[act-ma] TONIGHT! The Story of Lynn's Workers' Center for Economic Justice! 7 p.m., 33 Harrison Ave, Boston
geoff.carens at gmail.com
Tue Sep 20 07:18:24 PDT 2011
Lynn's Workers' Center for Economic Justice aims to build the power of
low-wage immigrant workers on the North Shore, to organize for working
conditions that are safe, decent and just.
Tonight, hear the story of Lynn's Workers' Center! The event starts at 7
p.m., at Encuentro Cinco, 33 Harrison Ave, Fifth floor, steps from the
Chinatown T stop, very close to Downtown Crossing. A light dinner and
refreshments will follow the presentation.
Presenters include Carly McClain, member of IBEW Local 2321. Carly has spent
more than a decade doing community and union organizing across
Massachusetts. She lives in Salem, MA and is the mother of 3 kids. Carly is
the organizing coordinator for The New Lynn Coalition, comprised of union
and community groups that have a solid base in the community, and a history
of working together to create change.
The coalition’s mission is to organize all sectors of working class people
in the region into a unified permanent, political and economic force that is
union and non-union and transcends racial, linguistic, ethnic, citizenship
and gender boundaries. Together the organizations within the New Lynn
Coalition are identifying goals for regional development which revolve
around social and ecological needs and concerns, and where there is a
renewed sense of the public role in social welfare.
Jeff Crosby, president of IUE-CWA Local 201 in Lynn, will also speak
tonight. Jeff worked for 30 years as a grinder on aircraft engines for
General Electric and is serving his seventh term as the Local’s president.
Previously, he served eight years as a shop steward. He is also the
President of the North Shore Labor Council, representing 30,000 workers from
unions on Boston's North Shore. Crosby is also a vice- president and member
of the state Executive Board of the Mass. AFL-CIO. He was an active
participant in the protests against the World Trade Organization in Seattle
(November, 1999) and against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) in
Quebec. He visited Colombia in solidarity delegations to Colombian trade
unionists. He has written on the labor movement for labor journals such as
Working USA, New Labor Forum, Labor Notes, etc.
This event is sponsored by Boston's new Downtown Workers' Center. DWC is a
non-profit, worker-run organization which educates, empowers and organizes
workers in Boston’s Downtown Crossing area. The DWC mobilizes support and
resources, and promotes self-organized actions to secure justice. Contact
info: 617-53-WORKR (617-539-6757), WWW.WORKR.ME
Hope to see you all tonight!
Geoff Carens, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
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