International Workers Day 2014

by on April 17, 2014

May 1, 2014

International Workers Day

The South Pulls Together and Unites for Universal Worker Rights and Decolonization of Labor and Migration

Join a march near you, Thursday, May 1:

Other actions TBA in Chattanooga, Memphis and elsewhere.

May Day was born over 120 years ago commemorating the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago in 1886 when police shot workers who were striking to establish the eight-hour workday and the right to organize and prohibit child labor. The US-South revived and regenerated Mayday commemorations during the 2006 general strike, which was fueled by migrants.

The US South unites youth, women, men, immigrants, Indigenous Peoples, labor unions, LGBTQ, human rights organizations, farm workers, environmentalists, workers and social movements with the rest of the US and the world to Decolonize and Regenerate our struggles to propel ourselves forward for Liberation in the 21st century and to do away with Borders, Respect Human Rights, and for Universal Rights for all workers of the planet and our right to migrate anywhere on earth.

The South forms and represents working class struggles. The South demands Universal Living Wages, the Universal Right to organize and Universal Migrant Rights. The South demands the criminal charges against all Moral Monday arrestees be dropped including Saladin Mohammed Leader of Southern Workers Assembly in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The South forms part of a social movement that denounces the neo liberal politics of government and its political parties. President Obama promotes imperialist wars in Afghanistan and other parts of the world to steal natural resources. We say End US-EU-NATO wars in the Middle East and Africa. US hands off Venezuela and Ukraine, no more wars for natural resources. The South demands stop the war and bring the troops home.

The South denounces the economic crisis of the capitalist system that was forced onto the people by the super rich, transnational corporations and the banks that the people bailed out only to make the rich more rich and the poor more poor. The crisis of mass unemployment continues as over 30 million workers remain unemployed and over 20% of those employed remain underemployed, the vast majority in low-wage, dead end jobs. Unemployment for Black, Brown and Native workers is more than double that of white workers. We demand a Federally-funded public works jobs program and full employment now!

The South denounces the failure of the neo liberal model of the free trade agreements like Nafta, Cafta and the current Trans Pacific Partnership which President Obama wants to fast track. This agreement will set new rules on food safety and medicine prices.  The free trade agreements exploit workers and displace communities over Mexico, Central and South America and the world with poverty wages, without the right to organize unions, bad working and social conditions.

The South denounces and demands the abolishment of the “Taft Hartley Act” and section 14B that prohibits the right of workers to organize unions, collective bargaining and the right to strike. We demand comprehensive labor change.

The South denounces the militarization of the US/Mexico Border that is racist and criminalizes immigrants takes them to their death, provokes division and violence among communities along the US Mexico Border.

The South denounces raids and deportation that divides immigrant families and treats them as if they were terrorists. We denounce the ICE commandos and the mistreatment of immigrant families. We demand laws that recognize basic rights for all immigrants, social services and immigration laws that recognize the principal of universal citizenship.

The South denounces the attack on Public Schools by conservative right wing politicians, which has caused loss of jobs, a loss of billions of dollars and a second class education due to privatization of education throughout the south.

The South denounces the increased New Jim Crow activities and white supremacy and racist laws such as the stand your ground law which has resulted in the death of young Black people such as Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis and other people of color and indigenous people. We demand an end to police terror, police murders, brutality, racial profiling and the school-to-prison pipeline. We demand a decolonization process to end death and violence.

The South commits to supports efforts of youth in their forms of expression and commit to be at their service in the initiatives of the right to education and their right to form and create organizations.

The South commits to look for and implement alternatives of ALBA (Alternative Bolivariana de las Americas) towards globalization, war, capitalism, neoliberalism and the inequality between poor and rich.

The South commits to liberate all political prisoners including Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier, Imam Jamil Al-Amin and others jailed for activism, and those in Puerto Rico in their struggle for independence and discontinue being a colony of the US. We demand an end to the Cuban Economic Blockade and the liberation of the Cuban heroes prisoners in US jails.

The South commits to organize and participate this May 1, 2014. With everything that we do, with everything that we are, with everything that we dream we have the security and faith of constructing a better world for all and all the human races.

Another South, Another US and Another World is Possible!


If you are organizing an event in your area and would like it listed on the Southern Workers Assembly press release, website and information leaflets, please submit the information to info@southernworker.org

CWA, Allies in Tennessee Tell Lawmakers ‘Put the People First’

by on March 15, 2014

Campus Workers United – Communications Workers of America are a founding member of the Southern Workers Assembly. Their recent action in Nashville, Tennessee is an important example of workers taking the lead in spreading the growing mass fight back against the attacks on the working-class and oppressed. The Southern Workers Assembly is committed to helping to spread these type of militant, worker-run actions across the U.S. South.

CWA Tennessee

March 13, 2014

More than 500 Tennessee activists, including CWAers, union members and other allies, rallied in Nashville at the State Capitol for secure, living wage jobs, public education, and democratic rights to organize, protest, bargain and vote freely.

It was the start of a movement throughout Tennessee to “Put the People First,” and activists from faith groups, unions and worker alliances, Jobs with Justice, the NAACP, Citizen Action and many more have come together to form the coalition. At the capitol in Nashville, they rallied, then delivered a letter to Gov.Bill Haslam (R), calling on him and the Tennessee legislature “to make the interests of Tennessee working people your top priority.”

“Our governor, this legislature, and their millionaire backers are trying to destroy 150 years of progressive reforms that the working class has won in our state. But we won’t go backward! And when we stand up and fight back, it isn’t just at a single rally. Today we’re launching a movement to ‘Put the People First!’ Just like our sisters and brothers did with Moral Mondays in North Carolina. And we won’t stop until they give us what we want!”

Action Alert: Stand with Chris

by on March 4, 2014

Disrespect for healthcare workers is disrespect for patients and harmful to quality care!


Healthcare Workers’ United

Charleston, SC

February 27, 2014






Sign the petition demanding that Chris be re-instated!

South Carolina Activist Fired from Hospital after 19 Years of Service

Christine Nelson, a registered nurse and 19-year veteran at the Medical University of South Carolina was escorted from her office this afternoon after being rebuffed in her efforts to meet with supervisors. In recent weeks, Nelson and several coworkers in the Ambulatory Pre-Op Clinic in Rutledge Tower have complained of mismanagement and understaffing in their department.

An attack on healthcare workers is an attack on quality healthcare and harms our patients.   When we stand up for hospital workers, we are standing up for quality health care.  

Mary Moultrie, a leader of the Charleston hospital workers strike of 1969, called Nelson’s dismissal “another stain on MUSC’s reputation.” Moultrie observed that the hospital has been very successful in squelching dissent by disciplining “whistleblowers and others who speak out on behalf of patient care.” Charleston labor activist Leonard Riley observed that Nelson has been working with the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission to compile workers’ complaints against MUSC.

Over the past two years, Nelson has spoken out against racial discrimination in the hospital, abuses of the Family Medical Leave Act and HIPAA (federal privacy law) violations by supervisors, as well as the hospital’s mistreatment of low wage workers. Her work to improve working conditions and patient care has led her to assume leadership roles in Healthcare Workers’ United, the South Carolina Progressive Network, and the Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment. She has also been active in the Truthful Tuesday Coalition and the Southern Workers Assembly. She accompanied a group of Charleston activists to the HK on J protest in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 8. Nelson is a lifetime member of Old Bethel UMC Church and is the mother of two children.

Healthcare Workers’ United invites you to stand with Chris by demanding that MUSC rehire her and end their efforts to retaliate against those workers who stand up for patients and for one another.

Call Today:  Contact MUSC CEO Patrick Cawley (843) 792-4000 or cawleypj@musc.edu

Sign Petition to Reinstate Chris!


North Carolina Local Worker Assemblies

by on February 7, 2014


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


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


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.