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Get Out the Vote for Democracy’s Sake

Gene Lantz, Digital Organizing Committee
14 Oct, 2019
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Dallas AFL-CIO is committed to democracy and voter turnout. All Texans will be voting on proposals on November 5. Labor is especially committed to getting union families to the polls for the special election in Texas House District 100. Communications Workers Local 6215 is taking the lead on phone banking and door-to-door canvassing beginning tonight, October 14, at 6PM at 1408 N Washington. They have called a get-out-the-vote rally for the first day of early voting, October 21, at 10AM at the Allen Courthouse, 600 Commerce in downtown Dallas.

One of our important allies in preserving democracy is rideshare2vote.com. They provide rides to the polls and expert advice on all the ins and outs of the changing voting rules in Texas. One of their leaders, Craig McDaniel,  will be encouraging voter turnout on KNON’s “Workers Beat” radio talk show, 89.3FM in Dallas, at 9 AM on October 19.

We’ll be knocking on doors Saturday.

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Support Matters to GM Strikers

 Families who have suffered through a strike situation before have strong sympathies for the General Motors picketers who started their fifth week today. As negotiations drag on, encouragement from volunteers becomes more critical than ever. A quick look at the long “volunteers” sign-in sheet at UAW 276 shows that activists from the Dallas and Tarrant AFL-CIO continue to turn out for picket duty.

Our new videos show strikers singing union songs. They are on our Facebook page and on Youtube at  https://youtu.be/qVx37e7Grko and https://youtu.be/n7whxUKfHBE.

National AFL-CIO announced on October 10 that they were conducting their own advertising campaign across the country to get more support for the strikers. Tarrant AFL-CIO is raising money for the strikers at http://tcclc.org. The UAW increased strike pay from $250 to $275/week. Strikes are very hard on families, so the volunteers must do as much as we can. Volunteers are welcome at 2505 W.E. Roberts in Grand Prairie and at 301 Freedom Rd in Roanoke.

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Sky Chef Workers Picket

Dallas and Tarrant AFL-CIO leaders and activists joined the food catering service workers for American Airlines at a DFW picket on October 9. Thousands of workers nationwide are seeking a decent contract. Dallas leader Mark York assured them of our continuing support.

Sky Chef workers show amazing enthusiasm at their events. Our videos are on our Facebook page and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/TuBONQFNXc4, https://youtu.be/s4LOhHJU3sI, https://youtu.be/4L_XYYKiSYY,  https://youtu.be/_R1Vs6rXYwQ, and York’s short speech at  https://youtu.be/Hc0ln1v7oq0.

Housing Needed

Our coalition, Communities United for a Greater Dallas (CUGD), is hosting a community conversation on affordability called "Strapped: Property Taxes & Affordable Housing".  

At this event, we will discuss the research we did in our recent report ("Working the System") and hear experiences, challenges and insights in affordable housing work from community members and organizers. We'll also spend some time listening to you and sharing our coalitions' ideas on what we can do in Dallas to start tackling affordable housing.  We believe every person deserves a good home and we need accessible, high-quality housing so that we can live and work in the same community. Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church, 3203 Holmes St, Dallas, TX 75215

--Kara Sheehan, Texas New Era/Jobs with Justice

 More Actions Coming Up

Oct 14, 6P: Get-Out-The-Vote phone banking to at 1408 N. Washington in Dallas. Contact lmontemayor.dallasaflcio@gmail.com or 214-826-4808

Presidential debates

Oct 15: First “Freedom Walk for Justice” starts in Brownsville. Contact LULAC 

Oct 16: Transport Workers Union “Day of Action to protect the right to organize” call Congress 1-888-848-4824 

Oct 16, Noon: Fort Worth Chapter of Alliance for Retired Americansmeets at Golden Corral, 3517 Alta Mere Drive 

Oct 17: President Trump speaks at American Airlines Center in Dallas

Oct 17: Strike deadline for Chicago teachers

Oct 17, 7:30P: Dallas Central Labor Council Meeting for all affiliated members at 1408 N. Washington Ave. Dallas

Oct 18. 6P: “Freedom Walk Dallas” begins at Cathedral de Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Ave, Dallas. Sponsored by League of United Latin American Citizens

Oct 19, 10A: Get-Out-The-Vote block walking at 1408 N. Washington Ave. Dallas

Oct 19, 2P: Annual march to abolish the death penalty starts at Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Av in Austin.

Oct 19, 1P: CWA 6215 Golf tournament at Country View Golf Club of Lancaster. Info 469-878-7038 or 214-923-7697

Oct 20, 2P:  Community conversation on affordability called "Strapped: Property Taxes & Affordable Housing" at Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church, 3203 Holmes St, Dallas. Email kara@texasnewera.org with questions.

Oct 21, 10A: Early Vote Rally at George Allen Courthouse, 600 Commerce St. Dallas

Oct 21, 6P: Get-Out-The-Vote phone Banking to at 1408 N. Washington Ave. Dallas, Tx 75204

We win when we pull together