Next Week: March to Take Back Our Economy, Picket with Farmworkers & Share our Stories

We want to wish all our members and supporters a very happy Thanksgiving. If you haven’t done your Thanksgiving dinner shopping, make sure to check out the AFL-CIO’s Union-Made Thanksgiving Shopping List. Enjoy some great food; time with your friends and families and get ready for some exciting actions next week!

Next week join Fight Back Pittsburgh for three exciting events!

Tuesday, November 29th at 4pm: March to Take Back Our Economy
Wednesday, November 30th at 4:30pm: Boycott Wendy’s Picket
Wednesday, November 30th at 7pm: Organizers Storytelling Hour

March to Take Back Our Economy

Tuesday, November 29th at 4pm

Meet at the Federal Building—1000 Liberty Ave in Downtown Pittsburgh

Workers in Pittsburgh will be joining the nationwide Fight for $15 protests on November 29! In more than 340 cities across the U.S., fast food and hospital workers will be going on strike Nov 29 to stand up for union rights!

**STUDENTS:** Sign up on this form to secure a spot on the bus leaving from Oakland!

Click here for more information or to RSVP!

Boycott Wendy’s Picket

Join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), Duquesne Student/Farmworker Alliance and other local community allies for a spirited action to amplify the farmworker-led national boycott of Wendy’s!

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 PM
WHERE: Wendy’s at 4001 Butler St, Pittsburgh

Tens of thousands of consumers are committed to boycotting Wendy’s until the fast-food giant joins the Fair Food Program, a unique partnership between farmworkers, farmers and 14 corporate retailers, including McDonald’s, Taco Bell and WalMart, that is rooting out abuse and sexual harassment in fields from Florida to North Carolina to Maryland.

Rather than support an industry setting new standards for human rights, Wendy’s took its tomato purchases to Mexico, where workers continue to confront wage theft, sexual harassment, child labor, and even slavery without access to protections. Let’s reveal the ugly reality of farmworker exploitation behind Wendy’s façade of corporate social responsibility and pledge to boycott until the hamburger giant joins the Fair Food Program!

Organizers Storytelling Hour

Join us for another session of “Living Our Lives—An Organizers’ Storytelling Hour” on Wednesday, November 30th. This hour’s storytellers are Gabe Kramer, Sage Lincoln, Carl Redwood, Eva Westheimer, and Mike Harms

Wednesday, November 30th at 7pm
Big Idea Book Store and Café
4812 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15224

  • Carl Redwood is an organizer with the Hill District Consensus Group and the United Steelworkers Academic Workers’ Association.
  • Sage Lincoln is an organizer with Pitt Free the Planet.
  • Mike Harms is an organizer with the Amalgamated Transit Union.
  • Gabe Kramer is the Chief of Staff for SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania.
  • Eva Westheimer is an organizer with Steel City Organizing for Radical Community Health (SCORCH) and Three Rivers Rising Tide.

About the Organizers Storytelling Project

A few years ago we started a series of storytelling events to give organizers and activists in Pittsburgh a chance to tell—and hear—each other stories. The idea was to create a space to deepen our relationships, learn from each other’s experiences, and better understand each other’s ideas and approaches to our shared work.

The format is relatively straightforward: a handful of local organizers each give a 15-minute presentation on the organizing work they’ve been doing over the years, what they’ve learned, and what type of work they’re excited about going forward.

Over the past several years, more than two dozen local activists and organizers have told their stories. Some presentations focused on campaign victories, other’s highlighted lessons learned from heartbreaking defeats. Each of the presentations gave us, as a community of activists and organizers a better understanding of the companions we’re sharing this struggle with and helped us to build our local culture of resistance.