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August 01, 2005
    The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is a community-based worker organization. Their members are largely Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida. They recently won a huge victory in their national boycott of Taco Bell this March 2005 when amidst growing pressure from students, churches and communities throughout the country, Taco Bell agreed to meet all their demands to improve wages and working conditions for Florida tomato pickers in its supply chain.

The March 8, 2005 Taco Bell boycott victory of Immokalee farmworkers and their allies against the biggest fast food corporation on the planet is one of the most significant victories for social movements in the United States in recent history.

August 01, 2005
    In the following forum, Lenore Palladino seeks out the voices of the ‘ordinary people’ of the labor movement: workers, organizers, researchers, and allies. These voices are largely absent from the recent debates among the leadership of the member unions of the AFL-CIO. Still, these are the stories that are most important for us, as radicals working for a grassroots democratic labor movement, to hear.

When activists inside and outside the labor movement criticize unions for being too out of touch with social movement organizing, we are right: we know that labor is stalled as a national movement for social change, and many of us have written off labor as a force for revolution and revelation.

August 01, 2005
    After three years of hard work by students, workers and their allies, Georgetown University (GU) finally committed to a Living Wage policy on March 24, 2005.

When students first decided to begin a living wage campaign at GU through the Georgetown Solidarity Committee (GSC) – the labor rights group on campus – we started talking to campus workers to find out their situation. We found out that some were making as low as $6.60 an hour at a time when $12 was a living wage.

So in March 2003 we independently produced the Georgetown Living Wage Report. It consisted of what a living wage is and why GU as a Jesuit school should follow it ideals. It also contained data from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) on how a living wage in Washington, DC is calculated.

August 01, 2005
    Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution has reignited debate about how movements should relate to state power within strategies for social change.
August 01, 2005
    As the debates have raged through the global justice movement over whether or not to fight for state power, much focus has been given to movements in Argentina and Venezuela

In spite of its relative historic novelty and its position 90 miles off the US coast, many of us Seattle generation have ignored the island’s experience.