Sunday, January 20, 2008

Martin Luther King Jr. "I HAVE A DREAM"


The Oliver Lake Quintet offers up a tribute to Martin Luther king Jr. with King's own voice!

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Martin Luther King Day

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a United States holiday marking the birthdate of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King's birthday, January 15. It is one of four United States federal holidays to commemorate an individual person.[1]

Stevie Wonder's Tribute to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Music legend Stevie Wonder performs the anthem that helped launch the national holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at The Dream Concert held at Radio City Music Hall on Sept. 17, 2007. The Motown Records legend was introduced by urban fashion czar Tommy Hilfiger who helped raise the majority of the funds to build the DC Memorial in honor of the late civil rights icon.


Friday, January 18, 2008

Remembering:Martin Luther King Jr:

Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech given on August 28, 1963.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

BOYCOTT the Union-Tribune Today!

Don't buy the San Diego Union-Tribune, Boycott the San Diego Union-Tribune, Cancel your ads & subscriptions today, tell David Copley no way, no way!!!Support the Campaign!


Undocumented workers win ruling on union rights

Copley Press selling Borrego resort


The Rollback of Immigrant Workers' Civil Rights

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Pinoys in Nevada urged to participate in US polls

from PASKIE PASCUA, Philippine News

LAS VEGAS—Two prominent community leaders were here recently to campaign for Asian Pacific participation in the political process by attending the upcoming Nevada caucuses – set for January 19 – as initial step toward voter awareness. Rozita V. Lee and Gloria T. Caoile, president and political director (Nevada chapter) and executive director, respectively, of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (Apala), have called on fellow Filipinos and other Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) to participate in a mock caucus to be held on January 13 as preparation for Jan. 19.“We want Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, including Filipinos, to be prepared to join neighbors and friends and attend the caucuses on Jan 19," Lee told Philippine News. “We are trying to educate our people to work together because unless we work together, it’s difficult to get things done." Nevada has the third largest percentage of Pacific Islanders and the sixth highest percentage of Asian Americans in the U.S. Filipinos comprise the largest ethnic subgroup in Clark County—which includes Las Vegas—with 46 percent of the total Asian American population. Apala, the first and only national organization of Asian Pacific American union members, is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). AFL-CIO is the largest federation of unions in the United States, representing more than 10 million workers.“The Iowa caucuses painted a different picture of what we are. They missed out on (significant APIA issues) by not focusing on us," Caoile, who is based in Washington D.C., said. “This time, we’d like to challenge the community, engage them to participate more."Lee and Caoile enjoined APIA voters to look beyond the debates. “Our core non-partisan programs are voter registration, voter education, voter protection, and voter mobilization," Caoile explained. “Participation in the caucus process—expressing presidential preference, discussing platform issues, running for delegate positions to the convention is another step towards political empowerment for our community."Both leaders are hopeful that minority issues would be a focal point in the Nevada caucuses. Despite a significant minority voting population in Nevada, Lee voices concern that “we are still invisible as a people."“Largely, Filipinos don’t want to unite and form a coalition," Lee observes. “I’ve been working for so long to get Filipinos to realize this. We can grumble and grumble all our life—but unless we grumble as a group, we might not be heard at all." Lee is also the national vice chair of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), the national affiliation of more than 500 Filipino American institutions and the largest advocacy group in the U.S.Two of the significant ethnic minority or immigration issues that directly concern Filipinos that Lee believes should come out in the upcoming caucuses are public education and the pending family reunification bill. “The candidates do address minority concerns, like immigration," says Lee. “But apart from the fact that immigration covers Hispanics, Europeans, Africans, and other Asians—Filipino concerns are usually lumped with mostly Mexican issues." “Moreover, the issue that I’d like to see more attention is education, an assurance that people from the Philippines, Korea, Thailand, or Vietnam, for instance, will have the opportunity to have a good public education in America," Lee adds.“The (family) unification bill has been pending for I don’t know how long. We are hoping it will pass in this Congress, we have been fighting for that for quite awhile now," Lee said. “Why the long delay for Filipino children to join their parents in America?"A stalemate on the controversial compromise immigration reform bill has placed in jeopardy the Filipino American veterans unification amendment and legalization of undocumented Filipinos. The failure of the Senate to approve the bill has also put on hold a bill calling for speedy approval of the family-based immigration visas to spouses and minor children. Asian Pacific American organizations have launched nationwide rallies urging passage of the bill. Currently, Filipino siblings wait 22 years for their petition from relatives to be approved.Lee and Caoile reiterated the need for Asian Americans to come out as one unified force. “We have to look at ourselves as Democrats, and why we’re not able to get more Democrats to participate in the Iowa caucus, and what can we do in future caucuses, and eventually to the election itself," Lee said. They chorused: “First, we have to mobilize our kababayans and fellow minorities in our communities to get out, get involved, participate in the discussions, and then vote wisely as a people."


Tuesday, January 08, 2008

AFL-CIO Weblog|Daily Clips

"Know the issues, get organized, be informed, get involved & support your UNION!"


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Monday, January 07, 2008

WIN Week In Review January 4-6, 2008

WIN Week In Review January 4-6, 2008
By Doug Cunningham

Workers and their unions worked hard supporting Democratic presidential candidates in the Iowa caucuses this week, where Senator Barack Obama grabbed a dramatic win. Dennis Williams, Director of UAW Region 4, is thrilled by Obama's victory.

[Williams]: "This is huge for Barack Obama. I think it says to our country - we want change. Were tired of the status quo. Barack Obama has a history of working for working men and women of this country. So I don't think there's any doubt in my mind at least that Barack will be a friend of working men and women and organized labor. he will champion workin' people's causes. And We need that in this country."

Senator John Edwards finished second with his pro-labor, anti-poverty and anti- corporate power message, narrowly edging Hillary Clinton.

[Edwards]: "What the Iowa caucus goers have shown is that if you're willing to have a little backbone, to have a little courage, to speak for the middle class, to speak for those who have no voice - if you're willing to stand up to corporate greed, that message and the American people are unstoppable!"


At the dawn of a new, highly-politically charged year organized labor is poised to be a bigger player than ever before at the ballot box. AFL-CIO President John Sweeney says labor’s political clout is stronger than ever.

[Sweeney]: “One out of every four voters was a union member or from a union household. And we will be undertaking that kind of campaign, stronger than ever, with more resources than we’ve ever put into a campaign. And I anticipate that, with a little help from God, we will be successful.”

AFSCME alone plans to field 40,000 people to campaign in an “activist army” this year. And the independent National Education Association, the nation’s largest union, will closely coordinate political action with the AFL-CIO, according to the NEA’s Karen White.

[White]: “It really is the beginning of the NEA's new and expanding political program. In 2008, the NEA has dedicated over $30 million to its national political program and will be undertaking one of our largest grassroots mobilization efforts in history."

Change To Win’s Anna Burger says polling shows an overwhelming majority of Americans believe corporate power has run amok and the electorate is ready for change.

[Burger]: “And they believe that having a President that speaks out strongly for the workers' right to have a union will change. And they believe very clearly from the polls that having unions will change their lives."


Fed Ex learned an expensive lesson about not breaking labor law, and it came from the IRS. Jesse Russell has more.

FedEx learned that misclassifying workers as independent contractors is illegal. The Internal Revenue Service hit the package delivery company with a $319 million fine when it determined that FedEx ground workers were employees. In a statement Teamsters President Jim Hoffa said "It’s game over for FedEx’s independent contract scam."


One and a half million California workers got a raise on New Year’s
Day when the state’s minimum wage increased to $8 an hour


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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Video:THE POWER OF NIGHTMARES "The War on Terror"