Friday, April 15, 2016

Muslims for Social Justice in Solidarity with Verizon Workers

Muslims for Social Justice Joines Southern Workers Assembly in Solidarity with Verizon Workers

Verizon on strike across East Coast Today!  Fight for $15 Strike Across World Tomorrow!
Verizon workers helped the company make $39 billion in profits over the last three years—and $1.8 billion a month in profits over the first three months of 2016. But that’s not enough for Verizon.
The company’s greed knows no bounds. While the company continues to demand working people give back more and more, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam made $18 million last year. That’s more than 200 times the compensation of the average Verizon employee!

These Verizon workers have been working with an expired union contract since August 2015.

Southern Workers Assembly pledges solidarity with Verizon workers strike

The Southern Workers' School, a project of the Southern Workers Assembly in session tonight April 12, 2016 composed of workplace union activists from 8 Southern states pledges its solidarity and support to the 40,000 sisters and brothers about to go on strike for a just contract against Verizon organized by the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) unions from Virginia through Pennsylvania. 

WE reaffirm the absolute necessity for collective bargaining rights enforced by the right to strike for Verizon workers and for all workers regardless of employment status.

WE affirm the necessity for Verizon to continue and improve employee benefits and wages particularly in these times of rising income inequality and working class insecurity.

WE point out that continual downward pressures by corporations on working class wages and benefits is not only bad for working people and our families but also for our communities and our world.

WE will take support action in the southern states where the strike will take place and where the member organizations involved in the Southern Workers' School exist.

Statement Signers:

Southern Workers Assembly
UE local 150, NC Public Service Workers Union
National Nurses Organizing Committee - Florida
National Nurses Organizing Committee - Texas
Black Workers For Justice
Southern Workers Organizing Committee/Raise Up for $15
Appalachian Workers Alliance
Boston School Bus Drivers Union, USW local 8751
Muslims for Social Justice

Saladin Muhammad, UE* Retired/ Black Workers for Justice*, Rocky Mount, NC
Larsene Taylor, President, UE Local 150/BWFJ*, Goldsboro, NC
Angaza Laughinghouse, Vice President, UE local 150, NC Public Service Workers Union, Raleigh, NC
Justin Flores, Vice President, Farm Labor Organizing Committee*, Dudley, NC
Ed Bruno, Retired Southern Regional Director National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses Union*, Tampa, FL
Peter Knowlton, General President, United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE)*, Pittsburgh, PA
Chavel Lopez, Southwest Workers Union*, San Antonio, TX
Deborah Casey, Norton Area Vice President, CWA local 2204*, Roanoke, VA
Sandra Wakefield, National Nurses United/NNOC-TX, El Paso, TX
Charles Brave, Vice President, SC AFL-CIO*, ILA local 1422*, Charleston, SC
Leonard Riley, ILA local 1422*, Charleston, SC
Shafeah M'Balia, Black Workers for Justice*, Savannah, GA
Lutalo Tyehimba, ILA local 333*/Ujima People's Progress Party*, Baltimore, MD
Martha Grevatt, Civil and Human Rights Committee, UAW Local 869*, Detroit, MI
Donna Dewitt Retired, CWA local 3719*, Orangeburg, SC
Erin McKee President, SC AFL-CIO*, Columbia, SC
Freddie Coakley, ILA local 1422*, Charleston, SC
Deb Gornall, President, Eastern Region UE*, Erie, PA
April Lofton-Beach, UE local 160*, Petersburg, VA
Vera Nedrick-Jones UE local 160 VA Public Service Workers Union*, Petersburg, VA
Abdul Burnette, Raise Up for $15, Durham, NC
Gary L. DeLuke UE Local 170 - West Virginia Public Workers Union*, Charleston, WV
Benji Piles, Appalachian Workers Alliance*, Huntington, WV
Don Cavellini, Co-Chair, Pitt County Coalition Against Racism*, Greenville, NC
Bryan Pfeifer, Roanoke Education Association*, Roanoke, VA
Khem Irby, Guilford County Education Association (NEA)*, Greensboro, NC
Bonita Johnson,  UE150, Butner, NC
Darrion Smith, UE150, Butner, NC
Tiffany Downey, UE150, Butner Chapter Recording Secretary, Butner, NC
Daryl Brunson, UE150, Durham, NC
Brenda Hines, Black Workers for Justice*, Burlington, NC
Dante Strobino UE*, Durham, NC
Will Cox, NC Healthcare Workers United (Winston-Salem Organizing Committee) *
Isolene Peele, UE150, Durham, NC
Ben Carroll, Raise Up for $15, Durham, NC
Enrique C. Alba, Jornaleros Unidos de Woodside*, NYC, NY
Roberto Meneses, Jornaleros Unidos de Woodside*, NYC, NY
Gustavo Medina, UFT/Independent Workers Movement*, NYC, NY
Minnie Bruce Pratt, UAW Local 1081/National Writers Union*
Chris Nelson, Healthcare Workers United*, Charleston, SC
Wendy Williams, Healthcare Workers United*, Charleston, SC
Tyaisha Williams, Black Workers for Justice*, NC
Dennis Orton, UE* / BWFJ*, Virginia
Steve Bader, UE* International Representative, WV/NC
David Cohen, UE* Retired, MA
Greg Butterfield, National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW Local 2320*
Susan E. Davis, National Writers Union, United Auto Workers Local 1981*
Eric Fink, Greensboro, NC
Rita Valenti, National Nurses Organizing Committee*, Atlanta, GA
Dianne Mathiowetz, retired UAW local 10, producer, The Labor Forum, WRFG 89.3FM, Atlanta, GA

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Statement of Solidarity with Duke Sit-In

MSJ Statement of Solidairty with Duke Sit-In

Muslims for Social Justice stands in solidarity with Duke community who are fighting against racism and attacks on workers at Duke campus. Duke University is built by and operates on the backs of Black and Brown workers who are victims of racism and worker abuse. We commend sit-in by students to expose this historic racism and attacks on workers, including a recent incident where a Black worker was struck by car and allegedly verbally assaulted with "N" word by Duke's Executive Vice President Tallman Trask. We demand justice for this racist, anti-worker attack! We also support Duke community's demand that minimum wage at Duke University should be raised to $15. All workers deserve living wage for their labor! We demand amnesty for students who are part of the sit-in campaign. We join hands with justice loving community at Duke University and beyond to abolish white supremacy, economic exploitation and all forms of oppression. 

Picture Source: Anastasia Karkalina
Learn more here:

Duke's Executive Vice President Tallman Trask Hit Parking Attendant with Car, Accused of Using Racial Slur

MSJ Honored at 33rd Annual BWFJ Banquet

Muslims for Social Justice was honored to receive Self-Determination Award at the 33rd Annual MLK Support for Labor Banquet organized by Black Workers for Justice in Raleigh, NC, on April 2nd, 2016. This is the greatest achievement for Muslims for Social Justice. Black Workers for Justice is North Carolina-based Black Liberation organization that is at the fore-front of fighting racism, attacks on workers and other oppressions.

The 33rd Annual MLK Support for Labor Banquet featured a keynote speech by Bree Newsome, Black youth activist who removed Confederate flag from South Carolina capitol building. Activists from the anti-racism, labor union, environmental justice, LGBT rights and many other movements participated in the banquet. Here are pictures from the banquet.

Workers School Organized by Southern Workers Assembly

Muslims for Social Justice members participated in Workers School that was organized by Southern Workers Assembly. Workers and Union Representatives from different states participated in this school. Some of the organizations represented included UE Local 150, Raise Up, Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), Boston School Bus Drivers Union, United Auto Workers and many other organizaitons.

Here are pictures from the school on March 6, 2016.