Fight for $15 and a Union

SEIU union members

Hundreds of women and men earning low wages as home health care workers, janitors, fast-food restaurant workers, and, surprising to me, adjunct professors at the University of California in Berkeley rallied and marched in downtown Berkeley on Wednesday, April 15. The motto: Fight for $15 on April 15. The destination: the McDonald’s restaurant on Shattuck Street and University Avenue.

It was brilliantly sunny and warm. Scores of Service Employees International Union workers marched in purple t-shirts. Many had ridden buses down from Sacramento. United Farm Workers members wore their red t-shirts and waved their red-and-black eagle flags. Members of the Communications Workers of America told me that many people who work in the news rooms of major newspapers now earn less than $15 an hour. These workers aren’t employees of the newspaper any more. Instead, a sub-contractor employs them. That means low pay, no benefits, and no say in how things are done.

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Stop Murder by Police

Banner listing 44 people killed without justification by police officers

I participated in the “Stop Murder by Police” demonstration in San Francisco on Tuesday, April 14. People demonstrated in many cities nationwide on Tuesday in a coordinated effort to stop American police officers’ unjustified violence against our black and Latino neighbors and family members.

Our rally began at Mission Street and 24th Street, in the center of the Mission District. We were about 300 people. Most were local high school and college students. The stated goal of the demonstration was to shut down parts of the city to encourage San Franciscans to pay attention to the frequent murders that reporters for major news outlets have only recently begun to cover.

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“Don’t Spy on Us” Concert


Come enjoy music and speakers at the Omni Center in Oakland, California, on Sunday, March 22. People at Restore the Fourth in San Francisco and POW Magazine bring us this concert to promote opposition to mass surveillance and state violence.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Omni Commons Ballroom
4799 Shattuck Avenue
Oakland, California 94609