Portland call-out video – It begins…


Rocky Mountaineer Workers Locked Out for Second Season

http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/photo/rocky-mountaineer-workers-locked-out-second-season/10628

VANCOUVER – The Rocky Mountaineer tourist train launched its 2012 season today –  complete with bagpipes, private security and a trainload of  scabs.

Rocky Mountaineer workers have been locked out for 10 months. Talks broke off between  management and the onboard attendants last July. The locked out workers and supporters were on hand this morning to picket the tourist train, although an injunction won by owner Peter Armstrong  forces them to “refrain from anything that may appear as an effort to impede, or intimidate” and that includes “glaring” at scab replacement workers. Private security video-taped the workers as they lined up at the station fence and called to tourists boarding the train. The company lined buses up to try to hide the view of protesters from the paying customers.

Although scabs are illegal in B.C., the train falls under federal jursidiction.


Locked out Rocky Mountaineers Rally

http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/events/10593
Address: 1755 Cotrell St. (Cotrell and Terminal, behind the home depot)

Come show support for the locked out Rocky Mountaineer workers, who have endured their dispute since last summer!!!!

 


May Day 2012 Call Out (updated)

Tensions are mounting with workers all over the province; teachers, posties, Air Canada baggage handlers, on-board attendants at the Rocky Mountaineer, Maple Ridge Extra Foods workers, taxi drivers, the list continues to grow. But we are not just victims, we can also act.

Grassroots solidarity on Dec 12th helped dock workers in Longview WA win what had been a long and bitter strike. Wildcat action at Air Canada last month gives us a small taste of what we need: A full scale general strike against the likes of Christy Clark and the other capitalists of this province!

May Day is the international holiday that commemorates the 1886 Haymarket Massacre, when Chicago police murdered workers participating in a general strike. It’s also a time to rejoice in rebellion.

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http://www.facebook.com/events/303794233026346/

Honor the Dead, Fight For the Living!

– April 24th 6:30am – 1755 Cotrell Street (off Terminal)

Solidarity with the locked out workers at the Rocky Mountaineer!

– April 27th 7:00pm – Strathcona Community Centre (601 Keefer Street)

The second and final autonomous assembly before Mayday. A call out to rebels (Union and non-Union workers, parents, students, unemployed etc…) to self organize in your own groups of friends, coworkers, neighbors, classmates etc… to think for yourself how to best disrupt business as usual on and around Mayday 2012, and participate in this assembly.

– May 1st 12 noon – Vancouver Art Gallery

Occupy May Day!

– May 1st 3:00pm – Vancouver Art Gallery

Big Labour Demo

– May 1st 7:00pm – China Creek Skate Park (Just west of Broadway and Clark)

Reclaim the streets party!!

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Background:

Capitalists profit from and control what we need to survive – Banks and landlords profit from our need for housing. Actually, all the things we need to survive—the water we drink, the food we eat, even the roofs over our heads—are turned into commodities that someone makes a profit from. This excludes many of us from the necessities of life.

Capitalists exploit us at work – We don’t work because we want to. We work because we have no other way to make money. We sell our time and energy to a boss in order to buy the things we need to survive. During our time at work we make things or provide services that our bosses sell. Our everyday working lives are sold hour after hour, week after week, generation after generation.

Capitalists create schools that produce obedient workers and unquestioning citizens – The primary task of education in a capitalistic society is to teach students to ‘respect authority.’ Authority is imposed through a system that punishes those who do not do what they are told and rewards conformity. Strict adherence to trivial rules teaches us to obey no matter how stupid the order is. This prepares us for the world of bosses, cops, politicians, and military officers ordering us around and treating us as inferior.

Capitalists terrorize immigrants – Hundreds of immigrants and refugees are forcibly deported every day for doing what humans have done for thousands of years—moving in search of a better life, escaping poverty, abuse, discrimination, disasters, persecution, or war. Those on the wrong side of borders, whose homelands are often torn apart by the same economic practices that define the so-called First World, are illegalized and criminalized and are forced to work for less than those with papers.

Capitalism is global and needs colonization to expand Canada, like many other nations, was founded upon the genocide of it’s native populations. Capitalism requires the full assimilation of all communities who have a different relationship to the land and each other. While native people are forced to live on reservations, or in the city in poverty, to endure the legacies of genocide and residential schools, their traditional territories are occupied, and destroyed for the needs of capitalist resource extraction. The governments of BC and Canada continue to fool us into believing that we live in a “green” and peaceful location. We cannot have our own freedom, until we reject their nationalism and all that it stands for alongside a long tradition of native land defenders.

Capitalism affects everyone differently, but regardless of who we are, as working class people we are exploited by the system in one way or another. That pervasiveness can be threatening, but it is also a common link that we can use to struggle against it together. Simply standing up for our own interests in this struggle is the starting point for undermining capitalism.

Anti-Capitalists to the Streets!Image


Hey you! Got any handbills?

If you’re promoting a radical event or idea in the region (Coast Salish & nearby territories/West Coast Turtle Island), please submit pdfs of your handbills so we can bulk up the posters/flyers section we are working on for this blog!

Submit to: to vanmayday2012@gmail.com 


Rocky Mountaineer Training Scabs Again!

Local profiteers at the Rocky Mountaineer (“the largest privately owned passenger rail service in North America”) are in the process of training this season’s fresh batch of scabs to work their luxury rail tours. After a successful push-out of the scabs from the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (helped by some CAW members who notified their local union and were supported in not crossing a picket line, despite reports that CAW members have been crossing the very same line at the Rocky Mountaineer company!), the company has relocated to the Fairmont Pacific Rim. 

A worker from RM has asked that supporters join them in their picket line:

April 17 2012 (and likely more dates to follow)

07:00-14:30 

1038 Canada Place  Vancouver, BC 

 

 

 


Call Out for Vancouver Mayday 2012

Greetings comrades!

On March 25th we called for an autonomous assembly, as a way to encourage economic disruption on and around May 1st, 2012. This was an attempt to locally respond to the call out for a North American General Strike from Occupy LA. There were a few people who came to the assembly with the intention of organizing in their own groups and circles, and who had a desire to co-ordinate efforts. Also out of that assembly came a desire for more specific actions and organizing.

It is with great pleasure that we present this early call out to be expanded on at a later date.

April 24th – Worker Solidarity Action

Details TBA

April 27th – 7pm Strathcona Community Centre (601 Keefer Street)

The second and final autonomous assembly before Mayday. A call out to rebels (Union and non-Union workers, parents, students, unemployed etc…) to self organize in your own groups of friends, coworkers, neighbors, classmates etc… to think for yourself how to best disrupt business as usual on and around Mayday 2012, and participate in this assembly.

May 1st – 12 noon, Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia and Howe)

After the General Assembly.

Mobilize like cats not sheep!

Like all days, we would like this Mayday to be more than a walk down the street ending with a series of defeated sounding speakers.

Workers, Students, Unemployed – Break the chains!

This will be a rallying point for those who wish disrupt business as usual in the downtown core!

May 1st – 7pm China Creek Skate Park (Just west of Broadway and Clark)

Reclaim the Streets!

Join us for a street party, ending with music, movies, and a party in the park!

Cops, Capitalists, and Politicians are not welcome at any of these events…

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