worker's solidarity movement

Another message from LGBTQ Pride in Dublin today.

On the doorstep of the Iona institute who infamously threatened to sue anyone who called them homophobic in advance of the Marriage equality ref

Warning: Slogan may contain humor, also glitter

Via Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland)

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For the Many, Not the Few – DSA Labor for the Many – Medium
Unofficial caucus of DSA rank-and-file workers, local leaders, and union staff fighting for the many — not the few
By DSA Labor for the Many

The caucus for rank and file union members, local labor leaders, organizers and union staff fighting for the many — not the few.

At this moment of Left renewal and struggle for the future of the labor movement, DSA Labor for the Many caucus members want leadership to support a bold democratic socialist presence in the struggle of the working class to defend and renew the labor movement and help transform the world of work. We look to the DSA to help conceive and lead a broad and deep solidarity movement, engaging both with democratic socialists as workers and with workers who are not yet on the Left but who are in the fight.

Building broad and deep solidarity means electing leadership and developing a program to:

  1. Recognize organized labor and organized workers as the foundation of democratic socialism, which DSA should join with, defend, and organize to make more democratic and powerful.
  2. Reach out to the unorganized, including the majority of DSA members, to fight against the injustices of the new economy and support workers standing up for their rights and building their own democratic organizations, such as unions and worker centers.
  3. Stand in solidarity with all workers and unions against the onslaught of corporate and state union-busting.
  4. Organize to defeat every attack on labor and bring together powerful working-class community coalitions around transformative reforms that build worker power, heighten class consciousness, and raise expectations for social change.
  5. Represent the complete geography of DSA locals, and work together with democratic socialist leadership to organize and fight in “purple” and “red” parts of the country while also building labor power in “blue” union-dense states. We must acknowledge that we cannot change labor’s path without being dedicated to organizing the South, the Midwest, and the rural areas outside labor’s urban strongholds.
  6. Provide training and education to DSA locals to enhance a shared class analysis of economics, and dedication to labor organizing. Develop the skills for DSA members to become leaders both in their own workplace struggles, in their unions, and in solidarity campaigns with other workers.
  7. Lead in integrating an anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-xenophobic, anti-homophobic, anti-ableist, and anti-heterosexist analysis into DSA labor work, with every campaign assessing the legacy of oppression that so often accompanies worker exploitation while organizing to unite all workers around their shared class interest, and in solidarity around the particular, vital interests of workers of color, women, and other marginalized groups 

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November 14 2015 - South Korean anti-government protesters clashed with police after their march route was blockaded. Protesters tried to move the barricades and police responded with pepper spray and water cannon spraying water laced with capsaicin. More than fifty demonstrators were wounded, some being badly hurt by close range water cannon hits.

The demonstration in Seoul was organised by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions against the conservative government and its’ right wing anti-worker policies, and drew over a 100,000 protesters.

Many demonstrators are also protesting plans requiring schools to use new history textbooks made by the government downplaying the human rights’ abuses perpetrated by the US-supported right wing dictatorship before the 1980′s. [video]

November 14 2015 - South Korean anti-government protesters clashed with police after their march route was blockaded. Protesters tried to move the barricades and police responded with pepper spray and water cannon spraying water laced with capsaicin. More than fifty demonstrators were wounded, some being badly hurt by close range water cannon hits. 

The demonstration in Seoul was organised by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions against the conservative government and its’ right wing anti-worker policies, and drew over a 100,000 protesters.

Many demonstrators are also protesting plans requiring schools to use new history textbooks made by the government downplaying the human rights’ abuses perpetrated by the US-supported right wing dictatorship before the 1980′s. [video]

Despite being a millionaire it turns out Robin Williams not only knew the value of solidarity but came out in support of the Writers Guild strike in 2007.

We saw this picture of him on the picket line on the We are not Leaving page and checked into the story behind it. It’s from the picket line at the Time Warner Center in New York, Nov 8th 2007. Williams along with other actors had brought bagels to the picket line of the two labor unions that represent film, television and radio writers working in the United States. Over 12,000 workers were effected.

The strike was to demand a share for the writers of the new income that was coming from internet sales. On the picket line Williams told the Hollywood Reporter that;

“This is not about millionaire screenwriters. They don’t need to be on strike. This is not about me, I’m fine. This is about a large amount of people who are simply trying to get their fair share.”

His death has affected millions, and, his solidarity and activism with people is to be commended. His statement ‘I’m fine’ speaks volumes about the stigma attached to depression and suicide and how it is dealt with in Society as a whole, and has undoubtedly raised awareness of these not often enough talked about issues for all of us, and how these issues can be dealt with and challenged.

Via Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland)