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FILM: Local Organizations Team up to Show "Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience"

East Michigan Environmental Action Council - Mon, 08/19/2030 - 8:02pm
What: Film screening of "Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience" with Question and Answer session to follow afterwards

When: September 6th, 2013

Time: 8PM

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."
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CAAAV’s 2015 Dance Battle: Heroes vs. Villains!

CAAAV - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:22pm

Superheroes of all stripes can support CAAAV this year by fundraising and donating during our annual fundraising drive, which will culminate in the 5th Annual CAAAV Dance Battle (formerly Dance-a-thon)!

Assemble your squad to create a super fundraising team OR make a personal donation to your favorite team right here on our Crowdrise page–every pledge of support helps and it means the world to CAAAV and the communities we support.

Then please join us on May 9th when we celebrate all your support with a party and dance showdown of super proportions. Get down for justice and cheer your favorite teams as they compete for the title of dance team supreme. In case you can’t tell yet, our Dance Battle theme this year is: Heroes vs. Villains! so all guests are encouraged to arrive in their most creative costumes!

A $20 donation either in advance or at the door is recommended. If you have any questions about the Dance Battle or fundraising, contact Ruben at ran@caaav.org.

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Vote - May 5 2015

Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 4:58pm

Vote in the May 5 Municipal Elections - for mayor and city council.

To find your closest ballpt drop off location or polling center, click here: http://justvotecolorado.org/index.php?id=35

Important dates:

April 13: Ballots Mailed

April 20: Polling places open

April 27: More polling locations open

May 5: All ballots must be recieved by the Denvery County Clerk by 7pm.



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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:47pm
Address: CO
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USAS is Hiring Full-Time National Organizers! Apply Now!

USAS - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:22am
Want to work for USAS? Download the USAS National Organizer Application 2015 Job Announcement United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) is currently hiring full-time National Organizers to be based in Washington, DC. The position requires a two-year commitment and a willingness to work flexible hours including nights and weekends. The position offers a competitive non-profit salary, a comprehensive health benefits package, and a union contract including flexible vacation time and a cost of living adjustment. Applications are due April 3, 2015. The position will start July 1, 2015 with limited flexibility. The incoming organizers will be trained by the four current national organizers. USAS National Organizers are overseen by a national Coordinating Committee of student organizers elected by members of the organization. For more information on USAS, please visit www.usas.org Position Background Formed in 1997, USAS is a grassroots membership organization run entirely by youth and students. USAS uses the strategic leverage of students to support the formation and continued strength of unions in the US and around the world, particularly unions representing campus workers and garment workers who manufacture collegiate licensed apparel. National staff work closely with students to support ongoing campus organizing; coordinate the activities of local organizations into international actions and campaigns; put together meetings, trainings, and conferences; maintain communication and coordination with domestic and international allies; and facilitate the infrastructure development of a dynamic movement. Job Responsibilities NOTE: Responsibilities will be divided among the 3 to 4 national staff, based on strengths, interests and experience. 1. Coordinating and supporting national campaigns, including:
  • Campaign support and guidance
  • Materials development
  • Maintaining and developing relationships with ally organizations
  • Development and guidance of nationally-coordinated campaigns
  • Development of policy related to national campaigns
2. Leadership development, including:
  • Extensive travel and campus visits
  • Outreach to new schools
  • Training and supporting students and youth
  • Supervision of student regional organizers
  • Facilitating spaces in which student leaders are able to take on increased responsibilities for national campaign coordination and organizing work
  • Leadership development of students from marginalized communities and identities
3. Organizational development, including:
  • Communications and media work (including traditional press and new media/social networking platforms)
  • Grassroots fundraising, including online strategies
  • Maintaining relationships with national funders (foundations, international unions, etc.), including providing written proposals and reports
  • Arranging logistics for national and regional conferences and gatherings
Required Qualifications and Experience
  • Organizing experience as or with students, workers, and/or community members (union organizing experience encouraged)
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • Ability to manage and direct one’s own work
  • Willingness to work nontraditional hours, including nights and weekends
  • Experience and/or willingness to work in a non-hierarchical staff team
  • Strong commitment to developing leadership of people from marginalized communities and identities (working class, people of color, women, mixed-race, trans/genderqueer, queer, differently-abled people, etc.)
Strongly Preferred Qualifications and Experience
  • Experience as a member of USAS
  • Strategic campaigning skills
  • Corporate research skills
  • Knowledge of/experience with the labor movement/global justice movement
  • Knowledge of/experience with liberation movements (black liberation, queer, etc)
  • Bookkeeping and database general skills
  • Financial management skills and fundraising experience
  • Experience and skills with new media and web design
  • Experience with group facilitation and public speaking
  • Experience training direct action philosophy and tactics
  • Spanish and other foreign language skills
USAS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Students who identify as working class, people of color, mixed-race, women, genderqueer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and differently-abled are strongly encouraged to apply. HOW TO APPLY:   Follow instructions in the USAS National Organizer Application 2015
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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 7:20pm
Address: CO
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Fact Sheet on HB15-1057 - VOTE NO!

Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 3:26pm

Voters need the entire picture to decide on ballot questions, not one puzzle piece.

There is bill making its way through the legislature right now and we need your help to defeat it! House Bill 1057, “The Statewide Initiative Process” bill would require a short fiscal impact statement on all pages of statewide initiative petitions. We believe that requiring complex fiscal analyses reduced down to a couple of sentences or less doesn’t provide voters enough information to make a well-informed decision.

For instance, a ballot question asking voters to fund all-day kindergarten for every Colorado child would have an up-front cost but also a long-term payoff. Only the up-front cost would be required on the petition, not the long-term benefit. Is that the whole picture?

The Blue Book is the vehicle for ballot measure analyses which provides voters with more comprehensive information. A ballot measure can have many impacts, the fiscal impact to the state is only one of those.  The Blue Book presents pro’s and con’s that allows the voter to make a well-informed decision. 

We need the whole picture! That’s why we’re calling on Colorado legislators to oppose HB15-1057. Please contact the members of the House State Affairs Committee:

D-District 36 (Aurora)

Email: su.ryden.house@state.co.us

Phone: 303-866-2942


D-District 31 (Thornton)
Email: joseph.salazar.house@state.co.us

Phone: 303-866-2918


D-District 12 (Lafayette)
Email: mike.foote.house@state.co.us

Phone: 303-866-2920


D-District 1 (Denver)
Email: susan.lontine.house@state.co.us

Phone: 303-866-2966


D-District 33 (Broomfield)
Email: dianne.primavera.house@state.co.us

Phone: 303-866-4667

D-District 23 (Lakewood)
Email: max.tyler.house@state.co.us

Phone: 303-866-2951

And your own representative or senator. If you don’t know who your senator or representative is, go to http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CGA-ReDistrict/CBON/1251581559728

Dear Senator/Representative x,

I’m writing today in opposition to “The Statewide Initiative Process” bill, HB-1057. Requiring and reducing a fiscal impact analysis down to a brief summary does not give me, the voter, enough information to make a well-informed decision.

I want to know ALL the pro’s and con’s of an issue and the Blue Book offers that information.  Sometimes an issue requires an up-front investment, but has a long-term benefit. Under HB-1057, voters wouldn’t know about the long-term payoff, only the up-front cost.

Additionally, the bill is a waste of scarce state resources.  Fiscal analysts must spend considerable time assessing the fiscal impact of a measure, regardless if it makes it onto the ballot.  Only four of the 101 measures that were filed last year actually went to the ballot.

I’m asking you today to vote NO on HB-1057, because we need the whole picture!   

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Slumlord Fund

Miami Workers Center - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 7:37am

The Miami Workers Center is currently fighting a campaign against slumlords in Liberty City. Slumlords are subjecting residents to living conditions with various code violations on the buildings and several health/safety hazards, including decades of mold/mildew build-up, decaying ceilings, rat and roach infestations, piles of scrap and garbage in public spaces.


Our hope is to raise money to create a “Slumlord Fund” which will temporarily relocate tenants, and place them into affordable homes that they will own through a Community Land Trust (CLT). For more information on how CLTs function, please watch the video below:


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RELEASE: Vermont Workers’ Center: Preserve workers’ rights to strike and take collective action

VWC - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:07pm

For Immediate Release: March 18th, 2015

Contact: Keith Brunner, 802-363-9615

Vermont Workers’ Center: Preserve workers’ rights to strike and take collective action

Today, the Vermont Workers’ Center issued the following statement in response to recent moves by the Shumlin administration and some legislators to curtail the fundamental rights of working people in Vermont.

Amy Lester, NEA member since 2003 and board member of the Vermont Workers’ Center, said, “No one wants to participate in a strike. To leave your classroom and walk a picket line is the last resort. But it's a resort I don't want to give up.”

James Haslam, director of the Vermont Workers’ Center, said, “The right to work with dignity is a human right, which includes the ability to take collective action or strike if necessary.  In this era of increased attacks on working people, Vermont’s legislature must preserve good jobs and public services which are critical for our communities, and reject the Governor’s austerity agenda.”

The statement reads as follows:

“Whereas private sector unions have faced a coordinated political and judicial attack for decades;

Whereas with private sector unionism at a historic low, wealthy industrialists such as the Koch brothers have expanded their political and judicial attacks to erode public sector union jobs;

Whereas historically when these reconfigurations of workplace rights have occurred, working people’s ability to win work with dignity has depended on their ability to engage in concerted activity, job actions and strikes;

Whereas both nationally and here in Vermont power holders refuse to raise revenue in an equitable manner by closing tax loopholes for top income earners;

And whereas simultaneously the same power holders use the resultant revenue crisis to defund public goods such as infrastructure and institutions and attack public sector unions;

And whereas the Administration’s revenue and investment policies represent a similar refusal to make the wealthiest in Vermont pay their fair share;

And whereas Governor Shumlin has targeted essential services provided by VSEA 911 dispatchers, caregivers at the Vermont Veterans Home, Educators at the Community High School of Vermont and job coaches and NEA teachers for cuts;

And whereas the Administration is holding state employees hostage by proposing that they open their contracts and give back their own wages to balance the state’s budget deficit upon threat of laying off of 325 state employees and slashing vital state services. All this while continuing to pressure communities to shutter their public schools;

And whereas Governor Shumlin has attempted to take away what little used tools working Vermonters have left to win work with dignity, to preserve good jobs, and resist austerity, namely job actions and strikes;

And whereas the rights to collective bargaining and to strike have been internationally recognized as inextricably intertwined as the right to collective bargaining is without practical effect in the absence of a right to strike, and would amount to no more than “collective begging;”. Thus the right to strike is explicitly recognized as a human right in the UN’s International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights (Article 8., 1966), and implicitly in numerous ILO interpretations of the human right to organize;

And whereas the right to strike is best understood as a collective right, the right of workers to band together to win justice, it is also grounded in the Constitution. “The constitutional right to strike rests on a number of bedrock principles: (1) the basic personal liberty to pursue happiness and economic security through productive labor… (2) the absolute prohibition against involuntary servitude and (3) the fundamental freedoms of association and expression.” (former Chief Justice Rose Bird of the California Supreme Court);

Therefore, the Vermont Workers' Center opposes any effort by the Vermont Legislature to further undermine the human and constitutional rights of workers to utilize all means of collective representation available to them by law, which include:

  • the right to organize a union

  • the right to take direct action on issues impacting their lives

  • the right to recognition of their union

  • the right to elect their own representatives

  • the right to meet as equals with the employer on employment related matters

  • the right to bargain collectively

  • the right to strike”


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NNIRR joins 100 community, faith and labor groups to oppose border militarization plan

NNIRR - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 7:32am
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  NNIRR

NNIRR recently joined with some 100 community, faith and labor groups from across the country to oppose the "Secure the Border First Act"--a proposal in the Senate that mirrors HR 399, a Republican initiative in the House designed to step up border enforcement and block any progress on immigration reform. Read the letter here.

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Know Your Rights!

Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 6:14pm

Denver Public Schools endorses these "Know Your Rights!" guides for families and students to navigate disciplinary proceedings across the district. Often times, teachers and administrators find themselves in a place where they want to help families and students understand their rights but want to give accurate, approved information that will help and aren't sure where to find it.

Or, students and families may feel frustrated or confused about exactly what their school officials mean with various terms and processes. The Know Your Rights! Guides lays out in plainly the rights of students and families and what they can expect during the process. It also gives hotline contact information managed by Padres & Jóvenes Unidos so that if a student or family needs more help they can get it. The guides help teachers and administrators assist families in the process while providing a clear roadmap to students and families so kids can stay in school.

To download the guides in English, click here. To download the guides in Spanish, click here. 

Check our youth's presentation to the district on Know Your Rights!



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Campaign: Padres & Jóvenes UnidosEnd the School to Jail TrackDenver Local Campaign
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OpEd: We need accountability in our healthcare system: Our lives depend on it

VWC - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 1:11pm

(Note: This OpEd by Paul Langevin, of Johnson, VT was published in VTDigger)

On January 23, 2014, my wife Jeanette died of cancer. She was first diagnosed with thyroid cancer back in 2008. We were fortunate to have comprehensive health insurance at the time, and Jeanette responded well to treatment. Her cancer went into remission, and everything was great. Then 15 months ago Jeanette came down with a chronic cough. She went to the doctor, and was told that she may have allergies. Looking for a second opinion, she went back to the oncologist who had treated her thyroid cancer and got x-rayed and tested. The news was terrible: Jeanette had advanced Stage 4 cancer that had spread to almost all of her internal organs. We battled with our insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield, to get the chemotherapy pills Jeanette needed. They denied payment for the pills five times, saying that they needed to find the cheapest vendor. Finally, on the day Jeanette died, the pills arrived. They were tossed onto our deck and left sitting in 20-below-zero temperatures.

Losing my wife of 34 years is one of the most painful things I’ve ever experienced, but it was made much worse by the battles Jeanette and I had over insurance and by the lingering questions over whether Jeanette might have survived or lived more comfortably if she’d gotten the right test and treatments. After Jeanette died, I asked her doctor why they’d done no testing during her remission to detect any growth of cancer beyond her thyroid. I was informed that testing was “cost prohibitive” and may not provide conclusive results. Let me be clear: prioritizing cost containment over patient care is in no way acceptable. Jeanette was a human being with the right to access the health care she needed. We should all be ashamed and aghast that Vermont’s market-based health care system denies people access to care unless they are wealthy.

I cannot say for certain whether earlier testing would have saved Jeanette’s life, but I have to think that the lack of accountability in the health care system played a role in her death. People like Jeanette are being denied tests and treatments every day not for medical reasons, but because they can’t afford the cost of care, and yet nobody – not insurance companies, not hospitals, and not the State of Vermont – is being held accountable for patients’ rights and patients’ health. With universal, publicly financed health care, this would be turned on its head. Instead of cost containments and profits determining the care that patients get, patients’ care would be based on their health care needs regardless of their ability to pay. We’d pay to support our health care system as we are able through equitable taxes, and each and every member of our families and communities would get the health care they need.

I ask that you, the reader, consider this letter with an eye towards objectivity and human decency. Health Care is a Human Right. We are all in need of the highest standards of health care and a system accountable to the patient. Our legislators must pass equitable health care financing, and we need to hold them accountable.

~Paul Langevin, Johnson, Vt.~

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PODER Calendar March 2015

PODER San Francisco - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 12:56pm

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Healthcare Speakout #3

UE - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 4:02pm
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Equitable healthcare financing bill introduced in the legislature!

VWC - Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:12pm

This week, our financing plan was introduced as bill H.475 into the Vermont House of Representatives.  

Read the bill here, and click here for a 3 minute video explaining the financing plan.

Supporters of the Healthcare is a Human Right campaign have been calling their representatives and urging them to move the bill forward. Call the Sergeant-at-Arms at (802) 828-2228 today and leave a message for House Healthcare Committee Chair Bill Lippert.  

Tell him: Healthcare is a human right: The time is now! Take up H.475."

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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 6:47pm
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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Mon, 03/09/2015 - 6:07pm
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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 9:52pm
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