Solidarity Actions Needed! Tell U.S. Company, Delta Apparel to Give 25 Injured Honduran Workers Their Jobs Back!

The Honduran Women’s Collective is asking for letters, calls, tweets, and facebook messages, be sent to Delta Apparel to insist that they give 25 fired workers, their jobs back. See action and info below. Sample letter below.

Between April 5-7, 2017, U.S.-based company, Delta Apparel fired over 40 workers that suffer from musculoskeletal injuries, from their factory in Villanueva, Cortés, Honduras. Most have worked with the company for over 10 years. 25 of the 40 workers have refused to accept any settlements, and are demanding that Delta Apparel give them their jobs back.

Without their jobs, the injured workers cannot access needed medical benefits and treatments, including operations, medicines, and rehab. Since they were fired, CODEMUH and the workers have organized protests and gatherings outside of Delta’s factory.  Let’s make Delta Apparel listen to them!

The 25 workers – 22 women and three men – have received medical diagnoses that demonstrate that the injuries they suffer from, have been largely caused by the repetitive assembly line work in the factories. The diagnoses of work-related injuries requires Delta to relocate workers inside the factory in order to reduce the risk factors that caused the injuries in the first place. Delta refused to do this, and instead fired the workers, using their injuries and diagnoses as the justification! This is in clear violation of Honduran law, which is already weakly enforced given the power of foreign companies, and the high rates of impunity and corruption in the Honduran government.

The Honduran Women’s Collective (CODEMUH) and 25 recently fired employees are requesting that international organizations and individuals, send letters, email, call, tweet and Facebook, the U.S.-based company, Delta Apparel.  Delta Apparel’s headquarters is in Greenville, South Carolina, and is a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.

Call, tweet, facebook, and write Delta Apparel and demand:

  1. That Delta Apparently reinstate the 25 fired workers, without conditions and without delay.
  2. That the company abide by Honduran law, and relocate the 25 workers to positions in the factories that do not expose them to the risk factors that caused their injuries in the first place.

CONTACT INFO:

Delta Apparel, Corporate Headquarters:

322 South Main Street, Greenville, South Carolina 29601,

Tel: 864-232-5200

Email: investor.relations@deltaapparel.com

Twitter: @DeltaApparel

Facebook: Delta Apparel

Write the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa (SmithJA6@state.gov) and insist that they follow-up with Delta Apparel and the Honduran government to ensure the workers’ voices are heard.

In all communications, please send a copy to CODEMUH at mujeresfem@codemuh.hn. Also demonstrate your solidarity for the workers on CODEMUH’s facebook (Codemuh Codemuh)

__________________

SAMPLE LETTER

Delta Apparel

Corporate Headquarters:

322 South Main Street

Greenville, South Carolina 29601

Tel: 864-232-5200

Email: investor.relations@deltaapparel.com

Twitter: @DeltaApparel

Facebook: Delta Apparel

May 8, 2017

Dear CEO and President Robert W. Humphreys,

It has come to our attention that Delta Apparel fired over 40 Honduran employees in early April 2017 from their Delta Apparel Honduras factory in Villanueva, Cortes. Of the 40 fired employees, 25 workers – 22 women and 3 men – are demanding that Delta Apparel give them their jobs back. All 25 workers are injured with work-related injuries like musculoskeletal disorders, as diagnosed by the Honduran Social Security Institute (IHSS), Without their jobs, they cannot access the expensive and specialized medical treatment they need for their injuries.

Delta Apparel knows that these workers are injured and simply wants to rid itself of a problem that the conditions in their own factory created! Delta justified firing the workers because of the diagnoses that the workers have been given by the IHSS, that legally requires the company to relocate them inside the factory in order to reduce the physical stress and risk factors that caused their injuries in the first place. Delta Apparel refuses to do this. Instead, Delta has refused in various hearings held by the Honduran Ministry of Labor to give the 25 workers their jobs back. The Honduran Women’s Collective (CODEMUH) have been organizing protests, gatherings, and providing legal support for the fired workers. We demand that their voices be heard!

All fired employees have worked with the company for between 10-19 years, and all require immediate and specialized medical assistance as a result of the injuries they have developed on Delta’s assembly lines. The 25 employees want their jobs back in order to have medical coverage in the Social Security Institute.

We demand that Delta Apparel abide by Honduran law and act as a “socially responsible” company as it claims to be! Give the 25 workers their jobs back, without delay or conditions and relocate them inside the factory so they are no longer at risk of further injury!

Sincerely,

Your Name

Cc: Jason Smith, Human Rights and Labor Representative, US Embassy in Tegucigalpa; SmithJA6@state.gov; CODEMUH, mujeresfem@codemuh.hn; Honduras Solidarity Network, honsolnetwork@gmail.com;

URGENT: Stop Trump from deporting 50,000 Haitians

Add your name: Tell President Trump to renew TPS (Temporary Protected Status) for Haitians by May 23rd to stop 50,000 working people from facing immediate deportation to a country still recovering from natural disasters.


Gerdine

My name is Gerdine Vessagne, and I am a housekeeper at the Fontainebleau Resort on Miami Beach. I am a proud union woman, and I love my job.

I was born in Haiti, country that’s seen its fair share of devastation. But I’ve been living and working in the U.S. for eight and a half years because of something called “Temporary Protected Status,” or, TPS.

TPS has allowed me to provide for my five children, including two back home, and three born here. But this isn’t just about me.

Over 50,000 Haitian nationals working in the U.S. have TPS. And this protected status will expire if Donald Trump doesn’t renew it by May 23so we need to push him to stop that from happening.

If Donald Trump does not extend TPS for Haitians by May 23rd, then 50,000 of us face an impossible choice — return to a country still recovering from national disaster or lose our jobs and be forced to live in the shadows as undocumented immigrants.

We are the engine of Florida’s hospitality industry, much of which greatly depends on our labor. Please add your name to a petition calling on Trump to renew TPS for thousands of hardworking, taxpaying Haitian immigrants proudly serving Florida and beyond for years.  

In solidarity,

Gerdine Vessagne, UNITE HERE Local 355 Member
Housekeeper, Fontainebleau Resort
Miami Beach, FL

BDS: Upholding our Rights, Resisting the Ongoing Nakba The BNC Commemorates the 69th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba

It is possible…

It is possible at least sometimes…

It is possible especially now

To ride a horse

Inside a prison cell

And run away…

It is possible for prison walls

To disappear.

For the cell to become a distant land

Without frontiers

Mahmoud Darwish

May 15, 2017, Occupied Palestine  – Today marks the 69th anniversary of the 1948 Nakba, the mass expulsion of Palestinians from our homeland. Between 1947 and 1949, Zionist paramilitaries, and subsequently Israeli forces, made 750,000 to one million indigenous Palestinians into refugees to establish a Jewish-majority state in Palestine.

The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) calls on people of conscience the world over to further intensify BDS campaigns to end academic, cultural, sports, military and economic links of complicity with Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. This is the most effective means of standing with the Palestinian people in pursuing our inherent and UN-stipulated rights, and nonviolently resisting the ongoing, intensifying Nakba.

The Israeli regime today is ruthlessly pursuing the one constant strategy of its settler-colonial project —the simultaneous pillage and colonization of as much Palestinian land as possible and the gradual ethnic cleansing of as many Palestinians as practical without evoking international sanctions.

Following in the footsteps of all previous Israeli governments, the current far-right government, the most openly racist in Israel’s history, is heeding the words of the Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky who wrote in 1923:

“Every native population in the world resists colonists as long as it has the slightest hope of being able to rid itself of the danger of being colonised. […] Zionist colonisation must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population—behind an iron wall, which the native population cannot breach.”

Sixty-nine years after the systematic, premeditated uprooting and dispossession of most of the indigenous Palestinian Arabs from the land of Palestine at the hands of Zionist gangs and later the state of Israel, the Nakba is not over. Israel is intent on building its “iron wall” in Palestinian minds, not just our lands, through its sprawling illegal settlements and concrete walls in the occupied Palestinian territory, its genocidal siege of over  2 million Palestinians in Gaza, its denial of the Palestinian refugee’s right to return, its racist laws and policies against Palestinians inside Israel, and its escalating, violent ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley and the Naqab (Negev). It is sparing no brutality in its relentless, desperate attempts to sear into our consciousness the futility of resistance and the vainness of hope.

The present mass hunger strike by over one thousand Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and the grassroots support that it has triggered give us hope.

The growing support for BDS among international trade unions, including the most recent adoption by the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) –  representing over 910,000 workers –  of an “international economic, cultural and academic boycott of Israel” to achieve comprehensive Palestinian rights, gives us hope.

The fact the none of the 26 Oscar nominees offered a free, $55,000-valued trip by the Israeli government accepted the propaganda gift and that six out of eleven National Football League players turned down a similar Israeli junket gives us hope.

The BDS movement has succeeded in sharply raising the price of corporate complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people. It has compelled companies of the size of Orange and Veolia to end their complicity and pushed global giant G4S to begin exiting the Israeli market. Churches, city councils and thousands around the world have pledged to boycott Hewlett Packard (HP) for its deep complicity in Israel’s occupation and apartheid. This gives us and many human rights campaigns around the world great hope.

The Barcelona municipality’s decision to end complicity with Israel’s occupation, coming on the heels of tens of local councils in the Spanish state declaring themselves “Israeli apartheid free zones,” give us hope.

The divestment by some of the largest mainline churches in the US, including the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church USA and the United Church of Christ, from Israeli banks or complicit international corporations gives us hope.

The spread of remarkably effective BDS campaigns from South Africa to South Korea, from Egypt to Chile, and from the UK to the US gives us real hope.

The growing intersectional coalitions that are emerging in many countries, organically re-connecting the struggle for Palestinian rights with the diverse international struggles for racial, economic, gender, climate and indigenous justice give us unlimited hope.

In 1968, twenty years after the Nakba but unrelated to it, Dr. Martin Luther King said, “There can be no justice without peace and there can be no peace without justice.” For seven decades, and against all odds, Palestinians have continued to assert our inalienable right to self-determination and to genuine peace, which can only stem from freedom, justice and equality.

But to reach that just peace we realize that we must nourish our hope for a dignified life with our boundless commitment to resist injustice, resist apathy and, crucially, resist their “iron walls” of despair.

In this context, the Palestinian-led, global BDS movement with its impressive growth and unquestionable impact is today an indispensable component of our popular resistance and the most promising form of international solidarity with our struggle for rights.

No iron wall of theirs can suppress or overshadow the rising sun of our emancipation.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Visit www.bdsmovement.net and follow @BDSmovement

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Oscar Lopez Rivera To Be Freed May 17, Celebrations Across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico

LIVESTREAM OF 
OSCAR WELCOMING!

Forward Widely-SPREAD THE WORD!
 
 
May 17, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 3:30pm (AST)
 
May 18, Chicago, IL, 5:00pm (CST)
 
May 20, San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, 11:00am (AST)
 
May 31, San Francisco, CA, 7-9:30pm (PST)
 
June 8, NYC, NY, 7:00pm (EST)
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Pan-African Journal: May 13, 2017 Worldwide Radio Broadcast

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/panafricanjournal/2017/05/13/pan-african-journal-worldwide-radio-broadcast

Listen to the Sat. May 13, 2017 edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. The program airs initially from 1:00-4:00pm EDT and afterwards on podcast. We will feature reports on Zimbabwe, South Africa, the DRC and Ivory Coast. Others segments highlight the contributions of Bob Marley and Malcolm X.

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Mr. Abayomi Azikiwe of the Pan African Newswire and the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice (mecawi.org).