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Kapit Bisig (Link Arms) with Philippines unions in Seattle
Author: admin
Meet labor leader Ka Bong at events on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1


The following is from BAYAN Seattle:

SEATTLE (Sept. 26, 2023) — In the face of attacks against the Philippine labor movement and intensifying worker struggles worldwide, Filipino worker-leaders are visiting the United States to strengthen solidarity with unions, worker organizations, and community groups based in the U.S., as well as share the situation of workers in the Philippines.

BAYAN Seattle, ICHRP Seattle, and Malaya Movement Seattle have launched the Kapit Bisig (Link Arms) Tour 2023: Solidarity for Philippine Labor Under Attack. They will be hosting Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog, Chair of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), in Seattle. All are invited to the following events (RSVP and get details here):

● Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Labor Notes Troublemakers School at South Seattle College in West Seattle, 6000 16th Ave SW.

● Sunday, Oct. 1 from noon to 2 p.m. at a labor solidarity roundtable and lunch. Location TBA.

● Sunday, Oct. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at a community forum to hear from the frontlines of the PH labor movement. Location TBA.

BACKGROUND — The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) named the Philippines as one of the 10 worst countries for trade unionists due to the persistent violations of labor rights and relentless killings of worker leaders. Under the leadership of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte — the children of tyrants Ferdinand Marcos, Sr. and Rodrigo Duterte — the condition of workers has worsened. The Marcos administration has made no significant moves to increase the wages of workers despite skyrocketing inflation. Meanwhile intimidation, harassment, illegal arrests, and forced union disaffiliation continue. In April, the murder of Alex Dolorosa, a call center worker and human rights paralegal, marked the 71st labor organizer murdered in the Philippines from 2016 to the present day.

Although the conditions are dire, workers fight back: from the Jeepney drivers in Metro Manila who brought the city to a standstill, to the workers at Wyeth-Nestle who successfully reinstated 10 wrongfully terminated workers, to the Jollibee workers in Jersey City who continue to wage a campaign against their unjust termination. Across the U.S., we’ve seen waves of strikes across all industries, from screenwriters and actors to autoworkers.

In Seattle, the trend continues: rank-and-file workers are recognizing their collective power and taking action as seen in the Alaska AFA, Starbucks Workers Union, and UNITE HERE Local 8 Homegrown workers strikes. The time is ripe to build bridges between the working class in the Philippines and the U.S.

For more information about the Kapit Bisig Tour, visit

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Tell HHS you support staffing standards at nursing homes
Author: admin

The following is from the AFL-CIO:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 26, 2023) — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering a historic new rule that would establish a minimum staffing standard in nursing homes for the first time.

Unfortunately, the nursing home industry is spending big to prevent this rule from being finalized. That’s why HHS needs to hear from you.

TAKE A STAND — Please take a moment to submit a comment to HHS in support of the staffing standard before the Nov. 6 deadline.

Just about everyone in America has a loved one in a nursing home, knows someone who works in a nursing home, or recognizes that they may need nursing home care in the future—even if just temporarily.

Care work done in nursing homes is incredibly important and difficult work—work that is more often done by women and people of color. We cannot let monied interests stand in the way of advocating for care workers and the people they care for.

It’s easy to submit a comment. Just fill out this form.

Thank you for standing up for the health, safety and dignity of all Americans.

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Red Scare at the Smithsonian? Battle Brews over Portrayal of Latino History in Planned New Museum
Author: (Democracy Now!)

A political battle is brewing in Washington, D.C., over plans to build a National Museum of the American Latino and the portrayal of American Latino history. Last year, the Smithsonian Institution opened a temporary preview exhibition inside the National Museum of American History that has become the focus of controversy within the Latino community, as Republican lawmakers and others challenge what one conservative writer described in The Hill as an “unabashedly Marxist portrayal of history.” We speak to two historians who were hired to develop a now-shelved exhibit on the Latino civil rights movement of the 1960s for the museum. Felipe Hinojosa is a history professor at Baylor University in Texas, and Johanna Fernández is an associate professor of history at the City University of New York’s Baruch College. We discuss their vision for the first national museum dedicated to Latino history, which Hinojosa describes as “complex” and “nuanced,” and how conservative backlash has sought to stymie and rewrite their work. “These conservatives are using fear to essentially push through their agenda,” says Fernández, who warns that the rising wave of censorship throughout the U.S. could be a “repeat of the Red Scare.”