MANITOWOC – Racism, low wages, food security – these will be the topics of discussion at the very first Wisconsin People’s Power Summit.
Hundreds of people are expected to flock to Maribel on Friday and Saturday for this exercise in unity. The event will feature a roster of speakers and artists from as far away as Virginia and New York City. Topics for discussion include the intersection of faith and social justice, community work and organization, and demonstrations of African drum rhythms.
“What we are looking forward to is for people to unite in a spirit of solidarity, to come together and break bread together, and for workers to listen to good music together, listen to a political program together and find out how we are leaving here to build a better world that we need, ”said Bryan Pfeifer, one of the summit organizers.
Pfeifer is a longtime activist and co-founder of the Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement. He grew up in Manitowoc County, traveled the country for a while and is now back in Wisconsin with his family.
Pfeifer said he wants the poor and working people of Wisconsin to have a voice, from voting in workplace power to community power, and he wants a world “where our lives and the lives of our children are not. threatened by the rich doing as they will. “
According to the People’s Power Summit website, the purpose of the event is to build community power.
“In Dr. King’s mind, the People’s Power Summit is a gathering of organizations of diverse people to celebrate our common history and future,” the website says. “Our intention is to continue to build a network of progressive organizations and community members who are mutually reinforcing. It is an independent initiative to fight for the rights of the poor and workers, including employment, education, housing, food security and health care.
The event is hosted by various organizations including MLK Day Manitowoc, Crusaders of Justicia, Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement, Food Not Bombs-Fox Valley and many more.
The People’s Power Summit will be held at a farm in Maribel 2 miles from Interstate 43. To receive the exact address, people must first register on the website at peoplepowersummit.org.
Friday’s event will begin at 4 p.m. with registration, dinner and music, followed by a Land Recognition, an official declaration that recognizes Indigenous Peoples as traditional custodians of the land, by the Menominee Nation at 6 p.m. . Speakers and artists should continue after this. until 9 p.m.
On Saturday, the event kicks off with registration, speakers and entertainment at 8 a.m. with workshops on various social justice topics at 10 a.m. Speakers and facilitators should continue after that until 9 p.m.
“We really put on a remarkable event, considering that it was fully funded by workers and everything is independent,” Pfeifer said. “We have people from across the country and from Wisconsin who are really addressing the issues of the day in a unified way.”
To ensure safety, no firearms, alcohol or other drugs will be allowed during the event. Pfeifer said he and other organizers will have a zero tolerance policy regarding these items.
To consult the program of the event and short biographies of the artists and speakers, visit peoplepowersummit.org.
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