January Newsletter

General Membership Branch (GMB) meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at 7 PM.
Email [email protected] for location details.

Fellow Workers,

Welcome to the first e-newsletter of 2018! Feedback and collaboration are always welcome!

In addition to the events listed here, you can always check the Google Calendar of the NYC General Defense Committee (GDC) for more happenings. If you would like to submit radical events in and around New York City to the calendar, email details to [email protected].


Tuesday, January 23 at 7 p.m.: If you are interested in anti-repression work, come attend the NYC GDC's monthly meeting. Email [email protected] for location details.

Tuesday, February 13 at 7 p.m.: Attend the monthly meeting of the NYC IWW GMB. Watch this list for location details or email [email protected].


Monday, January 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.: Join a coalition of working-class groups in Columbus Circle to rally in solidarity with all striking workers. RSVP here.

Every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Join striking Spectrum workers at these locations around the city.


Mike Pesa, a longtime member of the IWW who currently belongs to the Baltimore GMB and previously belonged to the New York City GMB, needs our support. FW Mike’s wife, Heidi, a former kindergarten teacher, suffered a brain injury, and insurance will not cover the costs of her recovery. Read more about it here, and please donate here.

The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) is fighting draconian new package restrictions in New York State prisons. Read more about it here, and sign a petition against it here. In addition, if anyone is interested in writing to Fellow Workers who are currently incarcerated, please email [email protected].

In August, the NYC GDC held a successful fundraiser for J20 defendants (which include quite a few Wobblies), but more support is still needed. Please donate to the GDC fund for J20 here.


The branch has voted to collect dues online! This will be rolled out along with a revamped website that a group of FWs have put a ton of work into. Watch the list for the launch!

The GMB is working to account for its assets (social media accounts, finance accounts, etc.) and move ownership to the branch and/or appropriate officers or committees. Please email [email protected] if you currently run or have access to any of the branch’s assets.

The IWW one-pager is officially complete—and it looks great! You can find the document here. Make copies at home, surreptitiously at work, or at a unionized print shop, and distribute to help explain what the IWW is and what we do. Thank you to the Fellow Workers who put so much work into this!


Also Me (FW Kevin, who is working on a new record that documents his experience organizing with the IWW)

Battling for American Labor: Wobblies, Craft Workers, and the Making of the Union Movement by Howard Kimeldorf

"How a Fast Food Worker Became an Activist," Civil Eats

"Wobblies of the World, Unite: An Interview with Peter Cole," Jacobin

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