Milwaukee, June 20, 2018: MSDF Picket

Hosted by CLOSEmsdf and Milwaukee IWW

MSDF Picket

901 N 9th Street, Milwaukee, 11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. 

Come contribte to the continuous visible opposition to MSDF. We will be outside the west entrance to the courthouse, and if we have enough people elsewhere around the building and at the MSDF enterence. Help us spread information to and collect petition signatures from people targeted by and doing business with Milwaukee’s criminal legal system.

If you haven’t signed the petition yet yourself, please do here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/its-time-to-close-milwaukee-secure-detention-facility-msdf

Parking is metered or nearby public lots. If you don’t mind walking a couple blocks, its often easier to find free parking on the other side of the freeway.

A coaltion of Milwaukee organizations have joined up to shut down MSDF. This facility is a building within a building, where captives have no access to fresh air or sunlight. They are triple bunked in lockdown cells for over 20 hours a day. There is no outdoor rec. The facility was built and is run using funds that should be used for diversionary programs to keep people out of jail, instead it’s being used to keep them on supervision under arbitrary and vindictive probation and parole officers.

We are organizing this protest on every 23rd (unless that lands on a weekend, when there’s less foot traffic). The National Religious Campaign Against Torture has called for actions on the 23rd of every month (to bring attention to 23 hour a day lockdowns). http://www.nrcat.org/about-us/take-action-current-legislation/563-together-to-end-solitary

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Solidarity With UFCW Workers at Kroger in Virginia!

https://www.betterkroger.org/

#BetterKroger

Rally for a #BetterKroger

We are Kroger employees from Norfolk, Virginia, and we need your help to save our jobs.

Many of us have spent years – even decades – working for Kroger. But now our jobs are at risk.

In March, Kroger announced plans to buy eight Farm Fresh stores in the Hampton Roads region, renovate them, and reopen them as Kroger stores. One of the locations Kroger purchased is directly across the street from the store where we work.

When we first heard the news, we were excited because we thought we would get to work at the new store when it opens. But Kroger won’t allow us to transfer to the new store across the street.

Kroger wants to give us two choices – transfer to another union store far away, or quit and reapply to work at the new store. Not only could we lose our jobs, we could lose our pay, seniority, healthcare coverage and retirement benefits as well.

We shouldn’t have to quit and reapply to keep working for the same company. We shouldn’t be forced to give up our benefits to keep our jobs.

Sign our petition to Kroger and tell them to treat their employees with respect.

Together, we can make Kroger better – a better place to work, a better place to shop, and a better grocery store for our community. #BetterKroger

Rally for a #BetterKroger

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Juneteenth Day 2018 Milwaukee Parade & Festival

Hosted by Juneteenth Day – Milwaukee

Juneteenth Day Milwaukee Parade & Festival

19th & Atkinson to MLK Drive, 10 A.M. – 6 P.M. 

“It’s Time to Make a Change’ is the theme of the 56th Annual Juneteenth Day Parade and Festival taking place on Tuesday, June 19. This year’s parade steps off at 10:00 am from North 19th and West Atkinson Avenue and proceeding to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Northcott Neighborhood House’s Executive Director MacArthur Weddle is the parade’s Grand Marshall.

The Juneteenth Day Festival takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on King Drive between Center and Burleigh Streets. The Festival features musical performances, numerous vendors from food to toys, along with community organizations sharing helpful resources for residents of all ages.

Juneteenth Day is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. The world-wide event, dating back to June 1865 began when the Union soldiers, landed at Galveston Texas with the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Milwaukee’s Juneteenth Day event is organized by the Northcott Neighborhood House.

Juneteenth Day Milwaukee Parade & Festival

Madison, June 23, 2018: Conversation about Racism in Queer Communities: Juneteenth

Hosted by OutReach LGBT Community Center

Conversation about Racism in Queer Communities: Juneteenth

149 Waubesa Street, Goodman Community Center, Madison, 10 A.M. – 1 P.M. 

We’re taking the conversation on the road and celebrating Juneteenth this month! Please register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/juneteenth-soul-food-brunch-tickets-46193535107

“Join community members on Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate Juneteenth with a soul food brunch & program at the Center. Enjoy fab food by Melly Mel’s Catering, plus an entertaining program featuring Guest Emcee Antoine McNeail of 1Motion Outreach Enterprises.”

Conversation about Racism in Queer Communities: Juneteenth

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Chicago, June 15, 2018: Chicago Solidarity Center Opening Cookout

Hosted by Chicago Workers World Party and Chicago Solidarity Center

Chicago Solidarity Center Opening Cookout

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1105 N Ashland, Chicago, 7-10 P.M. 

**Invite Friends and Neighbors!**
You are invited to the Grand Opening of Chicago Solidarity Center!

Come out and show your support for the Chicago organizing/activist community, workers, (im)migrants, and oppressed peoples everywhere.

FOOD
MUSIC
DRINKS
COMRADERY

This event has a suggested donation of $5-$10 for food and drinks – no one turned away for lack of funds.
You are also welcome to BYOB.

Located two blocks south of the Division Blue stop.
*Wheelchair accessible*

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The Chicago Solidarity Center was founded on the idea that solidarity among workers, oppressed peoples, and immigrants is our greatest asset in the struggle for a better world. By acting as a resource for workers, grassroots organizations, anti-racist activists, advocates for immigrants, and anti-war/anti-imperialist organizers, we hope to build concrete solidarity between all those fighting for justice in Chicago.

Our volunteer-supported and operated office is located at the intersection of Chicago’s Noble Square, East Village, and Wicker Park neighborhoods, just a few blocks from the Division Blue Line stop.

Visitors and comrades are always welcome, and we’re proud to offer our space to any organization that shares our values of solidarity, people-power, and struggle.

Chicago Solidarity Center resources include the following:

-Space for Events or Meetings
-A Quiet Co-Working Area
-Storage Space for Organizing Resources
-Equipment for Demonstrations and Rallies
-A Radical Lending Library

The Chicago Solidarity Center is a freedom space for people of color, women, gender oppressed people, and all oppressed people. Neither harassment nor abuse is tolerated.

Check out https://chicagosolidaritycenter.org for more information & to request use of the space!

Chicago Solidarity Center Opening Cookout

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