Sometimes it is not about some giant ideological struggle, sometimes it is not about taking on a giant global corporation, sometimes it is not about anything anyone almost anywhere even hears about. Sometimes it is just a group of working people deciding they have had enough large injustice and that they are not going to take anymore small injustices. Sometimes most of the "left" forgets that for working and poor people, small injustices are big deals, are life changing deals.
This leads us to a group I know little about. It is a group which describes itself simply as,
This is a group with a rather simple, yet profound vision:
This is a group without a political platform whose goal is simply:
This is a group then when asked to give examples of their work, responds with some examples:
• Bert got his rental deposit stolen. He and a group of Solidarity Network supporters visited the property manager at her home one morning, and within a few days she paid up.
• Jorge was owed $892 of wages, and the boss adamantly refused to pay. Jorge and a group of other workers visited the boss’s house, then leafleted the boss's church twice on Sunday mornings. After that, the boss agreed to pay Jorge every cent.
• Stephanie, Yvette and other long-term motel residents demanded relocation assistance when they were ordered out of their homes at short notice. Organized with the Solidarity Network, motel tenants and supporters defied eviction threats, visited the landlords’ neighborhood and launched an online and on-the-streets boycott campaign. Within a month the landlords met all our demands, paying 3-months’ rent per household to all residents who got involved.
This is the Seattle Solidarity Network and the posts below introduced them to me. The first is from their own web site. The second is from lib.com. This is what it is all about.
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