Kenosha, Feb. 6, 2020: Pack the Court! Bond Reduction Hearing For Kizer

Pack the Court! Bond Reduction Hearing

3721 60th Street, Kenosha County Courthouse, 8:30 A.M.

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!


Chrystul’s defense lawyer, Carl Johnson, has filed a motion for Chrystul to help her get out of jail while awaiting her trial. Judge Wilks will be reviewing this request and making a decision. Currently, her bond amount is set at $1 million, which we cannot even raise 10% of.

Carl has requested a reduction in the past, but we’re hoping it will be granted this time. Chrystul has been through a lot of trauma, and jail heaps more trauma on her and separates her from her family and other supports to help her through this struggle.


In December, Chrystul’s lawyer argued that affirmative defense law applies to Chrystul’s case. Affirmative defenses protect trafficking survivors from prosecution for “offenses” as a result of being trafficked. The judge rejected this argument, and Chrystul will appeal his decision.

Appealing a judge’s decision before trial is called an interlocutory appeal. They are fairly rare, but since this would be the first application of this new law, it makes sense to attempt one. If the appeal court agrees to hear the appeal, Chrystul’s March 16 trial date will likely be pushed back.

A NOTE on court etiquette:

Chrystul’s favorite color is red, so wear red to express support. 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.
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Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality Workers Organization (MASH) Wins Contract With $15-Per-Hour Floor By July 2020

Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality Workers Organization

Fiserv Forum workers did it! We won a tentative agreement for an industry-leading, standard-setting first union contract! The wage floor increases to $15/hour by the time of the DNC convention and raises wages two-thirds from the previous non-union operation. We secured just cause, progressive discipline, fair scheduling, and a grievance procedure, along with the rights, dignity, and respect that comes from a strong union contract. This contract is a HUGE deal. It sets a new, higher standard for all service and hospitality workers. It will raise the bar across the whole industry as others working similar jobs see what you’ve all achieved. This is what happens when we come together in a union like MASH. When we fight, we win. Congratulations everyone!

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Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) Joins Press Conference in Madison to Support Bills Focused on Restoring Collective Bargaining and Civil Service


Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association

A press conference was held today with labor leaders, workers, community supporters, and elected officials to announce Senator Chris Larson’s two bills. The first (Collective Bargaining Freedom Act) restores full and fair collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin. Wisconsin has seen the devastating effects the loss of collective bargaining rights have had on public employees, their families, and the people they serve. It’s time to restore collective bargaining rights for all workers in Wisconsin!

The second bill (Civil Service Restoration Act) restores the civil service system.

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All photos: Joe Brusky

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Defend the Venezuelan Embassy Protectors! Trial Starts Feb. 11, 2020

The four members of the Embassy Protectors Collective, which will be tried before  a United States court on On Feb.11.

By: Lauren Smith

The Embassy Protectors face federal charges punishable by up to one year in prison, a US$100,000 fine each, and restitution to the government for police time & damages, which is considerable given the duration of their occupation and the absurd amount of armed forces used in the embassy raid – as they remain four unarmed senior and middle-aged peace activists. Since their charges are unjust and anything can happen in prison, especially to dissidents, people of consciousness must ensure all charges are dropped. So, let us stand on the right side of history with the Embassy Protectors and show solidarity by attending their trial in Washington, D.C., which begins on Feb. 11, donating to their legal fund, and spreading the truth of what’s really happening widely. [Article published in teleSUR:

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US citizen detained and interrogated by DHS agents about anti-war movement solidarity with Venezuela

The Grayzone

A US citizen who participated in the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective was detained, searched and interrogated for the second time by US government agents about his political beliefs and participation in the anti-war movement.

By Max Blumenthal

On his way back from a Christmas visit to his family in Nicaragua, 31-year-old US citizen Sergio Lazo Torrez was detained by Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers at Fort Lauderdale International Airport on January 20, then interrogated by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents who grilled him about his involvement in the US anti-war movement.

Torrez was a participant in the Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective, a group of activists and journalists formed in April 2019 to defend Venezuela’s embassy in Washington DC against a takeover attempt by the Trump-backed coup administration of Juan Guaido.

As The Grayzone reported, Torrez was previously detained by CBP at Dulles International Airport on August 2 after returning from a solidarity trip to Venezuela with fellow members of the collective, including this reporter. There, he was questioned for several hours about his activities in Caracas and was forced to surrender his cellphone for a search.

Torrez described the January 20 interrogation as longer and more intrusive than the last one. “They made me feel powerless because you can’t defend yourself and they can do whatever they want,” he told The Grayzone. “Even though I’m a US citizen, they told me that every time I come back to the country, I’m going to be forced to go through the same thing….”

Student/ Farmworker Alliance leaders from across the country come together to turn up the pressure on Wendy’s!

Student/ Farmworker Alliance leaders from across the country come together to turn up the pressure on Wendy’s!

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Coalition of Immokalee Workers

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ANNOUNCED: Farmworkers to take on Wall Street power players behind Wendy’s with 3-day “Follow the Money” March in New York City from March 10-12! Make your plans TODAY to join CIW for the grand finale on Thursday, March 12:

The Struggle to End Imperialist Militarism in the 21st Century

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Dawn of a new decade requires greater vigilance in the movement against permanent war

Note: This address was prepared and delivered at a Communist Workers League (CWL) class on United States Imperialism and the War against Iran which was held on Saturday January 25, 2020 in Detroit. The event featured Randi Nord, the editor of Geo-politics Alert website which covers events related to international affairs with a special focus on West Asia, Latin America, U.S. foreign policy and developments in Europe. Also addressing the class was Yusuf Mshahwar, an observer of West Asian affairs and a student at Wayne State University. Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor and writer for various publications, discussed the relationship between imperialist interventions in North Africa and related occurrences in West Asia and other geo-political regions within the international community….