Stephan is an organizer and fast food worker with Burgerville Workers Union (BVWU) in Portland, OR. The union has led an innovative campaign along the model of “solidarity unionism” to become the first recognized fast food workers union in the country using store based committee building, multiple strikes shutting down stores and other actions. BVWU is a campaign of the radical IWW or Industrial Workers of the World labor union.
“A Year In Popular Power” is a four part YouTube series featuring members of Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation (BRRN) speaking on their organizing work as examples of building popular power. This was filmed as a panel event by the same name on August 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA which was held in conjunction with BRRN’s 5th convention, which you can read more about HERE.
Episode #1: Teacher Strikes and #RedForEd in North Carolina
Episode #2: Organizing to Stop ICE Raids with the Koreatown Popular Assembly
Episode #3: Graduate Student Strikes with GEO Local 6300
Episode #4: Organizing in Fast Food with the Burgerville Workers Union
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If you like to learn more we recommend reading, “Unionism From Below: Interview with Burgerville Workers Union.”