- 1 Background
- 2 Delegation to Venezuela
- 3 Venezuela connection
- 4 May Day, 2012
- 5 Milwaukee Anti-war Committee
- 6 Vigil tonight in Milwaukee for the victims in Iguala Guerrero
- 7 "Minneapolis: Celebrate May Day - International Workers Day 2015"
- 8 ATU Local 998
- 9 Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump
- 10 Democratic Socialists of Milwaukee Closed Facebook Group
- 11 References
- "In 2010 I became involved as a youth activist in Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES), the youth arm of Voces de la Frontera.
- I was a co-founder and president of the Youth Empowered in the Struggle chapter at Marquette University, and became very involved with campus activism there. In 2012 I helped to organize the citywide boycott of Palermo's Pizza due to their anti-union and anti-immigrant activities.
- Upon graduating from Marquette and after serving a brief term on the Voces de la Frontera Board of Directors, I was hired as their Lead Youth Organizer to coordinate the activities of YES statewide."
Delegation to Venezuela
Four labor and anti-war activists will participate in the FRSO delegation to do eyewitness reporting for Fight Back! News. Sean Orr, Tracy Molm, Tom Burke and Mark Burton will write articles, conduct interviews and produce videos. They need your support and donations to make this a success.
We are asking all comrades and allies who support the Bolivarian Revolution and believe in international solidarity to help us cover our travel costs. Donate what you can, and share far and wide. Solidarity!
Meeting with communists
On their first day in Venezuela, April 28, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack! delegation held a two-hour meeting with members of Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) Central Committee and leaders of the Communist Youth of Venezuela.
The FRSO delegation is headed by Organizational Secretary Tom Burke.
The groups shared their views on the revolutionary struggle in both of their countries, and the importance of international solidarity.
Pedro Eusse, a PCV Politburo member and trade union leader, said "If there is anything positive about the U.S. aggression we face today, it is that there has been an explosion of solidarity from the United States and around the world."
Both groups agreed to move towards a closer working relationship in the future.
The Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack! delegation in Venezuela met the Minister of Communes Blanca Eckhout, after her triumphant speech about building 2.6 million new homes. Eckhout quoted Hugo Chavez, saying, "Our new society cannot be capitalist because capitalism is designed to destroy our homeland, our society and our people."
The FRSO delegation also met with communists, progressive political figures and members of Venezuela’s government.
On March 17, 50 people filled Mayday Books to hear Sean Orr, a Latin America solidarity activist, trade unionist, and member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!, speak about the current crisis facing Venezuela. In a presentation entitled, "The U.S. Orchestrated Coup in Venezuela: A Marxist Perspective," Orr highlighted the leading role of the United States in the destabilization of Venezuela as well as its efforts to foment regime change.
Orr explained that prerevolutionary Venezuela was plagued by economic and social inequality, and that the economy was oriented to serve U.S. imperial interests. "It's not hard to understand why the Venezuelan masses rose up and rallied behind Hugo Chavez in 1998," explained Orr, "They demanded a government that worked for them, not one that tried to appease them while working for foreign interests."
Elaborating further, Orr explained that after the Venezuelan economy was reoriented to meet the people’s needs under Chavez, both the capitalist classes of the United States and in Venezuela consistently engaged in destabilization efforts in an attempt to undermine the national democratic Bolivarian Revolution. From the coup attempt against Chavez in 2002, to the price fixing by private enterprises, Venezuela's political and economic wellbeing was under constant attack.
Orr detailed how the constant subversion of Venezuelan democracy continued after the death of Hugo Chavez and intensified after the election of Nicolas Maduro in 2013, stating, “The bourgeois opposition went on the offensive against Maduro from day one. It must be understood that the Maduro government has not known a single day of peace."
In speaking of how Bolivarian Revolution continues to resist the efforts of the U.S. and the Venezuelan opposition, Orr said, "For the past 20 years, the country has been led by a mass movement, a national liberation movement, committed to sovereignty and independence from imperialism. The dogged commitment of the Venezuelan people to their own interests must be a great source of frustration for the bankers of Wall Street."
Orr continued to emphasize that the society that is being built in Venezuela - one that meets the people’s needs and prioritizes the working class - continues to grow towards the establishment of socialism, with the development of workers’ communes and the Constituent Congress of the Working Class. It is precisely this development that draws the ire of the United States.
Orr said that the U.S. intends to, “make the Venezuelan masses suffer for their willingness to stand tall, for their courage in the face of everything, and for the hope they give to peoples across the world, including right here in the United States, struggling to shake the monopoly capitalists off of our back and bring about a new world.”
May Day, 2012
Youth Empowered in Struggle members Elizabeth Roque, Marty Ordinans, Sean Orr, Will Quebrado, Lisa Cathelyn, Anabelle Martinez, Angie Macias, Ri'ana Johnson, Pedro Hernandez, and Chris Campbell at the May Day rally, Milwaukee, 2012
Milwaukee Anti-war Committee
Milwaukee Anti-war Committee March 5, 2014 ·
Thursday March 13th: Film screening - "Roadmap to Apartheid" - 630pm - UWM Union room 240 - In this award-winning documentary, the first-time directors take a detailed look at the apartheid analogy commonly used to describe the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Narrated by Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple), "Roadmap" is as much a historical document of the rise and fall ... See More — with Tai Cassandra, Andy Urban, Babette Grunow, Tracey Schwerdtfeger, Daniel Ginsberg-Jaeckle, Joyce F. Guinn, Reema Hamdan, Affnan Mohammad, Sean Orr, Jacob Anikulapo and Petor Adamczak.
Vigil tonight in Milwaukee for the victims in Iguala Guerrero
Candlelight vigil tonight in Milwaukee for the victims in Iguala Guerrero, Mexico. — with Jessica Wichmann, Tony Jennaro, Oscar Leon, Lisa Yang, Christian Villanueva, Valeria Gonzalez, Babette Grunow, Carmen Quinlivan, Kimberleah Bledsoe and Sean Orr at Walker Square Park.
"Minneapolis: Celebrate May Day - International Workers Day 2015"
Sunday 26 April 2015, "Minneapolis: Celebrate May Day - International Workers Day 2015" organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!. Location TBA.
Those indicating attendance on Wherevent included Katherine Elizabeth, Jessica Schwartz, Steph Ross Taylor, Christina Field, Doug Jadzia Sembla, Mary Padilla Cristobal Aldana, Alisha Olson, Kim DeFranco, Jess Sundin, Cassandra Hendricks, Cherrene Horazuk, Julia Russ, Zandra Dee , Loretta VanPelt, Tracy Molm, Hannan Ayoub, Khin Oo, Tracey Plk, Kim Smith, Hoda Isak, Alexandra Vagac, Laura Hoffman, Meredith Aby-Keirstead, Jessie Gavilanes, Amy Selvius, Penelope Mace, Beatriz Hernandez, Marisol Marquez, Laye Kwamina-Barry, Cory Eggert, Lion Ras, Kuntal Chatterjee, Andy Carhart, Sean Orr, Rahul Choudhury Boro, Andrew McNally, Cleveland Savage, Jesus Estrada-Perez, Julio Alberto Martinez, Fern Figueroa, Ryan A. Smith, Joshua Cromarty, Brad Sigal, Tim Nolan, Edward Hahn, Cody Gilbert, Timmy McDonough, Mick Kelly, Jigme Ugen, Manuel Berduc.
ATU Local 998
ATU Local 998 November 3, 2015:
Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump
On November 20 2016, "roughly 300 people packed All People’s Church on Milwaukee’s north side to attend the first public meeting of the Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump (MCAT). The Coalition seeks to 'build a broad and organized resistance led by a coalition of grassroots organizations to Stop Trump and his hateful agenda.'"
- "Sean Orr of FRSO, the emcee for the night, announced the coalition’s goal - to plan 100 days of resistance to the Trump agenda during the first 100 days of his presidency, starting off with a mass march in downtown Milwaukee on inauguration day, Jan. 20. The coalition then led a number of breakout groups to brainstorm events and activities for these 100 days. The breakout groups came back together, and the creativity and commitment coming through in the report backs continued to drive the high energy of the night."
Sean Orr was quoted as saying:
- “If we are serious when we say that Trump is not our president, that we will not sit down and allow his administration to wage campaigns of terror on women, workers, Muslims and immigrants, then we must be willing to make this country ungovernable. For the sake of our planet and all oppressed peoples in it, we must do everything we can to drown the Trump administration.”