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FILM: Local Organizations Team up to Show "Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience"

East Michigan Environmental Action Council - Mon, 08/19/2030 - 8:02pm
What: Film screening of "Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience" with Question and Answer session to follow afterwards

When: September 6th, 2013

Time: 8PM

Where: Cass Corridor Commons
             4605 Cass Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201

East Michigan Environmental Action Council, 5E, Heru, and the American Indian Health and Family Services invite you to the film screening of, Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience, on September 6th, 2013. The showing will take place in the D. Blair Theater of The Cass Corridor Commons.

Focusing on the lives and experiences of the Native/Indigenous community in the Midwest, Our Fires Still Burn is a one hour documentary that works to dispel the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the United States. The narrative that Native and Indigenous peoples no longer exist in the US has been perpetrated in many forms since the beginning of colonization in the US, with perhaps the most famous example being the book (and movie), The Last of the Mohicans. The narrative usually argues something along the lines that because Native peoples are now dead (or are actively dying), we need non-Native peoples to "save and recover" (read; loot) Native artifacts (very often including actual bones of human beings). Another strand of the narrative argues that names like Washington Red Skins are actually compliments that honor long dead tribes rather than the offensive insults that Native/Indigenous peoples say they are.

Our Fires Still Burns argues that the narrative that Native/Indigenous peoples are dead is harmful in that it invisibilizes and makes unnecessary the voices of the very much alive Native/Indigenous community. But as Our Fire Still Burns shows, Native and Indigenous peoples continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make great contributions to society.

The film viewing of Our Fires Still Burn will appeal to native and non-Native alike, and will be followed by a question and answer session featuring many of the people appearing in the film, as well as film director Audrey Geyer.  Ms. Geyer is an independent video producer and director whose programs have been broadcasted locally and nationally on PBS. She is the founder and current executive director of Visions, an independent video production company local in Metro Detroit. Visions work focuses on creating documentaries that tell the stories of communities that are underrepresented in mainstream media.

As East Michigan Environmental Action Council co-director, Diana Copeland says, the most important thing to do right now in light of various attacks on marginalized communities in Detroit is to build community responses to those attacks, "Conversations that happen where we can begin to get to know each other are essential and will only make our communities stronger."
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Post-Election: “Beyond Fear, We Have Each Other”

CAAAV - Fri, 12/09/2016 - 2:19pm

From: November 11, 2016

This week has been a devastating week for this country and the world. With Donald Trump as the President-Elect, Supreme Court justices to be appointed by Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and a Republican Congress committed to pushing an agenda to roll back strides made in history for directly impacted communities, and rumored appointment of Rudy Giuliani as Attorney General, we have an uphill battle ahead.

Many of us are mourning, angry, shocked, and we need to sit with what we are feeling. We ask, though, how can we channel these emotions into collective love and power?

Times when we feel all that is impossible, our self-preservation is what we hold onto. Let us use that self-preservation to fight even harder with a stronger determination and will. Our families and members who have fled war, hid in the shadows, survived low-wage jobs, endured racism, sexism, and capitalism, eventually rose to courageously fight displacement, to fight for improved living conditions, and fought for our collective dignity. We do have that courage to continue the fight.

In the coming weeks, CAAAV will be holding conversations with our Chinatown and Queensbridge tenants and youth members to talk about the elections and what this means for our mission and work. How will we navigate the announced defunding of housing assistance programs, food stamps, and services for family planning and abortion and its impact on our base? How will we ensure the safety of our Muslim, undocumented, and queer/trans/gender non-conforming members? What can we do to ensure that working-class Asian immigrants and youth fight back? Now more than ever is the need to organize directly impacted people within our communities – Asian/Asian American working-class immigrants, queer/trans/gender non-conforming youth, and young girls to fight to protect our homes and bodies from the state.

Many in our community are scared. But, we should know that beyond that fear, we have each other, our resiliency, and our power in this struggle. As Yuri Kochiyama reminds us, “Remember that consciousness is power. Tomorrow’s world is yours to build.”

With immense love,
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities

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Stand for Safe Staffing at UVM Medical Center

VWC - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 1:19pm
December 8, 2016 - 1:45pm to 2:30pm

Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNAs) and Unit Secretaries (US) at UVM Medical Center are fighting for the right to organize and form a union, to ensure safe staffing and quality patient care for our communities.

But by standing behind outdated laws UVM Medical Center is blocking their right to make a democratic decision to organize a union.

Join us at UVM-Medical Center's annual board meeting on December 8th to stand in solidarity with healthcare workers by calling on board members to stop blocking their right to organize, and to ensure safe staffing for our communities!

RSVP on Facebook

Contact: keith@workerscenter.org // mmcgrath@upvaft.org

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Frank Rosen, Longtime UE Leader, Dies at 91

UE - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 5:17pm
01 December, 2016Chicago

Frank Rosen, who served as president of UE District 11 for 24 years and whose UE membership and activism goes back 65 years, died November 28 in Chicago at age 91. Rosen made tremendous contributions to improving the lives of UE members and all workers, as well as to the peace, civil rights, and consumer rights movements.

In 1951 Rosen took a job as a machine operator at Goodman Manufacturing, a company that built heavy mining equipment. He worked his way up to maintenance electrician during his 15 years in the plant and held a variety of positions in UE Local 1114.  He served on the negotiating committee for 14 consecutive years and helped lead several strikes.  In 1966 Rosen joined the staff of the UE and spent the next ten years assisting UE locals in Chicago and Minneapolis, as well as at the large Allen-Bradley plant in Milwaukee where he helped run the 1970 strike of thousands of workers to secure a decent pension plan.

He was elected president of UE District 11 in 1976 and served in that position until his retirement in 1990. District 11 encompassed much of what is now the Western Region in the Midwest, and included UE locals in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and in later years, Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska.



It was during the political tumult of the post-WWII years, and in the resistance to the intolerance and attacks on civil liberties during the McCarthy Era of the 1950s, that Rosen developed a friendship with the late Harold Washington.  Many years later, the Rosen family played an active role in Washington’s successful 1983 campaign to become Chicago’s first Black mayor, organizing both labor and community support.

Rosen was an outspoken early opponent of the Vietnam War and went on to organize significant labor union opposition to the war.  As a speaker at a small anti-war demonstration in the mid-1960s, he accurately predicted that their numbers would grow and they would stop the war.  He was an active member and leader in a number of peace organizations throughout his life.

In the face of racial turmoil in Chicago in the 1960s and 1970s, Rosen worked with his wife and others to form the Southwest Community Congress (SCC) to build relationships across racial and neighborhood divides. It was their work with SCC that led to opportunities for Harold Washington to engage with residents of the Southwest Side, an area of the city that was generally hostile to his mayoral candidacy.

In the 1970s, Rosen was a founder of the Labor Coalition on Public Utilities (LCPU), created to take on the price-gouging and under-investment in infrastructure by the major utility companies. In this role he met and worked closely with Ralph Nader. LCPU laid the groundwork for the creation of the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) which continues to fight for the interests of residential utility consumers in Chicago to this day.  Rosen was elected to represent his congressional district as one of the first directors of CUB.

Rosen also marshaled support in Chicago for the grape boycotts led by Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in the 1960s and helped create a national organization, the All Unions Committee for a Shorter Work Week, in the 1970s.

Rosen continued his work with a number of organizations in retirement even after losing his wife and partner of 47 years, Lois Anne (Schafer) to cancer in 1996.  He helped lead the Illinois chapter of Labor Party Advocates in the 1990s, an effort to form a third party to the left of the Democrats, and he was an active supporter of Ralph Nader’s independent campaign for president in 2000.

Frank Rosen was born in Pittsburgh in 1925 and grew up in Cleveland and Miami Beach.  His political views were shaped very early by the experience of seeing his father’s clothing shop in Cleveland go under during the Depression. He joined the Navy in 1943 straight out of high school, attended officer training school at Georgia Tech, and served in the Pacific as World War II came to a close.  His ship was one of the first to visit Nagasaki, Japan after the atomic bomb had been dropped on that city. The utter devastation he witnessed there contributed to his decision not to become a nuclear physicist after getting a bachelors degree at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University and doing graduate work in physics at the University of Chicago, both of which he attended on the GI Bill. He would frequently say that he looked around at the height of the Cold War and decided that the world needed fewer nuclear physicists and more people working for a world where the atomic bomb would never be used again.

In a letter to a friend written in his mid-70s, Rosen said of himself: “As long as I am physically and mentally able to do so, I intend to keep on keeping on in struggles for peace, justice and equality in the U.S.A.”  That’s exactly what he did, well into his late 80s until his health made it impossible to continue.  In 2002 he was fortunate to find and marry another partner, Bernice Selden, who shared many of his same interests and goals.

Rosen had learned from one of the great early leaders of UE and District 11's first president, Ernie DeMaio. In turn, perhaps Rosen's greatest contributions, through his long life, was as a wise and generous mentor to successive generations of young activists in the labor movement and other social justice organizations. Many a new organizer would come to him for advice and support.

UE General President Peter Knowlton said of Rosen: “Frank Rosen was part of the generation that defeated Nazism and fascism in the 1940s and fought for the freedom and dignity of workers.  His generation built our union and fought to preserve UE and its principles of militant independent rank-and-file unionism when it was under attack by the government and big business.  Frank’s decades of fighting to advance the interests of workers, and for racial justice and peace, set an example that all of us should strive to live up to. We owe Frank a great debt of gratitude. Our deepest condolences go out to his family.”

Rosen is survived by his wife as well as his children Rachel DeGolia, Rebecca Balanoff, and Carl Rosen (the current president of the UE Western Region), six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial will be held on February 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm at The Selfhelp Home, 908 W Argyle St., Chicago IL 60640 (where Rosen lived for his final three and a half years.)  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Selfhelp Home, Circle Pines Center, or U.S. Labor Against the War.

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UC won't assist federal agents in immigration actions against students

NNIRR - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:35am
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Teresa Watanabe Story Publisher:  Los Angeles Times

The University of California announced sweeping actions Wednesday to protect its students who came into the country illegally, saying it would refuse to assist federal immigrat

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LVEJO statement on passage of Future Energy Jobs Bill

LVEJO - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:05pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 1, 2016 LVEJO statement on passage of Future Energy Jobs Bill Contact: Juliana Pino – jpino@lvejo.org, Phone number: 312-344-3143 SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) is pleased to announce the passage of the Future Energy Jobs Bill after years of education, hard-fought negotiation, and collaboration through the […]
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Windham County Organizing Committee Meeting

VWC - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 8:45pm
December 6, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The Windham County Organizing Committee meets every other Tuesday. Doors open at 5:45 and we start promptly at 6.

Contact: Ellen Schwartz, eschwa1@myfairpoint.net

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Windham County Canvassing

VWC - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 8:43pm
December 10, 2016 - 10:30am to 2:30pm

Join us for an organizing training and canvassing day on this Saturday, December 10. This will include training, canvassing in pairs, and a debrief.

We will be meeting at The Root at 10:30am - please plan to stay until 2:30pm.

The Root is handicap accessible and is a fragrance-free space.

Contact: Ellen Schwartz, eschwa1@myfairpoint.net

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How to support NNIRR on Giving Tuesday and beyond

NNIRR - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 3:12pm
Story Type:  Article Story Publisher:  NNIRR

Giving Tuesday, November 29, kicks off the Season of Giving 2016 -- closing a year in which justice and human rights have been attacked and greatly compromised -- with more dangerous days ahead in 2017.

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Be part of the VWC's Member Fundraising Team

VWC - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 12:49pm

Social movements happen when regular people come together because they believe in the possibility of a better world.

Now more than ever, we need independent movement organizations that are funded from the grassroots.

As new administrations take office in Washington, D.C. and in Montpelier, we will be in for the fight of our lives. Join the VWC's Member Fundraising Team today, and help make sure our 2016 year-end fundraising campaign puts up in the position to fight back!

Your Contact Information First Name * Last Name * Email * I can help with fundraising by: Social Media Ambassador: I'll share fundraising messages on social media Each One Reach One: I will recruit at least one new VWC Member by the end of the year Challenge Yourself: I will set up a personal fundraising page and raise funds from my friends and family I can share VWC Content on: Facebook Twitter My twitter handle @ Name(s) of people I will recruit as VWC members: My personal fundraising goal to raise by the end of the year: * $ Leave this field blank
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Giving thanks and moving forward

NNIRR - Thu, 11/24/2016 - 1:48am
Story Type:  Blog Story Publisher:  NNIRR

Thank you for your support

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44th Annual NOEL NIGHT at the Cass Corridor Commons!

East Michigan Environmental Action Council - Tue, 11/22/2016 - 1:30pm

On Saturday December 3rd, the Cass Corridor Commons will be activated by a dynamic spectrum of culture & entertainment for the 44th Annual NOEL NIGHT! Family festivities include a headlining performance by Detroit's ”Queen of Soul and R&B” Thornetta Davis, pop-up holiday SWAP! by FreeMarket of Detroit, and eco-friendly arts and crafts workshops!
Join us for live youth performances by Detroit Youth Volume, Duke Ellington Traveling Band & LM Productions Dance Troupe. Also, get ready for an ancestrally-flavored feature concert by Detroit's leading entertainment activists, the 3rd Annual Super Solstice Show! There will be delicious food vendors to satisfy your Noel Night appetite, and vending and local artisans offering custom jewelry and accessories, perfect for this gift-giving season!
Look forward to an evening of Family, Fun, and Festivities at Cass Corridor Commons, for the 44th Noel Night Saturday, December 3rd from 5pm-10pm! The Cass Corridor Commons serves as a multi-use, non-profit cultural institution for cross-sectional movement work in Detroit. The Commons strives to provide a safe and inclusive place for people of all identities and to embody principles of social and environmental justice. 
For More information contact Bryce Detroit 313-605-2996 DetroitRecordings@Gmail.com
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Kobach Accidentally Reveals Anti-Muslim Plan

NNIRR - Mon, 11/21/2016 - 11:11pm
Story Type:  In the News Story Author:  Betsy Woodruff Story Publisher:  The Daily Beast

On Sunday, Kris Kobach showed us his papers—and civil liberties groups now want him out.

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VWC President's Address, November 2016

VWC - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 4:42pm

The following address was delivered by Vermont Workers' Center president Ellen Schwartz to the VWC's Annual Membership Assembly on November 12, 2016

Welcome, Workers’ Center members, to our annual Membership Assembly. I knew that we’d be meeting just after the elections, and that, no matter the result, we have our work cut out for us. But the election of Trump shook me emotionally in a way that elections generally don’t. I awoke on Wednesday with a mixture of fear, sorrow, devastation, and an absolutely renewed commitment to the need to organize poor and working-class people across divides of race, religion, gender, disability, immigration status, and all that is used to divide us.

In the wake of the election, a lot of FB friends posted Mother Jones’s exhortation: “Don’t mourn. Organize.” And my response was: Do mourn. And organize like hell. Mourning is an act of shared support in the face of deep sorrow. I, for one, need to allow myself to feel the sorrow, and the anger. The fear, especially for those among us who are and will be most targeted.

Neither the mourning nor the organizing is easy. The emotional toll is real. And the divisions that have been sown by the right, and capitalized on by people like Trump, have a long, long history. The left, meanwhile, has talked about things like income inequality but not done a good job of connecting with, much less organizing, within the working class, which has left the field wide open to demagogues and their behind-the-curtain backers. This is the terrain we are organizing within.

Today we’re going to be talking about our campaign plan for 2017, as well as some proposed structural changes within the VWC that are designed to strengthen our commitment to being member-run and accountability between the CoCo and the members. I’m sure there will be spirited discussion and debate, which is a good thing. That is the “struggle” part of unity-struggle-unity. As an organization we are emerging from what feels like a fairly long period of internal struggle about our direction. We have harvested lessons from our setback in the healthcare campaign. We have had differences of opinion about the relative merits of organizing around healthcare and organizing around workers’ rights -- and whether there are ways to merge the two, which you will see in the campaign proposal. We’ve talked about how much, or whether, we should be targeting the legislature. And we’ve debated the role of grant funding in an organization like ours. And through this all we have been trying to figure out what it means to be member-run and democratic, how to enact that commitment.

I don’t often make pleas, but I am making one today. I think it is absolutely urgent that we come together in unity around focused campaign work. That doesn’t mean squashing our differences or suppressing dissent, but it does mean having our eyes wide open about what we are up against. I’m reminded of the image of the teeter totter that we use in Solidarity School. You know, the one where the rich and powerful are weighing down one side, and what we have to counter-balance that is the power of numbers if we are organized. Unity means that we need to be on that teeter totter together. We need to commit to wielding our campaign to build a stronger and larger base, to building network power with other grassroots organizations. We also need to commit to having each others’ backs and to understanding the pain that so many people are feeling -- including the pain that led many white working-class people to vote for Trump.

We need to continue to speak out for the rights of all people. Silence in the face of oppression only empowers the oppressors. And, at the same time, we need to be ahead of the beat, rather than reactive, in our organizing. That means that we need to be smart about our campaign strategy. There is a ton of passion in this room. We’re a group of people united in our aspiration for justice and democracy, and painfully aware of the many ways our society falls short of that vision. As we talk together today about our campaign plan and our organizational structure, I want to urge us all to simultaneously be guided by our deeply held values and to do our best strategic thinking about the best way to get there.

We also need to remember that we are not alone in this struggle. We have allies within Vermont, nationally, and internationally. Many of them have been reaching out to us, both before and after the election, about how we can work together. So one piece of strategic thinking is about how we can combine power with our allies to both resist the blowback that will be directed at poor and working class people, undocumented people, people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and all targeted communities, and proactively organize for a just transition to a society in which the human rights of all people and the survival of the planet are at the forefront.

This feels like a sober way to welcome you here today. It is, but I also want you to know that I feel both hope and comfort in the fact that we are gathering for this meeting, especially in the face of the election. For me the hope is that we are all here, committed to organizing for change where it needs to start: in our communities and workplaces. It resides, too, in the tremendous dedication of VWC members, all of you who participate in Organizing Committees, work on political education, serve on the Steering Committee, do campaign research and strategy development, participate in fundraising; those of you who talk with the media, make media, and work on social media; those of you who are active your your unions and those who keep us connected with other organizations; those who work behind the scenes to keep the organization running, and those of you who nourish our bodies through the People’s Kitchen--everyone here today, ready to roll up our sleeves and dig in. Let’s do it!

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Here’s How Campuses Could Protect Undocumented Students From Donald Trump’s Deportations

NNIRR - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 2:18pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Katie Reilly Story Publisher:  Time

"We want people to know that they will be welcome here if they lack documentation"

The chancellor of the largest four-year public university system in the country

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Lawmakers to Obama: Pardon Immigrant Youth Facing Deportations Under Trump

NNIRR - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 1:36pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Suzanne Gamboa Story Publisher:  NBC News

Lawmakers on Thursday implored President Barack Obama to pardon young immigrants temporarily protected from deportation for their immigration violations so that they won't be subject to removal under a Trump administration.

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Asian Youth in Action 2017 ***Applications Open***

CAAAV - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 3:12pm


Asian Youth in Action (AYA) is a 7-month internship program running from February 2017 to August 2017 for youth ages 14-20. This is an opportunity for Asian young people who speak Bangla, Korean, Mandarin, and/or Cantonese to serve low-income Asian immigrant communities. Learn more and apply now!

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Community Forum on Patient Safety and Safe Staffing at UVM Medical Center

VWC - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 1:27pm
November 30, 2016 - 6:15pm to 8:15pm

RSVP here (or join Facebook event)

LNA's, Unit Secretaries and other UVM Medical Center staff are understaffed, means they are overworked and the quality of the care they can give suffers. UVM Medical can do better, and it will if staff are part of making the decisions. Also, if staff earned livable wages not only would they feel more valued but it would be easier to recruit and retain quality staff. Join us in asking the UVM Medical Center to quit blocking LNA’s, Unit Secretaries and other staff’s democratic decision to form a union.

Come to this forum to hear the challenges UVM Medical Center staff face and why the UVM Medical Center administration is blocking their democratic decision to organize a Union.

Rowell 110 on UVM’s Campus [ map ]
(Connected to UVMMC, past Davis Auditorium, Just down the hall from Given Cafe)

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Organizing Training and Canvassing Day

VWC - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 1:25pm
November 19, 2016 - 11:30am to 3:00pm

Join us for an organizing training and canvassing day on this Saturday, November 19.

We will be meeting at 11:30am at the Workers’ Center. Please plan to stay until 3pm.

RSVP to kate@workerscenter.org

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Head of National Network Discusses Immigration, Refugee Rights

NNIRR - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 3:00am
Story Type:  In the News Story Author:  Brooke Holland Story Publisher:  Noozhawk

When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, President Barack Obama’s immigration plans could be repealed, leaving its recipient’s futures uncertain.

That's the view expressed by Catherine Tactaquin, executive director of the National Network for Immigrants and Refugee Rights, at a forum this week in Santa Barbara.

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