Virtual Town Hall with Suzanne Gordon “Saving the VA from Privatization” – January 25, 2021

Zoom meeting.!

Town Hall Meeting with Suzanne Gordon, author of Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing, and Hope and The Battle for Veterans’ Healthcare: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Policy Making and Patient Care and Senior Policy Analyst, Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute.

How to Push the Biden Administration to Reverse VA Privatization and Move Forward on Strengthening the VA for all Veterans and Their Families and Communities.

Suzanne will discuss the effort to undermine the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) by outsourcing patient care to the private sector.  She will discuss the impact this will have on VHA as an integrated healthcare system. This will include a brief discussion of current and future legislation. The danger this poses to veterans and the need to mobilize against it will be emphasized.

Suzanne will discuss the most effective ways for veterans and their supporters to mobilize to reverse the privatization of the VHA, improve and strengthen it, and how to lobby for expanded services offered to veterans and their families, including the issue of “bad paper” discharges. VHA’s Fourth Mission (as a backup to the Public Health Care System) will also be discussed. The session is scheduled for approximately one hour and there will be a question and answer period.

Labor Day of Action With AFGE September 3, 2020 - Support ...
September 3, 2020 at the V.A. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin / Photo: Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement

January 19, 2021: Memorial For COVID Victims In Prisons – Wisconsin Locations

WISDOM and EXPO leaders will lead Memorial Services in front of 7 of the 14 Wisconsin prisons in which men and women have died of the virus. Details for each event are the same: Masks are required and social distancing will be honored. Please bring your own candle. Please try to arrive by 5:15.  The Memorial Services will be brief and prayerful.  Sent to WNPJ by WISDOM –

Below are links to the seven institutions where Memorial Services will be held.  If you can, we ask you to join us at one of them.  If you cannot, please take a moment at 5:30 pm Tuesday to remember those who have died of COVID-19, especially in our prisons. 

Stanley Correctional Institution
100 Corrections Drive, Stanley
Contact Anthony Ledford,    

Dodge Correctional Institution
1 West Lincoln Street, Waupun
Contact Sister Barbara Pfarr,

Oakhill Correctional Institution
5212 County M, Oregon
Contact Jerome Dillard,

Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution
500 E. Parrish Street, Prairie du Chien
Contact Ramiah Whiteside,

Redgranite Correctional Institution
1006 County Road E, Redgranite
Contact Peggy West-Schroder,

Waupun Correctional Institution
200 S. Madison Street, Waupun
Contact David Liners,

Oshkosh Correctional Institution
1730 W Snell Rd, Oshkosh
Contact Bill VanLopik,

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Madison, January 18, 2021: Anti-Fascist Mutual Aid Action, Justice For Jacob Blake!

Mon. Jan. 18th 11:00 am State Capitol – State St. Corner Anti-Fascist Mutual Aid Action – Justice For Jacob Blake!

Join community organizations such as Urban Triage, South Central Wisconsin Food Not Bombs and the Madison General Defense Committee of the IWW to express your opposition to the fascist presence in our local community and across the country. Last week the powers that be showed that they condone and reward cops when they shoot Black men by refusing to press charges against the cop that shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back as he walked away, while simultaneously showing that they are okay with a group of majority white male fascists attempting a coup at the US Capitol. They showed this by shaking hands with fascists, taking selfies with them and opening the barricades so that they can gain access to the capitol grounds. These events are related in that they exhibit a condoning of white supremacism by those in charge and highlight the fact that the police and military may not be able to, nor willing to, stop any coming right wing coup running up to Biden’s inauguration on Jan 20.

The mutual aid action will be in the form of a free meal, hot drinks, and warm clothing distribution. The action has been called to demonstrate the importance of showing up and making space for antifascist, anti racist, anti police violence organizing and building grassroots community political power. Mutual aid is an effective way to thwart any coming far right uprisings by forming a broad oppositional political base in the community, united in the commitment to provide for one another in times of need while not being reliant on existing institutions.

For more info, visit the Facebook event:

Event sent to WNPJ by Infoshop,

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Kenosha, January 2021 / Photo: Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement

Milwaukee – 20th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Program January 18, 2021

On this 20th Anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Program in Milwaukee, we celebrate the diverse marches to end police violence that brought together Black, Brown, white, old and young, gay and straight by the tens of thousands across the country and around the world to demand justice for our Black brothers and sisters.

#BlackLivesMatter #MLKJustice

URGENT CALL TO ACTION! 9 year old Haitian child to be separated from his older brother by CBP and sent to ORR in Texas!

For Immediate Release:January 18, 2021

Contacts: Milli Atkinson (415) 782-8926 

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BREAKING: San Francisco Customs and Border Patrol Separate Haitian Siblings 

San Francisco – On a holiday to celebrate the civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) at San Francisco International Airport has made the decision to separate two siblings from Haiti, age 9 and 19. The young boys arrived at the airport from Haiti on a flight through Mexico late last evening and were detained by CBP.

The San Francisco Rapid Response Network was alerted to the situation and is advocating for the siblings to be released under parole to allow them to remain together. CBP has denied advocates the ability to speak directly with the two boys while they have been held in custody. This is a process that CBP does routinely and is the most humane way to resolve the issue. Instead, CBP plans to transfer the boys to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) early tomorrow morning where the boys will be separated. They plan to send the 9-year-old boy to a detention center for minors in Texas and place the elder brother on an outbound flight to Mexico, where he has no legal status. 

Milli Atkinson, Legal Director for the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative, who has been in communication with the family and advocating with CBP on the siblings behalf, states: “It is unconscionable that these two young boys have been held at the airport for over 24 hours and denied access to counsel during this time. They have strong ties in the community and have always travelled legally on their visas without incident in the past. Their family is desperate to hear from them and comfort them, but immigration officials refuse to allow them to speak to an attorney.”

This decision exemplifies the U.S. immigration system’s anti-black policies and continues the cruel, inhumane, and widely condemned policy of separating families.

Advocates demand that ICE use their authority to parole the brothers into the United States so that the family remain united. 

Call CBP Field Director  at  (415) 744-1530 and the Deferred Inspections Acting Supervisor at        (415)    844-5227 and demand that the boys be sent to Deferred Inspection or paroled for humanitarian reasons while the issues related to their visas are resolved. Families Belong Together!

Milli Atkinson

Immigrant Legal Defense Program Director

San Francisco Immigrant Legal Defense Collaborative Legal Director

The Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco

301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor |  San Francisco, CA 94111

Tel:  (415) 782-8926  | Fax:  (415) 688-4633 |

Labor Celebrates the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Excerpt of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s address at the 1961 AFL-CIO Convention:

Less than a century ago the laborer had no rights, little or no respect, and led a life which was socially submerged and barren.

He was hired and fired by economic despots whose power over him decreed his life or death. The children of workers had no childhood and no future. They, too, worked for pennies an hour and by the time they reached their teens they were worn-out old men, devoid of spirit, devoid of hope and devoid of self-respect. Jack London described a child worker in these words: “He did not walk like a man. He did not look like a man. He was a travesty of the human. It was a twisted and stunted and nameless piece of life that shambled like a sickly ape, arms loose-hanging, stoop-shouldered, narrow-chested, grotesque and terrible.” American industry organized misery into sweat shops and proclaimed the right of capital to act without restraints and without conscience.

Victor Hugo, literary genius of that day, commented bitterly that there was always more misery in the lower classes than there was humanity in the upper classes. The inspiring answer to this intolerable and dehumanizing existence was economic organization through trades unions. The worker became determined not to wait for charitable impulses to grow in his employer. He constructed the means by which a fairer sharing of the fruits of his toil had to be given to him or the wheels of industry, which he alone turned, would halt all wealth for no one would be available.

This revolution within industry was fought mercilessly by those who blindly believed their right to uncontrolled profits was a law of the universe, and that without the maintenance of the old order catastrophe faced the nation.

History is a great teacher. Now, everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who today attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them.

For the entire speech go here.