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May 1 2016 01-May-2016 11:57

MAYDAY PDX 2016

From the open publishing newswire:

WHEN OUR HUMAN FAMILIES ARE UNDER ATTACK,
WHAT DO WE DO?
RISE UP! FIGHT BACK!


PORTLAND MAY DAY RALLY 2016
SHEMANSKI PARK, DOWNTOWN PORTLAND
12:00 - 2:00 PM : ASSEMBLY
2:00 - 4:00 PM : RALLY
[no march]

From the Philippines to Libya to the streets of the U.S., people are rising up against injustice. In response to this, the forces of global capitalism and imperialism are working overtime to pit the masses of people on the planet against one another. Racist police murders continue while the victims are painted as criminals and thugs. Families are deported daily and immigrants are dehumanized and labeled as terrorists. Working families find it increasingly impossible to make ends meet in the U.S., while workers around the world are struggling to stay alive. Meanwhile, corporate profits are setting records. [...]

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gender & sexuality | labor 06-Feb-2016 09:56

Video: Portland Labor Defend Abortion Rights Rally

From the open publishing newswire: On Sunday, January 17, a group of 50 union activists in the Portland area picketed a "youth rally" held by Oregon Right to Life, an anti-abortion group that held a day of action nationally to "mourn" the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and attack women's right to abortion.
With a banner calling on labor to defend abortion rights, Class Struggle Workers - Portland led a determined picket with members of at least seven local unions as well as solidarity and leftist groups.

See the video: https://youtu.be/2\_ZrBPvulb8
homepage: http://www.internationalist.org

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actions & protests | labor 21-Jan-2016 00:47

Pickets Confront Anti-Abortion Rally

CSWP pickets anti-abortion rally, 17 January 2016. From the open publishing newswire: On Sunday, January 17, CSWP initiated a spirited picket line that shouted down an anti-abortion "youth rally" at a swank Portland Pearl District caterer.

Link:  http://csw-pdx.org/2016/01/18/pickets-confront-anti-abortion-rally/

On Sunday, January 17, CSWP initiated a spirited picket line that shouted down an anti-abortion "youth rally" at a swank Portland Pearl District caterer. Union Carpenters, Ironworkers, Painters, Stagehands, Teachers, Wobblies and others turned out. CSWP placards and chants demanded "Free Abortion On Demand" and "Labor: Defend Abortion Clinics." Union militants intend for this action to be the beginning of organizing more solid and active labor defense of abortion rights. [...]

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actions & protests | labor 29-Jul-2015 08:24

Videos: Justice for Janitors and the Fight for $15! - June 17 2015 in PDX

From the open publishing newswire: Here on portland indymedia are two videos from the June 17 "Justice for Janitors and the Fight for $15!" event. A protest and rally with speeches and interviews on the steps of Portland City Hall, then the march to the Pittock Building on 10th street. This was a march and rally to demand a just wage for janitors, city workers and laborers in the city of Portland.

On Justice for Janitors Day 2015 (June 17), Janitors joined Portland City Workers, striking workers at Instafab and the fight for $15 in an exciting day of action. The day began with a rally for $15 at Portland City Hall and marched to other locations from there, finishing with the Justice for Janitors rally at 921 SW Washington Street.

(1) Rally at City Hall before the march:
https://youtu.be/e\_zC0Y2em2g [26:49 min video]

(2) 10th street march & rally:
https://vimeo.com/131067381 [2:34 min video]

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labor | neighborhood news 07-Jun-2015 08:30

Food Front Cooperative Grocery Workers Vote Again To Unionize

From the open publishing newswire: On June 2, 2015, Food Front Cooperative Grocery Workers voted to rejoin United Food and Commmercial Workers Union, Local 555.
After a 6 month organizing effort, Food Front Cooperative Grocery workers voted to rejoin UFCW, Local 555. Out of a possible 91workers eligible to vote, 75 workers voted and 64 workers voted for the union. An over 80 per cent voter turn out resulted in a 85 per cent union vote.

Food Front workers had previously been a union shop for a ten year time period. In August of 2007, Food Front workers voted to decertify and ended their association with UFCW. The discussion that appeared on Portland Indy Media about the decertification is archived at:
portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/07/362674.shtml\?discuss

The unionization effort follows a controversial 7 months for the cooperative which began last November with the public airing of staff discontents in the Northwest Examiner neighborhood newspaper.  http://nwexaminer.com/co-op-crash

The subsequent coop owners concerns about the financial stability of the coop, led to the resignation of the Board of Directors chair person, the retirement of the general manager, and the use of an interim general manager from the National Cooperative Grocer consulting group. [...]

"The bottom line is that we wish to be respected, heard, treated equally and most of all supported," said Kira Davis, a store worker. "I believe that creating our union can help strengthen us. As a union, we will empower everyone through education, communication and action."

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labor | political theory 30-May-2015 11:52

Political Disobedience

From the open publishing newswire: "Crisis children" can't find a job despite study, four foreign languages and four hundred applications. They are the house cleaners, hair stylists and nurses without their own health insurance who earn one-thousandth what atop manager rakes in. Youth unemployment has reached unbearable levels in Greece and Spain. The top one percent of Americans earns a quarter of the total income and owns half of all securities and national wealth.

POLITICAL DISOBEDIENCE
Rage Grows with its Challenges [...]

THE IDIOTS WITHDRAW INTO THEIR SHELLS
The danger is withdrawal into the private, not falling voter turnout [...]

[translated from the German on the Internet.]

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actions & protests | labor 09-Feb-2015 19:04

Video: 15 Now! rally and march in Salem 1.24.15

From the open publishing newswire: A rally with speeches and songs on the Capital steps. A skit with 2 clowns: Wallie Walmart & Ronnie Mac D. A march to nearby McDonald's for a protest call for 15 Hour, fair wages for the workers Then into the streets for an unpermitted march to a nearby meeting / lunch area

The organizers, 15 Now Portland, protest income inequality and say they are dedicated to making Oregon the first state to enact a $15 minimum wage. Rally on the Capital steps Jan 24 at noon. 15 Now Portland is fighting to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in the City of Portland. We are also helping to lead a coalition of almost 50 other 15 Now chapters, labor unions, and community organizations across the state that are dedicated to making Oregon the first state to enact a $15 minimum wage.

https://www.youtube.com/ [1 hour 15 min]

Oregon Needs a Raise! Rally at the Capitol Building

Saturday, Jan. 24, Noon—1 pm in Salem, OR

Bills for a $15 minimum wage are being introduced in the State House and Senate for the 2015 session. Low-wage workers, union members, faith and community allies — ALL OUT for $15 !

-video out take-
15 Now! Salem Capital Rally with Ronnie and Wallie https://www.youtube.com

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corporate dominance | labor 31-May-2014 11:34

Voices on the Ground Community Social Work Conference June 6th and 7th at Portland State

From the open publishing newswire: Please join us for our 4th Annual Voices on the Ground Community Social Work conference, featuring keynote speaker Cheri Honkala!
Voices on the Ground Community Social Work Conference 2014
This year's theme: Resistance and Resilience

June 6th and 7th, 2014
Portland State University School of Social Work
1800 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 600

Featuring Keynote Speaker Cheri Honkala, Co-Founder and Organizer of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign and 2012 Green Party Vice-Presidential Candidate

Register at: bit.ly/1gPjJbE. While this is a fee-based event, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

For the past 25 years Cheri Honkala has been a leading advocate for poor and homeless in America. She co-founded the Kensington Welfare Rights Union and the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign. She has organized tens of thousands holding marches, demonstrations and setting up tent cities. Cheri brings her story and passion for continuing the Poor Peoples Movement in the United States and beyond.

The conference is filled with amazing workshops and presentations about innovative and critical approaches to human service work.
homepage:  http://swaaportland.org

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actions & protests | economic justice | labor 09-May-2014 08:32

Global fast food strike May 15th

From the open publishing newswire: Fast food strikes in 150 cities and protests in 30 countries planned for May 15

 link to www.salon.com

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actions & protests | corporate dominance | labor 19-Apr-2014 11:39

May Day 2014 PDX

From the open publishing newswire: Rally at 3:00 PM | March from 4:00-5:30 PM
May 1 2014 - South Park Blocks PDX
"PEOPLE OVER PROFIT"

We want to encourage everyone to come out this May Day and stand united for social & economic justice. Together we can build a movement to take back our communities .

As we approach International Workers Day in 2014, we find ourselves facing unprecedented cuts to public services including education, street and park maintenance, social services, unemployment insurance and much more. As a result we are seeing a rapid increase in symptoms of poverty including houselessness and food insecurity. Along with all of this we continue to experience attacks on people of color, immigrants, working families, women, students and our right to organize.

Our response to this onslaught against humanity is to organize and FIGHT BACK!!

People Over Profit!

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actions & protests | labor 12-Mar-2014 10:06

March 14 - Protest -call out- 4:30pm | Justice for Fubonn Workers Coalition

From the open publishing newswire: The Justice for Fubonn Workers Coalition is announcing an action for Friday, February 14th. We are supporting Norma and Marisal - two former Fubonn grocery workers, and their demand for deserved money due to mistreatment and forced "off the clock" work


THIS PICKET FOLLOWS THE FIRST COURT DATE FOR THE LAWSUIT AGAINST THE FORMER FUBONN WORKERS AND PORTLAND SOLIDARITY NETWORK ORGANIZERS. THIS IS GOING TO BE AN IMPORTANT PICKET TO ATTEND, AND WILL BE LARGER THAN PREVIOUS ONES.

We meet at 4:30pm in front of USA Pawn(8001 SE Powell blvd) Shortly after we will march to Fubonn grocery. (SE 82nd Ave)!

Disclaimer: this campaign is against Fubonn Grocery solely; we are not targeting other stores in the shopping center.

After six months of aggressive campaigning, Fubonn responded by filing a lawsuit against Norma and Marisal and two community organizers. A clear attempt to silence dissent amongst workers, who would speak out about terrible conditions, as well as an attack on the right of workers and allies to organize in their community. We have continued our campaign, forcing Fubonn to the negotiating table.

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PROTEST CANCELLED - update 11.27.13 24-Nov-2013 12:43

Fubonn Protest on Black Friday, 29 November 2013, 13:30 - 14:30

From the open publishing newswire: Fubonn has been accused of forcing workers to work off the clock, work under dangerous condition, and refused proper breast feeding breaks. Two workers at Fubonn are owed thousands of dollars, and we demand that they be paid what is owed and that they start complying with all labor and safety regulations. A call out to protest the managements treatment will be at 1:30 to 2:30 on 11.29.13

Continuing our wage theft campaign at Fubonn, we are re-initiating the campaign with a Black Friday picket in front of the grocery store! On Black Friday we are coming out to show them that we will not back down, and that the campaign is going forward despite their attempts to silence us. We will not stand by while workers are abused and not paid fair compensation. Join us in this community picket, and stay tuned as we move forward!

You can learn more about this particular campaign below: link to wagingnonviolence.org

Location: Fubonn Supermarket and Shopping Center 2850 SE 82nd Ave, Ste #1, Portland, Oregon

Previous PIMC post from protest on September 9th:
portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/09/425138 [video]

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education | labor 12-Oct-2013 15:58

The Schools Portland Students Deserve

From the open publishing newswire: -- A Community Forum --
The Schools Portland Students Deserve
Speakers: Gwen Sullivan, president, Portland Association of Teachers; Maribel Gomez, Beach School parent; Rose Murdock, Beach School teacher; Armonda Clay, Jefferson HS student
Wed. Oct. 16 - 7 - 8:30pm
Jefferson High School, 5210 N. Kerby (@ Killingsworth & Alberta)

Come hear about, question and discuss the teachers' bargaining proposal preamble --
"The Schools Portland Students Deserve"
which calls for
•Reduced class sizes and caseloads
•More electives, music, art, physical education, libraries, and world languages
•Wrap-around support services, including counselors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, second-language and special education teachers
•Equity in allocation of resources to high poverty schools
•Maintenance of enrollment rather than school closures
•Use of standardized testing as only one tool for assessment of students
•Academic freedom and collaboration for professional educators

Portland Public Schools (PPS) refuses to bargain over these issues in a meaningful way. PPS should continue negotiations without declaring impasse. PPS should settle a contract which provides for adequate compensation and benefits, fair workload and preparation time, because teachers' working conditions are students' learning conditions.

*to contact PPS School Board members call 503-916-3906

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