Milwaukee, August 20, 2018: Resist Prison Torture

Hosted by Milwaukee IWW

Resist Prison Torture

Two IWW members will be at Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin, meeting room 2A, on Monday, August 20, 5:00-6:30 PM. They will be working on some of the activity they regularly do for the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, supporting the campaign against arbitrary regulations at Columbia Correctional, coalition efforts to shutdown the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility, and connecting different networks inside prison walls. Our work includes research, writing letters, data entry, and developing ideas for disrupting the horror that is the Wisconsin prison system. Come by if you want to see what’s involved with this organizing, ask questions, and maybe get involved in this. Free coffee and snacks are provided. Let us know if you need a ride to be able to attend. This gathering will be followed by our strategy meeting at 6:30, visitors are welcome to attend this as well.

If you are interested in this event and can’t make this time or location, please post in this event, message us or send an email at We will schedule the next event to work for your schedule, or followup one-on-one. Also contact us if you would need childcare, translation or other accommodations to be able to attend this event. You can also fill out this online survey to volunteer for specific tasks: You can get more information on Wisconsin prison conditions and resistance to them at our website:

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Milwaukee, August 24, 2018: Black August Film: “Lumumba” by Raoul Peck

Hosted by Milwaukee County Progressives No Palestine Exception

Black August Film: “Lumumba” by Raoul Peck

1001 E Keefe Avenue, Milwaukee, Peace Center, 6:30-8:30 P.M. 

Black August Friday Freedom Flick
“LUMUMBA” by Raoul Peck (Haitian director of “I Am Not Your Negro” re James Baldwin)
Discussion afterwards facilitated by UWM Africology Prof. emeritus Patrick Bellegarde Smith, based on his notes in teaching on Patrice Lumumba, anti-colonial leader who was elected leader of the Congo, and then assassinated with western involvement.
++ Free and open to all interested. Dedicated to strengthening movements for peace, freedom & liberation.
++ Wheelchair Accessibility: via portable temporary ramp into first floor where movies will be shown.

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Roots of Aretha Franklin, Proletarian Culture and the Rise of Black Detroit

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Queen of Soul was an outstanding manifestation of the African American struggle for dignity and freedom

Detroit artist and social activist Aretha Franklin passed into her ancestral realm on Wednesday morning August 16 while surrounded by family and friends in her Detroit Riverfront condominium downtown.

It had been announced the previous week that Aretha was gravely ill and was hospitalized. 

Later press accounts indicated that she was checked out of the hospital and sent home possibly under hospice care. These were difficult reports for many people in the Detroit area to accept at their face value. 

The Queen of Soul had been ill in the past and hospitalized. Several years before, media accounts claimed she was suffering from pancreatic cancer and was terminal. However, contradictory claims publicized through television, radio, print and internet platforms said these reports were unsubstantiated….

….With the death of Rev. Franklin in 1984, the retirement of Mayor Young in early 1994, the continuing economic decline of the city of Detroit, many could ask: where is the Black Political Power movement in the city? The Great Recession of 2007 and beyond took a devastating toll on Detroit. The city was targeted through predatory lending by the financial institutions turning Detroit from being a municipality leading in home ownership for African Americans to its present-day status of a majority renter’s city. Homeownership, stable industrial and professional employment, had distinguished the African American community from other cities across the U.S. 

Today in 2018, under a white corporate-imposed mayor from Livonia who came into office under questionable circumstances during an illegally crafted system of emergency management and bankruptcy (2013-2014), the largest municipal re-organization in U.S. history, the people of Detroit are still struggling against property tax foreclosures, poverty, substandard wages, a state-looted and beleaguered educational system, environmental degradation, government-facilitated tax captures for the benefit of multi-national corporations, among other issues.

Yet there remains a social and political determination to resist. In response to the severe illness and later death of Aretha Franklin, people have come out in their thousands to express sincere condolences and to evoke the memories of times past where the struggle for survival, equality, self-determination and political power took precedent over all other concerns. This is the genuine legacy of the Queen of Soul, the Franklin family, along with the African American people as a whole and their allies.         

Abayomi Azikiwe is the editor of Pan-African News Wire. He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

Support Ricardo Fierro & Family

Longtime community leader and volunteer, Ricardo Fierro, was taken into custody by Immigration Custom Enforcement (ICE) on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at his home in Racine, Wisconsin.

Fierro is best known in the Racine, WI community as the former local director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In recent years, Fierro served on the City of Racine Mayoral Advisory Board, Immigration Task Force Chairman for the Racine Interfaith Coalition, the Racine Unified School District Middle School Transformation Committee and the RUSD Diversity and Equity Task Force.

Fierro was elected president of local council 347 of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and enthusiastically participated in a host of volunteer activities too numerous to mention.

Ricardo and his family need your help now more than ever.

As the main source of income for his family of seven children, his mother and physically disabled brother, Ricardo’s detention has presented an unimaginable hardship to his family and loved ones.

Ricardo and his family are in desperate need of donations for his legal defense, as well as food, shelter and transportation  for his family during this stressful time.

The fight to return Ricardo to his family and the Racine community requires your help today.

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