“The Milwaukee IWW officially denounces the presence of the DNC in our city”

“The Milwaukee IWW officially denounces the presence of the DNC in our city”
Statement voted by membership of the Milwaukee General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World on 3/7/20

Full statement:
The Milwaukee IWW officially denounces the presence of the DNC in our city. We believe that the DNC being present in our city can have only negative impacts on the working class people that live here. With the commotion and traffic brought by the DNC, our city streets and sidewalks will become increasingly congested and create a massive inconvenience for Milwaukee residents trying to go about their day in the city as well as for a large portion of our membership who work on and near Old World 3rd St.

With the DNC will come an increased law enforcement presence to ensure that the city is presentable to the eyes of the convention-goers. We know that the police do not serve and protect working class people but employers and the wealthy, and they will be here to serve the interests of DNC-goers and not the city.

With the focus on the media spectacle of national-level politics about to occur, the conversation surrounding the DNC is not on how the Democrats are going to fix problems that Milwaukeeans actually face, but on the planning and running of the convention.

The Industrial Workers of the World is different from many other unions in that we do not donate to or affiliate ourselves with any political party or candidate. The IWW as an organization believes that through the united power of the working-class we can directly make the improvements that we wish to see in our workplaces and in our communities. The Democratic Party receives many votes and endorsements from working class people and
organizations with the hope that they will help make our lives better, but when they’re elected to office, time and time again, they cooperate with Republicans and economic elites whose interests run counter to ours.

While the union has no official political affiliation we understand that our individual members may support one candidate or another. Organizing, however, does not begin or end with any political representative or election but with the unity of the working class. The place where workers hold the most power for change is not the voting booth but the workplace.

How to Create Automatic Dues

This is a short guide on how someone in an IWW branch can create automatic recurring dues through paypal. This is faster and more reliable than collecting cash in person from everyone, and is highly recommended to give more time to do organizing. This guide was written on 4/20/18 by FW Jacob, Milwaukee GMB, based on creating system for his branch. If you have questions, email him at j.glicklich@gmail.com

Create a specific email address for paypal payments to your branch, can easily do payment.iww.[branchname]@gmail.com In going through this training I did example.payment.branch@gmail.com
Go to https://www.paypal.com/us/home
Click “Sign Up” in top right corner
Click “Business Account” and hit Next
Select Standard
Use the payment email from step 1
Create a password
[I’m assuming the treasurer of the branch is filling this out.] For business contact, put in your first and last name. Put in the name of your local, phone number and address, for you or your union..
Agree to policies, and create account.
For type of business, put in nonprofit.
Business category: Other
Estimate monthly sales: up to $4,999.
Click Continue
For “Tell us More about [Individual who made account]” you need to put in last four digits of social security and home address. I assume that the treasurer of a branch will be the one filling this info out, or a delegate understood to be setting this up for use of the branch. Go forward.
You’ll want to link the new paypal to the bank account of your branch. Click Money, Transfer Money, Link to a Bank. You’ll need to do test deposit of small amounts, login to your bank the next day and use these to confirm the account.
To create automatic subscription button, go to home page of the paypal, click Tools, All Tools. Scroll down, click PayPal Buttons.
Go the right of the screen, click Subscribe.
Under Item Name, put in “Dues”.
Click “Customize Button, add a dropdown menu with prices and description.” Under description write “Dues”
Click “add another option”, this should create options 1 to 4.
Set the name and amount for dues. Suggest for Option 1: Maximum dues $33, Option 2: Regular Dues $22 Option 3: Minimum Dues $11 Option : Subminimum Dues $6. The default should be set for monthly, don’t change this. [Note: paypal takes 2.9% plus 30 cents per transaction, so the amount gathered is slightly less. Some branches charge slightly more for paypal option to cover this. Our branch voted for us to cover the costs. Figure this out collectively before you start setting this up.]
Click Done. Review the “Customer View” to the right, that should give people the option to select dues rate and subscribe.
If everything looks good, scroll down and hit “create button.”
You should now see code for website, copy and paste the whole thing into a text program. Here’s what it looks like for the example one I created:


You’ll need to have some basic website to put this code into. Can use whatever your have for your branch, or create a basic wordpress or google site. For this test, I went to Google Sites, https://sites.google.com (using the example.payment.branch@gmail.com account) and created a blank template, at https://sites.google.com/site/branchexampledues/

Edit your page for the top, for google sites click “edit page” on top. Click the button located in the right-most of the bars past the options to select text. Copy and past the url code from above. Click save.

I created this option in a new page, you can see the end result here: https://sites.google.com/site/branchexampledues/dues-payment
Or on Milwaukee IWW branch site here: http://talkin.mkegmb.org/join
Or on the the Twin Cities IWW branch site here: https://twincities.iww.org/donate/
Or on the New York City IWW branch site here: https://wobblycity.org/dues/

Suggest creating at least a minimal other amount of information for the page, contact info for your branch. At some point getting a better base for your site would be recommended, but this works for dues purpose.

At this point, anyone should be able to go to the site and sign-up for automatic dues. Send people the specific link and steps to signing up, people who don’t have a paypal account will need to create it. Any delegate giving login to the paypal you created can check to see payments went through. Make sure to know which delegates will be tracking which payments for their delegate report (or have one delegate do them all). Make sure to note if the name on the email is different than the name the person uses commonly, avoid confusion.

If you get a new treasurer, decide if you want to shut down the paypal account and create a new one with the new treasurers’ info, or continue with this one.

Columbia: Info From Inside

Columbia Info From Inside
Letters on Recent Toxic and Arbitrary Regulations at Columbia Correctional Institution
From Incarcerated Workers at Columbia

Earlier this year unit 2 had to be locked down because there was a food strike. Dissatisfied with the new rule that we could no longer choose where we sat for meals, inmates unified and refused to eat. Several other units chose to follow suit to some degree. For days on end administrative staff had to be present on the units to ensure that inmates were adjusting to the new rules.

Warden Bitmann redid the rule book. As a result a push back occurred. People were protesting the assigned seating and other smaller causes. Staff had no sense of what the new rulebook stated but yet they tried to enforce it. Unit 2 started the protest. No one was coming out to eat or they were tossing their trays. When the whole strike started they had at least 20 staff on the unit. Every high up, white shirts, and a lot of officers. They were on high alert. After everything was done and over with the warden said he didn’t think anyone was going to do anything (they underestimated our resolve). The unit 2 hunger strike led to units 4 and 5 then 8 and 9. No one held out very long and staff just locked down the units who were involved.

What are your concern about current prison policies?
They keep changing them all the time and we either don’t know them or the COs don’t know them and implement their own and then write you up for it.

What would you like to change? Focus on small change that have a change to be won eg some recent rule changes.
Procedure in handling mentally ill inmates. There is a pattern of indifference practiced in DOC especially CCI where a seriously ill prisoner cries out for help and wants to hurt himself and is ignored or actually encouraged to proceed with attempting suicide. And DOC (CCI) is giving people like me 90 days in seg for disruptive conduct and disrespect.

Is seating at meals an issue for you?
Absolutely. I won’t sit by a pedophile. There are people who will want to fight me for sitting at a table with them. If I don’t I get a ticket.

What are your concerns about current prison policies?
That they are exceedingly dangerous and cause prisoners to be driven insane and put everyone at risk

What one or two things, if they were changed, would make a difference for you?
The warden (Michael Dittman) and security director (Lucas Weber)

What are your concerns about current prison policies?
High, because some of them were made to be violated civil and criminal laws

What do you see as threats in trying to make policy changes at your prison?
Retaliation to a level where you may get killed.

Do you have ideas for specific tactics that might result in policy changes?
Of course, preliminary injunctions pursuant to rule 65(a) of the Federal rules of civil procedures.

What tactics have you seen used in the past that didn’t work? (that resulted in little or no change)
Exhaustion of legal remedies, prisoner to prisoner supports, criminal investigations, church supports, family supports, etc

Is seating at meals an issue for you?
Yes, because my anxiety problems

What kind of help would you like for making changes in your current conditions?
Political pressure and media publicity.

What opportunities do you see for making changes?

Is seating at meals an issue for you?
Yes, because there are inmates that have jumped me and I’m forced to sit with them at meal times. I don’t go to some meals just so I don’t have to sit with some people.

What one or two things, if they were changed would make a difference for you?
The way seg is being misused by staff. I know just for writing you I could end up in seg tomorrow for nothing but some lie they come up with. They could do more for people other than lock them in seg units like they always do. People have been pushing to change this but they can’t stop or they will keep miss using seg in prison.

The only thing the DOC understands is lawsuits…That’s how policy gets changed.

Contact us: iwoc.milwaukee@gmail.com P. O. Box 342294, Milwaukee, WI, 53234
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3/1/18 IWOC Demand Delivery to DOC

Read as attachment: 3.1.18.demand.delivery.statement

Read as text:

On 3/1/18 members of the Milwaukee Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee made a demand delivery to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. They delivered the following document at the meeting of the DOC Committee on Inmate/Youth Deaths and the office of DOC Secretary Jon Litscher, and afterwards delivered this to the offices of every member of the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Corrections, and the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety. Members from EXPO, Madison GDC and Freedom Inc also showed up to help with this demand delivery.


This committee is meeting today to evaluate recent deaths of people incarcerated in Wisconsin. Too many people have died, and there is a pattern of abuse and toxic conditions that has led to these deaths. We are concerned with the future deaths that will happen, and the practices in the DOC that lead to this.


In order to stop future deaths, it is urgent that the Wisconsin Department of Corrections:

  1. Shutdown the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility, where 17 people have died
  2. Reverse arbitrary and toxic regulations imposed at Columbia Correctional Institution started in 2017
  3. End longterm administrative confinement
  4. Stop force-feedings imposed for political protest
  5. Release parole-eligible and aging prisoners, who are given inadequate medical treatment

Failure to take these concerns seriously will lead to continued stress, erosion of incarcerated people’s mental health and further deaths. Continued indifference towards the human lives sacrificed in your prisons is intolerable. We hope to see the star of meaningful changes made towards ending these abusive structures by 4/1/18. We will not accept this situation continuing and if changes are not made we will take further action.


To speak to the problems of the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility we quote one of the many stories of abuse experienced by someone currently imprisoned there:
“I was arrested with all my psychiatric medicine on me, however when I told the psychologist about it at intake, he told me all he could do was tell the psychiatrist to make an appointment. It took 45 days to be seen by the psychiatrist despite the many requests I put in begging for my medication. After I was finally seen I was denied my medication for security reasons, even though medication is passed at controlled times by a certified nurse and a CO to stand guard. To this day I am not receiving my prescribed medication despite my many complaints. I am being housed in a cell that is smaller than my segregation cell at Fox Lake. Not only is it smaller but I’m forced to be in here with another individual. Not only that but at least every other week we get a third person on a boat [plastic sled bed] for a few days. We are locked in the cell for 19.55 on the days we have long dayroom and on the other days we are locked in for 20 hours. Another cruel and unusual form of punishment I am forced to endure while being held hostage at MSDF is I have no access to sunlight or outdoor rec nor even fresh air!”


To speak to the need to reverse the toxic and arbitrary regulations at Columbia Correctional Institution, we quote several of the stories of abuse experienced by people currently imprisoned there:
“Warden Bitmann redid the rule book. As a result a push back occurred. People were protesting the assigned seating and other smaller causes. Staff had no sense of what the new rulebook stated but yet they tried to enforce it.” “They keep changing prison policies all the time and we either don’t know them or the COs don’t know them and implement their own and then write you up for it.”


To speak to the need to end longterm Administrative Confinement, we quote one of the many stories of abuse experienced by someone currently held in this condition:
“Every time I come to seg I lose myself a little more. I have my religious freedoms completely denied. I’m subject to psychological torture, which leads to my continual deterioration of mental faculties. I am denied human contact, which leads me to further anti-social behavior, which in turn causes me more problems. The public needs to be aware of the damage being done to so many prisoners across the state and nationwide, and to act to correct the problems of long term segregation sentences.”


An injury to one is an injury to all.


Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of

Industrial Workers of the World

Milwaukee local