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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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Latest Activity: Jun 11, 2015

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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 21, 2013 at 5:26

Friday, June 21, 6 PM
to 7 PM
"Occupy: Three Inquiries in

Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 5751 S.
Woodlawn, Chicago
W.J.T. Mitchell and Bernard Harcourt in a conversation on
Occupy: Three Inquiries in Disobedience. MORE INFORMATION.

Comment by Joe Balkis on June 19, 2013 at 19:28
Pebble Mine Petitions
Taking the Battle Over Pebble Mine to London
Last month, NRDC and a delegation of Bristol Bay leaders met with the new CEOs of Anglo American and Rio Tinto -- the global giants behind the Pebble Mine -- at their annual shareholder meetings in London. We presented more than 200,000 new petitions against the mine, which would devastate Alaska's Bristol Bay ecosystem. Our coalition also ran a full-page ad in the London Financial Times calling on the CEOs to abandon this project that threatens environmental and financial disaster.
Take Action
Comment by Joe Balkis on June 19, 2013 at 19:26
"Freaky fast, and polite."
That's what Jimmy John's says in their commercials, but the appalling way they act is far from it. And I need your help to make it right.
Here's what happened: One day during the busy lunch rush, I made 3 out of about 100 sandwiches wrong, and my co-worker took 13 seconds to get a drive through order out – 3 more seconds than the 10 we're expected to meet.
That's when Griff Pancake, our manager, humiliated us in front of our co-workers. He made us stand up in front of everyone holding signs that said "I made 3 wrong sandwiches today," and "I was more than 13 seconds in drive thru," while he took pictures.
Griff was relocated to a different store after this story broke and we went on strike last week. But that's not enough. Tell Jimmy John's to reprimand him and tell all of their managers t...
It's bad enough that Jimmy John's doesn't pay us enough to cover rent or health insurance, but this kind of mistreatment has no place in any work environment. Our fight, St. Louis Can't Survive on $7.35, is about more than just being paid a living wage, it's also about being able to form a union without retaliation so we can get the respect and dignity that all people – not just workers – deserve. When we're paid poverty wages it allows our managers and their corporate bosses to undervalue us, and it lets horrible things like public shaming happen.
It won't be easy to change things, but we've already started. People who work hard like me for minimum wage or barely more are standing up and saying ENOUGH. Just like we need to pay workers a living wage, we need to get rid of abusive managers like Griff Pancake who make our workplaces even worse. Help us send that message to Jimmy John's right now.
We can, and we must, do better for the folks who work in fast food here in St. Louis. I'm glad you're standing with me and hope you'll help us keep the momentum going today.
Rasheen Aldridge Saint Louis Can't Survive on $7.35
Comment by Joe Balkis on June 19, 2013 at 19:25
Rasheen Our manager made me and my co-worker hold these signs while he took pictures.
It was humiliating. We work hard. We deserve better treatment than this.
Tell Jimmy John's that this type of behavior is unacceptable in any... Ger'neisha
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.


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