“There has been a travesty of justice for Michael Brown, his family, the Ferguson community, and communities of color across our nation. Once again, an unarmed person of color has been killed without any consequences, like so many countless others.
A historic storm hit Buffalo, NY this week, dumping over 7 feet of snow, collapsing roofs, stranding travelers, and impacting nearly ten thousand 1199SEIU members living and working in the 8 counties of Western New York. While roads remain closed, 1199SEIU members lead the way providing care to patients and residents in the many Hospitals and Nursing Homes across the area.
Barbara Smith is one of the most committed and effective social justice activists whose name you do not know. She has been on the frontlines of social change through the civil rights movement as well as fighting for the liberation of working class people, women and LGBTQ communities. One of 1199’s own, the distinguished Alethia Jones, PhD, has recently published a book that documents 40 years of Barbara Smith’s groundbreaking voice and contributions to our struggles.
In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, killing more than 6,000 of Filipino residents throughout the islands. In all, the disaster impacted 16 million people. More than 4 million people were displaced and 6 million workers had their livelihoods stripped away. Vast areas were swept clean of homes, schools and hospitals. The corpses were strewn among the wreckage making the spread of disease an imminent danger. Survivors were left without water, food or shelter.
In September 2014, nursing home caregivers at four Alaris Health nursing homes in New Jersey went on strike to demand an end to the company's unfair labor practices and a fair contract that protects patients and workers.