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More than 100 angry NYCHA tenants march on Gracie Mansion, opposing new project

CVH - Wed, 10/21/2015 - 12:00am

More than 100 angry public housing tenants marched Tuesday on Gracie Mansion, shouting protest slogans as well-heeled contributors pulled up in limousines to attend Mayor de Blasio’s gala fund-raising dinner for what he calls “the People’s House.”

The tenants marched eight blocks south from Holmes Towers, where NYCHA plans to put up 400 apartments on what it calls an “underutilized” playground. Half the units will be affordable, but half will be offered at market rate — far more than NYCHA tenants could afford.

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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 10:10pm
Address: CO
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We're Hiring! Statewide Manager Position

Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Mon, 10/19/2015 - 6:44pm

TITLE: Statewide Campaign Coordinator  

 

BACKGROUND: With roots in the struggle for educational justice, Padres has evolved into a multi-issue organization that is led by people of color who work for educational excellence, racial justice for youth, immigrant rights and quality healthcare for all.  Padres & Jóvenes build power to challenge the root cause of discrimination, racism and inequity by exposing the economic, social and institutional basis for injustice as well as developing effective strategies to realize meaningful change.  www.padresunidos.org.

 

POSTION SUMMARY: Padres & Jóvenes Unidos is seeking a dynamic and committed individual for the position of Statewide Campaign Coordinator to lead our “End the School to Jail Track In Colorado” campaign.  The campaign’s statewide goals are to end zero tolerance & racial disparities in school discipline practices, restrict the role of police in school discipline, and institutionalize prevention and restorative practices—especially restorative justice—as alternatives by winning full implementation of our 2012 Smart School Discipline Law. The campaign’s vision is to end the racist push-out/drop-out and criminalization of youth of color in the state’s public schools, and to defend and expand the rights of all students to high-quality education (College Prep For All). We are looking for an experienced organizer who is willing to leap into the work immediately.  We are a fun, passionate, and small staff – the ability to self-direct and take ownership of ongoing campaigns is a must.  We believe in organizing for power and empowerment (we are not a service organization), and the qualified applicant must believe the same.  

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Build an active, engaged statewide campaign network (outreach, organizing) including students, parents/guardians, community members & organizations/institutions, educators, school district staff and officials to end the school-to-prison pipeline in Colorado.

Create toolkits, trainings, workshops and educational/campaign materials for use by network members.

Lead a sustained, engaging online organizing campaign supported by smart use of time in the field.

Coordinate and conduct light-touch technical assistance (data requests/analysis, youth/parent organizing, discipline policy reform) and related trainings/webinars with network members.

Plan and carry out one gathering of the statewide network later in Year One.

Supervise and coordinate the statewide campaign team as well as the Denver campaign team, including consultants, resource allies, designer, communications, organizers.

Build the connections in our work between LGBTQ youth, undocumented students, students with disabilities and special needs, and youth of color targeted by the school-to-prison pipeline. 

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Seasoned organizer or campaign coordinator.  Minimum 4-6 years organizing experience.

Bachelor’s degree, accompanied by commensurate work experience. 

Current valid driver license (vehicle insurance required).

Passion for the work: transformative organizing & movement building for deep change, led from the grassroots and by the most oppressed communities

Must be available to travel and be able to work weekends and evening meetings when required.

Capable of planning and executing work independently while remaining accountable and responsive to focused supervision and collective leadership feedback

 

DESIRED EXPERIENCE/SKILLS:  

Excellent interpersonal skills.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Highly energetic and outgoing person. 

Strong commitment and experience in organizing in working-class, immigrant communities of color.

Experience collaborating with others in achieving common goals.

Experience in school settings a plus.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.

Bilingual/Bi-literate in Spanish/English a plus.

SALARY RANGE: Depends on experience, including a generous benefits package.   

TO APPLY SEND RÉSUMÉ AND COVER LETTER SUMMARIZING YOUR INTEREST IN
THIS POSITION, HOW YOUR TALENTS MATCH THOSE SOUGHT, AND A WRITING SAMPLE
OF YOUR COMMITMENT TO SYSTEMIC SOCIAL CHANGE TO:

EMAIL: daniel@padresunidos.org  

MAIL: 3025 W. 37th Ave #206 Denver, CO 80211 

Padres Unidos is an equal opportunity employer.  

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Union Files Charges Against Federal Contractor For Suspending Union Leaders, Failure to Negotiate

UE - Mon, 10/19/2015 - 4:29pm
19 October, 2015Local 808 members preparing to talk to news media, October 16.Lincoln, Nebraska

UE has filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against FCi Federal, the private contractor that now operates the Nebraska Service Center in Lincoln for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), in response to the company’s suspension of three union leaders for their union activity, and failure to bargain in good faith.

Last Wednesday, October 14, FCi Federal imposed suspensions without pay on three leaders of the union at the service center, UE Local 808. Earlier that day, at 2:30 p.m, 27 workers who were off-duty and “off the clock” at the time, had assembled outside the office of site director June Glynn office to object to the company’s sudden unilateral change in their hours, which caused hardship for many workers.

The three workers who went into the director’s office spoke in behalf of their co-workers are the three workers who have been suspended: Zachary Knipe, Andrew Martens and Ashley Neukirch. All three are elected members of the union’s negotiating committee. They spoke courteously and respectfully to the manager, and contrary to the false claims issued by the company after the event, they were never “aggressive” and did not “threaten” nor “intimidate” the director nor anyone else. Knipe says that the entire meeting lasted two to three minutes, and states, “Andrew, Ashley and I were courteous and professional from start to finish. We were assertive, clear and matter-of-fact in our presentation of our grievance but never disrespectful.” However, he says that Glynn responded with a “rude and dismissive tone.”

Glynn did commit to providing a response to the union members by the end of the business day. However, that response, which came at about 5:30 p.m., was the unpaid suspension of the three spokespersons for the union in her earlier meeting.

The event that led to the workers’ visit to the director’s office was the company’s announcement to workers at around 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, that they would all be required to work two hours overtime on each of the following two days, October 15 and 16, but that because October 12 had been a holiday, they would not receive overtime premium pay.

Workers objected that this sudden change in their schedules would cause hardships in their arrangements for childcare, picking up children from school, and other aspects of people’s family and personal lives. In addition, because the workers are now represented by a union, the law requires that changes such as these must be negotiated with the union.

Workers voted to join UE by landslide margins in an election conducted by the NLRB on May 6 and 7. The workers, employed at the time by two contractors, voted for UE by 115 to 40 in the larger group, and 65 to 27 in the second group. But despite the overwhelming vote for the union in May, the employer has stalled bargaining and made inadequate offers.

Workers at the Nebraska Service Center process federal forms related to citizenship and immigration, the same kind of work that's also performed by UE Local 208 members at the Vermont Service Center in St. Albans and Local 1008 members in Laguna Niguel, California.

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UW Seattle Student Workers Win $15!

USAS - Wed, 10/14/2015 - 11:52pm

After more than eight months of campaigning, student workers and staff at the University of Washington won a $15/hour minimum wage for all campus workers. In June 2014, Seattle passed a minimum wage ordinance calling for $15/hour by 2017. UW immediately resisted raising the minimum wage, claiming that it was not obligated to follow the city’s law as a state institution. This resistance brought together numerous student organizations, unions, and community members to fight back as part of one major coalition: Reclaim UW. UW USAS was a leading force in the coalition and the fight for $15 on campus, organizing student workers and many of the actions that eventually led to the UW administration conceding.

On Wednesday, April 1st, tens of thousands of workers across Seattle received a wage increase as part of Seattle’s groundbreaking $15/hour minimum wage ordinance. Despite being the single largest employer in Seattle, UW refused to pay at least $15/hour to campus workers. In response, members of UW USAS and Reclaim UW fought back. The first action began with a rally and a march across campus in solidarity with low-wage workers fighting UW‘s refusal to pay fair wages. The organizers then stopped by several UW workplaces and passed out flyers informing UW workers about the University‘s decision to not pay $15/hour.  Along the way students, staff and other community members, including Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, shared personal stories about how receiving a living wage of $15/hour would change their lives. This was only the first step, however, because UW administration still refused to pay campus workers what they deserve: a living wage.

Following the April 1st action, UW USAS and other campus activists organized a large protest, “We’re Hungry for Justice,” that took place during the UW Board of Regents dinner meeting at the exclusive University Club. The protest drew over 100 people, lots of media coverage, and, in the end, pressured the University to agree to raise some non-student workers minimum wages to $11/hour. Not pleased with the selective and modest bump to $11, which should have been already implemented, UW USASers continued the fight to secure $15/hour. The pressure was held on the UW administration for the rest of the year and included another action at the Board of Regents meeting, as well as a study-in in the president’s conference room.

During the summer, many groundbreaking decisions were made at other institutions that were claiming the same excuses as UW. In August, the state Supreme Court ruled that the Seattle-Tacoma Airport was also subject to the minimum wage ordinance. This ruling and others similar weakened the UW’s argument for not following the ordinance. Just before Autumn quarter began, the UW finally announced their decision to follow the Seattle minimum wage ordinance, and raise ALL minimum wages to $15/hour by 2017. This makes UW the first university in the country to have a $15/hour minimum wage for all campus workers, including student workers!

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Years after coal plant fight, Chicago neighborhoods take on diesel exhaust

LVEJO - Mon, 10/12/2015 - 2:31pm
WRITTEN BY Kari Lydersen 7 hours ago A proposed mayonnaise factory in Chicago’s Little Village would bring jobs to the struggling immigrant neighborhood. But it would also bring more diesel emissions, with up to 500 more trucks a day driving through the dense residential neighborhood to the facility, which would be right near an elementary […]
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Walkout During Housing Meeting

CVH - Sat, 10/10/2015 - 3:26pm

Walkout During Housing Meeting
BY DANIEL FITZSIMMONS
PUBLISHED OCT 9, 2015 AT 11:08 AM (UPDATED OCT 9, 2015)
http://www.nypress.com/local-news/20151009/walkout-during-housing-meeting

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Alto Trump! Alto Trujillo!

Miami Workers Center - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 12:08pm

 Join us October 11, 2015! Unete! Domingo / Sunday 3:00pm / 2500 NW 107th Ave., Doral, FL 33172

Contact/ Contactanos: Marcia@theworkerscenter.org

 

Legislation criminalizing immigrants is back in Tallahassee, in the form of HB 9, SB 118 and SB 150. Immigrant rights groups have taken notice. And they are particularly angry that a Cuban-American representative is behind the push.

Representative Carlos Trujillo, a Miami Republican, filed HB 9, a bill that would make any person knowingly present in the state of Florida with a final order of deportation that has not been stayed pending judicial review guilty of a first degree felony. Palm Coast Senator Travis Hutson filed the companion bill in the Senate (SB 118).

El legislador Carlos Trujillo presentó un proyecto de ley en Tallahassee, HB 9, que criminaliza residir en el estado de Florida con una orden final de deportación - con 30 años de carcel y $10,000 de multa. Digamos ¡NO! a Trump y Trujillo.

Any persons convicted would be subject to up to 30 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. ‪#‎AltoTrump ‪#‎AltoTrujillo ‪#‎Trumpillo ‪#‎WeAreFlorida

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Alto Trump! Alto Trujillo!

Miami Workers Center - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 12:08pm

 Join us October 11, 2015! Unete! Domingo / Sunday 3:00pm / 2500 NW 107th Ave., Doral, FL 33172

Contact/ Contactanos: Marcia@theworkerscenter.org

 

Legislation criminalizing immigrants is back in Tallahassee, in the form of HB 9, SB 118 and SB 150. Immigrant rights groups have taken notice. And they are particularly angry that a Cuban-American representative is behind the push.

Representative Carlos Trujillo, a Miami Republican, filed HB 9, a bill that would make any person knowingly present in the state of Florida with a final order of deportation that has not been stayed pending judicial review guilty of a first degree felony. Palm Coast Senator Travis Hutson filed the companion bill in the Senate (SB 118).

El legislador Carlos Trujillo presentó un proyecto de ley en Tallahassee, HB 9, que criminaliza residir en el estado de Florida con una orden final de deportación - con 30 años de carcel y $10,000 de multa. Digamos ¡NO! a Trump y Trujillo.

Any persons convicted would be subject to up to 30 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. ‪#‎AltoTrump ‪#‎AltoTrujillo ‪#‎Trumpillo ‪#‎WeAreFlorida

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Community Conversation: The Impact of Climate Change on Women and Frontline Communities

Miami Workers Center - Fri, 10/09/2015 - 11:48am
  Our communities in Florida know by experience about the impact of natural disasters due to climate change. From hurricane Andrew to Wilma. Displacement from our communities, our homes, our culture, family roots is part of our narrative, whether political, economic or as a result of climate disasters. On top of that, the rising sea levels threaten to accelerate and compound our daily struggles to survive. Climate change can be found behind everyone one of these crises – from families being displaced from their community to devastating rise in the cost of living. Miami is at the center of climate change, our city is one of the most threatened and vulnerable when it comes to direct impacts to property and lives. And when it comes to intangible impacts in the aftermath of disasters, women and children are at the center. These impacts can include increased rates of gender-based or sexual violence, unequal access to humanitarian assistance, loss of economic opportunities, etc. However, women are often excluded from the decision-making processes around climate change as well as disaster risk-management. In preparation for Miami People's Climate March, on October 14th, let’s take a first step in bringing women to the frontline of the organizing around climate change and the creation of policies to protect Floridians from the aftermath of natural disaster. Please join the Miami Workers center and Miami People's Climate March in a conversation about The impact of Climate Change on women and frontline communities.
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Oryza Workers Deserve Better!

UE - Wed, 10/07/2015 - 11:29am
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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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