Milwaukee AFL-CIO: We Thank You Wednesday August 12, 2020

Please join the Milwaukee Area Labor Council as we come together to thank our Essential Union Workers who have continued to work during this pandemic. We demand protection for front-line workers while we also thank them for their service and loyalty to the job. We call it “We Thank You Wednesday” and will gather at different work sites to thank workers who have continued to show up to make life easier for our community.

This Wednesday we will show our support for the various local unions including Brewery Workers Local 9 UAWIAM District 10IBEW Local 494Liuna Local 113 Milwaukee, and OPEIU Local 9 who work at Molson Coors.

Wednesday, August 12
2:15pm to 3:30pm
Molson Coors Brewery
4251 W. State St. Milwaukee WI 53208

You can park in the tour center parking lot and then cross the street. You’ll want to stand on the north side of state street, and then just on the west side of the railroad bridge going over the street. You see signs for the entrance to Lot 5. That is where most of the brewery workers will be coming and going before/after shift.

We take the health and safety of our members seriously. For that reason, we require all those who join in We Thank You Wednesday’s show of support to wear masks and maintain social distancing rules of staying at least 6 feet apart during our rally.

Please do not be offended if we ask you to put on a mask or to remain a safe distant apart during the rally. The safety of everyone in our main concern. Thank You for your understanding.

If you have any questions, please contact jay@milwaukeelabor.org or emily@milwaukeelabor.org.

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Black Lives Matter Events in Wisconsin – August 10, 2020 and Beyond ….

***MONDAY, AUGUST 10TH; Today’s list of BLM Protests, Vigils and other Relevant Actions is updated.***

Link for the Updated List: https://docs.google.com/…/1uLk5DYYMqlxZAbO_TAbAxxS9dS…/edit…

As always, you can find all of the event pages listed under the “Events” section of the People’s Climate Coalition FB Page.

You can (and should!) also check out the new Impact Demand event calendar: https://events.impactdemand.org/posterboard and follow the Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement for news and actions from around the state and Rid Racism Milwaukee for a list of additional racial justice actions / events.

***#Covid19 reminder to wear a mask and gloves to all in-person events and somehow try to social distance, if possible.***

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If you can’t attend a protest, making a contribution to any of the following organizations / causes would be super helpful (you can also find more listed in the donation tab within the excel sheet):

– Legal Aid & Resources: Milwaukee Freedom Fund

Free Chrystul Kizer

Youth Rising Up -YRU- North Division High School

Black Leaders Organizing for Communities

Leaders Igniting Transformation

Urban Underground

– Love on Black Women: https://www.facebook.com/loveonblackwomen/

– The People’s Movement of Milwaukee: https://www.facebook.com/The-Peoples-Movement-of-Milwaukee-106923321057366/

Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression

Human First Project : https://gf.me/u/x79ydc

Black Educators Caucus MKE

Urban Legacy MKE

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Let me know if there are any other actions / donation pages / relevant orgs that should be added to the list. You can email me at lee.stedman.gaiacoalition@gmail.com or PM me directly on Facebook.

#BlackLivesMatter #Milwaukee #milwaukeeprotest

#solidarity #GeorgeFloyd #BreonnaTaylor

#DontreHamilton #JoelAcevedo #FreeChrystul

#SayTheirNames #Juneteenth #AlvinCole

#JayAnderson #AntonioGonzales #Justice4TheeThree

#DivestFromMPD #DefundThePolice #ElijahMcMclain

#DontreHamilton #AlvinCole #SandraBland

#JasonPero #AtatianaJefferson #KorrynGaines

#EricGarner #AlesiaThomas #RodneyKing

#KevanRuffin #VanessaGuillen

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Waupaca, WI August 9, 2020

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Green Bay, August 14, 2020: Wake up Green Bay!

4 P.M., Brown County Courthouse, 100 S Jefferson, Street, Green Bay, WI

We are protesting the recent “public service” videos put out by the GB Police. The 3rd one “Hands up don’t shoot” is particularly offensive. These videos are just a PR stunt when no change is actually happening within the system. We will gather at the court house and march from there. We will have a lead truck with water and snacks for all participants.

Joel Acevedo March Milwaukee July 13 2020

Justice For Joe Acevedo march July 13, 2020 in Milwaukee, WI / Photo: Joe Brusky

Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast August 9, 2020 Edition

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Listen to the Sun. Aug. 9, 2020 special edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. The program presents a PANW report with dispatches on the virtual celebrations of Heroes’ Day in the Southern African state of Zimbabwe; South Africa is commemorating Women’s Day acknowledging the mass demonstration of 20,000 African women in Pretoria on this date in 1956; the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has apologized for the use of a racial slur over their network in a recent news report; and people have been arrested in Louisville, Kentucky during demonstrations demanding the arrest and prosecution of the police officers and officials involved in the horrendous shooting death of African American woman-youth Breonna Taylor earlier this year. In the second hour we continue our focus on Black August with a re-examination of the life, times and contributions of anti-slavery fighter Harriet Tubman. Finally, we listen to the voices and ideas of leading figures in South Africa in honor of Women’s Day including President Cyril Ramaphosa.

A Virus Has Brought the World’s Most Powerful Country to Its Knees

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COVID 19 is but a harbinger of worse plagues to come. The US cannot plan for these inevitable crises if it returns to normal. Normal led to this. To avert another catastrophe, the US needs to grapple with all the ways normal has failed us.

By Ed Yong – Aug 8, 2020

ow did it come to this? A virus a thousand times smaller than a dust mote has humbled and humiliated the planet’s most powerful nation. America has failed to protect its people, leaving them with illness and financial ruin. It has lost its status as a global leader. It has careened between inaction and ineptitude. The breadth and magnitude of its errors are difficult, in the moment, to truly fathom.

In the first half of 2020, SARS‑CoV‑2—the new coronavirus behind the disease COVID‑19—infected 10 million people around the world and killed about half a million. But few countries have been as severely hit as the United States, which has just 4 percent of the world’s population but a quarter of its confirmed COVID‑19 cases and deaths. These numbers are estimates. The actual toll, though undoubtedly higher, is unknown, because the richest country in the world still lacks sufficient testing to accurately count its sick citizens.

Despite ample warning, the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus. And despite its considerable advantages—immense resources, biomedical might, scientific expertise—it floundered. While countries as different as South Korea, Thailand, Iceland, Slovakia, and Australia acted decisively to bend the curve of infections downward, the U.S. achieved merely a plateau in the spring, which changed to an appalling upward slope in the summer. “The U.S. fundamentally failed in ways that were worse than I ever could have imagined,” Julia Marcus, an infectious-disease epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School, told me.

Since the pandemic began, I have spoken with more than 100 experts in a variety of fields. I’ve learned that almost everything that went wrong with America’s response to the pandemic was predictable and preventable. A sluggish response by a government denuded of expertise allowed the coronavirus to gain a foothold. Chronic underfunding of public health neutered the nation’s ability to prevent the pathogen’s spread. A bloated, inefficient health-care system left hospitals ill-prepared for the ensuing wave of sickness. Racist policies that have endured since the days of colonization and slavery left Indigenous and Black Americans especially vulnerable to COVID‑19. The decades-long process of shredding the nation’s social safety net forced millions of essential workers in low-paying jobs to risk their life for their livelihood. The same social-media platforms that sowed partisanship and misinformation during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Africa and the 2016 U.S. election became vectors for conspiracy theories during the 2020 pandemic.

The U.S. has little excuse for its inattention. In recent decades, epidemics of SARS, MERS, Ebola, H1N1 flu, Zika, and monkeypox showed the havoc that new and reemergent pathogens could wreak. Health experts, business leaders, and even middle schoolers ran simulated exercises to game out the spread of new diseases. In 2018, I wrote an article for The Atlantic arguing that the U.S. was not ready for a pandemic, and sounded warnings about the fragility of the nation’s health-care system and the slow process of creating a vaccine. But the COVID‑19 debacle has also touched—and implicated—nearly every other facet of American society: its shortsighted leadership, its disregard for expertise, its racial inequities, its social-media culture, and its fealty to a dangerous strain of individualism.

SARS‑CoV‑2 is something of an anti-Goldilocks virus: just bad enough in every way. Its symptoms can be severe enough to kill millions but are often mild enough to allow infections to move undetected through a population. It spreads quickly enough to overload hospitals, but slowly enough that statistics don’t spike until too late. These traits made the virus harder to control, but they also softened the pandemic’s punch. SARS‑CoV‑2 is neither as lethal as some other coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS, nor as contagious as measles. Deadlier pathogens almost certainly exist. Wild animals harbor an estimated 40,000 unknown viruses, a quarter of which could potentially jump into humans. How will the U.S. fare when “we can’t even deal with a starter pandemic?,” Zeynep Tufekci, a sociologist at the University of North Carolina and an Atlantic contributing writer, asked me.

Despite its epochal effects, COVID‑19 is merely a harbinger of worse plagues to come. The U.S. cannot prepare for these inevitable crises if it returns to normal, as many of its people ache to do. Normal led to this. Normal was a world ever more prone to a pandemic but ever less ready for one. To avert another catastrophe, the U.S. needs to grapple with all the ways normal failed us. It needs a full accounting of every recent misstep and foundational sin, every unattended weakness and unheeded warning, every festering wound and reopened scar.

A pandemic can be prevented in two ways: Stop an infection from ever arising, or stop an infection from becoming thousands more. The first way is likely impossible. There are simply too many viruses and too many animals that harbor them. Bats alone could host thousands of unknown coronaviruses; in some Chinese caves, one out of every 20 bats is infected. Many people live near these caves, shelter in them, or collect guano from them for fertilizer. Thousands of bats also fly over these people’s villages and roost in their homes, creating opportunities for the bats’ viral stowaways to spill over into human hosts. Based on antibody testing in rural parts of China, Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit that studies emerging diseases, estimates that such viruses infect a substantial number of people every year. “Most infected people don’t know about it, and most of the viruses aren’t transmissible,” Daszak says. But it takes just one transmissible virus to start a pandemic….

U.S. crimes against humanity at home and abroad

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Taken in December of 1945 following the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945. Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt

This month marks the second year since former president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, announced to the world a campaign promoted by a group of Latin American writers and academics to declare August 9 as International Day of U.S. Crimes against Humanity. Appropriately, the day is to remember the second nuclear bomb dropped in 1945 on Nagasaki Japan that came just three days after the first nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

Imagine how depraved and cold-blooded the then-Democratic president, Harry Truman, could be to find that he had incinerated 150,000 people on one day and turned right around and did it again in Nagasaki, instantly killing 65,000 more human beings. U.S. historical accounts love to turn truth on its head by saying how many lives those nuclear bombs saved when Japan was already defeated before the bombs were dropped after 67 Japanese cities had been leveled to the ground by relentless U.S. aerial fire bombings.

The people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were sacrificed as an exclamation point on a proclamation to the world announcing the arrival of the U.S. as the world’s new preeminent superpower. It also served as an example that the U.S. would commit any murderous crime of any proportion to maintain that imperial position of dominance, and they have demonstrated that to be true time and time again.

Even now, in decline, the U.S. has never apologized for this unnecessary crime because that could convey a sign of weakness and a step back from a policy of nuclear blackmail held over the nations of the world. Obama had the chance to do that in the final year of his presidency when he had nothing to lose in a 2016 visit to Hiroshima. Instead of apologizing to the people of Japan or easing tensions in the world, Obama, in eloquent fluffy double talk, said, “Mere words cannot give voice to such suffering. But we have a shared responsibility to look directly into the eye of history and ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again.”

The responsibility for the majority of suffering in the world was then and continues to be on an imperialist policy and its inherent neoliberal engine that violently throttles the ability of countries to develop in a way that would bring health and prosperity for the benefit of their majorities. In the end, it is an unsustainable system that only benefits a sliver of privileged society.

The U.S. crimes against humanity did not begin or end with the dropping of the nuclear bombs on Japan. As militant civil rights leader Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown) pointed out years ago, “Violence is as American as cherry pie.” Since its inception, the U.S. has been ingrained with a motor force of violent oppression against everyone and every country that stood in its way of its expansion for control of resources and its entitlement to limitless accumulation of vast wealth for a few.

The original thirteen colonies that rebelled against England were not motivated solely by being taxed without representation but more for the restrictions that King George had placed on the unbridled greed of the white settlers to expand and steal the lands of the Indigenous nations and communities and to establish a system of slavery which was the main source of capitalist accumulation, especially for the southern colonies.

At the time of the revolution, close to 20 percent of the population consisted of Black slaves. Slavery actually ran contrary to British common law so the only way the emerging class of landowners in the colonies could flourish was to secede from the British Empire. In doing so, it established a pivotal component of the original DNA of the United States; structural racism as a means to justify any level of discrimination and oppression with a deeply embedded belief in the inferiority of any race not white and Christian.

The cries of Black Lives Matter in the streets today of all the major cities and towns of the U.S. are a resounding echo of resistance that comes from the plantations and the slave ships that came from Africa.

The genocide of Indigenous people in the U.S. was its initial crime wave against humanity as it expanded westward destined by God to exercise their Manifest Destiny. The early history of this country is littered with hundreds of massacres of the original caretakers of the land from the Atlantic to the Pacific. And that crime continues to this day with Native Americans suffering from the highest infection rates of COVID-19 in the country as a direct result of government neglect and broken treaties that keeps the reservations in grinding poverty, including in many areas where there is not even running water.

On July 21, Congress passed a $740 billion military appropriations bill, the biggest ever and $2 billion more than last year. The U.S. spends more on national defense than the next 11 largest militaries combined.  A well-intended but feeble attempt by sections of the Democratic Party to cut 10 percent of the budget to go to health and human services failed because ultimately funding the 800 U.S. military installations that occupy territory in more than 70 countries around the world takes precedence over something so basic and human as subsidized food programs. Meanwhile, approximately 20 percent of the families in this country are struggling to obtain nutritious food every day, just as one example of the growing social and health needs.

Wars and occupations are expensive and that money goes right down the drain. It does not recycle through the economy. Rather, it is equipment and operations meant to destroy and terrorize and the only part of it that is reused is the militarization of police forces in the U.S., who are geared out in advanced equipment for the wars at home not even normally seen in theaters of war abroad.

When Obama took over from Bush Junior, he vowed to end the war in Afghanistan and instead left office with the unique distinction of having had a war going every day of his eight years in office. He launched airstrikes or military raids in at least seven countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan.

And Trump came in and did not miss a beat and has carried the war of death, destruction and destabilization of Afghanistan into its twentieth year. The Pentagon knows that the days of outright winning a war are over and relies now on hybrid wars that are perhaps even more criminal. It is now wars attrition, with proxy and contract armies, aerial bombardment, sabotage of infrastructure that turns into endless wars that’s intent is to make sure that a country is imbalanced, exhausted and does not become independent or develop and use its resources for the benefit of its own people.

This, of course, is not the only type of criminal warfare in the Empire’s arsenal. Economic sanctions are just as much a crime against humanity as military attacks. No one should ever forget the ten years of the U.S.-orchestrated United Nations sanctions against Iraq in the 1990’s that were responsible for the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children.  Primarily through executive order, Trump has put some sort of sanctions on around one-third of the countries of the world ranging in severity starting with the 60-year-old unilateral blockade of Cuba for the crime of insisting on its sovereignty just 90 miles away, to the sanctioning of medicines and food to Venezuela causing the deaths of 40,000 people, the outright stealing of billions of dollars of their assets out of banks and organizing coup plots against the democratically elected president, Nicolás Maduro.

Now the chickens have come to roost with Trump sending shadowy military units of federal agents into cities like Portland, Seattle and other cities like it was a military invasion of some poor country, barging in uninvited not to bring order and peace but to brutalize, escalate and provoke people in the streets, people who, for months now, have been demanding real justice and equality.

The combination of the failure of the Trump administration to confront the pandemic with any sort of will or a national science-based plan, the existing economic crisis with its glaring separation of wealth and the endless murdering of people of color as normal police policy has exposed the system like never before. The growing consciousness of a majority of the U.S. population that now seem to be getting that there has to be fundamental change will be the catalyst for real change to happen. It will not come from a government that does not reflect their interests, but only through a unity of struggle will we be pointed in a direction that will push U.S. crimes against humanity, at home and abroad, to become a thing of the past.

Alicia Jrapko and Bill Hackwell are members of the U.S. chapter of the Network in Defense of Humanity.

Source: Resumen