, Mariam has spent the last 71 years in crowded, makeshift refugee camps in Lebanon. She has raised three generations, all waiting to return to Palestine. She has seen five Israeli invasions of Lebanon, as well as the 1976 Tel al-Zaatar camp massacre that killed more than 2000 refugees there.

Amena ElAshkar, 24, is a Palestinian journalist and translator. the granddaughter and great granddaughter of Nakba survivors and has known no home other than a refugee camp.

Invite these two stateless Palestinian refugees to speak in your community.

The tour will begin in Washington DC on March 3, 2019, and will travel by car south toward New Orleans, then north through the Midwest to Minnesota before ending in Chicago and Southern California in early May.

We need your help to tell their story.

  • Book a spot along the Nakba Tour route (included below). 

The local sponsors of the event will be the primary organizers, but we will help and advise you with protocol, advice, logistics and outreach, including advertising. We will make sure the speakers and field coordinator / tour driver / videographer Samir Salem are able to travel to your venue.

  • If you do not see your city or town on the route, but are interested
    in sponsoring an event please contact us to see if we can find a way to
    reach your destination.
  • If you do not live along the route, contact us about hosting a live-streaming event.
  • Donate!
  • Contact us to help organize! We are always in need of volunteers.
  • And, most importantly: forward this announcement to all of your lists and follow us on Facebook!

Projected 2019 Nakba Tour approximate event dates (to be filled with your events)

March 4-5      Washington, DC
March 7-8      Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill
March 9         Charlotte
March 12       Atlanta
March 14       Tupelo/Birmingham/Tuscaloosa
March 16       Mobile
March 17       New Orleans
March 20       Houston
March 22-23  Austin/San Antonio/College Station
March 25        Dallas
March 26-27 Tulsa/Oklahoma City/Norman/Stillwater
March 28        Arkansas Ozarks
March 30-31  Memphis/Nashville
April 3-4         Louisville/Indianapolis
April 5-6         Champaign/University of Illinois
April 7-8          Midwest college towns
April 10-11      St. Louis
April 13           Columbia, MO
April 15-16      Lawrence/Kansas City
April 17           Omaha/Des Moines
April 18-19      Sioux City/Sioux Falls
April 20-21      Minneapolis
April 22-24      Madison/Milwaukee
April 26-27      Chicago
April 29-May 3 Southern California

 

Petition: It’s Time to Close Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF)!

SIGN PETITION: https://bit.ly/2OuIPW0

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Conditions at Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF) are out of step with Wisconsin values. Not only have conditions at the prison been deplorable for years, but the very notion of locking up people struggling with parole and mental health issues is at odds with common sense approaches to justice.

Crimeless revocation – the practice of re-incarcerating people on probation, parole, and extended supervision for minor rule violations – is more than significant. It is a failed policy, a waste of money, and an embarrassment to Wisconsin.

A recent Health Impact Assessment demonstrates that Wisconsin incarcerated 3,000 people for crimeless revocations in 2015. This study suggests that incarcerating people for crimeless rule violations does not improve public safety, is associated with a wide range of detrimental effects on children and families, and can damage the health of people on supervision.

SIGN PETITION: https://bit.ly/2OuIPW0

In 2001, the state of Wisconsin built MSDF to house people who have allegedly violated rules of probation, parole, and extended supervision. The state uses this facility to unnecessarily incarcerate thousands of people who have not been convicted of new crimes.

In the last 16 years, thousands of individuals, convicted of no new crime, have been re-incarcerated at MSDF—over sixty percent of them black men. This practice of incarceration for alleged crimeless rule violations exacerbates racial inequities in Milwaukee and Wisconsin, and the inhumane conditions at MSDF violate basic human rights and defy our notions of justice and freedom.

James Wilborn, who was an EXPO leader, died in Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility during the summer of 2015. The extreme heat at MSDF was a factor in his death, as was his inability to obtain medications that he needed there. He should have never been incarcerated there.

SIGN PETITION: https://bit.ly/2OuIPW0

People From Across Wisconsin Gather To Urge Racial Justice

WISDOM Members Tie Their Platform To Governor’s Budget
By Phoebe Petrovic
Published:
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 4:55pm

Hundreds of people from around the state stood on the steps of the state Capitol Tuesday, challenging systemic racism with chants led by the Rev. Marilyn Miller: “Old Jim Crow or new Jim Crow, the racist system has got to go!”

Inside, they met with state lawmakers to support some parts of Gov. Tony Evers’ budget and to oppose others, especially expanding Wisconsin’s prison capacity as part of the day of action for WISDOM, a faith-based, social justice group.

“Showing our power and truth to justice, that’s what we’re out here doing,” said Robert Agnew Jr., a community organizer with JustLeadershipUSA. “We know that freedom is on the other side of this fight.”

The activists and residents pushed for racial justice through various sectors. Budget proposal elements they urged support for included increased funding for public transit, public education and health care, as well as Evers’ plan to expand driver’s license eligibility to those living in the country illegally.

They also took a strong stance against mass incarceration, calling for a number of reforms — some of which the governor has previously said he supports. They urged lawmakers to support limiting solitary confinement, boosting funding for treatment alternatives and diversion programs, reforming revocation policies, reviewing parole eligibility for all inmates and shutting down the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF).

They offered many of these measures as alternatives to Evers’ financing request for an additional 288 beds in Wisconsin’s state prisons, outlined in his capital budget proposal, which they don’t support.

Agnew leads the #CLOSEmsdf campaign, along with partners at WISDOM and EXPO, an organizing group composed of formerly incarcerated individuals. Angew placed closing the detention facility and ending “crimeless revocations” at the forefront of his fight.

Eighteen people have died at MSDF since it opened in 2001. Last week, 51-year-old William Leary became the most recent person to die inside the prison. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the medical examiner’s evaluation mentioned a handwritten note from Leary, which complained about a lack of medical care….

Wisdom for justice

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Hundreds of protesters gather on the steps of the state Capitol on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 to challenge systemic racism. Phoebe Petrovic/WPR

UNICEF: Yemen is Today’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis in World

Saudi airstrike on Yemen.

Saudi airstrike on Yemen. | Photo: Reuters

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The UN agency has categorized the situation in Yemen as the world’s current worst humanitarian crisis.

At the four year anniversary of the Saudi war on Yemen as many as 56,000 Yemeni, mainly civilians, have been killed in the conflict fueled by arms from the United Kingdom, United States and France.

The United Nations has categorized the situation in Yemen as the world’s current worst humanitarian crisis.

In what factions thought would be a six month conflict has instead dragged on for four years that, according to the British-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), has left some 56,000 dead, and another 60,000 injured.

Dubbed as the “Forgotten War,” the Yemeni civil war started on March 26, 2015, when Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates led a coalition of countries in a military campaign against Ansar Allah (Houthi) rebels in Yemen in support of the Saudi-backed government of Abd-Rabu Mansour Hadi.

The United Nations has categorized the situation in Yemen as the world’s current worst humanitarian crisis.

In what factions thought would be a six month conflict has instead dragged on for four years that, according to the British-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), has left some 56,000 dead, and another 60,000 injured.

Dubbed as the “Forgotten War,” the Yemeni civil war started on March 26, 2015, when Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates led a coalition of countries in a military campaign against Ansar Allah (Houthi) rebels in Yemen in support of the Saudi-backed government of Abd-Rabu Mansour Hadi.