DC LaborFest Adds Events
Now in its last week, the DC LaborFest has added several more events to this year’s line-up, including two performances by the Judge Smith Band, a week-long run of “Two Days, One Night” at the Old Greenbelt Theatre, and a reading, "Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America," in addition to Wednesday night’s screening of “Blood Fruit” at the AFI. Full details tomorrow morning in LaborFest Today.
If your union or social justice organization has interns working for you this summer, the Metro Council would like to help them connect and network. Part of Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO summer intern Sivan Rosenthal's work will be to invite interns from unions – internationals and/or locals -- and partner social justice organizations for a series of evening gatherings throughout the summer. These informal events will be an opportunity for summer interns in the DC area to meet other folks doing good work in the labor movement, learn about each others' work, and build a strong network of young -- and future -- leaders committed to advancing worker rights. Email [email protected] if you have interns.
"Fix It, Staff It, Start It!"
A contingent of transit workers and Ward 6 residents gathered at the corner of H and 14th Streets NE on Friday to demand that unfairly-fired streetcar workers be re-hired so that service on the long-delayed DC Streetcar can begin. Led by Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689—the union representing WMATA workers—volunteers circulated petitions asking Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Council to intervene in a “financial and planning fiasco that is quickly becoming a human rights fiasco.”
Garlocks Walking for CSA
Metro Washington Council Union Cities Mobilizer Chris Garlock and his wife Lisa are walking 200 miles in Wales next month to celebrate their 32nd wedding anniversary and are also raising money for the MWC Community Services Agency's Emergency Assistance Fund , which assists hundreds of DC-area families annually with emergency financial needs. Donate what you can: .25/mile = $50; .50/mi = $100; $1/mi = $200; or whatever amount you like, "it will go to help prevent utility cut-offs and evictions, provide needed prescriptions, transportation so members can keep working, food, child care and other needs," says CSA Executive Director Kathleen McKirchy. Click here to contribute.