Kenosha, March 4, 2021: Kickoff to the Wisconsin 5 Fasting – People’s Budget NOW!

2006 60th Street, Kenosha, 11:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Event by Andy Berg and Jonathan Barker

The Wisconsin 5 will be eating their last bites before their 22 day fasting for Climate Justice begins. A quick press conference will start at 11:30am. Followed by religious blessings, a rally, and a march. The march will be 60th St west from Grace Lutheran Church. Turing North onto 30th Ave. East on 52nd St. South on 22nd Ave and back to Grace Lutheran Church.

We’ll be demanding a People’s Budget in Wisconsin: Climate Justice such as training for Green, family sustaining jobs, building the electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and energy efficiency in our low income neighborhoods. 

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#Wisconsin5 press conference in Kenosha, Wisconsin Feb. 26, 2021 / Photo: Jonathan Barker

March 1-2: Freedom Inc. Big Share 2021 – Community Care and Transformation

Event by Freedom Inc

Join Freedom Inc. on Tuesday, March 2nd as we celebrate the Big Share- a full day of Community Care and Transformation where you can learn about us, meet our staff on Facebook and support us through our fundraiser at: https://www.thebigshare.org/organizations/freedom-inc

We have a full day of fun activities with a pajama party starting on MONDAY NIGHT at 6 p.m., raffles and prizes through out the day, match hours where your donation will be doubled by our supporters and other staff lead activities. Follow us on Facebook to see our schedule of events as they are rolled out! Freedom Inc

Schedule of Events

Monday 3/1, 6:00-7:00pm –SUPER Power Hour ($3,000):
Bonnets and Pajamas Black Team FB Live – Double your Dollars Hour Sponsored by Friends of Freedom Inc (FOFI)

Monday 3/1 @ 7:45:00pm-7:45:59pm – Match Minute: All donations during this minute will be matched! Double your Dollars.

Tuesday 3/2, 8:00-9:00am –Power Hour: Tune into Facebook to listen to Morning Talk about Police Free School Campaign and Updates

Tuesday 3/2, 12:00-1:00pm –Power Hour: Administration Team at Freedom Inc. will be raffleing off three wellness baskets from all donors during the lunch hour- win gift card to Delta Beer Lab, candles from FI staff Tashekia, hair products made by FI staff Teena, soaps made by FI staff Nancy, masks, sanitizers, salon gift certificate! Raffle winners will be drawn at 1 p.m. and announced at end of day.

Tuesday 3/2, 5:00-6:00pm –Power Hour: Get to Know our Freedom Youth Squad on FB Live

Tuesday 3/2, 7:00-8:00pm –Power Hour: Double Your Donation Match Hour Sponsored by Allies for Black Lives- all donations raised during this hour will be doubled (up to $1,500 total max).

Event by Freedom Inc

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Appleton, March 8, 2021: The People vs. Chauvin & Mattioli: Rally for Justice!

111 W College Avenue, Appleton, Houdini Plaza – 4 P.M. (Time subject to change.)

On March 8, 2021, the trials begin for killer cops Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis PD and Michael Mattioli of the Milwaukee PD. We will rally together to make our voices heard that killer cops must be charged, tried, and convicted, and to show solidarity with those who demonstrated on the streets to get Chauvin and Mattioli charged with murder.

Wisconsin Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression

Petition calls for renaming Chicago Avenue for George Floyd | kare11.com

Arturo Alfonso Schomburg Played an Integral Role in Founding African Studies

By Abayomi Azikiwe

Born in 1874 in Puerto Rico, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg entered a whirlwind of anti-colonial struggles which were inextricably linked to the abolition of African enslavement.

Legalized slavery in Puerto Rico and Cuba existed many years after the United States Civil War during 1861-1865. Uprisings erupted in Cuba and Puerto Rico in 1868, the same year in which the 14th Amendment was enacted by the U.S. Congress, ostensibly designed to provide full citizenship rights to African people.

During the war between the states, the-then President Abraham Lincoln, as a political and military maneuver, issued the Emancipation Proclamation taking effect on January 1, 1863. However, it would take the decisive defeat of the Confederacy in April 1865 to secure the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which was ratified by the conclusion of 1865.

Brazil,  under the monarchical rule of a largely Portuguese-dominated ruling class, did not end the enslavement of Africans until the uprisings of 1888. Although some Africans in Brazil had broken away from slavery as early as the 17th century to form their own Quilombos, independent communities in rebellion against Lisbon, the economic system of involuntary servitude would continue for centuries….

By the 1920s, Schomburg at his home in Brooklyn had accumulated tens of thousands of books, journals, articles, documents, artefacts and other materials which shed tremendous light on the role of African people in world affairs from antiquity to the 20th century. During the 1920s, a period popularly known as the Harlem Renaissance, there was a flowering of interests in African American and Pan-African culture and history. The large concentration of African people from various geo-political regions of the Western Hemisphere provided a vast community for the sharing of these documents.

By 1926, the New York Public Library would purchase the Schomburg Collection through a grant from the Carnegie Foundation which had an interest in building public libraries. Known at the time as the Negro Collection at the 135th Street branch became a permanent part of the Harlem community. Later in the 1970s, the library was renamed The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture while many of the documents were reproduced for distribution in public and university libraries in various states throughout the U.S.

Schomburg through his work in collaboration with contemporary artists and scholars such as Jessie Redmon Fauset, Langston Hughes, Charles S. Johnson, Gwendolyn Bennet, among many others, attracted the attention of Fisk University in Nashville. Charles S. Johnson of Opportunity magazine published by the National Urban League in the early years of the 20th century, went to Fisk in the late 1920s to serve as director of the Social Science division….

Arturo Alfonso Schomburg as a young man

#Wisconsin5 Announce Fast to Begin March 5, 2021 – People’s Budget NOW!

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Kenosha, Feb. 26, 2021 / Photo: Jonathan Barker

#Wisconsin5

By Jonathan Barker

Grace Lutheran Church Kenosha

Feb. 26, 2021

The Kenosha 4 held a press conference and rally announcing their 22-day fast for climate justice, which will start on Friday, March 5, 2021. They are demanding that Governor Evers’ Climate Justice Budget be passed for our state. The Kenosha 4 are Justin Blake, Joe Cardinali, Andy Berg, and Rev. Jonathan Barker. Lutheran Office of Public Policy Wisconsin (LOPPW) is partnering with the Kenosha 4, and director Rev. Cindy Crane will be speaking as well. Leaders Of Kenosha – LOK is also partnering with the Kenosha 4.

“This budget is a first step towards my neighbors having a livable future, good paying green jobs, clean air to breathe, and clean water to drink” Rev. Barker shared, “these are good steps towards more neighborly love….”

The Kenosha 4 will be fasting for climate justice for 22 days from Friday, March 5 through Friday, March 26, 2021. During that time, they will be holding events in Kenosha and across the state. They will also be hosting a rally at the state capitol on Saturday, March 6 at 10am. They have a medical professional advising them on their fast.

Justin Blake is a community leader in Southeastern Wisconsin that is working to lift up African American communities from Chicago to Milwaukee. He is the founder of Black Underground Recycling, a program that recycles to fund food programs and create jobs. Justin has a deep understanding of environmental racism and how climate justice can uplift the African American community and all our communities. His Muslim faith sustains him in this work.

Joe Cardinali is a former Kenosha County Board Supervisor and current Chair of the UW Parkside College Dems. Joe also is the Wisconsin Dems Community Organizer of Kenosha County.

County Supervisor Andy Berg is the Executive Director of Garden of Eatin-Kenosha, Retired Army Veteran, and President of Kenosha County Veterans Council.

Rev. Jonathan Barker serves as the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church and is co-founder of Grace Welcome Center. Rev. Barker hosted President Joe Biden last summer at Grace Lutheran Church. Rev. Barker also completed a 12-day fast in 2019, and wrote a book about that experience titled, Jesus Would Demand a Green New Deal: The Story of Why One Christian Pastor Went On a 12 Day Fast For a Green New Deal.

For updates and information including Car Caravans to a March 4 press conference in Kenosha and a rally in Madison March 6: Building Unity

Racine, WI March 13, 2021: Breonna Taylor Solidarity Day

Event by Change is ComingBlack Umbrella Global and Revolution Ready

Downtown Racine Monument Square – 12 NOON – 6 P.M.

We are standing in solidarity with the family and friends of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. We are standing up for what’s right and we are demanding justice in the name of Breonna Taylor! This is a national holiday to build awareness. We are going into the streets to demand a de-funding of the police, justice for all the lives that were lost in 2020 and that Breonna Taylor laws be passed and implemented throughout the United States. 

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MPS Board Joins Dozens of Cities, States and Labor Councils in urging Better Relations with Cuba

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 25, 2021

MPS Board Joins Dozens of Cities, States and Labor Councils in urging Better Relations with Cuba

Just one day after the Chicago City Council unanimously voted for normalized relations with Cuba, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors also unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday night, calling “on the Biden administration and all other appropriate political, health and educational authorities to promptly invite negotiations with their Cuban counterparts to explore mutually beneficial cooperation, as a step towards normalization of relations between our countries.”

The Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba strongly supported this resolution and their expression of support can be wicuba.org.

The resolution noted that Cuba’s free educational system has been recognized internationally and by US scholars “for its consistently high academic performance, its focus on cultural inclusiveness, equity and student engagement — all things that US educators could benefit from through cultural exchanges.”

The resolution also noted that Cuba’s medicine has assisted a West Bend, Wisconsin man with advanced lung cancer, and it is providing free medical school education to a 2010 MPS graduate who hopes to work as a doctor in an underserved area in the US, debt-free.

MPS board member Tony Baez, an expert and consultant on bilingual education throughout the western hemisphere, co-sponsored the measure and hailed its adoption, saying “we have much to learn from and share with our Cuban brothers and sisters.”

Board members Bob Peterson and Annie Woodward were also co-sponsors.

Dr. Raul Galvan, a prominent member of Milwaukee‘s Cuban American community who was born in Havana, also welcomed such initiatives, “Hopefully Biden and Congress can move promptly to normalize travel to and trade with Cuba and establish an ongoing dialogue with the Cuban government.”

The resolution will be sent to the president and members of Congress from Wisconsin. It joins not only Chicago but also Detroit, Cleveland, Madison, WI, and many other cities in adopting similar resolutions.

The full MPS resolution can be read here, and the Chicago City Council resolution can be read wicuba.org.

For more information, contact the Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba, wicuba.org

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Milwaukee, Feb. 27, 2021: Stand For Justice! Black Lives Matter! Money For People’s Needs Not Endless U.S. Wars!

Stand for Justice

Saturday

2/27/21 – Noon – 1 p.m.

27th & Oklahoma Ave.

Milwaukee, WI

Please join us. It is vital we all keep our fires burning for Justice. Black Lives Matter and as allies we need to be out there fighting for the justice that is so long overdue.

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