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Justice for Janitors: Day of Action (english)
23 Oct 2002
Modified: 08:16:32 PM
SHUTDOWN BOSTON THURSDAY: DAY OF DIRECT ACTION WITH STRIKING BOSTON JANITORS
** EMERGENCY MOBILIZATION: CALL TO ACTION WITH BOSTON JANITORS * *
THIS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24
SHUTDOWN BOSTON THURSDAY: DAY OF DIRECT ACTION WITH STRIKING BOSTON JANITORS


** EMERGENCY MOBILIZATION: CALL TO ACTION WITH BOSTON JANITORS * *

THIS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

In an unprecedented mobilization, the Student Labor Action Project (SLAP), United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), Jobs with Justice along with national and local community groups, call upon students and people of conscience to stand with the janitors in a day of multiple direct actions in downtown Boston. We are asking people to "Take theDay Off for Justice" to create a mass mobilization though the streets of Boston and the hearts of the corporations holding our community back.

On strike since September 30, the 10,000 janitors in Boston need your solidarity now more than ever. Almost all of them are immigrants, forced from their home countries by corporate globalization only to clean the offices and bathrooms of the same corporate cronies who enforce the policies of neoliberalism.

THE PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS IS AS FOLLOWS:

Wednesday, October 23:
7 PM Civil Disobedience Orientation
9 PM Convergence and Spoke's Council Meeting
Mobilization Space: Old West Church - 131 Cambridge St. (corner of Staniford St., Gov't Center T)

Thursday, October 24: DAY OF ACTION: Direct action at 7 AM and 10 AM, march
at noon and 6 PM (scheduled regroupings at the convergence center if you are looking for direction at 7am, 10am, and 2pm. Don?t abandon an action to regroup, obviously)

We are arranging FREE transportation from a number of cities across the country for anyone wishing to spend the day in solidarity with the janitors in Boston. Get here for the spokes council on Wednesday night; if you can't make it, we'll have a briefing Thursday morning. If you or your organization is interested in coming, or if you are willing to get arrested, please e-mail BostonSLAP (at) hotmail.com or call Mandie at 617-824-7135.

Festivities start at 6 am with a wake up call for UNICCO. Lisa Fithian, of Seattle and LA Justice for Janitors renown, will be helping to organize direct actions all day long.

Janitors in our community are paid slave wages, denied full-time work opportunities and have no health care. Most are forced to work 2 or 3 jobs, and still live paycheck to paycheck, with no hope for working themselves out of poverty. We're standing up to demand that these insane abuses of human rights end!

NOW IS THE TIME FOR WORKERS AND STUDENTS TO UNITE AGAINST CORPORATE CONTROL OF OUR LIVES AND COMMUNITIES

"They still seem to cling to the idea they want to see more full-time jobs with more people having health insurance." -Unicco negotiator & VP James Canavan, quoted in Boston Herald 9/10/02

Contractors, the largest being UNICCO, building owners like Equity and Fleet Bank of Boston -- which was entrenched in the IMF program that fueled the economic collapse of Argentina -- have refused the janitors full-time work opportunities, health care, and decent wages for too long.

WE NEED YOU TO JOIN US IN BOSTON THIS THURSDAY

Never has a local struggle been so important to the larger movement. The companies have drawn the line in the sand here in Boston.

A setback here, in a local struggle of this magnitude, would be interpreted as a failure of solidarity, and could lead to major losses in the labor movement. A diverse coalition, breaching lines of race, age, class, faith, ethnicity and gender has reached a consensus: that janitors should be treated with dignity. On Saturday the 19th, over 1500 people from these communities rallied and marched through Boston in support of Justice for Janitors. The mayor is meeting daily with the janitors, students have walked out of classes, the governor has kicked UNICCO out of the State House, over 50 people, including a state senator, have been arrested in acts of civil disobedience, unions have refused to cross picket lines, and congressmen are pressuring building owners. Even so, in the face of all of this, companies are still trying to starve the workers out. In order to hold these corporations accountable, we must take direct action. A win in Boston is the gateway to victories across the country, and proof that worker-community solidarity can succeed in overthrowing corporate power.

Boston SLAP supports non-violent, diverse tactics to topple the corporate tyrannies that seek to undermine our unions, our democracy, and a decent standard of living. For a schedule of events, more information on the campaign, or on Boston SLAP, please see

www.bostonslap.org, (details available on 10-21).

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Still on? (english)
23 Oct 2002
Hey, is it still on? I heard the SEIU just won? What's the latest? Some trustworthy indymedia coverage please? Gracias...
I believe it's off (english)
23 Oct 2002
I believe the protests are off, based on the latest e-mail I received from Jobs with Justice.