Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the Forgotten Worker

The return of Fall time. There is already a change of color in the trees, the gardens are running their course and school is back in seesion. There is one other change. The new arena is open for business. The pressure will continue to mount for many of our friends to clear the area and make it more presentable for the new visitors.
We will continue to gather on the 2nd and 4th Sundays to have our time together with our friends.
Jim is still limited in what he can do, so there is still a need to fill in on cooking the rice and jambalaya, or jimbalaya as you call it.

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Call-in to Stop Anti-Immigrant Fundraiser in Ann Arbor

Next Monday, the Michigan Restaurant Association will hold a fundraiser in Ann Arbor. Participants will pay $250 to tour three restaurants in the city. For context, $250 is about 2-weeks worth of pay for restaurant workers, who earn as little as $3.38 an hour in Michigan.  

To make matters worse, this money is going to a national PAC that funds federal candidates that promote xenophobic and anti-immigrant policies, such as Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) who wants to hire 10,000 more immigration agents to terrorize local businesses and neighborhoods; Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) who praised the pardoning of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who fed immigrants slob and allowed sexual abuse against inmates; and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) who believes cities who do not support anti-immigrant policies should have their federal funding stripped.

The restaurant lobby will continue to fund candidates who treat immigrant workers as dangerous. This is part of a larger strategy to disempower those at the lowest rungs of the economic and political ladder. Criminalizing immigrants allows big businesses and politicians to profit off a fear-controlled labor force. It also harms local businesses, who follow the law but are forced to bear the brunt of this enforcement, while huge corporations continue to exploit their workers.

We will not allow immigrant workers to be terrorized. We will not allow local businesses to be terrorized. We will not support policies that harm those at the bottom to benefit those at the top.

Call the restaurants that are hosting this fundraiser and tell them that you will not support these policies in Ann Arbor. Tell them that a $250 ticket is a slap in the face to restaurant workers who earn as little as $3.38 an hour. That immigrant families are part of our community and will not be threatened or harassed. Urge them to donate their money to fund centers that provide essential services to immigrant workers and their families.


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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sundays in Cass Park w/ Friends & Forgotten Workers

Good morning, everyone! We hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend. Now it's time to carry that Labor spirit to our friends at Cass Park.

We seem to have arrived at 4 pots of jambalaya (and 4 pots of rice) as the right amount, and I'll post the recipe in the first comment, in case there is a newby who wants to contribute. And of course we still need salads, mac&cheese, desserts, and portable foods like cookies & pastries, bananas, clementines, etc. that people can take with them for later.

More details coming up. Please post what you're bringing in the comments below. Thank you.

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Ypsilanti Monthly Meeting

The Ypsilanti GMB will be holding its monthly meeting this Sunday, noon, at Cultivate in Ypsi. If you are curious about the IWW and what we do, please come by and hang out! If you are ready to build the new world from the ashes of the old, you are especially encouraged to come!

noon, Sept 10th at 307 N River St 48198