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.

Free Russell Maroon Shoatz! Call, Email, Write Letters, Contribute!

We learned just last week that our beloved elder Russell Maroon Shoatz contracted COVID 19.  Maroon is a prisoner in Pennsylvania and a former Black Panther who has been imprisoned since 1970. He is 77 years old.   He has been living with stage 4 colon cancer since last year. And just as he was exiting the prison walls last week to get the tumor removed at a hospital, he was stopped at the door and asked to take a COVID test. He tested positive. Immediately they sent him to a small gymnasium where others with COVID are being quarantined in the prison. When he got there, he found 29 senior prisoners who said to him: “welcome. We’ve been waiting for you, we figured it wasn’t long before you got it too.”  

This means that there are 30 seniors with COVID in a dank, cold gymnasium in a prison in PA. They are being held under the most inhumane conditions imaginable. 30 men including Maroon had access to only one bathroom. Maroon was put in a space without a light and had go to the bathroom on himself because he couldn’t risk getting up and falling.   Maroon’s family and the community mobilized and we won his transfer to the infirmary. But we need him to come home.   But this human rights catastrophe is repeating itself across the state and across the country because prisons are a death trap in the age of COVID.

Prisons are on lock down in PA right now because the virus is spreading like a storm. Countries around the world like Iran and Turkey but the United States has refused to decarcerate it’s mostly black and latinx prison population.   Russell Maroon Shoatz is no danger to his community. He has stage 4 cancer and he has COVID. The civilized and humane thing to do is to allow him to go home to his family. We are asking for his immediate release and for the immediate release of all other aging prisoners over the age of 50 and those with pre-existing conditions for whom incarceration is a death sentence. We ask for the immediately and unconditional release of Maroon!!  

  • Continue to Call Governor Tom Wolfe Contact: (717) 787-2500
    • Russell Shoatz’s health is rapidly deteriorating. DOC#AF3855 and demand Immediate Release of Russell Maroon Shoatz. They track the calls from different phones and how many times they same number calls so please keep calling and activate your networks.

Tell President-elect Biden to reverse Trump’s harmful Cuba policies!


Dear President-elect Biden,

As people who want to live in friendship and peace with Cuba, we are enthusiastic about the possibility that your incoming administration will restore the historic improvement of relations between Cuba and the United States made during the Obama/Biden era. Over the past four years, the Trump administration overturned much of that progress and instead opted to punish the Cuban people in a futile attempt to help his chances for reelection. 

The Trump administration sanctioned Cuba’s tourism and energy industries, blocked coronavirus aid shipments to the country during the pandemic, implemented restrictions on sending remittances to Cuba, restricted the right of U.S. citizens to travel to the island, stymied medical collaboration that could be helpful in combating COVID-19, and harmed U.S. companies that could benefit from trade. 

Given that most of these policies can be changed by executive order, we encourage you to do the following immediately as a show of good faith and willingness to re-engage with Cuba to promote peace, security and friendly relations:

  • Work with the Cuban government to allow the return of diplomats to the respective embassies and to fully staff the U.S. Embassy in Cuba; 
  • Lift all restrictions on remittances;
  • Remove Cuba from the list of countries that do not collaborate in the fight against terrorism;
  • Cancel the imposition of Title III of the Helms Burton Act.

We also support additional recommendations for specific policy areas as detailed by the letter from the Alliance for Cuba Engagement and Respect (ACERE), which can be found below.

We believe that punishing civilians is inhumane, illegal and unworthy of a country that seeks to promote human rights worldwide. We hope that your administration will mark a comprehensive reversal of those harmful policies and return to the legacy of the Obama administration. 

Sincerely, Letter from the Alliance for Cuba Engagement and Respect (ACERE)


Milwaukee Art Museum Workers Win Organizing Campaign!

Union Yes at the Milwaukee Art Museum as 141 workers overwhelmingly voted to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) Local Lodge 66.

The new Machinists Union members work in every capacity at the Milwaukee Art Museum including Visitor Services, Food and Beverage, Education & Programs, Information Systems, Facilities and more.

“I’m proud to welcome Milwaukee Art Museum workers to the IAM,” said IAM District 10 Directing Business Representative Alex Hoekstra. “Your solidarity through challenging and uncertain times is truly inspiring. Together we will affect real change at work.”

Wisconsin workers are organizing in the face of an unprecedented year for working people. The COVID-19 health pandemic, its economic fallout, and long-standing structural racism have brought into renewed focus the importance of having a voice on the job with a union. Together in union, the workers of the Milwaukee Art Museum have claimed a seat at the table. Their voices will be heard and respected as they together work to make positive change in the workplace and in the community through the collective bargaining process.

“MAM workers overcame a year of tremendous obstacles to achieve this victory and claim their seat at the table,” said IAM District 10 Organizer Anne Wiberg. “The hard work and unwavering solidarity of the organizing team made this historic wall-to-wall union possible.”

Congratulations and welcome to Wisconsin’s newest union members at the Milwaukee Art Museum.  

In Solidarity,

Stephanie Bloomingdale, President

Dennis Delie, Secretary-Treasurer



November 24, 2020: Anti-Black Racism in the Arab Region: Historical Roots and Current Struggles

Anti-Black Racism in the Arab Region: 
Historical Roots and Current Struggles


  • Isma’il Kushkush: Sudanese American Journalists with work in NYT, New Yorker, Smithosnian
  • Afifa Ltifi: PhD Candidate at Cornell University’s African Studies and Research Center
  • Elsadig Elsheikh: Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley
  • Sara Musaifer: PhD Candidate at University of Minnesota’s Comparative and International Development Education Program

Moderated by Zeina Zaatari, Director of Arab American Cultural Center

Tuesday, November 24th at 5pm CST
RSVP to receive a zoom link: https://go.uic.edu/UnlearningAntiblackness

Event will be live captioned.
For questions or accessibility, email: arabamcc@uic.edu

Event is co-organized by UIC Arab American Cultural Center & the Arab Resource and Organizing Center. Co-sponsored by UIC SJP, and the Arab American Action Network.

Indigenous Land Defenders: National week of action in solidarity with their struggles Nov. 23-29, 2020

National Call out for actions where you live November 23rd-29th

Gidemt’en Checkpoint, Tiny House Warriors, 1492 Land Back Lane, Kanienkehaka Land Back Camp, Mikmaq 1752 frontline, and Protect the Inlet are all calling for action!

Please watch and share this powerful call out video and organize within your community! 

Coast to Coast Call to Action

“The Indigenous people of the land have been under attack ever since the first invaders came to our shores. We have been defending our lands and protecting our waters for generations.

We have never stopped and we never will. Our laws demand that we uphold our sacred responsibilities, not only for ourselves, but the next seven generations. Our fight and love for our land and our people connect all Indigenous people.

From coast to coast we are united. We must stand in solidarity and defend our relatives that are being attacked by these invaders. Invaders that intend on destroying our land and water for profit and impeding our right to be free people.

As Indigenous grassroots people, on the frontlines, we call on you to join us in solidarity from Nov 23-29 as a national call to action to support and respect our sovereignty.

We call on you to demand justice for our people, to hold the companies committing acts of genocide accountable through direct action and rallies where you are.

We are one, we are united, and we will fight, together.”

If you have actions organized locally you would like us to promote send us an email!

Unsure about how to go about organizing an action?
Check out the Supporter toolkit and try to connect with people in your community who have already been organizing!

Organizing on the Ground for BLM: A Gay Mixed Black and Mexican Perspective



By Jesus G. Smith

Growing up in El Paso, TX (EPT) and embodying three marginalized identities—gay, Black and Mexican—made me acutely aware of the sinister ways that structures of inequality impact the lives of vulnerable populations. I am the son of a Black U.S. Army Veteran and a Mexican immigrant from the town bordering EPT, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. It was in my hometown, that Patrick Crusius, the deranged 21-year-old White man drove all the way from a Dallas suburb, to shoot and kill 22 Mexican people and injured 26 others at a local Walmart (Romo, 2019). It is also the location where parts of Donald Trump’s border wall are being built, as he desires to keep out Mexicans whom he has constructed as “murderers” and “rapists” (Lambie, 2018). Most importantly, EPT is also the place where I first began organizing against inequality. Back in 2009 when I was 22, two gay men were harassed by security at the popular restaurant Chico’s Tacos for kissing, causing me and several LGBT activists to stand outside of the popular restaurant protesting the homophobia and demanding justice (Jones, 2019). This experience would continue to influence me several years later….

Together the five of us split up the duties of organizing the march. One person dealt with the logistics of when and where we would protest, arranging the route and making sure we had street medics, water, and masks available. Another person researched extensively on the victims of police violence and worked with the local newspaper and news stations on promotion of the protest. Much like SpeakOUT which demanded reaching out to different departments and groups on campus, we reached out to other organizations in Appleton to collaborate with such as African Heritage Inc. the predominate African American organization in town, The Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement, a national network founded to oppose the 2008 trillion dollar bank bailout, and Diverse and Resilient, the local LGBT of color organization. Recalling my time protesting Chico’s Tacos, I knew protests needed to be followed up with demands and plans for action. As a result, my partner and I crafted eight posters with eight research backed solutions for police accountability, including a call for redirecting funds towards better paying jobs and access to health care, issues pertinent to Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people as well as queer people of color (Woodward & Mark, 2020)…

About the author: 

Jesus G. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at Lawrence University.

Image: Photo provided by author.

Protestors marching down the middle of the street holding Pride flags and a banner that reads "Pride-BLM Solidarity"
Appleton, Wisconsin, July 11, 2020 / Photo: Jesus G. Smith

A Call to All U.S. Soldiers: Attention! Refuse to Follow Trump’s Illegal Orders to Overturn the Election

Widespread public support for GIs who refused illegal orders during the Vietnam era
Widespread public support for GIs who refused illegal orders during the Vietnam era. | Photo: Vietnam Full Disclosure

By Moratorium Now! Coalition

At some point, Trump may declare the 2020 election to be “null and void”. He would then order you, U.S. service members, into cities and towns across the country, to suppress the millions of people who pour into the streets to protest his illegal coup d’état. Are you ready to shoot down civilians, just to keep Trump illegally in power despite the election outcome?

Union locals and labor councils across the country are already preparing for a national general strike if Trump refuses to recognize the people’s decision and overturns the election. Are you ready to bayonet workers standing up for our democratic rights?

Some 42 percent of U.S. soldiers are people of color. Are you willing to kill for this racist bigot as he tries to hold his grip of power and unleashes bloody revenge on any who oppose him?

The first thing that Donald Trump did after the 2020 election results showed that he lost by five million votes and the more than necessary 270 electoral votes was to fire his Defense Secretary Mark Esper.  Esper had opposed Trump using the 1807 Insurrection Act to place thousands of federal troops in U.S. cities as a show of force, to suppress the Black Lives Matter protests of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others.

National Guard and U.S. military helicopters and chemical sprays were used on June 1st against peaceful protestors in Washington D.C. for a photo op showing Trump holding a bible in front of a church. This was clearly a dress rehearsal for Trump using the military to stay in power. Both Esper and Pentagon Chief General Milley condemned this as interference in U.S. politics. Of course, this enraged Trump.

So now Esper is out. Trump replaced a whole slew of top Defense Department civilian officials with his own cronies, ready to order your commanders to disregard the people’s vote and impose martial law, clearly a violation of the Constitution.

You do have a choice. We know that you have been told over and over again that you must follow orders. Trump may be for now the Commander-in-Chief, but you swore an oath to defend the Constitution, not Donald Trump. Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice dictates that you must follow only lawful orders.

You know that if Trump seizes power by using the military against the people, that would break the law. And “just following orders” would be no excuse.

If that day comes and Trump orders you to attack the people, stand down! Tell your commanders that you will not enable Trump to overturn the will of the people. Join with the people in the streets and help uphold all our democratic rights!

The Military Task Force established by the National Lawyers Guild has set up a system for free, confidential telephone consultations with attorneys to discuss possible illegal orders and related issues. Servicemembers can call the MLTF, at 619-463-2369, for referral to a volunteer attorney. In addition, the Task Force has now posted legal resource material for servicemembers, attorneys, legal workers and law students on this website. An audio Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar presented by MLTF attorney James Branum is available on the website.   A comprehensive legal memo is included as part of the CLE which discusses the law regarding illegal orders and alternative methods of avoiding compliance with such orders.

Issued by the   Moratorium Now Coalition – DetroitWisconsin Bail Out the People MovementPeoples Alliance – Bay Area