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Madison, March 23, 2023: Come Support Sourdough Workers! Union, YES!
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Havana and the world: Al Mayadeen interviews the Cuban President (Part 1 and 2)
Education Workers Strike In Los Angeles
SEIU Local 99 When we’re United and ORGANIZED, we will WIN! UTLA teachers have our backs #LAUSDStrike #United4LASchools
Workers Unite Film Fest Brings: Free Virtual On-Demand Screenings March 24-31, 2023 in Honor of Women’s History Month
This screening is co-sponsored by the DC Labor FilmFest (Washington, D.C.), the Rochester Labor Film Series (NY), the Socialist Labor Party Hall in Barre (VT), Reel Work Labor Film Festival (CA), the Labor Heritage Foundation (D.C.), and CLUW Coalition of Labor Union Women (D.C.) as part of the Global Labor FilmFest Network (GLFF) 2023 Online Screening Series.
Some of the films available include:
- Anchor Point – Women have been a force in wildland firefighting since 1942. Still, they remain outnumbered 10-to-1 on the fire lines and do double-duty battling both the infernos that scorch public lands and the smoldering embers of discrimination, misogyny and sexual harassment that continue to suppress their voices. (89 min, 2021)
- Berta Didn’t Die, She Multiplied! – Berta Cáceres’ death has not silenced the many land defenders fighting for justice, Indigenous Sovereignty, and the planet. (29 min, 2017, Honduras)
- Spread Thin – The legal fight against pregnancy discrimination has left one woman, a former Google employee, spread thin. (19m, 2022)
- Aparecides – A young lounge singer reacts to popular uprising in Chile. (16m, 2022, Chile, Narrative)
- Long Haulers – A documentary that gives agency, voice, and perspective into the world of a female trucker in the U.S. (14m, 2020)
- La Lucha Sigue – In Honduras, the Lenca and Garífuna land defenders are not backing down, including the daughter of activist Berta Cáceres. (66m, 2021, Honduras)
All films can be viewed for free by getting tickets here!
Building Unity’s Wisconsin Tour for Justice & Democracy – Sign On As Supporter
Please … sign on as a tour supporter of the WI Tour for Justice & Democracy!
Share our Letter of support with your friends after you sign on HERE!
Encourage your favorite groups to do the same.
*** Also: Make sure that all of the people in your life are registered and ready to vote on April 4, 2023.
Wisconsin Activist Attacked by Israeli Settlers Demands An End to U.S.-Israeli Apartheid
This is from Cassandra Dixon, a lifelong Wisconsin anti-nuclear and peace activist.
I am a citizen of the US, from Wisconsin, currently visiting Palestine. I’m 64 years old. On March 7, I and another international were attacked by Israeli settlers while standing on the outskirts of the Palestinian village of Tuba in Masafer Yatta.
I have had a challenging couple of weeks here. I was attacked by a settler on March 7. The settler has been identified now, and I am hoping there may be legal consequences, which would be unusual for a settler. I got fantastic medical care here, and am doing well. If you would like to contact congress asking that they follow up and hold the settlers accountable for violent attacks against Palestinians and internationals, there is information at the end of this email, and if you would like to share this with anyone here is a statement.
I am a citizen of the US currently visiting Palestine. I’m 64 years old. On March 7, I and another international were attacked by Israeli settlers while standing on the outskirts of the Palestinian village of Tuba in Masafer Yatta. I was hit from behind, hard, with a large stick, and my companion was chased and threatened by a settler with an iron bar. The settler who hit me fractured my skull and caused a bleed in my brain.
This is what the colonialism of Israeli settlers looks like for Palestinian families living in Masafer Yatta in the southernmost end of the West Bank. Supported by Israeli military and Police, settlers from the many settlements and illegal outposts in Masafer Yatta are systematically stealing Palestinian grazing land, destroying crops, and violently forcing people from their lands. To be here now in these 15 villages is to witness ethnic cleansing in real time.
In addition to daily settler threats, attacks, land theft, property destruction and violence, the area’s 1300 residents, more than half of them children, are facing imminent forced removal from their homes to make way for the use of their lands by the Israeli military as a firing zone.
An Israeli high court decision in May of 2022 ended a years long legal battle by residents for the right to remain, and now the largest forced relocation of Palestinians since 1967 could happen at any moment. Israeli forces have already demolished schools, homes, roads, wells, olive trees and agricultural buildings, and delivered demolition orders to every single structure.
As US taxpayers we contribute more than 8 million US dollars a day to the state of Israel. This is what we are buying. The strangulation of villages that are pinned down between illegal outposts. The shepherds forced to sell sheep to buy feed because they cannot access the land they planted a month ago. Women who face settler attacks while trying to reach a hospital in labor. Children who watched as their classrooms were demolished by Israeli forces with their desks and papers still inside. Families waking to the sight of entire olive groves burned or uprooted in the night by settlers. A young man about to be married shot and paralyzed by Israeli soldiers while attempting to save his village’s only generator from confiscation. The death of a beloved elderly man run over and dragged by a heavy equipment trailer during a police raid to confiscate cars in his village.
The humans living in Masafer Yatta desperately need the world to witness the bitterness of colonialism in their fields and olive groves. They desperately need for us to pay attention.
If you would like to help:
Since the attack Senator Tammy Baldwin’s office has been surprisingly helpful in contacting the state department and I hope that they will continue to push them to communicate with the Israeli police and insist on legal consequences for the settler, as they may have some impact on the safety of Tuba Village.
For friends in Wisconsin, If you would like to help, please consider contacting Baldwin’s washinoffice through this link and asking for the following:
1) Thank them for their attention to the attack.
2) Ask that they continue to monitor the complaint in Israel and let the Israeli police know that we expect legal consequences for the settlers involved in the attack.
3) Request that the US consulate make a visit to Tuba in order to understand the threat of violence and human rights abuses caused by expansion of the illegal Israeli outpost of Havat Ma’on.
4) Ask them to continue to request updates and a written report from the state department.
5) Express your appreciation for their attention to this matter and add that you hope this will lead to greater attention by the Senator in the future to the reality of life on the ground under what is increasingly becoming an Apartheid regime that the US needs to start holding accountable, especially given out current level of aid to Israel.
Contacts to the state department from other congressional representatives would also be very helpful, however with Tammy Baldwin you can mention that I am a constituent of hers.
Here is a link to look up contact information for your senator and representative.
Thank you for paying attention to this matter. Please continue to monitor the complaint in Israel and let the Israeli police know that we expect legal consequences for the settlers involved in the attack. Ask that the US consulate make a visit to Tuba in order to understand the threat of violence and human rights abuses caused by expansion of the illegal Israeli outpost of Havat Ma’on. Continue to request updates and a written report from the state department. I appreciate your help.
Compass Workers Need A Raise!
As reported at yesterday’s MWC Delegates Meeting, Compass cafeteria workers in Washington, D.C. are demanding a raise. Members of UNITE HERE 23, they feed the students at prestigious universities including George Washington University, American University, Catholic University of America, and Gallaudet University. Compass cafeteria workers prepare meals for visitors and staff at some of the most-visited museums in the country such as the Smithsonian, and at the World Bank. “While Compass cafeteria workers show up every day to serve at these wealthy and renowned institutions in our nation’s Capital,” says an online petition, “they struggle to pay their bills. Join food service workers in their fight to share in the prosperity — Compass workers need a raise!”
Starbucks Workers United On ULP Strike March 22, 2023
Starbucks workers strike today
Starbucks workers are staging a National ULP strike today. “The message of the strike is getting a seat at the bargaining table,” reports Chris Roell of Workers United. In the metro DC area, workers at the Arlington Courthouse and Olney Md Starbucks are striking. The Arlington picket line is 7:30a-11:30a, Olney picket line: 7;00am – Noon. There are also actions at these DC locations: 1730 Pennsylvania Avenue (10a); 1455 K St., NW (9a); 14th & H St NW (10:30a); 1401 New York Ave NW (10:30a); Foxhall Square (AU), 3301 New Mexico Ave NW (9a). Details here.
Keep the solidarity going: how to support the movement to #StopCopCity
|As our allies in Atlanta keep fighting for community safety, we urge you to continue supporting their struggle to halt the construction of Cop City, a police training facility that threatens large swaths of the Weelaunee Forest and would massively expand militarized policing in Atlanta and elsewhere.At critical moments such as this one, it’s important to remember that local battles are part of our collective struggle for freedom from policing and mass incarceration. At the same time, those of us not in and/or from Atlanta must follow the leadership of the people on the ground, who know their community’s needs best.Please read on for ways to offer and sustain solidarity for the movement to Stop Cop City!|
|Tell Georgia prosecutors to drop the domestic terrorism charges against Stop Cop City protesters, using this action toolkit from Defending Rights & Dissent|
Send emails and make phone calls to Georgia officials and the Cop City contractors, using this script and contact sheet from Stop Cop City Solidarity
Support Community Movement Builders, Black Alliance for Peace – Atlanta, the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, and other local movement leaders
Take action and voice your disapproval to the politicians, contractors, and investors driving Cop City, using this action support toolkit from Stop Cop City Solidarity
Read and share the coalition letter from Defending Rights & Dissent, signed by the NLG, Civil Liberties Defense Center, Project South, Human Rights Watch, and other allies
Sign onto the letter in solidarity with the movement to Stop Cop City
Learn more about the struggle against policing by engaging with the following resources:
[Webinar Recording] The Abolitionist Struggle to Stop Cop City: History, Geography, Intersections by Haymarket Books
[Webpage] About the Movement to Stop Cop City by Stop Cop City Solidarity
[Article] A brief history of the Atlanta City Prison Farm by the Atlanta Community Press Collective, explaining the long history of stealing land from the Muscogee people in what is now Atlanta
[Book] No More Police by Mariame Kaba and Andrea Ritchie