Milwaukee, October 25, 2019: Voces de la Frontera Masquerade Gala

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2019 Gala: Migration is Beautiful Masquerade!

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Get tickets TODAY for Voces de la Frontera’s biggest fundraiser of the year! Get tickets at www.vdlf.org/gala2019

Ticket sales end on October 4!

Amid the escalating threats of raids and familiy separations at the border and here at home in Wisconsin, now more than ever we need to come together to support our fight to defend immigrant communities.

Funds raised at our gala allow Voces to sustain and grow our efforts to defend and expand the rights of immigrant families, and helps us build the organizational capacity we need to win Driver Licenses for All, in-state tuition equity, get out the Latinx vote in 2020 and win just immigration reform!

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Compra su boletos HOY para nuestra recaudación de fondos mas grande del año! Compra boletos en www.vdlf.org/gala2019

Hay que comprarlos antes del 4 de octubre.

En medio de las crecientes amenazas de redadas y separaciones familiares, ahora más que nunca debemos unirnos para apoyar nuestra lucha para defender a las comunidades de inmigrantes.

Los fondos recaudados en nuestra gala permiten a Voces mantener y aumentar nuestros esfuerzos para defender y ampliar los derechos de las familias inmigrantes, y nos ayuda a desarrollar la capacidad organizativa que necesitamos para obtener Licencias de Conducir para Todos, equidad de matrícula estatal, salir del voto de Latinx en 2020 y ¡gana la justa reforma migratoria!

Milwaukee, August 20, 2019: CLOSEmsdf Coalition Meeting

CLOSEmsdf Coalition Meeting

2821 N Vel R. Phillips Avenue, Suite 108, Milwaukee, 6-7 P.M.

Join us on Tuesday, August 20th at 6 pm to get involved with the efforts to decarcerate Milwaukee, #CLOSEmsdf, and #buildCOMMUNITIES.

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

The #CLOSEmsdf Campaign is now over 50 organizations strong. Visit https://closemsdf.org/ for information.

Sign the #CLOSEmsdf petition at https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/its-time-to-close-milwaukee-secure-detention-facility-msdf.

Like us on facebook at CLOSEmsdf. Follow us on twitter at https://twitter.com/CLOSEmsdf.

Demands from the #CLOSEmsdf Campaign Based on Newly Released Parole & Probation Report from Justice Lab at Columbia University:

The Wisconsin Community Corrections Story

On January 22, 2019, the Justice Lab at Columbia University released a scathing report commissioned by #CLOSEmsdf Campaign partner JustLeadershipUSA, entitled The Wisconsin Community Corrections Story. This vital report adds quantitative and qualitative analysis to support what directly impacted people and low income and people of color, especially Black and Native American, have known for decades: there is deep harm, and racial and economic injustice embedded in Wisconsin’s probation and parole policies which exemplify and fuel incarceration.

10 KEY FINDINGS FROM JUSTICE LAB AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

In Wisconsin:

*1-in-8 Black men, and 1-in-11 Native American men, are under supervision.
*Black women are supervised at 3 times the rate of white women.
*Native American women are supervised at 6 times the rate of white women.
*MSDF imprisons white people 12 percentage points lower, and Black people 24 percentage points higher, than the Wisconsin average.
*Wisconsin incarcerates Black people at 11.5 times the rate of white people, ranking Wisconsin’s imprisonment racial disparities fifth in the nation.
*Wisconsin’s post-prison supervision rates, average lengths of stay on post-prison supervision, and rates of incarceration for technical violations are much higher than the national average and set Wisconsin as an outlier in the Great Lakes region.
*Across the country and particularly in Wisconsin, mass supervision fuels mass incarceration. As of 2017, people who had previously been under community supervision made up over half of the total adult incarcerated population in Wisconsin.
*Over one-fifth of all adults incarcerated in Wisconsin prisons were incarcerated without a new conviction.
*This massive expansion of Wisconsin’s criminal legal system resulted from truth in sentencing laws that cost Wisconsin taxpayers $1.8 billion.
*All of this harm is the product of deliberate policy choices over the past three decades.

#CLOSEmsdf DEMANDS SUPPORTED BY REPORT FINDINGS

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Frantz Fanon and the Continuing Struggles of the Wretched of the Earth

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Assessing his contributions amid uprisings in North Africa and ongoing national oppression in the Diaspora

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Frantz Fanon, a revolutionary thinker and practitioner who has had a tremendous impact politically on the African liberation struggle both on the continent and in the Diaspora. The recent outbreaks of strikes, mass protests and rebellions in Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt requires a reassessment of the significance of the events that Fanon participated in during his lifetime as well as the views expressed through a series of articles and books published in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Fanon’s views on the nature of the psychology of the oppressed, which he studied systematically in France and in North Africa, his analysis of social class formations in colonial societies, attempting to gage the response of these classes to the developing revolutionary struggle against imperialism and for the construction of a socialist society, and his impact on continuing political movements that have arose since his death, such as the African American movement of the 1960s and 1970s, should be extended into the current period in examining the U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, the political upheavals in North Africa related to the influence and presence of United States military forces in the region, as well as the escalating struggles of Africans in the Diaspora, who are battling daily against intensified oppression, exploitation and racism.

Before we can make the case for not only a re-examination of Fanon’s works, but a broadening of his influence within the African world community, we have to look at both the political context under which Fanon produced his most significant theoretical formulations and how this context represents a continuation of struggles against U.S. and European imperialist domination in North Africa and the Arab Peninsula.

Also we must examine the extension of that same struggle of fifty years ago to events taking place today on a global level. Even though the form of struggle has changed, the underlying causes for the intensification of military interventions by western imperialism, is clearly an effort to re-gain the perceived losses of the anti-colonial period beginning with the close of World War II.

Fanon’s Time in History

Born in the Caribbean island of Martinique in 1925, Fanon was a social product of French colonialism. During the post-World War I period there was a monumental upsurge in political violence throughout the colonized world. In the Caribbean and the United States, the influence of Marcus Garvey was paramount….