A third branch of the Industrial Workers of the World have endorsed the Workers March!
Read the statement from IWW-DC Below:
The Washington, D.C. General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World has formally issued an endorsement in support of and in solidarity with fellow workers in the Workers March taking place in Washington, D.C. on April 30.
The IWW is dedicated to uniting and organizing the working class to seize the means of production, abolish capitalist system by means of industrial struggle and direct action. In pursuit of these ends, and in keeping with the solidarity exemplified by the Haymarket Martyrs, the IWW also fights in solidarity with fellow workers struggling today to improve their conditions and welfare.
As such, and responding to concerns expressed by our members with some of the demands issued in the Workers March platform, the DC GMB of the IWW further resolved to append the following statement of principles to its endorsement, which we hope you will accept in the spirit of solidarity.
More exciting news!!
The Richmond Local of the IWW has endorsed the Workers March! Read their full statement below:
WHEREAS, President Donald J. Trump has publicly supported and endorsed anti-union policies including federal Right-to-Work laws and has appointed to his administration people with a track record of promoting such policies, and
WHEREAS, newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has a history of voting against the interests of workers and is expected to pull the Court to be even more consistently anti-union, and
WHEREAS, the diverse membership of the working class and of our unions includes populations that President Trump is threatening with bigoted, unconstitutional policies and hateful rhetoric, and
WHEREAS, that hateful rhetoric has been seen in the form of an increase of hate crimes and violence against marginalized communities which overlap with our membership, and
WHEREAS, it is the obligation of organized labor to promote an elevated and equal quality of life for all workers, and
WHEREAS, increasing numbers of working class people in the United States have begun to meet face to face to proclaim their opposition to economic injustice and define their interests in democratic popular assemblies, autonomous from political parties, which resonates deeply with the IWW's traditions and principles, and
WHEREAS, the IWW has stood since its founding in 1905 for the proposition that:
"The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life.
Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth", and
WHEREAS, every year May Day is celebrated globally as International Workers Day to commemorate the struggle of the international working class to emancipate itself through the class war over the centuries, and
WHEREAS, the Richmond Branch of the IWW welcomes this opportunity to help the working class build the skills, the community, and the combativeness necessary to defend ourselves, our elders, and the generations to come from the global threats of austerity, exploitation, imperialism and ecocide.
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Richmond Branch of the IWW endorses and encourages all members to participate in the April 30 Workers March on Washington and commits to promote the event in the days leading up to April 30.
Code Pink, the outspoken and creative anti-war group, has endorsed the Workers March.
"As an anti-war group, we believe that the endless wars our government is involved in are bad for workers and for our communities. We want our resources invested in improving the lives of working people, not improving the bottom line of weapons makers." -Medea Benjamin, Co-Founder
Thank you for the endorsement, Code Pink!
Thank you to the GPVA for endorsing the Workers March on Washington. They will be tabling at our Workers World Fair, so please stop by and say hi and learn about what they do!
Great news!! The Real Progressives have endorsed the Workers March! Plus, Steve G, founder, will be a speaker at the rally and they will be an exhibitor at the Workers World Fair. Steve said his personal platform closely aligns with the platform of the WM, so we are very excited to have him and RP involved!
Learn more at http://www.realprogressivesusa.com/
Colin Jenkins, founder of The Hampton Institute, recently emailed us asking us to add the institute to our list of endorser for the Workers March! The Hampton Institute was founded out of Occupy Wall Street as a "working class think tank" and is comprised of "a dedicated and diverse group of scholars, activists, radicals, and other heterodox thinkers". HI is an all volunteer group who work on radical social justice and equality issues of every day people. Some of their current projects are listed here.
Thank you Colin and HI for the endorsement!
The Baltimore Chapter of the Industrial Workers of the World, the "One Big Union" affectionately known as "Wobblies" have voted to endorse the Workers March!
Wobblies have been fighting for workers rights since the industrial revolution and we have them to thank for many of the things modern workers take for granted such as 8 hour days and safer work environments.
Wobblies organize in any workspace, regardless of whether it's unionized or not. Their motto "An Injury to One is an Injury to All" reinforces their mission of teamwork, loyalty and comradery for all.
Read more about the IWW here and follow the Baltimore Wobblies on FB. And be sure to check them our at the Workers World Fair on Sunday, April 30 in DC!
WORKERS MARCH SISTER MARCH PLANNED FOR OTTAWA!
We've been contacted by an activist in Ottawa Canada who is excited to plan a sister march for the city!
Although Canada is traditionally a more socialist country, many of the same problems that plague America are taking root in Canada. Profit before people and the exploitation of workers, POC and indigenous people are all big problems in the great white north. We are excited to be working with the Ottawa team and look forward to making connections to help further our cause of humans before profit!
See more here.
Zeke Cohen, who was elected to the Baltimore City Council to represent District 1 in Nov, has endorsed the Workers March!
Councilman Cohen represents the most diverse district in Baltimore; many of his constituents are first generations immigrants to the US. Lately, he has been working to stop ICE raids from happening in his district. Councilman Cohen has also worked to re-instate bus riding privileges for city students and is a champion in the Fight for $15. Councilman Cohen is an advocate for all underserved workers and we are extremely excited to have his endorsement!
“In this moment of national anxiety, I am proud to support workers in Baltimore City and across the country. Now, more than ever, workers and our communities must organize and build solidarity in the fight for workers rights. That is why I endorse the Workers March.” -Zeke Cohen
Thank you Councilman Zeke Cohen!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WORKERS MARCH ANNOUNCED FOR WASHINGTON DC
By: Cristi Demnowicz
April 3 2017
Baltimore, MD – A small, all volunteer group of activists from the DMV area are planning the first ‘Workers March on Washington DC’ taking place on Sunday, April 30 2017, the day before International Workers Day. The march will bring workers from across the country together in solidarity for workers rights and all human rights. A full platform for the march can be found here:
Organizers expect over 1000 marchers to stand together and march through the streets of DC, demanding better representation by government officials and an end to corporate exploitation of workers and the environment for profit.
The Workers March will also feature the first of its kind “Workers World Fair,” an outdoor expo of groups and organizations fighting for equality, safety and security for everyone in the United States. Marchers will have the opportunity to network and learn about the different groups in the hopes that they will be able to work together in the future.
There will be a rally before the march which will include speakers from different backgrounds and musical performances. The march that follows will be approx 1 mile.
Marchers are encouraged to coordinate contingents by industry/sector to march together. Contingent organizing is taking place in our Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WorkersMarch17/
Details will be updated on our website (www.WorkersMarch.com) and through our social media channels as available.
Organizers are also planning a follow up event, to take place around Labor Day.
To learn more about this event, please contact
Cristi Demnowicz, Lead Organizer
Phone: (443) 413-1571
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1303741773116878/
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/WorkersMarch/