Details of horrific first voyages in transatlantic slave trade revealed

Exclusive: As the world ignores the ignominious 500th anniversary of the buying and selling of slaves between Africa and the Americas, historians uncover its first horrific voyages.

David KeysArchaeology Correspondent @davidmkeys Friday 17 August, 2019

Almost completely ignored by the modern world, this month marks the 500th anniversary of one of history’s most tragic and significant events – the birth of the Africa to America transatlantic slave trade. New discoveries are now revealing the details of the trade’s first horrific voyages.

Exactly five centuries ago – on 18 August 1518 (28 August 1518, if they had been using our modern Gregorian calendar) – the King of Spain, Charles I, issued a charter authorising the transportation of slaves direct from Africa to the Americas. Up until that point (since at least 1510), African slaves had usually been transported to Spain or Portugal and had then been transhipped to the Caribbean.

Charles’s decision to create a direct, more economically viable Africa to America slave trade fundamentally changed the nature and scale of this terrible human trafficking industry. Over the subsequent 350 years, at least 10.7 million black Africans were transported between the two continents. A further 1.8 million died en route….



Detroit, September 9, 2019: There Are No Borders in the Workers’ Struggle! Labor Stands With Immigrant Workers!

There Are No Borders in the Workers’ Struggle

Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI)

Moratorium NOW! Coalition

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5920 Second Avenue, Detroit, 7-9 P.M.

Join us for a public forum on Immigrants, Migrants and Immigrant Rights

=>Conditions at the southern border
=> How corporate bosses profit from undocumented workers
=> Why unions must support immigrant rights
=> The fight for driver licenses for undocumented workers
=> How Trump’s anti-immigrant policies benefit Wall Street

* This continent was inhabited originally by millions of Native peoples whose lands were taken by violence over hundreds of years.

* Many millions of African people were brought here in chains to make certain European immigrants and their descendants rich by exploiting slave labor for over two hundred years.

* Millions of other immigrants came here fleeing poverty, war and oppression. They played a leading role in organizing unions and fighting for better wages and working conditions.

* The fight for the 8 hour day was led by immigrants. Immigrants played leading roles in many of the historic labor battles. The Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) welcomed immigrants into its ranks as it successfully organized the UAW, the Steelworkers and other unions in the 1930s.

* More recently massive demonstrations and strikes by millions of immigrant workers occurred on May 1, 2006 in a “Day Without Immigrants.”

* U.S. labor law covers undocumented workers – but collusion between bosses and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials is often used to disrupt labor organizing by arrests and deportations of militant workers.

* Hostility toward immigrants weakens our unions and undermines solidarity among the working class as we struggle against union busting and cutbacks promoted by Trump, his officials and their Wall Street friends.

* Most of those seeking asylum in the United States today leave their homelands because of conditions caused in those countries by United States foreign policy of corporate exploitation, military dictatorships, war and death squads.

* The Obama administration deported over 3 million undocumented workers – the most ever. The Trump administration is separating families, putting children in cages and making legal application for political asylum almost impossible.

* An estimated 11 million undocumented workers live in the U.S., working at many of the most difficult jobs, paying taxes, yet not able to collect Social Security or other benefits.

Unless working people and unions support immigrants, at the border and inside the U.S., the banks and corporations will be stronger, and we will be weaker by being divided.

There Are No Borders in the Workers’ Struggle

Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI)

Moratorium NOW! Coalition

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NYC, September 20-23, 2019: The US War Machine Will Rage On Until We Rise Up to Stop It! Join the People’s Mobilization to Stop the US War Machine

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The US War Machine must be stopped, and only we can stop it. That’s why we are organizing the People’s Mobilization to Stop the US War Machine, which is organizing and supporting a series of actions in New York City from September 20 to 23 while the United Nations General Assembly meets.

At a time when all of the world leaders gather, we will say we’ve had enough of the US War Machine.

Schedule of Events:

Plan to come to New York City for a full weekend of events. Facebook event page is here

Friday, September 20 – People’s Climate Strike. Starts at Union Square at noon. We’ll bring messages connecting militarism and the climate crisis. For more info:

Saturday, September 21 – Puerto Rico Independence March starting at 11:00 am at 59th St. Columbus Circle and marching to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at the UN. It’s time to decolonize Puerto Rico.  Click here for rally flyer

Sunday, September 22 – People’s Mobilization to Stop the US War Machine and Save the Planet, Herald Square, 2 pm.

Monday, September 23 – Forum: “A Path to International Peace: Realizing the Vision of the United Nations Charter.” Location: Community Church of New York 40 East 35th St., New York City, 10016. Time:  6:30 pm. You must register in advance. Register at  At this event, representatives of several countries under attack by the US will speak.

For more information and to endorse the actions:



** Save the date**

UNAC’s national conference will be held in New York City at the People’s Forum, February 21 – 23, 2020
Build a movement for Peace and Justice
If you have questions about the conference or suggestions for the organizing committee, please send them to

More information will follow soon. United National Antiwar Coalition

September 20, 2019: Climate Strike in Wisconsin & Worldwide!

Global Climate Strike: Wisconsin

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This September, millions of us will walk out of our workplaces, schools, and homes to join you climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels.

Our house is one fire — let’s act like it. It’s now time to rebel.

Both adults and young people alike need to take to the streets on September 20 to demand climate justice.

Can’t strike? Protest in solidarity by disrupting the status quo and striking for 11 minutes on September 20 to symbolize our looming deadline.

Flagship Strikes:
La Crosse:

See other strikes & more info on 11 minute strikes!

Milwaukee, October 11, 2019: Coalition to March on the DNC Organizing Meeting

1st Coalition Meeting & March

The Coalition to March on the DNC is calling for an initial meeting of delegates from various organizations to be held at Dontre Hamilton (Red Arrow) Park in downtown Milwaukee, with a start time of 5pm on Thursday, October 3.

Several representatives from the founding organizations will chair this meeting. We will be going over our points of unity, reviewing the route of the march, and hearing questions that coalition delegates may have.

Afterward, we will do a walk-through of a portion of the route. We encourage everyone to bring signs and/or banners if you’ve got them! We will end the march with a public demonstration on the steps of city hall, demanding answers for why we haven’t received our permit despite having made the request nearly half a year ago.

We are looking for delegates from organizations to speak during the demonstration, specifically honing in on the fact that the city has yet to grant the Coalition a permit to peacefully protest for our demands. If you are from an organization and would like to speak or know someone who would, please message us and we’ll make it happen.

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Support ATU 998! Contract and Work Action Authorization Votes September 5, 2019! Money for Public Transit & Union Workers NOW!

Unite to Preserve Transit to the South Shore:


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Preliminary investigation points to millions of over projected MCTS operating expenses since 2015

MILWAUKEE, AUGUST 29, 2019 – The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 998 is demanding answers after a preliminary investigation by economic consultant Peter Donohue found that the County’s 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs) showed Milwaukee County Transit System’s actual operating expenses were under budget by $16.53 million from mostly over budgeting MCTS personnel expenses. A look at previous CAFRs show that $39.93 million budgeted for MCTS personnel expenses have possibly gone unspent, but the investigation won’t be complete until the County provides financial information requested.

ATU Local 998 President James Macon released the following statement regarding these findings:

“Milwaukee’s transit system is the economic backbone of the region. To siphon away tax dollars earmarked for the public transit is unconscionable. Year after year we are asked to make cuts. Buses are becoming more dangerous, routes are disappearing, and many riders have to walk excessive distances to get to the nearest bus stop.

“Based on these preliminary findings, we challenge Milwaukee County Transit System’s ‘budget hole’ narrative. We believe County Executive Chris Abele and MCTS are once again over budgeting their expenses in an attempt to justify cutting vital bus routes and hurting transit workers.

“This changes everything for our members. It raises serious questions about the integrity of MCTS’s claims that they are broke. We call on Milwaukee County to stop dragging its feet and provide the financial information requested.”

Read more about the preliminary findings here:…/1EWix-MzaxU5yijj8UZVdc-4hk…/view…

ATU Local 998 members have scheduled a contract vote and work action authorization vote on September 5, 2019

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Milwaukee, September 20, 2019: Building Bridges: Celebrating 60 Years of Solidarity

Building Bridges: Celebrating 60 Years of Solidarity

SAVE THE DATE! The Milwaukee Area Labor Council is turning 60 this year and we’re having a party!

Milwaukee is a union town, born from a proud industrial past. Mark your calendars for a fun night where we celebrate our history and look towards a bright future.

Milwaukee, September 14, 2019: Picket Training

Picket Training

Saturday, June 8, 10:00 AM–3:00 PM. Free training, lunch is provided. Zablocki Library large meeting room, 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave

Picket to win! How to organize successful pickets to achieve the specific goals of the Union or organization in struggle. This IWW training talks about basics of strike support and other modes of sustainable, effective direct action that can pressure businesses and other institutions. This training includes mapping, role playing, and how to build a winnable strategy.

The registration link is here: Please register for this training so we can know how how many participant manuals to print, and how much food to prepare. Lunch is provided, childcare and transportation are available upon request.