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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 April 16, 2013 at 17:33

Tuesday, April 16, 7
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Mennonite Church, 528 E. Madison St, Lombard
Angie Emara discusses a new
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Comment by Joe Balkis on April 16, 2013 at 4:00
The Department of the Interior has given the coal industry $30 billion in subsidies.
Powder River Basin Coal Mining
Tell Secretary Jewell to stand for the public interest and stop giv...
take action today
King Coal’s connections at the Department of the Interior (DOI) are paying off. In a big way.
A federal coal leasing program run by DOI has resulted in almost $30 billion in government handouts to the coal industry. The giveaway happens through noncompetitive “auctions” where the Department sells the rights to publicly-owned coal for a fraction of what it’s worth.
And there’s almost four billion more tons of this coal, primarily in the Powder River Basin, that DOI could give away in the coming years. Though it’s not a done deal. With newly confirmed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell taking over the Department, there’s hope.
Secretary Jewell has the power to put an end to these coal industry handouts for good. But she’s going to have to hear from the public first. Together we can make a strong impression during her first day on the job.
Send a message now telling Secretary Jewell to put the public inter...
What’s worse is that the publicly-owned coal that DOI is giving away isn’t even destined for use in the United States.
With demand falling dramatically in this country, coal companies like Peabody are hoping to boost profits by exporting the dirty coal overseas and selling it in places like China – where it will be burned and continue to add global warming pollution to the atmosphere.
It’s hard to see how this is in the nation’s best interest. Which is why it’s no surprise that DOI is under three separate investigations for the program.
Tell Secretary Jewell to make one of her first actions as Secretary...
The DOI's coal leasing program is undermining the Obama administration's commitment to reduce global warming
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 14, 2013 at 2:21
An ExxonMobil pipeline spewed tens of thousands of barrels of tar sands oil last week, covering an Arkansas town with toxic crude. Now it's refusing to share information that could protect the people affected.
Tell ExxonMobil to release all the information about the spill.
Sign the petition
This past weekend, an ExxonMobil pipeline carrying nearly 100,000 barrels of toxic tar sands crude spewed into Mayflower, Arkansas. Yards are flooded in black crude, a river of toxic oil flows down the street, and the nearby fishing lake is covered in black grease. Families have been evacuated, but nobody knows what the dangers to the community are, or even how much oil has been spilled. Why? Because Exxon’s not talking.
Let’s hold ExxonMobil accountable for this spill by demanding it release all the information on this spill -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- while the images of play sets and driveways overrun with crude oil are still in the public eye.
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 14, 2013 at 2:21

Coworker.org

When I started working at Juicy Couture's flagship store in New York City, I regularly worked 40 hours a week. But then Juicy Couture figured out that it was cheaper to force workers to be part-time, so they could deny us healthcare and paid time off.
For almost four years, I stocked Juicy's shelves with $200 jeans and sweaters, and watched as the company pushed out full time workers, or cut our hours.
My own hours were slashed from 40 hours a week to just 14 hours a week, definitely not enough to support my family. When I asked for more hours, they said they couldn't give them to me because I didn't have open availability – because of my daughter.
Now it looks like my situation is going to be the rule, not the exception. Juicy Couture is capping part-time employees at the flagship store at just 21 hours a week so they don't have to give us healthcare under the Affordable Care Act.
My coworker Darrell and I started a petition on Coworker.org demanding that Juicy Couture stop eliminating full-time positions and slashing hours to avoid paying benefits. Will you click here to sign?
What happens here is really important, because if Juicy Couture can get away with this at its flagship store in New York City, it may start doing the same things to workers at stores all over America.
The good news is we have reason to believe Juicy Couture will be responsive to public pressure – just a couple of months ago, the company that owns The Olive Garden dropped these same awful policies to deny workers healthcare after massive customer blowback. I know that if enough people sign Darrell's and my petition, Juicy Couture will back down, and give us #JustHours too.
Thank you,
Duane Davis
Retail Action Project member New York, NY
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 13, 2013 at 11:42
top CVS from fining employees who don't share personal medical info...
Sign Atchka's Petition

CVS Caremark Pharmacies: Stop requiring employees to turn over thei...  CVS Caremark has announced that they will require employees to disclose their weight, height, body fat and blood pressure, or else pay a $600 annual penalty for "health coverage." No other healthcare information is required, such as whether employees are drinkers, drug users, or any other health issue that can be argued is a choice.

Comment by Joe Balkis on April 13, 2013 at 11:40

GRAPHIC: Sign here button

The outrage is justified  President Obama wants to cut Social Security benefits. And Medicare benefits
Signing a petition is not enough Send a clear message: Any member of Congress who votes to cut Social Security or Medicare benefits does not deserve to be re-elected.
While billions go to military spending every day Democratic leaders are now pushing to cut the basic, precious safety net that protects vast numbers of Americans
You can instantly email your member of Congress and senators. Click here to send a message loud and clear: Fully defend Social Security and Medicare or I will oppose your re-election next year.
Switching to a chained-CPI calculation for Social Security cost of living adjustments "would immediately begin to cut benefits and would continue to do so year after year," economist Dean Baker points out.
We've got to be absolutely clear with members of Congress. Voting for such a change would be an unforgivable assault on Social Security. As Baker explains: "For an average worker retiring at the age of 65, this would amount to a cut of $650 a year by age 75. At age 85, this would be a cut of $1,130 a year."
Send an unambiguous message to your representative and senators: If you vote to cut Social Security or Medicare benefits, I will oppose your re-election.

Comment by Joe Balkis on April 11, 2013 at 5:17
Thursday, April 11, Noon to 1 PM Hate Crimes in Chicago UIC CUPPA Hall Room 330, 412 S. Peoria St, Chicago Paul Schewe and Alicia Phoenix Matthews on the effects of race, gender, and sexual orientation. MORE INFORMATION.
Thursday, April 11, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM "Above the Din of War" Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago Peter Eichstaedt attempts to answer: What happens when international forces finally vacate Afghanistan? MORE INFORMATION.
Thursday, April 11, 6 PM Parades as Protest Intuit Center, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago Therese Quinn presents a brief queer history of activism in Chicago. MORE INFORMATION.
Thursday, April 11, 7 PM Let's Talk TIF in Uptown Peoples Church, 941 W. Lawrence, Chicago Tom Tresser's presentation on Tax Increment Financing districts. MORE INFORMATION.
Thursday, April 11, 6:40 PM to 8 PM The Single-Payer Movement and the Robin Hood Tax Access Living, 115 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago Why do we care? Speaker from the National Nurses United. MORE INFORMATION.
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 11, 2013 at 5:05
Troublemakers Schools: Portland, April 13 and New York City, May 18
Local troublemakers, union and non-union, are planning a day of skill-building workshops, education, and strategy. In Portland, Oregon, Saturday, April 13, get details and register here. New Yorkers can get details here.

Jealous? Call 718-284-4144 or email Sam Winslow, samantha@labornotes.org, to find out how you can bring a Troublemakers School to your town.

Comment by Joe Balkis on April 11, 2013 at 5:03
Ahmad Abdulghani Awad Abdulghani, 26 years old, worked at Cadbury Egypt, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mondelez, from 2008 to December 2011. He never had a permanent job, but was part of the army of precarious workers making chewing gum at the Alexandria factory. He lost half his thumb while operating a machine which should normally be run by three persons. Then he lost his job.
This is the same factory management that sacked 5 union leaders in June 2012 following a spontaneous protest over the company's refusal to pay a government-mandated private-sector pay rise.
This is the same company whose management in Tunisia has dismissed and suspended union leaders and denies responsibility for these abuses.
This is the company whose corporate management refuses to respond to communications to the IUF. The IUF has therefore filed a formal complaint for violations of international human rights standards with the relevant US government agency - and has launched a GLOBAL CAMPAIGN in defense of its members at Mondelez in Egypt and Tunisia.
To learn about the campaign go to www.screamdelez.org - there you can also download campaign materials for distribution to union members at Mondelez.
Click here to send a message to Mondelez - tell them to rectify human rights abuses and to meet with the IUF NOW!
We ask for your solidarity and support.
This list is primarily for IUF urgent actions and campaigns.
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Comment by Joe Balkis on April 10, 2013 at 16:36
Americans for Financial Reform
It’s time to put an end to debt-trap payday loans, whoever offers them. Payday loans don’t help cash-strapped families; they make their financial situations worse.
Like storefront payday loans, bank payday loans are priced at nearly 400% annual interest. Because they must be repaid quickly with funds drawn directly from the borrower’s checking account, they all too often create a cycle of destructive debt.
Federal bank regulators have the power to keep banks out of this abusive business. Tell them to use their power.

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