Portland, Oregon - Wednesday, August 15th, an emergency demonstration will take place in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square, in response to General Motors' failure to resolve the situation of fired workers injured at their Bogota, Colombia assembly plant, who are entering their third week of a hunger strike. This local action is part of a national Day of Action called for by Witness for Peace.
Come for this quick action downtown... 11:30 to noon. Signs, art and music provided. Just show up, bring a friend to double the fun. Let General Motors feel the pressure- from Portland, Oregon to GM's corporate headquarters in Detroit, to McLean, Virginia (home of GM CEO Daniel Akerson), and all points in between.
Workers injured on the assembly line of the General Motors assembly plant in Colombia were fired for their injuries and left without an income, worker's compensation, or medical care. After finding it impossible to get work due to their debilitating injuries, these workers have spent the last year in peaceful protest, occupying the sidewalk in front of the U.S. Embassy. On August 1st, 2012 they began a hunger strike, sewing their lips closed to demonstrate the seriousness of their claim that they will go without food until the situation is resolved, even if they have to give their lives so that other workers are not exploited in this way.
On Monday August 6th, representatives from General Motors' Colombia walked out on negotiations with the injured workers, government representatives and international officials. This national Day of Action, which includes a demonstration in front of GM headquarters in Detroit and widespread fasting by individuals across the nation is meant to send the message to General Motors that they must sit down and resolve the situation with the injured workers.
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