Juneteenth Day – Milwaukee

48th Annual Juneteenth Day Parade and Festival taking place on Wednesday, June 19.

This year’s parade steps off at 10:00 am from North 19th and West Atkinson Avenue and proceeding to Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.

The Juneteenth Day Festival takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive between Center and Burleigh Streets.

The Festival features musical performances, numerous vendors from food to toys, along with community organizations sharing helpful resources for residents of all ages.

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Kenosha, April 5, 2019: Pack The Court For Chrystul! (Prelim Hearing)

Free Chrystul Kizer

912 56th Street #L, Kenosha, 9 A.M. – 12 NOON

This is the next preliminary hearing for Chrystul. The hearing starts at 9:30. We’ll get there by 9:00 to make sure we get good seats. Chrystul’s favorite color is red, and we’ll have red armbands and buttons like last time, but if you wear red it’ll increase the impact.

Last hearing the judge ruled in favor of Chrystul’s attorneys! He granted release of evidence regarding Volar’s child pornography activities. We also learned that the Kenosha police disclosed another pile of evidence from that investigation (which is unusual, especially with how emphatic DA Gravely has been about how he disclosed everything to the judge previously). The new documents include about 100 pages and 30 hours of video.

This hearing will be to discuss what portion of that evidence is “discoverable” that is, what should be made available to Chrystul’s attorneys.

Last time the hearing was also delayed 45 minutes while others’ cases were heard in the same room. This may have been because court was simply backlogged, or it may have been an intentional effort to deter us from coming back. So, plan for some unpredictability, but it is better to show up even if you have to leave before things start if there’s another delay in the future.

Chrystul will be there, riding a cold prison bus almost 2 hours there and back from Taycheedah, so it would likely boost her spirits to see some supporters in court.

A note on court etiquette: try to dress nice (doesn’t need to be formal, but presentable), take off hats when you enter the room, no using phones or talking while court is in session (when the judge is in the room). Some members of Volar’s family often show up, so we should try to sit together as a group. Be polite, but try to avoid interaction with them.

We want to show the judge and the DA that Chrystul is loved and missed, without making them feel disrespected or antagonistic.

Free Chrystul Kizer

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Brazilian Social Leader and ‘Defender of Life’ Killed



“We can say that possibly crimes are a reaction to the struggle of these people for human rights,” said Helder Solomon.

Brazilian social leader, Dilma Ferreira Silva, and other activists were killed Friday in the rural Parana, Brazil, the Movement of the Affected by Dams (MAB), an organization which fights for water and electricity rights for the public, reports.

Ferreira, together with two male activists, one of whom was her partner were killed in the Salvador Allende settlement rural area of Baiao municipality, although the “MAB is still uncertain about the reasons for the crime,” the organization said.

Former President Dilma Rousseff issued a statement entittled: “The Assassination of a Defender of Life,” in which she wrote, “Dilma Ferreira Silva and her relatives are the new victims of violence in the countryside, authorized by the hate speech and the neglect of the current (Bolsonaro) government.”

Ferreira Silva was an activist in the MAB for over 30 years, “since (the construction of) a dam destroyed the city in which she lived,” during the Brazilian military dictatorship in 1974. According to the MAB official site, “Dilma saw her city flooded with the opening of the floodgates and experienced total neglect in the repair process. After 30 years since the beginning of the work, there was no compensation to those affected.”

According to Civil Police, the husband of Ferreira, Claudionor Costa da Silva, 42, and Hilton Lopes, 38, were also killed. The police force is investigating and the motivation for the crime is still unknown.

After the denunciation made by the MAB, Workers Party’s (PT) lawmaker and chairman of the Human Rights and Minorities Commission of the Brazilian Lower Chamber (CDHM), Helder Solomon, urged authorities to take action as soon as possible to investigate the murder.

“Considering the preliminary information, we can say that possibly crimes are a reaction to the struggle of these people for human rights,” said the PT lawmaker.

Former President Rousseff stated that this “is another sad moment in the history of the MAB, which just today celebrated the ‘International Day of Water.’ As its militants say, “water is for life, not for death!'”

"It is another sad moment in the history of the MAB, which just today celebrated the

“It is another sad moment in the history of the MAB, which just today celebrated the ‘International Day of Water.'” | Photo: @MST_Oficial

Madison, April 19, 2019: Palestinian Culture Night: Existence is Resistance

Palestinian Culture Night: Existence is Resistance

800 Langdon Street, Memorial Union at UW Madison, 8 P.M. – 12 A.M.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/palestinian-culture-night-existence-is-resistance-tickets-56714003110?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete&fbclid=IwAR0UBjPKlpl3C6M1EW7NtYr2VhI9Bd5Sn3KBG1MBoMfKhQE5r5pRcfIjTsY

Despite decades of facing oppression and appropriation, Palestinians continue to resist the attempted erasure of their identity. Palestinian Culture continues to thrive, both in Palestine and in the diaspora. We wish to recognize that resilience. Join us as we celebrate the rich history and heritage of Palestine. The night will feature authentic Palestinian Cuisine, spoken words, poetry performances, Dabka performances, art display and auctions, and dancing!

6-7:30 pm: Dinner Served
8:00 pm: Introduction
Kid’s Dabke Performance
Spoken Word Guest – Mohammad El-Kurd
Palestinian Singer – Mary Hazboun
More Spoken Word speakers
Dabke Performance
Open Dance Floor

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