“Since they don’t want to come to the table, we took it upon ourselves to bring our own table,” Papa John’s Pizza worker and Fight for 15 leader Shantel Walker told Peoples World. “Many domestic workers are immigrants who don’t know their rights … but don’t feel they have the right to speak up, because they live in fear,” said domestic worker Daniela Contreras of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. “We must build organizations that make it possible for us to come together and organize to have our human and working needs met.”
Even with what he termed the “genocidal blockade,” from the United States, Freire Cazañas made clear that Cuba’s priority remains human beings.
OSHA’s new standard would cut building trade workers’ exposure to silica, now 100 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift, to 50 micrograms/cubic meter. Inhaling silica dust is believed to cause lung cancer, kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, OSHA has said.
“The climate crisis is an outcome of the long-term disinvestment of low-income communities and low-income communities of color,” said Rae Breaux, lead climate justice organizer for the People’s Action Institute. “President Trump’s first 100 days is a clear sign that he will fast-track profits for corporations before he invests in the needs of the American people.
“Now is the time to come together and build an economy where investments are made to benefit workers, communities of color and low-income folks – an economy that is structured to reflect the fact that black, brown and indigenous lives matter,” she said.