Wednesday, May 9, 2012

On April 22, the New York Times reported that Walmex, Walmart's largest foreign operation, had passed more than $24 million in bribes to politicians to grease the wheels of its expansion in Mexico. The article described how, after discovering the corruption, the retail giant's U.S. management moved to cover up the scandal. A call for the resignation of the company’s top executives is mounting nationally.

What: UFCW Rally: Change Walmart Now!

When: May 9, 2012-- 5 to 7 pm

Where: Walmart Store #5891
2200 Wheatsheaf Lane (off Aramingo Ave.)
Philadelphia, PA 19137

posted by jwjadmin at 4:09pm | tags: walmart, rally
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

It's been an amazing year of solidarity, reciprocity, and direct action. It's time to celebrate with an OPEN BAR, refreshments, and some fantastic honorees!

When: May 23rd, 2012, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Where: AFSCME 1199c Union Hall, 1319 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Join Philadelphia Jobs with Justice in recognizing the amazing organizing work of:

President Henry Nicholas (AFSCME 1199c; Occupy supporter)
Jody Dodd (Occupy Philly Legal Collective)
President Jim Savage (USW 10-1 and Occupy eviction night arrestee)
Amanda Geraci (Occupy Philly organizer)
Occupy Philadelphia

Individual tickets $75 ($10-30 sliding scale for low-income, fixed income, students, and unemployed). Mail checks to Philly JwJ, 1315 Spruce St, Philadelphia PA, 19107--or donate at door!

posted by jwjadmin at 5:00pm
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Today's post is from our student intern, Zoe Cina-Sklar.

On the 5th of January, members of the teachers' union in Chester Upland School District voted to work for no pay because of their district's payroll deficit. They had already had a tough job: the area's graduation rate was only 44.8 percent in 2010, the average class size was over over 40 students, and student body was impoverished. The loss of $900 million dollars in federal funding last August further worsened the district's situation as 40 percent of professional staff and nearly 50 percent of support staff were laid off. Yet, even when they had far too few resources, they continued to work. And they plan to continue now, forgoing any monetary compensation for the sake of their students' continued education.

"I am not going to make any commitments to the teachers union to do anything until they do something that's other than in their own self- interest. And everything they have done so far is in their self-interests, and that's it." -Governor Chris Christie

Are these the unionized teachers who Christie claims act only in their self-interest? The ones who take from the state? Certainly not.

Across Pennsylvania and the entire United States, these public sector employees face increased class sizes, furlough days, pay freezes, lay offs, and, as in the case of Chester Upland School District, even a lack of pay all together. Yet, they continue their work (unless the have already been forced from their jobs). This is unfair and unsustainable. Soon, if no federal stimulus arrives in places like Chester Upland, the teachers will leave out of necessity in order to support their own families. And without these teachers, how will children get the education they need to be successful and a force of change for the better in this inequality-ridden world?

posted by jwjadmin at 8:55pm
Thursday, November 3, 2011

On the day of the General Strike in solidarity with Occupy Oakland, local representatives of the 99% - including Gwen Snyder, Jobs with Justice Executive Director, and Diane Mohney, JwJ Community Co-chair - "occupied" the lobby of an icon of the 1%: Comcast Corporation headquarters in Philadelphia's financial district. The Occupiers were demanding that Comcast give back its abatement and pay its fair share of taxes. The rich and their institutions have become the direct targets of the ire of the 99%. See below pictures of the action, which resulted in the arrest of the protesters for "trespassing on private property". When a police officer lining the cordon where the arrested would be taken was asked if there was a contradiction between the rights of free public speech and private property, he remarked that the police were there to serve the private corporation. We were reminded that the Supreme Court recently reaffirmed the "human rights" of corporations in this country, and that it is apparent some "human rights" are more important than others. Today's civil disobedience showed what the 99% think about the justice system imbalance that favors the 1%.

Some of the Occupiers of Comcast HQ in Philly on November 2, in solidarity with the Occupy Oakland General Strike by the 99%. Diane Mohney and Gwen Snyder are seen at the left next to the "father and son" statue.

Many of the 99% were locked out by Comcast guards, but stayed to show their support for those who made it into the lobby.

Since Day One, Jobs with Justice, especially in the person of Gwen Snyder, the Executive Director, has been a steady and vocal presence at the Occupy Philly site at Dilworth Plaza next to City Hall.

As a result of acting in the long and cherished American tradition of civil disobedience, Diane Mohney and Gwen Snyder are arrested, handcuffed and led out of the Comcast HQ.

The Occupy Philly encampment at City Hall's Dilworth Plaza by the 99 percenters continues. Supporters of the cause of the 99% - against greed, corruption and the government's austerity measures imposed on the behalf of the richest 1% - are encouraged to visit and experience the occupation of public space to express the grievances of the 99%.

posted by jwjadmin at 2:46am