Chicago, May 11: Protest for #Nakba70 & Right of Return: Stop The Massacre in Gaza

Hosted by Coalition for Justice in Palestine – CJP

Protest for #Nakba70 &Right of Return: Stop The Massacre in Gaza

oin the Chicago Coalition for Justice in Palestine at the 70th Nakba Commemoration #NakbaDay70Chi

WHEN: Friday, May 11th, 2018, at 4:30 PM

WHERE: Corner of Congress Parkway & Michigan Avenue, downtown Chicago (There will be a bus leaving from the Mosque Foundation on Harlem at 3:30pm sharp)

March 15th, 2018, marks 70 years of the ethnic cleansing of almost 800,000 Palestinians from their homes and lands, at the hands of zionist gangs. Now, the situation in Palestine is just as urgent.

Israeli colonial domination continues to entrench itself across all of historical Palestine, led by one of the most right-wing governments Israel has ever had. The Israelis have used unimaginable brutality in response to the#GreatReturnMarch in Gaza, using chemical weapons and murdering dozens of unarmed protesters, including members of the press. And of course, Gaza’s Palestinians are in their 12th year of living under a brutal siege that has made life there almost unlivable, according to the UN.

Across the West Bank, the Israelis continue to move towards de facto annexation of large swaths of land. The corrupt Palestinian Authority (PA) is pushing for a meeting of the Palestine National Council to grant legitimacy to Mahmoud Abbas and his cronies. In addition, the racist U.S. administration, backed by both parties, has announced that it will be moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on Nakba Day itself! And Palestinians inside the 1948 territories have no equality in a racist, apartheid Israeli state that treats them like 3rd class citizens.

But our people continue to resist. The Palestinians of Gaza have inspired the world with their protests demanding the full Right of Return to their original homes and lands. The Palestinians of the West Bank continue to resist both Israeli occupation and the PA’s complicity. And the Palestinians of Jerusalem refuse to abandon their city, their holy sites, and our capital!

All Palestinians around the world, joined by our allies and supporters, continue to reject Trump, reject Netanyahu, and demand an end to Israeli colonization of ALL of historical Palestine.

Join the Chicago Coalition for Justice in Palestine on Friday, May 11th, at 4:30 PM, on the corner of Congress Parkway & Michigan Avenue, as we gather for a rally followed by a march to the Israeli Consulate, commemorating the 70th anniversary of Al Nakba.

Until Liberation & Return!

Chicago Coalition for Justice in Palestine is led by Al-Nahda Center, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Palestinian American Community Center, Palestinian American Council, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)-Chicago, and the United States Palestinian Community Network (USPCN).

Endorsed by (list in formation): American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, Black Lives Matter (BLM)-Chicago, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine (CJPIP), Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)-Chicago, and Pilsen Alliance.

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May 14, 2018: Nakba70 Rally and March | Milwaukee

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Nakba70 Rally and March | Milwaukee

941 E Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, 5 P.M. 

May 14, join us to commemorate 70 years since the Nakba (catastrophe) to rally and march against the ongoing occupation of Palestine. The rally will start by the orange Sunburst statue at the edge of Wisconsin Ave by Milwaukee’s lakefront.

70 years ago, over 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes by Israel without return despite countless UN resolutions demanding return. Currently, these refugees live in camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. Every year they take to the streets to assert their right to return, reminding the international community of its obligation towards Palestinian refugees and its responsibility for their crisis.

This year, Palestinians are planning a “Great March of Return.” in advance of the March the people of Gaza have been peacefully demonstrating every Friday. The Israeli colonial and settler army have met these peaceful demonstrators with unparalleled force. Since the demonstrations started early April, over 3000 Palestinians have been wounded and over 40 have been murdered.

The colonial army and politicians have been emboldened by the Trumps administration’s support and encouragement – from the illegal move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, to the protection of Israel with no consequence to their criminal actions.

Join us on Monday to protest the criminal act of the colonial army of Israel and to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Nakba70 Rally and March | Milwaukee

Support Alex Browner, MPS Substitute, On Hunger Strike To Demand Health Insurance

Milwaukee Public School (MPS) Substitute teacher @AlexBrowerMKE has been on a hunger strike since last week. He’s demanding the district provide full time substitute teachers with heath insurance. Please LIKE & SHARE the page documenting his strike: https://www.facebook.com/SubHungerStrike/

SIGN THE PLEDGE: “Healthcare Now! Stand with MPS Substitute Teachers:” https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/healthcare-now-stand-with-mps-substitute-teachers

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Milwaukee, May 11, 2018: Rally to (un)welcome Walker

Hosted by Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association

MTEA April 10 2018 Milwaukee School Board Meeting

800 W Wells Street, Milwaukee, 5 P.M. 

At the conclusion of Teacher Appreciation Week, Scott Walker is hosting a campaign “Meet & Greet” at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Let’s meet Walker at the Museum and let him know we’ve had enough of his assaults on Wisconsin public school students and education workers. It’s time to give our students the money they need!

Meet at the corner of Wells St. and James Lovell St.

http://mtea.weac.org/

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Rev. Pinkney convictions overturned!

https://www.workers.org/2018/05/07/rev-pinkney-convictions-overturned/

By David Sole posted on May 7, 2018

Rev. Edward Pinkney in Benton Harbor, MI, May 26, 2012.

On May 1, the Michigan Supreme Court unanimously overturned the conviction of former political prisoner the Rev. Edward Pinkney, who served 30 months behind bars until his release in June 2017. Pinkney was framed up on five felony counts for allegedly changing some dates on a recall petition in Benton Harbor, Mich.

Pinkney’s original trial in 2014 was remarkable for the lack of any witnesses or actual evidence against the community activist. The all-white jury was told that “you don’t need evidence to convict Edward Pinkney.” The prosecutor, with the approval of the judge, introduced Rev. Pinkney’s political activism, protected by the Constitution, in order to prejudice the jurors.

Pinkney’s walking a picket line, his inviting the Rev. Jesse Jackson to speak in Benton Harbor and his outspoken radio broadcasts were all allowed as “evidence” of his likelihood to commit forgery on recall petitions.

Jailed immediately after being sentenced to 2.5 to 10 years in prison in December 2014, for the next 30 months Pinkney was moved from prison to prison. He spent much of his sentence in Marquette Branch Prison, about 500 miles from his wife and friends.

At the isolated Marquette facility, Rev. Pinkney’s life was threatened by racist guards. A national campaign was carried out to deluge Michigan’s governor, the prison warden and the Department of Corrections with calls and letters demanding that steps be taken to insure his safety.

Thousands of letters and cards to the political prisoner flooded into the prisons to boost his morale and serve as a warning that the public was watching out for his welfare. Two wonderful local activists visited Rev. Pinkney weekly while he was in Marquette Prison. Many believe that it was this widespread and sustained support that kept the (now) 69-year-old leader alive.

Lawyers from both the National Lawyers Guild and the ACLU took Pinkney’s case to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 2016. That three judge panel not only upheld his conviction but also refused to grant bond pending appeal.

Rev. Pinkney served his full 30 months. The appeal to the Supreme Court of Michigan was filed while Pinkney was still behind bars, yet their decision didn’t come down until almost a year after his release.

While the grounds for striking down all convictions were quite technical, the conclusion was an unmistakable victory for Pinkney and his supporters. It stated the “defendant as not properly charged under Paragraph 937 with a substantive offense of election-law forgery. Therefore, his convictions must be vacated and the charges dismissed.”

Rev. Pinkney has continued to organize for justice outside the walls, just as he did inside the prisons. Currently, he is organizing a march and rally in Benton Harbor for May 26 to protest the Senior PGA golf tournament held on parkland stolen from the people of that city by private developers and corrupt politicians.

For more information, go to bhbanco.org.

(Photo: Voice of Detroit)