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University of Virginia Football Player Goes On Hunger Strike To Get Living Wage For University Employees

Joseph Williams moved more than 30 times as a child, living in homeless shelters, church basements, and the homes of family friends. Now Williams, a junior safety on the University of Virginia football team, is taking up a cause supporting university workers who are barely making enough to get by.

Williams is one of 18 Virginia students participating in a hunger strike — now more than a week long — to protest the poor wages paid to many of the university’s service employees. The strike, organized by the school’s Living Wage Campaign, began on February 17 with the goal of getting a living wage for underpaid employees. “I know first-hand what the economic struggle is like for many of these underpaid workers,” Williams wrote in an essay explaining his participation.

This is a marvelous display of solidarity. Good on the UVA students and Joseph Williams both.

Filed under University of Virginia Joseph Williams politics protest hunger strike solidarity Living Wage Campaign service industry labor football Virginia

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So inspiring! A rally is scheduled for October 28th in Tahir Square in solidarity with US protesters subjected to brutality by police - specifically Occupy Oakland and Occupy Wall Street.
Mohammed Maree describes himself as a “Veterinarian, Egyptian Blogger and Human rights activist” who blogs here.
Occupy here, occupy everywhere. Solidarity!

So inspiring! A rally is scheduled for October 28th in Tahir Square in solidarity with US protesters subjected to brutality by police - specifically Occupy Oakland and Occupy Wall Street.

Mohammed Maree describes himself as a “Veterinarian, Egyptian Blogger and Human rights activist” who blogs here.

Occupy here, occupy everywhere. Solidarity!

(Source: twitter.com)

Filed under Occupy Oakland Politics Occupy Wall Street OWS Egypt Tahir Square Mohammed Maree solidarity protest police Police brutality

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From Real Coastal Warriors:

Over 700 hundred Continental and United pilots, joined by additional pilots from other Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) carriers, demonstrate in front of Wall Street on Tuesday
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Solidarity forever, my friends! The Occupy Wall Street movement is growing and it’s a beautiful thing. Love the signs - how much is a pilot worth? A hell of a lot more than a Goldman Sachs executive if you ask me. So far, no one has asked me, much less them.
Maybe they should.

From Real Coastal Warriors:

Over 700 hundred Continental and United pilots, joined by additional pilots from other Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) carriers, demonstrate in front of Wall Street on Tuesday

Read more

Solidarity forever, my friends! The Occupy Wall Street movement is growing and it’s a beautiful thing. Love the signs - how much is a pilot worth? A hell of a lot more than a Goldman Sachs executive if you ask me. So far, no one has asked me, much less them.

Maybe they should.

Filed under Occupy Wall Street Politics Economy Airline Airline pilot pilot solidarity Wall Street New York City NYC protest inequality

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Student workers protest at Hershey’s, say their life not so sweet
For 400 foreign students, working at a Hershey’s chocolate packing plant in Palmyra, Pa., may be less sweet than it sounds.
The National Guestworker Alliance filed a complaint Wednesday on behalf of 400 international students who had apparently paid $3,000 to $6,000 to participate in a U.S.-certified cultural exchange program. The complaint, sent to the U.S. Department of State, says the students were exploited by Hershey Co. and that the company takes unfair advantage of the program.
The students also launched a protest at the plant. Those protests were continuing Thursday, with the students, labor leaders and Pennsylvania workers who have joined the fight rallying in downtown Hershey, according to an email alert the alliance sent to The Times
The organization, which helped organize the protests, has dubbed their efforts the Justice at Hershey’s Campaign.
The students, who hail from countries such as China, Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova, Mongolia, Ghana and Thailand, were recruited at their universities to participate in the U.S. State Department J-1 visa program, described on a U.S. State Department website as an Exchange Visitor Program. The program leads to a three-month visa that allows students to work in the United States while learning about American culture and improving their English skills.
The goal of the program, according to the State Department’s site, is to foster “global understanding through educational and cultural exchange.”
Instead, says a representative of the National Guestworker Alliance, students who wound up at the Hershey’s plant were living in “economic captivity,” forced to pay for mandatory company housing that left them with $40 to $140 a week for 40 hours of work.

Right on. These students came to this country to learn about America, American culture, and the American working experience. I’d argue this is a marvelous lesson.
Now, when will American workers protest conditions that leave them with $40 to $140 a week for 40 hours of work?

Student workers protest at Hershey’s, say their life not so sweet

For 400 foreign students, working at a Hershey’s chocolate packing plant in Palmyra, Pa., may be less sweet than it sounds.

The National Guestworker Alliance filed a complaint Wednesday on behalf of 400 international students who had apparently paid $3,000 to $6,000 to participate in a U.S.-certified cultural exchange program. The complaint, sent to the U.S. Department of State, says the students were exploited by Hershey Co. and that the company takes unfair advantage of the program.

The students also launched a protest at the plant. Those protests were continuing Thursday, with the students, labor leaders and Pennsylvania workers who have joined the fight rallying in downtown Hershey, according to an email alert the alliance sent to The Times

The organization, which helped organize the protests, has dubbed their efforts the Justice at Hershey’s Campaign.

The students, who hail from countries such as China, Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova, Mongolia, Ghana and Thailand, were recruited at their universities to participate in the U.S. State Department J-1 visa program, described on a U.S. State Department website as an Exchange Visitor Program. The program leads to a three-month visa that allows students to work in the United States while learning about American culture and improving their English skills.

The goal of the program, according to the State Department’s site, is to foster “global understanding through educational and cultural exchange.”

Instead, says a representative of the National Guestworker Alliance, students who wound up at the Hershey’s plant were living in “economic captivity,” forced to pay for mandatory company housing that left them with $40 to $140 a week for 40 hours of work.

Right on. These students came to this country to learn about America, American culture, and the American working experience. I’d argue this is a marvelous lesson.

Now, when will American workers protest conditions that leave them with $40 to $140 a week for 40 hours of work?

Filed under Hershey politics international workers students student protest labor organized labor protest solidarity

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ON WISCONSIN!

Very important information from Our Common Good on a reblog of this link. I’ve inserted some extra links and info:

August 9th is Election Day for:

  • Nancy Nusbaum [Facing Sen. Robert Cowles (R)] (Senate District 2)
  • Sandy Pasch [Facing Sen. Alberta Darling (R)] (Senate District 8)
  • Shelly Moore [Facing Sen. Shelia Harsdorf (R)] (Senate District 10)
  • Fred Clark [Facing Sen. Luther Olsen (R)] (Senate District 14) 
  • Jessica King [Facing Sen. Randy Hopper (R)] (Senate District 18)
  • Jennifer Shilling [Facing Sen. Dan Kapanke (R)] (Senate District 32)

August 16th is Election Day for: Jim Holperin (Senate District 12) and Bob Wirch (Senate District 22) (These are the two Democratic senators who were recalled)

If you are in Wisconsin, you can look up your voter registration and polling place location here.

No matter where you live, you can join this effort:

Background info on the recalls here. Currently, the Koch brothers and Tea Party Nation are dumping money and out-of-state organizers into Wisconsin. Judson Phillips, head of Tea Party Nation, is in Wisconsin claiming the unions/the left agenda "has killed billions of people" and is comparing Wisconsin protesters to Nazi storm troopers.

They’re against the ropes. Let’s go for the knockout. 

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