direct action

How do we fight privatisation?

Some quick thoughts on privatisation and how workers can effectively challenge it.

There two high profile cases of privatisation at the moment. Royal Mail is the one that’s hitting the headlines right now, but the National Health Service is also being sold off piece by piece.

Take back the land: Land, gentrification & the Umoja village shantytown - Max Rameau

In October 2006, a group of housing activists called Take Back the Land seized control of a plot of public land in Miami, Florida and built an encampment that would become known as the Umoja Village Shantytown, a living reminder of the lack of low-cost housing in the city, and a public protest against gentrification

Though the Umoja Village encampment lasted only a few short months, Take Back the Land's actions inspired activists and observers around the country, shifting the conversation, re-politicizing the act of squatting, and helping to catalyze a new movement against the foreclosure crisis that continues to grow stronger as the economy continues to falter.

Quick win in poverty-wages fight at White Center grocery store

SeaSol quickly wins $6,710 at a South Seattle grocery store.

New SeaSol member Antonio worked at a grocery store in White Center for two grueling years. Working regular 6-day, 72-hour weeks, Antonio received no breaks, no overtime pay, and was irregularly compensated at less than $7 per hour (far below Washington State's minimum wage).

Tenants campaign scares slumlord into fixing things up

SeaSol works with tenants in one building to win improvements from deadbeat landlord.

SeaSol members and supporters might be interested in learning about a recent campaign that just ended (for the moment at least). Although it didn't end up including any dramatic mass actions, it's still an inspiring example of working-class people getting together and getting results, and how we as a solidarity network can help make that happen.

A fungus among us: Direct action cleans up landlord's act

A demand delivery scares landlord into returning the deposit of two SeaSol organizers.

Here's the story of a fight we recently won, in Wendy's words:

Seasol victory over greedy, paycheck-stealing boss

Seattle Solidarity Network's campaign of direct action finally convinced thieving boss Eric Galanti to pay Lucio his long-withheld wages.

Seattle Solidarity Network's campaign of direct action finally convinced thieving boss Eric Galanti to pay Lucio his long-withheld wages. Lucio was a cook at the Admiral Pub in West Seattle; when Lucio was deported to Mexico, Galanti took advantage of the situation by withholding Lucio's final paycheck.

Jumbo sized victory for Marco and Seasol

After a three month fight Marco and Seasol have won our campaign against Jumbo Buffet in White Center. Marco received $4700, making up for the months of working under mininum wage with no breaks or overtime pay.

After a three month fight Marco and Seasol have won our campaign against Jumbo Buffet in White Center.

Multi-Solidarity Network picket makes landlord pay up

Seattle Solidarity Network beats a national real estate company with the help of visiting organizers from other solidarity networks.

SeaSol's latest victory is over FPI Management, a national real estate management company with properties in over ten states. This particular fight focused on a case of blatant deposit theft at Tressa, a north Seattle apartment complex.

Direct action against foreclosure

Sasha Lilley in discussion with union organiser Angela MacWhinnie about the community campaign against foreclosures in the North American city of Portland.

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We Are Oregon

Economic Emergency Kit

Workers in China kidnap their boss

Workers at a medical supplies factory in Beijing, China, have taken the owner of the factory hostage. He has been locked in his office for several days, and subject to sleep deprivation techniques. The action was taken following a dispute over unpaid wages and severance pay.

The factory boss, Chip Starnes, visited the factory last week to ‘lay-off’ thirty workers. He gave them a redundancy payment and then intended on leaving. As soon as the rest of the workers on shift realised what was happening they thought the entire factory was about to close down and barricaded him in his office.