Manitowoc, Wisconsin: January 24, 2022, Library Board Meeting / Feb. 8, 2022 School Board Meeting / Feb. 21, 2022, City Council Meeting – Fight for Public Services, Safety and Equality!

…If the public sector is destroyed, or the concept is so diminished that it’s meaningless, then there will be no public education to defend. That’s not to say we should ignore the specific importance of defending public education, but rather to emphasize that the attack is occurring in the context of an attack on the very premise of a public sector.

— Mr. Bill Fletcher, “Organizing In Defense of the Public Sector – An interview with labor union activist and writer Bill Fletcher Jr.” published in the book “Teacher Unions and Social Justice – Organizing for the Schools Our Communities and Our Students Deserve” (pg. 34-41),


Monday, January 24th, 5:00 pm
Library Board Meeting ~ 707 Quay St

The agenda includes:

  • New Business – the library’s Intellectual Freedom Policy
  • Old Business – discussion on restricting access to library resources (requested by Trustee Pauwels)

Please show up at the meeting or e-mail board members to voice your concerns.


Tuesday, February 8th, 7:00 pm
MPSD Board Meeting ~ Location TBD


Monday, February 21st, 6:30 pm
Common Council Meeting ~ 900 Quay St

  • Vote on Proposed Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Committee

Please show up at the meeting or e-mail your alder to voice your support for approval of the EDI Committee.

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Aafia Siddiqui, Political Prisoner

by Linda Ford – January 19, 2022

The media coverage of the hostage-taking at a synagogue in Texas has been predictably hysterical, Islamophobic and inaccurate about Aafia Siddiqui, the apparent political cause of the hostage-taker Malik Faisad Akram.  According to his family in England he has “mental health issues.”  He was “said to have” weapons and explosives.  He was “said to have” threatened the four hostages but everyone seems to agree no one was harmed. He wanted Siddiqui free from the near-by maximum security Carswell Prison; he wanted to speak to her.   Under heavy criticism the FBI has said that his hostage-taking had nothing to do with their being Jews, “not his issue.”  But to the press, Siddiqui “has a history of anti-semitism,” hence the universal media criticism. To the police, FBI, government, killing Akram represented a successful outcome to the crisis.  Siddiqui’s lawyer and family distanced themselves from Akram’s actions, but to say they remain completely frustrated by their thwarted attempts to free a very ill, frail, and innocent Aafia Siddiqui, after repeated pleas to the US government and unfulfilled promises by the Pakistani government, would be to vastly understate the case.

Pakistani-born Boston graduate student Aafia Siddiqui’s crime was to be caught in America’s post 9/11 anti-Muslim hysteria.  She had come to America in 1990 to study, earning a biology degree and then a Ph.D in neuroscience from MIT.  Her colleagues called her quiet and religious (but not a fundamentalist).  Her marriage to Mohammed Amjad Khan ended in divorce when he proved to be violent and more fundamentalist than Siddiqui.  She was mistakenly accused of anti-American Muslim activism initially (partially because of mistaken identity), but the accusations ballooned. In the early War On Terror days, “associations” became much more significant and damning.  Siddiqui ended up on Attorney General John Ashcroft’s “Watchlist.” As the Big Lies of government grew, soon the New York Post was calling her “Lady Al Queda.”

Once the government labeled her a “terrorist,” she had no chance of escaping the Empire’s punishment. When her true story began to emerge, it was necessary to take action.  While visiting in Pakistan, helped by Pakistani American operatives, she was “disappeared.”  Her youngest child was killed when she was taken, and her other two children imprisoned separately for years. She was beaten, raped, tortured and kept in solitary in black site prisons of the American Empire, particularly in Afghanistan. Other prisoners have testified that they saw her at Bagram, a prison from which the Obama administration prevented prisoners’ court appearances because they might talk about the conditions of their imprisonment. Eventually Aafia Siddiqui would be set up for final punishment and disposal…

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March 4 – April 22, 2022, March Forth to Earth Day! Events Across Wisconsin

Sign-on in support of March Forth to Earth Day! (Mar. 4th – Apr. 22)

Help us create a powerful, accessable, covid-cautious, and efficient climate action project in cities and towns across Wisconsin. We’re calling it March Forth to Earth Day. March 4th is the deadline for submitting comments to the DNR regarding their draft Environmental Impact Statement. (350 Madison makes it easy to sign on here.) March 4 is also the first of 8 Fridays that will hold a large number of simultaneous climate justice actions all over Wisconsin. Help make this a success in your part of Wisconsin.

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January 22, 2022: Building Unity’s Sustainable Saturday Night – Supporting Indigenous-led efforts to stop pipelines and other threats to Earth!

Saturday, Jan. 22 – 6:00 pm Sustainable Saturday Night – Supporting Indigenous-led efforts to stop pipelines and other threats to Earth. To register for this Zoom event, visit: The event will also be live streamed via Facebook at:


The Continuing Struggle for Voting Rights: Detroit MLK Day Opening Remarks

By Abayomi Azikiwe

Note: These remarks were prepared and delivered in part to the 19th Annual MLK Day virtual webinar held in the city of Detroit. The event has been held online for the last two years due to the pandemic and its impact on the city and its environs. This webinar was organized by the Detroit MLK Committee chaired by Dorothy Aldridge, veteran Civil Rights and Human Rights activist. Presenters for the webinar included co-host Aurora Harris, poet, lecturer and community organizer; Sarah Torres, musician and MLK Committee member; keynote speaker Catherine Coleman Flowers of Alabama, environmental and Civil Rights organizer; Bilal, spoken word artist and musician; Wardell Montgomery, poet and songwriter; Joe Kidd and Sheila Burke, musicians and songwriters; One Single Rose, poet and singer of the Black National Anthem; Jorge Parra, member of the GM injured workers organization of Bogata, Colombia; Jesus Rodriguez Espinoza, former Counsel General to the United States in Chicago for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; John Kelly, Museum of Free Derry, Northern Ireland; Iman Saleh, Yemeni Liberation Movement; Darryl Jordan, environmentalist and former Director of EMEAC; Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellerman, author and retired pastor at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church; Lloyd Simpson, Detroit Will Breathe and People Against Corporate Theft (PACT); Toyia Watts, President of the Charlevoix Village Association (CVA); Rev. Edward Pinkney, organizer and former political prisoner in Berrien County, Michigan; BWard, poet and activist; Yasmine Suliman, organizer of the Detroit Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), Frank Hammer, veteran union leader and community activist, provided translation for the Colombian injured GM workers, John Harvey and TJ, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters; among others.  

Martin Luther King, Ralph Abernathy and James Foreman during Selma to Montgomery March

Remembering All of Martin Luther King’s Social Justice Agenda

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January 15, 2022 People’s Organization for Progress (POP), Newark, NJ / Photo: Bill Solow

By Larry Hamm, Chairman of People’s Organization for Progress

January 18, 2022


On January 15th — the actual birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — the People’s Organization For Progress held its annual march in his honor in Newark. The group believes the best way to honor Dr. King is to protest injustice and put forward a social justice agenda.

The theme of this year’s march centered on voting rights and racial justice. As scores of us marched through the freezing, 18-degree cold it was clear to us that most of the social justice agenda that Dr. King was fighting for is yet to be achieved.

What is also clear is how virulent and intractable a disease racism and white supremacy is in the United States during the 21st Century. Despite the gains made by the civil rights movement during the sixties, racial inequality and segregation are greater today than they were when Dr. King was alive.

Racially motivated violence and attacks are on the rise. Racial discrimination and oppression are still very much a part of this society. The black-white wealth gap is as wide now as it was in 1968, the year of King’s assassination.

Fighting racism in all of its forms was at the top of the agenda then and it must be at the top of the agenda today. Some people claim racism is less of a problem today. A few even claim it no longer exists. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The idea of racial inferiority is still very much alive in America, and it must be denounced, condemned, and relegated to the trash heap of society. We must continue to challenge racist ideology, laws, policies, practices, procedures, behaviors, and culture. We must root it out of our institutions and society. We must work fervently to eliminate racial inequality.

We marched to demand passage of voting rights bills passed by the House and scheduled to come before the Senate.  We also marched to demand abolition of the filibuster, which may be used to block passage of these voting rights bills.

Here we are, 22 years into the 21st Century, and we are still marching and fighting for rights that Dr. King and many others died, bled, and sacrificed for in my lifetime, less than 60 years ago.

Voting rights ….

Stop the Attacks on Voting Rights! Stop Gerrymandering! Statewide Rallies in Wisconsin January 21, 2021

Wisconsin’s new voting district maps are in the hands of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin. It is our goal to keep this issue in the public eye and let the courts know that we are watching and expect them to act in a nonpartisan manner when deciding which maps will determine representation in our state for the next decade.

Please contact Carlene Bechen at with any questions.


Date: Friday, January 21, 2022

Time: Noon, unless otherwise noted

Location(s): Outside at county and municipal courthouses in municipalities around Wisconsin, unless otherwise noted:

  • Appleton (Outagamie)
    • Houdini Plaza at the corner of College Ave. and N. Appleton St. in downtown Appleton
  • Ashland (Ashland/Bayfield)
    • Ashland County Courthouse, 201 Main St W
  • Dodgeville (Iowa)
    • Iowa County Courthouse, 222 North Iowa St., Dodgeville WI 53533
  • Eagle River (Vilas)
  • Eau Claire (Eau Claire)
  • Green Bay (Brown/Oconto/Shawano/Door)
    • Brown County Courthouse – Corner of E. Walnut and S. Jefferson Streets, starting at 2:30 pm
  • La Crosse (La Crosse)
    • 400 King Street – Cameron Park
  • Madison (Dane and surrounding counties)
    • Wisconsin State Capitol, State Street steps by Forward statue
  • Menomonee Falls/Germantown (Waukesha/Washington)
  • Milwaukee (Milwaukee)
    • Milwaukee County Courthouse (S. side), Clas Park 930 W. Wells St,
  • Port Washington (Ozaukee)
    • Ozaukee County Administration Bldg (old courthouse), 109 W Main St in downtown Port Washington
  • Racine (Racine)
  • River Falls (St. Croix/Pierce)
    • Veterans Park, Main St.
  • Stevens Point (Portage)
  • Wausau (Marathon)
    • 400 Block
  • Whitewater (Walworth)
    • Clocktower Intersection, E Main and W Whitewater Streets





Live Streaming: Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice  Better yet Register for Zoom link:
Lots of lawyers, analysts and politicians will be commenting tomorrow January 19th about the  oral arguments before the WI Supreme Court (see them starting at 9 AM:
But this forum the next evening will give voice to frontline communities 


— Cheyenne Otto-Defoe (Red Cliff Reservation)
— Joe Miller (Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation)
— Helen Harris (Milwaukee)
— Talib Akbar (Madison)
— Melody Villanueva (Milwaukee)MODERATOR:
–Jade Livingston (Bad River Reservation)

Sponsored by: Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, Fair Maps Coalition, Progress North, Our Wisconsin Revolution, Building Unity, Family Farm Defenders, EXPO, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice and others

PS: We are also reminding people to consider a Friday Noon Rally on this Friday the 21st for Fair Maps. See many places at

Milwaukee, January 17, 2021: 21st Annual MLK Justice Program

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

21st Annual MLK Justice Program

Monday, January 17, 2022

1 pm – Outdoor Gathering at Dr. King’s Statue

1700 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive (just north of Walnut St.)

Civil rights songs, Words of Dr. King performed by actor Andre Lee Ellis, and an open mic for the community to reflect on Dr. King’s impact on our lives today.

Please wear masks and dress warmly.


7 pm – Dr. M.L. King, Jr. Justice Program on Zoom

“Uniting Against Racism – Where Do We Go from Here?”

  • Panel of Local Leaders for Racial Justice. Omar Flores, Yasmine Mohamed Ahmed, Rep. David Bowen, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, & Justin Blake. Moderator- Fidel Verdin.
  • Words of Dr. King performed by actor Dimonte Henning.
  • Music by Dorothy James and David Nunley.

In cooperation with True Skool.

To register for this free event go to

The event can also be viewed on Facebook on the Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Coalition – MKE Facebook page. 

Sponsored by the Milwaukee Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Coalition

The Coalition includes St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Peace Action Wisconsin, Veterans for Peace, Casa Maria, Summer of Peace,  Voces de la Frontera, Milw. Branch WILPF, Injured Workers Center, Greater Milwaukee Green Party, Progressive Democrats of America in Milw. County, WAVE, Welfare Warriors. Marquette U. Center for Peacemaking, Milwaukee Justice Coalition, Mothers for Justice United, 350 Milwaukee, Riverwest Neighborhood Assn., Vietnam Vets Against the War, Wis. Conf. of Branches NAACP, SEIU, Catholics for Peace and Justice, Rid Racism Milwaukee, We Got This, End the Wars Coalition, Poor Peoples Campaign Milw., Wis. Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba, Milwaukee Turners, Central United Methodist Church. 

Contact: George Martin 414-745-5740

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Manitowoc, Wisconsin January 16, 2022: MLK Celebration Activities

After a time of discernment and the input from our planning group as well as other health experts, we are scaling back our MLK Weekend events. We believe that Dr. and Mrs. King would support community health safety during these pandemic times. We strongly encourage participants to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols for our events.

[Note: There will be ongoing events in the spring and summer of 2022 and we plan on having our next MLK weekend in January 2023.]

Facebook Event:

List of Events, Sunday, January 16, 2022:

10:00 am – The Rev Kerri Parker, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches will speak during worship at First Presbyterian Church (502 N 8th Street, Manitowoc) Also Livestream at:

5:00 pm – The community will gather in the Farmer’s Market Parking Lot to hear the official MLK proclamation read by Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels and remarks by others. We will then move to the 8th Street bridge with electric candles for a solemn vigil as we listen to the “I Have a Dream Speech”

For more information: 414-704-4571

Event by MLK Day Manitowoc

After a time of discernment and the input from our planning group as well as other health experts, we are scaling back our MLK Weekend events. We believe that Dr. and Mrs. King would support community health safety during these pandemic times. We strongly encourage participants to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols for our events.

[Note: There will be ongoing events in the spring and summer of 2022 and we plan on having our next MLK weekend in January 2023.]

Facebook Event:

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