Rally against mountaintop removal mining, Nov 16

If coal companies get their way, southwest Virginia’s beautiful and iconic Ison Rock Ridge will be blown to pieces by explosives and turned into a 1,200 acre mountaintop removal coal mining site.

Mining operations could even take place within 300 feet of some community members’ homes, but incredibly, the State of Virginia isn’t doing anything to protect its residents.

The Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to block the mining permit and save Ison Rock Ridge — and a decision is expected soon.

Our friends at the Sierra Club and Wise Energy for Virginia are hosting a rally outside the EPA’s headquarters in Washington on Wednesday to make sure the agency knows that allowing mountaintop removal mining at Ison Rock Ridge is unacceptable. Here are the details:

Image of mountain exploding with words "What's your connection to mountaintop removal?"

Speakers at Wednesday’s rally will include Wise County residents working to save Ison Rock Ridge, faith leaders and others involved in the crucial fight against mountaintop removal coal mining.

In June more than 1,600 CREDO action members in Virginia submitted public comments telling the EPA to block the permit for mountaintop removal mining at Ison Rock Ridge. That’s a great start, but now that the EPA is close to making a decision we need to take the fight directly to its doorstep.

That’s why community members from Wise County are making the trip to Washington for Wednesday’s rally, where they’ll be joined by hundreds of concerned activists from the DC area.

A big crowd at next week’s rally will make it more likely that the EPA blocks this dangerous and environmentally destructive permit. Can you join us to speak out against mountaintop removal coal mining?  Click here to RSVP for Wednesday’s rally.

When: Wednesday November 16, 12PM-1PM

Where: EPA Headquarters, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

Make Wall Street Pay, Nov 3

As the leaders of the G-20 nations meet in France to address the global economic crisis, join with nurses, consumer advocates and union allies as part of actions around the world to send a message from Main Street: Wall Street must pay for the devastation they’ve caused to our communities. A Wall Street Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) can raise $350 billion per year in the U.S. to provide living wage jobs, guaranteed healthcare, a secure retirement for all, quality public education, good housing and protection from hunger. European workers want the benefits of the FTT in their own countries as well. For more information: http://www.mainstreetcontract.org

When: Thursday, November 3, 11:30-12:30

Where: Lafayette Square Park

16th Street & H Street NW (in front of the White House)

Wall Street Bull

Out of Our Silos – Into the Streets! A Call to APHA Members and Friends, Oct 31

The Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association’s Health Disparities Committee invites you to a solidarity rally for workers, students, and health practitioners!


Jobs with good pay, benefits and working conditions.
Stable housing
Optimal conditions to be healthy
Opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the world
Health care for everyone – nobody out!


Let’s move beyond research and health services to action.
Get back on the front lines fighting for better social conditions.
Demand universal health care and civil rights.
Protect the civil rights of all people.

"Got public health?"


The jobless rate for Latinos and African Americans is 30% in some parts of the United States.
Share the message that inequality hurts everyone’s health, not only those at the bottom.
Fighting injustice and defending one another improves health.


Ally with workers from all countries – not politicians
US capitalists and their politicians use cutbacks and racism to strengthen their profitability.
US CEOs make over 350 times the income of workers, yet businesses and Congress are slashing worker benefits and social programs to increase profitability and maintain their competitive
Public health workers must refuse to withhold or offer substandard care to anyone based on race, socio-economic class or immigration status.

For more information: kpomeran@gwu.edu or 202-994-3623

When: Monday, October 31 · 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Where: Washington Convention Center – March to the Verizon Center to support Verizon workers fighting for jobs and healthcare

Gather at New York Ave & 7th St NW
Washington, DC

6th Solidarity Forum – Next steps to fight UMD worker abuse, Oct 14

Join us this Friday as community members discuss next steps in the JAM campaign for a safe and respectful workplace. In particular, come hear UMD staff talk about their personal experiences with ongoing workplace issues that still need to be resolved.

The administration has released their final report, and it is sorely lacking. Check out the Diamondback editorial board’s take on it here.

The Justice at Maryland coalition will also have a worker solidarity action at the UMD homecoming game.


Hand holding microphone

Some of the problems:

NO mention of how they will end retaliations: Despite admitting that there is a widespread fear of speaking out, they offer no means to end this climate of intimidation.

NO mention of what will happen to abusive managers: It’s not enough to transfer people around; these people still have free reign on campus.

NO mention of any workplaces outside of facilities management and housekeeping: Many of the worst abuses happen in these departments, but all the abuses in workplaces across campus deserve attention.

NO mention of broader patterns of abuse: These problems go deeper than any particular incident. We need to discuss what systemic problems allow these abuses to continue, and what we can do to end them.

When: Friday, October 14 · 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Where: Nyumburu Cultural Center multipurpose room, UMD

(Homecoming rally Saturday, October 15th 11:30am, Nyumburu amphitheater)

OCCUPY DC, ongoing

After watching the uprisings in the Arab Spring, people in the United States are pissed off and taking back power over their own lives.  The occupation has spread to 245 cities across the country, including in Baltimore and DC.

New York:

5,000 people have taken to the streets in New York to Occupy Wallstreet since September 17.  In the Declaration of the Occupation of New York, the General Assembly proclaimed:

our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power.

Occupy Wall St. takes the Brooklyn Bridge (Oct 1), 700 arrested


Baltimore began their occupation yesterday at McKeldin Fountain (the corner of Pratt and Light) and has been going strong!

Washington, DC:

Occupy DC began on Sunday at McPherson Square.  There are daily General Assemblies (open to everyone!) at 12PM & 6PM, as well as marches at 9AM & 5PM.

Tomorrow, a second occupation begins in DC as part of Stop the Machine! Create a New World!  This occupation marks the end of the first decade of the latest US invasion of Afghanistan.  They are meeting Thursday noon at Freedom Plaza (across from the white house) for a rally and concert.  OccupyDC will be joining together for this action!  Cmon y’all, lets get free!!

Rally against ICE’s Secure Communities and Press Conference, Sept 21

On Wednesday civil rights and community organizations will join to demand justice for Roxana Orellana Santos, Maria Bolaños, Florinda Lorenzo-Desimilian, Ruth Díaz – four mothers with pending deportations despite administrative promises of relief.

The four women that are the subject of Wednesday’s protest are:

  • Roxana Orellana Santos – mother of Cesar Jr., has sued the Frederick County Sheriff’s Department for race discrimination after officers took her into custody while she sat peacefully outside her job eating her lunch. Frederick County turned her over to ICE under its notorious 287(g) agreement. Roxana’s lawsuit is pending yet she’ll never challenge race discrimination if ICE proceeds forward with her removal. ICE denied a deferral of her removal on September 14, weeks after the Obama announcement. Deportation Date: September 30, 2011 (report date September 22, 2011).
  • Ruth Diaz – when Ruth’s roommate physically attacked her, Ruth called the Prince George’s County police for protection. Instead, they arrested Ruth and her attacker. Although the judge threw out the charges against her, under Prince George’s County’s notorious Secure Communities program, she was transferred to ICE custody, leaving her 2-year old son behind. Deportation Date: September 30, 2011

Stop Secure Communities: No more raids and deportations, full rights for all immigrants

  • Maria Bolaños – Maria, mother of Melisa, called the police after being threatened by Melisa’s father the day before Christmas 2010. The responding Prince George’s County police refused to arrest her partner but instead charged Maria with selling telephone cards, trumped up charges that were later dropped by the court. Maria has fought tirelessly to expose the impact of Secure Communities on domestic violence victims. Deportation Date: to be determined October 28, 2011.
  • Florinda Faviola Lorenzo Desemilian – Florinda, mother of three, was arrested by Prince George’s County police for selling telephone cards, purportedly a crime of “operating a business without a license.” The judge declined to proceed with the charges, however that did not stop the Prince George’s County Correctional Center from transferring her into ICE custody. Released three days later to her breastfeeding infant, she has participated in a civil rights investigation of the misuse of the Secure Communities program by Prince George’s County. Deportation Date: Temporary one-year relief granted, new deportation date August 4, 2012.

Roxana, Florinda, Maria and Ruth will be available for interviews in the press conference on Wednesday.

For more information contact: Susana Flores, CASA de Maryland, 240.706.2624, and check out the facebook event.

When: Wednesday, September 21, 2011. 12:30 PM

Where: National office of the DHS, 500 12th St., SW, Washington DC

SAVE TROY DAVIS: Protests and Phone Jam, Sept 16-19

WE ARE MOBILIZED! After the Community Roots meeting tonight we’ve decided that it’s time for us to take action! There are over 30,000 students at this school and we have the power to make a huge difference. We can not and will not let Troy Davis be executed next Wednesday, so we have to make some serious moves on campus and in the community.

We’re starting the movement tomorrow (Friday) morning at 11 am by flyering and talking to people all over campus. Be at the Student Involvement Suite in Stamp if you want to help with this part of the day by handing out flyers or . Later on in the evening, we’re going to head to DC for a massive protest as a part of the National Day of Action regarding Davis’ case. If you plan on going to the protest, meet at Stamp by 5 pm so that we can head downtown together.

Sunday evening, we’re meeting at 5 pm to get ready for the next step we’re taking on Monday. We will be going around campus flyering again and chalking to prepare for our massive phone jam and education session on the Mall on Monday.

Then Monday morning, we will be meeting at the top of the Mall by McKeldin at 10 am. We will have people there all day with phone numbers for the governor of Georgia along with the Board of Parole assigned to Davis’ case. This is the most important part of all of this so please, please, please try and show up!!!

Invite everyone you know! We can make a difference!!!! Click here for the facebook event!

Call (404.656.5651), e-mail (Webmaster@pap.state.ga.us) the Board of Pardons and Paroles and voice your support for Troy Davis!

Troy Davis

When: Friday September 16, 11:00am for flyering

Where: Student Involvement Suite, Stamp Student Union UMD

When: Friday, September 16, 12:30pm for Howard University Solidarity Protest

Where: outside Douglass Hall, by the flagpole, Howard University

Contact: lindsayparme@hotmail.com for more info

When: Friday, September 16, 6:00pm for International Day of Action protest

Where: 14th and Park (near Columbia Heights metro), DC

Contact: jcohn@aiusa.org for more info

When: Monday, September 19, 10:00am for phone jam

Where: McKeldin Mall, UMD

Check out this site for a listing of international actions!