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Sat May 5 2018 (Updated 05/06/18)Calling Out Samsung on International Workers Day in San José
May 1, 2018, was a global day of action against Samsung as well as being International Workers Day. In the South Bay, Samsung protesters joined May Day demonstrators starting at Roosevelt Park in San José and marched to City Hall for a rally attended by members of local, national, and international unions, immigrant rights advocates, affordable housing activists, and Filipino justice campaigners, amongst others.
Mon Apr 30 2018Pesticide Use Near Record High in California
Agricultural pesticide use in California remains at a near-record high, according to data released by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. DPR's latest numbers paint a grim picture of the state’s continued reliance on vast quantities of agricultural pesticides — 209 million pounds in 2016. That’s the third highest since reporting began in 1990. The greatest burden continues to be borne by the San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast.
Thu Jan 11 2018 (Updated 01/14/18)We Will Not Comply
For the fourth year in a row, the Anti Police-Terror Project has called for 96 Hours of action over the King Day Weekend. From Friday, January 12 through Monday, January 15, people will take to the streets in a series of direct actions, vigils, rallies and film screenings. The weekend concludes with the Reclaiming Kings Radical Legacy March on Monday beginning at 14th and Broadway. Friday's actions address State-Sponsored Violence; Saturday's confront the Housing crisis; Sunday's focus on Indigenous/International Solidarity; and Monday, "We reclaim the Radical legacy of MLK."
Wed Nov 22 2017Korean Peace Walk on Armistice Day
On November 11, the Korea Peace Walk traveled 20 blocks along Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, pausing to rally at historic sites of the labor movement and Black Panther Party activism. The celebrated date activists chose originated as Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. About 70 people marched for over two hours from from 23rd to 44th Street. At the final rally at Koryo Place, the center of a district of small Korean family owned businesses, pungmul (풍물) drummers pounded furiously. Pungmul drumming and dancing is rooted in Korea’s collective farming culture and has long been actively used in political protest there.
Sun Nov 19 2017 (Updated 11/28/17)Police Action in East Palo Alto Displaces RV Dwellers
Seventy-five protesters blocked a street in East Palo Alto to protect families at a police action at 8 a.m. on November 15. A tow truck pulled up to haul away a dozen RV's occupied mostly by working people, some with children. The RV residents received less than 24 hours notice of an emergency eviction ordinance put in place by the city. That same evening many of the protesters and about 200 residents showed up to a Public Works and Transportation Commission meeting to face off with city staff and commissioners. On the agenda: a potential long term or permanent ordinance on RV parking on Weeks Street and a ban on all oversized vehicles on city streets.
Thu Aug 24 2017 (Updated 08/25/17)Protests in DC and San José Demand Abolition of Slavery
Called by prisoners to give voice to their demand to remove the prison slavery clause from the 13th Amendment, thousands turned out in as many as 16 cities on August 19 to abolish slavery and end mass incarceration. At the main march in Washington, D.C., a speaker from Leonard Pelitier's support committee read Leonard's statement of solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal. In San José, about 200 people marched to the county jail for a rally with speakers who saluted the prisoners and inspired the crowd. Every year for decades Black radical prisoners and liberationists have identified August as a month for organized resistance and commemoration.
Wed Aug 16 2017Onward: A Statement from Eric Clanton
Eric Clanton writes: I’m currently facing years of prison time as the result of accusations made in the most shockingly hateful parts of the internet. On April 19, I began being targeted by a dedicated swarm of internet trolls known for spewing racism, xenophobia, and misogyny onto the web. Suddenly a hit piece by Milo Yiannopolis caused the targeting to go viral. Several old social media photos were posted, online accounts hacked, addresses published, hundred of calls to my employers, and countless threats of physical violence made against me, my coworkers, friends and many others. This harassment campaign is where the accusations against me originated.
Wed Aug 16 2017Last Call at Caffé Pergolesi
On August 9, news spread quickly that Santa Cruz's oldest, best known, and most loved coffeehouse will shut their doors forever on August 26, 2017. Caffé Pergolesi, an institution of downtown Santa Cruz, holds a very special place in the hearts of so many people. Besides offering coffee, tea, beer, wine, cider, and snacks, the cafe is an important space for friends and groups to meet. Its walls serve as a gallery for local artists, and The Perg, as it's known, is a one of a kind venue, particularly for punk and hardcore musicians. The funky alternative counterculture community known as Santa Cruz, loved by so many people near and far, continues getting its capitalist corporate makeover from the university, technology, and tourism industries.
Sun Aug 6 2017Class War on the Waterfront
Retired ILWU Local 10 member and chair of the Transport Workers Solidarity Committee Jack Heyman writes: The ink wasn’t even dry on the West Coast longshore contract when the head of the employers’ group, the Pacific Maritime Association, proposed to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union a three-year extension, making it an eight-year contract. Under the current contract, employers have eliminated hundreds of longshore jobs through automation on marine terminals such as the fully automated Long Beach Container Terminal and the semi-automated TraPac freight-forwarding facility in the Port of Los Angeles.
Tue Aug 1 2017 (Updated 08/03/17)Demonstrations Against "Workhouse" Jail Rock St. Louis
The Workhouse medium security prison in north St Louis City is notorious for it’s filth, cockroach and rodent infestations, black mold, antagonism by the guards, and deep ineptitude of those who operate it. To highlight the inexcusable conditions, a noise demo was called for the evening of July 21. Around 300 people gathered outside the Workhouse to demand immediate relief for those suffering inside. The front line of the demo turned it’s energy on the fence itself, shaking the outer fence and eventually removing some of the clasps that adhere the fence to the fence poles. Protests continued through the following day. People were pepper sprayed by police and arrested.
Wed May 17 2017 (Updated 05/19/17)The Poverty, Politics and Profit of Section 8 Housing
More than 2 million families now use Section 8 vouchers to keep from becoming homeless. It's the government's largest program to help low-income families pay their rent. However Section 8 housing proposals face stiff opposition in cities across the US, including the McKinney and Frisco suburbs of Dallas, Texas. Nicole Humphrey, an opponent, proclaimed, "In this neighborhood, most of us are stay-at-home moms with young kids. The lifestyle that goes with Section 8 is usually working, single moms or people who are struggling to keep their heads above water. It's just not people who are the same class as us."
12PM Sunday Jul 1 Laborfest: Labor History Bike Tour
3PM Sunday Jul 1 Laborfest: Film from China: We The Workers
7PM Sunday Jul 1 Laborfest: Film from South Korea: A Taxi Driver
7PM Monday Jul 2 Laborfest: Film : Union Time: Fighting For Workers'...
10AM Tuesday Jul 3 Laborfest: Bread & Roses Labor History Story Telling
1:30PM Wednesday Jul 4 Laborfest: Musical: Seeing Red by SF Mime Troupe
6PM Friday Jul 6 Bay Area Strikers—Standing up and fighting back
6:30PM Friday Jul 6 Bay Area Strikers—Standing up and fighting back
7PM Friday Jul 6 Laborfest: Film from China: Last Train Home
10AM Saturday Jul 7 Laborfest: SF 1934 General Strike Walk
10AM Saturday Jul 7 Laborfest: WPA Bus Tour
7PM Saturday Jul 7 Laborfest: Film: The Young Karl Marx
10AM Sunday Jul 8 Laborfest: Conference on Organizing in Silicon Valley
6PM Sunday Jul 8 Laborfest: Book Reading: LaborFest Writers’ Anthology
7PM Sunday Jul 8 Laborfest: Panel: Workplace Racism, Hanging Nooses &...
Reign Of Terror Against SF SEIU 1021 DPH Members & Other City Workers: Speak Out At SFLC Tue Jun 12th 9:39am
East Bay Meeting: West Virgina, Arizona & Kentucky Teachers On Their Strikes & The Lessons Sun Jun 10th 9:45am
Hunters Point Corruption & Racism and Brazil Truckers And Oil Workers Strike (1 comment) Wed Jun 6th 1:32pm
Dialysis Workers Strike Back in Humboldt County Tue Jun 5th 8:20pm
American Whistleblower, Test America, Hunters Point Shipyard Cover-up and Michael Madry Sun Jun 3rd 1:00pm
Boycott and Protest at East Bay Coffee Co. Over Illegal Firings and Sexual Harassment Sat Jun 2nd 10:32pm
March for Teachers in Monterey Sat Jun 2nd 12:17amMore Local News...
Austerity Policy as Momentous Mistake Tue Jun 12th 5:16pm
Neoliberalism and Authoritarianism - A Symbiotic Pair (2 comments) Sun Jun 10th 7:46am
Neoliberalism or New Freedom for Corporations Wed Jun 6th 5:25am
Union Busters Defeated in Eden, NC Tue May 1st 1:42pm
New Report: Working People Need Minimum Wage Raise Wed Apr 25th 1:32am
Adolph Reed Jr. on Black Politics in New Orleans and Beyond (3 comments) Mon Feb 26th 8:44am
The War On The EPA & The Scientists , Lead, Health and Safety & Scott Pruitt At The EPA Thu Feb 15th 9:22amMore Global News...
KQED Union Busting And Systemic Racism at SFDH And CCSF Thu May 31st 10:00am
Dershowitz Plagiarizes Lloyd Hart Mon May 28th 2:00pm
"Double Talker" SF Charter Supporter Jane Kim's Guest Antonio Villaraigosa Sun May 27th 10:47am
Tom Devine Of GAP On The Case Of OSHA Federal Investigator & Lawyer Darrell Whitman Mon May 21st 2:16pm
"Unparalled Chutspah" The SFUSD Frame-up Of UESF Member Margaret Reyes Sat May 12th 8:11am
SFGH SEIU 1021 Workers & Community Protest DPH Privatization, Racism & Bullying Thu May 10th 9:58pm
CCSF AFT 2121 Union Officials Organize "Victory Rally" Before Proposed Contract Explained Wed May 9th 10:09amOpen Newswire...
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