February Newsletter

February 15, 2018


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 February edition of our e-newsletter! Feedback and collaboration are always encouraged. Simply reply to this email to learn how to get more involved in its production.

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].

UPCOMING BRANCH EVENTS

Every day at various times: We need Fellow Workers to participate in consumer education. Please email FW Frank if you would like to sign up for a shift.

Saturday, February 17 from 4 to 7 p.m.: Securing communications and information within your organizing efforts has never been more important. Join the NYC GDC for an information security training. Register for free here.

Saturday, February 17 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Enjoy FW Dorian Wallace's performance in the Precarious Sounds / Sounding Sanctuary conference at Silver Center Block (28 Waverly Place, Manhattan). Register for free here.

Sunday, February 18 from 12 to 6 p.m.: Join the NYC GDC for a second day of training — this time focusing on picketing and marshaling. Register for free here.

Saturday, February 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Join an IWW contingent in flyering at the People's Day of Action rally in Foley Square. Please email FW Ryan if you would like to participate.

Sunday, March 4 from 5 to 8 p.m.: The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), along with the Stop the Raids Coalition, is hosting their monthly Family Gathering Against the Raids. Come to the Bronx Social Center for letter-writing and hat-passing for desperately needed commissary money. Email [email protected] for more details.

Thursday, March 8 from 4 to 6 p.m.: Join an IWW contingent in flyering at the International Women's Strike rally in Washington Square Park. Please email FW Liss if you would like to participate.

Tuesday, March 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, March 19 from 7:30 to 10 p.m.: Join the NYC GDC in viewing the next installment of Trouble, an anarchist documentary series, at Starr Bar (214 Starr Street, Brooklyn).

Friday, March 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 24 from 12 to 5 p.m.: Learn how to respond to widespread natural and man-made disasters with Mutual Aid Disaster Relief in this two-day training at The Base (1286 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn). Register for free here.

PROTESTS, PICKETS & MORE AROUND THE CITY

March 11 to 15: Fast alongside members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) in the Freedom Fast in NYC. Sign up here.

Thursday, March 15 at 5 p.m.: Join the CIW for the Time's Up Wendy's March. Get more info here.

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

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

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.

ORGANIZING RESOURCES

The branch has voted to collect dues online! You can pay dues in person or on our revamped website, which will be launching soon!

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.

WHAT WOBBLIES READ & LISTEN TO

"Amazon Patents Wristband that Tracks Warehouse Workers' Movements," Portside

"Burgerville Workers Union Finish Three-Day Strike," IGDcast

"The Enigmatic Anarchist," Jacobin

Death in the Haymarket by James Green

January Newsletter

January 11, 2018


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].

UPCOMING EVENTS

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].

PROTESTS, PICKETS, & MORE AROUND THE CITY

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.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

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.

ORGANIZING RESOURCES

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!

WHAT WOBBLIES READ & LISTEN TO

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

December Newsletter

December 26, 2017


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


UPCOMING EVENTS

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].

Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 6 PM to 11 PM: Two Wobbly bands — The Missioncreep and The Squeegee Men — are playing at The Gateway (1272 Broadway) in Brooklyn. Come out and support Fellow Workers Ben, Joseph and Martin! RSVP here.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 7 PM: If you are interested in anti-repression work, come attend the NYC GDC’s monthly meeting. Email [email protected] for location details.

Tuesday, January 9, 2017 at 7 PM: Attend the monthly meeting of the NYC IWW GMB. Watch this list for location details or email [email protected].

PROTESTS, PICKETS & MORE AROUND THE CITY

The Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM NYC) has launched their Community Bail Fund, helping those who cannot afford bail. The RAM NYC Community Bail Fund intends to release at least one person each month from Riker’s Island or central bookings. Support the fund here.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 7:30 PM to 9 PM: Join Democracy at Work for an evening featuring Kali Akuno, co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson, the successful network of worker-owned cooperatives building an alternative, solidarity-based economy in Jackson. RSVP here.

Every Day from 8 AM to 5 PM: Join striking Spectrum workers at these locations around the city.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Officer elections were held at December’s branch meeting! The 2018 NYC GMB officers are:
Branch Secretary: FW Frank;
Branch Treasurer: FW Liss;
Organizing Department Liaison: FW Ben.

The IWW one-pager is officially complete — and 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!

There is a push in the IWW to organize people working in education (K-12 or higher education). If you work in education and would like to connect with this organizing, please contact FW Jen.

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 continue to donate to the GDC fund for J20.

WHAT WOBBLIES READ & LISTEN TO

The Portside“Workers ‘Proud Beecher’s Cheese Will be Union Cheese’ After Voting to Join Teamsters Local 553”

Huffington Post“Amazon Temp Workers Who Deliver the Holidays are Getting Squeezed”

IGDcast“#DropJ20 Podcast Update #3: Police Take the Stand”

November Newsletter

November 17, 2017


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


UPCOMING EVENTS

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].

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7 PM: Fellow Worker Terry has written a book, A Serf’s Journal, about his experience organizing during the Jeff Boat wildcat strike in 2001. The book launch will be held at Bluestockings Bookstore. RSVP here.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7 PM: If you are interested in anti-repression work, come attend the NYC GDC’s monthly meeting. Email [email protected] for location details.

Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 6 PM to 9 PM: The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), along with the Stop the Raids Coalition, is hosting their third monthly Family Gathering Against the Raids. Come to the Bronx Social Center and hangout with family members affected by unjust New York City Housing Authority “gang raids.” There will be food, letter-writing and the hat passed for much-needed commissary money. RSVP here.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 3 PM: The NYC GDC is hosting a self-defense training with Pop Gym at The Spectrum. Email [email protected] for more info.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 6 PM to 9 PM: Come and learn about IWOC’s work and how you can get involved. This event will cover all the ways you can help organize our Fellow Workers who are incarcerated. Location to be decided. RSVP here.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7 PM: Attend the monthly meeting of the NYC IWW GMB. Watch this list for location details or email [email protected].

PROTESTS, PICKETS & MORE AROUND THE CITY

Friday, November 17, 2017 from 9 PM to 12 AM: Come out to the Pine Box Rock Shop and sing karaoke to raise money for protesters arrested on Inauguration Day in Washington DC (also known as J20 defendants). RSVP here.

Monday, November 20, 2017 at 5:30 PM: March with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers as they bring their fight against Wendy’s to NYC and demand a “harvest without violence.” RSVP here.

Every Day from 8 AM to 5 PM: Join striking Spectrum workers at these locations around the city.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Last month the NYC GMB co-hosted the book launch of Wobblies of the World. The event was a huge success, featuring editor Peter Cole and Nation journalist Michelle Chen. Check out the recording on Facebook.

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 continue to donate to the GDC Bail Fund for J20.

WHAT WOBBLIES READ & LISTEN TO

The Nation“Here’s One Union That Can’t be Touched by ‘Right to Work’ Laws”

The New York Times“How Prosecutors Turn a Protest into a ‘Riot'”

Slate: “Barbara Ehrenreich: Worker Abuse Is Rampant, and Sexual Harassment is Just the Start”

Dissent Magazine“Belabored Podcast #138: Wobblies of the World, Then and Now, with Peter Cole”

Radical Underground (Podcast)

How to Organize a General Strike: A Movement Reflection

January 14, 2017


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Contact us if you want to know more about IWW in NYC.


Over the past decade, calls for general strikes have become a recurrent feature of the social movement landscape in the United States. In some cases, these have led to mass actions involving thousands or millions of workers. In others, they have largely failed to materialize beyond Facebook event pages. As we head into an era of right-wing control of all three branches of the federal government, increased erosion of civil rights and the right to organize, and intensified attacks on workers, women, people of color, LGBTQ, and muslims, what can a look at the past ten years of mass mobilizations tell us about how to build and exert power without friends in high places?

In this panel discussion, organizers from mass strike mobilizations of the past ten years will share their reflections on what worked and what didn’t, so that we can fight to win in the intense years ahead.

Participants include:

Quebec IWW: May Day 2015 Public Sector General Strike
Annabelle Sanchez and Éric Dufault were both involved in the campaign for a May Day general strike in Quebec in 2015. Through the IWW-Montreal and other social movements they helped organize one of the first political strikes in Quebec since the 1980’s. Annabelle is also part of different collectives in feminist and antifascist struggles. Éric is also a participant in the antifascist and anarchist movements. They both participated in the student movement during and before the Quebec student strike of 2012, which is one of the inspirations for the May Day strike of 2015. They also started a cultural collective together called Dure Réalité to try to spread their political values.

National Women’s Liberation: J20 Women Strike
Adrielle Munger will be on strike on January 20-21, 2017 as part of the Women Strike, called by National Women’s Liberation. Taking cues from many previous successful Women’s Strikes throughout the world, this strike aims to raise consciousness about the unfair work – paid and unpaid – that falls on women, and get women organized and ready for the long fight ahead. Adrielle has been active in NWL and Redstockings (Redstockings.org) since 2013, and also organizes to fight the exploitation of unpaid interns in the Intern Worker Alliance. Adrielle works as a research assistant for the Redstockings Women’s Liberation Archives for Action in New York City, and is a freelance researcher and copyeditor. When she is not studying radical feminism and movement history, Adrielle is writing a book about the Faust Myth and the Internet. Adrielle is striking from wearing makeup, ignoring street harassment, accepting misogynist comments, and working her 3(!!) paid jobs to pay her exorbitant rent. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Movimiento Cosecha: General Strike for Immigrant Rights
Movimiento Cosecha seeks to become a nonviolent army with the function of catalyzing immigrants and allies towards massive non­cooperation to win permanent protection, dignity and respect for immigrants in the US. Cosecha seeks to create change by winning the hearts, minds, and support of a majority of Americans and achieving active, sustained support of about 3.5% of the population. Therefore, their work and actions are focused on winning over more and more people, not politicians or CEOs. Movimiento Cosecha’s organizing is based on a four-phased strategy:

  1. Build support in the immigrant and ally community for a new immigration solution
  2. Demonstrate that political parties cannot give us what we want
  3. Publically affect the American economy and its dependence on immigrant & ally consumers through boycotts
  4. Stop the country for periods of time through a general strike and massive civil disobedience until recognition and protection has been enabled

Moderator:

Immanuel Ness is Professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Social Change, University of Johannesburg. His research focuses on migration, working class mobilization, labor movements in the Global South, urban movements of the poor and dispossessed, and socialist political theory. Ness is author of Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class (Pluto, 2015) and many other books.

Sponsored by the NYC IWW. Organized in collaboration with the all-day event, Anti-Trump Free School / Escuelita Libre Anti-Trump, co-organized by Free University – NYC and Mayday Space.