US teacher strikes generated victories. So why are they ready to strike again?

Teachers and supporters rally in front of city hall in Oakland, California, on 21 February.

Teachers and supporters rally in front of city hall in Oakland, California, on 21 February. Photograph: Jeff Chiu/Associated Press

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The new school year has just begun and teachers across the US are preparing to continue the wave of strikes that made 2018 one of the biggest years for workers’ protest in a generation.

From Nevada to Illinois teachers are preparing to escalate a campaign that generated major victories last year, but that many say have been reneged on by local authorities and have still left teachers facing insurmountable problems.

Oklahoma was one of the states that led last year’s strikes and where teachers made significant gains. But a year on teachers still feel stretched to breaking point as they struggle with low pay, poor working conditions, and hostile Republican legislators….

Bolivia’s Amazon fire hotspots reduced by 85%

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“I call on young environmentalists, farmers and social organizations to implement a recovery plan for locals in the affected areas. #UnityinAdversity”

Bolivia’s defense minister Javier Zavaleta announced on Wednesday afternoon, that the hotspots for the Amazon fires in Bolivia have been reduced by 85% in the past eight days. Bolivia’s government has mobilized a huge air operation, involving helicopters, planes and the ‘Supertanker’ to combat the fires that have raged in the country.

“More than 85 percent of the hotspots have been extinguished in almost eight days of operations, therefore, the fire is definitely receding, and we are already attacking specific places from air and land. So we hope the fire will continue receding” said Zavaleta, speaking at a press conference on Wednesday.

He continued, “The large expenses [of operations] are being covered by the Bolivian state with our budget and our own resources, but we still welcome any help (…), now that the fire is in retreat, we have no reason to return to the height of what the fire was. We used to have more than 8,000 fire hotspots we are now at less than 1,000 hotspots”

Nevertheless, challenges remain. Zavaleta also said that fire had been detected near San Ignacio in the Chiquitania area and that the President will be visiting the area shortly to help coordinate operations.

In response to the news. President Evo Morales called for a new phase of operations to begin, asking for others to work with the government to help recover what has been lost. He said “I call on young environmentalists, farmers and social organizations to implement a recovery plan for locals in the affected areas. #UnityinAdversity”

One part of the recovery plan is the announcement on Tuesday evening that buying and selling land in the affected areas will be banned, so as to stop agro-capitalists profiteering from burnt areas, to allow for regeneration of the forest.

The UN has praised Bolivia’s leftist government for the scale of the operations they have mobilized to combat the fires. This includes contracting the world’s largest air tanker, the Boeing 747 ‘Supertanker’ too led efforts to extinguish the fires. Along with sending troops, firefighters and veterinarians to reinforce operations.

Meanwhile, far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been slammed for inaction in the face of the devastating fires.

Published Aug. 28, 2019, by teleSUR

Evo Morales visiting the affected communities in the Chiquitania. Photo: ABI

The Thibodaux Massacre Left 60 African-Americans Dead and Spelled the End of Unionized Farm Labor in the South for Decades

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“….The massacre helped keep unions out of the South at just the moment it was industrializing. Textile manufacturers were moving out of New England, chasing low wages. And after textile factories closed in the 20th century, auto, manufacturing, and energy companies opened in southern states in part for the non-union workforce….

….Southern black farm workers would not attempt to unionize again, until the 1930s when the Southern Tenant Farmers Union attracted both white and African American members. But it too was met by a violent racist backlash. The struggle for southern unions continued into the Civil Rights era. On the night before he was assassinated in Memphis, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech supporting striking sanitation workers. He urged his audience “to give ourselves to this struggle until the end. …You may not be on strike. But either we go up together, or we go down together.”

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Cabins like these in Laurel Valley are similar to those in the area at the time of the Thibodaux Massacre. (Stephen Saks Photography / Alamy Stock Photo)

Milwaukee, September 23, 2019: End Prison Slavery!

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End Prison Slavery

Two IWW members will be at Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin, meeting room 2B, on Monday, September 23, 5:00-6:30 PM. They will be working on some of the activity they regularly do for the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee. Our work includes research, writing letters, data entry, and developing ideas for disrupting the horror that is the Wisconsin prison system. Come by if you want to see what’s involved with this organizing, ask questions, and maybe get involved in this. Free coffee and snacks are provided. Let us know if you need a ride to be able to attend. This gathering will be followed by our strategy meeting at 6:30-7:45 PM, visitors are welcome to attend this as well.

If you are interested in this event and can’t make this time or location, please post in this event, message us or send an email at iwoc.milwaukee@gmail.com We will schedule the next event to work for your schedule, or followup one-on-one. Also contact us if you would need childcare, translation or other accommodations to be able to attend this event. You can also fill out this online survey to volunteer for specific tasks: https://bit.ly/2vyZam9 You can get more information on Wisconsin prison conditions and resistance to them at our website: https://wisconsinprisonvoices.org/

Milwaukee, September 5, 2019: Deliver petitions to City Hall for Ice of MKE campaign!

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Deliver petitions to City Hall for Ice of MKE campaign!

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Jueves 5 de Septiembre entregaremos tarjetas postales a la Comisión de Bomberos y Policía exigiendo que nuestro departamento de Policía y los recursos locales no sean usados para colaborar y asistir ICE en nuestra comunidad. La exclusión de la colaboración entre el Departamento de Policía Milwaukee e ICE disminuirá perfil racial, mejorará la seguridad pública y mantendrá a las familias unidas. Necesitamos tu ayuda para demonstrar que el público apoya a este propósito! Únase a la lucha #ICEOUTOFMKE

Firma nuestra petición: https://vdlf.org/iceoutofmke/

Para mas informacion, contacta a Tommy Molina 262-696-9415

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Join us Thursday, September 5th as we head to City Hall to deliver our petition and demand that that our Milwaukee Police Department and local resources not be used to collaborate and assist ICE in our community. Barring collaboration between the Milwaukee Police Department and ICE will decrease racial profiling, improve public safety, and keep families together. Join the movement and together we will get #ICEOUTOFMKE

Sign our petition: https://vdlf.org/iceoutofmke/

For more information, contact Tommy Molina 262-696-9415

Support ATU 998! Contract and Work Action Authorization Votes September 5, 2019! Money for Public Transit & Union Workers NOW!

Unite to Preserve Transit to the South Shore: https://bit.ly/2PseZWj

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ATU LOCAL 998 CHALLENGES ‘BUDGET HOLE’ PROJECTION

Preliminary investigation points to millions of over projected MCTS operating expenses since 2015

MILWAUKEE, AUGUST 29, 2019 – The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 998 is demanding answers after a preliminary investigation by economic consultant Peter Donohue found that the County’s 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs) showed Milwaukee County Transit System’s actual operating expenses were under budget by $16.53 million from mostly over budgeting MCTS personnel expenses. A look at previous CAFRs show that $39.93 million budgeted for MCTS personnel expenses have possibly gone unspent, but the investigation won’t be complete until the County provides financial information requested.

ATU Local 998 President James Macon released the following statement regarding these findings:

“Milwaukee’s transit system is the economic backbone of the region. To siphon away tax dollars earmarked for the public transit is unconscionable. Year after year we are asked to make cuts. Buses are becoming more dangerous, routes are disappearing, and many riders have to walk excessive distances to get to the nearest bus stop.

“Based on these preliminary findings, we challenge Milwaukee County Transit System’s ‘budget hole’ narrative. We believe County Executive Chris Abele and MCTS are once again over budgeting their expenses in an attempt to justify cutting vital bus routes and hurting transit workers.

“This changes everything for our members. It raises serious questions about the integrity of MCTS’s claims that they are broke. We call on Milwaukee County to stop dragging its feet and provide the financial information requested.”

Read more about the preliminary findings here: https://drive.google.com/…/1EWix-MzaxU5yijj8UZVdc-4hk…/view…

ATU Local 998 members have scheduled a contract vote and work action authorization vote on September 5, 2019

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Register for November 22-24, 2019 conference to refound the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression is pleased to support the Conference to Refound the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, November 22 and 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.

Conference registration is open now: https://naarpr.org/product/refounding-conference-registration/

The National Alliance came into being in 1973 in the campaign to free Dr. Angela Davis. For 46 years it has demanded an end to police crimes, and community control of the police This conference and refounding are an opportunity for veterans of the movement against racist and political repression to pass the mantle to new generations and to continue the struggle against police terror, against political repression of the people’s movements, and in support of political prisoners.

Boycott Puma Round 2: Join 2nd Global Day of Action, October 26, 2019

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Join the Second Global #BoycottPuma Day of Action, October 26, 2019

Across the world, fans of fair play and sports for everyone are joining the call from Palestinian teams and athletes to boycott sportswear manufacturer Puma.

Puma is the main sponsor of the Israel Football Association (IFA), which proudly includes and advocates on behalf of teams in Israeli settlements pushing Palestinian families off their land. Israeli settlements are illegal and constitute a war crime under international law.

Last June, groups in more than 20 countries joined the first Global #BoycottPuma Day of Action. On social media, #BoycottPuma was THE most tweeted Puma-related hashtag that day.

We’re back for round two.

Join the Second Global #BoycottPuma Day of Action, October 26, 2019

Puma is feeling the pressure. To sideline criticism, Puma is resorting to ridiculous claims, including a “devotion to universal equality.”

A “devotion to universal equality” must mean not sporting with apartheid! It requires Puma to end its:

– complicity in whitewashing Israel’s illegal land grabs that rob Palestinians of territory and natural resources.

– support for Israel’s occupation infrastructure that denies Palestinian athletes their rights to freedom of movement and to practice sports.

– sponsorship of the Israel Football Association.

Puma’s iconic leaping cat is profiting from Israel’s ever-expanding illegal settlement enterprise and its denial of basic Palestinian human rights.

Join us as we step up pressure on Puma to live up to its claim of promoting social justice.

Register your group now for the Second Global #BoycottPuma Day of Action, October 26, 2019

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Join the Second Global #BoycottPuma Day of Action, October 26, 2019

Venezuelans Gather Eight Million Signatures Against US Blockade

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The signing of the document is part, along with marches and protests, of the global ‘No More Trump’ campaign

At least eight million Venezuelans added their signatures to a document rejecting the U.S. blockade, which will be presented to the United Nations, according to official reports.

Since August 10, Bolivar squares across the country and makeshift stands have seen thousands of Venezuelans reiterate their repudiation of Washington’s coercive measures.

The signing of the document is part, along with marches and protests, of the global ‘No More Trump’ campaign, promoted by the Venezuelan government to denounce to the world the damages of the sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on Venezuela.

President Nicolas Maduro assured last Friday that this campaign demonstrates courage, the will to fight, desire, passion and what Venezuelans feel towards Trump.

He stressed that this amount of signatures was achieved in ‘record time’ and recalled how in 2015 they collected almost 10 million signatures against an executive order from the US in which Venezuela was considered an unusual threat to its national security.

‘Enough of the blockade, enough of aggression, the people suffer, we will sign this letter that will reach the United Nations with the will of the Venezuelan people,’ he insisted.

In an interview with Xinhua agency, Maduro assured that the hostile U.S policy against this nation is a failure, but denounced the damage it causes to the economy and the people’s quality of life.

‘They have hurt us, and so I denounce it to the world. Great damage has been done to the quality and living standards of the people of Venezuela. But we are able to continue moving forward, despite these aggressions,’ he stressed during his statements to the Chinese agency.

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‘Stand For Peace,’ Milwaukee January 26, 2019 / Photo: WI BOPM