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Colombian GM workers sew their lips shutBy Gary Wilson on February 18, 2014
On the 77th anniversary of the Flint, Mich., sit-down strike in the U.S., fired GM workers in Colombia accelerate their struggle.
After 930-plus days of occupation outside the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, injured workers fired by General Motors are stepping up their fight for basic justice.
Day 925 came on Feb. 11, the 77th anniversary of the United Auto Workers’ victory in the Flint sit-down strike. The Colombian workers chose that day to restart the hunger strike which has continued on and off since Aug. 1, 2012. Two members of the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-Workers of GM Colmotores (Asotrecol) — Carlos Trujillo and the group’s president, Jorge Parra — dramatically demonstrated their commitment to the strike by sewing their lips shut.
Since the beginning of the occupation, the workers have demanded that GM fulfill its legal obligation to place them in jobs they can perform despite their injuries. If they cannot work, GM is obligated to provide them with lifetime income. GM has gotten around the law, the workers say, by forging medical records to make the injuries appear not work-related.
Colombia is the most dangerous country in the world for union activists. Nevertheless, Asotrecol has accomplished much through this struggle. Parra explained in a letter to UAW President Bob King:
Still waiting for justice
“We were able to force an end to the illegal collaboration between the GM Medical Department and the private healthcare service (EPS) operating inside the plant. … GM has invested millions of dollars in ergonomic improvements on the production line, we have forced them to stop the dismissal of injured workers, and there has been a nearly 200 percent increase in the number of injured workers who have been relocated to jobs more appropriate for their physical state. … Our compañeros still working inside the plant have helped their fellow workers realize the importance of going to the doctor to get treatment without fearing reprisals from GM, so that they avoid exacerbating their injuries.
“With great courage they have also started a new union, SintraGMCol. The existing union, Sintraime, has been supported and strengthened by Asotrecol standing up to GM, after having nearly been decimated in prior years by devastating laws quite similar to the ones that are expanding in the United States” — so-called “right to work” (for less) laws.
Eight fired workers, who have kept the fight going under the rigors and dangers of a 30-month occupation, still wait for justice. GM refuses to negotiate a resolution of their issues. They struggle to feed their families. Two of those who have not lost their homes are facing foreclosure. Fundraising efforts, with thousands donated by rank-and-file auto workers, have kept the occupation going. Unfortunately, UAW President King has distanced himself from Asotrecol, hence Parra’s appeal.
New forces are rallying to Asotrecol’s side. After the hunger strike began, the Colombian United Confederation of Workers donated food for Asotrecol families. Justice for Colombia, which “has the support of the more than 7 million workers in the British and Irish trade union movements as well as over 80 MPs in the UK Parliament,” stated that it “expresses its solidarity with Asotrecol.”
To assist Asotrecol or watch an hour-long documentary about their struggle, visit Asotrecol.org.
The extinct Tasmanian tiger
i cant believe that we allowed an animal which was alive so recently that we have videos of it to go extinct
In a way you’d think that in these modern times we wouldn’t possibly let an animal go extinct but this is a very dangerous way of thinking - and is exactly why we may find species are to become extinct in the near future. For example a tiger like the Sumatran is said to become extinct by just next year, but people will not act significantly enough because they don’t believe that we would let something like that happen.
But in reality, there are already so many animals that are extinct from the wild, like the giant tortoise or species of deer, and so many heading to extinction like the Amur Leopard, where only 45 are said to remain, and the Javan Rhino, where there are no more than 50 and none in captivity.
and lets not forget the Northern White Rhino, where literally 4 remain.
It is so important to act while they are still with us.
THANK YOU ^^^
Most species go extinct before they have been documented. I believe the current estimated rate is 150-200 species per day, and half of the species we have documented will be extinct by 2100.
For the first time in two decades, the Great Lakes are nearly covered with ice.
That will be taken care of by this weekend. Can’t wait for this shit to melt.
I’d like to correct this:
“God, send us someone to cure AIDS, cancer, etc., etc.”
“I did, but you gave them a substandard education because they lived in an area with poor funding due to low property taxes.
I did, but you let them die because they couldn’t afford healthcare.
I did, but due to racism you stomped out their potential and didn’t give them the same opportunities.
I did, but you make a college education too unaffordable while giving the big bankers passes.
I did, but you saw a homeless youth before you saw a kid with potential.
I did, but you kicked the downtrodden while they were already shoulder deep in sinking sand.”
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I did, but you forced her to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term—making her a single mother with limited income who had to sacrifice her college dreams in order to provide for her unwanted child.
Citing its preference to heal people rather than kill them, CVS/Caremark announced today that it would stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products in 7,600 stores around the country by Oct. 1, 2014.
The move will cost the pharmacy chain $2 billion in annual sales, but also highlights a shift in company philosophy: “We have about 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners helping patients manage chronic problems like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease, all of which are linked to smoking,” said CVS chief executive Larry J. Merlo. “We came to the decision that cigarettes and providing health care just don’t go together in the same setting.”
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This is pretty bold and commendable.
Welp. Guess I’m doing all my pharm shopping at CVS from now on. They won me over!
I guess they’re going to stop selling alcohol and Twinkies too right? Don’t commend them too much.
Agreed, but it’s a start, and that’s better than nothing.
Environmentalism in the US today has come to simply mean buying the right products. What if you can’t afford them?
Today in history: February 19, 1942 - President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, leading to the incarceration of almost 120,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II.
The war-time measures applied to Japanese Americans in a sweeping way, uprooting entire communities particularly on the West Coast. Afterward, Japanese Americans fought a legal battle against the concentration camps all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The original Supreme Court decision which upheld the camps in the interests of ‘national security’ was later vacated (overturned on a technicality), but the Supreme Court never ruled that the camps were unconstitutional. After a decades-long battle, in 1988 the U.S. government was forced to formally apologize for the internment, admitting that government actions were based on “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.”
The U.S. government eventually disbursed more than $1.6 billion in reparations to Japanese Americans who had been interned and their descendents. Today Japanese American organizations on the West Coast organize an annual Day of Remembrance to mark this date and to continue to raise consciousness so that such attacks on civil liberties never happen again to Japanese Americans or oppressed groups.
(image: sign ordering Japanese Americans to concentration camps)
Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)
St. Paul, Minnesota: Hundreds of teachers and community supporters rally outside the school board before an impending strike authorization vote, February 18, 2014.
Photos by Brad Sigal