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Tue May 3 2016Driscoll’s Runs Away At Watsonville Earth Day
Tue May 3 2016Promoting 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. Driscoll's packed everything up and left before three o'clock even though more than an hour remained of the four hour promotional event.
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.
Wed Mar 30 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Oakland Justice Coalition Pushing for Radical Change at the Ballot Box
Wed Mar 30 2016 (Updated 04/18/16)Grassroots Effort Under Way for New Oakland Police Commission, Tenant Rights, $20 Min Wage
Community activists working independently on separate ballot measures have come together under the umbrella of the Oakland Justice Coalition. Together, the three measures they propose would radically transform police accountability, renters' protections, and the minimum wage in Oakland. On March 24, Oakland Justice Coalition members made a formal announcement of their intentions in front of Oakland City Hall. The canvassing kickoff will be held on April 2.
Sat Mar 26 2016 (Updated 04/16/16)Farmworkers on West Coast Tour: Boycott Driscoll's from Border to Border
Sat Mar 26 2016 (Updated 04/16/16)Washington State Farmworkers Launch West Coast Tour in Solidarity with San Quintín
Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) has embarked on an historic 28-day tour of the West Coast to organize a major offensive on the world’s largest berry distributor, Driscoll’s Berries. The local independent farmworker union, based in Burlington, WA, is touring the coast at a crucial moment in their campaign for a union contract at Driscoll's supplier Sakuma Brothers Farms. Driscoll’s and Sakuma are feeling pressure from a growing amount of boycott activity. On Thursday, March 31, there was a major action at Driscoll’s headquarters in Watsonville.
Thu Mar 24 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)Agricultural Pesticide Use Up 10% in Monterey, 9.4% in Santa Cruz
Thu Mar 24 2016 (Updated 04/21/16)CA Department of Pesticide Regulation Releases Results of Annual Pesticide Use Reporting
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation released the results of annual pesticide use reporting – the only reporting like it in the country – offering a glimpse into what potentially hazardous pesticides are being used in the state. Despite fewer plantings and crop loss due to the drought across the state, hazardous pesticide use increased in some counties. From 2013 to 2014, in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, such pesticide use increased 10.0% and 9.4%, respectively.
Wed Mar 2 2016 (Updated 03/27/16)Boycott Driscoll's Action at Whole Foods Market in Santa Cruz
Wed Mar 2 2016 (Updated 03/27/16)Workers Who Grow, Harvest, and Pack Driscoll’s Berries Struggle Against Systematic Abuses
On February 26, demonstrators gathered at Whole Foods Market in Santa Cruz to protest Driscoll's, the largest berry distributor in the world with a history unjust labor practices and repression of union organizing. Founded in the Pajaro Valley in 1904, Driscoll's is a privately held company with headquarters in Watsonville. Production of Driscoll’s berries extends into 22 countries.
Wed Jan 13 2016Boycott Driscoll’s Action in Watsonville
On January 2, a couple dozen people kicked off 2016 with a protest in Watsonville, where Driscoll's, the world's largest distributor of fresh berries, is both headquartered and first began producing strawberries in 1904. The demonstrators are amplifying a campaign initiated by farmworkers in Washington State and Baja California to boycott Driscoll's strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.
Sun Nov 22 2015 (Updated 12/31/15)Labor and BLM Demand: “Drop the Charges Against the Black Friday 14!”
Sun Nov 22 2015 (Updated 12/31/15)Black Friday 14 Action a Prelude to Huge Rally to Raise Oakland Minimum Wage to $15/Hr
In a show of solidarity, labor unions and Black Lives Matter activists staged a protest on November 10 which targeted Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley. Some two hundred protesters gathered outside D.A. O'Malley's offices demanding that she “Drop the charges against the Black Friday 14!” They declared that the struggles for economic justice and racial justice were two sides of the same struggle. Inside the courthouse, a delegation of labor leaders occupied O'Malley's office. No arrests were made.
Tue Nov 24 2015Labor Organization Works to Provide Dependable Access to Tools
The Day Worker Center of Santa Cruz County is asking for the community's help to raise funds for a Tool Lending Library. The Center already possesses the tools, but currently lacks a reliable shed in which to store them, and as an organization that works to provide workers with job opportunities, a place to store tools is invaluable.
Tue Nov 24 2015UC Santa Cruz Students Participate in Million Student March
On November 12 students at UC Santa Cruz joined students at college campuses across the country for a "Million Student March," a day of local actions organized nationally around three principle demands: tuition-free public college, cancellation of all student debt, and a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers. Million Student March actions were organized at over 100 schools.
Wed Sep 23 2015 (Updated 09/25/15)Protest at Hyatt Santa Clara for Worker Justice
Wed Sep 23 2015 (Updated 09/25/15)On Pope's First Day in U.S., Silicon Valley Low Wage Workers Call for Economic Equality
September 22nd was the Pope's first day of a historic visit to the United States. Placards calling upon the religious leader to "stand with us for workers' rights" were amongst those carried by protesters at the Hyatt Santa Clara, which is adjacent to Tech Mart. Hyatt's aggressive use of subcontractors allows it to pay poverty wages to workers.
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May Day March for Beach Flats Garden and Boycott Driscoll's Tuesday May 3rd 12:45 PM
May Day 2016 San Francisco "No Justice No Peace" ILWU Leads Rally And March On May Day Monday May 2nd 5:40 PM
Save the Beach Flats Garden (1 comment) Monday May 2nd 11:43 AM
ILWU Local 10 Initiated May Day Rally In San Francisco Sunday May 1st 11:30 PM
MAY DAY March for Food Justice Friday Apr 29th 7:15 PM
May Day Bike Strike! Friday Apr 29th 5:30 AM
Bike Couriers Call for Critical Mass Rolling Picket of Delivery Companies (5 comments) Friday Apr 29th 12:59 AM
Boycott Driscoll's at Fairfield Costco - International Day of Action Thursday Apr 28th 6:47 PM
May Day | Primero de Mayo | International Workers Day Thursday Apr 28th 9:54 AM
San Francisco AFT 2121 Strikes CCSF-STOP Wage Cuts, Downsizing & Privatization Thursday Apr 28th 2:43 AM
Driscoll’s Runs Away At Watsonville Earth Day (1 comment) Monday Apr 25th 7:46 PM
Boycott Driscoll's Berries! Demonstration at Safeway in Watsonville Sunday Apr 24th 7:24 PMMore Local News...
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Planned Crises or Alan Greenspan's "Tsunami" Monday Apr 25th 4:57 AM
UFW wins election to represent 240 farm workers at Ventura County companies Thursday Apr 21st 4:35 PM
RNs Welcome Bill to Step Up Public Safety for Patients in Hospital ‘Observation' Friday Apr 15th 3:58 PM
Philippines: Police shoot hungry protesters Wednesday Apr 13th 4:23 AM
Philippines: Fast-track legislation to end hunger Tuesday Apr 12th 12:45 AM
KPFA WorkWeek Radio On Chicago Teachers Strike, Closure Of Oak Trib & ILWU May Day Action Sunday Apr 10th 3:42 PM
March 39 and counting… Nuit Debout and the new French uprising Friday Apr 8th 8:32 AM
Fed Up! Chicago Labor Rises Up April 1 To Defend Public Education, Services & Wages Saturday Apr 2nd 6:40 AM
OSHA Chief Michaels and DOL Secretary Perez In Corruption Scandal At DOL/OSHA Thursday Mar 31st 5:37 AM
Mary Kay Henry - Members Demand Say Aside The Rigged Election Results In SEIU 1021! (1 comment) Sunday Mar 27th 11:34 PM
Profits And Poison-Protecting the Plant And How UAW Top Officials Were Silent About Poison (1 comment) Tuesday Mar 22nd 2:01 PM
Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition, Religious Leaders Demand Sheriff's Resignation Monday Mar 21st 7:40 AMMore Global News...
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Five myths about tax havens Monday May 2nd 6:22 AM
May Day - International Workers Day March & Rally Photos Sunday May 1st 8:01 PM
Trump Crosses The Border: Youth & Workers Speak Out In California (1 comment) Sunday May 1st 12:08 AM
For a REAL International Workers May Day Thursday Apr 28th 9:24 AM
ALRB approved: Here’s what the UFW says you get for 3% of your salary Monday Apr 25th 5:49 PM
UFW pays millions to itself & cronies, and ZERO for its dues-paying members (3 comments) Sunday Apr 24th 4:45 PM
May Day 2016 ‘National Day of Mourning’ for victims of police terror (3 comments) Sunday Apr 24th 3:20 AM
Workers “never” have a right to witness mediation, California says Thursday Apr 21st 11:30 PM
Nice Pick Justice turnout at court in Fresno Thursday Apr 21st 5:51 PM
Judge again says ALRB and UFW colluded on litigation strategy Thursday Apr 21st 5:36 PM
LA Times report validates Pick Justice’s positions about UFW & ALRB Thursday Apr 21st 5:22 PM
Andy's At It Again In Cahoots With SEIU Pres Mary Kay Henry And Airbnb Tuesday Apr 19th 4:22 AMOpen Newswire...
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