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Thu Aug 24 2017 (Updated 08/25/17)Protests in DC and San José Demand Abolition of Slavery
Thu Aug 24 2017 (Updated 08/25/17)Solidarity in San José with Millions for Prisoners March in DC
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
Wed Aug 16 2017Iconic Santa Cruz Coffeehouse, Caffé Pergolesi, Closes Up Shop
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
Tue Aug 1 2017 (Updated 08/03/17)Evening Noise Demo at Notorious St. Louis Jail Evolves into Two Days of Raucus Protest
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
Wed May 17 2017 (Updated 05/19/17)Section 8 Vouchers Help The Poor — But Only If Housing Is Available
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."
Wed Apr 26 2017 (Updated 05/01/17)Shut It Down May 1st: Respect Our Humanity
Wed Apr 26 2017 (Updated 05/01/17)International Workers' Day Marches and Strikes in Northern California
Oakland Sin Fronteras writes: International Workers' Day has been a time to uplift the struggles, honor the sacrifices, and celebrate the triumphs of working people across the world. As we stand on Ohlone Indigenous land this May 1st, we march in celebration and in resistance, and in solidarity with working people across all borders, to continue the historic struggle against economic and social inequity. With a Trump administration in power, a rising fascist tendency, and growing economic and political oppression of people everywhere, this May Day we march in the spirit of organizing and defending our communities from state violence and capitalist exploitation, and toward liberation and self-determination.
Mon Apr 24 2017 (Updated 04/26/17)Free Speech Radio News to Shut Down
Mon Apr 24 2017 (Updated 04/26/17)Free Speech Radio News Going Silent After 17 Years of Movement Reporting
Long a go-to news source for community and independent radio stations across the country, Free Speech Radio News (FSRN) will permanently shut down at the end of April. For seventeen years, FSRN has broadcast stories documenting repression and corruption while highlighting the individuals, campaigns and movements working to bring about a more just and equitable society. Paul Riismandel writes: The loss of FSRN is truly tragic. FSRN has been dedicated to truly grassroots reporting that emphasizes local voices on the ground, with a focus on social justice.
Thu Apr 13 2017 (Updated 04/15/17)Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Recognizes Staff Union
Thu Apr 13 2017 (Updated 04/15/17)Staff at Ella Baker Center Form a Union and Join CWA, Local 9415
The staff at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, have formed the Ella Baker Workers Association, a staff union, and have selected the Communications Workers of America to serve as the EBWA’s collective bargaining representative. EBC’s management team has voluntarily recognized the formation of a union to represent its staff. Both staff and management assert that the formation of the union aligns with Ella Baker’s legacy and the organization's longstanding support for unionization, collective bargaining, and worker voice on the job.
Wed Apr 5 2017 (Updated 04/08/17)One-Year Anniversary of the Death of Luís Góngora Pat, Killed by SFPD
Wed Apr 5 2017 (Updated 04/08/17)March Against Police Terror in the Sanctuary City of San Francisco on April 7
Luis Góngora Pat was a 45-year-old indigenous Mayan Mexican, an immigrant worker, and a family man who supported his wife and three children in southern Mexico. On April 7, 2016, his life was brutally taken by SFPD. Luis’s killing was at the nexis of several struggles faced by low income people of color: indigenous peoples’ struggles, housing rights, illegal evictions, immigrant rights, dignified wage labor, homelessness, racial profiling and discrimination, police brutality and utter impunity for killing Black and Brown residents. On Friday, April 7, the one year anniversary of his death, Luis’s family will march against police terror in the so-called Sanctuary City of San Francisco.
6:30PM Tuesday Oct 3 Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time with Leila Janah
Kaiser Patients In Danger Because Of Profiteering: CNA NUU SF Kaiser Nurses Demand Proper (1 comment) Monday Sep 18th 11:30 PM
AA STOP TWU Outsourcing & Union Busting! TWU SFO Workers & Supporters Rally & Speakout Monday Sep 18th 6:24 PM
Capture of BAAQMD, Corrupt Executives & Workplace Bullying and Terminations Thursday Sep 14th 9:10 AM
Publisher of Visión Magazine gave $400 to David Duke’s failed Senate campaign (2 comments) Thursday Sep 7th 1:25 AM
"We Built America" DACA Youth, Labor & Community Rally Against Immigrant Bashing In SF Wednesday Sep 6th 1:52 AM
WorkWeek-SF: Berkeley Protests Fascists & AFGE Eugene Hudson Jr Struggle Against Corruption Friday Sep 1st 7:16 PM
Santa Cruz Restaurant O'mei Closes After Indybay Article (5 comments) Tuesday Aug 29th 12:57 PMMore Local News...
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10/6-7-8 Nat Workers Conference to Organize the Fightback and Build a Solidarity Network Tuesday Sep 19th 11:46 AM
Sites of Resistance in New Orleans Monday Sep 11th 4:49 AM
Is Randi Weingarten Using Teachers Union to Advocate for Israel? Saturday Sep 9th 5:06 AM
AFGE Leader Eugene Hudson Jr. Announces Campaign For AFGE National President Friday Sep 8th 6:56 PM
Statement on Repression of Juggalos (1 comment) Monday Sep 4th 6:17 PM
China's BRICKS "Socialism" With Chinese Characteristics & South African Workers Sunday Sep 3rd 3:37 PM
SA AMCU Pres Joseph Mathunjwa Speaks In Markiana At 5th Anniversary of Lonmin Massacre Friday Aug 25th 1:57 PMMore Global News...
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Petition For Worker Justice at Community Housing Partnership! Monday Jul 24th 7:23 PM
SEIU 1021 Nato Green Doing Damage Control For SEIU? Opposes Single Payer In CA Wednesday Jul 12th 4:10 PM
Narcissism as a Subject Form of Capitalism Monday Jul 10th 7:47 AM
Tax Avoidance: Drastic Consequences for the Public Sunday Jul 2nd 5:49 PM
Fired Federal OSHA/Investigator Darrell Whitman Challenges Congress To Investigate Corrupt Monday Jun 26th 6:08 PM
How the World Heads for the Next Crash (1 comment) Monday Jun 26th 7:28 AM
PCC Mark Rocha Lied, Pushed Privatization, Workplace Bullying, Sexism and Union Busting (1 comment) Saturday Jun 17th 2:27 PMOpen Newswire...
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