Tag Archives: Union

Kshama Sawant and Capitalism’s Shock Absorbers

“While you waitin’ for the mention in the pages of ‘The Stranger’ You can find me in the basement makin’ heaters for later… we’ve been living in conditions we’re tired of Come on and rise up” – Blue Scholars, “North … Continue reading

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Some healthcare organizing resources

Some folks in NYC are organizing around with healthcare workers around hospital closures and mergers. See their fliers and updates here A few years ago, some of us in were doing work in nursing homes and organizing around staffing ratios … Continue reading

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Struggles on the Waterfront

There are major struggles heating up around US ports – on the West Coast, the Gulf Coast and the East Coast.  Here we will summarize and analyze the key struggles.  Then we will summarize some of the current debates among … Continue reading

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The Chicago Teachers’ Strike and Beyond: deepening struggles in the schools

“This aint about money! That’s far from the truth, they want better work conditions to teach the youth. Politicians, I don’t trust em, its all in the name the president, the mayor all want political gain. Theyd rather put the … Continue reading

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Black Orchid Collective’s Responses for the Anti-Capitalist Smackdown

Earlier this month two BOC members participated in a debate between several revolutionary tendencies in the Seattle area.  Other members of our group also contributed by writing the responses to the debate questions beforehand.  We are publishing our answers to … Continue reading

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Action Feb. 6th: stop firing UW custodians

Rank and file custodians, and shop stewards from their union, are taking action at the University of Washington.  These were the same workers who mobilized against budget cuts in 2009-2010, launching the student-worker anti-austerity struggles that culminated in the March … Continue reading

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Longview, Occupy, and Beyond: Rank and File and the 89% Unite!

This piece is written by the Black Orchid Collective in Seattle, with contributions from members of Advance the Struggle in the Bay area, members of Hella 503 in Portland, as well as friends in various cities.  We have all been … Continue reading

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December 12th Seattle Port Shutdown: A word from some womyn and genderqueer organizers

This statement was written by a group of genderqueer and women organizers of the D12 port shutdown, including JOMO and myself.  For more information on the December 12th West Coast Port Shutdown, please check out: westcoastportshutdown.org . To contact Seattle … Continue reading

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