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Sun Jul 10 2016Bus Rider's Association Brings Change
Sun Jul 10 2016Reflections on the Santa Cruz Bus Rider's Association
A member of the Bus Rider's Association writes: The Santa Cruz Bus Rider's Association brought some successful defense work to protect bus riders from the "harsh cuts" that initially threatened us riders and our bus system. These cuts started out looking like they would be a kind of conflagration that would burn down much of our bus system, taking a lot of jobs and bus line with it. We were alarmed, naturally.
Wed Jul 6 2016Watsonville Brown Berets Keep Pressure on Driscoll’s
Wed Jul 6 2016Solidarity with Farmworkers Leading the Driscoll’s Boycott
The Watsonville Brown Berets are keeping the pressure on Driscoll's, the world's largest distributor of fresh berries, who are headquartered in Watsonville, California. On July 2, the Saturday before July 4th BBQs, the Brown Berets and other community members demonstrated in front of the Safeway on Freedom Blvd. in Watsonville to raise awareness and show solidarity with farmworkers in Washington state and Baja California leading the worldwide boycott of Driscoll's berries, including all products made with strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries sold by Driscoll's.
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.
10AM Saturday Jul 30 Laborfest: Defend Public Education-Conference
12PM Saturday Jul 30 Laborfest: Walk: 1946 Oakland General Strike
7PM Saturday Jul 30 Laborfest: Films: Goodwin’s Way, They Live
10AM Sunday Jul 31 Laborfest: Walk: SF Architecture
7PM Sunday Jul 31 Laborfest: Closing Party - Open Mic
SF Janitors Demand Union Contract Friday Jul 29th 7:36 PM
SF Taxi Transit Workers On Tech, UBER, Lyft And Deregulation Friday Jul 29th 5:22 PM
Health Care Workers Walk off their jobs at Dominican Hospital at 11AM today 7-27-2016 Wednesday Jul 27th 1:50 PM
Environmental racism in the “leftmost city” Sunday Jul 24th 10:21 AM
Libby Schaaf Takes Credit for California $15 Minimum Wage with Billboard Tribute to Herself (2 comments) Saturday Jul 23rd 3:06 PM
2016 Sacramento Visit of Mexican Trade Unionist Thursday Jul 14th 11:41 AM
Complaint Filed Against SF Supervisor Candidate for Financial Conflict of Interest (1 comment) Monday Jul 11th 4:19 PMMore Local News...
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Palestinian Workers, Human Rights, US Labor & Zionism (2 comments) Wednesday Jul 27th 10:56 PM
The Filipinos Fight Against Inequality Must Intensify Tuesday Jul 26th 4:57 AM
Hundreds of Consumers and Boycott Supporters March with Farm Workers to Sakuma Farms (1 comment) Saturday Jul 23rd 2:57 PM
Farmworkers Walk Out of Sakuma Fields- Workers Ask for Fair Wages Again Saturday Jul 23rd 2:46 PM
Attorney Toni Jaramilla Files Race Discrimination Complaint Against Islands Restaurant Friday Jul 15th 9:58 AM
TESC Students for Justice in Palestine Respond to Evergreen Administration Thursday Jul 14th 1:19 PM
Protests force Mexico to talks with teachers Wednesday Jul 13th 6:51 PMMore Global News...
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Government Sponsored Terrorism or Public safety? Thursday Jul 28th 2:08 PM
$4.625 Trillion, The Global Privatization Of Education And Who Is Behind It? Tuesday Jul 26th 12:03 PM
The Totalitarianism of the Market Monday Jul 11th 7:57 AM
Propaganda: Making Alternatives Disappear (1 comment) Tuesday Jul 5th 7:09 AM
International Transportation Workers Conf Against Privatization Live From Sao Paulo Brazil (1 comment) Friday Jul 1st 1:38 PM
Social Inequality in the Descent Society (1 comment) 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 AMOpen Newswire...
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