Right-Wing No Better Friend Group Planning Another Hate Rally in Green Bay September 16, 2021

The right-wing No Better Friend Corp. organization is planning another Hate Rally in Green Bay September 16, 2021. They plan on having their racist, anti-worker recruitment rally at The Rock Garden, 1951 Bond Street, Green Bay from 7-9 P.M. (doors open at 6 P.M.) [https://bit.ly/3mHnDQ4].

The goal of No Better Friend Corp. is to attempt to establish a base in Green Bay/Northeastern Wisconsin. The organization has held hate rallies in Wausau and other locations in alliance with other right-wing organizations.

While opposing the teaching of historical truth in public schools, No Better Friend Corp. also has been a leader in Wisconsin opposing public education, unions and more. This right-wing organization is closely allied with Americans For Prosperity (AFP) which supported Act 10 and Right-To-Work (for less) being implemented in Wisconsin and the repeal of the prevailing wage. They are opportunistically using issues such as anti-masking and CRT to push their extreme right-wing agenda.

Both No Better Friend and AFP are funded by the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation which is behind virtually all of the attacks on poor and working people in Wisconsin over the past few decades but especially since 2011. Michael Grebe, a General of the right-wing in Wisconsin, lead Bradley for years and is now the head of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL). Grebe (a Ronald Reagan follower) chaired former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s gubernatorial and recall campaigns ensuring the majority of Bradley’s “capitalism with the gloves off” program was rammed through the legislature, signed and implemented. Walker is now the President of the right-wing Young America’s Foundation (YAF) [https://bit.ly/3gEoxc2].

The Bradley Foundation is fundamentally rooted in eugenics philosophy. [https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/SourceWatch]

For a full list of groups the foundation has funded: see Contributions of the Bradley Foundation.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “from 2001 to 2009, it [Bradley] doled out nearly as much money as the seven Koch and Scaife foundations combined.”[5]

Progressive organizations are in the process of organizing a response to this September 16 hate rally in Green Bay. In Manitowoc August 10, a Stop The Hate rally drew dozens of participants.

Stop The Hate rally in Manitowoc, Wisconsin August 10, 2021
Photo: Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement

August 28, 2021: Press Conference: Manitowoc MLK Freedom School Announcement!

Event: https://fb.me/e/2otiq9TIY

Event by MLK Day Manitowoc

Manitowoc Public Library, 1-2 P.M.

Members and supporters of the MLK Day Manitowoc are officially announcing the Fall 2021 Freedom School August 28 at this press conference and outreach event. A rainbow of labor and community participants will be joining. (Gathering outside library on sidewalk)

August 28 is the anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till and the 1963 March on Washington. The evening before the March in 1963 Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois died. August 28 is also the date Hurricane Katrina touched down in New Orleans in 2005. The MLK Freedom School throughout the Fall of 2021 will be raising up this civil and human rights history and much more during its programming events.

The Freedom School is entirely funded by poor and working people’s volunteer contributions.

mlkdaymanitowoc@gmail.com414-395-0665

MLK FREEDOM SCHOOL FALL 2021 LIST OF EVENTS

The MLK Freedom School is in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King and their civil and human rights legacy. The Freedom School, taking place in Fall 2021, in Manitowoc, will feature events that detail the central focuses of the King’s lives and how their contributions inspire poor and working people today to build a better world. There’ll be featured speakers from Wisconsin and across North America and opportunities to become engaged in today’s civil and human rights activities. All events will have cultural components.

Note: The meeting will be in-person and Zoom.

See the event page on Facebook for more information: https://fb.me/e/2vDS4SWln

SEPTEMBER 23, 2021
ALL LABOR HAS DIGNITY!
SI SE PUEDE! UNION, YES!
NO BORDERS IN THE WORKERS’ STRUGGLE!

This event will uplift the King’s deep history of supporting workers throughout their lives. Dr. King was murdered in Memphis while supporting Black sanitation workers that were fighting for union recognition with AFSCME. Both Kings spoke at numerous union halls, picket lines and other venues supporting a rainbow of workers in the U.S. South and throughout North America. This event will detail this internationalist history and raise up the worker’s struggles of today including immigrant workers, workers organizing their unions, women and LGBTQ worker’s concerns.

OCTOBER 14, 2021
STRIKE A WOMAN? STRIKE A ROCK!
THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS MOVEMENTS

Women have always been central to any activity focused on civil and human rights. The title of this event is inspired by a South African women’s slogan that was especially taken up during the fight against apartheid which was defeated by a united worldwide people’s movement largely led by women and girls. Mrs. Coretta Scott King and a diverse array of other women’s contributions will be highlighted. Women on the front lines of the civil and human rights movements of today will be leading this event.

NOVEMBER 18, 2021
PEOPLE’S NEEDS NOT PRISONS AND WARS

Combined, the amount of tax dollars spent on prisons, bank bailouts and wars by the U.S., state and local governmental entities is hundreds of billions of dollars. Dr. King in his April 4, 1967 “Beyond Vietnam ….” speech, said: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift, is approaching spiritual death.” This event will highlight the King’s steadfast opposition to wars that only benefit the rich. Peace and anti-war activists from Wisconsin and beyond will raise up their activities focused on ending poverty, racism and war.

DECEMBER 9, 2021
VOTING IS A HUMAN RIGHT! STOP RACIST ATTACKS!

The basic democratic right to vote is under increasing Jim Crow style attacks in Wisconsin and across the United States. These attacks include ever more restrictive voting laws and gerrymandering. The King’s work to ensure voting rights included numerous protests, marches and the 1965 Voting Rights Act that is always under threat of being overturned. Voting rights activists will highlight the King’s work and engage participants in defending our democratic right to vote today.

MLK Day Manitowoc

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Green Bay, August 28, 2021: Solidarity Demonstration for Prisoners

Event: https://fb.me/e/4SN7YOhoK

Protesters will take action against increasingly torturous and fatal conditions at the prison in Green Bay (GBCI) at noon on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

TO COORDINATE RIDES UP TO GREEN BAY CONTACT US AT abolishmke@protonmail.com or text Ben at 614-704-4699.

The protest will include a march to the prison, speeches from advocates and people who’ve done time at GBCI, and relaying messages from people currently held there. The demonstrators will use large banners, loudspeakers and noisemakers to attempt to reach and express solidarity with people confined in the prison.

WHERE: Green Bay CI, 2833 Riverside Dr, Allouez, WI 54301

WHEN: 12:00 Noon on Sat August 28, 2021

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Biden fails to isolate Cuba

https://fighting-words.net/2021/08/24/biden-fails-to-isolate-cuba/

By Chris Fry

With U.S. officials and their Afghan collaborators engaged in a mad scramble to escape from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, now is the time to note another huge international failure by the Biden Administration: i.e., to enlist international support for their vicious campaign of blockade and sanctions against socialist Cuba, especially in Latin America, and particularly among other Caribbean nations.

Even before the violent demonstrations against the socialist Cuban government on July 11th, sparked by both the U.S. blockade as well as the CIA, for the 29th year in a row, the United Nations passed a resolution, 184 countries to 2, the 2 being the U.S. and Israel, demanding that the U.S. “end the economic blockade against Cuba.”

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, present during the vote in the General Assembly Hall, said that the blockade was a “massive, flagrant and unacceptable violation of the human rights of the Cuban people”.

He added that the embargo is about “an economic war of extraterritorial scope against a small country already affected in the recent period by the economic crisis derived from the pandemic”.

“Like the virus, the blockade asphyxiates and kills, it must stop”, he urged.

Cuba and China, both targets of U.S. imperialism, strengthen ties
Cuba and China, both targets of U.S. imperialism, strengthen ties. | Photo: escambray.cu

August 28, 2021: Milwaukee Commemoration of March on Washington

Event: https://fb.me/e/YKpHLZnx

Event by A Philip Randolph-Institute Mke and Decorah Smith

A. Philip Randolph Institute – Milwaukee Chapter will be commemorating the March on Washington as we continue to struggle 58 years later with voting rights, job discrimination and more. Join Local Unions, Elected Officials, Local Organizations, Union Leaders and the Community as we fellowship from 10 – 12 making posters, hear from elected officials and becoming more acquainted and then March to Zeidler Union Square where we will gather, showing what solidarity really means. 

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Minneapolis: HIGH-RISE WINDOW CLEANERS RISK THEIR LIVES EVERY DAY—NOW THEY’RE ON STRIKE

https://bit.ly/3yiHqaH

Rappelling down skyscrapers to clean windows is already a very dangerous job. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, high-rise window cleaners with SEIU Local 26 in Minneapolis were also sent into office buildings to disinfect “hot spots” where outbreaks had occurred, resulting in many workers contracting the disease. Now, after their previous contract expired, 40 window cleaners have walked off the job, demanding pay increases, reduced health care costs, as well as a state-recognized apprenticeship program that would guarantee better training and safety measures for workers in their trade. In this mini-cast, we talk with Eric Crone, a window cleaner who works for Columbia Building Services and union steward.

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SEIU Local 26