Labor

Death Squads threaten Colombian Human Rights Defender Darnelly Rodriguez twice in two weeks

We are very worried for the safety and security of Centro Pazífico coordinator, Darnelly Rodriguez. On November 19 2021, she received the second of two death threats in two weeks. This threat came from the AGC paramilitary group. She was listed along with several other social movement and union leaders in a pamphlet that was…

Solidarity Center Funding Skyrockets for Venezuela and Colombia

by James Patrick Jordan originally published in the Orinoco Tribune The Solidarity Center’s activities in Venezuela and Colombia skyrocketed last year. Funding from the mis-named National Endowment for Democracy (NED) soared to almost 60% over the previous year’s awards. The 2020 funding, alone, represents over 40% of the total for similar grants for the last…

Virtual Picket Line-Philip Morris Must Respect Colombian Workers

SINTRAINTABACO, Colombia’s tobacco workers union, is demonstrating TODAY, Friday, October 8th, at noon, at the Philip Morris (Atria Corporation) International headquarters in New York (120 Park Avenue). Join a virtual picket line and flood CEO William “Billy” Giffords and Chief Human Resources Officer Charlie Whitaker with emails telling them to meet the workers’ demands that…

Watch and Share! Webinar with Larry Spencer, Key Leader of Coal Miners Strike against Warrior Met and Black Rock; UMWA District 20 Vice President

Webinar with Larry Spencer and Haeden Wright!   September 28th, 2021: Stanfield Smith hosts a conversation with Larry Spencer, UMWA District 20 Vice President, who represents the 1,100 coal miners in three UMWA locals which have been on strike against Warrior Met in Alabama since April 1, 2021, and Haeden Wright, an auxillary president for…

Entrevista: A Pesar de la Escalada de Asesinatos en Colombia, Este Sindicato de Trabajadores Agrícolas Lucha por el Derecho a la Tierra

por Maya Hernández To read in English FENSUAGRO o la Federación Nacional Sindical Unitaria Agropecuaria, es una federación de sindicatos de trabajadores agrícolas con sede en Colombia que aboga por los derechos de los trabajadores agrícolas, jornaleros, indígenas rurales y afrocolombianos. Luchan por una reforma agraria integral y por su derecho a vivir y trabajar…

Interview: Despite Escalating Assassinations, Colombian Farmworker Union Fights for the Right to the Land

Nury Martinez (holding flag in red scarf) with members of Fensuagro, US Labor Against the War, and AFGJ

by Maya Hernández (Published in Labor Notes) en español The situation has recently gotten even worse in Colombia—already the world’s most dangerous place to be a union member. Right now social movement leaders, union members, and participants in the peace process are being killed at a rate of more than one victim per day. With…

Fred Hirsch–A Working Class Hero Remembered

We received news last week of the death of Fred Hirsch ((Nov. 11, 1933 – Dec.15, 2020), a true working class hero. Fred was a giant in the struggle for all human rights, especially labor rights, and a true internationalist. He was Vice President of the Plumber & Pipefitters Local 393 of Santa Clara and…

Support Colombia’s National Strike – NO REPRESSION!

We who are involved in U.S. popular movements must recognize the links we have with Colombian protesters. Our own taxes support repression in Colombia. More importantly, our struggles for labor rights and peace, and against violent police repression, are intimately and intricately linked. SEND AN EMAIL TO COLOMBIAN AUTHORITIES IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL STRIKE…