Fight for Fifteen: A National Convening

By Sarah Aziza

Thousands converged in Richmond, Virginia over the weekend to participate in the Fight For $15’s first-ever national convention. Central to the two-day gathering was the historic Richmond Resolution, a statement of purpose and strategy that members approved unanimously on August 13. The convention culminated on Saturday, as 8,000 people marched in sweltering heat to demonstrate their support for the resolution and their determination to see their agenda through the remainder of election season.

From the start, it was clear that organizers would emphasize the intersectionality of racial and economic justice. According to Fight for $15 national organizer Kendall Fells, the choice of Richmond for the convention underscored this framework. “We chose Richmond because it’s the onetime capital of the Confederacy,” he told the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “and we want to draw links between the way workers are treated today and the racist history of the United States.” Continue reading Fight for Fifteen: A National Convening

CUNY Citizenship Now!: Immigration Services at Murphy

The Murphy Institute gives back to the larger NYC community in countless ways. Most people know about the Institute’s top-notch public programming and academic programs. But did you know that the Murphy Institute also offers free immigration consultations?

Thanks to a partnership with CUNY Citizenship Now!, anyone with immigration legal questions can make an appointment for a free 30-minute legal consultation at Murphy, offered from 5-8pm on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.

A 20 year-old program, CUNY Citizenship Now! is a way for immigrant New Yorkers to navigate the complicated and often-confusing US immigration system — all at zero cost. The program brings legal counsel to central locations and makes a variety of services available to people who can benefit from them, from Green Card holders seeking naturalization to people navigating Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to citizens looking to bring their family members to the United States. Continue reading CUNY Citizenship Now!: Immigration Services at Murphy

New Labor Forum Highlights: August 8th, 2016

The New Labor Forum has launched a bi-weekly newsletter on current topics in labor, curated by the some of the most insightful scholars and activists in the labor world today. Check out some highlights from the latest edition below.

After Philadelphia and DNC 2016

After last week’s frenzy of activity in Philadelphia, we thought we’d bring you three thoughtful, post-convention reflections. New Labor Forum author Tom Gallagher and David Moberg, a senior editor for In These Times, draw lessons from Bernie Sanders’ improbable path to 13 million votes in the Primary season. And Mark Winston Griffith, a community organizer based in Central Brooklyn, tells us about his experience as a Bernie delegate at the Convention. In case you missed any of them, we’ve compiled speeches delivered by labor activists and labor leaders at the Democratic National Convention. Check out what Richard Trumka, Mary Kay Henry, Henrietta Ivey and others had to say at the podium.

We will now be taking a short break until Labor Day, when we’ll announce the September issue of New Labor Forum. Enjoy the rest of summer.

Contents:

  1. In for the Long Run by Tom Gallagher
  2. This Is What Progressives—Especially Labor—Can Learn From Bernie Sanders’ Campaign by David Moberg
  3. The DNC: Inside Looking Out by Mark Winston Griffith
  4. Watch Labor Leaders Speak at DNC

Photo by Lorie Shaull via flickr (CC-BY-SA)

The Last Hurrah of the “Silent Majority”?

This article was originally posted by Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. 

By Michael Javen Fortner

With audacity and grace, the “Mothers of the Movement” have reminded us of the humanity of their slain children and the inhumanity of the racist practices that took those innocent lives. Standing united at the Democratic National Convention, in the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection, these brave women spoke for the dead. They shared their heart-wrenching stories and exposed the ugly, real-life consequences of so-called “law and order.” Geneva Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland, who was found hanging in a jail cell after being arrested during a traffic stop, told us that when “a young black life is cut short, it’s not just a personal loss. It is a national loss. It is a loss that diminishes all of us.”

In some corners of the right, these earnest pleas have fallen on deaf ears. Fox News, talk radio, and their consumers never miss the chance to defend police brutality. Voicing the vitriol of a conservative fringe, Rudy Giuliani recently lectured black parents, telling them to “teach your children to be respectful to the police.” Of course, respect did not save Philando Castile’s life or the lives of many others. At the same time, the push for criminal justice reform has been embraced by many conservative intellectuals and officials. Many have begun to acknowledge that black lives have not mattered as much as their colorblind faith suggested they would. They realize that, as the leader of the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress, Newt Gingrich, admitted, whites “don’t understand being black in America.”

Almost a half century ago, crime was on the rise. Continue reading The Last Hurrah of the “Silent Majority”?

New TUED Report: Pollution and Warming Are Fueling a Global Health Emergency

A new TUED Working Paper draws attention to the alarming implications for human health caused by pollution and by climate change, both of which are being made worse by the growing use of coal, oil, and gas.

Authored by Svati Shah and Sean Sweeney, An Illness to One is the Concern of All presents the main findings of recent landmark reports in a way that unions can use to more effectively advocate both for their members and the broader public.

Read more, and download here.

New Labor Forum Highlights: July 25th, 2016

The New Labor Forum has launched a bi-weekly newsletter on current topics in labor, curated by the some of the most insightful scholars and activists in the labor world today. Check out some highlights from the latest edition below.

Special Issue on the DNC & Philadelphia

The DNC has begun! New Labor Forum is pleased to offer our readers – and all those currently in Philadelphia or paying attention to events there – a collection of resources on the labor movement and related organizing taking place in the city of Brotherly Love. We’ve highlighted some of the events connected to the convention and collected a couple of resources for finding additional events as well.

We have quick updates on three worker struggles: the recent victory of baggage handlers at the Philadelphia Airport, the latest in the local cab drivers versus Uber saga, and an upcoming vote for academic staff of Pennsylvania State University.

We also wanted to draw your attention to a few grassroots organizations in Philadelphia that we find inspiring, and somehow unique: The Philadelphia Unemployment Project, Decarcerate PA, Media Mobilizing Project, and Philly Socialists. They won’t be generating headlines at the DNC – but are worth knowing about for anyone interested in what makes the city special.

We close out this #DNCinPhilly newsletter with a list of local twitter accounts to follow the action in real-time.

Contents:

  1. Events During the DNC in Philly This Week 
  2. Current Labor Actions in Philly Labor Struggles in Philly: Airports, Cab Drivers & University Professors
  3. Philadelphia Organizations You Should Know About 
  4. Best Local Twitter Accounts to Follow During the DNC 

Photo by Peter Miller via flickr (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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