About wibailoutpeople

We are a part of the national Bail Out The People movement which formed in 2008 to fight against the bailouts to the banks. Since then we have been in numerous fights against poverty, racism and war. We demand that the people be bailed out not the banks, a moratorium on all foreclosures, a federal jobs program now and other demands. We have been participating in the Wisconsin people's uprising, Bloombergville in NYC and numerous other people's actions.

Milwaukee, August 20: Public Vigil Against White Supremacy

Sunday, August 20th 1130a-2p
First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee 1342 N. Astor Street
Sunday morning, Aug. 20, we continue standing up to racism and white supremacy with a public witness organized by First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee’s Black Lives Matter team outside our church at 11:15. This is one of many steps we will be taking to say no to white nationalism. Please join us.

Our vigil will be silent. Our bodies and our signs will speak our outrage and our sadness. And our resolve.

Please bring your own signs.

FUSM Black Lives Matter Team

Milwaukee: March with MTEA & Fight for $15 on LABOR DAY – Laborfest 2017

Hosted by Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association

9 am: “Pre-Labor Day “Fight for $15” march will take place at 9am beginning at 12th and State and concluding at Zeidler Union Square prior to the Labor Day parade. Stand with the movement fighting for living wages and worker power.

10:30am: Celebrate Labor Day with your MTEA sisters and brothers! Wear your MTEA green and meet at Zeidler Park at 10:30am on Monday, Sept. 4. At 11am, we will march to Summerfest grounds for Laborfest 2017.

FREE FOOD AND DRINK TICKETS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THE FIRST 100 MTEA MEMBERS WHO RSVP. You must be present at Zeidler Park to receive your food and drink tickets.

Click here to reserve your tickets: http://mtea.weac.org/event/labor-day-mtea-2017/

If You Support the Durham Freedom Fighters, Now Is the Time to Have Their Backs; Organizer Angaza Laughinghouse on the wave of retaliation following the toppling of a Confederate monument

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20433/Durham-North-Carolina-freedom-fighters-white-supremacy-racism-resistance

#TearEmDown

“My name is Angaza Laughinghouse. I am a long-time community activist and labor union leader. I’m the former president of North Carolina Public Service Workers Union. I was a founding member of Black Workers for Justice. I am from North Carolina. My parents are from Greenville, North Carolina. I grew up around the main streets where the demarcation line for apartheid is: Line Street and Boundary Street.

We had no public libraries in Greenville for the black community. We couldn’t cross over the line on Boundary Street to get to any of the facilities. There was no equal access to public facilities at all when I was growing up for part of my life in Greenville, North Carolina…

…One of the things we are asking people to do is call the district attorney in Durham County, dial 919-808-3010. We are asking them to tell whoever answers the phone to drop the charges on the freedom fighters that took down the statue. The other thing we are doing is we are asking people to please donate. If they go online to the Durham Solidarity Center Freedom Fighters Fund, they can donate towards the legal representation of the people who took the statues down.

In light of what is happening in our workplaces, I think we have to take up this discussion of why all workers have to make every effort to defeat white supremacy: this white nationalist and neo-fascist popular moment that is developing. It keeps workers divided in our workplaces so we can’t unionize and win basic rights and better conditions and wages in our workplace. Many of us have heard about the recent loss down in Mississippi with the United Auto Workers Union organizing of the Nissan plant down there in Mississippi. It is just very important to take time out to see how this impacts our workplace.”

Freedom Fighter Bond Fund: http://durhamsolidaritycenter.org/bondfund/

#TearEmDown

People rally in Durham to support activists in toppling of confederate statues

http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2017/08/17/people-rally-durham-support-activists-toppling-confederate-statues/#sthash.VPjs0A1z.dpbs

Lamont Lilly of the Workers World Party helped to organize the rally Thursday. He told the crowd that his shared house was raided by Durham County sheriff’s deputies this week who said they had a warrant for the ladder Thompson used to climb the statue. The deputies damaged doors and furniture in a needlessly aggressive search, Lilly said.

“We feel violated as community members, as stakeholders in this city,” Lilly said.

“They will come for Black folks first,” Lilly told the crowd. “We will catch the hell first. But they will come for other communities later, so we must stand in solidarity.”

Lilly said he felt inspired by the large crowd that turned out to support those arrested. It showed broad support for the dropping of felony charges, Lilly said. Monday’s action was necessary and represented the will of the people in opposition to the white supremacy represented by the statue, he said.

“This is beautiful,” Lilly said of the demonstration. “This is what a democracy really looks like, when you have black folk and brown folk, women, men, queer and trans, Muslim and Christian and folks of all different walks here in this community. This is what democracy looks like – those who are speaking to the issues of social justice, who are speaking to racism and white supremacy, the issues of poor and oppressed people.”

Durham NC August 17 2017

Outside courthouse in Durham, North Carolina August 17, 2017

On the events in Charlottesville: Statement of Russian and Ukrainian leftists

The coming to power of Trump and the strengthening of the right-wing camp in the U.S. led to an upsurge of American ultra-right groups. White racists, neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and neo-fascists of all kinds, including the newfangled “alt-right” with whom Trump was flirting, grew stronger. The ideologist of this trend, Steve Bannon, was appointed to a high post in the administration of the American president.

The reforms proposed by the right-wing Republicans — cutting back on social spending, dismantling of “Obamacare,” a sharp increase in the military budget, and continuing attacks on the civil and political rights of workers, women, labor, migrants and minorities — provoked the opposition of millions, and protests swept across the country.

Although Trump’s opponents from the liberal Democratic camp tried to take full control over the protests, the protests went beyond the limited political agenda of the Democratic Party. Attempts by the right to counter the mass actions of left radicals and liberals looked pitiful and unconvincing. On one side of the barricades millions gathered, on the other — hundreds and thousands. In clashes between the neo-fascists and left-wing radicals, those in the street were behind the latter.

However, in the course of the confrontation, the left was increasingly criticized by the liberal mainstream media, which, expressing the point of view of the liberal bourgeoisie, began to equate the actions of the left-wing radicals with the ultra-right. Some writers reached the opinion that they considered the socialists more dangerous than the fascists.

The fact that neo-fascist fanatics were going to hold another rally in the city of Charlottesville was known long before the clashes. The formal reason for this was the decision of the local authorities to move the monument to the slaveholders’ General Robert Lee, who even before the Civil War in the United States led a punitive operation against the abolitionist leader John Brown.

The fascist torchlight procession and the influx of armed racists were meant to intimidate local authorities and counter-demonstrators — but this did not happen. Massive clashes between left-wing radicals and their neo-fascist opponents took place in the streets of the city. The fanatic fascist James Fields deliberately drove into a crowd of leftists, killing a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, Heather Heyer, and injuring about 20 people.

This attack is a typical terrorist act, borrowed from the arsenal of the “Islamic State.” However, President Trump, whose father himself was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, gave hypocritical condolences to the victims and laid the blame for the incident on both sides. This statement is a perfect testimony of how the American bourgeoisie perceives the situation in the country. It is not capable of rebuffing fascist groups, it is afraid of any popular upsurge, it compares the socialists to the Nazis — and its affection is obviously on the side of the latter.

The events that Ukraine has experienced since the Euromaidan show how important the political and street struggle for historical memory is today. Symbols in the form of monuments are used there to promote right-wing ideology in public space. The authorities set up monuments to the most odious figures: Stepan Bandera, SS Galichina soldiers, and in the town of Vinnitsa, a monument to Simon Petlyura, who was killed by anarchist Shalom Shvartsbard in retaliation for Jewish pogroms committed by his atamans, will soon appear. Against the backdrop of the destruction of the monuments of Lenin, Marx, Engels, participants in the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, workers’ activists, communists, socialists and anarchists, the country massively erects memorial plaques to ultra-right politicians and militants, calling them “decommunized” streets.

The appearance of such monuments and street names is an outrage to many Ukrainians, but the right-wing regime imposes them on society by force. Thus, despite the fact that more than 10,000 residents of Kiev signed a petition against renaming the prospect of the war hero to honor the Nazi General Vatutin, the authorities simply ignored their position. The prospect will be named in honor of the officer of the Hitlerite army, the organizer of punitive police actions of Roman Shukhevych. A peaceful picket against this renaming was brutally dispersed by ultra-right militants — with the open protection of the regime, which simultaneously carries out unprecedented anti-people reforms imposed on Ukraine with U.S. assistance.

It is not surprising that the Ukrainian Nazis actively support the American ultra-rightists, who defend the symbols of the slave-owning Confederacy. Moreover, they were delighted to receive news of the murder of an anti-fascist activist in Charlottesville. In general, we can say that the American ultra-right is copying the actions of its Ukrainian counterparts during the Euromaidan. They use the same symbolism, the same tactics of street violence with the use of various weapons, the same form of torchlight processions, which goes directly back to the tradition of Hitler’s storm troopers.

The Ukrainian experience shows how dangerous such movements become if they are not met with a timely rebuff from progressive socialist movements and are allowed to forcefully impose on society the dominance of their ideology and their heroes.

We, the communists of Ukraine and Russia, welcome the active struggle against the shameful racist heritage in the United States. We express our solidarity with the communist and workers’ organizations of the United States, which are now at the forefront of the anti-fascist resistance, and to all who fight against the rule of finance capital and all forms of exploitation of man by man.

August 16, 2017

Signers:

Communist.ru

Liva.com.ua

Socialcompas.com

I.B. Khlebnikov Workers University

New Communist Movement

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