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Activists plan struggle for jobs
Published Apr 22, 2010 8:31 PM
Raleigh, N.C. — On April 11, Black Workers For Justice hosted an
activists’ brunch here featuring a presentation by Larry Holmes, a leader
of the Bail Out the People Movement from New York.
Holmes motivated the upcoming May 8 Jobs rally and strategizing meeting in
Washington, D.C. A main purpose for the D.C. action is to help ignite a
national grassroots movement to demand a new government-sponsored Works
Progress Administration jobs program for the 30 million people currently
unemployed and underemployed. BOPM is putting a big emphasis on bringing
unemployed people to the May 8 action to show that they are not invisible in
the midst of this devastating economic crisis.
The May 8 initiative is timed to coincide with the historic signing of the WPA
on May 6, 1935. This legislation created more than 8 million jobs financed by
the federal government. It followed a tumultuous period of labor struggles in
response to the Great Depression.
Ajamu Dillahunt from BWFJ opened the discussion with a report on a local mass
campaign involving BWFJ, statewide people’s assemblies, the
People’s Empowerment Movement and others in support of a “Jobs for
America” bill demanding 1 million jobs. The discussion ended on a high
note as Angaza Laughinghouse, president of the North Carolina Public Service
Workers Union, UE Local 150, announced the union’s endorsement of the May
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