Lessons from Seattle on the Fight for $15 & Tax Amazon campaign

You're invited to a Teach-In for the City We Need...

Winning the City: Lessons from Seattle on the Fight for $15 and Tax Amazon campaigns 

with Johnathan Rosenblum

Saturday June 16, 12 Noon - 1:30pm (Followed by canvassing at the West End Car Free Day!) 

Four Sisters Coop (133 Powell, just west of Main St.) 

Free admission. RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1842563192711660/

The event space is wheelchair accessible. 

This event will be held on the unceded and occupied territory of the mi ce:p kʷətxʷiləm (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

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In our city and elsewhere around the world, working people are fighting back, taking on corporate and political powers with new strategies and new alliances. The city to the south of us, Seattle, Washington, is home to signal victories in recent years. It was ground zero for the epic 1999 “Battle in Seattle” against the World Trade Organization. 

In 2013, the first successful ballot fight for a $15 minimum wage – an uprising led by immigrant communities, union organizers, and faith activists – took place in the airport community just to the south of Seattle. And in recent weeks Seattle served as a focal point for the housing justice movement, as a scrappy coalition of grassroots housing justice advocates wrested an important victory from Amazon and the political establishment – a tax against the global behemoth to fund more affordable housing. (Update: On Tues. June 12 all of Seattle's council members except Kshama Sawant voted to overturn the Amazon Tax.)

Jonathan Rosenblum, a long-time union and community organizer, has played important roles in all of these struggles. He was campaign director for the SeaTac Fight for $15, and authored a book about that historic struggle (Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement, Beacon Press, 2017). Jonathan works closely with Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, who as a member of Socialist Alternative played a key role in both the Fight for $15 and the #TaxAmazonmovement.

Jonathan will join us on June 16 to tell the lessons of the Seattle campaigns, and to engage a conversation with all of us about our shared struggles and experiences fighting to build just communities and a just world.

WHEN

June 16, 2018 at 12pm - 1:30pm

WHERE

Four Sisters Co-op
133 Powell St
Vancouver, BC V6A 1G2
Canada
Google map and directions

CONTACT

Sara · · 778-846-4628

Will you come?