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UE Local 279 Members On Strike at Weir Valves

UE - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:43am
24 November, 2014Local 279 members are determined to win a just contract.Ipswich, MA

On Friday, November 21 the 50 members of UE Local 279 went on strike to maintain their wages and benefits. They work for Weir Valves and Controls where they manufacture a variety of large-scale commercial valves and valves for nuclear power plants.

A rally and mass picket is planned for Tuesday November 25, from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. UE members from other locals in the Northeast Region, as well as other unions in the North Shore and Greater Boston Area are planning to participate. The Weir Valves plant is located at 29 Old Right Road, Ipswich.

Local 279 President Kevin McPherson said the strike was caused by the company’s effort in negotiations to increase workers’ share of health insurance premium costs. "We're not asking for much. In fact, we're really just asking to keep what we have," said McPherson, adding, "Weir's final proposal to us is going to lead to an effective pay cut, once you factor in the increased health insurance contributions and the inflation rates over the last three years of our prior contract. It's about a $1.75 an hour cut for most of our members."

Chief Steward Jason Gallant said, "For over the last two years we've been bending over backwards for this company and now they're treating us like dirt. They're even demanding we allow favoritism to govern overtime distribution, not making sure everyone gets a fair shot at it like now." Gallant continued, "A million dollars worth of product comes out of this facility each day and now they want to cheat us out of a few thousand. It's peanuts for them but very important for us to provide for our families. It's like spitting in our face."

Workers on the daily picket lines have been in good spirits, hopeful for a resolution with the company, and managed to keep busy. One UE member even went to assist in a fire rescue operation at a nearby home Friday. McPherson explained, "One of our guys left the picket line to go around the corner and help rescue a woman and child in a house fire. We've got a good group of guys here who want to help their community. We'd like to think that fighting to maintain good employment standards in the area is a part of that."



 

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Obama's 'Immigration Accountability Executive Action'

NNIRR - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:32pm

On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced his historic "Immigration Accountability Executive Action" that will provide temporary relief from deportation for some 4 million undocumented immigrants.

Here is the White House fact sheet on the executive action.

Summary to follow shortly.

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Information, Analysis, Resources, Updates

NNIRR - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 8:21pm
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The ¡Ya Basta! report

Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:39pm

With the publication of the Preparing Denver Middle Graders for Success report in 2011. PJU continues its demand to close the achievement gap in DPS. The demand for college prepr enters a new level of organizing with the ¡Ya Basta! Campaign where PJU is organizing to reform all schools in Southwest Denver.

Date: 2014Timeline: Padres & Jóvenes Unidos
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Padres & Jóvenes Unidos wins Intergovernmental Agreement

Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:37pm

DPS and the Denver Police Department sign their Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) containing policies and protections to ensure the end of unnecessary student referrals to law enforcement, to eliminate racial disparities in discipline and to limit the role of police in schools.

Date: 2013Timeline: Padres & Jóvenes Unidos
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Garth Ferguson, presente!

Garth Ferguson
January 24, 1946 – September 15, 2014

Maverick of San Francisco counter culture, Garth Ferguson, died in September of this year following a several month struggle with cancer. Garth was born as Russell Allen Galena, the oldest of twelve brothers and one sister. Like many young people of the time, he escaped an oppressive and abusive childhood to take refuge on the relatively tolerant streets of San Francisco. Before permanently settling in the city, Garth traveled all 48 of the continental United States and attended the first year of classes offered at Naropa University. Ultimately, he assumed the name Garth Ferguson and made his home in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco.
Garth helped shape San Francisco with decades of activism. In 1967, Garth was a member of the first known gay youth organization, the Vanguard group at Glide Memorial Church. He was part of an offshoot that helped form Central City Hospitality House, where he was a treasured member until his death. Garth advocated for peer to peer networks, harm reduction, and outreach driven models before such concepts were popular. Garth’s visionary influence (and irrepressible
humor) were proof that people most directly affected by poverty and homelessness should lead efforts for economic and social justice.

Garth was at the frontlines of that fight with organizations such as the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness, Tenderloin Self Help, the General Assistance Rights Union (GARU), and POWER (People Organized to Win Employment Rights). Garth participated in a successful campaign to preserve low income housing in the South Park neighborhood, where he lived the last fourteen years of his life.

Of all of Garth’s activism, his proudest was with the San Francisco AIDS Vigil from 1985-1994. At the height of official intransigence, public bigotry, misinformation, and hysteria, the vigil maintained a presence in the United Nations Plaza 24 hours a day and became one of the longest acts of continuous civil disobedience in American history. For nine years, Garth held vigil and provided compassionate and open peer education, grief counseling, and advocacy.

The vigil not only pressed for an emergency governmental response, but provided a unique, safe, and accessible space for real information and coping skills for the LGBTQ community, people with HIV/AIDS, friends, and family members. In an increasingly mainstream San Francisco, Garth lived steadfast in his unapologetic, unconventional style. In an ever dominant social service model of addressing inequality, Garth softened the boundaries between provider and client, advocate and constituent with his persistence, humor, and moral clarity. He was a constant champion for the underdog and ardent opponent of inequalities wherever he found them. Garth you will be missed, but your legacy will endure.

A public memorial will be held on Wednesday December 5th

from 4-6pm

at 555 Ellis Street

https://www.facebook.com/events/414559392029399/

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Asian American Advocates Say Immigration Action Falls Short

NNIRR - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:00am
Story Type:  In the News Story Author:  Emil Guillermo Story Publisher:  NBC News

President Obama's executive action to enact temporary deportation relief for millions of undocumented immigrants received mixed reviews among Asian Americans, with many leaders and legal experts expressing dismay the president's plan did not go further.

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Who Will Lose Under Obama's Executive Action?

NNIRR - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:00am
Story Type:  In the News Story Author:  Julianne Hing Story Publisher:  Colorlines

Under President Obama’s historic executive action announced Thursday, Maru Mora Villalpando, a Washington State-based undocumented immigrant activist with the #Not1More campaign, could win a three-year reprieve

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Fact Sheet: Immigration Accountability Executive Action

NNIRR - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:39pm
Story Type:  Blog Story Publisher:  The White House

On November 20, President Barack Obama announced his executive action on immigration. Click here to read and download the Fact Sheet on the Immigration Accountability Executive Action.

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Hey LAUSD, Demilitarize Our Schools and Communities, Ethnic Studies Now!

Labor/Community Strategy Center - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 7:45pm
After many months of work in schools in South Los Angeles and Boyle Heights the Strategy Center's Community Rights Campaign has been organizing our classrooms and neighborhoods to push for the approval of an Ethnic Studies graduation requirement at LAUSD.

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Open Letter to President Obama + End Child Detention Day

NNIRR - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:56am
Story Type:  Blog Story Author:  NNIRR

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama 

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California's reaction to Obama's impending immigration action ranges from joy to outrage

NNIRR - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:52pm
Story Type:  In the News Story Author:  By Josh Richman, David E. Early, Matt O'Brien and Thomas Peele Story Publisher:  San Jose Mercury News

News of President Barack Obama's impending executive action on immigration reform sparked excitement and hope among advocates but outrage among opponents across California.

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Immigrant workers transform their workplace & win $4 million settlement

Chinese Progressive Association - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 4:21pm

Immigrant workers transform their workplace & win $4 million settlement
When Workers Organize -- We All Win 

Dear Friends:

I have some wonderful news to share with you.

Today, we are excited to announce a $4 million dollar landmark settlement and model workplace changes for workers at Yank Sing, one of the most well known and popular dim sum restaurants in San Francisco and the country. At the heart of this story is the triumph of a group of unexpected worker leaders who collectively organized and transformed their workplace.

Last year, CPA began organizing Chinese immigrant workers from Yank Sing, and over a period of months, a handful of workers grew to nearly 100 current and former workers. Through workplace actions such as worker and community delegations, letters and calls to management, and a collective rest break action, these workers, mostly monolingual Chinese immigrant women, worked together to transform their workplace and set a new standard for model employers in the restaurant industry.

The settlement, which affects 280 workers, was the result of a collaboration between CPA, Asian Law Caucus, the California Labor Commissioner, and the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement. Yank Sing stepped up, turned its practices around, and made the commitment to be a model employer for the rest of the industry. 

One worker shared, “Since winning back my wages, these months have been my happiest in all my 16 years working at Yank Sing. Now we get off work at 4:30 pm, and I still have energy to spend time with my grandchildren. I sometimes tell my friends what happened to me and about the campaign. It took all of us standing up. How could we have won back what was owed to us if it was just me?”

This win is an example of what workers can do when they come together and organize. CPA is so excited to announce this settlement that includes not only back pay but also many improvements in the workplace, such as: 

 

  • Trainings for workers on their workplace rights
  • Increased pay for current, non-tipped employees
  • Holiday pay for kitchen staff
  • The right to take up to 4 weeks of approved time off to visit family without risk of job loss
  • Fair and transparent scheduling
  • Workplace compliance committee where a committee of workers will monitor and ensure compliance with the terms of the settlement
  • During the course of the settlement discussions, Yank Sing implemented fully paid healthcare for full-time workers, where approximately only 10% of restaurants nationally offer any healthcare at all.

Here are links to some of the latest news coverage: 

Today we released this joint statement with ALC and Yank Sing. Here is an excerpt I wanted to share:

We believe this is a win for everyone - workers, consumers and the restaurant industry. This unprecedented agreement is a signal of a new approach for workers and employers to transform working conditions together. We are so honored to partner with Yank Sing workers, whose campaign is an inspiration to workers everywhere, and we commend Yank Sing owners for leading new model standards in San Francisco’s competitive restaurant industry. We call on more employers to follow their leadership, because world-class cuisine should go hand-in-hand with respect and dignity on the job.” -- Shaw San Liu, CPA Lead Organizer

In a period of such tremendous social and economic inequality, I am incredibly proud of and inspired by the courage of the Yank Sing workers. Often times, society portrays Asian immigrant workers as “model” workers who are quiet, weak, and don’t “rock the boat”. This is what happens when workers counter this narrative and organize. Time and again, these workers overcame their fears to not only win a historic settlement, but to transform themselves and their workplace. In San Francisco and across the country, workers are organizing in new and transformative ways like with the recent passage of Proposition J – SF $15 minimum wage and the SF Retail Worker Bill of Rights. These are all important experiments in the 21st century. Led by workers in partnership with CPA, the Asian Law Caucus, community organizations, and labor unions, this is a victory for all of us -- when workers organize, everyone wins.

 

In solidarity,

Alex T. Tom
Executive Director

P.S. Help us spread about this historic settlement by sharing this photo and using the hashtags #EndWageTheft #OrganizingWorks. Follow us @cpasf.

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President Obama to announce executive action on immigration Thursday

NNIRR - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 1:56pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  By Juliet Eilperin, Ed O'Keefe and Katie Zezima Story Publisher:  Washington Post

President Obama said in a video that he will lay out his proposal to overhaul the nation's immigration system Thursday and will travel to Las Vegas on the heels of that announcement to rally

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Press Release: Immigrant Workers Negotiate $4 Million Settlement

Chinese Progressive Association - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 1:05am

 

   

 

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 19, 2014                              

       

Contact:

Emily Lee, Chinese Progressive Association, (626) 321-8238, emily@cpasf.org
Mariam Hosseini, Asian Law Caucus, (415) 848-7728, mariamh@advancingjustice-alc.org
Jonathan Glick, Yank Sing, (415) 957-9990, JonathanGlick@YankSing.com


Immigrant Workers Negotiate $4 Million Settlement

Award-Winning Restaurant Commits to Lead Industry Change in Workplace Standards

San Francisco, Ca – Today, a $4 million dollar settlement and workplace agreement for restaurant workers at Yank Sing, a nationally rated dim sum restaurant, is being announced by workers and their employer. The settlement was the result of a unique collaboration between workers, Yank Sing, the Chinese Progressive Association, the Asian Law Caucus, and state and local labor enforcement agencies.  The landmark settlement not only compensates for past practices, but provides workers with pay and benefits beyond what the law requires while creating a business model that will lead to long term success for both workers and the restaurant.

“Low-wage workers are often afraid to speak out. But thanks to my co-workers’ unity and collective action, we have made big changes in our workplace,” says Mrs. Wu, a Yank Sing Worker. “Through our campaign, the employer listened to workers voices and now, we have higher wages and benefits such as healthcare and paid vacation. Most importantly, we are treated with greater respect.”      

 

“We believe this is a win for everyone - workers, consumers and the restaurant industry. This unprecedented agreement is a signal of a new approach for workers and employers to transform working conditions together,” says Shaw San Liu of the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), a community-based organization in San Francisco. “We are so honored to partner with Yank Sing workers, whose campaign is an inspiration to workers everywhere, and we commend Yank Sing owners for leading new model standards in San Francisco’s competitive restaurant industry. We call on more employers to follow their leadership, because world-class cuisine should go hand-in-hand with respect and dignity on the job.”

Last year, a handful of monolingual immigrant workers approached CPA for help addressing labor and employment issues at Yank Sing and launched a workplace campaign to change these practices. Supported by community organizations, the campaign grew to nearly 100 workers in just a few months. With legal representation from the Asian Law Caucus (ALC), the involvement of state and local labor enforcement agencies, and forward-thinking by a committed family run business, the parties reached a $4 million dollar backpay and benefits settlement for approximately 280 affected current and former workers. Most significantly, Yank Sing further reached a settlement with workers in the campaign for model-employer changes in the workplace that include base wage increases, holiday and vacation pay, fully paid health care for full-time employees, a workers compliance committee, commitments to further strengthen and empower workers through workers rights education, and more.

“The restaurant industry is rife with workplace abuses. Immigrant workers are often particularly vulnerable,” said Winifred Kao, ALC’s litigation director, and lead attorney for the workers in the campaign. “Many do not know their rights, are unfamiliar with our legal system, and are scared to come forward.  We’re proud to have stood with workers who overcame those barriers and had the courage to stand up and push for change.  We also applaud Yank Sing for coming to the table, before any lawsuit was filed, to address issues and make changes that promise to move the whole industry forward.  Many of the new benefits Yank Sing is now providing – paid health care, vacation, holiday, leave to visit family, progressive discipline – are benefits many workers in the industry do not have.  This settlement puts Yank Sing in a different league than its competitors.”

“We are proud to lead the industry as a model of how a restaurant and family business can be successful while working towards a living wage and providing the benefits our workers need to achieve success in life,” said Henry Chan, Yank Sing co-owner. “It was our privilege to work cooperatively with our employees, CPA and ALC to negotiate these better wages and conditions. Many of the things so many take for granted like Health Insurance and Paid Vacation have been absent in the restaurant industry. We know we made some mistakes in the past, but we are working hard to ensure our employees have these crucial benefits and strive everyday to constantly improve our workplace. We applaud San Francisco’s passing of the new minimum wage initiative applicable to all in our industry as this will lead to significant quality of life improvements to so many in our industry.”


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Chinese Progressive Association – Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people. CPA’s Tenant Worker Center works to educate and organize low-wage workers, advocate for improved working conditions, and ensure labor laws are enforced.

Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus - Founded in 1972, the Asian Law Caucus is committed to the pursuit of equality and justice for all sectors of our society, with a specific focus directed toward addressing the needs of low-income, immigrant and underserved Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The Workers’ Rights program at Advancing Justice - ALC continues a long history of fighting on behalf of low-wage immigrant workers through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy and community education.

Yank Sing Restaurant - Established in 1958, Yank Sing continues to be a family-owned business most celebrated for its traditional fresh hand-made dim sum and friendly service.  The team at Yank Sing aspires to ensure that our guests and employees alike leave our doors at the end of their meal and work day feeling happier and more fulfilled than when they first arrive.  This effort has enabled Yank Sing to be the leader in dim sum, to touch more palates and to serve the greater San Francisco community.

 

 

Link to Chinese/Spanish Press Releases
Link to Press Coverage


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TAKE ACTION TO SUPPORT the injured Colombian General Motors workers!

Today, the Colombian General Motors workers disabled while performing repetitive actions under unsafe working conditions again amplified their struggle for justice, chaining themselves to U.S. Embassy in non-violent protest action.

Officials from the Embassy responded violently, kicking Manuel, who was not chained, in the face, breaking his cane, delivering hard blows to Carlos’ back and leaving Jorge unable to move the fingers of his left hand.

The action and the attack happened just hours after solidarity activists filed a complaint with the Dept. of Justice asking for an investigation into whether GM is bribing Colombian government officials. The complaint charges that the company deliberately delayed handling workers’ complaints and falsified paperwork, among other illegal activities. Find a press release about the complaint below.

 

TAKE ACTION
HOW TO MAKE THE CALL:
Call 503-388-7642
Enter pin: 5356 928 681
(If the balance is too low on that pin # to make the call, use pin: 3078 737 593)
Dial the Embassy phone number: 011-57-1-275-2000 (M-F 9-4 EST)
(Ask for the Ambassador’s office)

CALL SCRIPT:
I would like to leave a message for Ambassador Whitaker. My name is _____________________ and I am a member of _________________________(UNION LOCAL, ORGANIZATION, or CHURCH). I am upset about the Embassy’s violent attack on the non-violent protest of the injured Colombian GM workers. I am also upset that the Ambassador has refused to meet with these workers even once since he arrived in Colombia.

The Ambassador needs to pressure General Motors to come into compliance with Colombian law which prohibits the dismissal of workers injured on the job. GM has acknowledged the legitimacy of the workers grievances, it is time for them to settle with the workers.
PRESS RELEASE: DOJ/SEC Filing Charges General Motors with bribing Colombian Government officials in injured worker scandal

DETROIT, MI – US solidarity activists filed a complaint today with the Dept. of Justice and the SEC, charging the General Motors Company with a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at its Chevrolet assembly facility in Bogota, Colombia. The bribery and corruption charges levied in the 16-page filing originated with members of the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-Workers of GM Colmotores (ASOTRECOL) who charge they lost their jobs unlawfully after sustaining disabling injuries at the assembly plant. Some of them continue a prolonged tent-encampment protest now in its 1,205th day at the U.S. Embassy in Colombia, demanding from GM a lawful and fair settlement of their grievances.

Based on a long trail of documents amassed by ASOTRECOL leader, Jorge Parra, the letter sent to the DOJ and SEC charges that GM violated Colombian laws with impunity, with the active and unlawful assistance of Colombian government officials.

In particular, the letter describes the extent to which a Labor Ministry official, Pablo Edgar Pinto Pinto and subordinates, made sure that GM was able to dismiss workers injured on the job and deny them workers’ compensation. The beneficiary of the corrupt practices was GM, which bragged that its Colombian factory was the most profitable in all of Latin America. The victims were the workers and their families, with the breadwinners disabled, unable to pay for expensive surgeries, and their families having limited means to survive. While publicly refusing any responsibility for what happened to the workers, GM nevertheless offered “hush money” in August, 2012 which the workers declined.

ASOTRECOL’s President Jorge Parra, with the assistance of U.S. supporters, exposes a complex “system” made up of numerous Colombian governmental departments and agencies, along with GM representatives, which made the unlawful dismissals possible. The highlights of the filing – to which (33) documents are attached – include:

  • A botched investigation of illegal practices involving the GM plant’s Medical Center which gave GM Labor Relations staff access to workers’ private medical records;
  • Deliberate delays in the handling of workers’ complaints so that they would expire, and could then be “archived” and dismissed;
  • Documents falsified by a Labor Ministry official covering up GM’s illegal “voluntary termination agreements” targeted at injured workers;
  • A shared office between a labor ministry official failing his responsibility to regulate and sanction GM, and a high ranking former GM Colmotores executive; and much more.

The letter requests an investigation and prosecution of GM under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Approximately two months ago, Michigan Radio reporter Steve Carmody asked GM CEO Mary Barra about workers’ allegations of safety problems in the company’s overseas factories, including Colombia. According to Carmody, Barra “declined to comment on the foreign auto workers complaints, except to say their complaints have been reviewed by local authorities in Colombia…and had been ‘well-vetted.’”

The filing with the SEC/DOJ (which are jointly tasked with enforcing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) seeks to have those very “authorities” cited by Barra investigated for taking bribes from GM, and prosecuted as necessary.

This is part of a larger battle to win fairness and justice for GM’s injured Colombian workers, which must include final settlement with the members of ASOTECOL.

For more information, please visit: www.asotrecol.org

 

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Statement for Jennifer Laude from API Peoples’ Solidarity

CAAAV - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 7:21pm

First and foremost, we send our love and strength to the family, friends and community of Jennifer Laude. In the same breath, we extend our love and strength to the trans and gender non-conforming community around the world, including comrades who are standing here today with us from the Audre Lorde Project and other organizations. We send our love, respect and strength also to Ferguson and to Shaw, where communities are rising in response to militarized police murdering their young black men Mike Brown & VonDerritt Myers.We stand with the Filipino community against the person who murdered Jennifer and against the Philippine government that has allowed US military presence in their homeland. We stand in opposition to our own US government who is sending military to reside in places they do not have any business being, and militarizing our local police to drive tanks through communities when they peacefully protest. We stand with the trans and gender non-conforming community around the world whose beauty and wisdom is rarely heard outside of a memorial or a rally like this to commemorate a comrade whose life has been stolen by transphobia and hate violence.

API Peoples’ Solidarity members understand that Jennifer’s murder was not disconnected from the violent US military occupation of the Philippines. Member organizations of the coalition understand that the US has a larger goal of building economic, political and military power in the Asia Pacific region, and Jennifer Laude’s story is just one of so many hundreds of thousands of stories of why that goal is literally killing our people.

Bayan USA National Alliance
Caaav: Organizing Asian Communities
Civilian-Soldier Alliance
Eclipse Rising
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Island X Nodutdol for Korean Community Development
Sloths Against Nuclear State – SANS
#Justice4Jennifer #JenniferLaude #APIPeoplesSolidarity
 
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Advocates Slam ICE Plans to Open New Family Detention Facility in Dilley TX, Applaud Closing of Artesia

NNIRR - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 5:10pm
Story Type:  Press Release Story Publisher:  Detention Watch Network

Statement from Silky Shah, co-director of the Detention Watch Network, on the announcement that ICE plans to transfer women and children currently held at the Artesia Family Detention Center to Dilley in December.

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Lessons in Racial Justice and Movement Building

Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:01pm

Lessons in Racial Justice and Movement Building - Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Colorado and Nationally

When Padres & Jóvenes Unidos (PJU) and Advancement Project began working to address excessively harsh and discriminatory school discipline, the term “School-to-Prison Pipeline” had not even been invented yet. School discipline was at best a fringe issue in mainstream education policy discussions, what little news coverage there was generally favored the zero-tolerance approach, any policy changes were directed at making school discipline more punitive, and there were very few organizing groups or advocacy organizations that had devoted themselves to addressing these issues at a systemic level. In short, the conditions were far from optimal for creating change.

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Lessons in Racial Justice and Movement Building

Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:01pm

Lessons in Racial Justice and Movement Building - Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Colorado and Nationally

When Padres & Jóvenes Unidos (PJU) and Advancement Project began working to address excessively harsh and discriminatory school discipline, the term “School-to-Prison Pipeline” had not even been invented yet. School discipline was at best a fringe issue in mainstream education policy discussions, what little news coverage there was generally favored the zero-tolerance approach, any policy changes were directed at making school discipline more punitive, and there were very few organizing groups or advocacy organizations that had devoted themselves to addressing these issues at a systemic level. In short, the conditions were far from optimal for creating change.

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