On Saturday, October 17th, labor organizer Shonda of EBOC and the Oakland Livable Wage Assembly was out of a job at the Kentucky Fried Chicken at 28th & Telegraph. Shonda… was unjustly terminated yesterday afternoon. She has an impeccable track record in her former place of employment, KFC/Pizza Hut… with zero write-ups and many loyal customers who consistently go back to the store just to see her. For over 3 years, Shonda has been the best employee in the store, she is experienced, hard working and most of all, her … Continued
Labor Solidarity Committee
ILWU TO SHUT DOWN PORT OF OAKLAND ON MAY DAY IN SUPPORT OF #BlackLivesMatter.
That’s really all you have to know. Oh, and be there, May 1st, 2015 at 9:00 AM to march from the APL Terminal to OGP. Oh, and the significance of May Day across the world. #BlackLivesMatter activists and allies have shut down freeways and BART here in Oakland and around the country, speaking out, marching and protesting. They’ve made it clear that enough is far too much. That something needs to be done yesterday. Instead, all of us have watched, every day, as more black lives become #hashtags. A policeman … Continued
From Oakland to Cal: March for $15 on 4/15
From Oakland to Cal: March for $15 on April 15 MEDIA ADVISORY – For immediate release April 14, 2015 When: Rally at 1:00PM, Wednesday April 15, 2015 Where:Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th St. and Broadway, Oakland, CA March to Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley On April 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm, the Oakland Livable Wage Assembly (OLWA) will hold a short rally in Oakland, followed by a march to the UC Berkeley campus in support of $15 and a union statewide. It will begin at Oscar Grant Plaza / Frank Ogawa Plaza, 14th … Continued
Support striking refinery workers
USW workers are on strike at nine refineries, including Tesoro near Martinez. Their contract has expired. Issues include safe staffing levels and stop work authorization to respond to dangerous conditions. You can support them by joining the picket line at Tesoro, 150 Solano, Pacheco (near Highways 680 and 4). It’s a great chance for community members to stand with workers fighting for our health and safety! The picket line is up 24/7, so you are welcome at any time! The Tesoro plant has been shut down cooperatively by management and workers … Continued
Fight For $15 Takes Action Around the Country. Oakland Confronts Jack-in-the-Box, McDonald’s.
Strike actions and civil disobedience have taken place across the country today in the next escalation of the Fight For $15/hr and the right to form a union without retribution. Tweets have noted events in: Boston, New York City, Philadephia, Charlotte, Miami, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Flint, Indianapolis, Wisconsin (city unspecified), Chicago, Rockford Illinois, Little Rock, Houston and, of course, Oakland. Police were “running out of handcuffs” in Detroit and other protest sites saw arrests as well. 87rh @McDonalds essentially shut down. No workers only management inside! #strikefastfood pic.twitter.com/J8aDJ7WxvK — Fight For … Continued
Not Bending, Not Folding, Definitely Not Spindling; Just Keepin’ it Lively Outside of Staples.
This is the one week anniversary of the Berkeley Staples table and outdoors occupation, staffed continually. Dave Welsh honored that one-week anniversary by bringing his keyboard and playing from his repertoire of resistance songs, along with other musicians. The Boycott of Staples is in full swing. #StopStaples #BerkeleyPO pic.twitter.com/qLXT5zAF2o — Strike Debt Bay Area (@StrikeDebtBA) June 28, 2014 Meanwhile, a number of people, some from Berkeley Post Office Defenders, some from Save the Berkeley Post Office, passed out flyers to passersby, engaging them and convincing them not shop at Staples, … Continued
Occupyin’ Staples; Jammin’ the Sale!
At the beginning of June some Occupy San Francisco peeps took up stations outside of a Staples in San Francisco, protesting Post Office privatization and union-busting, and stayed there, 24-7, for nine days, garnering national attention. Now they’ve come over to the East Bay, to Berkeley, setting up a table in front of the downtown Berkeley Staples store at Shattuck & Durant.They’ve been there for three days and counting. Visitors welcome, but don’t shop at Staples! #StopStaples outside the Berkeley Staples for the past 3 days spreading the word … Continued
Last Albany Bulb Residents Evicted at Gunpoint, Arrested.
According to Osha Newman, a lawyer and long-time activist who has worked with Albany Bulb residents in their now-lost attempts to stay in their homes, the last two residents of the Bulb were evicted on Friday, May 30th at gunpoint. At 4 AM this morning, a large contingent of Albany police, some carrying guns including assault rifles raided the campsite of the two last residents of the Albany Bulb, Amber Whitson and Philip Lewis, and arrested them along with a supporter, Erik Eisenberg. All three were charged with misdemeanor violations … Continued
“All of the People in These Pictures Have Been, Either Killed, Mostly Killed…”
On March 13th, five years since Oakland activist Tristan Anderson was shot in Palestine, some one hundred people gathered at Oscar Grant Plaza in solidarity. On March 13, 2009, American ISM volunteer Tristan Anderson was critically injured after being hit in the head by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops… Anderson was taken to a hospital in Israel, where he underwent brain surgery, and had to have a portion of his frontal lobe and fragments of shattered bone removed. Gabby, hosting the gathering at OGP, had noted on … Continued
Alameda Labor Council, OEA and Alameda Greens Speak Against the DAC.
ALAMEDA LABOR COUNCIL, AFL-CIO Resolution In Support of Civil Liberties in Oakland and Alameda County Adopted unanimously at the Mar. 10, 2014 Alameda Labor Council Delegates’ Meeting. Whereas the Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO, supports and promotes American freedoms and constitutional civil liberties; And, whereas the particular rights to peaceably assemble and speak freely are essential to the collective exercise by working families and their unions of their rights to organize and to bargain collectively; And, whereas the Alameda Labor Council advances the struggles for justice by organized labor, and … Continued