TAKE ACTION NOW: Wisconsin’s Covid-19 infection numbers are on a disastrous trajectory! Call and email Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm to call on her to immediately order all Wisconsin K-12 schools, colleges and universities to virtual instruction until community spread of Covid-19 is contained.
MTEA will be participating in a national day of action with education unions nationwide today. In Wisconsin, we will be joining other urban educator unions in Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison and Racine in calling on Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to order all K-12 schools, colleges and universities to move to virtual instruction until community spread of the virus is contained.
We will also demand that DHS provide required gating criteria for reopening and that DHS expert approval of each school district’s proposed reopening plan. DHS should confirm that plans are feasible and have necessary PPE and resources to safely implement reopening plans.
Our demands will be presented at a press conference in front of the DHS building September 30 in downtown Madison.
When we first made our call for a statewide virtual opening of schools, Governor Evers and Secretary-designee Palm ignored our demand. Now, coronavirus cases are surging in Wisconsin, to the point that Wisconsin is now seen as one of the top hotbeds in the country. We are setting new case and infection rate records on a near daily basis. There have been outbreaks in K-12 schools, college classrooms and dorms, and the surge in cases has spread widely into communities large and small in every corner of the state.
With the stakes being as high as they are, voter suppression already more rampant than ever, and the nationalist right emboldened by conspiracy theorists and the President himself, we are depending on you to ensure people are able to vote freely and safely.
How can you help? By becoming an Election Defender. Sign up to be an Election Defender here.
Unlike traditional poll watchers, Election Defenders will be working to provide safe supports for voting (such as PPE and water), election & voter defense, de-escalating right-wing intimidation tactics, and signaling to a network of groups and lawyers if and where trouble arises.
We need you on election day — and training starts TONIGHT at 7:30 PM ET! Sign up here.
The Movement for Black Lives is part of a united front effort with hundreds of other mass-member organizations to ensure free and fair elections. Protecting the rights of people to vote in-person on November 3rd means thousands of people signing on for different roles.
Signing up today means you’ll have access to weekly training and a slack channel where our efforts can be coordinated around the nation. Join us tonight!
The Movement for Black Lives
***TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH — Today’s list of actions, vigils and other relevant BLM / Social Justice events is updated.
***Link for the Updated List: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1uLk5DYYMqlxZAbO_TAbAxxS9dSmpXtB3jUooCf1I170/edit?usp=sharing
As always, you can find all of the event pages listed under the “Events” section of the People’s Climate Coalition FB Page.
You can (and should!) also check out the new Impact Demand event calendar: https://events.impactdemand.org/posterboard and follow the Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement for news and actions from around the state and Rid Racism Milwaukee for a list of additional racial justice actions / events.
***#Covid19 reminder to wear a mask and gloves to all in-person events and somehow try to social distance, if possible.***
If you can’t attend a protest, making a contribution to any of the following organizations / causes would be super helpful (you can also find more listed in the donation tab within the excel sheet):- Legal Aid & Resources: Milwaukee Freedom Fund– Free Chrystul Kizer– Youth Rising Up -YRU- North Division High School– Black Leaders Organizing for Communities– Leaders Igniting Transformation– Urban Underground– Love on Black Women: https://www.facebook.com/loveonblackwomen/– The Peoples Movement of Milwaukee: https://www.facebook.com/The-Peoples-Movement-of…/– The Peoples Revolution Milwaukee– Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression– Human First Project : https://gf.me/u/x79ydc
– Black Educators Caucus MKE– Urban Legacy MKE– GoFundMe for Jacob Blake: https://gf.me/u/ytqyyz– Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement– Community Task Force MKE
Let me know if there are any other actions / donation pages / relevant orgs that should be added to the list. You can email me at email@example.com or PM me directly on Facebook.
Washington Park Band Shell, Milwaukee, WI – 12 Noon to 3 P.M.
Our government has failed to provide for unemployed and underemployed workers during this crisis.So we are demanding restoration of the $600 weekly unemployment benefits, hazard pay, and a living wage.To do that, we are first joining together to make props, signs, and other art for a rally on 10/10 to make these demands heard.Join with others to answer the question: what vision do you have for a Milwaukee that is truly for ALL?
Nationwide, movements to remove police officers, or “special resource officers,” from public schools have been gaining momentum and winning campaigns—in Oakland, Portland, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Madison, Seattle, Denver, and more.
Built on years, even decades, of grassroots, activist organizing, these movements are earning hard-won gains in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement and growing calls to defund the police.
This panel discussion brings in organizers—both students and mentors—engaged in these struggles at the local and national level. Zon Moua and Bianca Gomez of Freedom, Inc. worked to remove SROs from public schools in Madison, Wisconsin. Andrea Ortiz and Veronica Rodriguez of #CopsOutCPS continue to challenge the Chicago Public Schools to remove SROs at the city level, while successfully expelling SROs at individual schools, like Pilsen High School.
These activists will share their experiences and lessons from organizing.This event is part of the CAS 2019-21 Initiative Abolition which examines the multiple, convergent forms of power in the at times intersectional areas of prisons, police, immigrant justice, gendered and sexual violence, environmental justice, disability justice, and more, in order to propose an abolitionist democratic present and future.
CAS Resident Associates Toby Beauchamp (Gender and Women’s Studies) and Naomi Paik (Asian American Studies) oversee thisinitiative which includes a 2-year-long public events series amongother activities.Cosponsored by:Center for Advanced StudyDepartment of Asian American StudiesDepartment of Gender & Women’s Studies
*REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Visit http://cas.illinois.edu/node/2474
27th & Oklahoma, Milwaukee, WI – 12 NOON
“Stand for Justice”Let’s ALL exercise our right to support Black Lives Matter in ways both large and small. Come “Stand” with us rain or shine every Wednesday and Saturday from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on 27th & Oklahoma.
Bring your own sign and chair if you like.This small protest is perfect for folks like me who are unable to attend long protests and rallies. Remember: EVERYTHING WE DO MATTERS.
Online 5:30 P.M. – Allies for Black Lives – Madison
Build the People, Not the Jail!We are winning!
We have successfully pushed momentum to shift the board’s interest towards stopping the building of a new jail, but more work is needed. We have just a few weeks left to tell the county board to divest from systems of incarceration and invest in community.
Please join us on Monday, October 5 to tell the Personnel and Finance committee of the Dane County Board: No New Jail! There will be an opportunity to testify so please consider speaking in this virtual meeting. If you register to speak, you will be called at the number you provide.
If you don’t feel comfortable speaking, you can still register your SUPPORT of Resolution 145, also known as the Doyle Resolution, which will effectively halt the construction of a new jail. You can also email your own supervisor to relay this message or all supervisors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will include the link to register for this meeting – either your support or your support and interest in testifying – when that link is available.