Fight for 15 in RVA video

Posted: May 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Jen Lawhorne

http://youtu.be/DKo4U4RmIiI

Loving and Looting in RVA

Posted: May 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

Shockoe Bottom Baseball discected in video form!
Well done!
http://youtu.be/pn2HEDI1Nlc

Loving and Looting in RVA: http://youtu.be/pn2HEDI1Nlc

Over 45 people came out at 6am today to strike or support striking workers at the Burger King on Chamberlayne. There will be another strike today at 11am at the KFC on Belt Blvd. Details in a post below.
Please share this media as the local news did not come out for the 6am event.
Over 150 cities globally are on strike today!!
These photos are by Mo and Tammie

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Thursday May 15!!!!

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Come out Richmond to support Fast Food Workers in their fight for 15 and the right to unionize. We need all community support that we can get!!

Early birds, come get your strike on at 6am at 2601 Chamberlayne Ave @ Burger King before you go to work or school!!! It means a lot to Fast food workers to get community support.

Later, join us at BCT Local 203T, 231 Belt Blvd, Richmond, VA 23224 at 9am on Thursday May 15. We will gather, connect, make signs and prepare for the demo. At 10:45 we will march to the KFC at 401 Belt Blvd.

Facebook page for the event: https://m.facebook.com/?_rdr#!/profile.php?id=572614862836137

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The first strike happened in New York over a year ago, several months later fast food workers, in over 60 cities across the nation, went on strike. Last December, fast food workers in over a 100 cities, including Richmond for the first time, went on strike. Now, on May 15th, fast food workers from 33 countries in every continent (except Antarctica) will be going out to strike as well.

After our last strike in December, McDonald’s, one of the biggest corporations in the world, admitted to the SEC that the strikes are hurting and that they may need to increase wages. City after city have passed living-wage bills, Connecticut soon followed. With so many believing that the labor movement is dying, we are proving them dead-wrong. We are remaking history.

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http://www.salon.com/2014/03/04/mcdonalds_to_sec_strikes_hurt_and_we_might_have_hike_pay/

Our wage theft action in April was a huge success; with various unions and community supporters coming out in solidarity, but there were union busters on-site as well. What has kept the workers safe from retaliation at that Wendys was the overwhelming community support. We can expect the boss response to be more coordinate and severe this time around, so our community support has to be even greater. We are going to win this thing, but only with more of the support that you all have given since day one.

So we are gathering at BCT Local 203T at 9am and marching to the KFC at 10:45am

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Thursday May 15!!!!

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Come out Richmond to support Fast Food Workers in their fight for 15 and the right to unionize. We need all community support that we can get!!

Early birds, come get your strike on at 6am at 2601 Chamberlayne Ave @ Burger King before you go to work or school!!! It means a lot to Fast food workers to get community support.

Later, join us at BCT Local 203T, 231 Belt Blvd, Richmond, VA 23224 at 9am on Thursday May 15. We will gather, connect, make signs and prepare for the demo. At 10:45 we will march to the KFC at 401 Belt Blvd.

Facebook page for the event: https://m.facebook.com/?_rdr#!/profile.php?id=572614862836137

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The first strike happened in New York over a year ago, several months later fast food workers, in over 60 cities across the nation, went on strike. Last December, fast food workers in over a 100 cities, including Richmond for the first time, went on strike. Now, on May 15th, fast food workers from 33 countries in every continent (except Antarctica) will be going out to strike as well.

After our last strike in December, McDonald’s, one of the biggest corporations in the world, admitted to the SEC that the strikes are hurting and that they may need to increase wages. City after city have passed living-wage bills, Connecticut soon followed. With so many believing that the labor movement is dying, we are proving them dead-wrong. We are remaking history.

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http://www.salon.com/2014/03/04/mcdonalds_to_sec_strikes_hurt_and_we_might_have_hike_pay/

Our wage theft action in April was a huge success; with various unions and community supporters coming out in solidarity, but there were union busters on-site as well. What has kept the workers safe from retaliation at that Wendys was the overwhelming community support. We can expect the boss response to be more coordinate and severe this time around, so our community support has to be even greater. We are going to win this thing, but only with more of the support that you all have given since day one.

So we are gathering at BCT Local 203T at 9am and marching to the KFC at 10:45am

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Hey VCU Students

Your school is raising tuition, again.

Tuition raises and library fees are making VCU less and less accessible to low income people. And will put many students further and further in debt as they struggle to make their way through VCU.

Stop the madness, and stop the tuition hikes.

VCU students really ought to start pushing back against their administration. Every tuition raise seems to go by without a peep or protest. Start a movement, you will get tons of community support.

Because allll that tuition money to VCU is going towards plans the residents of this City are against. Please do not cave in and give VCU more money, they will only do evil with it. We are tired of their gentrification, high rise structures, destruction of historic buildings, chain restaurants and more.

Also consider the low wages they pay many of their employees and support the campaign for a Living wage at VCU. This money is not going to the workers. Richmond is a city where 40% of our youth live in poverty. Those kids will grow up and want to be students and if workers (many parents) in this City are not paid a living wage the cycle of poverty will just continue. Richmond’s youth deserve the chance to go to college but increased costs without increased wages is the sort of inflation the working class can not continue to cope with.

Even students who can afford the increase need to act in solidarity with students who can not and future students who won’t even get an opportunity to go to VCU because of the high costs.

We hope to see student response around this and will gladly support student protests or strikes.

See this article in the Richmond Times Dispatch for more details.

RICHMOND AREA VIRGINIA ORGANIZING UPDATE, May 9, 2014

 

CALENDAR FOR VO AND OTHER EVENTS
Ongoing, Special Session of the Virginia General Assembly on the budget

Ongoing, effort to stop the privatization of Monroe Park, see http://www.freemonroepark.com

May 12, 11:45 am (every Monday), Moral Monday’s for Medicaid expansion at St Paul’s Church downtown

May 12, 6:00 Richmond City Council meeting, possible resolution on Medicaid expansion

May 13, 1:30pm rally for Kroger’s workers, Kroger’s Marketplace, 9000 Staples Mill Rd

May 14, all day, call in to Mayor Jones’ office to stop privatization of Monroe Park, 804-646-7970   (804) 6

May 14, VO Transit Action Team calling bus riders who have signed petition in support of BRT

May 14, 5:00 pm, special Richmond City Council meeting on the budget,

                This could be an important decision on Shockoe Bottom stadium

May 15, International Fast Food workers strike, Richmond actions

                6:00 am, rally at 2601 Chamberlayne

                9:00-noon  gather at BCT union hall 231 Belt Blvd then march to rally at nearby store

May 15, 7:00 pm, opponents of Shockoe Stadium meeting, 224 South Cherry Street Read the rest of this entry »

Southerners On New Ground
Building Connecting and Amplifying LGBTQ Organizing for Liberation
With Our People, Against the Stadium in Shockoe Bottom 

Note: We want to make a correction that one of the demands against the stadium in Shockoe Bottom has been to protect and preserve the history and legacy of Black communities’ resistance in Shockoe Bottom. We apologize for the mix up. 

May 8th, 2014

Here in Richmond, we find ourselves in a defining moment of our city’shistory. As Southerners on New Ground (SONG), a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer organization of people living and working in Richmond and throughout the South, we are constantly having to fight for our right to be safe and be who we are in public, and have safety and true representation in our schools. We are intimately familiar with what it means to have our histories erased.

That was why we mobilized our membership in Richmond around the fight against the stadium in Shockoe Bottom. A few months ago, under the banner of progress and economic development the Mayor, in partnership with Venture Richmond (a private development non-profit with massive contracts with the City of Richmond) re-introduced a plan to build a stadium in Shockoe Bottom.  This plan would increase displacement of generations of families, pour millions of tax-payerdollars into private corporate developers pockets and literally pave over Shockoe Bottom’s history of slavery. It is a proposed plan that has sought to use public funds to develop Richmond towards the interests of the wealthiest, and away from the interests of the poorest, while disrespecting the histories of Black communities in our town. It is also a proposal that is a terrible use of tax-payer dollars, especially when considering the needs of our city public schools.

Since the introduction of this plan there has been massive local resistance and opposition from all corners of the city and over the last week we have made tremendous progress. Groups like The Defenders, Collective X, Wingnut RVA, Food Not Bombs, ALO, Urban Collective, SONG and hundreds of residents and families.

Our demands have been clear:

1.Protect and preserve the history and legacy of Black communities’ resistance in Shockoe Bottom

2. Stop the stadium from being built in Shockoe

3. Use tax-payer money to fund and fix Richmond Public Schools

This is what we know right now:

1. City Council introduced new amendments that moves the stadium site out of Shockoe by pulling public money out of this project and re-allocating that  money toward Public Education.

2. This new proposal passed! (In a 5 to 4 vote)

3. That is HUGE progress towards our goals!

4. The Mayor has threatened to veto these amendments from City Council

5. The city is in turmoil and NOW we need to call him and let him know that we oppose the stadium in Shockoe and support public money going to Public Education!

We are ready and willing to do our part to co-create a 21st century Richmond that grapples with and solves the real problems in our community: a seriously underfunded public education system, a lack of stable jobs with fair pay, and widespread poverty and violence.  That work happens one step at a time. Will you help us win this step? Help us maximize the work that so many people in Richmond have put in already, and let’s take this particular fight all the way home!

We ask you to take action TODAY, tomorrow and as long as this fight continues by:

1) Picking up the PHONE and make an immediate call to Mayor’s office (804)646-7970  demand that he not Veto City Council’s proposal:

“My name is______, and I am calling to let Mayor Jones know that we need tax payer dollars in our schools and not going to private interests who are trying to pave over African and African-American history, the history of slavery in Richmond. We demand that your administration respect city council’s amendments to the Shockoe Bottom stadium proposal. We ask that Mayor Jones DOES NOT veto their decision. Thank you”

2) Be present at one or ALL of these events (thank you to the Defenders for these critical dates and information):

6 pm, Monday, May 12 – RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL MEETING – Richmond City Hall, Council Chambers. This could be a critical meeting when Mayor Jones may introduce stadium-related ordinances.

7 pm, Thursday, May 15 – STADIUM ACTIVISTS MEETING, hosted by the Defenders – William Byrd Community House, 224 So. Cherry St., Richmond. Bring your ideas and your commitment to work.

6 pm, Mon., May 26 – RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL MEETING – Richmond City Hall, Council Chambers. Could be a critical meeting when council would have to vote 6-3 to override Jones’s expected veto of the City budget, including council’s decision to deny the mayor money for the Shockoe Bottom development plan.
Please contact Salem Acuna at salem@southernersonnewground.org or call 804-933-9945 to get more involved.

 
     
SONG envisions a sustainable South that embodies the best of its freedom traditions and works towards the transformation of our economic, social, spiritual, and political relationships. We envision a multi-issue southern justice movement that unites us across class, age, race, ability, gender, immigration status, and sexuality; a movement in which LGBTQ people – poor and working class, immigrant, people of color, rural – take our rightful place as leaders shaping our region’s legacy and future. We are committed to restoring a way of being that recognizes our collective humanity and dependence on the Earth.
http://www.southernersonnewground.org
 

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Come out Richmond to support Fast Food Workers in their fight for 15 and the right to unionize. We need all community support that we can get!!

Early birds, come get your strike on at 6am at 2601 Chamberlayne Ave @ Burger King before you go to work or school!!! It means a lot to Fast food workers to get community support.

Later, join us at BCT Local 203T, 231 Belt Blvd, Richmond, VA 23224 at 9am on Thursday May 15. We will gather, connect, make signs and prepare for the demo. At 10:45 we will march to the KFC at 401 Belt Blvd.

Facebook page for the event: https://m.facebook.com/?_rdr#!/profile.php?id=572614862836137

The first strike happened in New York over a year ago, several months later fast food workers, in over 60 cities across the nation, went on strike. Last December, fast food workers in over a 100 cities, including Richmond for the first time, went on strike. Now, on May 15th, fast food workers from 33 countries in every continent (except Antarctica) will be going out to strike as well.

After our last strike in December, McDonald’s, one of the biggest corporations in the world, admitted to the SEC that the strikes are hurting and that they may need to increase wages. City after city have passed living-wage bills, Connecticut soon followed. With so many believing that the labor movement is dying, we are proving them dead-wrong. We are remaking history.

http://www.salon.com/2014/03/04/mcdonalds_to_sec_strikes_hurt_and_we_might_have_hike_pay/

Our wage theft action in April was a huge success; with various unions and community supporters coming out in solidarity, but there were union busters on-site as well. What has kept the workers safe from retaliation at that Wendys was the overwhelming community support. We can expect the boss response to be more coordinate and severe this time around, so our community support has to be even greater. We are going to win this thing, but only with more of the support that you all have given since day one.

So we are gathering at BCT Local 203T at 9am and marching to the KFC at 10:45am

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Fast food workers around the US and the world will be engaging in the largest fast food strike in labor history. Come to this planning meeting to see how you can help here in Richmond.

Wednesday May 7 @ 6pm ay the NACL

The NACL is on 2416 Chamberlayne Ave. See you all there!