Josh Leclair has worked as a motorcycle mechanic and an organizer for a public sector union in Florida. He is currently active in Central Florida's labor and progressive movements, and is the District Organizer of Florida for the Communist Party USA. Leclair grew up in New Smyrna Beach, FL and now resides in Orlando.
Young Communist League
In 2005 Josh Leclair was an Orlando Florida member of the Young Communist League USA. The Orlando, YCLUSA club was five strong members and members were active in local chapters of the ACLU, NION, Amnesty International and ACORN.
Latinos for Peace
On October 31 2009, Latinos For Peace issued a statement calling for “no escalation of the war in Afghanistan and for expedited withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as an end to the coup government in Honduras”.
More than 100 activists endorsed the call, including Josh Leclair, Orlando, FL.
According to Shelby Radcliffe of Orlando YAYA, on Sunday December 9th, 2012, thirty-five members of the Orlando community convened outside the Wawa station at 7030 South Orange Blossom Trail around 1 p.m to hold a rally organized by Orlando YAYA which takes action to support farm workers and farm worker organizations. The rally was held after repeated efforts made by YAYA members and supporters to meet with Wawa Regional Manager Charlene Marko-Heim went unaddressed. YAYA would like to meet with Wawa management to discuss Wawa’s role in the tobacco supply chain, and their accountability to their consumers to ensure that the company is taking all necessary action to hold RJ Reynolds responsible for their treatment of tobacco pickers
Outside, the demonstration was painted with posters in the shape of leaves and short, powerful messages painted on them made by YAYA members. FLOC provided the rally with black and red flags that read “HASTA LA VICTORIA” and a banner that read, “Wawa consumers demand human rights for farmworkers,” which was held up by James Quill and Jonathon Alingu. When traffic would slow down at the intersection, people would run out in the street to hand out flyers to drivers and passengers. Josh Leclair stood at the entrance and exit of the Wawa to hand out flyers there and talk to customers. On the sidewalk, Nicole Godreau, YAYA Orlando president Emily Helm, and Curtis Hierro led chants and everyone sang along with passion.
Central Florida Jobs with Justice Executive Board
- Eric Clinton, Labor Co-chair
- Jonathon Alingu , Community Co-Chair
- Sheena Rolle , Treasurer
- Saqueena Callender , Secretary
- Josh Leclair , Trustee
- ↑ PW bio, accessed September 8, 2011
- ↑ http://www.yclusa.org/article/articleview/1701/1/302/
- ↑ http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/alanmaki/gGMyTh
- ↑ [http://nfwm-yaya.org/2012/12/yaya-rally-at-wawa/, YAYA Rally at Wawa Posted on December 11, 2012 by YAYA Admin]
- ↑ http://www.cfjwj.org/who.html, Central Florida Jobs with Justice website, accessed Jan. 10, 2013]