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Boycott Monster Cable! Rally/Concert Photos
by Granny Ruth R. (info [at] raginggrannies.com)
Thursday May 17th, 2007 8:22 PM
Laid-off workers, mostly Latino and Chinese immigrants 50+ years old, RALLIED on May 5 in front of Burlingame (CA) Apple story and marched through downtown Burlingame. Joined by members of local labor groups they took their protest to the HILLSBOROUGH MANSION of Monster Cable CEO Noel Lee. Their struggle has now lasted more than 6 months. Youtube video of earlier march on the CEO's home is 5 minutes long and includes a musical mix of Chinese hip hop, traditional Chinese drumming and Raging Grannies singalong.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYM87ZEnvDM

Video by Kennedy Helm courtesy of the Chinese Progressive Association of America.

Photos in video and in this photojournal by David Huang.

In October 2006, Monster Cable (estimated annual sales in excess of one billion dollars) laid-off more than 80 workers, outsourcing their jobs overseas. Most of the laid-off are over 50 years old, and some have worked for the company for nearly 20 years. They were granted a fraction of the severance pay in previous company lay-offs.

The total amount of money the workers are asking for a fair severance is $500,000. Meanwhile, Monster Cable owns and maintains a company luxury car fleet with estimated value of 5.5 million dollars. Monster Cable bought the license to rename Candlestick Park, which is now known as Monster Park.

Join musicians and concerned community citizens in boycotting Monster Cable products!

§Comin' Round the Bend in Burlingame
by Granny Ruth R. Thursday May 17th, 2007 8:22 PM
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§Marchers Fill the Street!
by Granny Ruth R. Thursday May 17th, 2007 8:22 PM
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Marchers included laid off workers and their supporters including members of UFCW RiseUp, Unite HERE! Local 2, American Federation of Musicians Local 6, teachers unions, and concerned citizens.
§Signs: Boycott Monster Cable!
by Granny Ruth R. Thursday May 17th, 2007 8:22 PM
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§Speak Out!
by Granny Ruth R. Thursday May 17th, 2007 8:22 PM
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§Apple Computer retail store
by Granny Ruth R. Thursday May 17th, 2007 8:22 PM
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Gathering in front Apple Computer retail store in downtown Burlingame
§On the truck/stage
by Granny Ruth R. Thursday May 17th, 2007 8:22 PM
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§Entertainers on the truck
by Granny Ruth R. Thursday May 17th, 2007 8:22 PM
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§Seth Samuel Newton
by Granny Ruth R. Thursday May 17th, 2007 8:22 PM
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Seth is a union organizer and composer/artist with a big heart. Seth's CD is available at CDbaby.com
§Raging Grannies Action League members
by Granny Ruth R. Thursday May 17th, 2007 8:22 PM
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Twang that thang, Grannies! (It's a washtub/musical instrument)
§Brass Liberation Orchestra
by Granny Ruth R. Thursday May 17th, 2007 8:22 PM
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Go go go, B-L-O!
§Demo reflected in sunglasses
by Granny Ruth R. Thursday May 17th, 2007 8:22 PM
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§Activists sing at CEO's house
by Granny Ruth R. Thursday May 17th, 2007 8:22 PM
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Valerie Orth (musician) and Shawsan Liu (organizer for Chinese Progressive Association of America) in front of Monster Cable CEO's home in Hillsborogh
§CEO's Mansion
by Granny Ruth R. Thursday May 17th, 2007 8:22 PM
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Takin' it to the tony streets of Hillsborough. Get real, Noel Lee, distribute the wealth!
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We need more information about Monster Cable!Aaron AaronsFriday May 18th, 2007 11:03 PM
awesome photos!supporterFriday May 18th, 2007 7:05 PM
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