This is exactly the way it should be done, drumming, chanting, singing, marching, and statements of Solidarity. This diary is a celebration of the joy of the struggle with photos of unity and songs to fight by.
|By: Anti-Capitalist Meetup Sunday December 15, 2013 4:00 pm|
|By: Ohio Barbarian Saturday December 7, 2013 8:14 am|
Supporters of fast food workers’ demands for a $15 per hour minimum wage showed up at several McDonald’s locations in the Cleveland metropolitan area. The protests were peaceful but loud, and nary a cop was in sight in spite of the fact that all of the protest locations had been announced days in advance.
|By: Michelle Chen Friday December 6, 2013 6:58 pm|
The Starbucks cup, with its iconic green mermaid logo and smart cardboard sleeve, seems to embody the essence of the urbane yuppie lifestyle. But the carefully constructed cool of the coffee mega-brand belies some serious anger percolating beneath the surface of Starbucks’ supply chain.
That cup means something different to Ray Allen, a machine operator at a paper goods plant run by Pactiv, a major Starbucks supplier.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday December 5, 2013 8:00 pm|
I find it so laughable to hear conservatives wax lyrical about the “opportunity” fast food workers have to climb the ladder of success, albeit from the “bottom rung.” What other rungs are there? Serving dreadful food to people nearly as poor as you are in a loud, tacky, degrading environment offers as little possibility for personal growth if you’re 18 or 48, and despite repeated assertions otherwise, most are closer to the latter than the former.
|By: DSWright Thursday December 5, 2013 11:22 am|
Today workers in over one hundred American cities are protesting for higher wages. The wage target for the protesters is $15 but the protests are also contributing to the national conversation on raising the federal minimum wage.
|By: Michelle Chen Wednesday December 4, 2013 6:02 pm|
Rosa Ramirez, a 49-year-old Mexican immigrant and mother in Illinois, knew something was odd about the plastics factory where her temporary-labor agency had sent her. “From the minute one walks into that factory, one is hit by this incredible odor of [chemical] thinner … It just goes right through you,” she recalled.
|By: DSWright Monday December 2, 2013 11:54 am|
Workers are deciding to fight for living wages now that they know nothing better is coming around the corner. The fight continues this Thursday in over a hundred cities where workers will go on strike for a $15-an-hour wage.
|By: DSWright Friday November 29, 2013 11:20 am|
Today is Black Friday, which for some will mean getting into fights in shopping aisles. But for workers at Walmart it is a time to protest the unfair labor practices of the largest global retailer. Walmart is facing protests from workers in both the US and Canada for better treatment.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday November 28, 2013 11:10 am|
I am spending Thanksgiving with family and will be at home enjoying their company all day while I eat plenty of food. However, there are millions of workers in the United States that will not share my experience. They are victims of a shift in this consumer society. They do not have a choice and will have to report to work.
First off, these workers are not being asked to staff “pre-Black Friday” sales. They are being called in to store locations to staff Thanksgiving Day sales. I am thankful for the workers who are taking a stand against these corporations’ offensive on the holiday. They deserve to be celebrated.
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday November 23, 2013 8:30 am|
The big controversies surrounding Qatar as the site of the 2022 World Cup have been the shady bidding process and fears that the desert heat will ruin the soccer games. But in the past few days, the spotlight has finally begun to move to longstanding concerns over the treatment of the migrant workers who will be building the physical infrastructure for the sporting bonanza.