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Fri Jun 3 2016Teachers On Strike Throughout Mexico
The National Coordinating Body of Education Workers (CNTE) began an indefinite strike on May 15, primarily against plans by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to implement neoliberal reforms to the country’s education system. Peña Nieto has attempted to privatize and standardize the Mexican education system, along with instituting policies to disempower Latin America’s largest union, the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE), and its dissident and more radical faction, the CNTE.
Mon Jun 20 2016 (Updated 06/22/16)“Welcome to Oaxaca” 2016
Mon Jun 20 2016 (Updated 06/22/16)Major State Repression in Oaxaca: Several Killed, Dozens Wounded and Detained
The looming federal police attack on the people and striking teachers of Oaxaca, Mexico has begun. There are reports of between six and eight demonstrators killed on the morning of Sunday, June 19 at the highway blockade in Nochixtlán, northwest of the city of Oaxaca. They were shot and killed when police opened fire with live ammunition on the blockade. At least 45 others have been hospitalized with injuries, the majority gunshot wounds, and 22 have been disappeared.
On May 31, students at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA voted overwhelmingly to endorse resolutions expressing support for freedom and equality for Palestinians and labor justice for migrant workers at Sakuma Bros farm in northern Washington. The three resolutions asked students to condemn the presence of Caterpillar Inc. equipment on campus, to de-shelve Sabra hummus, and prohibit the use of Sakuma Bros berries from campus dining services.
Wed Jun 8 2016UFW & Driscoll’s: United To Exploit
Why won't the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) support the Driscoll's Boycott? That's one of the questions UFW Vice President Lauro Barajas would not answer after he spoke at Hillary Clinton's rally in Salinas on May 25. The UFW will not reveal when their friendship with Driscoll's began. However, a photograph from May 2013 reveals their relationship with Reiter Affiliated Companies, an Oxnard-based subsidiary of Driscoll's.
Thu Jun 2 2016 (Updated 06/07/16)Thousands of Consumers Ask Sakuma Brothers Farm to Negotiate a Fair Contract
Thu Jun 2 2016 (Updated 06/07/16)Over 30 Organizations Ask Driscoll’s to Uphold Commitment to Freedom of Association
Leading fair trade advocacy organization Fair World Project joined over thirty other organizations in signing a letter asking Driscoll’s, the largest distributor of berries in the world, to make good on its commitment to enforcing the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining. At Sakuma Brothers Farm, a Washington farm that grows blueberries and blackberries for Driscoll’s, management has refused to negotiate a contract with Familias Unidas por la Justicia.
Wed Jun 1 2016 (Updated 06/02/16)Bus Riders in Wheelchairs: Don't Leave Us Stranded
Wed Jun 1 2016 (Updated 06/02/16)Riders and Drivers Rally Against Transit Cuts in Santa Cruz
A group of bus riders and drivers staged a rally at the Santa Cruz downtown METRO station on May 21 in protest of planned cuts to the county bus system. METRO plans to reduce service across the county and cut more than 40 driver positions. According to documents provided at a METRO public comment meeting on May 3, “METRO needs to reduce its annual operating budget by $6.5 million for the next fiscal year.”
Wed Jun 1 2016 (Updated 06/02/16)California Strawberry Festival: Brought To You By Exploitation
Wed Jun 1 2016 (Updated 06/02/16)Protests Continue at Annual California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard
The California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard is one of the largest outdoor annual events in California that celebrates the success of the multi-billion dollar global agricultural industry. However, this success has come at the great economic, social and overall health expense to those who pick the berries. On May 22, a protest outside the Strawberry Festival challenged the industry and governmental efforts to overlook the social and environmental costs of strawberry production, and questioned the logic of charity festivals.
Tue May 17 2016International Days of Action to Boycott Driscoll's
On two consecutive Saturdays, May 7 and May 14, farmworkers called for an international day of action to bring attention to the ongoing struggles in the berry fields in Washington State and San Quintin, Mexico. May 7 was initiated by Familias Unidas por la Justicia in Washington state, while Sindicato Independiente Nacional Democratico De Jornaleros Agricolas (SINDJA) farmworkers in San Quintin, Mexico called for a global day of action on May 14. Demonstrations took place in many locations, including Mexico City; Burlington, WA; Portland and Eugene, Oregon; and Eureka, Rohnert Park, Fairfield, San Leandro, Santa Cruz, Watsonville, and San Diego, California.
Thu May 5 2016 (Updated 05/06/16)May Day in Northern California, 2016
Thu May 5 2016 (Updated 05/06/16)International Workers' Day for Immigrants Rights, Food Justice, and Against Police Terror
International Workers' Day was first declared in the late 1800's to commemorate the Haymarket affair in Chicago and as a celebration of laborers and the working classes. Around the world on May 1, workers continue to unite to press demands in the streets through marches, rallies, and direct actions. In the United States, May Day is also a day to push for immigrant rights, especially since the massive "Gran Paro Americano" general strike and marches of 2006.
Tue May 3 2016 (Updated 05/04/16)Driscoll’s Runs Away At Watsonville Earth Day
Tue May 3 2016 (Updated 05/04/16)Earth Day in Watsonville Promotes Driscoll's or Children and the Environment?
As the top sponsor of Watsonville's 14th Annual Earth Day / Day of the Child Festival, the philanthropy specialists at Driscoll’s were hopeful that April 24, 2016 would be a great day at Ramsay Park for promoting their brand. When a few people started speaking about the international boycott of Driscoll's and handing out flyers, the Driscoll's representatives quickly dismantled their event booth and got rid of their strawberries as fast as they could.
Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)UFW Tries to Silence Boycott Driscoll’s Activists at Cesar Chavez March
Wed Apr 13 2016 (Updated 04/20/16)Activists Ask United Farm Workers: Which Side Are You On?
On April 3, members of Watsonville Brown Berets (WBB) traveled to Salinas to attend the annual Cesar Chavez March and Rally presented by United Farm Workers (UFW). WBB were joined by members of Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), an independent farmworker union in Burlington, Washington fighting for a union contract, and initiators of the boycott against Driscoll's. Although advocating for farmworkers' rights seems like it would be warmly welcomed by UFW, that was not the experience for WBB and FUJ members.
Fri Apr 8 2016 (Updated 04/27/16)March 39 and Counting… Nuit Debout and the New French Uprising
Fri Apr 8 2016 (Updated 04/27/16)Vive la Révolution! A New Generation is At War with the System
The spirit of resistance has captured the imagination of a new generation in France, as youth-led opposition to neoliberal labour “reforms” has spiraled into full-on rejection of the whole capitalist system on the street and squares. The situation took on a new dimension after the general strike and day of action on March 31. There was a call for people not to go home afterwards but to stay on the streets, beginning a wave of overnight “Nuit Debout” occupations that has spread from Paris across France and into the Iberian peninsular, Belgium and Germany.
12PM Saturday Jul 2 Watsonville Driscoll's Boycott Action
2PM Saturday Jul 2 Laborfest: The ILWU and Japanese Americans
10AM Sunday Jul 3 Laborfest: SF General Strike Walk
2PM Monday Jul 4 Laborfest: SF Mime Troupe - Schooled
10AM Tuesday Jul 5 Laborfest: Bread & Roses with Retired Union Members
7PM Tuesday Jul 5 Laborfest: The Factory-A Movie from India
6:30PM Wednesday Jul 6 Laborfest: Film: The Hand That Feeds
6:30PM Wednesday Jul 6 The Hand That Feeds
7PM Wednesday Jul 6 Laborfest: Films: We Don’t Like Samba & Limpiadores
7PM Thursday Jul 7 Laborfest: Black Lives Matter & Labor
7PM Friday Jul 8 Laborfest: Film:The Mine Wars
7PM Friday Jul 8 Laborfest: Films: Blue Elephants, Driving for Hire
9AM Saturday Jul 9 Laborfest: Labor Education Share
10AM Saturday Jul 9 Laborfest: SF Waterfront Labor Walk 1835 - 1934
6:30PM Saturday Jul 9 Laborfest: Film: James Connolly & Renee Gibbons...
Watsonville Driscoll's Boycott Action Tuesday Jun 28th 6:42 PM
Struggle and Hope CD Release and Celebration Sunday Jun 26th 3:43 PM
SF Labor Council Demands An End To Deportations And Legalization of Undocumented Workers Friday Jun 24th 5:54 PM
Mexico Teachers' Murders Protested In SF "Massacre Made In USA" (1 comment) Wednesday Jun 22nd 9:01 PM
Tentative Pact Averts Watsonville Hospital RN Strike Wednesday Jun 22nd 11:31 AM
San Francisco's Mission St. Mission Tuesday Jun 21st 9:37 PM
Watsonville Community Hospital Nurses Begin Two-Day Strike Wednesday, June 22 Monday Jun 20th 2:01 PMMore Local News...
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Lyn Archer speaks about New Orleans City proposed shut-down of French Quarter Strip Clubs Monday Jun 27th 7:45 AM
Mexico CNTE Section9 Sec Gen Francisco Bravo In Chicago STOP PRIVATIZATION & UNION BUSTING Thursday Jun 23rd 1:45 PM
Familias boycott of Driscoll’s berries is gaining momentum (1 comment) Thursday Jun 16th 7:14 PM
Evergreen State College Students Vote in Solidarity with Palestine and Farmworkers Monday Jun 13th 1:10 PM
Corrupt DOL Secretary Perez Working With US Gov USAID Funded Solidarity Center-AFL-CIO Friday Jun 10th 12:04 AM
Farmworkers Union Walk Out from the Fields This Morning (1 comment) Thursday Jun 9th 12:29 PM
Renewed Concern Over Labor Dispute at Washington Farm (1 comment) Thursday Jun 2nd 3:32 AMMore Global News...
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Social Inequality in the Descent Society Tuesday Jun 28th 4:45 AM
Hate, Terrorism, The Orlando Massacre And Labor With AFL-CIO Pride At Work Jeramy Davis (1 comment) Friday Jun 17th 10:47 AM
Back to Trotskyism! Revolutionary regroupment with the League for the Fourth International Thursday May 26th 6:53 PM
Court unanimously sides with farmworkers and employers against government secrecy Friday May 13th 2:56 PM
Karwan Bazar Wednesday May 11th 6:08 PM
May Day - International Workers Day March & Rally Photos (1 comment) Sunday May 1st 8:01 PM
Trump Crosses The Border: Youth & Workers Speak Out In California (1 comment) Sunday May 1st 12:08 AMOpen Newswire...
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