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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!
Members: 75
Latest Activity: Jul 8

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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 July 8, 2014 at 14:16
Teamsters, Community Allies Picket Republic Services In Alabama
MOBILE, Ala., June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teamsters who work at Republic Services [NYSE: RSG] in...
Comment by Joe Balkis on June 30, 2014 at 14:59

Tell Philippines' seafood giant Citra Mina to respect the human rights of their workers!

Seafood giant Citra Mina is the Philippines' second largest exporter of tuna, doing billions of dollars in sales to the European, Asian and North American markets under the Philfresh brand. This hugely profitable Group, however, is violating the human rights of its workers.
In response to poor health and safety conditions, precarious employment and issues around pay and social security contributions, workers last summer formed the Samahang United Workers of Citra Mina Group of Companies Union, which was legally registered on July 24. The company responded with waves of dismissals targeting union members and supporters between September and January 2014, leaving the workers and their families without income. However 78 of these workers continue to demand reinstatement with full back pay and recognition of their union. At home, they are supported by the national center SENTRO, which on June 19 launched national action in support of the Citra Mina 78. You can support the struggle for union rights and recognition in a seafood industry rife with unacceptable working conditions - CLICK HERE TO TELL THE COMPANY TO RESPECT HUMAN RIGHTS!
Comment by Joe Balkis on June 25, 2014 at 15:35
Comment by Joe Balkis on June 11, 2014 at 16:14

Guatemala: Bring murderers of banana trade unionists to justice


Tell the new Guatemalan Attorney General the world is watching how she handles union murder cases.
Guatemala is the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist. Since 2007 a total of 68 unionists have been murdered and none of the perpetrators of these crimes have been brought to justice.

Banana trade unions have been on the front line of this surge in violence. The local banana workers’ union SITRABIare still somewhere that workers dare not organise. t much safer: between 2007 and 2012, twelve SITRABI organisers were also murdered there. The investigations into the murders are going very slowly. In March this year we heard that possible culprits had been identified but still nobody had been brought to trial. And then the Attorney General was suddenly dismissed, jeopardising the work she had started on the investigation.This is an  international issue too, with implications for workers in many other countries. Guatemala is growing very quickly as a producer of bananas, as companies seek to find cheaper labour for their crop. The exploitation of Guatemalan workers makes them the cheapest and threatens jobs with better conditions and respect across Latin America. We need to take a stand to avoid a race to the bottom for the whole region. Can you help?

This action is in partnership with the Trades Union Congress.

Send urgent appeal now!

Comment by Joe Balkis on October 13, 2013 at 7:29

2nd annual protest of bank of america 10/13/13 at the Chicago marathon! 


Br. Joe at 708-752-2740 for race day logistics.  I have Boycott bank of America fliers!
Comment by Joe Balkis on August 5, 2013 at 3:05

Immediate Action Needed in Support of Mobile Rail Workers Union

On Friday, Mobile Rail management fired two workers, Eric and Dwayne, and claimed that they will be firing all non-CDL carrying employees. We see this as a clear attack on the Union and a direct retaliation for the worker’s recent OSHA complaints. For years, Mobile Rail has deployed its locomotive service trucks with teams of one driver accompanied by one non-CDL helper. The attempt to break apart these teams not only is meant to destroy the organizing efforts but also creates an extremely hazardous situation for all workers. By changing to a single-driver operation, there will be no protections in the case that the one driver suffers heat stroke, is injured by faulty machinery, or is a victim of a train accident. We are immediately calling upon all IWW members and supporters to call Mobile Rail Management and politely but firmly demand they rehire both Eric and Dwayne. We ask that you further demand that all drivers are accompanied by a helper. You can reach Mobile Rail Solutions management at 847-551-9767 or call Tim, the general manager, directly at 224-622-9201.

Comment by Brian Ross Ashley on July 25, 2013 at 18:37
Comment by Joe Balkis on July 23, 2013 at 6:54

Join us!
                                                        When: July 23, 2013 at 1:30PM
                                                        Where: Cook County Courthouse – Courtroom 104,
                                                        5600 Old Orchard Rd  Skokie, IL

                                                        Neither the Court nor the Cook County State’s Attorney has responded to the Post-Conviction Relief Petition that  Gregory’s legal team filed in March. This Petition exposed the lies at  the heart of the false charges against him and provides documentary  evidence (suppressed by the judge at trial) of the perjured testimony  and prosecutorial misconduct that laid the basis for his conviction –  and demands that his wrongful conviction and outrageous sentence  be  overturned. For more details, see www.dropthecharges.net

                                                        In his youth, Gregory spent years in solitary confinement while in prison. He transformed himself and has dedicated his life  since his release to opposing injustice and struggling for a liberated  world for all humanity. Gregory’s legal team will vigorously oppose any  attempt to put him back in jail.

                                                        We call on you to come out to stand with Gregory and demand:
Not One More Day In Jail for Gregory Koger!

Comment by Joe Balkis on July 23, 2013 at 6:43

No More Trayvon Martins!
PSL Study Group on Police Brutality and the Struggle for Justice for Trayvon Martin

Tues., July 23, 7 pm
4802 N. Broadway #202
(Red Line - Lawrence Stop)

Comment by Joe Balkis on July 15, 2013 at 22:17

Iceland's fin whale hunt is back on. It's time for sanctions!  Stop Whaling Now!

Iceland has killed at least 17 endangered fin whales in the last few weeks. Tell Interior Secretary Jewell to recommend economic sanctions on Icelandic companies tied to the whaling industry. It's time to make Iceland pay a price for its rogue whaling!

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