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Stop Corporate Lobbying Against Employee Free Choice Using Bailout Money March 26, 2009

Filed under: Action,Economy,Finance — 33northforchange @ 12:38 am

For Immediate Release

March 25, 2009

Contact: Mary Gutierrez

Cell: 213.276.3384

Workers to Demand Bailout Accountability From Banks: Don’t Spend a Dime of Our Tax Dollars to Deny Us a Fair Piece of the Pie!

WHAT: Several banks that received taxpayer funded bail-out money have begun spending what’s expected to be hundreds of millions of dollars to defeat the Employee Free Choice Act, federal legislation that would aid in the economic recovery of our nation by allowing workers to earn better wages, health care and retirement benefits by signing a card to join a union.

In response, hundreds of workers will gather in Downtown Los Angeles and march to 7 different banks to demand that Wall Street stop using our tax dollars to block employees’ freedom to choose a union. Delegations featuring workers who have tried to organize to improve their standard of living will enter each bank and demand answers. Outside each bank, others will rally, and pass out leaflets and FREE PIE with the message that everyone who works deserves a piece of our economic pie.

Congressman George Miller and Senator Tom Harkin introduced the Employee Free Choice Act in Congress on February 10th

WHEN: Thursday, March 26 @ noon (event will end at 1:30 pm)

WHERE: March kick-off: Downtown L.A. outside of Bank of America, 333 S. Hope St.
March ending: Downtown L.A. outside of Citibank, 555 S. Flower

WHO: Workers from various industries

VISUALS: Photo ops at 2 rallies, workers with signs. Sidewalk shots of free pie, leaflets, and signs. Opportunities to embed in worker delegations into the banks.

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is the chartered Central Labor Council (CLC) of the AFL-CIO in Los Angeles County and is the second largest in the country, representing over 800,000 workers through over 350 unions. Its mission is to promote a voice for workers so they can remain in the middle class, move themselves out of poverty by joining a union, encourage active participation in the political process by electing pro-union and pro-worker officials and to advance public policies that support workers and their families. As the coordinating center for labor’s political activity, the Federation believes that in educating and mobilizing workers to be politically active they can create and sustain healthy communities, and FIGHT FOR GOOD JOBS that REBUILD THE LOS ANGELES MIDDLE CLASS. Visit the Federation at www.launionaflcio.org.

With 2 million members nationwide, SEIU represents over 700,000 workers throughout California in all of its diversity. SEIU members in California are social workers, nurses, classroom aides, security officers, college professors, homecare workers, janitors, and more.


Help Push for Obama’s Budget

Filed under: Action — 33northforchange @ 12:30 am


Help pass Obama’s budget.

Click here to sign up to call

Last night President Obama went on national television to continue pitching his visionary budget . Obama made a powerful case that this budget must invest in what is “absolutely critical to our economic future” – jobs, education, and healthcare[1].

But this morning, key members of the budget-writing committees are talking about scaling back, and a coalition of conservative Democrats and Republicans are threatening to stop the bill altogether[2] .

We’ve got less than 4 days to convince Congress to back Obama’s budget on the first try.

Can you sign up to make calls tonight to help Obama pass his budget?

Last night we made tons of calls to TrueMajority members in the districts of key Congressmen and women who write the first draft of the Congress budget. It’s up to this handful of legislators to decide whether to deliver Obama’s whole budget to Congress, or drop essential investments. It’s essential that the President’s budget makes it through this first step, and we’re running out of time.

We’ve got less than 4 days left to convince these targeted members to back the President’s budget. After that, it gets harder to make sure we’re investing in the right priorities So we’re working together with a huge coalition of other progressive organizations to dial up the constituents of those key budget-writers, and connect them to Congress[3].

We’ve got a simple online system that handles all the dialing and everything, but we need your help to find the members in key districts who will make the calls at this important moment.

Click here to sign up to make calls tonight.


Drew Hudson
TrueMajority / USAction

1 – http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/25/us/politics/25obama.html?partner=rss&emc=rss
2 – http://www.reuters.com/article/GCA-CreditCrisis/idUSTRE52O49Q20090325
3 – http://www.rebuildandrenew.org/calls

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Employee Free Choice Petition March 25, 2009

Filed under: Action — 33northforchange @ 1:20 am
*Let's ask Senator Dianne Feinstein to declare her support for the 



Weekend Pledge Results

Filed under: Action — 33northforchange @ 1:15 am

In response to a call from Organize for America, we sent volunteers to the Silverlake Farmers’ Market and Trader Joe’s last Saturday.  Despite the dreary weather, between the two locations we had 265 who identified themselves as supporters of the president’s economic adjenda.

A big thanks to everyone who gave their valuable free time on Saturday to make it happen!



Organizing for America (OFA), a project of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), will hold a press availability and photo/b-roll opportunity at DNC headquarters TODAY, Wednesday, April 1, as OFA Director Mitch Stewart and more than 100 local OFA volunteers gather to hand deliver 642,000 signed pledges in support of President Obama’s budget to Congress. ***See a preview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=496fFCEi08o. ***

President Obama’s budget includes a plan to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term and create jobs by investing in the three areas most critical to our future:

· Energy: Transforming America’s economy to run on clean and renewable energy in order to create new American jobs and industries.

· Health care: Comprehensively reforming health care so that families, businesses and government are relieved from the crushing costs that impede economic growth and prosperity.

· Education: Reforming and investing in America’s education system so our children are prepared to compete in a global economy.

OFA’s Pledge Project is part of a larger OFA effort to identify and mobilize support for the economic vision President Obama outlined in his budget. OFA is also encouraging Americans to call their Members of Congress and urge them to support the plan. Everyday, volunteers and supporters are continuing to have conversations and educate their neighbors and members of their community about the President’s plan.


Employee Free Choice Act! March 15, 2009

Filed under: Action — 33northforchange @ 7:26 am

Rep. Watson was one of the co-sponsors of the Employee Free Choice Act when it was introduced in Congress on Tuesday.

By co-sponsoring this bill from the very beginning, Rep. Watson lent critical support – and helped counteract the multi-million dollar campaign by corporate lobbyists to defeat this bill.

Please take a moment to thank Rep. Watson for standing up, speaking out, and being a leader for

As a co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act, Rep. Watson is standing up to the unionbusters and greedy CEOs who ran this economy into the ground – the same ones who will stop at nothing to make sure workers don’t get a fair shake.

The decision to co-sponsor the bill was not an easy one for any representative. That’s why it’s critical Rep.
Watson hear from you.

Thank Rep. Watson for co-sponsoring the Employee Free Choice Act.

With your help, and with Representative Watson leading the charge, we’ll pass the Employee Free Choice Act and give workers a fair chance to bargain for better pay, benefits, and job security.
And we’ll help restore the struggling middle class to make the economy work for everyone.


The Next Big Push for Obama

Filed under: Action — 33northforchange @ 3:40 am

We need 2 volunteers to organize the Obama Pledge Project for next Saturday, March 21.

Please contact Carol or Lyn if you can volunteer.
Carol – Carol.Newton@TestEquity.com Lyn – lynfilm@gmail.com

President Obama has asked us to organize a Pledge Project Canvass on March 21. It is a way for us to engage our neighbors and friends and ask them to pledge their support for President Obama’s bold agenda on Healthcare, Education and Energy. The partisan politics being played out in Washington needs to stop.

One of the best ways to make this happen is to make a strong, national, grassroots show of support for our president.

We have been asked to plan a canvass event and post it on the MYBO website. We can also download host instructions, the pledge form, tally sheets and volunteer sign ins at —

This project is very similar to voter registration drives, but we’ll be asking members of our community to sign pledge forms instead. Set goals for our volunteers — maybe 100 pledges per person.  With just 1,000 people, that’s 100,000 pledges of support!

Locations should be located in high traffic areas or in neighborhoods where we can easily go door to door.

Now let’s go change the world.

For more detailed info go to


7 Actions

Filed under: Action — 33northforchange @ 3:37 am

There are several we’d like you to know about, and we hope you’ll participate. These are locally based, important action opportunities, with links, dates, and/or contact info.

For an independent view of how our local governments are spending stimulus dollars, go to “Stimulus Watch“; a non-governmental web site that is tracking projects paid for by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Another stimulus announcement is listed near the bottom of this email – Don’t miss it!



Last fall, Congress authorized a massive bailout for the financial industry – $750 billion to be distributed without restrictions on how it could be spent. At the time, CREDO activists asked Congress to impose guidelines on banks for spending our tax dollars. But Congress didn’t listen. And now we’re paying the price.

This week, Citigroup spent some of its $50 billion in bailout money to organize big corporations to defeat the Employee Free Choice Act – a bill that would make it easier for workers to form unions and bargain for better wages and benefits. According to the Huffington Post, Citigroup’s retail analyst Deborah Weinswig participated in a conference call for corporate interests working to kill the bill.

Just a few weeks ago, Weinswig gave the Wal-Mart a favorable 9.5 rating out of 10. But now, in a cynical bid to stoke public fears that stronger unions will have an adverse affect on stock values, Citigroup downgraded Wal-Mart’s rating from “Buy” to “Hold.” It is unacceptable that banks like Citigroup and Bank of America have been spending our tax dollars to fight for legislation that boosts corporate profits at the expense of the middle class.

If these banks don’t stop misspending their TARP money immediately, they should not receive another dime. Please sign the petition!



PLEASE SUPPORT THE ARTS and a new bill sponsored by Assemblymember Paul Krekorian: AB700, the Creative Industries and Community Revitalization Act 2010.

If you are in City Council District 4, Tom LaBonge:

Wednesday, March 25th at 6pm join Councilmember Tom LaBonge for a Community Congress on the city’s budget challenges. Dinner and Refreshments will be served starting at 6pm with the meeting at 6:30pm. Los Angeles Zoo (Witherbee Auditorium) 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.
The FHRA, Franklin Hills Residents Association, in partnership with LILA School and Prospect Studios is working on plans for a neighborhood day of service, such as a stairway cleanup on May 2, 2009. We need your help to identify the stairways most in need of attention. Please e-mail us at FHRA@FranklinHills.org with your suggestions for areas that need a bit of TLC.


Original Message—–
From: Assemblymember Bass <speaker.bass@assembly.ca.gov>
Sent: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 12:07 pm
Subject: You’re Invited: Economic Stimulus Town Hall & Water Forum

Speaker of the Assembly Karen Bass

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Fax: (916) 319-2147
District Office:
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