Cross-posted from COPINH
COPINH hereby communicates to the world that today, Sunday January 26, 2014, the mandated sovereignty indigenous action continues, in defense of the collective rights to autonomy and respect, for the establishment of the Legitimate Municipal Indigenous Council, to fulfill indigenous governmental functions. This historic action took place yesterday, in the presence of some 800 Lenca indigenous people of Opalaca, of COPINH and ADRO.
Versión en español abajo.
Cross-posted from Sky Valley Chronicle
By Marjorie Elizabeth Wood
At a pancake house in Houston, Claudia spent two hours rolling silverware into napkins on a slow weekend night. Without any tables to serve, she wasn’t tipped to supplement her $2.13 hourly wage. Like many other restaurant employers, Claudia’s boss did not make up for her shortfall in tips despite the legal obligation to do so.
Claudia’s story, reported in the book Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman, speaks for millions who struggle to make ends meet on a tipped minimum wage of $2.13.
Cross-posted from PR Watch
By Elizabeth Henderson
With the financial recovery looking more like the Great Recession, people are turning to the real goods and services of the earth economy. As stock prices rise and the top one percent bloats with wealth, for many in the 99 percent incomes are eroding and job security is a quaint concept from the past.
Reposted from: Climate Connections
Eight municipalities in southern Mexico’s Chiapas state on Dec.10 were declared territories free of mineral or hydro-electric development, asserting principles of local autonomy and prior consultation. The joint statement was issued by 56 communities, ejidos (communal agricultural settlements) and popular organizations in the municipalities of Tapachula, Motozintla, Huehuetán, Cacahoatán, Mazapa, Comalapa, Chicomuselo and Tuzantán.
reposted from Amnesty International
Families forcibly evicted, 100 more at risk
Around 60 families have been forcibly evicted from their homes in an informal settlement in the area of Titanyen on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. A further 100 families face a similar threat. Many of them are victims of the January 2010 earthquake who had already been forcibly evicted from their makeshift camp in May 2012.
Rapid Response Network Calls for Solidarity with Garment Workers in Haiti against Wage Theft and Exploitation!
Cross-posted from One Struggle
By organizers for the Rapid Response Network
“We start work at six o’clock. We finish at five. We don’t have time to eat because we cannot meet the quota. The pants, the T-shirts—we are the ones producing them. We labor hard, and we don’t get paid.”
– Manuel (Union of Textile & Apparel Workers – Batay Ouvriye).