Derecka Purnell 14 Aug 2019
White supremacist killers in the U.S. are simply implementing on a local level what their government does across the globe.
“White people attack Brown and Black Muslims in the United States precisely because of the country’s wars abroad.”
After two mass shooters killed and injured dozens of people in Texas and Ohio, Rep. Steve Cohen tweeted, “You want to shoot an assault weapon? Go to Afghanistan or Iraq. Enlist!”
Cohen, a Democrat from Tennessee, apparently did not take issue with the El Paso shooter’s desire to slaughter people of color — he merely wanted to redirect his bullets toward people of color outside of the United States. His tweet was a chilling reminder of how the United States’ militarism against other countries and its domestic manifestations of white supremacy replicate and reinforce each other.
White people attack Brown and Black Muslims in the United States precisely because of the country’s wars abroad. The United States’ destructive trade agreements and military intervention in Central and South America drive North American refugee border crossings, and armed white militia groups patrol the desert to catch or kill refugees seeking help. Many local police departments are trained in “community policing,” which police scholar Kristian Williams explains, is stylized after military patrols with locals during war. In Ferguson, Missouri, white militiamen (mostly former military and police officers called “the Oathkeepers”) openly carried assault rifles alongside the police to assist in monitoring the protestors during rallies in 2014. They were not turned away, arrested, or discouraged from escalating violence….
No Class is an op-ed column by writer and radical organizer Kim Kelly that connects worker struggles and the current state of the American labor movement with its storied — and sometimes bloodied — past. This week she goes deep on Appalachia’s rich labor history.
By Kim Kelly
August 15, 2019
4420 W Vliet, Milwaukee Park Senior Center, 6-8 P.M.
Milwaukee’s public transit system is being starved on purpose! County Executive Chris Abele is holding budget forums to hear what Milwaukee County residents think about the budget.
Let’s make sure he gets this message:
– RESTORE THE ROUTES! The county should EXPAND routes to increase transit ridership instead of cutting them!
(16 bus routes are on Abele’s chopping block)
– Fund a fair contract agreement that can attract and retain Milwaukee’s transit heroes. STOP balancing the budget on the backs of workers.
– Keep riders and drivers safe with common sense security measures
Hashtags to follow:
#RestoreTheRoutes #IRideWithATULocal998 #WhateverItTakes
Steve Hochstadt 14 Aug 2019
The US government gave hundreds of millions of acres of land to whites, but failed to give freed slaves 40 acres and a mule or protect Black farmers from massive theft.
“There were nearly 1 million black farms in 1920, about one-seventh of all American farms, mostly in the South.”
I recently read an article in the New Yorker that so shocked me that I knew I had to tell you, my small audience, all about it. Vast tracts of land owned by African Americans were taken from them in the 20th century. At the heart of the story is racism in many forms: how the promise of emancipation after the Civil War was broken; how whites used bureaucracy and twisted legalisms to take black land from owners too poor to defend themselves; how the teaching of American history was whitewashed to bury this story. I was shocked because, after decades of studying history, I had no idea about this fundamental cause of economic inequality in America. Writing this article pushed me into investigating the even larger story of how black Americans were prevented from owning real estate, one of the fundamental sources of wealth.
Here’s a short version of the history. At the time of Emancipation, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman declared that 400,000 acres formerly held by Confederates be given to African Americans. His order came to be known as the promise of “40 acres and a mule.” But the newly established Freedmen’s Bureau was never able to control enough land to fulfill this promise. In 1866, Congress passed the Southern Homestead Act, opening up 46 million acres of public land in southern states for Union supporters and freed slaves. The land was uncultivated forest and swamp, difficult for penniless former slaves to acquire or use. Southern bureaucrats made it difficult for blacks to access any land and southern whites used violence to prevent blacks from occupying land. Within 6 months, the land was opened to former rebels. In 1876, the law was repealed….
NOTE: This event page is set up by United Steelworkers Local 9460 to mobilize our members and friends to the MNA’s Aug. 20 informational picket. To get in touch with the MNA directly, go to: https://mnnurses.org/
The Minnesota Nurses Association is currently engaged in contract negotiations with both Essentia Health and St. Luke’s. Their negotiations have been tough, so they have decided to hold an informational picket on August 20 to both put pressure on Esssentia and St. Luke’s, but also to inform the public about their struggle. Our union, United Steelworkers Local 9460, is supporting the MNA and has notified both Essentia and St. Luke’s that we will be participating in and supporting the Aug. 20 informational picket.
Keep in mind an informational picket is not a strike. No workplaces are being shut down as part of this action. Rather, it is a peaceful assembly of workers on public sidewalks holding signs and handing out literature to the public. You likely will be disciplined if you skip work to attend this. However, we are urging our members to join these pickets when they are off the clock.
If you have any Steelworker garb or buttons that you can wear, or if you want to make a sign saying “USW Local 9460 Supports the MNA”, please do so. We want to show our support to MNA because our union believes in solidarity and working people supporting one another. But we also want to show Essentia Health and St. Luke’s that the labor movement is united in demanding fair and just contracts. We all deserve better than what we are currently getting, and together, we will all do better!
The August 20 MNA informational pickets will run from noon until 6pm. There will be two of them going on at the same time. One will be in front of Essentia Health, at 407 E. 3rd Street, and the other will be in front of St. Luke’s on East 1st Street in between 9th Ave. and 11th Ave. Spread the word. You don’t have to be a union member to participate. We hope to see you there on the picket line!