The Worker to Worker Solidarity Campaign (WWSC) supports internationalist, mutual solidarity between workers and unions across the planet. We believe that direct worker to worker, farmer to farmer, union to union, and popular movement to popular movement solidarity is the only way to go! We know that international labor relations have at times been taken advantage of by Empire and big transnational corporations to undermine movements for labor rights and participatory democracy. Therefore, we advocate for US unions to develop international solidarity programs independently of government funding and direction. Worker to worker internationalism is the road we must take if we truly want peace, justice, and a fair shake for all laborers, both in factory and field.
The WWSC prioritizes solidarity efforts with unions and labor movements that are: 1) threatened by US government and/or transnational corporate policies and activities; 2) seeking political and economic liberation from such policies; and, 3) not yet receiving the full measure of solidarity needed from US labor and popular movements.
The WWSC and AfGJ have an especially close relationship with Colombia’s National Unitary Federation of Agricultural Workers (FENSUAGRO). Fensuagro is the most repressed labor organization in Colombia and possibly the world. We have been part of notable successes in building awareness in the US of their struggles, having brought their leadership on a tour of the US, including participation in the Labor Notes conference in 2016, and helping them secure and build important relationships with US labor organizations. We are undertaking similar efforts regarding teachers’ unions in Mexico. We have close relationships with leaders of both the CEND (National Democratic Executive Committee of the SNTE* en Lucha, a Left, democratic tendency in the SNTE teachers union) and the CNTE (National Coordination of Education Workers, a Left union that is independent from the SNTE). Last year over 70% of human rights abuses in Mexico, as recorded by the Comité Cerezo, were against members and supporters of teachers’ unions and popular education movement activists. (*SNTE stands for National Union of Education Workers).
In the past, the WWSC has helped successfully to build US relations with the CTH (Haitian Workers Union). We also have a history of solidarity with miners unions in the US, Mexico, and Peru who are involved in various struggles with the transational corporation Grupo Mexico.
For more information, send an email to James@AFGJ.org or call 520-540-8336, ext. 3