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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 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.
To receive IUF news, features and editorials by email, click here.
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.

Find us on Twitter.

Sent by Americans for Financial Reform 1629 K Street NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20006 - (202) 466-3311

Comment by Joe Balkis on April 10, 2013 at 16:36
Birth Control Is a Personal Decision
Tell your friends, family, and co-workers to show their support of the plan to make birth control coverage without co-pays available and hassles to women regardless of where they work.
Take Action

Thanks to people like you, we've submitted nearly 10,000 comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to show support for its plan to make birth control coverage without co-pays available to women, no matter where they work.
But opponents of birth control are mobilizing for one last push, and we need your help to get as many comments to HHS showing the overwhelming support for birth control without co-pays and hassles, regardless of where a woman works.
Please forward this email to your friends, family, and co-workers a...
True religious freedom means that everyone has the right to make his or her own personal decisions, including whether to use birth control. But there are actually people who think that bosses should

Comment by Joe Balkis on April 10, 2013 at 16:32
Wednesday, April 10, 7 PM Drug Policy in the U.S. Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd, Park Forest Panel on Pros and Cons of legalizing "drugs". MORE INFORMATION.
Wednesday, April 10, 7:30 PM "Atomic Mom" Columbia College Hokin Hall, 623 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago Documentary confronting U.S. nuclear history in a completely new way. $8. MORE INFORMATION.
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 9, 2013 at 18:46

In two weeks, the companies behind the Pebble Mine will meet in London.
Bristol Bay

Tell the new CEOs of Anglo American and Rio Tinto to break with their predecessors and abandon their disastrous plans for the Pebble Mine! We’ll deliver your signed Petition in person to the shareholder meetings.

Take action

Just two weeks from now, global mining giants Anglo American and Rio Tinto -- two of the corporations behind the gargantuan Pebble Mine -- will hold their annual shareholder meetings in London.
Both these companies have new CEOs. It’s critical that we send these new executives a message loud and clear: they must chart a new course to avert environmental and financial disaster.
Tell the new CEOs to break with their predecessors, respect the will of local residents and withdraw their plans for this massively destructive gold and copper mine.
We’ll deliver your signed Petition directly to the shareholder meetings in London on April 18 and 19.
The Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that the Pebble Mine would spell disaster for Alaska’s Bristol Bay, its legendary
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 9, 2013 at 18:45
An ugly warning of what’s to come Tar sands oil spill in Mayflower, AK
The recent tar sands spill in Arkansas is a wake-up call of what the Keystone XL will bring. Tell Secretary of State Kerry to tally the true impacts of the Keystone XL!

Take Action

Two weeks ago, an ExxonMobil pipeline carrying corrosive tar sands oil ruptured, spewing more than 150,000 gallons of toxic crude into an Arkansas suburb, forcing homeowners to evacuate.
It’s just a small glimpse of what we can expect if the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline gets built. At full capacity, the Keystone XL will carry almost ten times the amount of tar sands as the pipeline that failed in Arkansas.
Tell Secretary of State John Kerry that, now more than ever, he and his State Department must consider the true impacts of the Keystone XL and more tar sands development on our climate, land, air, water and communities.


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