Submitted on Thu, 02/27/2014 - 5:36pm
By Scott Kaufman, The Raw Story
New records obtained by the Defending Dissent Foundation prove that the United States Army used a multi-agency spy network to gather intelligence on nonviolent, antiwar protesters and to disseminate their findings to both the FBI and local police departments.
Activists filed a lawsuit against Thomas Rudd and John Towery — Panagacos v. Towery — in 2007, alleging that the U.S. Army had directed operatives to infiltrate and collect information about the activist movement in the Washington area.
According to the newly released documents, the U.S. Army paid Towery, a Criminal Information and Systems Officer, to spy on the antiwar group Port Militarization Resistance (PMR), as well as the Students for a Democratic Society, the Industrial Workers of the World, and Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Submitted on Sun, 02/23/2014 - 5:59pm
By Transcona Slim, The Winnipeg Wobbly
The IWW’s Organizer Training 101 (OT101) is fundamentally different from any of the union trainings I’ve ever participated in with my business union. In 2010, I went to the United Food and Commercial Workers’ (UFCW) Prairies Youth Activist Retreat. It was five days long and held in a smaller vacation town in Manitoba. We spent the first two days learning the UFCW version of labor history and why we needed to vote for the New Democratic Party (NDP). We had a provincial NDP functionary (the Minister of Justice) come and speak to us about “our” issues. Incidentally, he side-stepped my question about why the NDP cancelled the university tuition freeze. We were told that, because of elections in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, we might be expected to act as volunteers for the NDP’s electoral campaigns and that the skills we learned were going to be put into that project. (Read more)
Submitted on Sat, 02/15/2014 - 4:08pm
On Feb. 10, Mobile Rail Solutions—a small railroad servicing company based in Illinois—decided to settle out of court for $159,791. As part of the settlement Mobile Rail admitted that the IWW members were unfair labor practice strikers and not economic strikers. The workers went public with the IWW on July 8, 2013. Click here to read more about the Mobile Rail Workers Union, and find out more about the settlement on Facebook.
Submitted on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 9:52pm
From the Boston IWW
On November 14, IWW member Jason Freedman was attacked, punched, grabbed by the throat, thrown on the trunk of a car and then on the ground by the Cambridge Police as he participated in a legal and peaceful picket of Insomnia Cookies*. Jason was also arrested & faces charges including assaulting a cop, although the only assault that took place was by the police on Jason. Please come show your support at a court appearance Jason has to make, tomorrow, Tuesday February 11, at 9 am, Cambridge District Court, 4040 Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford, a ten minute walk from the Wellington MBTA stop on the Orange Line. The Facebook event is here.
Submitted on Mon, 01/27/2014 - 12:45pm
The Research Justice Collective presents
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Introduction to Research Justice:
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A Live Broadcast Webinar
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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