Busy Week for Pittsburgh Area…

Calling all activists! We have a busy day ahead of us on Thursday, April 24,  starting with a noon rally in Market Square for fair wages for women and low wage workers, then to support postal workers at Staples on McKnight Road, the to the Pump House for the first film of the season: Sacco and Vancetti! Top it off on Saturday afternoon at the Pump House for a discussion on the fight for meaningful immigration reform. Join us!

Thursday, April 24 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm The Equal Pay Rally is on at Market Square. The rally will focus on the minimum wage, the impact of the gender wage gap on Pittsburgh families, and economic justice for all. The students of the Women and Girls Foundation (WGF) GirlGov program will have an Equal Pay Bake Sale at the rally to help illustrate the wage gap. Men will be charged $1 per item, and women will be charged 75 cents to exemplify the impact economic discrimination has on every aspect of our daily lives. We also are going to have "Will Work for Equality" t-shirts.

Thursday April 24, 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM, Rally in support of postal workers! At STAPLES, 4801 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15237. Demonstrations will occur at Staples stores across the country on April 24 to protest the deal between Staples and the U.S. Postal Service that jeopardizes mail service and thousands of good jobs. The deal takes living-wage USPS jobs and full service U.S. Post offices and replaces them with knock-off post offices at Staples staffed with low wage employees. This is privatization and a race to the bottom for customers, workers and our communities.  The Staples deal is bad for the consumers who will pay the same for less service. The public has a right to post offices and services that are staffed by uniformed employees that are accountable and sworn to safeguard your mail.

THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 7:30 P.M. film screening: SACCO AND VANZETTI at the PUMP HOUSE , 880 East Waterfront Drive in Munhall. The Battle of Homestead Foundation opens its 2014 movie series with Sacco and Vanzetti. This documentary tells the story of Nicolo Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti two Italian-born anarchists who were arrested for murder in Boston in 1920. Their subsequent widely publicized trial and conviction came to symbolize the extreme nativist prejudice that was directed against southern and eastern European immigrants in the US and the disfavor in which political dissent was held. An international crusade to save the men failed; they were executed in 1927. Tony Shalhoub and John Turturro read the men’s prison writings; Arlo Guthrie and Studs Terkel comment.

SATURDAY, APRIL 26. 1:30 P.M. panel discussion: “The Fight For Meaningful Immigration Reform” at the PUMP HOUSE 880 East Waterfront Drive, Munhall, PA. United Steelworkers Guillermo Perez. Steffi Domike, and others will describe the current dysfunctional immigration policy and focus attention on the movement to create an immigration policy that works for working people—native-born, foreign-born, documented and undocumented. They remind us that immigrants have revived the labor movement in the past and may well revive it in the future.

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