Coalition to March on the DNC Online Organizing Call April 10, 2020

Hello all!

We hope that you and yours are doing well, staying healthy, and practicing social distancing during this time of uncertainty due to the corona virus. Obviously, this situation has derailed a bit of our momentum, forcing us to cancel our in-person meetings until further notice.
However, until we hear otherwise, we’re approaching things as though the DNC will still be held hear in Milwaukee beginning on July 13, meaning we need to still be preparing! We have a lot of work that needs to be done between now and then.
As such, we’re going to be having our first Zoom call during the time we would have been meeting on Friday, April 10th at 6pm. The details are as follows:
Topic: Coalition to March on the DNC Call
Time: Apr 10, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 863 708 919

Just a note about the call/Zoom as a service: for non-paying users (i.e. us), there is a limit of 40 minutes. However, if you simply re-enter the same meeting ID, the call can continue for another 40 minutes, etc. So, when this happens for us on April 10, you’ll know what to do!
We look forward to hearing from everyone very soon! Stay safe!
In solidarity,
Ryan Hamann
Spokesperson for the Coalition to March on the DNC

Changes to U.S. immigration system during the coronavirus pandemic

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the White House has made sweeping changes to the country’s immigration apparatus, altering daily operations and disrupting the lives of thousands, says CNN.

Since early March, there have been at least a dozen changes, ranging from postponing immigration hearings to pausing deportation flights to certain countries and suspending refugee admissions. The administration is also trying to push some of its most restrictive policies amidst this crisis that have struggled to be put into practice, including blocking entry to asylum seekers.

For more on how the coronavirus has impacted immigration, click here.

Trump appointees attempting to gut LGBTQ+ worker protections at the NLRB

The Trump administration is trying to rescind protections for LGBTQ+ workers at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in a continuation of worker attacks, according to the NLRB Professional Association (NLRBPA).

Currently, LGBTQ+ workers at the NLRB, the federal agency responsible for enforcing labor law, are protected by a collective bargaining agreement that banned discrimination based on sexual orientation in 2002. However, that collective bargaining agreement ended in 2019 and the organizations are currently negotiating a new contract.

The NLRBPA, the organization that represents NLRB workers, said that NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb and NLRB Chair John Ring, who were both appointed by the current White House administration, sent a proposed contract that eliminates the ban on anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination as well as the agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee that was operated by both workers and management to address discrimination issues at the NLRB.

For the whole story in LGBTQ Nation, click here.


Spotlight on Black Labor Week in recent USW podcast episode

Nine years ago, USW member E.J. Jenkins had a vision—he wanted to start conversations and ignite change in his community of Gary, Ind., a lakeside city just outside of Chicago struggling with mass joblessness and a housing crisis caused by a history of segregation and steel industry downturns.

That vision led to what is now Black Labor Week, an annual five days dedicated to labor, to Black history and culture, and to the community members of Gary.

The March 11, 2020 episode of the USW’s podcast, Solidarity Works, covers the District 7 Steelworker event that is growing into a movement, the activists who make it all happen and the city they serve. Listen to it at or on your favorite podcast streaming service.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for LGBTQ Working People

LGBTQ working people will likely see a major impact – both in their health and their checkbooks – by the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. LGBTQ people have higher rates of smoking, a risk factor, as well as higher rates of cancer and other immune-compromised conditions, which are also risk factors with this disease. Additionally, LGBTQ working people are more likely have jobs in industries being hit hard by the crisis, such as creative, transportation, service, and others. We’re also more likely to be in low-wage and hourly jobs that are seeing massive layoffs and hour reductions.

The labor movement is mobilizing to fight to protect all working people in these turbulent times and we want to be sure you have the latest information available. Below, you can find general information about the virus and information about what unions are doing in response to COVID-19 as well as LGBTQ-specific resources and actions you can take to ensure all working people get the help they need in this crisis.

Read Pride at Work’s update on coronavirus.

This list will be updated as more resources come online.

Pride at Work

APALA releases guidance on protecting workers from xenophobia amid coronavirus outbreak

Over 2 million Asian American and Pacific Islanders workers are facing xenophobic and racial discrimination in health care, transportation, and other workplaces in addition to increased exposure to communicable diseases, says the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA).

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the AFL-CIO constituency group is speaking up on how xenophobia and racism interact with America’s inadequate health care system and outdated labor laws to endanger workers and hinder disease prevention.

“Health care workers are the ones who care for us when we are sick, but as workers on the frontlines they face an increased exposure to illness,” said APALA National Executive Board Member Ligaya Domingo in a press statement. “COVID-19 is preventable and treatable, but only if we ensure working people are informed and protected.”

Since the novel coronavirus outbreak hit the news in December 2019, there have been increased reports of hate crimes and other acts of discrimination against Asian people, including blatant verbal and physical attacks, around the world. APALA says employers must include a protocol against racial discrimination in their responses to COVID-19 to prevent racism spreading along with the coronavirus.

Click here to access resources, including fliers, for how to support AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) workers in your workplace.


The Worldwide Health Crisis Demands Solidarity, Not Sanctions: End Sanctions Now!

Alliance For Global Justice

End Sanctions Now!

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The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the immorality of the sanctions the United States has imposed on one third of the world’s population. Like the half million Iraqi children killed by U.S. sanctions in the 1990s, the death toll from COVID-19 in 2020 will be inflated by the punishment the U.S. inflicts through its dominance of the global banking system. Under sanctions the Trump administration unilaterally reinstated on Iran in 2018, the U.S. prevents other countries from buying Iranian oil, leaving the country bankrupt and creating a crisis in its health system. With the arrival of the pandemic, sanctions are giving Iran one of the highest Coronavirus death rates in the world. Venezuela’s economy has also suffered tremendously from unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States, leaving that country’s health system very vulnerable, too.

How has the United States responded to calls to ease the sanctions on these and other countries for humanitarian reasons? By increasing the sanctions on Iran, Venezuela and Nicaragua!

This contrasts sharply with the responses of some of the very countries impacted by U.S. economic warfare. Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela have been labeled a “Troika of Tyranny” by the Trump administration as it targets them for regime change. But Cuba has proven itself to be a world leader on health matters, sending more healthcare workers around the world to respond to disasters and disease than even the WHO. During the current pandemic Cuba has deployed medical teams to seven countries, is considering requests from several more, and was the only country that would accept a British cruise ship with Coronavirus passengers. Cuba helped China bring the pandemic under control inside its borders by sending doctors and facilitating production of the Cuban drug Interferon-Alpha2B. All this while Cuba itself has been suffering from escalations to the devastating blockade the U.S. has imposed on it for 60 years!

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Meanwhile, Cuban, Chinese, and Venezuelan doctors have gone to Italy to help its population so hard hit by Covid-19.

Another beautiful example of solidarity is the Manitos Children’s Fund which helps Venezuelan children who don’t have enough food or medicine because of the U.S. blockade and sanctions. In a three-way effort, North Americans contribute funds to buy beans from Nicaraguan peasants to be donated to Venezuela. These peasants also donate additional seeds to help their Venezuelan brothers and sisters feed themselves. And the Nicaraguan farmers are happy to do so, as they remember the solidarity they received from President Hugo Chavez, and the two-way solidarity in the form of medical support and food donations that has been expressed between the Cuban and Nicaraguan peoples over the years. Read here for more info about the Manitos Children’s Fund and how you can donate.

Please sign our petition to tell Congress and the Trump Administration to LIFT ALL SANCTIONS NOW!


The COVID-19 pandemic knows no borders and can only be resolved by showing human solidarity with our brothers and sisters in all countries around the world. I am ashamed that the U.S. government continues to impose unilateral coercive measures (“sanctions”) on 39 countries, or one-third of the world’s population, and has refused to lift the measures during this worldwide health crisis. This is exacerbating the pandemic, risks prolonging it for all countries, and is immoral because it is certain to increase deaths among the world’s most vulnerable citizens. While unilateral coercive measures are incompatible with international law, the UN Charter, the Charter of the Organization of American States, and are considered crimes against humanity, during this worldwide health crisis they constitute war crimes and may lead to genocide.

I call on Congress and the Trump administration to immediately lift all sanctions the U.S. has imposed on other countries.

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Tell the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): Resume operations as soon as possible!



On March 19, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) suspended all representation elections, including mail ballot elections, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The AFL-CIO calls on the NLRB to resume the conduct of union elections, election-related hearings and unfair labor practice proceedings as soon as possible, consistent with public health.

The NLRB’s suspension of operations destroys a vital resource for workers’ rights at an unprecedented time in history when it’s needed most.

“Right now, union representation is critical in the midst of the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis, with workers facing unsafe conditions, layoffs and intense uncertainty,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “So long as the NLRB is not conducting elections, we call on the Board to demand that all employers similarly suspend their anti-union campaigns.”

It doesn’t have to be this way. Throughout the past decade, the NLRB has taken large steps toward electronic filing and other digital operations. Now is the time to implement fully remote operating procedures, including conducting pre- and post-election hearings and unfair labor practice hearings by video conference and all elections by mail ballot.

During this national public health and economic emergency, workers need access to our rights more than ever. Please sign the petition and tell the NLRB: Resume operations safely so workers can rightfully vote for the representation we need!