DSLC Strike Solidarity Call
DSLC Strike Solidarity Call Tue Dec 3, 2019 - Thu Dec 26, 2019
Please join the Democratic Socialist Labor Commission (DSLC)’s strike solidarity call, with DSAers who were on the picket lines during the recent UAW and CTU/SEIU 73 Strikes! We’ll hear how the strike efforts were supported through DSA solidarity, discuss ways to engage in future strike support, and go over the ins and outs of preparing for and being on strike.
"Support Bill Ayers"
In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.
In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.
- We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
- We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.
International Women's Day Celebration
Chinese Progressive Association (Boston) International Women's Day Celebration March 8, 2017 - 5:30pm
SEIU 32BJ Local 615 26 West Street Boston, MA 02111.
Celebrate International Women’s Day and the Chinese Progressive Association Workers Center’s 30 years of organizing.
Host Committee members included Barbara Madeloni.
Educators for a Democratic Union
According to members Dan Clawson and John Fitzgerald, writing in Solidarity, Educators for a Democratic Union (EDU) is the progressive caucus in the Massachusetts Teachers Association in which several Solidarity members are active. Four years ago, EDU ran a candidate for president largely as a vehicle to make connections with those we couldn’t easily reach. As a result of an effective campaign, an unsuspecting old guard, and a disgruntled membership, Barbara Madeloni won a two-year term. She ran for re-election in 2016 with a running mate; she won again, but her running mate lost. Since then our union has been in the process of becoming a more progressive and militant union.
In the fall of 2016 we defeated a ballot question that would have raised the cap on charter schools in the state. The pro-corporate forces to expand charter schools (and thereby remove public control of schools), spent $26 million. In March of the ballot year they were up in the polls by 25 points; the governor (the most popular in the country) and the state’s largest newspaper strongly backed the charter forces. Our union, together with community and labor allies, organized teachers to go door to door; we eventually WON the measure by 25 points (that is a 50 point swing).
This was a really enormous victory that shocked the corporate ed reformers (see this leaked report commissioned by the Waltons analyzing what went wrong in which they specifically point to a transformed MTA) and has been part of the emerging and growing teachers movement that’s been taking place since the Chicago Teachers Union lead the way.
Barbara Madeloni is terming out. EDU organized essentially a primary to choose our candidates for president and vice-president, choosing Merrie Najimy and Max Page. The vote was May 5 at the MTA’s Annual Meeting (where delegates vote for these positions) and our candidates won a decisive victory. This victory reflects a really well-run campaign as well as a leftward drift of the membership that’s clearly been inspired by our victories under Madeloni as well as by the national walkouts.
This year we (together with numerous allies) have put on the ballot a measure to increase taxes on incomes over a million dollars a year. That will bring in up to $2 billion a year, which is designated to be spent on education and transportation. (Comparison: Massachusetts now appropriates less than $5 billion for K-12 education, and about $1 billion for higher education.) Our opponents inside the Massachusetts Teachers Association oppose spending any money to promote the ballot question, arguing that since it is up in the polls, it is sure to win without our committing resources. (Seriously — that’s their argument.)
Had the EDU candidates for president and vice-president of the union been defeated, that ballot question would surely have been lost, as would the transformation process in the union. Besides the members, a lot of labor and community groups in the state are very happy that EDU won this election and won big.
Supporting teacher unionists
Ellen David Friedman July 31 2018:
In West Virginia continuing to build up power with these inspiring teacher unionists. Blue cities and red states together! — with Vanessa Arredondo-Aguirre, Rebecca Fligelman Garelli, Carrie Beatty, Natalia Bacchus, Becky Tarlau, Lori Brown Burris, Brian Bowman, Olivia Morris, Barbara Madeloni, Emily Comer, Jenny Craig, Vera Miller, Jia Lee, Kelley Collings, Kevin Prosen, Eric Blanc, Shira Cohen, Jay O'Neal, Ryan Bruckenthal, Angelina Cruz, Debby Pope and Michelle Strater Gunderson.