Hosted by Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association
9 am: “Pre-Labor Day “Fight for $15” march will take place at 9am beginning at 12th and State and concluding at Zeidler Union Square prior to the Labor Day parade. Stand with the movement fighting for living wages and worker power.
10:30am: Celebrate Labor Day with your MTEA sisters and brothers! Wear your MTEA green and meet at Zeidler Park at 10:30am on Monday, Sept. 4. At 11am, we will march to Summerfest grounds for Laborfest 2017.
FREE FOOD AND DRINK TICKETS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THE FIRST 100 MTEA MEMBERS WHO RSVP. You must be present at Zeidler Park to receive your food and drink tickets.
Click here to reserve your tickets: http://mtea.weac.org/event/labor-day-mtea-2017/
“My name is Angaza Laughinghouse. I am a long-time community activist and labor union leader. I’m the former president of North Carolina Public Service Workers Union. I was a founding member of Black Workers for Justice. I am from North Carolina. My parents are from Greenville, North Carolina. I grew up around the main streets where the demarcation line for apartheid is: Line Street and Boundary Street.
We had no public libraries in Greenville for the black community. We couldn’t cross over the line on Boundary Street to get to any of the facilities. There was no equal access to public facilities at all when I was growing up for part of my life in Greenville, North Carolina…
…One of the things we are asking people to do is call the district attorney in Durham County, dial 919-808-3010. We are asking them to tell whoever answers the phone to drop the charges on the freedom fighters that took down the statue. The other thing we are doing is we are asking people to please donate. If they go online to the Durham Solidarity Center Freedom Fighters Fund, they can donate towards the legal representation of the people who took the statues down.
In light of what is happening in our workplaces, I think we have to take up this discussion of why all workers have to make every effort to defeat white supremacy: this white nationalist and neo-fascist popular moment that is developing. It keeps workers divided in our workplaces so we can’t unionize and win basic rights and better conditions and wages in our workplace. Many of us have heard about the recent loss down in Mississippi with the United Auto Workers Union organizing of the Nissan plant down there in Mississippi. It is just very important to take time out to see how this impacts our workplace.”
Freedom Fighter Bond Fund: http://durhamsolidaritycenter.org/bondfund/
Lamont Lilly of the Workers World Party helped to organize the rally Thursday. He told the crowd that his shared house was raided by Durham County sheriff’s deputies this week who said they had a warrant for the ladder Thompson used to climb the statue. The deputies damaged doors and furniture in a needlessly aggressive search, Lilly said.
“We feel violated as community members, as stakeholders in this city,” Lilly said.
“They will come for Black folks first,” Lilly told the crowd. “We will catch the hell first. But they will come for other communities later, so we must stand in solidarity.”
Lilly said he felt inspired by the large crowd that turned out to support those arrested. It showed broad support for the dropping of felony charges, Lilly said. Monday’s action was necessary and represented the will of the people in opposition to the white supremacy represented by the statue, he said.
“This is beautiful,” Lilly said of the demonstration. “This is what a democracy really looks like, when you have black folk and brown folk, women, men, queer and trans, Muslim and Christian and folks of all different walks here in this community. This is what democracy looks like – those who are speaking to the issues of social justice, who are speaking to racism and white supremacy, the issues of poor and oppressed people.”
Outside courthouse in Durham, North Carolina August 17, 2017
Hosted by Milwaukee IWW
3501 W Oklahoma, Milwaukee Public Library, 5:30-8 P.M.
Picket to win! How to organize successful pickets to achieve the specific goals of the Union or organization in struggle. This training developed by the IWW General Defense Committee, includes sharing experiences of picketing, determining goals, identifying players and roles, role playing, and mapping and strategizing in preparation before picketing. This training is adapted form material developed by IWW members in Minnesota, it is significantly abridged from the full training to suit logistical requirements.
Join us at the large meeting room of the Zablocki Library, 3501 W. Oklahoma, on Wednesday, August 30, 5:30-8:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public, food is provided. Childcare is available upon request. Training will start right at 5:30 PM, please be punctual.
The Lie Behind the Monuments
The Confederate monuments across the united states are symbols of America’s white supremacist history. Tearing down these monuments isn’t erasing history it’s correcting the mistakes of our racist past. Most of these Confederate monuments were in fact erected during the jim crow and civil rights eras, decades after the civil war, with the intention of terrorizing people of color and celebrating white supremacy. These monuments are themselves an erasure of history.
Our map will provide our community across the country a central location to identify and locate these symbols of white supremacy. Each monument will have with it associated local politicians and their contact information so that they can hear directly from our community. We will develop tools that allow dedicated activists anonymous communication in order to send us photos, videos, and updates about your direct action.
Together we can tear them all down.