Salting the Bernie Rally, Upcoming Events

Last weekend the KY IWW took the opportunity to spread the message of the One Big Union at a local rally for Bernie Sanders. Since salting that event, where we tuned folks in to our branch through discussions of unionizing, workers’ rights 11225416_430640467120196_2236984732030283791_oand solidarity, it was brought to my attention that something needs to be made clear: the IWW endorses no candidate and distances itself from electoral politics of any kind. We are not a political group, but a workers’ union. We organize for workers, not for politicians.

But it strikes me that wherever people gather to discuss the needs and rights of working people, Wobblies would be wise to present themselves as the One Big Union fighting for those needs and rights on all fronts.

Or better yet, in the words of FW Mick Parsons, Secretary Treasurer of the KY IWW:

Wobs wade in strange waters wherever we go. Even amongst ourselves, the cross currents can catch any one of us and toss us around. As a member of the IWW, though, you are never alone. That’s solidarity. And that’s the point.

Whether it’s in your workplace, your local bar, the gym, or a political rally, to be a Wob means not keeping it under wraps. It doesn’t always mean being obnoxious, either. But if, in the process of discussing recent world and political happenings, you happen to introduce someone to the OBU, then there’s nothing wrong with that. If you are a musician, poet, or other artist, and your Wobbliness comes out in your 11411853_430640420453534_2987332113084143606_oart – so be it. Be aware and be a good messenger. In order to build a new world out of the ashes of the old – we need everyone. That’s solidarity. 

To “salt” an event doesn’t mean to endorse an event. It means to recognize an opportunity–an opportunity where working people are ready to band together–to most effectively spread the message and cause of the IWW. And, in my mind, the Sanders candidacy speaks to a political consciousness that is learning to value unionization and worker solidarity in a way it has not been for quite some time. I, for one, will not pass up a chance to soap box to a primed audience.

Now in the spirit of opportunity and growth it’s time to look forward.

At the end of the month (July 30th @ 6 p.m.) we’ll be meeting at our new space in the Mammoth (on 13th and Broadway) and discussing new opportunities for adjunct activism, the Joe Hill Tour, digital media organizing and activism, and tabling the next Flea Off. For full descriptions of these and other events and projects, click here.

Among these events and projects two salient themes stand out. First, all three speak loudly about the IWW’s commitment to organizing and building solidarity among freelance and precarious workers. Where trade unions fall short among supporting workers (the freelance musicians, writers and artists, the short-term teachers) the One Big Union stands for you. Second, there’s an increasingly apparent digital and social media presence in the movement. What some in past years have called “Twitter activism” or “Slacktivism” is exposing–as we expected–a vast network of outlets, transmitters and receivers that tie nodes of the movement together, and provide us avenues to bring leftists and progressives within range of our message. The opportunity this fall to continue learning about, and participating, in that work with the KY IWW is, for me, one of the most exciting opportunities for the workers’ movement today.

So to steal from FW Mick once more (and to paraphrase), at festivals, in meetings, during idle talk, and, increasingly, in these digital spaces, be a Wob wherever you go.

Cheers,

FW Patrick

Press Officer & Literature Committee Chair

Kentucky IWW GMB

A last minute update–

Fellow Workers,

The press committee has finally gotten the site squared away–for the most part–and just in time for our flyering the Bernie Sanders rally in Louisville tomorrow! While the IWW does not formally endorse any political candidate, several of our 11665504_920104014723215_6111237889110752469_nmembers find common ground with the policies and principles of Senator Sanders. Our delegate, FW J.P. Wright, will be in attendance and playing old Labor songs. Get full info on the Bernie Sanders rally here, and be on the look-out for Wobs if you swing by.

I also want to plug a few other things very quickly.

Our next meeting will be on the 30th at 6:00 p.m. For those who don’t know, our new (and permanent) meeting space is at The Mammoth on 13th and Broadway. After every meeting our new procedure is to break into a social hour, complete with live music, poetry, and stories. These events are strictly BYOB.

At the upcoming meeting, we’ll be discussing several events on the horizon (which you can find under our “Current Campaigns/Causes” page) such as the labor day action for adjunct laborers, the organizing conference for digital media workers, and the Joe Hill Tour’s stop in Louisville. Old members are encouraged to take a leading role in these events and sharpen those organizing chops. New members are encouraged to stop by and see what it’s all about.

Hope to see you all there!

In solidarity,

Patrick Danner

Press Officer & Literature Committee Chair

Kentucky IWW GMB

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Welcome to the new Woblog!

Fellow Workers,

This is the new blog and website for the Kentucky IWW General Membership Board. Bear with us while it remains under construction.

In the meantime, peruse the top menu, where you’ll find information on the Industrial Workers of the World, current projects and issues of concern, and other local organizations working alongside ours in solidarity. You’ll also find links to our other social platforms, links out to blogs maintained by our fellow workers J.P. Wright and Mick Parsons, and a link to the Kentucky College Faculty Association.

We’ve also set up a new general contact point: kentuckyiww@gmail.com. You can access any of our officers and members through that address.

Cheers,

Patrick

Press Officer

KY IWW GMB