Between Feb 8, and March 29, approximately 6,000 Amazon workers at a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama will begin voting by mail on whether to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale Department Store Workers Union. The harsh working conditions at Amazon warehouses, along with Amazon’s refusal to adopt measures that protect workers from COVID 19, have pushed Amazon and Whole Foods workers every- where to step up organizing and fighting back.
These predominantly Black Amazon workers, who have in recent months formed the BAmazon Workers Union, are on the cusp of launching a history-changing workers organization against one of the biggest and most powerful transnational corporations in the world, and its super rich union busting owner, Jeff Bezos. In addition, these workers are standing up to the racist, anti-union laws that suppress labor across the south. No matter what the outcome of the vote, this fight for a union in Alabama is already rocking Wall Street and energizing a much needed national explosion of worker organizing.
Join us on March 6th for this organizing meeting and workers assembly as we discuss how we can continue to build solidarity. We will hear from the organizers of the Feb. 20 National Day of Action, which included demonstrations in over 50 U.S. cities, on how we can continue building solidarity with Bessemer and beyond. We will be planning for an International Day of Action on March 20th, as well as discussing more local initiatives that organizers can take in solidarity with BAmazon workers.
Please register today and invite others!
For more information, check out supportamazonworkers.org!
Mar 6, 2021 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
|Many thanks to all who’ve signed the petition and made calls to Amazon and Morgan Lewis to tell them to stop union busting and express solidarity with the BAmazon Union.|
Momentum behind the workers in Bessemer continues to build, as U.S. President Biden issued a statement supporting the workers’ right to organize. This is a victory for the movement, given Biden’s initial reluctance to say anything on what’s happening in Bessemer, with many workers and activists pressuring him to go on record.
The Virtual Week of Action to show solidarity with the historic struggle being waged by the majority Black workers in Bessemer, Alabama to win the first U.S. union at Amazon continues with a tweet storm today and a solidarity selfie day on Thursday.
Wednesday, March 3 – Tweetstorm: No Union Busting! Solidarity with BAmazon Union!
Tweet at Amazon, Morgan Lewis, and their executives to let them know: the whole world is watching and is in solidarity with the workers fighting for their union in Bessemer!Check out this page on the website for a list of handles to send your messages of solidarity and condemnation of their union busting, and some sample tweets to use and inspire your own messages as well.
|Thursday, March 4 – Solidarity Selfie and Video Day|
Take a selfie or film a short video with a message of solidarity for the workers in Bessemer, Alabama.
Post your video to social media and make sure to tag the BAmazon Union account (@BAmazonUnion) and use the hastags #BAmazonUnion #OrganizetheSouth #UnionYes
Sat, March 6, 5pm est: National Solidarity Organizing Meeting & Workers Assembly
& Start Planning For:
March 20: International Day of Action in Solidarity With Alabama Amazon Workers & Against Union Busting
821 W State Street, Milwaukee, WI – 2:30 P.M. (Milwaukee Safety Building)
Join the Milwaukee Coalition in demanding justice for Joel Acevedo, a man who was killed by off-duty officer Michael Mattioli.
Michael Mattioli is being tried for 1st-Degree Reckless Homicide for choking Joel Acevedo to death at a party he hosted during the height of the lockdown in April of 2020. Mattioli choked Joel Acevedo for 11 minutes and 22 seconds.
On March 8th at 3PM, there will be a hearing on the charges brought against Mattioli. We will rally outside of the Milwaukee Safety Building to demand justice for Joel Acevedo! Arrest this killer cop NOW!
In Minneapolis on May 25th, George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. Much like Joel Acevedo, he was choked to death for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. This sparked an uprising against police brutality and for Black Liberation around the world.
The National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression is making a national call to action on March 8th, as Derek Chauvin will be the first killer cop involved in George Floyd’s death to stand trial. We will be supporting this and standing in solidarity with organizers in Minneapolis and around the US!
But grab a cup of (Cuban) coffee, and pull up a chair and let’s have a conversation with a Cuban friend. Nacyra Gomez is the Director of the CERSERSE Center (the Center for Loving Care) in Varadaro, active in the Presbyterian church there and with the Cuban Women’s Federation, a former elected member of People’s Power — and much more. Nacyra has done a lot of things, read her bio here.
Join us for an hour of conversation about life in Cuba, the religious community there, her work as an active layperson and Cuban citizen and feminist. What are some of the typical joys and struggles for the ‘average’ person? How are they affected by U.S. policies? How do things “work” in Cuba — get Nacyra’s opinion.
Most importantly — ask your questions. What would you like to know? Email us with your questions now, so we can be sure they get included.
Register here: https://bit.ly/3sGVA2Q
Listen to the Sun. Feb. 28, 2021 special edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. The program features our PANW report with dispatches on the announcement by the Zimbabwe government that it is gearing up its ambitious vaccination program for COVID-19; Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says the country would welcome international technical support in addressing allegations of human rights violations; Eritrea has rejected accusations of involvement in massacres in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia; and Nigeria has welcomed the release of some of the students abducted over the last several weeks. In the second hour we examine a series of developments taking place around the African continent and globally. Finally, we conclude our African American History Month commemorations with another focus on the life, times and contributions of Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik Shabazz).