When: September 6th, 2013
Where: Cass Corridor Commons
4605 Cass Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201
East Michigan Environmental Action Council, 5E, Heru, and the American Indian Health and Family Services invite you to the film screening of, Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience, on September 6th, 2013. The showing will take place in the D. Blair Theater of The Cass Corridor Commons.
Focusing on the lives and experiences of the Native/Indigenous community in the Midwest, Our Fires Still Burn is a one hour documentary that works to dispel the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the United States. The narrative that Native and Indigenous peoples no longer exist in the US has been perpetrated in many forms since the beginning of colonization in the US, with perhaps the most famous example being the book (and movie), The Last of the Mohicans. The narrative usually argues something along the lines that because Native peoples are now dead (or are actively dying), we need non-Native peoples to "save and recover" (read; loot) Native artifacts (very often including actual bones of human beings). Another strand of the narrative argues that names like Washington Red Skins are actually compliments that honor long dead tribes rather than the offensive insults that Native/Indigenous peoples say they are.
Our Fires Still Burns argues that the narrative that Native/Indigenous peoples are dead is harmful in that it invisibilizes and makes unnecessary the voices of the very much alive Native/Indigenous community. But as Our Fire Still Burns shows, Native and Indigenous peoples continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make great contributions to society.
The film viewing of Our Fires Still Burn will appeal to native and non-Native alike, and will be followed by a question and answer session featuring many of the people appearing in the film, as well as film director Audrey Geyer. Ms. Geyer is an independent video producer and director whose programs have been broadcasted locally and nationally on PBS. She is the founder and current executive director of Visions, an independent video production company local in Metro Detroit. Visions work focuses on creating documentaries that tell the stories of communities that are underrepresented in mainstream media.
As East Michigan Environmental Action Council co-director, Diana Copeland says, the most important thing to do right now in light of various attacks on marginalized communities in Detroit is to build community responses to those attacks, "Conversations that happen where we can begin to get to know each other are essential and will only make our communities stronger."
從過去10屆的經驗，學員畢業後成功找到工作率約60至70%。Links: World Journal - 旅館工人培訓 20華裔畢業了
三藩市酒店服務行業因其較高的福利與待遇，吸引很多移民的加入。不過新移民因為到美時間短、語言不通等問題，進入這一行障礙重重。華人進步會、華人權益促進會以及三藩市市立大學每年就針對有需要的華人進行免費職業培訓，昨日又迎來20位新畢業生。相信新的知識將為他們謀求新的工作機會增添有利的競爭砝碼。 昨日在三藩市華埠華人進步會的大樓內傳來陣陣掌聲與歡呼聲，來自三藩市市立大學的教師Lori Admokom帶着粉色花環，正接受來自華人學生獻上的鮮花。這些學生均是來自華裔社區的移民，剛剛結束長達7個月的免費職業培訓課程。 這項課程由三藩市華人進步會、華人權益促進會以及市立大學聯合開辦，如今已經舉辦11年。課程在每年8月份開課，直至第二年春季的三月份結課，每週的週二週四上課。今年該課程迎來20位畢業生，其中18位女士、2位男士。 華人進步會社區組織員羅琪琪介紹，因三藩市酒店行業發展好，待遇高，服務行業也是很多新移民的首選工作。 ................（更多新聞，請參閱 《星島日報》）Links: Sing Tao Daily - 職業培訓課?造福華裔移民
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From January 18-21, 2017 organized the It Takes Roots to Grow the Resistance Delegation to Washington DC, plus several Trans-Local Actions happening across the country in the first 100 days of the Trump administration.
The #ItTakesRoots to Grow the Resistance delegation was our response to the broader call to action in the face of the rising attacks under the incoming Trump Administration on the gains that people of color, women, immigrants, LGBTQ communities, and workers have fought for. This will have implications locally, nationally, and globally for years to come. Now is the critical time for a resistance movement to be visible and strong, on the defense and the offense.
The grassroots organizations represented in our Mobilization to DC and our Trans-Local Actions during the first 100 days of the Trump Administration are intergenerational, comprising a mix of youth organizers and veteran community leaders, who hail from Indigenous, African American, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander and rural white communities in the frontlines of movements for economic, racial, gender, and climate justice, including:
- Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
- Black Mesa Water Coalition
- Chinese Progressive Association (CPA-SF)
- Causa Justa // Just Cause
- Chainbreaker Collective
- Cooperation Jackson
- Communities for a Better Environment (CBE)
- Community to Community Development (C2C)
- Direct Action For Rights & Equality (DARE)
- Detroit Peoples Platform
- El Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas (CATA)
- East Michigan Environmental Action Coalition (EMEAC)
- Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island
- Fuerza Unida
- Families United For Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE)
- Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)
- Got Green
- Grassroots International
- Housing Justice League
- Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)
- Institute for Policy Studies (IPS)
- Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW)
- Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC)
- Just Transition Alliance
- Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
- Long Beach Residents Empowered (LiBRE)
- Miami Workers Center
- National American Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- New York City Environmental Justice Alliance
- Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC)
- People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Justice (PODER)
- Right to Survive
- Ruckus Society
- Southern Maine Workers Center
- Southwest Workers Organizing Project (SWOP)
- Southwest Worker’s Union (SWU)
- Vermont Workers Center
- WE ACT for Environmental Justice
- Worcester Roots
In March 1944, 13-year-old Isamu Carlos Arturo Shibayama, his parents and five siblings were taken from their home in Peru and shipped to New Orleans on an American troop ship. Stripped of their identity papers, the Shibayamas were admitted to the United States as “illegal aliens” and sent to a prison camp in Texas, where they would spend the next 2 1/2 years.
My name is Dominique Scott, I am a senior at the University of Mississippi and a member of Students Against Social Injustice, USAS local 121. As part of my work as a Regional Organizer for United Students Against Sweatshops, I built student solidarity for Nissan workers organizing in the state of Mississippi and recruited for the March on Mississippi. As working class student, I understood all too well the debilitating nature of corporate greed in our communities.
Last April, our USAS chapter attended an action at the Nissan Plant in Canton to show solidarity with the workers organizing there. I worked alongside members of Popular Resistance to recruit students, faculty, and community members for the march throughout January and February. Our recruitment involved extensive outreach to students, faculty, community members, and organizations; social media outreach; class and organization raps, and recruitment for an on-campus teach-in with Danny Glover. The teach-in was pivotal to our recruitment effort. Over one hundred community members attended, and Danny Glover’s moving address brought the entire crowd to their feet.
As a result of our efforts, we were able to recruit over 125 students and community members from around the state to attend the March on Mississippi on March 4th. The march was intended to bring attention to Nissan’s illegal anti-union activity including worker threats and intimidation. The march gathered an estimated three thousand people from Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and across the nation.
University of Mississippi
SASI, USAS Local 121
Those of us concerned about Republican attacks on health care should be equally worried about the University of Vermont Medical Center’s growing monopoly over our state’s health care system, and what that entails for patients and providers here in our state.
CEO John Brumsted maneuvered UVM-MC into the driver’s seat of health care reform following the former Governor's abandonment of Vermont's universal health care law, Act 48. The medical center has undergone constant expansion in recent years, absorbing independent practices and rural hospitals, while significantly increasing its profits.
Even more troubling, however, is UVM-MC's growing control over the administration of Vermont's health care dollars.
Last fall, the former administration secured an agreement with the Federal government known as the All Payer Model, which aims to corral Vermont's health care providers into regulated monopolies known as Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs. The ultimate vision of the model is to bring all of Vermont's health care providers under one roof, known as the Vermont Care Organization.
Currently there are three ACOs negotiating the shape of the future Vermont Care Organization, with UVM-MC/Dartmouth-Hitchcock's joint ACO, OneCare, far and away the most well-financed of the pack. Last month, OneCare signed a contract with the Scott administration which will see it administering care for 30,000 Medicaid recipients over the course of 2017. If successful, this model will expand to include the rest of Vermont's Medicaid and Medicare populations, along with people insured through their jobs.
This means that our health care dollars, rather than flowing through the public sector in order to be distributed based upon need, will instead be administered by a private, nominally non-profit company - in effect, a privatization of core functions of Vermont’s health care system.
What impact will privatization have upon ensuring universal and equitable access to care in our state? Will UVM-MC/OneCare have private decision making power over how doctors treat their patients? What about whether or not to spend money on community-based care, or improve medical facilities in our state?
Unfortunately, we don’t have to look very far to get a preview of how this might play out.
Right now in Burlington, Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNAs) and other patient care staff are organizing to form a union and improve staffing levels at the hospital. These are our neighbors, overwhelmingly women, who form the underpaid backbone of caregiving in Vermont’s hospitals and nursing homes. But despite a tripling of hospital profits in recent years, UVM Medical Center’s senior management is refusing to pay patient care staff livable wages and are blocking them from democratically deciding for themselves on their union.
If CEO John Brumsted, who makes $1.86 million a year, and his colleagues - many of whom rank in Vermont’s top 1% of income earners - are refusing to allow low-wage workers to have a voice on the job, what does that tell us about how they would manage health care programs for tens of thousands of people in Vermont?
In another troubling development, last month UVM-MC's Todd Moore testified to the legislature in opposition to a bill that would require ACOs to abide by Vermont's open meeting law. While there are reportedly efforts to craft a "compromise bill," the writing on the wall is clear: Privatization will result in the erosion of mechanisms for the public to hold health care decision makers accountable.
ACO proponents claim that the model will cut costs by eliminating waste spending in the system, achieved in part by a transition from a fee-for-service payment system to one based on per-capita payments.
Of course, we’d all be better off if providers are paid to promote quality of care instead of prescribing high-cost treatments. But this new arrangement does nothing to directly address the crises of access and cost that so many people in Vermont are struggling with. Instead, its aim appears to be to reduce insurance payers' costs, consolidate power for UVM Medical Center, and cut public health care budgets.
It’s a false solution that misses the real problem with our health care system - profiteering by the insurance, hospital, and pharmaceutical industries.
The real solutions are simple - implementing equitable financing for Vermont’s universal health care law, Act 48, and ensuring that everyone working at our medical centers receives a living wage and a comprehensive set of worker protections, including the right to organize.
UVM Medical Center’s Board of Trustees are meeting this Thursday, March 16th in Burlington, and community members will be there calling on them to ensure a free and fair union election process for patient care staff. I hope to see you there.
Keith Brunner is a resident of Burlington and a member of the Vermont Workers' Center
My name is Dagan Brown and I am a member of United Students Against Sweatshops at Columbia University and Barnard College, USAS local 31. The Barnard college contingent faculty, like contingent faculty across the country, had been subjected to deplorable working conditions at one of the country’s most prestigious universities. Facing poverty wages, an exorbitantly expensive healthcare plan that few contingent faculty could afford, and the pressure to juggle the instruction of multiple courses in order to make end’s meet, the Barnard contingent faculty drew upon their power as unified workers and in the Spring of 2015 formed a union: the BCF-UAW Local 2110.
For almost two years now, Barnard Contingent Faculty have been fighting for a fair contract. Students have been with them every step of the way. From collecting more than 700 student signatures in support of a fair contract, to organizing demonstrations and rallies in order to show solidarity, students have been instrumental in the fight for a Barnard that respects all faculty. After months of struggle, the Barnard contingent faculty have won a fair contract! Leading up to this incredible victory, contingent faculty were threatening to strike. Recognizing that these workers are the backbone of their school and that students will rally behind them no matter what, Barnard ultimately had to meet their demands. The same day that the fair contract was announced, our USAS chapter held a celebration rally with dozens of people in attendance.
Here are some highlights from the newly won contract:
- Starting in 2020, the minimum base pay for courses of three credits or more will be $10,000, an increase of $5,000 from the current minimum
- Term faculty will receive $70,000 per year at minimum, an increase of $10,000 from the current base pay.
- The college will put 50 percent of their contribution toward benefits—which include dental, vision, and medical benefits—for adjuncts teaching nine credits or more in an academic year, while faculty not meeting this threshold will be able to purchase a plan at full value.
This victory could not have been achieved were it not for the forces of students and workers coming together.
USAS Local 31
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On February 24th and 25th, students from across the country gathered in Columbus, Ohio at The University of Ohio for the 20th National USAS conference, celebrating 20 years of student and worker power.
On Friday afternoon, hundreds of students, alongside workers and community allies, marched across campus demanding that The Ohio State University “Stop the Sellout” of their energy sector to private interests.
In remembering the moment students stormed the administrative building, OSU student and USAS leader Nathalie Pagán stated, “It was very powerful to see so many people get together and show solidarity with the workers who we have been fighting alongside for years. I loved being able to listen to the experiences of the workers and how organizing alongside us has helped them overcome.”
Mehlam Bhuriwala, a student at University of Texas- Austin and a member of USAS Local 18 spoke out to show the broad student support for this fight. “We don’t all go to this school, but we all feel the dangers that are present today as a result of putting corporate interests before the student and staff voice. This is a campus, not a business.”
On Saturday, workers from across different struggles and industries came together to call for student support in their fights. Present were fast food workers from Pittsburgh, a Nissan worker from Mississippi, a garment worker from Los Angeles, a Nabisco worker from Chicago, a student worker from Rutgers University in New Jersey, a food service worker from Northeastern University in Boston, and an internationally renowned unionist from Cambodia. The panel highlighted the ways in which diverse struggles across the world are interconnected.
A recurrent theme across the panel was the strong leverage of student solidarity in achieving victories. In her own words, Heidy Barreiro, a food service worker at Northeastern University and member of Unite Here Local 26 stated, “Without the students, there is no fight.”
Throughout the weekend, students continually demonstrated that even in Trump’s America, students and workers have the power to hold our universities accountable to be the progressive institutions many claim to be. As the semester continues, we students will make our demands heard, escalate our campaigns, and show corporations who truly has power at the university.
Thank you to everyone who made this conference possible.
In solidarity –
The crossing of migrants into Canada that has now become a thorny issue on the U.S.’s northern frontier was certainly not on horizon until recently
As the new administration
The Lower East Side and Chinatown stand on a long history of Jewish, Chinese, Latino, and Bangladeshi immigrants, refugees, and people of color who make up the fabric of this community. It is a rich history of tenant, worker, and community organizing that has brought us the legacy it has today. That was only possible because we stand on the principle of love, solidarity, and building power with one collective vision – strong and vibrant working-class neighborhoods that advocates for itself and others. On Saturday night of 2/13, several men of a White supremacist group attacked two brothers for having “NYC Anti-Fascists” stickers on their cell phones. They were chased outside of an Essex St. bar in the Lower East Side/Chinatown area and beaten on Hester Street with brass knuckles and received cuts with a knife. We condemn these attacks and do not take this lightly. Though New York City, continues to experience hate violence impacting targeted communities, particularly Muslims, attacks involving White supremacist groups have not been incidents in recent history. We attribute this to the new federal administration and its policies that at their core, reinforce structural racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, and economic inequality. Our communities will not stand for any kind of hate.
We see the explicit ties between Trump’s election and his recent appointments to White supremacist groups. We very well know that the recent attack that took place in our community is related to these ties and the new administration’s hate-based policies. With this knowledge, Chinatown and the Lower East Side will fight even harder and maintain a clear focus on the real threat: the systems and institutions that perpetuate violence in our communities. The brutal beating of the two brothers by the known Neo-Nazi group is intended to instill fear in our community. We are here to say, that won’t happen!
The LES / Chinatown community hereby designates our community as a Hate Free Zone. We stand with those under attack, including immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, women, Muslims, LGBTQ, black, brown and any lives that are under the threat of the exhibition of hate, xenophobia or any federal policies borne of any such ideologies. We will defend our community and city. Sign up below to help!
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CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES)
Chinese-American Planning Council
Cooper Square Committee
Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center
Asian Political Collective (Columbia University & Barnard College)
My name is Sophorn Yang. I am the President of the Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions (CATU) and I have joined United Students Against Sweatshops in the fight against Nike.
Yesterday, across the globe, women walked off the job and marched in resistance on International Working Women’s Day. I took the streets of Washington DC alongside USAS and hundreds of women demanding dignity in the workplace.
As a former garment worker, and representative of over 10,000 garment workers producing in Cambodia, I can speak to the dangerous conditions workers – especially women, face on the job every single day. We face gender-based violence on the job, and when we speak up and organize, we often face retaliation. But I know the power in resistance. Our organizing in Cambodia led to a victory in doubling the minimum wage in my country. However, our union has not been given access to the factories producing for Nike in Cambodia. Nike’s latest decision to bar independent unions and monitors from their factories puts workers in an extremely dangerous position.
Our resistance begins today. We’re launching our nationwide tour speaking to students and universities all around the country to ensure that Nike treats us with respect on the job.
Nike loves to promote women when it comes to company profit, but we are here to make sure Nike respects ALL women workers – especially the ones behind their factory doors.
We need your support. Will you donate $15 today to help make sure Nike hears us loud and clear?
President of CATU
“My message to other women workers who aren’t organizing is the same thing I tell myself when things are challenging; you have to fight to get what you want and you have to be strong to fight. You have two choices in life; either fight and win, or fight and lose. But if you don’t fight you’ll never have a chance.”
Women Workers Resist! Tour is a joint effort between United Students Against Sweatshops and International Labor Rights Forum aimed to promote the resistance of women working in the corporate supply chains.
On Monday night, the Republicans in Washington revealed their plans for replacing the Affordable Care Act. Unsurprisingly, their plan would hurt poor and working-class people and women while creating billions of dollars of new tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy.
Organizing is the antidote to attacks on the human right to health care. Please consider becoming a member of the Vermont Workers’ Center so we can resist these attacks together.
Simply defending the Affordable Care Act (popularly known as “Obamacare”) is not enough. We must lead with our vision of a universal healthcare system, publicly and equitably financed, to ensure that the human right to health care is guaranteed to all people in Vermont, and in our country.
Once again, Vermont has the opportunity to lead the nation. Full implementation of Act 48, the universal healthcare bill passed in 2011, is the way forward for our state.
As former Governor Shumlin’s abandonment of Act 48 shows, we cannot rely on politicians to do the right thing without strong grassroots pressure. We must organize in our communities and support front-line healthcare workers who are organizing for a voice in the healthcare system.
For those looking for more information, our friends at the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative have put together a helpful breakdown of the Republican health care plan.
This is a particularly significant year for women. Women are increasingly standing up for their rights and leading resistance to so many forms of oppression and injustice around the world. This is also true for women in migration -- whether they are migrants themselves, have remained home while other family members migrate, or have been affected by the deportations of those near and dear to them.
WASHINGTON — President Trump scaled back his executive order barring migrants from several predominantly Muslim countries Monday, in an attempt to insulate the controversial ru
Cameron: One of the assumptions you hear a lot in the press is that most of the people on the move today are unmarried men. Can we start with you giving us a corrective on the realities of women’s migration around the world today?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Following a setback in the courts last month, President Donald Trump issued a modified version of the ban
President Trump is preparing to sign a new executive order Monday that White House officials hope can withstand legal scrutiny that will ban travelers from six majority-Muslim nations seeking new visas from entering the United States for 90 days, according to a fact sheet the administration sent to Congress.