We had an amazing May Day event, but the energy and issues of May Day aren’t limited to one day. We need to keep struggling, working together and supporting each other all year as we work to create a better, more just world.
The following are some upcoming events and action steps that speakers and planners of May Day came up with. If you have next steps you’d like added to this list, email maydaytrianglenc (at) gmail.com.
A Selection of Upcoming Action Dates
Thurs. May 2: Duke Energy shareholder meeting. 526 S Church Street, Charlotte, NC. 9 am-12 pm. Speak out about rate hikes and dirty energy. See http://deardukeenergy.tumblr.com/
Mon., May 6: NAACP and HKOJ coalition are planning acts of civil disobedience to challenge the NC Legislature. Be at 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh by 4:45 pm
Tues., May 7: additional NAACP event: Mass Rally and Protest Outside NC General Assembly, 7 pm, at 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh. More info at http://www.naacpnc.org/
Wed. May 8: Equality NC is calling on people to “Stand As One” at 6:30 pm at the NC General Assembly in Raleigh to mark the anniversary of the passage of Amendment One, and the entrenchment of discrimination into our state constitution.
Thurs. May 9: RJ Reynolds Shareholder meeting, Join FLOC Winston Salem as we rally and march for justice for tobacco farmworkers!
9:30 am Meet at Lloyd Presbyterian Church: 748 N Chestnut St., Winston Salem, NC 27101 Free parking
10 am Demonstration at Reynolds Headquarters: 401 N Main St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, followed by a march through downtown Winston-Salem at 11 am
Sun. May 12: Mother’s Day Anti-Prison Noise Demo. 3 pm at State and Bragg streets in Raleigh. Break the isolation and monotony of the women in the Raleigh Correctional Center for Women and the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women. This will be a day of solidarity with incarcerated mothers and against a penal system that disproportionately cages people based on race, class, and gender non-conformity. http://prisonbooks.info/ for more details.
Thurs. May 23: Join Witness for Peace Southeast on May 23rd as we protest Chiquita’s violent record against unionized workers in Colombia. We will gather at their first annual shareholder meeting at new headquarters in Charlotte, NC. In 2007, the Department of Justice fined Chiquita Brands $25 million for bankrolling 14,000 murders in northwestern Colombia. Visit wfpse.org for more details.
Sat. June 8, Butner, NC: Worker Speak-out Forum against attacks on workers, organized by UE150, Southern Workers Assembly and others. Contact 919-539-2051 for more info. Looking to host similar forums in the Triangle and Goldsboro.
Late July: NC Statewide Labor Fightback Conference hosted by FLOC, UE150 and Southern Workers Assembly. Inviting all trade unionists, labor, the unemployed, and unorganized workers to come together to help build a broad united labor fightback against on-going attacks. Exact date TBA. Contact email@example.com or 252-314-2363 for more info.
Action/Advocacy Steps from Our Speakers and Planners
Fight Wage Theft and Level the Playing Field for Honest Employers
Wage theft occurs when an employer does not pay a worker for the work they have performed. NC Justice Center is encouraging people to ask NC Rep. Murry, the House Commerce and Jobs Development Committee Chair, to let House Bill 826: Wage Theft/Misclassification/Remedies be heard!
Consistently and daily call NC House and Senate Members on actions that hurt people – http://www.ncleg.net. You can email but they are inundated with emails so calls, will be even more effective.
Advocate in your own community:
Identify and equip spokespeople to contact and speak out to the media in response to actions being taken.
Make the effects of the policy actions personal and write letters to the editor and respond on websites and blogs about how the actions are affecting you as an individual, family.
Join organizations, activities that are calling attention to the actions of the NC General Assembly.
Follow websites like plaintalkpolitics.com (from rally speaker Jeanne Milliken Bonds) provides a summary each day of actions of the NC General Assembly – one stop for info.
Be on the look out for candidates for NCGA and encourage them to run.
Save America’s Postal Service
No Closures, No Cuts!
To: Postmaster General Donahoe, President Obama, Members of Congress
We, the undersigned, urge you to restore the U.S. Postal Service to sound financial footing , without using a dime of taxpayer money, while maintaining 6 day &door to door delivery, saving distribution plants and community post offices. Please support HR 630 & S316 to help protect and improve one of America’s most valued and trusted institutions.
For more information: http://cpwunited.com/ and http://www.apwu.org and http://nalc.org/
The Raging Grannies seek “women of that certain age” to expand their work into the Raleigh region. Women must bring with them a sense of outrage, a sense of humor, and a commitment to nonviolence. It should be obvious that a good singing voice is NOT required. For info: firstname.lastname@example.org