Madison, November 28: Freedom Inc.’s 2nd Annual Gaysgiving Dinner

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2nd Annual Gaysgiving Dinner

Freedom Inc. will be hosting our second annual Gaysgiving Dinner for Queer & Trans People of Color on Thursday, November 28, 2019 from 5pm to 7pm at the Freedom Inc. office.

The event is for and open to Queer & Trans People of Color and allies.

There will be good food and music! We hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact Zon Moua at zmoua@freedom-inc.org.

Milwaukee, December 19, 2019: CLOSEmsdf Picket

CLOSEmsdf December Picket

Why do we picket?
1. To educate people on the inhumane conditions at MSDF.
2. To memorialize the 18 people who have died in MSDF since it opened.
3. To let WI taxpayers know that each day someone spends in MSDF for a crimeless rule violation costs us $100.84 vs $40 to treat that person in the community where their job, housing & support systems stay secure.
4. To hold Governor Tony Evers to his campaign promises. He told the Journal Sentinel he thinks MSDF should close “as soon as possible”. It is possible right now, and he can do it himself, with a few just and necessary policy changes.

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Please join us during the lunch hour on Thurs Dec 19 at the west entrance of the county courthouse. If enough people turn out, we may expand the picket to the state office building on 6th and Wells, where the DOC has community supervision offices.

Parking is metered or nearby public lots. If you don’t mind walking a couple blocks, its often easier to find free parking on the other side of the freeway.

We’ve been holding down this monthly picket since the spring of 2017. A coalition of Milwaukee organizations have joined up to shut down MSDF. This facility is a building within a building, where captives have no access to fresh air or sunlight. They are triple bunked in lockdown cells for over 20 hours a day. There is no outdoor rec. The facility was built and is run using funds that should be used for diversionary programs to keep people out of jail, instead it’s being used to keep them on supervision under arbitrary and vindictive probation and parole officers.

We take this action in solidarity with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, who has called for monthly actions on (or near) the 23rd of every month to bring attention to 23 hour a day lockdowns. http://www.nrcat.org/about-us/take-action-current-legislation/563-together-to-end-solitary

Can’t come?

SIGN THE PETITION!!!!

If you haven’t signed the petition yet yourself, please do here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/its-time-to-close-milwaukee-secure-detention-facility-msdf

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Kenosha, December 9, 2019: Pack The Court For Chrystul

Pack the Court for Chrystul

This is a pre-trial hearing. The full trial starts is scheduled for March. Please come out, get informed and build power behind Chrystul to get these unjust charges dropped!

WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE CASE:

At the last pre-trial hearing Chrystul’s lawyers argued that a recent law protecting sex trafficking survivors from prosecution for crimes they commit in “direct relation” to the trafficking should determine the jury instruction in this case. The prosecutor, Kenosha DA Michael Graveley argued against the application of the new law to the case. Judge Wilkes didn’t make a decision day-of. Instead, he will give his decision at this hearing.

He said the hearing will likely be 15 minutes long. Sometimes the hearing starts late or takes longer than expected, though. Chrystul’s lawyer said the decision could fundamentally reshape the case, so we’re hopeful that Wilkes will find in Chrystul’s favor, and turning out for this hearing could have a significant impact.

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Wisconsin Democratic Governor Signs Bill Criminalizing Pipeline Protesters

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Wisconsin’s Democratic Governor Tony Evers has signed a bill making it a felony to trespass on the grounds of an oil or gas pipeline. Critics say the bill was inspired by ALEC — the American Legislative Exchange Council — and pushed through the Wisconsin legislature by the American Petroleum Institute. Opponents of the law include members of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, whose reservation is crossed by the Enbridge Line 5 tar sands oil pipeline. The tribe’s chair, Mike Wiggins, said, “Over and over, we’ve seen peaceful, nonviolent protests met with militarization, threats of violence and actual violence from some of these corporate mechanisms.”

Protectors Standing Rock

Milwaukee, December 10, 2019: Milwaukee Turners Holiday Party – Turning It Up 4 Justice

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Milwaukee Turners Holiday Party – Turning It Up 4 Justice

Join us December 10th, Human Rights Day, for the official Milwaukee Turners Holiday Party, “Turning It Up 4 Justice” at 5:30 PM in historic Turner Hall!
We will celebrate the campaigns and people doing the most innovative and impactful equity and justice work in Milwaukee in 2019.
Following the awards presentations, stay for food, drinks, music and dancing featuring DJ Bizzon in our historic gymnasium!

Tickets are free but donations of any amount are welcome!

https://secure.givelively.org/event/milwaukee-turners-inc/milwaukee-turners-2019-holiday-party-turning-it-up-4-justice — at Milwaukee Turners at Turner Hall.

‘Plymouth, MA,’ November 28: 50th National Day of Mourning @ndom2019 Plymouth MA

50th National Day of Mourning @ndom2019 Plymouth MA

50th National Day of Mourning, Cole’s Hill, Plymouth, MA.
Official event organized by UAINE (United American Indians of New England) every year since 1970 on US “thanksgiving” day.
Donate: gf.me/u/vumxka

ORIENTATION FOR 50th NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING 11.28.19

WHAT IS NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING?
An annual tradition since 1970, Day of Mourning is a solemn, spiritual and highly political day. Many of us fast from sundown the day before through the afternoon of that day (and have a social after Day of Mourning so that participants in DOM can break their fasts). We are mourning our ancestors and the genocide of our peoples and the theft of our lands. NDOM is a day when we mourn, but we also feel our strength in action. Over the years, participants in Day of Mourning have buried Plymouth Rock a number of times, boarded the Mayflower replica, and placed ku klux klan sheets on the statue of William Bradford, etc.

WHEN AND WHERE IS DAY OF MOURNING?
Thursday, November 28, 2019 (U.S. “thanksgiving” day) at Cole’s Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 12 noon SHARP. Cole’s Hill is the hill above Plymouth Rock in the Plymouth historic waterfront area.

WILL THERE BE A MARCH?
Yes, there will be a march through the historic district of Plymouth. Plymouth agreed, as part of the settlement of 10/19/98, that UAINE may march on Day of Mourning without the need for a permit as long as we give the town advance notice.

PROGRAM: Although we very much welcome our non-Native supporters to stand with us, it is a day when only Indigenous people speak about our history and the struggles that are taking place throughout the Americas. Speakers will be by invitation only. This year’s NDOM is dedicated to Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls & Two Spirits, and to our thousands of relatives who are migrants and are being abused by ICE and other government agencies, including having their children stolen from them. We didn’t cross the border – The border crossed us! #NoJusticeOnStolenLand

Please note that NDOM is not a commercial event, so we ask that people do not sell merchandise or distribute leaflets at the outdoor program. If you have literature to distribute, you are welcome to place it on a literature table at the social hall following the speak-out and march. Also, we ask that you do not eat (unless you must do so for medical reasons) at the outdoor speak-out and march out of respect for the participants who are fasting. Finally, dress for the weather!

SOCIAL: There will be a pot-luck social held at a NEW social hall (to be announced) after the National Day of Mourning speak-out and march this year. Preference for first seatings will be given to Elders, young children and their caretaker, pregnant women, Disabled people, and people who have traveled a long distance to join National Day of Mourning. Please respect our culture and our wish to ensure that these guests will be the first to be able to sit and eat. With this understanding in mind, please bring non-alcoholic beverages, desserts, prepared fresh fruit & vegetables, and pre-cooked entrée items (turkeys, hams, stuffing, vegetables, casseroles, rice & beans, etc.) that can be easily re-warmed at the social hall prior to the social. Our amazing kitchen crew makes great food, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan dishes, too, but if you have special dietary needs, please bring something that will suit you so you will not be unhappy. Thank you.
Kitchen volunteers: Please contact us via info@uaine.org to offer your services.

TRANSPORTATION: Please check the facebook event page for 50th National Day of Mourning for updates on transportation, including buses and carpooling. We do not recommend MBTA service as it is limited on a holiday.

DONATIONS: Monetary donations are gratefully accepted to help defray the costs of the day and of UAINE’s many other efforts during the year: https://www.gofundme.com/f/uaine-20192020-fundraising-campaign

Milwaukee, December 7, 2019: Private Energy in Capitalism: Pursuing Publicly Owned Utilities

Private Energy in Capitalism: Pursuing Publicly Owned Utilities

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It has become increasingly apparent that private energy conglomerates are not interested in providing affordable, renewable energy options in the US and other capitalist countries. Instead, costs increase and limits are applied to the renewable options provided by private firms. Meanwhile many publicly owned utilities provide more affordable and less restrictive options for consuming power as a necessity of life.

A public energy option in Milwaukee is not only possible, but necessary and could provide more democratic and environmentally friendly policies than WE Energies or any private corporation.

We will be hosting a speakers to talk about the innate environmental harm caused by private energy companies and the possibilities of a public option.

Donald Gross: Party for Socialism and Liberation Chicago.

Alex Brower: Milwaukee DSA

Speaker TBD

Ultimately, energy use under capitalism is unsustainable and in order to bring about the changes necessary to avoid an environmental catastrophe, which could wipe out life as we know it, we must transition to Socialism here in the US. Socialism would necessarily mean public control of energy and the transition to 100% renewables in a timely manner. Preparing the framework for a publicly managed energy provider would further the goal of building Socialism in our country.

November 26, 2019: Nationwide protests at US airports with airline catering workers

UNITE HERE!

On November 26—the Tuesday before Thanksgiving Day—through marches, pickets, sit-downs and die-ins—airline catering workers and their supporters will call on American Airlines to take urgent and necessary steps to ensure workers who cater inflight meals and beverages are able to escape poverty and access health care.

Protests will take place at major airports in:

* Charlotte (CLT)
* Chicago (ORD)
* Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW)
* Denver (DIA)
* Detroit (DTW)
* Honolulu (HNL)
* Houston (IAH)
* Los Angeles (LAX)
* Miami (MIA)
* Minneapolis (MSP)
* New York (JFK)
* Philadelphia (PHL)
* San Diego (SAN)
* San Francisco (SFO)
* Seattle (SEATAC)
* Washington, D.C. (DCA)

Collectively, this will be the largest demonstration of workers at U.S. airports in years. (❗️)

This day of protests is the latest in a series of demonstrations at U.S. airports calling attention to American Airlines, including large-scale demonstrations in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Dallas-Ft. Worth—where over 50 were arrested in a civil disobedience action near American Airlines’ headquarters and largest hub airport.

Sign and share the petition to call on American Airlines to fix this labor dispute before Thanksgiving week: https://www.airportstrikealert.org/thx

RSVP for your local actions on Facebook:

* Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW): https://facebook.com/events/794456470999244/

* New York (JFK): https://facebook.com/events/s/airline-food-workers-rally-at-/996555274031628/

* Los Angeles (LAX): https://www.facebook.com/events/557643801659398/

* Miami (MIA): https://facebook.com/events/273617203555596/

* Minneapolis (MSP): https://facebook.com/events/411141243167412/

* Philadelphia (PHL): https://www.facebook.com/events/2549702635251678/

* Washington, D.C. (DCA): https://www.facebook.com/events/918730971834839/

For questions/more information, contact: dhussein@unitehere.org

Media inquires: mcohorst@unitehere.org

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Over 1,200 rally in Chicago at relaunch of National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

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November 23, 2019
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Chicago, IL – More than a 1200 joined together November 22, at the hall of the Chicago Teachers Union, to refound the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. The newly refounded Alliance will center its efforts on building the fight against police crimes and for community control of the police, and it will campaign for the release of political prisoners and the wrongfully convicted.

Longtime leaders of the Black liberation movement, Angela Davis and Frank Chapman, along with elected officials, trade unionists, and other progressive activists addressed the packed rally that opened the conference.

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