TONIGHT (Wednesday, 3/24) at 5pm Pacific / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern: join Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants (CWA); Kshama Sawant, Seattle’s Socialist City Councilmember; Keon Liberato-Mercedes, President of Teamsters Local 3012 and member of DSA’s national leadership council; and Jennifer Bates, a leading BAmazon organizer, for an important zoom discussion on the massive opportunities – and challenges – for building a fighting union movement in the US!
This struggle is about more than defeating big business and the right-wing in Seattle. It has national implications, from the historic “Bamazon” organizing drive in Bessemer, Alabama to the fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage and the attempt to pass the PRO Act labor legislation.
We’re excited to hear from Sara Nelson, who was a leading figure in the powerful strike movement by flight attendants around the country that ended Trump’s government shutdown two years ago. She is one of many labor leaders to recognize how crucial defeating the right-wing recall against Kshama Sawant is for the labor movement, not just in Seattle but also across the country.
As all eyes are on the BAmazon unionization effort in Bessemer, Alabama, we will also be joined by one of the primary on-the-ground organizers in that struggle to establish the first union at Amazon in the US, Jennifer Bates. Jennifer, a warehouse worker in Bessemer, Alabama will speak about how the organizing work in Bessemer began, how it’s going, and what lessons their experience has for the rest of the labor movement and as-yet unorganized workers.
Millions of low-wage, disproportionately Black and Brown workers have been forced to bear the brunt of the COVID crisis and economic turmoil and are urgently looking for a way to fight back. Jennifer Bates and her coworkers are courageously blazing a trail that has the potential to completely transform the labor movement.
With 11 Seattle union locals and over 400 rank-and-file union members already endorsing the Kshama Solidarity Campaign, the best fighters in Seattle’s labor movement are organizing against the right-wing recall attempt to remove socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant. We’re also proud to be endorsed by many progressive organizations, including recently receiving the endorsement of Democratic Socialists of America’s national organization! At this Wednesday’s discussion, we are also excited to hear from Keon Liberato-Mercedes, President of Teamsters Local 3012 and member of DSA’s national leadership council.
As the DSA says in their statement of support, “Sawant has modeled what a class-struggle candidate is supposed to do: organize with social movements; amplify working-class community voices, and vigorously fight for policies that transfer relief and power to working people. This Recall campaign is a corporate attack rooted in racism and sexism and follows on the heels of Sawant’s staunch support of anti-racist working-class organizing with Black Lives Matter. Democratic Socialists of America stands with Kshama Sawant. We encourage members of DSA and working-class activists everywhere to defend working-class politics. Support the Kshama Solidarity campaign.
Join Sara, Jennifer, Kshama, Keon, and hundreds of other union siblings and activists for a timely discussion on how we can defeat Amazon, the right-wing, and the billionaire class in Seattle, nationally, and worldwide.
Please register now to join us on zoom this Wednesday (3/24) at 5pm Pacific / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern, and share and invite your friends and coworkers on facebook!
Mail Bag Episode Announcing: our very first mailbag episode of the Medicare for All podcast! Live this Monday at 11AM ET on Facebook, Twitter, & Youtube. Submit your most pressing questions about organizing, politics, policy, or something completely off the radar that would be fun and entertaining to talk about on air: SUBMIT A QUESTION Joining us for our inaugural mailbag is Rose Roach, Executive Director of the Minnesota Nurses. Together, we’ll answer the questions we love and also the questions we hate! Get your question about the Medicare for All movement into the mailbag and then tune in on Monday at 11AM ET to watch us… Continue reading →
Senate Democrats will soon face a choice: protect our democracy and pass the For the People Act, or protect the filibuster – an outdated and abused “Jim Crow relic.” The crisis facing our democracy couldn’t be more real, and – thanks to existential threats like the climate crisis – couldn’t be more urgent. That’s why we need climate hawks like you to get involved in the fight to restore our democracy. We’ve asked you to sign petitions. Now it’s time for the next step: a virtual town hall with Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Elizabeth Warren next Monday, May 17… Continue reading →
Join us on Monday, May 17th as we talk with Representative Chuy Garcia, talk about our organizing in West Virginia and Arizona, and highlight some progressive candidates running for local offices! RSVP NOW
#30RightNow Month Of Action The campaign to get rent relief for supportive housing tenants in this year’s budget cycle is well underway, and we have a whole week of actions for the cause. Read our policy statement here! The biggest announcement is that the #30RightNow campaign will be holding an in-person rally on Tuesday, May 18 at 1:00 p.m. in front of City Hall to demand the mayor fund the 30% rent standard in all supportive housing in this year’s budget cycle. We ask that all attendees follow COVID-19 protocols and have at least one shot of the vaccine. Press release can be found… Continue reading →
You are invited to join CODEPINK CONGRESS, our new campaign to mobilize co-sponsors and votes for peace legislation! Tuesday Capitol Calling Party: Stop US Support for Saudi Arabia Tuesday, May 18, 5 pm PT/8 pm ET RSVP NOW! Featuring Sunjeev Berry, executive director of Freedom Forward, which works to end the U.S’s cozy alliance with Saudi Arabia. Abdullah Alaoudh, research director at DAWN (Democracy for the Arab World Now), which was founded by murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. For years, the US has been selling billions of dollars in weapons to Saudi Arabia even though, since the end of Obama’s term, they… Continue reading →
Public Bank of the East Bay Posted by LaborSolidarityCommittee WHEN: May 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Repeats WHERE: ONLINE, VIA ‘ZOOM’ MEETING We meet over Zoom. If you’d like to join us, and aren’t on our organizers’ list, drop us an email and we’ll send you an invitation. If you would like to join the meeting early and get an introduction to the concepts of public banking, or more locally to who we are and what we do, please email us and we’ll see you online at 6:30. Donate to keep us moving forward It is the mission of Public Bank East… Continue reading →
2nd Annual People’s Assembly on BlackRock CODEPINK will join this year’s BlackRock People’s Assembly on Wednesday, May 19, at 4pm ET/1pm PT. It will be an inspiring 90-minute global event kicking off a week of actions leading up to BlackRock’s annual meeting. Space is limited — reserve your spot now! BlackRock—the world’s largest asset manager, with massive investments that drive both environmental destruction and human rights violations—has made multiple high-profile commitments, while still pouring billions into fossil fuels, deforestation….and nuclear weapons. We are excited to announce that Representative Rashida Tlaib will be joining the People’s Assembly as a featured speaker —… Continue reading →
Join us Thursday for another engaging conversation on our national organizing call at 6PM EST. We’ll be discussing the Supreme court and Birddog strategies with Center for Popular Democracy’s very own Julia Peters from CPD’s Innovation Team! We’ll also be discussing Medicare-for-all and Senate filibuster updates happening in our progressive fight. Hope to see you all Thursday at 6PM. Register here to join! Thank you, Innovations, Center for Popular Democracy CPD Action 449 Troutman Street, Suite A Brooklyn, NY 11237 United States