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Second Youth Track Meet-Up this coming Tuesday at Penumbra – all (but especially young folks) are welcome to attend

Originally posted on Classroom Struggle:

We are excited to host the second Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair Youth Track Meet-Up next week. Please join us if you are interested in helping to plan and recruit youth-led workshops and creatively vision other activities and meaningful spaces for youth at this year’s fair. All folks but especially young people of color, young queer folks and young women are welcome here!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Penumbra Theater
270 N Kent St, St Paul, MN 55102
6:30pm-8:30pm
RSVP Here

Hope to see you there!!

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Beyond F*ck You 2: workplace organizing against oppressive language and behavior

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A sequel to a previous article we’ve published, a Twin Cities IWW member writes about how he’s dealt with homophobic remarks and sentiments at work. This originally appeared in YOU BETTER WORK: queer, trans, feminist workers stories #1, which has a Facebook presence and can be purchased here. Read more

“I never met a man I admired more”: Vincent St. John (1876-1929)

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During the 109 years of the existence of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), there have been many organizers and members whose name has come to prominence within the union. Some were respected, a few have been hated, and others triggered feelings that are a mixture of the two. But arguably, no one has been as admired in the IWW as Vincent St. John. Read more

Fair Updates: Youth Track Meet-up and much more!

Originally posted on Classroom Struggle:

Youth Track Meet-Up Next Week:

We are excited to host a Twin Cities Social Justice Education Fair Youth Track Social Gathering next week. Please join us if you are interested in helping to plan and recruit youth-led workshops and creatively vision other activities and meaningful spaces for youth at this year’s fair. Young people of color, young queer folks and women are especially welcome here!

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change
911 W. Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411
4:00-6:00pm
Dinner provided
RSVP Here

At last week’s campaigns meet-up, educators, students, community organizers, and parents came together to discuss a wide variety of campaigns and organizing in the Twin Cities social justice education movement. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming meet-ups for the campaigns track and parent track!

Help us meet our fundraising needs for this year’s fair!

Based on last year’s costs and our expected…

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Exhaustive list of IWW pamphlets

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UPDATE 8/19/14: Added 21 titles. Cleaned up some formatting. Put ‘Unknown/Unclear Dates’ in alphabetical order.

UPDATE 8/3/14: Added 5 titles to list. Corrected date on 1 title. Added 1 more  to the criteria.

Here’s a list of IWW pamphlets. Most have links to PDFs or text, some may not be on the internet yet. Recognizing this is a work in progress, if you have information on pamphlets that aren’t on this list, please let us know in the comments!

Here is the following criteria for this list:

-Must have a cover (some “pamphlets” have the text starting on the “cover” and are more like handbills or leaflets, rather than the booklet-like pamphlet I’m more interested in).

-Must be under 100 pages (beyond that I think it can be considered a book).

-Must be put out by some official body of the IWW (or consist of material that was) or independently, by IWW members, as long as it is about, for or aimed at other IWW members or people who may be interested in the union.

-Must be directed more outward than inward (so pamphlets on how to do delegate tasks, fill out paper work or run a meeting are excluded).

-Must be in English (other languages should be a separate list/project) Read more

Remember 1934!

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This month marks the 80th Anniversary of a series of important strikes in American history. The West Coast waterfront strike, the Toledo Auto-Lite strike and, closer to home, the Minneapolis trucker’s strike. All 3 of them were happening simultaneously in late Spring and Summer of 1934. The victories these strikes ended in (whether full or partial), set important precedents for industrial unionism, mass picketing, unemployed involvement, radicals being the decisive factor and breaking anti-union vigilante alliances.

Here in the Twin Cities, Remember ’34, a group created to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Minneapolis strike, is holding a series of events this weekend.

Thursday, July 17

“Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers’ Strikes of 1934″ book event, 6:30–9PM, Minneapolis Central Library, 2nd floor, Doty Board Room

In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the 1934 truckers’ strikes, Canadian labor historian Bryan Palmer will talk about his book “Revolutionary Teamsters: The Minneapolis Truckers’ Strikes of 1934.” The strikes had state-wide significance and galvanized the labor movement in Minnesota.

Friday, July 18

Labor Movie Night, 6:00PM @ Bell Museum Auditorium

In 1934, a number of citywide and industry wide strikes changed the face of labor in this country. We’ll commemorate the 80th anniversary by sharing documentary footage of the most significant strikes of that year: West Coast Longshore Workers; Toledo Autolite Workers; Minneapolis Truckers; and Southern Textile Workers. This special screening is part of the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the strike that made Minneapolis a town. Special guest speakers include Joe Burns, author of Reviving the Strike and Strike Back, and Bryan Palmer, author of Revolutionary Teamster. Screening will be at the Bell Museum Auditorium on the U of M Mpls. Campus, corner of University Ave. & 17th Ave SE.

Saturday, July 19

Teamsters march, 3PM, starting at Star Tribune printing plant

The public is welcome to join Teamsters Local 120 for a march to the “Bloody Friday” site from a staging area near the Star Tribune printing plant at 800 North 1st St., Minneapolis. Teamsters Local 120 is the successor local to Teamsters Local 574, which waged the historic 1934 strike. Earlier in the afternoon July 19, Teamsters Local 120 will host a rally and picnic for its members at Boom Island Park. For more information, contact Paul Slattery at 651-343-1714.

One Day in July: a Street Festival for the Working Class, 4PM-10PM, 3rd St & 7th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN

Featuring: I Self Devine, Tall Paul, MaLLy, Steve Kaul & The Brass Kings, Mad Dogs of Glory, Shannon Murray, The Blowout, Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue Aztec Dance, The Little Thunderbirds Drum and Dance Troupe and more.

For the 80th anniversary of the events that “Made Minneapolis a Union Town” we are once again holding a street festival to commemorate the 1934 Teamsters strike and to remember and honor the victims of the “Bloody Friday” shootings.

Join us for this festival of Music, Art, Performance, Historical Displays, Food, and Speeches. We are not only commemorating the struggles of the past, but also pointing to the struggles of today and the future.

We will also be showcasing the design for a planned permanent historical marker on the site that we hope to place later this year.

Sunday, July 20

80th Anniversary Teamsters’ Strike Bike Tour, 10:30am, Peavey Plaza, Nicollet Mall and 11th Street

Bring your bike and join us in celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Minneapolis Teamsters’ Strike by touring the important sites of the historic struggle and learning of their significance. The tour will terminate at the 80th Anniversary Picnic, where bikers can join the festivities that will include music, speakers, and food.

Depart at 10:30am from Peavey Plaza
Tour Historical Sites (Mostly Downtown)
Arrive at Minnehaha Park for Picnic celebration

80th Anniversary Picnic – Minnehaha Park, 12PM, 4655 46th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Descendants of participants in the 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters strikes will be honored at a picnic planned Sunday, July 20, from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. at Wabun Picnic Area at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis (follow Godfrey Parkway north from Minnehaha Falls, turn right into Wabun Picnic Area). The event will feature brief speeches, a free picnic lunch, children’s games, and music by folksinger Larry Long and others

To contact the planners of the July 19 street festival and July 20 picnic, e-mail remember1934mpls[at]gmail.com or phone 612-802-1482. A facebook page, www.facebook.com/remember1934, also provides updates and posts featuring “this week in strike history.”

Twin Ports Industrial Workers of the World

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For those further up north in Minnesota/Wisconsin, there’s a small group of Wobblies in the Twin Ports getting things going.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/twinportsiwwsolidarity
Email: iwwduluth@riseup.net
Mailing Address: PO Box 3232, Duluth, Minnesota 55803

YARD SALE (Complete w/PANCAKE BREAKFAST!!)

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Please come this Sunday the 22nd to a double header fundraiser for the Junior Wobblies! We are raising money to fund Junior Wobblies, an outdoor adventure and political education camp for the next generation of labor organizers!

From 10-4 we will be having a yard sale! All proceeds go to funding camp! Rain location will be inside 4200 Cedar.

ADDITIONALLY we will be having a PANCAKE BREAKFAST from 11-2! Vegan and vegetarian options available.

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014, 10AM-4PM
Location: 4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

IWW Picket of Harriet Brewing and Tap Room

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Harriet Brewing and Tap Room is holding a SCAB FUNDRAISER for Sisters Camelot, a business that the IWW has been striking for over a year, through the self-organized Sisters Camelot Canvass Union (SCCU).

Sisters Camelot fired one of these workers on th the IWW on March 4th, 2013. Since then, the workers have been on strike. The National Labor Relations Board has consistently ruled in favor of the striking workers, and Sisters Camelot responded with ever-more-embarrassing tactics: allowing a notoriously misogynistic union-busting lawyer, John Hauge, to represent them pro bono, and even encouraging an attack on IWW members on May Day (of all days, they attack us on a day memorializing the fight for the 8-hour day!).

The IWW has called for a Complete Boycott.

The following unions have signed solidarity statements and pledged to encourage and enforce the boycott: AFSCME 34, AFSCME 3800, CWA 7250, and TEAMSTERS 638. The Twin Cities General Defense Committee has also condemned the Sisters Camelot Collective and thrown their full solidarity to the striking workers.

These striking workers have endured over a year of precarious existence, living with extremely few means, all as a result of the Sisters Camelot collective and their allies engaging in classic capitalist union busting techniques.

These workers provided approximately 95% of the Sisters Camelot funding base, as canvassers. They are on strike. Supporting a fundraiser is SCAB WORK.

The IWW has always enjoyed the Harriet Brewing Tap Room. Immediately across from our office, we have supported it and been customers since day one.

We assumed that this error was merely that – an error made without knowledge and in good faith. We assumed that after we reached out to the manager and owner and explained the situation, they would cancel the event.

But for the past two weeks, through emails, documents dropped off at the tap room, and many many phone calls, the management of the Tap Room has refused to respond.

 

We went in one last time on Thursday, and explained that if they did not cancel the fundraiser, we would picket, and that this picket would hurt their business. This is, after all, the intent of any picket. We told them we didn’t want this to happen, especially to the workers at the brewery, but that we have to look out for our Fellow Workers in the union first and foremost. We practically begged them to cancel this event.

But they haven’t.

So on SATURDAY, JUNE 21st, WE WILL GATHER AS MANY WORKERS AND SUPPORTERS AS WE CAN AND PICKET THEIR PAID EVENT, BEGINNING AT 6 PM.

Show up at 5:30 on the sidewalk across the street from the brewery! Show your support for independent worker-directed unions! Show your refusal to allow scabs and bosses to rule our world!

And yes – this is going to be FUN. Bring your party mindset.

Time:5:30 PM, Saturday, June 21 2014

Place: 3036 Minnehaha Ave Minneapolis, MN 55406

Phone Blast Harriet Brewing!

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Sisters’ Camelot is a union-busting organization whose fundraising workers have been on strike since March 1, 2013 and have endured a long and brutal union-busting campaign by their bosses.

On May 4th a peaceful picket of the Sisters’ Camelot Kitchenbus was violently attacked by supporters of the union-busters at the May Day Festival. In response the Twin Cities IWW announced a complete boycott of Sisters’ Camelot whose canvass workers are still on strike. This boycott was endorsed by AFSCME Local 3800, AFSCME Local 34, Teamster Local 638, CWA Local 7250. More info can be found at: tcorganizer.com

Minneapolis bar & brewery Harriet Brewing has announced they will be hosting a fundraising event for Sisters’ Camelot on Monday, June 23rd.

Please call Harriet Brewing several times a day, every day this week with the following message:

“Harriet Brewing is hosting a fundraising event for union-busting organization Sisters’ Camelot on Monday, June 23rd. Sisters Camelots’ fundraisers are still on strike and there is currently a full boycott of Sisters’ Camelot that has been endorsed by five prominent local unions. Please publicly cancel the event and notify the striking workers union at twincities@iww.org.”

Here’s the phone number:

General phone: 612-315-4633

(call this number and ask to speak to a manager or whomever is in charge.

Call several times per day. Leave messages if you don’t get through. Call every day this week!

Their hours are:
Tuesday: 4:00-11:00 pm
Wednesday: 4:00-11:00 pm
Thursday: 4:00-12:00 am
Friday: 4:00-12:00 am
Saturday: 1:00-12:00 am

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