Home>Solidarity Archive

    Click here to return to the current Solidarity Page.

    Past Events: Join in the Fightback to Defend Workers' Rights - Take Action Now!

    April 4: We Are One - A Day of Solidarity and Action Across the Country - Enemies of workers’ rights across the country are engaged in a coordinated assault not only on the human rights to organize and bargain collectively, but on the American Dream of a decent life for all.  On April 4, unions and community allies will be standing together at workplace “walk-ins,” community vigils, teach-ins, public rallies, and many more events.  Across the nation, from Wisconsin to Ohio to Texas to Florida to Pennsylvania to New York to Tennessee to California, workers and our allies are fighting back.

    • Click here to visit the We Are One AFL-CIO website and find an action near you.
    • Click here for a list of California Actions from the California Labor Federation.
    • Click here for a model version of a We Are One, Respect Our Rights flier.
    • The American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO is fighting back.  Click here for a copy of their We Are One April 4 flier.

    April 4 is the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. He was shot in Memphis while supporting a recognition strike by public sector sanitation workers, a struggle that was illegal under Tennessee law at the time.  Dr. King was advised by many not to go to Memphis because many didn’t see this labor struggle as a civil rights struggle. But Dr. King knew that these struggles were connected. He knew that "We Are One."

    • Click here for a flier about the connection between Dr. King's legacy and the fight for workers' rights.
    • Click here to read "We, as a people, will get to the Promised Land" – Poverty, Inequality, and Workplace Justice, a talk given by Professor Ellen Dannin.

    Click here for the AFL-CIO message points for April 4.

    We Are One Videos on YouTube - Video 1 | Video 2 

    April 5: National Teach-In - Hundreds of schools and community groups will participate in a teach-in on debt, austerity and how people are fighting back. From 2-3:30 pm (EST) a national teach-in will be streamed live from New York City, followed by local teach-ins and strategy discussions around the country. Read the call to action by Frances Fox Piven and Cornel West, find organizing toolkit and local events at http://www.fightbackteachin.org.

    April 28: Workers’ Memorial Day - http://www.aflcio.org/issues/safety/memorial/  and http://www.hazards.org/wmd/

    May 1: International Workers’ Day - Worker and community-based organizations around the country are building a national network to promote a dynamic day of action for quality jobs and workers' rights. The network, May Day United, will work with local groups across the country to power a spirited response to the extreme attacks taking place against working people and their labor unions in the public and private sectors and to challenge the increasing exploitation of immigrant workers and their families.  http://maydayunited.org/Click here to read the draft resolution endorsing "A Day Without Workers" on May 1, 2011.