Detroit Continues Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en at the Tunnel to Canada

By Abayomi Azikiwe

There was a second weekly demonstration in downtown Detroit on Jefferson avenue near the tunnel at the United States-Canada border on Mon. Feb. 24, 2020 during rush hour.

The action was again in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation people in British Columbia in Western Canada.

This protest was called by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) along with other organizations which endorsed and participated.

The First Nation people are attempting to halt a gas pipeline being constructed by corporations on their lands. A leaflet circulated by activists at the scene of the manifestation in downtown Detroit said of the situation that: “For over 7 years, TC Energy (formerly TransCanada Corp), has tried to push a $6.6 billion, 670-kilometer
Coastal GasLink (CGL) fracked gas pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory. The pipeline would carry fracked gas from Dawson Creek, B.C. to the coastal town of Kitimat, where LNG Canada’s processing plant would be located. The CGL pipeline is part of a $40 billion
fracked gas plan by LNG Canada to build and operate a terminal for the liquefaction, storage, and loading of liquefied natural gas. LNG Canada is the single largest private investment in Canadian history.”

(Photos by Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan-African News Wire).

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#WeLoveOurPublicSchools Week: Student Art Gallery + Mini Daily Action

Good morning!

Happy 4th day of #WeLoveOurPublicSchools Week.

The portrait above is part of a student art gallery put on by the Wisconsin Art Education Association that is currently set up in the Capitol Rotunda. It features work from students of all ages from every corner of State! Visit Wisconsin Art Education Association Facebook page or the Capitol Rotunda to see more!

MINI DAILY ACTION: Make a Facebook status or tweet that reads “I love my public school because [fill in your amazing personal story here].” Tag your local elected officials or write the reason on their wall so they can see why Public Schools are the heart of our communities! Don’t forget to use the hashtags #PublicSchoolProud and #WeLoveOurPublicSchools.

It is not too late to make this week count!

If you are looking for some more joy, check out all the cool things we have been sharing on our Facebook page, the art gallery is ONE OF MANY!

Thank you so much for all that has already been done to make this week successful,


Solidarity With UAW Local 9 Members and Their Loved Ones at Miller Brewing; Reports State Alleged Shooter Faced Racist Discrimination


Brewery Workers Local 9 UAW

Due to the tragic events at the brewery today (Feb. 26, 2020), the brewery will be closed through the weekend per Brad Long and Brewery Leadership.

24 hour notice will be given for when they plan to start back up.

Be safe. Hug your loved ones a little tighter. Keep our Milwaukee Brewery family in your thoughts and prayers.

Confidential EAP support for MolsonCoors employees is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 877-468-1009.

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Union Strong – New York State AFL-CIO: Episode 31: Welcome to the Labor Movement, Kickstarter United

Join the celebration! It has already been one year since the New York State AFL-CIO launched the Union Strong podcast. President Mario Cilento stops in the studio to help us mark our one-year anniversary.

But first; employees at the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter are making history. They are the first employees at a major technology company in the U.S. to unionize. A Kickstarter employee and spokesperson for the newly unionized Kickstarter United explains why and how it happened and what’s next.

TAKE ACTION NOW! Demand Governor Evers Veto Prison Expanding Measures

The Wisconsin Legislature has passed a package of so-called “tougher on crime” legislation. But let’s be clear: these measures would weaken public safety by destabilizing families, weakening communities, and diverting resources away from priorities like mental health and addiction treatment.

Our legislature should be working to support communities and families, not needlessly putting more people behind bars.

Tell Governor Evers to stand with communities and veto these measures now!


February 28: Day of Decision on Embassy Protectors Retrial Your Urgent Support Is Needed!

By Ajamu Baraka and Bahman Azad
Co-Chairs of Embassy Protectors Defense Committee

Dear Supporters of Peace, Respect for Law, and Justice,

On behalf of the Embassy Protectors Defense Committee, we would like to thank all of you who have acted and given so generously in support of the four falsely charged Embassy Protectors over the last few months.

As you are well aware, the state’s first attempt at obtaining a conviction against the four Embassy Protectors ended with a hung jury after a prolonged jury deliberation that lasted longer than the trial itself. Yet, despite the state’s failure to convict the Embassy Protectors, even within the narrow limits imposed on the defense at the trial, we have reasons to believe that the state will not drop its almost irrational determination to convict the four Embassy Protectors.

The only reason why the Protectors were able to mount a successful defense was because of the extensive moral and financial support they received from all advocates of peace and justice throughout the country. With your support their lawyers were able to mount an effective fight in defense of the Protectors, even though the judge had ruled most of their evidence off limits.

But that fight has been expensive. With your help, we were able to raise funds beyond our originally estimated goal. But almost all of our funds have already been expended, and the Protectors will urgently need additional funds should the sate decide on February 28 to retry the case.

If the state decides to go forward with another trial, we must be prepared to support them with whatever it takes. Although we have increased our fundraising goal by another $40,000 to prepare for a longer legal fight, we need to have at least $10,000 of it in the Defense Committee’s account by February 28.

We understand that some of you may be waiting to see what happens on the 28th before giving again. But please let us suggest to you that we can’t wait. Please give what you can now, and pass on to everyone who might be in a position to give.

To make a donation, please visit the Defense Committee’s Web Site.

We need to demonstrate to all who may be monitoring our actions that the Embassy Protectors have the capacity to defend themselves if the prosecution makes the mistaken decision to retry the case.

This is a fight that can be won. But it will only be won with your help.

Our Struggle for Justice Continues.

Embassy Protectors Defense Committee

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WI Public Education Network 6th Annual Summer Summit July 24, 2020 in Sun Prairie

Dear friends of Wisconsin public schools,

Just checking in during We Love Our Public Schools Week to say THANK YOU to everyone spreading the love for our students, staff and schools – the response has been AMAZING this year and we are loving the love! Let’s keep it going all week long! #PublicSchoolProud

AND I have  a very important reminder: The deadline for both EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION and PROPOSALS for our 6th Annual  Summer Summit on July 24 in Sun Prairie is THIS SUNDAY — March 1!

Regular registration is $40 – save $15 by registering before March 1 for just $25!
If you were waiting for a personal invitation….this is it! Our Summit Summit is the one time of the year we ask everyone in the state who’s ready to put politics aside and fight for what’s best for our students to come together to connect, plan, learn, and have some serious fun.  The agenda includes a mix of keynote presentations, special guests, and action-oriented workshops and breakout sessions that dig deep into the most important issues facing our students and schools.
Don’t miss the public education event of the year!  Can’t wait to see you all in Sunny P!

– Heather