Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Happy May Day from Memphis DSA (Democratic Socialists of America)! It is a perilous time for American workers. Our political leaders have forced austerity budget cuts upon us to spare the corporate rich from necessary tax increases and the already weak social "safety net," including Social Security and Medicare, are under attack. Labor Unions are facing mounting obstacles blocking their ability to organize and defend workers. Now is the time to unite and fight back!
Join DSA and other progressive/left and labor groups on this May Day to celebrate the achievements of the labor movement and unite to fight for the rights of all workers to living wages and benefits earned from their labor.
Visit DSA's Talking Union Website to learn more about labor issues and organizations to support and join.
Born in the USA
Building Workers' Power: ITUC May Day Statement
How Unions are Getting their Groove Back
It's Time for a Worker's Movement in the USA
Some recommended labor organizations and Web Sites:
Jobs With Justice
Workers Interfaith Network
Worker's Independent News
Join us at Memphis United's Memphis May Day Celebration!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
For Global Capital, Workers are Expendable and Disposable Commodities - Democratic Socialists of America (Paul Garver)
Victims of Tazreen Factory Fire in Bangladesh Continue to Suffer (Talking Union)
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Robin Hood Tax USA
U.S. Rep Introduces 'Robin Hood Tax' to Fight Austerity-Agenda | Common Dreams
DSA Fact Sheet: Financial Transaction Tax (Now HR 1579)
Contact Rep. Steve Cohen and ask him to support HR 1579
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
More than 122 million jobs lost..
10 million homes foreclosed..
Student debt tops $1 Trillion..
Poverty rate at 30 year high..
Corporations paying little or no taxes…
Social Security and Medicare being cut..
TIME TO FIGHT BACK!
Sunday, April 14, 2013
An important look at poverty in the LGBT community, especially among LGBT racial minorities, and why we cannot let the fight for marriage equality divert attention from the main issue--economic justice.
Marriage Is Great, But Many LGBT People of Color Need Job Safety - COLORLINES
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
Obama’s Social Security Cuts Are Our Wake-Up Call
Obama Accepts GOP Austerity Agenda: Cut Social Security
Progressives Push Back Against Obama's Social Security, Medicare Austerity
7 Facts About Retirement in America that Should Make Obama Tremble Before Cutting Social Security
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Monday, April 1, 2013
Activists Gather in Memphis to Commemorate MLK's Life
AFSCME Local 1733 and activists from across the nation will gather in Memphis this week to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Memphis Commemorative Events April 3-4, 2013
Please join members of AFSCME Local 1733, Martin Luther King III, AFSCME President Lee Saunders, MSNBC “PoliticsNation” Host and National Action Network President Al Sharpton
as we commemorate the
45th Anniversary of
Dr. Martin Luther King’s work
on behalf of AFSCME Local 1733’s 1968 Sanitation Workers’ Strike:
Celebrating Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta
Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta recognized for their life long contributions to organized labor and social justice.
Cesar Chavez Day is a state holiday in California – one of eight states to recognize the date, and one of the few holidays in the nation dedicated to a labor leader. Sacramento and dozens of cities, counties and labor federations will celebrate the life of Cesar Chavez on March 31, 2013.
The year 2012 was the 50th. anniversary of the founding of the U.F.W. by Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Philip Vera Cruz and others. The celebrations focused on the struggle for union rights and justice in the fields of California.
The United Farm Workers (UFW) was the first successful union of farm workers in U.S. history. There had been more than ten prior attempts to build a farm workers union. Each of the prior attempts were destroyed by racism and corporate power. Chávez and Huerta chose to build a union that incorporated the strategies of social movements and community organizing and allied itself with the churches, students, and organized labor. The successful creation of the UFW changed the nature of labor organizing in the Southwest and contributed significantly to the birth of Latino politics in the U.S.
Today, under the leadership of UFW president Arturo Rodriguez, only about 25,000 farm workers enjoy benefits on the job. Wages and benefit in farm labor have again been reduced to the pre union levels. The UFW has shown unions that immigrants can and must be organized.
Both Chavez and DSA Honorary Chair Dolores Huerta have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor and in the California Hall of Fame for their work.
Dolores Huerta remains active as a staunch advocate for women’s rights and reproductive freedom. Huerta is a founding board member of the Feminist Majority Foundation and serves on the board of Ms. Magazine as well as her service as an Honorary DSA Chair. She is active in the Democratic Party Conventions and campaigns and she frequently speaks at universities and organizational forums and union halls on issues of social justice and public policy. Dolores continues working to develop community leaders and advocating for the working poor, immigrants, women and youth as President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
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Duane Campbell is a Professor (emeritus) of Bilingual/Multicultural Education at Calif. State University-Sacramento, the author of Choosing Democracy; a practical guide to multicultural education.