The day before the 50th anniversary March on Washington, scores of young activists and unionists converged on a “legislative factory” just outside of Washington DC in Arlington, VA.
In an escalating nationwide protest, thousands of fast-food workers in 60 cities from coast to coast walked off their jobs on August 29th, a day after the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
Strikers are seeking raises to $15 an hour, paid sick leave and the right to unionize America’s second-biggest employer, the restaurant industry, which is predicting its 2013 profits will “reach a record high of $660.5 billion.”
“We are now at a critical stage, where each minute that passes is extremely taxing mentally and physically. Many of us participating since day one are suffering what may be irreversible damage, and are facing a very real possibility of death.”
--Pelican Bay hunger striker and Short Corridor representative Aurturo Castellano 55 Days on Hunger Strike
By Herb Boyd
Special to the AmNews
Like many Americans my sleep was troubled last night, troubled by the ghosts of past injustices, a feeling given fresh currency by a late-hour not guilty verdict from Sanford, Florida that freed George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
As the Supreme Court closed out its final week of this session, there was a flurry of historic cases that set the web a titter. Most of the attention was focused on the Court’s rulings on the Voting Rights Act and the so called Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) in which they applied an odd brand of states’ rights to gut the VRA and strike down federal jurisdiction over marriage. Although DOMA’s demise as federal policy was cause for celebration for many of our allies, if you were not a state or a corporation, there was little reason to celebrate.
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