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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 June 19, 2013 at 19:25
Support Unite's fight against Molson Coors' destruction of jobs and rights in UK
For all the latest news, make sure to visit the IUF website - www.iuf.org Follow us on  Twitter
IUF affiliated Unite the Union and its members at Molson Coors breweries are standing up against the company's proposals which include pay cuts for half of the union members, forced excessive shift hours and the unilateral tearing up of an agreement by the employer to be replaced by terms dictated solely by them. Molson Coors has threatened to dismiss workers if they do not agree to the set of proposals by June 14.
Read the full story here.
ACT NOW! Help Unite to achieve justice in this dispute!
Comment by Joe Balkis on June 19, 2013 at 19:22

Talk about hypocrisy. I'm here in Sydney, Australia, listening to some of the Big Oil company executives talk about improving transparency in how they do business – but back in the United States, those same companies are suing the US government in a desperate effort to try to keep their deals with government secret.

Yes, you read that correctly: Big Oil is actually suing the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to try to reverse a transparency rule. It's totally absurd, and we need your help to remind Big Oil that actions speak louder than words.

Watch this video and then tell Big Oil to drop their lawsuit against the SEC >>


The transparency rule – which Oxfam supporters like you helped pass – requires oil companies to disclose their payments to foreign governments. For communities that are rich with natural resources like oil, but whose citizens live on less than $2 a day, the information that Big Oil is working so hard to hide is vital to fight corruption and poverty.

Comment by Joe Balkis on June 19, 2013 at 19:21
Click here to support the campaign.
The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) is one of the unions that can always be counted upon when we need international solidarity.  
As the head of the UCLA Labor Center put it, "The UE has been at the forefront of building international labour solidarity, especially worker to worker relationships."
Today, the UE is asking for our help.
They're fighting the decision by General Electric to move nearly a thousand good union jobs from a factory in Pennsylvania to a non-union plant in the South where workers earn 40% less.
Comment by Joe Balkis on June 19, 2013 at 19:20

If there was rat poison as an ingredient in a food product, do we
have a
right to know that? Not according to the GMO (genetically
modified organism)
industry. And yet the results of the first long
term study of the effects of
a GMO diet on laboratory rats were that
most of the rats died. In other
words, GMOs are LITERAL rat poison.

Require GMO Labeling Action Page:


Some have
tried to nitpick this first study for its methodology, but
it cannot be
denied that there is something going on here that we
need to be informed
about. And at a minimum consumers should be
empowered to make their own
choices about whether to consume GMO
products, instead of sneaking it into
our food supply blind.

Millions of people marched in protest this last
weekend all over the
world about the mad corporate rush to permanently
pollute our food
supply with genes for strange new poisons. Congress must
listen to
us, and not just the self-serving special interest poison
not only allow, but require, labeling of GMO content.

And to help spread the truth about GMOs, were have created a dramatic
new "GMOs
are Poison" bumper sticker. After you submit the action
page above you will
be taken to a page where you can request one, and
there is no charge, not
even shipping, unless you choose to make a
contribution to support our work.
You can also request one directly
from this page.

GMOs are Poison
bumper stickers:

Comment by Joe Balkis on June 19, 2013 at 19:19
Veronica Castro, NPA Immigration Campaign Director, joins undocumented youth and allies in direct action to keep families together
Stand with NPA — tell President Obama to stop tearing families apart and suspend deportations!
Take Action
Dear Joe,
Yesterday, I laid down on one of the busiest streets in Chicago, with 11 undocumented immigrants, for a youth-led action. Our group blocked traffic in front of the location where President Obama was scheduled to have a political fundraiser later that evening.[1]
All 12 of us were arrested. Why did we choose to risk arrest? We did it because our families and communities are suffering. Right now, the Obama administration is on track to meet their deportation quota by tearing 400,000 people away from their families every year — that ain’t right. [2][3][4]
Will you join me and demand that the President suspend deportations? Click here to sign the petition — it takes just a moment.
NPA is in the fight to fix our broken immigration system and make sure Congress puts people first. We believe our country needs an immigration system that puts family unity first, protects worker rights and includes a clear pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants
Comment by Joe Balkis on June 19, 2013 at 18:44

Wednesday, June 19, 6
PM to 8:30 PM
Millennium Park Jay Pritzker Pavillion, 201 E. Randolph,
Bioneers social, picnic, and concert. MORE INFORMATION.

Comment by Joe Balkis on June 18, 2013 at 4:40

Tuesday, June 18, 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Immigration "Reform"?
Rudy Lozano
Public Library, 1805 S. Loomis, Chicago
A workshop and public dialogue on
immigration "reform" as proposed in Congress. MORE INFORMATION.

Comment by Joe Balkis on June 13, 2013 at 20:34
Kevin Coval - Immigration and Its Discontents

Thursday, June 13, 7:30 pm Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago The event is FREE           RSVP Required

Comment by Joe Balkis on June 11, 2013 at 4:54

GRAPHIC: Sign here button

After years of mismanagement, the Tribune Company newspapers -- including the Chicago Tribune and L.A. Times -- are up for sale.
And one of the potential buyers? The Koch brothers.
Don't let it happen! Click here!
Yes, those Koch brothers: the billionaire businessmen who run Koch Industries, a sprawling multinational corporation involved in everything from oil to fertilizer to paper towels.
But you probably know the Koch brothers for how they spend their considerable wealth: bankrolling right-wing political causes like the Tea Party movement, and funneling millions of dollars to front groups and politicians devoted to their anti-regulatory, anti-labor, and pro-corporate ideology. The Kochs have spent millions propping up climate-change deniers, and have been instrumental in funding ALEC, the powerful business lobby that pushes corporate-friendly policies at the state level.
What would the Kochs do with a few major newspapers?  Let's hope we don't have to find out.
Some recent reports indicate that many L.A. Times staffers would consider leaving the paper if it were purchased by the Kochs -- which is probably music to their cost-cutting ears. 

Comment by Joe Balkis on June 10, 2013 at 19:02

Tuesday, June 11, 6 PM Budgetary Power to the People Chicago Cultural Center 5th Floor Millenium Park Room, 77 E. Randolph, Chicago Panel on Chicago's experiment in participatory budgeting. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Let's Talk TIFs in the 50th Ward Devon Bank Community Room, 6445 N. Western Ave, Chicago An illumination of the 4 major TIF districts in the 50th Ward. MORE INFORMATION.


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