Campaign for Labor Rights

This painting is by Trim Bissel, who founded the Campaign for Labor Rights in 1995 and led CLR until his death in 2002.

This painting is by Trim Bissell, who founded the Campaign for Labor Rights in 1995 and led CLR until his death in 2002.

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It is the mission of the Campaign for Labor Rights (CLR) to mobilize grassroots support throughout the United States to promote economic and social justice by campaigning to end labor rights violations around the world. However we are not just advocates for “labor rights” as some kind of isolated notion of “good working conditions” devoid of or removed from context. We recognize that the greatest source of labor rights violations in the world today is the capitalist system which at its foundation unsustainably and unjustly exploits labor and nautral resources for the ultimate and overall benefit of a wealthy few–the “1%”, that is to say the owning, or capitalist class.

In today’s world, global capitalism is maintained and advanced via the United States/NATO Empire and its political and military strength. Therefore, CLR prioritizes the struggle of labor movements that are being repressed and oppressed as a result of US/NATO policies and the transnational corporations they serve. We seek to organize solidarity with targeted labor movements that are not receiving the necessary level of international support they deserve. We believe that the internationalist mobilization of workers, the poor, rural peoples and their allies and co-collaborators is the best tactical approach to winning labor rights in the ongoing battle with Empire. Overall, CLR supports the struggle for popular, participatory democracy and a broadly and inclusively defined socialism. We recognize that there are different models of socialism, from Anarchist to Marxist to Social Democrat and more. Rather than pit these against each other, we focus on what is common and trust that when working, rural and poor peoples unite, we will find productive ways to work out our differences.

CLR educates about and advocates against the underlying causes of the global sweatshop. Its campaign strategies are designed in collaboration with workers struggling to gain the right to organize, the right to earn a living wage in a clean, safe work environment, and the right to bargain collectively with their bosses. Our campaigns have the goal of worker empowerment through union recognition and collectively bargained contracts. We take our lead from the workers whose livelihood and lives are at stake. Our goal is to be a resource to local activists who are organizing in their communities in support of workers world wide.

Specific areas of concentration can  change dependent on current circumstances, relationships and needs. At the present time, much of CLR’s work is focused on our relationships with labor and rural movements in Colombia and Mexico, where US policies have resulted in much labor repression. We also actively support struggles against the Grupo Mexico transnational corporation, which is affecting miners and communities in Mexico, Peru, the United States and Spain.

CLR is also an active supporter for the movement to change how the AFL-CIO and other US labor bodies conduct their international relations. We encourage US labor when it shows independence from the US oligarchy and leads the struggle against its abuses; we are critical when the foreign policies of labor organizations are secretive and funded and directed by the US Federal Government. We call on the AFL-CIO and other Labor bodies to be open about their activities abroad and to end the more than 90% government funding of the Solidarity Center. We anticipate that such funding and direction will be extremely problematic under a Trump administration with the extreme right wing in control of Congress.

For more information, send an email to James@AFGJ.org

 

Carta Abierta a Fensuagro, la Marcha Patriótica y el Pueblo Colombiano

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In English Queridas hermanos y camaradas: Es con una tristeza profunda que les escribimos para ofrecer nuestras condolencias por las víctimas de los recientes ataques contra sus organizaciones y contra todo el proceso de paz. Hemos sabido que 72 defensores de derechos laborales y humanos, activistas por la paz, dirigentes indígenas y ambientalistas han sido…

An Open Letter to Fensuagro, the Marcha Patriótica and All the Colombian People

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En español Dear Sisters, Brothers, Friends and Comrades, It is with deep sorrow that we write to express our condolences for the recent assaults against your organizations and against the entire process for peace. We have learned that 72 human and labor rights defenders, peace activists, indigenous leaders and environmentalists were assassinated in 2016 alone.…

AfGJ Statement on the Election of Donald Trump as President

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November 16, 2016 Para leer en español We find ourselves today in a worldwide struggle such as we have never seen before.  We are not only confronting the destructive nature of neoliberalism and imperialist wars, we are in a race towards the end of the world as we know it with respect to ecological degradation.…

Will Sunday bring a new era to Colombia?

Update from James Jordan, National Co-coordinator of the Alliance for Global Justice in Colombia for the referendum vote on October 2nd(Follow the LIVE BLOG on October 2nd for on the ground reporting from AfGJ’s International Accompaniment delegation.) Today I feel like I am completing a circle–a circle of peace. This is indeed an emotional moment…

LIVE BLOG: Yes to the Plebiscite, Yes to Peace!

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Follow on October 2nd for updates from AfGJ’s international accompaniment delegation on the ground for the Colombia Peace Accord Vote. The Alliance for Global Justice is in Colombia for the historic signing of the Peace Accords and for the referendum vote on October 2. The delegation will be in four areas of the country to…

AfGJ Denounces Attacks on Peace Process in Colombia

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The Alliance for Global Justice Denounces the Murder of Cecilia Coicue and the Continued Repression Against FENSUAGRO and All Rural Workers of Colombia Leer en Español The Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ) expresses our profound sadness and anger after learning of the murder of Cecilia Coicue in the village of Cominera, Municipality of Corinto, Cauca,…

Urgent Call for Solidarity with Oaxaca’s Teachers Union

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The Alliance for Global Justice denounces the brutal repression on June 19, 2016 against striking teachers in Oaxaca, Mexico that has left 12 teachers and students dead. They were killed by federal, state and local police who fired on unarmed, nonviolent demonstrators. According to a report by Telesur, the dead include 10 in Nochixtlan, one…

REPORT ON COLOMBIAN FARM WORKERS TOUR OF THE UNITED STATES

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by Nidia Quintero, General Secretary of Fensuagro, The National Unitary Federation of Agricultural Workers Unions During the days of April 1-9, 2016, a tour was organized in certain cities of the United States by our companions in the Alliance for Global Justice, with whom we have had a solidarity agreement of support for human rights…

Message from Hubert Ballesteros, Colombian unionist and political prisoner, to North American labor and solidarity activists

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Originally published in Fight Back! News Versión en español The following message is a response to a series of questions posed to Hubert Ballesteros by James Jordan of the Alliance for Global Justice. Ballesteros was arrested while negotiating for the National Agrarian Strike of 2013 and charged with Rebellion. He was also serving on the…

If We Want to Save the World – An Internationalist Declaration

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The same imperialism that has caused so much damage to the Global South today continues expanding and threatening the whole planet. Consequently, the struggle for climate justice has converted into a struggle for the liberation of all workers, peasants, indigenous and ecosystems. The struggle against Empire is a struggle to save life on Earth. (Originally…

Protests against Peru’s Tia Maria Mine and International Solidarity

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by James Jordan What does it take to stop a transnational corporate giant in its tracks when it threatens workers, farmers and communities? The people of Arequipa, Peru have an answer. Originally published in the Peoples World Unionists, rural workers, popular movements, and environmentalists are coming together in this region of southern Peru to halt…

Support the Injured Colombian Workers!!!

by Paige Shell Spurling On February 16, 2015, 20 injured workers from the Colombian petroleum industry joined the injured Colombian General Motors workers in the tent encampment in front of the U.S. Embassy in Bogota that the GM workers have occupied for the last 3 ½ years. Many of their wives accompanied them, bringing the…

Meet Colombia’s Marcha Patriótica and Lazos de Dignidad November 10 – 25

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Come hear representatives of Colombia’s  Marcha Patriótica (Patriotic March) and Lazos de Dignidad (Links of Dignity). The Patriotic March is Colombia’s largest Left movement for a just peace and a target of heavy repression, with over 60 of its leaders assassinated in just two years time. Lazos de Dignidad provides legal representation and human rights…

¡Estamos a favor de la Tierra, contra el Imperio!

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Declaración de la campaña, ‘”Por la Tierra, Contra el Imperio” de la Alianza para la Justicia Global (AFGJ, por su siglas en inglés- www.afgj.org) Traduccion por Adrian Boutureira Sansberro Para leer en inglés, hace clic aquí Firme la Promesa a Resistir por la Tierra, Contra el Imperio La Tierra se está muriendo. La Tierra no…

Statement of Solidarity with People of Cajamarca, Peru – Free Goyo!

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Alliance for Global Justice Statement on the Detention of Gregorio “Goyo” Santos, President of the Region of Cajamarca, Peru Click Here for more information about AfGJ’s December Delegation to Peru The Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ) condemns the preventive incarceration of Gregorio “Goyo” Santos Guerrero, President of the Region of Cajamarca, Peru (analogous to a…

Ecology and Climate Justice Delegation to Peru

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Taking the Struggle to the Streets for the UN Climate Summit in Lima! Dec. 3-13, 2014 Click Here to get more information An Alliance for Global Justice delegation. Our hosts are the Forum Solidaridad Perú (FSP -Peru Solidarity Forum) and the Movimiento de Ciudadanos frente el Cambio Climático (MOCICC-the Citizens Movement Confronting Climate Change). For…

Colombian Unionists Endure Mass Arrests, Bombings in April

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TAKE ACTION! The Alliance for Global Justice is very concerned about the April 17, 2014 detention of 17 agricultural workers and union members from the municipality of Leiva in the Colombian department of Nariño. This is one of a series of high profile arrests and mass detentions of union and peasant leaders that have occurred…

Coffee Workers Being Released–Just Peace Coffee Brigade CANCELED

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Just Peace Coffee Brigade CANCELED — Dolores Detainees are being released in time for coffee harvest! The Alliance for Global Justice, working with the Colombian human rights group, Lazos de Dignidad, and the Tolima Association of Peasant Workers (Astracatol), has been invited to organize a coffee picking brigade to Dolores, Tolima, a community threatened by…

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Is a Horrible Rip-off and a Direct Threat to Democracy Itself

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(This information was compiled or written by Glen Anderson of Olympia Fellowship Of Reconciliation. Originally published on the “Global Economics” part of the website, www.olympiafor.org. Watch Olympia FOR’s November 2013 TV program on this topic.) By Glen Anderson TPP’s “Fast Track” has been introduced in Congress to prevent serious debate and prevent any amendments whatsoever.…

Political prisoners, killings mount in Colombia as peace momentum slows

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Jailing of Francisco Toloza – In context By W. T. Whitney Jr. 2014 had barely begun. Already assassins had killed activist rapper Gerson Martínez, community leader Giovanny Leiton, the latter’s life partner, and unionist Ever Luis Marin Rolong. A police projectile thrown at Sintraelecol union president Óscar Arturo Orozco gravely injured his left eye. He…

US Labor Against the War Workshop

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From a War Economy to a Peace Economy:The Challenge of Economic Conversion Millions of workers in the U.S. are employed by the military-industrial-security complex. What are the steps we must take to move the country from a war and military-dependent economy to a sustainable demilitarized economy? How do we engage those whose jobs and incomes…

USAID Grants $3 Million to Solidarity Center’s Bogotá Office–Unionists Want to Know Why

by James Jordan (Alliance for Global Justice) The Solidarity Center office in Bogotá has received an unusually large two-year grant of $3 million

AFL-CIO Oct. 4th Call-In Day Against Free Trade Pacts

The following alert was originally drafted by the AFL-CIO. Please see the action component below. Your representative in Congress is considering three dangerous new free trade agreements, with Colombia, Korea and Panama. With more than 25 million Americans desperately searching for full-time jobs, the last thing our leaders should focus on is trade deals that…

Colombia, South Korea and Panama Free Trade Deals Move Forward!

According to an article in the Washington Post yesterday, the package of three free trade deals is moving forward. The president of the Chamber of Commerce is even “optimistic” about having the agreements in place by July 1st. Currently, the Republicans are causing some delay over the “Trade Adjustment Assistance Program” meant to assist the…

Act NOW to Stop US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement!

The White House announced on Wednesday, April 6th, that US and Colombian negotiators have reached agreement on all points regarding the pending Free Trade Agreement. With ample support from both parties in Congress, a vote is expected to come quickly. Outside Congress, the situation is the opposite: recent polls show over 60% opposition to new…

Tell Commerce Group to Drop the Lawsuit Against El Salvador

Over the past few months, AFGJ has devoted a great deal of time to our work opposing the Korea-US (KORUS) Free Trade Agreement (FTA). We believe that the following alert should help illustrate why such action is necessary. Thanks to FTAs, such as DR-CAFTA in this case, foreign investors are afforded “protections” that allow them…

Act Now to Stop the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement

With the G20 Summit getting under way this week in Seoul, South Korea, President Obama is expected to announce a new effort to pass the pending KORUS (South Korea-US) Free Trade Agreement. This would be the largest FTA passed since NAFTA and would represent a similar blow to family farmers and manufacturing workers in both…

Tell Obama, Bush’s Agreements Aren’t Good Enough!

Stop the failed “free” trade model! The Obama administration has set the goal of finalizing the US free trade agreement with South Korea before the G20 Summit to be held in Seoul on November 11th. Unfortunately, this is the same agreement that was negotiated with Bush and does not take into account any of Obama’s…

May 29th Demonstration Against Arizona’s Racist Law

The Alliance for Global Justice supports the call for a National Demonstration against SB1070 in Phoenix on May 29th. Please click here to read more about participating in the demonstration. SB1070 is a racist, anti-Latino and anti-immigrant law that gives local and state police the authority to detain and demand identification from those they suspect…

Support Mexico’s Electricians’ Union

In October of last year, the Mexican police and military occupied the Mexican state-owned electric company, Luz y Fuerza del Centro (LFC) displacing 44,000 employees in an attempt to break Mexico’s oldest union, the Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas (SME). The occupation of the LFC and displacement of the workers was done in the name of…

Stop Union Busting in Mexico – Urgent Action Required!

Employees Forced to Resign from Union or Lose Their Jobs (This alert was originally published by LabourStart.) Some 30,000 technical and professional employees of PEMEX (the huge public Mexican petroleum complex) finally won the right to unionize upon their third attempt. The new union’s victory was short lived. Some fifty leaders and activists active in…

The Labor Movement in Haiti: A Personal Reflection

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The most impressive strength of the Haitian labor force is its resiliency and resourcefulness. Even before the earthquake, virtually all sources agreed that unemployment in Haiti was somewhere around 70 to 80 per cent, with 80 percent of the people living below the poverty line and some 54 per cent living in abject poverty. But statistics like these do not tell the whole story and in fact may give a false impression about the daily lives of the Haitian people. Read More….

Support Mexican Miners

Mexican Government Intervention in Strike – Cananea Miners Update This alert was originally published by LabourStart. Some 1,200 members of Mexico’s National Miners’ and Metalworkers’ Union, or Los Mineros, have been on strike since July 2007 at the Cananea mine over health and safety and other contract violations. Grupo Mexico – the mining giant which…

Support REAL Trade Reform!

In what appears to be one of the most promising efforts toward trade reform in recent memory, both the Senate and the House have a progressive new trade bill before them. The bill is gathering momentum, and in the House it already had 127 co-sponsors!