November Newsletter

November 17, 2017

General Membership Branch (GMB) meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at 7 PM.
Email [email protected] for location details.


In addition to the events listed here, you can always check the Google Calendar of the NYC General Defense Committee (GDC) for more happenings. If you would like to submit radical events in and around New York City to the calendar, email details to [email protected].

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7 PM: Fellow Worker Terry has written a book, A Serf’s Journal, about his experience organizing during the Jeff Boat wildcat strike in 2001. The book launch will be held at Bluestockings Bookstore. RSVP here.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7 PM: If you are interested in anti-repression work, come attend the NYC GDC’s monthly meeting. Email [email protected] for location details.

Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 6 PM to 9 PM: The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), along with the Stop the Raids Coalition, is hosting their third monthly Family Gathering Against the Raids. Come to the Bronx Social Center and hangout with family members affected by unjust New York City Housing Authority “gang raids.” There will be food, letter-writing and the hat passed for much-needed commissary money. RSVP here.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 3 PM: The NYC GDC is hosting a self-defense training with Pop Gym at The Spectrum. Email [email protected] for more info.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 6 PM to 9 PM: Come and learn about IWOC’s work and how you can get involved. This event will cover all the ways you can help organize our Fellow Workers who are incarcerated. Location to be decided. RSVP here.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7 PM: Attend the monthly meeting of the NYC IWW GMB. Watch this list for location details or email [email protected].


Friday, November 17, 2017 from 9 PM to 12 AM: Come out to the Pine Box Rock Shop and sing karaoke to raise money for protesters arrested on Inauguration Day in Washington DC (also known as J20 defendants). RSVP here.

Monday, November 20, 2017 at 5:30 PM: March with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers as they bring their fight against Wendy’s to NYC and demand a “harvest without violence.” RSVP here.

Every Day from 8 AM to 5 PM: Join striking Spectrum workers at these locations around the city.


Last month the NYC GMB co-hosted the book launch of Wobblies of the World. The event was a huge success, featuring editor Peter Cole and Nation journalist Michelle Chen. Check out the recording on Facebook.

In August, the NYC GDC held a successful fundraiser for J20 defendants, which include quite a few Wobblies, but more support is still needed. Please continue to donate to the GDC Bail Fund for J20.


The Nation“Here’s One Union That Can’t be Touched by ‘Right to Work’ Laws”

The New York Times“How Prosecutors Turn a Protest into a ‘Riot'”

Slate: “Barbara Ehrenreich: Worker Abuse Is Rampant, and Sexual Harassment is Just the Start”

Dissent Magazine“Belabored Podcast #138: Wobblies of the World, Then and Now, with Peter Cole”

Radical Underground (Podcast)

How to Organize a General Strike: A Movement Reflection

January 14, 2017

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Over the past decade, calls for general strikes have become a recurrent feature of the social movement landscape in the United States. In some cases, these have led to mass actions involving thousands or millions of workers. In others, they have largely failed to materialize beyond Facebook event pages. As we head into an era of right-wing control of all three branches of the federal government, increased erosion of civil rights and the right to organize, and intensified attacks on workers, women, people of color, LGBTQ, and muslims, what can a look at the past ten years of mass mobilizations tell us about how to build and exert power without friends in high places?

In this panel discussion, organizers from mass strike mobilizations of the past ten years will share their reflections on what worked and what didn’t, so that we can fight to win in the intense years ahead.

Participants include:

Quebec IWW: May Day 2015 Public Sector General Strike
Annabelle Sanchez and Éric Dufault were both involved in the campaign for a May Day general strike in Quebec in 2015. Through the IWW-Montreal and other social movements they helped organize one of the first political strikes in Quebec since the 1980’s. Annabelle is also part of different collectives in feminist and antifascist struggles. Éric is also a participant in the antifascist and anarchist movements. They both participated in the student movement during and before the Quebec student strike of 2012, which is one of the inspirations for the May Day strike of 2015. They also started a cultural collective together called Dure Réalité to try to spread their political values.

National Women’s Liberation: J20 Women Strike
Adrielle Munger will be on strike on January 20-21, 2017 as part of the Women Strike, called by National Women’s Liberation. Taking cues from many previous successful Women’s Strikes throughout the world, this strike aims to raise consciousness about the unfair work – paid and unpaid – that falls on women, and get women organized and ready for the long fight ahead. Adrielle has been active in NWL and Redstockings ( since 2013, and also organizes to fight the exploitation of unpaid interns in the Intern Worker Alliance. Adrielle works as a research assistant for the Redstockings Women’s Liberation Archives for Action in New York City, and is a freelance researcher and copyeditor. When she is not studying radical feminism and movement history, Adrielle is writing a book about the Faust Myth and the Internet. Adrielle is striking from wearing makeup, ignoring street harassment, accepting misogynist comments, and working her 3(!!) paid jobs to pay her exorbitant rent. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Movimiento Cosecha: General Strike for Immigrant Rights
Movimiento Cosecha seeks to become a nonviolent army with the function of catalyzing immigrants and allies towards massive non­cooperation to win permanent protection, dignity and respect for immigrants in the US. Cosecha seeks to create change by winning the hearts, minds, and support of a majority of Americans and achieving active, sustained support of about 3.5% of the population. Therefore, their work and actions are focused on winning over more and more people, not politicians or CEOs. Movimiento Cosecha’s organizing is based on a four-phased strategy:

  1. Build support in the immigrant and ally community for a new immigration solution
  2. Demonstrate that political parties cannot give us what we want
  3. Publically affect the American economy and its dependence on immigrant & ally consumers through boycotts
  4. Stop the country for periods of time through a general strike and massive civil disobedience until recognition and protection has been enabled


Immanuel Ness is Professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Social Change, University of Johannesburg. His research focuses on migration, working class mobilization, labor movements in the Global South, urban movements of the poor and dispossessed, and socialist political theory. Ness is author of Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class (Pluto, 2015) and many other books.

Sponsored by the NYC IWW. Organized in collaboration with the all-day event, Anti-Trump Free School / Escuelita Libre Anti-Trump, co-organized by Free University – NYC and Mayday Space.

IWW Backyard BBQ and Direct Action Discussion – Saturday, AUG 27, 3 – 7pm

August 17, 2016

Join us at 113 Wilson Avenue in Brooklyn from 3 – 7PM, as we host a worker from the Burgerville Workers Union and workers from local campaigns in a discussion about their strategies and challenges in waging active direct action union campaigns, free of the NLRB. Enjoy the afternoon in a beautiful backyard where cheap beer and IWW merch will be for sale to fundraise for these important campaigns. Bring whatever you wish to throw on the grill!

IWOC Bike Ride fundraiser – Saturday, August 27 at 9:30 AM – 5 PM

August 17, 2016

Please bring yourself, a bike, snacks, plenty of water, and maybe a friend or two, for this 26 mile ride. We will start in the Bronx, and make our way north mostly via trails (paved and unpaved). Once we arrive in Ossining, we will explore a small exhibit in the town about Sing Sing and its use of prison labor, and then go to the outside of the prison itself for a short speakout. Then, we will eat together and some will ride the 26 miles back, while another group will take the metro north back to the city. Tickets for the metro north are $10 to $15, so plan accordingly. If the weather is particularly adverse on Saturday, we will ride Sunday. Please email:[email protected] for any questions or updates.

Also please bring $5-$15 dollars as a donation to IWOC towards helping build for the strike. NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS.

Please Call at: (917) 715-7866 If you’re running late!!! Thanks!

Beverage Plus, Pay Up!

April 8, 2015

Several former workers at Beverage Plus and their supporters visited the company in Maspeth Queens this week to demand that the owner Yun Cho pay the more than $1.2 million owed to the workers from a wage theft lawsuit. Cho was present but did not come out to talk to the workers who then left a letter demanding payment. The company, which has also operated under the names YS Beverage and Grand Beverage, is a distributor in New York City, handling products such as Coca Cola and Poland Spring beverages. It was found liable in 2012 for multiple violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act for unpaid minimum wage and overtime for dozens of workers. The workers are still seeking the payments in court but have also called upon supporters to join their campaign to get the money owed to them. The workers have been long time members of the Brandworkers and NYC Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) campaign to organize and improve conditions in New York City’s food production and distribution sector.

Stay tuned for more actions in support of the Beverage Plus workers!