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News :: Human Rights : Labor
Vicious Police Attack on IWW Solidarity March in Providence, Rhode Island
20 Aug 2007
March in solidarity with Brooklyn warehouse workers brutally attacked
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Providence IWW organized a march on Jackie's Galaxy, which is a restaurant chain that is being
supplied by HWH in New York City, a supplier who is notorious for its slave labor conditions of up to 110 hours per week without basic labor rights (minimum wage and overtime). They were met with brutality by local police.

Keywords: Class, Analysis, Brooklyn, Economy, Human Rights, Labor, Poverty, Police & Prisons, Repression,



Vicious Police Attack on IWW Solidarity March in Providence, Rhode Island

Saturday, August 11 2007 @ 10:16 PM PDT
Contributed by: anarkid

Breaking NewsToday (8/11/2007) at 12pm EST the Providence wobblies organized
a march on Jackie's Galaxy, which is a restaurant chain that is being
supplied by HWH in New York City, a supplier who is notorious for its slave
labor conditions of up to 110 hours per week without basic labor rights
(minimum wage and overtime).

Vicious Police Attack on IWW Solidarity March in Providence, RI-Support
Needed!

Pictures are here: http://jonathanmcintosh.smugmug.com/gallery/3293537

Today (8/11/2007) at 12pm EST the Providence wobblies organized a march on
Jackie's Galaxy, which is a restaurant chain that is being supplied by HWH
in New York City, a supplier who is notorious for its slave labor conditions
of up to 110 hours per week without basic labor rights (minimum wage and
overtime).

Roughly 30-40 wobblies and supporters (including Providence and Boston
SDSers) were marching towards Jackie's Galaxy in North Providence when the
police began following them en mass. They told the marches to move to the
sidewalk, while this was initially ignored, the marchers listened to the
police and began slowly moving to the sidewalk.

The police then surrounded the marchers in their squad cars and began
getting out. With the police in full force, they began attacking the
marchers, one fellow worker, Alex Svoboda, was pinned down by the police
during her arrest and suffered a broken and dislocated leg and ruptured
blood vessel in the knee. These injuries will require at least two surgeries
and extensive rehab and even then may not completely repair the damage.
Jason, another wob, was arrested during the police' attack. Ashley, a
supporter from Boston, was also severely maced during the attack, suffered
chemical burns and required medical treatment.


Despite this, the marchers continued on to Jackie's Galaxy and eventually
spoke with the owner who at first promised he had switched suppliers and now
denies doing business with HWH although he has no documentation to prove
either claim. Business at Jackie's Galaxy ceased completely during the
duration of the action and most bystanders were outraged that Jackie's would
support the crimes of HWH/Dragonland.


The Providence wobblies and other supporters of workers' rights will
continue their pressure on Jackies Galaxy until they stop doing business
with the slave labor shop HWH/Dragonland or until basic rights, including
the right to organize, are instated at HWH/Dragonland.

In the meantime they need your support! Alex Svoboda is charged with 3
felony counts of assaulting a police officer as well as two misdemeanors and
will be unable to work for a significant period time as a result of her
injuries. Money will be needed to provide Alex and Jason with legal support
and also to help with the medical bills and loss of income Alex will suffer
as a result of the brutality of the North Providence Police. Please send in
any donation that you, or your organization can afford to the Providence
General Membership Branch (address below) or contact Mark Bray at
201-669-0714 or Billy Randel at 646-645-6284.

You can also do your part at pressuring the Mayor and Police Chief of North
Providence (contact info below) to at the very least, formally apologizing
to the marchers, dropping all baseless charges and paying for the injuries
and lose of income that were unjustly caused.

Photos of the action and the brutal assault can be found here:
http://jonathanmcintosh.smugmug.com/gallery/3293537

Providence GMB:
PO box 5795
Providence R.I.
02903

Email-ProvidenceIWW (at) riseup.net

North Providence Mayor:
Charles A. Lombardi
North Providence Town Hall
2000 Smith Street
North Providence, RI 02911
Telephone: (401) 232-0900, ext. 226
Fax: (401) 232-3434

Police Chief:
Ernest C. Spaziano
North Providence Police Department
1967 Mineral Spring Ave.
North Providence, R.I. 02904
Business line: 401-233-1433
Fax number: 401-233-1438
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See also:
http://www.iww.org

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