Protests will be held today in Washington, New York City, Boston and Montreal to protest the political imprisonment of Lula, the popular former President of Brazil. Lula, a former union president, focused on the needs of the poor and working people during his two terms and, despite being jailed on April 7 for “undetermined actions,” is seeking the presidency as a leader of the Workers Party. The AFL-CIO released “Defending Democracy in Brazil” on July 26 to support free democratic elections, human and labor rights in Brazil. The Solidarity Center called Lula’s jailing “a politically motivated attempt to disqualify him as a candidate for president.” See Calendar at right for details on the 1p demonstration in DC.
UFCW 400 agreed to extend its current contract with Kroger until August 16 while negotiations on a new contract continue. "We will not be rushed into a bad deal," Local 400 told members. "Our goal remains to negotiate a fair contract with better wages, affordable healthcare and respect for our union." photo: Richmond-Tidewater Kroger Bargaining Committee
Around the world, a pattern of attacks against freedom of assembly and collective bargaining is increasing even in countries with strong democracies within a broader clampdown on human rights and restrictions on civic space.“Democratic organizing of workers is suppressed and all the democratic spaces to organize are shrinking. Thus, workers are unable to bargain collectively for their fair and just share and to sustain the present unjust economic order,” says Sanjiv Pandita, regional representative for Solidar Suisse in Hong Kong. Read more at the Solidarity Center. Photo courtesy HRW
“We must develop huge demonstrations, because the world is used to big dramatic affairs. They think in terms of hundreds of thousands and millions and billions... Billions of dollars are appropriated at the twinkling of an eye. Nothing little counts.”
The civil rights leader and union president was a key organizer for the 1963 "March on Washington" (see Labor History below); organized by black labor activists who called not only for an end to prejudice, but also for a federal jobs program, equality at work, and increasing the minimum wage. Martin Luther King delivered his famous "I have a dream" speech at the 1963 march, which was a factor in the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
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