First Monthly General Membership Assembly Call!
National Nurses United
- Southern Workers School starting the weekend of April 22 in Atlanta hosted at the Project South offices (with other sessions via on-line video). Purpose is to build worker power through collective exercise of rights with or without collective bargaining. The school will train activists and leaders in the historical imperative to organize at work. And provide the skills to do so.
working across the country to oppose extreme methods of energy extraction including fracking and dangerous pipelines.
- participating in actions all over the south and the country to provide an alternative vision in the health care debate. Health care as a human right– only possible to have universal health care by eliminating the profit motive in providing health care through a single payer system.
We have information on all of these items that can be provided if anyone wants it.
Update on the Travel Ban
Healthcare-NOW Georgia +
The Campaign for Guaranteed Healthcare, initiated by Healthcare-NOW, National Nurses United, Labor Campaign for Single Payer, Physicians for a National Health Program and more “organizes to win improved Medicare for All – a single payer healthcare system… and sees the movement for healthcare justice as a central component of a broader movement for social and economic justice.” While we defend against the attacks to the ACA and especially oppose the block granting of Medicaid that will have exceptionally deleterious
Healthcare-NOW has been holding monthly southern regional calls for 5 years hosted from NOLA. Members have engaged in numerous campaigns including ‘Save Charity Hospital”, in New Orleans; educational & organizing for Everybody Institutes in Texas and elsewhere; Medicare for All events annually in August; Annual National Strategy Conferences; slide show development https://www.
Friends of the Congo
The youth in the heart of Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo are engaged in a fierce social justice battle to bring about peace and justice in this vital country to the future of the African continent. They are calling on peace loving and justice seeking people throughout the globe to stand in solidarity with them as they wage this dignified fight. We encourage people and organizations on today’s call to let the youth know that you stand with them as they fight for African independence in the spirit of Patrice Lumumba: http://telema.org/solidarity
Letcher County Governance Project
We’re in Eastern Kentucky. It’s great to hear all of y’all’s voices. About a year ago, $444 million was allocated to build the fourth federal prison in our congressional district. We started organizing against that. It’s the only federal prison proposal in the country right now. We’ve been caught in a back and forth with the head of the Planning Commission and our Congressman. The most recent event was a twenty-minute PSA put out by the local Planning Commission trying to address each of the talking points we have raised over the past year. They’re calling the prison “economic development.” We’re trying to build some accountability for our local officials and figure out how to have some of our own people run for office. We are facing a $1.3 million budget deficit. 100 local people showed up for a budget meeting to speak out against a regressive tax. One of the Fiscal Court members said the prison would help the economy and the whole room started laughing. We know a prison is not a laughing matter, but we also know it is not an economic solution for us. We appreciate how many people understand that. We want to hold an assembly here sometime this year, maybe on July 29. If that’s not a good time to join us in talking about a national strategy to deal with prisons, contact us.
Black Lives Matter, Nashville
Peace Everyone. Right now, we unfortunately have to deal with a murder by a police officer in community housing. We’ve been trying to support the family and build on long-term work to have the police be accountable. We’re in the process of constructing a Citizen Review Board. We shut down the City Council a few weeks ago. That public display of democracy turned things around. We won through direct action and narrative. Thanks for keeping up with what we’re doing.
Little Rock Collective Liberation
We are doing a Southern Regional Book Study, a process we have used for several years. They had been city-wide. This one is southern wide. It involves discussions of the book “Incarceration Nation” to be part of the blueprint calling for defending our people and tearing down walls. The book shows that the prison industrial complex is really about making money. Our goal is a world without prisons because they don’t deter crime. They offer only free labor for corporations. We are implementing many ways to participate. We have a virtual book study through the Zoom Conference Meeting AP, every other Tuesday. We’re also making available video of the Book study. We are working with our SMA family and other networks to have guest speakers as we go through the book. We are encouraging folks to let us know what’s going on in your area that can relate to the topic so we can encourage more involvement. I’m interested in talking with Tanya about how we can work together in the future. What’s going on in your community relates to what we are doing right now. You can check it out through SpiritHouse.org and look for the Harm Free Zone Southern Regional Toolkit. You can see the timeline and the links and how to participate. It’s our short-term practice to build education for people to move forward to dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex.
We seek to build a democratic movement with sustainable justice. Working with several groups in the area. We have a PMA that will happen in a couple of months. We’re also going to used the PMA process with an NAACP committee on the Gulf Coast. WE had 600 people march, a good turnout for this area. We have been identifying priorities and cultural framework for people who are new to the movement. Finally, we’ll find out soon if we’ll get an implementation grant for Energy Democracy.
Hondo Empowerment Committee
40 miles from SA and 100 from the Mexican border. Since the beginning of the year, we have protested at the Mexican Consultate, the MLK March prootint the May 1 Initaitave for a New Social ecoonly. We’ve had a peoples market and a community garden. We’re planning a Workers Assembly on April 20 to plan May 1 activities, including joining a march in SA.
NC Public Service Workers Union-UE Local 150 / Black Workers For Justice
We’ve been building assemblies over the year, especially one over the last three or four months. We’ve been building the Southern Workers Assembly, which came out of a protest at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte. There are about 140 workers’ group. We have been building a workers’ school and will have one in Atlanta in April. We’ve been building a New People’s Assembly, based on past experience in labor fights for workers’ rights, Islamophobia (an attack on a mosque in Winston-Salem), and police repression (a retreat held by PAC with eight other groups); finally, immigration and attacks by ICE and other groups. There’s the ongoing struggle with the Governor and the Right Legislature on the Hate Bill HB2. We’re trying to find ways for more people to be part of that struggle. WE hope to have a great assembly in Raleigh this Sunday. The Fourth PMA in several months.