Al Marshall, SEIU 1021, Oakland Chapter President | Worker Wisdom in a Changing Climate

On September 21st, hundreds of people packed the Oakland City Hall to oppose developer Phil Tagami’s proposal to build a coal export terminal in Oakland. Among them were dozens of union members whose locals were opposing coal as anti-union, a major source of carbon emissions, and a risk to public health in working class neighborhoods through which coal trains would pass and deposit toxic coal dust. One of those union members was Al Marshall, SEIU 1021 City of Oakland Chapter President, who told the council that coal dust would only exacerbate his son’s asthma. We later interviewed Al. Here’s his story.

Yes Magazine article on intersectionality features Brooke Anderson

YES! Magazine‘s article on intersectional movement building, “Get Intersectional!” featured Climate Workers’ Brooke Anderson: “[Brooke] also emphasizes that intersectionality isn’t something that you can slap onto the surface of a particular campaign. ‘At worst, it’s symbolic and it’s transactional,’ Anderson says—as in, “we’ll come out to your thing and you come out to our thing.’ Solidarity is […]

Workers Unite to Plant a Union Garden in Richmond, CA

On December 15th, 2013, two dozen volunteers from UNITE HERE 2850, Planting Justice, and Movement Generation gathered at the North Richmond home of union member and Casino San Pablo worker leader, Isidoro Saravia Ramos. After a full day’s work, we transformed an abandoned lot into a beautiful fruit and vegetable garden that will feed Isidoro’s family and other workers […]