Archive for January, 2013



10:30-NOON: Bring your car to Madison Ave. and 23rd St. to get set up with signs and a route
Noon-3:00 PM Drive through communities, converge on Mayor Bloomberg’s house, 17 E 79th St, New York, NY

For details and logistical information, contact Parents to Improve School Transportation: 347-‐504-‐3310 (se habla español);; Facebook PIST NYC

Call Mayor Bloomberg at 1-888-833-7428 and tell him the Employee Protection Provision (EPP) belongs in all school bus contracts.Sign the petition at:, which also lists picket lines you can visit to learn more.



Posted: January 29, 2013 in art, Fight Back, we dig it.


2/8: STOP DEPOSIT THEFT demand letter delivery

Neighbors and Fellow Workers:

Our friend Raquel recently moved out of her apartment in the Asylum Hill neighborhood of Hartford, and was surprised to have almost $600 of her security deposit withheld by her former landlord. She was just the latest victim of the rampant theft of working class tenants’ hard-earned money by unscrupulous landlords, who depend on a general feeling of helplessness on the part of their customers. Despite thoroughly cleaning the apartment before leaving, she was given a laundry list of exorbitant fees, including $250 for the removal of furniture, which was originally provided by the landlord. Rather than gambling on the (at best) spotty record of small claims court judges, Raquel is working with the Hartford Network for Solidarity and our approach to fighting back. We use the strength we have in numbers to directly disrupt business as usual, by educating the public and prospective customers on the business practices of a given offending party.

On Friday February 8th at 3:30pm we will be gathering at the corner of Asylum Avenue and Gillett Street in Hartford to briefly deliver a demand letter to property management, outlining our expectations of them, and what they can expect of us if they refuse to negotiate in good faith. The more people who come out on the 8th, the quicker they realize Raquel is not alone, and the sooner she can get what she’s owed.

M. Bernardo McLaughlin
Hartford Network for Solidarity // Hart-N-Sol

We are proud to join with Hart n’ Sol to demand that Raquel get back her security deposit.

Picket Line Song Evan Greer

Posted: January 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

01-15-2013 07;55;47PM

A Night of Music & Social Justice

Wednesday January 30th 
Doors at 6:30, workshop at 7:00, show at 8:00
Kabbalah House, 1023 Albany Ave, Hartford
$5-10 sliding scale, nobody turned away for lack of funds!

Evan is a radical genderqueer singer/songwriter, parent, and community organizer based in Boston. (S)he writes and performs high-energy acoustic songs that inspire hope, build community, and incite resistance! At 27 years old, Evan tours internationally as a musician and facilitates interactive workshops to support movements for justice and liberation.

At 7pm the Hartford Network for Solidarity // Hart-n-Sol will do a short workshop before the show on its direct action organizing against abusive landlords and bosses. In October, we had our first victory as a new organization, winning the security deposit back from the landlord of one of our members. We are an all-volunteer organization that attacks social injustice head-on, disrupting their business until they treat their workers and tenants with respect. Instead of relying on courts and politicians, we stand together as equals in solidarity. Come find out more and see how you can join.

For more information , email, or call 860-578-8151

Some of her incredible music:

This is an interesting story. As we said in a posting around here a union is making backroom deals with heads of the Security Companies on when and where they can organize Security Officers. So yes we have got to call them on the carpet over all of their bullshit no matter what!!..Furbirdsqueerly. Many thanks to Bernardo for a heads up on this article originally posted on the IWW facebook page.

Quote of the week.

“As usual, nobody bothered to ask the membership what we think about that!” Carpenters Union Local 157 member Gregory A. Butler wrote to me on Facebook. “I’ve been a shop steward for 15 years and I just found out about this decision from you! Sorry, but that’s that bullshit.”

The entire article is re-posted here :

Time To Retire ‘Scabby The Rat’ Says Top AFL-CIO Offical.

By Mike Elk

‘Scabby the Rat’ hangs out in Long Island City, N.Y. on September 12, 2012. (Wikimedia Commons)

Go to any labor rally and you are likely to see a towering symbol of union pride: a 16–foot-tall, inflatable plastic rodent known as “Scabby the Rat.” Although “scab” is a derogatory word for temp workers hired by bosses during strikes, in Scabby’s case, it’s a term of affection.

According to the website of Big Sky Balloons & Searchlights, the exclusive makers of Scabby the Rat, the floats were originally designed for Chicago unions. Since then, “the rats have multiplied and are found thriving throughout the U.S.A.”

However, Scabby may be harder to find at rallies if one union leader gets his way. Today, Sean McGarvey, president of the 2-million-strong AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department, tweeted, “Meeting with our Presidents and state councils. Issued a call to retire the inflatable rat. It does not reflect our new value proposition.”

The call to retire Scabby was met with dismay by some in labor movement. In response to McGarvey’s tweet, Chicago labor activist (and In These Times contributor) Micah Uetricht tweeted, “Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.”

“You can’t spell DIRECT ACTION without RAT” tweeted another Pittsburgh area organizer. (more…)

In today from the United Farm Workers:


The farm worker movement celebrates Sunday, January 27, as the Fred Korematsu Day “Heroes” Day, honoring his struggle for the civil rights of Japanese Americans. In 1942, after the attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii during World War II, all Japanese Americans were forced into internment camps. Fred Korematsu bravely refused to be interned and, like Cesar Chavez, Korematsu fought against racism and inequality against his people.*

This Fred Korematsu Day also honors other Asian American heroes, including the Filipino American farm workers who began the Delano Grape Strike in September 1965, and then asked Cesar Chavez’s mostly Latino union to join their picket lines. The grape strike and boycott organized by the joint Filipino-Latino union struggle lasted five years and established the merged organization, the United Farm Workers, as the first successful farm workers union in U.S. history.

The Korematsu Institute is organizing the Fred Korematsu Day “Heroes” celebration on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at the Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave. in San Francisco with a 1 p.m. VIP reception and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. program. Among the 16 overlooked American civil rights heroes who are being recognized is Larry Itliong, leader of the 1960s Filipino American farm workers union who also served as the No. 2 officer of the UFW until 1973.

The Cesar Chavez Foundation’s nine-station, four-state Radio Campesina educational radio network is airing a public service announcement educating its 500,000 daily listeners about Fred Korematsu and his courageous battle against discrimination. To learn more about Japanese American civil rights leader Fred Korematsu or for information about tickets to the Jan. 27 celebration log onto or call 415-848-7737.


Fred T. Korematsu was a national civil rights hero. In 1942, at the age of 23, he refused to go to the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1944, the Supreme Court ruled against him, arguing that the incarceration was justified due to military necessity.

In 1983, Dr. Peter Irons, a legal historian, discovered key documents that government intelligence agencies had hidden from the Supreme Court in 1944. The documents consistently showed that Japanese Americans had committed no acts of treason to justify mass incarceration. With this new evidence, a legal team of mostly Japanese American attorneys re-opened Korematsu’s 40 year-old case on the basis of government misconduct. On November 10, 1983, Korematsu’s conviction was overturned in a federal court in San Francisco. It was a pivotal moment in civil rights history.

Korematsu remained an activist throughout his life. In 1998, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Bill Clinton. Korematsu’s growing legacy continues to inspire activists of all backgrounds and demonstrates the importance of speaking up to fight injustice.”