Our Racial Justice Committee has submitted an application to Mural Arts for a riverfront mural to commemorate Ben Fletcher, the history, and the legacy of interracial labor organizing in Philadelphia.
Ben Fletcher was an African-American leader of Local 8, part of the Marine Transport Worker Industrial Union, the most powerful interracial and multiethnic union of the World War I era. Our Racial Justice Committee has submitted an application to Mural Arts for a riverfront mural to commemorate Ben Fletcher, the history, and the legacy of interracial labor organizing in Philadelphia. Tell your City Councilmember to support this application today!
On the calendarUnless otherwise specified, all events are held via Zoom.
Housing Committee Open Meeting, tonight at 8pmJoin us for our final meeting of 2021 to discuss our ongoing projects, such as Stomp Out Slumlords tenant organizing and the city-wide legislative campaign for rent control. 🏘️
Socialism 101, December 17 at 7pmThe last Socialism 101 session of the semester will cover socialism in relation to colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism. Find reading materials on the event page.
Defund the Police Campaign Meeting, December 19 at noonAttendees are encouraged to share personal accounts of police interaction at this special weekend campaign meeting.
School Funding: A Socialist Analysis & Discussion, December 19 at 3pmA discussion with the Education Justice Committee on the fundamentals of public school funding from a socialist perspective. Facilitated by committee member and education policy professor Dave Backer.
Communications Committee Meeting, December 20 at 7pmDiscuss our internal and external communications, including social media, website, and bulletins.
Cuba Solidarity Campaign Pre-Launch Meeting, December 21 at 7pmJoin us as we ground ourselves in what solidarity with Cuba means, learn about existing work in this area, and plan first steps for our campaign. ¡Hasta la victoria siempre! 🇨🇺
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Updates from the branches
Coffee and Canvass Training, December 18 at noon, Levittown StarbucksGrab a hot beverage and enjoy canvassing training with Bucks Tenant Solidarity for Renter’s Rights. ☕Towamencin Sewer Anti-Privatization Strategy, December 28 at 7pmDiscuss expanding on work by coalition partners with NOPE to stop Aqua PA from buying sewer plants in the area.
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General Meeting Digest
As part of our December 4th General Meeting, we took three votes asynchronously using the voting platform OpaVote. The results are as follows:
1. Bylaws Amendment 2021.12.01: Changing Quorum for General and Special MeetingsNote: This is a bylaws amendment, so it needed 2/3 vote to pass. Vote passed, bylaws amendment adopted
2. Ratify all decisions made at General Meetings where 20% quorum was not met, including the December 4th General Meeting and all General Meetings before it.Vote passed, ratification adopted
3. Logo ContestUsing San Francisco RCV, we voted to adopt this logo. A finalized version is coming soon.
You can find the OpaVote outputs here. If you have any questions, feel free to email [email protected]. Thank you for voting! 🗳️
This week in unions
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What we’re reading
With COVID cases on the rise due to the spread of the Omicron variant, Philly is enacting policy to enforce vaccine requirements in public spaces and businesses. Billy Penn has the details on when the policy will take effect, what and who is covered and exempted, and how it will be enforced.
Increasing inequality is preventing home ownership and facilitating a constant state of transition disrupting communities. This article in The Philadelphia Inquirer unpacks the Black/white homeownership gap, and the role of realtors and bankers in perpetuating it.
Currently, unionized workers in Battle Creek, MI are striking against Kellogg and its attempts at union-busting and reinforcing tiered hierarchies. Read in Labor Notes how our comrades are refusing to break the line in this fight for better pay and recognition.
“If socialism, international, revolutionary socialism, does not stand staunchly, unflinchingly, and uncompromisingly for the working class and for the exploited and oppressed masses of all lands, then it stands for none and its claim is a false pretense and its profession a delusion and a snare.” - Eugene Victor Debs
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