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Support Honduran Community Radio!

In 2013 PCASC members brought a radio transmitter to a rural community fighting to protect their land from mining companies.

This is a video about the project.

Today we are working on raising support for another radio project this one located in an urban center that is organizing against ZEDE’s or “Model Cities”.

For more information on how to support this project please contact:

coreteam@pcasc.net

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Just Borders

NNIRR - Mon, 10/05/2015 - 7:31pm


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Exercise your Rights with the VWC!

VWC - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 3:36pm

Run or walk a 5K Halloween Race to “Exercise Your Rights” with the new Co-Directors of the Vermont Workers’ Center on Saturday, October 31st at 9AM in downtown Montpelier. Kate Kanelstein, Matt McGrath, and Megan Sheehan have signed up to run together to raise money for the Vermont Workers' Center — and have tons of fun along the way… expect some wild costumes!

They're asking YOU to join the team and race with them! Grassroots organizing is hard work and exercising is one way we stay healthy and have some quality rest and reflection time. We have set a goal to raise $15,000 for our grassroots organizing — in particular, our Work with Dignity and Healthcare Is a Human Right campaigns.

How can I join the Team?

1) Register for the Race. Go to the Autumn Onion 5K page to register for the race on 10/31 at 9AM in Montpelier. *Pre-registration is only $10 and goes to Vermont Works for Women - Girl's Outdoor Programs (another great cause!)

2) Set up a personal fundraising page. Once you're registered for the event, it’s time to start fundraising! Set up your own personal fundraising page here. Join the Team by clicking the blue button to "Fundraise" and customize your personal page. You can set your own fundraising goal, upload pictures, and tell your story about why you joined Team VWC to Exercise Your Rights.

3) Get the word out to your friends, family, and colleagues! Download our fundraising tips and a sample fundraising email and letter for helpful fundraising strategies. We are here to help you be successful, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need fundraising tips, admin support, or encouragement.

Why should you sign-up for Exercise your Rights?

Three reasons. 1) You believe in the Vermont Workers’ Center’s mission and want to support it financially. 2) You want to challenge yourself physically and adding a fundraising goal to that challenge will make you more successful. Having financial supporters is like having a whole cheerleading squad on the sidelines. 3) It’s good for you. Exercising your body and exercising your rights just feels great.

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Exercise your Rights with the VWC!

VWC - Thu, 10/01/2015 - 3:36pm

Run or walk a 5K Halloween Race to “Exercise Your Rights” with the new Co-Directors of the Vermont Workers’ Center on Saturday, October 31st at 9AM in downtown Montpelier. Kate Kanelstein, Matt McGrath, and Megan Sheehan have signed up to run together to raise money for the Vermont Workers' Center — and have tons of fun along the way… expect some wild costumes!

They're asking YOU to join the team and race with them! Grassroots organizing is hard work and exercising is one way we stay healthy and have some quality rest and reflection time. We have set a goal to raise $15,000 for our grassroots organizing — in particular, our Work with Dignity and Healthcare Is a Human Right campaigns.

How can I join the Team?

1) Register for the Race. Go to the Autumn Onion 5K page to register for the race on 10/31 at 9AM in Montpelier. *Pre-registration is only $10 and goes to Vermont Works for Women - Girl's Outdoor Programs (another great cause!)

2) Set up a personal fundraising page. Once you're registered for the event, it’s time to start fundraising! Set up your own personal fundraising page here. Join the Team by clicking the blue button to "Fundraise" and customize your personal page. You can set your own fundraising goal, upload pictures, and tell your story about why you joined Team VWC to Exercise Your Rights.

3) Get the word out to your friends, family, and colleagues! Download our fundraising tips and a sample fundraising email and letter for helpful fundraising strategies. We are here to help you be successful, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need fundraising tips, admin support, or encouragement.

Why should you sign-up for Exercise your Rights?

Three reasons. 1) You believe in the Vermont Workers’ Center’s mission and want to support it financially. 2) You want to challenge yourself physically and adding a fundraising goal to that challenge will make you more successful. Having financial supporters is like having a whole cheerleading squad on the sidelines. 3) It’s good for you. Exercising your body and exercising your rights just feels great.

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What America Owes the Refugees Pouring Into Europe

NNIRR - Mon, 09/28/2015 - 5:29pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Phyllis Bennis Story Publisher:  Foreign Policy in Focus

[Sept. 11, 2015] The vision of hundreds of thousands of desperate human beings fleeing airstrikes, terror, and violence from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and beyond has brought the stark human cost of today’s “anti-terror” wars to the front pages.

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Interns summer 2015

NNIRR - Mon, 09/28/2015 - 3:55pm

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UE Receives ''Thank You'' from Over 3,000 People for Palestine Resolution

UE - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 12:33pm
25 September, 2015Pittsburgh

On September 24 UE received something very unusual: a huge “thank you” note, signed by 41 organizations and more than 3,000 people in 54 countries (most in the U.S.), in response to a resolution passed by our convention. The “thank you” expresses appreciation for the position taken by the recent UE Convention in the resolution “Justice and Peace for the Peoples of Palestine And Israel.”

It comes from the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a coalition of several hundred organizations seeking a just and peaceful solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, who circulated an online Labor Day petition to thank UE. UE has also received letters from Palestinian labor unions thanking us for supporting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, which Palestinian unions helped intitiate.  

Here’s what the Campaign to End the Occupation said in their letter to UE:

Below please find a statement signed by more than 3,000 individuals from 54 countries around the world, and endorsed by more than 40 organizations, including the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a coalition of several hundred organizations:

We wish to express our gratitude and congratulate you for your principled stance in endorsing BDS in support of freedom, justice, and equality for the Palestinian people. You know better than anyone that boycotts are valuable, time-honored, nonviolent tools that can help achieve social and economic justice for those most vulnerable. We believe this step fits with your proud legacy of standing on the right side of history, ahead of the curve, often when it is still unpopular to do so. We believe that other U.S. unions will soon follow suit. Until then, please know that you are not alone; in fact, your decision connects you with a beautiful, growing, diverse, worldwide community utilizing BDS to support Palestinian liberation and return as part of a broader commitment to opposing injustice and exploitation wherever it occurs.

We stand with you proudly, and in solidarity.

Organizational Signatures – U.S. & International

1. Albany-Corvallis Friends of Middle East Peace

2. Al-Matin Islamic Center

3. Blue Raven Music Studios

4. Bradford-on-Avon Friends of Palestine

5. Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition

6. Chico Palestine Action Group

7. Christ Presbyterian Church Martinsville, New Jersey

8. Citizens for Palestinian Self Determination

9. Committee for Palestinian Rights (Howard County, Maryland)

10. Common Ground for Justice and Peace in the Holy Land, Inc.

11. Democracy for America - Nevada

12. DFG-VK Group of Wiesbaden, Germany

13. Ecumenical Peace Institute - Clergy and Laity Concerned

14. International Solidarity Movement - Northern California

15. International Peace & Cooperation Center - Jerusalem

16. Islamic Relief & Social Services

17. Jewish Voice for Peace Central Ohio

18. Live LOVE and Prosper.org

19. Los Angeles Gay Liberation Front

20. Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land

21. Observatorio Politico Sul-Americano

22. Palestine Advocacy Project

23. Palestine Human Rights Campaign - New Zealand

24. Palestine Solidarity Collective- Syracuse

25. Peninsula Peace & Justice of Blue Hill, Maine

26. Progressive Peace Coalition

27. Project for Nuclear Awareness

28. St. Louis Jewish Voice for Peace

29. U.S. Labor Against the War (USLAW)

30. UAW Local 2865

31. United Methodist Upper New York Task Force on Peace with Justice in Palestine/Israel

32. United Methodists’ Holy Land Task Force

33. University of California - Santa Barbara Students for Justice in Palestine

34. Upper Hudson Peace Action

35. US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

36. Vancouver for Peace

37. Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine

38. Veterans for Peace

39. Watford Friends of Salfit, Occupied Palestine

40. Wearewideawake.org

41. Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, Detroit Branch 

Thank You UE_Campaign to End the Occupation.pdf Thank You from Palestinian Postal Workers.pdf
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Food Co-op Workers in Pittsburgh Vote to Join UE

UE - Fri, 09/25/2015 - 11:29am
25 September, 2015Some of the co-op workers celebrated in front of the store immediately after the vote count.Pittsburgh

Workers at Pittsburgh's East End Food Co-op  voted overwhelmingly on September 14 to join UE. The vote in the NLRB-conducted election was 47 for UE, 4 for no union, and 1 for another union. 

After the vote the newest UE members gathered at a victory party to celebrate their accomplishment, and they now look forward to forming their own UE local union, electing a bargaining committee, and beginining negotiations for a contract to address issues such as wages, job security, and work schedules. UE Field Organizer George Waksmunski assisted the co-op workers organizing committee in their campaign.

Read a report on the union victory in Pittsburgh's City Paper

Listen to an interview with UE Field Organizer George Waksmunski about this organizing win on The Union Edge, a daily syndicated labor talk radio program produced in Pittsburgh. 

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Pope Francis implores Congress to accept immigrants as their own

NNIRR - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 1:02pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Marc Fisher and Michelle Boorstein Story Publisher:  The Washington Post

Pope Francis, a son of immigrants making history’s first papal address to the U.S. Congress, implored America’s leaders on Thursday to accept immigrants as their own children, putting aside political differences to embrace those who “travel north in search of a better life.”

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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 5:14pm
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Peoples Budget Resources

VWC - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 2:48pm

 

- The People's Budget bill 2014

- People's Budget fact sheet 2013

- People's Budget Campaign statement on Governor's budget forums 2013

- People's Budget op-ed in the Times Argus, November 20, 2013

- People's Budget op-ed in the VT Digger, September 2013

- Article: Putting the People's Budget into Practice and Flyer for our People's Budget workshops(Sept. 2013)

- Watch our People's Budget Short Animated Film

- People's Budget Film: Frequently Asked Questions

- The People’s Budget language in Vermont statute

- The People's Budget bill 2013

- Participation Proposal (September 2012)

- The People's Budget Framework

The goal of our People’s Budget Campaign is to transform how the budget gets prepared and paid for in our state. Our approach is based on the human rights principles of universality, equity, accountability, transparency and participation. The budget process has to start with people’s participation and an assessment of our fundamental needs, then seek to fund the services required to meet those needs.

Right now, the budget process starts when the administration makes proposals based on how much revenue they estimate is available. With the People’s Budget in place, the budget process would begin with direct public participation in regional community meetings. The proposals that come out of those public meetings would then inform budget work in the administration and legislature. In short, the state would end the backwards approach to budgeting and focus on people rather than money.

The change we expect to see through our campaign is profound: a pioneering model for meaningful public participation and a shift in budget and revenue policy toward addressing people’s needs in a way that advances dignity and equity.

Background

When our Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign secured the passage of the country’s first law for a universal healthcare system, it became clear that the next battle would be making sure that this system was paid for equitably. Would the struggle over how to finance healthcare end up pitting those who care most about healthcare against those concerned with other social programs and public services? The People’s Budget campaign was launched in 2011 to reframe the budget and revenue debate and to engage all people – not just advocates – in the critical decisions that affect our lives.  

 

Our People’s Budget Campaign had its first success in the spring of 2012 when the legislature passed initial “People’s Budget” language into law. Now the purpose of the state budget is “to address the needs of the people of Vermont in a way that advances human dignity and equity.” The law also required the Administration to “develop a process for public participation in the development of budget goals, as well as general prioritization and evaluation of spending and revenue initiatives” (32 V.S.A. § 306a).

 

In the fall of 2012, the governor held two public hearings on the administration’s budget proposal, but because the administration was not accountable to the public input given in these hearings, this was not the meaningful and direct public participation which our campaign envisions and the law now mandates.

Join us in calling for concrete steps to make meaningful public participation and needs assessments a reality in our state budget process!

More information & resources:

- Op-Ed: A First Step Toward a People's Budget

- Toward a People's Budget: Vermont Adopts New Vision for State Spending and Revenue Policies (Huffington Post article, May 4, 2012)

- People's Budget Moves Forward in the Vermont Legislature (May 3, 2012)

- Frequently Asked Questions

- People's Budget Media

- Proposed People's Budget Bill

- 2/13/12 State Budget Hearing - Watch Video and See Testimony

- People's Budget Human Rights Day 2010 Report

- People's Budget Human Rights Day 2011 Report

- Rutland Herald Editorial "Economic Justice"

 
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The People's Voice- September 2015 Newsletter

CVH - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 1:34am
THE PEOPLE’S VOICE

Community Voices Heard has launched a new website! New look, feel, design, but the same organization building power for low-income residents across New York State. check it out!

A lot of fun and exciting things have been going on over the summer in New York, but CVH hasn’t stopped working! We’ve been busy continuing to fight the good fight while identifying and building leaders in the process. So what have you been up to? Here’s some of what we’ve been doing and what’s coming to a city near you!

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Feds appeal ruling limiting detention of immigrant kids

NNIRR - Fri, 09/18/2015 - 3:00am
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Josh Gerstein Story Publisher:  Politico

The Obama Administration filed an appeal Friday of a judge's orders sharply limiting the ability of immigration authorities to detain children believed to be in the country illegally.

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Organize and Fight Back! 2015 Regional Trainings

USAS - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 9:02pm

Register now for an Organizing Training near you! 

On our campuses, administrators are continuing to raise tuition, but not wages. The corporatization of our campuses has been decreasing the quality of education and creating unsafe working conditions for workers both locally and abroad. Does this make you angry?!

Then we’ll see you at one of our six trainings, happening on campuses near YOU all across the country. Register now! 

  • Northeast: Columbia University, New York City, Oct 10 & 11
  • Central Midwest: Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, Oct 17 & 18
  • Eastern Midwest: Grand Valley State University, Michigan, Oct 10 & 11
  • West Coast: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Nov 7 & 8
  • South: Location & date TBA (can still register here!)
  • University of California system only: Santa Barbara, Oct 24 & 25
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Become a People Mover!

CAAAV - Thu, 09/17/2015 - 5:43pm

The People-Powered $10K Challenge (#PP10K) is our grassroots fundraising campaign that activates the collective power of our friends, families, and social networks to raise $10,000 towards racial and economic justice in NYC.

All we need is 100 People Movers to fundraise $100 or more from Monday, Nov. 2 to Wednesday, Nov. 11. Together, we can easily reach our $10K goal through $10 gifts…

If we successfully raise $10,000, an anonymous donor “Captain Kangaroo” has agreed to donate an additional $5,000 bringing our total to $15,000. That’s small change for BIG IMPACT!

 

YOU SHOULD BE A PEOPLE MOVER IF YOU…
  • Believe ALL New Yorkers deserve homes and safety free from gentrification, immigrant exploitation, and police brutality!
  • Support low-income Asian immigrant communities LEADING the charge to solve issues they are directly impacted by!
  • WANT your friends to learn more and take action about issues impacting low-income Asian immigrants too!

Fundraising is proven to be a great OPPORTUNITY to ask our friends to take a simple action that invites them into a larger social justice movement. And who better to ask them to care than YOU, the person they care about?

So REGISTER TODAY to become a People Mover!

 

Once you sign up to be a People Mover. Explore the resources and trainings we provide to make fundraising fun and easy for you:

  • People Mover Toolkit: Fundraising Templates and Worksheets
  • RSVP to our Grassroots Fundraising Trainings: Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Monday, Oct. 26
  • A Personal Campaign Fundraising page
  • People Mover and Donor Celebration Party in December

Thank you for being awesome and joining the People-Powered $10K Challenge!

For Frequently Asked Questions, click here.
If you have other questions or concerns,
contact Ruben at ran@caaav.org or call 212-473-6485.

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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Wed, 09/16/2015 - 5:08pm
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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Tue, 09/15/2015 - 10:40pm
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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Tue, 09/15/2015 - 12:23pm
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