Monday, April 29, 2013

March on May 1: International Workers Day of Justice & Dignity

It's May Day in Tucson


On International Workers Day March for Justice and Dignity for Immigrants' and Workers' Rights on Wednesday, May 1st.

Gather at 9 AM at St. John's Church (12th and Ajo Way). March at 10 AM to rally at Rudy Garcia Park (Irvington and Old Nogales Hwy).

We demand:

  • Worker and union rights for all.
  • Stop the deportations
  • No more deaths in the desert and border patrol violence
  • Immigration reform for all 11 million.
  • Repeal SB1070.
  • End border militarization.
  • Unite - don't separate families.
  • Stop criminalization of migrants.

The march and rally are sponsored by May 1st Coalition, Derechos Humanos, Tucson Dreamers, Salt of the Earth Labor College, Alliance for Global Justice, Jobs with Justice, CPUSA, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) Tucson Chapter, and other groups. For More Info call 520-770-1373 or Tucson May 1st Coalition for Immigrant & Worker Rights.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bus Riders' Union vs Developers: Should Tucson "Develop" the Ronstadt Transit Center?

For years, developers have been eyeing the Ronstadt Transit Center on Congress Street for redevelopment. This idea was raised again in late 2012. In February, the Tucson City Council decided (once again) not to move the Ronstadt Transit Center out of downtown (a move which developers have been pushing for for years). Instead, the council decided to open a 60-90 day public comment period, collect input, and determine what should be done about redevelopment.

The above video was shot at a public forum sponsored by the Bus Riders' Union. Approximately 250-300 citizens packed the Rialto Theater for this event.

For more background, check out this story: Ronstadt Transit Center: City, Developers Ponder Proverbial Political Football (video)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

John Nichols on Greed and Austerity

John Nichols, columnist for The Nation and regular commentator on MSNBC, addressed a packed house at the Tucson IBEW Hall in March. The event was jointly sponsored by PDA Tuson and the Pima Area Labor Federation.

Above is a video excerpt from his talk. For more details, check out this story:

John Nichols: Don’t Let the ‘Crooks’ Roll Back Years of Progress (video)

PDA Tucson and PALF leaders pose with John Nichols (left to right): Pamela Powers Hannley, James Hannley, Alison McCloed, Dustin Cox, Laura Hogan, John Nichols, Linda Hatfield, Michael Gordy, Barbara Warrne, and Rick Graap.