SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
About Contact Subscribe Calendar Publish Print Donate

Santa Cruz Indymedia | Government & Elections | Indymedia | Labor & Workers

Labor Organizing and Independent Media are Not Crimes
by ~Bradley ( bradley [at] riseup.net )
Monday Sep 1st, 2008 2:43 AM
On August 31st, members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) were accompanying their fellow worker, Erik Forman, to his first day back on the job at Starbucks in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. Erik was recently fired for labor organizing, although that was not the official explanation given by Starbucks.

Police from Plymouth, a town outside of Bloomington, prevented Erik's supporters from getting off the light-rail and entering the mall. Erik was eventually allowed into the mall so he could get to work, although he was late as a result of all the police harassment and misinformation.

My friend David and I caught up with the group of people that were turned away from the mall. David recorded a video interview with Jake Bell about the day's events and the future plans of the Twin Cities branch of the IWW. A Metro Transit Police officer drove past us in an SUV. The interview was finished and as we were walking away, the police officer turned around and drove to the spot where the interview was conducted. At that point the officer appeared to be looking for an unattended item that may have been left behind. No such items were found, but the police officer decided to follow us for about two miles.

Neither labor organizing nor independent media are against the law, but both activities are being repressed in the Twin Cities, and elsewhere.
reagan-bush_8-31-08.jpg
reagan-bush_8-31-08.jpg

For more information, please see:

IWW Denied Access to Mall of America by Riot Police, 8/31/08: Video
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/09/01/18531590.php

Happy Labor Day: Riot Police Defend the Mall of America from Workers
http://twincities.indymedia.org/2008/sep/happy-labor-day-riot-police-defend-mall-america-workers

Wobblies Welcome Mall of America Starbucks Baristas to the Union! (June 26, 2008)
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/07/31/18521261.php

IWW Starbucks Workers Union
http://www.starbucksunion.org
§IWW Starbucks Workers Union
by ~Bradley Monday Sep 1st, 2008 2:43 AM
starbucks-union_8-31-08.jpg
starbucks-union_8-31-08.jpg

§IWW
by ~Bradley Monday Sep 1st, 2008 2:43 AM
wobblies_8-31-08.jpg
wobblies_8-31-08.jpg

These folks were not allowed into the Mall of America, for no good reason.
§Video Interview
by ~Bradley Monday Sep 1st, 2008 2:43 AM
video-interview_8-31-08.jpg
video-interview_8-31-08.jpg

IWW Denied Access to Mall of America by Riot Police, 8/31/08: Video
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/09/01/18531590.php
§End of the Line: Mall of America
by ~Bradley Monday Sep 1st, 2008 2:43 AM
end-of-line_8-31-08.jpg
end-of-line_8-31-08.jpg

§Transit Cop Drives By
by ~Bradley Monday Sep 1st, 2008 2:43 AM
transit-cop1_8-31-08.jpg
transit-cop1_8-31-08.jpg

§Transit Cop Turns Around
by ~Bradley Monday Sep 1st, 2008 2:43 AM
transit-cop2_8-31-08.jpg
transit-cop2_8-31-08.jpg

§Transit Cop Investigates
by ~Bradley Monday Sep 1st, 2008 2:43 AM
transit-cop3_8-31-08.jpg
transit-cop3_8-31-08.jpg

§Transit Cop Finds Nothing
by ~Bradley Monday Sep 1st, 2008 2:43 AM
transit-cop4_8-31-08.jpg
transit-cop4_8-31-08.jpg

§Transit Cop Follows Us
by ~Bradley Monday Sep 1st, 2008 2:43 AM
transit-cop5_8-31-08.jpg
transit-cop5_8-31-08.jpg