Chicago, Feb. 3, 2018: Do it Like Durham! Black Liberation Month w/ Takiyah Thompson

Do it Like Durham! Black Liberation Month w/ Takiyah Thompson

37 S Ashland, UE Hall, Chicago, 6-8 P.M. 

Co-sponsored by Workers World Party Chicago, Black Lives Matter Chicago, & BYP100 Chicago.

Takiyah Thompson was the first of eight activists arrested in 2017 by Durham, N.C. police after organizing with the community to remove a racist confederate statue. Join us to hear from Takiyah along with local Chicago activists from Black Lives Matter, BYP100, & WWP Chicago about how they are continuing to fight white supremacy, both symbolically and practically. Come share your community’s struggles and discuss how we can work toward liberation together. Takiyah is a member of Workers World Party, a nation-wide revolutionary socialist organization.

Event is free & open to the public. Free snacks & drinks provided. Location is at Ashland and Monroe. 1/4 mile south of the Ashland Green/Pink Line stop, 3/4 mile north-east of Medical District Blue Line stop.

Do it Like Durham! Black Liberation Month w/ Takiyah Thompson

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Do it Like Durham! Black Liberation Month w/ Takiyah Thompson

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 Years Later: The Struggle Against Racism, War & Poverty Continues

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire,

Although the U.S. capitalist and imperialist system may appear to be strong in light of the indices emanating from the stock market and the Department of Labor, the contradictions between Black, Brown and White are reaching unprecedented levels. The gap is widening juxtaposing the rich and poor where the working class is exploited at unprecedented levels.

Lessons are to be learned from the events of 1968. It is essential to study these historical developments in order to devise new methods of struggle aimed at the empowerment of the people over the forces of oppression and exploitation.

St. Paul, MN, January 31: MN Works For Teachers Info Picket

Kelogg Mall Park, St. Paul, 4:30 P.M.

Our friends at the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers are engaged in bargaining for the common good with the school district. The district hasn’t even made an offer yet, on Wednesday educators will be voting to authorize a strike to continue creating the schools Saint Paul kids deserve.
Everyday these educators are standing up for our kids, let’s stand up for them!

Endorsed by – Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation15 Now Minnesota,Teamsters Local 320 and hundreds of rank and file workers!

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AFT Files Amicus Brief in Janus v. AFSCME / Union YES. Jim Crow NO.

Brief lays out argument citing role of collective bargaining in improving public sector workplaces, repudiating plaintiff’s constitutionally flawed warping and weaponizing of the First Amendment

For Release:

Friday, January 19, 2018


Andrew Crook
o: 202-393-8637 | c: 607-280-6603

WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Teachers today filed an amicus brief(link is external) in support of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees against the corporate-backed plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.

AFT President Randi Weingarten says: “The fight for prosperity and opportunity for all, embodied by the labor movement, is an anathema to the corporate backers of this case—the people funding it are the same people attacking civil rights, attacking voting rights and attacking public education.

“This case warps and weaponizes the First Amendment by enabling one person’s complaint—without any record or evidence—to undermine the interests of millions of workers across the country who benefit from collective bargaining. And it suggests that collective bargaining, which operates just like any other workplace consultation process, should draw far more constitutional scrutiny than its equivalents.

“The current law has preserved labor peace for four decades by balancing the interests of workers and employers and fostering partnerships to improve school districts and other public sector workplaces. We argue that engaging in collective bargaining is constitutionally no different than the state paying a consultant to advise it on employment relations issues. Further, the plaintiff’s argument is a dishonest rejection of established legal precedent, reaffirmed many times, and therefore must fail.

“I am confident that if the nine justices of the Supreme Court consider this case on the merits, not ideologically, they would agree.”

The AFT brief argues that the government here is an employer, not a sovereign, and that the First Amendment places far less restrictions on the government when it acts as an employer, as opposed to the stricter scrutiny when it acts as a sovereign.

Accordingly, just as there are no constitutional issues when an employer makes workplace decisions relying on the advice of outside consultants, there should also be none when those same decisions arise from collective bargaining, particularly where the costs for both come from the same pot of money available for wages and benefits.

The brief further shows how fair share fees are central to an efficient and effective public sector and describes how labor-management partnerships have thrived under their use.

The full AFT brief can be read here(link is external).

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.

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