CLEAN Carwash Campaign: Building Power Through Community Partnerships
After years of organizing, Los Angeles carwash workers successfully negotiated contracts with three carwashes and gained workplace rights most workers should be able to take for granted: sick leave, access to health care, workplace safety, lunch breaks, living wages and respect.
The carwash workers were successful, in large part, through the strength of community-labor partnerships: the United Steelworkers teamed up with the Community Labor Environmental Action Network (CLEAN), faith-based groups such as Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice and low-income immigrant rights organizations such as the Wage Justice Center and Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance.
San Francisco Seniors Flash Mob To Stop Cuts to Social Security and Medicare
The Hands Off Social Security Flash Mob appeared in San Francisco on Dec. 7, 2012 featured dozens of seniors and others taking action to stop cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid and end the Bush era tax cuts so the top 2% finally pay their fair share. The Flash Mob and was sponsored by California Alliance for Retired Americans and Jobs with Justice.
"Tax the rich: An animated fairy tale," is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. This 8-minute video explains how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don't want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren't so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land.
Prop 32 was deliberately written to look like campaign reform, but it is not. It gives more power to Wall Street and secretive SuperPACs, while middle class families pay the price. In this new TV ad, Helen Hutchison from the League of Women Voters explains by Prop 32 isn't what it seems.