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Solidarity 69

The purpose of this group is to create solidarity among the left & to take action by any means necessary.

Location: The frontline is everywhere!
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How to Promote Solidarity? 1 Reply

I think this group is a great idea and a worthy goal, but the question is how do we achieve this or at least how do we take practical steps to it?I know of many different attempts to unify various…Continue

Started by Rhys Harrison. Last reply by Joe Balkis Sep 30, 2012.

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Comment by Joe Balkis on March 30, 2012 at 16:41
March 31,  Saturday 7 pm Trayvon Martin, Mass Incarceration, and the Need for Revolution A Presentation By Clyde Young at Revolution Books
"A Modern American Lynching"
The Fight to Stop Mass Incarceration to a New Level
April 19  A National Day of Action
Comment by Joe Balkis on March 30, 2012 at 4:36
Call on TIAA-CREF to Divest From Corporations That Profit From Israeli Occupation

Monthly Vigil/Protest Every 30th of the month, beginning March 30th

When: Friday, March 30, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Where: TIAA-CREF office, 200 La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60603 (corner of Lake and La Salle)

Join Chicago area peace activists in the first of many monthly protests outside of the TIAA-CREF office in Chicago. TIAA-CREF is one of the largest financial services in the United States, considered to be one of the largest retirement systems in the world. We call on TIAA-CREF to stop investing in companies that profit from the Israeli occupation. We invite you to join us in this historic campaign.

Sponsored by: American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Jewish Voice for Peace - Chicago (JVP-Chicago), and the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine (CJPIP)

For more information, contact chicagotccampaign@gmail.com. If you have not already, please also sign the Chicago Divests petition to TIAA-CREF at http://snipurl.com/22cuvqu.

Comment by Joe Balkis on March 29, 2012 at 16:09
Protest War Criminal

Olmert in Chicago!palestine.jpg

Thurs., March 29, 5:15 pm - 7 pm Chicago Club (81 E. Van Buren) Directions Info: 773-463-0311
Former Israeli Prime Mininster Ehud Olmert is being hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Olmert served as Prime Minister of Israel during both the 2006 war on Lebanon and the 2008-09 Gaza Massacre. The attack on Lebanon resulted in over 1,000 deaths, while the Gaza offensive left over 1,400 dead and many thousands injured.
Also: Serving as chairman for The Chicago Council is Lester Crown, a local billionaire and one of Israel's most prominent American supporters. He and his family have earned their fortune through their personal involvement with General Dynamics, a company that ranks among the world's largest defense contractors and weapons manufacturers.
Stand with Palestine! End the Wars and Occupations! U.S. Out of the Middle East! War Criminals are not Welcome in Chicago!


ANSWER Chicago 773-463-0311 http://www.answerchicago.org

Comment by Joe Balkis on March 29, 2012 at 15:37

Tell Macy’s to stop carrying Ahava and SodaStream! Victory! Major Norwegian chain store VITA drops AHAVA


Read an interview with Mustafa Barghouti by CODEPINK Germany Coordinator Elsa Berlin

Comment by Joe Balkis on March 29, 2012 at 5:44

 May 30-June 2, 2012

April 6th is the deadline to submit your application for the 2012 Polk Women’s Leadership Conference! Don’t let cost stand in your way! Scholarships are available! Please complete the registration and scholarship forms on http://www.ler.illinois.edu/labor/reginapolk.html and send them to: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,

Labor Education Program, Attn: Program Coordinator

815 W. Van Buren, Ste. 110, Chicago, IL 60607

Email: illinoislabored@illinois.edu Fax: (312) 413- 2997

The Regina V. Polk Women’s Leadership Conference is a multi-day participatory conference in the heart of Chicago's historic Maxwell Street district that creates an open and invigorating space for rank and file women union activists and community leaders to learn from skilled instructors and one another.

The theme of the 22nd Annual Regina V. Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Conference is collective bargaining. The goal of the program is to help women understand the nuts and bolts of negotiations and also develop their skills to bring what they have learned back to their union or organization.

This is an opportunity for women to gather from throughout the Midwest (and beyond) and across different occupations and industries. During the three days we will spend time in small groups talking about negotiations; come together as a large group to learn from one another as well as outside groups about issues facing workingwomen in the world; and, finally, celebrate one another and ourselves as leaders in our homes, communities, and workplaces.

For more information please contact: Alison Dickson Quesada at aquesada@illinois.edu or 312-996-2624.

Comment by Joe Balkis on March 29, 2012 at 5:36
Comment by Joe Balkis on March 28, 2012 at 5:13
The International Transport Workers' Federation is calling for global solidarity with port workers in New Zealand.
All we're asking you to do is take 30 seconds and send off your message to the Mayor of Auckland.
We're convinced that if he gets enough messages, he'll intervene, replace members of the port's board who have pushed for the lock-out of workers, and move to resolve the dispute.
Every message we can send increases the chances that this will happen, and that workers will be able to go back to their jobs.
Please forward this message to your fellow union members. Let's build this campaign!
Comment by Joe Balkis on March 28, 2012 at 5:11
Workers at Brock University need your help.
CUPE 4207 (Unit 3), representing Instructors in ESL Services at Brock University, signed a tentative agreement with their employer on February 15, hours before the local would be in a legal strike position. The union ratified the tentative agreement on February 28.
The Brock Board of Trustees met to vote on ratification on March 12. However, the Board failed to provide a clear answer about the outcome of the vote. In a message to the union that evening, the employer stated that the Board voted to ratify the tentative agreement subject to changes dictated by the employer. This is a clear violation of the ratification process, as outlined in the Ontario Labour Relations Act.
When repeatedly asked about the status of ratification, the university has refused to provide any clarification. The union was informed that it could expect an answer to that question on the morning of March 21, after the employer had consulted with its principals. Clarification was not provided.
"The Brock administration clearly has no respect for the law, for the bargaining process, and has no respect for the union or employees at the university," said Dan Crow, president of the union. "How can we be expected to trust an employer that refuses to live up to an agreement that it has signed? How can we trust an employer that refuses to let us know if they have ratified a tentative agreement? We are now in a position where we have to explore all possible options to get the employer to actually abide by commitments it has made. Why the administration would act in such an arrogant and duplicitous way is a mystery to all of us."
Comment by Joe Balkis on March 28, 2012 at 5:08

This past Saturday marked 23 years since the oil tanker Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of crude into Alaska's beautiful Prince William Sound.The spill was one of the most devastating environmental disasters in history, with far-reaching consequences for wildlife and people. Tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil still linger today.

Nobody wants a repeat of Exxon Valdez, but Shell Oil is planning the most aggressive offshore Arctic-drilling program in history -- and President Barack Obama seems perfectly willing to let the oil giant drill.

The remote Arctic Ocean, with its volatile weather and towering sea ice, is home to polar bears, walruses, whales and birds. It's a beautiful but dangerous place, and if a spill occurs Shell has no viable plan to contain it.

We have a powerful opportunity now to stop drilling before it spoils the Arctic and its wildlife. Take action now to tell Obama not to allow drilling to go ahead in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Then send this to 999,999 of your friends.

Click here to find out more and take action.
Comment by Joe Balkis on March 28, 2012 at 5:08

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