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May First/People Link is a politically progressive member-run and controlled organization that redefines the concept of "Internet Service Provider" in a collective and collaborative way. May First/People Link's members are organizers and activists. Like any democratic membership organization, we gather together each year to evaluate the past year's experiences, plan the coming year's work and elect a Leadership Committee to apply what we've decided. Like a coop, we pay dues, buy equipment and then we all use that equipment as we need to for websites, email, email lists, and just about everything else we do on the Internet. Learn more about us, our politics, membership, or read some of our member profiles below. If you like what you see, please join us.

FAIR is a media watch organization offering constructive criticism in an effort to correct media imbalance. We advocate for media access on behalf of those constituencies in our society that do not...
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Our bus is on the road seeking those who are experimenting with social and economic practices based on solidarity with the goal of a prosperous and fair local development.

Member Blogs

  • Portside - Friday, July 31, 2015 - 8:00pm
    The policy shortens the timespan from when the board approves a union's request for a workplace organizing election to when that election is held to as little as 11 days. Previously, the process often took one to two months. The board formally announced the rule in December and it went into effect April 14.

    The D.C. District Court rejected business groups' challenge to the National Labor Relations Board's new rule speeding up union workplace organizing elections, saying the board was acting within its authority. The ruling was a big win for organized...

  • Portside - Friday, July 31, 2015 - 8:00pm
    California poet Charlotte Muse tries to enter the mind of a person capable of committing torture, justifying torture, an issue from the George W. Bush era that refuses to fade away.

    But my people heard not my voice...so I gave them up to the hardness of their hearts...            --Psalm 80

    First you make them strip.  It puts them off balance.
    I always keep a poker face.  They never can.
    There’s a rush of dread in their eyes,
    and you know they’re wishing they could be back home. 
    Their bed, their chair, their blanket--
    that’s what they...

  • Portside - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 8:59pm
    Blumenthal offers an unembellished look at the misery on the ground in the Gaza Strip during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in 2014. When American journalist Max Blumenthal arrived in the Gaza Strip on August 14, 2014, it was the 38th day of Israel’s bombardment of the coastal enclave. By the time Operation Protective Edge ended on August 26, over 2,100 Palestinians had been killed, including more than 1,500 civilians and over 500 children, and over 10,000 wounded. With more than 7,000 homes destroyed and 10,000 more severely damaged by Israeli bombing,...
  • Portside - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
    When farmworkers migrate, they carry with them their organizing experience and transnational networks—and a powerful potential for cross-pollinating fights. Recent struggles in Baja California, Washington State, Vermont and Ontario all demonstrate the power of those connections.

    It’s been a whirlwind spring of precedent-setting wins for North America’s migrant workers, who are making connections across borders.

    After three months of strikes and protests, 30,000 berry pickers in Baja California, Mexico, won raises of up to $4 a day and rights to...

  • Portside - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
    A dispatch from the inaugural gathering of a proudly diffuse, rapidly growing, hyper-local movement for black lives.

    The morning workshop portion on the first day of the gathering was over, and the afternoon plenary was the first time that many of the attendees had come together in the same room. Some were weary from driving halfway across the country to get to Cleveland. Some were distracted by the scarcity of conference housing. The workshop offerings, totaling almost 100, left others unclear about how to navigate this overwhelming weekend.

    But as...

  • Portside - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
    The massive $3.2 trillion destruction in financial value hasn’t sparked a broader financial crisis in China — an illustration of how China’s financial system is different from other major powers. While the People’s Bank of China has sufficient firepower to reverse a crash of several trillion dollars (far more than most other countries), China’s financial system is also comparatively isolated relative to both global finance and China’s own domestic population.

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    The Shanghai and tech-heavy Shenzhen stock markets crashed 32 percent and 40 percent,...

  • Portside - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
    A Shell icebreaker in Portland turned back Wednesday, avoiding a showdown with protesters dangling from a bridge. The company hasn't announced its next move.

    A federal judge in Alaska has ordered Greenpeace USA to pay a fine of $2,500 for every hour that protesters continue to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving Portland, for the Arctic.

    The Thursday ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason came hours after the icebreaker appeared to begin heading out of Portland and toward a possible showdown with protesters dangling from...

  • Portside - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
    The national organizing day, which featured more than 3,500 events and house parties across the country, centered around a technological infrastructure that uses text-messaging sign-ups and a deep database of volunteers. Attendees at the house parties were asked to text a number to opt in and show interest.

    It had all the markings of a Washington house party: guests milling about, talk of politics and policy, a few custom cocktails and a crowd that would make a fire-code enforcer sweat.

    Oh, and Senator Bernie Sanders.

    Indeed, on what the...

  • Portside - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
    In anticipation of their current contracts expiring on August 1st, CWA and IBEW recently announced that an overwhelming majority of their members voted to authorize a strike in case labor and management fail to reach fair contracts.

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    A crowd of thousands rallied outside of Verizon headquarters in New York City on Saturday, creating a sea of red t-shirts and picket signs that flooded the streets of lower Manhattan. Their cause: Making sure Verizon agrees to fair...

  • Union Solidarity International - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 10:03am

    CSAAWU represented farm workers in the Western Cape agricultural strikes in 2012/13. Most of these strikes for increased wages were unprotected and many workers lost their jobs.

    The union fought and lost two dismissal cases in 2014 in the Labour Court, one against Steytler Boerdery and a second against La Maison. The court ruled that the union must pay the legal fees of La Maison and Steytler Boerdery farms, on the grounds that CSAAWU and the workers displayed “intransigent” and reckless attitudes in participating in an unprotected strike.

    CSAAWU applied to the...