North Carolina Local Worker Assemblies

by on February 7, 2014

Raleigh/Durham

Sat. February 22, 12noon, Teamsters Union hall, 6317 Angus Dr, Raleigh (off HWY 70 Between Raleigh & Durham). Contact Angaza Laughinghouse at 919-231-2660 for more info 

Goldsboro/Greenville/Wilson/Down East 

Saturday, March 8, Wilson, NC, International Working Women’s Day  at 10:30am – 2:30pm (with lunch break)
Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts & Education, 1004 Herring Avenue E. Wilson, NC 27893, contact Larsene Taylor at 919-273-2735 for more information

Charlotte 

Sat. April 20., Greenville Community Center, 1330 Spring St, Charlotte, NC, Contact Ben Carroll at 919-604-8167 for more information.

 Lucia, fast food worker

 “I am inviting all workers to join this movement, to stand up and to not be afraid, together we will continue to fight for $15 an hour”

 Lucia , Fast Food Worker, NC Raise Up 

 

Larsene Taylor, UE local 150, NC Public Service Workers Union ” There are increasing attacks on front-line city and state workers and the services we provide. We need a “Workers Bill of Rights” made into law to guarantee basic human rights. Divided we beg for a living wage, safe working environment, and a seat at the table…united we bargain! “

–  Larsene Taylor, State Mental Health Worker, DHHS; Cherry Hospital, Goldsboro NC; Vice President, UE local 150, NC Public Service Workers Union 

Kristen Beller, teacher

“I fight for public schools because I believe they are the great equalizer in our society. Everyone gets the opportunity to make themselves stronger and smarter. An educated community has a greater quality of life. I fight for my students’ right to a quality public education because if I don’t, who will?”

–  Kristin Beller, Teacher, Millbrook Elementary 

 

Southern-Wide Mass Moral March, Sat., Feb. 8, Raleigh, N.C.

by on February 2, 2014
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Join the Moral March on Raleigh!

Thousands Stand Against Extremist Policies Being Passed by NC Governor and Legislature

 

Saturday, February 8,   Gather at 9am 

 

March with the Southern Workers Assembly in the Labor Contingent of the march.    Meet at the corner of of Wilmington St. and Cabarrus St. near Shaw University in downtown Raleigh.  Look for the yellow SWA banner and white solidarity flag.  

The biggest, boldest Moral Monday demonstration is happening next Saturday, February 8 in Raleigh. You will want to be a part of this dramatic and historic occasion.Tens of thousands of people outraged at attacks on women, teachers, voting rights, workers, the poor, youth and the environment will be pouring in from all parts of the state – and from across the U.S.

 

This promises to be the biggest march and rally in the South in 50 years. You’ve got to be there.

This year’s annual people’s assembly will be held in the wake of a powerful push back to the immoral and unconstitutional policies supported and passed by Governor Pat McCrory, Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate Leader Phil Berger, Budget Director Art Pope and other extremists in the NC General Assembly during the 2013 Session. After 13 Moral Mondays in Raleigh leading to almost 1,000 arrests for civil disobedience and 24 local Moral Mondays spanning the entire state, the Forward Together Moral Movement and the HKonJ coalition will join together once again for the Moral March on Raleigh HKonJ People’s Assembly.

Join Southern Workers Assembly labor contingent to march for:
 

  • Union rights including collective bargaining
  • Living wages for all workers
  • Protect voting rights
  • Stop attack on unemployment coverage
  • Expand Medicaid
  • Fully fund all public services
  • End systematic racism, sexism and homophobia
  • and more!  

Saturday, February 8th
Gather 9:00am

Rally begins at 9:30am on Wilmington Street, between South St. and MLK Jr. Blvd. The march will begin at 10:30 AM to Jones Street outside the NC General Assembly. The rally at the General Assembly features movement music, NC NAACP president Rev. William J. Barber II, other speakers, and video of landmark events in the past year.

For logistics, maps, buses and more information visit http://www.hkonj.com

Join the Southern Workers Assembly after the march for a forum titled Organize the South.  Lunch served.  Located at the NC Justice Center at 224 S. Dawson Street.  Contact 919-637-6949 for more information. 

 

Moral Mondays: the emergence & dynamics of a growing mass human rights movement

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This statement is written in the build-up to a Southern-wide Mass Moral March, which is the 8th Annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street, on Saturday, February 8 in Raleigh, N.C. bringing together hundreds of unions, civil rights, anti-war, women’s rights, environmental justice, community groups and churches to march against the reactionary policies of the N.C. General Assembly.   This is expected to be the largest march in the U.S. South in 50 years. To learn more about this march, visit http://www.hkonj.com

By Saladin Muhammad

Introduction

The Moral Mondays campaign in North Carolina that is mobilizing thousands to speak out against the legislative attacks on Black, working-class and poor people throughout the state is being talked about across the country, as it expands to other cities.

A Moral Monday rally in June 2013. Hundreds pack rotunda inside NC General Assembly; 151 were arrested that day. Photo: NC Student Power Union

Moral Mondays in North Carolina have a particular history that needs to be understood to recognize its political aims and the dynamics in moving it forward as a mass campaign and human rights social movement. Broad campaigns and movements for social justice have twists and turns that are influenced by the strength and bases of the class and political forces acting within them.

The critiques of social movements by many progressives too often rely on what’s written by the mainstream media without any contact with left and progressive forces which are active in those social movements. They also tend to analyze social movements as if there is only one permanent, leading political tendency and that other tendencies are merely tailing it and have no internal struggle, strategy and independent initiatives. The history of the Civil Rights Movement — where Dr. King was the mass spokesperson — points out the internal dynamics that exist within mass movements. Continue reading »

San Antonio Workers Rights Roundtable Launches Worker Assembly

by on January 28, 2014

Submitted by Joaquin Abrego

The San Antonio, Texas section of the Southern Workers Assembly convened a workers rights roundtable on January 16, 2014. The roundtable emerged from conversations between the Southwest Workers Union and Julie Rogers of the National Nurses Union. Both organizations were organizing workers in San Antonio and sought to deepen their connections and work in Southern Worker Assembly campaigns. In attendance were Southwest Workers Union representatives and members, National Nurses Union representatives and members, Fuerza Unida, Domestic Workers in Action, and Local 782 of the musicians union. The energy was amazing and participants were extremely cooperative.

Jessica O. Guerrero from Fuerza Unida stated, “This type of gathering is so important to our work. All of us benefit individually from exchanges like these, and our collective efforts are stronger for it. I’m happy to reconnect with some old allies and relieved and inspired that new faces and corazones (hearts) continue to join our work in la lucha/the struggle.” Guerrero continued, “We weren’t sure what to expect from the Workers Roundtable but we came away reinvigorated to continue our work.”

The prevailing conditions of workers in the U.S. South are poor. The roundtable demands an overall improvement of our working conditions. The Workers Rights Roundtable plans to meet bi-annually but participating organizations will continue to work together throughout the year to build capacity and momentum to fight for the rights of all workers, and seeks to launch a Southern Texas Worker Assembly.

For more information about the Southern Texas Workers Assembly or San Antonio Worker Roundtable contact Joaquin Abrego, organizer and representative, Southwest Workers Union at Joaquin@swunion.org or (210)413-8978

Support Union Democracy in the International Longshormen’s Association

by on December 8, 2013

Call on ILA officers to allow the nomination of Mike Payne now!

Sign the Petition:

Union democracy must be a fundamental aspect of a democratic society, especially when the democratic rights and needs of working-class and poor people as well as labor unions are under constant attack by corporate financed politicians and movements.

The International Longshoremen’s Association’s denying its rank-and-file their Constitutional right to nominate Brother Mike D. Payne, Vice President of the ILA Ports Council, Florida to run for the office of President of ILA Local 1526, is both a denial of union democracy to Brother Mike D. Payne, the ILA rank-and-file in Local 1526 and all members of the ILA. It further gives the labor movement the bad name that employers and organized labor critics often use to sway and discourage workers from forming and joining unions.

Brother Mike D. Payne is a well respected and active leader in the national and international dockworker /labor movement and social reform organizations; like the Longshore Workers Coalition, NAACP, A. Philip Randolph Institute, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and the National Labor Roundtable. Brother Payne and the members of ILA Local 1526 are only demanding the right that every ILA member and worker deserves in a democratic union

We the undersigned call on you, Harold J. Daggett as the International President of the ILA, and the officers of ILA Local 1526 to immediately allow the rank-and-file the right to nominate Mike D. Payne to run for union office in accordance with the nominations process as outlined in the ILA Constitution and the ILA Code of Ethics.

An Injury to One is An Injury to All!

Sign the Petition