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SNCC Members Tell Stories of Organizing for Civil Rights in the South

SNCC Members Tell Stories of Organizing for Civil Rights in the South

Filling the hall with her deep, warm and triumphant voice, Freedom Singer Rutha Harris led a conference room full of union members in song throughout a panel featuring the testimonies of women part of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), one of the critical forces of the Civil Rights movement that confronted racial segregation with nonviolent direct actions 

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Just Employers: Park Slope Parents Advocate for Domestic Workers’ Rights

Photo courtesy of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.

Check out the AFL-CIO's new In Our Communities website feature, "Just Employers: Park Slope Parents Advocate for Domestic Workers’ Rights."

In 2010, New York ratified landmark legislation for domestic workers, a group excluded from the legal protections—such as the right to organize and collectively bargain—granted by the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. The Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights gave domestic workers the right to overtime pay, paid days of rest and protection against sexual or racial harassment.

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Netroots Nation: A Bunch of Rich Guys Stole Our Money

If you're a progressive activist seeking to make economic change, delving into the role of "derivatives" or other arcane discussions likely results in blank stares. Which is why Erica Payne, founder of the Agenda Project says that progressives need to cut through the right-wing noise and talk about what's really happening to the U.S. economy. For Payne, explaining  the recession isn't complicated: "A bunch of rich privileged guys stole our money."

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Netroots Nation: Taking the Offense in State Elections

Netroots Nation: Taking the Offense in State Elections

Resist focusing on the shiny object, urged speakers at one of this morning’s panels at the start of Netroots Nation 2012 conference in Providence, R.I., where thousands of progressive activists, political junkies and new media nerds from across the country are gathering..

Moderated by Jordan Kupersmith, political targeting analyst at the AFL-CIO, panelists on “Taking the Offense in State Elections” urged folks in the room to keep their eyes on state elections and legislatures where many key issues are decided – voting rights, reproductive health, education reform, marriage equality and more – especially as attention shifts towards the presidential race, the bright and shiny object that captures the media's frenzy and activists' energy. 

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Fracking Exposes Workers to High Levels of Silica and Other Health Hazards

If you work in the hydraulic fracturing industry—better known as “fracking”—you may be exposed to high levels of crystalline silica, putting you at risk of developing silicosis, lung cancer and other debilitating diseases, according to a letter sent today from the AFL-CIO, Mine Workers (UMWA) and the United Steelworkers (USW) to the top federal safety agencies.

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LCLAA: Latinas Face Hardship at Work, in Communities

Latina workers face marked disadvantages in the workplace and the job market, according to a report released yesterday during the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) Trabajadoras Awards Luncheon honoring Latina leaders who have paved the way for working women to have a better quality of life. The report, “Trabajadoras: Challenges and Conditions of Latina Workers in the United States,” examines economic and social issues affecting Latina workers, conditions of Latina immigrants, the role unions play in providing economic security and issues facing Latino children and youths.

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Central Ohio Labor Council Honors Penn National Gaming

The Central Ohio Labor Council AFL-CIO and the United Way of Central Ohio Community Services Department have named Penn National Gaming to receive their Community Service Award. The award, which honors a community volunteer whose leadership and involvement have made a significant contribution to the community, was presented March 22 as part of the labor council’s annual George Meany Awards Banquet, the largest labor recognition of its kind.

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More of the Same: Voter Suppression in Pa.

Pennsylvania has become the latest state to pass a voter ID law in the Republican-led nationwide effort to deny the vote to millions. H.B. 934, which Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law last Wednesday, will effectively disenfranchise 691,000 Pennsylvanians who do not currently have a driver’s license, according to a 2006 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) estimate. African Americans, seniors, people with disabilities, the working poor and students are twice as likely as others to lack ID. Voter ID bills introduced across the country would disenfranchise more than 21 million eligible voters.

What has caused the sudden obsession over “voter fraud” that has seized Corbett and other Republican politicians all across the country?

The better question is not “what” but “who.” And for whom.

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