The concept of curtailing the U.S. military’s arsenal is such a nonstarter that it doesn’t even get mentioned. Yet the annual number of deadly shootings in the United States — 19,384 at last count — is comparable to the average yearly number of civilian deaths directly caused by the Pentagon’s warfare over the last two decades.
Participatory workshops, informational booths, kids activities, food & music! Stop by the tables of these WNPJ member groups: WNPJ, Family Farm Defenders, Farley Center, and more! Need a camping site? Check out FAQ’s here
This year’s theme: ‘Powering the Just Energy Transition!’
Shimekia Nichols, Executive Director of Soulardarity will be a keynote speaker. She is dedicated to growing Black leadership in environmental justice work and ensuring that the pursuit of clean energy is just, equitable, and democratic.Want to volunteer and sit at the WNPJ table for an hour or two? Let us know at email@example.com
Clarence Thomas — labor organizer, retired member of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 10, leader of the Million Worker March Movement and author of the recently released “Mobilizing in our Own Name: Million Worker March” — spoke at Teamsters Joint Council 16 in New York City on May 14. Following are excerpts from his presentation.
Let me first say that I am glad to be here, on this part of a whirlwind book-signing tour. The Teamsters’ meeting is special and I’m going to get right into the reason why.
The Teamsters and Longshore Workers represent two of the strongest industrial unions in the nation, if not the world. We also share a radical rank-and-file militancy at the point of production….
THE WORKERS’ SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS – TIJUANA (June 10-12, 2022) is a workers’ conference that calls for the programmatic unity of the working class and social movements to create a permanent forum for solidarity and the linking of anti-imperialist, anti-colonial and anti-patriarchal struggles in the American continent.
During this Summit, you will be part of discussions about the economic sanctions of U.S. imperialism and its partners in the European Union against Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua; growing poverty; unemployment and job insecurity; violence against trade unionists and social activists; gender violence, sexual and cultural diversity; structural racism and violence against Indigenous, native and Afro-descendant peoples; and the criminalization of migration; among other topics.
We need the grassroots support of workers and workers’ organizations like yours!
ENDORSEMENTS / APROBACIÓNES
Special thanks to / Agradecimientos especiales a: 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East (498 7th Avenue New York, N.Y. 10018)
Mexican participation / Participación Mexicana: Movimiento Magisterial Popular Veracruzano, Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de Educación, Movimento Social por la Tierra-MST, Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE) de Baja California, Sindicato Independiente Nacional Democrático de Jornaleros Agrícolas (SINDJA), Partido del Trabajo de México y el Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas
USA & Canadian participation / Participación de EE.UU. y Canadá: USA & Canadian grassroots organizations: Alliance for Global Justice, Task Force on the Americas, International Action Center, Chicago ALBA Solidarity, All-African People’s Revolutionary Party – GC, United National Antiwar Coalition, Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice, Frente Hugo Chavez para la Defensa de los Pueblos – Canada, International Family and Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, Samidoun NY/NJ, Sanctions Kill Coalition, Fuerza de la Revolucion, Anticonquista, Unión del Barrio, Troika Kollective, NLG International
Venezuelan participation / Participación Venezolana: Bolivarian Federation of Workers of the Transport, Allied and Related Sectors – Bolivarian Socialist Central of Workers of the City (FBTTT), Countryside and Fishing (CBST) National Federation of Public Sector Workers (FENTRASEP), Free Alex Saab Foundation, Fundalatin Foundation, Corriente Revolucionaria Bolívar y Zamora (CRBZ)
Central America & Caribbean participation / Participación de America Central y el Caribe: International US-Cuba Normalization Conference Coalition, Central de Trabajadores de Cuba, Honduras Solidarity Network, Friends of the ATC Nicaragua, Haitian Movement of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity (MOLEGHAF)
For endorsement, participation, or additional information about the Summit contact firstname.lastname@example.org / Para aprobación, participación o más información email@example.com
Drone whistleblower Daniel Hale has spent a year behind bars. With a 45 month sentence, he has almost three years left to serve. His crime? Telling the truth about the US drone program and terrorist watchlists.
A commutation is something only President Biden can grant Daniel and it would mean he could get out of prison sooner.
The military documents released by Daniel Hale revealed concrete evidence supporting the high rate of civilian casualties inflicted by the US drone program. At times 90% of drone strikes hit unintended targets or innocent bystanders. His truth-telling also exposed the guidelines for the US terror watch list, although this information was unclassified, it was kept from the public. This release enabled individuals to successfully challenge their placement on the notorious No Fly List so their names could be removed. Daniel deserves to be free.
In 2013 Daniel spoke at CODEPINK’s drone summit. Watching him speak was moving. He seemed shy, a personality trait you may not expect from someone who blew the whistle on the most powerful military in the world. He did something so simple, but so meaningful at the time: he apologized to drone victims and their families.
“To the people in the audience who are victims or who are families of victims or have families who live in countries where U.S. militarism, specifically unmanned systems are conducting kinetic strikes, I’m sorry,” he said. “For a short period of time during my military career as an analyst, I worked with unmanned systems and deployed to Afghanistan. And at the very least, you all deserve an apology” Hale said.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The article was originally published on May 29, 2017
Memorial day is a day that is set aside to honor those who fought in for the United States Military. As many headed out to the beach or maybe a family barbeque enjoying the weather many might not be aware of the several different theories of how memorial day began.
On May 1 , 1865 , freed slaves came together in Charleston , S.C to pay tribute to the Union soldiers that had been deceased and put into a common burial after the war. There were 257 deceased Union soldiers , according to the American Oracle : The Civil War In the Civil Rights Era, a book written by David Blight a Yale University professor .
This event held over of 10,000 people in the ” slaveholders race course.” , according to the American Oracle by Blight. Black Charlestonians along with white missionaries and educators stood in honor of the Union soldiers .
Three thousand African American students led the event by singing ” John Brown’s Body” while holding arms loads of roses , according to Blight’s book the American Oracle. After the school children, hundred of African American woman followed with possessions of baskets of flowers, wreaths and crosses , according to the American Oracle Black men marched, followed by a group of “Union infantry” and a diversity of other black and white citizens , according to BlackBlueDog.com.
At the event other presentations proceeded from a childrens choir singing selections and black ministers presented scriptures. This event symbolized the blood , sweat and tears each one of the 257 Union soldiers shedded during the war. The 257 Union soldiers were not treated adequately when alive or decease.
“Union soldiers were kept in horrible conditions in the interior of the track; at least 257 died of exposure and disease and were hastily buried in a mass grave behind the grandstand,” according to the American Oracle the First Declaration Day, by Blight.
Hence , a legacy was left on May 1 , 1965 in celebrating for those Union soldiers who served the country well.
In generations to come , a part of history like this event reflects a time of African American history that will benefit the public eye.
“The war, they had boldly announced, had been all about the triumph of their emancipation over a slaveholders’ republic, and not about state rights, defense of home, nor merely soldiers’ valor and sacrifice, ” Blight said in his book the American Oracle.
Article. By Howard Zinn. 1976. Essay urging readers to rethink Memorial Day, who we honor, and what resources we prioritize.
Published on June 2, 1976 in the Boston Globe and republished in The Zinn Reader with the brief introduction below.
Memorial Day will be celebrated . . . by the usual betrayal of the dead, by the hypocritical patriotism of the politicians and contractors preparing for more wars, more graves to receive more flowers on future Memorial Days. The memory of the dead deserves a different dedication. To peace, to defiance of governments.
In 1974, I was invited by Tom Winship, the editor of the Boston Globe, who had been bold enough in 1971 to print part of the top secret Pentagon Papers on the history of the Vietnam War, to write a bi-weekly column for the op-ed page of the newspaper. I did that for about a year and a half. The column below appeared June 2, 1976, in connection with that year’s Memorial Day. After it appeared, my column was cancelled.
It is FINALLY TIME for Joseph Mensah to hear his fate in court on Wednesday, June 1st.
In 2016 Jay Anderson Jr. was asleep in his car in Madison Park when serial killer cop Joseph Mensah decided to end Jay’s life. Mensah, as well as the Wauwatosa Police Department, came up with a web of lies – the most disturbing one being that Jay lunged for a gun. It was proven that Jay never lunged nor moved. So why is Mensah not already locked up?! Our system was designed that way. Designed to protect the police rather than the people the police are hired to protect!!
Mensah is not only FREE, he is also still collecting a pension from Tosa PD AND an active sherif in Waukesha. This serial killer needs to be stopped!!
Stand with the Andersons THIS Wednesday, June 1st at 11am Milwaukee Safety Building Rm 502