Milwaukee, June 9, 2019: Voces joins Milwaukee Pride Parade (MPP)

Voces joins Milwaukee Pride Parade (MPP)

Espanol aca: (English translation below)

El personal y simpatizantes de Voces de la Frontera están felices de unirse con Milwaukee Pride Parade (MPP) y #stonewall50 mientras marchamos en nuestro primer desfile anual de orgullo de MKE. El domingo 9 de junio, nos encantaría que nuestros apoyadores y aliados de VDLF nos animen durante el desfile. Marcharemos en solidaridad con nuestra familia LGBTQIA+. Este es un evento amigable para la familia intentado a promover un ambiente positivo e inclusivo.

El desfile comienza a las 2 pm, sin embargo, aquellos que marchan con Voces se reunirán antes en un punto de reunión lo cual aún tenemos que determinar. Publicaremos actualizaciones a esta página cuando tenemos más información.

https://www.prideparademke.org/ es el sitio web oficial del Milwaukee Pride Parade. La ruta del desfile es en S. 2nd St. en Walker’s Point.

Si desea obtener más información sobre el evento o tiene interés en marchar en el desfile con Voces de la Frontera, comuníquese con la directora de operaciones, Natalia Espina, al 608-422-9116 o operations@vdlf.org

English translation:

The staff and supporters of Voces de la Frontera are happy to join Milwaukee Pride Parade (MPP) and #stonewall50 as we march in our first annual MKE pride parade. On Sunday, June 9, we would love for the many supporters and allies of VDLF to cheer us on during the parade. We will march in solidarity with our LGBTQIA+ family. This is a family-friendly event intended to promote a positive and inclusive environment.

The parade begins at 2 pm however those who are marching with Voces will meet earlier at a meeting point yet to be determined. We will post updates to this page as we have it.

https://www.prideparademke.org/ is the official website of Milwaukee Pride Parade. The parade route is on S. 2nd St. in Walker’s Point.

If you would like more information about the event or have interest in marching in the parade with Voces de la Frontera, please contact operations director, Natalia Espina, at 608-422-9116 or operations@vdlf.org

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Waukesha, May 24, 2019: Voces de la Frontera Membership Meeting

Junta de membresía de Waukesha: La lucha sigue por las licencias

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Junta de membresía del capítulo de Waukesha
Cada otro viernes, 6pm
305 E Main St, Waukesha

¡La lucha sigue por las licencias de conducir! Acompáñanos para la próxima junta de membresía de nuestro capítulo de Waukesha. Platicaremos sobre los próximos pasos en la lucha por las licencias después del 1ro de mayo. Tenemos las juntas de membresía cada 2 semanas.
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Waukesha Chapter Membership Meeting
Every other Friday, 6pm
305 E Main St, Waukesha

The fight for driver licenses continues! Join us for the next membership meeting of our chapter in Waukesha! We will discuss next steps in the fight for driver licenses following May 1st. We have membership meetings every other Friday.

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Iranian nation will not bow to bullies: Rouhani

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President Hassan Rouhani asserts that the Iranian nation may be under pressure, but will not “bow its head in the face of bullies.”

Rouhani made the remarks on Tuesday in the country’s northwestern West Azerbaijan Province, where he inaugurated eight developmental projects, including two dams.

“Holding onto premature perceptions, they had thought they would be able to shatter Iran’s grandeur,” he said, adding, however, that “we have been witnessing prosperity across this land every day in this tough time and under sanctions.”

“This is a very decisive response to the White House…and to those who reckon they can make the great nation of Iran buckle under their pressures,” the president noted.

Rouhani underscored how Washington regularly walks back its threats against Iran shortly after issuing them.

“The White House announces that the people of Iran should be wary of an attack: however, [no longer than] two hours later, under pressure from the Pentagon,” the US president declares that Washington was not after launching any attack against Iran,” he said.

“This is the very power of the Iranian nation,” Rouhani stated, noting that the enemies cannot stand the country’s endeavor towards progress and self-reliance.

The US remarkably stoked tensions with Iran last year by leaving a multilateral nuclear agreement with Tehran, and then restoring the sanctions that had been lifted under the deal. The US has also dispatched an aircraft carrier strike group, a bomber taskforce, and an assault ship to the Persian Gulf, citing an alleged likelihood that Iran could target the American interests in the region.

On Monday, US President Donald Trump tweeted, “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran.”

Soon afterwards, though, he downplayed what he has been trumpeting as “Iran’s threat” to the region and the US interests. “We have no indication that anything’s happened to or will happen…,” he claimed.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani addresses the crowd during a trip to the country’s northwestern West Azerbaijan Province on May 21, 2019. (Photo by president.ir)

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani addresses the crowd during a trip to the country’s northwestern West Azerbaijan Province on May 21, 2019. (Photo by president.ir)

Brazil’s Military Police Kills 434 in Rio de Janeiro in 2019

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Brazil’s military police killed 434 in 2019, making it the most violent period in recorded history. Most of the killings occurred against Black men in favelas in Rio de Janeiro.

According to the Rio de Janeiro State Institute of Public Security (IPS), 434 military police killings took place in Rio de Janeiro in the first quarter of 2019, averaging seven deaths per day.

This became the most violent 90 days period in recorded history. The data did not include killings by the Rio de Janeiro Civil Police. The killing spree by the military police comes less than six months into the presidency of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

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Last year, during the same period, 386 deaths were reported.

Another important data was the number of rifles seized i.e., 145, the highest since 2007 and 25 more than at the beginning of 2018.

More than 100 incomplete rifles were seized at the home of Ronnie Lessa who was arrested for the murder of councilwoman Marielle Franco on March 2018. His guns were not counted in the data.

Governor Wilson Witzel, a right-wing ally of President Bolosonaro, is a supporter of the right of police to kill with impunity. He had ordered the police to use snipers and murder anyone who they think is carrying a weapon.

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Due to this order, 90 percent of the victims of police killings are young Black males from favelas.

Bolsonaro’s Justice Minister Sergio Moro has announced an anti-crime bill, which if passed, would let the police shoot anyone who makes them “feel afraid.”

Bolsonaro has publically been pro-weapon and police brutality. He signed a decree early May, relaxing rules of carrying weapons for collectors, hunters, and sports shooters, known by the acronym CAC.

The CACs can carry loaded weapons on the streets which were not allowed previously.

The President of Brazilian Forum for Public Security, Renato Sergio de Lima said the presidential decree would be a step towards the legalization of the possession of weapons in the country.

TELL ICE: Release unjustly detained pastor and grandmother, FREE BETTY RENDON!

SIGN THE PETITION: https://bit.ly/2Qahycz

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents just ripped a Lutheran preacher out of her home, arresting her in her pajamas in front of her five-year-old granddaughter.

ICE agents forced their way into Betty Rendón’s home with guns drawn, “violently” shook her husband, and were reportedly “jubilant” after the arrest.
Pastor Rendón, who fled to the U.S. from Colombia after armed guerrillas attacked the school where she taught, now serves a church in Wisconsin as a student pastor while studying for her doctorate. Her bishop says the Rendóns have “been a blessing to every community that they’ve ever been a part of.”
Local religious leaders just held an interfaith prayer vigil outside the detention center where Pastor Rendón is being held, and national Lutheran leaders have called on federal officials to release her from detention.
Arresting a beloved pastor in her pajamas and dragging her away in front of her granddaughter does not make America safer. Free Betty Rendón and her family, and stop these unjust arrests! SIGN THE PETITION: https://bit.ly/2Qahycz
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Multinational supporters of all ages and faith at May 15, 2019 protest vigil at the Kenosha, Wisconsin Detention Center to demand the release of Pastor Betty Rendon and her family members. / Photo: WI BOPM

Eyewitness in Venezuela: a 14-Year Perspective

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By Peter Lackowski

I was in Venezuela from April 26 to May 5, 2019. It was the fifth time I have been there in a span of 14 years, so I was able to put things I saw on this trip in that context.

My first visit was in 2005. I saw people begging, sleeping in doorways, street venders filling not just sidewalks, even whole streets in some areas.

But I also saw bundles of books being distributed house to house, following a campaign to teach everyone to read. I visited clinics in poor neighborhoods staffed by Cuban medical personnel. I saw independent radio stations run by people in their communities, broadcasting local news, and providing a platform for commentary on current events. Stores had basic foods at affordable, subsidized prices. “Missions,” funded directly by oil revenues so as to bypass government ministries, were addressing social problems that bureaucracies from the pre-Chávez government failed to resolve.

In 2005, people eagerly told me stories of recent years. On April 11, 2002, a coup led by generals and business leaders had kidnapped President Chávez for two days. Massive demonstrations restored him to power. Soon after that, the owners of big businesses and the top management of the nationally owned oil company staged a “lock-out,” closing their own factories and stores and intimidating smaller businesses to join them. They shut down oil production. Their tactics didn’t work; people improvised and eventually the “lock-out” collapsed. All this did great damage to the economy in 2003 and 2004 and was one of the causes of poverty in 2005.

I returned to Venezuela in 2008, 2014, and 2015. By the end of that ten- year period the country had been transformed. There was no one begging. I saw no one sleeping in doorways, and I saw construction happening everywhere—a massive housing program, building literally millions of urban and rural dwellings. Going around the country I saw countless signs of positive efforts that were enriching and improving the lives of people living in less affluent areas. Laptop computers were being distributed to schoolchildren for free. Community gardens, sports facilities, neighborhood clinics, price controls that kept food affordable, infrastructure improvements of all kinds.

Sabotage, coup plots and riots by the upper classes have been endemic throughout the 20 years of Chavismo. They made normal life in Caracas especially difficult for working people in the city in 2014, when corporate media gave the riots intense coverage, misrepresenting them as peaceful protests. Financial manipulation brought about hyperinflation. And now, after years of working behind the scenes to help the opposition undermine the country, the United States has begun a series of overt attacks—seizing Venezuela’s assets, threatening military action, and attempting to install Guaidó in the presidency….

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Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio May 19 Edition

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Listen to the Sun. May 19, 2019 edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. The program features our regular PANW report with dispatches on the call by Republic of Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa to the creative community to contribute to the development of the Southern African state; the South African Communist Party (SACP) has issued several statements in the aftermath of the overwhelming African National Congress (ANC) victory in the recent May 8 elections; Egypt has been hit by another terrorist attack on a bus full of tourists; and Sudanese military and opposition forces have resumed negotiations on the terms of the establishment of a joint civilian-military governing council after talks were suspended due to a shooting last week involving demonstrators. During the second and third hours we will commemorate the 94th birthday of Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik Shabazz).

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Pan-Africanism and trade unions in the post-colonial era

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Workers’ protests and resistance movements that preceded Africa’s independence demonstrated the working class’s quest for a continental effectual workers alliance.

Western imperialism was built off of the exploitation of African land and labour from the mid-to-late 15th century through the conclusion of the Atlantic Slave Trade and the consolidation of classical colonialism at the end of the 1800s.

Leading African historical scholars have documented the link between the tremendous profits accrued through the plantation system in the Caribbean, South America, Central America and North America and the rise of industrial capitalism [[i]].

The capitalist modes of production as exemplified in shipping, commerce, banking, commodities production and services all grew into formidable sectors during the period of the 18th and 19th centuries. By the dawn of the 20th century and the eventual advent of the First World War, heavy industry had become the engine for the competition between various imperialist states seeking domination of global markets.

Of course, the resistance of African workers, including agricultural, domestic and extractive-manufacturing, developed rapidly as an inevitable response to the horrendous conditions under which people laboured. Peasant societies were often turned into a rural proletariat when the character of their labour production was exclusively designed to enrich the colonial powers….

[ix] https://muse.jhu.edu/article/197821 accessed on 16 May 2019

[x] http://oatuu.org/ accessed on 16 May 2019