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Why We Fight

Gene Lantz, Digital Organizing Committee
31 May, 2019
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Labor fights to win local elections because we can improve the lives of working families. Recently in Dallas, we have won sick leave for working families and rest breaks for construction workers. Republicans in the Texas Legislature tried hard to end local control so that such advances could be stopped, but they failed!

Councilpersons like Scott Griggs and Phillip Kingston have been able to wrest victories for working families. With even more support from candidates like Erin Moore and Carolyn King Arnold, working families can make much more progress in the next round. As we build political clout at the local level, we have the basic organization to win the bigger battles at the state, national, and international levels!

Political Director Lorraine Montemayor asks everyone to turn out for labor's mobilizations or to contact her to see how they can add their efforts to future victories. Contact Montemayor at 214-448-1557.

North Texans Sharpen Digital Tools

The traditional methods for winning labor's battles can be enhanced with a strong on-line effort. On May 30, 17 North Texas activists studied the use of digital tools with experts from the national and state AFL-CIO. We were hosted by the Postal Employees, APWU 732, in West Dallas. 

Emmelle Israel created an organizing model shaped like a triangle. Think of every person in North Texas as being within the area of the triangle. The job of our proposed digital organizing network is to move everybody leftward toward better understanding and upward toward better activism. Digital contact might begin on Facebook or other social media. As people gained more understanding and activism, they might become part of labor's e-mail list and, eventually, begin to take part in on-line actions. Later, they might take part in physical actions such as protests or organizing campaigns. Those at the very top of the triangle are labor organizers.


Legislature Ends: What's Next?

Mark York of the Dallas AFL-CIO encourages all activists to attend an important briefing on June 19. We'll learn the current state of Texas politics from the experts.

More Actions Coming Up

Jun 1, 10A-4:30P: Get-Out-The-Vote mobilizing from 1408 N Washington 

Jun 2, 11:30A “Pride is a Protest March” hosted by Transgender Pride of Dallas at City Hall, 1500 Marilla, 75201 

Jun 2, Noon: Antiwar Rally at Dealey Plaza, 400 Main,Dallas 

Jun 3, 6P: Labor’s election mobilization from 1408 N Washington 

Jun 5, 12:30P: Dallas Chapter of Texas Alliance for Retired Americans meets at 334 Centre, Dallas 75208

Jun 8: Runoff Election Day

Jun 12, 7P: #MedicareForAll Dallas Organizing Kickoff at BuzzBrews Kitchen, 4334 Lemmon Av, Dallas 75219. 

Jun 13, 7P: Dallas Peace & Justice Center Annual Awards Banquet at Crowne Plaza Dallas Market Center

Jun 14: Possible general strike in Brazil 

Jun 15, 10A: Coffee and Politics 101 discusses Dallas AFL-CIO with Mark  York at African American Museum of Dallas, 3536 Grand Av, Dallas 75210

June 19, 11A-1P: “Barbecue and Politics” 2019 election update with Texas AFL-CIO and North Texas labor allies at IBEW Local 20, 684 W Tarrant Rd,Grand Prairie. RSVP

Jul 25-27: Texas AFL-CIO Convention in San Antonio. Book hotel

We win when we pull together