Milwaukee: Free Rides to the Polls Oct. 21-Oct. 30 (Early Voting) and November 3, 2020

Hosted by Wisdom for justice, EXPO – EX-incarcerated People Organizing and MICAH-Milwaukee

FREE RIDES TO THE POLLS – OFFERED BY WISDOM, MICAH, AND EXPO

Early Voting:Mon-Fri – Oct 21 through Nov 18:00am until 4:00pm

Election Day Voting:Tues, Nov 37:00am until 8:00pm

Polling Locations Included:

1. Midtown Center | 5700 W. Capital Dr

2. Clinton Rose Senior Center | 3045 N. MLK, Jr. Dr

3. East Library | 2320 N. Cramer St

4. Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building | 841 N. Broadway Ave

5. Good Hope Library | 7717 W. Good Hope Rd

6. Villard Square Library | 5190 N. 35th

7. Washington Park Library | 2121 N. Sherman Blvd

TO RESERVE YOUR RIDE TO THE POLLS, PLEASE CALL 414-999-8993

Madison, October 24, 2020: Pack the Polls Parade

People from over 20 communities across Wisconsin (Appleton, Beloit, Green Bay, Kenosha, Racine, Janesville, Milwaukee, the Menominee Nation, and others) are taking to the streets in their cars (the most “Covid-safe” way) to promote “Early Voting.” Early voting reduces the risk of covid transmission by spreading out the traffic at the polls and reducing concentration on election day.

In the Madison area, there will be 2 separate parades: one from the North and East, the other from the South and West. They will converge to form one large parade that will parade around the State Capitol at 3:00pm.

Each parade will stop in neighborhoods to share information about early voting and to build excitement for the fact that we are reclaiming our democracy with increased voter turnout.

Here is the start times and locations of the two Madison area parades.

N/E Parade: 9:00 am – Meet at Warner Park (Mallards Parking Lot)
2930 N. Sherman Ave.

S/W Parade: 10:00 am – Meet at Home Depot West Parking Lot (near Subway)
4550 Verona Rd.

At 1:00 pm, the two Madison Parades will converge and UNITE at the Goodman Library – 2222 S. Park – an early voting site.

Madison’s parades will be linked to the other parades around the state via a Zoom connection (link below) that will be open to the press and the general public between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm. Portions of this Zoom connection will be shared on social media via Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/buildingunitywi.

Between 1:00pm and 2:00pm, parades around the state will take turns sharing about their community’s activities. At 2:00pm, we will hold a statewide press conference on this same Zoom connection.Unite for Democracy – Pack the Polls Parade – Zoom Connection
Oct 24, 2020 – 09:00 AM to 4:00pm CT
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85236049795
One tap mobile
+13017158592,,85236049795# US (Germantown)
Dial: 1 301 715 8592 Meeting ID: 852 3604 9795

A complete listing of the communities that are getting involved and the starting location and times is being updated daily on our statewide facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/641315329907539

Decisive Victory of MAS in Bolivia: A Blow to Anti-Indigenous and Anti-Socialist Coups in the Americas

https://orinocotribune.com/

By William Camacaro – Oct 19, 2020

The decisive electoral victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) in Bolivia may be a point of inflection on the continent that advances the construction of a new South American socialist bloc.

After having been removed from power by a military coup with fascist, anti-Indigenous, and neoliberal elements a year ago, ex-president Evo Morales, with his allies, presidential candidate Luis Arce and vice-presidential candidate David Choquehuanca, declared victory in the elections that came to a close on the evening of October 18. According to an exit poll, Arce, who served as Minister of Finance in the Morales administration, was leading in the presidential contest with 52.4 percent of the vote and ex-president Carlos Mesa came in second place with 31.5 percent. The right wing candidate Luis Camacho, allied with the de facto president Jeanine Añez, follows in a distant third place, with only 14.1 percent of the vote. Añez and Mesa have both recognized the outcome of the election[1].

Once the MAS victory is officially ratified in Bolivia in the next few days, it will represent a huge blow to the international right. It will be a political defeat for other conservative leaders in the region, among them Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and Iván Duque in Colombia, both of whom supported the dictatorial regime of Jeanine Añez. Without a doubt, the MAS triumph provides oxygen for the Bolivarian revolution which in this moment is besieged by illegal United States sanctions, an economic war, and the possibility of military aggression. At the same time, it offers breathing room for Cuba and Nicaragua, countries that are also harassed by illegal United States measures.

RELATED CONTENT: Bolivians Demand from Carlos Mesa The Pay They Were Promised to Vote For Him

A MAS win in Bolivia can also nudge Argentina towards the left without ambiguities. The government of Alberto Fernández now will not be so quick to maintain tepid positions in the international arena as it did a few days ago when it allied itself with the countries of the right wing Lima Group which continues to disparage Venezuela within the halls of the United Nations. The success of the MAS could inspire the social forces that have organized around the plebiscite in Chile that seeks to reform the Pinochet-era Constitution. And it fortifies the electoral option of Ecuador’s presidential candidate Andrés Arauz against the neoliberalism of the formerly leftist politician, Lenín Moreno. A victory of this magnitude will make life difficult for the conservative and pro-militarist government of Colombia and gives more energy to the candidacy of Gustavo Petro in the next elections.

This new scenario shows that the United States is no longer the great liberal nation of the world.  The independence of Spanish South America was due, in great part, to the fact that Spain was invaded by Napoleanic forces. Spain found itself fighting for its own survival against Napoleon at the very moment that the war for independence was developing in South America. In a similar process, the United States will begin a complicated period from the economic, social, health, and political points of view and in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis after the coming presidential elections.

The cost to the country since the arrival of Donald Trump to the Presidency has been enormous. After the US election the nation will have to implement a series of damage control measures and repair multiple wounds at the national and international levels.  This process could take some years at a moment when China has emerged as the preeminent economy in the world. We are entering a new period, another era, in which, without a doubt, one can observe push back against the ex-hegemonic power, especially from social mobilizations in Latin America by groups that have been historically excluded.

RELATED CONTENT: Bolivia’s Carlos Mesa Finally Shows Up and Accepts his Defeat by Luis Arce

In Bolivia there has been a historic popular victory in which the citizens of a poor nation have succeeded, by means of an electoral process, to overcome a military dictatorship backed by the United States. They have defeated the military forces that supported a coup d’etat, the big national and international corporations that were preparing to strip the country once again of the public character of its energy and mineral resources. It is really an impressive triumph, given the difficult conditions within which the MAS and their candidates had to conduct their electoral campaign: Illegal persecutions, fake lawsuits, arrests, political repression, and violent attacks.

This election in Bolivia will have ramifications and consequences across the continent at a time when the United States shows signs that it has entered a process of decline. The Bolivarian bloc continues to survive despite blockades, economic sanctions, military threats, media wars, and all of the hunger and suffering of millions of Latin Americans provoked by the illegal sanctions of the United States. Indigenous Bolivians have given, this 18 of October, an enormous example of dignity, sovereignty, and independence.

Featured image:  Photo credit Alina Duarte

William Camacaro is Senior Analyst at COHA

Patricio Zamorano assisted as editor of this article

(Council on Hemispheric Affairs COHA)

Green Bay, November 14, 2020: Community Coat Drive

Hosted by Abby Ringel and Dajahnae Williams

410 S Military Ave., Xotic Kiss Hair – 2-6 P.M.

Event is date for individuals to receive coats! We will be setting up the distribution to maintain social distancing and attempting to be as touch free as we can. Individuals needing coats are encouraged to contact the hosts to request sizes ahead of the event. Wisconsin Winter is coming!

Let’s help our community and keep one another warm.Need donations of new and gently used children’s and adult’s coats and snow pants!Looking for volunteers to help with pick up and distribution.

NEEDS:
Coats
Funds or individuals willing to dry clean coats
Locations for drop off until event date
Donations for set up, boxing, etc
https://www.gofundme.com/f/green-bay-community-coat-drive…

CLN helps construction workers in D.C. fight wage theft

Two immigrant construction workers in Washington DC have filed a class action lawsuit against CBG, one of Washington DC’s largest general contractors, for wage theft, and others are stepping up to join them. Workers employed by multiple CBG subcontractors have been denied overtime pay, paid less than the DC minimum wage, or both. “I was paid $12 per hour,” said Ivan (photo), a sheet metal worker who helped install air conditioning ductwork at Eckington Place, a high-end mixed-use development under construction in Northeast DC. The legal minimum wage in Washington DC was $14/hour when Ivan started the job in February 2020, and it’s $15/hour now. “Jimmy [the recruiter] told me that if I learned fast I would get a raise, but I never did.” Catholic Labor Network field organizer Ernesto Galeas has visited CBG construction sites across the city, finding that Ivan’s situation is hardly unusual.
Read more here

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Support Machinists Union Members On Strike at AstenJohnson in Appleton

#UnionStrong#SolidarityWisconsin State AFL-CIOMachinists Union

AstenJohnson, 6480 W College Ave, Appleton, WI 54914

IAM District 10

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2020 – Eighty-nine Machinists Union (IAM) Local 1855 members at AstenJohnson in Appleton, Wis. began striking for a fair contract today at 7 a.m. CT.

The striking IAM members at AstenJohnson, who produce specialty fabric for the paper industry, are seeking reasonable healthcare expenses and cost sharing.

IAM Local 1855 members rejected company contract proposals on Oct. 14 and Sept. 30. Despite mediator assistance, the company refused to budge off its concessionary proposals.

“The reasonable offer put forward by our negotiating committee would have benefited our members, the Teamsters and non-union employees at the facility, and the company as a whole,” said IAM District 10 Business Representative Jeremy Terlisner. “I am proud of our Local 1855 membership and the negotiating committee for standing strong for what they deserve—a fair contract.”

“Because of the pandemic, affordable healthcare is now more critical than ever,” said IAM District 10 Directing Business Representative Alex Hoekstra. “These increases in cost put our members, their families and public health as a whole at risk. I stand shoulder to shoulder with the skilled workers at AstenJohnson in their fight and I call on management to come back to the table and negotiate a fair contract.” 

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America and represents nearly 600,000 active and retired members in the manufacturing, aerospace, defense, airlines, transportation, shipbuilding, woodworking, health care, and other industries.

IAM District 10

goIAM.org | @MachinistsUnion

Attorneys Available for Protesters at Wauwatosa Court October 21, 2020

Kimberley Motley Good Morning! We understand that there are multiple people with court dates tomorrow 10/21 @5pm & 6pm in Wauwatosa Municipal Court – thanks to the collaboration with the JUSTNESS PROJECT & the Milwaukee Freedom Fund we are planning to have lawyers there to represent EVERYBODY. If you have not already done so, please email me at 414info@protonmail.com if you have a court date tomorrow so we know who to expect. Thank you! Milwaukee Freedom Fund