In this time of pandemic where millions are unsure how they will afford rent or food, or where others are forced to work under dangerous conditions – we need to step to the plate and show that collective action and organizing can address our needs. A popular saying in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the recent hurricanes, earthquakes and systemic colonial neglect has been, “Only the people can save the people” – no one is coming to save us, we need to look to each other.
With this in mind we wanted to highlight two virtual organizing events tomorrow, Saturday, April 18 on tenant and labor organizing. The events overlap so you may not be able to attend both but we hope they can inspire you to organize in your neighborhood or workplace.
Arriba lxs que luchan! / Up with those who struggle!
North American Townhall on Tenant Organizing
Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 10 AM – 12:30 PM PDT / 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST
Open to all tenants across the U.S. and Canada, this second training will provide tenants with basic tools for organizing neighbors into tenant associations and organizing neighborhoods into tenant unions. Facilitation is provided by members of tenant unions from across North America that are associated with the Autonomous Tenants Union Network (ATUN). The training will be held in Spanish and in English.
ATUN is a North American collaborative of tenant unions who have chosen to remain independent of nonprofits, big foundations, and government funding in order to build power that is responsive to and lead by tenants. We are committed to base building, taking leadership from the poorest, and resisting the power of real estate capital to destroy our homes and our communities.
To receive Zoom instructions and be added to the ATUN email list click here: bit.ly/ATUNintake.
Labor Notes 2020 Virtual Conference
Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 1-6 PM EST / 10 AM – 3 PM PST
At this virtual conference, worker leaders and activists will discuss organizing strategies and the state of the labor movement, during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
Panels topics include:
- Building Power During the Pandemic
- Organizing a Stewards’ Network
- Talking With Your Co-workers about Trump
- Organizing on Health and Safety in the Face of Coronavirus
- A Just Recovery: From the Climate Crisis to the Pandemic
For more details and to register for the Zoom call click here: https://bit.ly/LNVirtualConference
Note: The rescheduled in-person conference will be next year, April 16-18, 2021.