On Friday, September 13, 2019, I joined other trade unionists in celebrating the annual Awards Banquet of the Philadelphia chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute. (I’m the recording Secretary of the Philadelphia chapter.) The honorees were:
Martin Williams Jr., of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers;
Linda Fields, Special Assistant, LIUNA Local 135;
George Piasecki III, President of the Delaware County (PA) AFL-CIO;
and Vernon Woodall, LIUNA Local 135.
Joining me to honor these Labor leaders were other labor leaders, Stewards and other people dedicated to upgrading the lives of their fellow working people. These are working-class people finding empowerment in banding together to help other workers find their power. I would encourage you to find your power in banding together with other workers in a union.
The Philadelphia AFL-CIO is one of the many organizations sponsoring the Pennsylvania Global War On Terror Memorial, in honor of those who have fallen for this country in Afghanistan and Iraq. This memorial will e situated in Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, facing the Delaware River, near the memorials for those who served During Viet Nam and Korea.
For further information, and to contribute, Please contact:
PA GWOT Memorial
PO Box 14554
Philadelphia, PA 19115
On the web: https://www.gwotmemorial.org/
The Labor movement in Philadelphia is proud of our military veterans, and honors their service with these programs:
On Saturday, November 17, at 2:30 PM, there will be a “fight night” the Sheet Metal Workers Local 13 Hall, 1301 South Columbus Boulevard, to raise funds for “A Lift For A Vet,” a program of Local 5 of the International Union of Elevator Constructors. I A Lift For A Vet’s purpose is to buy and install vertical transportation systems, such a home lifts, chair lifts, and elevators, into the homes of disabled military veterans. For further information about the boxing event of A Lift For A Vet, please contact Ed Loomis, IUEC Local 5, at (215)397-8706, or go on the web, www.iuec.com/lift_for_a_vet.
Philadelphia Labor is also taking part in raising funds for a memorial for those who have fallen in the Global War On Terror, in Afghanistan and Iraq. The organizers of the memorial need your help to build a monument for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in America’s longest war. To see about donating to this effort, please visit the website, www.gwotmemorial.org.
Young Organized Philadelphia, the youth (40 and under) arm of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO, will hold a fundraising event at Revolution House, 200 Market Street ( http://www.revolutionhouse.com/) in Philadelphia, from 5:30 PM-7:30 PM, on Monday, September 24. Sponsorship levels are Platinum at $1000.00, Gold at $500.00, and Silver at $250.00. Please send your RSVP to Jack O’Neill, President of Young Organized, at (215)280-6826, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make checks out to Philadelphia AFL-CIO Young Organized.
On Saturday, August 26, I will be at the BBQ party of PhillyCAM, the public access channel for Philadelphia-Comcast channel 66, Verizon channel 29. This will take place in the History Museum Garden, located in the garden space right behind PhillyCAM on 699 Ranstead Street, between Market and Chestnut. I urge people to support PhillyCAM and thus support grassroots community media, free from the commercial restrictions of regular media; it’s always from the grassroots that new ideas come that change society. For further information, contact http://phillycam.org/.
I will join other trade unionists in the Philadelphia in marching in the 30th Annual Tri-State Labor Day Parade and Family Celebration will take place on Monday, September 4, starting at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd., in Philadelphia. We will assemble at 8:30 AM, have the rally at 9:15, and march to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. We the working people deserve this time to celebrate our role in the building of America, and to stand up to those who would take away all that we and all who came before us have struggled for. For more information, call the Philadelphia AFL-CIO at (215)665-9800.