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The people who worked for Trump’s labor secretary pick are in the streets opposing him

  • In 24 cities on Monday, fast food workers took to the streets, hung banners from the tops of buildings and even shut down a corporate office in St. Louis. 
  • They had one simple goal: to stop Trump from making fast food CEO Andrew Puzder the top government official for protecting workers’ rights.
  • Puzder serves as the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the umbrella company that owns Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. burger chains.
  • Less than a month ago, cooks and cashiers filed 33 legal complaints against CKE. One complaint says that the company surveilled employees and sent out intimidating memos warning them not to speak to the press. 
  • One woman fought off advances from a manager who, after he was rejected, allegedly told her, “If you don’t start giving me what I want, I’m going to have to start taking it from you.” Read more (2/13/17 8:12 PM)

I had two white girls get in my face, demanding to know if I was wearing clothing from a sweatshop.

I was at a circus protest. A circus protest. It wasn’t even a slaughterhouse or anti-meat protest. Nothing to do with labor or products. It was a protest against putting animals in cages and chains, and they still attempted to use oppressed workers as a defense mechanism.

Not to mention the girls were probably wearing sweatshop-made clothing themselves, unless they were privileged enough to be able to afford fair trade labor clothing (not all of us can). I mean, they certainly had enough money to watch wild animals be paraded out like clowns for their entertainment, so I hope they used that money to support fair labor products at the very least since they seemed so passionate about it.

My point is, it doesn’t matter what you protest, or how you protest. People will use any excuse to continue to exploit animals, and they will happily use the plight of marginalized human beings to do so.

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‘Day Without Immigrants’ protests across the U.S.

Immigrants across the United States stayed home from school and work on Thursday to show how critical they are to the nation’s economy and way of life.

“A Day Without Immigrants” actions took place in a number of cities, including Philadelphia, Boston, Houston, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. The protest gained momentum on social media and by word of mouth.

It comes in response to the policies and proposals of President Trump, whose administration has pledged to increase the deportation of immigrants living in the country illegally. Trump campaigned on a vow to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and blamed high unemployment on illegal immigration. As president, he has sought to bar people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

Organizers expect thousands of people to participate or show solidarity with workers during the day of protest. (AP)

(Photos: Steven Senne/AP, Todd McInturf /Detroit News via AP, Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters, Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images, Jim Bourg/Reuters)

See more images from #daywithoutimmigrants on Yahoo News.

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Immigrant labor is more important now than ever

  • On Monday, tens of thousands were expected to walk out of their jobs and take to the streets for a national Day Without Immigrants strike. 
  • The strike was predicted by organizers to be the largest single-day labor strike in over a decade.
  • The message of Monday’s protest was simple: Immigrants power the U.S. economy, and America needs them now more than ever. Experts couldn’t agree more.
  • “All net job growth is coming from new businesses, and native-born Americans are becoming less entrepreneurial while new immigrants are picking up the slack,” Jeremy Robbins, executive director for New American Economy, a bipartisan organization devoted to highlighting the economic benefits of immigration reform, said in an interview. 
  • “Last year, even though immigrants were 13% of the population, they started 20% of new businesses, and that’s a huge thing.”
  • According to Robbins, new businesses created by immigrants are key to net job growth in America, which ends up benefiting native-born Americans economic prospects. Read more (5/1/17)
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A Virginia public school system will be closed on March 8th after 300 staffers take off for Women’s Strike

  • The Women’s Strike is already working its intended effect in Alexandria, Virginia, where public schools will close on March 8 after 300 employees requested the day off.
  • The Alexandria City Public Schools system announced Monday that March 8 would serve as a “teacher work day for ACPS staff,” WTTG reported.
  • A statement from ACPS noted that the “unusually high number of requests” for time off on Wednesday “may be attributed to the observance of International Women’s Day," WTTG reported.
  •  There are a number of actions planned for March 8, among them the International Women’s Strike and A Day Without a Woman, both of which call for women to abstain from all forms of labor in protest of economic inequality. Read more (3/6/17 4:50 PM)
Vancouver Women’s Library protest.

The Vancouver Women’s Library is an amazing beautiful space built (literally!) by a couple magical women who you can tell put their heart and souls into it. I’m so glad they made such a perfect space and sourced so many amazing books! I can’t wait to take full advantage and to get reading. Also met so many great women on Friday who all contribute so much to their communities. I feel so inspired by this place and the women! 

Friday night was the launch party. I arrived, and had to push through protesters just to get to the door. They were rude and blocking the entrance. Then they followed me up to the library. Pushing themselves in and their offensive signs, calling the women in the space “Terfs” and “swerfs” despite some of the women being exited. They yelled in our faces while we attempted to create dialogue. A large man began intimidating the women and when we told him to stop speaking over women, we were accused of  “misgendering” and that he was in fact a “Trans woman” despite him being a fully gender conforming clearly “””cis””” male. But then he got violent, ripping one of the poster off the wall and throwing it on the ground. Calling us names, pointing and shouting at one of the organizers. Throughout the night they would harass us, steal our wine that was brought by one of the women and splash wine on our books. They had men outside who physically attempted to bar women from the space, they surrounded one woman and terrorized her when she tried to talk to them and understand them, they stole one the sign, they pulled the fire alarm on us and they vandalized our property. They forced us to call the cops on them then claimed we were the ones instigating police violence against trans women - All clearly read males. 

The most important thing that they did though, was strengthen our resolve, and show who they truly are. We have an amazing group of radical women who make things, fight for things, and build! <3 This Library is a stand of female resilience. It is going to be terrorized, and protested and it is not going to shut down!

In January 1912, textile mill owners refused to adjust wage rates to maintain workers’ take home pay after the legislature cut the work week from 56 to 54 hours. Over ten thousand textile workers, mostly women and immigrants, walked off their jobs in Lawrence, MA. Strikers were clubbed, beaten, murdered, and had children taken from them. Congress intervened, and hearings were held where President Taft’s wife attended to listen to striker testimony. Because of the national reaction to the brutality, and public sympathy, the strike was eventually won. The 1912 “Bread and Roses” strike is remembered as the first major labor protest lead by women, and as one where workers overcame ethnic differences. It set the stage for gains in the struggles against child labor, subsistence-only wages, workplace safety, and the right to organize – important markers in labor’s long fight for justice.

Margaret Sanger was the inspiration for Wonder Woman, a comic book character introduced by William Marston in 1941. Marston was influenced by early feminist thought while in college, and later formed a romantic relationship with Sanger’s niece, Olive Byrne.
According to Jill Lepore, several Wonder Woman story lines were at least in part inspired by Sanger, like the character’s involvement with different labor strikes and protests
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Sanger#Legacy

On This Day: June 21

World Giraffe Day
National Aboriginal Day (Canada)

  • 1734: Marie-Joseph Angelique, a black slave, hanged for allegedly setting fire to her master’s house that burned an area of Montreal.
  • 1798: Irish Rebellion: 15,000 British troops attack and defeat rebels at Battle of Vinegar Hill.
  • 1852: Anarchist and feminist Maria Luisa Minguzzi born in Ravenna, Italy.
  • 1877: Ten coal-mining activists, possibly of the legendary Molly Maguires, hanged in Pennsylvania.
  • 1882: Socialist and anarchist Rockwell Kent born in Tarrytown, New York. He was a book illustrator.
  • 1903: In London, anarchists organize a massive demonstration among the Jewish labor movement to protest the Russian pogrom in Chişinău.
  • 1905: 1905 Revolution: Łódź insurrection in Poland begins.
  • 1908: Between 200,000 and 300,000 women gathered in Hyde Park in campaign for votes for women.
  • 1914: Second session (of five) of the anarchist conference in São Paulo.
  • 1914: Anarchist Arthur Moyse born in Ireland. He was editor the ZeroOne magazine, he is most commonly known as an art critic and cartoonist.
  • 1917: Emma Goldman freed on $25,000 bail for her anti-war agitation; the press spreads charges that the anarchist’s bail was provided by the German Kaiser. Alexander Berkman is released on bail June 25.
  • 1918: Edward Abramowski dies in Warsaw, Poland. He was a philosopher, libertarian socialist, anarchist, psychologist, ethician, and supporter of cooperatives.
  • 1919: Winnipeg General Strike: Two people are killed after police fire on a crowd of striking workers.
  • 1920: Police shoot 14 IWW members during a labour clash in Butte, Montana.
  • 1942: Agustín Remiro Manero killed during an attempted prison escape.
  • 1964: Mississippi civil rights workers’ murders, three civil rights workers disappear from Philadelphia, MS, later to be found murdered and buried in an earthen dam.
  • 1983: Edward Snowden born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
  • 1994: UAW begin a strike at Caterpillar plants in Peoria, Decatur & Pontiac.
  • 1996: First National Aboriginal Day in Canada.
  • 1997: 100,000 on solidarity march for striking Detroit News & Detroit Free Press newspaper workers.
  • 2000: Section 28, outlawing the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality in the United Kingdom, is repealed in Scotland.

anonymous asked:

Why do you always use "Ruptly" as source?

Hi, I sometimes use Ruptly as a source because they often cover stuff like strikes, antifascist (counter-)demos, riots etc that other media ignore, even if it’s in their own countries. 

Yes, of course I know Ruptly is part of Russia Times and therefore everything they report on should be looked at with the knowledge that they have a clear Russian state bias. Of course, this goes for any news source, you should always consider the bias of the source you’re getting your news from, even if RT is way worse of course than many others. 

That said, while RT and Ruptly probably report on demonstrations, labor protests and antifascist stuff because it makes the EU and the US look unstable or internally divided and stuff like that, that doesn’t mean that those protests/demos/riots aren’t real or important! You just have to keep a skeptical eye out for when they start editorialising, because RT (and many others) are full of shit.

Like, don’t watch fox or cnn without taking into account their american bias, and their us partisan bias. Don’t use BBC without acknowledging their British bias and their pathological need to seem balanced, don’t watch AFP without remembering theyre french and have no problem with french colonialism, don’t watch NOS without remembering their Dutch state/Dutch royalty bias, don’t watch al-jazeera without keeping in mind they’re funded by Qatar, etc. 

This should be basic media literacy, but I only get people trying to be clever on my posts about RT, for some reason. also, keep in mind that most of these news sources benefit by supporting the status quo of liberal capitalism, because that is the system they are working in and making their money from.