May 31, 2020: Wee Chalk the Walk Washington Heights MKE!

Wee Chalk the Walk Washington Heights MKE!

The National Black Lives Matter at schools movement is holding a Wee Chalk the Walk national sign of solidarity campaign. Let’s write messages in our own neighborhoods, then let’s go to the Mayor’s neck of the woods. Bring yourself, chalk, and signs. We will start at the MTEA and walk over to Washington Blvd. and chalk the streets and sidewalks between 49th and 52nd street with Black Lives Matter solidarity messages. We will end in front of the Mayor’s house with a peaceful gathering. This is Family Friendly!

Four Demands of the National Black Lives Matter at School Movement
*Recruit and retain Black educators
*Fully Resourced Restorative Practices
*Black History and Ethnic Studies in all schools
*Fund Counselors, Not cops

Baltimore, June 1, 2020: Continue the Struggle to End Racist Police Terror!

Continue the Struggle to End Racist Police Terror!

Defend the right to rebel! Disband & abolish racist police!
Drop all the charges against those arrested!
Fire the cop who assaulted the woman in downtown Baltimore!
Release all prisoners NOW!

RALLY at 247 N Dallas Court at 6 pm. We are marching to the police station at 601 E Fayette St.

#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor #JusticeForAhmaudArbery

Iran Urges US to Stop Intimidating Protesters, Change Its ‘Bankrupt’ Policies

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry called on the US government to stop intimidating anti-brutality protesters in the country and instead listen to its people and change its “bankrupt” policies.

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“Failed to keep its promise of stopping wasting money on foreign adventurism & embattled in a COVID19 crisis of its own making, US regime now employs army, ‘vicious dogs & ominous weapons’ to intimidate protesters. Instead, US should listen to its people & change its bankrupt policies,” the ministry said in a tweet on Sunday.

It came three days after disturbing footage surfaced online showing a police officer, Derek Chauvin, choking unarmed black man George Floyd to death in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after forcing him to the ground and pinning him down with his knee.

The officer refused to relieve the pressure, although Floyd was being heard repeatedly pleading for his life and saying, “I can’t breathe.”

Floyd’s death, a poignant reminder of repeated unjustifiable killings of members of the African-American community by the US police, has been followed by protests across the country.

Iran Urges US to Stop Intimidating Protesters, Change Its ‘Bankrupt’ Policies

Trump Fueling Racial Animosity to Stay Another 4 Years in Office: US Analyst

May 31, 2020

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An American political analyst based in Detroit said US President Donald Trump is seeking to divide the country through fueling racial animosity between African Americans and whites in an effort to convince right-wing elements that he should be given another four years in office.

“Trump has built his political career upon racism, sexism, and anti-immigrant bigotry. He is attempting to inflame tensions between people in the United States against Caracas and Beijing along with Tehran. On a domestic level, he has fueled racial animosity between African Americans and whites in an effort to divide the country further in order to convince right-wing elements that he should be given another four years in office,” Abayomi Azikiwe said in an interview with Tasnim.

Abayomi Azikiwe is the editor of the Pan-African News Wire and a co-founder of the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) and the Moratorium NOW! Coalition, both based in Detroit. Azikiwe has published numerous articles, pamphlets, and books on African affairs along with working as a consultant for various satellite television news networks throughout the world. He has traveled extensively in Africa conducting field research on political economy and history.

Following is the full text of the interview:

Tasnim: Protests over police brutality and the death of George Floyd continue to rage across the US. What do you think about the protests?

Azikiwe: These demonstrations and rebellions are a direct response to not only the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The unrest reflects the overall atmosphere of anger and despair within a racist and capitalist society. The mass frustration has been building for years in regard to the attacks upon African Americans by law-enforcement agents and white vigilantes. The outrage comes amid the COVID-19 pandemic which has eliminated more than 100,000 people in the United States and sickened some 1.6 million. This is by far the worst humanitarian and healthcare crisis in the US for more than a century. African Americans are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. In states such as Michigan and Illinois, African Americans are being hospitalized and are dying in numbers far greater than their percentages in the general population. 41 million people have been thrown out of work. There are many who do not have money and food as a direct result of the economic collapse. Consequently, the horrendous execution of Mr. Floyd was not only illegal it was a provocation of the highest order. Therefore, no one should be surprised at the level of disorder taking place in cities across the country for the last several days.

Tasnim: US President Donald Trump, in a tweet after midnight on Friday, called the protesters in Minneapolis “thugs” and said, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” His tweet was widely criticized for inciting violence. What is your take on his tweets?

Azikiwe: Trump has built his political career upon racism, sexism, and anti-immigrant bigotry. He is attempting to inflame tensions between people in the United States against Caracas and Beijing along with Tehran. On a domestic level, he has fueled racial animosity between African Americans and whites in an effort to divide the country further in order to convince right-wing elements that he should be given another four years in office. If the local municipalities and states where the demonstrations are occurring engage in even more repressive tactics, it will only make matters worse. Rather than the Trump administration directing its attention towards containing the COVID-19 pandemic and lessening tensions in the country, it is creating even more hostility sparking violent responses in the streets of Washington, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, Memphis, New York City, among other metropolitan areas. At present National Guardsmen are being deployed in Minneapolis and St. Paul, while other local police agencies are facing the wrath of the African American people and their allies who are making their voices heard through mass demonstrations and other forms of resistance.

Tasnim: The United States is a contradiction. Its founding principles embrace the ideals of freedom and equality, but it is a nation built on the systematic exclusion and suppression of communities of color. From the start, so many of this country’s laws and public policies, which should serve as the scaffolding that guides progress, were instead designed explicitly to prevent people of color from fully participating. What are the reasons behind this?

Azikiwe: The Declaration of Independence of 1776 did not call for the liberation of enslaved Africans. During the early phase of the United States as a nation, only white male property owners could vote and have representation within the government. Africans and other nationally oppressed groups, women and the working class were forced to wage a protracted struggle to gain fundamental political and democratic rights. Despite the Civil War which legally ended involuntary servitude after 1865, African Americans have been forced to continue their struggle for self-determination, equality, and economic justice. Whenever gains have been made historically, right-wing elements backed by the capitalist ruling class initiates measures to reverse the reforms which are enacted as a result of mass organization and agitation. What is needed is a total break with the racist and capitalist regime. Only the creation of a genuinely democratic and non-racial society can bring about harmony and peace. Unfortunately, there is a need for more confrontation. The outcome of these struggles will determine the future of the US and consequently the world.

Madison Street May 30 2020

Madison, WI May 30, 2020 / Photo: Freedom Inc

Milwaukee 2020 Juneteenth Canceled Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Juneteenth Day – Milwaukee

On behalf of the Northcott Neighborhood House and the Juneteenth Day Executive Committee, thank you to all who have supported Milwaukee’s very own Juneteenth Day Celebration for 49 years!

It is with great sadness we announce that the Juneteenth Day Parade and Street Festival scheduled for June 19 at Rose Park has been cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The Juneteenth Day Executive Committee determined that it is necessary to cancel plans in order to prevent risking the health of our community.

Instead, we are planning a Freedom Ball as part of our 49th Annual Juneteenth Day Celebration. It will take place later this year – sometime between October and December. This event will also kickoff major fundraising for the 50th Annual Juneteenth Day Celebration in 2021.

Although this year’s festival will not take place, the Juneteenth Day scholarships for local youth will still be given out. The criteria for scholarships are the same as in the past for Little Miss Juneteenth (ages 7-13) and Miss Juneteenth (ages 14-18). New this year will be eight scholarships for young men (ages 7-13 and ages 14-18). At the Freedom Ball, the young men will escort the Little Miss/Miss Juneteenth courts as all of them will be recognized and presented with scholarships.

The Juneteenth Day Scholarship information will be made available in the coming weeks via social media and our website, so stay tuned!

We are excited to mark 49 years of Juneteenth Day in Milwaukee and we are doubly excited to celebrate 50 years of history, heritage and culture in 2021.

Thank you for all your love and support!

Juneteenth Day – Milwaukee

Juneteenth celebration set for Saturday - GREAT BEND TRIBUNE

Milwaukee Pride Inc. to Postpone Pridefest Milwaukee 2020

Milwaukee, WI – Wednesday, March 18, 2020– Milwaukee Pride, Inc. – parent organization of PrideFest, Wisconsin’s largest LGBTQ+ event – announced today that it is officially postponing the 4-day event. The festival was set to take place at the Henry W. Maier Festival Grounds from Thursday, June 4-Sunday, June 7, 2020.  This decision comes after a wave of large event cancelations and postponements due to the developing COVID-19 situation. This is the first time PrideFest has been postponed in its history.

The increasing wave of event cancellations across the national and global stage has set a precedent of taking all precautions in order to keep people safe, and to err on the side of caution. LGBTQ people are at a greater risk from this pandemic for reasons such as health disparities and barriers to health care access. The safety and well-being of our community is the number one consideration of Milwaukee Pride in this difficult decision.

“It’s unfortunate that we need to hit the pause button, considering the significant work our team has already put forth – as well as the incredible and diverse line up we had planned for our stages,” said PrideFest Producer Luke Olson. “I’m confident that once we have a new plan for this year’s festival we’ll be able to pick things up where we left off.  Our hope is to bring Milwaukee a world class event like it’s used to.”

The Milwaukee Pride Board of Directors are working with Summerfest on possible alternate dates. The board is also exploring the possibility of different formats and locations. Milwaukee Pride will continue to engage with the Milwaukee community on other, smaller events this summer to keep the Pride movement strong and present.

“We don’t want people to think there will be no PRIDE this year,” said Shaver. “We simply want to ensure we’re taking the right steps forward. We hope people trust that our intentions are for the safety of the community, and for our ability to ensure the sustained future success of PrideFest Milwaukee.”

For more information, please contact Wes Shaver at or call (718) 962-5639.

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Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown) & Stokely Carmichael in Oakland (1968): ‘We Have to Recognize Who the Major Enemy Is’

KQED News report from February 17th 1968 at the Oakland Auditorium, featuring excerpts from speeches on Black Power and African American self-determination by Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown) and Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael). These are delivered as part of the Huey P. Newton birthday rally, to protest Newton’s arrest and imprisonment in 1967. Al-Amin states that: “Unlike America would have us believe, the greatest problem confronting this country today is not pollution and bad breath. It’s black people! … You see that’s just one of the big lies that America tells you and that you go for because you’re chumps!” Ture instructs the audience that: “We must first develop an undying love for our people … an undying love as is personified in brother Huey P. Newton … If we do not do that, we will be wiped out.” Opens with a brief glimpse of Al-Amin, Ture and James Forman on-stage together. It should be noted that Al-Amin was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC); Forman was the international affairs director of SNCC and the group’s former executive secretary and Ture was the former chairman of SNCC, who, during this rally, was appointed as the honorary prime minister of the “Black Nation” (the Oakland-based Black Panther Party (BPP).