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|Thursday, June 25th, 2009|
|Monday, November 3rd, 2008|
Help York University workers!
Help student workers at York university get a fair contract from their administration. It'll only take you one minute (and that's if you're slow!), but it'll help them bunches.
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|Thursday, November 29th, 2007|
International Day to end Violence against Sex Workers, Atlanta GA
December 17, 2007 7:00-8:30pm at Charis Books and More (1189 Euclid Ave NE in the Little Five Points Business District)
December 17th is the 5th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This event was created to call attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe. Please join us as we celebrate this important day of action with a sex worker open mic, a few brief video screenings and inspiring conversation on the movement for sex workers rights, dignity and de-criminalization! This event is free and open to everyone, however to participate as a performer in the open mic, the organizers request that you be a current or former sex worker. For more information, please visit: www.swopusa.org/dec17
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|Thursday, June 28th, 2007|
6 Members of Orlando Food Not Bombs Arrested
Six members of Orlando Food Not Bombs (OFNB) were arrested today (Wed., June 27) in downtown Orlando outside a fund-raiser for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. The six OFNB members, Jonathan Giralt, Ryan Hutchinson, Bryan Jones, Brett Mason, Eric Montanez and Will Vertlieb, were arrested under a City of Orlando noise ordinance when they refused to quit drumming as part of the protest, citing their free speech rights. Dyer was holding his fund-raiser in a restaurant located on the bottom floor of The Sanctuary, a downtown condominium complex, located about two blocks from Lake Eola Park where OFNB shares. The police confiscated some of the drums that had been used as "evidence" and had OPD's Crime Scene Unit take pictures of the protest site and the remaining protestors from OFNB.
Bond for five of those arrested is $250.00 each; however, they have elected to stay in jail until their first court appearance sometime tomorrow to see if they can be released on their own recognizance. Two of OFNB's lawyers already have met with the adult arrestees at the jail. Giralt, a juvenile, will be released to his parents' recognizance. About 40 people participated in the protest. It was held to denounce Dyer's policies towards homelessness in Orlando and his support of the City's "large group food sharings" ordinance (enacted in July 2006) which, essentially, bans giving away food inside more than three dozen parks in downtown Orlando. Orlando Food Not Bombs has found ways to circumvent the food sharing ban to the extreme displeasure of the Mayor and Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan (the chief proponent of the ordinance) and continues to share inside Lake Eola Park every Wednesday. The ordinance was enacted owing to gentrification and development pressures in Orlando's Thornton Park and Lake Eola Heights neighborhoods.
This was the second Dyer fundraiser at which OFNB has staged a noisy, spirited protest and there is the possibility that today's arrests were politically motivated--revenge for the first anti-Dyer protest. That action, held on May 16 outside a business only a few hundred yards from where OFNB shares, received considerable media coverage. Hutchinson and Montanez are two of the plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit filed in October of 2006 against the City over the anti-homeless food sharing ordinance. That lawsuit is expected to come to trial in June of 2008. Montanez, on April 4, became the first person arrested under the anti-homeless food sharing ordinance. His trial on that charge will start on Sept. 10. OFNB member Matt Houston was trespassed from Lake Eola Park on May 9 when park rangers called police to break up the group's sharing, although his trespass warning was later rescinded.
OFNB's lawyers are reviewing whether the Orlando police properly applied the ordinance which they used to make the arrests.
Further updates will be released later.
For more information on Orlando Food Not Bombs, go to http://orlandofoodnotbombs.org
To contact Orlando Food Not Bombs: firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate to Orlando Food Not Bombs: make the check payable to Carrot and Fist Collective, Inc.
P.O. Box 540957
Orlando, FL 32854-0957
|Friday, October 27th, 2006|
Miami community members occupy land!! Donations/help needed!!
"Can't find a home in Miami? Well then take the land back!"
At about 3pm on Monday Oct. 23rd, a coalition of local Black community
organizations, Homeless groups, anti-racist youth and local community
members occupied an empty city owned lot at the intersection of NW
17th Ave & 62 St. in Miami's Liberty City. The corner lot, once the
location of several public housing facilities and most recently littered
with trash is now the home of a growing shantytown for the area's homeless &
impoverished residents. In the midst of local political scandals,
corruption, mismanagement and a backwards housing policy, locals have
empowered themselves to create the housing the city has not. Local
political leaders continue to remain stagnant in their abilities to help
the city's working class communities of color, so these communities have
taken it upon themselves to combat the hardship that face them on a daily
It's been a couple of months since the local newspaper the Miami Herald
published a series on the housing emergency called "House of Lies." What
local residents & activists have been voicing for years, local politicians
finally responded to when a large media outlet cornered them with the facts,
photographs and documents of corruption and an at best idiotic housing
policy eliminating housing as the demand for it grows. Since the late
1990s local politicians have been giving away millions of dollars
earmarked for affordable housing and city & county owned land to luxury
condominium developers. Affordable housing becomes scarcer by the week as
homes and apartments buildings are razed for the ever-expanding skyline of
luxury high-rise condominiums for the city's incoming gentrifiers. A
phenomenon not unique to Miami, gentrification is tearing though urban
centers across the country and displacing low-income communities of color
with more affluent and whiter residents.
Since the publication of "House of Lies," there have been protests, an
occupation of a County Hall meeting, sit-ins at different County Commission
funding meetings and a list of demands presented to local officials. All
have been ignored. Meanwhile the city continues to drop millions into the
newly finished Carnival Center of the Performing Arts and pushing to break
ground on the Crosswinds luxury condominiums. Both facilities are in Miami's
Overtown, once a mecca of Black culture now one of the poorest areas in
the entire country. As for the rest of the city, Miami is the third
poorest city in the U.S. after the push to displace even more poor people
out of the city so that we would no longer be the Number One poorest city
in the country.
Meanwhile at the shantytown in Liberty City, the communal circle and fire
are being built, more tents are being erected, a children's area is being
put together, gardens and trees are making their way into the lot. There
is talk of hosting everything from workshops on permaculture, spoken word
events and maybe film showings if a projector can be donated. Residents
from the surrounding communities, including the Pork & Beans Projects, are
coming into the community donating what little time and resources they
have in full support of the efforts of the shantytown. While providing
housing for those that need it, the shantytown will be training incoming
residents in the skills involved in its construction & maintenance so that
people can replicate it elsewhere. Volunteers of all capabilities are
encouraged to come in and help as much or as little as they can. Residents
are sharing responsibilities, space, & food as they get prepared to keep
camp for the long haul. What are the demands of the shantytown's
residents? The same they have been for years: decent, clean affordable
housing for all that need it.
For more information:
Max Rameau, Center for Pan-African Development, <mailto:email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Seaton, <mailto:email@example.com>firstname.lastname@example.org 305-978-8612"
"Donations needed for Shantytown in Liberty City!!!!!!!
-sleeping bags and blankets
(***no dishes or utensils, please, we have plenty)
-people or groups to volunteer to taken on a day or two to cook a full meal
wood pallets, other good wood scraps, plywood, long nails (3 inch),
screws, cinder blocks, rebar
-trash cans and/or 55 gallon barrels
-things for kids' area: toys, art supplies
-mulch and soil
-large storage containers
-drinking water in large conatiners (gallon jugs or bigger, so as not to
use so many plastic bottles)
-volunteers to cook, build, do child care!!!
Bring donations directly to the site at 17th ave and 62nd st NW or call:
Max at 786-556-6881 or
Amanda at 305-978-8612"
|Saturday, September 16th, 2006|
I've been looking online for a bit, but cannot find many flyers/pamphlets made up for the IWW. Does anyone have any? And why aren't there any on the main website (it's possible I just missed it or something)? I know the Starbucks union did have something that was half-sized, double-sided, but it seems that's disappeared. Any help?
|Monday, August 28th, 2006|
Today's NYT front page: "Real Wages Fail to Match a Rise in Productivity"
[Top headline of today, Monday's, New York Times. Not often that economic data gets top spot lately.]
"Wages and salaries now make up the lowest share of the nation's economy since the U.S. began recording the data in 1947."
August 28, 2006
Real Wages Fail to Match a Rise in Productivity
By STEVEN GREENHOUSE and DAVID LEONHARDT
With the economy beginning to slow, the current expansion has a chance to become the first sustained period of economic growth since World War II that fails to offer a prolonged increase in real wages for most workers.
The median hourly wage for American workers has declined 2 percent since 2003, after factoring in inflation. The drop has been especially notable, economists say, because productivity — the amount that an average worker produces in an hour and the basic wellspring of a nation’s living standards — has risen steadily over the same period.
As a result, wages and salaries now make up the lowest share of the nation’s gross domestic product since the government began recording the data in 1947, while corporate profits have climbed to their highest share since the 1960’s. UBS, the investment bank, recently described the current period as “the golden era of profitability.”
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|Wednesday, July 19th, 2006|
Wal-Mart launches Paidcritics.com to attack unions
Wal-Mart, critics slam each other on Web
By MARCUS KABEL, AP Business Writer
Tue Jul 18, 8:18 PM ET
Paidcritics.com was started last week by Working
Families for Wal-Mart, a group funded primarily by
Wal-Mart, to reveal what it described as "the real
motives of the union leaders behind the campaign
It characterized one of its leading critics, Andrew
Grossman of union-backed Wal-Mart Watch, as "a
political operative with a checkered past" in a
section called "Paid Critic of the Week" that also
lambasted Wayne Hanley, head of the Canadian chapter
of the United Food and Commercial Workers union.
The site is part of Wal-Mart's aggressive defense
since last year against its increasingly organized
critics. Wal-Mart won't say how much it is spending,
but it has set up a political campaign-style "war
room" staffed by consultants, hired Washington D.C.
lobbyists, formed the Working Families group and
created another Web site called Wal-Mart Facts.
In response to the new site, union-funded
WakeUpWalMart.com started its own Web site Tuesday,http://www.abunchofgreedyrightwingliarswhoworkforwalmart.com
which attacks the retailer's public relations and
"These great guys who love to stretch the truth (or
what mom called liars) honed their special Wal-Mart
skills on an array of right wing political campaigns,"
the Web site reads.
|Thursday, July 6th, 2006|
Dance of the Skeletons #4
Hello everyone. I make a zine called Dance of the Skeletons which is all about workers' rights, unionism, and class struggle from an anarchist perspective. I recently finished #4, and it's mostly about my experiences organizing with the IWW, so I thought some of you might be interested in it.
Microcosm has picked it up, so if you'd like to know more, you can check it out here.
|Tuesday, June 13th, 2006|
MIAMI ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILLBOARD MODIFIED!
From: "Arther Guerilla" email@example.com
Subject: Outraged Residents Take Control of Public Space: Modify Offensive
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 13:14:30 -0400
Outraged Residents Take Control of Public Space: Modify Offensive Billboardi'm putting the message and the photos behind an LJ-cut because of the size of the photos. Enjoy!( Read more...Collapse )
|Wednesday, June 7th, 2006|
Free market and globalization.
This is a post that I anticipate economists to tear apart, and I hope you do – I’m making the post for my own edification.
Okay, as I understand it, according to neoclassical economic theory, when something affects the economy by reducing the demand for labor without reducing production (e.g. a technical innovation that makes production cheaper, or a sudden influx of imported goods which are cheaper than their domestic counterparts), wage earners within the affected industries will naturally begin to suffer higher rates of unemployment than they previously did.
However, according to neoclassical economics, the market will ultimately correct itself, because the abundance of cheap labor will lead people to invest capital into new forms of production which will have become profitable because of the new availability of that cheap labor. Seeing as how the greater productivity introduced by innovation or whatever has increased the market’s total amount of capital rather than reduce or leave it static, the new industries that are created based upon the advantage of cheap labor will have a great-enough market to ultimately expand to a point where the demand for labor will return to where it was before the innovation was made.
Now, the rest of my post is going to proceed on the assumption that my above statement is a correct statement of economic theory.
In regard to the current practice of “globalizing” third world countries, wouldn’t dropping trade barriers, while simultaneously introducing foreign-owned industrial jobs and preventing the crossing of borders prevent that country’s market from correcting itself?
As I understand it, those factors would create a situation like this:
First, trade barriers are dropped, leading to a flood of American agricultural products which can be sold more cheaply than domestic agricultural products, causing the farmers of this country (which had previously be agrarian based) to suffer massive unemployment. They then look for new jobs.
Second, at roughly the same time trade barriers were dropped, industry began moving manufacturing jobs into this country, precisely because the labor is so cheap. Since these new jobs are provided by a foreign-owned company, which already owns the goods that are produced, and the cost of labor is so low, the majority of the production value gets siphoned into the country from which the industry is owned.
(an alternate scenario is that the unemployed labor force will switch their farming capacity to a product in which they have comparative advantage like coffee or bananas; however, historically, it seems that foreign countries like United Fruit managed to buy-up the farmers land in the interim time of economic crisis, causing production siphoning that’s more or less the same as what’s occurring with manufacturing jobs).
Therefore, with the influx of both goods and foreign-owned capital, it seems like the only way this hypothetical country’s economy could adjust would be for its labor force to look for jobs in other countries. However, their ability to do so is highly restricted by a separate set of immigration laws. As long as they are prevented from doing so, their country and it’s populace will be locked in a system of providing cheap labor to the richer foreign country.
This is how I understand the current state of the so-called global free market (which does not appear to be a free market at all
) to be working. Please correct me if I am wrong.
|Tuesday, May 9th, 2006|
Shattuck Cinema Workers Go Union - Workers Say NO! To unjust work conditions, and demand management accountability
BERKELEY 8:30AM-- This morning workers at Landmark Shattuck Cinemas turned in authorization cards to the National Labor Relations Board, filing a certification petition for representation with the Industrial Workers of the World. Rising tensions at the Shattuck Cinemas over the year have pushed workers to demand an end to unfair working conditions and greater accountability from management.
“We're only asking for work conditions that are reasonable and humane. Management needs to start listening to our concerns and valuing its workers. We need our voice to be heard. It's time we had a union!” says Lauren Grady, cinema employee age 25.
23 out of 28 workers have signed authorization cards, the last straw in a long debate with management. Primary worker concerns include the recent revoking of worker privileges, lack of management accountability, inconsistent raise policies, inadequate breaks, all contributing to the increasingly hostile work environment at the Shattuck cinemas. Further source of tension lies in a worker wage cap at over three dollars less than the city standard.
“We treat moviegoers with the utmost dignity and respect, and we expect our employers to grant us the same courtesy,” says Nick Hubbard.
Shattuck cinema workers' discontent with Landmark corporate policy has grown over time, especially since its purchase by Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks. Landmark is a well-known art-house chain with a long established reputation for supporting progressive film. Whether management continues to uphold its progressive values is yet to be seen.
For more details contact: Harjit Singh Gill
(415) 374-5711 cell
Anarchist Robin Hoods Give Poor a Taste of the High Life
Date: Tue, 09 May 2006 00:56:25 -0500
From: Chuck <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Infoshop <email@example.com>
Subject: [Infoshop News] German 'Robin Hoods' Give Poor a Taste of the High
German 'Robin Hoods' Give Poor a Taste of the High Life
A GANG of anarchist Robin Hood-style thieves, who dress as superheroes
and steal expensive food from exclusive restaurants and delicatessens to
give to the poor, are being hunted by police in the German city of Hamburg.
The gang members seemingly take delight in injecting humour into their
raids, which rely on sheer numbers and the confusion caused by their
presence. After they plundered Kobe beef fillets, champagne and smoked
salmon from a gourmet store on the exclusive Elbastrasse, they presented
the cashier with a bouquet of flowers before making their getaway.
The latest robbery is part of a pattern over the past several months,
suggesting that the thieves deliberately set out to highlight what they
perceive as the inequality inherent in German society.
However, the authorities do not agree. Bodo Franz, a police spokesman,
said: "They get off feeling they are just like Robin Hood. There are
about 30 in the group. But whatever their motives, they are thieves,
plain and simple."
Carsten Sievers, the manager of a luxury supermarket in the wealthy
Blankenese area of Hamburg, recently watched the robbers run off with
trolleys full of expensive foodstuffs, including Kobe beef which, at
more than £100 a pound, is always on their illicit shopping list.
In another recent swoop, the gang emptied a groaning buffet table in a
top restaurant into sacks, while one of their number held up a sign
saying. "The fat years are over" - the title of a hit film currently
doing the rounds in Germany.
In internet statements, the gang have made a point of saying their booty
is distributed to Hartz IV recipients - the poorest of Germany's
long-term unemployed. The benefit is named after the disgraced
Volkswagen personnel director Peter Hartz who, before he lost his job
with the car-maker in a prostitutes-and-bribes scandal, devised the new
means-testing which is loathed and derided by society's most
When the gang robbed the gourmet store in April - triggering a massive
police investigation that cost £20,000 in taxpayers' money without an
arrest being made - they left a note behind saying: "Without the
abilities of the superheroes to help them, it would be impossible for
ordinary people to survive in the city of the millionaires."
Police say they are concentrating their investigation on a loose
collective of anarchists and malcontents called "Hamburg in Vain", to
which they believe the superheroes belong. But they admit there is a
certain panache and skill about their robberies. indicating a strong
criminal element as well.
The gang are also behind black market cinema tickets which they
distribute free to the poor, and they have printed leaflets telling
passengers how to dodge ticket inspectors on the city's underground and
Mr Franz said: "They try to make crime fun but are politically motivated."
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|Monday, May 8th, 2006|
We had a right to be weary
Chavez seeking 25-year term
Sun, May 7, 2006
CARACAS -- President Hugo Chavez said yesterday voters should have the chance to decide whether he should govern the country for the next 25 years.
Speaking at a stadium, Chavez said he would hold a referendum to put the question of his remaining in office to Venezuelans if the opposition pulls out of upcoming presidential elections.
"I am going to ask you, all the people, if you agree with Chavez being president until 2031," he said.
It was not clear if Chavez was talking about holding a legally binding vote to eliminate term limits or proposing a plebiscite.
|Sunday, May 7th, 2006|
Subcommander Marcos of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN), speaking in Mexico City's historic Tlatelolco Plaza May 3, stated that the Zapatistas are officially going on "red alert" in response to violence in San Salvador Atenco, a village in the state of Mexico which has declared as a Zapatista-style "autonomous municipality." (Notimex, May 3) Later that night, six of 14 state and federal police officers detained by Atenco's rebel authorities, the Frente de Pueblos Unidos en Defensa de la Tierra, were released. News reports said they had been severely beaten. (APRO, May 4)
|Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006|
UM JANITORS WIN!! (25% wage increase, health benefits and card-check method of unionization!)
UM JANITORS END 2-MONTH STRIKE
UM janitors are set to end their two-month strike after the union trying to organize the workers reached an agreement with Unicco.
BY NIALA BOODHOO
nboodhoo@MiamiHerald.comIt took a hunger strike, a student sit-in and countless protests, but striking University of Miami janitors will be back on the job Wednesday, following a settlement in the two-month labor dispute.
University contractor Unicco Services and the union organizing the janitors, the Service Employees International Union, said late Monday they had reached agreement on the union election process.
A neutral third party, the American Arbitration Association, will verify pledge cards signed by workers in support of SEIU. A 60 percent majority will be needed by Aug. 1 in order for the union to win recognition.
''I'm going to return with my head held high, protected by the name of the union, which is rare in the state of Florida,'' said janitor Maritza Paz, just after the striking workers voted to accept the agreement. She has worked for Unicco for 11 years.
UM raised the worker's wages by at least 25 percent and offered healthcare coverage to the employees a few weeks into the strike, which began March 1. But it persisted, and the sticking point was the method through which SEIU could be elected. The union wanted workers to be able to sign pledge cards, also called a card check agreement, but the company wanted an election run by the National Labor Relations Board.( Read more...Collapse )http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/14477887.htm
|Monday, May 1st, 2006|
breaking news - and the Internationale
First: Amazing news.Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, has ordered that all foreign owned natural gas fields be turned over to the country.
Morales signed a decree which orders troops to seize the fields to ensure gas production. The decree also says that companys have 180 days to sign over their fields, or leave the country.
"We are not a government of mere promises, we follow through on what we propose and what the people demand. We want to ask (the Armed Forces) that starting now, they occupy all the energy fields in Bolivia along with battalions of engineers," said Morales after signing the decree.
"The time has come, the awaited day, a historic day in which Bolivia retakes absolute control of our natural resources," added Morales.
Bolivia has the second largest supply of natural gas after Venezuela. Source
See also Bolivian troops ordered to occupy gas fields
Remember, Morales was considered more likely to be an accomodationist than an independent, genuine Left alternative as President of Bolivia. Well, this is sounding a lot more independent and alternative! ¡No Pasarán! ¡Viva la Revolución!
Also: Immigrants walk off jobs, into streets to show their economic clout in U.S.
and: 300,000 March in Manhattan at Anti-War Protest
And I was just thinking back to the stirring moment in Land and Freedom
when the main characters, a band of anarchists and unaligned socialists fighting Franco in the Spanish Civil War, defiantly begin singing The Internationale
...Arise, ye workers from your slumber,
Arise, ye prisoners of want.
For reason in revolt now thunders,
and at last ends the age of cant!
Away with all your superstitions,
Servile masses, arise, arise!
We'll change henceforth the old tradition,
And spurn the dust to win the prize!
So comrades, come rally,
And the last fight let us face.
Unites the human race.
So comrades, come rally,
And the last fight let us face.
Unites the human race.
Happy May Day!
|Saturday, April 29th, 2006|
Tell me, what do you think about inheritance?