Philly Labor Supports Our Veterans

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.

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Young Organized Philadelphia

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 joneill@ibew98.org. Please make checks out to Philadelphia AFL-CIO Young Organized.

Labor Day 2018 in Philadelphia

On Monday, September 3, I took part in the Philadelphia area’s Labor Day march and family celebration. The march began with a rally at the Sheet Metal Workers’ hall, 1301 South Columbus Boulevard, with Labor leaders and elected officials speaking:

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US Congressman Bob Brady, and John Greer, who has long been active in organizing the parade, along with Jim Moran;DSC00601

Jerry Jordan, President of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, and Randi Weingarden, President of the American Federation of Teachers;DSC00596

And, last but not least, the working men and women of Philadelphia, and their families.

Labor Day 2018

I will join other trade unionists in the 31st Annual Tri-State Labor Day Celebration, on Monday, September 3, 2018. we will assemble at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd (at Washington Avenue) in Philadelphia, hold a kick-off rally, them parade, towards Penn’s Landing for food, refreshments, and fun for the kids. Please take pride in being a workers-you made this economy and country-and join in the fun, you deserve it.

Rally for Immigrants at Penn’s Landing

Yesterday I attended a rally, at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, to support immigrants, particularly protesting the caging of immigrant children and forcibly, and cruelly, separating them from their families. It was sponsored by POWER (Philadelphian Organized to Witness, Empower, and Renew), the Granny Peace Brigade, along with several union organizations, such as Unite/Here, Electricians Local 98, 1199C (hospital and health care workers), IUPAT, UFCW Local 1776, and LIUNA

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Along the way, I passed by the Irish Monument, honoring the Irish immigrants who fled their homeland to escape the famine in the 1840s. This is fitting for the rally, reminding all of us that, except for the people who were here originally, we’re all descended from immigrants. DSC00583DSC00589

Here are representatives of one of my favorite organizations, the Philadelphia Jewish Labor Committee. DSC00590

Protest Campout at City Hall

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On Saturday, July 7, I passed by City Hall in Philadelphia, and I took this picture of people camping out at the Northeast corner, protesting the draconian policies the regime is implementing against immigrants, including separating children from their parents.  Here is the true American spirit of fighting for freedom.

Swap Meet at Dirty Frank’s

I will take part in the swap meet at my favorite bar, Dirty Frank’s, on 13th and Pine streets, on Sunday, June 17. I will have copies of my books for sake there, and join small craftspeople who are selling such handmade products as jewelry, clothes, and soap. I hope to see you there.

My Victory Over SEPTA

Tuesday, I was in Center City Philadelphia, and I was informed that my “Key Card,” which I have used to pay for my rides on SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) was all used up-I had requested a monthly pass for the entire month of June, but instead the money I paid was put into the “wallet,” where I paid per ride. I couldn’t get any rides, I was furious-wouldn’t YOU be?

Some of us have been trained to passively accept this kind of think happening to them-“shit happens” and all that, “get used to it,” they tell us. BUT, instead of “just accepting this,” I kept going to the SEPTA sales office where I paid the money, and they eventually gave me a paper Trans-Pass for June. VICTORY for the consumer! This shows if you DO stand up for yourself, you stand a better chance of winning.