Workers, Students and Community Members Rally for Patricia, Nassim & Paul

On a scorching July 30, IWW members, the Student Labor Action Movement, and allies protested discrimination against Harvard workers Patricia, Nassim and Paul. Nassim was forced to pick between being laid off or demoted three salary grades, after standing up to a racist boss and defending co-workers (including one who was sexually harassed). Paul was laid off after 30+ years of work by a manager who saw him as disabled, just weeks after he returned to work following hip replacement surgery. Patricia returned from a disability leave to her job in Harvard Planning and Project Management, and was immediately put on a “performance management plan.” Soon Patricia was slapped with a verbal warning. Recently she was threatened in writing with being fired. The only African American member of her unit, Patricia faces special scrutiny and hyper-supervision, while white colleagues enjoy flexibility and autonomy. Supporters handed out hundreds of flyers and were photographed repeatedly by curious passers-by, many of whom took leaflets exposing Harvard’s discriminatory employment policies. We’ll continue to keep up the pressure until Patricia, Nassim and Paul get justice! Participants in the action included members of Socialist Alternative, SEIU and Veterans for Peace. All photos by FW Genevieve.
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PARTY FOR FW JASON’S VINDICATION!

Friends of the workers’ movement gathered on July 26 to celebrate IWW member Jason’s being found NOT GUILTY of all trumped-up charges. After Cambridge and Harvard cops attacked an IWW picket in November ’13, Jason was falsely charged with offenses including assaulting a cop. A jury took only a few minutes to determine he was innocent. The cops are now exposed to liability for excessive force and denying Jason’s Constitutional rights! Wobblies and pals enjoyed a fabulous performance from Boston’s own Jake and the Infernal Machine. The after-party was rumored to stretch long into the wee hours…

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Amazing cake lampooning the cops’ account of Jason as a Hulk-like Anarchist cross-checking them with his black and red flag and defying mulitiple attempts to restrain him! Confection by FW Genevieve

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FW Jason Not Guilty on All Charges! Party on 7/25!

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Jason and some of his supporters on Day 1 of his Trial. Photo by FW Genevieve Lechat.

On Tuesday July 21, IWW member Jason was cleared of all the phony charges dating from an arrest in November 2013. Jason was falsely charged with assaulting a cop, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after Cambridge and Harvard Police attacked an IWW picket at Insomnia Cookies. Workers at Insomnia went on strike in August 2013 over below minimum wage pay and illegal denial of breaks. Their demands included $15/hr, health care, and a union. The strike was later settled with strikers receiving back pay and offers of re-employment.

At Jason’s trial, the jury just took a few moments to render a verdict of “Not Guilty” on all three charges. Cambridge cops were said to be incredibly unconvincing in their testimony, with a total inability to recall anything other than an obviously rehearsed & concocted lie about what happened to Jason. The Cambridge and Harvard cops’ efforts to whitewash their attack on a legal picket were revealed to be a complete fabrication. The cops have now exposed their respective departments to potential liability over excessive force and denial of Jason’s rights.

IWW’s and friends will celebrate Jason’s total vindication at a party on Saturday 7/25, starting at 6pm, at encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place Boston (Park Street T). All friends of the workers’ movement are invited. Cops and bosses may not attend.

The Boston IWW’s General Defense Committee (GDC) Local 13 organized court support for all Jason’s hearings and Trial, and raised thousands of dollars for his legal defense and living expenses.

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7/20 9 AM, PACK THE COURT, DONATE!

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Support IWW member Jason, facing Trial on phony charges. Jason goes on Trial Monday July 20, starting at 9 am, at 4040 Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford, a short walk from the Wellington Orange Line MBTA Station. Please help pack the court! The bogus charges (for allegedly assaulting a cop), date from a November 2013 police attack on an IWW picket at Cambridge’s Insomnia Cookies, where workers joined the IWW and went on strike over denial of breaks and poverty pay.* Twenty months after being attacked by the cops, Jason finally gets his day in court July 20.

Also July 20 at 9 am, former Insomnia Cookies striker Jonathan faces a hearing on his own trumped-up charges, at Suffolk Superior Court, at Three Pemberton Square Boston. Jonathan recently spent 3 months in jail despite the police having absolutely no evidence that he was involved in alleged illegal activity by roommates. Despite no proof of any guilt, Jonathan was originally held on $100,000 bail!** You can also donate to help Jonathan here.

The cases of Jason and Jonathan have to be seen in the context of ongoing attacks by the State against activists and POC. Please help however you can!

*The strike was later settled with back pay and offers of re-employment for strikers.

**The IWW helped bail Jonthan out of jail after his bond was reduced.

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Sunday 7/12, 2 pm, IWW Meets!

You’re invited to the next meeting of the Industrial Workers of the World!

For 110 years, the IWW has been helping workers improve their lives on and off the job. The IWW organizes in every industry, and all workers are encouraged to join, including unemployed, students, and those who labor unpaid at home. The workers run this union democratically — not the lawyers, union officials or politicians.

If you are looking to organize your workplace, if you want to reform your current union, or if you just want to abolish wage slavery, come check out the One Big Union!

We’ll meet on Sunday, July 12, starting at 2 pm, at 9A Hamilton Place, Boston (steps from the Park St MBTA stop and 2 blocks from Downtown Crossing).

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Joe Hill Roadshow, East Coast leg coming soon!

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7/23 – 8/2/2015 Joe Hill Roadshow, East Coast leg begins in Washington, D.C. and ends in Cambridge, Mass

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Thursday, July 23, Washington, DC: Magpie, Charlie King, DC Labor Chorus and George Mann in concert. Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St NW, 7:30 pm. $10-$15, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Friday, July 24, Baltimore: Magpie, Charlie King and George Mann in concert. First Unitarian Church, 514 N Charles St., 7:30 pm. $15, $10 students and seniors, no one turned away for lack of funds. Advance tickets: 410.685.2330

Saturday, July 25, Philadelphia: Magpie, Charlie King and George Mann in concert. Details TBA

Sunday, July 26, Ithaca, NY: Magpie, The Burns Sisters and George Mann in concert. The Space at Greenstar, 700 W Buffalo St., 7:00 pm. $15, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Wednesday, July 29, New York City: Magpie, Charlie King, George Mann and New York City Labor Chorus in concert. Local 1199 Union MLK Auditorium, 310 West 43rd Street, New York, 7:30 pm, $10-$15, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Thursday, July 30, Schenectady, NY: Charlie King, Magpie, Joe Jencks, and George Mann onstage in the underground theater. Eighth Step at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, 7:00 pm

Friday, July 31, Barre, VT: Magpie, Charlie King and George Mann (with special guests Anything Goes) in concert. Old Socialist Labor Hall, 46 Granite Street, 7:30 pm, tickets $15, seniors and students $12, no one turned away!

August 2015

Saturday, August 1, Springfield, MA: Magpie, Charlie King and George Mann in concert. Bing Art Center, 718 Sumner Ave., 8:00 pm. $15, students and seniors $10, none turned away for lack of funds.

Sunday, August 2, Cambridge, MA: Magpie, Charlie King and George Mann (with special guest Evan Greer) wrap up the Northeast leg with a concert at this venerable, historic folk music venue. Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA 8:00 pm. Tickets $20, $18 for members.

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Wobs support Boston School Bus Drivers!

In our latest gesture of solidarity towards our fellow workers of United Steelworkers’ Local 8751, area IWW’s turned out for the school bus drivers’ rally on 6/18/15. We were joined by members of Harvard’s Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM). Boston’s school bus drivers face vicious attacks from the international conglomerate Veolia / Transdev, infamous for running segregated bus services in occupied Palestine, privatizing water to squeeze the poor, and union-busting. 4 of the local’s leaders have been fired (one was even hit with bogus criminal charges, since dismissed), and the company has spied on workers, scabbed out union jobs and ignored hundreds of grievances. FW Genevieve LeChat spoke for the Boston IWW and pledged our full support for the drivers. USW 8751 is a majority Black union with a proud tradition of militancy. Justifiably famous for aiding other workers in their struggles, school bus drivers have turned out repeatedly for Wobbly-led actions, and today we returned the favor. Other participants in the rally included Workers’ World and the Communist Party.

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FW Max with Andre Francois, USW 8751 leader

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Fellow Worker Genevieve addresses the crowd, pledging IWW support for workers in USW Local 8751!

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Able from SLAM and Nick from the CP

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